The Rundown for August 14, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,248,678 and the nation’s death toll stands at 167,097, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden yesterday urged governors to mandate the wearing of masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said public health experts have advised him it would be best for Americans to wear masks while outside of their homes for the next three months.

TRUMP ADMITS SLOWING MAIL TO HAMPER MAIL-IN VOTING… President Trump yesterday admitted that his efforts to block additional funding for the United States Postal Service are intended to make it more difficult to deliver mail-in ballots. “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo. “If they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.” The president has made baseless claims that widespread mail-in voting will lead to fraud and a federal judge in Pennsylvania yesterday ordered the Trump campaign and the Republican party to produce evidence of vote-by-mail fraud in the state. The ruling came after after Republicans sued to ban dropboxes for mail ballots at county elections offices. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of Rhode Island’s decision to allow residents to vote by mail without witnesses observing them. The Republican National Committee had sued to halt the change in the state’s rules, which previously stated that all absentee ballots must be filled out in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK METHANE REGULATION… The Trump administration yesterday rolled back Obama-era regulations limiting methane gas emissions from oil and gas fields. The new rule moves transfers the authority to regulate methane from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Clean Air Act. The Obama administration’s efforts to limit pollution related to methane was part of a package of climate-change regulations enacted to cut 520,000 short tons of methane within the next decade.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS DROP BELOW A MILLION… The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment has dipped below 1 million for the first time since March, according to a Labor Department report released yesterday. About 963,000 people sought the benefits last week, the report said. Unemployment figures peaked at 6.9 million in late March.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ACCUSES YALE OF DISCRIMINATION… The Justice Department has accused Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. Yesterday’s announcement followed a two-year civil rights investigation spurred by a complaint by Asian-American groups. Yale’s admissions process is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Justice Department said in ordering the school to stop using race or national origin in its upcoming admissions cycle. A Yale spokeswoman said the school “categorically denies this allegation” and called it a “meritless” and “hasty” determination.

ENTERTAINMENT
PROSECUTORS FIND R. KELLY MONEY STASH
… R. Kelly’s problems continue as federal prosecutors announced yesterday that they have a bank account hiding $1.2 million of the singer’s money. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kelly opened the bank account in someone else’s name to stash the money after reporting that he did not have any income. News of the discovery came just a day after three men were charged with harassing and threatening women who had accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse.

MORE CUBA GOODING JR. ACCUSERS STEP FORWARD… The number of women who have come forward with accusations of unwanted touching by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has reached 30, Manhattan prosecutors revealed during a court hearing yesterday. Gooding faces three counts of forcible touching and three counts of sex abuse to the third degree in separate incidents involving three different women in New York. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and denies any wrongdoing. Defense attorneys want to question one of Gooding’s alleged victims about statements she’s made. They also want to include an expert witness to testify about whether or not proper police procedure was followed in this investigation. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 1.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
N.Y. METS 8 – Washington 2
… Tomas Nido homered with a runner aboard and unloaded a grand slam in leading the Mets past the Nationals. David Peterson (3-1) pitched one-hit ball over five shutout innings.

Baltimore 11 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Orioles pounded the Phillies to complete a three-game sweep. Pedro Severino belted a three-run homer and Rio Ruiz connected for a two-run shot. Anthony Santander lined a bases-clearing double.

Tampa Bay 17 – BOSTON 8… The Rays outslugged the Red sox to finish a sweep of the four-game series. Hunter Renfroe homered twice and knocked in three runs. Mike Zunino blasted a three-run homer. Brandon Lowe also had three RBIs.

Pittsburgh 9 – CINCINNATI 6… The Pirates did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and coasted past the Reds. Adam Frazier, Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran homered.

CHI. CUBS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Yu Darvish (3-1) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Cubs held off the Brewers. Kyle Schwarber homered with the bases empty.

L.A. DODGERS 11 – San Diego 2… Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBIs in leading the Dodgers past the Padres. Betts joined Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize as the only players to record six three-homer games in their careers. Corey Seager, AJ Pollock and Austin Barnes also went deep for Los Angeles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 1-1) is at Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 0-0)…
Toronto (Trevor Richards, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Tanner Roark, 1-1)..
Boston (Ryan Brasier, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-2) is at Detroit (Ivan Nova, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 1-1) hosts Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 3-1)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 2-1) host Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-1)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0) is at Colorado (Ryan Castellani, 0-0)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 1-1) are at the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-0)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-1) hosts San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-0)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-1) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)

NBA SCORES
Washington 96 – Boston 90
… The Wizards topped the Celtics for their first win in eight games since the restart. Thomas Bryant scored a game-high 26 points.

Sacramento 136 – L.A. Lakers 122… The Kings knocked down 21 3-pointers and rolled past a Laker team that was resting its starters. They got 28 points from Buddy Hield and 27 from Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Phoenix 128 – Dallas 102… The Suns became the only team to win all eight games in the bubble, but came up a game short of reaching the postseason. Devin Booker pumped in 27 points.

Memphis 119 – Milwaukee 106… The Grizzlies handled the Bucks to keep their playoff hopes alive by advancing to the play-in series. Dillon Brooks pumped in 31 points to lead all scorers. Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points, 19 points and 12 assists. Jae Morant added 12 points, 13 boards and 10 assists.

Utah 118 – San Antonio 112… The Jazz jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and held off the Spurs. Rayjon Tucker came off the bench to score 18 points and lead eight players in double figures.

Portland 134 – Brooklyn 133… The Trail Blazers held on at the end to edge the Nets and grab a spot in the play-in series. Damian Lillard poured in 42 points. C.J. McCollum added 25 points. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Orlando 133 – New Orleans 127… The Magic prepared for the postseason by shooting their way past the Pelicans. Nikola Vucevic made 10-of-11 shots on his way to 23 points. D.J. Augustin delivered 22 points off the bench.

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

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Columbus 3 – Toronto 1
… The Blue Jackets skated past the Maple Leafs to tie the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored first-period goals. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 36 saves.

Carolina 3 – Boston 2… Dougie Hamilton scored a tie-breaking goal with 11:30 remaining and the Hurricanes made it stand in edging the Bruins to bring the series even at a game apiece. Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas 4 – Chicago 3
(OT)… Reilly Smith tipped in the game-winner at 7:13 of overtime and the Golden Knights have taken a 2-0 lead in the series. Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek scored back-to-back goals in the first period.

Dallas 5 – Calgary 4… Jamie Oleksiak scored off a Corey Perry pass with 40 seconds left and the Stars evened the series at 1-1. Miro Heiskanen netted two goals for Dallas.

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

N.Y Islanders vs. Washington in Game 2 with the Islanders leading 1-0…
Philadelphia vs. Montreal in Game 2 with the Canadiens leading 1-0…

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Colorado vs. Arizona in Game 2 with the Avalanche leading 1-0…
Vancouver vs. St. Louis in Game 2 with the Canucks leading 1-0…
Dallas vs. Calgary in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

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