The Rundown for August 20, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,529,437 and the nation’s death toll stands at 173,145 according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Food and Drug Administration has put its emergency authorization for blood plasma as a COVID-19 treatment on hold after top federal health officials warned that evidence for the effectiveness of the treatment was too weak, according to the New York Times. President Trump had previously touted plasma as a “beautiful ingredient” and encouraged its use.

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION DAY 3… California Senator Kamala Harris accepted the nomination to be the Democratic candidate for vice president last night on Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention. In her acceptance speech, Harris credited her mother’s influence in guiding her into politics and criticized President Trump’s “failure of leadership,” particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Former President Barack Obama spoke live from Philadelphia and warned voters that the Trump administration would “tear our democracy down if that’s what it takes for them to win.”

HOUSE DEMS UNVEIL POSTAL SERVICE LEGISLATION… House Democrats yesterday unveiled legislation that would require same-day processing for mail-in ballots and pump $25 billion into the postal service. The legislation would also cancel recent changes enacted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed to the post in May despite having no postal or government experience. Ninety House Democrats signed on their names to a letter sent to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors urging DeJoy removal, claiming he had used his stewardship to “sabotage” the agency. A vote on the measure is scheduled for Saturday.

ACA LAWSUIT WON’T BE HEARD BEFORE ELECTION… The Republican-led lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act won’t be decided until after Election Day. The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear the case on November 10. The lawsuit was filed by an 18-state coalition led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. It argues the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was rendered unconstitutional by President Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul, which removed “the only constitutional basis for the law: the tax penalty in Obamacare’s individual mandate.”

MORE BLAZES IN CALIFORNIA… Fire officials say nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in Northern California sparked at least 60 fires. There are now more than 367 wildfires burning across the state and they have consumed more than 300,000 acres and threatened the lives of residents and homes. The fires have spread quickly in parched terrain and prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR BEN CROSS DIES
… Actor Ben Cross, who was best known for his roles in “Chariots of Fire” and 2009’s “Star Trek,” died earlier this week, family members have confirmed. He was 72. Cross starred as Harold Abrahams in the 1981’s “Chariots of Fire,” which won four Oscars, including Best Picture. He will appear posthumously in the upcoming film “The Devil’s Light” and the Netflix movie “Last Letter from Your Lover.”

‘PINOCCHIO’ CAST EXPANDS… Cate Blanchett and Ron Perlman have signed on to the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion musical film “Pinocchio.” The cast already includes Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz and John Turturro. The film will be set during the rise of fascism in 1930s Italy.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
ST. LOUIS 9 – Chi. Cubs 3
… Matt Carpenter unloaded a grand slam in the top of the first inning and the Cardinals never looked back in taking the opener of a doubleheader.

Chi. Cubs 4 – ST. LOUIS 2… David Bote stroked a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the seventh and final inning to push the Cubs past the Cardinals for a split of the twinbill.

KANSAS CITY 4 – Cincinnati 0… Brad Keller (3-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and reliever Trevor Rosenthal retired the final batter in the Reds’ blanking of the Royals in a doubleheader opener.

Cincinnati 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Trevor Bauer (3-0) allowed just one hit and struck out nine in shutting out the Royals in the seven-inning twinbill nightcap. Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez and Curt Casali homered for Cincinnati.

Toronto 5 – BALTIMORE 2… Randal Grichuk homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the series.

BOSTON 6 – Philadelphia 3… Rafael Devers homered with a runner aboard and doubled home a run as the Red Sox doubled up on the Phillies for their first win in 10 games.

Tampa Bay 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Mike Brousseau delivered a pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to help the Rays get past the Yankees. Ji-Man Choi and Mike Zunino homered for Tampa Bay.

Cleveland 6 – PITTSBURGH 1… Aaron Civale (3-2) surrendered a run on five hits in a complete game victory over the Pirates. Carlos Santana belted a three-run homer and Domingo Santana lined a bases-clearing double for the Indians.

N.Y. Mets 5 – MIAMI 3… Michael Conforto’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning carried the Mets past the Marlins. Dominic Smith and Luis Guillorme both had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Milwaukee 9 – MINNESOTA 3… Avisail Garcia singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard as the Brewers cruised past the Twins. Christian Yelich also hit a two-run homer. Ryan Braun and Keston Hiura added solo shots.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Detroit 3… Jose Abreu’s solo homer broke an eighth-inning tie and Edwin Encarnacion followed with his second homer of the game in the White Sox win.

Houston 13 – COLORADO 6… Kyle Tucker homered, legged out two triples and finished with four RBIs in the Astros’ romp over the Rockies. Martin Maldonado, George Springer and Carlos Correa also went deep for Houston.

SAN DIEGO 6 – Texas 3 (10 innings)… Manny Machado connected for a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Padres outlasted the Rangers. San Diego also got homers from Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jurickson Profar.

OAKLAND 4 – Arizona 1… Jesus Luzardo (2-0) pitched four-hit ball over 6-1/3 innings and the Athletics topped the Diamondbacks. Robbie Grossman lined a two-run double and Mark Canha hit a two-run homer for Oakland.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – L.A. Angels 2… Wilmer Flores blasted a three-run homer and singled home a run to lead the Giants past the Angels. Austin Slater added a two-run blast. Johnny Cueto (2-0) allowed two runs on four hits over 5-2/3 innings.

SEATTLE 6 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Austin Nola opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and blasted a three-run homer during a four-run bottom of the sixth inning for the Mariners.

ATLANTA – Washington (ppd)… Rain in Atlanta forced postponement of last night’s Braves-Nationals game. It has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on September 4.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0; Spencer Howard, 0-0) is at Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-0; Trent Thornton, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 1-1) host Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0)…
Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 2-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 1-2)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 2-3) hosts Houston (Cristian Javier, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 0-0) are at Miami (Daniel Castano, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 1-3) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-1) is at Minnesota (Jose Barrios, 1-3)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 2-1)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-2) is at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 1-2)…
San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 2-1) hosts Texas (Kyle Gibson, 1-2)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 4-1) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-0)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Alex Young, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1) are at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS (first-round openers)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Toronto 104 – Brooklyn 99
… The Raptors used a fourth-quarter rally to overtake the Nets and take a 2-0 series lead. Fred VanVleet scored a 24 points and dished off 10 assists. Normal Powell added 24 points off the bench. Game 3 is tomorrow.

Boston 128 – Philadelphia 101… Jayson Tatum pumped in 33 points as the Celtics handled the 76ers to go up 2-0 in the series. Kemba Walker added 22 points. Jaylen Brown tossed in 20 points. Game 3 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Utah 124 – Denver 105
… The Jazz put the game away with a big third quarter and evened the series at a game apiece. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 30 points. Jeremy Clarkson had 26 points off the bench. Game 3 is tomorrow.

Dallas 127 – L.A. Clippers 114… The Mavericks fought off the Clippers to even the series at 1-1. Luka Doncic scored 28 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 23 for Dallas. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Indiana vs. Miami in Game 2 with the Heat leading 1-0…
Milwaukee vs. Orlando in Game 2 with the Bucks leading 1-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston vs. Oklahoma City in Game 2 with the Rockets leading 1-0
the L.A. Lakers vs. Portland in Game 2 with the Trail Blazers leading 1-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 5 – Columbus 4 (OT)… The Lightning came from two goals down in the third period to eliminate the Blue Jackets in Game 5. Brayden Point found the net 5:12 into overtime. Anthony Cerelli had a goal and an assist.

Boston 2 – Carolina 1… Patrice Bergeron netted a tie-breaking goal with 3.5 seconds left in the second period and the Bruins made it stand in wrapping up the series with a Game 5 victory. Bergeron and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist. David Pastrnak assisted on both goals.

