The Rundown for February 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,823,163 and the nation’s death toll stands at 490,394, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that mounting evidence suggests the Covid-19 vaccine can slow the spread of the coronavirus. Whether vaccination can prevent transmission of the virus is “the looming question,” Fauci said during a White House coronavirus response team briefing.

TEXANS STRUGGLE DURING FREEZE… Troubles are mounting in Texas, where 2.7 million households are without power and residents in more than 100 counties have been told to boil their drinking water. Strained by an Arctic vortex that brought record low temperatures, the state has lost 40 percent of its generating capacity, with natural gas wells and pipelines, along with wind turbines, frozen shut. As many as two dozens deaths have been blamed on the cold snap and freezing temperatures are expected through the weekend.

CUOMO PANDEMIC HANDLING UNDER INVESTIGATION… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is the target of an investigation launched by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York. Investigators are reportedly looking into the conduct of top officials who coordinated the state’s response to the pandemic and a July 2020 order directing nursing homes to accept coronavirus-positive residents being discharged from hospitals. A former Cuomo staffer admitted last week that the governor’s administration had hidden the true death toll from the public for fear of political backlash. The state’s attorney general has also investigated and released a damning report of the governor’s handling of the crisis.

WOMEN GENERALS’ PROMOTIONS DELAYED… The New York Times yesterday quoted former Defense Secretary Mark Esper in reporting that the Pentagon delayed the promotion of two female generals out of fear that Trump would derail their nominations. Air Force General Jacqueline Van Ovost and Army Lieutenant General Laura Richardson of the Army are set to be nominated for promotions by the Biden administration in the coming weeks. Esper insisted he recommended the two generals not to be politically correct but because they were the best qualified.

8 WOUNDED IN PHILADELPHIA SHOOTING… Gunfire at a public transit station in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon left eight people wounded. The victims ranged in age from 17 to 71. One of them is reported to be in critical condition. Police say one person is in custody and two weapons have been recovered.

… Bombastic radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh died yesterday following a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Limbaugh pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio and used his platform to air commentary that was sometimes highly incendiary. He called former President Barack Obama a “house negro” and poked fun at Kurt Cobain’s suicide, former Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s cancer and actor Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease. A racist comment he made in 2003 prompted his firing after a short stint at ESPN. His radio show was heard on more than 600 U.S. stations with an audience that reached 27 million people weekly.

JESSE PLEMONS JOINS CAST OF SCORSESE FILM… Jesse Plemons has signed on to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in the cast of the upcoming Apple thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Plemons will reunite with director Martin Scorsese, with whom he worked on 2019’s “The Irishman.” The film is set in 1920s Oklahoma and centers on the serial murders of Osage Nation members in a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. Plemons will play Tom White, the lead FBI agent investigating the murders.


ORLANDO 107 – New York 89… The Magic shook off a slow start to roll past the Knicks. Terrence Ross came off the bench to score a game-high 30 points. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and as many rebounds.

Atlanta 122 – BOSTON 114… Trae Young poured in 40 points and the Hawks topped the Celtics to end a four-game skid. Clint Capela powered his way to 24 points and 13 boards. John Collins tossed in 20 points.

PHILADELPHIA 118 – Houston 113… The 76ers built a 26-point halftime lead and held on to down the Rockets. Joel Embiid scored 31 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Tobias Harris had 24 points and 15 boards. Seth Curry dropped in 25 points.

WASHINGTON 130 – Denver 128… Bradley Beal made two free throws with a tenth of a second remaining and finished with 25 points in the Wizards’ come-from-behind win over the Nuggets. Davis Bertans led Washington with 35 points off the bench. Russell Westbrook totaled 12 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

Indiana 134 – MINNESOTA 128 (OT)… Domantas Sabonis racked up 36 points, 17 boards and 10 assists in leading the Pacers to an overtime win over the Timberwolves. Malcolm Brogdon added 32 points.

CHICAGO 105 – Detroit 102… The Bulls overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to upend the Pistons. Zach LaVine led the way with 37 points. Jerami Grant’s 43 points weren’t enough for Detroit.

Portland 126 – NEW ORLEANS 124… Damian Lillard knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds remaining to cap a 43-point, 16-assist effort that carried the Trail Blazers past the Pelicans. Gary Trent Jr. added 23 points.

