The Rundown for August 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,713,562 and the nation’s death toll stands at 155,403, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… An internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News indicated an 8.8-percent decrease last week in new cases from the previous week, but there was a 24-percent increase in deaths. There were 7,925 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. between July 26 and August 2, according to the memo.

MANHATTAN DA SUGGESTS TRUMP INVESTIGATION… The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office suggested yesterday that the Trump Organization is under investigation for alleged insurance and bank fraud. Prosecutors told the judge that the demand was justified due to public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization” and argued that the president wasn’t entitled to know the exact nature of the “complex financial investigation.” Trump’s legal team has argued that the subpoena for his tax filings was issued in bad faith and amounts to harassment of the president.

HOUSE PANEL TO PROBE FED RESPONSE TO PORTLAND… The House Intelligence Committee announced yesterday that it will investigate the Department of Homeland Security’s use of federal agents to quell protests in Portland, Oregon. Committee chairman, Congressman Adam Schiff called the response “troubling” in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced last week that the government had agreed to withdraw agents from Portland, but Wolf and President Donald Trump have since insisted that protests must end first.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS IG FIRING ‘KEY WITNESSES’… The House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday subpoenaed four “key witnesses” for an investigation into President Trump’s firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick in May. The panel will try to establish whether Linick was fired in retaliation for investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s role in a controversial $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. Linick has testified that Under secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao, tried to bully him into ending the investigation. Yesterday’s subpoenas went to Bulatao, State Department acting legal adviser Marik String, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Michael Miller and adviser Toni Porter.

ISAIAS MAKES LANDFALL… Hurricane Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, yesterday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is expected to max out as it travels north. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned of storm surges up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain as it Isaias rips along the Carolina coasts. Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes in North Carolina this morning and from eastern Virginia to southern New England later today.

ENTERTAINMENT
MSNBC SHUFFLES LINEUP
… MSNBC announced a shuffling of its weekday lineup yesterday. Nicolle Wallace, a former George W. Bush administration communications director and John McCain presidential campaign adviser, is getting a second hour added to her 4 p.m. show. Chuck Todd, whose “Meet the Press Daily” show had been airing at 5 p.m. ET, has been moved to 1 p.m. The changes take effect on August 14.

ACTOR RENI SANTONI DIES… Actor Reni Santoni, best known for his roles as Inspector Chico Gonzalez in “Dirty Harry” and Poppie the restaurant owner on “Seinfeld,” has died following an extended illness, friends confirmed yesterday. He was 81. Santoni got his start performing in off-Broadway productions and also appeared in the movies “Bad Boys” and “28 Days.”

SPORTS
MLB
BRAVES LOSE MIKE SOROKA FOR SEASON
… The Atlanta Braves have lost their top starting pitcher Mike Soroka for the season. Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles tendon during the third inning of last night’s game against the New York Mets in a freak injury. After J.D. Davis hitter a grounder toward first baseman Freddie Freeman, Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag but fell on his first step off the mound. The righthander, who turns 22 today, was an NL All Star for the Braves last season, when he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA.

NL
N.Y. Mets 7 – ATLANTA 2
… Wilson Ramos homered with a runner aboard and singled home a run for the Mets. Robinson Cano also knocked in three runs.

COLORADO 7 – San Francisco 6… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer sparked a five-run bottom of the fifth inning and the Rockies rallied past the Giants. Chris Owings also went deep.

SAN DIEGO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Fernando Tatis Jr. Trent Grisham and Wil Myers drilled solo homers. Jake Cronenworth singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

AL
Oakland 11 – SEATTLE 1
… The Athletics came alive to score eight runs after there were two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Ramon Laureano and Chad Pinder produced two-run singles during the uprising. Starter Frankie Montas (1-1) allowed just a run on four hits and struck out nine over seven innings.

INTERLEAGUE
CINCINNATI 3 – Cleveland 2
… The Reds powered their way past the Indians after spotting them a two-run lead. Joey Votto blasted a two-run go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth inning after Nick Castellanos went deep in the fourth. Starter Sonny Gray (3-0) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 3… Gio Urshela’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the Yankees’ defeat of the Phillies. Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu also homered.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MILWAUKEE 4… The White Sox pulled past the Brewers in the late innings to ruin their home opener. Jose Abreu belted a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Yoan Moncada went deep in the ninth.

MINNESOTA 5 – Pittsburgh 4… Nelson Cruz singled home Jorge Polanco with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Max Kepler stroked a two-run double as Minnesota tied the game with a four-run sixth.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Kansas City 0… Alex Mills (2-0) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the Cubs’ blanking of the Royals. Kris Bryant homered and Javier Baez lifted a sacrifice fly for Chicago.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
NL

Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-0) is at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 0-0) are at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 0-0)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-1) hosts San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 0-0) are at San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-0)

AL
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 0-0)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-0) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 0-0) are at Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia (TBA) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-0)…
Toronto (Matt Shoemaker, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 0-0) hosts Miami (Caleb Smith, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 0-0) are at Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-1) host Kansas City (Brady Singer, 0-0)…
Houston (Cristian Javier, 0-0) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-0)

NBA
Toronto 107 – Miami 103
… Fred VanVleet knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 36 points in leading the Raptors past the Heat. Pascal Siakam added 22 points.

Denver 121 – Oklahoma City 131 (OT)… Michael Porter Jr. pumped in a career-high 37 points a the Nuggets outlasted the thunder. Nikola Jokic piled up 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Indiana 111 – Washington 100… The Pacers took the lead for good with a 22-2 third-quarter run. T.J. Warren led the way with 34 points.

New Orleans 109 – Memphis 99… The Pelicans got 24 points from Brandon Ingram and 23 from Zion Williamson in topping the Grizzlies.

Philadelphia 132 – San Antonio 130… Shake Milton’s 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining lifted the 76ers over the Spurs. Joel Embiid had 27 points and Tobias Harris added 25 for Philadelphia.

L.A. Lakers 116 – Utah 108… The Lakers downed the Jazz to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James added 22 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee…
Dallas vs. Sacramento…
Phoenix vs. the L.A. Clippers…
Orlando vs. Indiana…
Miami vs. Boston…
Houston vs. Portland

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Carolina 4 – N.Y. Rangers 1
… Andrei Svechnikov recorded the first postseason hat trick in franchise history as the Hurricanes skated past the Rangers to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Winnipeg 3 – Calgary 2… Nikolaj Ehlers netted a third-period goal and the Jets made in stand in edging the Flames to tie the series after two games.

Tampa Bay 3 – Washington 2 (SO)… Nikita Kucherov netted the game-winner in the shootout in Eastern Conference round-robin play.

Vegas 5 – Dallas 3… Will Carter found the net to break a tie with 5:12 left and the Golden Knights prevailed in Western Conference round robin play.

Pittsburgh 3 – Montreal 1… The Penguins got goals from Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel in downing the Canadiens to tie the series at 1-1. Goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves and came within 2:09 of a shutout.

Edmonton 6 – Chicago 3… Connor McDavid scored three goals in his first playoff hat trick and the Oilers doubled up on the Blackhawks to even the series at a game apiece.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
Chicago vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Toronto…
Nashville vs. Arizona in Edmonton…
Columbus vs. Toronto in Toronto…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton…
Carolina vs. the N.Y. Rangers in Toronto…
Minnesota vs. Vancouver in Edmonton

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