The Rundown for August 14, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,248,678 and the nation’s death toll stands at 167,097, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden yesterday urged governors to mandate the wearing of masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said public health experts have advised him it would be best for Americans to wear masks while outside of their homes for the next three months.

TRUMP ADMITS SLOWING MAIL TO HAMPER MAIL-IN VOTING… President Trump yesterday admitted that his efforts to block additional funding for the United States Postal Service are intended to make it more difficult to deliver mail-in ballots. “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo. “If they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.” The president has made baseless claims that widespread mail-in voting will lead to fraud and a federal judge in Pennsylvania yesterday ordered the Trump campaign and the Republican party to produce evidence of vote-by-mail fraud in the state. The ruling came after after Republicans sued to ban dropboxes for mail ballots at county elections offices. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of Rhode Island’s decision to allow residents to vote by mail without witnesses observing them. The Republican National Committee had sued to halt the change in the state’s rules, which previously stated that all absentee ballots must be filled out in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK METHANE REGULATION… The Trump administration yesterday rolled back Obama-era regulations limiting methane gas emissions from oil and gas fields. The new rule moves transfers the authority to regulate methane from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Clean Air Act. The Obama administration’s efforts to limit pollution related to methane was part of a package of climate-change regulations enacted to cut 520,000 short tons of methane within the next decade.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS DROP BELOW A MILLION… The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment has dipped below 1 million for the first time since March, according to a Labor Department report released yesterday. About 963,000 people sought the benefits last week, the report said. Unemployment figures peaked at 6.9 million in late March.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ACCUSES YALE OF DISCRIMINATION… The Justice Department has accused Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. Yesterday’s announcement followed a two-year civil rights investigation spurred by a complaint by Asian-American groups. Yale’s admissions process is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Justice Department said in ordering the school to stop using race or national origin in its upcoming admissions cycle. A Yale spokeswoman said the school “categorically denies this allegation” and called it a “meritless” and “hasty” determination.

ENTERTAINMENT
PROSECUTORS FIND R. KELLY MONEY STASH
… R. Kelly’s problems continue as federal prosecutors announced yesterday that they have a bank account hiding $1.2 million of the singer’s money. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kelly opened the bank account in someone else’s name to stash the money after reporting that he did not have any income. News of the discovery came just a day after three men were charged with harassing and threatening women who had accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse.

MORE CUBA GOODING JR. ACCUSERS STEP FORWARD… The number of women who have come forward with accusations of unwanted touching by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has reached 30, Manhattan prosecutors revealed during a court hearing yesterday. Gooding faces three counts of forcible touching and three counts of sex abuse to the third degree in separate incidents involving three different women in New York. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and denies any wrongdoing. Defense attorneys want to question one of Gooding’s alleged victims about statements she’s made. They also want to include an expert witness to testify about whether or not proper police procedure was followed in this investigation. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 1.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
N.Y. METS 8 – Washington 2
… Tomas Nido homered with a runner aboard and unloaded a grand slam in leading the Mets past the Nationals. David Peterson (3-1) pitched one-hit ball over five shutout innings.

Baltimore 11 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Orioles pounded the Phillies to complete a three-game sweep. Pedro Severino belted a three-run homer and Rio Ruiz connected for a two-run shot. Anthony Santander lined a bases-clearing double.

Tampa Bay 17 – BOSTON 8… The Rays outslugged the Red sox to finish a sweep of the four-game series. Hunter Renfroe homered twice and knocked in three runs. Mike Zunino blasted a three-run homer. Brandon Lowe also had three RBIs.

Pittsburgh 9 – CINCINNATI 6… The Pirates did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and coasted past the Reds. Adam Frazier, Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran homered.

CHI. CUBS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Yu Darvish (3-1) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Cubs held off the Brewers. Kyle Schwarber homered with the bases empty.

L.A. DODGERS 11 – San Diego 2… Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBIs in leading the Dodgers past the Padres. Betts joined Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize as the only players to record six three-homer games in their careers. Corey Seager, AJ Pollock and Austin Barnes also went deep for Los Angeles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 1-1) is at Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 0-0)…
Toronto (Trevor Richards, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Tanner Roark, 1-1)..
Boston (Ryan Brasier, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-2) is at Detroit (Ivan Nova, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 1-1) hosts Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 3-1)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 2-1) host Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-1)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0) is at Colorado (Ryan Castellani, 0-0)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 1-1) are at the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-0)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-1) hosts San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-0)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-1) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)

NBA SCORES
Washington 96 – Boston 90
… The Wizards topped the Celtics for their first win in eight games since the restart. Thomas Bryant scored a game-high 26 points.

Sacramento 136 – L.A. Lakers 122… The Kings knocked down 21 3-pointers and rolled past a Laker team that was resting its starters. They got 28 points from Buddy Hield and 27 from Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Phoenix 128 – Dallas 102… The Suns became the only team to win all eight games in the bubble, but came up a game short of reaching the postseason. Devin Booker pumped in 27 points.

Memphis 119 – Milwaukee 106… The Grizzlies handled the Bucks to keep their playoff hopes alive by advancing to the play-in series. Dillon Brooks pumped in 31 points to lead all scorers. Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points, 19 points and 12 assists. Jae Morant added 12 points, 13 boards and 10 assists.

Utah 118 – San Antonio 112… The Jazz jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and held off the Spurs. Rayjon Tucker came off the bench to score 18 points and lead eight players in double figures.

Portland 134 – Brooklyn 133… The Trail Blazers held on at the end to edge the Nets and grab a spot in the play-in series. Damian Lillard poured in 42 points. C.J. McCollum added 25 points. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Orlando 133 – New Orleans 127… The Magic prepared for the postseason by shooting their way past the Pelicans. Nikola Vucevic made 10-of-11 shots on his way to 23 points. D.J. Augustin delivered 22 points off the bench.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Denver vs. Toronto…
Miami vs. Indiana…
Oklahoma City vs. the L.A. Clippers…
Philadelphia vs. Houston

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Columbus 3 – Toronto 1
… The Blue Jackets skated past the Maple Leafs to tie the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored first-period goals. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 36 saves.

Carolina 3 – Boston 2… Dougie Hamilton scored a tie-breaking goal with 11:30 remaining and the Hurricanes made it stand in edging the Bruins to bring the series even at a game apiece. Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas 4 – Chicago 3
(OT)… Reilly Smith tipped in the game-winner at 7:13 of overtime and the Golden Knights have taken a 2-0 lead in the series. Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek scored back-to-back goals in the first period.

Dallas 5 – Calgary 4… Jamie Oleksiak scored off a Corey Perry pass with 40 seconds left and the Stars evened the series at 1-1. Miro Heiskanen netted two goals for Dallas.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

N.Y Islanders vs. Washington in Game 2 with the Islanders leading 1-0…
Philadelphia vs. Montreal in Game 2 with the Canadiens leading 1-0…

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Colorado vs. Arizona in Game 2 with the Avalanche leading 1-0…
Vancouver vs. St. Louis in Game 2 with the Canucks leading 1-0…
Dallas vs. Calgary in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

The Rundown for August 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,197,000 and the nation’s death toll stands at 166,026, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Trump continued his push for the re-opening of schools yesterday with a call for additional funding, including additional money for schools that reopen in-person. Trump wants Congress to appropriate another $105 billion for schools while maintaining that schools that choose to open with online instruction only should not receive federal funding. Later in the day, Trump outlined eight recommendations for in-person school re-openings including advising schools to encourage frequent hand washing or sanitizing, maintain “high standards” of hygiene and ventilation, minimize large indoor gatherings, social distance around high-risk individuals, encourage the use of masks when social distancing is not possible, and liberally post instructions about hygiene and social distancing.

BIDEN, HARRIS MAKE JOINT APPEARANCE… Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris criticized the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday in their first joint appearance since Biden selected Harris as his running mate. Biden pledged to deliver a “comprehensive” virus response if elected. Harris noted that the U.S. leads the world with more than 5 million cases and more than 165,000 deaths as a result of Trump’s “failure to take it seriously from the start.”

DEMS SEEK REVERSAL OF USPS CHANGES… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 174 other Democrats in the chamber signed a letter yesterday demanding that new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reverse recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service that they claim would “disenfranchise voters” on November 3. DeJoy recently installed a series of cost-cutting measures that could disrupt mail delivery, including absentee and mail-in ballots, ahead of Election Day. The 63-year-old DeJoy was named Postmaster Master in June after having been a Trump donor and Republican fundraiser who owned a North Carolina supply-chain.

FEDERAL DEFICIT REACHES RECORD HIGHT… The federal deficit reached $2.8 trillion for the fiscal year 2020 yesterday, according to a Treasury Department report. The total follows a $63 billion deficit in July and a $864 billion deficit in June amid federal spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay of the federal tax deadline has contributed to the deficit discrepancies, as taxes the government should have received in April was pushed back to July.

DERECHO DESTROYS CROPS… Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said yesterday that the powerful derecho storm that tore through the Midwest earlier this week also destroyed more than 10 million acres of crops in her state. The destruction included 43 percent of the state’s corn and soybean yields. Some 300,000 Iowans remain without power and the storm has been blamed for the deaths of two people.

ENTERTAINMENT
SUMNER REDSTONE DIES
… Media mogul Sumner Redstone, whose holdings included Viacom, CBS, Paramount Pictures, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and Showtime, died at his Los Angeles home on Tuesday, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 97. Redstone’s entry to the entertainment business came through his father’s drive-in theater business and he became a major Hollywood power player in the mid-1980s. He was forced to step down as chairman of CBS and Viacom in early February 2016 amid pressure from shareholders and activists who questioned his mental capacity. Redstone’s legacy was tarnished in his later years amid corporate battles involving his family members and sordid allegations by former girlfriends.

