The Rundown for September 11, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,390,840 and the nation’s death toll stands at 191,612, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A new study from China’s Nanjing University published in PLOS Pathogens has found that “neutralizing” antibodies in the serum of recovered COVID-19 patients decline sharply within a month of hospital discharge. The study notes, however, that the finding doesn’t mean that immunity wanes in a month.

GOP STIMULUS BILL FAILS IN SENATE… The Republicans’ pandemic stimulus package failed to get the 60 votes it needed for passage in the Senate yesterday. The 52-47 vote was along party lines, with Democrats arguing that the bill did not include another round of stimulus checks sent directly to taxpayers and cut weekly federal jobless benefits in half to $300. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer specifically criticized the bill for leaving out funding for lower level governments, food assistance for children, eviction relief, and internet expansion in rural areas.

COURT RULES AGAINST TRUMP IN IMMIGRANT-CENSUS FIGHT… A federal court ruled yesterday that President Trump’s order to exclude undocumented immigrants from census numbers for apportioning congressional districts is unlawful. A three-judge panel for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was unanimous in its ruling that Trump’s executive memorandum violates the executive branch’s “constitutional responsibility to count the whole number of persons in each State and to apportion members of the House of Representatives among the States according to their respective numbers.” The ruling prohibits the Department of Commerce from reporting any information regarding undocumented immigrants in its census count that could be used to implement the president’s directive.

MICROSOFT WARNS OF HACKERS… Microsoft has released a warning that hackers connected to Russia, China and Iran are attempting to spy on people and groups involved with the US 2020 presidential election. The tech firm said that the same Russian group that hacked the 2016 Democratic campaign is part of the effort. The campaigns of President Trump as well as his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are among more than 200 organizations that have been targeted by Russian hackers from the Strontium group, Microsoft said in a statement.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… Authorities in California say at least 12 people have died and more than 3,900 structures have been destroyed in the 29 major wildfires burning throughout the state. Another dozen people were reported missing Wednesday in the area of the North Complex fire near Oroville. Fires in Oregon, meanwhile, have prompted the evacuation of more than 500,000 people statewide, which is more than 10 percent of the state’s 4.2 million population. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency to free up resources to battle blazes there. Yesterday, Inslee toured the town of Malden, where more than 80 percent of the homes were destroyed.

ENTERTAINMENT
DIANA RIGG DIES
… Actress Diana Rigg, who played secret agent Emma Peel in the 1960s television series “The Avengers” and rose to international fame as a “Bond” girl, died of undisclosed causes yesterday, according to her agent. She was 82. Rigg played James Bond’s only wife, Tracy, opposite George Lazenby in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” More recently, and she portrayed Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones,” earning Emmy nominations in 2013 and 2014.

‘SNL’ HEADING BACK TO THE STUDIO… “Saturday Night Live” is returning to the studio for its 46th season, which premieres October 3. The show ended live broadcasts after its March 7 episode amid the pandemic. “SNL” returned on April 11 for a virtual episode that was hosted by Tom Hanks following his battle with coronavirus. Two other virtual episodes, which aired on April 25 and May 9, featured Brad Pitt and Alec Baldwin, respectively. A special compilation of Mother’s Day-themed sketches aired on May 10.

SPORTS
NFL SCORE

KANSAS CITY 34 – Houston 20
… The defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs rolled past the Texans in the NFL Kickoff Classic. Patrick Mahomes passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a score. Kansas City now has won 10 straight dating back to last season.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Las Vegas is at Carolina…
Baltimore hosts Cleveland…
Detroit hosts Chicago…
Green Bay is at Minnesota…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Jets…
Seattle is at Atlanta…
New England hosts Miami…
Indianapolis is at Jacksonville…
Washington hosts Philadelphia…
the L.A. Chargers are at Cincinnati…
New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay…
Arizona is at San Francisco…
the L.A. Rams host Dallas

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Giants…
Tennessee is at Denver

MLB SCORES
ST. LOUIS 12 – Detroit 2
… Paul Goldschmidt, Rangel Ravelo, Yadier Molina, Tyler O’Neil and Lane Thomas all homered as the Cardinals pounded the Tigers in the doubleheader opener.

Detroit 6 – ST. LOUIS 3… Jorge Bonifacio’s two-run homer capped a five-run top of the seventh inning that gave the Tigers a split of the twinbill. Jeimer Candelario also went deep.

OAKLAND 3 – Houston 1… Sean Manaea (3-1) limited the Astros to a run on two hits over seven innings. Matt Olson homered with a runner aboard. Oakland extended its lead over Houston to 6-1/2 games in the AL West.

L.A. Angels 6 – TEXAS 2… Walsh belted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and Mike Trout added a solo shot as the Angels cruised past the Rangers. Dylan Bundy (5-2) gave up two runs on four hits over 7-1/3 innings and struck out 12.

Atlanta 7 – WASHINGTON 6… The Braves rallied past the Nationals after spotting them an early 5-0 lead. Freddie Freeman blasted a pair of two-run homers. Ronald Acuna and Dansby Swanson also circled the bases.

Kansas City 11 – CLEVELAND 1… Brady Singer (2-4) took a ho-hitter into the eighth inning and got plenty of support as the Royals crushed the Indians. Maikel Franko hit a three-run homer and singled home two runs. Adalberto Mondesi added a three-run shot. Edward Oliveras also went deep.

Boston 4 – TAMPA BAY 3… Rookie Bobby Dalbec homered for the fifth straight game and the Red Sox held off the Rays. Rafael Devers drove in Boston’s other three runs with a two-run homer and run-scoring single.

MIAMI 7 – Philadelphia 6… The Marlins erased a 6-2 eighth-inning deficit to upend the Phillies in the opener of a seven-game series. Alfaro’s infield single scored Harrison with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Starling Marte slammed a game-tying three-run double in the eighth and finished with four RBIs.

SAN DIEGO 6 – San Francisco 1… Seven Padres pitchers combined to hold the Giants at bay. Mitch Moreland opened the scoring with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. Manny Machado and Jorge Ona hit solo homers.

ARIZONA 5 – L.A. Dodgers 2… The Diamondbacks got past the Dodgers after spotting them a two-run lead. Daulton Varsho tripled home Nick Ahmed with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored on Carson Kelly’s two-run homer.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Cincinnati 5… The Cubs came from three runs down to top the Reds in a game delayed for hours by rain. Nico Horener’s two-run double sparked a five-run bottom of the fourth inning. Willson Contreras went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Baltimore – N.Y. YANKEES (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Orioles-Yankees game. It will be made up today as part of a doubleheader.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 4-3; Spencer Howard, 1-2) is at Miami (Nick Neidert, 0-0; Trevor Rogers, 1-0) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 4-3; Masahiro Tanaka, 1-2) host Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-3; Keegan Akin, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 3-1) are at Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-0)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-3) hosts Atlanta (Josh Tomlin, 2-2)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 2-2) is at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-4)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 3-1) hosts Boston (Andrew Triggs, 0-2)…
Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-2) is at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-5)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-3) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 2-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 4-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-1) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 7-0)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-5) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 4-0)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 2-5) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-3)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 2-0) is at San Diego (Garrett Richards, 2-2)…
Arizona (Caleb Smith, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 2-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

L.A. Lakers 110 – Houston 100… The Lakers eliminated the Rockets in Game 5 and await the winner of the L.A. Clippers-Denver series the Western Conference finals. Anthony Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. LeBron James added 16 points and 15 boards.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Toronto vs. Boston in Game 7

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 5 with the Clippers leading 3-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Edmonton)
Vegas 3 – Dallas 2
(OT)… Alexander Radulov found the net 31 seconds into the overtime period to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead in the series. Jamie Oleksiak opened the scoring with a first-period goal. Goalie Anton Khudobin made 38 saves. Game 4 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders in Game 3 with the Lightning leading 2-0.

