The Rundown for September 20, 2019

WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT INVOLVES UKRAINE… Ukraine is at the center of a whistleblower complaint about President Trump, the Washington Post reported yesterday. The complaint made by an intelligence official involved a “promise” that Trump made to a foreign leader. The promise was so alarming that the whistleblower took it to the inspector general of the intelligence community. House Democrats are investigating a call Trump placed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Investigators want to know whether Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani sought to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping Trump’s reelection campaign.

TRUMP LAWYERS IN COURT OVER TAX RETURNS… Courts in New York and California yesterday dealt with efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns. A New York court has postponed a subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance that seeks eight years of Trump’s state and federal tax returns. In California, a federal judge in Sacramento tentatively granted the Trump campaign’s request to block a new state law that requires presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns to run in the state’s March 2020 primaries.

COLT TO STOP PRODUCTION OF AR-15s… Firearms manufacturer Colt announced yesterday that it is stopping civilian production on the AR-15 rifle. The company said the decision came as the result of falling demand for high-powered, semi-automatic guns. Colt plans to continue manufacturing handguns.

HOUSE PASSES GOVERNMENT-FUNDING BILL… The House yesterday passed a stop-gap bill that temporarily avoids a government shutdown at the end of the month. The 301-123 vote extends funding through November 21. The bill still has to obtain Senate passage and Trump’s signature to become official.

IMELDA FLOODS SOUTHEAST TEXAS… More than 1,000 people have been rescued from flooded homes and roads in southeast Texas following the arrival of Tropical Depression Imelda. As of last night, more than three feet of rain had fallen in parts of 13 counties that have been declared disaster zones. Forecasters say another foot of rain could have fallen overnight.

ENTERTAINMENT
1 DEAD, 7 INJURED IN JOSH TURNER TOUR BUS CRASH… One person was killed and seven others were injured when a tour bus carrying members of the road crew for country and gospel singer Josh Turner crashed early yesterday in San Luis Obispo County, California. Turner and his band were not on the bus that crashed, authorities emphasized. The crash followed Turner’s concert at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in nearby Paso Robles.

IN THEATERS… “Ad Astra” stars Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in the story about astronaut Roy McBride, who undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and a doomed expedition that threatened the universe. “Downtown Abbey” tells the continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. Michelle Dockery and Matthew Goode star in the PG film. In “Rambo: Last Blood,” Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. Sylvester Stallone and Paz Vega star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
ATLANTA 5 – Philadelphia 4… Ronald Acuña Jr.’s 40th homer came with a runner aboard and Austin Riley added a solo shot as the Braves edged the Phillies. Freddie Freeman lined a two-run single.

MILWAUKEE 5 – San Diego 1… Five Brewers pitchers held the Padres at bay. Lorenzo Cain homered. Ryan Braun had a couple of hits and an RBI.

St. Louis 5 – CHI. CUBS 4… The Cardinals recovered to beat the Cubs after blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead. Matt Carpenter smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the 10th inning. Harrison Bader drove in two runs with a single and a double.

AL SCORES
N.Y. YANKEES 9 – L.A. Angels 1… The Yankees cruised past the Angels to clinch the AL East title and reached 100 wins for the second straight year. DJ LeMahieu belted a three-run homer. Brett Gardner homered and doubled home two runs. Masahiro Tanaka (11-8) allowed just a run on four hits over seven innings.

Toronto 8 – BALTIMORE 4… Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s two-run double capped a six-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Cavan Biggio homered and lined a two-run single. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went deep.

CLEVELAND 7 – Detroit 0… Mike Clevinger (12-3) scattered seven hits over six innings and three relievers completed the Indians’ blanking of the Tigers. Franmil Reyes hit a two-run homer. Roberto Perez produced a two-run single.

MINNESOTA 8 – Kansas City 5… Miguel Saño doubled home Eddie Rosario with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Twins put away the Royals. Mitch Garver hit a solo homer and Nelson Cruz added a two-run shot.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Seattle 6 – PITTSBURGH 5 (11 innings)… Shed Long raced home with the tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning on Austin Nola’s double-play grounder and the Mariners held on to outlast the Pirates. Nola singled home Kyle Lewis with the tying run in the seventh. Long stroked a two-run single.

BOSTON 5 – San Francisco 4… The Red Sox did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Giants. Rafael Devers delivered a pair of run-scoring singles. Xander Bogaerts singled twice and knocked in Boston’s other three runs.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 6-7) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 1-0)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 15-6) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 9-8)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 9-8) is at Miami (Robert Dugger, 0-2)…
Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 7-5) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 5-9)…
Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 4-5) is at Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 6-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 14-5) host Colorado (Peter Lambert, 3-6)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 11-14) is at San Diego (Eric Lauer, 8-9)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Toronto (Jacob Waguespack, 4-5) is at the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 12-8)…
Baltimore (TBA) hosts Seattle (Felix Hernandez, 1-6)…
Boston (Rick Porcello, 13-12) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 15-6)…
Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 1-11) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 3-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 4-9) are at Houston (Zack Greinke, 16-5)…
Minnesota (TBA) hosts Kansas City (Eric Skoglund, 0-1)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 13-9) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 14-4)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Drew Smyly, 3-1) is at Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 14-7)

NFL SCORE
JACKSONVILLE 20 – Tennessee 7… Gardner Minshew passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns as the Jaguars (1-2) topped the Titans (1-2). Jacksonville’s defense sacked Tennesee quarterback Marcus Mariota nine times.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Cincinnati (0-2) is at Buffalo (2-0)…
Dallas (2-0) hosts Miami (0-2)…
Denver (0-2) is at Green Bay (2-0)…
Indianapolis (1-1) hosts Atlanta (1-1)…
Baltimore (2-0) is at Kansas City (2-0)…
Minnesota (1-1) hosts Oakland (1-1)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-2) are at New England (2-0)…
Philadelphia (1-1) hosts Detroit (1-0-1)…
Carolina (0-2) is at Arizona (0-1-1)…
Tampa Bay (1-1) hosts the N.Y. Giants (0-2)…
Houston (1-1) is at the L.A. Chargers (1-1)…
San Francisco (2-0) hosts Pittsburgh (0-2)…
New Orleans (1-1) is at Seattle (2-0)…
Cleveland (1-1) hosts the L.A. Rams (2-0)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Chicago (1-1) is at Washington (0-2)

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#10 Utah is at Southern California…
#20 Boise State hosts Air Force

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Clemson hosts Charlotte…
#2 Alabama hosts Southern Mississippi…
#3 Georgia hosts #7 Notre Dame…
#4 LSU is at Vanderbilt…
#6 Ohio State hosts Miami (OH)…
#8 Auburn is at #17 Texas A&M…
#9 Florida hosts Tennessee…
#11 Michigan is at #13 Wisconsin…
#12 Texas hosts Oklahoma State…
#15 Central Florida is at Pittsburgh…
#16 Oregon is at Stanford…
#19 Washington State hosts UCLA…
#21 Virginia hosts Old Dominion…
#22 Washington is at Brigham Young…
#23 California is at Mississippi…
#24 Arizona State hosts Colorado…
#25 TCU hosts SMU

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