The Rundown for August 10, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5.044,864 and the nation’s death toll stands at 162,938, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Data confirms it took 99 days to reach a million cases in the U.S., but that number doubled in 43 days, reached 3 million in only 28 days, surpassed 4 million in just 15 days and topped 5 million in 17 days. Heading into this week, California, Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia account for more than 40 percent of U.S. cases.

PELOSI CALLS TRUMP’S ACTIONS ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday called President Trump’s executive actions on coronavirus relief “absurdly unconstitutional.” During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Pelosi said her assessment follows counseling with constitutional advisers. Trump asserted executive powers on Saturday when he bypassed Congress to sign four coronavirus relief-related orders after the White House failed to reach an agreement with Democrats on a stimulus bill. The Trump administration rejected a Democratic offer to agree to a stimulus price tag of around $2 trillion with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin calling it “a non-starter.”

O’BRIEN WARNS AGAINST FOREIGN INTERFERENCE… White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien warned yesterday that any foreign power that seeks to meddle in the upcoming contest faces “severe consequences.” O’Brien said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Trump administration is taking steps to counter foreign influence in the 2020 election, including by hardening election and cyber infrastructure and working with states. He acknowledged, however, that Russia, China and Iran have engaged in cyberattacks and phishing attempts. On Friday, an intelligence community warned that Russia is working to “denigrate” presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and China prefers that President Trump loses his reelection bid. Iran may attempt to undermine U.S. democratic institutions and the president through online and social media content.

PROBLEMS PLAGUE PUERTO RICO PRIMARIES… Puerto Ricans are demanding answers after ballot-distribution problems plagued yesterday’s primary elections and forced officials to reschedule voting. It was the first time primaries have been halted on the island and was considered a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. Governor Wanda Vázquez and other officials from Puerto Rico’s two main parties have called for the resignation of election commission president Juan Ernesto Dávila.

1 DEAD, 20 WOUNDED IN D.C. SHOOTINGS… A shooting at a gathering in Washington, D.C. early yesterday left one person dead and 20 people injured. The victim was reported to be a 17-year-old male. At least seven victims were listed in critical condition at area hospitals. Police say that there were at least three shooters who fired from various locations but they don’t know the motive and have made no arrests.

ENTERTAINMENT
SIMON COWELL ON THE MEND
… Simon Cowell is recovering at a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery to repair a broken back. The entertainment mogul suffered the injury on Saturday after falling from an electric bicycle he was trying out in the courtyard of his Malibu home. Cowell will miss the beginning of this season’s live shows on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The live shows will begin tomorrow and Wednesday without him, according to the network.

TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 135,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” rose into second place after selling 97,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” stayed at No. 3 on sales of 88,000 copies. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” jumped into fourth place with 66,000 units sold. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” capped the top five with 50,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
Atlanta 5 – PHILADELPHIA 2
… The Braves scored all five runs in the top of the fifth inning on their way past the Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader. Ronald Acuna Jr. struck the big blow with a two-run homer.

Atlanta 8 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Max Fried (3-0) pitched four-hit ball over five innings and two relievers completed the shutout as the Braves completed a sweep of the twinbill.

Baltimore 5 – WASHINGTON 2… The Orioles were leading the Braves when the game was suspended in the sixth inning due to a wet field. The game will resume on Friday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Nationals will remain the home team.

N.Y. METS 4 – Miami 2… Rookie Andres Gimenez went 3-for-4 and scored three runs as the Mets clipped the Marlins.

TAMPA BAY 4 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Michael Perez singled home Brandon Lowe with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rays a come-from-behind win over the Yankees. Lowe and Mike Brosseau homered during a three-run seventh.

BOSTON 5 – Toronto 3… Mitch Moreland hit a pair of homers, including a two-run walkoff shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, to power the Red Sox past the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers also went deep for Boston.

Detroit 2 – PITTSBURGH 1… Spencer Turnbull (2-0) limited the Pirates to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Tigers finished off a series sweep. Miguel Cabrera singled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the eighth inning.

KANSAS CITY 4 – Minnesota 2… Hunter Dozier stroked a two-run single, Maikel Franco homered and the Royals topped the Twins. Brady Singer (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

MILWAUKEE 9 – Cincinnati 3… The Brewers came alive to score six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and put away the Reds. Christian Yelich homered and tripled home a run. Keston Hiura also went deep.

TEXAS 7 – L.A. Angels 3… Lance Lynn (2-0) limited the Angels to two runs on four hits over five innings and earned his 100th career victory. Shin-Soo Choo lined a two-run single.

