The Rundown for June 25, 2019

IRAN TENSIONS… Iran declared yesterday that it remains prepared to shoot down more U.S. military drones if the current standoff between the two countries can’t be resolved diplomatically. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants the U.S. to offer incentives that exceed the 2015 nuclear deal if the U.S. wants Iran to offer concessions that go beyond the terms of that deal. Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, President Trump said he is imposing hard-hitting new sanctions on Iran. The new sanctions target eight senior commanders of Navy, Aerospace, and Ground Forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps for “malicious regional activities, including its provocative ballistic missile program, harassment and sabotage of commercial vessels in international waters, and its destabilizing presence in Syria,” according to a White House press release. The sanctions will deny those leaders access to the U.S. banking industry and any entities working with them will be cut off from the U.S. financial system.

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN FIREARMS LAW… The Supreme Court yesterday struck down a law imposing stiff criminal sentences for people convicted of certain crimes involving firearms. In the 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the federal law in question was written too vaguely and violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of due process. The law, the most recent version of which was passed by Congress in 1986, imposed additional penalties on anyone who committed certain violent crimes while in possession of a firearm.

ARREST IN DEADLY CRASH… Authorities in New Hampshire yesterday announced the arrest of the pickup truck involved in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists on Friday. 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was arrested at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on a “fugitive from justice” charge. Prosecutors say he faces seven counts of negligent homicide. Victims included members of a motorcycle club and their spouses.

85 ARRESTED IN FLORIDA HUMAN TRAFFICKING STING… The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida announced the arrests yesterday of 85 people following a months-long human trafficking sting. “Operation Trade Secrets” started in January and focused on hotels, motels, spas, massage parlors, strip clubs, adult bookstores and other locations. A sex trafficker was among those arrested. Other charges included prostitution, child pornography and voyeurism.

FIVE DEAD IN POLICE STANDOFF… Police in San Jose said yesterday that a gunman shot and killed four people then turned the gun on himself after an hours-long standoff on Sunday night. Officers responding to the reports of shots fired arrived to find several bloody family members and victims fleeing a home. Nearby homes were evacuated as SWAT officers and negotiators tried to contact the suspect.

STARS PERFORM MUELLER REPORT PLAY… Annette Bening, Mark Hamill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zachary Quinto and others were part of an all-star cast that agreed to perform a livestreamed, dramatic play of the Mueller report last night. The play, “The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts,” is based on President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan.

ELVIS COSTELLO TO TOUR… Elvis Costello and The Imposters has planned a 24-date, North American fall tour. The “Just Trust” tour launches October 23 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and concludes November 26 in Milwaukee. The tour’s name is a plea to fans to trust that the band will play all their hit songs.

PHILADELPHIA 13 – N.Y. Mets 7… The Phillies pounded the Mets with a 19-hit attack. Maikel Franco and pinch-hitter Jay Bruce hit two-run homers. Jean Segura and Rhys Hoskins smacked solo shots.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Atlanta 3… Willson Contreras went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs in leading the Cubs past the Braves. Javier Baez had a couple of hits and an RBI. Jon Lester (7-5) allowed a pair of unearned runs on five hits over six innings.

ARIZONA 8 – L.A. Dodgers 5… Tim Locastro’s two-run single capped a four-run bottom of the eighth inning that sent the Diamondbacks past the Dodgers. Christian Walker blasted a game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and starting pitcher Zack Greinke added a solo shot in the second.

Colorado 2 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Jon Gray (8-5) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the Rockies’ shutout of the Giants. David Dahl provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the top of the third inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Toronto 8… The Yankees took a 10-2 lead into the eighth inning and hung on to down the Blue Jays. Aaron Hicks belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Giancarlo added a three-run blast during a seven-run sixth.

BOSTON 6 – Chi. White Sox 5… Marco Hernandez singled home Andrew Benintendi with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Red Sox edged the White Sox. Eduardo Nunez delivered a game-tying RBI single in the eighth.

CLEVELAND 3 – Kansas City 2 (10 innings)… Jason Kipnis led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a walkoff homer. Jose Ramirez and Bobby Bradley stroked RBI doubles for the Indians.

the N.Y. Mets (Walker Lockett, 0-1) are at Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 6-6)…
Miami (Trevor Richards, 3-7) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 6-5)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 8-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 1-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBA) are at Arizona (Robbie Ray, 5-4)…
San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 3-7) hosts Colorado (TBA)

Texas (Jesse Chavez, 2-2) is at Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 0-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (TBA) host Toronto (Clayton Richard, 0-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (TBA) are at Boston (David Price, 4-2)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 6-3) hosts Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 2-3)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 4-6) is at Minnesota (Kyle Gibson, 7-4)

San Diego (Logan Allen, 1-0) is at Baltimore (Josh Rogers, 0-1)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 6-5) hosts Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 2-1)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 8-6) is at Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 7-1)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 4-4) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 4-3)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-7) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 0-1)

NBA NEWS… Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season, was named the NBA’s most valuable player. The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo became the third-youngest player to win the MVP over the past 40 seasons. The native of Athens, Greece, is the fifth player born outside of the U.S. to be honored as MVP.

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