The Rundown for September 18, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for September 17, 2020

A-LIST PREP LATE EDITION
Today is Thursday, September 17…
the 259th day of the year… 107 days remaining
47 days until the 2020 presidential election

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,625,560 and the nation’s death toll stands at 196,650, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield yesterday told a Senate committee that he believes face masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have” to fight COVID-19—and even better than a potential vaccine. Redfield also told the panel that most Americans probably wouldn’t be vaccinated against COVID-19 until summer or early autumn 2021.

BARR SEEKS FEDERAL CHARGES AGAINST PROTESTERS… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Attorney General William Barr advised U.S. attorneys via a conference call to get aggressive in charging protesters who may have committed violent acts at demonstrations. Barr allegedly urged prosecutors to charge protesters with harsh federal crimes, such as impeding a law-enforcement officer or plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. In advising the prosecutors, Barr also predicted Black Lives Matter protests will intensify as the election nears. More than 200 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the protests this year. The FBI has previously said those people were mostly opportunists taking advantage of Black Lives Matter protests.

TROOPS ARMED HEAVILY TO CONFRONT LAFAYETTE SQUARE PROTESTERS… An Army National Guard major claims federal officials considered deploying a heat ray that makes human skin feel like it’s burning on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in June. Federal troops also amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition as they prepared to clear the crowd to enable a photo op for President Trump holding a Bible. Major Adam DeMarco made the claims in written House testimony and described himself as one of the senior National Guard officials on the scene.

ROMNEY OPPOSES BIDEN INVESTIGATION… Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney came out against the Senate GOP-led investigation into Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s ties with Ukraine. Romney called the investigation a “political exercise” from the get-go. The probe has been led by Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who has vowed to release a report summarizing his investigation in the coming weeks.

HHS SPOKESMAN TAKES LEAVE… Department of Health and Human Services top spokesman Michael Caputo has voluntarily taken a 60-day leave of absence in order to “focus on his health and well-being of his family,” according to an HHS statement released yesterday. Caputo’s leave comes days after he posted a bizarre Facebook rant filled with false claims, including “deep state” scientists want America to be sick, the CDC is guilty of “sedition” and leftists are gearing up for a post-election armed revolt. He apologized for the rant on Tuesday.

SALLY MAKES LANDFALL… Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, yesterday morning as a Category 2 storm but weakened later in the day to tropical depression strength. The National Hurricane Center said last night that the center of the storm was about 30 miles south-southeast of Montgomery, Alabama. There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Okaloosa-Walton County, Florida, line eastward to Indian Pass, Florida. Forecasters said Sally could produce as many as 30 inches of rain in some areas between Florida and western Alabama.

ENTERTAINMENT
JIM CARREY TO PLAY BIDEN ON ‘SNL’
… Jim Carrey has signed on to play former Vice President Joe Biden on “Saturday Night Live” when the show returns for its 46th season on October 3. NBC says the show will be performed before a “limited in-studio audience.” Three new featured players have joined the cast of the new season. They are: Lauren Holt, a comedian who has been a house performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles; Punkie Johnson, a comedian and writer whose credits include the shows “Space Force and Corporate”; and Andrew Dismukes a stand-up comic and ‘SNL’ staff writer since season 43. Alec Baldwin has agreed to return and portray against Carrey’s Biden in the five consecutive episodes that will precede the 2020 election. Former cast member Maya Rudolph will return as Kamala Harris and current cast member Beck Bennett will continue to play Mike Pence.

BONNAROO OFFERING VIRTUAL EVENT… The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature new and archived performances in a virtual event that will stream on YouTube September 24-26. A complete schedule will be announced later. Archival performances include Alabama Shakes from 2015, Beastie Boys from 2009, Dave Matthews and Friends from 2004, Jack White from 2014, James Brown from 2003, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit from 2016, Metallica from 2008, My Morning Jacket from 2011, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats from 2016, Nile Rogers and Chic from 2018, Run the Jewels from 2015, Tears for Fears from 2015, The White Stripes from 2007 and The XX from 2017.

ABC CANCELS ‘UNITED WE FALL’… ABC announced yesterday that it is canceling the family comedy “United We Fall” after just one season. The series starred Will Sasso and Christina Vidal who try to raise their two children amid family differences. The series premiered in July and ran for eight episodes.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
St. Louis 4 – MILWAUKEE 2
… The Cardinals rallied past the Brewers in the doubleheader opener after spotting them a two-run lead. Tyler O’Neil lifted a sacrifice fly and homered. Brad Miller also went deep. Adam Wainwright (5-1) allowed two first-inning runs on four hits over seven innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – St. Louis 0… Four pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Cardinals to claim a split of the doubleheader. Ryan Braun’s 350th career homer was a three-run shot. Jacob Nottingham homered with a runner aboard.