R. KELLY ASSOCIATES CHARGED WITH WITNESS INTIMIDATION… Federal prosecutors have charged three associates of R. Kelly have been charged with intimidating or harassing women who claim the R&B singer sexually abused them. Kelly is in jail awaiting multiple trials in various cities on sexual-abuse charges. Prosecutors say a longtime friend of Kelly’s offered to pay a victim $500,000 to keep her from cooperating in Kelly’s prosecution and a manager and adviser of Kelly’s threatened to release sexually explicit photographs of a woman who sued the indicted singer. According to the indictment, 37-year-old Michael Williams of Valdosta, Georgia, traveled to Florida in June and set fire to an SUV parked outside a residence where one of Kelly’s victims was staying.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
Chi. White Sox 7 – DETROIT 5
… Luis Robert gave the White Sox the lead for good with a bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth inning. Tim Anderson went 4-for-5 with a homer to lead off the game. Eloy Jimenez also went deep.

Arizona 13 – COLORADO 7… The Diamondbacks erupted to score eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie and put away the Rockies. Starling Marte had three hits, including a homer, and four RBIs. David Peralta knocked in three runs.

Oakland 8 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Robbie Grossman homered with a runner aboard and Matt Olson smacked a solo shot as the Athletics doubled up on the Angels. Ramon Laureano stroked a two-run single.

Chi. Cubs 7 – CLEVELAND 2… The Cubs downed the Indians to run their record to 12-3 in their best start since 1970. David Bote singled home two runs. Jason Heyward also knocked in two runs. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo smacked solo homers. Kyle Hendricks (3-1) allowed a run on seven hits over six innings.

Miami 14 – TORONTO 11 (10 innings)… The Marlins put away the Blue Jays after blowing an early 8-0 lead. Magneuris Sierra delivered a tie-breaking two run single in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score on Jesus Aguilar’s single. Brian Anderson belted a three-run homer in the first. Toronto piled up 18 hits and seven homers in the loss.

Kansas City 5 – CINCINNATI 4… The Royals took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning and held on to edge the Reds. Salvador Perez went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Atlanta 3… Clint Frazier went 3-for-4 with a bases-empty homer as the Yankees doubled up on the Braves to take both games of the series.

Baltimore 5 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Orioles got home runs from Anthony Santander, and Chance Sisco in powering their way past the Phillies. Sisco also singled home two runs.

N.Y. METS 11 – Washington 6… The Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to erase a 3-0 deficit and broke the game open with a five-run sixth. Pete Alonso doubled home a run and homered with a runner aboard. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith also went deep.

HOUSTON 5 – San Francisco 1… Martin Maldonado’s three-run homer capped a four-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Astros past the Giants. Zack Greinke limited San Francisco to a run on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Minnesota 12 – MILWAUKEE 2… The Twins pounded out 15 hits in their thrashing of the Brewers. Byron Buxton drilled a pair of solo homers. Miguel Sano also went deep. Kenta Maeda (3-0) took a shutout into the sixth inning.

Tampa Bay 9 – BOSTON 5… Brandon Lowe and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit two-run homers, Willy Adames and Austin Meadows added solo shots, and the Rays downed the Red Sox for their fifth straight win. Blake Snell (1-0) pitched four-hit ball over five shutout innings.

TEXAS 7 – Seattle 4… The Rangers came from four runs down in the sixth inning to upend the Mariners. Todd Frazier ran home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. Willie Calhoun had a couple of hits and knocked in three runs.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – San Diego 0… Tony Gonsolin and five relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Dodgers blanked the Rangers. Justin Turner connected for a three-run homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Washington (Austin Voth, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 2-1)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 1-1) hosts Baltimore (Tyler Eshelman, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Gasnow, 0-0) is at Boston (Kyle Hart, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) host San Diego (Chris Paddack, 2-1)

NBA SCORES
Indiana 108 – Houston 104
… The Pacers held off the Rockets despite resting starters Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. Warren. Myles Turner led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points. James Harden’s 45 points and 17 rebounds weren’t enough for Houston.

Toronto 125 – Philadelphia 121… Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher scored 19 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Raptors topped the 76ers. Stanley Johnson scored a go-ahead bucket with 4.9 seconds left.

Oklahoma City 116 – Miami 115… The Thunder rallied from a 22-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge the Heat. Mike Muscala knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left.

L.A. Clippers 124 – Denver 111… The Clippers rallied past the Nuggets in the second half to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They got 27 points from Paul George and 26 from Kawhi Leonard. Denver holds the conference’s third seed.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Washington vs. Boston…
the L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento…
Dallas vs. Phoenix…
Memphis vs. Milwaukee…
San Antonio vs. Utah…
Portland vs. Brooklyn…
New Orleans vs. Orlando

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENER SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Boston 4 – Carolina 3
(2OT)… Patrice Bergeron found the net at 1:13 of the second overtime to lift the Bruins over the Hurricanes. David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist. Brad Marchand assisted on two goals. Game 2 is today.

N.Y Islanders 4 – Washington 2… The Islanders came from two goals down to upend the Capitals. Josh Bailey scored a shorthanded goal 6:52 into the third period. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Philadelphia 2 – Montreal 1… Joel Farabee’s second-period goal proved to be the difference as the Flyers held off the Canadiens. Goalie Carter Hart made 27 saves. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Colorado 3 – Arizona 0
… Darcy Kuemper stopped all 37 shots at goal and the Avalanche blanked the Coyotes. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Vancouver 5 – St. Louis 2… Bo Horvat found the net twice as the Canucks skated past the Blues. Goalie Jacob Markstrom turned away 29 shots. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay vs. Columbus in Game 2 with the Lightning leading 1-0…
Boston vs. Carolina for Game 2 with the Bruins leading 1-0….

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas vs. Chicago for Game 2 with the Golden Knights leading 1-0…
Dallas vs. Calgary for Game 2 with the Flames leading 2-0

The Rundown for August 12, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,141,248 and the nation’s death toll stands at 164,537, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of confirmed cases worldwide topped 20 million yesterday, with more than half in the U.S., India and Brazil. Health officials not that it took roughly six months to reach 10 million cases after the virus was first discovered in central China late last year, and it took just over six weeks for that number to double… At least 800 people in Georgia’s Cherokee County School District have been forced to quarantine after being exposed to dozens of people who tested positive for COVID-19 only a week after the school year began. The first positive case in the was recorded August 4, a day after the school year began. Since then, 38 students and 12 staff members have been infected.

BIDEN CHOOSES KAMALA HARRIS AS RUNNING MATE… Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate yesterday. The California senator ended her presidential bid in December and endorsed Biden in March. She became the first Black and first Asian vice-presidential nominee and joins Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin as the only women to run as vice president on a major party’s ticket.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS… Voters headed to the polls yesterday for primaries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Vermont, as well as fa pair of runoff contests in Georgia… Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar defeated well-funded attorney challenger Antone Melton-Meaux in a Minnesota primary… Roger Polack, a civilian intelligence official and senior policy adviser under former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, defeated Josh Pade in a Democratic primary and will battle Republican incumbent Republican Congressman Bryan Steil for the seat previously held by former House Speaker Paul Ryan… Republicans Jim Griffin and Mary Fay were vying for the chance to challenge Democratic Congressman John Larson in Connecticut’s 1st District… Vermont’s lone U.S. representative, six-term Democratic Congressman Peter Welch, captured 96 percent of the vote in defeating activist Ralph “Carajou” Corbo… In Georgia’s 14th District, Marjorie Taylor Greene won her Republican runoff contest against John Cowan. In the 9th District, military veteran and gun store owner Andrew Clyde defeated state congressman Matt Gurtler in the Republican race to replace U.S. congressman Doug Collins.

MICHAEL FLYNN CASE HEARING… An appeals court yesterday held a nearly four-hour-long hearing over a lower court’s refusal to immediately grant the Justice Department’s request to dismiss criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. At issue is whether U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan abused his discretion when he appointed a third party, known as an amicus, to challenge the Justice Department’s bid to drop the case against Flynn, who had previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration. Sullivan’s claims that he’s entitled to hear a challenge to the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss before ruling on it. Acting U.S. solicitor general Jeffrey Wall revealed during the hearing that Attorney General William Barr may have had secret information that led the Justice Department to seek to end its prosecution of the case.

DEAD DOG TESTS POSTIIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS… Officials announced yesterday that a North Carolina dog that died after suffering an “acute illness” earlier this month has tested positive for coronavirus. Researchers will try to determine whether underlying conditions that contributed to its death in what would mark a rare, potentially fatal case of COVID-19 in a pet. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the dog was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh on August 3 after showing signs of respiratory distress. The person who brought the animal to the hospital reportedly told staff members that a family member had previously tested positive for coronavirus, though a later test returned negative results.

ENTERTAINMENT
COSBY LAWYERS FILE APPEAL
… Lawyers representing Bill Cosby argued in an appeal filed yesterday that it was “fundamentally unfair” for a deposition from a sexual-assault accuser’s lawsuit to be used in their client’s criminal trial because a prosecutor had promised he could not be charged in the case. The lawyers also insist that five other accusers’ testimony improperly prejudiced the jury against Cosby in his 2018 sexual-assault trial because the accusers alleged encounters had taken place years before. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office expects prosecutors to file a response within the month. Cosby is currently serving a 3- to 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of three counts of felony sex assault.

