The Rundown for August 26, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,777,710 and the nation’s death toll stands at 178,518, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A joint report issued yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association says almost 443,000 children tested positive between the start of the pandemic and August 20… Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden said yesterday that he believes the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization for the use of convalescent plasma in coronavirus patients “was politically driven.” Dr. Frieden said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he had “a substantial concern” after FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn admitted on Monday that he had mischaracterized the benefits of the plasma when he said plasma treatment had saved the lives of 35 out of 100 coronavirus patients.

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION… First Lady Melania Trump made a plea for unity and an end to violence and looting during her speech last night on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention. Other speakers included President’s Trump’s son Eric and daughter Tiffany. Eric Trump made a number of false statements in attacks on Democrats and their presidential nominee Joe Biden. Tiffany Trump accused the media and tech companies of keeping Americans “mentally enslaved.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised President Trump’s “America First vision” in delivering a pre-recorded speech from Israel. Critics noted that Pompeo’s participation as the nation’s top diplomat was unethical and clearly a violation of the Hatch Act, which bars most on-duty executive branch employees from advocating for or against political candidates.

SHOOTINGS AT KENOSHA PROTESTS… Protests against systemic racism and police brutality continued in several cities last night. Multiple protesters were reportedly shot by right-wing militia members during a third night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following Sunday’s police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake. Earlier, at least 64 people were arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, as crowds marched over the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in March.

COALITION SUES OVER POSTAL CHANGES… New York Attorney General Letitia James leads a coalition of states and cities that is suing the U.S. Postal Service, its controversial leader, and President Trump over recent policy changes that have slowed mail delivery service in parts of the country. The suit filed yesterday accuses Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of violating federal and constitutional statutes by failing to seek approval for changes. The lawsuit also accuses DeJoy of changing the USPS “in ways that align with the President’s campaign against mail-in voting.” Plaintiffs include New Jersey, Hawaii, New York City and San Francisco. They seek to reverse the changes and prevent any future disruptions in service.

LAURA TO ARRIVE AS MAJOR HURRICANE… Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 or greater hurricane when it makes landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border tonight or early tomorrow, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm carried maximum sustained winds of 85 mph last night as it was moving west-northwest at 17 mph. Authorities have ordered the evacuations of more than 500,000 people in coastal Texas and Louisiana.

ENTERTAINMENT
RNC RATINGS
… Monday’s first night of the Republican National convention drew a total TV viewership of 15.8 million, according to the Nielsen Co. The event included speeches from Donald Trump Jr. and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. The RNC’s first night ratings were about a 15 percent drop from the first night of last week’s Democratic National Convention.

NBC ORDERS ‘JOE EXOTIC’ LIMITED SERIES… NBCUniversal Television ordered a limited series of “Joe Exotic.” The spinoff from the hit Netflix docuseries from earlier this year will star Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin, the big cat enthusiast who discovers how Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding big cats and using them for profit. The role of Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel has not yet been cast.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
HOUSTON 6 – L.A. Angels 3
… The Astros scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and coasted past the Angels in a doubleheader opener.

L.A. Angels 12 – HOUSTON 5… The Angels mounted four-run rallies in the tops of the first and seventh innings to down the Astros and claim a split of the twinbill. Brian Goodwin knocked in three runs. Luis Rengifo smacked a solo homer.

Miami 4 – N.Y. METS 0… Four pitchers scattered eight hits as the Marlins blanked the Mets in the opener of a doubleheader. Miguel Rojas stroked a two-run single.

Miami 3 – N.Y. METS 0… The Marlins made it back-to-back shutouts in completing a sweep of the twinbill. Three pitchers combined on the four-hitter. Brian Anderson stroked a two-run double.

Philadelphia 8 – WASHINGTON 3… J.T. Realmuto blasted a three-run homer to cap a four-run top of the third inning and the Phillies cruised past the Nationals. Jake Arrieta (2-3) allowed a run on three hits over five innings.