Washington 4 – TAMPA BAY 2 (10 innings)… Rookie Luis García belted a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to send the Nationals past the Rays. Asdrubal Cabrera homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

Oakland 3 – COLORADO 1… Mike Fiers (6-2) held the Rockies to a run on seven hits over six innings. Jake Lamb had a couple of hits and knocked in a run

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Dodgers held off the Padres to become the first team in the pandemic-shortened season to clinch a berth in the expanded playoffs. AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor hit solo homers. Will Smith drove in three runs.

MIAMI 8 – Boston 4… Jorge Alfaro connected for a pair of two-run homers and the Marlins doubled up on the Red Sox. Garrett Cooper also homered with a runner on.

CINCINNATI 1 – Pittsburgh 0… Reds starter Luis Castillo limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out 10 over seven innings. Shogo Akiyama singled home Jose Garcia with the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 13 – Toronto 2… Kyle Higashioka slugged three of the Yankees’ seven home runs and drove in five runs to lead the rout of the Blue Jays. DJ LeMahieu homered twice. Luke Voit and Clint Frazier also went deep.

N.Y. Mets 5 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Mets came from four runs down in the fourth inning to upend the Phillies. Andres Gimenez singled home pinch-runner Amed Rosario with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer.

Kansas City 4 – DETROIT 0… Brady Singer (3-4) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Tigers. Salvador Perez drilled a two-run homer and doubled home a run.

BALTIMORE 5 – Atlanta 1… Orioles starter Keegan Akin (1-1) limited the Braves to three hits over five scoreless innings and fanned nine. Renato Nunes gapped a two-run double.

Minnesota 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano connected for two runs homers as the Twins cooled off the White Sox. Eddie Rosario added a solo shot.

Texas 1 – HOUSTON 0… Kyle Gibson (2-5) tossed a complete-game four-hitter in outdueling counterpart Lance McCullers and the Rangers edged the Astros. Joey Gallo’s double in the top of the ninth inning scored Leody Taveras and broke a scoreless tie.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Cleveland 2 (10 innings)… Javier Lopez singled home Ian Happ with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs outlasted the Indians. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

Arizona 9 – L.A. ANGELS 6… Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run homer and David Peralta added a solo shot as the Diamondbacks rolled past the Angels. Nick Ahmed and Daulton Varsho stroked two-run singles.

San Francisco 9 – SEATTLE 3… The Giants used a 15-hit attack to crush the Mariners. Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer and Evan Longoria followed with a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning. Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 4-1; Trevor Richards, 0-0) is at Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-4; Dean Kremer, 1-0) for a doubleheader…
Miami (Jose Urena, 0-1) hosts Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 5-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 6-2)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-3) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 2-3)…
Arizona (Alex Young, 2-3) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-3)…
Pittsburgh (Seven Brault, 0-3) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 3-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Seth Lugo, 2-3) are at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 2-2) host Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 7-1) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-1)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-3) hosts Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 3-0) are at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-1)

MLB PLAYOFF PICTURE… Major League Baseball announced an expanded postseason format in 2020, which will include eight teams in each league. The top two teams in each division qualify, and the two teams with the next-best records in each league make it as Wild Cards. All ties will be resolved mathematically, without tiebreaker games.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
The Rays lead the Yankees by three games for the division title and lead the A’s by a half-game for the AL’s second seed. Tampa Bay is one game behind the White Sox for the top AL seed and has a magic number of four to clinch a postseason berth

The Yankees are 1-1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth and hold the AL’s fifth seed.

The Blue Jays trail the division-leading Rays by 4 1/2 games and are 1-1/2 games behind the Yankees for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth.

The Orioles are five games back of the Indians for the AL’s No. 8 playoff spot.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
The White Sox lead the division by two games over the Twins and six games over the Indians, and lead the Rays by one game for the top seed in the AL. The A’s are 1-1/2 games back. Chicago’s magic number is three for a postseason berth

The Twins lead the Indians by four games for second place in the AL Central, trailing the White Sox by two games for the division lead. They hold the AL’s No. 4 playoff seed. Minnesota’s magic number is five for a postseason berth

The Indians are in third place in the AL Central, four games behind the Twins and six games behind the White Sox. They currently hold the eighth and final AL playoff seed.

The Tigers are 4 1/2 games behind the Indians for the eighth and final AL playoff spot, a half-game behind the Orioles and Mariners.

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
The A’s are 6 1/2 games ahead of the Astros for the division lead and 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox for the top AL playoff seed. Oakland’s magic for a postseason berth is four.

The Astros are 6 1/2 games behind the A’s for the division lead but two games ahead of the Mariners for the second guaranteed playoff spot in the AL West.

