The Rundown for September 18, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,674,411 and the nation’s death toll stands at 197,633, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Trump administration in April scrapped a U.S. Postal Service plan to distribute 650 million masks, enough for five per American household. USPS leaders had even drafted a press release but the White House cancelled the effort. Instead, the Department of Health and Human Services distributed 650 million reusable cotton masks to critical industries, healthcare facilities, schools and community organizations.

CHAD WOLF DEFIES SUBPOENA… Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf defied a House Homeland Security Committee subpoena yesterday and didn’t appear at a House hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland. Instead, Wolf attended a meeting with Senate Homeland Security Committee staff regarding his nomination to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The committee subpoenaed Wolf last week amid whistleblower allegations that he urged department officials to alter intelligence.

SECRET SERVICE COSTLY… President Trump’s private hotels have charged the Secret Service $1.1 million, including $188,000 accrued during the pandemic, since Trump has been in office, according to a Washington Post report. These costs largely cover housing agents as they follow the president and his family wherever they go. This spring, Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, club billed the Secret Service $21,800 for 29 nights while the club was closed to guests due to the coronavirus. Trump didn’t visit the club during this time but his daughter, Ivanka, visited in April for Passover. Some Secret Service rentals have lasted for months, with one former administration official saying the agency would rent for half a year just in case the president decided to go somewhere with little notice. The Secret Service paid rent for at least 200 days at Bedminster in which the president wasn’t there.

PARNAS, CORREIA CHARGED… Lev Parnas and David Correia, former associates of Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, have been charged with conspiring to defraud investors via an insurance company titled “Fraud Guarantee.” The two, who were at the heart of President Trump’s impeachment scandal, allegedly misrepresented themselves to financial partners and embezzled the money invested in Fraud Guarantee for their own personal use and for political donations. Prosecutors say they duped investors out of more than $2 million between 2012 and 2019.

PENCE STAFFER TO VOTE BIDEN… Vice President Mike Pence’s former homeland security and counterrorismm adviser has vowed to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after her experience working in the Trump administration. Olivia Troye, a lifetime Republican who who advised Pence for two years before leaving his COVID-19 task force last month, says Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic showed a “flat out disregard for human life” since he concerns himself only with the economy and re-election. Troye sympathized with Pence, saying he was in “an impossible situation with the president.”

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS USPS CHANGES… A federal judge yesterday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide and threatened mail-in voting. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the changes, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. A coalition of 14 state attorneys general sued USPS last month, claiming that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy broke the law when he implemented policy changes that disrupted mail delivery across the country.

TRUMP SEEKS ‘PATRIOTIC’ EDUCATION… President Trump announced plans yesterday to create a commission to promote “patriotic education” and develop a “pro-American curriculum.” The move was immediately derided as politically motivated since the federal government has no jurisdiction over school curriculum. In making the announcement, Trump complained about the “twisted web of lies” being taught in U.S. classrooms about systemic racism in America, calling it “a form of child abuse.”

FBI DIRECTOR SAYS RUSSIA IS INTERFERING… FBI Director Christopher Wray warned members of the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday that Russia is actively interfering in the upcoming U.S. presidential election by spreading misinformation about Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Wray described Russian efforts as a “steady drumbeat of misinformation.” Wray said the FBI found similarities in Russian behavior against the backdrop of the 2016 election. President Trump and Russia deny that Moscow’s involvement affected the outcome in 2016.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘CHEER’ STAR ARRESTED
… Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, who stars in the Netflix reality show “Cheer,” was arrested yesterday on allegations he asked for and received sexually explicit photos and videos of a minor. The 21-year-old Harris faces a single count of producing child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois said Harris admitted to asking a 13-year-old boy to send him nude images between December 2018 and March 2020. Investigators were tipped off to the alleged crimes after the mother of the minor said she found the explicit photos on her child’s cellphone and confronted him about it. She said her son’s Snapchat account also contained explicit photos and videos of Harris.

