The Rundown for September 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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

The Rundown for August 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,867,785 and the nation’s death toll stands at 180,824, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey and New York announced yesterday that they won’t heed new federal health officials’ calls to reduce COVID-19 testing of some exposed to the virus. The states plan to continue to test asymptomatic people who have been exposed… North Carolina State University has asked all students living on campus to vacate by September 6 due to the “rapid spread” of the coronavirus. The school documented 325 cases out of 3,105 tests administered from August 20 to August 26.

TRUMP ACCEPTS NOMINATION… President Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for a second term last night to cap the fourth and final day of the Republican National Convention. Trump delivered a speech from the White House South Lawn despite accusations he was illegally using the executive residence as a political prop. Trump attacked Democratic rival Joe Biden, warning that a Biden victory in November would only worsen the nation’s civil unrest and coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and daughter Ivanka Trump were among the evening’s speakers.

KAMALA HARRIS RIPS TRUMP IN SPEECH… Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris delivered a blistering speech blasting President Trump for failing to protect Americans from the coronavirus pandemic. Harris charged that Trump “caved” when he needed “to be tough” with the Chinese government over its refusal to share information about the virus. “Donald Trump stood idly by and, folks, it was a deadly decision,” Harris said.

NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED IN KENOSHA… About 150 National Guard troops were deployed to Kenosha, Wisconsin, yesterday to help calm demonstrations that have erupted over Sunday’s police shooting of a Black man and the fatal shootings of two protesters on Tuesday night. Yesterday, federal prosecutors charged the suspect in the protester shootings, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, with two counts of homicide as well as attempted homicide and recklessly endangering the lives of others.

LAURA ARRIVES… At least six deaths are being blamed on Laura, which made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early yesterday as a Category 4 hurricane. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were without electricity in Louisiana and Texas. Laura weakened to a Category 2 storm almost immediately after moving over land, and was later downgraded to a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center had warned the storm could bring catastrophic impact and “unsurvivable” storm surge.

ENTERTAINMENT
R. KELLY ATTACKED IN JAIL
… R. Kelly was reportedly attacked by another inmate at a federal jail in Chicago on Tuesday night, the R&B singer’s lawyers said yesterday. The 53-year-old Kelly was allegedly on his bed at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center when another inmate approached him and began to punch him, according to attorney Doug Anton. Guards quickly stopped the attack and Kelly was not injured.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, BLAKE LIVELY PAIRED IN COMEDY FILM… “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively are pairing up as stars of a new romantic comedy film. “The Making Of” co-stars Richard Gere and Diane Keaton in the story about a pair of married filmmakers who cast actors to play younger versions of themselves in a movie about their romance as their marriage is falling apart. Gere and Keaton play the filmmakers. Miranda and Lively were cast as actors.

SPORTS
MORE MLB GAMES POSTPONED
… Seven MLB games scheduled for yesterday were postponed as players throughout the league chose not to play in response to Sunday’s police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Marlins and Mets took the field and observed a 42-second moment of silence in a nod to today’s observance of Jackie Robinson Day. The teams then walked back off the field as Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson draped a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over home plate. Other games postponed were: Rockies-D-backs, A’s-Rangers, Twins-Tigers, Red Sox-Blue Jays, Rays-Orioles and Phillies-Nationals. Yesterday’s action consisted of four doubleheaders.

MLB SCORES
SAN DIEGO 10 – Seattle 7
… Wil Myers’ walkoff three-run homer capped a seven-run uprising in the seventh (and final) inning and the Padres upended the Mariners in the opener of a doubleheader. Manny Machado hit two solo homers and stroked a two-run single.

Seattle 8 – SAN DIEGO 3… The Mariners opened with a six-run top of the first inning and never looked back in downing the Padres to claim a split of the twinbill. Jose Marmolejos unloaded a grand slam. Shed Long added a solo shot.

Pittsburgh 4 – ST. LOUIS 3… Cole Tucker stroked a go-ahead RBI single to spark a three-run top of the eighth inning that carried the Pirates past the Cardinals in the doubleheader opener. Jacob Stallings had a couple of hits and knocked in a run.

Pittsburgh 2 – ST. LOUIS 0… Cody Ponce (1-1) scattered five hits over 5-2/3 innings and two relievers did the rest as the Pirates blanked the Cardinals to finish a sweep of the twinbill. Erik Gonzalez and Adam Frazier produced run-scoring singles in the top of the third inning.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Clayton Kershaw (4-1) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and reliever Josh Sborz worked the seventh and final inning as the Dodgers blanked the Giants in the doubleheader opener. A.J. Pollock blasted a two-run homer.

L.A. Dodgers 2 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Seven pitchers combined to hold the Giants scoreless and the Dodgers made it back-to-back shutouts in sweeping the twinbill. Joc Pederson’s solo homer in the top of the second inning provided all the offense L.A. needed.

Cincinnati 6 – MILWAUKEE 1… Jesse Winkler went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and three RBIs in leading the Reds past the Brewers in the doubleheader opener. Nick Castellanos also had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.

Cincinnati 6 – MILWAUKEE 0… Three pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Reds blanked the Brewers and completed a sweep of the twinbill. Eugenio Suarez homered with a runner aboard.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Minnesota (Matt Wisler, 0-0; TBA) is at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-0; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 2-1; Chad Green, 2-1) host the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0; Steven Matz, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 3-3) are at Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 0-0)…
Miami (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Humberto Mejia, 0-0)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-1) is at Boston (Martin Perez, 2-3)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-3) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Drew Holland, 1-1)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-1) host San Diego (Zach Davies, 4-2)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-1) is at Houston (Lance McCullers, 2-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-2) host Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 1-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

NBA PLAYERS VOTE TO RESUME SEASON… NBA players yesterday voted in favor of resuming the playoffs, according to ESPN. The league has yet to announce a rescheduling but it’s expected that games postponed on Wednesday will be played Saturday and yesterday’s games will be played on Sunday.

NHL GAMES RESCHEDULED… NHL players opted to sit out yesterday’s and today’s scheduled games in calling attention to systemic racism and police brutality. The games impacted are Game 3 between the Philadelphia and the N.Y. Islanders, Game 3 between Vegas and Vancouver, Game 4 between Tampa Bay and Boston and Game 4 between Colorado and Dallas. The NHL plans to reschedule the games beginning tomorrow.

The Rundown for August 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for August 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENER SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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