The Mariners are two games behind the Astros for the AL West’s second playoff spot and are four games behind the Indians for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Angels are 6 1/2 games behind the Indians for the eighth and final playoff spot.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
The Braves lead the division by 2-1/2 games over the Marlins and are a game behind the Cubs for the NL’s second seed.

The Marlins are 2-1/2 games behind the Braves for the division lead, and are 1-1/2 games ahead of the Phillies for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot.

The Phillies are four games behind the first-place Braves and 1-1/2 games behind the Marlins for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot.

The Mets are 3-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Nationals are 5-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
The Cubs lead the division by 5-1/2 games over the Cardinals and hold the No. 2 NL playoff seed.

The Cardinals trail the Cubs by 5-1/2 games for the division lead and lead the Reds by a half-game for the NL Central’s second guaranteed playoff berth.

The Reds are tied with the Cardinals for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot, and they are also a half-game behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot, with the Brewers a half-game and Rockies a game behind.

The Brewers are a game behind the Reds and one game behind the Cardinals for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot. They are also 1-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
The Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason spot. They lead the Padres by 3-1/2 games in the division race and lead the Cubs by five games for the NL’s best record.

The Padres trail the Dodgers by 3-1/2 games for the division lead and lead the Giants by 6-1/2 games for the NL West’s second guaranteed playoff spot. San Diego’s magic number is three for postseason berth.

The Giants are a half-game ahead of the Reds and 1-1/2 games ahead of the Brewers and Reds for the NL’s No. 8 playoff seed.

The Rockies trail the Giants by two games for the eighth and final NL playoff berth.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE (games in Orlando)
Boston vs. Miami in Game 2 with the Heat leading 1-0

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 6 with the Lightning leading 3-2

BIG TEN FOOTBALL HOPES TO OPEN PLAY NEXT MONTH… Big Ten Conference administrators announced yesterday that they will attempt to play football games next month after reversing its decision to call off the fall season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league’s schedule is likely to be announced this week and is expected to be an eight-game, conference-only slate beginning the weekend of October 24. An all-inclusive championship week and ninth game is scheduled for December 19. Under the plan, the two division winners will play each other in the conference title game per normal, with the second- through seventh-place teams from each division facing off. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who leads the conference’s scheduling subcommittee, noted that the conference will try to avoid having teams play each other twice and said it’s not been determined where the additional championship week games will be played.

The Rundown for September 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFF SCORE (games in Orlando)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for September 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for September 14, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,519,554 and the nation’s death toll stands at 194,073, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A CNBC analysis has found that Covid-19 cases have been growing by at least 5 percent in 11 states. The states are Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

TRUMP SIGNS DRUG-PRICE EXECUTIVE ORDER… President Trump yesterday signed an executive order that aims to lower drug prices in the U.S. by instructing Medicare to not pay more for certain medicines than other nations. The order claims Americans finance much of the biopharmaceutical innovation to the benefit of foreign nations with nationalized public healthcare systems. According to the order, the U.S. government should also pay prices lower than smaller buyers.

WESTERN-STATE GOVERNORS CITE CLIMATE CHANGE IN BLAZES… The governors of Oregon, California and Washington agree that the fires burning across their states are the result of climate change. The National Interagency Fire Center reported that 94 large fires have burned 4.6 million acres on the West Coast as of yesterday. The fires are blamed for the deaths of at least 32 people. Oregon Governor Kate Brown noted during an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that the fires sprung up amid a combination of poor weather conditions, “decades of mismanagement” of the country’s forests and the effects of climate change. Washington Governor Jay Inslee said climate change has created “apocalyptic” conditions in his state, where more than 500,000 acres have burned. California Governor Gavin Newsom urged, “This isn’t an intellectual debate. This isn’t about ideology. The proof is right in front of our eyes. The impacts of climate change simply cannot be denied.”

SALLY GAINING STRENGTH… Tropical Storm Sally strengthened off the west coast of Florida yesterday and is expected to become a category 2 hurricane on its way to the Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to approach the north-central Gulf Coast later today and tomorrow. Hurricane conditions were expected by tomorrow morning from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including New Orleans.

GAS PRICES DOWN 2 CENTS… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. rose about 2 cents over the past three weeks to $2.26 per gallon, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations. The Lundberg Survey found the most expensive gas was in San Francisco, where it cost $3.38 per gallon. The cheapest gas was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a gallon cost $1.80.

ENTERTAINMENT
BIG SEAN TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Big Sean’s new release, “Detroit 2,” sold 103,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” finished second after selling 75,000 units. “Juice WRLD”’s “Legends Never Die” came in at No. 3 with 57,000 copies sold. 6ix9ine’s “TattleTales” opened at No. 4 on sales of 53,000 units. Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” dropped to No. 5 with 48,000 copies sold after topping the chart for its first six weeks.