Montreal 5 – Philadelphia 3… Nick Suzuki scored a go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Canadiens went on to down the Flyers and pull within 3-2 in the series. Joel Armia netted two goals for Montreal. Game 6 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado 7 – Arizona 1… The Avalanche skated past the Coyotes to capture the series in five games. Nazem Kadri and Nate MacKinnon scored two goals apiece for Colorado. MacKinnon also had two assists.

Vancouver 4 – St. Louis 3… The Canucks scored three straight goals in the second period to take the lead for good on their way past the Blues and have gone up 3-2 in the series. Tyler Motte scored twice. J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist. Game 6 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE (in Toronto)
Washington vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 5 with the Islanders leading 3-1…
Boston vs. Carolina in Game 5 with the Bruins leading 3-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Dallas vs. Calgary for Game 6 with the Stars leading 3-2

The Rundown for August 19, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,482,370 and the nation’s death toll stands at 171,808 according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The University of Notre Dame announced yesterday that the positive tests of 80 students on Monday is forcing the school to move its undergraduate classes online for two weeks. Students won’t be sent home in the meantime. The school had re-opened classes earlier this month.

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION DAY 2… Democrats officially nominated Joe Biden for president in a virtual roll call vote last night on Day 2 of their convention. Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke from the Delaware high school where she used to teach. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell contributed his endorsement of Biden. Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Republican senator John McCain, narrated a video celebrating the “unlikely friendship” between Biden and her husband. Former president Bill Clinton went on the offensive with his claim that in the Trump administration, “there is only chaos.”

SENATE PANEL RELEASES RUSSIA REPORT… The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed troubling findings yesterday by releasing the final installment of its years-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The report concluded that Russia used Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, the WikiLeaks website and other sources to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump. Manafort allegedly collaborated with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Russian intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik and others before during and after the election. The bipartisan report found that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed the Russian efforts to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

POSTAL SERVICE SUSPENDS CHANGES… Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced yesterday that the U.S. Postal Service is suspending several of its recent changes until after the November election “to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail.” DeJoy, who will be questioned about the moves by a House panel on Friday, says the postal service will cease removing mailboxes, closing processing facilities and reducing retail hours. Additionally, he said, a leadership task force will be expanded and standby resources activated to ensure the postal service can handle the predicted surge of mail ahead of the election.

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CALIFORNIA… California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday declared a state of emergency amid an extreme heat wave that has brought dozens of wildfires. The declaration is statewide and intended to quicken access to resources in battling blazes. A complex of about 20 lightning-sparked wildfires in Northern California has prompted evacuations in five counties. The complex grew to 25,000 acres yesterday and was 0 percent contained.

ENTERTAINMENT
PROSECUTORS SEEK TWO-MONTH SENTENCE FOR LORI LOUGHLIN
… Federal prosecutors are seeking a two-month sentence for actress Lori Loughlin and a five-month sentence for her fashion-designer husband Mossimo Giannulli for their roles in the 2019 college admissions scandal. At yesterday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutors also called for Loughlin to pay a $150,000 fine and complete 100 community service hours, and for Giannulli to pay a $250,000 fine and complete 250 community service hours. The couple agreed pleaded guilty in May to charges related to a scheme to secure their daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California.

NBC EXECUTIVE RESIGNS… NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer announced he has resigned in response to an extortion attempt related to an extramarital affair. The 75-year-old Meyer revealed that he reached a settlement “under threat, with a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me.” Meyer headed the Universal film studio from 1995 to 2012 and has remained at the company in a lesser role since.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
HOUSTON 2 – Colorado
1 (11 innings)… Myles Straw singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Astros over the Rockies. Houston starter Zack Greinke and his counterpart Anthony Senzatela both pitched eight scoreless innings.

San Diego 6 – TEXAS 4… Wil Myers unloaded a grand slam in the top of the first inning, Jurickson Profar added a two-run shot in the fourth and the Padres coasted past the Rangers.

San Francisco 8 – L.A. ANGELS 2… The Giants cruised past the Angels to end their five-game skid. Pablo Sandoval homered with a runner aboard and doubled home a run. Mike Yastrzemski smacked a solo homer.

Cleveland 6 – PITTSBURGH 3 (10 innings)… Carlos Santana’s three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning sent the Indians past the Pirates.

Washington 8 – ATLANTA 5… Eric Thames had a couple of hits and drove in three runs to lead the Nationals past the Braves.

CHI. WHITE SOX 10 – Detroit 4… Tim Anderson went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the White Sox pounded the Tigers. Jose Abreu had three hits and knocked in three runs.

ARIZONA 10 – Oakland 1… The Diamondbacks opened with a five-run bottom of the first inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Athletics. Nick Ahmed went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs. Kole Calhoun also went deep. Luke Weaver (1-3) allowed a run on three hits over rive innings.

Tampa Bay 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 3… Brandon Lowe homered with two runners aboard to cap a four-run top of the third inning and the Rays doubled up on the Yankees. Austin Meadows also homered for Tampa Bay.

L.A. DODGERS 2 – Seattle 1… Austin Barnes stole second and scored on Corey Seager’s tie-breaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Dodgers hung on to edge the Mariners. L.A. starter Tony Gonsolin pitched two-hit ball over six shutout innings.

N.Y. Mets 8 – MIAMI 3… Amed Rosario homered with the bases empty and stroked a two-run single as the Mets ripped the Marlins. Brandon Nimmo had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove one two runs.

Toronto 8 – BALTIMORE 7 (10 innings)… The Blue Jays recovered to outlast the Orioles after blowing a four-run lead. Yuli Gurriel’s grounder in the top of the 10th inning brought home Travis Shaw with the decisive run.

Philadelphia 13 – BOSTON 6… The Phillies erupted to score seven runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way past the Red Sox. Bryce Harper blasted a three-run homer. Jay Bruce added a two-run shot. Rhys Hoskins and Phil Gosselin hit solo homers.

MINNESOTA 4 – Milwaukee 3 (12 innings)… The Twins outlasted the Brewers after blowing a 3-0 ninth-inning lead. Starter Kenta Maeda took a ho-hitter into the final frame and departed after giving up an Eric Sogard leadoff single. Byron Buxton raced home with the tie-breaking run in the top of the 12th on Jorge Polanco’s grounder against a five-man infield.

CHI. CUBS 6 – St. Louis 3… Ian Happ drilled a solo homer and Kyle Schwarber added a two-run shot as the Cubs cruised past he Cardinals. Yu Darvish (4-1) surrendered a run on eight hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0; Austin Gomber, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 2-1; Colin Rea, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 2-1) hosts Toronto (Tanner Roark, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 1-2) is at Boston (Kyle Hart, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0) host Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 2-2) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0) are at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 2-1)…
Kansas City (Matt Harvey, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 0-0)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill, 0-0) hosts Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 1-2) is at Colorado (Ryan Castellani, 0-0)..
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 2-2) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 3-1) is at Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-2) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-0) are at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND OPENERS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Orlando 122 – Milwaukee 110
… The Magic jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and remained in control of the Bucks. Nikola Vucevic piled up 35 points and 14 rebounds. Five other players scored in double figures for Orlando. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Miami 113 – Indiana 101… The Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to down the Pacers. Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 28 points. Goran Dragic tossed in 24 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Houston 123 – Oklahoma City 108
… James Harden scored 37 points and brought down 11 rebounds in leading the Rockets past the Thunder. Jeff Green came off the bench to deliver 22 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Portland 100 – L.A. Lakers 93… The Trail Blazers came up big in the second half to stun the Lakers. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 34 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 21 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Toronto vs. Brooklyn in Game 2 with the Raptors leading 1-0…
Boston vs. Philadelphia in Game 2 with the Celtics leading 1-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Denver vs. Utah in Game 2 with the Nuggets leading 1-0…
the L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas in Game 2 with the Clippers leading 1-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Philadelphia 2 – Montreal 0… Carter Hart stopped all 29 shots in his second straight shutout and the Flyers took a 3-1 lead in the series. Michael Raffl and Phil Myers found the net. Game 5 is today.

