The Rundown for September 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 7,113,666 and the nation’s death toll stands at 204,750, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Almost half the U.S. is reporting increased numbers of new Covid-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the fall and winter. The number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10 percent from the week before in 21 states. The states are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

N.Y. TIMES OBTAINS TRUMP TAXES… The New York Times reported disturbing details about Donald Trump’s finances yesterday after obtaining the president’s tax returns going back decades. The report noted that Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of 15 years beginning in 2000 because he reported extensive losses. Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes for 2016, the year he was elected president. The Times also found that Trump used the $427.4 million he was paid for “The Apprentice” to fund his other businesses, mostly his golf courses, and was putting more cash into his businesses than he was taking out. Times staffers warned that more bombshells are forthcoming. At a White House briefing yesterday, Trump denied the Times’ allegations and claimed that he pays “a lot” in federal income taxes. However, he refused to answer how much he has paid and walked out as reported shouted questions.

TRUMP FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER TAKEN BY POLICE… President Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken from his Fort Lauderdale home by police yesterday afternoon after his wife reported that he was armed, had barricaded himself in his home and was threatening to harm himself. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich called the encounter at Parscale’s home “brief” and said he went willingly with police under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows police to detain a person who is potentially a threat to himself or others. Parscale, who made himself highly visible as campaign manager, was demoted in July following a poorly attended rally in Tulsa.

BIDEN SEEKS TO HOLD OFF BARRETT NOMINATION… During a speech in his Wilmington, Delaware, hometown yesterday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden implored Senate Republicans not to act on President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court until after the American people finish selecting their next president. The former vice president argued that since voters have already begun voting, it’s crucial to hold off on any consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the election results are known. Biden also noted the proximity of the nomination to an upcoming case before the Supreme Court that challenges the Affordable Care Act and warned that Barrett’s vote could leave Americans without health care.

GAS PRICES DROP A PENNY… The average price of regular-grade gas in the U.S. fell a penny over the past two weeks to $2.25 per gallon, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lundberg Survey found that the most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost $3.27 per gallon. The cheapest gas was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a gallon cost $1.77.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 87,000 copies in returning to the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for a seventh nonconsecutive week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 75,000 units. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “Top” dropped from first to third place on sales of 63,000 copies. Alicia Keys’ new release, “Alicia,” opened in fourth place after selling 62,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” slipped to No. 5 on sales of 51,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Tenet” took in another $3.4 million to remain atop the weekend box office for a fourth weekend. “The New Mutants” made $1.1 million to stay in second place. “Unhinged” finished third with $1 million. The 2020 re-release of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” took in $908,000 to finish fourth. “Infidel” capped the top five with $745,000.

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFS SCORE

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Miami – Boston

NFL SCORES
INDIANAPOLIS 36 – N.Y. Jets 7… Philip Rivers threw his 400th career touchdown pass and the Colts (2-1) cruised past the Jets (0-3). Defensively, Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie returned interceptions for touchdowns.

Carolina 21 – L.A. CHARGERS 16… Joey Sligh booted five field goals to 31 yards and the Panthers (1-2) took advantage of three turnovers in downing the Chargers (1-2).

SEATTLE 38 – Dallas 31… Russell Wilson’s fifth touchdown pass of the day was a 29-yarder to DK Metcalf with 1:47 remaining and lifted the Seahawks (3-0) over the Cowboys (1-2). Tyler Locket hauled in three TD tosses.

Detroit 26 – ARIZONA 23… Matt Prater booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired and the Lions topped the Cardinals (2-1) to snap an 11-game losing streak. Matt Stafford passed for 270 yards and two scores.

Tampa Bay 28 – DENVER 10… Tom Brady passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers (2-1) past the Broncos (0-3). Defensively, Shaq Barrett had two sacks, including one for a safety.

Chicago 30 – ATLANTA 26… The Bears (3-0) came from 16 points down in the final 6-1/2 minutes to upend the Falcons (0-3). Nick Foles relieved starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and threw three touchdown passes. Allen Robinson had 20 catches for 123 yards and a TD.

San Francisco 36 – N.Y. GIANTS 9… The 49ers (2-1) rolled past the Giants (0-3) despite playing without a half-dozen injured starters. Backup QB Nick Mullens passed for 343 yards and a score.

NEW ENGLAND 36 – Oakland 20… Rex Burkhead ran for a score and hauled in two touchdown passes as the Patriots (2-1) downed the Raiders (2-1). Sony Michel rushed for 117 yards.

PITTSBURGH 28 – Houston 21… The Steelers (3-0) held the Texans (0-3) scoreless in the second half of a come-from-behind win. Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of touchdown passes. James Connor ran for 109 yards and a score.

BUFFALO 35 – L.A. Rams 32… The Bills (3-0) rallied to get past the Rams (2-1) after blowing a 25-point lead. Josh Allen threw 3 yards to tight end Tyler Kroft with 15 seconds remaining for the winning score. Kroft caught two of Allen’s four TD tosses.

Tennessee 31 – MINNESOTA 20… Stephen Gostkowski booted his sixth field goal of the game from 55 yards out with 1:44 remaining and the unbeaten Titans (3-0) kept the Vikings winless (0-3). Derrick Henry rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

CLEVELAND 34 – Washington 20… The Browns (2-1) scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to put away Washington (1-2). The victory gave them their first winning record since 2014. Baker Mayfield passed for two touchdowns and Nick Chubb rushed for a pair of scores.