‘TENET’ TOPS WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Tenet” brought in $6.7 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “The New Mutants” remained in second place after bringing in $2 million. “Unhinged” made $1.5 million to stay at No. 3. “The Broken Hearts Gallery” finished fourth with $1.1 million. “Bill & Ted Face the Music” capped the top five with $260,000.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES

Las Vegas 34 – CAROLINA 30… Josh Jacobs rushed for three touchdowns as the Raiders handled the Panthers.

BALTIMORE 38 – Cleveland 6… Lamar Jackson completed 20-of-25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the Ravens’ romp over the Browns.

Chicago 27 – Detroit 23… Mitchell Trubisky threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Bears past the Lions.

Green Bay 43 – MINNESOTA 34… Aaron Rodgers passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Packers past the Vikings.

BUFFALO 27 – N.Y. Jets 17… Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Bills topped the Jets.

Seattle 38 – ATLANTA 25… Russell Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns as the Seahawks downed the Falcons.

NEW ENGLAND 21 – Miami 11… Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns in his debut at quarterback for the Patriots.

WASHINGTON 27 – Philadelphia 17… Washington rolled past the Eagles after spotting them a 17-point lead. Peyton Barber ran for two touchdowns. Defensively, Washington recorded eight sacks.

JACKSONVILLE 27 – Indianapolis 20… Gardner Minshew’s third touchdown of the day was a 22-yarder to Keelan Cole in the fourth quarter and proved to be the difference in the win over the Colts.

L.A. Chargers 16 – CINCINNATI 13… Michael Badgley booted three field goals, including a 22-yarder that broke a fourth-quarter tie and sent the Chargers past the Bengals.

Arizona 24 – SAN FRANCISCO 20… Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and ran for 91 yards and another score as the Cardinals overcome a pair of fourth-quarter deficits to beat the 49ers. DeAndre Hopkins had 14 catches for 151 yards.

NEW ORLEANS 34 – Tampa Bay 23… The Saints got past the Buccaneers to ruin Tom Brady’s debut as Tampa Bay’s quarterback. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes.

L.A. RAMS 20 – Dallas 17… Malcolm Brown rushed for a pair of touchdowns as the Rams held off the Cowboys.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Giants…
Denver hosts Tennessee

MLB SCORES
SAN DIEGO 6 – San Francisco 0
… Mike Clevinger (3-2) limited the Padres to two hits in a seven-inning shutout to open the doubleheader. Wil Myers and Greg Garcia stroked two-run singles.

SAN DIEGO 3 – San Francisco 2… Wil Myers homered, Jurickson Profar singled home a run and the Padres edged the Giants to sweep the twinbill.

MIAMI 2 – Philadelphia 1… Rookie Sixto Sanchez (3-1) held the Phillies to a run on three hits over all seven innings and the Marlins clipped the Phillies in the doubleheader opener. Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the third inning.

MIAMI 8 – Philadelphia 1… Braxton Garrett (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over five innings in his major-league debut and the Marlins cruised past the Phillies to sweep the twinbill. Chad Wallach homered with a runner aboard. Miguel Rojas doubled home two runs.

Atlanta 8 – WASHINGTON 4… Adam Duvall and Ozzie Albies blasted two-run homers as the Braves doubled up on the Nationals. Travis D’Arnaud knocked in two runs.

N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Baltimore 1… Gleyber Torres clubbed a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Yankees past the Orioles.

Boston 6 – TAMPA BAY 3… Vazquez and Arroyo belted two-run homers to help power the Red Sox past the Rays. Martin Perez (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

KANSAS CITY 11 – Pittsburgh 0… Brad Keller (4-2) blanked the Pirates on four hits and got plenty of support in the Royals’ sixth straight win. Salvador Perez hit a solo homer and singled home a run. Hunter Dozier also went deep.

Chi. Cubs 12 – MILWAUKEE 0… Alec Mills (5-3) tossed the second no-hitter of the season and the Cubs dismantled the Brewers. Mills walked three and struck out five. David Bote homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly.

MINNESOTA 7 – Cleveland 5… The Twins got home runs from Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, Ryan Jeffers and Josh Donaldson in downing the Indians to complete a series sweep.

CHI WHITE SOX 5 – Detroit 2… Yoan Moncada went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the White Sox downed the Tigers. Eloy Jimenez smacked a solo homer.

Cincinnati 10 – ST. LOUIS 5… The Reds used a hit batter, a walk and a wild pitch to push three runs across in the top of the seventh inning and put away the Cardinals. Brian Goodwin, Eugenio Suarez and pinch-hitter Aristides Aquino homered for Cincinnati.

