McCAIN TO LIE IN STATE… John McCain will lie in state in Capitols in Arizona and Washington this week. The Arizona senator died Saturday from brain cancer at age 81. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced yesterday that he will wait until after McCain is laid to rest before he appoints a replacement to fill his Senate seat.
THREE DEAD IN JACKSONVILLE SHOOTINGS… The mass shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday afternoon left the gunman and two victims dead. Authorities identified the gunman as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland, and said the FBI is assisting in an investigation. Nine victims were reportedly transported to area hospitals, including seven who sustained gunshot injuries. Two others transported themselves to hospitals with gunshot injuries. All of the victims were listed in stable condition.
REPORT: POPE FAILED TO ACT ON ABUSE ALLEGATIONS… A detailed statement released by a former top-ranking Vatican official accuses Pope Francis and other leaders in the Catholic Church of failing to act on abuse allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., for years before he was suspended. Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., issued the statement just hours after the pontiff met with survivors of sexual abuse Saturday in Ireland. Vigano claims he personally shared with the pope allegations of abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013, five years before McCarrick was accused of abusing seminarians and suspended from the Church.
8 DEAD IN APARTMENT CHICAGO FIRE… Fire officials in Chicago reported yesterday that six children and two adults died early yesterday in a fire at a three-story apartment building on the west side of Chicago. Ages of the children ranged from 3 months to 16 years old. The blaze left a firefighter, a teenage and a young adult hospitalized. The cause is under investigation.
GROUND BEEF RECALL… A potential E. coli contamination has prompted Cargill to recall more than 25,000 pounds of ground beef. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday that the product subject to the recall is the company’s 10-lb. chubs of “Excel 93/7 fine ground beef” with a use or freeze by date of “Sep 05” and a pack date of “08/16/2018.” The items were shipped from Fort Morgan, Colorado, to warehouses in Colorado and California. According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of illness through consumption of the product.
NEIL SIMON DIES… Legendary playwright Neil Simon yesterday morning following a period of declining health. He was 91. Simon was best-known for for “The Odd Couple,” the 1965 play that paved the way to a film and television series of the same name. His more popular plays included “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” “The Sunshine Boys” and “Promises, Promises.” His awards included a Pulitzer Prize, a Golden Globe Award, three Tony Awards, and the Kennedy Center Honor.
ARIANA GRANDE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Ariana Grande’s new release, “Sweetener,” tops the Billboard 200 album chart for the third time after selling 231,000 copies. Travis Scott’s “Astroworld,” which spent two weeks at No. 1, slipped to second place after selling 110,000 copies. Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” dropped to third place after selling 95,000 copies. Drake’s “Scorpion” finished fourth with 93,000 copies sold. Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” sold 57,000 units to remain in fifth place.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Crazy Rich Asians” brought in $25 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Meg” remained in second place with $13 million. “The Happytime Murders” debuted at No. 3 with $10 million. “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” took in $8 million to finish fourth. “Christopher Robin” capped the top five with $6.3 million.
Washington 15 – N.Y. METS 0… The Nationals came alive to score 14 runs in their final two at-bats to wallop the Mets and quench their 32-scoreless-inning streak. Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds unloaded a grand slam. Adam Eaton went 4-for-6 with a two-run homer. Wilmer Difo also homered with a runner aboard. Jefry Rodriguez (2-1) pitched two-hit ball over six innings.
Atlanta 4 – MIAMI 0… Kevin Gausman (9-9) limited the Marlins to one hit over five innings and got help from four relievers in the shutout win. Ender Inciarte and Tyler Flowers both had a couple of hits and an RBI.
MILWAUKEE 7 – Pittsburgh 4… Mike Moustakas and Manny Pina hit two-run homers to highlight a six-run bottom of the third inning and Jonathan Schoop added a solo shot in the sixth to power the Brewers past the Pirates.
CHI. CUBS 9 – Cincinnati 0… Kyle Hendricks (10-10) held the Reds to two hits over seven innings and reliever Randy Rosario came on to preserve the shutout. David Bote singled home a run and hit a two-run homer for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber added a two-run shot.
St. Louis 12 – COLORADO 3… Matt Carpenter doubled four times in five at-bats and knocked in two runs as the Cardinals crushed the Rockies. Tyler O’Neill’s two-run homer sparked a six-run top of the first inning. Austin Gomber (4-0) gave up two runs (one of which was unearned) on five hits over six innings and helped himself at the plate with an infield single that scored two runs.
L.A. DODGERS 7 – San Diego 3… Justin Turner went 3-for-5 and knocked in five runs as the Dodgers finished off a sweep of the Padres. Manny Machado’s 31st homer came with a runner aboard. Hyun-Jun Ryu (4-1) gave up two runs on 11 hits over 5-2/3 innings.
N.Y. Yankees 5 – BALTIMORE 3… Luke Voit opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the second inning and Miguel Andujar added a two-run double in the third as the Yankees downed the Orioles. Luis Severino (17-6) gave up three runs on four hits over 5-2/3 innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.
Chi. White Sox 7 – DETROIT 2… Avisail Garcia singled home two runs and Daniel Palka hit a two-run homer during a four-run top of the third inning and the White Sox coasted past the Tigers. Rookie Michael Kopech (1-0) allowed a run on seven hits over six innings.
TAMPA BAY 9 – Boston 1… The Rays breezed past the Red Sox to complete a sweep and win their eighth in a row. Blake Snell (16-5) gave up a run on two hits over six innings. Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs. Kevin Kermaier gapped a two-run triple and Michael Perez contributed a two-run double.
Oakland 6 – MINNESOTA 2… The Athletics topped the Twins to remain 1-1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West. Matt Chapman hit a pair of solo homers and doubled home two runs. Stephen Piscotty and Jed Lowrie also homered with the bases empty.
Cleveland 12 – KANSAS CITY 5… Jason Kipnis had four hits, including an inside-the-park homer, and drove in four runs to lead the Indians in their rout of the Royals. Edwin Encarnacion homered with a runner aboard. Francisco Lindor had a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs.
Houston 3 – L.A. ANGELS 1… Framber Valdez (2-0) held the Angels to a run on two hits over five innings and the Astros went on to win their fifth in a row. Carlos Correa stroked a two-run single and scored on Marwin Gonzalez’ single as Houston scored all three runs in the top of the third inning.
Philadelphia 8 – TORONTO 3… Wilson Ramos and Maikel Franco hit two-run homers, Rhys Hoskins added a solo shot, and the Phillies downed the Blue Jays. Toronto’s Kendrys Morales homered in his seventh straight game in defeat.
ARIZONA 5 – Seattle 2… Paul Goldschmidt belted a three-run homer to cap a five-run bottom of the third inning and the Diamondbacks cruised past the Mariners to reclaim sole possession of first place in the NL West. Zack Greinke allowed just an unearned run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.
SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Texas 1… Derek Holland held the Rangers to a run on three hits over 6-1/3 innings and three relievers held them off the rest of the way in the Giants’ win. Steve Duggar legged out a tie-breaking two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning.
TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
Washington (Strasburg, 6-7) is at Philadelphia (Eflin, 9-4)…
the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 14-5) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 9-3)…
Arizona (Corbin, 10-4) is at San Francisco (TBD)
TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 5-3) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 9-4)…
Baltimore (Hess, 2-8) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 3-6)…
Oakland (Cole, 11-5) is at Houston (Anderson, 3-3)
TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE…
Colorado (Gray, 10-7) is at the L.A. Angels (Despaigne, 2-2)
NFL PRESEASON SCORES…
Arizona 27, DALLAS 3…
Cincinnati 26, BUFFALO 13