The Rundown for Sept. 20, 2018

KANANAUGH ACCUSER WILL TESTIFY IF TERMS ARE MET… Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week regarding her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. Ford’s lawyers say the testimony will be dependent on whether Ford is offered “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” according to The New York Times. Ford’s reportedly retains her “strong preference” that the FBI complete “a full investigation” before she testifies in front of the committee.

RETURNED KOREAN WAR SOLDIERS IDENTIFIED… The White House yesterday released the names of two U.S. Army soldiers in the Korean War whose remains were handed over by North Korea earlier this year in a goodwill gesture. The remains belonged to Army Master Sergeant Charles H. McDaniel of Vernon, Indiana, and Army Private First Class William H. Jones of Nash County, North Carolina. In July, North Korea handed over 55 boxes containing the remains of war dead, fulfilling a pledge North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made the month before during his June summit with President Trump in Singapore.

FOUR DEAD IN MARYLAND SHOOTINGS… A shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, yesterday left four people dead, including the shooter. The Harford County Sheriff Office identified the shooter as 26-year-old Snochia Moseley and say she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Moseley was reported to be a “temporary employee” at the distribution center.

CALIFORNIA TARGETS PLASTIC STRAWS IN NEW LAW… California has become the first state to prohibit restaurants from automatically providing customers with single-use plastic straws. A new law signed yesterday by Governor Jerry Brown does not ban plastic straws outright, but requires diners to ask explicitly for them. The law applies only to full-service restaurants, not fast-food eateries. Restaurants found to be in violation will receive two warnings before being fined up to $300 per year.

EIGHT DEAD IN ARIZONA CRASH… Eight people died yesterday when an SUV carrying seven suspected illegal immigrants was hit head-on by a passenger vehicle on an Arizona highway. Three other people were seriously injured in the collision near Florence, about 125 miles from the border with Mexico. Investigators did not immediately know whether the SUV was involved in any smuggling activity or if the driver of either vehicle was impaired.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘SUGE’ KNIGHT PLEADS NO CONTEST… Ex-rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter yesterday in the 2015 hit-and-run that killed a man outside of a Compton, California, restaurant. The 53-year-old Knight will serve 28 years in state prison as part of the deal he struck with prosecutors. The Death Row Records co-founder was accused of running over two men with his Ford F-150 pickup. One of the men died while the other survived with severe injuries.

IN THEATERS… In “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” a young orphan aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in the PG-rated film. “Life Itself” centers on a a young New York couple whose unexpected twists create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes. The R-rated drama stars Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde. John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix star in “The Sisters Brothers.” The R-rated film tells the story about a gold prospector in 1850s Oregon who is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
ATLANTA 8 – Philadelphia 3… Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson both had a couple of hits and an RBI as the Braves cruised past the Phillies and moved a step closer to the NL East title. Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 and scored twice.

N.Y. Mets 5 – 4 WASHINGTON (12 innings)… Pinch-hitter Jose Lobatan’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning scored Amed Rosario with a tie-breaking run and the Mets hung on to outlast the Nationals. Michael Conforto homered with a runner aboard. Jay Bruce smacked a solo homer and singled home a run.

Cincinnati 4 – MIAMI 2… Cody Reed (1-2) held the Marlins to five hits over six shutout innings in the Reds’ win. Scooter Gennett drove in all four Cincinnati runs with a two-run double and a two-run homer.

AL SCORES
Boston 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 6… The Red Sox erased a 6-4 fifth-inning deficit and put away the Yankees to clinch their third straight AL East title. Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and two-run single. The homer was his 30th of the season. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. also went deep for Boston.

OAKLAND 21 – L.A. Angels 3… The Athletics used 5-, 7-, 6- and 3-run rallies to crush the Angels and continue their push for a playoff spot. Marcus Semien went 3-for-5 and knocked in five runs. Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer and singled home a run. Nick Martini and Chad Pinder added solo homers. Edwin Jackson (6-3) gave up two runs on three hits over 5-1/3 innings.

TORONTO 9 – Tampa Bay 8… Justin Smoak’s walk-off homer capped a seven-run bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Blue Jays over the Rays. Danny Jansen belted a three-run shot and Lourdes Gurriel added a two-run shot during the uprising. Rowdy Tellez homered with a runner aboard in the second and doubled home a run.

DETROIT 11 – Kansas City 8… Christin Stewart drove in six runs with a pair of homers and a bases-loaded walk to lead the Tigers past the Royals. Nicholas Castellanos added a solo homer.