TEXAS 6 – Oakland 3… Rougned Odor blasted a three-run homer and Jeff Mathis added a two-run shot in the Rangers’ win over the Athletics. Lance Lynn (3-1) allowed a run on three hits over seven innings and fanned 10.

TORONTO 7 – N.Y. Mets 3… Santiago Espinal smacked a two-run double during a five-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Blue Jays past the Mets. Lourdes Gurriel drilled a two-run homer. Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1) held New York to a run on eight hits over six innings.

L.A. Angels 5 – COLORADO 3… Albert Pujols connected for his 660th career homer to move into fifth place on the all-time list. Jared Walsh had a couple of hits and an RBI for the Angels.

Seattle 7 – ARIZONA 3… Donovan Walton knocked in three runs to lead the Mariners past the Diamondbacks. Jose Marmolejos had two hits and an RBI.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – Houston 1… Dodgers got two-run homers from Mookie Betts and Chris Taylor in breezing past the Astros. A.J. Pollock opened the scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-2; J.T. Brubaker, 1-1) is at Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 4-3; Anthony DeSclafani, 1-2) for a doubleheader…
Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 1-3; Corbin Burnes, 0-0) hosts St. Louis (Kwang-Hyun Kim, 0-0; Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0) is at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-4)…
Baltimore (Javier Lopez, 0-0) hosts Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 4-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 5-2)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-3) hosts Oakland (Mike Minor, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 5-1) are at San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 2-1)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Denver Nuggets 111 – L.A. Clippers 98
… The Nuggets erased a 19-point second-half deficit in taking down the Clippers to force tomorrow’s Game 7. Nikola Jokic had game-highs with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Jamal Murray added 21 points.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay 4 – N.Y. Islanders 1… The Lightning skated past the Islanders to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Blake Coleman and Ondrej Palat scored 12 seconds apart in the second period to give Tampa Bay the lead for good. Palat also assisted on Brayden Point’s third-period goal.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Edmonton)
Dallas vs. Vegas in Game 5 with the Stars leading 3-1

The Rundown for September 11, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,390,840 and the nation’s death toll stands at 191,612, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A new study from China’s Nanjing University published in PLOS Pathogens has found that “neutralizing” antibodies in the serum of recovered COVID-19 patients decline sharply within a month of hospital discharge. The study notes, however, that the finding doesn’t mean that immunity wanes in a month.

GOP STIMULUS BILL FAILS IN SENATE… The Republicans’ pandemic stimulus package failed to get the 60 votes it needed for passage in the Senate yesterday. The 52-47 vote was along party lines, with Democrats arguing that the bill did not include another round of stimulus checks sent directly to taxpayers and cut weekly federal jobless benefits in half to $300. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer specifically criticized the bill for leaving out funding for lower level governments, food assistance for children, eviction relief, and internet expansion in rural areas.

COURT RULES AGAINST TRUMP IN IMMIGRANT-CENSUS FIGHT… A federal court ruled yesterday that President Trump’s order to exclude undocumented immigrants from census numbers for apportioning congressional districts is unlawful. A three-judge panel for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was unanimous in its ruling that Trump’s executive memorandum violates the executive branch’s “constitutional responsibility to count the whole number of persons in each State and to apportion members of the House of Representatives among the States according to their respective numbers.” The ruling prohibits the Department of Commerce from reporting any information regarding undocumented immigrants in its census count that could be used to implement the president’s directive.

MICROSOFT WARNS OF HACKERS… Microsoft has released a warning that hackers connected to Russia, China and Iran are attempting to spy on people and groups involved with the US 2020 presidential election. The tech firm said that the same Russian group that hacked the 2016 Democratic campaign is part of the effort. The campaigns of President Trump as well as his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are among more than 200 organizations that have been targeted by Russian hackers from the Strontium group, Microsoft said in a statement.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… Authorities in California say at least 12 people have died and more than 3,900 structures have been destroyed in the 29 major wildfires burning throughout the state. Another dozen people were reported missing Wednesday in the area of the North Complex fire near Oroville. Fires in Oregon, meanwhile, have prompted the evacuation of more than 500,000 people statewide, which is more than 10 percent of the state’s 4.2 million population. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency to free up resources to battle blazes there. Yesterday, Inslee toured the town of Malden, where more than 80 percent of the homes were destroyed.

ENTERTAINMENT
DIANA RIGG DIES
… Actress Diana Rigg, who played secret agent Emma Peel in the 1960s television series “The Avengers” and rose to international fame as a “Bond” girl, died of undisclosed causes yesterday, according to her agent. She was 82. Rigg played James Bond’s only wife, Tracy, opposite George Lazenby in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” More recently, and she portrayed Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones,” earning Emmy nominations in 2013 and 2014.