KATEY SAGAL LANDS ABC DRAMA… Katey Sagal has signed on to star in a new ABC drama loosely based on the life of activist Erin Brockovich. The network announced yesterday that it has ordered “Rebel” straight to series for 2021. The show follows Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. The ensemble cast will also include John Corbett, James Lesure, Lex Scott Davis, Tamala Jones, Ariela Barer, Kevin Zegers, Sam Palladio and Andy Garcia.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

Tampa Bay 3 – BALTIMORE 1
… The Rays came up with two runs in the top of the inning and held off the Orioles in the doubleheader opener. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s infield grounder scored Randy Arozarena with the tie-breaking run.

Tampa Bay 10 – BALTIMORE 6… The Rays slugged their way past the Orioles to sweep the twinbill and clinch an American League playoff spot. Willy Adams blasted a three-run homer. Joey Wendle homered with a runner aboard. Hunter Renfroe also went deep.

Boston 5 – MIAMI 3… Rafael Devers’ three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning proved to be decisive in the Red Sox’ win over the Marlins. Kevin Plawecki singled home Tampa Bay’s first two runs. Nathan Eovaldi (3-2) pitched two-hit ball over five shutout innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Minnesota 3… The White Sox fought their way past the Twins to clinch an AL playoff spot. Eloy Jimenez doubled home Yolmer Sanchez with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Edwin Encarnacion smacked a solo homer.

San Francisco 6 – SEATTLE 4… The Giants overcame a 4-1 sixth-inning deficit to get past the Mariners. Wilmer Flores cracked a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the seventh inning. Darin Ruf homered with the bases empty.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Arizona 3… Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout knocked in two runs as the Angels topped the Diamondbacks. David Fletcher had three hits and scored a run.

N.Y. Mets 10 – PHILADELPHIA 6… Brandon Nimmo legged out a two-run triple and his solo homer sparked a four-run top of the ninth inning as the Mets defeated the Phillies. New York also got homers from Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso.

PITTSBURGH 5 – St. Louis 1… Pirates starter Steven Brault (1-3) limited the Cardinals to a run on two hits in his first career complete game. Gregory Polanco belted a three-run homer.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Toronto 7… Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu homered on consecutive pitches in the first inning and the Yankees put the game away with a seven-run bottom of the fourth inning. Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, Greyber Torres and Gary Sanchez also went deep.

Cleveland 10 – DETROIT 3… Jose Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in leading the Indians past the Tigers. Cleveland starter Shane Bieber (8-1) took a shutout into the eighth inning.

HOUSTON 2 – Texas 1… Kyle Tucker’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning provided all the offense the Astros needed in edging the Rangers. Framber Valdez held Texas to a run on four hits over 6-1/3 innings and struck out 11.

L.A. Dodgers 9 – COLORADO 3… Corey Seager homered with the bases empty and doubled home a run as the Dodgers cruised past the Rockies. Will Smith delivered a two-run double.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 0-2; Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-3) is at Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 1-7; Chad Kuhl, 1-2) for a doubleheader…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 2-4; Ross Stripling, 3-3) hosts Philadelphia (TBD, TBD) for a doubleheader…
Washington (TBD, TBD) is at Miami (TBD, TBD) for a doubleheader…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-2) hosts Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 3-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 6-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 0-4)…
Cincinnati (TBD) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Jonathan Steiver, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (TBD) are at Boston (Martin Perez 3-4)…
Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-4) hosts Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 3-1)…
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-2) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 3-2)…
Colorado (Ryan Castellani, 1-2) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (TBD)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 3-3) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 5-4) host Minnesota (Rich Hill, 2-1)…
Texas (Wes Benjamin, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 0-0)
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 2-3) hosts San Diego (Chris Paddack, 3-4)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 2-3) is at Oakland (Chris Bassit, 4-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORE (in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Miami 106 – Boston 101
… The Heat bombed the Celtics 37-17 in the third quarter to erase a 13-point halftime lead and held on to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Goran Dragic scored 25 points to lead all scorers. Bam Adebayo led the third-quarter surge and finished with 21 points. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE (in Orlando)…
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

the L.A. Lakers vs. Denver in Game 1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 2 – N.Y. Islanders 1 (OT)… Anthony Cirelli found the net with 6:42 left in overtime and the Lightning eliminated the Islanders in six games and advance to take on Dallas in the Stanley Cup Finals beginning tomorrow. Victor Hedman scored a tying goal in the first period. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves.

