The Rundown for June 11, 2018

162nd day of the year… 203 days remaining

TRUMP IN SINGAPORE… North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump arrived in Singapore yesterday ahead of their scheduled summit tomorrow. The two leaders are reportedly planning a brief one-on-one meeting before the summit. Trump has expressed optimism about the meeting, but veteran U.S. diplomats have expressed concern that Trump’s lack of diplomatic skills and preparation won’t produce positive results for the U.S.

FOX APOLOGIZES FOR ‘DICTATORS’ REFERENCE… Fox News apologized yesterday after one of its hosts referred to the Trump-Kim summit as a meeting of “two dictators.” “Fox & Friends” co-host Abby Huntsman said she made the comment in error. The daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman issued an apology on air.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TAKES ON CANADA… Tensions between the Trump administration and Canada mounted yesterday before Trump left for Singapore. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said there is a “special place in hell” for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following an exchange between the two leaders. Kudlow said Trudeau “really kind of stabbed us in the back” when the Canadian leader told reporters Saturday that Canada would impose retaliatory tariffs on certain U.S. exports beginning next month. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in response to Kudlow’s rhetoric: “Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks.”

NET NEUTRALITY ENDS TODAY… Americans are set to lose Obama-era net neutrality protections today. A repeal of the protections is due to take effect despite opposition from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules. FCC chairman Ajit Pai says the repeal will bring the removal of burdensome regulations but opponents warn it is the latest development in eroding privacy rights in America.

COLORADO WILDFIRE… A wildfire in southwest Colorado nearly doubled in size overnight yesterday and is expected to continue growing. Authorities say the 416 Fire is being fueled by bone-dry conditions and gusting winds. It has burned nearly 20,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of some 2,000 homes.

TONY AWARDS… “The Band’s Visit” captured 11 awards, including Best Musical, at last night’s 72nd Tony Awards. The musical’s wins included Best Leading Actress for Katrina Lenk and Best Leading Actor for Tony Shalhoub. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won for Best Play. The AIDS drama “Angels in America” was honored with three major awards, including best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane respectively. Bruce Springsteen, who is starring in his one-man show on Broadway, performed at the event after being introduced by Robert De Niro, whose directed an expletive toward Donald Trump that got bleeped out on American television.

VINCE VAUGHN ARRESTED… Police in Manhattan Beach, California, arrested actor Vince Vaughn on driving under the influence and resisting arrest charges early yesterday. A passenger in Vaughn’s vehicle was hit with an additional public intoxication charge. The 48-year-old Vaughn was reportedly taken into custody at a routine checkpoint.

JACKSON ODELL DIES… Actor Jackson Odell, who was best known for playing Ari Caldwell on the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs” was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Friday, authorities revealed yesterday. He was 20. The cause of his death has not been determined pending an autopsy, authorities said.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Ocean’s 8” took in $41.5 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” slipped to second place with $15.1 million. “Deadpool 2” made $13.6 million to finish third. “Hereditary” opened in fourth place with $13 million. “Avengers: Infinity War” capped the top five with $6.8 million.

CINCINNATI 6 – St. Louis 3… Scooter Gennett stroked a two-run single during a four-run bottom of the fourth inning and the Reds went on to beat the Cardinals for the first time in 14 tries. Center-fielder threw out a pair of runners trying to advance and came down with a couple sparkling catches against the wall.

San Diego 3 – MIAMI 1… Clayton Richard (5-6) pitched 6-2/3 hitless innings as the Padres eased past the Marlins. Eric Hosmer homered with a runner aboard for San Diego.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Milwaukee 3... The Phillies held off the Brewers to snap their four-game skid. They scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning on a walk, a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice. Zack Eflin (3-2) held Milwaukee to two runs on three hits over six innings.

Pittsburgh 7 – CHI. CUBS 1… Josh Harrison homered to lead off the game and Gregory Polanco’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a five-run top of the sixth inning in the Pirates’ win over the Cubs. Ivan Nova (3-5) allowed a run on four hits over 5-2/3 innings.

Arizona 8 – COLORADO 3… Ketel Marte went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Diamondbacks downed the Rockies. Paul Goldschmidt lined a two-run triple.

San Francisco 2 – Washington 0... Derek Holland combined with four relievers to blank the Nationals. Holland pitched three-hit ball over five innings. Brendon Crawford provided all the offense the Giants needed with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and finished 4-for-4 on the day.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Atlanta 2… Max Muncy homered for the third time in three games to help power the Dodgers past the Braves. Kíke Hernandez and Logan Forsythe also went deep. Ross Stripling (5-1) gave up two runs on four hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Chi. White Sox 5 – BOSTON 2… Reynaldo Lopez (2-4) limited the Red Sox to a run on six hits over 6-1/3 innings. Daniel Palka had a couple of hits, including a two-run double for the White Sox.

TORONTO 13 – Baltimore 3… Curtis Granderson went 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBIs in leading the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Kendry Morales, Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez also circled the bases for Toronto. Marco Estrada (3-6) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

Cleveland 9 – DETROIT 2… Melky Cabrera and Erik Gonzalez both had two hits and three RBIs as the Indians ripped the Tigers. Yan Gomes homered with a runner aboard. Corey Kluber (10-2) surrendered two runs on five hits over eight innings.

Seattle 5 – TAMPA BAY 4… The Mariners got two-run homers from Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager on their way past the Rays. Right-fielder Mitch Hanigar threw out Tampa Bay center-fielder Johnny Field at the plate to end the game.

MINNESOTA 7 – L.A. Angels 5… Jake Cave went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Twins handled the Angels. Logan Morrison put Minnesota on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Houston 8 – TEXAS 7… The Astros recovered to beat the Rangers after blowing an early 6-0 lead. George Springer trotted home with the tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning when a balk was called on Texas reliever Keone Kela. Springer homered to lead off the game. Yuli Gurriel also went deep.

OAKLAND 3 – Kansas City 2… Matt Chapman led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer and the Athletics made it stand in edging the Royals. The blast was Chapman’s 10th of the year.

N.Y. METS 2 – N.Y. Yankees 0… Seth Lugo (2-1) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and got help from two relievers in the Mets’ blanking of the Yankees. Frazier provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning off tough-luck loser Luis Severino (9-2).

San Francisco (Bumgarner, 0-1) is at Miami (Chen, 1-3)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 3-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 6-4)…
San Diego (Lyles, 2-2) is at St. Louis (Flaherty, 2-2)…
Arizona (Corbin, 6-2) hosts Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 2-1)…

Boston (Wright, 2-0) is at Baltimore (Bundy, 4-7)…
Tampa Bay (Yarbrough, 4-2) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-1)…
Cleveland (Carrasco, 7-4) is at the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 4-6)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 1-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Haney, 3-4)…

TENNIS… Rafael Nadal cruised past No. 7-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros yesterday to capture the French Open for the 11th time. Nadal’s 17 Grand Slam titles leave him just three short of Roger Federer’s atop the all-time list. The 32-year-old Spaniard will retain his current No. 1 ranking.

GOLF… Dustin Johnson closed with a 4-under 66 to finish at 19 under to claim a six-stroke victory over Andrew Putnam bat the 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic. The win was Johnson’s second event of the season and the 18th of his career.

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