The Rundown for August 31, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,996,431 and the nation’s death toll stands at 183,066, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn told Financial Times that the FDA would consider an emergency authorization of a vaccine for the coronavirus before the completion of phase three clinical trials if it found it appropriate to do so. Hahn emphasized that the decision would not be politically influenced and would rather be based on science, medicine and data.

PORTLAND MAYOR BLAMES TRUMP FOR ‘HATE’… Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler targeted President Trump at a press conference yesterday with a blistering attack following Friday night’s fatal shooting amid protests. Wheeler insisted it was Trump who “created the hate” and asked, “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?” Protesters in Portland have gathered for more than 90 consecutive nights to take a stand against systemic racism and police brutality.

TRUMP DETERMINED TO VISIT WISCONSIN… The White House said last night that President Trump plans to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, tomorrow against the wishes of the governor and mayor. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent Trump a letter explaining that urging him not to “reconsider” as his presence in the community will hinder its work to heal. Civil unrest was sparked by the police shooting of a Black man, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, on August 23 and included last Tuesday’s fatal shootings of two protesters by a 17-year-old boy from Illinois who carried an assault rifle across the state line.

HOUSE PANEL COULD SUBPOENA OVER SECURITY BRIEFINGS… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned yesterday that Democrats will consider issuing a subpoena for National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe in response to his announcement the House and Senate intelligence committees would no longer receive in-person briefings on election security. Ratcliffe said during an appearance yesterday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he would “continue to keep Congress informed” through written updates and claimed the change was to stop “a pandemic of information being leaked out of the intelligence community.” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Ratcliffe’s claim “doesn’t make any sense” because written briefings could just as easily be leaked and such concerns did not stop other briefings. Schiff said live testimony “forces accountability.”

CREWS GAIN ON CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES… Firefighters in California have made gains against the two biggest blazes they are battling. The LNU Lightning Complex fire, which has burned more than 375,000 acres across five counties north of San Francisco Bay, was listed at 56-percent containment last night. Containment grew to 50 percent yesterday on the SCU Lightning Complex fire, which has charred more than 377,000 acres in four counties east and south of the bay. The two fires rank as the second- and third-largest wildfires on record in the state.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
… “New Mutants” took in $7 million to debut at No. 1 at the weekend box office. “Unhinged” followed in second place with $2.6 million, followed by “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” at No. 3 with $604,000. ”The Personal History of David Copperfield” made $520,000 to finish fourth. “Words on Bathroom Walls” took in $454,000 to finish fifth.

TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 98,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for the fifth straight week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 83,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” stayed at No. 3 on sales of 70,000 copies. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” jumped one spot to No. 4 after selling 51,000 units. Nas’ new release, “King’s Disease,” capped the top five with 47,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
PADRES GET MORELAND
… The San Diego Padres acquired first-baseman Mitch Moreland from the Boston Red Sox ahead of today’s trade deadline. In exchange, Boston gets prospects Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario, the team announced. Moreland batted .328 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs for the Red Sox this season.

MLB SCORES
N.Y. YANKEES 8 – N.Y. Mets 7
… The Yankees rallied from five runs down in the bottom of the seventh (and final) inning to upend the Mets in the doubleheader opener. Aaron Hicks tied the game with a three-run homer. Gio Urshela singled home Mike Tauchman with the winning run in the eighth.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – N.Y. Mets 2… Gary Sanchez unloaded a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the eighth inning as the Yankees completed a sweep of the twinbill. Tyler Wade also went deep for the Yanks.

Chi. Cubs 10 – CINCINNATI 1… Kyle Schwarber homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Cubs in their bombing of the Reds. Jason Heyward and Ian Happ also hit a pair of homers. The three become the first starting outfield ever to hit multiple homers in the same game.

Tampa Bay 12 – MIAMI 7… Willy Adams’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run top of the fifth inning and the Rays finished off a three-game sweep of the Marlins. Tampa Bay also got homers from Joey Wendle, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Kiermaier.

DETROIT 3 – Minnesota 2… Jonathan Schoop hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Tigers made it stand in edging the Twins to complete a series sweep. Jeimer Candelario also went deep.