The Rundown for September 16, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,606,561 and the nation’s death toll stands at 195,942, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S.’ response to the pandemic has lowered the nation’s image to a record low in six countries. A poll released yesterday found that Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia never have viewed the U.S. so unfavorably.

TRUMP STRUGGLES WITH ANSWERS AT TOWN HALL… President Trump struggled to answer tough questions about his coronavirus response, health care plans and the nation’s racial injustice last night at a town hall hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia. Trump declared before socially-distanced undecided voters that the COVID-19 pandemic has been his biggest challenge president and expressed doubt more could have been done to reduce its impact. He also blamed current U.S. problems on Democratic leadership.

GOVERNMENT DEPORTS WITNESS IN ASSAULT INVESTIGATION… The U.S. government on Friday night deported a key witness in investigation of sexual assault and harassment at an El Paso immigrant detention center overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 35-year-old woman, who had been held in the facility for about a year, told lawyers about a “pattern and practice” of abuse there. She claimed guards systematically assaulted her and other detainees in areas that were not visible to security cameras. Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department inspectors general last month launched an investigation into the allegations. At least two more women have since come forward with similar assault allegations.

JUDGE RULES DHS ACTING SECRETARY SERVING UNLAWFULLY… A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that Chad Wolf is likely unlawfully serving as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and temporarily barred the Trump administration from enforcing new asylum restrictions on members of two immigration advocacy groups. In issuing her ruling on Friday, Judge Paula Xinis wrote that the two groups are “likely to demonstrate (former acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin) McAleenan’s appointment was invalid under the agency’s applicable order of succession, and so he lacked the authority to amend the order of succession to ensure Wolf’s installation as Acting Secretary.” Subsequently, she ruled, Wolf didn’t have the authority to impose the asylum rules that are being challenged. There is no indication that Wolf and his top deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, will be leaving their leadership roles but they are facing greater scrutiny.

LOUISVILLE SETTLES WITH BREONNA TAYLOR FAMILY… The city of Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday agreed to pay $12 million and settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman fatally shot dead by police in a botched raid on her apartment in March. Mayor Greg Fischer promised that the settlement will be accompanied by reforms of the Louisville Metro Police Department, including a requirement that commanders approve search warrants before they are put to a judge. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is investigating police actions in the shooting amid calls for the officers involved to be arrested.

SALLY APPROACHES SLOWLY… Sally slammed the Gulf Coast with flood waters last night as it crawled toward a potential landfall between the Florida Panhandle and Mobile Bay. The National Hurricane Center said earlier this morning that the storm strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane with winds topping 100 mph. Landfall was expected later this morning along the Alabama-Florida coastline.

ENTERTAINMENT
CARDI B FILES FOR DIVORCE
… Rapper Cardi B has reportedly filed for divorce from fellow musician husband Offset after nearly three years of marriage. Neither performer has issued a statement, but their legal names are listed in the filing in Fulton County Superior Court. Reports indicate Cardi wants the divorce to be as amicable as possible and seeks joint custody of the couple’s 2-year-old son.

CHADWICK BOSEMAN LAID TO REST… A death certificate made public yesterday revealed that actor Chadwick Boseman was laid to rest on September 3 near his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina. The actor died last month at age 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer. According to the death certificate, he is buried at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery in Belton, South Carolina.

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFF SCORE (games in Orlando)

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS OPENER
Miami 117 – Boston 114
(OT)… The Heat erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and outlasted the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals opener. Goran Dragic led a balanced scoring attack with 29 points. Jae Crowder added 22 points. Jimmy Butler tossed in 20 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Denver Nuggets 104 – L.A. Clippers 89
… The Nuggets pulled away in the second half to down the Clippers and advance to take on the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference Finals beginning tomorrow. Jamal Murray poured in 40 points. Nikola Jokic totaled 16 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
N.Y. Islanders 2 – Tampa Bay 1 (2OT)… Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the Islanders avoided elimination with the Game 5 victory. Ryan Pulock opened the scoring with a first-period goal. Game 6 is tomorrow.