TRINI LOPEZ DIES… Singer and actor Trini Lopez died yesterday due to coronavirus complications. He was 83. Lopez was discovered by Frank Sinatra and signed to Reprise Records in 1963. His version of “If I Had a Hammer” that year topped charts in several countries and reached No. 3 on the U.S. charts. He also had hits with “If You Wanna Be Happy,” “Lemon Tree” and “This Land is Your Land.” Lopez’s acting credits include the 1967 film “The Dirty Dozen” and two episodes of the TV series “Adam-12.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
TORONTO 5 – Miami 4
(10 innings)… The Blue Jays recovered to beat the Marlins after blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead in the first major league game in Buffalo since 1915. Travis Shaw singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Bo Bichette blasted a three-run homer.

CINCINNATI 6 – Kansas City 5 (10 innings)… Joey Votto came through with a walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Reds outlasted the Royals. Matt Davidson and Jesse Winker homered for Cincinnati.

N.Y. YANKEES 9 – Atlanta 6… Luke Voit belted a three-run homer, Aaron Judge added a solo shot and the Yankees handled the Braves. Mike Ford went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

Baltimore 10 – PHILADELPHIA 9 (10 innings)… Austin Hays’ two-run homer to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning sent the Orioles past the Phillies. Renato Nunez went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs.

Chi. White Sox 8 – DETROIT 4… Eloy Jimenez’s three-run homer capped a four-run top of the first inning and the White Sox doubled up on the Tigers. Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for Chicago.

Washington 2 – N.Y. METS 1… Max Scherzer (1-1) limited the Mets to a run on six hits over six innings in outdueling counterpart Rick Porcello (1-2). Trea Turner homered and Victor Robles singled in a run for Washington.

Chi. Cubs 7 – CLEVELAND 1… Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and RBI single as the Cubs cruised past the Indians. Jon Lester (2-0) limited Cleveland to a run on three hits over six innings.

Tampa Bay 8 – BOSTON 2… Mike Brosseau homered to lead off the game and the Rays cruised past the Red Sox. Yandy Diaz and Hunter Renfroe drove in two runs apiece.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Minnesota 4… Jedd Gyorko’s tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Brewers’ win over the Twins. Manny Pina homered twice and knocked in three runs. Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

COLORADO 8 – Arizona 7… The Rockies scored six times in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on to edge the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado homered with a runner aboard. Charlie Blackmon had three hits, including an RBI double, and is batting .500 on the season.

TEXAS 4 – Seattle 2… Nick Solak singled three times and drove in three runs to lead the Rangers past the Mariners.

San Francisco 7 – HOUSTON 6 (10 innings)… Austin Slater singled home Wilmer Flores with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Giants outlasted the Astros. Hunter Pence cracked a three-run homer. Wilmer Flores smacked solo shot.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Oakland 0… The Angels got homer runs from David Fletcher, Anthony Rendon, Jason Castro and Brian Goodwin in breezing past the Athletics. Dylan Bundy (3-1) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 10. Two relievers completed the shutout.

San Diego 6 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Manny Machado unloaded a grand slam during a five-run top of the third inning and the Padres never looked back in their defeat of the Dodgers. Jurickson Profar added a solo blast. Garrett Richards (1-1) allowed a run on six hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 2-1) are at Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-0)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 0-0)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 2-1)…
Miami (Jordan Yamamoto, 0-0) is at Toronto (Nate Pearson, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Bryse Wilson, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Wade LeBlanc)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Corey Oswalt, 0-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Trevor Cahill, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 0-0)…
Boston (Zack Goldley, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-2) is at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) host San Diego (Zach Davies, 2-1)

NBA SCORES
Brooklyn 108 – Orlando 96
… Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 24 points apiece as the Nets won their third straight.

San Antonio 123 – Houston 105… The Spurs rolled past the Rockets to keep their playoff hopes alive. Keldon Johnson came off the bench to score 24 and grab 11 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan tossed in 23 points.

Phoenix 130 – Philadelphia 117… Devin Booker pumped in 35 points and the Suns won their seventh in a row since the NBA’s restart. Mikal Bridges added 24 points.

Boston 122 – Memphis 107… The Celtics ran past the Grizzlies for their fourth straight win. Jayson Tatum scored 29 points to lead all scorers.

Portland 134 – Dallas 131… Damian Lillard poured in 61 points and the Trail Blazers held off the Mavericks. Lillard joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with three 60-plus point games in the same season. Carmelo Anthony added 26 points.

Sacramento 112 – New Orleans 106… Harrison Barnes scored 12 of his 25 points in the third quarter as the Kings got past the Pelicans in a matchup of teams eliminated from the postseason.

Milwaukee 126 – Washington 113… The Bucks downed the Wizards in a contest that had no playoff implications. Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Sterling Brown added 23 off the bench. Milwaukee lost Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter after he headbutted Washington’s Moritz Wagner.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Indiana vs. Houston…
Philadelphia vs. Toronto…
Miami vs. Oklahoma City…
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENER SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay 3 – Columbus 2 (5OT)… Brayden Pint found the net at 10:27 of the fifth overtime to lift the Lightning over the Blue Jackets. Point also scored a first-period goal. Nikita Kruschev had two assists. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Calgary 3 – Dallas 2
… Dillon Dube netted a pair of first-period goals and Rasmus Andersson scored the decisive goal in the second as the Flames edged the Stars. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Vegas 4 – Chicago 1… Reilly Smith scored twice in the third period and the Golden Knights put away the Blackhawks. William Carrier and David Kampf netted back-to-back goals in the second period. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENERS
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston (1) vs. Carolina (7)…
Washington (2) vs. the N.Y Islanders…
Philadelphia (4) vs. Montreal (12)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Colorado (3) vs. Arizona (11)…
St. Louis (1) vs. Vancouver (9)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL… Representatives from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences each voted yesterday to postpone college football and all other fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both conferences expressed hope to play football in the spring. The three other “power five” conferences – ACC, SEC, and Big 12 – have yet to declare how they plan to proceed.

The Rundown for August 11, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,089,416 and the nation’s death toll stands at 163,425, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… There were nearly 180,000 new cases in children over the last month, according to a weekly report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The finding reflected a 90-percent increase over the previous month… A study published yesterday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that disinformation spread in 25 different languages across at least 87 countries has led to deaths and injuries. The study analyzed coronavirus-related rumors, stigma and conspiracy theories that were posted to social media platforms, online newspapers and other websites between December 31 and April 5.

TRUMP ESCORTED OUT OF PRESS CONFERENCE… President Trump was escorted out of a press conference last night following a shooting outside the White House. The Secret Service reported that one of its officers and a male subject were taken to a local hospital after an officer-involved shooting. The Secret Service emphasized that “At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger.”

CURFEW IN CHICAGO… Chicago police prepared to enforce an 8 p.m. city center curfew last night after Sunday night’s violence. Police Superintendent David Brown vowed a “heavy police presence” will continue until further notice. He said the “shameful destruction” was “fueled by misinformation” about a suspect shot by police on Sunday. Police have arrested more than 100 people.

STORM RIPS ACROSS MIDWEST… A rare derecho storm ripped through the Midwest with 100 mph winds yesterday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. The storm lasted several hours as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. One expert said with the windspeed of a hurricane, the storm is likely to have caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado.

MAJOR GAS EXPLOSION IN BALTIMORE… At least one person was killed and seven others were injured in Baltimore yesterday by a natural gas explosion that destroyed three homes. The explosion occurred in the northwestern part of the city shortly before 10 a.m., officials said. The cause is under investigation.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FARGO’ GETS PREMIERE DATE
… FX yesterday announced the delayed premiere date for the fourth season of the series “Fargo.” It will launch with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, September 27, with the remaining nine episodes airing weekly. The fourth season stars Chris Rock and centers on two crime syndicates Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1950.

THIRD ‘TRON’ FILM IN DEVELOPMENT… Disney has reportedly green-lighted a third “Tron” film in the video game franchise. Garth Davis has signed on to direct the sci-fi movie starring Jared Leto. It follows 1982’s “Tron” and the 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy.” The new film will not be a direct sequel to either film, Disney says.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 13 – Atlanta 8
… Didi Gregorius unloaded a grand slam and Bryce Harper belted a three-run homer as the Phillies outslugged the Braves. Aaron Nola (1-1) held Atlanta to a run on two hits and struck out 10 over the first eight innings.

Washington 16 – N.Y. METS 4… Asdrubal Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, two doubles and five RBIs in leading the Nationals in their drubbing of the Mets. Trea Turner and Juan Soto also went deep.

DETROIT 5 – Chi. White Sox 1… JaCoby Jones legged out an inside-the-park homer with a runner aboard as the Tigers cruised past the White Sox for their fourth straight win.

Tampa Bay 8 – BOSTON 7… Matt Margot went 4-for-4 and doubled home the decisive run in the top of the eighth inning to push the Rays past the Red Sox. Kevin Kiermaier stroked a two-run double.

Minnesota 4 – MILWAUKEE 2… Eddie Rosario connected for a grand slam in the top of the third inning and the Twins held off the Brewers. Randy Dobnak (3-1) surrendered a run on four hits over five innings.

Arizona 12 – COLORADO 8… Kole Calhoun had a couple of hits, including a homer and three RBIs, in leading the Diamondbacks past the Rockies. David Peralta went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.

Seattle 10 – TEXAS 2… Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager blasted three-run homers as the Mariners pounded the Rangers. Dylan Moore went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.

HOUSTON 6 – San Francisco 4… Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa knocked in two runs apiece as the Astros held off the Giants.