Cincinnati 23 – PHILADELPHIA 23 (tie, OT)… A scoreless overtime period left the Bengals Eagles tied and with identical 0-2-1 records. Cincinnati rooked QB Joe Burrow tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Tee Higgins in regulation. Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz dove into the end zone for the tying score in the final minute.

Green Bay – NEW ORLEANS

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

MLB POSTSEASON SET… It took until yesterday’s final day of the pandemic-shortened season to complete major league baseball’s playoff picture. The two final spots remaining were in the National League and ended up going to the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals played their way into the postseason with a 5-2 win over the Brewers, but Milwaukee gained entry after the Philadelphia Phillies were blanked 5-0 by Tampa Bay and the San Francisco Giants fell 5-4 to San Diego.

MLB WILD-CARD SCHEDULE
AL (best of three beginning tomorrow)
N.Y. Yankees are at Cleveland…
Minnesota hosts Houston…
the Chi. White Sox are at Oakland…
Tampa Bay hosts Toronto

NL (best of three beginning Wednesday)
St. Louis is at San Diego
the Chi. Cubs host Miami
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Dodgers…
Atlanta hosts Cincinnati

OTHER MLB SCORES FROM YESTERDAY
KANSAS CITY 3 – Detroit 1…
Miami 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 0…
TEXAS 8 – Houston 4…
WASHINGTON 15 – N.Y. Mets 5…
Baltimore 7 – TORONTO 5…
Chi. Cubs 10 – CHI. WHITE SOX 8…
Cincinnati 5 – MINNESOTA 3 (10 innings)…
OAKLAND 6 – Seattle 2…
CLEVELAND 8 – Pittsburgh 6…
ARIZONA 11 – Colorado 3…
L.A. DODGERS 5 – L.A. Angels 0…
Boston 9 – ATLANTA 1

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 6 with the Lightning leading 3-2

The Rundown for September 15, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,550,629 and the nation’s death toll stands at 194,411, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A federal judge in Pennsylvania yesterday declared Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions unconstitutional. The ruling stems from a case brought on by four Pennsylvania counties, challenging executive orders that closed non-life sustaining businesses.

TRUMP-BIDEN DIFFER ON CLIMATE CHANGE… President Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden expressed their differences yesterday over climate change’s role in Western wildfires. The blazes over the past month have killed 35 people in three states, destroyed thousands of homes and a half-dozen small towns, and charred more than 4 million acres. Trump insisted that the impact of the fires could be controlled through management programs that include removing dead leaves and trees that can “explode” from the forests. Biden on Monday called Trump a “climate arsonist” for failing to acknowledge the global warming’s role. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration highlighted record heat in its global climate report released yesterday. The report found that this summer has been the hottest on record for the Northern Hemisphere and the month of August was the second-warmest in history for the entire globe, behind 2016. Scientists believe that “2020 is very likely to rank among the five-warmest years on record,” the NOAA said.

WATCHDOG TO INVESTIGATES BARR’S ACTIONS ON STONE CASE… The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into Attorney General William Barr’s unusual intervention in the criminal case against President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone. The investigation centers on Barr’s efforts in February to seek a lighter sentence after prosecutors and an acting U.S. attorney chosen by Barr had already recommended a sentence of seven to nine years in prison following Stone’s conviction on seven felony counts. Barr faced widespread backlash for what was perceived as a political maneuver.

HOUSE PANEL TO INVESTIGATE HHS… The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has launched an investigation into allegations that political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services have sought to review and alter weekly scientific reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the coronavirus pandemic. Members on the committee are seeking voluntary testimony from seven officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, including Michael Caputo, the agency’s spokesman, and Paul Alexander, his senior adviser. The two have been accused of altering or halting the release of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. In some cases, emails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine President Trump’s optimistic messages about the pandemic. Caputo met severe backlash over a bizarre rant that he posted on social media yesterday. He warned that government scientists were engaging in “sedition” in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic and accused the CDC of conspiring to murder him. Caputo also claimed that armed, left-wing militants are being trained “all over the country” for armed revolt, among other conspiracies. During his rant, Caputo conceded he was having a tough time dealing with the media and that his mental health had failed.

WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT TARGETS IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTER… A whistleblower complaint filed by several legal advocacy groups on behalf of a nurse claims that immigrants in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Georgia are being subjected to horrific conditions and treatment, including “jarring medical neglect” and a high rate of hysterectomies among women. Negligence includes poor safety precautions surrounding Covid-19 and generally hazardous and unsanitary conditions, according to the complaint. The nurse, Dawn Wooten, has been employed for the past three years at the privately-operated Irwin County detention center.

DAIMLER SETTLES EMISSIONS-CHEATING CASE… German automaker Daimler AG and its U.S. subsidiary Mercedes-Benz yesterday reached a $1.5 billion settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and California Air Resources Board over alleged emissions cheating. Daimler has reportedly agreed to pay $875 million in civil penalties and $70,300,000 in other penalties. It also agreed to recall and repair emissions systems in Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. between 2009 and 2016 for a projected cost of $436 million and pay another $110 million to fund mitigation projects in California. The settlement stems from the discovery that Daimler manufactured, imported and sold more than 250,000 diesel vans and passenger cars with so-called “defeat devices” to circumvent emissions control software.

