CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,197,000 and the nation’s death toll stands at 166,026, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Trump continued his push for the re-opening of schools yesterday with a call for additional funding, including additional money for schools that reopen in-person. Trump wants Congress to appropriate another $105 billion for schools while maintaining that schools that choose to open with online instruction only should not receive federal funding. Later in the day, Trump outlined eight recommendations for in-person school re-openings including advising schools to encourage frequent hand washing or sanitizing, maintain “high standards” of hygiene and ventilation, minimize large indoor gatherings, social distance around high-risk individuals, encourage the use of masks when social distancing is not possible, and liberally post instructions about hygiene and social distancing.
BIDEN, HARRIS MAKE JOINT APPEARANCE… Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris criticized the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday in their first joint appearance since Biden selected Harris as his running mate. Biden pledged to deliver a “comprehensive” virus response if elected. Harris noted that the U.S. leads the world with more than 5 million cases and more than 165,000 deaths as a result of Trump’s “failure to take it seriously from the start.”
DEMS SEEK REVERSAL OF USPS CHANGES… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 174 other Democrats in the chamber signed a letter yesterday demanding that new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reverse recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service that they claim would “disenfranchise voters” on November 3. DeJoy recently installed a series of cost-cutting measures that could disrupt mail delivery, including absentee and mail-in ballots, ahead of Election Day. The 63-year-old DeJoy was named Postmaster Master in June after having been a Trump donor and Republican fundraiser who owned a North Carolina supply-chain.
FEDERAL DEFICIT REACHES RECORD HIGHT… The federal deficit reached $2.8 trillion for the fiscal year 2020 yesterday, according to a Treasury Department report. The total follows a $63 billion deficit in July and a $864 billion deficit in June amid federal spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay of the federal tax deadline has contributed to the deficit discrepancies, as taxes the government should have received in April was pushed back to July.
DERECHO DESTROYS CROPS… Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said yesterday that the powerful derecho storm that tore through the Midwest earlier this week also destroyed more than 10 million acres of crops in her state. The destruction included 43 percent of the state’s corn and soybean yields. Some 300,000 Iowans remain without power and the storm has been blamed for the deaths of two people.
SUMNER REDSTONE DIES… Media mogul Sumner Redstone, whose holdings included Viacom, CBS, Paramount Pictures, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and Showtime, died at his Los Angeles home on Tuesday, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 97. Redstone’s entry to the entertainment business came through his father’s drive-in theater business and he became a major Hollywood power player in the mid-1980s. He was forced to step down as chairman of CBS and Viacom in early February 2016 amid pressure from shareholders and activists who questioned his mental capacity. Redstone’s legacy was tarnished in his later years amid corporate battles involving his family members and sordid allegations by former girlfriends.
R. KELLY ASSOCIATES CHARGED WITH WITNESS INTIMIDATION… Federal prosecutors have charged three associates of R. Kelly have been charged with intimidating or harassing women who claim the R&B singer sexually abused them. Kelly is in jail awaiting multiple trials in various cities on sexual-abuse charges. Prosecutors say a longtime friend of Kelly’s offered to pay a victim $500,000 to keep her from cooperating in Kelly’s prosecution and a manager and adviser of Kelly’s threatened to release sexually explicit photographs of a woman who sued the indicted singer. According to the indictment, 37-year-old Michael Williams of Valdosta, Georgia, traveled to Florida in June and set fire to an SUV parked outside a residence where one of Kelly’s victims was staying.
Chi. White Sox 7 – DETROIT 5… Luis Robert gave the White Sox the lead for good with a bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth inning. Tim Anderson went 4-for-5 with a homer to lead off the game. Eloy Jimenez also went deep.
Arizona 13 – COLORADO 7… The Diamondbacks erupted to score eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie and put away the Rockies. Starling Marte had three hits, including a homer, and four RBIs. David Peralta knocked in three runs.
Oakland 8 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Robbie Grossman homered with a runner aboard and Matt Olson smacked a solo shot as the Athletics doubled up on the Angels. Ramon Laureano stroked a two-run single.
Chi. Cubs 7 – CLEVELAND 2… The Cubs downed the Indians to run their record to 12-3 in their best start since 1970. David Bote singled home two runs. Jason Heyward also knocked in two runs. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo smacked solo homers. Kyle Hendricks (3-1) allowed a run on seven hits over six innings.
