The Rundown for September 24, 2019

TRUMP DENIES PRESSURING UKRAINE… President Trump yesterday denied trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating his Democratic political rival Joe Biden but wasn’t clear about whether he would release a transcript of a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Three officials have told the Washington Post that Trump told acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to withhold almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before the phone call. A complaint filed by a U.S. whistleblower accuses Trump of soliciting a foreign power to smear Biden. Three House committees have called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to produce documents related to contacts between Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian officials.

PROSECUTORS STILL SEEKING TRUMP TAX RETURNS… New York prosecutors yesterday urged a federal judge to reject President Trump’s effort to block a subpoena for his tax returns. Prosecutors said in a court filing that Trump has no “sweeping immunity” from a criminal probe while he remains in office. The prosecutors also challenged the federal court’s jurisdiction in the matter, saying it belongs in state court.

JUDGE HALT LOGGING IN TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST… A federal judge yesterday temporarily halted a Trump administration plan to open up part of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging. The ruling came before bids were to open on a lease sale. In issuing an injunction, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason said an environmental impact report fell short of legal standards.

CIVILIAN DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN UNDER INVESTIGATION… A Sunday airstrike aimed at al-Qaeda targets inside a compound in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province may have also killed civilians, according to a report in the Washington Post. The airstrike reportedly came after a prolonged firefight between American and Afghan ground forces and the suspected al-Qaeda targets. Some local Afghan officials claimed that as many as 40 civilians were killed while attending a wedding. Afghanistan’s defense ministry is reportedly investigating the reports of civilian deaths.

SOLDIER ARRESTED IN BOMBING PLOT… The FBI has arrested a U.S. Army soldier who allegedly discussed plans to bomb an American news network and targeted Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Documents released yesterday revealed that 24-year-old Jarret William Smith was arrested on Saturday after allegedly telling the FBI he provides people with instructions for constructing explosives online. The FBI had been tracking Smith since March when he was stationed in Texas before being transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas, in July.

ENTERTAINMENT
EMMY AWARDS VIEWERSHIP FALLS TO RECORD LOW… Viewership for Sunday night’s Emmy Awards fell to a record-low viewership of 6.9 million, according to the Nielsen Company. The audience was down 32 percent from the previous low set last year. It marked the first time the Emmy audience has slipped below 10 million people.

POST MALONE REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 198,000 units to remain atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. The Lumineers’ “III” sold 86,000 copies to open at No. 2. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” dropped to third place on sales of 79,000 units. Young Thug’s “So Much Fun” stayed at No. 4 after selling 49,000 copies. Lil Tecca’s “We Love You Tecca” capped the top five with 44,000 units sold.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Chicago 31 – WASHINGTON 15… The Bears (2-1) built a 28-3 halftime lead and coasted past the Redskins (0-3). Mitchell Trubisky found Taylor Gabriel with three touchdown passes. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 37-yard interception return for a score.

MLB
NL SCORES
WASHINGTON 7 – Philadelphia 2… Patrick Corbin (14-7) held the Phillies to a run on three hits over six innings and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to three. Adam Eaton, Yan Gomes and Trea Turner homered for Washington. Anthony Rendon drove in two runs.

Miami 8 – N.Y. METS 4… Jorge Alfaro homered to lead off the top of the second inning and added a grand slam in the sixth as the Marlins doubled up on the Mets. Harold Ramirez produced a two-run single.

St. Louis 9 – ARIZONA 7… Yadier Molina homered with a runner aboard and finished with four RBIs as the Cardinals downed the Diamondbacks. Paul Goldschmidt also hit a two-run homer. Tommy Edman and Harrison Baden added solo blasts.

AL SCORES
TAMPA BAY 7 – Boston 4… The Rays came from behind to down the Red Sox and take a half-game lead over idle Cleveland for the second AL Wild Card spot with five games left in the regular season. Ji-Man Choi hit a three-run homer, Willy Adames added a two-run shot and Brandon Lowe homered with the bases empty during a six-run bottom of the fourth inning.

Baltimore 11 – TORONTO 10 (15 innings)… The Blue Jays blew an early 5-0 lead, then came from two runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning and one run down in the 12th to outlast the Orioles. Anthony Alford smacked a walkoff home run in the 15th. Randal Grichuk belted a three-run homer. Brandon Drury, Jonathan Davis and Cavan Biggio also went deep.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (TBA/Aaron Nola, 12-6) is at Washington (TBA/Max Scherzer 10-7) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 11-7) hosts Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 6-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 11-9) are at Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-5)…
the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 10-8) host Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 5-14)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 10-8) is at Arizona (Mike Leake, 3-3)…
San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 9-9) hosts Colorado (Jeff Hoffman, 2-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Rich Hill, 4-1) are at San Diego (Ronald Bolanos, 0-1)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 14-7) is at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 3-15)…
Toronto (Anthony Kay, 1-0) hosts Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 6-14)…
the N.Y. Yankees (TBA) are at Tampa Bay (Brendan McKay, 2-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Hector Santiago, 0-1) host Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 12-3)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 18-6) is at Texas (Ariel Jurado, 7-10)…
the L.A. Angels (Dillon Peters, 3-3) host Oakland (Homer Bailey, 13-8)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 18-5) is at Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 10-10) is at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 6-6)

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