The Rundown for September 11, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Giants…
Tennessee is at Denver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…

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


Toronto vs. Boston in Game 7

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

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

(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders in Game 3 with the Lightning leading 2-0.

The Rundown for September 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto vs. Boston in Game 5 with the series tied 2-2

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

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


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