The Rundown for July 23, 2019

TRUMP DENIES IRAN CAPTURED SPY RING… President Trump is denying Iran’s claims that it captured a CIA spy ring yesterday. Iran reportedly has distributed to the media audio files, photos and business cards identifying 17 captives as U.S. spies. Iranian state television has reported that some of the 17 have been sentenced to death.

TRUMP MEETS WITH PAKISTAN LEADER… President Trump discussed the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan with Pakistani leader Imran Khan at the White House yesterday. Trump said he hopes to end the fighting in a “very short time.” The two leaders also discussed U.S.-Pakistani relations, which were strained last year when the Trump administration cut off $300 million military aid.

PUERTO RICO PROTESTS… Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, yesterday and called for Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign from office. The mass demonstrations are a response to recently exposed chat messages from Rosselló that were critical of women, gay people and island residents. Rosselló announced on Sunday that he will not step down, but won’t seek re-election next year.

WHITE HOUSE SEEKS TO SPEED UP DEPORTATIONS… The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it will speed up deportations of immigrants who crossed illegally and are caught anywhere in the U.S. The department said its “expedited removal” will apply to any illegal border-crossers who can’t prove that they have been living in the country for two years. Immigrants can be detained and deported without a hearing before an immigration judge.

MILLIONS SHOULD STOP TAKING ASPIRING FOR HEART ATTACKS… A study released yesterday by Harvard researchers warned that millions of people who take aspirin to prevent heart attacks should reconsider. Researchers say daily low-dose aspirin should be confined to certain younger people under doctor’s orders. Data reveals that in 2017, some 29 million people 40 and older were taking an aspirin a day despite having no known heart disease and that 6.6 million of them were doing so without a doctor’s recommendation. Nearly 10 million over 70 who don’t have heart disease were taking daily aspirin for prevention, according to researchers in Annals of Internal Medicine.

ACTRESS SONJA SOHN ARRESTED… Actress Sonja Sohn, who is best known for her roles in “The Wire” and “Star Trek: Discovery,” was arrested in North Carolina early Sunday morning and charged with possession of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia. The 55-year-old Sohn is scheduled to be arraigned today. Her bond was set at $1,500.

PUBLICIST GETTING DROPPED OVER EPSTEIN TIES… Hollywood publicist Peggy Siegal has been removed from several projects due to her relationship with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Siegal reportedly used connections to gain Epstein entry into high-profile Hollywood events. Siegal had been working Netflix’s Emmy campaign, Annapurna Pictures’ “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” movie premiere and FX Network’s promotional duties and tastemaker events. The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter reported that Siegal accepted money from Epstein while she facilitated his return to society after he pleaded guilty to a sex crime involving a minor in 2008.

ART NEVILLE DIES… Musician Art Neville, who co-founded the New Orleans funk band the Meters and the Neville Brothers, has died after extended illness. He was 81. Neville rosed to fame in 1954 when his band the Hawkettes had a hit with “Mardi Gras Mambo.” Neville served in the Navy for four years in the early 1960s and then resumed his music career by co-founding the Meters with his brother, Aaron. The band has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame four times and last year received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. Art and Aaron put together the Neville Brothers with siblings Charles and Cyril in the 1970s and won a Grammy in 1990 for best pop instrumental performance for “Healing Chant.”

St. Louis 6 – PITTSBURGH 5 (10 innings)… Paul Goldschmidt unloaded a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the ninth inning and the Cardinals barely hung on to outlast the Pirates. Matt Wieters homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for St. Louis.

Cincinnati 6 – MILWAUKEE 5… Eugenio Suarez hit two-run homers in the tops of the seventh and ninth innings to power the Reds past the Brewers. Joey Votto had a couple of hits and knocked in a run.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – Chi. Cubs 4… Austin Slater and Joe Panik stroked back-to-back RBI doubles to cap a three-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the Giants past the Cubs. Mike Yastrzemski went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

Colorado – WASHINGTON (ppd)… Rain in the nation’s capital forced postponement of last night’s Rockies-Nationals game. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader tomorrow.

Boston 9 – TAMPA BAY 4… The Red Sox got a three-run homer from J.D. Martinez and solo shots from Andrew Benintendi and Sam Travis during a seven-run top of the third inning and coasted past the Rays. Martinez added a run-scoring double. Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4) pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

Cleveland 7 – TORONTO 3… Oscar Mercado tripled home a run and homered to lead off the top of the eighth inning as the Indians cruised past the Blue Jays. Francisco Lindor opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first. Mike Clevinger (4-2) allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings.

HOUSTON 11 – Oakland 1… Yuli Gurriel blasted a two-run homer and singled home a run. Yordan Alvarez homered and lined a run-scoring double. Gerrit Cole (11-5) gave up a run on two hits and struck out 11 over seven innings.

MINNESOTA 8 – N.Y. Yankees 6… Mitch Garver smacked two of the Twins’ five homers in their defeat of the Yankees. Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz and Max Kepler also went deep.

SEATTLE 7 – Texas 3... Austin Nola connected for a three-run homer and Kyle Seager drilled a solo blast for the Mariners. Mallex Smith singled home a pair of runs.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Miami 1… Yan Moncada had a couple of hits, including an RBI single and a three-run homer, as the White Sox crushed the Marlins. Jose Abreu homered with a runner aboard and doubled home a run. Ivan Nova (5-9) allowed just a run on four hits in going the distance.

ARIZONA 6 – Baltimore 3… Adam Jones went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Eduardo Escobar had a couple of hits, including an RBI triple. Robbie Ray (9-6) gave up three runs on eight hits and fanned 10 in six innings.

Colorado (Jon Gray, 9-7) is at Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 12-4)…
Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 3-6) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 9-4)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 6-4) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jason Vargas, 4-5)…
Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 8-2) hosts Cincinnati (Tanner Roark, 5-6)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 3-4) are at San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 5-7)

Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 9-7) is at Toronto (Aaron Sanchez, 3-14)…
Tampa Bay (Yonny Chirinos, 8-5) hosts Boston (Chris Sale, 4-9)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 9-3) is at Houston (Wade Miley, 8-4)…
Minnesota (Kyle Gibson, 9-4) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 12-2)…
Texas (TBA) is at Seattle (TBA)

Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 8-2) is at Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 6-8)…
Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 3-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-5)…
Miami (Caleb Smith, 5-4) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Covey, 1-5)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 7-9) hosts Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 4-11)…
the L.A. Angels (Felix Pena, 7-3) are at the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 7-6)

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