The Rundown for July 2, 2018

BOLTON SAYS U.S. HAS NORTH KOREA PLAN… National security adviser John Bolton said yesterday that the U.S. has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year. Bolton made the remarks on CBS’ “Face the Nation” amid U.S. intelligence reports that Pyongyang doesn’t plan to give up its nuclear arsenal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will discuss the plan with North Korea in the near future, according to Bolton.

CANADA IMPOSES TARIFFS… Canada has begun imposing tariffs on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods in response to the Trump administration’s new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the U.S. Tariffs are as high as 25 percent on some U.S. products, including steel and iron, which is the same penalty the U.S. imposed on imported steel at the end of May. Other U.S. imports will face a 10 percent tariff at the Canadian border. During a speech in Leamington, Ontario, yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Canadians for standing united against Trump’s sanctions and urged Canadians to “make their choices accordingly” in considering whether to buy American products.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES… More evacuations were ordered in Northern California yesterday after a major wildfire broke out in Yolo County on Saturday. The fast-moving blaze west of Sacramento has consumed nearly square miles of dry brush and threatened more than two dozen structures. The National Weather Service says smoke from the fire has created poor air quality in Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. A blaze that burning for several days to the west in Lake County jumped containment lines over the weekend and forced additional evacuation orders, authorities say. That fire is listed at more than 70 percent contained after charring about 22 square miles of brush and destroying at least 20 structures.

DES MOINES FLOODING… The cleanup effort following historic flooding in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend will take months, authorities say. The flooding was fueled by 3 to 8 inches of rain that fell across the Des Moines metro area Saturday night. Creekside homes and businesses in the suburb of Clive had to be evacuated and some streets remained blocked yesterday. Nearly 20,000 customers lost power Saturday night, but all but about 40 had their power restored by last night.

MEXICO ELECTION… Leftist populist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was declared the winner in Mexico’s presidential election last night. Lopez Obrador, who was making his third run for the presidency, held a 16- to 26-percent lead over his nearest rival, conservative Ricardo Anaya. Lopez Obrador vows to transform Mexico by overthrowing the “mafia of power” and ruling for the poor.

ED SHEERAN SUED AGAIN… British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is facing his third copyright-infringement lawsuit since 2016. An investment banker who owns one-third of the rights to the Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get it On” accuses Sheeran of “copying and exploiting” the song in Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The suit seeks $100 million in damages.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” took in $60 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Incredibles 2” remained in second place with $45.5 million. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” opened in third place after taking in $19 million. Another newcomer, “Uncle Drew,” finished fourth with $15.5 million. “Ocean’s 8” capped the top five with $8 million.

CINCINNATI 8 – Milwaukee 2… Jose Peraza unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to highlight the Reds’ win over the Brewers. Matt Harvey (4-5) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings.

N.Y. Mets 5 – MIAMI 2… Steven Matz (4-5) limited the Marlins to an unearned run on three hits over 5-1/3 shutout innings as the Mets handled the Marlins. Matz helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring single. Asrubal Cabrera homered for New York.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Washington 3 (13 innings)… Andrew Knapp’s pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 13th inning lifted the Phillies over the Nationals. Odubel Herrera singled home Carlos Santana with tying run in the fifth.

Atlanta 6 – ST. LOUIS 5… The Braves used a five-run top of the sixth inning to build a 6-0 lead and held on to edge the Cardinals. Freddie Freeman homered with a runner aboard. Charlie Culberson had a couple of hits and knocked in two runs.

San Francisco 9 – ARIZONA 6… The Giants pounded their way past the Diamondbacks to complete a series sweep. Hunter Pence came through with a two-run pinch-hit double. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford added two RBIs apiece.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – Colorado 4… Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four RBIs in leading the Dodgers past the Rockies.

Pittsburgh 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… Rookie Colin Moran connected for his second grand slam of the season to help power the Pirates past the Padres. Corey Dickerson and Elias Diaz also went deep for Pittsburgh.

BALTIMORE 8 – L.A. Angels 2… Mark Trumbo hit a pair of solo homers and the Orioles also got round-trippers from Manny Machado and Trey Mancini in downing the Angels for their first win in eight games. Kevin Gausman (4-6) allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Detroit 9 – TORONTO 2… Nick Castellanos cleared the bases with a grand slam and Jacoby Jones added a two-run homer as the Tigers pounded the Blue Jays. Jordan Zimmermann (3-0) surrendered a run on five hits over seven innings.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Houston 2… Blake Snell (11-4) held the Astros to a run on four hits over 7-1/3 innings as the Rays clipped the Astros. Duffy put Tampa Bay on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and Mallex Smith homered in the eighth.

Chi White Sox 10 – TEXAS 5… Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson knocked in three runs apiece as the White Sox doubled up on the Rangers. Avisail Garcia went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Reynaldo Lopez (4-5) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Cleveland 15 – OAKLAND 3… Francisco Lindor homered and banged out two of the Indians 11 doubles in their rout of the Athletics. Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for Cleveland. Yonder Alonso had four hits and drove in three runs. Mike Clevinger (7-3) gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings.

SEATTLE 1 – Kansas City 0… The Mariners held off the Royals to run their winning streak to seven games. James Paxton (8-2) pitched two-hit ball over eight innings in outdueling Brad Keller (2-3). Ben Gamel singled home Kyle Seager with the game’s only run in the bottom of the second inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 11 – Boston 1… Aaron Hicks homered three times and knocked in four runs as the Yankees walloped the Red Sox. Gleyber Torres belted a three-run homer. Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka added solo blasts. Luis Severino (13-2) pitched two-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings.

CHI. CUBS 11 – Minnesota 10… Starting pitcher Jon Lester (11-2) blasted a three-run homer during an eight-run bottom of the second inning and the Cubs outslugged the Twins. Ian Happ added a solo shot. Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a two-run double.

San Francisco (Bumgarner, 1-2) is at Colorado (Freeland, 7-6)…
Arizona (Ray, 3-0) hosts St. Louis (Martinez, 4-4)…
Pittsburgh (Kingham, 2-3) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 4-5)

Detroit (Fiers, 5-5) is at Toronto (Borucki, 0-1)…
Kansas City (Junis, 5-9) hosts Cleveland (Kluber, 11-4)

Atlanta (Sanchez, 3-2) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Loaisiga, 2-0)…
Washington (Scherzer, 10-4) hosts Boston (Porcello, 9-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 3-9) are at Cincinnati (Castillo,5-8)…
Miami (Chen, 2-5) hosts Tampa Bay (Eovaldi, 2-3)…
Minnesota (Gibson, 2-6) is at Milwaukee (Suter, 8-5)

NBA NEWS… LeBron James has reportedly signed a four-year, $154 million contract to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal was reported yesterday by James’ management company. The 33-year-old James averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists for Cleveland last season.


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