The Rundown for September 25, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,975,087 and the nation’s death toll stands at 202,738, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Results of a new study published in the Washington Post yesterday found that the Covid-19 virus is continuing to mutate throughout the course of the pandemic. Experts believe it is probably becoming more contagious, as coronavirus cases in the U.S. are again rising. The study did not find that mutations of the virus have made it more lethal or changed its effects.

SENATE COMMITS TO PEACEFUL TRANSITION… The Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to a peaceful transition of power following President Trump’s refusal to do so if he loses the election. The measure was authored by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and warns ”that there should be no disruptions by the President or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.” Yesterday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”

PROTESTS CONTINUE… Protests continued for a second night last night in major cities throughout the U.S. following Wednesday’s grand jury decision that no officers would be charged directly in the death of Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old EMT was fatally shot by three Louisville Metro Police Department officers who executed a no-knock search warrant and entered her apartment. Unlawful assembly was declared in Louisville. New York City and Philadelphia were among other cities hosting major events.

BIDEN RACKS UP ENDORSEMENTS… Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday picked up the endorsement of a group of 489 retired generals and admirals, as well as former national security officials and diplomats. Those signing a letter of endorsement included former CIA and FBI Director William Webster as well as former defense secretaries William Perry, William Cohen, Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta and Ash Carter. The signees described themselves as Democrats, Republicans and Independents who believe Biden’s positions “are rooted in sound judgement, through understanding and fundamental values.” Former Secretary of the Coast Guard Secretary Admiral Paul Zukunft said he signed the letter due to an “insurgency” on Americans’ constitutional rights that has occurred under the Trump administration.

TRUMP BOOED WHILE VISITING GINSBURG CASKET… President Trump was loudly booed yesterday while visiting the casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg outside the Supreme Court. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stood behind a column as the public jeered his appearance and began chanting, “Vote him out!” The casket will be moved today to the Capitol building where Ginsburg will lie in state.

FEDERAL INMATE EXECUTED… The U.S. government executed a 40-year-old man convicted in the 1999 murders of a married couple in Texas. Christopher Vialva became the seventh federal inmate to be executed this year after he was administered a lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Vialva’s attorneys were unsuccessful in their appeal to the Supreme Court earlier this week.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHRIS ROCK TO HOST ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ PREMIERE
… NBC announced yesterday that comedian and actor Chris Rock will host “Saturday Night Live” on its October 3 46th annual season premiere. Rock stars in the fourth season of the FX series “Fargo,” which centers on Midwest mob bosses in the 1950s. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has agreed to serve as musical guest of the “SNL” premiere.

LIV TYLER LEAVES ‘LONE STAR’… Actress Liv Tyler has left the Fox first-responder drama “911: Lone Star” after one season. She reportedly asked to be released from her multi-year contract due to pandemic-related concerns about traveling back and forth from her home in Britain to the U.S. where the show is filmed. Tyler’s character, Emergency Medical Services Captain Michelle Blake, is not expected to be recast or killed off.

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFS SCORE

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
L.A. Lakers 114 – Denver 108
… The Lakers fought off the Nuggets to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points. LeBron James added 26 points. Game 5 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Boston vs. Miami in Game 5 with the Heat leading 3-1

MLB SCORES
PITTSBURGH 7 – Chi. Cubs 0
… Chad Kuhl (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the blanking of the Pirates. Adam Frazier, Colin Moran, Josh Bell and Bryan Reynolds all hit home runs for Pittsburgh.

Colorado 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 4 (11 innings)… Raimel Tapia’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning scored Garrett Hampson with the tie-breaking run and the Rockies held on to outlast the Giants. Tapia also singled home a run.

N.Y. Mets 3 – WASHINGTON 2… The Mets held off the Nationals to keep their playoff hopes alive. Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs with a two-run homer and infield single.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 4… Cesar Hernandez singled home two runs and Jose Ramirez added a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning as the Indians came from behind to top the White Sox. The victory gave Cleveland a sweep of the four-game series.

TORONTO 4 – N.Y. Yankees 1… The Blue Jays cruised past the Yankees to clinch a playoff spot. Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2) scattered five hits over seven shutout innings. Vladimir Guerrero homered. Alejandro Kirk stroked a two-run double.

Miami 4 – ATLANTA 2… Jon Berti went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and Jose Aguilar homered for the Marlins in their win over the Braves.

Baltimore 13 – BOSTON 1… The Orioles pounded out 18 hits in their dismantling of the Red Sox. Jose Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays homered. Hanser Alberto lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home two runs.

Houston 12 – TEXAS 4… George Springer and Jose Altuve blasted three-run homers in the Astros’ romp over the Rangers. Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick added two-run shots.

KANSAS CITY 8 – Detroit 7… Salvador Perez belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, Maikel Franco added a solo blast and the Royals downed the Tigers. Adalberto Mondesi went 4-for-4 with a two-run single.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Dylan Carlson homered with a runner aboard and lined a run-scoring double in leading the Cardinals past the Brewers. Kwang-Hyun Kim (3-0) allowed a run on five hits over five innings.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Oakland 1… Corey Seager homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers. Six pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 4-2; Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-3) is at Milwaukee (TBD; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 2-2; Taylor Clarke, 2-0) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 5-2; Antonio Santos, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 3-1; Chris Paddack, 4-4) is at San Francisco (TBD; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 2-4) hosts Boston (Chris Mazza, 1-2)…
Baltimore (TBD) is at Toronto (TBD)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 4-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-6)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 1-1) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sandy Alcantara, 3-2) host Miami (J.A. Happ, 2-2)…
Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-1) is at Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 3-4)….
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 4-3) hosts Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 4-3)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 1-1) is at Texas (Kyle Cody, 1-1)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 5-3) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-2)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 7-3) are at the Chi. White Sox (TBD)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 6-2) host the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-3)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 2-4) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 5-2)

NFL SCORE
Miami 31 – JACKSONVILLE 13
… Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as the Dolphins (1-2) handled the Jaguars (1-2). In beating Jacksonville, Fitzpatrick became the first NFL quarterback to notch six wins over the same opponent with six teams.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Chicago (2-0) is at Atlanta (0-2)…
Buffalo (2-0) hosts the L.A. Rams (2-0)…
Washington (1-1) is at Cleveland (1-1)…
Minnesota (0-2) hosts Tennessee (2-0)…
Oakland (2-0) is at New England (1-1)…
the N.Y. Giants (0-2) host San Francisco (1-1)…
Cincinnati (0-2) is at Philadelphia (0-2)…
Pittsburgh (2-0) hosts Houston (0-2)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-2) are at Indianapolis (1-1)…
Carolina (0-2) is at the L.A. Chargers (1-1)…
Denver (0-2) hosts Tampa Bay (1-1)…
Detroit (0-2) is at Arizona (2-0)…
Seattle (2-0) hosts Dallas (1-1)…
Green Bay (2-0) is at New Orleans (1-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (2-0) is at Baltimore (2-0)

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 4 with the Lightning leading 2-1

PAC-12 TO PLAY FOOTBALL… The Pac-12 Conference announced yesterday that it will play a seven-game conference football season beginning November 6. The conference said men’s and women’s basketball can begin November 25 while other winter sports can begin in line with their respective NCAA seasons. No fans will be allowed to attend Pac-12 games taking place on campuses.

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