The Rundown for September 23, 2019

INDIA PRIME MINISTER DRAWS HUGE CROWD IN HOUSTON… Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attracted a crowd of more than 50,000 people at a rally in Houston yesterday. Modi said that he was “impatient to take the country to new heights” and that “today the buzz word in India is development.” Modi, who has faced international condemnation for his recent crackdown in disputed Kashmir, spoke in Hindi as he sought to strengthen his relationship with Indian-Americans. President Trump made an appearance at the event and praised the India-U.S. relationship.

SCHIFF SAYS IMPEACHMENT MIGHT BE ONLY OPTION… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said yesterday that impeachment is the only option if an investigation finds that President Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden’s son. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Schiff called impeachment “a remedy of last resort” but emphasized it may be “the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that that conduct represents.” The Wall Street Journal has reported that during a July phone call, Trump allegedly asked Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on eight separate times to investigate the Bidens. Trump has acknowledged discussing the Bidens in the phone call.

INDIANAPOLIS SHOOTING LEAVES TWO IN SERIOUS CONDITION… Police in Indianapolis say two of six people shot outside a restaurant on Saturday night are in serious condition. Investigators say the gunfire was the result of an altercation between two groups of minors. Three of the victims were minors and the other three were bystanders.

LAPSES BLAMED FOR 737 MAX CRASH… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Indonesian investigators have found that design and oversight lapses played a key role in the October 2018 crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX. Draft conclusions also cite a string of pilot errors and maintenance mistakes as causal factors of the crash, which killed all 189 people aboard. Two fatal crashes in five months prompted the FAA to ground Boeing 737 MAX flights in March.

THREE DEAD IN MASS OVERDOSE… A mass drug overdose left three men dead and four others hospitalized in Pittsburgh yesterday. Investigators say the victims appear to have taken narcotics at the same time and in the same place in an apartment. One of the hospitalized victims was listed in critical condition, while the other three were upgraded to stable.

PRIMETIME EMMYS… HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won for outstanding drama series, Amazon’s “Fleabag” won for outstanding comedy series and Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series category at last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Jason Bateman took home an Emmy for directing for a drama series for his work on Netflix’s “Ozark.”

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Downtown Abbey” took in $31 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Ad Astra” opened in second place with $19.2 million. Another newcomer, “Rambo: Last Blood,” finished third with $19 million. Last week’s champ, “It: Chapter Two,” slipped to No. 4 with $17.2 million. “Hustlers” dropped to fifth place with $17 million.

NEW ENGLAND 30 – N.Y. Jets 14… Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to Phillip Dorsett and Julian Edelman in leading the Patriots (3-0) past the Jets (0-3). New England’s defense didn’t allow a touchdown for the third straight week.

BUFFALO 21 – Cincinnati 17… Frank Gore scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with 1:50 remaining as the Bills (3-0) rallied past the Bengals (0-3) after letting a 14-0 second-half lead slip away.

DALLAS 31 – Miami 6… Dak Prescott found Amari Cooper on a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Cowboys (3-0) put away the Dolphins (0-3).

GREEN BAY 27 – Denver 16… Aaron Jones ran for a pair of touchdowns and Aaron Rodgers had a TD toss as the Packers (3-0) topped the Broncos (0-3).

INDIANAPOLIS 27 – Atlanta 24… Jacoby Brissett tossed a pair of first-half touchdown passes and Marlon Mack ran in the decisive score from 4 yards out in the fourth quarter as the Colts (2-1) downed the Falcons (1-2).

KANSAS CITY 33 – Baltimore 28… Patrick Mahomes passed for 374 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs (3-0) fought off the Ravens (2-1).

MINNESOTA 34 – Oakland 14… Dalvin Cook rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings (2-1) ripped the Raiders (1-2). Adam Thielen had a TD reception and a scoring run.

Detroit 27 – PHILADELPHIA 24… Jamal Agnew returned a first-quarter kickoff 100 yards for a score and Matthew Stafford threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr. as the Lions (2-0-1) held off the Eagles (1-2).

Carolina 38 – ARIZONA 20… Kyle Allen replaced the injured Cam Newton and passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns to guide the Panthers (1-2) past the Cardinals (0-2-1). Christian McCaffrey rushed for 153 yards and a TD.

N.Y. Giants 32 – TAMPA BAY 31… Quarterback Daniel Jones’ second touchdown run of the game came on fourth-and-goal from the 7 with 1:16 remaining and sent the Giants (1-2) past the Buccaneers (1-2). Jones also passed for 336 yards and two TDs.