Washington 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Alex Ovechkin’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and the Capitals held off the Islanders to avoid a series sweep. Eugeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist. Game 5 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Dallas 2 – Calgary 1… John Klingberg scored a tying goal early in the third period and the Stars made it stand to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Goalie Anton Khudobin made 28 saves. Game 6 is tomorrow.

Vegas 4 – Chicago 3… Alex Tuch scored early in the third period to break a tie and the Golden Knights hung on to eliminate the Blackhawks with a Game 5 victory. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. Columbus for Game 5 with the Lightning leading 3-1…
Boston vs. Carolina for Game 5 with the Bruins leading 3-1…
Philadelphia vs. Montreal for Game 5 with the Flyers leading 3-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado vs. Arizona for Game 5 with the Avalanche leading 3-1…
St. Louis vs. Vancouver for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2

The Rundown for August 18, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,437,851 and the nation’s death toll stands at 170,493 according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Texas reported 51 new Covid-19-related deaths yesterday, raising the total number to 10,034 in the state… The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced yesterday that all in-person classes would shift to remote learning after more than 130 students tested positive and 349 were placed in quarantine just one week into classes.

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION OPENS… The 2020 Democratic National Convention opened last night with speakers basing their messages on social issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn hailed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as a candidate who could unify the country. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described his state’s response to the pandemic. Later in the evening, former Ohio Governor John Kasich and other Republicans pledged their support for Biden while criticizing Trump’s leadership. Biden was also lauded by his former rivals in the presidential race, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Former first lady Michelle Obama closed out the virtual event by praising Biden for his work as vice president alongside her husband, former President Barack Obama, and urging Americans to vote in November.

TRUMP APPROVES AID FOR IOWA… President Trump yesterday approved Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ request for nearly $4 billion in federal aid after a powerful derecho tore through the state last week. Reynolds sought an emergency declaration Sunday after the storm destroyed more than 10 million acres of crops, including 43% of the state’s corn and soybean yields. Hundreds of thousands of Iowans were without power.

POSTMASTER TO TESTIFY… Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform next week Tuesday about controversial changes he has implemented at the U.S. Postal Service. Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said Robert Duncan, chair of the USPS Board of Governors, will also give testimony at the hearing. Democrats have expressed concern that the changes at the USPS could impact the 2020 presidential election. DeJoy, a major donor to Republicans and committees supporting President Trump, was appointed in May.

FORMER CIA AGENT CHARGED WITH SELLING SECRETS… The Justice Department announced yesterday that a CIA veteran has been charged with selling U.S. secrets to China. Prosecutors say Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, who served in the CIA from 1967 to 1989, conspired with at least five officers from the Chinese Ministry of State Security 12 years after his retirement. Ma is accused of meeting with Chinese agents in a Hong Kong hotel room and sharing “a substantial amount of highly classified national defense information.” Ma took a job with the FBI after leaving the CIA, and allegedly used his post to obtain classified documents regarding missiles and other weapons to share with the Chinese government. According to prosecutors, Ma admitted his activities to an undercover FBI agent posing as a Chinese government representative.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHARGES IN JAM MASTER JAY KILLING
… Federal prosecutors yesterday announced murder charges against two men accused in the cold-case 2002 killing of former Run-DMC hip-hop star and deejay Jam Master Jay. A grand jury indicted Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan, Jr. were indicted by in what federal prosecutors described as a “drug-related homicide.” Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was fatally shot at his recording studio in Queens on October 30, 2002. He was 37.

WILL SMITH, KEVIN HART TEAM UP… Will Smith and Kevin Hart are putting together a remake of the 1987 comedy film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” In a social-media post, Hart said the film would be set in Philadelphia. It’s not known whether Smith or Hart plan to play the roles played by John Candy and Steve Martin in the original. Martin played a husband and father trying desperately to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. On his flight, he meets a curtain ring salesman, played by Candy, who adds to the adventure.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
St. Louis 3 – CHI. CUBS 1
… Brad Miller stroked a tie-breaking two-run double in the top of the seventh inning and the Cardinals topped the Cubs in a doubleheader opener.

CHI. CUBS 5 – St. Louis 4… David Bote’s three-run homer capped a five-run top of the sixth inning and the Cubs claimed a split of the twinbill.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Boston 3… Luke Voit homered twice and drove in three runs as the Yankees beat the Red Sox for the 10th straight time. Aaron Hicks and Thairo Estrada also went deep.

ATLANTA 7 – Miami 6… Adam Duvall and Dansby Swanson blasted two-run homers in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Braves past the Marlins.

N.Y. Mets 11 – Washington 4… Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso both homered twice to help power the Mets past the Nationals. Cano drove in four runs. Alonso was 3-for-3 and reached base five times.

Toronto 7 – BALTIMORE 2… Randal Grichuk homered and knocked in four runs as the Blue Jays cruised past the Orioles. Cavan Biggio went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Detroit 2… Tim Anderson and Luis Robert each homered twice as the White Sox cruised past the Tigers. Yoan Moncada and Danny Mendick also circled the bases.

MINNESOTA 4 – Kansas City 1… Nelson Cruz smacked a pair of solo homers in the Twins’ defeat of the Royals. Six pitchers held Kansas City at bay.

San Diego 14 – TEXAS 4… Fernando Tatis Jr. unloaded a grand slam and belted a three-run homer to lead the Padres in their rout of the Rangers.

HOUSTON 2 – Colorado 1… Carlos Correa’s two-run double in the bottom of the first inning provided all the offense the Astros needed in their win over the Rockies. Brandon Bielak (3-0) allowed only a Trevor Story homer in six innings.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – San Francisco 6… Tommy La Stella’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Angels a come-from-behind win over the Giants and snapped their four-game skid. Mike Trout also went deep for L.A.

L.A. DODGERS 11 – Seattle 9… The Dodgers rallied past the Mariners after blowing an early four-run lead. Corey Seager, Enrique Hernandez and Mookie Betts homered for L.A. Seager’s brother Kyle homered for Seattle, making them the first pair of brothers in 19 years to homer as opponents in the same game.

ARIZONA 4 – Oakland 3… David Peralta homered and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Diamondbacks topped the Athletics.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Colorado (Anthony Senzatela, 0-0) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0) hosts San Diego (Luis Perdomo, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Trevor Cahill, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 3-1)…
Arizona (Luke Walker, 0-0) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-1)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-2)…
Washington (Austin Voth, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Josh Tomlin, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0) host Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Pearson, 3-1) are at Miami (Humberto Mejia, 0-0)…
Boston (Zack Godley, 0-0) hosts Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-0)…
Toronto (Nate Pearson, 0-0) is at Baltimore (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 3-1)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-0 is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 3-1)

NBA PLAYOFFS (FIRST-ROUND OPENERS)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Toronto 134 – Brooklyn 110
… The Raptors made 22 of 44 3-point attempts in bombing the Nets. Fred VanVleet was 8-of-10 from beyond the arc and led all scorers with 30 points. Serge Ibaka delivered 22 points off the bench. Game 2 is tomorrow.

Boston 109 – Philadelphia 101… The Celtics came up big in the fourth quarter to rally past the 76ers. Jayson Tatum piled up 32 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Brown added 29 points. Game 2 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Denver 135 – Utah 125
(OT)… Jamal Murray scored 10 of his 36 points in the overtime period as the Nuggets spurted past the Jazz. Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 10 boards. Donovan Mitchell’s 57 points weren’t enough for Utah. Game 2 is tomorrow.