San Diego 2 – L.A. DODGERS 1… Eric Hosmer singled home Grisham with a tie-breaking run in the top of the sixth inning and the Padres made it stand in edging the Dodgers. Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

L.A. ANGELS 10 – Oakland 9… The Angels erased a 9-4 fourth-inning deficit on their way to handing the Athletics their first loss in 10 games. Mike Trout belted a pair of homers, including a tie-breaking solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning. L.A. also got homers from Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani. Oakland’s Matt Chapman homered twice and drove in six runs in the loss.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 1-1)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-0) are at Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 1-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-1)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 2-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Anthony Banda, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jorge Alcala, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Zac Allen, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 2-1) is at Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0)…
Houston (Brandon Bielak, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 0-0) host San Diego (Garrett Richards)…
Oakland (Max Fiers, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 2-1)

NBA SCORES
Phoenix 128 – Oklahoma City 101
… The Suns continued their push for a playoff spot by rolling past the short-handed Thunder to win their sixth straight since the season restart. Devin Booker scored a game-high 35 points. Five other players scored in double figures.

Dallas 122 – Utah 114… The Mavericks came from 22 points down in the second half to upend the Jazz despite playing without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Tim Hardaway Jr. pumped in 27 points. Seth Curry added 22 points.

Toronto 114 – Milwaukee 106… The Raptors got past the Bucks in a matchup of teams missing key players. Milwaukee was without Giannis Antetokounmpo while Toronto was missing Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet. Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Fellow reserve Matt Thomas added 22 points.

Miami 114 – Indiana 92… The Heat caught fire in the third quarter to put away the Pacers and close in on the East’s No. 4 seed. Jimmy Butler scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures.

L.A. Lakers 124 – Denver 121… Kyle Kuzma knocked down a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to lift the Lakers over the Nuggets. Kuzma finished with 25 points. LeBron James led the Lakers with 29 points and 12 assists. Anthony Davis added 27 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Brooklyn vs. Orlando…
Houston vs. San Antonio…
Phoenix vs. Philadelphia…
Boston vs. Memphis…
Dallas vs. Portland…
New Orleans vs. Sacramento…
Washington vs. Milwaukee

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENERS…
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay (2) vs. Columbus (7)…
Boston (4) vs. Carolina (5)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks…
Dallas (3) vs. Calgary (6)

The Rundown for August 8, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,883,582 and the nation’s death toll stands at 160,091, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Senior Trump administration officials failed to reach agreement on a stimulus bill during a three-hour meeting last night. Administration officials warned that President Trump would take executive action if no deal is reached by today… Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced yesterday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus — and then last night reported a second test came back negative. The reason for the discrepancy between the test results was not immediately clear.

FEDERAL TROOPS DEPLOYED TO MEMPHIS, ST. LOUIS… The Trump administration announced last night that federal law enforcement officers will be deployed to quell violent crime in Memphis and St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said he has directed the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to increase resources to the two cities in the coming weeks. The move is an expansion of Operation Legend, which began last month with the deployment of federal troops to Kansas City, Missouri.

DHS SECRETARY DEFENDS USE OF TROOPS ON PROTESTERS… Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf yesterday defended President Trump’s decision to send federal police to cities experiencing civil unrest. Wolf testified that instigators attacked federal officers nightly, and accused local and state officials of failing to guard government properties. Government officers withdrew from Portland last week after Oregon Governor Kate Brown had called them an “occupying force” that “brought violence and strife to our community.”

JUSTICE DEPT. SEIZES PROPERTY FROM UKRAINIAN OLIGARCH.. The Justice Department yesterday moved to seize property from the owners of one of the largest banks in Ukraine for alleged money laundering. Two civil forfeiture complaints against the owners of PrivatBank, Ihor Kollomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, allege that they obtained fraudulent loans and lines of credit from 2008 through 2016 and laundered billions of illegally obtained funds through a series of shell companies’ bank accounts before transferring the money to the U.S. The complaints seek the seizure of an office park in Dallas and an office tower in Louisville, Kentucky, which the Justice Department estimates are worth a combined $70 million. Kolomoisky was tied to events that led to Trump’s impeachment proceedings earlier this year after two of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s associates met with him to try and get a sit-down with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

NY AG FILES SUIT TO DISSOLVE NRA… New York Attorney General Letitia James yesterday filed suit to dissolve the National Rifle Association. She accused the gun rights-advocacy organization’s senior leadership of violating laws governing non-profit groups, using millions from the organization’s reserves for personal use and tax fraud. James said current and former NRA leaders “instituted a culture of self-dealing mismanagement” that led to the organization’s loss of more than $63 million three years three years. The suit, filed in New York Supreme Court, names NRA executives including CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, General Counsel and Secretary John Frazer, former Chief Financial Officer Wilson “Woody” Phillips and former Chief of Staff and Executive Director of General Operations Josh Powell.

TENNESSEE PRIMARIES… Democrat Marquita Bradshaw will face off against Republican Bill Hagerty in the race for the Tennessee U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Lamar Alexander. The two were declared winners in their respective primaries yesterday. Bradshaw, a Memphis environmentalist, Black activist and single mom, defeated Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler. Hagerty was victorious over Nashville trauma surgeon Manny Sethi.

ENTERTAINMENT
E! CANCELS THREE SHOWS
… The E! network announced yesterday that it has canceled “E! News” and two other programs in a cost-cutting effort brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “E! News,” which premiered in 1991, was canceled along with the celebrity news show “Pop of the Morning” and the interview series “In the Room.” E!’s parent company, NBCUniversal, said in June that it would shift its programming to “focus on streaming and away from traditional television.”

THE WHO PREPARES YOUTUBE CONCERT SERIES… The Who is planning a new YouTube concert series that will feature live and rare performances. The series, titled “Join Together @ Home,” will premiere on The Who’s official YouTube channel tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern. New episodes will arrive every Saturday for six weeks. Proceeds will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

SPORTS
MLB
PITTSBURGH 6 – Minnesota 5
… Kevin Newman came through with a two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth as the Pirates came from behind to snap their seven-game losing streak. Gregory Polanco homered for Pittsburgh.

COLORADO 6 – San Francisco 4… Daniel Murphy and Charlie Blackmon hit two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the seventh inning that sent the Rockies past the Giants. Trevor Story also went deep for Colorado.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 4… The Athletics made it six straight wins with their defeat of the Rangers. Matt Olson homered and Khris Davis singled home two runs.

L.A. Angels 6 – SEATTLE 1… Dylan Bundy (2-1) allowed a run on four hits and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory. The Angels got homers from Max Stassi and Shohei Ohtani.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4… J.T. Realmuto blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, Phil Gosselin stroked a two-run double in the third and the Phillies held off the Yankees.

CLEVELAND 13 – Cincinnati 0… Jose Ramirez homered from both sides of the plate and knocked in four runs to lead the Indians in their romp over the Reds. Carlos Carrasco (2-1) pitched one-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers on the shutout.

ARIZONA 5 – Houston 4… Kole Calhoun’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Diamondbacks over the Astros.

KANSAS CITY 13 – Chi. Cubs 2… The Royals got home runs from Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco ad Jorge Soler in their pounding of the Cubs. The victory was their first in seven games.

ATLANTA 4 – Toronto 3… Nick Markakis’ one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Braves past the Blue Jays. Freddie Freeman homered with a runner aboard in the first.

MIAMI 8 – Baltimore 7… Jonathan Villar went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, Brian Anderson knocked in three runs and the Marlins fought off the Orioles.

Milwaukee 8 – WHITE SOX 3… Jedd Gyorko homered and drove in three runs as the Brewers downed the White Sox. Christian Yelich legged out an inside-the-park homer and walked four times. Mark Matthias stroked a two-run single.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 0-0) is at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Daniel Castano, 0-0) host Miami (Michael Wacha, 1-1)…
Toronto (Tanner Roark, 0-0) is at Boston (Ryan Weber, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0) hosts Minnesota (Devin Smeltzer, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0) are at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-0)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 1-1) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 0-0)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 0-0) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 0-0)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0)

NBA
Sacramento 140 – New Orleans 125
… Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 35 points as the Kings outshot the Pelicans. De’Aaron Fox added 30 points and 10 assists. Harrison Barnes tossed in 22 points.

Milwaukee 130 – Miami 116… The Bucks erased a 17-point halftime lead to upend the Heat and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton scored 33 points apiece. Antetokounmpo also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Phoenix 114 – Indiana 99… The Suns topped the Pacers for their fourth straight win. Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 boards. Devin Booker scored 20 points and dished off 10 assists.

L.A. Clippers 126 – Dallas 111… The Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter to get past the Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 29 points. Paul George added 24 points. Ivica Zubak made all 10 field-goal attempts and finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Portland 125 – Denver 115… Damian Lillard made 11 3-pointers on his way to 45 points and the Trail Blazers kept their playoff hopes alive. Gary Trent Jr. delivered 27 points off the bench.

Houston 113 – L.A. Lakers 97… James Harden piled up 39 points and 12 assists in leading the Rockets past a Lakers team that was without LeBron James. Ben McLemore dropped in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Utah vs. San Antonio…
Memphis vs. Oklahoma City…
Sacramento vs. Brooklyn…
Philadelphia vs. Orlando…
Washington vs. New Orleans…
Boston vs. Toronto

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Vancouver 3 – Minnesota 0
… Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped all 27 shots as the Canucks blanked the Wild to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist. Quinn Hughes assisted on all three goals.

Philadelphia 3 – Washington 1… Scott Laughton netted a pair of goals as the Flyers beat the Capitals in an Eastern Conference round robin. Kevin Hayes had three assists. Trevor Konecny set up two goals. Philadelphia plays Tampa Bay tomorrow, with the winner claiming the top seed in the East.

Vegas 6 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Blues in the Western Conference round robin. Vegas would earn the West’s top seed with a win over Colorado tomorrow.

Columbus 4 – Toronto 3… The Blue Jackets came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Blue Jackets and pull within 2-1 in the series. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his third goal of the game 18:24 into overtime.

