CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,701,938 and the nation’s death toll stands at 176,801, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma treatments. Blood plasma has been used to treat other infectious diseases but researchers have cautioned that its effectiveness against COVID-19 has yet to be established.
DHS CHIEF SAYS POLLING STATIONS ARE OFF LIMITS… Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf conceded yesterday that his department does not have the authority to send law enforcement to voting stations during the November election. Wolf made the concession during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union when questioned about President Trump’s suggestion that federal officers could be deployed to guard against election fraud. Trump has been warning repeatedly and without evidence that voting by lead to fraud. Trump said on Fox News last week that federal law enforcement would be sent to polling sites.
KELLYANNE CONWAY LEAVING WHITE HOUSE… President Trump’s longtime adviser Kellyanne Conway announced last night that she will leave her White House post at the end of the month. She and her husband, George, issued statements expressing their need to focus on family in response to social-media postings by their 15-year-old daughter, Claudia. The girl claimed she was seeking emancipation for reasons that included neglect, abuse and her mother’s scheduled appearance at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.
UNREST IN KENOSHA… There was civil unrest on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, last night after a police officer fired seven shots into the back of a Black man who was entering his car. Cell phone video of the incident went viral on social media. The shooting victim, identified as 28-year-old Jacob Blake, was listed in serious condition at a local hospital. The encounter occurred after officers arrived at a residence in response to a domestic-violence complaint. Witnesses reported that Blake had tried to break up a fight between two women before he was tazed and shot. The city declared a state of Emergency Curfew and ordered people off the streets until 7 a.m. today.
GULF COAST BRACES FOR STORMS… The Gulf Coast is bracing for the possible arrival of twin storms that are heading toward Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Dangerously high winds and flooding was expected to stretch from Texas to Alabama. Hurricane Marco is expected to make landfall today. Tropical Storm Laura has been building in strength during its approach from the Dominican Republic and Haiti and is expected to arrive on Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, a double slam of landfalls withing miles of each other has never been recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.
CALIFORNIA FIRES BURN MORE THAN A MILLION ACRES… Firefighters continue their battle against more than 600 wildfires that have charred more than 1 million acres in California. Forecasters fear lightning strikes that could spark additional blazes and accelerate the spread of the existing fires. The largest of the fires, the LNU Lightning Complex, has burned 341,243 acres in five Northern California counties and is 17 percent contained.
TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 101,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth straight week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” finished in second place after selling 86,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” slipped into third place on sales of 79,000 copies. Rapper Young Dolph’s “Rich Slave” sold 65,000 units to debut at No. 4. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” capped the top five with 56,000 copies sold.
‘UNHINGED’ TOPS BOX OFFICE… The Russell Crowe thriller “Unhinged” took in $4.1 million to top the weekend box office. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” finished second with $550,000, followed by “Words on Bathroom Walls” at No. 3 with $463,000. “The Goonies” finished fourth with $260,000 and “Cut Throat City” landed at No. 5 with $240,000.
WASHINGTON 9 – Miami 3… Trea Turner went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the Nationals. Anibal Sanchez (1-3) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings.
BALTIMORE 5 – Boston 4… Rio Ruiz had a two-run single and a two-run double in leading the Orioles past the Red Sox.
Detroit 7 – CLEVELAND 4… Jorge Bonifacio homered with a runner aboard, Niko Goodrum and Grayson Greiner added solo shots and the Tigers cruised past the Indians.
TAMPA BAY 5 – Toronto 4… Austin Meadows knocked in a pair of runs and the Rays held off the Blue Jays.
PITTSBURGH 5 – Milwaukee 4… Gregory Polanco’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning powered the Pirates past the Brewers. Jarrod Dyson had a couple of hits and an RBI.
Minnesota 5 – KANSAS CITY 4… Nelson Cruz’s 10th homer of the season was a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning and proved to be the difference as the Twins edged the Royals. Marwin Gonzalez produced a two-run double.
ST. LOUIS 6 – Cincinnati 2… Yadier Molina went 4-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles and the Cardinals downed the Reds. Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader hit two-run homers for St. Louis.
CHI. CUBS 2 – Chi. White Sox 1… Cubs starter Yu Darvish (5-1) allowed just a run on six hits over seven innings and struck out 10 to win his fifth straight and hand the White Sox their first loss in eight games. Kyle Schwarber provided all the offense the Cubs needed with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.
SEATTLE 4 – Texas 1… Justin Dunn (2-1) pitched one-hit ball over six shutout innings and the Mariners breezed past the Rangers. Seattle got homers from Austin Nola, Kyle Lewis and Sam Haggerty.
OAKLAND 5 – L.A. Angels 4 (10 innings)… Mark Canha lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Athletics a walkoff win over the Angels. Canha also singled home a run in the first.
SAN DIEGO 5 – Houston 3… Manny Machado connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Padres made it stand in beating the Astros.
L.A. DODGERS 11 – Colorado 3… The Dodgers pounded out seven home runs in crushing the Rockies to complete a series sweep. Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in three runs. Enrique Hernandez delivered a three-run blast. Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Will Smith also went deep.
SAN FRANCISCO 6 – Arizona 1… Alex Dickerson belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Giants put away the Diamondbacks. Mike Yastrzemski also went deep.
Philadelphia 5 – ATLANTA 4… Didi Gregorius’ relay home cut down Dansby Swanson at the plate for the game’s final out and preserved the Phillies’ win over the Braves. Gregorius, Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm homered for Philadelphia.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
Toronto (Tanner Roark, 2-1) is at Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0)…
Washington (Austin Voth, 0-0) hosts Miami (Pablo Lopez, 2-1)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 2-2)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-0) is at Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 1-2)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-0) are at Houston (Framber Valdez, 2-2)…
Arizona (Ryan Castellani, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Merrill Kelly, 3-2)
NBA PLAYOFFS (first-round)…
Boston 110 – Philadelphia 106… The Celtics turned away the 76ers to complete a first-round sweep. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 32 points. Jayson Tatum had 28 points and 15 rebounds.
Toronto 150 – Brooklyn 122… The Raptors used a big third quarter to put away the Nets and sweep the series. Nathan Powell came off the bench to score 29 points. Fellow reserve Serge Ibaka added 27 points.
Dallas 135 – L.A. Clippers 133 (OT)… It took a historic performance by Luka Doncic to lift the Mavericks over the Clippers and even the series at 2-2. Doncic knocked down a game-wining step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime and finished with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists. Game 5 is tomorrow.
Utah 129 – Denver 127… The Jazz shot their way past the Nuggets to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Donovan Mitchell scored 18 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter. Mike Conley tossed in 26 points. Jamal Murray’s 50 points weren’t enough for Denver. Mitchell and Murray became the first opposing players ever to score at least 50 points apiece in an NBA game. Game 5 is tomorrow.
TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE…
Milwaukee vs. Orlando for Game 4 with the Bucks leading 2-1…
Indiana vs. Miami for Game 4 with the Heat leading 3-0
Houston vs. Oklahoma City for Game 4 with the Rockets leading 2-1…
L.A. Lakers vs. Portland for Game 4 with the Lakers leading 2-1
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES (second-round openers)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
Boston 3 – Tampa Bay 2… David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand both had a goal and an assist as the Bruins held off the Lightning in the series opener. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves at goal. Game 2 is tomorrow.
WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Vegas 5 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Robin Lehner stopped all 26 shots in his first career playoff shutout as the Golden Knights blanked the Canucks. Matt Stone and Alex Tuch both had a goal and an assist. Game 2 is tomorrow.
TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE…
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 1
WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado vs. Dallas in Game 2 with the Stars leading 1-0