L.A. Clippers 118 – Dallas 110… Kawhi Leonard put up 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Clippers held off the Mavericks. Paul George tossed in 27 points. Luka Doncic scored a game-high 42 points for Dallas, which lost Kristaps Porzingis in the third quarter following his ejection for picking up his second technical foul. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE (FIRST-ROUND OPENERS)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Milwaukee (1) vs. Orlando (8)…
(4) Indiana vs Miami (5)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
L.A. Lakers (1) vs. Portland (8)…
Houston (4) vs. Oklahoma City (5)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 2 – Columbus 1… The Lightning got second period goals from Barclay Goodrow and Yanni Gourde in holding off the Blue Jackets to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves. Game 5 is tomorrow.

Boston 4 – Carolina 3… The Bruins came alive to score all four goals in the third period and upend the Hurricanes to take a 3-1 series lead. Jake DeBrusk scored twice. Brad Marchand and Connor Clifton also found the net. Game 5 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Colorado 7 – Arizona 1… The Avalanche skated past the Coyotes to take a 3-1 series lead. Nazem Kadri scored two goals and set up another. Game 5 is tomorrow.

St. Louis 3 – Vancouver 1… Ryan O’Reilly netted a pair of goals and had an assist as the Blues clipped the Canucks and evened the series at 2-2. Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist. Game 5 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
(in Toronto)
Philadelphia vs. Montreal for Game 4 with the Flyers leading 2-1…
Washington vs. the N.Y. Islanders for Game 4 with the Islanders leading 3-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE (in Edmonton)
Dallas vs. Calgary for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2…
Vegas vs. Chicago for Game 5 with the Golden Knights leading 3-1

The Rundown for August 17, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,403,213 and the nation’s death toll stands at 170,052, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state recorded a positivity rate below 1 percent for the ninth consecutive day.

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION OPENS TONIGHT… The Democratic National Convention begins tonight and runs through Thursday, when presumptive nominee Joe Biden is selected to represent the party in November’s presidential election. The event was originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, but the coronavirus has forced the move to a virtual event. Tonight’s speakers include New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who are expected to hammer the Trump administration over its handling of the pandemic.

PELOSI CALLS BACK CONGRESS… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for representatives to return to session this week for a vote on a bill to prevent the Trump administration from implementing changes to the U.S. Postal Service. In a letter she sent her colleagues last night, Pelosi accused President Trump of attempting to sabotage November’s general election by manipulating the delivery of the country’s mail. The letter was issued after Thomas Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president for the USPS, sent letters to 46 states and Washington, D.C., warning that some mail-in ballots might not be counted in time for the November election. Multiple media outlets have cited internal documents in reporting that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy had ordered the decommissioning of 671 letter sorting machines. Earlier yesterday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee demanded that DeJoy and USPS Board of Governors Chair Robert Duncan appear to testify at an August 24 oversight hearing over delays in mail delivery and how it could effect the November election.

4 DEAD IN CINCINNATI SHOOTINGS… Four people were killed and at least 14 others were injured in gunfire that broke out in different neighborhoods of Cincinnati early yesterday morning. Authorities say the shootings occurred in the Avondale, Over-the-Rhine, Walnut Hills and West Hills neighborhoods. Cincinnati police officials say their department plans to beef up the number of uniformed officers in the affected communities and call on federal prosecutors and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “to focus on repeat shooters and aggressively bring illegal gun charges.”

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES… Rare summer thunderstorms brought lightning that sparked several small blazes in Northern California yesterday. Firefighters were already busy battling other blazes in the region, including the Lake Fire, which was just 12 percent contained after burning about 28 square miles of brush and trees. Meanwhile, a fire in the Angeles National Forest has charred about 4 square miles of brush in the foothills above the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART
… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 136,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” jumped one spot to No. 2 on sales of 117,000 units. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” dropped into third place after selling 92,000 copies. Rod Wave’s “Pray 4 Love” leaped to fourth place on sales of 75,000 units. Luke Bryan’s “Born Here Live Here Die Here” debuted at No. 5 with 65,000 copies sold.

ELIZABETH DEBICKI TO PLAY LADY DI… Elizabeth Debicki has confirmed that she has signed on to play Britain’s Princess Diana in seasons 5 and 6 of the Netflix series “The Crown.” The 29-year-old actress is best known for her roles in the films “The Great Gatsby,” “The Night Manager” and “The Cloverfield Paradox.” She will join a Season 5 “The Crown” cast that features Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. The show about the royal family will end with its sixth season.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
Tampa Bay 3 – TORONTO 2
… Brandon Lowe smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to send the Rays past the Blue Jays in the completion of a game suspended by rain on Saturday.

Tampa Bay 7 – TORONTO 5… Willy Adames connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to power the Rays past the Blue Jays. Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a three-run shot in the fourth.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – N.Y. Mets 2… Andrew McCutchen belted a go-ahead two-run homer and the Phillies went on to complete a three-game sweep of the Mets.

Washington 6 – BALTIMORE 5… Juan Soto scored a tie-breaking run on a throwing error in the top of the eighth-inning and the Nationals made it stand in edging the Orioles.

Cleveland 8 – DETROIT 5… Franmil Reyes slugged a pair of solo homers and the Indians also got round-trippers from Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and Sandy Leon in beating the Tigers for the 20th straight time.

Atlanta 4 – MIAMI 0… Five pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Braves blanked the Marlins. Nick Markakis drove in three runs with a single and a double.

MINNESOTA 4 – Kansas City 2… Twins starter Randy Dobnak (4-1) held the Royals to two runs on three hits over 5-1/3 innings. Max Kepler homered with a runner aboard.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – St. Louis 2… Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez homered in succession during a six-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the White Sox past the Cardinals. The power surge was at the expense of Cardinals reliever Roel Ramirez, who was making his big-league debut.

HOUSTON 3 – Seattle 2… Kyle Tucker’s one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Astros a walk-off win over the Mariners.

Milwaukee 6 – CHI. CUBS 5… Ryan Braun singled home Orlando Arcia with a tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning and the Brewers held on to win their third straight against the Cubs. Arcia went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.

COLORADO 10 – Texas 6… Ryan McMahon’s three-run homer sparked a five-run bottom of the second inning and the Rockies cruised past the Rangers.

Oakland 15 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… The Athletics made it four straight wins with their pounding of the Giants. Stephen Piscotty belted a three-run homer and stroked a two-run double. Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien both homered with a runner aboard.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Keibert Ruiz homered on his first major-league swing and the Dodgers also got homers from Cory Seager, Max Muncy and Matt Beaty in finishing off a sweep of the three-game series.

ARIZONA 5 – San Diego 4… Eduardo Escobar came through with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Diamondbacks over the Padres. Kole Calhoun’s third-inning homer accounted for Arizona’s first two runs.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – Boston 2… J.A. Happ (1-1) allowed just a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings and the Yankees made it nine straight wins over the Red Sox. Matt Ford singled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and homered with a runner aboard in the third.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Kwang-Hyung Kim, 0-0; Austin Gomber, 0-0); is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 3-1; Albert Alzolay, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 2-1) host Boston (Martin Perez, 2-2)…
Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
Miami (Jordan Yamamoto, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Robert Gsellman, 0-0)…
Toronto (Hyung-Jin Ryu, 1-1) is at Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-1)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-2) is at Minnesota (Matt Wisler, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-1) host Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-2)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 2-2) is at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-1)…
Houston (Brandon Bielak, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)
the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 3-1) host Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-1)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-0) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
N.Y. Islanders 2 – Washington 1
(OT)… Matthew Barzal found the net 4:28 into overtime and the Islanders took a 3-0 lead in the series. Game 4 is tomorrow.

