TALIBAN CRITICIZE TRUMP FOR ENDING PEACE TALKS… The Taliban have criticized President Trump’s last-minute decision to end months-long peace talks. The group released a statement claiming the pullout has harmed the U.S.’ reputation, called attention to its anti-peace stance and will lead to increased financial cost and loss in lives. Trump said he ended the negotiations due to a Taliban bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed an American soldier.
MARK SANFORD TO CHALLENGE TRUMP IN GOP PRIMARY… Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford has launched a campaign to challenge Donald Trump in the GOP primary. Sanford joins Joe Walsh of Illinois on the Republican primary ticket. Both are considered long-shot candidates as Trump’s approval ratings among Republican party voters is consistently in the high-80 percent range.
DIVE BOAT OWNERS’ OFFICE SEARCHED… Authorities with warrants yesterday searched the offices of the company that owned the dive boat that 34 people died aboard in a fire last week. The dive boat Conception had passed its two most recent inspections, according to Coast Guard records. Conceptions owners have filed a lawsuit under a pre-Civil War maritime law that removes the company’s liability because the boat was deemed seaworthy.
FOUR MISSING AFTER SHIP OVERTURNS OFF GEORGIA… The Coast Guard says four crew members are unaccounted for after a large cargo ship overturned and caught fire near Brunswick, Georgia, yesterday morning. The 656-foot vehicle carrier had 23 crew members and one pilot on board. Officials say the ship was leaving Brunswick when it drastically leaned to its side and capsized.
NEW YORK GOVERNOR TAKES STAND AGAINST VAPING… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking the state’s Department of Health in urging people to stop vaping amid concerns over a lung disease linked to electronic cigarettes that has sickened hundreds of people throughout the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of vaping-related illnesses has jumped to at least 450 cases in 33 states. At least five deaths have been linked to vaping-related respiratory illness.
TOOL TOPS ALBUM CHART… Tool’s first album in 13 years, “Fear Inoculum,” sold 270,000 units to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” dropped to No. 2 after selling 178,000 copies. Lana Del Ray’s “Norman F***ing Rockwell!” opened in third place with 104,000 units sold. Lil Tecca’s “We Love You Tecca” sold 68,000 copies to finish fourth. Young Thug’s “So Much Fun” slipped to fifth place on sales of 61,000 units.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “It: Chapter Two” raked in $91 million to blow away the weekend box office. “Angel has Fallen” finished in a distant second place after taking in $6 million. “Good Boys” made $5.3 million to finish third. “The Lion King” came in at No. 4 with $4.1 million. “Overcomer” capped the top five with $3.7 million.
Tennessee 43 – CLEVELAND 13… Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder on a screen to Derrick Henry, as the Titans pounded the Browns. Tight end Delanie Walker hauled in two fourth-quarter TD catches as Tennessee’s defense was intercepting Baker Mayfield three times.
L.A. Rams 30 – Carolina 27… Todd Gurley ran for 64 of his 97 yards in the fourth quarter as the Rams grinded out a 30-27 win over the Panthers. Malcolm Brown ran for a pair of scores.
Baltimore 59 – MIAMI 10… Lamar Jackson passed for five touchdowns as the Ravens built a 42-10 halftime lead and coasted past the Dolphins. Marquise Brown had four receptions for 147 yards and two TDs.
Kansas City 40 – JACKSONVILLE 26… Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ win over the Jaguars. Sammy Watkins had nine receptions for a career-high 198 yards and three TDs. Jacksonville QB Nick Foles broke his left clavicle in the first quarter and is expected to be put on injured reserve after undergoing surgery today.
MINNESOTA 28 – Atlanta 12… Dalvin Cook rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings pounded the Falcons. Safety Anthony Harris intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble.
Buffalo 17 – N.Y. JETS 16… The Bills scored 17 unanswered second-half points to upend the Jets. Josh Allen hit John Brown on a go-ahead 37-yard pass play with 3 minutes left.
PHILADELPHIA 32 – Washington 27… The Eagles came from 17 points down to topple the Redskins. Carson Wentz completed 28 of 39 passes for 313 yards and three scores. He hit LeSean Jackson with 51- and 53-yard touchdown passes.
L.A. CHARGERS 30 – Indianapolis 24 (OT)… Austin Ekeler scored his third touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run with 5:01 remaining in overtime as the Chargers outlasted the Colts after blowing a second-half lead. Ekeler totaled 154 yards from scrimmage Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes.
SEATTLE 21 – Cincinnati 20… Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a go-ahead 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter and the Seahawks held off the Bengals. Chris Carson caught a 10-yard TD toss and ran 1 yard for a score.
Detroit 27 – ARIZONA 27 (OT)… The Lions and Cardinals played to a tie after Arizona rallied from 18 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The teams traded field goals in the extra period but couldn’t determine the winner.
