The Rundown for May 20, 2019

DEUTSCHE BANK REJECTED WARNINGS OVER TRUMP, KUSHNER TRANSACTIONS… A former Deutsche Bank anti-fraud specialist who specialized in money laundering told the New York Times that transactions in the accounts of Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner set off alerts in a computer system designed to spot illegal activity. Tammy McFadden and five other former bank employees say they prepared for the Treasure Department reports identifying the potential financial crimes, but executives at the bank rejected the warnings and the reports were never filed. McFadden was terminated for questioning the bank’s practices. Congress as subpoenaed Deutsche Bank over the transactions but the Trump Organization filed suit to prevent the bank from responding.

FORMER CIA DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS CONGRESS OVER IRAN… The Associated Press reported yesterday that former CIA director John Brennan will brief House Democrats on tensions in Iran at their weekly caucus meeting tomorrow. Brennan, along with former State Department official and Iran nuclear deal negotiator Wendy Sherman, will address Democrats privately on the same day that the Trump administration officials brief lawmakers in a closed-door meeting. Democrats are expected to attend both sessions.

INVESTOR TO PAY OFF STUDENTS’ DEBT AT MOREHOUSE COLLEGE… Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith announced yesterday during his commencement address at Morehouse College that he would pay off the entire graduating class’ student debt. Smith had already pledged a $1.5 million gift to the school earlier this year but said during his speech that his family would also be providing a grant to eliminate the student debt of the nearly 430 graduating seniors. Some of the graduates at the historically black all-male private liberal arts school in Atlanta were facing more than $70,000 in debt. Smith’s gift amount to an estimated $40 million.

WEATHER POUNDS CENTRAL U.S… Cleanup operations are underway throughout the central U.S. following a weekend of severe weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center had issued more than 50 preliminary tornado reports and more tornadoes were on the forecast. Texas and Iowa were particularly hard hit and more than 60,000 homes and businesses in the two states remained without power yesterday. Cities struck by high winds and heavy rain yesterday included Detroit; Chicago; Indianapolis; Toledo, Ohio; and Paducah, Kentucky. Damage was also reported in parts of Louisiana.

GAS PRICES DROP… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell 3 cents a gallon to $2.93 over the past two weeks, according to a survey of gas stations nationwide released yesterday. The Lundberg Survey found that the most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost $4.08 a gallon. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the cheapest gas at $2.35 a gallon.

LOGIC TOPS ALBUM CHART… Logic’s new release, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” sold 80,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Billie Eilish’s “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” remained in second place with 68,000 units sold. Khalid’s “Free Spirit” stayed at No. 3 on sales of 46,000 copies. Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s “Space Between” debuted in fourth place after selling 40,000 units. Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” capped the top five with 36,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum” took in $57 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Avengers: Endgame” slipped into second place with $29.4 million. “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” made $24.8 to finish at No. 3. “A Dog’s Journey” debuted in fourth place with $8 million. “The Hustle” dropped to No. 5 with $6 million.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Colorado 5… Pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper hit two-run homers for the Phillies in the defeat of the Rockies.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – CINCINNATI 3… Cody Bellinger and Russell Martin homered for the Dodgers. Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-1) pitched five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

MIAMI 3 – N.Y. Mets 0… Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (2-4) tossed a two-hit shutout. Curtis Granderson had an RBI grounder and a solo homer.

Milwaukee 3 – ATLANTA 2 (10 innings)… Ben Gamel led off the top of the 10th inning with a go-ahead homer and the Brewers made it stand in outlasting the Braves. Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura also went deep for Milwaukee.

San Francisco 3 – ARIZONA 2 (10 innings)… Pablo Sandoval’s pinch-hit homer to open the 10th inning sent the Giants past the Diamondbacks.

Pittsburgh 6 – SAN DIEGO 4… Colin Moran belted a three-run homer and singled home a run to lead the Pirates past the Padres. Starter Joe Musgrove (3-4) allowed three runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Chi. Cubs 6 – WASHINGTON 5… The Cubs built a 6-1 lead through 5-1/2 innings and held on to edge the Nationals. Anthony Rizzo smacked a solo homer. Kyle Schwarber lifted a pair of sacrifice flies.

BOSTON 4 – Houston 3… Xander Bogarts drove in a pair of runs with a single and a double for the Red Sox. Michael Chavis homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. YANKEES 13 – Tampa Bay 5… The Yankees took advantage of five walks in the bottom of the sixth inning to score seven times in their pounding of the Rays. Brett Gardner had three hits, including a two-run homer and an RBI double. Aaron Hicks homered with a runner aboard and DJ LeMahieu added a solo shot for New York.

CLEVELAND 10 – Baltimore 0… Shane Bieber racked up 15 strikeouts in a complete-game five-hitter and got plenty of support in the Indians’ blanking of the Orioles. Carlos Santana singled home a run and homered.

Toronto 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… The Blue Jays got home runs from Billy McKinney, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Danny Jansen in downing the White Sox.

Kansas City 5 – L.A. ANGELS 1… Starter Danny Duffy (3-1) limited the Angels to a run on five hits over six innings. Hunter Dozier stroked a two-run double for the Royals.

SEATTLE 7 – Minnesota 4… Edwin Encarnacion blasted a three-run homer and sparkled defensively as the Mariners handed their Twins their first loss in six games. Mitch Hanigar homered with a runner aboard and Daniel Vogelbach drilled a solo shot for Seattle.

DETROIT – Oakland (susp.)… Rain in Detroit forced the suspension of yesterday’s Tigers-Athletics game in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Athletics leading 5-3. It will be resumed prior to the teams’ scheduled game in Oakland on September 6.

TEXAS 5 – St. Louis 4 (10 innings)… The Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning to upend the Cardinals. Nomar Mazara’s sacrifice fly scored Danny Santana with the winning run after Willy Calhoun lined a game-tying RBI single. Santana and Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas.

Washington (Patrick Corbin, 4-1) is at the N.Y. Mets (Drew Gagnon, 1-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-3) host Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 4-4)…
Atlanta (Mike Siroka, 4-1) is at San Francisco (Shaun Anderson, 0-0)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 3-2) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 3-2)

Boston (David Price, 1-2) is at Toronto (Edwin Jackson, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 4-3) hosts Oakland (Brett Anderson, 4-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A Happ, 3-3) are at Baltimore (David Hess, 1-5)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 4-3) hosts Seattle (Mike Leake, 3-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Manny Banuelos, 2-3) are at Houston (Brad Peacock, 4-2)…
the L.A. Angels (TBA) hosts Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 6-2)

TORONTO 118 – Milwaukee 112 (2OT)… Kawhi Leonard pumped in a game-high 36 points as the Raptors outlasted the Bucks and pulled within 2-1 in the series. Pascal Siakam powered his way to 25 points and 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol finished with 16 points and 12 boards. The series remains in Toronto for Game 4 tomorrow.

Golden State is at Portland for Game 4 with the Warriors leading 3-0

St. Louis 5 – SAN JOSE 0… Jaden Schwartz recorded his second hat trick of the postseason and the Blues blanked the Sharks to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final. Oskar Sundqvist scored the only goal St. Louis needed in the first period and Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot in the second. Goalie Jordan Binnington stopped all 21 shots. Game 6 is tomorrow in St. Louis.

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