The Rundown for September 10, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,358,247, and the nation’s death toll stands at 190,763, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Politico reported yesterday that a Trump administration appointee at the Department of Health and Human Services is trying to prevent Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, from speaking about the risks that coronavirus poses to children. Emails indicated that Paul Alexander, a senior adviser to Michael Caputo, HHS’s assistant secretary for public affairs, tried to control what Fauci said during media interviews. Alexander’s messages contradict mainstream science while promoting political positions taken by the Trump administration.

WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT TARGETS DHS LEADERSHIP… Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is accused in a whistleblower complaint of telling a former senior aide to stop providing intelligence assessments on Russia’s interference in U.S. intelligence. The complaint filed by former acting Homeland Security undersecretary Brian Murphy also claimed that Wolf told him White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien wanted Murphy to begin reporting on Chinese and Iranian interference. Murphy alleged that DHS leaders ordered him to downplay the white supremacist threat and turn up the rhetoric against anti-fascists and other groups protesting systemic racism and police brutality.

TRUMP ADMITS DOWNPLAYING CORONAVIRUS IN RECORDING… Leaked recordings of conversations President Trump had with journalist Bob Woodward capture Trump making multiple damaging statements on a variety of topics. The conversations were recorded over 18 interviews Woodward conducted with the president that were to be included in a book the former Watergate reporter is writing about the president. The book, “Rage,” will be released next week. Trump said in early February that he knew the novel coronavirus was five times more deadly than the seasonal flu but then admitted to playing down its threat in public. Trump also gushes over North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, even referring to it as love at first sight in boyfriend-girlfriend terms. The president is heard complaining that his own generals were “p*ssies” and dismisses Woodward’s efforts to discuss oppression of Black Americans.

BIDEN SPEAKS IN MICHIGAN… Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday unveiled a proposal to create jobs and punish companies who send them to other countries. Speaking to autoworkers and union representatives in Warren, Michigan, Biden criticized the loss of jobs in the state where the unemployment rate spiked at 24 percent in April. Michigan’s current unemployment rate is 8.7 percent.

FIRES TORCH OREGON, CALIFORNIA… The skies above Northern California turned a disorienting orange yesterday amid wildfires that are raging throughout Oregon and California. At least three people have died and hundreds of homes have been burned in Oregon, where at least 35 active fires have consumed more than 368,029 acres and prompted massive evacuations. Oregon Governor Kate Brown said flames stoked by wind “substantially destroyed” sections of five towns and warned the fires could potentially “be the greatest loss of human life and property due to wildfire” in the state’s history. More than 14,000 firefighters are currently battling the blazes across millions of acres in California. The Creek Fire near Fresno has charred at least 163,138 acres and was 0 percent contained.

ENTERTAINMENT
KOOL & THE GANG FOUNDER DIES
… Kool & The Gang founding member Ronald “Khalis” Bell died of unknown causes yesterday at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was 68. Bell was a songwriter, singer and saxophonist while Kool & the Gang became one of the most popular funk bands of the 1970s. The group’s best known songs include “Ladies Night,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Celebration.”

KEVIN SPACEY NAMED IN SEXUAL-ABUSE SUIT… Actor Anthony Rapp and an anonymous plaintiff have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Kevin Spacey. The suit alleges that both plaintiffs were 14 years old when Spacey Rapp abused them in his apartment. Both men are asking for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Rapp, who is now 48 years old, plays engineer Paul Stamets in “Star Trek Discovery.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
Milwaukee 19 – DETROIT 0
… The Brewers pounded out five home runs and eight doubles in their dismantling of the Tigers. Jedd Gyorko homered twice. Ryan Braun, Tyrone Taylor and Jacob Nottingham also went deep. Corbin Burnes (3-0) pitched one-hit ball over seven innings. Two relievers completed the shutout.

Kansas City 3 – CLEVELAND 0… Royals starter Danny Duffy (3-3) limited the Indians to four hits over 5-2/3 scoreless innings. Adalberto Mondesi’s run-scoring single in the top of the sixth inning provided all the offense Kansas City needed.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – TORONTO 2… The Yankees cruised past the Blue Jays to snap their five-game skid. Deivi Garcia (1-1) surrendered two runs on five hits over seven innings. Gleyber Torres opened the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the second inning and finished with four RBIs. DJ LeMahieu also homered with the bases empty.

Chi. White Sox 8 – PITTSBURGH 1… James McCann knocked in four runs with a pair of homers and a sacrifice fly in leading the White Sox past the Pirates. Dane Dunning (1-0) held the Pirates scoreless on three hits over six innings.

ATLANTA 29 – Miami 9… The Braves set a franchise scoring record with a 23-hit attack that included seven home runs in the romp over the Marlins. Adam Duvall hit three home runs, including a grand slam, in four at bats and finished with nine RBIs. Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a homer, and drove in six runs. Ronald Acuna, Travis d’Aurnaud and Ozzie Albies also homered.

N.Y. METS 7 – Baltimore 6… Pete Alonso’s homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Mets past the Orioles. Jeff McNeil homered for the fourth straight game with a runner aboard. New York also got homers from Michael Conforto and Andres Gimenez.

TEXAS 7 – L.A. Angels 3… The Rangers came up with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put away the Angels. Three of the runs came on a sacrifice fly, walk and a hit-by-pitch. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 4-for-4 and scored twice.

SAN DIEGO 5 – Colorado 3… The Padres rallied past the Rockies to complete a sweep of the series. Mitch Moreland homered with a runner aboard. Wil Myers tripled home a run and scored the go-ahead run on Jake Cronenworth’s single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mitch Moreland blasted a two-run homer.

Cincinnati 3 – CHI. CUBS 0… Trevor Bauer (4-3) pitched three-hit ball and struck out 10 over 7-2/3 innings and the Reds blanked the Cubs. Mike Moustakas provided the game’s only offense with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning.

OAKLAND 3 – Houston 2… Raul Laureano singled home Tommy La Stella with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Athletics came from behind to upend the Astros. La Stella put Oakland on the board with a two-run double in the seventh.

L.A. Dodgers 6 – ARIZONA 4 (10 innings)… Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock produced run-scoring singles in the top of the 10th inning as the Dodgers outlasted the Diamondbacks. Mookie Betts and Enrique Hernandez smacked solo homers for Los Angeles.