MEMPHIS 122 – Oklahoma City 113… The Grizzlies were too much in the fourth quarter and took down the Thunder. Grayson Allen and Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points apiece. Ja Morant had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 120 – Miami 109 (OT)… The Warriors outlasted the Heat after trailing by 15 points at halftime. Kent Bazemore delivered a game-high 26 points off the bench. Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 points apiece.

Utah 114 – L.A. CLIPPERS 96… The Jazz blew past the short-handed Clippers in the second half to win their ninth in a row. Donovan Mitchell pumped in 24 points to lead all scorers. Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 20 boards.

Toronto is at Milwaukee…
the L.A. Lakers host Brooklyn…
Miami is at Sacramento

Florida 4 – CAROLINA 3 (OT)… Jonathan Huberdeau’s second goal of the game came with 2:31 remaining and gave the Panthers a come-from-behind win over the Hurricanes. Huberdeau also had an assist. Goalie Chris Driedger made 32 saves.

TORONTO 2 – Ottawa 1… Alexander Kerfoot netted a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs made it stand in edging the Senators. Frederick Andersen made 27 stops at goal.

Chicago 2 – DETROIT 0… Goalie Kevin Lankinen stopped all 29 shots in his first career shutout and the Blackhawks clipped the Red Wings. Chicago got goals from Philipp Kurashev and Alex DeBrincat.

Vancouver 5 – CALGARY 1… Five different players found the net as the Canucks skated past the Flames. Brock Boeser scored a goal and assisted on two others. Goalie Braden Holtby made 35 saves.

EDMONTON 3 – Winnipeg 2… Leon Draisaitl found the net twice to lead the Oilers past the Jets. Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both had two assists.

New Jersey is at Boston…
Philadelphia hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Pittsburgh…
Columbus hosts Nashville…
Ottawa is at Toronto…
Washington hosts Buffalo…
San Jose is at St. Louis…
Arizona hosts Los Angeles…
Minnesota is at Anaheim

No. 17 USC 89, Arizona State 71…
No. 19 TENNESSEE 93, South Carolina 73…
No. 22 LOYOLA CHICAGO 54, Valparaiso 52…
No. 23 Kansas 59, KANSAS STATE 41

TENNIS NEWS… Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to secure a spot in the Australian Open women’s final. Osaka will take on Jennifer Brady, who defeated Karolína Muchová in three sets to reach her first grand slam final. In the men’s semifinals, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic goes up against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev and Daniil Medvedev battles Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Rundown for September 9, 2019

TALIBAN CRITICIZE TRUMP FOR ENDING PEACE TALKS… The Taliban have criticized President Trump’s last-minute decision to end months-long peace talks. The group released a statement claiming the pullout has harmed the U.S.’ reputation, called attention to its anti-peace stance and will lead to increased financial cost and loss in lives. Trump said he ended the negotiations due to a Taliban bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed an American soldier.

MARK SANFORD TO CHALLENGE TRUMP IN GOP PRIMARY… Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford has launched a campaign to challenge Donald Trump in the GOP primary. Sanford joins Joe Walsh of Illinois on the Republican primary ticket. Both are considered long-shot candidates as Trump’s approval ratings among Republican party voters is consistently in the high-80 percent range.

DIVE BOAT OWNERS’ OFFICE SEARCHED… Authorities with warrants yesterday searched the offices of the company that owned the dive boat that 34 people died aboard in a fire last week. The dive boat Conception had passed its two most recent inspections, according to Coast Guard records. Conceptions owners have filed a lawsuit under a pre-Civil War maritime law that removes the company’s liability because the boat was deemed seaworthy.

FOUR MISSING AFTER SHIP OVERTURNS OFF GEORGIA… The Coast Guard says four crew members are unaccounted for after a large cargo ship overturned and caught fire near Brunswick, Georgia, yesterday morning. The 656-foot vehicle carrier had 23 crew members and one pilot on board. Officials say the ship was leaving Brunswick when it drastically leaned to its side and capsized.

NEW YORK GOVERNOR TAKES STAND AGAINST VAPING… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking the state’s Department of Health in urging people to stop vaping amid concerns over a lung disease linked to electronic cigarettes that has sickened hundreds of people throughout the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of vaping-related illnesses has jumped to at least 450 cases in 33 states. At least five deaths have been linked to vaping-related respiratory illness.