SALLY ARRIVING… Sally strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane yesterday and is expected to strike the Gulf Coast tonight into tomorrow morning. The storm is forecast to make landfall along the Mississippi/Alabama border. It is expected to bring up a storm surge of up to 11 feet and as much as two feet of rain. Hurricane warnings have been issued across eastern Louisiana, coastal Mississippi and Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

ENTERTAINMENT
WARRANT SERVED AT ‘CHEER’ STAR’S HOME
… FBI agents executed a search warrant yesterday afternoon at the Napierville, Illinois, home of Jerry Harris, who stars in the Netflix docuseries “Cheer.” Harris has been accused of soliciting sexually explicit photos and sex from minors, but not charges had been filed by last night. The investigation stems from information provided by a private company that dominates the cheerleading industry. The company, Varsity Brands, informed police in Florida and Texas last week that the 21-year-old Harris had been accused of “inappropriate sexual conduct.”

MACY’S PARADE TO BE VIRTUAL… The 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, there will be a live parade and a re-imagined parade will be created for television and online viewing. Macy’s says the TV broadcast-only parade will be filmed over two days and have about 25 percent of the usual number of participants. The parade will air November 26 on NBC.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Pittsburgh 26 – N.Y. GIANTS 16
… Ben Roethlisberger found Ju Ju Smith-Schuster with two of his three touchdown passes and the Steelers fought their way past the Giants.

Tennessee 16 – DENVER 14… Stephen Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining sent the Titans over the Broncos. Ryan Tannehill hit Mycole Pruitt and Jonnu Smith with 1-yard touchdown tosses.

MLB SCORES
CINCINNATI 3 – Pittsburgh 1
… Rookie Tyler Stephenson hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Reds past the Pirates in the opener of a doubleheader.

CINCINNATI 9 – Pittsburgh 4… Mike Moustakas blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Reds completed a sweep of the twinbill. Brian Goodwin homered with a runner aboard and Joey Votto added a solo shot.

MILWAUKEE 2 – St. Louis 1… The Brewers scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Cardinals in the doubleheader opener. Keston Hiura’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth scored Avisail Garcia with the winning run after Ryan Braun stroked an RBI double.

St. Louis 3 – MILWAUKEE 2… The Cardinals eased past the Brewers after spotting them a two-run lead and claimed a split of the twinbill. Paul DeJong singled home Tommy Edman with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning.

SEATTLE 6 – Oakland 5… The Mariners rallied from five runs down in the fourth inning to edge the Athletics in the opener of a doubleheader. Tim Lopes doubled home the tying run and came around to score the go-ahead run on Kyle Lewis’ bases-loaded walk. Lewis also homered with a runner aboard. Luis Torrens and Jose Marmolejos added solo blasts.

Oakland 9 – SEATTLE 0… Mike Minor (1-5) tossed a complete-game two-hitter and the Athletics cruised past the Mariners in the nightcap. Mark Canha singled home a run and hit a two-run homer. Jake Lamb also went deep.

MIAMI 6 – Philadelphia 2… Marlins starter Pablo Lopez (4-4) held the Phillies to a run on three hits over seven innings. Miguel Rojas and Starling Marte smacked solo homers. Jesus Aguilar doubled home two runs.

BALTIMORE 14 – Atlanta 1… DJ Stewart and Jose Iglesias belted three-run homers during a nine-run bottom of the third inning. Ryan Mountastle homered with the bases empty and produced a pair of run-scoring singles. Pat Valaika also hit a solo homer. Starter Jorge Lopez (2-0) limited Atlanta to a run on five hits over seven innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Minnesota 1… Adam Engel singled home a tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored on Tim Anderson’s double as the White Sox toppled the Twins. Five Chicago pitchers scattered eight hits.

SAN DIEGO 7 – L.A. Dodgers 2… The Padres broke the game open with a five-run bottom of the seventh inning. Jorge Ona sparked the uprising with an RBI single. Trent Grisham and Wil Myers both homered with the bases empty.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh (Josh Musgrove, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Michael Lorenzen, 1-1)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 2-1) hosts Boston (Tanner Houck, 0-0)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 2-4) is at Tampa Bay (John Curtiss, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Deivi Garcia, 1-1) host Toronto (Taijuan Walker, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-4) are at Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 3-4)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-6) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 3-3)…
Atlanta (Bryse Wilson, 0-0) is at Baltimore (Tom Eshelman, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-3) hosts St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 3-1)…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 6-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 0-0)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 0-0) hosts Texas (Kyle Cody, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 7-2)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 3-2) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 4-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0) are at San Diego (Zach Davies, 7-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0) host Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 2-3) is at Seattle (Ljay Newsome, 0-0)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE…
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Edmonton)
Dallas 3 – Vegas 2 (OT)… The Stars rallied from two goals down midway through the third period to eliminate the Golden Knights in five games and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. They await the winner of the Tampa Bay-N.Y. Islanders series in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Denis Gurianov found the net 3:36 into overtime. Joel Kiviranta netted the tying goal with 3:47 left in regulation. John Klingberg assisted on two goals.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders in Game 5 with the Lightning leading 3-1

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE (games in Orlando)
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Denver Nuggets vs. L.A. Clippers in Game 7

The Rundown for September 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

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

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

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

The Rundown for September 8, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL

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

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

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

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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

The Rundown for September 3, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,113,160 and the nation’s death toll stands at 185,704, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified states to be ready to possibly distribute a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as late October. Critics say development has become politicized by President Trump and they fear he may push for the release of a vaccine that is not fully tested.