Calgary 4 – Winnipeg 0… Cam Talbot made 31 saves at goal as the Flames shut out the Jets to win the qualifying round series in four games. Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett each scored a goal and had an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders vs. Florida in Toronto for Game 4 with the Islanders leading 2-1…
Vegas vs. Arizona in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Coyotes leading 2-1…
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal in Toronto for Game 4 with the Canadiens leading 2-1…
Edmonton vs. Chicago in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Blackhawks leading 2-1…
Toronto vs. Columbus in Toronto for Game 4 with the series tied 1-1…
Vancouver vs. Minnesota in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Canucks leading 2-1

The Rundown for August 6, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,821,287 and the nation’s death toll stands at 158,171, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida reported a record single-day increase of 621 hospitalizations yesterday, raising the state’s total to 7,622… Social-media platforms Facebook and Twitter took action against President Trump spreading coronavirus misinformation yesterday. Facebook removed from Trump’s page a video of him claiming in a Fox News interview that children are “almost immune” or “virtually immune” as he argues for schools to reopen. Twitter briefly banned the Trump campaign’s account from tweeting after it posted the video.

DEUTSCHE BANK COOPERATES IN TRUMP INVESTIGATION… There were more indications yesterday that the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation of President Trump’s business practices is wider in scope than previously known. The New York Times reported that prosecutors last year subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for Trump’s financial records, and the bank reportedly has been cooperating. The financial institution has lent the Trump Organization more than $2 billion since the 1990s. Manhattan lawyers declared in court filings on Monday that they were investigating possible bank and insurance fraud, referencing “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

SALLY YATES TESTIFIES… Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did not attempt to influence the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn during a January 2017 Oval Office meeting with top national security officials. Yates’ testimony was part of a Republican-led probe into the actions of the Obama administration in its final months. President Trump and his GOP allies had accused Obama and Biden of launching the investigation into Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI his communications with Russia’s then-U.S. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yates said the lies were “absolutely material to a legitimate investigation.”

IOWA RESTORES FELON VOTING RIGHTS… Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday signed an executive order that restores voting rights for an estimated 60,000 of the state’s felons. Iowa was the last state in the nation that still sentenced all felons to a lifetime ban on voting. The new order makes those who have served their sentences and completed parole eligible to vote. Criminals convicted of violent crimes and sexual abuses will be obligated to make additional petitions to restore their voting rights.

STATE DEPARTMENT IG RESIGNS… State Department Inspector General Stephen Akard announced his resignation after just three months on the job. The department’s inspector general’s office said Akard will be replaced Friday on an interim basis by deputy Diana Shaw. Akard took over in May after President Trump abruptly fired Steve Linick. The firing came as Linick was leading two investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, including his role in a controversial $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has been investigating the firing and on Monday subpoenaed four top State Department officials.

ENTERTAINMENT
MIGOS RAPPER ACCUSED OF RAPE
… Migos rapper Takeoff is targeted in a lawsuit filed yesterday by a woman who accused him of raping a her at a party in June. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California by “Jane Doe,” whose lawyer said she “fears retaliation from speaking out.” Allegations against Takeoff include sexual battery, assault, gender violence and false imprisonment. In the filing, the victim says hospital staff “observed physical evidence of forceful rape and notified the Los Angeles Police Department of the same.” The plaintiff’s attorneys say police are still investigating the incident.

AMY ADAMS TO STAR IN NETFLIX SERIES… Amy Adams has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix limited series drama “Kings of America.” The series centers on a Walmart heiress, a maverick executive and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher. The women go to war against Walmart and their fight results in the biggest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history. Adams will be reunited with director Adam McKay, with whom she worked on 2018 the film “Vice.”

SPORTS
MLB
Philadelphia 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 7
… The Phillies slugged their way past the Yankees in the doubleheader opener. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered.

N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Philadelphia 1… Mike Tauchman doubled home a tie-breaking run, Gio Urshela added an RBI single and the Yankees claimed a split of the twinbill. The loss snapped Philadelphia’s seven-game winning streak.

Miami 1 – BALTIMORE 0… Brian Anderson homered in the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins made it stand in clipping the Orioles in a doubleheader opener. Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

Miami 2 – BALTIMORE 1… The Marlins scored twice in the top of the first inning and held on to earn a split of the twinbill. Five pitchers limited Baltimore to four hits.

N.Y. Mets 3 – WASHINGTON 1… Rick Porcello (1-1) held the Nationals to a run on five hits over seven innings to record his 150th career win. Dominic Smith lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home a run.

Boston 5 – TAMPA BAY 0… The Red Sox blanked the Braves to snap their four-game skid. Martin Perez (2-1) pitched four-hit ball over five innings. Four relievers provided hitless relief. Michael Chavis and Alex Verdugo homered for Boston.

Minnesota 5 – PITTSBURGH 2… Randy Dobnak (2-1) held the Pirates to three hits over six shutout innings, Max Kepler blasted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Twins topped the Pirates.

CLEVELAND 2 – Cincinnati 0… Mike Clevinger (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from four relievers in the Indians’ blanking of the Reds.

Toronto 2 – ATLANTA 1… Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Blue Jays edged the Braves.

Chi. Cubs 6 – KANSAS CITY 1… The Cubs made it six straight wins with the defeat of the Royals. Yu Darvish (2-1) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings. Javier Baez produced a pair of RBI singles.

Milwaukee 1 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Adrian Houser (1-0) limited the White Sox to five hits over seven innings in outdueling counterpart Dallas Keuchel and the Brewers escaped with the victory. Eric Sogard singled home Mark Mathias with the game’s only run in the top of the third inning.

San Francisco 4 – COLORADO 3… Brandon Belt connected for a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Wilmer Flores singled home a run in the sixth as the Giants got past the Rockies.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 4… The Athletics pounded out four home runs in downing the Rangers. Austin Allen drilled a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Olson homered twice and drove in three runs. Ramon Laureano also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN DIEGO 6… Joc Pederson homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Dodgers past the Padres.

ARIZONA 14 – Houston 7… The Diamondbacks erupted to score nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit and cruised to the win. David Peralta went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Kole Calhoun legged out an inside-the-park homer. Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed also went deep.

SEATTLE 7 – L.A. Angels 6… Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer and Austin Nola doubled home two runs as the Mariners held off the Angels.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0) are at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 1-1) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0)…
Houston (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at Arizona (Zack Greinke, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 0-0)…
Toronto (Nate Pearson, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
Miami (Sterling Sharp, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-0)

NBA
Utah 124 – Memphis 115
… Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz handled the Grizzlies. Mike Conley added 23 points against his former team. Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Denver 132 – San Antonio 126… The Nuggets came up big in the fourth quarter to surge past the Spurs. Michael Porter Jr. had 30 points and 15 boards. Nikola Jukic added 25 points and 11 assists.

Philadelphia 107 – Washington 98… The 76ers held off the Wizards despite losing Ben Simmons in the third quarter due to a knee injury. Joel Embiid overcame foul trouble to put up 39 points and 11 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 105 – L.A. Lakers 86… The Thunder held the Lakers to 35-percent shooting in a runaway win. Chris Paul scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Toronto 109 – Orlando 99… The Raptors jumped out to a 26-11 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Magic. Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and dished off 10 assists.

Boston 149 – Brooklyn 115… The Celtics blew out the Nets despite playing without injured point guard Kemba Walker. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
New Orleans vs. Sacramento…
Milwaukee vs. Miami…
Indiana vs. Phoenix…
Dallas vs. L.A. Clippers…
Portland vs. Denver
Houston vs. L.A. Lakers

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Florida 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2
… Brian Boyle and Mike Hoffman scored 2:47 apart in the third period and the Panthers pulled within 2-1 in the series.

Arizona 4 – Nashville 1… The Coyotes scored three third-period goals to pull away from the Predators and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist.

Tampa Bay 3 – Boston 2… Tyler Johnson scored the decisive goal with 1:27 remaining and had an assist as the Lightning moved to 2-0 in the Eastern Conference’s three-game round robin. Alex Killorn also had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 4 – Dallas 0… Pavel Francouz stopped all 27 shots as the Avalanche blanked the Stars in the Western Conference round robin. Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi each had a goal and an assist. Erik Johnson set up two goals.

Montreal 4 – Pittsburgh 3… The Canadiens came from two goals down in the second period to upend the Penguins and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Paul Byron netted the game-winner with 4:10 remaining. Paul Byron had a goal and an assist. Ben Chiarot assisted on two goals.

Chicago 4 – Edmonton 3… Jonathan Toews’ second goal of the game came with 1:27 left to lift the Blackhawks over the Oilers for a 2-1 lead in the series. Connor Murphy scored a tie-breaking goal with 1:16 left. Matthew Highmore and Olli Maata each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
Vancouver vs. Minnesota in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Philadelphia vs. Washington in Toronto for an East round robin…
St. Louis vs. Vegas in Edmonton for a West round robin…
Toronto vs. Columbus in Toronto for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Flames leading 2-1

The Rundown for August 5, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,771,087 and the nation’s death toll stands at 156,806, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Governors from seven states have formed an interstate compact to expand COVID-19 testing. The effort would fund the purchase of more than three million rapid point-of-care antigen tests for the coronavirus. Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina are the states that have signed on.

PRIMARIES IN FIVE STATES… Five states held primary elections yesterday, with some high profile members of Congress vying against party challengers from within their parties. The upset of the day so far was 20-year U.S. congressman William Lacy Clay’s Missouri Democratic primary loss to Cori Bush, a nurse and Black Lives Matter Activist. Clay had represented his district since 2001. In a closely-watched contest in Kansas, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall defeated Trump ally Kris Kobach in the Republican Senate primary and will face Democratic state Senator Barbara Bollier in the general election. Also in Kansas, first-term U.S. Congressman Steve Watkins was unseated by State Treasurer Jake Laturner in the Republican primary. Rashida Tlaib withstood challenger Brenda Jones in Michigan’s District 13 Democratic primary. There were also key races in Arizona and Washington state.