TOOL TOPS ALBUM CHART… Tool’s first album in 13 years, “Fear Inoculum,” sold 270,000 units to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” dropped to No. 2 after selling 178,000 copies. Lana Del Ray’s “Norman F***ing Rockwell!” opened in third place with 104,000 units sold. Lil Tecca’s “We Love You Tecca” sold 68,000 copies to finish fourth. Young Thug’s “So Much Fun” slipped to fifth place on sales of 61,000 units.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “It: Chapter Two” raked in $91 million to blow away the weekend box office. “Angel has Fallen” finished in a distant second place after taking in $6 million. “Good Boys” made $5.3 million to finish third. “The Lion King” came in at No. 4 with $4.1 million. “Overcomer” capped the top five with $3.7 million.

Tennessee 43 – CLEVELAND 13… Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder on a screen to Derrick Henry, as the Titans pounded the Browns. Tight end Delanie Walker hauled in two fourth-quarter TD catches as Tennessee’s defense was intercepting Baker Mayfield three times.

L.A. Rams 30 – Carolina 27… Todd Gurley ran for 64 of his 97 yards in the fourth quarter as the Rams grinded out a 30-27 win over the Panthers. Malcolm Brown ran for a pair of scores.

Baltimore 59 – MIAMI 10… Lamar Jackson passed for five touchdowns as the Ravens built a 42-10 halftime lead and coasted past the Dolphins. Marquise Brown had four receptions for 147 yards and two TDs.

Kansas City 40 – JACKSONVILLE 26… Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ win over the Jaguars. Sammy Watkins had nine receptions for a career-high 198 yards and three TDs. Jacksonville QB Nick Foles broke his left clavicle in the first quarter and is expected to be put on injured reserve after undergoing surgery today.

MINNESOTA 28 – Atlanta 12… Dalvin Cook rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings pounded the Falcons. Safety Anthony Harris intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble.

Buffalo 17 – N.Y. JETS 16… The Bills scored 17 unanswered second-half points to upend the Jets. Josh Allen hit John Brown on a go-ahead 37-yard pass play with 3 minutes left.

PHILADELPHIA 32 – Washington 27… The Eagles came from 17 points down to topple the Redskins. Carson Wentz completed 28 of 39 passes for 313 yards and three scores. He hit LeSean Jackson with 51- and 53-yard touchdown passes.

L.A. CHARGERS 30 – Indianapolis 24 (OT)… Austin Ekeler scored his third touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run with 5:01 remaining in overtime as the Chargers outlasted the Colts after blowing a second-half lead. Ekeler totaled 154 yards from scrimmage Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes.

SEATTLE 21 – Cincinnati 20… Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a go-ahead 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter and the Seahawks held off the Bengals. Chris Carson caught a 10-yard TD toss and ran 1 yard for a score.

Detroit 27 – ARIZONA 27 (OT)… The Lions and Cardinals played to a tie after Arizona rallied from 18 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The teams traded field goals in the extra period but couldn’t determine the winner.

DALLAS 35 – N.Y. Giants 17… Dak Prescott passed for 405 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys handled the Giants. Michael Gallup had seven catches for 158 yards and Amari Cooper caught six passes for 106 yards.

San Francisco 31 – TAMPA BAY 17… Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon returned two of the 49ers three interceptions for touchdowns on the way to the win. Robbie Gould booted three field goals for San Francisco, which had three TDs negated by penalties.

NEW ENGLAND 33 – Pittsburgh 3… Tom Brady found Phillip Dorsett with two of his three touchdown passes in an easy win over the Steelers. New England held Pittsburgh to just 32 yards rushing.

Houston is at New Orleans…
Oakland hosts Denver

CINCINNATI 4 – Arizona 3… Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen delivered a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Jose Peraza with the winning run in the Reds’ win over the Diamondbacks. Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer tied the game in the eighth. Suarez also homered with a runner aboard in the third.

Philadelphia 10 – N.Y. METS 7… The Phillies erased an early three-run deficit in outslugging the Mets. Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery hit two-run homers. Adam Haseley added a solo shot.

Washington 9 – ATLANTA 4… Asdrubal Cabrera went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs as the Nationals downed the Braves. Adam Eaton homered and doubled home a run. Yan Gomes hit a pair of solo homers. Juan Soto also went deep. Max Scherzer (10-5) held Atlanta to a run on two hits over six innings.

St. Louis 2 – PITTSBURGH 0… Jack Flaherty (10-7) pitched five-hit ball over eight innings and Carlos Martinez completed the Cardinals’ blanking of the Pirates. Harrison Bader singled home a run and Paul Goldschmidt stroked an RBI double for St. Louis.