Chi. White Sox 5 – CLEVELAND 4 (11 innings)… Matt Davidson singled home Yolmer Sanchez with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning and the White Sox made it stand in downing the White Sox. Yoan Moncada lined a two-run double and Omar Narvaez homered with the bases empty for Chicago.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Milwaukee (Chacin, 14-8) is at Pittsburgh (Nova, 8-9)…
Washington (Ross, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 8-9)…
Cincinnati (Castillo, 10-12) is at Miami (Chen, 6-11)…
Atlanta (Teheran, 9-8) hosts Philadelphia (Pivetta, 7-13)…
San Francisco (Bumgarner, 6-6) is at St. Louis (Gant, 7-6)…
Arizona (Greinke, 14-10) hosts Colorado (Marquez, 12-10)…
San Diego (Lauer, 5-7) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 9-5)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Ramirez, 1-5) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 7-7)…
Toronto (Reid-Foley, 2-3) hosts Tampa Bay (TBD)…
Boston (Sale, 12-4) is at Cleveland (Bauer, 12-6)…
Detroit (Liriano, 5-10) hosts Kansas City (Kennedy, 2-8)…
Seattle (Ramirez, 2-3) is at Texas (Jurado, 2-5)…
Houston (Cole, 14-5) hosts the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 9-9)…
Minnesota (Berrios, 11-11) is at Oakland (TBD)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 13-10) are at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 5-9)…

MLB PLAYOFF PUSH… Here’s the playoff picture with teams down to their final nine or 10 games of the regular season:

NL EAST… Atlanta (85-68) leads Philadelphia (78-74) by 6-1/2 games and Washington (77-76) by 8-1/2 games. The Braves’ magic number for clinching the division is 4.

NL CENTRAL… the Chi. Cubs (89-63) lead Milwaukee (87-66) by 2-1/2 games and St. Louis (84-69) by 5-1/2 games. The Cubs’ magic number for clinching the division is 8.

NL WEST… the L.A. Dodgers (85-68) lead Colorado (82-70) by 2-1/2 games and Arizona (79-74) by 6 games. The Dodgers’ magic number for clinching the division is 8.

NL WILD CARD… Milwaukee leads St. Louis by 3 games and Colorado by 4-1/2 games in the race for the two wild-card spots.

AL EAST… Boston (104-49) has clinched the division title.

AL CENTRAL… Cleveland (85-67) has clinched the division title.

AL WEST… Houston (95-57) leads Oakland (92-61) by 3-1/2 games. The Astros’ magic number for clinching the division title is 7.

AL WILD CARD… The N.Y. Yankees (93-59) lead Oakland by 2 games in the race for the top wild-card spot.

NFL SCORE
CLEVELAND 21 – N.Y. Jets 17… Baker Mayfield came off the bench before halftime to pass for 201 yards and help rally the Browns past the Jets to snap their 19-game winless streak. Carlos Hyde rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
New Orleans (1-1) is at Atlanta (1-1)…
Minnesota (1-0-1) hosts Buffalo (0-2)…
Indianapolis (1-1) is at Philadelphia (1-1)…
Washington (1-1) hosts Green Bay (1-0-1)…
San Francisco (1-1) is at Kansas City (2-0)…
Miami (2-0) hosts Oakland (0-2)…
Tennessee (1-1) is at Jacksonville (0-2)…
Carolina (1-1) hosts Cincinnati (2-0)…
Denver (2-0) is at Baltimore (1-1)…
Houston (0-2) hosts the N.Y. Giants (0-2)…
the L.A. Chargers (1-1) are at the L.A. Rams (2-0)…
Seattle (0-2) hosts Dallas (1-1)…
Chicago (1-1) is at Arizona (0-2)…
Detroit (0-2) hosts New England (1-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh (0-1-1) is at Tampa Bay (2-0)

TONIGHT’S TOP 15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#16 Central Florida hosts Florida Atlantic…

SATURDAY’S TOP 15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Alabama hosts #22 Texas A&M…
#2 Georgia is at Missouri…
#3 Clemson is at Georgia Tech…
#4 Ohio State hosts Tulane…
#5 Oklahoma hosts Army…
#6 LSU hosts Louisiana Tech…
#7 Stanford is at #20 Oregon…
#8 Notre Dame is at Wake Forest…
#9 Auburn hosts Arkansas…
#10 (tie) Penn State is at Illinois…
#10 (tie) Washington hosts Arizona State…
#12 West Virginia hosts Kansas State…
#13 Virginia Tech is at Old Dominion…
#14 Mississippi State is at Kentucky…
#15 Oklahoma State hosts Texas Tech…
#17 TCU is at Texas…
#18 Wisconsin is at Iowa…
#19 Michigan hosts Nebraska…
#21 Miami (Fla.) hosts Florida International…
#23 Boston College is at Purdue…
#24 Michigan State is at Indiana…
#25 BYU hosts McNeese State

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