The Rundown for September 1, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,030,782 and the nation’s death toll stands at 183,596, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The House subcommittee on economic and consumer policy yesterday opened an investigation into federal contracts negotiated by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro in response to the cancelation of a ventilator contract with Netherland-based Royal Philips. Philips announced yesterday announced a partial termination of a $646 million contract it signed in April with the Department of Health and Human Services. The contract ordered 2,500 ventilators by the end of May and 43,000 ventilators by the end of 2020. Philips say it will instead provide only 12,300 bundled ventilator configurations to the national stockpile by the end of August.

BIDEN SPEAKS IN PITTSBURGH… Speaking at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh yesterday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Trump of “stoking violence in our cities.” Biden vowed to make the country safer and cited his record as vice president when violent crime fell 15 percent in the U.S. while the murder rate is up 26 percent now under Trump. Biden said he sought to help end “violence in every form it takes,” including “unwarranted police shooting,” and excessive force. He also said that he wanted to make clear that the “senseless violence of looting and burning and destruction of property” was not protesting, but lawlessness and should be prosecuted.

APPEALS COURT WEAKENS CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENAS… An appeals court yesterday weakened the power of U.S. House investigative committees to demand in-person testimony by ruling that the lawmakers have no authority to issue subpoenas without first passing a law permitting it. The 2-1 decision by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals stems from the Trump administration’s dismissal of legal summonses by House lawmakers. Trump’s private attorney and former White House Counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena to testify in May 2019 about possible obstruction of justice in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the ruling and warned that it threatens Congress’ ability “to conduct oversight on behalf of the American people.”

MICHAEL FLYNN LOSES BID FOR CASE DISMISSAL… The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday rejected a bid by former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn to have his criminal case immediately dismissed. The ruling also rejected Flynn’s request for a new judge. Flynn twice pleaded guilty lying to FBI agents in January 2017 about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kisliyak, but the Justice Department declared in May that it wanted to abandon the prosecution and set Flynn free. Attorney General William Barr claimed that Flynn’s false statements to the FBI weren’t material to any open investigation and were therefore not a violation of the law.

MORE POLICE PRESENCE IN PORTLAND… State police and law enforcement from neighboring suburbs were sent to Portland, Oregon, yesterday as part of Governor Kate Brown’s plan to allow for peaceful protest while cracking down on lawlessness. The extra law-enforcement presence follows weekend clashes between President Trump supporters and counter-demonstrators that included in a fatal shooting. Unrest continued in the city last night and police declared a riot. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler warned on Sunday that violence could escalate, as members of the right-wing Patriot Prayer militia group are seeking to avenge the killing of one of their its supporters.

… Cast members Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff have reportedly signed on to participate in a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion special for HBO Max. The show will be taped on September 10 and air it close to Thanksgiving, according to the network. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” ran from 1990-1996 on NBC. The story centers on a boy from Philadelphia whose mother sends him to live with his rich aunt and uncle in stuffy Bel-Air, California.

MORE CHARGES FOR RON JEREMY… Los Angeles County prosecutors yesterday filed an additional 20 sexual assault charges going back to 2004 against adult film star Ron Jeremy. The 67-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the new charges as well as to earlier charges filed in June. The new charges include eight rapes of 12 women and participating in lewd conduct with a 15-year-old girl. The charges followed a two-year sheriff’s investigation.


San Diego acquired RHP Mike Clevinger, OF Greg Allen and a player to be named later from Cleveland in exchange for for C Austin Hedges, 1B/OF Josh Naylor, RHP Cal Quantrill, SS Gabriel Arias, IF Owen Miller and LHP Joey Cantillo; the Padres also acquired RHP Taylor Williams from Seattle for a player to be named later…

Cincinnati acquired RHP Archie Bradley from Arizona for OF Stuart Fairchild and UTL Josh VanMeter. The Reds also acquire OF Brian Goodwin from Angels for LHP Packy Naughton and a PTBN or cash…

Oakland acquired LHP Mike Minor from Texas for two players to be named later…

Miami acquired OF Starling Marte from Arizona for LHP Caleb Smith, RHP Humberto Mejía and a player to be named later…

Philadelphia acquired RHP David Phelps from Milwaukee for three players to be named later…

Toronto acquired LHP Robbie Ray and cash from Arizona for LHP Travis Bergen. The Blue Jays also acquired IF/OF Jonathan Villar from Miami for a player to be named later and RHP Ross Stripling from the L.A. Dodgers for two PTBN…

Colorado acquired OF Kevin Pillar and cash from Boston for a player to be named later or cash and international bonus pool money…

the N.Y. Mets acquired RHP Miguel Castro from Baltimore for Kevin Smith and a player to be named later or cash. The Mets also acquired C Robinson Chirinos, 1B/3B Todd Frazier and cash from Texas for two players to be named later…

the Chi. Cubs acquired Josh Osich from Boston for a player to be named later or cash and Andrew Chafin and cash from Arizona for a player to be named later or cash. The Cubs also acquired OF Cameron Maybin from Detroit for IF Zack Short.

