The Rundown for August 21, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,573,847 and the nation’s death toll stands at 174,255, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Public health officials in Nebraska’s panhandle region have linked coronavirus cases to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that occurred in South Dakota earlier this month. At least seven new cases following an event that ended Sunday after drawing nearly a half-million bikes.

BIDEN ACCEPTS NOMINATION… Joe Biden vowed to be an “ally of the light” as he accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on last night’s fourth and final night of the party’s convention. The former vice president declared that November’s general election will be “life-changing” after President Trump has “cloaked America in darkness.” Biden pledged to combat climate change, defend social security and Medicare, stand with U.S. allies while not “cozying up to dictators” and urged this generation to become the one that “finally wipes the stain of racism from our national character.” Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang and Mike Bloomberg spoke prior to Biden’s acceptance. Other speakers included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

STEVE BANNON ARRESTED… Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon was arrested yesterday morning by inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service after the Southern District of New York indicted him for allegedly siphoning money from the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign for personal expenses. The campaign, which raised $25 million to use in helping President Trump build a wall along the border with Mexico, carried endorsements from the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr. Bannon was taken into custody aboard aboard a luxury yacht owned by business associate Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who fled to the U.S. in 2014 after being accused of corruption, bribery, kidnapping, rape and other charges. Bannon pleaded not guilty later yesterday and was released on a $5 million bond. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that federal and state authorities were probing a business Bannon launched with Guo in spring.

FEDERAL JUDGE OKAYS TRUMP TURNING OVER DOCUMENTS… A federal judge yesterday rejected President Trump’s bid to prevent New York prosecutors from obtaining his tax records for a grand jury investigation into his finances. Trump’s attorneys failed to convince Judge Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan that the subpoena for the documents issued by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is a bad-faith “fishing expedition” and overly broad. Vance’s subpoena seeks Trump’s personal tax returns dating to 2011 from the Mazars USA accounting firm. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Trump attorney efforts to block the subpoena on grounds of “absolute presidential immunity” from state criminal laws.

TOP OFFICIALS SUPPORTED FAMILY-SEPARATION POLICY… NBC News reported yesterday that Trump senior adviser had the support of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top White House officials at a meeting to press the policy of separating migrant children from their parents in 2018. The “zero tolerance policy” that Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacted prosecuted all immigrants crossing the border, even those who arrived legally and sought asylum. According to the report, Miller proposed the policy, which passed in a show-of-hands vote.

ENTERTAINMENT
CBS TO ADAPT SARAH COOPER BOOK
… Comedian and social-media sensation Sarah Cooper has signed a deal with CBS to adapt one of her books into a TV series. “How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings” is described as a single-camera comedy centered on three women at a male-dominated company who help one another navigate modern gender politics in their careers and in their personal lives. Cooper, who rose to fame online with her lip-sync impressions of President Trump, is set to host a Netflix comedy special that premieres in fall.

NETFLIX RESPONDS TO ‘CUTIES’ BACKLASH… Netflix offered an apology yesterday in announcing that it is removing a promotional image it had been using for the film “Cuties.” The poster and trailer for the award-winning French drama had sparked online backlash for showing young girls posing in skimpy outfits. The show follows an 11-year-old girl who joins a dance group and its maker insists it is meant to tackle the issue of sexualization of young girls. It premieres September 9.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
TORONTO 3 – Philadelphia 2
… Lourdes Gurriel Jr. chopped a single over a drawn-in infield to score Teoscar Hernandez with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning as the Blue Jays took the doubleheader opener.

TORONTO 9 – Philadelphia 8… The Blue Jays erupted to score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 7-2 deficit and held on to edge the Phillies and complete a sweep of the twinbill. Rowdy Tellez homered and delivered a go-ahead two-run single.

Tampa Bay 10 – N.Y. YANKEES 5… Mike Zunino belted a three-run homer during a five-run top of the sixth inning as the Rays finished off a sweep of the Yankees and moved into first place in the AL East. Yandy Diaz homered with a runner aboard.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Detroit 0… Lucas Giolito (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 13 as the White Sox walloped the Tigers to finish a four-game sweep. Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez homered. Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs.

