CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,519,554 and the nation’s death toll stands at 194,073, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A CNBC analysis has found that Covid-19 cases have been growing by at least 5 percent in 11 states. The states are Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
TRUMP SIGNS DRUG-PRICE EXECUTIVE ORDER… President Trump yesterday signed an executive order that aims to lower drug prices in the U.S. by instructing Medicare to not pay more for certain medicines than other nations. The order claims Americans finance much of the biopharmaceutical innovation to the benefit of foreign nations with nationalized public healthcare systems. According to the order, the U.S. government should also pay prices lower than smaller buyers.
WESTERN-STATE GOVERNORS CITE CLIMATE CHANGE IN BLAZES… The governors of Oregon, California and Washington agree that the fires burning across their states are the result of climate change. The National Interagency Fire Center reported that 94 large fires have burned 4.6 million acres on the West Coast as of yesterday. The fires are blamed for the deaths of at least 32 people. Oregon Governor Kate Brown noted during an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that the fires sprung up amid a combination of poor weather conditions, “decades of mismanagement” of the country’s forests and the effects of climate change. Washington Governor Jay Inslee said climate change has created “apocalyptic” conditions in his state, where more than 500,000 acres have burned. California Governor Gavin Newsom urged, “This isn’t an intellectual debate. This isn’t about ideology. The proof is right in front of our eyes. The impacts of climate change simply cannot be denied.”
SALLY GAINING STRENGTH… Tropical Storm Sally strengthened off the west coast of Florida yesterday and is expected to become a category 2 hurricane on its way to the Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to approach the north-central Gulf Coast later today and tomorrow. Hurricane conditions were expected by tomorrow morning from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including New Orleans.
GAS PRICES DOWN 2 CENTS… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. rose about 2 cents over the past three weeks to $2.26 per gallon, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations. The Lundberg Survey found the most expensive gas was in San Francisco, where it cost $3.38 per gallon. The cheapest gas was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a gallon cost $1.80.
BIG SEAN TOPS ALBUM CHART… Big Sean’s new release, “Detroit 2,” sold 103,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” finished second after selling 75,000 units. “Juice WRLD”’s “Legends Never Die” came in at No. 3 with 57,000 copies sold. 6ix9ine’s “TattleTales” opened at No. 4 on sales of 53,000 units. Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” dropped to No. 5 with 48,000 copies sold after topping the chart for its first six weeks.
‘TENET’ TOPS WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Tenet” brought in $6.7 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “The New Mutants” remained in second place after bringing in $2 million. “Unhinged” made $1.5 million to stay at No. 3. “The Broken Hearts Gallery” finished fourth with $1.1 million. “Bill & Ted Face the Music” capped the top five with $260,000.
Las Vegas 34 – CAROLINA 30… Josh Jacobs rushed for three touchdowns as the Raiders handled the Panthers.
BALTIMORE 38 – Cleveland 6… Lamar Jackson completed 20-of-25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the Ravens’ romp over the Browns.
Chicago 27 – Detroit 23… Mitchell Trubisky threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Bears past the Lions.
Green Bay 43 – MINNESOTA 34… Aaron Rodgers passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Packers past the Vikings.
BUFFALO 27 – N.Y. Jets 17… Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Bills topped the Jets.
Seattle 38 – ATLANTA 25… Russell Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns as the Seahawks downed the Falcons.
NEW ENGLAND 21 – Miami 11… Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns in his debut at quarterback for the Patriots.
WASHINGTON 27 – Philadelphia 17… Washington rolled past the Eagles after spotting them a 17-point lead. Peyton Barber ran for two touchdowns. Defensively, Washington recorded eight sacks.
JACKSONVILLE 27 – Indianapolis 20… Gardner Minshew’s third touchdown of the day was a 22-yarder to Keelan Cole in the fourth quarter and proved to be the difference in the win over the Colts.
L.A. Chargers 16 – CINCINNATI 13… Michael Badgley booted three field goals, including a 22-yarder that broke a fourth-quarter tie and sent the Chargers past the Bengals.
Arizona 24 – SAN FRANCISCO 20… Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and ran for 91 yards and another score as the Cardinals overcome a pair of fourth-quarter deficits to beat the 49ers. DeAndre Hopkins had 14 catches for 151 yards.
NEW ORLEANS 34 – Tampa Bay 23… The Saints got past the Buccaneers to ruin Tom Brady’s debut as Tampa Bay’s quarterback. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes.