SAN FRANCISCO 10 – Seattle 1… Mike Yastrzemski belted a three-run homer and Evan Longoria drove in three runs as the Giants crushed the Mariners. Tyler Anderson (2-3) shut out Seattle on three hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 1-1; Jordan Zimmermann, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 2-1; Austin Gomber, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 3-2) hosts Houston (Jose Urquidy, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 4-2) are at Texas (Kyle Gibson, 1-4)…
Washington (Austin Voth, 0-0) hosts Atlanta (Robbie Erlin, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-4) is at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-4)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 2-1) hosts Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 3-4)…
Boston (Mike Kickham, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 4-3) host Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 5-2) is at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Zlzolay, 0-0)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 3-4) hosts San Francisco (Drew Smyly, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1) are at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Toronto 125 – Boston 122
… The Raptors prevailed in a double-overtime thriller to force tomorrow’s Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Kyle Lowery scored a game-high 33 points. Normal Powell delivered 23 points off the bench. Fred VanVleet tossed in 21 points.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Clippers 96 – Denver 85
… The Clippers held the Nuggets to 12 first-quarter points and took control for good with a 21-5 third-quarter spurt on their way to taking a 3-1 lead in the series. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Game 5 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

the L.A. Lakers vs. Houston in Game 4 with the Lakers leading 2-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE…
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 2 – N.Y. Islanders 1
… Nikita Kucherov found the net with 8.8 seconds remaining to lift the Lightning over the Islanders and give them a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Victor Hedman’s goal tied the game with 1:35 remaining. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves at goal. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Edmonton)
Vegas vs. Dallas in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

The Rundown for September 9, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,325,586 and the nation’s death toll stands at 189,580, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A report released yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found that a half-million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Covid-19. The 70,630 new child cases reported between August 20 and September 3 marked a 16-percent increase in child cases over two weeks and brought the total to at least 513,415 cases… Drug giant AstraZeneca announced yesterday that it had paused global trials of its coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers. Health officials not that the pause is a standard precaution in vaccine trials.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TAKING OVER TRUMP DEFAMATION CASE… The Justice Department announced it was taking a highly unusual legal maneuver in taking over the defense of President Trump in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll. The former Elle magazine advice columnist accused Trump of sexually assaulting her long before Trump became president. Nevertheless, the Justice Department argued that it must take over because Trump’s comments spurring the defamation lawsuit came while he was in office. Legal experts note that if the Justice Department is allowed to take over, it would invalidate the lawsuit because the federal government can’t be sued for defamation. Carroll’s attorney, Robbie Kaplan, released a statement that warned, “Trump’s effort to wield the power of the U.S. government to evade responsibility for his private misconduct is without precedent, and shows even more starkly how far he is willing to go to prevent the truth from coming out.”

WHITE SUPREMACIST THREAT ‘PERSISTENT AND LETHAL’… Department of Homeland Security draft documents made public by Lawfare Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes and first reported by Politico identify white supremacists as the most “persistent and lethal threat” in the U.S. through 2021. The documents conclude that that some U.S.-based violent extremists have capitalized on increased social and political tensions to commit violent acts. According to the report, foreign terrorist organizations also pose a threat but they “probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next year.”

COHEN TELL-ALL BOOK RELEASED… President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen calls Trump a “liar,” a “fraud” and a “bully” in a tell-all book that went on sale yesterday. Among Cohen’s accusations is that Trump admired Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin for his control over Russia, personally signed off on a National Enquirer report that smeared 2016 Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and said Black Americans were “too stupid” to vote for him four years ago. Cohen also linked Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement in 2016 to suppression of racy photos.

TOP ROCHESTER COPS RETIRING… Top Rochester Police Department leaders in Rochester are reportedly retiring amid ongoing criticism over their department’s handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude. Mayor Lovely Warren announced yesterday that police chief La’Ron Singletary, deputy chief Joseph M. Morabito and possibly other senior commanders are departing. Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died several days after an encounter with police on March 23. Officers who found him running naked down the street put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about 2 minutes until he stopped breathing. He died a week later after he was taken off life support.

ENTERTAINMENT
DISNEY FACING BACKLASH OVER ‘MULAN’
… Disney is facing widespread backlash over its decision to shoot its new live-action film “Mulan” in Xinjiang province, where the Chinese government is accused of committing serious human rights abuses. The film’s final credits include thanks to a government security agency thought to be responsible for the detention of about 1 million people – mostly Muslim Uighurs. Human-rights groups already had called for a boycott of the film after lead actress Liu Yifei expressed support for a crackdown on Hong Kong protesters demanding democracy.

‘KARDASHIANS’ ENDING… The E! reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is being brought to an end after 14 years and 20 seasons. The family announced on a social-media post yesterday that the final season “will air early next year in 2021.” The series, which was co-created by Ryan Seacrest, premiered in 2006.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
Minnesota 7 – ST. LOUIS 3
… Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in leading the Twins past the Cardinals in the doubleheader opener. Miguel Sano added a two-run shot and Nelson Cruz homered with the bases empty.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Minnesota 4… The Cardinals scored five times in the bottom of the third inning on their way to claiming a split of the twinbill. Four of the runs came via a pair of walks, a hit batsman and a fielder’s choice.

Oakland 4 – HOUSTON 2… Robbie Grossman stroked a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth inning and scored on Khris Davis’ double and the Athletics topped the Astros in the doubleheader opener. Davis’ solo homer in the third opened the scoring.

HOUSTON 5 – Oakland 4… Yuli Gurriel lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh and final inning as the Astros took the second game of the doubleheader and snapped their six-game losing streak.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Boston 5… Alec Bohm came through with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to lift the Phillies over the Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Bohm also homered with the bases empty and singled home a run.

Boston 5 – PHILADELPHIA 2… Bobby Dalbec’s fourth homer in as many games was a two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning and gave the Red Sox the lead for good in taking the second game of the twinbill.

TORONTO 2 – N.Y. Yankees 1… Jonathan Davis’ two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning provided all the offense the Blue Jays needed in handing the Yankees their fifth straight win. Five pitchers combined on a five-hitter.

WASHINGTON 5 – Tampa Bay 3… Carter Kieboom doubled home a run and Josh Harrison singled in another as the Nationals cruised past the Rays.

Kansas City 8 – CLEVELAND 6… The Royals came from behind to down the Indians and snap their seven-game skid. Maikel Franco skied a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning and singled home a run. Whit Merrifield blasted a three-run homer for Kansas City.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Chi. White Sox 4… Pinch-runner Jason Martin scored the winning run on an error by White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Kevin Newman had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

Miami 8 – ATLANTA 0… Marlins starter Sixto Sanchez (2-1) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and four relievers completed the shutout of the Braves. Garrett Cooper hit a two-run homer and singled home a run. Jorge Alfaro added a solo homer and run-scoring single. Matt Joyce also circled the bases.

Baltimore 11 – N.Y. METS 2… Rio Ruiz had a couple of hits, including a three-run homer, as the Orioles crushed the Mets. Ryan Mountcastle and D.J. Stewart added two-run blasts. Pat Velaika also went deep.

DETROIT 8 – Milwaukee 3… The Tigers scored the game’s first eight runs and coasted past the Brewers. Jeimer Candelario homered with a runner aboard and singled home two runs. Victor Reyes also delivered a two-run single. Spencer Turnbull (4-2) pitched three-hit ball over six shutout innings.

TEXAS 7 – L.A. Angels 1… The Rangers won for the first time in seven games and ended the Angels’ five-game winning streak. Lance Lynn (5-2) allowed just a run on four hits over seven innings. Elvis Andrus smacked a solo homer.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Cincinnati 0… Alec Mills (4-3) limited the Reds to four hits over six innings and three Cubs relievers kept them scoreless the rest of the way. David Bote legged out a two-run triple in the bottom of the second inning and Javier Baez added an RBI triple in the third.

SAN DIEGO 14 – Colorado 5… The Padres mounted five-run rallies in the bottoms of the first two innings and rolled past the Rockies. Wil Myers unloaded a grand slam and homered with the base empty. Austin Nola ripped a three-run homer.