Boston 9 – TORONTO 7… The Red Sox came alive to score six runs in the top of the sixth inning and erase a 6-3 deficit on their way past the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers legged out a bases-clearing triple. Teoscar Hernandez drilled a solo homer.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Baltimore 2… Rays starter Trevor Glasnow (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings and struck out 13. Hunter Renfroe homered with a runner aboard and Miguel Margot added a solo blast.

CLEVELAND 4 – Minnesota 2… Francisco Lindor connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to help power the Indians past the Twins. Shane Bieber (6-0) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

DETROIT 7 – Chi. Cubs 1… Jonathan Schoop unloaded a grand slam to highlight a five-run bottom of the sixth inning. Spencer Turnbull (3-2) pitched three-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings.

Oakland 10 – TEXAS 3… Matt Olson and Marcus Semien hit two-run homers as the Athletics pounded the Rangers. Stephen Piscotty delivered a bases-clearing double.

MILWAUKEE 3 – Cincinnati 2… The Brewers scored all three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and held on to edge the Reds. Orlando Arcia singled home the tie-breaking run. Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Pittsburgh 0… Lucas Giolito (3-2) pitched the season’s first no-hitter and the White Sox cruised past the Pirates. Giolito walked just one batter and had no strikeouts. Eloy Jimenez had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Kansas City 5 – ST. LOUIS 4… Ryan McBroom singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and the Royals made it stand in beating the Cardinals.

Seattle 8 – SAN DIEGO 3… J.P. Crawford homered, doubled and knocked in three runs to lead the Mariners past the Padres for their fourth straight win. Aaron Nola also went deep.

Colorado 5 – ARIZONA 4… Nolan Arenado produced a pair of RBI doubles to help push the Rockies past the Diamondbacks. Arenado also scored the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning on a passed ball.

SAN FRANCISCO 10 – L.A. Dodgers 8 (11 innings)… Donovan Solano’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Giants a come-from-behind win over the Dodgers. Brandon Belt blasted a three-run homer in the first, doubled home a run in the fifth and added a game-tying homer in the ninth.

N.Y. Yankees – ATLANTA (ppd)… Rain in Atlanta forced postponement of last night’s Yankees-Braves game. It will be made up today as part of a doubleheader.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0; Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0) are at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 0-0; Max Fried, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 4-2) host Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 1-4)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-2) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0) host Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 3-1) is at Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-2) hosts Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 4-1)…
Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 0-0)…
San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 2-1) hosts Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 2-2)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 1-3) is at Arizona (Robbie Ray, 1-3)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 3-1)

TODAY’S ANGELS-ASTROS GAME POSTPONED… The threat of Hurricane Laura has forced Major League Baseball to postpone today’s scheduled Angels-Astros game in Houston. It will be played as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, September 5, in Anaheim.

NBA PLAYOFFS (first-round)…
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Denver 117 – Utah 107
(OT)… Jamal Murray poured in 33 of his game-high 42 points in the second half as the Nuggets outlasted the Jazz to move within 3-2 in the series. Nikola Jokic tossed in 31 points. Game 6 is tomorrow.

L.A. Clippers 154 – Dallas 111… The Clippers jumped out to a 19-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in dismantling the Mavericks to take a 3-2 series lead. Paul George led all scorers with 35 points. Kawhi Leonard added 32 points. Game 6 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE

Houston vs. Oklahoma City in Game 5 with the series tied 2-2…
the L.A. Lakers vs. Portland in Game 5 with the Lakers leading 3-1

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Milwaukee vs. Orlando in Game 5 with the Bucks leading 3-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES (second round)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 4 – Boston 3
(OT)… Ondrej Palat found the net less than five minutes into overtime and the Lightning evened the series at a game apiece. Blake Coleman scored twice for Tampa Bay. Game 3 is today.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Vancouver 5 – Vegas 2
… The Canucks skated past the Golden Knights to even the series at 1-1. Bo Harvat netted two goals. Tyler Toffoli and Elias Pettersson each had a goal and two assists. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE (second round)
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 2 with the Islanders leading 1-0…
Boston vs. Tampa Bay in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado vs. Dallas in Game 3 with the Stars leading 2-0

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