BOSTON 9 – Washington 5… Rafael Devers went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBIs and the Red Sox cruised past the Nationals. Bobby Dalbac blasted a three-run homer in his major-league debut. Xavier Bogaerts also homered.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Kansas City 2 (10 innings)… Luis Robert belted a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the White Sox outlasted the Royals. Nick Madrigal went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Pittsburgh 5 – MILWAUKEE 1… Josh Bell broke a fourth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Pirates handled the Brewers.

ST. LOUIS 7 – Cleveland 2… Adam Wainwright (3-0) held the Indians to two runs on four hits in a complete-game victory on his 39th birthday. Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – TEXAS 2… The Dodgers got a two-run homer from Cody Bellinger and solo blasts from Corey Seager and Will Smith in downing the Rangers. Their 57 homers in August were the most ever by any team in any month.

TORONTO 6 – Baltimore 5… Teoscar Hernandez’ two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Blue Jays over the Orioles. Rowdy Tellez singled home a tying run in the eighth.

San Diego 13 – COLORADO 2… Eric Hosmer got things going with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and the Padres also got homers from Trent Grisham, Jake Cronenworth, Josh Naylor and Jurickson Profar in their romp over the Rockies. Chris Paddack (3-3) pitched five-hit ball over six shutout innings.

San Francisco 4 – ARIZONA 1… The Giants used a three-run top of the eighth inning to get past the Diamondbacks. Alex Dickerson opened the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the first inning and singled home a run. Evan Longoria’s single scored San Francisco’s other two runs.

Seattle 2 – L.A. ANGELS 1 (10 innings)… Tim Lopes came through with a tie-breaking pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the 10th inning and the Mariners made it stand in beating the Angels. Kyle Lewis homered for Seattle.

Atlanta 12 – PHILADELPHIA 10… The Braves erupted to score 10 runs in the top of the second inning and barely hung on to top the Phillies. Dansby Swanson also homered for Atlanta.

Oakland – HOUSTON (ppd)… Yesterday’s Athletics-Astros was postponed after a member of the Oakland organization tested positive for the coronavirus.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0)…
Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 3-2) is at the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 1-1) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-0) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0) is at Boston (Zach Godley, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 1-5)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 6-0) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 3-1)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill, 1-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 3-2)…
San Diego (German Marquez, 2-4) is at Colorado (Garrett Richards, 1-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Boston 112 – Toronto 94
… The Celtics jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinal opener. Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum scored 21 points apiece.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
L.A. Clippers 111 – Dallas 97
… The Clippers overcame a slow start to roll past the Mavericks and take the first-round series in six games. Kawhi Leonard had 33 points and 14 rebounds. L.A. awaits the winner of the Utah-Denver series in the semifinals.

Denver 119 – Utah 107… Jamal Murray recorded his second 50-point effort of the series and the Nuggets downed the Jazz to force tomorrow’s Game 7 in the first-round series. Nikola Jokic added 22 points for Denver, which trailed by five at halftime.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS GAMES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Milwaukee vs. Miami in a semifinal opener

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston vs. Oklahoma City in Game 6 of their first-round series with the Rockets leading 3-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
N.Y. Islanders 3 – Philadelphia 2… Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted a go-ahead goal 7:18 into the third period and the Islanders hung on to edge the Flyers and go up 3-1 in the series. Brock Nelson scored New York’s first two goals off assists by Josh Bailey. Game 5 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Vegas 5 – Vancouver 3
… The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals in the third period to get past the Canucks and take a 3-1 lead in the series. Max Pacioretty fond the net twice and had an assist. Nate Schmidt added a goal and an assist. Game 5 is tomorrow.

Dallas 5 – Colorado 4… Radek Faksa scored a goal and had two assists as the Stars held off the Avalanche to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Roope Hintz and Jon Klingberg each had a goal and an assist. Game 5 is today.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Boston vs. Tampa Bay for Game 5 with the Lightning leading 3-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Dallas vs. Colorado for Game 5 with the Stars leading 3-1

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