SAN FRANCISCO 6 – Seattle 5… The Giants overcame a 5-1 third-inning deficit to edge the Mariners. Darin Ruf delivered a tie-breaking pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mauricio Dubon blasted a two-run homer. Alex Dickerson also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 10 – ARIZONA 9 (10 innings)… Gavin Lux’s second homer of the game was a three-run blast that capped a four-run top of the 10th inning and pushed the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks. Lux also had a solo shot and RBI single. Arizona came up just short with a three-run bottom of the 10th.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-0) is at Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-5)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Deivi Garcia, 0-0) are at Toronto (Tanner Roark, 2-1)…
Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-3) is at Atlanta (Tommy Milone, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-4) host Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0) are at Texas (Kyle Cody, 0-0)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 5-2) hosts Colorado (Anthony Senzatela, 3-1)…
Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 3-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 7-1)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 2-2) hosts Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 5-1) are at Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 1-3) hosts Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Miami 103 – Milwaukee 94
… The Heat shook off a slow start to eliminate the Bucks in Game 5 and advance to take on the winner of the Boston-Toronto series in the Eastern Conference finals. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic scored 17 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack. Butler also grabbed 10 rebounds. Milwaukee played without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who suffered an ankle sprain in Game 4.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Lakers 112 – Houston 102… Rajon Rondo sparked a fourth-quarter surge that carried the Lakers past the Rockets and put them up 2-1 in the series. Rondo scored eight straight points during a 10-0 run that proved decisive and finished with 21 points. LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points. Anthony Davis had 26 points and 15 boards. Game 4 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Toronto vs. Boston in Game 6 with the Celtics leading 3-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 4 with the Clippers leading 2-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Edmonton)
Vegas 3 – Dallas 0… Goalie Robin Lehner stopped all 24 shots and the Golden Knights blanked the Stars to even the Western Conference finals at a game apiece. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights scored all three goals in the second period. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 2 with the Lightning leading 1-0

The Rundown for September 8, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,256,723 and the nation’s death toll stands at 189,206, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Despite a lowering in cases, officials are warning that there could be an uptick after Labor Day and going into the fall. The 31,395 cases reported Sunday was the lowest number reported since July and followed a spike in mid-August.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN SQUANDERS FUNDRAISING ADVANTAGE… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump’s re-election campaign has spent more than $800 million of the $1.1 billion it raised from early 2019 to July. In squandering its early cash advantage, the campaign is having to implement stricter financial planning for the duration. The spending included $11 million on Super Bowl ads in a “vanity splurge” to match Michael R. Bloomberg’s spending. During the early months of the pandemic, Trump also refused to hold virtually costless Zoom fundraisers like his opponent Joe Biden.

BIDEN TARGETS MILITARY IN CAMPAIGN RELAUNCH… Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is relaunching a $47 million digital advertising campaign targeting military service members. The relaunch the recent bombshell report claiming President Trump privately referred to fallen U.S. soldiers as “losers” and “suckers.” The ads will target voters living near military bases in the swing states of Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona. The ads feature Biden interacting with military service members and originally launched in January.

CONGRESSIONAL DEMS SEEK DeJOY INVESTIGATION… Congressional Democrats are calling for an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s employee campaign contributions during his oversight of a North Carolina-based logistical company between 2000 and 2014. The lawmakers want to know if DeJoy committed campaign finance violations following Sunday’s Washington Post report that accused him of reimbursing employees he pressured to make donations. Former employees of New Breed Logistics told the Post that DeJoy encouraged them to attend fundraisers and donate generously to Republican candidates. Two employees said DeJoy then arranged for them to receive bonuses that matched the donations plus any taxes due.

DOZENS OF HOMES BURNED IN CALIFORNIA FIRE… The California wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 200 campers from a popular reservoir over the weekend has burned through at least two dozen homes in the small mountain town of Big Creek. No injuries have been reported. The Creek Fire has grown to 78,790 acres with 0% containment, prompting new evacuations for Fresno and Madera counties.

ENTERTAINMENT
THE TEMPTATIONS SINGER DIE
S… Former The Temptations singer Bruce Williamson died Sunday night at his home in Las Vegas after battling COVID-19, family members announced yesterday. He was 49. Williams sang with The Temptations from 2006 through 2015. He performed with the group in concert and television, as well as recorded with it on the albums “Back to the Front” and “Still Here.”

ACTOR KEVIN DOBSON DIES… Veteran television star Kevin Dobson died on Sunday of undisclosed causes. He was 77. Dobson played Detective Bobby Crocker opposite Telly Savalas on the crime drama “Kojak” from 1973 to 1978. He also played Mack MacKenzie in more than 290 episodes of the primetime soap drama “Knots Landing.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
Philadelphia 9 – N.Y. METS 8
(10 innings)… The Phillies recovered to down the Mets after blowing a 6-0 fifth-inning lead. Jean Segura homered with a runner aboard in the top of the fifth inning and finished with five RBIs. Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto also went deep.

Miami 5 – ATLANTA 4 (10 innings)… Miguel Rojas’ fourth hit of the game with a double that drove in the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning and the Marlins made it stand in outlasting the Braves. Rojas also doubled home a run in the second.

MINNESOTA 6 – Detroit 2… Michael Pineda (1-0) held the Tigers to two runs on three hits over seven innings. Ryan Jeffers homered and singled home a run. Byron Buxton also went deep.

CHI CUBS 5 – St. Louis 1… Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (5-4) held the Cardinals to a run on seven hits over eight innings. Willson Contreras stroked a two-run double for Chicago.

SEATTLE 8 – Texas 4… The Mariners doubled up on the Rangers to complete a series sweep and run their winning streak to six games. Dylan Moore homered and slammed a bases-clearing double. Kyle Seager homered with a runner aboard. Marco Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings.

WASHINGTON 6 – Tampa Bay 1… Max Scherzer (4-2) scattered six hits over seven shutout innings and the Nationals cruised past the Rays. Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

CLEVELAND 5 – Kansas City 2… Zac Plesac (3-1) held the Royals to a run on seven hits over seven innings. Tyler Naquin drove in two runs for the Indians.

TORONTO 12 – N.Y. Yankees 7… The Blue Jays erupted to score 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 6-2 deficit and get past the Yankees. Jansen’s grand slam capped the big inning. The loss was New York’s fourth in a row.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Arizona 2… The Giants scored all four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held off the Diamondbacks. Mike Yastrzemski’s run-scoring single sparked the rally. Kevin Gausman (3-2) surrendered a run on two hits over six innings.

OAKLAND 6 – Houston 0… Athletics starter Chris Bassitt (3-2) combined with two relievers in the shutout of the Astros. Bassitt gave up seven his over seven inning. Sean Murphy homered and lined a two-run single.

SAN DIEGO 1 – Colorado 0… Jurickson Profar doubled home pinch-runner Jorge Mateo with the game’s only runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Padres clipped the Rockies. The game featured a duel between San Diego Starter Danielson Lamet and his counterpart Kyle Freeland, but neither got a decision.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-2; Mike Minor, 0-0) is at Houston (Zach Greinke, 0-0); Brandon Bailey, 0-0…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 2-1) hosts Boston (Martin Perez, 2-4)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0) is at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 1-4)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-4)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 2-2) is at St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-0) hosts Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 6-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 1-1) are at Toronto (Taijuan Walker, 2-2)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 0-0)…
Boston (Nick Pivetta, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0) hosts Miami (Sixto Sanchez, 1-1)…
Baltimore (Adam Wojciechowski, 1-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0)…
Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 3-2) hosts Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0) are at Texas (Lance Lynn, 4-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Alex Mills, 3-3) host Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-1)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 0-0) is at San Diego (Mike Clevinger, 1-1)…
Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-6) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 0-0)…
Seattle (Ljay Newsome, 0-0) is at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 2-3)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Boston 111 – Toronto 89
… The Celtics held the Raptors to 11 first-quarter points on their way to building a 27-point halftime lead and never looked back in taking a 3-2 lead in the series. Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 27 points. Kemba Walker added 21 points. Game 6 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Clippers 113 – Denver 107
… The Clippers pulled past the Nuggets in the fourth quarter to go up 3-2 in the series. Paul George pumped in 32 points. Kawhi Leonard had 23 points and 14 rebounds. Game 6 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Lakers vs. Houston in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 8 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Braydon Point found the net twice and had three assists as the Lightning walloped the Islanders in the Eastern Conference final opener. Yanni Gourde also scored two goals. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Vegas vs. Dallas in Game 2 with the Stars leading 1-0

The Rundown for September 7, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,275,386 and the nation’s death toll stands at 188,910, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Reuters analysis has found that cases were rising in 22 of the 50 states heading into the Labor Day weekend. Most of the states are in the Midwest and South. The U.S. averages 44,000 new cases a day, which is twice the number recorded ahead of Memorial Day weekend in late May.