CAPS HIRE LAVIOLETTE AS NEW HEAD COACH… The Washington Capitals have hired Peter Laviolette as their next head coach. He replaces Todd Reirden, who was fired just three days after the Capitals were eliminated by the New York Islanders in the playoffs. The 55-year-old Laviolette was dismissed as head coach of the Nashville Predators in January after leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016-17 season.

MACKINNON WINS LADY BYING TROPHY… Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has been awarded the Lady Byng trophy as the player who “exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability” over the past season. Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Finalists in the voting included Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

MLB SCORES
CINCINNATI 4 – Pittsburgh 1
… The Reds cruised past the Pirates for their fourth straight win. Tucker Barnhart smacked a solo homer.

Boston 2 – MIAMI 0… Red Sox starter Tyler Houck (1-0) pitched two-hit ball over five innings in his major-league debut and three relievers completed the blanking of the Marlins.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Washington 1… Manuel Margot and Kevin Kermaier delivered two-run singles during a four-run bottom of the fifth inning and the Rays breezed past the Nationals. Nate Lowe homered and drew a bases-loaded walk.

N.Y. YANKEES 20 – Toronto 6… DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit each homered and knocked in five runs as the Yankees walloped the Blue Jays. Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier also went deep.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – N.Y. Mets 1… Adam Haseley lined a two-run double and Didi Gregorius homered with a runner aboard in the Phillies’ win over the Mets. Jake Arrieta (4-4) allowed a run on eight hits before leaving with a leg injury after 5-1/3 innings.

DETROIT 6 – Kansas City 0… Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (2-6) limited the Royals to two hits over 5-2/3 innings and got help from three relievers in the shutout. Miguel Cabrera and Willi Castro hit solo homers for Detroit.

Atlanta 5 – BALTIMORE 1… Adam Duvall matched a franchise record with his 10th homer in September and the Braves rolled past the Orioles. Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles.

MILWAUKEE 18 – St. Louis 3… Daniel Vogelbach went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four RBIs to lead the Brewers in their romp over the Cardinals. Keston Hiura blasted a solo homer and drew a bases-loaded walk. Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun also went deep.

CHI. WHITE SOX 6 – Minnesota 2… Dane Dunning (2-0) held the Twins to a run on three hits over seven innings and the White Sox extended their winning streak to six games. James McCann doubled home a run and homered. Tim Anderson also went deep with the bases empty.

HOUSTON 4 – Texas 1… Alex Gregman stroked a tie-breaking two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Astros topped the Rangers. George Springer and Martin Maldonado homered. Jose Urquidy (1-1) gave up a run on three hits over seven innings.

CHI. CUBS 6 – Cleveland 5… Indians reliever Nick Wittgren hit Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin with back-to-back pitches to force home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Javier Baez homered for Chicago.

COLORADO 3 – Oakland 1… Antonio Senzatela (4-2) surrendered a run on six hits in his first career complete game and the Rockies tripped the Athletics. Elias Diaz belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – SAN DIEGO 1… Tony Gonsolin (1-1) held the Padres to a run on four hits over seven innings and the Dodgers clipped the Padres. Edwin Rios homered. Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Arizona 9 – L.A. ANGELS 8… The Diamondbacks recovered to beat the Angels after blowing a pair of seven-run leads. David Peralta smacked a decisive solo homer in the top of the eighth inning. Kole Calhoun homered twice and drove in five runs. Carson Kelly and Daulton Varsho also went deep.