Philadelphia 1 – Montreal 0… Jake Voracek’s first-period goal provided all the offense the Flyers needed to clip the Canadiens and pull within 2-1 in the series. Goalie Carter Hart stopped all shots. Game 4 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Dallas 5 – Calgary 4
(OT)… John Klingberg ripped through the game-winner at 16:05 of overtime as the Stars evened the series at 2-2. Joe Pavelski forced overtime by scoring his third goal of the game with 12 seconds left in regulation. Game 5 is tomorrow.

Chicago 3 – Vegas 1… Goalie Corey Crawford made 48 saves as the Blackhawks topped the Golden Knights to avoid a first-round sweep. Drake Caggiula and Matthew Highmore scored first-period goals. Game 5 is tomorrow.

St. Louis 3 – Vancouver 2 (OT)… Brayden Schenn scored off a breakaway at 15:06 of overtime to send the Blues past the Canucks bring them within 2-1 in the series. Justin Faulk and David Perron scored second-period goals. Jake Allen piled up 41 stops at goal.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Tampa Bay vs. Columbus for Game 4 with Tampa Bay leading 2-1…
Boston vs. Carolina for Game 4 with Boston leading 2-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Colorado vs. Arizona for Game 4 with the Avalanche leading 2-1…
St. Louis vs. Vancouver for Game with the Canucks leading 2-1

NBA PLAYOFFS OPEN TODAY… The NBA’s postseason gets underway today with four games in Orlando. In the Eastern Conference, second-seeded Toronto opens against seventh-seeded Brooklyn and third-seeded Boston battles sixth-seeded Philadelphia. In the Western Conference, the second-seeded L.A. Clippers go up against seventh-seeded Dallas and third-seeded Denver takes on sixth-seeded Utah.

The Rundown for August 14, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,248,678 and the nation’s death toll stands at 167,097, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden yesterday urged governors to mandate the wearing of masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said public health experts have advised him it would be best for Americans to wear masks while outside of their homes for the next three months.

TRUMP ADMITS SLOWING MAIL TO HAMPER MAIL-IN VOTING… President Trump yesterday admitted that his efforts to block additional funding for the United States Postal Service are intended to make it more difficult to deliver mail-in ballots. “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo. “If they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.” The president has made baseless claims that widespread mail-in voting will lead to fraud and a federal judge in Pennsylvania yesterday ordered the Trump campaign and the Republican party to produce evidence of vote-by-mail fraud in the state. The ruling came after after Republicans sued to ban dropboxes for mail ballots at county elections offices. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of Rhode Island’s decision to allow residents to vote by mail without witnesses observing them. The Republican National Committee had sued to halt the change in the state’s rules, which previously stated that all absentee ballots must be filled out in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK METHANE REGULATION… The Trump administration yesterday rolled back Obama-era regulations limiting methane gas emissions from oil and gas fields. The new rule moves transfers the authority to regulate methane from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Clean Air Act. The Obama administration’s efforts to limit pollution related to methane was part of a package of climate-change regulations enacted to cut 520,000 short tons of methane within the next decade.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS DROP BELOW A MILLION… The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment has dipped below 1 million for the first time since March, according to a Labor Department report released yesterday. About 963,000 people sought the benefits last week, the report said. Unemployment figures peaked at 6.9 million in late March.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ACCUSES YALE OF DISCRIMINATION… The Justice Department has accused Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. Yesterday’s announcement followed a two-year civil rights investigation spurred by a complaint by Asian-American groups. Yale’s admissions process is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Justice Department said in ordering the school to stop using race or national origin in its upcoming admissions cycle. A Yale spokeswoman said the school “categorically denies this allegation” and called it a “meritless” and “hasty” determination.

ENTERTAINMENT
PROSECUTORS FIND R. KELLY MONEY STASH
… R. Kelly’s problems continue as federal prosecutors announced yesterday that they have a bank account hiding $1.2 million of the singer’s money. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kelly opened the bank account in someone else’s name to stash the money after reporting that he did not have any income. News of the discovery came just a day after three men were charged with harassing and threatening women who had accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse.

MORE CUBA GOODING JR. ACCUSERS STEP FORWARD… The number of women who have come forward with accusations of unwanted touching by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has reached 30, Manhattan prosecutors revealed during a court hearing yesterday. Gooding faces three counts of forcible touching and three counts of sex abuse to the third degree in separate incidents involving three different women in New York. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and denies any wrongdoing. Defense attorneys want to question one of Gooding’s alleged victims about statements she’s made. They also want to include an expert witness to testify about whether or not proper police procedure was followed in this investigation. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 1.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
N.Y. METS 8 – Washington 2
… Tomas Nido homered with a runner aboard and unloaded a grand slam in leading the Mets past the Nationals. David Peterson (3-1) pitched one-hit ball over five shutout innings.

Baltimore 11 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Orioles pounded the Phillies to complete a three-game sweep. Pedro Severino belted a three-run homer and Rio Ruiz connected for a two-run shot. Anthony Santander lined a bases-clearing double.

Tampa Bay 17 – BOSTON 8… The Rays outslugged the Red sox to finish a sweep of the four-game series. Hunter Renfroe homered twice and knocked in three runs. Mike Zunino blasted a three-run homer. Brandon Lowe also had three RBIs.

Pittsburgh 9 – CINCINNATI 6… The Pirates did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and coasted past the Reds. Adam Frazier, Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran homered.

CHI. CUBS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Yu Darvish (3-1) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Cubs held off the Brewers. Kyle Schwarber homered with the bases empty.

L.A. DODGERS 11 – San Diego 2… Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBIs in leading the Dodgers past the Padres. Betts joined Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize as the only players to record six three-homer games in their careers. Corey Seager, AJ Pollock and Austin Barnes also went deep for Los Angeles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 1-1) is at Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 0-0)…
Toronto (Trevor Richards, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Tanner Roark, 1-1)..
Boston (Ryan Brasier, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-2) is at Detroit (Ivan Nova, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 1-1) hosts Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 3-1)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 2-1) host Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-1)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0) is at Colorado (Ryan Castellani, 0-0)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 1-1) are at the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-0)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-1) hosts San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-0)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-1) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)

NBA SCORES
Washington 96 – Boston 90
… The Wizards topped the Celtics for their first win in eight games since the restart. Thomas Bryant scored a game-high 26 points.

Sacramento 136 – L.A. Lakers 122… The Kings knocked down 21 3-pointers and rolled past a Laker team that was resting its starters. They got 28 points from Buddy Hield and 27 from Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Phoenix 128 – Dallas 102… The Suns became the only team to win all eight games in the bubble, but came up a game short of reaching the postseason. Devin Booker pumped in 27 points.

Memphis 119 – Milwaukee 106… The Grizzlies handled the Bucks to keep their playoff hopes alive by advancing to the play-in series. Dillon Brooks pumped in 31 points to lead all scorers. Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points, 19 points and 12 assists. Jae Morant added 12 points, 13 boards and 10 assists.

Utah 118 – San Antonio 112… The Jazz jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and held off the Spurs. Rayjon Tucker came off the bench to score 18 points and lead eight players in double figures.

Portland 134 – Brooklyn 133… The Trail Blazers held on at the end to edge the Nets and grab a spot in the play-in series. Damian Lillard poured in 42 points. C.J. McCollum added 25 points. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Orlando 133 – New Orleans 127… The Magic prepared for the postseason by shooting their way past the Pelicans. Nikola Vucevic made 10-of-11 shots on his way to 23 points. D.J. Augustin delivered 22 points off the bench.

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

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Columbus 3 – Toronto 1
… The Blue Jackets skated past the Maple Leafs to tie the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored first-period goals. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 36 saves.

Carolina 3 – Boston 2… Dougie Hamilton scored a tie-breaking goal with 11:30 remaining and the Hurricanes made it stand in edging the Bruins to bring the series even at a game apiece. Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas 4 – Chicago 3
(OT)… Reilly Smith tipped in the game-winner at 7:13 of overtime and the Golden Knights have taken a 2-0 lead in the series. Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek scored back-to-back goals in the first period.