BUDGET TO REACH $3.3T… The Congressional Budget Office expects the federal budget deficit to reach $3.3 trillion for the fiscal year and for debt to surpass the economy in fiscal year 2021. In its budget outlook for 2020-2030, the CBO said the 2020 federal budget deficit is more than triple the shortfall recorded in 2019 and at 16 percent of the gross domestic product would be the largest since 1945. The economic disruption caused by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and the enactment of legislation in response is the greatest cause of the increase.

DHS WITHHELD WARNING… ABC News reported yesterday that the Department of Homeland Security withheld publication of an intelligence bulletin warning law enforcement agencies of a Russian scheme to promote “allegations about the poor mental health” of former Vice President Joe Biden. Internal emails and a draft of the document confirmed the warning in early July. A DHS spokesperson conceded that the product was “delayed,” and said it failed to meet the agency’s standards.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS DeJOY… The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after DeJoy missed an August 26 deadline to respond to the committee. Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, says DeJoy has until September 16 to comply with the subpoena. The USPS says it fully intends “to comply with our obligations under the law” but it also criticized the move.

U.S. SANCTIONS TOP ICC OFFICIALS… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday announced sanctions on two top officials of the International Criminal Court, which has been investigating possible war crimes by U.S. military and intelligence officials. ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the ICC’s jurisdiction, complementary and cooperation division, were listed as members of the agency’s “specially designated nationals” list. Speaking at a press conference, Pompeo called the ICC as a “thoroughly broken and corrupted institution.”

BIDEN BREAKS FUNDRAISING EFFORT… Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised a record $364.5 million in August. The contributions generated through small-dollar online fundraising was more than any presidential candidate ever has previously in a single month. Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate is credited with helping spur the fundraising effort. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, today and meet with residents and officials about healing.

ENTERTAINMENT
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MAKLE SIGN NETFLIX DEAL
… Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have have signed a multi-year deal to develop scripted series, docuseries, documentaries, features and children’s programming at Netflix. Several projects already in development include a nature docu-series and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women. Through the production company they have formed, the former Royal seeks to highlight diverse voices in front of and behind the camera.

DWAYNE JOHNSON’S FAMILY BATTLED CORONAVIRUS… Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reveals that he, his wife and their two young daughters are recovered after battling the coronavirus. The actor called the ordeal “one of the most challenging and difficult things we’ve ever had to endure.” Johnson said he and his family caught the virus from close family friends.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
COLORADO 9 – San Francisco 6
… The Rockies overcame a 6-1 sixth-inning deficit to upend the Giants. Sam Hilliard homered with a runner aboard and singled home a run. Garrett Hampson smacked a solo homer.

N.Y. Mets 9 – BALTIMORE 4… Michael Conforto went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs in leading the Mets past the Orioles. Pete Alonso also went deep.

Toronto 2 – MIAMI 1… Blue Jays starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1) held the Marlins to a run on five hits over six innings. Lourdes Gurriel provided all the offense Toronto needed with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning.

CINCINNATI 4 – St. Louis 3… Joey Votto singled home Shoto Akiyama with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati.

Tampa Bay 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Mike Brosseau and Randy Arozarena hit two-run homers in the top of the first inning and Brosseau added a solo blast in the fourth as the Rays cruised past the Yankees.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Washington 0… Zack Wheeler (4-0) pitched three-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout of the Nationals. Jay Bruce homered and Neil Walker stroked a two-run single for Philadelphia.

Atlanta 7 – BOSTON 5… The Braves rallied past the Red Sox to complete a three-game sweep. Adam Duvall hit three home runs a night after teammate Marcell Ozuna did it, making them the first teammates in major league history to perform the feat in consecutive games.

MILWAUKEE 8 – Detroit 5… The Brewers overcame an early four-run deficit to top the Tigers. Keston Hiura belted a three-run homer. Jace Peterson added a two-run blast.

Cleveland 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Tyler McKenzie (2-0) limited the Royals to three hits over six innings and three relievers completed the blanking of the Royals. Tyler Naquin went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and drove in all five Cleveland runs.

HOUSTON 2 – Texas 1… Michael Brantley connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Astros held off the Rangers. Cristian Javier (4-1) gave up a run on two hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Chi. Cubs 8 – PITTSBURGH 2… Javier Baez blasted a three-run homer, Antony Rizzo drove in a pair of runs and the Cubs handled the Pirates. Kyle Hendricks (4-4) surrendered a run on six hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 8 – Chi. White Sox 1… Jose Berrios (3-3) allowed just a run on three hits over six innings as the Twins breezed past the White Sox. Jake Cave homered and singled home a run. Miguel Sano also went deep.

San Diego 11 – L.A. ANGELS 4… The Padres erupted to score eight runs in the top of the eighth inning and put away the Angels. Eric Hosmer’s three-run homer capped the uprising. Jurickson Profar homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Arizona 2 (10 innings)… The Dodgers came up with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to outlast the Diamondbacks. Chris Taylor laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt and came around to score the winning run on Smith’s single. Mookie Betts homered in the ninth for L.A.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) are at Pittsburgh (Drew Holland, 1-2)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 4-1)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 1-4) is at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0) host the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 1-1)…
San Diego (Mike Clevinger, 1-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 2-2)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 2-4) hosts Toronto (Taijuan Walker, 2-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 4-2) are at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBD) host Arizona (TBD)…

TOM SEAVER DIES… Three-time Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver died on Monday of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 75. Seaver pitched for the Mets, Reds, White Sox and Red Sox over 20 seasons, winning 311 games and leading the National League in strikeouts five times between 1970 and 76. He and Christy Mathewson are the only pitchers to record 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts and an ERA below 3.00.