DHS PLANS UNIFORM REPLACEMENT… Acting Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli revealed in congressional testimony released yesterday that DHS is planning to replace the military-style camouflage uniforms worn by federal law enforcement officers in recent domestic crackdowns on protests. Cuccinelli said the department is moving rapidly to make the change. DHS was widely condemned for using officers in non-identifying uniforms to round up protesters in unmarked vehicles.

EX-GOOGLE ENGINEER SENTENCED IN TRADE-SECRET CASE… A founding engineer of Google’s self-driving car project was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for trade secret theft. Anthony Levandowski was accused of loading more than 14,000 Google files onto his laptop before leaving the firm in January 2016. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco called Levandowski’s crime the “biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen.” Levandowski went on to lead Uber’s robocar project but was fired in 2017 over the trade secret-theft allegations.

ISAIAS BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 6 DEATHS… Tropical Storm Isaias was blamed for the deaths of at least six people yesterday as it spawned tornadoes and dumped rain along the East Coast on its way into Canada. Authorities reported two deaths in North Carolina and one each in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York City and Delaware. Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm early after it made landfall around 11:10 p.m. Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

ENTERTAINMENT
NEIL YOUNG SUES TRUMP CAMPAIGN
… Neil Young has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against President Trump’s reelection campaign, alleging it used the musician’s songs at rallies without permission. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, alleges Trump’s campaign has been using Young’s songs “Rockin in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at campaign events. The suit wants Trump barred from using the Young’s songs at future events and seeks statutory damages.

‘WHO’S THE BOSS?’ REBOOT IN PRODUCTION… Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano have signed on to reprise their roles as father-and-daughter duo Tony and Samantha Micelli in a “Who’s the Boss?” sequel series currently in development. Sony Pictures Television announced yesterday that the modern-day sequel will take place in the same home where the original sitcom was set during its 1984 to 1992 run, but the update centers on the pair’s relationship 30 years later, when Samantha is a single mother. It’s not known whether original show stars Judith Light and Danny Pintauro will appear in the reboot.

SPORTS
MLB
MINNESOTA 7 – Pittsburgh 3
… The Twins ripped the Pirates for their fifth straight win. Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jose Berrios (1-1) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings.

Cleveland 4 – CINCINNATI 2… The Indians rallied past the Reds after spotting them a two-run lead. Franmil Reyes belted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Shane Bieber (3-0) allowed two runs on five hits over 7-2/3 innings.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Boston 1… The Rays snapped a five-game skid and dealt the Red Sox their fourth straight loss. Charlie Morton (1-1) limited Boston to a run on five hits over 5-2/3 innings.

WASHINGTON 5 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Nationals built a 5-0 lead after three innings and coasted past the Mets. Howie Kendrick went 4-for-4 with a solo homer. Jose Harrison went deep with a runner aboard.

ATLANTA 10 – Toronto 1… Max Fried (2-0) held the Blue Jays to a run on four hits over six innings and got plenty of support offensively. Austin Riley blasted a three-run homer. Tyler Flowers and Matt Adams added solo shots.

Miami 4 – BALTIMORE 0… Pablo Lopez (1-0) pitched two-hit ball over five innings and got help from four relievers in the Marlins’ blanking of the Orioles. Jesus Aguilar and Francisco Cervelli homered.

Chi. White Sox 3 – MILWAUKEE 2… The White Sox came from two runs down in the sixth inning to edge the Brewers for their sixth straight win. Jose Abreu singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Eloy Jimenez connected for a two-run blast.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Kansas City 4… The Cubs held off the Royals to run their winning streak to five games. They got homers from Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras.

COLORADO 5 – San Francisco 2… German Marques (2-1) pitched into the eighth inning and the Rockies won their eighth in 10 games. Nolan Arenado homered with the bases empty.

OAKLAND 5 – Texas 1… Stephen Piscotty unloaded the Athletics’ second walkoff grand slam of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning. Matt Chapman also went deep for Oakland.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – SAN DIEGO 2… AJ Pollock came through with a pinch-hit go-ahead double in the top of the seventh inning and added a solo homer to lead the Dodgers past the Padres. Dustin May (1-0) allowed two runs on three hits over six innings.

Houston 8 – ARIZONA 2… The Astros used a five-run top of the fifth inning to break open a close game and cruised past the Diamondbacks. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa homered. Cristian Javier limited Arizona to a run on four hits over six innings.

L.A. Angels 5 – SEATTLE 3… David Fletcher and Albert Pujols hit two-run homers, Mike Trout added a solo shot and the Angels topped the Mariners. Andrew Heaney (1-0) surrendered a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings.

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

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0; Aaron Nola, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 0-0; Jordan Montgomery, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 0-0; TBA) hosts Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 0-0) are at Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0) hosts Boston (Martin Perez, 1-1)…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Tejay Antone, 0-0)…
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Sean Newcomb, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 0-0)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Logan Webb, 0-0)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 0-0) is at Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-0)…
San Diego (Garrett Richards, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 0-0)
Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 0-0) is at Arizona (Robbie Ray, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-1)

NBA
Brooklyn 119 – Milwaukee 116
… Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot gave the Nets the lead with back-to-back 3-pointers and they held on to beat the Bucks. Luwawu-Cabarrot had a game-high 26 points on the night.

Dallas 114 – Sacramento 110 (OT)… Luka Doncic made a tiebreaking shot with 1:57 left in overtime and piled up 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists in the Mavericks’ victory.

Phoenix 117 – L.A. Clippers 115… Devin Booker scored on a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to lift the Suns over the Clippers. Booker’s 35 points led all scorers.

Indiana 120 – Orlando 109… The Pacers cruised past the Magic for their third straight victory. T.J. Warren pumped in a game-high 32 points. Myles Turner tossed in 21 points.

Miami 112 – Boston 106… The Heat led from start to finish in their defeat of the Celtics. Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson had 21 points apiece. Adebayo also grabbed 12 boards.

Portland 110 – Houston 102… The Trail Blazers were too much down the stretch in downing the Rockets. Damian Lilliard scored 21 points and CJ McCollum added 20 to lead a balanced scoring attack. Jusuf Nukic had 18 points and 19 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony knocked down a clutch 3-pointer at the end and totaled 15 points and 11 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Memphis vs. Utah…
San Antonio vs. Denver…
Philadelphia vs. Washington…
Oklahoma City vs. the L.A. Lakers…
Toronto vs. Orlando…
Brooklyn vs. Boston

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Carolina 4 – N.Y. Rangers 1
… Sebastian Aho scored two of his team’s three third-period goals and the Hurricanes put away the Rangers to complete a sweep of the best-of-five series.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – Florida 2… Jordan Eberle netted a pair of goals, including the tie-breaker, as the Islanders doubled up on the Panthers to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Nashville 4 – Arizona 2… Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist as the Predators downed the Coyotes to even the series at a game apiece.

Toronto 3 – Columbus 0… Goalie Frederik Andersen stopped all 20 shots and the Maple Leafs shut out the Blue Jackets to bring the series even after two games. Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist.

Calgary 6 – Winnipeg 2… Sean Monahan scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Flames skated past the Jets to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm each had a goal and an assist.

Vancouver 4 – Minnesota 3… The Canucks fought off the Wild to even the series at a game apiece. J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders vs. Florida in Toronto for Game 3 with the Islanders leading 2-0…
Arizona vs. Nashville in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Tampa Bay vs. Boston in Toronto for an Eastern Conference round robin…
Colorado vs. Dallas in Edmonton for a Western Conference round robin…
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal in Toronto for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Chicago vs. Edmonton in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

The Rundown for August 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,713,562 and the nation’s death toll stands at 155,403, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… An internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News indicated an 8.8-percent decrease last week in new cases from the previous week, but there was a 24-percent increase in deaths. There were 7,925 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. between July 26 and August 2, according to the memo.

MANHATTAN DA SUGGESTS TRUMP INVESTIGATION… The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office suggested yesterday that the Trump Organization is under investigation for alleged insurance and bank fraud. Prosecutors told the judge that the demand was justified due to public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization” and argued that the president wasn’t entitled to know the exact nature of the “complex financial investigation.” Trump’s legal team has argued that the subpoena for his tax filings was issued in bad faith and amounts to harassment of the president.

HOUSE PANEL TO PROBE FED RESPONSE TO PORTLAND… The House Intelligence Committee announced yesterday that it will investigate the Department of Homeland Security’s use of federal agents to quell protests in Portland, Oregon. Committee chairman, Congressman Adam Schiff called the response “troubling” in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced last week that the government had agreed to withdraw agents from Portland, but Wolf and President Donald Trump have since insisted that protests must end first.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS IG FIRING ‘KEY WITNESSES’… The House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday subpoenaed four “key witnesses” for an investigation into President Trump’s firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick in May. The panel will try to establish whether Linick was fired in retaliation for investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s role in a controversial $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. Linick has testified that Under secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao, tried to bully him into ending the investigation. Yesterday’s subpoenas went to Bulatao, State Department acting legal adviser Marik String, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Michael Miller and adviser Toni Porter.

ISAIAS MAKES LANDFALL… Hurricane Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, yesterday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is expected to max out as it travels north. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned of storm surges up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain as it Isaias rips along the Carolina coasts. Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes in North Carolina this morning and from eastern Virginia to southern New England later today.

ENTERTAINMENT
MSNBC SHUFFLES LINEUP
… MSNBC announced a shuffling of its weekday lineup yesterday. Nicolle Wallace, a former George W. Bush administration communications director and John McCain presidential campaign adviser, is getting a second hour added to her 4 p.m. show. Chuck Todd, whose “Meet the Press Daily” show had been airing at 5 p.m. ET, has been moved to 1 p.m. The changes take effect on August 14.

