TRUMP-PUTIN MEETING IN HELSINKI… President Trump says he has “low expectations” for today’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, but vows the meeting will be a “good thing” regardless of the outcome. Trump is following through with the meeting despite lawmakers’ calls for him to cancel it amid Friday’s indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officials. Trump has promised to discuss the issue of Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election in his talks with Putin.
TRUMP CALLS EU A FOE… During an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation yesterday, President Trump referred to the European Union as a “foe” and appeared to suggest the U.S.’ longest-standing allies are more of a rival than even Russia. Trump claimed that calling them a foe “doesn’t mean they are bad,” just that they are “competitive” and “want to do well.” Trump reiterated his ongoing accusations that the EU has “taken advantage” of the U.S. on trade and NATO.
U.S. WON’T EXEMPT EU FROM IRAN SANCTIONS… The U.S. has rejected the European Union’s requests to grant exemptions to European companies from its sanctions against Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent European nations a letter explaining that the U.S. is denying the appeal because it wants to exert maximum pressure on Iran. Exemptions would only be made if they benefited U.S. national security, the letter noted.
POLICE SHOOTINGS… Police in Kansas City fatally shot a man yesterday following a series of shootouts that left three officers hospitalized in stable condition. Undercover and tactical officers say they came under fire while closing in on a person of interest in the murder of a university student. The suspect fled in a vehicle, which authorities found a short time later. The suspect opened fire a second time as officers searched for him… In Weymouth, Massachusetts, a policeman was fatally shot with his own gun yesterday morning by a man who used the same gun to kill a female bystander in her home, authorities said. a bystander was fatally shot and an officer was critically wounded. 42-year-old officer Michael Chesna was responding to an “erratic driver” call when he found a car crashed and a man vandalizing a home. Chesna reportedly drew his weapon and told Emanuel Lopes to stop, but the suspect instead threw a large stone that struck Chesna in the head and knocked him down. Lopes took Chesna’s gun and shot him several times in the head and chest.
NEW MEXICO BUS CRASH… Three people were killed and 24 others were injured early yesterday when a commercial passenger bus and three other vehicles crashed on a New Mexico highway. Authorities say the accident on Interstate 25 about 18 miles north of Albuquerque began when a car struck a pickup truck from behind and prompted the bus driver to take evasive action. The bus rolled on its side and was sideswiped by a semi-truck, according to reports. Some of the injuries are considered critical.
WHEDON WORKING ON HBO SHOW… Joss Whedon has begun work on a brand-new sci-fi series for HBO. “The Nevers” is described as “an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.” Whedon is believed to be serving as writer, director and executive producer for the series.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” took in $44.1 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” slipped into second place with $28.8 million. “Skyscraper” opened in third place with $25.4 million. “Incredibles 2” finished fourth with $16.2 million. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” capped the top five with $15.5 million.
Washington 6 – N.Y. METS 1… Trea Turner and pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy produced two-run singles during a five-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Nationals past the Mets. Jeremy Hellickson (4-1) limited New York to a run on two hits over six innings.
MIAMI 10 – Philadelphia 5… The Marlins erupted to scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 5-0 deficit on their way past the Phillies. Cameron Maybin got things going with a solo homer and Brian Anderson added a three-run shot. Miguel Rojas and Justin Bour delivered two-run singles.
PITTSBURGH 7 – Milwaukee 6 (10 innings)… Josh Bell’s two-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Pirates a dramatic come-from-behind win to complete a five-game sweep of the Brewers. Pinch-hitter David Freese tripled home Bell with the tying run as Pittsburgh scored twice in the ninth. Corey Dickerson drilled a two-run homer in the third.
ATLANTA 5 – Arizona 1… Julio Teheran (7-6) pitched four-hit ball over 6-1/3 innings and the Braves cruised past the Diamondbacks. Dansby Swanson’s RBI double sparked a four-run bottom of the third inning. Preston Tucker smacked a pinch-hit solo homer.
ST. LOUIS 6 – Cincinnati 4… The Cardinals downed the Reds and made a winner of Mike Shildt in his debut as interim manager. Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler hit solo homers. Tommy Pham lined a two-run single to spark a four-run fourth.
Chi. Cubs 7 – SAN DIEGO 4… Jason Heyward lined a two-run single, Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with an RBI and the Cubs topped the Padres. Jon Lester (12-2) allowed three runs on six hits over 5-1/3 innings.
BALTIMORE 6 – Texas 5… The Orioles fought off the Rangers after spotting them an early 4-0 lead. Adam Jones stroked a go-ahead two-run double during a five-run bottom of the third inning. Manny Machado homered with the bases empty.
BOSTON 5 – Toronto 2… The Red Sox made it 12 wins in 13 games by downing the Blue Jays and are heading into the All-Star break with the majors’ best record. Xavier Bogaerts homered and knocked in two runs. Holt produced a pair of run-scoring singles.
CLEVELAND 5 – N.Y. Yankees 2… Michael Brantley smacked a tie-breaking homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and the Indians scored twice more to put away the Yankees. Edwin Encarnacion homered with a runner aboard in the fourth to break a scoreless tie.
Detroit 6 – HOUSTON 3… The Tigers smacked four homers off former teammate Justin Verlander in doubling up on the Astros. Niko Goodrum, Jim Adduci, John Hicks and Jeimer Candelario all went deep.
CHI. WHITE SOX 10 – Kansas City 1… Yoan Moncada went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored as the White Sox pounded the Royals. Daniel Palka also had three hits, including a two-run homer. Lucas Giolito (6-8) pitched two-hit ball over 6-1/3 scoreless innings.
MINNESOTA 11 – Tampa Bay 7 (10 innings)… Brian Dozier unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to power the Twins past the Rays. Eddie Rosario went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles.
COLORADO 4 – Seattle 3… Trevor Story led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his 20th homer to lift the Rockies over the Mariners. Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.
Oakland 6 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… Stephen Piscotty singled home a run to spark a four-run top of the fourth inning and homered with the bases empty in the sixth to lead the Athletics past the Giants. Jonathan Lucroy lifted a sacrifice fly and stroked a run-scoring single.
L.A. DODGERS 5 – L.A. Angels 3… Enrique Hernandez hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Dodgers went on to beat the Angels and pick up a split of the four-game series. Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-3 with a homer. Clayton Kershaw scattered six hits—including a Jefry Marte three-run homer—over 6-2/3 innings and helped himself at the plate with an RBI single.
MLB ALL-STAR GAME… Tomorrow at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
NHL NEWS… Authorities in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, recovered the body of former NHL goaltender Ray Emery yesterday afternoon following his apparent drowning. The 35-year-old Emery was with a group of friends who decided to go swimming. Emery plunged into the water but never re-surfaced. Emery played 287 games in 11 seasons with the Senators, Flyers, Ducks and Blackhawks.