MILWAUKEE 8 – Chi. Cubs 5… Tyler Austin’s three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the fourth inning and the Brewers held off the Cubs. Eric Thames also homered for Milwaukee.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – San Francisco 0… Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Dodgers shut out the Giants and reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to two. Matt Beaty hit a two-run homer and Corey Seager added a three-run blast.

SAN DIEGO 2 – Colorado 1 (10 innings)… Wil Myers singled home Manny Machado with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Padres edged the Rockies. Drew Butera lifted a third-inning sacrifice fly for San Diego.

Texas 10 – BALTIMORE 4… The Rangers pounded out 20 hits in their drubbing of the Orioles. Nick Solak went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and two RBIs. Ronald Guzman and Rougned Odor hit solo homers.

TAMPA BAY 8 – Toronto 3… Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in leading the Rays past the Blue Jays. Austin Meadows smacked a solo homer.

HOUSTON 21 – Seattle 1… Yordan Alvarez went 4-for-6 and knocked in six runs to lead the Astros in their dismantling of the Mariners. George Springer belted a three-run homer. Jake Marisnick added a two-run shot.

Cleveland 5 – MINNESOTA 2… Mike Clevinger (11-2) limited the Twins to two runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings. Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor hit bases-empty homers. Franmil Reyes produced a two-run single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – L.A. Angels 1… Four White Sox pitchers held the Angels to a run on five hits. Jose Abreu and Danny Mendick hit solo homers.

OAKLAND 3 – Detroit 1… Sean Manaea (1-0) allowed just a run on two hits and struck out 10 in his 2019 debut after missing more than a year following shoulder surgery. Khris Davis’ two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the difference.

N.Y. Yankees 10 – BOSTON 5… Gleyber Torres homered with a runner aboard and finished with four RBIs as the Yankees doubled up on the Red Sox. Mike Tauchman also hit a two-run homer. Aaron Judge homered and doubled home a run.

MIAMI 9 – Kansas City 0… Sandy Alcantara (5-12) tossed a four-hit shutout and got plenty of support in the Marlins’ bombing of the Royals. Starlin Castro homered and doubled in a run. Harold Ramirez and Lewis Brinson each added two RBIs.

Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 5-5) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 12-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 8-8) host Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 10-13)…
Milwaukee (Jordan Lyles, 10-8) is at Miami (Robert Dugger, 0-1)…
San Francisco (Trevor Williams, 7-6) hosts Pittsburgh (Madison Bumgarner, 9-8)…
San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 6-6) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 9-9)

the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 12-6) are at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 17-5)…
Houston (Zach Greinke, 14-5) hosts Oakland (Mike Fiers, 14-3)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 13-7) is at the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-2)

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… Rafael Nadal held off Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 yesterday to capture the U.S. Open and win his 19th major. It took Nadal 4 hours and 50 minutes to win the tournament for the fourth time. Medvedev was trying to become the first man since 1949 two the tourney final after dropping the first two sets.

The Rundown for September 6, 2019

DORIAN ARRIVES… Dorian has arrived in the Carolinas as a Category 2 hurricane. The storm has brought flooding, high winds, and tornadoes throughout coastal regions. Nearly a million people are under evacuation orders in South Carolina, and more evacuations were issued for the coast and barrier islands of North Carolina. South Carolina was expected to confront peak impacts last night while North Carolina will likely bear the brunt today. North Carolina’s Outer Banks appear to be directly in the storm’s path.

VAPING INVESTIGATION CENTERS ON VITAMIN E… Health officials say vitamin E acetate has become the focus of an investigation into vaping-related respiratory illnesses that have sickened 34 people in New York. As of yesterday, there were 361 confirmed or suspected cases nationwide, according to state health departments. Lab tests have revealed extremely high levels of vitamin E acetate in products that contained cannabis. The compound, which is commonly available as a nutritional supplement, is not known to be harmful when taken as a vitamin or applied to skin.