‘SNL’ HEADING BACK TO THE STUDIO… “Saturday Night Live” is returning to the studio for its 46th season, which premieres October 3. The show ended live broadcasts after its March 7 episode amid the pandemic. “SNL” returned on April 11 for a virtual episode that was hosted by Tom Hanks following his battle with coronavirus. Two other virtual episodes, which aired on April 25 and May 9, featured Brad Pitt and Alec Baldwin, respectively. A special compilation of Mother’s Day-themed sketches aired on May 10.

SPORTS
NFL SCORE

KANSAS CITY 34 – Houston 20
… The defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs rolled past the Texans in the NFL Kickoff Classic. Patrick Mahomes passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a score. Kansas City now has won 10 straight dating back to last season.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Las Vegas is at Carolina…
Baltimore hosts Cleveland…
Detroit hosts Chicago…
Green Bay is at Minnesota…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Jets…
Seattle is at Atlanta…
New England hosts Miami…
Indianapolis is at Jacksonville…
Washington hosts Philadelphia…
the L.A. Chargers are at Cincinnati…
New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay…
Arizona is at San Francisco…
the L.A. Rams host Dallas

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Giants…
Tennessee is at Denver

MLB SCORES
ST. LOUIS 12 – Detroit 2
… Paul Goldschmidt, Rangel Ravelo, Yadier Molina, Tyler O’Neil and Lane Thomas all homered as the Cardinals pounded the Tigers in the doubleheader opener.

Detroit 6 – ST. LOUIS 3… Jorge Bonifacio’s two-run homer capped a five-run top of the seventh inning that gave the Tigers a split of the twinbill. Jeimer Candelario also went deep.

OAKLAND 3 – Houston 1… Sean Manaea (3-1) limited the Astros to a run on two hits over seven innings. Matt Olson homered with a runner aboard. Oakland extended its lead over Houston to 6-1/2 games in the AL West.

L.A. Angels 6 – TEXAS 2… Walsh belted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and Mike Trout added a solo shot as the Angels cruised past the Rangers. Dylan Bundy (5-2) gave up two runs on four hits over 7-1/3 innings and struck out 12.

Atlanta 7 – WASHINGTON 6… The Braves rallied past the Nationals after spotting them an early 5-0 lead. Freddie Freeman blasted a pair of two-run homers. Ronald Acuna and Dansby Swanson also circled the bases.

Kansas City 11 – CLEVELAND 1… Brady Singer (2-4) took a ho-hitter into the eighth inning and got plenty of support as the Royals crushed the Indians. Maikel Franko hit a three-run homer and singled home two runs. Adalberto Mondesi added a three-run shot. Edward Oliveras also went deep.

Boston 4 – TAMPA BAY 3… Rookie Bobby Dalbec homered for the fifth straight game and the Red Sox held off the Rays. Rafael Devers drove in Boston’s other three runs with a two-run homer and run-scoring single.

MIAMI 7 – Philadelphia 6… The Marlins erased a 6-2 eighth-inning deficit to upend the Phillies in the opener of a seven-game series. Alfaro’s infield single scored Harrison with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Starling Marte slammed a game-tying three-run double in the eighth and finished with four RBIs.

SAN DIEGO 6 – San Francisco 1… Seven Padres pitchers combined to hold the Giants at bay. Mitch Moreland opened the scoring with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. Manny Machado and Jorge Ona hit solo homers.

ARIZONA 5 – L.A. Dodgers 2… The Diamondbacks got past the Dodgers after spotting them a two-run lead. Daulton Varsho tripled home Nick Ahmed with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored on Carson Kelly’s two-run homer.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Cincinnati 5… The Cubs came from three runs down to top the Reds in a game delayed for hours by rain. Nico Horener’s two-run double sparked a five-run bottom of the fourth inning. Willson Contreras went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Baltimore – N.Y. YANKEES (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Orioles-Yankees game. It will be made up today as part of a doubleheader.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 4-3; Spencer Howard, 1-2) is at Miami (Nick Neidert, 0-0; Trevor Rogers, 1-0) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 4-3; Masahiro Tanaka, 1-2) host Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-3; Keegan Akin, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 3-1) are at Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-0)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-3) hosts Atlanta (Josh Tomlin, 2-2)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 2-2) is at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-4)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 3-1) hosts Boston (Andrew Triggs, 0-2)…
Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-2) is at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-5)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-3) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 2-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 4-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-1) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 7-0)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-5) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 4-0)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 2-5) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-3)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 2-0) is at San Diego (Garrett Richards, 2-2)…
Arizona (Caleb Smith, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 2-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

L.A. Lakers 110 – Houston 100… The Lakers eliminated the Rockets in Game 5 and await the winner of the L.A. Clippers-Denver series the Western Conference finals. Anthony Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. LeBron James added 16 points and 15 boards.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Toronto vs. Boston in Game 7

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 5 with the Clippers leading 3-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Edmonton)
Vegas 3 – Dallas 2
(OT)… Alexander Radulov found the net 31 seconds into the overtime period to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead in the series. Jamie Oleksiak opened the scoring with a first-period goal. Goalie Anton Khudobin made 38 saves. Game 4 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Islanders in Game 3 with the Lightning leading 2-0.

