The Rundown for September 3, 2019

DEPORTATION DEFERRAL UNDER REVIEW… U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is reconsidering its decision to disregard applications for deportation deferrals from immigrants with life-threatening conditions. The New York Times reported yesterday that the agency might re-open applications that were under consideration when the program was eliminated on August 7. According to the Times, a “very limited version” of the medical deferral program is “still under review.”

DORIAN POUNDS BAHAMAS… Hurricane Dorian came to a stop in the Bahamas yesterday afternoon, but forecasters expect it to move towards Florida later today before moving on to Georgia and South Carolina later this week. The storm-related death toll in the Bahamas rose to at least five. The Red Cross says about 13,000 houses may have been destroyed or damaged.

DRAFT PEACE AGREEMENT REACHED WITH TALIBAN… Reuters reported yesterday that a draft peace agreement with the Taliban calls for the U.S. to withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases in the country. Chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said the withdrawal and base closures would occur within 135 days if President Trump approves the deal. On their end of the deal, the Taliban has agreed not to let groups like al Qaeda or Islamic State use the country as a base for attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

HOUSE PANEL PROBES TRUMP’S PAYOFFS… The House Judiciary Committee is planning to hold hearings on the hush-money payments made to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels as soon as next month, according to the Washington Post. Committee members will question witnesses involved in the payments about President Trump’s alleged involvement. Earlier this year, Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, showed Congress what he claimed were reimbursement checks signed by Trump, his son, and Trump Organization’s chief financial officer for the payment he made to Daniels.

DEATH TOLL AT 8 IN DIVE-BOAT FIRE.. The discovery of four bodies on the ocean floor yesterday raised the death toll from yesterday morning’s dive-boat fire off the Southern California coast to eight. Authorities say some 26 people remain missing. A Coast Guard spokesperson said the search for the other missing victims would continue into this morning and urged people to be prepared for “the worst outcome.” Five crew members who survived the fire have been interviewed by police but investigators haven’t disclosed a cause.

ENTERTAINMENT
FETTY WAP ARRESTED… Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested in Las Vegas yesterday for allegedly punching a valet outside the Mirage Hotel. The rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, reportedly punched the attendant three times after an argument turned violent. The Las Vegas Metro Police Department took the 28-year-old Maxwell into custody and released him hours later.

TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s new release, “Lover,” sold 867,000 copies to open atop the Billboard album chart. Young Thug’s “So Much Fun” finished in second place. Brockhampton’s “Ginger,” Jeezy’s “TM104: The Legend of the Snowman” and Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” completed the top five.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
N.Y. Mets 7 – WASHINGTON 3… Noah Syndergaard (10-7) pitched three-hit ball and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings as the Mets breezed past the Nationals. Jeff McNeil hit a two-run homer. J.D. Davis went 3-for-5 with a two-run double.

Philadelphia 7 – CINCINNATI 1… Rhys Hoskins homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Phillies past the Reds. Scott Kingery, Aristides Aquino and Bryce Harper also went deep. Drew Smyly (3-6) allowed just a run on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

ST. LOUIS 3 – San Francisco 1… Adam Wainwright (10-9) limited the Giants to four hits over seven scoreless innings. Kolten Wong tripled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and scored on Paul Goldschmidt’s grounder.

ARIZONA 14 – San Diego 7… Ketel Marte hit a two-run homer and doubled home two runs in leading the Diamondbacks in their pounding of the Padres. Josh Rojas, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker hit sixth-inning homers.

L.A. DODGERS 16 – Colorado 9… Joc Pederson went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in leading the Dodgers past the Rockies. Chris Taylor added a pair of solo blasts. Corey Seager hit a three-run homer. Matt Beaty homered and drove in three runs.

AL SCORES
Texas 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 0… Mike Minor (12-8) allowed five hits over 7-1/3 innings and two relievers completed the Rangers’ blanking of the Yankees. Delino DeShields blasted a three-run homer. Jose Trevino and Shin-Soo Choo added solo shots.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Baltimore 4 (10 innings)… Tommy Pham singled home Joey Wendle with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Rays outlasted the Orioles. Pham also stroked a two-run double. Austin Meadows homered with a runner aboard for Tampa Bay.

Minnesota 4 – DETROIT 3… Max Kepler singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth inning and the Twins held on to edge the Tigers. Ehire Adrianza belted a two-run homer.

CLEVELAND 11 – Chi. White Sox 3… Franmil Reyes lined a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first inning and the Indians never looked back in their thrashing of the White Sox. Jake Bauers homered with a runner aboard. Carlos Santana smacked a solo blast.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
ATLANTA 6 – Toronto 3… Josh Donaldson and Johan Camargo hit two-run homers as the Braves doubled up on the Blue Jays. Atlanta scored two unearned runs in the third.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Seattle 1… Kyle Schwarber legged out a bases-loaded triple as the Cubs scored all five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to put away the Mariners.

Houston 3 – MILWAUKEE 2 (10 innings)… George Springer led off the top of the 10th inning with a tie-breaking homer and the Astros made it stand in their defeat of the Brewers. Yordan Alvarez also circled the bases for Houston.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 6-7) is at Cincinnati (Lucas Sims, 2-1)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 9-5) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 8-8)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-12) is at Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-3)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 8-7) hosts San Francisco (Dereck Rodriguez, 5-7)…
San Diego (Ronald Bolanos, 0-0) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 9-13)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 4-3) host Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 0-6)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Ty Blach, 0-2/TBA) is at Tampa Bay (Trevor Richards, 1-0/TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 11-6) host Texas (Edinson Volquez, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 3-7) are at Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 10-2)…
Boston (Rick Porcello, 12-10) hosts Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 0-0)…
Detroit (Daniel Norris, 3-11) is at Kansas City (Mike Montgomery, 2-5)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 13-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 4-7)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Toronto (Wilmer Font, 2-1) is at Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 4-5)…
Milwaukee (Jordan Lyles, 9-8) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 14-4)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 11-9) host Seattle (Felix Hernandez, 1-4)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE
#9 Notre Dame 35, LOUISVILLE 17

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… 13th-seeded Belinda Bencic upset top-seeded Naomi Osaka 5-4, 7-6 yesterday in the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open. She next faces Donna Vekic, a winner over Julia Goerges. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Next up for him is No. 20 Diego Schwartzman, who eliminated No. 6 Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

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