DALLAS 35 – N.Y. Giants 17… Dak Prescott passed for 405 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys handled the Giants. Michael Gallup had seven catches for 158 yards and Amari Cooper caught six passes for 106 yards.
San Francisco 31 – TAMPA BAY 17… Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon returned two of the 49ers three interceptions for touchdowns on the way to the win. Robbie Gould booted three field goals for San Francisco, which had three TDs negated by penalties.
NEW ENGLAND 33 – Pittsburgh 3… Tom Brady found Phillip Dorsett with two of his three touchdown passes in an easy win over the Steelers. New England held Pittsburgh to just 32 yards rushing.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Houston is at New Orleans…
Oakland hosts Denver
CINCINNATI 4 – Arizona 3… Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen delivered a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Jose Peraza with the winning run in the Reds’ win over the Diamondbacks. Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer tied the game in the eighth. Suarez also homered with a runner aboard in the third.
Philadelphia 10 – N.Y. METS 7… The Phillies erased an early three-run deficit in outslugging the Mets. Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery hit two-run homers. Adam Haseley added a solo shot.
Washington 9 – ATLANTA 4… Asdrubal Cabrera went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs as the Nationals downed the Braves. Adam Eaton homered and doubled home a run. Yan Gomes hit a pair of solo homers. Juan Soto also went deep. Max Scherzer (10-5) held Atlanta to a run on two hits over six innings.
St. Louis 2 – PITTSBURGH 0… Jack Flaherty (10-7) pitched five-hit ball over eight innings and Carlos Martinez completed the Cardinals’ blanking of the Pirates. Harrison Bader singled home a run and Paul Goldschmidt stroked an RBI double for St. Louis.
MILWAUKEE 8 – Chi. Cubs 5… Tyler Austin’s three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the fourth inning and the Brewers held off the Cubs. Eric Thames also homered for Milwaukee.
L.A. DODGERS 5 – San Francisco 0… Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Dodgers shut out the Giants and reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to two. Matt Beaty hit a two-run homer and Corey Seager added a three-run blast.
SAN DIEGO 2 – Colorado 1 (10 innings)… Wil Myers singled home Manny Machado with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Padres edged the Rockies. Drew Butera lifted a third-inning sacrifice fly for San Diego.
Texas 10 – BALTIMORE 4… The Rangers pounded out 20 hits in their drubbing of the Orioles. Nick Solak went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and two RBIs. Ronald Guzman and Rougned Odor hit solo homers.
TAMPA BAY 8 – Toronto 3… Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in leading the Rays past the Blue Jays. Austin Meadows smacked a solo homer.
HOUSTON 21 – Seattle 1… Yordan Alvarez went 4-for-6 and knocked in six runs to lead the Astros in their dismantling of the Mariners. George Springer belted a three-run homer. Jake Marisnick added a two-run shot.
Cleveland 5 – MINNESOTA 2… Mike Clevinger (11-2) limited the Twins to two runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings. Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor hit bases-empty homers. Franmil Reyes produced a two-run single.
CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – L.A. Angels 1… Four White Sox pitchers held the Angels to a run on five hits. Jose Abreu and Danny Mendick hit solo homers.
OAKLAND 3 – Detroit 1… Sean Manaea (1-0) allowed just a run on two hits and struck out 10 in his 2019 debut after missing more than a year following shoulder surgery. Khris Davis’ two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the difference.
N.Y. Yankees 10 – BOSTON 5… Gleyber Torres homered with a runner aboard and finished with four RBIs as the Yankees doubled up on the Red Sox. Mike Tauchman also hit a two-run homer. Aaron Judge homered and doubled home a run.
MIAMI 9 – Kansas City 0… Sandy Alcantara (5-12) tossed a four-hit shutout and got plenty of support in the Marlins’ bombing of the Royals. Starlin Castro homered and doubled in a run. Harold Ramirez and Lewis Brinson each added two RBIs.
TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 5-5) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 12-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 8-8) host Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 10-13)…
Milwaukee (Jordan Lyles, 10-8) is at Miami (Robert Dugger, 0-1)…
San Francisco (Trevor Williams, 7-6) hosts Pittsburgh (Madison Bumgarner, 9-8)…
San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 6-6) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 9-9)
TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 12-6) are at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 17-5)…
Houston (Zach Greinke, 14-5) hosts Oakland (Mike Fiers, 14-3)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 13-7) is at the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-2)
U.S. OPEN TENNIS… Rafael Nadal held off Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 yesterday to capture the U.S. Open and win his 19th major. It took Nadal 4 hours and 50 minutes to win the tournament for the fourth time. Medvedev was trying to become the first man since 1949 two the tourney final after dropping the first two sets.