The Rundown for June 7 2019

1 DEAD, 22 INJURED IN MILITARY VEHICLE CRASH… At least one person was killed and 22 others were injured yesterday morning when a military vehicle crashed in a training accident at West Point, New York. The injured included 20 U.S. Military Academy cadets and two active soldiers based at Fort Benning, Georgia. They were transported to local hospitals.

NO MORE PUNISHMENT FOR DEADLY NIGER AMBUSH… Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced yesterday that no further disciplinary action will be taken against soldiers in response to the deaths of four Green Berets who were ambushed in Niger two years ago. The incident prompted the reprimanding of several military officials. An initial Defense Department investigation cited organizational failures and a lack of proper training for that particular combat situation.

CONGRESSMAN PLANS TO BLOCK TRUMP TARIFFS… House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal warned yesterday that he would take steps to block new tariffs against Mexico if President Trump follows through on his plans to impose the duties early next week. Neal said the president’s proposed tariffs “would hurt American workers, businesses and consumers.” Trump has threatened to impose 5 percent tariffs on all Mexican imports starting Monday unless the Mexican government stops the flow of Central American migrants coming to the U.S. southern border. The president said he’ll increase the tariffs 5 percentage points a month until they reach 25 percent.

FLYNN TRIES TO FIRE LAWYERS… Former national security adviser Michael Flynn yesterday attempted to fire his lawyers who arranged a 2017 plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, Judge Emmet Sullivan denied the motion, saying it did not comply with local court rules and the attorneys’ “failure to indicate the manner in which the motion was served upon Mr. Flynn.” Flynn’s move to fire his lawyers followed the release of a transcript and an audio recording of a potentially incriminating voicemail one of Flynn’s lawyers had received from Trump personal attorney John Dowd on the eve of Flynn’s plea deal. The voice mail became part of Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump had tried to influence cooperators. Flynn pled guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI while they interviewed him in the White House in January 2017 about discussing foreign policy with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and about his lobbying for Turkey. Flynn continues to delay his sentencing after a court hearing last December.

6 MIGRANTS KILLED IN CRASH… Authorities in Texas said yesterday that six migrants who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico illegally were killed and five others were critically injured earlier this week when an SUV that earlier fled Texas police crashed into a drainage ditch. Police in Robstown say officers tried to stop the SUV for speeding on Tuesday night but broke off the chase when they lost sight of the vehicle. Authorities became aware of the crash the wreck early Wednesday when a resident called 911 to report an injured man had come to her door.

DR. JOHN DIES… Legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. He was 77. Born Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. in Los Angeles, he rose to solo fame in the late 1960s with his voodoo-influenced music. He recorded with Levon Helm, Gregg Allman, Van Morrison, Harry Connick, Jr., Ringo Starr and B.B. King, among others. His television appearances included a regular guest spot on the HBO dramatic series “Treme” in 2010-13. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

R. KELLY PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO NEW CHARGES… Singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty yesterday to 11 new charges related to alleged sexual assault of a teenage fan in 2010. Cook County, Illinois, prosecutors filed the new charges last week. The new indictment alleges that in January 2010 Kelly forced himself on the victim, abused her and threatened her life. Prosecutors previously alleged that Kelly slapped and choked her during his sexual encounters with her, which began when she was underage.

IN THEATERS… In “Dark Phoenix,” the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world after Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. The PG-13 film stars James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. The sequel “The Secret Life of Pets 2” centers on the secret lives of Max and his pet friends after their owners leave them for work or school each day. The animated feature is rated PG.

N.Y. METS 7 – San Francisco 3… Todd Frazier hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Mets scored twice more to put away the Giants. Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith hit solo homers. Jeff McNeil produced a pair of run-scoring singles.

PITTSBURGH 6 – Atlanta 1… Colin Moran hit a two-run homer and Gregory Polanco smacked a solo shot for the Pirates. Josh Bell lined a two-run double. Chris Archer (3-5) allowed a run on six hits over six innings.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Cincinnati 1… Paul DeJong’s two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the Cardinals past the Reds. Matt Carpenter stroked a run-scoring single.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Miami 1… Christian Yelich homered with a runner aboard and Mike Moustakas drilled a pair of solo homers for the Brewers. Freddy Peralta (3-2) allowed a run on four hits and struck out nine over six innings.

Colorado 3 – CHI. CUBS 1… Peter Lambert (1-0) limited the Cubs to a run on four hits and struck out nine over seven innings to win his major-league debut. Ian Desmond had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

SAN DIEGO 5 – Washington 4… The Padres rallied past the Nationals after spotting them an early four-run lead. Hunter Renfroe drilled a two-run homer. Franmil Reyes’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning scored Wil Meyers with the decisive run.

Tampa Bay 6 – DETROIT 1… Travis d’Arnaud belted a pair of two-run homers for the Rays. Willy Adames also went deep.

Boston 7 – KANSAS CITY 5… Mookie Betts homered with a runner aboard for the Red Sox. Rafael Devers lined a two-run single and Christian Vazquez legged out a two-run triple.

Houston 8 – SEATTLE 7 (14 innings)… Yuli Gurriel lifted a sacrifice fly in the top of the 14th inning and the Astros held on to outlast the Mariners. Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer. Alex Bregman and Jack Mayfield hit bases-empty homers.

Minnesota 5 – CLEVELAND 4… Max Kepler homered three times and knocked in four runs to power the Twins past the Indians. Jose Berrios (8-2) allowed two runs on two hits over six innings.

N.Y. Yankees 6 – TORONTO 2… Aaron Hicks blasted a three-run homer and Gio Urshela added a solo blast for the Yankees. J.A. Happ (6-3) surrendered a run on four hits over seven innings.

TEXAS 4 – Baltimore 3… Hunter Pence homered for the Rangers. Ronald Guzman went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Ariel Jurado (3-2) gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings.

Oakland 7 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Stephen Piscotty homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Athletics. Ramon Laureano also knocked in two runs.

St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 4-5) is at the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 4-2)…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 5-5) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-5)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 4-4) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 3-5)…
Miami (Jose Urena, 4-6) hosts Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 6-1)…
Pittsburgh (Rookie Davis, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 7-1)…
San Diego (Nick Margevicius, 2-6) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 5-0) are at San Francisco (Drew Pomeranz, 1-6)

the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 9-1) are at Cleveland (TBA)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 5-4) hosts Minnesota (Kyle Gibson, 6-2)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) is at Boston (Rick Porcello, 4-5)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 7-4) hosts Oakland (Brett Anderson, 6-4)…
Baltimore (Gabriel Ynoa, 0-2) is at Houston (Gerrit Cole, 5-5)…
Kansas City (Homer Bailey, 4-6) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Ivan Nova, 3-5)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 5-6) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Meaney, 0-0)

Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 5-6) is at Toronto (Marcus Stroman, 3-7)

St. Louis 2 – BOSTON 1… The Blues held off the Bruins to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Ryan O’Reilly opened the scoring 55 seconds into the second period and David Perron found the net midway through the third. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 39 saves. The series returns to St. Louis for Game 6 on Sunday.

Toronto is at Golden State for Game 4 with the Raptors leading 2-1

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