YANKEES-RAY DUST-UP DRAWS SUSPENSIONS… Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman three games and also handed down one-game suspensions to Rays manager Kevin Cash and Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The discipline stems from their actions during and after Tuesday night’s game when the teams got in a scuffle following the final out. Both Cash and Boone served their suspensions last night.

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE (semifinal)
Miami 116 – Milwaukee 114… Jimmy Butler made two free throws at the end of regulation to lift the Heat over the Bucks and give them a 2-0 lead in the series. Goran Dragic’s 23 points led seven players in double figures. Game 3 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
Houston 104 – Oklahoma City 102… The Rockets held on at the end to down the Thunder in Game 7 of their first-round series and advance to take on the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals beginning tomorrow. Eric Gordon and Robert Covington scored 21 points apiece. Covington also had 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook tossed in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
Toronto vs. Boston in Game 3 with the Celtics leading 2-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL (in Edmonton)
Colorado 4 – Dallas 0… Goalie Michael Hutchison stopped all 27 shots and the Avalanche skated past the Stars to set up tomorrow’s Game 7. Cale Maker netted the go-ahead goal in the second period. Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 6 with the Islanders leading 3-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Vegas vs. Vancouver in Game 6 with the Golden Knights leading 3-2

The Rundown for September 1, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,030,782 and the nation’s death toll stands at 183,596, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The House subcommittee on economic and consumer policy yesterday opened an investigation into federal contracts negotiated by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro in response to the cancelation of a ventilator contract with Netherland-based Royal Philips. Philips announced yesterday announced a partial termination of a $646 million contract it signed in April with the Department of Health and Human Services. The contract ordered 2,500 ventilators by the end of May and 43,000 ventilators by the end of 2020. Philips say it will instead provide only 12,300 bundled ventilator configurations to the national stockpile by the end of August.

BIDEN SPEAKS IN PITTSBURGH… Speaking at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh yesterday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Trump of “stoking violence in our cities.” Biden vowed to make the country safer and cited his record as vice president when violent crime fell 15 percent in the U.S. while the murder rate is up 26 percent now under Trump. Biden said he sought to help end “violence in every form it takes,” including “unwarranted police shooting,” and excessive force. He also said that he wanted to make clear that the “senseless violence of looting and burning and destruction of property” was not protesting, but lawlessness and should be prosecuted.

APPEALS COURT WEAKENS CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENAS… An appeals court yesterday weakened the power of U.S. House investigative committees to demand in-person testimony by ruling that the lawmakers have no authority to issue subpoenas without first passing a law permitting it. The 2-1 decision by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals stems from the Trump administration’s dismissal of legal summonses by House lawmakers. Trump’s private attorney and former White House Counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena to testify in May 2019 about possible obstruction of justice in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the ruling and warned that it threatens Congress’ ability “to conduct oversight on behalf of the American people.”

MICHAEL FLYNN LOSES BID FOR CASE DISMISSAL… The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday rejected a bid by former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn to have his criminal case immediately dismissed. The ruling also rejected Flynn’s request for a new judge. Flynn twice pleaded guilty lying to FBI agents in January 2017 about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kisliyak, but the Justice Department declared in May that it wanted to abandon the prosecution and set Flynn free. Attorney General William Barr claimed that Flynn’s false statements to the FBI weren’t material to any open investigation and were therefore not a violation of the law.

MORE POLICE PRESENCE IN PORTLAND… State police and law enforcement from neighboring suburbs were sent to Portland, Oregon, yesterday as part of Governor Kate Brown’s plan to allow for peaceful protest while cracking down on lawlessness. The extra law-enforcement presence follows weekend clashes between President Trump supporters and counter-demonstrators that included in a fatal shooting. Unrest continued in the city last night and police declared a riot. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler warned on Sunday that violence could escalate, as members of the right-wing Patriot Prayer militia group are seeking to avenge the killing of one of their its supporters.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FRESH PRINCE’ REUNION
… Cast members Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff have reportedly signed on to participate in a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion special for HBO Max. The show will be taped on September 10 and air it close to Thanksgiving, according to the network. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” ran from 1990-1996 on NBC. The story centers on a boy from Philadelphia whose mother sends him to live with his rich aunt and uncle in stuffy Bel-Air, California.

MORE CHARGES FOR RON JEREMY… Los Angeles County prosecutors yesterday filed an additional 20 sexual assault charges going back to 2004 against adult film star Ron Jeremy. The 67-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the new charges as well as to earlier charges filed in June. The new charges include eight rapes of 12 women and participating in lewd conduct with a 15-year-old girl. The charges followed a two-year sheriff’s investigation.