KAMALA HARRIS WARNS OF RUSSIA INTERFERENCE… Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris warned believes Russian election interference could pose a legitimate threat to Joe Biden’s attempt to defeat President Trump in November’s election. Harris, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee that found Russia interfered to help Trump in the 2016 election, issued the warning during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Last week, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security withheld a report warning of a Russian scheme to target Biden with “allegations about poor mental health.”

DeJOY ACCUSED IN FUNDRAISING SCHEME… The Washington Post reported yesterday that five ex-employees of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company claim they were pressured to make political donations and then were reimbursed with bigger bonuses. Such an arrangement is illegal under state and federal law. DeJoy “believes that he has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations” while CEO of New Breed Logistics in North Carolina, according to a spokesman. DeJoy was a national GOP fundraiser at the time.

JUDGE ORDERS CENSUS COUNTING TO CONTINUE… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Census Bureau to continue in-person counting for the 2020 Census a month ahead of schedule. U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California Lucy Koh issued a temporary restraining order barring the Census Bureau from shutting down operations until a September 17 hearing in a lawsuit challenging the practice. The Census Bureau has been trying to end its in-person counting by September 30 although its deadline isn’t until October 31.

WILDFIRE RESCUE… More than 200 people trapped at a popular reservoir in California have been rescued after being trapped by a wildfire that has consumed 45,000 acres in the Sierra National Forest. Authorities say about 20 people airlifted from Mammoth Pool Reservoir near Fresno were injured. The fast-moving Creek Fire started in steep and rugged terrain on Friday.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS TOP ALBUM CHART
… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 90,000 more copies to maintain the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 77,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” stayed at No. 3 with 64,000 copies sold. Metallica’s “S&M2” debuted in fourth place on sales of 53,000 units. Katy Perry’s “Smile” capped the top five with 50,000 copies sold.

BOX OFFICE WEEKEND… “Tenet” took in $20.2 million to blow away the weekend box office. “The New Mutants” slipped into a distant second place with $2.8 million. “Unhinged” finished in third place with $1.6 million. “The Personal History of David Copperfield” brought in $361,000 to finish fourth. “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run” finished fifth with $345,000.

SPORTS
MLB NEWS
… Baseball Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock, who spent 16 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, has died following a battle with blood cancer and diabetes. He was 81. Brock was the leadoff hitter for Cardinal teams that reached three World Series and won two during the 1960s. Brock stole 938 bases in his career, including 118 in 1974; both were major-league records that were later broken by Rickey Henderson. He was a lifetime .293 hitter who led the league in steals eight times, scored 100 or more runs seven times and finished with 3,023 hits.

MLB SCORES
BALTIMORE 5 – N.Y. Yankees 1
… Orioles starter Dean Kremer (1-0) limited the Yankees to one run on one hit over six innings. D.J. Stewart provided all the offense Baltimore needed with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

ATLANTA 10 – Washington 3… Freddie Freeman unloaded a grand slam for the Braves. Marcell Ozuna homered with the bases empty and stroked a bases-clearing double.

N.Y. METS 14 – Philadelphia 1… Pete Alonso homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Mets walloped the Phillies. Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Wilson Ramos also went deep. Jacob deGrom (3-1) breezed through seven innings, allowing just a run on three hits and striking out 12.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Miami 4 (10 innings)… The Rays came up with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to upend the Marlins. Brandon Lowe’s sacrifice fly scored Brett Phillips with the winning run following Ji-Man Choi’s pinch-hit RBI double. Randy Arozarena smacked a first-inning homer.

CLEVELAND 4 – Milwaukee 1… Shane Bieber (7-0) limited the Brewers to a run on five hits over five innings and struck out 10 as the Indians cruised past the Brewers. Carlos Santana doubled home a run and singled in another.

PITTSBURGH 3 – Cincinnati 2… Erik Gonzalez lifted a sacrifice fly to score Cole Tucker with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a come-from-behind victory. Tucker’s infield single scored Josh Bell with the tying run.

Toronto 10 – BOSTON 8… The Blue Jays pounded out 15 hits in slugging their way past the Red Sox. Cavan Biggio capped a six-run top of the fifth inning with a two-run double. Caleb Joseph and Rowdy Tellez homered.

Chi. White Sox 8 – KANSAS CITY 2… Edwin Encarnacion belted a three-run homer and singled home a run as the White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Royals. Dallas Keuchel (6-2) pitched two-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

Detroit 10 – MINNESOTA 6… The Tigers overcame a 6-2 sixth-inning deficit to top the Twins. They took the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning when Grayson Greiner homered off left-fielder Eddie Rosario’s glove. Detroit also got homers from Sergio Alcantara and Will Castro.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Arizona 2… Donovan Solano connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning and the Giants held off the Diamondbacks. Chadwick Tromp and Brandon Belt also went deep for San Francisco.

L.A. ANGELS 9 – Houston 5… The Angels rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and put away the Astros. Justin Upton’s two-run single capped the uprising. Anthony Rendon homered with a runner aboard for L.A.

San Diego 5 – OAKLAND 3… Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 15th homer of the season came with a runner aboard in the top of the seventh inning and proved to be the difference in the Padres’ win over the Athletics. Eric Hosmer and Jake Cronenworth both had two hits and an RBI.

SEATTLE 4 – Texas 3… Kyle Seager blasted a two-run homer and Kyle Lewis added a solo shot as the Mariners edged the Rangers. Justin Dunn (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

St. Louis 7 – CHI. CUBS 3… Paul Goldschmidt blasted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the third inning that carried the Cardinals past the Cubs. Tommy Edman staked St. Louis to an early lead with a solo shot in the first.

Colorado 7 – L.A. DODGERS 6… Matt Kemp’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning powered the Rockies past the Dodgers. Kemp was aboard when Josh Fuentes homered in the second.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Jose Urena, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 3-1) host Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 4-2) hosts Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 4-4)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 3-2) hosts Tampa Bay (Trevor Richards, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 3-1) is at Cleveland (Zac Plesac, 2-1)…
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 3-1) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Chad Green, 3-2)…
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 2-2)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-3) hosts Houston (Cristian Javier, 4-1)…
Colorado (Jose Mujica, 0-0) is at San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 2-1)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Milwaukee 118 – Miami 115 (OT)… The Bucks outlasted the Heat and avoided a series sweep despite losing Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second quarter with an ankle sprain. Kris Middleton stepped it up and scored a game-high 36 points. Game 5 is tomorrow. Antetokounmpo’s availability is uncertain.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Lakers 117 – Houston 109
… The Lakers came on strong in the fourth quarter after blowing a 16-point halftime lead in the third and tied the series at a game apiece. Anthony Davis pumped in 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. LeBron James added 28 points, 11 boards and nine assists. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
Toronto vs. Boston in Game 5 with the series tied 2-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Edmonton)
Dallas 1 – Vegas 0… John Klingberg found the net 2:36 into the first period and the Stars hung on to clip the Golden Knights in the Western Conference finals opener. Goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped all 25 shots. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders in Game 1

The Rundown for September 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,149,265 and the nation’s death toll stands at 186,785, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the state’s State of Emergency until October 1 at 11:59 p.m. The extension follows last month’s rise new cases in every region in Michigan. The state’s percent positivity rate remains below the national average at 3.3 percent, a press release from the governor’s office noted.