The Rundown for September 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

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

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

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

The Rundown for September 9, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,325,586 and the nation’s death toll stands at 189,580, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A report released yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found that a half-million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Covid-19. The 70,630 new child cases reported between August 20 and September 3 marked a 16-percent increase in child cases over two weeks and brought the total to at least 513,415 cases… Drug giant AstraZeneca announced yesterday that it had paused global trials of its coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers. Health officials not that the pause is a standard precaution in vaccine trials.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TAKING OVER TRUMP DEFAMATION CASE… The Justice Department announced it was taking a highly unusual legal maneuver in taking over the defense of President Trump in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll. The former Elle magazine advice columnist accused Trump of sexually assaulting her long before Trump became president. Nevertheless, the Justice Department argued that it must take over because Trump’s comments spurring the defamation lawsuit came while he was in office. Legal experts note that if the Justice Department is allowed to take over, it would invalidate the lawsuit because the federal government can’t be sued for defamation. Carroll’s attorney, Robbie Kaplan, released a statement that warned, “Trump’s effort to wield the power of the U.S. government to evade responsibility for his private misconduct is without precedent, and shows even more starkly how far he is willing to go to prevent the truth from coming out.”

WHITE SUPREMACIST THREAT ‘PERSISTENT AND LETHAL’… Department of Homeland Security draft documents made public by Lawfare Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes and first reported by Politico identify white supremacists as the most “persistent and lethal threat” in the U.S. through 2021. The documents conclude that that some U.S.-based violent extremists have capitalized on increased social and political tensions to commit violent acts. According to the report, foreign terrorist organizations also pose a threat but they “probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next year.”

COHEN TELL-ALL BOOK RELEASED… President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen calls Trump a “liar,” a “fraud” and a “bully” in a tell-all book that went on sale yesterday. Among Cohen’s accusations is that Trump admired Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin for his control over Russia, personally signed off on a National Enquirer report that smeared 2016 Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and said Black Americans were “too stupid” to vote for him four years ago. Cohen also linked Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement in 2016 to suppression of racy photos.

TOP ROCHESTER COPS RETIRING… Top Rochester Police Department leaders in Rochester are reportedly retiring amid ongoing criticism over their department’s handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude. Mayor Lovely Warren announced yesterday that police chief La’Ron Singletary, deputy chief Joseph M. Morabito and possibly other senior commanders are departing. Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died several days after an encounter with police on March 23. Officers who found him running naked down the street put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about 2 minutes until he stopped breathing. He died a week later after he was taken off life support.

ENTERTAINMENT
DISNEY FACING BACKLASH OVER ‘MULAN’
… Disney is facing widespread backlash over its decision to shoot its new live-action film “Mulan” in Xinjiang province, where the Chinese government is accused of committing serious human rights abuses. The film’s final credits include thanks to a government security agency thought to be responsible for the detention of about 1 million people – mostly Muslim Uighurs. Human-rights groups already had called for a boycott of the film after lead actress Liu Yifei expressed support for a crackdown on Hong Kong protesters demanding democracy.

‘KARDASHIANS’ ENDING… The E! reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is being brought to an end after 14 years and 20 seasons. The family announced on a social-media post yesterday that the final season “will air early next year in 2021.” The series, which was co-created by Ryan Seacrest, premiered in 2006.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
Minnesota 7 – ST. LOUIS 3
… Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in leading the Twins past the Cardinals in the doubleheader opener. Miguel Sano added a two-run shot and Nelson Cruz homered with the bases empty.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Minnesota 4… The Cardinals scored five times in the bottom of the third inning on their way to claiming a split of the twinbill. Four of the runs came via a pair of walks, a hit batsman and a fielder’s choice.

Oakland 4 – HOUSTON 2… Robbie Grossman stroked a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth inning and scored on Khris Davis’ double and the Athletics topped the Astros in the doubleheader opener. Davis’ solo homer in the third opened the scoring.

