The Rundown for June 21, 2019

PENTAGON DENIES DRONE CLAIMS… Pentagon officials insist that an unmanned American drone was not violated Iranian airspace and engaged in spying when it was shot down by Iran yesterday. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed the drone was shot down while it “was over Iranian territory” and called on the international community to demand that the U..S cease unlawful acts. Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella, Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, argued that “the aircraft was over the Strait of Hormuz, and fell into international waters.” The Pentagon released a map showing exactly where they say the aircraft was shot down. The New York Times and Washington Post reported last night that President Trump had approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries, but canceled the operation for now.

SENATE VOTES TO BLOCK SAUDI ARMS SALES… The Senate voted yesterday to block President Trump’s arms sales benefitting Saudi Arabia. Senators passed two of three total resolutions to prevent the sales, but the 53-45 tally was 14 votes shy of securing a veto-proof majority. Seven Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the resolutions

IVANKA TRUMP ACCUSED OF HATCH ACT VIOLATIONS… The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has accused first daughter Ivanka Trump of violating the Hatch Act. In filing a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel yesterday, CREW claimed that Trump posted a tweet that supported her father’s 2020 presidential campaign. The Hatch Act prohibits government officials from campaigning. Last week, the Office of Special Counsel recommended the firing of White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway for repeated violations of the law.

10 INJURED IN ALLENTOWN SHOOTING… Authorities in Allentown, Pennsylvania, said yesterday that 10 people were injured early yesterday in a shooting outside a nightclub. Investigators say several shooters were believed to be involved and that it appears at least one individual was a target. All 10 people who were shot are expected to survive, officials said.

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS WWI MEMORIAL TO STAND… The Supreme Court yesterday reversed a lower court’s decision by ruling that a concrete cross honoring World War I soldiers can remain on state land. The American Humanist Association had filed suit seeking to remove the Bladensburg, Maryland, monument, saying it was an unlawful endorsement of Christianity. The Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 vote, however, that the 94-year-old cross was a “historical landmark” and destroying it would be disrespectful.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TARGETED IN LAWSUIT… Carrie Underwood is the target of a copyright infringement lawsuit that claims over her Sunday Night Football theme song titled “Game On.” Singer-songwriter Heidi Merrill claims she wrote a song that has the same title and is strikingly similar to Underwood’s version. Merrill says she uploaded her song to YouTube in March 2017 and pitched it to Underwood’s producer at an event in Nashville.

IN THEATERS… In “Toy Story 4,” a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang on a road trip that reveals how big the world can be for a toy. The animated feature is rated G. The horror film “Child’s Play” tells the story about a mother who gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Aubrey Plaza and Mark Hamill star in the R-rated film. “Anna” tells the story about a striking beauty who possesses indelible strength and skill that makes her one of the world’s most feared government assassins. The R-rated film stars Sasha Luss and Helen Mirren.

Colorado 6 – ARIZONA 4 (10 innings)… Chris Iannetta delivered a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the 10th inning as the Rockies outlasted the Diamondbacks to complete a series sweep. Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond smacked solo homers.

WASHINGTON 7 – Philadelphia 4… Anthony Rendon drilled a lead-off homer and Victor Robles added a three-run shot during a four-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Nationals past the Phillies. Kurt Suzuki homered with a runner aboard.

CHI. CUBS 7 – N.Y. Mets 4… The Cubs cruised past the Mets after spotting them a three-run lead. Anthony Rizzo lined a two-run double and scored on a Javier Baez triple to cap a six-run bottom of the third inning. Baez added a solo homer in the seventh.

Cincinnati 7 – MILWAUKEE 1… Jose Iglesias stroked a two-run single and homered with a runner aboard for the Reds. Nick Senzel also connected for a two-run homer. Tanner Roark (5-6) allowed a run on three hits over six innings.

Miami 7 – ST. LOUIS 6 (11 innings)… JT Riddle blasted a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning and the Marlins held on to edge the Cardinals. Brian Anderson produced an RBI double and solo homer.

L.A. DODGERS 9 – San Francisco 8… The Dodgers took a 9-4 lead into the ninth inning and barely hung on to edge the Giants. Kyle Garlick and Austin Barnes smashed two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the fourth inning. Garlick also singled home a run. Joc Pederson added a two-run blast in the seventh.

TEXAS 4 – Cleveland 2… Danny Santana and Elvis Andrus smacked back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Rangers the lead for good in their win over the Indians. Mike Minor (7-4) allowed a run on three hits over eight innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Houston 6… Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu homered during a six-run bottom of the fourth inning for the Yankees. Edwin Encarnacion also went deep. Cameron Maybin doubled home two runs.

TORONTO 7 – L.A. Angels 5 (10 innings)… Billy McKinney’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Blue Jays over the Angels. Teoscar Hernandez, Eric Sogard and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also homered for Toronto.

KANSAS CITY 4 – Texas 1… Glenn Sparkmann (2-3) limited the Rangers to a run on five hits over seven innings. Alex Gordon doubled home two runs during a three-run bottom of the first inning.

OAKLAND 5 – Tampa Bay 4… Matt Chapman connected with a walkoff three-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the ninth inning as the Athletics stunned the Rays. Tampa Bay had scored three times in the top of the inning to break a 1-1 tie. Jurickson Profar opened the scoring with a fifth-inning homer.

SEATTLE 5 – Baltimore 2… Domingo Santana’s game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning sparked a three-run rally that sent the Mariners past the Orioles. Omar Narvaez homered to lead off the second.

the N.Y. Mets (Jason Vargas, 3-3) are at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-3)…
Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 7-4) hosts Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 0-0)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 3-6) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 6-1)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 4-7) hosts San Diego (Eric Lauer, 5-6)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 3-5) is at Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 3-1)…
Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 1-2) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 3-6)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 7-3) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 7-1)

Houston (Brad Peacock, 6-4) is at the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 4-3)…
Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 5-6) hosts Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 5-5)…
Toronto (Trent Thornton, 2-5) is at Boston (Chris Sale, 3-7)…
Texas (Ariel Jurado, 4-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 4-7)…
Minnesota (Martin Perez, 7-3) is at Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 4-6)…
Oakland (Tanner Anderson, 0-1) hosts Tampa Bay (TBA)…
Baltimore (John Means, 6-4) is at Seattle (Mike Leake, 6-6)

the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 2-3) are at St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 4-3)

NBA DRAFT… The New Orleans Pelicans made official last night by selecting Duke forward Zion Williamson with the first pick in the NBA draft. Two of Williamson’s Duke teammates also went in the first round. Guard RJ Barrett went to New York with the third pick and Cam Reddish was selected by Atlanta at No. 10. Kentucky also had three first-round selections: PJ Washington was chosen by Charlotte at No. 12; Tyler Herro went to Miami at No. 13 and San Antonio picked Keldon Johnson at No. 29.

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