San Francisco – SEATTLE (ppd)… Poor air quality in Seattle caused by the West Coast wildfires forced postponement of last night’s Giants-Mariners game. The game will be made up on tomorrow in San Francisco.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 4-1; Austin Gomber, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-3; Eric Lauer, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Houston (Lance McCullers, 3-2) hosts Texas (Kyle Gibson, 1-5)…
Washington (Austin Voth, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 0-0)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 2-5) hosts Oakland (Mike Fiers, 5-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1) are at San Diego (Joey Lucchesi, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 2-2) host Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-5)…
Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 1-1) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 2-5)…
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 1-1) hosts Boston (Chris Mazza, 1-1)…
Toronto (Tanner Roark, 2-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 5-3)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-3) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 4-1)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 2-4) is at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 1-2)…
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-0) hosts Atlanta (Cole Hamels, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 4-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 5-2) host Arizona (Caleb Smith, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Drew Smyly, 0-0) is at Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-3)

The Rundown for August 24, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,701,938 and the nation’s death toll stands at 176,801, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma treatments. Blood plasma has been used to treat other infectious diseases but researchers have cautioned that its effectiveness against COVID-19 has yet to be established.

DHS CHIEF SAYS POLLING STATIONS ARE OFF LIMITS… Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf conceded yesterday that his department does not have the authority to send law enforcement to voting stations during the November election. Wolf made the concession during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union when questioned about President Trump’s suggestion that federal officers could be deployed to guard against election fraud. Trump has been warning repeatedly and without evidence that voting by lead to fraud. Trump said on Fox News last week that federal law enforcement would be sent to polling sites.

KELLYANNE CONWAY LEAVING WHITE HOUSE… President Trump’s longtime adviser Kellyanne Conway announced last night that she will leave her White House post at the end of the month. She and her husband, George, issued statements expressing their need to focus on family in response to social-media postings by their 15-year-old daughter, Claudia. The girl claimed she was seeking emancipation for reasons that included neglect, abuse and her mother’s scheduled appearance at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

UNREST IN KENOSHA… There was civil unrest on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, last night after a police officer fired seven shots into the back of a Black man who was entering his car. Cell phone video of the incident went viral on social media. The shooting victim, identified as 28-year-old Jacob Blake, was listed in serious condition at a local hospital. The encounter occurred after officers arrived at a residence in response to a domestic-violence complaint. Witnesses reported that Blake had tried to break up a fight between two women before he was tazed and shot. The city declared a state of Emergency Curfew and ordered people off the streets until 7 a.m. today.

GULF COAST BRACES FOR STORMS… The Gulf Coast is bracing for the possible arrival of twin storms that are heading toward Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Dangerously high winds and flooding was expected to stretch from Texas to Alabama. Hurricane Marco is expected to make landfall today. Tropical Storm Laura has been building in strength during its approach from the Dominican Republic and Haiti and is expected to arrive on Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, a double slam of landfalls withing miles of each other has never been recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.

CALIFORNIA FIRES BURN MORE THAN A MILLION ACRES… Firefighters continue their battle against more than 600 wildfires that have charred more than 1 million acres in California. Forecasters fear lightning strikes that could spark additional blazes and accelerate the spread of the existing fires. The largest of the fires, the LNU Lightning Complex, has burned 341,243 acres in five Northern California counties and is 17 percent contained.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART
… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 101,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth straight week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” finished in second place after selling 86,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” slipped into third place on sales of 79,000 copies. Rapper Young Dolph’s “Rich Slave” sold 65,000 units to debut at No. 4. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” capped the top five with 56,000 copies sold.

‘UNHINGED’ TOPS BOX OFFICE… The Russell Crowe thriller “Unhinged” took in $4.1 million to top the weekend box office. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” finished second with $550,000, followed by “Words on Bathroom Walls” at No. 3 with $463,000. “The Goonies” finished fourth with $260,000 and “Cut Throat City” landed at No. 5 with $240,000.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
WASHINGTON 9 – Miami 3
… Trea Turner went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the Nationals. Anibal Sanchez (1-3) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings.

BALTIMORE 5 – Boston 4… Rio Ruiz had a two-run single and a two-run double in leading the Orioles past the Red Sox.