TRUMP SUGGESTS VOTING ILLEGALLY… President Trump has slightly backed off his suggestion that voters in North Carolina should illegally try to cast their ballots twice. On Wednesday, Trump told voters to submit a mail-in ballot then also vote in-person to test whether the system is prone to fraud. Yesterday, Trump told voters to sign and mail in a ballot early, then also line up in-person at a local polling place to check that the mail ballot has been tabulated. Twitter slapped warning labels on both posts, claiming the messages violated a policy against advocating illegal election activity. Facebook had earlier said it would remove videos of Trump encouraging voting twice because it “violates our policies prohibiting voter fraud.” Election officials in North Carolina issued a memo yesterday reminding voters that intentional double voting is illegal.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO CHARGE GOOGLE… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department plans to file an antitrust suit against Google as soon as this month. However, lawyers investigating Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, have objected to the DOJ’s deadline to finalize their work by the end of September. A deadline they found arbitrary has reportedly prompted some lawyers to leave the case while others have refused to sign the complaint. The DOJ opened the inquiry in June 2019 and prosecutors have been divided as to where to focus their scrutiny.

FORMER TOP NRA EXECUTIVE SPEAKS OUT… Joshua Powell, the former chief of staff to the National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, calls for universal background checks and red flag laws in a new book detailing decades of mismanagement, abuses of power, and fraud within the NRA. “Gun owners across America should be horrified by what I saw inside of the NRA,” Powell said in an ABC interview yesterday. He said that the NRA is more focused on money and internal intrigue than gun rights. Powell described LaPierre as woefully inept at management but skilled at courting President Trump’s support.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES COULD SET RECORD… The National Guard warned yesterday that California is set to record its worst fire season in recorded history amid wildfires sparked by lightning strikes. Approximately 1,300 National Guard members from five states including California are assisting fire officials in combatting more than 900 wildfires burning throughout the state. In 2018 California recorded its deadliest fire season on record with more than 2 million acres burned. The blazes currently active in the state have burned more than 1.5 million acres as of yesterday.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘BATMAN’ PRODUCTION HALTED AGAIN
… Production on the upcoming film “The Batman” has reportedly been halted after star Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19. The film had just returned to production three days ago following the shutdown during the pandemic. Producers say about a quarter of the film was shot before the shutdown.

QUIBI RENEWS ‘RENO 911!’… The streaming service Quibi has renewed its revival of “Reno 911!” for a second season. Series co-creators Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver will return to write and star on the show, producers said. Lennon, Garant and Kenney-Silver will be joined by Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough and Carlos Alazraqui in Season 2. The revival premiered in May and aired its season finale Wednesday. The show originally ran six seasons from 2003 to 2009 on Comedy Central.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
PITTSBURGH 6 – Chi. Cubs 2
… Bryan Reynolds blasted a three-run homer in his return from paternity leave and the Pirates cruised past the Cubs. Cole Tucker stroked a two-run single.

HOUSTON 8 – Texas 4… Aledmys Diaz’s three-run homer capped a four-run first inning and the Astros doubled up on the Rangers. Michael Brantley knocked in three runs with a single and a double.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Washington 5 (10 innings)… Alec Bohm lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Phillies completed a four-game sweep. Rhys Hoskins homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. METS 9 – N.Y. Yankees 7 (10 innings)… Pete Alonso led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a game-winning homer as the Mets erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 to down the Yankees. Amed Rosario had three hits and knocked in three runs. J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier hit solo homers.

L.A. ANGELS 2 – San Diego 0… Andrew Heaney (3-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Padres. Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton produced run-scoring singles for L.A.

Toronto 6 – BOSTON 2 (10 innings)… Teoscar Hernandez connected for a three-run homer and Lourdes Gurriel added a solo shot in the top of the 10th inning as the Blue Jays put away the Red Sox.

Chi. White Sox 11 – KANSAS CITY 6… The White Sox mounted five-run rallies in the tops of the fifth and seventh innings on their way past the Royals. Jose Abreu doubled home two runs and singled in another. Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Arizona 1… Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (5-1) limited the Diamondbacks to one hit over six innings. The 32-year-old Kershaw struck out Nick Ahmed for the first out of the second inning to become the third-youngest pitcher in MLB history to strike out 2,500 batters, trailing only Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (31 years, 101 days) and Walter Johnson (31 years, 197 days).

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Washington (TBA; Wil Crowe, 0-0) is at Atlanta (TBA; Josh Tomlin, 1-2) for a doubleheader…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 5-2; TBA) hosts Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-4; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0; Trever Bauer, 3-2) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-0; Cody Ponce, 1-1) for a doubleheader…
Boston (Tanner Roark, 2-1) hosts Toronto (Zac Godley, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Michael King, 1-1) are at Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-3)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-3) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 2-4) is at the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-4)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 0-0)…
Boston (Chris Mazza, 0-0) is at Toronto (Ross Stripling, 3-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) host St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Deivi Garcia, 0-0) are at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 0-0)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 1-2) hosts Texas (Kyle Cody, 0-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1) hosts Colorado (Anthony Senzatela, 3-1)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 5-2) is at Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 2-1)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 1-2) hosts Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-2) is at Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Toronto 104 – Boston 103… OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer as time expired lifted the Raptors over the Celtics and brought them within 2-1 in the series. Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 31 points. Fred VanVleet added 25 points. Game 4 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Clippers 120 – Denver 97… The Clippers outscored the Nuggets 38-20 in the second quarter and coasted to the Game 1 win in the Western Conference semifinal. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
Milwaukee vs. Miami in Game 3 with the Heat leading 2-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Lakers vs. Houston in Game 1

NETS HIRE STEVE NASH AS COACH… The Brooklyn Nets have hired Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash as their next coach. Jacque Vaughn, who served as interim coach through the Orlando bubble, will stay on as Nash’s top assistant. Nash and Nets general manager Sean Marks were teammates for two season on the Phoenix Suns for two seasons and Nash was a part-time assistant for the Golden State Warriors during Kevin Durant’s three seasons there.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (in Toronto)
Philadelphia 5 – N.Y. Islanders 4 (2OT)… Ivan Provorov found the net at 15:03 of the second overtime to send the Flyers past the Islanders and force tomorrow’s deciding Game 7. Carter Hart made 49 saves at goal.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (in Edmonton)
Vancouver 4 – Vegas 0… Goalie Thatcher Demko stopped all 48 shots as the Canucks blanked the Golden Knights to set up today’s Game 7. Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller 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

The Rundown for September 3, 2020

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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
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

The Rundown for September 2, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,073,806 and the nation’s death toll stands at 184,659, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The state of Florida announced yesterday that it is ditching nationwide testing lab Quest Diagnostics after the company attempted to dump close to 75,000 positive test results going back as far as April. Quest’s delayed data release on Monday resulted in a significantly changed case rate. Testing companies are required by state law to report test results in a timely manner… New York City’s public school system will delay the opening of classes by 11 days to September 21 under an agreement with unions that pressed for stronger coronavirus safety measures. School staff will get six days devoted to professional development before students arrive.

TRUMP VISITS KENOSHA… President Trump traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, yesterday to survey the damage caused by last week’s unrest. Violent protests were sparked on August 23 when a Kenosha police officer fired seven shots into the back of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old unarmed Black man. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Kenosha’s mayor had expressed concern that Trump’s visit would amplify tensions in the city.