Miami 5 – N.Y. Mets 3
… Miguel Rojas singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning as the Marlins topped the Mets. Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson hit solo homers for Miami.

Baltimore 4 – TORONTO 3 (11 innings)… Jose Iglesias and Bryan Holaday stroked run-scoring doubles in the top of the 11th inning as the Orioles outlasted the Blue Jays. Iglesias opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.

Seattle 2 – L.A. ANGELS 1… Marco Gonzalez allowed just a run on four hits in a complete-game effort and the Mariners clipped the Angels. Jose Marmolejos’ homer in the sixth proved to be the difference.

St. Louis 7 – CINCINNATI 5… Paul DeJong unloaded a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning and the Cardinals held off the Reds. Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Tampa Bay 5 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Tyler Glasnow (2-1) pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings as the Rays topped the Yankees. Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier homered for Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia 8 – WASHINGTON 6… Rhys Hoskins smacked a solo homer and doubled home two runs as the Phillies got past the Nationals. Jean Segura gapped a bases-clearing double. Jay Bruce homered with the bases empty.

Atlanta 6 – BOSTON 3… Austin Riley delivered the big blow with a bases-loaded triple in the top of the fifth inning and the Braves doubled up on the Red Sox. Austin Duvall homered. Max Fried (6-0) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Pittsburgh 5… Orlando Arcia delivered a pinch-hit tie-breaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to push the Brewers past the Pirates. Keston Hiura homered. Ben Gamel went 3-for-3 and knocked in a run.

KANSAS CITY 2 – Cleveland 1… Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling produced RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Royals over the Indians.

Chi. White Sox 8 – MINNESOTA 5… Rookie Luis Robert homered in the top of the seventh to tie the game and doubled home the go-ahead run to spark a three-run ninth-inning rally. Jose Abreu lined a two-run double.

San Diego 6 – COLORADO 0… Five Padres pitchers combined in the shutout of the Rockies. Wil Myers homered. Fernando Tatis Jr. provided all the offense San Diego needed with a two-run triple in the top of the third inning.

St. Louis (Kwang-Hyun Kim, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 5-1)…
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Julian Merryweather, 0-0)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-2) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 3-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 1-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 2-1)…
Tampa Bay (Trevor Richards, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Boston (Ryan Weber, 0-0) hosts Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Franklyn Kilome, 0-0) are at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 1-3)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-3) hosts Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-1) is at Kansas City (Matt Harvey, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 5-2)…
Texas (Luis Garcia, 0-0) is at Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-2)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 2-3) hosts San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 1-2)…
Arizona (Alex Young, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
Miami 115 – Milwaukee 104
… The Heat overcame an early double-digit deficit to top the Bucks in an Eastern Conference semifinal opener. Jimmy Butler scored 14 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter. Goran Dragic added 27 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Oklahoma City 104 – Houston 100… The Thunder came up big in the second half to beat the Rockets and force Game 7 of the Western Conference first-round series. Chris Paul pumped in 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. Dino Gallinari tossed in 25 points. Game 7 is tomorrow.


Boston vs. Toronto in Game 2 with the Celtics leading 1-0

Denver vs. Utah in Game 7

Tampa Bay 3 – Boston 2 (2OT)… Victor Hedman found the net with 5:50 remaining in the second overtime and the Lightning eliminated the Bruins in Game 5 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in six seasons. Brayden Point and Kevin Shattenkirk each had two assists. Tampa Bay awaits the winner of the Philadelphia-N.Y. Islanders series.

Colorado 6 – Dallas 3… The Avalanche opened with a five-goal first period and never looked back in downing the Stars to pull within 3-2 in the series. Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and assisted on another. Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantenan each had a goal and an assist. Game 6 is tomorrow.


Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 5 with the Islanders leading 3-1

Vegas vs. Vancouver for Game 5 with the Golden Knights leading 3-1

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