Dallas 5 – Calgary 4… Jamie Oleksiak scored off a Corey Perry pass with 40 seconds left and the Stars evened the series at 1-1. Miro Heiskanen netted two goals for Dallas.

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

N.Y Islanders vs. Washington in Game 2 with the Islanders leading 1-0…
Philadelphia vs. Montreal in Game 2 with the Canadiens leading 1-0…

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Colorado vs. Arizona in Game 2 with the Avalanche leading 1-0…
Vancouver vs. St. Louis in Game 2 with the Canucks leading 1-0…
Dallas vs. Calgary in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

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.

The Rundown for August 11, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5,089,416 and the nation’s death toll stands at 163,425, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… There were nearly 180,000 new cases in children over the last month, according to a weekly report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The finding reflected a 90-percent increase over the previous month… A study published yesterday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that disinformation spread in 25 different languages across at least 87 countries has led to deaths and injuries. The study analyzed coronavirus-related rumors, stigma and conspiracy theories that were posted to social media platforms, online newspapers and other websites between December 31 and April 5.

TRUMP ESCORTED OUT OF PRESS CONFERENCE… President Trump was escorted out of a press conference last night following a shooting outside the White House. The Secret Service reported that one of its officers and a male subject were taken to a local hospital after an officer-involved shooting. The Secret Service emphasized that “At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger.”

CURFEW IN CHICAGO… Chicago police prepared to enforce an 8 p.m. city center curfew last night after Sunday night’s violence. Police Superintendent David Brown vowed a “heavy police presence” will continue until further notice. He said the “shameful destruction” was “fueled by misinformation” about a suspect shot by police on Sunday. Police have arrested more than 100 people.

STORM RIPS ACROSS MIDWEST… A rare derecho storm ripped through the Midwest with 100 mph winds yesterday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. The storm lasted several hours as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. One expert said with the windspeed of a hurricane, the storm is likely to have caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado.

MAJOR GAS EXPLOSION IN BALTIMORE… At least one person was killed and seven others were injured in Baltimore yesterday by a natural gas explosion that destroyed three homes. The explosion occurred in the northwestern part of the city shortly before 10 a.m., officials said. The cause is under investigation.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FARGO’ GETS PREMIERE DATE
… FX yesterday announced the delayed premiere date for the fourth season of the series “Fargo.” It will launch with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, September 27, with the remaining nine episodes airing weekly. The fourth season stars Chris Rock and centers on two crime syndicates Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1950.

THIRD ‘TRON’ FILM IN DEVELOPMENT… Disney has reportedly green-lighted a third “Tron” film in the video game franchise. Garth Davis has signed on to direct the sci-fi movie starring Jared Leto. It follows 1982’s “Tron” and the 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy.” The new film will not be a direct sequel to either film, Disney says.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 13 – Atlanta 8
… Didi Gregorius unloaded a grand slam and Bryce Harper belted a three-run homer as the Phillies outslugged the Braves. Aaron Nola (1-1) held Atlanta to a run on two hits and struck out 10 over the first eight innings.

Washington 16 – N.Y. METS 4… Asdrubal Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, two doubles and five RBIs in leading the Nationals in their drubbing of the Mets. Trea Turner and Juan Soto also went deep.

DETROIT 5 – Chi. White Sox 1… JaCoby Jones legged out an inside-the-park homer with a runner aboard as the Tigers cruised past the White Sox for their fourth straight win.

Tampa Bay 8 – BOSTON 7… Matt Margot went 4-for-4 and doubled home the decisive run in the top of the eighth inning to push the Rays past the Red Sox. Kevin Kiermaier stroked a two-run double.

Minnesota 4 – MILWAUKEE 2… Eddie Rosario connected for a grand slam in the top of the third inning and the Twins held off the Brewers. Randy Dobnak (3-1) surrendered a run on four hits over five innings.

Arizona 12 – COLORADO 8… Kole Calhoun had a couple of hits, including a homer and three RBIs, in leading the Diamondbacks past the Rockies. David Peralta went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.

Seattle 10 – TEXAS 2… Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager blasted three-run homers as the Mariners pounded the Rangers. Dylan Moore went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.

HOUSTON 6 – San Francisco 4… Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa knocked in two runs apiece as the Astros held off the Giants.

San Diego 2 – L.A. DODGERS 1… Eric Hosmer singled home Grisham with a tie-breaking run in the top of the sixth inning and the Padres made it stand in edging the Dodgers. Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

L.A. ANGELS 10 – Oakland 9… The Angels erased a 9-4 fourth-inning deficit on their way to handing the Athletics their first loss in 10 games. Mike Trout belted a pair of homers, including a tie-breaking solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning. L.A. also got homers from Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani. Oakland’s Matt Chapman homered twice and drove in six runs in the loss.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 1-1)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) hosts Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-0) are at Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 1-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-1)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 2-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Anthony Banda, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jorge Alcala, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Zac Allen, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez, 2-1) is at Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0)…
Houston (Brandon Bielak, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 0-0) host San Diego (Garrett Richards)…
Oakland (Max Fiers, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 2-1)

NBA SCORES
Phoenix 128 – Oklahoma City 101
… The Suns continued their push for a playoff spot by rolling past the short-handed Thunder to win their sixth straight since the season restart. Devin Booker scored a game-high 35 points. Five other players scored in double figures.

Dallas 122 – Utah 114… The Mavericks came from 22 points down in the second half to upend the Jazz despite playing without Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Tim Hardaway Jr. pumped in 27 points. Seth Curry added 22 points.

Toronto 114 – Milwaukee 106… The Raptors got past the Bucks in a matchup of teams missing key players. Milwaukee was without Giannis Antetokounmpo while Toronto was missing Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet. Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Fellow reserve Matt Thomas added 22 points.

Miami 114 – Indiana 92… The Heat caught fire in the third quarter to put away the Pacers and close in on the East’s No. 4 seed. Jimmy Butler scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures.

L.A. Lakers 124 – Denver 121… Kyle Kuzma knocked down a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to lift the Lakers over the Nuggets. Kuzma finished with 25 points. LeBron James led the Lakers with 29 points and 12 assists. Anthony Davis added 27 points.

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

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

Tampa Bay (2) vs. Columbus (7)…
Boston (4) vs. Carolina (5)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vegas (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks…
Dallas (3) vs. Calgary (6)

The Rundown for August 8, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,883,582 and the nation’s death toll stands at 160,091, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Senior Trump administration officials failed to reach agreement on a stimulus bill during a three-hour meeting last night. Administration officials warned that President Trump would take executive action if no deal is reached by today… Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced yesterday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus — and then last night reported a second test came back negative. The reason for the discrepancy between the test results was not immediately clear.

FEDERAL TROOPS DEPLOYED TO MEMPHIS, ST. LOUIS… The Trump administration announced last night that federal law enforcement officers will be deployed to quell violent crime in Memphis and St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said he has directed the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to increase resources to the two cities in the coming weeks. The move is an expansion of Operation Legend, which began last month with the deployment of federal troops to Kansas City, Missouri.

DHS SECRETARY DEFENDS USE OF TROOPS ON PROTESTERS… Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf yesterday defended President Trump’s decision to send federal police to cities experiencing civil unrest. Wolf testified that instigators attacked federal officers nightly, and accused local and state officials of failing to guard government properties. Government officers withdrew from Portland last week after Oregon Governor Kate Brown had called them an “occupying force” that “brought violence and strife to our community.”

