CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,821,602 and the nation’s death toll stands at 179,708, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed yesterday that he was undergoing surgery and did not attend the August 20 White House task force discussion on updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that suggest asymptomatic people may not need to be tested for Covid-19, even if they’ve been in close contact with an infected person. Earlier, Admiral Brett Giroir, who directs the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing, claimed Dr. Fauci signed off on the new guidelines and they carried the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s stamp of approval.
PENCE ACCEPTS REPUBLICAN VP NOMINATION… Mike Pence accepted the Republican Party’s nomination as its vice-presidential candidate last night to highlight Day 3 of the Republican National Convention. In delivering his headline acceptance speech, Pence praised the Trump administration’s coronavirus response and warned that violence will spread throughout American cities if Joe Biden wins November’s election. Pence spoke from Baltimore’s Fort McHenry.
PROTESTS IN KENOSHA, MINNEAPOLIS… Demonstrations targeting systemic racism and police brutality continued last night with major events in Kenosha, Wisconsin; Minneapolis; Oakland, California; and Los Angeles. Protesters in Kenosha sought justice following the police shooting of a Black man on Sunday and Tuesday night’s fatal shootings of two protesters. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew and requested National Guard help after violence and store looting broke out downtown in response to what authorities said was misinformation about the suicide death of a Black homicide suspect. The 17-year-old male arrested for the Kenosha killings was charged yesterday with being a fugitive from justice and first-degree intentional homicide. Under Wisconsin law, Kyle Rittenhouse could be charged as an adult. Meanwhile, federal investigators have announced that they have launched a civil rights investigation into Sunday’s police shooting of Jacob Blake. The investigation will be conducted by the FBI in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.
ACLU SUES OVER PORTLAND CIVIL-RIGHTS VIOLATIONS… Federal agents violated the rights of protesters in Portland, Oregon, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union. The suit was filed on behalf of protesters who were allegedly beaten, tear-gassed, shot, abducted and sprayed with chemical agents by federal law enforcement during demonstrations. Named as plaintiffs in the suit are President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and its officials, the U.S. Marshals Service and the federal agents involved.
LAURA’S ARRIVAL… The National Weather Service warned that Hurricane Laura would arrive near the Texas-Louisiana border earlier this morning as a Category 4 storm. The National Hurricane Center said Laura is an “extremely dangerous” storm that will produce “unsurvivable” surge with “large and destructive waves” in some parts of the its path. Laura had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph while 75 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It would become a Category 5 storm if sustained winds reach 157 mph.
SARAH HARDING FIGHTING CANCER… Singer Sarah Harding announced on social media yesterday that she’s trying to keep “positive” amid a battle with breast cancer. Harding, who was a member of the English pop group Girls Aloud, said she was diagnosed earlier this year and learned weeks ago that it had “advanced” and spread to other parts of her body. She says she is currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy treatments.
DANIELLE BROOKS, MIKE COULTER LAND NETFLIX ANTHOLOGY… Danielle Brooks and Mike Colter have signed on to star in a new Netflix series. The streaming service says “Social Distance” will be an eight-part anthology series filmed remotely during during the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic. Each episode tells a standalone story that was shot in the actors’ homes and explores relationships and experiences during social distancing and societal unrest.
ATLANTA 5 – N.Y. Yankees 1… Ian Anderson (1-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his major-league debut and the Braves cruised past the Yankees in the doubleheader opener. Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson and Marcel Ozuna homered for Atlanta.
ATLANTA 2 – N.Y. Yankees 1… Freddie Freeman homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Braves hung on to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Max Fried (5-0) gave up a run on four hits over six innings.
CHI. WHITE SOX 10 – Pittsburgh 3… Edwin Encarnacion, Eloy Jimenez, Danny Mendick and Jose Abreu all hit home runs in the White Sox’ romp over the Pirates. Abreu’s blast was his seventh in five games and 12th of the season.
Philadelphia 3 – WASHINGTON 2…. Bryce Harper singled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning and the Phillies made it stand in edging the Nationals. Aaron Nola (3-2) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings.
TORONTO 9 – Boston 1… Rowdy Tellez went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in leading the Blue Jays past the Red Sox. Randal Grichuk also went deep.
TAMPA BAY 4 – Baltimore 3… Michael Perez smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to push the Rays past the Orioles. Brandon Lowe cracked his 10th homer with a runner aboard.
CLEVELAND 6 – Minnesota 3… The Indians came up with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to double up on the Twins. Jose Ramirez belted a three-run homer in the third.
DETROIT 7 – Chi. Cubs 6… The Tigers took control with a five-run bottom of the sixth inning and held on to top the Cubs. Austin Romine had three hits and knocked in two runs.
N.Y. METS 5 – Miami 4… Wilson Ramos singled home the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Mets blew a three-run lead. Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto homered.
Oakland 3 – TEXAS 1… Mike Fiers (4-1) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Athletics eased past the Rangers. Steven Piscotty had a couple of hits and an RBI.
ST. LOUIS 6 – Kansas City 5… The Cardinals rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and upend the Royals. Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the winning run. Tyler O’Neill tied the game with a two-run single.
Colorado 8 – ARIZONA 7… The Rockies took an 8-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning and escaped with a win over the Diamondbacks. Charlie Blackmon unloaded a grand slam. Sam Hilliard also circled the bases.
THREE GAMES POSTPONED… Last night’s scheduled, Milwaukee-Cincinnati, San Diego-Seattle and L.A. Dodgers-San Francisco games were postponed as players reacted to Sunday’s police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 1-1; Cody Ponce, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Kwang-Hyung Kim, 0-0; Johan Oviedo, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
San Diego (Garrett Richards, 1-1) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-1) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)…
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 2-1) hosts Boston (Chris Mazza, 0-0)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-1) is at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-3)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-1) hosts Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-0)…
Baltimore (Jon Means, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-0) hosts Minnesota (Robbie Dobnak, 5-1)…
Miami (Sixto Sanchez, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 2-2) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 1-1)
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES (second round)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
Philadelphia 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)… Phillippe Myers found the net 2:40 into overtime to send the Flyers past the Islanders and even the series at 1-1. Kevin Hayes scored two goals. Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist. Game 4 is today.
Tampa Bay 7 – Boston 1… Alex Killorn netted two goals and assisted on another as the Lightning skated past the Bruins to pull within 2-1 in the series. Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and two assists. Yanni Gourde added a goal and an assist. Game 4 is tomorrow.
WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado 6 – Dallas 4… The Avalanche outshot the Stars to pull within 2-1 in the series. Nazen Kadri scored a tie-breaking goal with 6:06 remaining. Cale Maker assisted on three goals. Game 4 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
WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Vegas vs. Vancouver in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1
NBA GAMES POSTPONED… The NBA postponed all three scheduled playoff games last night after Milwaukee Bucks players decided to boycott Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic. Bucks guard George Hill cited “the killings and the injustice” as reasons behind the team’s decision. Milwaukee is about 40 miles north of Kinosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police on Sunday. Players from the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers expressed boycotting the remainder of the playoffs in a demand for change and will meet again this morning.
TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE…
Boston vs. Toronto in an Eastern Conference semifinal opener.
WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
Denver vs. Utah in Game 6 with the Jazz leading 3-2…
the L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas in Game 6 with the Clippers leading 3-2