CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,779,141 and the nation’s death toll stands at 199,474, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The volunteer-run COVID Tracking Project has found that the U.S. set an international record with 1,061,411 new COVID-19 tests performed between Friday and Saturday. The group says the 94,211,463 tests with 6,733,110 positive results on Saturday was up from 93,150,052 tests with 6,688,827 positive tests on Friday.
BATTLE FOR SUPREME COURT SEAT… President Trump’s claim that he will replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election is a point of contention with his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who called it an “abuse of power” yesterday. Biden has urged Senate Republicans to delay a confirmation vote following Ginsburg’s death on Friday at age 87. “To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power,” Biden said during a speech in Philadelphia. “I don’t believe the people of this nation will stand for it.” Democrats would need the support of four Republican senators to block or at least delay any confirmation vote.
WHITE HOUSE RICIN-SENDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY… U.S. authorities have reportedly taken into custody the person they believe sent a letter containing deadly ricin to President Trump. NBC News said the unnamed suspect was detained by border agents while trying to enter the U.S. from Canada. The New York Times has identified the suspect as a Canadian woman. The letter sent to the White House was detected by screeners.
LEAKS SHOW BANKS DEALING IN DIRTY MONEY… Thousands of leaked documents from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network detail $2 trillion of potentially corrupt transactions that were washed through the U.S. financial system. The documents were leaked to an international group of investigative journalists and published yesterday. They reveal how big banks have for years engaged with dirty money. Banks such as JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Deutsche Bank facilitated the movement of criminal money even after getting caught, the FinCEN reported.
BETA EXPECTED TO ARRIVE TONIGHT… Tropical Storm Beta is expected to drop a foot of rain to parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana after moving ashore tonight. Forecasters warned yesterday that coastal communities could be inundated with floods and see sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, though the storm is expected to weaken as it moves inland. Heavy rain is projected through Thursday.
EMMY AWARDS… “Schitt’s Creek” took home all seven awards it was nominated for to highlight last night’s virtual Emmy Awards. “Schitt’s Creek” wins included: Catherine O’Hara, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Eugene Levy; Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Daniel Levy; Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Daniel Levy; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Annie Murphy; and Outstanding Comedy Series. HBO’s “Watchmen” won four Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series. Regina King won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “Watchmen” and Mark Ruffalo won in the actor category for “I Know This Much Is True.”
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The sci-fi thriller “Tenet” took in $4.7 million to stay atop the weekend box office for a third week. “The New Mutants” remained in second place with $1.6 million. “Infidel” opened at No. 3 with $1.5 million. “Unhinged” slipped one spot to No. 4 with $1.3 million. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” brought in $210,000 to finish fifth.
YOUNGBOY TOPS ALBUM CHART… Rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s new release, “Top,” sold 126,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 73,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” finished third on sales of 54,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” jumped one spot to No. 4 with 44,000 units sold. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” sold 41,000 copies to cap the top five.
Buffalo 31 – MIAMI 28… Josh Allen threw touchdown passes to four different receivers and the Bills (2-0) held off the Dolphins (0-2). Stefan Diggs had eight catches for 153 yards and a score
DALLAS 40 – Atlanta 39… Greg Zuerlein’s 46-yard field goal on the last play of the game gave the Cowboys (1-1) a come-from-behind win over the Falcons (0-2). Dak Prescott passed for 450 yards and a touchdown and scored on three short TD runs.
TAMPA BAY 31 – Carolina 17… Leonard Fournette rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers (1-1) past the Panthers (0-2). Mike Evans caught seven Tom Brady passes for 104 yards and a score.
INDIANAPOLIS 28 – Minnesota 11… Jonathan Taylor ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and the Colts (1-1) stifled the Vikings (0-2). Mo Alie-Cox had five receptions for 110 yards.
L.A. Rams 37 – PHILADELPHIA 19… Jared Goff found Tyler Higby with three touchdown passes and the Rams (2-0) rolled past the Eagles (0-2). Goff was 20-of-27 for 267 yards.
GREEN BAY 42 – Detroit 21… Aaron Jones ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers (2-0) walloped the Lions (0-2). Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes.
TENNESSEE 33 – Jacksonville 30… The Titans (2-0) recovered to beat the Jaguars (1-1) after blowing a 24-10 halftime lead. Stephen Gostkowski’s 49-yard field goal with 1:36 left was the difference. Ryan Tannehill found Jonnu Smith with two of his four touchdown passes.
CHICAGO 17 – N.Y. Giants 13… The Bears (2-0) jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and held on to top the Giants (0-2) Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes. The loss was costly to New York, as it lost running back Saquon Barkley to an ACL tear.
San Francisco 31 – N.Y. JETS 13… The 49ers (1-1) breezed past the Jets (0-2) despite losing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, running back Raheem Mostert, linebacker Jimmy Bossa and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas to injuries. Garoppolo fired two first-half touchdown passes.
PITTSBURGH 26 – Denver 21… Ben Roethlisberger passed for 311 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers (2-0) turned away a second-half charge to beat Broncos (0-2). James Conner rushed for 106 yards and a score.
ARIZONA 30 – Washington 15… Kyler Murray ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in leading the Cardinals (2-0) past Washington (1-1).