HOUSTON 5 – Oakland 4… Yuli Gurriel lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh and final inning as the Astros took the second game of the doubleheader and snapped their six-game losing streak.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Boston 5… Alec Bohm came through with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to lift the Phillies over the Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Bohm also homered with the bases empty and singled home a run.

Boston 5 – PHILADELPHIA 2… Bobby Dalbec’s fourth homer in as many games was a two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning and gave the Red Sox the lead for good in taking the second game of the twinbill.

TORONTO 2 – N.Y. Yankees 1… Jonathan Davis’ two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning provided all the offense the Blue Jays needed in handing the Yankees their fifth straight win. Five pitchers combined on a five-hitter.

WASHINGTON 5 – Tampa Bay 3… Carter Kieboom doubled home a run and Josh Harrison singled in another as the Nationals cruised past the Rays.

Kansas City 8 – CLEVELAND 6… The Royals came from behind to down the Indians and snap their seven-game skid. Maikel Franco skied a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning and singled home a run. Whit Merrifield blasted a three-run homer for Kansas City.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Chi. White Sox 4… Pinch-runner Jason Martin scored the winning run on an error by White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Kevin Newman had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

Miami 8 – ATLANTA 0… Marlins starter Sixto Sanchez (2-1) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and four relievers completed the shutout of the Braves. Garrett Cooper hit a two-run homer and singled home a run. Jorge Alfaro added a solo homer and run-scoring single. Matt Joyce also circled the bases.

Baltimore 11 – N.Y. METS 2… Rio Ruiz had a couple of hits, including a three-run homer, as the Orioles crushed the Mets. Ryan Mountcastle and D.J. Stewart added two-run blasts. Pat Velaika also went deep.

DETROIT 8 – Milwaukee 3… The Tigers scored the game’s first eight runs and coasted past the Brewers. Jeimer Candelario homered with a runner aboard and singled home two runs. Victor Reyes also delivered a two-run single. Spencer Turnbull (4-2) pitched three-hit ball over six shutout innings.

TEXAS 7 – L.A. Angels 1… The Rangers won for the first time in seven games and ended the Angels’ five-game winning streak. Lance Lynn (5-2) allowed just a run on four hits over seven innings. Elvis Andrus smacked a solo homer.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Cincinnati 0… Alec Mills (4-3) limited the Reds to four hits over six innings and three Cubs relievers kept them scoreless the rest of the way. David Bote legged out a two-run triple in the bottom of the second inning and Javier Baez added an RBI triple in the third.

SAN DIEGO 14 – Colorado 5… The Padres mounted five-run rallies in the bottoms of the first two innings and rolled past the Rockies. Wil Myers unloaded a grand slam and homered with the base empty. Austin Nola ripped a three-run homer.

SAN FRANCISCO 6 – Seattle 5… The Giants overcame a 5-1 third-inning deficit to edge the Mariners. Darin Ruf delivered a tie-breaking pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mauricio Dubon blasted a two-run homer. Alex Dickerson also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 10 – ARIZONA 9 (10 innings)… Gavin Lux’s second homer of the game was a three-run blast that capped a four-run top of the 10th inning and pushed the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks. Lux also had a solo shot and RBI single. Arizona came up just short with a three-run bottom of the 10th.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-0) is at Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-5)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Deivi Garcia, 0-0) are at Toronto (Tanner Roark, 2-1)…
Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-3) is at Atlanta (Tommy Milone, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-4) host Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0) are at Texas (Kyle Cody, 0-0)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 5-2) hosts Colorado (Anthony Senzatela, 3-1)…
Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 3-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 7-1)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 2-2) hosts Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 5-1) are at Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 1-3) hosts Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-2)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Miami 103 – Milwaukee 94
… The Heat shook off a slow start to eliminate the Bucks in Game 5 and advance to take on the winner of the Boston-Toronto series in the Eastern Conference finals. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic scored 17 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack. Butler also grabbed 10 rebounds. Milwaukee played without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who suffered an ankle sprain in Game 4.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Lakers 112 – Houston 102… Rajon Rondo sparked a fourth-quarter surge that carried the Lakers past the Rockets and put them up 2-1 in the series. Rondo scored eight straight points during a 10-0 run that proved decisive and finished with 21 points. LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points. Anthony Davis had 26 points and 15 boards. Game 4 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Toronto vs. Boston in Game 6 with the Celtics leading 3-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Clippers vs. Denver in Game 4 with the Clippers leading 2-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
(in Edmonton)
Vegas 3 – Dallas 0… Goalie Robin Lehner stopped all 24 shots and the Golden Knights blanked the Stars to even the Western Conference finals at a game apiece. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights scored all three goals in the second period. Game 3 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 2 with the Lightning leading 1-0

The Rundown for September 8, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL

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

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

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

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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

The Rundown for September 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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