APPEALS COURT DELAYS TRUMP SUBPOENAS… The Second Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday granted a stay order request delaying enforcement of the subpoenas seeking President Trump’s tax returns and scheduled oral arguments on the merits of the subpoenas for September 25. The subpoenas were brought by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and are part of an ongoing grand jury investigation into whether or not Trump violated New York state law regarding hush money payments made to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump prior to his election. Trump has cited broad presidential immunity in his fight to keep his financial records sealed since last year.

MARKEY DEFEATS KENNEDY IN MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY… Senator Ed Markey withstood a challenge from Congressman Joe Kennedy III in yesterday’s Massachusetts Democratic primary. Markey captured 54 percent of the vote to Kennedy’s 46 percent. The 39-year-old Kennedy is the grandson of former Senator Robert Kennedy and grandnephew of former President John Kennedy. Markey is expected to be heavily favored to win the general election on November 3.

FACEBOOK BATTLING RUSSIAN TROLLS… A Facebook report yesterday revealed that the same Russian Internet troll group that plotted to interfere in the 2016 election in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump is seeking to sway the 2020 election. Facebook followed up on an FBI tip and removed a small network of 13 Facebook accounts and two pages linked to individuals associated with the Russian Internet Research Agency’s past activity, according to the report. People connected to the Russian troll group recruited “unwitting freelance journalists” to write for them, the report also noted.

ENTERTAINMENT
JOHNNY DEPP SEEKS DELAY IN DEFAMATION SUIT
… Actor Johnny Depp is seeking a delay in his U.S. defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor is suing over an article Heard wrote in The Washington Post, claiming that it implied he was violent towards her. The trial was set for early next year. A hearing on Mr Depp’s request for a postponement is currently set for September 11.

NETFLIX DELAYS CHADWICK BOSEMAN FILM PREVIEW… Netflix has delayed Monday’s scheduled virtual preview event for the film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” following the death on Friday of its star, Chadwick Boseman. The film is an adaptation of August Wilson’s play telling the story about the queen of the blues and her band in the 1920s. Boseman plays a trumpet player alongside Viola Davis and Colman Domingo in his final film appearance.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
St. Louis 16 – CINCINNATI 2
… Brad Miller doubled home two runs to spark a six-run top of the first inning, homered twice and knocked in seven runs to lead the Cardinals in their shellacking of the Reds. Miller and Kelton Wong had four hits apiece to lead a 23-hit attack.

MIAMI 3 – Toronto 2… Starling Marte smacked a tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Marlins past the Blue Jays. Five Toronto pitchers combined on a six-hitter.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Washington 0… Phillies starter Aaron Nola (4-2) pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and struck out nine in the blanking of the Nationals. Andrew McCutchen blasted a three-run homer. Alec Bohm had a solo homer and an RBI double.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – Tampa Bay 3… DJ LeMahieu hit a pair of solo homers and the Yankees beat the Rays for the first time in seven tries. Masahiro Tanaka (1-1) held Tampa Bay to two runs on three hits over six innings. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth to earn the save but not before sparking a benches-clearing incident with a brushback pitch.

Atlanta 10 – BOSTON 3… Marcell Ozuna homered three times and knocked in six runs to lead the Braves in their pounding of the Red Sox. Ian Anderson (2-0) surrendered two runs on six hits over six innings.

BALTIMORE 9 – N.Y. Mets 5… Renato Nunez cracked two home runs and drove in four runs as the Orioles pulled away and handed the Mets their fifth straight loss. Anthony Santander also went deep.

Detroit 12 – MILWAUKEE 1… The Tigers made it six straight wins with the drubbing of the Brewers. Victor Reyes went 4-for-6 with a homer and five RBIs. Christian Stewart and Grayson Greiner also connected.

Cleveland 10 – KANSAS CITY 1… Roberto Perez drilled a two-run homer and doubled home a run as the Indians roughed up the Royals. Francisco Lindor also homered with a runner aboard, while Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez added solo shots.

MINNESOTA 3 – Chi. White Sox 2… The Twins sneaked past the White Sox after spotting them an early two-run lead. Byron Buxton singled home Nelson Cruz with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Luis Arraez came through with a game-tying pinch-hit double in the sixth.

Texas 6 – HOUSTON 5 (10 innings)… The Rangers recovered to top the Astros after blowing a three-run sixth-inning lead. Scott Heineman scored on a balk and Isiah Kiner-Filefa crossed the plate with an unearned run in the top of the 10th inning.

San Francisco 23 – COLORADO 5… The Giants pounded out 26 hits in their dismantling of the Rockies. Alex Dickerson hit three home runs and knocked in six runs. Brandon Crawford blasted a three-run homer and had six RBIs. Donovan Solano also drove in six runs.

Chi. Cubs 8 – PITTSBURGH 7 (11 innings)… The Cubs outlasted the Pirates after blowing a 6-1 sixth-inning lead. Ian Happ homered to lead off the game and singled home the decisive run in the 11th. Kyle Schwarber belted a two-run shot.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – Arizona 3… Chris Taylor knocked in four runs with a pair of doubles and the Dodgers cruised past the Diamondbacks. Julio Urias (1-0) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
San Francisco (Lance Webb, 2-3) is at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-1)…
Baltimore (Jon Means, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Michael Wacha, 1-2)…
St. Louis (Tyler Mahle, 1-2) is at Cincinnati (Johan Oviedo, 0-0)…
Miami (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 2-1) hosts Toronto (Sixto Sanchez, 0-0)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 3-1) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Drew Holland, 1-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 3-4)…
Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 2-1)…
Boston (Kyle Hart, 0-0) hosts Atlanta (Robbie Erlin, 0-0)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 0-0) are at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 2-3)…
Houston (Cristian Javier, 3-1) hosts Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0)…
San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 2-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 4-1) host Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Boston 102 – Toronto 99
… Jayson Tatum pumped in 34 points and Marcus Smart keyed a fourth quarter rally that carried the Celtics over the Raptors and gave them a 2-0 in the series. Smart made five 3-pointers over a 3:04 span and finished with 19 points. Game 3 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
Denver 80 – Utah 78… Nikola Jokic made a go-ahead basket with 27 seconds remaining and the Nuggets hung on to beat the Jazz in the decisive Game 7 of the first-round series. Jokic finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds for Denver, which scored just 30 second-half points. The Nuggets will open the Western Conference semifinals tomorrow against the L.A. Clippers.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL

Milwaukee vs. Miami in Game 2 with the Heat leading 1-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
Houston vs. Oklahoma City for Game 7

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
Philadelphia 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)… Scott Laughton netted the winning goal in overtime and the Flyers pulled within 3-2 in the series. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which let a late two-goal lead slip away. Game 6 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Vancouver 3 – Vegas 1… Elias Petterson scored a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Canucks held off the Golden Knights to avoid a Game 5 elimination. Brock Boeser had a goal and an assist. J.T. Miller set up two goals. Game 6 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Colorado vs. Dallas in Game 6 with the Stars leading 3-2

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.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FRESH PRINCE’ REUNION
… 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.

SPORTS
MLB TRADE DEADLINE DEALS

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.

MLB SCORES
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.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
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)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
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.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
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.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS GAMES
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
Denver vs. Utah in Game 7

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
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.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
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.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

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

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

The Rundown for August 31, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,996,431 and the nation’s death toll stands at 183,066, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn told Financial Times that the FDA would consider an emergency authorization of a vaccine for the coronavirus before the completion of phase three clinical trials if it found it appropriate to do so. Hahn emphasized that the decision would not be politically influenced and would rather be based on science, medicine and data.