Houston 27 – L.A. CHARGERS 20… Deshaun Watson passed for 351 yards and connected with Jordan Akins on two of his three touchdown passes as the Texans (2-1) handled the Chargers (1-2). Defensively, Houston recorded five sacks.

New Orleans 33 – SEATTLE 27… Teddy Bridgewater had a pair of touchdown tosses in filling in for the injured Drew Brees and the Saints (2-1) scored touchdowns on defense and special teams in their defeat of the Seahawks (2-1).

SAN FRANCISCO 24 – Pittsburgh 20… The 49ers (3-0) overcame five turnovers in downing the Steelers (0-3). Joey Garoppolo threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dante Pettis with 1:15 remaining.

L.A. Rams 20 – CLEVELAND 13… The Rams (3-0) scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally past the Browns (1-2). Jared Goff passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Brandin Cooks had eight catches for 112 yards.

Chicago (1-1) is at Washington (0-2)

N.Y. Mets 6 – CINCINNATI 3… Michael Conforto blasted a three-run homer to cap a four-run top of the first inning and the Mets cruised past the Reds. J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo also went deep for New York.

MIAMI 5 – Washington 3… Austin Dean’s leadoff homer sparked a four-run bottom of the seventh inning that carried the Marlins past the Nationals. Jon Berti doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs.

San Francisco 4 – ATLANTA 1… Logan Webb (2-2) held the Braves to a run on two hits over six innings. Joey Rickard lined a two-run double. Evan Longoria drove in two runs with a single and a double.

MILWAUKEE 4 – Pittsburgh 3… Eric Thames homered twice and knocked in three runs to power the Brewers past the Pirates. Orlando Arcia also went deep.

St. Louis 3 – CHI. CUBS 2… The Cardinals scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to complete a sweep of the Cubs and clinch their first postseason berth since 2015. Paul Goldschmidt doubled home Tommy Erdman with a go-ahead run after Dexter Fowler’s sacrifice fly tied the game. Paul DeJong homered to lead off the third.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Colorado 4… Dodger starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-5) pitched seven solid innings and helped himself at the plate with a solo homer. Cody Bellinger unloaded a grand slam. Corey Seager and Will Smith also homered with the bases empty.

SAN DIEGO 6 – Arizona 4 (10 innings)… Seth Mejias-Brown connected for a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Padres outlasted the Diamondbacks. Mejias-Brown also singled home a run in the sixth as San Diego erased an early 4-0 deficit. Ty France homered with a runner aboard.

BALTIMORE 2 – Seattle 1… John Means (11-11) held the Mariners to a run on seven hits over seven innings. Chris Davis’ homer in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference. Renato Nunez doubled home a tying run in the first.

N.Y. YANKEES 8 – Toronto 3… Aaron Judge hit a solo homer and Brett Gardner belted a three-run blast in the first inning as the Yankees built a big lead early and coasted past the Blue Jays. DJ LeMahieu homered with a runner aboard in the second. Luis Severino (1-0) pitched three-hit ball and struck out nine over five innings.

Boston 7 – TAMPA BAY 4… Christian Vazquez blasted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the first inning for the Red Sox. J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

DETROIT 6 – Chi. White Sox 3… Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run homer and the Tigers got solo blasts from Gordon Beckham, Christin Stewart, Victor Reyes and Willi Castro in doubling up on the White Sox.

HOUSTON 13 – L.A. Angels 5… George Springer hit three home runs and had four RBIs as the Astros walloped the Angels to clinch the AL West for the third straight year. Alex Bregman and Aledmys Diaz also went deep. Justin Verlander (20-6) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings.

MINNESOTA 12 – Kansas City 8… The Twins opened with a six-run bottom of the first inning on their way past the Royals. Miguel Sanó hit a three-run homer to highlight the uprising and added a solo shot in the third. Nelson Cruz also circled the bases for Minnesota.

Texas 8 – OAKLAND 3… Willie Calhoun hit a pair of solo homers as the Rangers cruised past the Athletics. Elvis Andrus connected for a two-run shot. Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara added solo blasts.

CLEVELAND 10 – Philadelphia 1… Oscar Mercado hit a three-run homer and Franmil Reyes added a two-run shot as the Indians pounded the Phillies. Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs.

Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 9-12) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 13-7)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 10-9) host Miami (Caleb Smith, 9-10)…
St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 13-9) is at Arizona (Alex Young, 7-4)

Baltimore (Chandler Shepherd, 0-0) is at Toronto (Clay Buchholz, 1-5)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 6-7) hosts Boston (Jhoulys Chacin, 3-11)

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