L.A. RAMS 20 – Dallas 17… Malcolm Brown rushed for a pair of touchdowns as the Rams held off the Cowboys.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Giants…
Denver hosts Tennessee
SAN DIEGO 6 – San Francisco 0… Mike Clevinger (3-2) limited the Padres to two hits in a seven-inning shutout to open the doubleheader. Wil Myers and Greg Garcia stroked two-run singles.
SAN DIEGO 3 – San Francisco 2… Wil Myers homered, Jurickson Profar singled home a run and the Padres edged the Giants to sweep the twinbill.
MIAMI 2 – Philadelphia 1… Rookie Sixto Sanchez (3-1) held the Phillies to a run on three hits over all seven innings and the Marlins clipped the Phillies in the doubleheader opener. Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the third inning.
MIAMI 8 – Philadelphia 1… Braxton Garrett (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over five innings in his major-league debut and the Marlins cruised past the Phillies to sweep the twinbill. Chad Wallach homered with a runner aboard. Miguel Rojas doubled home two runs.
Atlanta 8 – WASHINGTON 4… Adam Duvall and Ozzie Albies blasted two-run homers as the Braves doubled up on the Nationals. Travis D’Arnaud knocked in two runs.
N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Baltimore 1… Gleyber Torres clubbed a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Yankees past the Orioles.
Boston 6 – TAMPA BAY 3… Vazquez and Arroyo belted two-run homers to help power the Red Sox past the Rays. Martin Perez (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.
KANSAS CITY 11 – Pittsburgh 0… Brad Keller (4-2) blanked the Pirates on four hits and got plenty of support in the Royals’ sixth straight win. Salvador Perez hit a solo homer and singled home a run. Hunter Dozier also went deep.
Chi. Cubs 12 – MILWAUKEE 0… Alec Mills (5-3) tossed the second no-hitter of the season and the Cubs dismantled the Brewers. Mills walked three and struck out five. David Bote homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly.
MINNESOTA 7 – Cleveland 5… The Twins got home runs from Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, Ryan Jeffers and Josh Donaldson in downing the Indians to complete a series sweep.
CHI WHITE SOX 5 – Detroit 2… Yoan Moncada went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the White Sox downed the Tigers. Eloy Jimenez smacked a solo homer.
Cincinnati 10 – ST. LOUIS 5… The Reds used a hit batter, a walk and a wild pitch to push three runs across in the top of the seventh inning and put away the Cardinals. Brian Goodwin, Eugenio Suarez and pinch-hitter Aristides Aquino homered for Cincinnati.
TEXAS 6 – Oakland 3… Rougned Odor blasted a three-run homer and Jeff Mathis added a two-run shot in the Rangers’ win over the Athletics. Lance Lynn (3-1) allowed a run on three hits over seven innings and fanned 10.
TORONTO 7 – N.Y. Mets 3… Santiago Espinal smacked a two-run double during a five-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Blue Jays past the Mets. Lourdes Gurriel drilled a two-run homer. Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1) held New York to a run on eight hits over six innings.
L.A. Angels 5 – COLORADO 3… Albert Pujols connected for his 660th career homer to move into fifth place on the all-time list. Jared Walsh had a couple of hits and an RBI for the Angels.
Seattle 7 – ARIZONA 3… Donovan Walton knocked in three runs to lead the Mariners past the Diamondbacks. Jose Marmolejos had two hits and an RBI.
L.A. DODGERS 8 – Houston 1… Dodgers got two-run homers from Mookie Betts and Chris Taylor in breezing past the Astros. A.J. Pollock opened the scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-2; J.T. Brubaker, 1-1) is at Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 4-3; Anthony DeSclafani, 1-2) for a doubleheader…
Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 1-3; Corbin Burnes, 0-0) hosts St. Louis (Kwang-Hyun Kim, 0-0; Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0) is at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-4)…
Baltimore (Javier Lopez, 0-0) hosts Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 4-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 5-2)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-3) hosts Oakland (Mike Minor, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 5-1) are at San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 2-1)
NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Denver Nuggets 111 – L.A. Clippers 98… The Nuggets erased a 19-point second-half deficit in taking down the Clippers to force tomorrow’s Game 7. Nikola Jokic had game-highs with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Jamal Murray added 21 points.
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE…
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 4 – N.Y. Islanders 1… The Lightning skated past the Islanders to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Blake Coleman and Ondrej Palat scored 12 seconds apart in the second period to give Tampa Bay the lead for good. Palat also assisted on Brayden Point’s third-period goal.
TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE…
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Edmonton)
Dallas vs. Vegas in Game 5 with the Stars leading 3-1