Miami 14 – TORONTO 11 (10 innings)… The Marlins put away the Blue Jays after blowing an early 8-0 lead. Magneuris Sierra delivered a tie-breaking two run single in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score on Jesus Aguilar’s single. Brian Anderson belted a three-run homer in the first. Toronto piled up 18 hits and seven homers in the loss.
Kansas City 5 – CINCINNATI 4… The Royals took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning and held on to edge the Reds. Salvador Perez went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs.
N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Atlanta 3… Clint Frazier went 3-for-4 with a bases-empty homer as the Yankees doubled up on the Braves to take both games of the series.
Baltimore 5 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Orioles got home runs from Anthony Santander, and Chance Sisco in powering their way past the Phillies. Sisco also singled home two runs.
N.Y. METS 11 – Washington 6… The Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to erase a 3-0 deficit and broke the game open with a five-run sixth. Pete Alonso doubled home a run and homered with a runner aboard. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith also went deep.
HOUSTON 5 – San Francisco 1… Martin Maldonado’s three-run homer capped a four-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Astros past the Giants. Zack Greinke limited San Francisco to a run on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings.
Minnesota 12 – MILWAUKEE 2… The Twins pounded out 15 hits in their thrashing of the Brewers. Byron Buxton drilled a pair of solo homers. Miguel Sano also went deep. Kenta Maeda (3-0) took a shutout into the sixth inning.
Tampa Bay 9 – BOSTON 5… Brandon Lowe and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit two-run homers, Willy Adames and Austin Meadows added solo shots, and the Rays downed the Red Sox for their fifth straight win. Blake Snell (1-0) pitched four-hit ball over five shutout innings.
TEXAS 7 – Seattle 4… The Rangers came from four runs down in the sixth inning to upend the Mariners. Todd Frazier ran home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. Willie Calhoun had a couple of hits and knocked in three runs.
L.A. DODGERS 6 – San Diego 0… Tony Gonsolin and five relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Dodgers blanked the Rangers. Justin Turner connected for a three-run homer.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
Washington (Austin Voth, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 2-1)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 1-1) hosts Baltimore (Tyler Eshelman, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Gasnow, 0-0) is at Boston (Kyle Hart, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) host San Diego (Chris Paddack, 2-1)
Indiana 108 – Houston 104… The Pacers held off the Rockets despite resting starters Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. Warren. Myles Turner led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points. James Harden’s 45 points and 17 rebounds weren’t enough for Houston.
Toronto 125 – Philadelphia 121… Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher scored 19 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Raptors topped the 76ers. Stanley Johnson scored a go-ahead bucket with 4.9 seconds left.
Oklahoma City 116 – Miami 115… The Thunder rallied from a 22-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge the Heat. Mike Muscala knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left.
L.A. Clippers 124 – Denver 111… The Clippers rallied past the Nuggets in the second half to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They got 27 points from Paul George and 26 from Kawhi Leonard. Denver holds the conference’s third seed.
TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO…
Washington vs. Boston…
the L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento…
Dallas vs. Phoenix…
Memphis vs. Milwaukee…
San Antonio vs. Utah…
Portland vs. Brooklyn…
New Orleans vs. Orlando
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENER SCORES…
Boston 4 – Carolina 3 (2OT)… Patrice Bergeron found the net at 1:13 of the second overtime to lift the Bruins over the Hurricanes. David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist. Brad Marchand assisted on two goals. Game 2 is today.
N.Y Islanders 4 – Washington 2… The Islanders came from two goals down to upend the Capitals. Josh Bailey scored a shorthanded goal 6:52 into the third period. Game 2 is tomorrow.
Philadelphia 2 – Montreal 1… Joel Farabee’s second-period goal proved to be the difference as the Flyers held off the Canadiens. Goalie Carter Hart made 27 saves. Game 2 is tomorrow.
Colorado 3 – Arizona 0… Darcy Kuemper stopped all 37 shots at goal and the Avalanche blanked the Coyotes. Game 2 is tomorrow.
Vancouver 5 – St. Louis 2… Bo Horvat found the net twice as the Canucks skated past the Blues. Goalie Jacob Markstrom turned away 29 shots. Game 2 is tomorrow.
TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE…
Tampa Bay vs. Columbus in Game 2 with the Lightning leading 1-0…
Boston vs. Carolina for Game 2 with the Bruins leading 1-0….
Vegas vs. Chicago for Game 2 with the Golden Knights leading 1-0…
Dallas vs. Calgary for Game 2 with the Flames leading 2-0