The Rundown for August 12, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,141,248 and the nation’s death toll stands at 164,537, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of confirmed cases worldwide topped 20 million yesterday, with more than half in the U.S., India and Brazil. Health officials not that it took roughly six months to reach 10 million cases after the virus was first discovered in central China late last year, and it took just over six weeks for that number to double… At least 800 people in Georgia’s Cherokee County School District have been forced to quarantine after being exposed to dozens of people who tested positive for COVID-19 only a week after the school year began. The first positive case in the was recorded August 4, a day after the school year began. Since then, 38 students and 12 staff members have been infected.

BIDEN CHOOSES KAMALA HARRIS AS RUNNING MATE… Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate yesterday. The California senator ended her presidential bid in December and endorsed Biden in March. She became the first Black and first Asian vice-presidential nominee and joins Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin as the only women to run as vice president on a major party’s ticket.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS… Voters headed to the polls yesterday for primaries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Vermont, as well as fa pair of runoff contests in Georgia… Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar defeated well-funded attorney challenger Antone Melton-Meaux in a Minnesota primary… Roger Polack, a civilian intelligence official and senior policy adviser under former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, defeated Josh Pade in a Democratic primary and will battle Republican incumbent Republican Congressman Bryan Steil for the seat previously held by former House Speaker Paul Ryan… Republicans Jim Griffin and Mary Fay were vying for the chance to challenge Democratic Congressman John Larson in Connecticut’s 1st District… Vermont’s lone U.S. representative, six-term Democratic Congressman Peter Welch, captured 96 percent of the vote in defeating activist Ralph “Carajou” Corbo… In Georgia’s 14th District, Marjorie Taylor Greene won her Republican runoff contest against John Cowan. In the 9th District, military veteran and gun store owner Andrew Clyde defeated state congressman Matt Gurtler in the Republican race to replace U.S. congressman Doug Collins.

MICHAEL FLYNN CASE HEARING… An appeals court yesterday held a nearly four-hour-long hearing over a lower court’s refusal to immediately grant the Justice Department’s request to dismiss criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. At issue is whether U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan abused his discretion when he appointed a third party, known as an amicus, to challenge the Justice Department’s bid to drop the case against Flynn, who had previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration. Sullivan’s claims that he’s entitled to hear a challenge to the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss before ruling on it. Acting U.S. solicitor general Jeffrey Wall revealed during the hearing that Attorney General William Barr may have had secret information that led the Justice Department to seek to end its prosecution of the case.

DEAD DOG TESTS POSTIIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS… Officials announced yesterday that a North Carolina dog that died after suffering an “acute illness” earlier this month has tested positive for coronavirus. Researchers will try to determine whether underlying conditions that contributed to its death in what would mark a rare, potentially fatal case of COVID-19 in a pet. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the dog was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh on August 3 after showing signs of respiratory distress. The person who brought the animal to the hospital reportedly told staff members that a family member had previously tested positive for coronavirus, though a later test returned negative results.

ENTERTAINMENT
COSBY LAWYERS FILE APPEAL
… Lawyers representing Bill Cosby argued in an appeal filed yesterday that it was “fundamentally unfair” for a deposition from a sexual-assault accuser’s lawsuit to be used in their client’s criminal trial because a prosecutor had promised he could not be charged in the case. The lawyers also insist that five other accusers’ testimony improperly prejudiced the jury against Cosby in his 2018 sexual-assault trial because the accusers alleged encounters had taken place years before. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office expects prosecutors to file a response within the month. Cosby is currently serving a 3- to 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of three counts of felony sex assault.

TRINI LOPEZ DIES… Singer and actor Trini Lopez died yesterday due to coronavirus complications. He was 83. Lopez was discovered by Frank Sinatra and signed to Reprise Records in 1963. His version of “If I Had a Hammer” that year topped charts in several countries and reached No. 3 on the U.S. charts. He also had hits with “If You Wanna Be Happy,” “Lemon Tree” and “This Land is Your Land.” Lopez’s acting credits include the 1967 film “The Dirty Dozen” and two episodes of the TV series “Adam-12.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
TORONTO 5 – Miami 4
(10 innings)… The Blue Jays recovered to beat the Marlins after blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead in the first major league game in Buffalo since 1915. Travis Shaw singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Bo Bichette blasted a three-run homer.

CINCINNATI 6 – Kansas City 5 (10 innings)… Joey Votto came through with a walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Reds outlasted the Royals. Matt Davidson and Jesse Winker homered for Cincinnati.

N.Y. YANKEES 9 – Atlanta 6… Luke Voit belted a three-run homer, Aaron Judge added a solo shot and the Yankees handled the Braves. Mike Ford went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

Baltimore 10 – PHILADELPHIA 9 (10 innings)… Austin Hays’ two-run homer to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning sent the Orioles past the Phillies. Renato Nunez went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs.