Detroit 7 – CLEVELAND 4… Jorge Bonifacio homered with a runner aboard, Niko Goodrum and Grayson Greiner added solo shots and the Tigers cruised past the Indians.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Toronto 4… Austin Meadows knocked in a pair of runs and the Rays held off the Blue Jays.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Milwaukee 4… Gregory Polanco’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning powered the Pirates past the Brewers. Jarrod Dyson had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Minnesota 5 – KANSAS CITY 4… Nelson Cruz’s 10th homer of the season was a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning and proved to be the difference as the Twins edged the Royals. Marwin Gonzalez produced a two-run double.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Cincinnati 2… Yadier Molina went 4-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles and the Cardinals downed the Reds. Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader hit two-run homers for St. Louis.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Chi. White Sox 1… Cubs starter Yu Darvish (5-1) allowed just a run on six hits over seven innings and struck out 10 to win his fifth straight and hand the White Sox their first loss in eight games. Kyle Schwarber provided all the offense the Cubs needed with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.

SEATTLE 4 – Texas 1… Justin Dunn (2-1) pitched one-hit ball over six shutout innings and the Mariners breezed past the Rangers. Seattle got homers from Austin Nola, Kyle Lewis and Sam Haggerty.

OAKLAND 5 – L.A. Angels 4 (10 innings)… Mark Canha lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Athletics a walkoff win over the Angels. Canha also singled home a run in the first.

SAN DIEGO 5 – Houston 3… Manny Machado connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Padres made it stand in beating the Astros.

L.A. DODGERS 11 – Colorado 3… The Dodgers pounded out seven home runs in crushing the Rockies to complete a series sweep. Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in three runs. Enrique Hernandez delivered a three-run blast. Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Will Smith also went deep.

SAN FRANCISCO 6 – Arizona 1… Alex Dickerson belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Giants put away the Diamondbacks. Mike Yastrzemski also went deep.

Philadelphia 5 – ATLANTA 4… Didi Gregorius’ relay home cut down Dansby Swanson at the plate for the game’s final out and preserved the Phillies’ win over the Braves. Gregorius, Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm homered for Philadelphia.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Toronto (Tanner Roark, 2-1) is at Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0)…
Washington (Austin Voth, 0-0) hosts Miami (Pablo Lopez, 2-1)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 2-2)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-0) is at Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 1-2)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-0) are at Houston (Framber Valdez, 2-2)…
Arizona (Ryan Castellani, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Merrill Kelly, 3-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS (first-round)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Boston 110 – Philadelphia 106
… The Celtics turned away the 76ers to complete a first-round sweep. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 32 points. Jayson Tatum had 28 points and 15 rebounds.

Toronto 150 – Brooklyn 122… The Raptors used a big third quarter to put away the Nets and sweep the series. Nathan Powell came off the bench to score 29 points. Fellow reserve Serge Ibaka added 27 points.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Dallas 135 – L.A. Clippers 133
(OT)… It took a historic performance by Luka Doncic to lift the Mavericks over the Clippers and even the series at 2-2. Doncic knocked down a game-wining step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime and finished with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists. Game 5 is tomorrow.

Utah 129 – Denver 127… The Jazz shot their way past the Nuggets to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Donovan Mitchell scored 18 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter. Mike Conley tossed in 26 points. Jamal Murray’s 50 points weren’t enough for Denver. Mitchell and Murray became the first opposing players ever to score at least 50 points apiece in an NBA game. Game 5 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Milwaukee vs. Orlando for Game 4 with the Bucks leading 2-1…
Indiana vs. Miami for Game 4 with the Heat leading 3-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston vs. Oklahoma City for Game 4 with the Rockets leading 2-1…
L.A. Lakers vs. Portland for Game 4 with the Lakers leading 2-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES (second-round openers)
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Boston 3 – Tampa Bay 2
… David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand both had a goal and an assist as the Bruins held off the Lightning in the series opener. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves at goal. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Vegas 5 – Vancouver 0
… Goalie Robin Lehner stopped all 26 shots in his first career playoff shutout as the Golden Knights blanked the Canucks. Matt Stone and Alex Tuch both had a goal and an assist. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 1

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado vs. Dallas in Game 2 with the Stars leading 1-0