August 25, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,739,724 and the nation’s death toll stands at 177,248, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn conceded last night that he overstated the results of using convalescent plasma on coronavirus patients. His concession came after scientists publicly excoriated him for saying the treatment saved 35 out of 100 people—after he mixed up two statistical concepts: absolute risk reduction and relative risk reduction… A federal judge yesterday sided with Florida’s teachers’ union and against Governor Ron DeSantis and his efforts to force the reopening of schools. Circuit Court Judge Charles Dodson said parts of the governor’s order to reopen were unconstitutional.

REPUBLICANS KICK OFF CONVENTION… The Republican National Convention opened yesterday with attacks on Democrats and dark warnings of the America that Joe Biden would preside over. President Trump warned delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina, that Democrats might “steal” November’s election in accepting the nomination as the Republican candidate. Trump filled his speech with baseless claims, including Democrats are using Covid to defraud the American people and mail-in ballots could lead to voter fraud. Trump did promote his record on the economy, specifically new trade agreements and lowering unemployment before the pandemic.

NY AG SEEKS COURT HELP WITH TRUMPS… New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking a court’s help in forcing some of President Trump’s business associates, including his son Eric to testify and turn over documents as part of the state’s investigation into whether the Trump Organization committed tax evasion and bank fraud. James says her year-long probe of the Trumps’ business dealings has been delayed by a lack of cooperation from family members. The attorney general filed a petition requesting intervention after lawyers for Eric Trump abruptly cancelled his planned interview with investigators late last month.

MORE UNREST IN KENOSHA… A second-straight night of violence filled the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, last night as protesters remained angry over the police shooting of a Black man on Sunday afternoon. 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by Kenosha police and is expected to survive. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers authorized the National Guard to assist local law enforcement police, who again fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters defying an 8 p.m. curfew, throwing bottles and shooting fireworks at law enforcement. Rioters set fire to car dealerships, furniture stores, dump trucks and a Department of Corrections building.

MARCO ARRIVES AND WEAKENS… Tropical Storm Marco weakened into a tropical depression last night after making landfall in Louisiana hours earlier. However, the National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Storm Laura to become a hurricane today and continue strengthening until it strikes the Louisiana-Texas border as a Category 2 storm tomorrow night. Forecasters say winds could reach 110 mph at landfall. Peak storm surges are expected to rise anywhere from 2 to 11 feet across the Gulf Coast and the storm could bring as much as 12 inches of rain.

… Justin Townes Earle, who followed in his accomplished father’s footsteps as a singer/songwriter, died Sunday night from undisclosed causes, family members confirmed yesterday. He was 38. Earle released eight albums and among bands he played in was his father Steve’s touring band, the Dukes. Steve Earle is a three-time Grammy winner.

ACTRESS LORI NELSON DIES… Actress Lori Nelson, who rose to fame in such films as 1953’s “All I Desire” and 1955’s “Revenge of the Creature,” died Sunday night after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87. Nelson’s film credits included 1952’s “Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair,” 1953’s “Tumbleweed” and 1955’s “Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki.” Nelson’s television credits include the syndicated comedy “How to Marry a Millionaire,” in which she starred as the psychology major/game show usher Greta Hanson opposite Barbara Eden in the 1957-58 first season.

Toronto 6 – TAMPA BAY 4
… Randal Grichuk’s three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning gave the Blue Jays the lead for good. Lourdes Gurriel also went deep for Toronto.

Miami 11 – WASHINGTON 8… Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-5 and knocked in three runs as the Marlins outslugged the Nationals. Jon Bertl homered with a runner aboard.

Minnesota 3 – CLEVELAND 2… Nelson Cruz smacked a solo homer and Miguel Sano added a solo shot as the Twins held off the Indians. Kenta Maeda (4-0) allowed a run on five hits over five innings.

Chi. Cubs 9 – DETROIT 3… Javier Baez homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Cubs in their pounding of the Tigers. David Bote had three hits, including a solo homer, and three RBIs.

TEXAS 3 – Oakland 2… The Rangers held off the Athletics to snap their eight-game skid. Todd Frazier stroked a two-run single. Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered. Lance Lynn (4-0) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

MILWAUKEE 4 – Cincinnati 2… The Brewers eased past the Reds to win their first in five games. Justin Smoak homered and knocked in three runs. Brett Anderson (2-2) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

ST. LOUIS 9 – Kansas City 3… Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in the Cardinals’ defeat of the Royals. Paul DeJong also drove in three runs. Jack Flaherty (2-0) pitched one-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

HOUSTON 11 – L.A. Angels 4… Kyle Tucker homered and doubled home a run, Carlos Correa drove in three runs and the Astros cruised past the Angels.

Colorado 3 – ARIZONA 2… The Rockies edged the Diamondbacks to end their seven-game losing streak. Reimel Tapia singled home Tony Wolters with a tie-breaking run in the top of the fifth inning. Trevor Story homered in the first.

the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 0-0) are at Houston (Cristian Javier, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-3) host Miami (Trevor Rogers, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 1-3) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-1)…
Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-0) hosts Boston (Kyle Hart, 0-0)…
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 1-3) is at Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 0-0)…
Houston (Brandon Bielak, 3-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill, 1-1) is at Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 2-1) are at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 2-2)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 1-2) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 1-2)…
Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 2-2)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-2) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (TBD) are at Miami (TBD)…
St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Matt Harvey, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 2-2) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 2-2)…
Arizona (Alex Young, 1-1) hosts Colorado (German Marquez, 2-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) are at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS (first-round)…
Milwaukee 121 – Orlando 106
… Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Bucks put away the Magic to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Kris Middleton scored 18 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. Game 5 is tomorrow.

Miami 99 – Indiana 87… Goran Dragic scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Heat topped the Pacers to complete a sweep of the series. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 19 boards. Miami awaits the winner of the Milwaukee-Orlando series in the conference semifinals.

Oklahoma City 117 – Houston 114
… The Thunder overcame a 15-point third-quarter deficit to down the Rockets and even the series at two games apiece. Dennis Schroder pumped in 30 points. Chris Paul had 26 points. Game 5 is tomorrow.

L.A. Lakers 135 – Portland 115… The Lakers built a big lead early and never looked back in throttling the Blazers to take a 3-1 lead in the series. LeBron James racked up 30 points and 10 assists in just 28 minutes. Game 5 is tomorrow.


Denver vs. Utah for Game 5 with the Jazz leading 3-1…
the L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2

(in Toronto)
N.Y. Islanders 4 – Philadelphia 0
… Semyon Varlamov stopped all 29 shots as the Islanders blanked the Flyers in the series opener. New York put the game away with three third-period goals. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Dallas 5 – Colorado 2
… The Stars took control with a four-goal second period and coasted past the Avalanche to take a 2-0 series lead. Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist. Game 3 is tomorrow.

NBA NEWS… The Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Brett Brown after seven seasons yesterday. His dismissal came a day after the 76ers were swept out of the first round by the Boston Celtics. The team is expected to make shakeups in its front office as well.

(in Toronto)
Boston vs. Tampa Bay in Game 2 with the Bruins leading 1-0

Vegas vs. Vancouver in Game 2 with the Golden Knights leading 1-0

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