Chi. White Sox 8 – DETROIT 4… Eloy Jimenez’s three-run homer capped a four-run top of the first inning and the White Sox doubled up on the Tigers. Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for Chicago.

Washington 2 – N.Y. METS 1… Max Scherzer (1-1) limited the Mets to a run on six hits over six innings in outdueling counterpart Rick Porcello (1-2). Trea Turner homered and Victor Robles singled in a run for Washington.

Chi. Cubs 7 – CLEVELAND 1… Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and RBI single as the Cubs cruised past the Indians. Jon Lester (2-0) limited Cleveland to a run on three hits over six innings.

Tampa Bay 8 – BOSTON 2… Mike Brosseau homered to lead off the game and the Rays cruised past the Red Sox. Yandy Diaz and Hunter Renfroe drove in two runs apiece.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Minnesota 4… Jedd Gyorko’s tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Brewers’ win over the Twins. Manny Pina homered twice and knocked in three runs. Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

COLORADO 8 – Arizona 7… The Rockies scored six times in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on to edge the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado homered with a runner aboard. Charlie Blackmon had three hits, including an RBI double, and is batting .500 on the season.

TEXAS 4 – Seattle 2… Nick Solak singled three times and drove in three runs to lead the Rangers past the Mariners.

San Francisco 7 – HOUSTON 6 (10 innings)… Austin Slater singled home Wilmer Flores with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Giants outlasted the Astros. Hunter Pence cracked a three-run homer. Wilmer Flores smacked solo shot.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Oakland 0… The Angels got homer runs from David Fletcher, Anthony Rendon, Jason Castro and Brian Goodwin in breezing past the Athletics. Dylan Bundy (3-1) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 10. Two relievers completed the shutout.

San Diego 6 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Manny Machado unloaded a grand slam during a five-run top of the third inning and the Padres never looked back in their defeat of the Dodgers. Jurickson Profar added a solo blast. Garrett Richards (1-1) allowed a run on six hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 2-1) are at Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-0)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 0-0)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 2-1)…
Miami (Jordan Yamamoto, 0-0) is at Toronto (Nate Pearson, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Bryse Wilson, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Wade LeBlanc)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Corey Oswalt, 0-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Trevor Cahill, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 0-0)…
Boston (Zack Goldley, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-2) is at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) host San Diego (Zach Davies, 2-1)

NBA SCORES
Brooklyn 108 – Orlando 96
… Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 24 points apiece as the Nets won their third straight.

San Antonio 123 – Houston 105… The Spurs rolled past the Rockets to keep their playoff hopes alive. Keldon Johnson came off the bench to score 24 and grab 11 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan tossed in 23 points.

Phoenix 130 – Philadelphia 117… Devin Booker pumped in 35 points and the Suns won their seventh in a row since the NBA’s restart. Mikal Bridges added 24 points.

Boston 122 – Memphis 107… The Celtics ran past the Grizzlies for their fourth straight win. Jayson Tatum scored 29 points to lead all scorers.

Portland 134 – Dallas 131… Damian Lillard poured in 61 points and the Trail Blazers held off the Mavericks. Lillard joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with three 60-plus point games in the same season. Carmelo Anthony added 26 points.

Sacramento 112 – New Orleans 106… Harrison Barnes scored 12 of his 25 points in the third quarter as the Kings got past the Pelicans in a matchup of teams eliminated from the postseason.

Milwaukee 126 – Washington 113… The Bucks downed the Wizards in a contest that had no playoff implications. Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Sterling Brown added 23 off the bench. Milwaukee lost Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter after he headbutted Washington’s Moritz Wagner.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Indiana vs. Houston…
Philadelphia vs. Toronto…
Miami vs. Oklahoma City…
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENER SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay 3 – Columbus 2 (5OT)… Brayden Pint found the net at 10:27 of the fifth overtime to lift the Lightning over the Blue Jackets. Point also scored a first-period goal. Nikita Kruschev had two assists. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Calgary 3 – Dallas 2
… Dillon Dube netted a pair of first-period goals and Rasmus Andersson scored the decisive goal in the second as the Flames edged the Stars. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Vegas 4 – Chicago 1… Reilly Smith scored twice in the third period and the Golden Knights put away the Blackhawks. William Carrier and David Kampf netted back-to-back goals in the second period. Game 2 is tomorrow.

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

Boston (1) vs. Carolina (7)…
Washington (2) vs. the N.Y Islanders…
Philadelphia (4) vs. Montreal (12)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Colorado (3) vs. Arizona (11)…
St. Louis (1) vs. Vancouver (9)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL… Representatives from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences each voted yesterday to postpone college football and all other fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both conferences expressed hope to play football in the spring. The three other “power five” conferences – ACC, SEC, and Big 12 – have yet to declare how they plan to proceed.

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