The Rundown for September 2, 2019

FLORIDA PREPARES FOR DORIAN… Mandatory evacuations were ordered for parts of Florida yesterday as Hurricane Dorian closed within 200 miles of West Palm Beach. By then, the hurricane had made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm and was headed northwest at about eight miles per hour. The storm is expected to move closer to Florida today and blow closer to the Carolinas and make landfall. Forecasters say Dorian could dump 24 inches of rain and create storm surges between 10 and 15 feet above normal levels.

U.S. IMPOSES NEW TARIFFS ON CHINA… The tariff war with China continued yesterday when the U.S. began imposing a 15-percent charge on $112 billion of Chinese imports. The new tariff applies to a wide range of consumer goods. Beijing has started to impose retaliatory tariffs on some of the U.S. goods on its $75 billion target list. Another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports is set to go into effect Dec. 15. A J.P. Morgan estimate claimed that the new tariffs could cost the average American household $1,000 a year. President Trump announced later yesterday that trade talks with China remain on the schedule for later this month.

DEATH TOLL RISES TO 8 IN WEST TEXAS SHOOTINGS… The death toll from Saturday’s shooting in West Texas rose to eight yesterday. Authorities say the gunman fatally shot seven people before police killed him. The gunman opened fire on Texas troopers conducting a traffic stop in Midland and then began firing at people he encountered as he drove to Odessa. 22 people were injured, including a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, an Odessa police officer, a Midland police officer and a 17-month-old child. 10 of the injured were listed in critical condition at two hospitals yesterday.

LOOSER GUN LAWS TAKE EFFECT IN TEXAS… In the wake of another mass shooting in Texas, the state yesterday enacted new laws that loosen gun restrictions. The new laws: allow licensed gun owners to store a firearm or ammunition in a locked vehicle on a school parking lot; loosen restrictions on how many armed school marshals a school district can appoint; allow some foster homes to store firearms and ammunition in a safe and secure place for personal protection; ban homeowners or landlords of rental property from prohibiting residents from lawfully possessing, carrying, transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition in the property; prohibit residents from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun while evacuating from a state or local disaster area; and allow licensed handgun owners to legally carry their weapons in places of worship.

TALKS WITH TALIBAN ONGOING DESPITE ATTACKS… U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad says progress has been made in a peace deal with the Taliban. His statements followed a round of talks in Doha and as he was traveling to Kabul for additional discussions. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that the Taliban attacked a second Afghan city in as many days. According to an Afghanistan Interior Ministry report, dozens of Taliban fighters, 20 members of government security forces and five civilians were killed in the fighting.

ENTERTAINMENT
KEVIN HART INJURED IN CAR CRASH… Kevin Hart and a man driving one of his cars suffered serious back injuries in an auto accident yesterday in Los Angeles. The comic actor was a passenger in the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that he gave himself for his 40th birthday. The driver lost control of the muscle car and rolled into an embankment. A second passenger in the vehicle was not injured. California Highway Patrol says alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Angel has Fallen” took in $11.5 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “Good Boys” stayed in second place with $9.1 million. “The Lion King” rose to fourth place after bringing in $6.7 million. “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” finished fourth with $6.2 million. “Overcomer” capped the top five with $5.7 million.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
ST. LOUIS 4 – Cincinnati 3… Harrison Baer singled home Tyler O’Neill with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cardinals edged the Reds in a doubleheader opener.

Cincinnati 5 – ST. LOUIS 3… The Reds handled the Cardinals to earn a split of the twinbill. Phillip Ervin singled home a run and homered. Nick Senzel also circled the bases. Luis Castillo (14-5) allowed three runs on five hits over six innings.

WASHINGTON 9 – Miami 3… Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto hit two-run homers as the Nationals thrashed the Marlins. Yan Gomes added a solo shot. Patrick Corbin surrendered three runs on three hits over six innings.

Milwaukee 4 – CHI. CUBS 0… Seven pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Cubs. Christian Yelich put the game away with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning.

Pittsburgh 6 – COLORADO 2… Steven Brault (4-3) pitched and batted the Pirates past the Rockies. On the mound, he held Colorado to two runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned. At the plate, he drilled a solo homer. Adam Frazier homered to lead off the game. Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-5 and scored twice.