SEATTLE 5 – Colorado 3… Mariners starter Justus Sheffield (1-2) held the Rockies to four hits over six innings and picked up his first major-league win. Dylan Moore got things going with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Arizona 5… The Padres belted six home runs in their pounding of the Diamondbacks. Manny Machado went deep twice. Fernando Tatis Jr. homered with a runner aboard. Wil Meyers, Francisco Mejia and Ty France also circled the bases.

OAKLAND 7 – Houston 2… The Athletics cruised past the Astros to win their ninth straight. The game featured a benches-clearing skirmish in the seventh inning. Matt Olson blasted a three-run homer. Robbie Grossman and Matt Chapman added solo shots.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – San Francisco 2… AJ Pollock gave the Dodgers the lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and Mookie Betts added a three-run blast in the eighth.

Cleveland 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 4 (10 innings)… Delino DeShields laid down a squeeze bun to score Jose Ramirez with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Indians made it stand in their win over the White Sox.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Atlanta (Sean Newcomb, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 0-0) host Washington (Patrick Corbin, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 2-1) are at Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0)…
Boston (Austin Brice, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 2-1) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 0-0)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray, 1-2) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 0-0)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Lance Webb, 0-0) is at Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0) host Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-0)…
San Diego (Garrett Richards, 0-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 0-0)

NBA SCORES
Oklahoma City 121 – Washington 102
… Rookie Darius Bazley came off the bench to score 23 points as the Thunder dealt the Wizards their sixth straight loss.

Toronto 108 – Memphis 99… Pascal Siakam scored 26 points to lead six players in double figures and the Raptors handled the Grizzlies.

San Antonio 122 – New Orleans 113… DeMar DeRozan led a balanced scoring attack with 27 points and the Spurs got past the Pelicans. The loss, combined with Portland’s win over Philadelphia later Sunday, eliminated New Orleans from playoff contention.

Boston 122 – Orlando 119 (OT)… The Celtics got 31 points from Gordon Hayward and 28 from Jayson Tatum in outlasting the Magic. Boston has won three in a row.

Portland 124 – Philadelphia 121… Damian Lillard poured in 51 points to carry the Trail Blazers past the 76ers. 18 of his points came in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony tossed in 20 points.

Houston 129 – Sacramento 112… Austin Rivers delivered a game-high 41 points off the bench and the Rockets used a big third quarter to surge past the Kings. James Harden added 32 points.

Brooklyn 129 – L.A. Clippers 120… The Nets used a hot-shooting first quarter to build a 21-point lead and cruised past the Clippers. Caris LeVert scored 27 points and dished off 13 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix…
Utah vs. Dallas…
Toronto vs. Milwaukee…
Indiana vs. Miami…
Denver vs. L.A. Lakers

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Columbus 3 – Toronto 0
… Goalie Joonas Kirpisalo stopped all 33 shots as the Blue Jackets skated past the Maple Leafs in the decisive Game 5 of the series and advanced to a first-round matchup with Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Columbus got goals from Nick Foligno, Liam Foudy and Zach Werenski.

Washington 2 – Boston 1… The Capitals edge the Bruins in an Eastern Conference round robin and clinched the conference’s third seed to set up a first-round matchup against New York Islanders. T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson found the net for Washington.

Dallas 2 – St. Louis 1 (SO)… The Stars outlasted the Blues in a Western Conference round robin and clinched the conference’s third seed to set up a first-round matchup against Vancouver. Denis Gurianov netted the lone goal in the shootout. Joe Pavelski tied the game with 31.4 seconds left in regulation.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Philadelphia (1) vs. Montreal (8) starting Wednesday…
Tampa Bay (2) vs. Columbus (7) starting tomorrow…
Washington (3) vs. N.Y. Islanders (6) starting Wednesday…
Boston (4) vs. Carolina (5) starting tomorrow

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8) starting tomorrow…
Colorado (2) vs. Arizona (7) starting Wednesday…
Dallas (3) vs. Calgary (6) starting tomorrow…
St. Louis (4) vs. Vancouver (5) starting Wednesday

GOLF… Collin Morikawa shot a 6-under 64 yesterday to capture the PGA Championship. He joined Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only 23-year-olds ever to win the tournament. Morikawa finished at 13-under, which was two strokes better than Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. He played his way into the final round by shooting a 65 on Saturday and recorded the lowest score over the final 36 holes by a winner in major championship history.

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