SPORTS
MLB TRADE DEADLINE DEALS

San Diego acquired RHP Mike Clevinger, OF Greg Allen and a player to be named later from Cleveland in exchange for for C Austin Hedges, 1B/OF Josh Naylor, RHP Cal Quantrill, SS Gabriel Arias, IF Owen Miller and LHP Joey Cantillo; the Padres also acquired RHP Taylor Williams from Seattle for a player to be named later…

Cincinnati acquired RHP Archie Bradley from Arizona for OF Stuart Fairchild and UTL Josh VanMeter. The Reds also acquire OF Brian Goodwin from Angels for LHP Packy Naughton and a PTBN or cash…

Oakland acquired LHP Mike Minor from Texas for two players to be named later…

Miami acquired OF Starling Marte from Arizona for LHP Caleb Smith, RHP Humberto Mejía and a player to be named later…

Philadelphia acquired RHP David Phelps from Milwaukee for three players to be named later…

Toronto acquired LHP Robbie Ray and cash from Arizona for LHP Travis Bergen. The Blue Jays also acquired IF/OF Jonathan Villar from Miami for a player to be named later and RHP Ross Stripling from the L.A. Dodgers for two PTBN…

Colorado acquired OF Kevin Pillar and cash from Boston for a player to be named later or cash and international bonus pool money…

the N.Y. Mets acquired RHP Miguel Castro from Baltimore for Kevin Smith and a player to be named later or cash. The Mets also acquired C Robinson Chirinos, 1B/3B Todd Frazier and cash from Texas for two players to be named later…

the Chi. Cubs acquired Josh Osich from Boston for a player to be named later or cash and Andrew Chafin and cash from Arizona for a player to be named later or cash. The Cubs also acquired OF Cameron Maybin from Detroit for IF Zack Short.

MLB SCORES
Miami 5 – N.Y. Mets 3
… Miguel Rojas singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning as the Marlins topped the Mets. Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson hit solo homers for Miami.

Baltimore 4 – TORONTO 3 (11 innings)… Jose Iglesias and Bryan Holaday stroked run-scoring doubles in the top of the 11th inning as the Orioles outlasted the Blue Jays. Iglesias opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first.

Seattle 2 – L.A. ANGELS 1… Marco Gonzalez allowed just a run on four hits in a complete-game effort and the Mariners clipped the Angels. Jose Marmolejos’ homer in the sixth proved to be the difference.

St. Louis 7 – CINCINNATI 5… Paul DeJong unloaded a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning and the Cardinals held off the Reds. Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Tampa Bay 5 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Tyler Glasnow (2-1) pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings as the Rays topped the Yankees. Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier homered for Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia 8 – WASHINGTON 6… Rhys Hoskins smacked a solo homer and doubled home two runs as the Phillies got past the Nationals. Jean Segura gapped a bases-clearing double. Jay Bruce homered with the bases empty.

Atlanta 6 – BOSTON 3… Austin Riley delivered the big blow with a bases-loaded triple in the top of the fifth inning and the Braves doubled up on the Red Sox. Austin Duvall homered. Max Fried (6-0) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Pittsburgh 5… Orlando Arcia delivered a pinch-hit tie-breaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to push the Brewers past the Pirates. Keston Hiura homered. Ben Gamel went 3-for-3 and knocked in a run.

KANSAS CITY 2 – Cleveland 1… Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling produced RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Royals over the Indians.

Chi. White Sox 8 – MINNESOTA 5… Rookie Luis Robert homered in the top of the seventh to tie the game and doubled home the go-ahead run to spark a three-run ninth-inning rally. Jose Abreu lined a two-run double.

San Diego 6 – COLORADO 0… Five Padres pitchers combined in the shutout of the Rockies. Wil Myers homered. Fernando Tatis Jr. provided all the offense San Diego needed with a two-run triple in the top of the third inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Kwang-Hyun Kim, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 5-1)…
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Julian Merryweather, 0-0)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-2) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 3-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 1-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 2-1)…
Tampa Bay (Trevor Richards, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Boston (Ryan Weber, 0-0) hosts Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Franklyn Kilome, 0-0) are at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 1-3)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-3) hosts Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-1) is at Kansas City (Matt Harvey, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 5-2)…
Texas (Luis Garcia, 0-0) is at Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-2)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 2-3) hosts San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 1-2)…
Arizona (Alex Young, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Miami 115 – Milwaukee 104
… The Heat overcame an early double-digit deficit to top the Bucks in an Eastern Conference semifinal opener. Jimmy Butler scored 14 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter. Goran Dragic added 27 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (first round)
Oklahoma City 104 – Houston 100… The Thunder came up big in the second half to beat the Rockets and force Game 7 of the Western Conference first-round series. Chris Paul pumped in 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. Dino Gallinari tossed in 25 points. Game 7 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS GAMES
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
Denver vs. Utah in Game 7

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 3 – Boston 2 (2OT)… Victor Hedman found the net with 5:50 remaining in the second overtime and the Lightning eliminated the Bruins in Game 5 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in six seasons. Brayden Point and Kevin Shattenkirk each had two assists. Tampa Bay awaits the winner of the Philadelphia-N.Y. Islanders series.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado 6 – Dallas 3… The Avalanche opened with a five-goal first period and never looked back in downing the Stars to pull within 3-2 in the series. Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and assisted on another. Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantenan each had a goal and an assist. Game 6 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

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

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

The Rundown for August 21, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,573,847 and the nation’s death toll stands at 174,255, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Public health officials in Nebraska’s panhandle region have linked coronavirus cases to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that occurred in South Dakota earlier this month. At least seven new cases following an event that ended Sunday after drawing nearly a half-million bikes.