ACTOR RENI SANTONI DIES… Actor Reni Santoni, best known for his roles as Inspector Chico Gonzalez in “Dirty Harry” and Poppie the restaurant owner on “Seinfeld,” has died following an extended illness, friends confirmed yesterday. He was 81. Santoni got his start performing in off-Broadway productions and also appeared in the movies “Bad Boys” and “28 Days.”

SPORTS
MLB
BRAVES LOSE MIKE SOROKA FOR SEASON
… The Atlanta Braves have lost their top starting pitcher Mike Soroka for the season. Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles tendon during the third inning of last night’s game against the New York Mets in a freak injury. After J.D. Davis hitter a grounder toward first baseman Freddie Freeman, Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag but fell on his first step off the mound. The righthander, who turns 22 today, was an NL All Star for the Braves last season, when he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA.

NL
N.Y. Mets 7 – ATLANTA 2
… Wilson Ramos homered with a runner aboard and singled home a run for the Mets. Robinson Cano also knocked in three runs.

COLORADO 7 – San Francisco 6… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer sparked a five-run bottom of the fifth inning and the Rockies rallied past the Giants. Chris Owings also went deep.

SAN DIEGO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Fernando Tatis Jr. Trent Grisham and Wil Myers drilled solo homers. Jake Cronenworth singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

AL
Oakland 11 – SEATTLE 1
… The Athletics came alive to score eight runs after there were two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Ramon Laureano and Chad Pinder produced two-run singles during the uprising. Starter Frankie Montas (1-1) allowed just a run on four hits and struck out nine over seven innings.

INTERLEAGUE
CINCINNATI 3 – Cleveland 2
… The Reds powered their way past the Indians after spotting them a two-run lead. Joey Votto blasted a two-run go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth inning after Nick Castellanos went deep in the fourth. Starter Sonny Gray (3-0) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 3… Gio Urshela’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the Yankees’ defeat of the Phillies. Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu also homered.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MILWAUKEE 4… The White Sox pulled past the Brewers in the late innings to ruin their home opener. Jose Abreu belted a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Yoan Moncada went deep in the ninth.

MINNESOTA 5 – Pittsburgh 4… Nelson Cruz singled home Jorge Polanco with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Max Kepler stroked a two-run double as Minnesota tied the game with a four-run sixth.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Kansas City 0… Alex Mills (2-0) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the Cubs’ blanking of the Royals. Kris Bryant homered and Javier Baez lifted a sacrifice fly for Chicago.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
NL

Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-0) is at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 0-0) are at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 0-0)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-1) hosts San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 0-0) are at San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-0)

AL
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 0-0)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-0) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 0-0) are at Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia (TBA) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-0)…
Toronto (Matt Shoemaker, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 0-0) hosts Miami (Caleb Smith, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 0-0) are at Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-1) host Kansas City (Brady Singer, 0-0)…
Houston (Cristian Javier, 0-0) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-0)

NBA
Toronto 107 – Miami 103
… Fred VanVleet knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 36 points in leading the Raptors past the Heat. Pascal Siakam added 22 points.

Denver 121 – Oklahoma City 131 (OT)… Michael Porter Jr. pumped in a career-high 37 points a the Nuggets outlasted the thunder. Nikola Jokic piled up 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Indiana 111 – Washington 100… The Pacers took the lead for good with a 22-2 third-quarter run. T.J. Warren led the way with 34 points.

New Orleans 109 – Memphis 99… The Pelicans got 24 points from Brandon Ingram and 23 from Zion Williamson in topping the Grizzlies.

Philadelphia 132 – San Antonio 130… Shake Milton’s 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining lifted the 76ers over the Spurs. Joel Embiid had 27 points and Tobias Harris added 25 for Philadelphia.

L.A. Lakers 116 – Utah 108… The Lakers downed the Jazz to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James added 22 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee…
Dallas vs. Sacramento…
Phoenix vs. the L.A. Clippers…
Orlando vs. Indiana…
Miami vs. Boston…
Houston vs. Portland

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Carolina 4 – N.Y. Rangers 1
… Andrei Svechnikov recorded the first postseason hat trick in franchise history as the Hurricanes skated past the Rangers to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Winnipeg 3 – Calgary 2… Nikolaj Ehlers netted a third-period goal and the Jets made in stand in edging the Flames to tie the series after two games.

Tampa Bay 3 – Washington 2 (SO)… Nikita Kucherov netted the game-winner in the shootout in Eastern Conference round-robin play.

Vegas 5 – Dallas 3… Will Carter found the net to break a tie with 5:12 left and the Golden Knights prevailed in Western Conference round robin play.

Pittsburgh 3 – Montreal 1… The Penguins got goals from Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel in downing the Canadiens to tie the series at 1-1. Goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves and came within 2:09 of a shutout.

Edmonton 6 – Chicago 3… Connor McDavid scored three goals in his first playoff hat trick and the Oilers doubled up on the Blackhawks to even the series at a game apiece.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
Chicago vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Toronto…
Nashville vs. Arizona in Edmonton…
Columbus vs. Toronto in Toronto…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton…
Carolina vs. the N.Y. Rangers in Toronto…
Minnesota vs. Vancouver in Edmonton

The Rundown for August 3, 2020

A-LIST PREP LATE EDITION
Today is Monday, August 3…
the 216th day of the year… 150 days remaining
91 days until the 2020 presidential election

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,667,955 and the nation’s death toll stands at 154,860, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House coronavirus experts said yesterday that the U.S. is in a new phase of the outbreak, with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities, according to White House task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.

ASTRONAUTS RETURN IN SPACEX CAPSULE… Two NASA astronauts splashed down in their SpaceX Dragon capsule yesterday, less than a day after departing the International Space Station and two months after blasting off from Florida. The capsule carrying test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken parachuted into calm Gulf of Mexico waters about 40 miles off the coast of Pensacola. It marked the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years.

MISSING SERVICE MEMBERS PRESUMED DEAD… The Marine Corps announced yesterday that seven Marines and a Navy sailor missing after Thursday’s sinking of an amphibious assault vehicle off the Southern California coast are presumed dead. There were 16 crew members aboard the craft when it went down. Eight Marines on board were rescued. One of them died soon after being hospitalized and two remain in critical condition.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS… Nearly 8,000 people were forced to evacuated their Southern California homes after the Apple Fire in Riverside County consumed more than 20,000 acres. Authorities report 0 percent containment on the blaze, which started on Friday. There have been no injuries or deaths reported but a single-family home and two outbuildings were destroyed.

ISAIAS LASHES FLORIDA… After weakening from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Isaias regained some strength as it lashed the southeast Florida coast yesterday. As of last night, the storm was located about 65 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Storm surge warnings were issued from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Taylor Swift’s new release “Folklore” sold 846,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart. Logic’s “No Pressure” opened in a distant second place with 221,000 units sold. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” slipped to third place on sales of 107,000 copies. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” dropped to No. 4 after selling 107,000 units. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” capped the top five with 71,000 copies sold.

LUKE COMBS MARRIES… Luke Combs and his longtime girlfriend Nicole Hocking in front of family at their south Florida home on Sunday, the country singer confirmed yesterday. The 30-year-old Combs had been engaged to his fiancée since 2018. They started dating in 2016.

SPORTS
MLB
NL
ATLANTA 4 – N.Y. Mets 0
… Five pitchers combined on the shutout as the Braves won their fifth straight. Johan Camargo homered with the bases empty.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Pittsburgh 1 (11 innings)… Javier Baez singled home David Bote with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

COLORADO 9 – San Diego 6… Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in leading the Rockies past the Padres. Ryan McMahon and Matt Kemp also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – ARIZONA 0… Clayton Kershaw (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and three relievers completed the Dodgers’ blanking of the Diamondbacks. L.A. got homers from Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.

AL
BALTIMORE 5 – Tampa Bay 1
… The Orioles pulled away to complete a sweep of the three-game series. Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning Renato Nunez and Pat Valaika homered.

Chi. White Sox 9 – KANAS CITY 3… The White Sox erupted to score seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to put away the Royals. Yasmani Grandal had three hits and drove in a run. Nick Madrigal went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

MINNESOTA 3 – Cleveland 1… Six pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Twins clipped the Indians. Mitch Garver’s first homer of the season was a solo shot.

Houston 6 – L.A. ANGELS 5 (11 innings)… Alex Bregman singled home George Springer with a go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and the Astros made it stand in outlasting the Angels.

Oakland 3 – SEATTLE 2… Ramon Laureano blasted a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and the Athletics hung on to edge the Mariners. Chris Bassitt (1-0) allowed a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 9 – Boston 7… Aaron Judge belted a pair of homers and knocked in five runs to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox. He has gone deep in five straight games. Luke Voit also circled the bases for New York.

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 4 – DETROIT 3
… Nick Castellanos homered twice and drove in three runs for the Reds in the doubleheader opener. Shogo Akiyama singled home the tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning.

Cincinnati 4 – DETROIT 0… Trevor Bauer (1-0) tossed a two-hitter in the seven-inning contest and the Reds finished off a doubleheader sweep.

Texas 9 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… The Rangers used a four-run top of the seventh inning to get past the Giants. Joey Gallo capped the uprising with a three-run homer. Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for Texas.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
NL

the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0) are at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 0-0)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 0-0) are at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 0-0)

AL
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 0-0) is at Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0) host Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 0-0) are at Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Lewis Thorpe, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Derek Holland, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 0-0)

NBA
BROOKLYN 118 – Washington 110
… Caris LeVert pumped in 14 of his game-high 34 points in the final seven minutes as the Nets came on strong at the end to down the Wizards.