Kansas City 23 – L.A. CHARGERS 20 (OT)… Harrison Butker kicked a 58-yard field goal with 1:55 left in overtime to send the Chiefs (2-0) past the Chargers (1-1).
Baltimore 33 – HOUSTON 16… The Ravens (2-0) pulled away from the Texans (0-2) to win their 14th straight regular-season game. Lamar Jackson passed for 204 yards and a touchdown. Patrick Mahomes passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns.
SEATTLE 35 – New England 30… Russell Wilson connected with five different receivers on touchdown passes and the Seahawks (1-0) handled the Patriots (1-0).
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
New Orleans (1-0) is at Las Vegas (1-0)…
MIAMI 2 – Washington 1… Pinch-runner Monte Harrison scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Marlins the lead for good in the first game of a doubleheader. Sandy Alcantara (3-2) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.
Washington 15 – MIAMI 0… The Nationals belted five home runs in routing the Marlins to claim a split of the T=twinbill. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. Trea Turner, Kurt Suzuki, Michael Taylor and Victor Robles also went deep.
BALTIMORE 2 – Tampa Bay 1… Renato Nunez stroked a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning and the Orioles held on to edge the Rays. John Means (2-3) allowed a run on three hits and stuck out 12 in 5-2/3 innings to outduel counterpart Ryan Yarbrough (1-4) and give the Orioles a split of the twinbill.
BOSTON 10 – N.Y. Yankees 2… Michael Chavis homered twice and knocked in five runs as the Red Sox beat the Yankees for the first time in 13 tries. J.D. Martinez and Bobby Dalbec also went deep.
Cleveland 7 – DETROIT 4… Carlos Carrasco (3-4) pitched one-hit ball over seven shutout innings and fanned 11 in the Indians’ win. Jose Ramirez connected for a pair of two-run homers.
CINCINNATI 7 – Chi. White Sox 3… The Reds came up with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on only one hit and never looked back in their win over the White Sox. Aristides Aquino homered with a runner aboard. Mike Moustakas produced a two-run single.
Atlanta 7 – N.Y. METS 0… Braves starter Kyle Wright (2-4) limited the Mets to one hit over 6-1/3 innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Mets. Ronald Acuna homered and knocked in four runs.
MILWAUKEE 5 – Kansas City 3… Daniel Vogelbach homered twice and drove in all five Brewers’ runs in their defeat of the Royals. Josh Lindblom (2-3) surrendered a run on three hits over 5-1/3 innings.
HOUSTON 3 – Arizona 2… Carlos Correa’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Alex Bregman with the decisive run in the Astros’ win over the Diamondbacks. George Springer with 3-for-4 with two solo homers.
Toronto 6 – PHILADELPHIA 3… Teoscar Hernandez homered with a runner aboard and Jonathan Davis doubled home two runs as the Blue Jays salvaged the series finale.
COLORADO 6 – L.A. Dodgers 3… Josh Fuentes drove in three runs with a pair of singles and the Rockies doubled up on the Dodgers. Antonio Senzatela (5-2) surrendered a run on three hits over 6-1/3 innings.
St. Louis 2 – PITTSBURGH 1… Yadier Molina’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning lifted the Cardinals over the Pirates. Jack Flaherty (4-2) limited Pittsburgh to a run on two hits and struck out 11 in six innings.
San Francisco 14 – OAKLAND 2… Brandon Crawford unloaded a grand slam and the Giants got two-run homers from Chadwick Tromp and Darin Ruf in their pounding of the Athletics. Trevor Anderson (3-3) pitched four-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings.
San Diego 7 – SEATTLE 4 (11 innings)… The Padres outlasted the Mariners and clinched a playoff spot for the first time in 14 years. Mitch Moreland’s run-scoring double sparked a three-run top of the 11th inning. Wil Myers belted a three-run homer.
Texas 7 – L.A. ANGELS 2… Joey Gallo, Anderson Tejada, Sam Huff, Rougned Odor and Derek Dietrich all hit home runs as the Rangers powered their way past the Angels. Kyle Cody (1-1) allowed a run on three hits in five innings.
Minnesota 4 – CHI. CUBS 0… Jose Berrios (5-3) held the Cubs to four hits over six innings and got help from three relievers in the shutout. Max Kepler homered with a runner aboard.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 2-5) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 5-3)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 2-5) hosts Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 4-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 2-0) are at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-5)…
Toronto (Matt Schoemaker, 0-1) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-4) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 3-5)…
Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 1-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 2-2)…
Tampa Bay (Pete Fairbanks, 5-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob DeGrom, 4-1)…
Atlanta (Huascar Ynoa, 0-0) hosts Miami (Trevor Rogers, 1-1)…
St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 5-1) is at Kansas City (Carlos Hernandez, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 6-2) hosts Houston (Lance McCullers, 3-2)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 2-6) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 2-1)
NBA PLAYOFF SCORE (in Orlando)…
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
L.A. Lakers 105 – Denver 103… Anthony Davis knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Lakers past the Nuggets for a 2-0 lead in the series. Davis scored L.A.’s final 10 points and finished with a game-high 31 points. LeBron James had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Game 3 is tomorrow.
TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE…
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Edmonton)
Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 2 with the Stars leading 1-0