JUSTICE DEPT. SEIZES PROPERTY FROM UKRAINIAN OLIGARCH.. The Justice Department yesterday moved to seize property from the owners of one of the largest banks in Ukraine for alleged money laundering. Two civil forfeiture complaints against the owners of PrivatBank, Ihor Kollomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, allege that they obtained fraudulent loans and lines of credit from 2008 through 2016 and laundered billions of illegally obtained funds through a series of shell companies’ bank accounts before transferring the money to the U.S. The complaints seek the seizure of an office park in Dallas and an office tower in Louisville, Kentucky, which the Justice Department estimates are worth a combined $70 million. Kolomoisky was tied to events that led to Trump’s impeachment proceedings earlier this year after two of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s associates met with him to try and get a sit-down with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

NY AG FILES SUIT TO DISSOLVE NRA… New York Attorney General Letitia James yesterday filed suit to dissolve the National Rifle Association. She accused the gun rights-advocacy organization’s senior leadership of violating laws governing non-profit groups, using millions from the organization’s reserves for personal use and tax fraud. James said current and former NRA leaders “instituted a culture of self-dealing mismanagement” that led to the organization’s loss of more than $63 million three years three years. The suit, filed in New York Supreme Court, names NRA executives including CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, General Counsel and Secretary John Frazer, former Chief Financial Officer Wilson “Woody” Phillips and former Chief of Staff and Executive Director of General Operations Josh Powell.

TENNESSEE PRIMARIES… Democrat Marquita Bradshaw will face off against Republican Bill Hagerty in the race for the Tennessee U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Lamar Alexander. The two were declared winners in their respective primaries yesterday. Bradshaw, a Memphis environmentalist, Black activist and single mom, defeated Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler. Hagerty was victorious over Nashville trauma surgeon Manny Sethi.

ENTERTAINMENT
E! CANCELS THREE SHOWS
… The E! network announced yesterday that it has canceled “E! News” and two other programs in a cost-cutting effort brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “E! News,” which premiered in 1991, was canceled along with the celebrity news show “Pop of the Morning” and the interview series “In the Room.” E!’s parent company, NBCUniversal, said in June that it would shift its programming to “focus on streaming and away from traditional television.”

THE WHO PREPARES YOUTUBE CONCERT SERIES… The Who is planning a new YouTube concert series that will feature live and rare performances. The series, titled “Join Together @ Home,” will premiere on The Who’s official YouTube channel tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern. New episodes will arrive every Saturday for six weeks. Proceeds will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

SPORTS
MLB
PITTSBURGH 6 – Minnesota 5
… Kevin Newman came through with a two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth as the Pirates came from behind to snap their seven-game losing streak. Gregory Polanco homered for Pittsburgh.

COLORADO 6 – San Francisco 4… Daniel Murphy and Charlie Blackmon hit two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the seventh inning that sent the Rockies past the Giants. Trevor Story also went deep for Colorado.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 4… The Athletics made it six straight wins with their defeat of the Rangers. Matt Olson homered and Khris Davis singled home two runs.

L.A. Angels 6 – SEATTLE 1… Dylan Bundy (2-1) allowed a run on four hits and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory. The Angels got homers from Max Stassi and Shohei Ohtani.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4… J.T. Realmuto blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, Phil Gosselin stroked a two-run double in the third and the Phillies held off the Yankees.

CLEVELAND 13 – Cincinnati 0… Jose Ramirez homered from both sides of the plate and knocked in four runs to lead the Indians in their romp over the Reds. Carlos Carrasco (2-1) pitched one-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers on the shutout.

ARIZONA 5 – Houston 4… Kole Calhoun’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Diamondbacks over the Astros.

KANSAS CITY 13 – Chi. Cubs 2… The Royals got home runs from Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco ad Jorge Soler in their pounding of the Cubs. The victory was their first in seven games.

ATLANTA 4 – Toronto 3… Nick Markakis’ one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Braves past the Blue Jays. Freddie Freeman homered with a runner aboard in the first.

MIAMI 8 – Baltimore 7… Jonathan Villar went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, Brian Anderson knocked in three runs and the Marlins fought off the Orioles.

Milwaukee 8 – WHITE SOX 3… Jedd Gyorko homered and drove in three runs as the Brewers downed the White Sox. Christian Yelich legged out an inside-the-park homer and walked four times. Mark Matthias stroked a two-run single.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 0-0) is at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Daniel Castano, 0-0) host Miami (Michael Wacha, 1-1)…
Toronto (Tanner Roark, 0-0) is at Boston (Ryan Weber, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0) hosts Minnesota (Devin Smeltzer, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0) are at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-0)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 1-1) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 0-0)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 0-0) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 0-0)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0)

NBA
Sacramento 140 – New Orleans 125
… Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 35 points as the Kings outshot the Pelicans. De’Aaron Fox added 30 points and 10 assists. Harrison Barnes tossed in 22 points.

Milwaukee 130 – Miami 116… The Bucks erased a 17-point halftime lead to upend the Heat and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton scored 33 points apiece. Antetokounmpo also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Phoenix 114 – Indiana 99… The Suns topped the Pacers for their fourth straight win. Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 boards. Devin Booker scored 20 points and dished off 10 assists.

L.A. Clippers 126 – Dallas 111… The Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter to get past the Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 29 points. Paul George added 24 points. Ivica Zubak made all 10 field-goal attempts and finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Portland 125 – Denver 115… Damian Lillard made 11 3-pointers on his way to 45 points and the Trail Blazers kept their playoff hopes alive. Gary Trent Jr. delivered 27 points off the bench.

Houston 113 – L.A. Lakers 97… James Harden piled up 39 points and 12 assists in leading the Rockets past a Lakers team that was without LeBron James. Ben McLemore dropped in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
Utah vs. San Antonio…
Memphis vs. Oklahoma City…
Sacramento vs. Brooklyn…
Philadelphia vs. Orlando…
Washington vs. New Orleans…
Boston vs. Toronto

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Vancouver 3 – Minnesota 0
… Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped all 27 shots as the Canucks blanked the Wild to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist. Quinn Hughes assisted on all three goals.

Philadelphia 3 – Washington 1… Scott Laughton netted a pair of goals as the Flyers beat the Capitals in an Eastern Conference round robin. Kevin Hayes had three assists. Trevor Konecny set up two goals. Philadelphia plays Tampa Bay tomorrow, with the winner claiming the top seed in the East.

Vegas 6 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Blues in the Western Conference round robin. Vegas would earn the West’s top seed with a win over Colorado tomorrow.

Columbus 4 – Toronto 3… The Blue Jackets came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Blue Jackets and pull within 2-1 in the series. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his third goal of the game 18:24 into overtime.

Calgary 4 – Winnipeg 0… Cam Talbot made 31 saves at goal as the Flames shut out the Jets to win the qualifying round series in four games. Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett each scored a goal and had an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders vs. Florida in Toronto for Game 4 with the Islanders leading 2-1…
Vegas vs. Arizona in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Coyotes leading 2-1…
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal in Toronto for Game 4 with the Canadiens leading 2-1…
Edmonton vs. Chicago in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Blackhawks leading 2-1…
Toronto vs. Columbus in Toronto for Game 4 with the series tied 1-1…
Vancouver vs. Minnesota in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Canucks leading 2-1

The Rundown for August 6, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,821,287 and the nation’s death toll stands at 158,171, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida reported a record single-day increase of 621 hospitalizations yesterday, raising the state’s total to 7,622… Social-media platforms Facebook and Twitter took action against President Trump spreading coronavirus misinformation yesterday. Facebook removed from Trump’s page a video of him claiming in a Fox News interview that children are “almost immune” or “virtually immune” as he argues for schools to reopen. Twitter briefly banned the Trump campaign’s account from tweeting after it posted the video.