San Diego 8 – SAN FRANCISCO 4… Ty France homered twice and drove in four runs as the Padres doubled up on the Giants. Greg Garcia led of the game with a homer.

L.A. Dodgers 4 – ARIZONA 3 (11 innings)… Joc Peterson smacked a tie-breaking homer to lead off the top of the 11th inning and the Dodgers made it stand in a come-from-behind win over the Diamondbacks. Cody Bellinger tied the game with a ninth-inning homer. David Freese and Russell Martin also went deep for L.A.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Mets 2… Scott Kingery’s bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Phillies past the Mets. Brad Miller hit a leadoff homer and Corey Dickerson singled home a run as Philadelphia scored its first two runs in the second.

AL SCORES
Houston 2 – TORONTO 0… Justin Verlander (17-5) tossed his third career no-hitter and the Astros clipped the Blue Jays. The 36-year-old righthander became one of just six pitchers who have thrown at least three no-hitters. He struck out 14 and walked just one in the gem. The game was scoreless until Abraham Toro homered with a runner aboard in the top of the ninth inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – Oakland 4… The Yankees overcame a 4-0 eighth-inning deficit to upend the Athletics. Brett Gardner and pinch-hitter Mike Ford led off the bottom of the ninth inning with tying and walkoff homers, respectively. Gleyber Torres lifted a sacrifice fly and Didi Gregorius lined a two-run single in the eighth.

TAMPA BAY 8 – Cleveland 2… Nate Lowe smashed a two-run homer and Travis d’Arnaud knocked in a pair of runs as the Rays cruised past the Indians. Charlie Morton (14-6) allowed a run on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Minnesota 8 – DETROIT 3… Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles in leading the Twins past the Tigers. Jake Cave had a couple of hits, including a two-run single. Michael Pineda (11-5) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Baltimore 4… Alex Gordon doubled home a tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored a go-ahead run on Meibrys Viloria’s single. Whit Merrifield added an eighth-inning homer. Hunter Dozier stroked a two-run double for Kansas City.

Seattle 11 – TEXAS 3… The Mariners opened with a four-run top of the first inning and didn’t let up in their pounding of the Rangers. Kyle Seager blasted a three-run homer. Tom Murphy and Daniel Vogelbach delivered solo blasts. Dee Gordon produced a two-run single.

Boston 4 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Red Sox built a 4-0 lead after 2-1/2 innings and held on to top the Angels. Xander Bogaerts singled home a run in the top of the first inning and homered with a runner aboard in the third. J.D. Martinez also went deep for Boston.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
ATLANTA 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Freddie Freeman belted two two-run homers and singled home a run in carrying the Braves over the White Sox. Julio Teheran (9-8) allowed two runs on three hits over six innings.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 9-7) are at Washington (Joe Ross, 3-3)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 9-7) hosts Philadelphia (Drew Smyly, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 3-8) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 9-9)…
Arizona (Mike Leake, 1-2) hosts San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 6-5)…
Colorado (Peter Lambert, 2-5) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 11-3)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Texas (Mike Minor, 11-8) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 10-7)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 11-3) hosts Baltimore (Asher Wojociechowski, 2-7)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 14-6) is at Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 1-9)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 2-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 2-4)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Toronto (Jacob Waguespack, 4-2) is at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 10-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 9-9) host Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-1)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 15-5) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 6-5)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE
#4 OKLAHOMA 49, Houston 31

TODAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#9 Notre Dame is at Louisville

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… Eighth-seeded Serena Williams downed No. 22 Petra Martic, 6-3, 6-4, in their fourth-round match at the United States Open yesterday. There were a pair of major upsets on the women’s side as second-seeded Ashleigh Barty fell to No. 18 Wang Qiang, 6-2, 6-4, and third-seeded Karolina Pliskova lost her match to No. 16 Johanna Konta, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-5. Only top-seeded Naomi Osaka and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina remain from the top five women’s seeds. Svitolina defeated No. 10 Madison Keys, 7-5, 6-4, last night. On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic retired during the third set of his match against on Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic was trailing, 6-4, 7-5, 2-1, when he withdrew due to a left shoulder injury. No. 3 Roger Federer swept David Goffin, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, and advances to take on Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. Fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev downed Dominik Köpfer, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (2).

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