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 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENER SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for July 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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