Houston 10 – COLORADO 8… The Astros mounted five-run rallies in the tops of the second and fifth innings in slugging their way past the Rockies for their eighth straight win. Abraham Toro-Hernandez struck the big blow with a three-run homer.

Cleveland 2 – PITTSBURGH 0… Shane Bieber (5-0) scattered six hits and fanned 11 over six innings and four relievers completed the Indians’ shutout of the Pirates.

MINNESOTA 7 – Milwaukee 1… Jose Berrios (2-3) limited the Brewers to one hit over six scoreless innings and got plenty of support in the Twins’ victory. Nelson Cruz homered with a runner aboard.

L.A. Dodgers 6 – SEATTLE 1… Clayton Kershaw (3-1) surrendered a run on four hits and struck out 11 over seven innings as the Dodgers cruised past the Mariners. Cody Bellinger singled in a run and homered.

Boston 7 – BALTIMORE 1… Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi (2-2) held the Orioles to a run on five hits over five innings. Xavier Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland went deep for Boston.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Texas 7 (10 innings)… Wil Myers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Padres past the Rangers. Eric Hosmer’s bases-loaded homer in the fourth made San Diego the first team in major league history to hit grand slams in four straight games.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Cincinnati 4… Kolten Wong’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a three-run rally that carried the Cardinals over the Reds. Yadier Molina knocked in three runs with a pair of singles.

OAKLAND 5 – Arizona 1… Matt Chapman homered twice and Matt Olson also went deep in the Athletics’ win over the Diamondbacks. Sean Manaea (1-2) gave up a run on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 10 – L.A. Angels 5… Wilmer Flores lined a two-run single and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Giants past the Angels. Brandon Crawford also went deep for San Francisco.

N.Y. Mets – MIAMI (ppd)… Last night’s Mets-Marlins game was postponed after two individuals in the Mets organization tested positive for coronavirus. The Mets-Yankees game scheduled for tonight also has been postponed.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-1)…
Tampa Bay (Matt Shoemaker, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-1)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0) is at Cleveland (Adam Plutko, 1-1)…
Baltimore (John Means, 0-0) hosts Boston (Phillips Valdez, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0) is at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 1-2)…
the Chi Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0) host the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 3-2)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 1-1) is at St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 0-0)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 0-0) hosts Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0)…
Houston (Lance McCullors, 2-1) is at San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 0-0)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 2-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 1-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-2) hosts Arizona (Robbie Ray, 1-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS (first-round)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Miami 109 – Indiana 100… Duncan Robinson knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 24 points and the Heat topped the Pacers to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Goran Dragic added 20 points. Game 3 is tomorrow.

Milwaukee 111 – Orlando 96… The Bucks built a 21-point halftime lead and coasted past the Magic to even the series at a game apiece. Giannis Antetokounmpo piled up 28 points and 20 rebounds. Brook Lopez tossed in 20 points. Game 3 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston 111 – Oklahoma City 98
… The Rockets rallied past the Magic in the fourth quarter to to up 2-0 in the series. James Harden scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures. Game 3 is tomorrow.

L.A. Lakers 111 – Portland 88… The Lakers routed the Trail Blazers to bring the series even at 1-1. Anthony Davis had 31 points and 11 boards. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Toronto vs. Brooklyn in Game 3 with the Raptors leading 2-0…
Boston vs. Philadelphia in Game 3 with the Celtics leading 2-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Denver vs. Utah in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
the L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
N.Y. Islanders 4 – Washington 0… Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 21 shots and the Islanders blanked the Capitals to wrap up the series in five games. Anthony Beauvillier found the net twice. Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Dallas 6 – Calgary 3… The Stars skated past the Flames after spotting them an early three-goal lead and captured the series with the Game 6 victory. Denis Gurianov scored three of his four goals during a five-goal second period.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Philadelphia vs. Montreal in Game 6 with the Flyers leading the series 3-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
St. Louis vs. Vancouver in Game 6 with the Canucks leading the series 3-2

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