The Rundown for August 11, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,089,416 and the nation’s death toll stands at 163,425, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… There were nearly 180,000 new cases in children over the last month, according to a weekly report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The finding reflected a 90-percent increase over the previous month… A study published yesterday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that disinformation spread in 25 different languages across at least 87 countries has led to deaths and injuries. The study analyzed coronavirus-related rumors, stigma and conspiracy theories that were posted to social media platforms, online newspapers and other websites between December 31 and April 5.

TRUMP ESCORTED OUT OF PRESS CONFERENCE… President Trump was escorted out of a press conference last night following a shooting outside the White House. The Secret Service reported that one of its officers and a male subject were taken to a local hospital after an officer-involved shooting. The Secret Service emphasized that “At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger.”

CURFEW IN CHICAGO… Chicago police prepared to enforce an 8 p.m. city center curfew last night after Sunday night’s violence. Police Superintendent David Brown vowed a “heavy police presence” will continue until further notice. He said the “shameful destruction” was “fueled by misinformation” about a suspect shot by police on Sunday. Police have arrested more than 100 people.

STORM RIPS ACROSS MIDWEST… A rare derecho storm ripped through the Midwest with 100 mph winds yesterday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. The storm lasted several hours as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. One expert said with the windspeed of a hurricane, the storm is likely to have caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado.

MAJOR GAS EXPLOSION IN BALTIMORE… At least one person was killed and seven others were injured in Baltimore yesterday by a natural gas explosion that destroyed three homes. The explosion occurred in the northwestern part of the city shortly before 10 a.m., officials said. The cause is under investigation.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FARGO’ GETS PREMIERE DATE
… FX yesterday announced the delayed premiere date for the fourth season of the series “Fargo.” It will launch with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, September 27, with the remaining nine episodes airing weekly. The fourth season stars Chris Rock and centers on two crime syndicates Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1950.

THIRD ‘TRON’ FILM IN DEVELOPMENT… Disney has reportedly green-lighted a third “Tron” film in the video game franchise. Garth Davis has signed on to direct the sci-fi movie starring Jared Leto. It follows 1982’s “Tron” and the 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy.” The new film will not be a direct sequel to either film, Disney says.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 13 – Atlanta 8
… Didi Gregorius unloaded a grand slam and Bryce Harper belted a three-run homer as the Phillies outslugged the Braves. Aaron Nola (1-1) held Atlanta to a run on two hits and struck out 10 over the first eight innings.

Washington 16 – N.Y. METS 4… Asdrubal Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, two doubles and five RBIs in leading the Nationals in their drubbing of the Mets. Trea Turner and Juan Soto also went deep.

DETROIT 5 – Chi. White Sox 1… JaCoby Jones legged out an inside-the-park homer with a runner aboard as the Tigers cruised past the White Sox for their fourth straight win.

Tampa Bay 8 – BOSTON 7… Matt Margot went 4-for-4 and doubled home the decisive run in the top of the eighth inning to push the Rays past the Red Sox. Kevin Kiermaier stroked a two-run double.

Minnesota 4 – MILWAUKEE 2… Eddie Rosario connected for a grand slam in the top of the third inning and the Twins held off the Brewers. Randy Dobnak (3-1) surrendered a run on four hits over five innings.

Arizona 12 – COLORADO 8… Kole Calhoun had a couple of hits, including a homer and three RBIs, in leading the Diamondbacks past the Rockies. David Peralta went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.

Seattle 10 – TEXAS 2… Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager blasted three-run homers as the Mariners pounded the Rangers. Dylan Moore went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.

HOUSTON 6 – San Francisco 4… Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa knocked in two runs apiece as the Astros held off the Giants.

San Diego 2 – L.A. DODGERS 1… Eric Hosmer singled home Grisham with a tie-breaking run in the top of the sixth inning and the Padres made it stand in edging the Dodgers. Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

L.A. ANGELS 10 – Oakland 9… The Angels erased a 9-4 fourth-inning deficit on their way to handing the Athletics their first loss in 10 games. Mike Trout belted a pair of homers, including a tie-breaking solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning. L.A. also got homers from Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani. Oakland’s Matt Chapman homered twice and drove in six runs in the loss.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 1-1)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-0) are at Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 1-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-1)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 2-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Anthony Banda, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jorge Alcala, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Zac Allen, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 2-1) is at Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0)…
Houston (Brandon Bielak, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 0-0) host San Diego (Garrett Richards)…
Oakland (Max Fiers, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 2-1)

NBA SCORES
Phoenix 128 – Oklahoma City 101
… The Suns continued their push for a playoff spot by rolling past the short-handed Thunder to win their sixth straight since the season restart. Devin Booker scored a game-high 35 points. Five other players scored in double figures.

Dallas 122 – Utah 114… The Mavericks came from 22 points down in the second half to upend the Jazz despite playing without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Tim Hardaway Jr. pumped in 27 points. Seth Curry added 22 points.

Toronto 114 – Milwaukee 106… The Raptors got past the Bucks in a matchup of teams missing key players. Milwaukee was without Giannis Antetokounmpo while Toronto was missing Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet. Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Fellow reserve Matt Thomas added 22 points.

Miami 114 – Indiana 92… The Heat caught fire in the third quarter to put away the Pacers and close in on the East’s No. 4 seed. Jimmy Butler scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures.

L.A. Lakers 124 – Denver 121… Kyle Kuzma knocked down a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to lift the Lakers over the Nuggets. Kuzma finished with 25 points. LeBron James led the Lakers with 29 points and 12 assists. Anthony Davis added 27 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Brooklyn vs. Orlando…
Houston vs. San Antonio…
Phoenix vs. Philadelphia…
Boston vs. Memphis…
Dallas vs. Portland…
New Orleans vs. Sacramento…
Washington vs. Milwaukee

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENERS…
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay (2) vs. Columbus (7)…
Boston (4) vs. Carolina (5)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks…
Dallas (3) vs. Calgary (6)

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