DEUTSCHE BANK COOPERATES IN TRUMP INVESTIGATION… There were more indications yesterday that the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation of President Trump’s business practices is wider in scope than previously known. The New York Times reported that prosecutors last year subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for Trump’s financial records, and the bank reportedly has been cooperating. The financial institution has lent the Trump Organization more than $2 billion since the 1990s. Manhattan lawyers declared in court filings on Monday that they were investigating possible bank and insurance fraud, referencing “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

SALLY YATES TESTIFIES… Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did not attempt to influence the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn during a January 2017 Oval Office meeting with top national security officials. Yates’ testimony was part of a Republican-led probe into the actions of the Obama administration in its final months. President Trump and his GOP allies had accused Obama and Biden of launching the investigation into Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI his communications with Russia’s then-U.S. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yates said the lies were “absolutely material to a legitimate investigation.”

IOWA RESTORES FELON VOTING RIGHTS… Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday signed an executive order that restores voting rights for an estimated 60,000 of the state’s felons. Iowa was the last state in the nation that still sentenced all felons to a lifetime ban on voting. The new order makes those who have served their sentences and completed parole eligible to vote. Criminals convicted of violent crimes and sexual abuses will be obligated to make additional petitions to restore their voting rights.

STATE DEPARTMENT IG RESIGNS… State Department Inspector General Stephen Akard announced his resignation after just three months on the job. The department’s inspector general’s office said Akard will be replaced Friday on an interim basis by deputy Diana Shaw. Akard took over in May after President Trump abruptly fired Steve Linick. The firing came as Linick was leading two investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, including his role in a controversial $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has been investigating the firing and on Monday subpoenaed four top State Department officials.

ENTERTAINMENT
MIGOS RAPPER ACCUSED OF RAPE
… Migos rapper Takeoff is targeted in a lawsuit filed yesterday by a woman who accused him of raping a her at a party in June. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California by “Jane Doe,” whose lawyer said she “fears retaliation from speaking out.” Allegations against Takeoff include sexual battery, assault, gender violence and false imprisonment. In the filing, the victim says hospital staff “observed physical evidence of forceful rape and notified the Los Angeles Police Department of the same.” The plaintiff’s attorneys say police are still investigating the incident.

AMY ADAMS TO STAR IN NETFLIX SERIES… Amy Adams has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix limited series drama “Kings of America.” The series centers on a Walmart heiress, a maverick executive and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher. The women go to war against Walmart and their fight results in the biggest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history. Adams will be reunited with director Adam McKay, with whom she worked on 2018 the film “Vice.”

SPORTS
MLB
Philadelphia 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 7
… The Phillies slugged their way past the Yankees in the doubleheader opener. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered.

N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Philadelphia 1… Mike Tauchman doubled home a tie-breaking run, Gio Urshela added an RBI single and the Yankees claimed a split of the twinbill. The loss snapped Philadelphia’s seven-game winning streak.

Miami 1 – BALTIMORE 0… Brian Anderson homered in the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins made it stand in clipping the Orioles in a doubleheader opener. Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

Miami 2 – BALTIMORE 1… The Marlins scored twice in the top of the first inning and held on to earn a split of the twinbill. Five pitchers limited Baltimore to four hits.

N.Y. Mets 3 – WASHINGTON 1… Rick Porcello (1-1) held the Nationals to a run on five hits over seven innings to record his 150th career win. Dominic Smith lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home a run.

Boston 5 – TAMPA BAY 0… The Red Sox blanked the Braves to snap their four-game skid. Martin Perez (2-1) pitched four-hit ball over five innings. Four relievers provided hitless relief. Michael Chavis and Alex Verdugo homered for Boston.

Minnesota 5 – PITTSBURGH 2… Randy Dobnak (2-1) held the Pirates to three hits over six shutout innings, Max Kepler blasted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Twins topped the Pirates.

CLEVELAND 2 – Cincinnati 0… Mike Clevinger (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from four relievers in the Indians’ blanking of the Reds.

Toronto 2 – ATLANTA 1… Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Blue Jays edged the Braves.

Chi. Cubs 6 – KANSAS CITY 1… The Cubs made it six straight wins with the defeat of the Royals. Yu Darvish (2-1) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings. Javier Baez produced a pair of RBI singles.

Milwaukee 1 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Adrian Houser (1-0) limited the White Sox to five hits over seven innings in outdueling counterpart Dallas Keuchel and the Brewers escaped with the victory. Eric Sogard singled home Mark Mathias with the game’s only run in the top of the third inning.

San Francisco 4 – COLORADO 3… Brandon Belt connected for a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Wilmer Flores singled home a run in the sixth as the Giants got past the Rockies.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 4… The Athletics pounded out four home runs in downing the Rangers. Austin Allen drilled a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Olson homered twice and drove in three runs. Ramon Laureano also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN DIEGO 6… Joc Pederson homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Dodgers past the Padres.

ARIZONA 14 – Houston 7… The Diamondbacks erupted to score nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit and cruised to the win. David Peralta went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Kole Calhoun legged out an inside-the-park homer. Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed also went deep.

SEATTLE 7 – L.A. Angels 6… Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer and Austin Nola doubled home two runs as the Mariners held off the Angels.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0) are at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 1-1) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0)…
Houston (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at Arizona (Zack Greinke, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 0-0)…
Toronto (Nate Pearson, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
Miami (Sterling Sharp, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-0)

NBA
Utah 124 – Memphis 115
… Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz handled the Grizzlies. Mike Conley added 23 points against his former team. Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Denver 132 – San Antonio 126… The Nuggets came up big in the fourth quarter to surge past the Spurs. Michael Porter Jr. had 30 points and 15 boards. Nikola Jukic added 25 points and 11 assists.

Philadelphia 107 – Washington 98… The 76ers held off the Wizards despite losing Ben Simmons in the third quarter due to a knee injury. Joel Embiid overcame foul trouble to put up 39 points and 11 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 105 – L.A. Lakers 86… The Thunder held the Lakers to 35-percent shooting in a runaway win. Chris Paul scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Toronto 109 – Orlando 99… The Raptors jumped out to a 26-11 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Magic. Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and dished off 10 assists.

Boston 149 – Brooklyn 115… The Celtics blew out the Nets despite playing without injured point guard Kemba Walker. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
New Orleans vs. Sacramento…
Milwaukee vs. Miami…
Indiana vs. Phoenix…
Dallas vs. L.A. Clippers…
Portland vs. Denver
Houston vs. L.A. Lakers

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Florida 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2
… Brian Boyle and Mike Hoffman scored 2:47 apart in the third period and the Panthers pulled within 2-1 in the series.

Arizona 4 – Nashville 1… The Coyotes scored three third-period goals to pull away from the Predators and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist.

Tampa Bay 3 – Boston 2… Tyler Johnson scored the decisive goal with 1:27 remaining and had an assist as the Lightning moved to 2-0 in the Eastern Conference’s three-game round robin. Alex Killorn also had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 4 – Dallas 0… Pavel Francouz stopped all 27 shots as the Avalanche blanked the Stars in the Western Conference round robin. Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi each had a goal and an assist. Erik Johnson set up two goals.

Montreal 4 – Pittsburgh 3… The Canadiens came from two goals down in the second period to upend the Penguins and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Paul Byron netted the game-winner with 4:10 remaining. Paul Byron had a goal and an assist. Ben Chiarot assisted on two goals.

Chicago 4 – Edmonton 3… Jonathan Toews’ second goal of the game came with 1:27 left to lift the Blackhawks over the Oilers for a 2-1 lead in the series. Connor Murphy scored a tie-breaking goal with 1:16 left. Matthew Highmore and Olli Maata each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
Vancouver vs. Minnesota in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Philadelphia vs. Washington in Toronto for an East round robin…
St. Louis vs. Vegas in Edmonton for a West round robin…
Toronto vs. Columbus in Toronto for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Flames leading 2-1