BOSTON 128 – Portland 124… The Celtics built a big lead early and held off the Trail Blazers. Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30.

San Antonio 108 – MEMPHIS 106… DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second remaining lifted the Spurs over the Grizzlies. Dejounte Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

ORLANDO 132 – Sacramento 116… Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Magic topped the Kings. Aaron Gordon scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half.

HOUSTON 120 – Milwaukee 116… The Rockets were too much down the stretch in holding off the Bucks. They got 31 points from Russell Westbrook and 24 from James Harden.

PHOENIX 117 – Dallas 115… The Suns erased a double-digit deficit on their way past the Mavericks. Devin Booker led the way with 30 points. Luka Doncic’s 40 points and 11 assists weren’t enough for Dallas.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Toronto vs. Miami…
Denver vs. Oklahoma City…
Washington vs. Indiana…
New Orleans vs. Memphis…
San Antonio vs. Philadelphia…
L.A. Lakers vs. Utah

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS (series openers)…
Phoenix 4 – NASHVILLE 3… The Coyotes scored three first-period goals and fought off the Predators. Christian Dvorak had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 4 – BOSTON 1… Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist as the Flyers skated past the Bruins. Goalie Carter Hart made 34 saves.

COLORADO 2 – St. Louis 1… Nazem Kadri found the net at the buzzer to give the Avalanche a come-from-behind win over the Blues.

Columbus 2 – TORONTO 0… Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 28 shots in his first playoff start and the Blue Jackets clipped the Maple Leafs. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist.

Minnesota 3 – VANCOUVER 0… Alex Slalock made 28 saves as the Wild blanked the Canucks. Jared Spurgeon found the net twice and had an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers vs. Carolina in Toronto for Game 2 with the Hurricanes leading 1-0…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton for Game 2 with the Flames leading 1-0…
Washington vs. Tampa Bay in Toronto for the Eastern Conference Round-Robin
Dallas vs. Vegas in Edmonton for the Western Conference Round-Robin…
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal for Game 2 with the Canadiens leading 1-0…
Chicago vs. Edmonton in Edmonton for Game 2 with the Blackhawks leading 1-0

NFL… Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson informed his team last night that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Assistant head coach Duce Staley will be acting head coach in Pederson’s absence. Pederson will still attempt to conduct Zoom meetings while he’s absent, the team reported.

The Rundown for July 31, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,493,661 and the nation’s death toll stands at 152,040, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Yesterday’s deaths included former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who had been an outspoken critic of masks and attended a President Trump rally in Tulsa without wearing one… White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN yesterday that it is impossible to know whether the U.S. is nearing the end of the pandemic or still in the early stages. He said the length of the pandemic will depend on how well Americans wear masks, socially distance and adhere to other guidelines.

ECONOMY POSTS RECORD DECLINE… The U.S. economy shrank by a shocking 32.9 percent annual rate in the second quarter—the biggest decrease since record-keeping began. The previous worst quarterly GDP plunge was a 10-percent decline in 1958. Meanwhile, the Labor Department announced that another 1.4 million workers filed jobless claims last week. It marked the 19th straight week that weekly jobless claims have topped a million.

FULL APPEALS COURT TO HEAR FLYNN CASE… The full Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit yesterday announced that it would reconsider a recent order dismissing the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The review will begin with oral arguments on August 11. Last month, a three-judge panel ordered the case dropped, ruling that there was no reason to question the Department of Justice’s surprise decision to dismiss it. U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan appealed that decision and asked for a hearing before the full court. Flynn admitted that he lied to FBI investigators who had been asking him about conversations he had with Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak and pleaded guilty in December 2017.

MICHAEL COHEN FREE TO WRITE BOOK… The Justice Department is ending its efforts to prevent President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen from writing a tell-all book about Trump. Cohen, who had been serving the remainder of his three-year prison sentence under home confinement, was returned to prison early this month. He was released last week after the American Civil Liberties Union and a New York law firm filed suit alleging that Cohen’s rearrest amounted to retaliation for his plans to publish the book. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty in 2018 to charges of lying to a Senate committee about efforts to build a Trump Tower Moscow and coordinating hush-money payments to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.

GHISLAINE MAXWELL DOCUMENTS RELEASED…. High-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew are accused of taking part in Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex ring of underage girls in court documents unsealed yesterday. The more than 600 pages of unsealed documents stem from a defamation lawsuit between Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell and a woman who has stepped forward as a victim of sex trafficking. The victim, Virginia Giuffre, said she had sex with Dershowitz “on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Testimony also reveals that Dershowitz, in order to gain immunity for himself against rape charges, arranged Epstein’s 2007 sweetheart plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to two felony prostitution charges. Giuffre remembers seeing Bill Clinton at Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean but the former president hasn’t been linked to improper behavior. He has denied visiting the island. Maxwell remains jailed after pleading guilty earlier this month to charges that include sex crimes, conspiracy and perjury.

JOHN LEWIS FUNERAL… Three former presidents came together yesterday in joining others who honored the late civil rights leader and U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis at his funeral in Atlanta. The event capped a week of memorial services for Lewis, who died two weeks ago at age 80 after battling prostate cancer. “He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals,” former President Barack Obama said of Lewis in delivering the eulogy. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also paid homage to Lewis.

L.A. CITY COUNCILMAN ACCUSED OF LEADING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE… A Los Angeles city councilman is accused of leading a criminal enterprise and using his position at City Hall to enrich himself and his close associates. A federal grand jury yesterday returned a 34-count indictment against Jose Huizar as part of an ongoing corruption investigation. The 51-year-old Huizar was charged last month with one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Prosecutors say he illegally accepted more than $800,000 in benefits from an unidentified Chinese billionaire who runs a multinational development firm and who owns a hotel in Huizar’s district. Huizar could face up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted on all charges. He is scheduled to appear via videoconference for his arraignment on Monday.

ENTERTAINMENT
ELLEN DeGENERES APOLOGIZES FOR WORKPLACE HOSTILITY
… Ellen DeGeneres has apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show following complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace. The apology came after Warner Bros. studio said “primary findings” revealed that an internal company investigation found some flaws in the show’s daily management. BuzzFeed News reported that one current and 10 former show employees complained about issues including being fired after taking medical or bereavement leave. One worker said she left because of comments about her race.

CINEMAX BRINGS BACK ‘WARRIOR’… Cinemax announced yesterday that it is bringing back the action-drama series “Warrior” for a second season in October. The series is based on writings by late actor and martial arts star Bruce Lee. It co-stars Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin and Dianne Doan. The first season premiered in April 2019.

SPORTS
MLB
NL
L.A. Dodgers 6 – ARIZONA 3
… The Dodgers got homers from A.J. Pollock, Cory Seager and Justin Turner in their defeat of the Diamondbacks.

San Diego 12 – SAN FRANCISCO 7 (10 innings)… The Padres came alive to score six runs in the top of the 10th inning and put away the Giants. Jurickson Profer stroked a two-run homer and singled home a run.

Chi. Cubs – CINCINNATI (ppd)… Rain in Cincinnati forced postponement of last night’s Cubs-Reds game. No makeup date has been announced.

AL
N.Y. Yankees 8 – BALTIMORE 6
… Aaron Judge’s three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Yankees over the Orioles after they had blown a three-run lead.

Cleveland 2 – MINNESOTA 0… Indians starter Shane Bieber (2-0) pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and struck out 13 before reliever James Karinchak completed the shutout. Francisco Lindor provided all the offense Cleveland needed with a two-run homer in the top of the third inning.

Kansas City 5 – DETROIT 3… Bubba Starling’s two-run double in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Royals’ win over the Tigers.

Seattle 8 – L.A. ANGELS 5… Jose Marmolejos blasted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and Shed Long’s leadoff homer sparked a five-run ninth that carried the Mariners past the Angels.

INTERLEAGUE
Washington 6 – TORONTO 4
… Michael A. Taylor homered with a runner aboard and Kurt Suzuki doubled home two runs for the Nationals.

Boston 4 – N.Y. METS 2… Christian Vazquez homered twice and drove in three runs as the Red Sox doubled up on the Mets.

ATLANTA 2 – Tampa Bay 1… Braves starter Max Fried (1-0) took a perfect game into the fifth inning and got help from four relievers on a four-hitter as the Braves edged the Rays.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NL
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 1-0) is at Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Sean Newcomb, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 0-1)…
San Diego (Garrett Richards, 0-0) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 0-1) host Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0) are at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

AL
Boston (Ryan Weber, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 0-0)…
Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-0) are at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Dobnek, 0-1) hosts Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 0-0)…
Houston (Lance McCulors Jr., 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Matt Andriese, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 0-1) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) is at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 0-0)…
San Francisco (TBD) hosts Texas (Mike Minor, 0-1)

NBA
The NBA’s 2019-2020 season resumed last night with a pair of games played in Orlando…

Utah 106 – New Orleans 104… Rudy Gobert knocked down two free throws with 6.9 seconds left and the Jazz held on to down the Pelicans. Gobert finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points apiece.

L.A. Lakers 103 – L.A. Clippers 101… LeBron James scored the decisive bucket with 12.8 seconds remaining and finished with 34 points in the Lakers’ win. Anthony Davis led all scorers with 35 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Orlando vs. Brooklyn…
Portland vs. Memphis…
Washington vs. Phoenix…
Boston vs. Milwaukee…
San Antonio vs. Sacramento…
Houston vs. Dallas

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS BEGIN TOMORROW
the N.Y. Rangers vs. Carolina in Toronto…
Chicago vs. Edmonton in Edmonton…
Florida vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Toronto…
Montreal vs. Pittsburgh in Toronto…
Winnipeg vs. Calgary in Edmonton