BIDEN ACCEPTS NOMINATION… Joe Biden vowed to be an “ally of the light” as he accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on last night’s fourth and final night of the party’s convention. The former vice president declared that November’s general election will be “life-changing” after President Trump has “cloaked America in darkness.” Biden pledged to combat climate change, defend social security and Medicare, stand with U.S. allies while not “cozying up to dictators” and urged this generation to become the one that “finally wipes the stain of racism from our national character.” Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang and Mike Bloomberg spoke prior to Biden’s acceptance. Other speakers included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

STEVE BANNON ARRESTED… Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon was arrested yesterday morning by inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service after the Southern District of New York indicted him for allegedly siphoning money from the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign for personal expenses. The campaign, which raised $25 million to use in helping President Trump build a wall along the border with Mexico, carried endorsements from the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr. Bannon was taken into custody aboard aboard a luxury yacht owned by business associate Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who fled to the U.S. in 2014 after being accused of corruption, bribery, kidnapping, rape and other charges. Bannon pleaded not guilty later yesterday and was released on a $5 million bond. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that federal and state authorities were probing a business Bannon launched with Guo in spring.

FEDERAL JUDGE OKAYS TRUMP TURNING OVER DOCUMENTS… A federal judge yesterday rejected President Trump’s bid to prevent New York prosecutors from obtaining his tax records for a grand jury investigation into his finances. Trump’s attorneys failed to convince Judge Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan that the subpoena for the documents issued by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is a bad-faith “fishing expedition” and overly broad. Vance’s subpoena seeks Trump’s personal tax returns dating to 2011 from the Mazars USA accounting firm. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Trump attorney efforts to block the subpoena on grounds of “absolute presidential immunity” from state criminal laws.

TOP OFFICIALS SUPPORTED FAMILY-SEPARATION POLICY… NBC News reported yesterday that Trump senior adviser had the support of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top White House officials at a meeting to press the policy of separating migrant children from their parents in 2018. The “zero tolerance policy” that Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacted prosecuted all immigrants crossing the border, even those who arrived legally and sought asylum. According to the report, Miller proposed the policy, which passed in a show-of-hands vote.

ENTERTAINMENT
CBS TO ADAPT SARAH COOPER BOOK
… Comedian and social-media sensation Sarah Cooper has signed a deal with CBS to adapt one of her books into a TV series. “How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings” is described as a single-camera comedy centered on three women at a male-dominated company who help one another navigate modern gender politics in their careers and in their personal lives. Cooper, who rose to fame online with her lip-sync impressions of President Trump, is set to host a Netflix comedy special that premieres in fall.

NETFLIX RESPONDS TO ‘CUTIES’ BACKLASH… Netflix offered an apology yesterday in announcing that it is removing a promotional image it had been using for the film “Cuties.” The poster and trailer for the award-winning French drama had sparked online backlash for showing young girls posing in skimpy outfits. The show follows an 11-year-old girl who joins a dance group and its maker insists it is meant to tackle the issue of sexualization of young girls. It premieres September 9.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
TORONTO 3 – Philadelphia 2
… Lourdes Gurriel Jr. chopped a single over a drawn-in infield to score Teoscar Hernandez with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning as the Blue Jays took the doubleheader opener.

TORONTO 9 – Philadelphia 8… The Blue Jays erupted to score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 7-2 deficit and held on to edge the Phillies and complete a sweep of the twinbill. Rowdy Tellez homered and delivered a go-ahead two-run single.

Tampa Bay 10 – N.Y. YANKEES 5… Mike Zunino belted a three-run homer during a five-run top of the sixth inning as the Rays finished off a sweep of the Yankees and moved into first place in the AL East. Yandy Diaz homered with a runner aboard.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Detroit 0… Lucas Giolito (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 13 as the White Sox walloped the Tigers to finish a four-game sweep. Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez homered. Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs.

Houston 10 – COLORADO 8… The Astros mounted five-run rallies in the tops of the second and fifth innings in slugging their way past the Rockies for their eighth straight win. Abraham Toro-Hernandez struck the big blow with a three-run homer.

Cleveland 2 – PITTSBURGH 0… Shane Bieber (5-0) scattered six hits and fanned 11 over six innings and four relievers completed the Indians’ shutout of the Pirates.

MINNESOTA 7 – Milwaukee 1… Jose Berrios (2-3) limited the Brewers to one hit over six scoreless innings and got plenty of support in the Twins’ victory. Nelson Cruz homered with a runner aboard.

L.A. Dodgers 6 – SEATTLE 1… Clayton Kershaw (3-1) surrendered a run on four hits and struck out 11 over seven innings as the Dodgers cruised past the Mariners. Cody Bellinger singled in a run and homered.

Boston 7 – BALTIMORE 1… Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi (2-2) held the Orioles to a run on five hits over five innings. Xavier Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland went deep for Boston.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Texas 7 (10 innings)… Wil Myers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Padres past the Rangers. Eric Hosmer’s bases-loaded homer in the fourth made San Diego the first team in major league history to hit grand slams in four straight games.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Cincinnati 4… Kolten Wong’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a three-run rally that carried the Cardinals over the Reds. Yadier Molina knocked in three runs with a pair of singles.

OAKLAND 5 – Arizona 1… Matt Chapman homered twice and Matt Olson also went deep in the Athletics’ win over the Diamondbacks. Sean Manaea (1-2) gave up a run on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 10 – L.A. Angels 5… Wilmer Flores lined a two-run single and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Giants past the Angels. Brandon Crawford also went deep for San Francisco.