DEFENDANT ACQUITTED IN GHOST SHIP FIRE… A jury in Oakland, California, yesterday found one defendant not guilty on all counts in the deadly 2016 Ghost Ship fire. The trial for a second defendant ended in a hung jury. Max Harris and Derick Almena faced 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the warehouse fire that killed 36 people at an artist collective in December 2016. Victims were unable to escape after the blaze broke out during an electronic music show.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IMPOSES RECORD FINE ON MICHIGAN STATE… The Department of Education has fined Michigan State University a record $4.5 million for failing to protect students from sexual abuse and ordered the university to make changes. Two separate investigations were launched after a former sports doctor for the school and USA Gymnastics was accused of sexual abuse by more than 350 women. Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced in two different trials to 300 years in prison for having abused young female gymnasts. Prosecutors said here he abused more than 265 people, many through his practice at Michigan State. Athletes had complained about Nassar since the 1990s but the school did not begin investigating him until 2014.

MANAFORT LAWYERS WANT STATE CHARGES TOSSED… Lawyers representing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have filed court papers seeking the dismissal of his New York mortgage fraud case. Attorneys say the state charges following Manafort’s federal convictions amount to double jeopardy. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced state charges immediately after Manafort was sentenced last March in the second of his two federal cases.

R. KELLY TRIAL DATE SET… A district court judge has set an initial trial date of April 27, 2020, for R. Kelly. The singer is accused of sexual misconduct charges, including recruiting women for sex, persuading people to conceal that he had sexual contact with teenage girls and buying back missing videotapes of the encounters. Kelly was ordered last month to remain in custody pending his trial.

IN THEATERS… Twenty-seven years after putting some distance between them and their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, members the Losers Club are brought back by a devastating phone call. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star in the R-rated horror film.

Green Bay 10 – CHICAGO 3… The Packers topped the Bears to kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Aaron Rodgers threw eight yards to Jimmy Graham for the game’s only touchdown in the second quarter.

Tennessee is at Cleveland…
Miami hosts Baltimore…
Atlanta is at Minnesota…
the N.Y. Jets host Buffalo…
Washington is at Philadelphia…
Carolina hosts the L.A. Rams…
Kansas City is at Jacksonville…
the L.A. Chargers host Indianapolis…
Cincinnati is at Seattle…
Dallas hosts the N.Y. Giants…
Detroit is at Arizona…
Tampa Bay hosts San Francisco…
Pittsburgh is at New England

Houston is at New Orleans…
Oakland hosts Denver

#24 Boise State (1-0) hosts Marshall (1-0)

#1 Clemson (1-0) hosts #12 Texas A&M (1-0)…
#2 Alabama (1-0) hosts New Mexico State (0-1)…
#3 Georgia (1-0) hosts Murray State (1-0)…
#4 Oklahoma (1-0) hosts South Dakota (0-1)…
#5 Ohio State (1-0) hosts Cincinnati (1-0)…
#6 LSU (1-0) is at #9 Texas (1-0)…
#7 Michigan (1-0) hosts Army (1-0)…
#10 Auburn (1-0) hosts Tulane (1-0)…
#11 Florida (1-0) hosts Tennessee-Martin (1-0)…
#13 Utah (1-0) hosts Northern Illinois (1-0)…
#14 Washington (1-0) hosts California (1-0)…
#15 Penn State (1-0) hosts Buffalo (1-0)…
#16 Oregon (0-1) hosts Nevada (1-0)…
#17 Wisconsin (1-0) hosts Central Michigan (1-0)…
#18 Central Florida (1-0) is at Florida Atlantic (0-1)…
#19 Michigan (1-0) State hosts Western Michigan (1-0)…
#20 Iowa (1-0) hosts Rutgers (1-0)…
#21 Syracuse (1-0) is at Maryland (1-0)…
#22 Washington State (1-0) hosts Northern Colorado (0-1)…
#23 Stanford (1-0) is at Southern California (1-0)…
#25 Nebraska (1-0) is at Colorado (1-0)

CINCINNATI 4 – Philadelphia 3 (11 innings)… Phillip Ervin’s homer to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Reds over the Phillies. Jose Iglesias homered with a runner aboard and Eugenio Suarez added a solo shot in the sixth.

ST. LOUIS 10 – San Francisco 0… Dakota Hudson (15-6) limited the Giants to one hit over six innings and reliever Genesis Cabrera completed the shutout. Hudson helped himself at the plate with a two-run single. Paul DeJong and pinch-hitter Rangel Ravelo belted two-run homers.

ATLANTA 4 – Washington 2… Max Fried (16-4) pitched one-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and the Braves held off the Nationals. Ronald Acuña Jr. homered for Atlanta. Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single.

