CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,113,160 and the nation’s death toll stands at 185,704, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified states to be ready to possibly distribute a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as late October. Critics say development has become politicized by President Trump and they fear he may push for the release of a vaccine that is not fully tested.
BUDGET TO REACH $3.3T… The Congressional Budget Office expects the federal budget deficit to reach $3.3 trillion for the fiscal year and for debt to surpass the economy in fiscal year 2021. In its budget outlook for 2020-2030, the CBO said the 2020 federal budget deficit is more than triple the shortfall recorded in 2019 and at 16 percent of the gross domestic product would be the largest since 1945. The economic disruption caused by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and the enactment of legislation in response is the greatest cause of the increase.
DHS WITHHELD WARNING… ABC News reported yesterday that the Department of Homeland Security withheld publication of an intelligence bulletin warning law enforcement agencies of a Russian scheme to promote “allegations about the poor mental health” of former Vice President Joe Biden. Internal emails and a draft of the document confirmed the warning in early July. A DHS spokesperson conceded that the product was “delayed,” and said it failed to meet the agency’s standards.
HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS DeJOY… The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after DeJoy missed an August 26 deadline to respond to the committee. Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, says DeJoy has until September 16 to comply with the subpoena. The USPS says it fully intends “to comply with our obligations under the law” but it also criticized the move.
U.S. SANCTIONS TOP ICC OFFICIALS… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday announced sanctions on two top officials of the International Criminal Court, which has been investigating possible war crimes by U.S. military and intelligence officials. ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the ICC’s jurisdiction, complementary and cooperation division, were listed as members of the agency’s “specially designated nationals” list. Speaking at a press conference, Pompeo called the ICC as a “thoroughly broken and corrupted institution.”
BIDEN BREAKS FUNDRAISING EFFORT… Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised a record $364.5 million in August. The contributions generated through small-dollar online fundraising was more than any presidential candidate ever has previously in a single month. Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate is credited with helping spur the fundraising effort. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, today and meet with residents and officials about healing.
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MAKLE SIGN NETFLIX DEAL… Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have have signed a multi-year deal to develop scripted series, docuseries, documentaries, features and children’s programming at Netflix. Several projects already in development include a nature docu-series and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women. Through the production company they have formed, the former Royal seeks to highlight diverse voices in front of and behind the camera.
DWAYNE JOHNSON’S FAMILY BATTLED CORONAVIRUS… Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reveals that he, his wife and their two young daughters are recovered after battling the coronavirus. The actor called the ordeal “one of the most challenging and difficult things we’ve ever had to endure.” Johnson said he and his family caught the virus from close family friends.
COLORADO 9 – San Francisco 6… The Rockies overcame a 6-1 sixth-inning deficit to upend the Giants. Sam Hilliard homered with a runner aboard and singled home a run. Garrett Hampson smacked a solo homer.
N.Y. Mets 9 – BALTIMORE 4… Michael Conforto went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs in leading the Mets past the Orioles. Pete Alonso also went deep.
Toronto 2 – MIAMI 1… Blue Jays starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1) held the Marlins to a run on five hits over six innings. Lourdes Gurriel provided all the offense Toronto needed with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning.
CINCINNATI 4 – St. Louis 3… Joey Votto singled home Shoto Akiyama with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati.
Tampa Bay 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Mike Brosseau and Randy Arozarena hit two-run homers in the top of the first inning and Brosseau added a solo blast in the fourth as the Rays cruised past the Yankees.
PHILADELPHIA 3 – Washington 0… Zack Wheeler (4-0) pitched three-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout of the Nationals. Jay Bruce homered and Neil Walker stroked a two-run single for Philadelphia.
Atlanta 7 – BOSTON 5… The Braves rallied past the Red Sox to complete a three-game sweep. Adam Duvall hit three home runs a night after teammate Marcell Ozuna did it, making them the first teammates in major league history to perform the feat in consecutive games.
MILWAUKEE 8 – Detroit 5… The Brewers overcame an early four-run deficit to top the Tigers. Keston Hiura belted a three-run homer. Jace Peterson added a two-run blast.
Cleveland 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Tyler McKenzie (2-0) limited the Royals to three hits over six innings and three relievers completed the blanking of the Royals. Tyler Naquin went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and drove in all five Cleveland runs.
HOUSTON 2 – Texas 1… Michael Brantley connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Astros held off the Rangers. Cristian Javier (4-1) gave up a run on two hits over 6-2/3 innings.
Chi. Cubs 8 – PITTSBURGH 2… Javier Baez blasted a three-run homer, Antony Rizzo drove in a pair of runs and the Cubs handled the Pirates. Kyle Hendricks (4-4) surrendered a run on six hits over six innings.
MINNESOTA 8 – Chi. White Sox 1… Jose Berrios (3-3) allowed just a run on three hits over six innings as the Twins breezed past the White Sox. Jake Cave homered and singled home a run. Miguel Sano also went deep.
San Diego 11 – L.A. ANGELS 4… The Padres erupted to score eight runs in the top of the eighth inning and put away the Angels. Eric Hosmer’s three-run homer capped the uprising. Jurickson Profar homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly.
L.A. DODGERS 3 – Arizona 2 (10 innings)… The Dodgers came up with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to outlast the Diamondbacks. Chris Taylor laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt and came around to score the winning run on Smith’s single. Mookie Betts homered in the ninth for L.A.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) are at Pittsburgh (Drew Holland, 1-2)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 4-1)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 1-4) is at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0) host the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 1-1)…
San Diego (Mike Clevinger, 1-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 2-2)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 2-4) hosts Toronto (Taijuan Walker, 2-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 4-2) are at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBD) host Arizona (TBD)…
TOM SEAVER DIES… Three-time Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver died on Monday of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 75. Seaver pitched for the Mets, Reds, White Sox and Red Sox over 20 seasons, winning 311 games and leading the National League in strikeouts five times between 1970 and 76. He and Christy Mathewson are the only pitchers to record 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts and an ERA below 3.00.
YANKEES-RAY DUST-UP DRAWS SUSPENSIONS… Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman three games and also handed down one-game suspensions to Rays manager Kevin Cash and Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The discipline stems from their actions during and after Tuesday night’s game when the teams got in a scuffle following the final out. Both Cash and Boone served their suspensions last night.
NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE (semifinal)
Miami 116 – Milwaukee 114… Jimmy Butler made two free throws at the end of regulation to lift the Heat over the Bucks and give them a 2-0 lead in the series. Goran Dragic’s 23 points led seven players in double figures. Game 3 is tomorrow.
WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
Houston 104 – Oklahoma City 102… The Rockets held on at the end to down the Thunder in Game 7 of their first-round series and advance to take on the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals beginning tomorrow. Eric Gordon and Robert Covington scored 21 points apiece. Covington also had 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook tossed in 20 points.
TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
Toronto vs. Boston in Game 3 with the Celtics leading 2-0
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 1
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES…
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL (in Edmonton)
Colorado 4 – Dallas 0… Goalie Michael Hutchison stopped all 27 shots and the Avalanche skated past the Stars to set up tomorrow’s Game 7. Cale Maker netted the go-ahead goal in the second period. Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist.
TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 6 with the Islanders leading 3-2
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Vegas vs. Vancouver in Game 6 with the Golden Knights leading 3-2