N.Y. Mets – MIAMI (ppd)… Last night’s Mets-Marlins game was postponed after two individuals in the Mets organization tested positive for coronavirus. The Mets-Yankees game scheduled for tonight also has been postponed.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-1)…
Tampa Bay (Matt Shoemaker, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-1)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0) is at Cleveland (Adam Plutko, 1-1)…
Baltimore (John Means, 0-0) hosts Boston (Phillips Valdez, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0) is at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 1-2)…
the Chi Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0) host the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 3-2)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 1-1) is at St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 0-0)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 0-0) hosts Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0)…
Houston (Lance McCullors, 2-1) is at San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 0-0)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 2-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 1-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-2) hosts Arizona (Robbie Ray, 1-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS (first-round)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Miami 109 – Indiana 100… Duncan Robinson knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 24 points and the Heat topped the Pacers to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Goran Dragic added 20 points. Game 3 is tomorrow.

Milwaukee 111 – Orlando 96… The Bucks built a 21-point halftime lead and coasted past the Magic to even the series at a game apiece. Giannis Antetokounmpo piled up 28 points and 20 rebounds. Brook Lopez tossed in 20 points. Game 3 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston 111 – Oklahoma City 98
… The Rockets rallied past the Magic in the fourth quarter to to up 2-0 in the series. James Harden scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures. Game 3 is tomorrow.

L.A. Lakers 111 – Portland 88… The Lakers routed the Trail Blazers to bring the series even at 1-1. Anthony Davis had 31 points and 11 boards. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Toronto vs. Brooklyn in Game 3 with the Raptors leading 2-0…
Boston vs. Philadelphia in Game 3 with the Celtics leading 2-0

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

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
N.Y. Islanders 4 – Washington 0… Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 21 shots and the Islanders blanked the Capitals to wrap up the series in five games. Anthony Beauvillier found the net twice. Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Dallas 6 – Calgary 3… The Stars skated past the Flames after spotting them an early three-goal lead and captured the series with the Game 6 victory. Denis Gurianov scored three of his four goals during a five-goal second period.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Philadelphia vs. Montreal in Game 6 with the Flyers leading the series 3-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
St. Louis vs. Vancouver in Game 6 with the Canucks leading the series 3-2

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

July 22, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 3,902,058 and the death toll stands at 142,066, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Trump warned during a White House briefing that the pandemic in the U.S. will probably “get worse before it gets better.” Florida recorded a new high for hospitalizations yesterday, as an additional 518 hospital admissions were reported. The 9,440 new cases reported marked the first time in seven days that the state’s total was below 10,000.

HOUSE PASSES DEFENSE BILL… The House yesterday passed a $741 billion annual defense spending bill by a bipartisan 295-to-125 vote. The bill is expected to pass in the Senate but faces a possible veto by President Trump, who has object to its provision calling for the removal of Confederate leaders’ names from U.S. military bases. The bill also includes a 3 percent pay raise for U.S. troops.

BIDEN UNVEILS ECONOMIC PLAN… Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden yesterday unveiled a $775 billion economic plan that would build thousands of new child-care centers nationwide and include new tax credits for children, seniors and disabled Americans. The plan offers $8,000 in tax credits for most families with one child and $16,000 for those with two or more children. It would also expand after-school, weekend and summer care programs for children and provide free pre-kindergarten education.

OHIO HOUSE SPEAKER ARRESTED… Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested by FBI agents at his rural farm. Yesterday for his role in a $60 million bribery scheme allegedly involving state officials and associates. Householder, a Republican, represents a district east of Columbus. He and four others were each charged with “conspiracy to participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of an enterprise’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity,” which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. The charges are related to a law passed last year that bailed out two Ohio nuclear power plants while gutting subsidies for renewable energy and energy efficiency. According to a federal complaint, Householder and his associates conducted a years-long bribery campaign to build support for Householder’s bid to become House speaker and help get the nuclear bailout law passed.

14 WOUNDED IN CHICAGO SHOOTINGS… A mass shooting targeting people attending a funeral in Auburn Gresham community of Chicago left at least 14 people wounded. Witnesses say occupants inside a black vehicle opened fire at attendees gathered at a funeral home for a solemn ceremony to remember a victim of gun violence. Police reported that at least 60 shell casings were found at the scene.

ENTERTAINMENT
HBO ORDERS BRIDGET EVERETT COMEDY SERIES
… HBO announced yesterday that actress, comedian and singer Bridget Everett has signed on to star in a new comedy series. “Somebody Somewhere” follows a story inspired by Everett’s life growing up in Kansas. Everett plays a woman who is “a true Kansan on the surface” but secretly struggles “to fit the hometown mold.” She recently co-starred in the HBO series “Camping.”

MADDOW INTERVIEW OF MARY TRUMP SETS MSNBC RECORD… Rachel Maddow’s one-hour interview with President Trump’s niece Mary Trump last Thursday was the most-watched regularly-scheduled show ever on MSNBC. According to the Nielsen Company, 5.2 million people tuned in to view the discussion about Mary Trump’s memoir about her uncle’s family. “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” pre-sold nearly 1 million copies and first-week sales figures are due later this week.

SPORTS
NFL COVID TESTING COSTLY
… The NFL’s protocol for thorough COVID-19 testing this season will cost “about $75M,” Sports Business Daily reported yesterday. According to the report, BioReference Laboratories will be charging a flat fee covering up to 120 tests per team per day, with extra tests available at $125 each. The teams will pay 1/32nd of the total fee, and they will individually pay for any extra tests that they require.