PORTLAND MAYOR BLAMES TRUMP FOR ‘HATE’… Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler targeted President Trump at a press conference yesterday with a blistering attack following Friday night’s fatal shooting amid protests. Wheeler insisted it was Trump who “created the hate” and asked, “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?” Protesters in Portland have gathered for more than 90 consecutive nights to take a stand against systemic racism and police brutality.

TRUMP DETERMINED TO VISIT WISCONSIN… The White House said last night that President Trump plans to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, tomorrow against the wishes of the governor and mayor. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent Trump a letter explaining that urging him not to “reconsider” as his presence in the community will hinder its work to heal. Civil unrest was sparked by the police shooting of a Black man, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, on August 23 and included last Tuesday’s fatal shootings of two protesters by a 17-year-old boy from Illinois who carried an assault rifle across the state line.

HOUSE PANEL COULD SUBPOENA OVER SECURITY BRIEFINGS… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned yesterday that Democrats will consider issuing a subpoena for National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe in response to his announcement the House and Senate intelligence committees would no longer receive in-person briefings on election security. Ratcliffe said during an appearance yesterday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he would “continue to keep Congress informed” through written updates and claimed the change was to stop “a pandemic of information being leaked out of the intelligence community.” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Ratcliffe’s claim “doesn’t make any sense” because written briefings could just as easily be leaked and such concerns did not stop other briefings. Schiff said live testimony “forces accountability.”

CREWS GAIN ON CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES… Firefighters in California have made gains against the two biggest blazes they are battling. The LNU Lightning Complex fire, which has burned more than 375,000 acres across five counties north of San Francisco Bay, was listed at 56-percent containment last night. Containment grew to 50 percent yesterday on the SCU Lightning Complex fire, which has charred more than 377,000 acres in four counties east and south of the bay. The two fires rank as the second- and third-largest wildfires on record in the state.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
… “New Mutants” took in $7 million to debut at No. 1 at the weekend box office. “Unhinged” followed in second place with $2.6 million, followed by “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” at No. 3 with $604,000. ”The Personal History of David Copperfield” made $520,000 to finish fourth. “Words on Bathroom Walls” took in $454,000 to finish fifth.

TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 98,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for the fifth straight week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 83,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” stayed at No. 3 on sales of 70,000 copies. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” jumped one spot to No. 4 after selling 51,000 units. Nas’ new release, “King’s Disease,” capped the top five with 47,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
PADRES GET MORELAND
… The San Diego Padres acquired first-baseman Mitch Moreland from the Boston Red Sox ahead of today’s trade deadline. In exchange, Boston gets prospects Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario, the team announced. Moreland batted .328 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs for the Red Sox this season.

MLB SCORES
N.Y. YANKEES 8 – N.Y. Mets 7
… The Yankees rallied from five runs down in the bottom of the seventh (and final) inning to upend the Mets in the doubleheader opener. Aaron Hicks tied the game with a three-run homer. Gio Urshela singled home Mike Tauchman with the winning run in the eighth.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – N.Y. Mets 2… Gary Sanchez unloaded a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the eighth inning as the Yankees completed a sweep of the twinbill. Tyler Wade also went deep for the Yanks.

Chi. Cubs 10 – CINCINNATI 1… Kyle Schwarber homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Cubs in their bombing of the Reds. Jason Heyward and Ian Happ also hit a pair of homers. The three become the first starting outfield ever to hit multiple homers in the same game.

Tampa Bay 12 – MIAMI 7… Willy Adams’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run top of the fifth inning and the Rays finished off a three-game sweep of the Marlins. Tampa Bay also got homers from Joey Wendle, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Kiermaier.

DETROIT 3 – Minnesota 2… Jonathan Schoop hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Tigers made it stand in edging the Twins to complete a series sweep. Jeimer Candelario also went deep.

BOSTON 9 – Washington 5… Rafael Devers went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBIs and the Red Sox cruised past the Nationals. Bobby Dalbac blasted a three-run homer in his major-league debut. Xavier Bogaerts also homered.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Kansas City 2 (10 innings)… Luis Robert belted a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the White Sox outlasted the Royals. Nick Madrigal went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Pittsburgh 5 – MILWAUKEE 1… Josh Bell broke a fourth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Pirates handled the Brewers.

ST. LOUIS 7 – Cleveland 2… Adam Wainwright (3-0) held the Indians to two runs on four hits in a complete-game victory on his 39th birthday. Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – TEXAS 2… The Dodgers got a two-run homer from Cody Bellinger and solo blasts from Corey Seager and Will Smith in downing the Rangers. Their 57 homers in August were the most ever by any team in any month.

TORONTO 6 – Baltimore 5… Teoscar Hernandez’ two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Blue Jays over the Orioles. Rowdy Tellez singled home a tying run in the eighth.

San Diego 13 – COLORADO 2… Eric Hosmer got things going with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and the Padres also got homers from Trent Grisham, Jake Cronenworth, Josh Naylor and Jurickson Profar in their romp over the Rockies. Chris Paddack (3-3) pitched five-hit ball over six shutout innings.

San Francisco 4 – ARIZONA 1… The Giants used a three-run top of the eighth inning to get past the Diamondbacks. Alex Dickerson opened the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the first inning and singled home a run. Evan Longoria’s single scored San Francisco’s other two runs.

Seattle 2 – L.A. ANGELS 1 (10 innings)… Tim Lopes came through with a tie-breaking pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the 10th inning and the Mariners made it stand in beating the Angels. Kyle Lewis homered for Seattle.

Atlanta 12 – PHILADELPHIA 10… The Braves erupted to score 10 runs in the top of the second inning and barely hung on to top the Phillies. Dansby Swanson also homered for Atlanta.

Oakland – HOUSTON (ppd)… Yesterday’s Athletics-Astros was postponed after a member of the Oakland organization tested positive for the coronavirus.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0)…
Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 3-2) is at the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 1-1) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-0) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0) is at Boston (Zach Godley, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 1-5)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 6-0) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 3-1)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill, 1-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 3-2)…
San Diego (German Marquez, 2-4) is at Colorado (Garrett Richards, 1-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Boston 112 – Toronto 94
… The Celtics jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinal opener. Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum scored 21 points apiece.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
L.A. Clippers 111 – Dallas 97
… The Clippers overcame a slow start to roll past the Mavericks and take the first-round series in six games. Kawhi Leonard had 33 points and 14 rebounds. L.A. awaits the winner of the Utah-Denver series in the semifinals.

Denver 119 – Utah 107… Jamal Murray recorded his second 50-point effort of the series and the Nuggets downed the Jazz to force tomorrow’s Game 7 in the first-round series. Nikola Jokic added 22 points for Denver, which trailed by five at halftime.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS GAMES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Milwaukee vs. Miami in a semifinal opener

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston vs. Oklahoma City in Game 6 of their first-round series with the Rockets leading 3-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
N.Y. Islanders 3 – Philadelphia 2… Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted a go-ahead goal 7:18 into the third period and the Islanders hung on to edge the Flyers and go up 3-1 in the series. Brock Nelson scored New York’s first two goals off assists by Josh Bailey. Game 5 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Vegas 5 – Vancouver 3
… The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals in the third period to get past the Canucks and take a 3-1 lead in the series. Max Pacioretty fond the net twice and had an assist. Nate Schmidt added a goal and an assist. Game 5 is tomorrow.

Dallas 5 – Colorado 4… Radek Faksa scored a goal and had two assists as the Stars held off the Avalanche to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Roope Hintz and Jon Klingberg each had a goal and an assist. Game 5 is today.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Boston vs. Tampa Bay for Game 5 with the Lightning leading 3-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Dallas vs. Colorado for Game 5 with the Stars leading 3-1