Chi. Cubs 10 – MILWAUKEE 5… Kyle Schwarber unloaded a grand slam to cap a five-run top of the sixth inning that carried the Cubs past the Brewers. Wilson Contreras stroked an RBI double and homered. David Bote also went deep.

Chi. White Sox 7 – CLEVELAND 1… Reynaldo Lopez (9-12) held the Indians to a run on a hit in a complete-game masterpiece. Welington Castillo homered with a runner aboard for the White Sox and finished with three RBIs. Yolmer Sanchez and Adam Engle knocked in two runs apiece..

Detroit 6 – KANSAS CITY 4… Brandon Dixon, Dawel Lugo and Jordy Mercer smacked solo homers in the top of the fourth inning to help power the Tigers past the Royals. Willi Castro produced a two-run single.

OAKLAND 10 – L.A. Angels 6… The Athletics erased a 5-1 deficit to down the Angels. Josh Phegley’s two-run homer sparked a seven-run bottom of the seventh inning. Jurickson Profar knocked in three runs. Robbie Grossman legged out a two-run triple.

Texas 3 – BALTIMORE 1… Nick Solak drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning as the Rangers clipped the Orioles. Kolby Allard (4-0) allowed a run on eight hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Minnesota 2 – BOSTON 1… Martin Perez (10-6) held the Red Sox to a run on two hits over six innings and the Twins held on for the victory. Willians Astudillo singled home Miguel Sanó with a tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Toronto 4… Austin Meadows hit a tie-breaking homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and doubled home a run in the eighth to push the Rays past the Blue Jays.

HOUSTON 11 – Seattle 9 (13 innings)… Michael Brantley connected for a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Astros came from seven runs down to outlast the Mariners. Both teams scored single runs in the 12th. Kyle Tucker and Josh Reddick also homered for Houston.

St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 8-13) is at Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 9-12)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 9-8) host Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 8-11)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray, 12-7) is at Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-10)…
Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 6-5) hosts Washington (Patrick Corbin, 11-6)…
the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 7-5) are at Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 8-7)…
San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 2-3) hosts Colorado (Tim Melville, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 9-11) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 13-4)

Texas (Brock Burke, 0-1) is at Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 6-13)…
Boston (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 17-3)…
Toronto (Clay Buchholz, 1-3) is at Tampa Bay (Brendan McKay, 2-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 14-8) host the L.A. Angels (Dillon Peters, 3-2) …
Seattle (Tommy Milone, 3-8) is at Houston (Framber Valdez, 4-7)…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 11-5) hosts Cleveland (Adam Plutko, 6-4)…
Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 3-14) is at Oakland (Homer Bailey, 12-8); before the scheduled game, the teams will resume the contest suspended Sunday in Detroit with the Athletics leading 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning

Kansas City (Jorge Lopez, 2-7) is at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 5-7)

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… Six-time-champion Serena Williams downed fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 yesterday in the U.S. Open semifinal. The eighth-seeded Williams advances to take on 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Canada, a 15th seed, in tomorrow’s final. The men’s semifinals are set for today. Fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev goes up against unseeded Grigor Dimitrov and second-seeded Rafael Nadal battles 24th-seeded Matteo Barrettini.


DORIAN NEARING CAROLINAS… Hurricane warning and watches are in effect throughout parts of Florida and the Carolinas as Dorian continues its approach. The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to spin toward Charleston, South Carolina, this morning and skirt the coast until making landfall somewhere in the Carolinas tomorrow. The hurricane is already blamed for the deaths of at least 20 people in the northern Bahamas. Conditions forced the cancellation of about 800 flights in the Southeast yesterday.

DEFENSE FUNDS DIVERTED FOR WALL CONSTRUCTION… The Pentagon yesterday released the list of 127 Defense Department projects that will be set aside as part of a Trump administration plan to divert $3.6 billion toward the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico. The projects affected included the building of schools and daycare centers for military families, hazardous waste warehouse facilities and fire stations. President Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year to access the funds from the military construction budget.

FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL ACQUITTED… The three-week trial of former White House counsel Greg Craig concluded yesterday with the jury acquitting him on a charge of lying to the Justice Department about work he had done on behalf of Ukraine in 2012. The Justice Department claimed that Craig was acting as a foreign agent when he and his former law firm were hired to write a report about a high-profile political trial. The Justice Department accused Craig of acting as a foreign agent and failing to register his activity. Federal prosecutors filed charges after Craig allegedly made misleading statements to avoid the need to register. Craig served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton and was White House counsel in the first year of the Obama administration.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS OVER ALLEGED PARDON OFFERS… The House Judiciary Committee has filed subpoenas in response to President Trump’s alleged attempts to offer pardons to officials “carrying out his illegal and cruel immigration policies. The committee wants the Department of Homeland Security to turn over materials related to the matter. According to the New York Times, Trump told then-Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would pardon him if he went to jail for illegally blocking migrants from entering the U.S. McAleenan, who currently serves as the acting Homeland Security secretary, has until September 17 to submit the requested materials.

EXECUTION IN TEXAS… A Texas death row inmate convicted in the fatal stabbing of an 89-year-old woman and her daughter in 2003 was executed in Texas last night. 64-year-old Billy Jack Crutsinger was administered a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the killings of Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter, Patricia Syren. Crutsinger killed the two women and stole Syren’s car and credit card after entering the home under the pretense of a handyman.

MAN CHARGED FOR SELLING MAC MILLER A FATAL DOSE OF DRUGS… The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced yesterday that a California man is facing charges related to his alleged sale of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl to Mack Miller before the rapper’s death in September 2018. The 26-year-old Miller died after snorting the bogus painkillers, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed yesterday. Prosecutors also allege that 28-year-old Cameron James Pettit supplied Miller with other drugs prior to his death. An autopsy found that Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

POLITE INTRUDER AT TAYLOR SWIFT’S HOME ARRESTED… Police in Westerly, Rhode Island, confirmed yesterday that they arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly broke into Taylor Swift’s beachfront mansion on Friday. Officers responding to an alarm at the property found the suspect, Richard Joseph McEwan, barefoot inside. When asked why he had removed his shoes, McEwan explained that he had been taught that it was polite to take off your shoes before entering someone’s home. Charges against him include breaking and entering and willful trespassing.

N.Y. Mets 8 – WASHINGTON 4… Pete Alonso blasted his 45th homer to take the MLB lead and the Mets doubled up on the Nationals. Robinson Cano and Juan Lagares also went deep. Jeff McNeil stroked a pair of run-scoring singles.

CINCINNATI 8 – Philadelphia 5… The Reds recovered to down the Phillies after blowing a 5-0 lead. Jose Iglesias drilled a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Reliever Michael Lorenzen (1-4) hit a two-run homer in the eighth and finished the game playing center field. He became the first player since Babe Ruth on June 13, 1921, to hit a homer, play the outfield and be the winning pitcher in the same game.

PITTSBURGH 6 – Miami 5… Elias Diaz homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and Bryan Reynolds came through with a walkoff two-run single as the Pirates rallied past the Marlins. Adam Frazier went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple.

San Francisco 9 – ST. LOUIS 8… The Giants fought their way past the Cardinals after blowing four- and three-run leads. Kevin Pillar connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Brandon Crawford blasted a three-run shot. Mike Yastrzemski also went deep.

ARIZONA – San Diego 1… Zac Gallen (3-4) limited the Padres to one hit over seven scoreless innings and the Diamondbacks pulled off the win. Ketel Marte broke a scoreless tie with a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Colorado 3… Joc Pederson homered twice and knocked in three runs to lead the Dodgers past the Rockies.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – Texas 1… Aaron Judge homered with a runner aboard and Gleyber Torres added a solo shot as the Yankees cruised to the win. Five pitchers held the Rangers scoreless over the first eight innings.

BOSTON 6 – Minnesota 2… Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in leading the Red Sox past the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez (17-5) pitched five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

CLEVELAND 8 – Chi. White Sox 6… Yu Chang’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Indians’ win over the White Sox. Franmil Reyes blasted a two-run homer. Oscar Mercado went 3-for-4 with an RBI single. Shane Bieber (13-7) gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings.

KANSAS CITY 5 – Detroit 4… The Royals erased a 3-0 deficit on their way past the Tigers. Jorge Soler homered. Alex Gordon went 3-for-3 with a run-scoring single. Hunter Dozer had three hits and scored twice.

OAKLAND 4 – L.A. Angels 0… Tanner Roark (9-8) surrendered five hits over 6-2/3 innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout of the Angels. Marcus Semien homered with a runner aboard for the Athletics. Jurickson Profar and Sean Murphy also went deep.

Philadelphia (Jason Vargas, 6-7) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 10-6)…
St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 14-6) hosts San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-0)…
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 3-5) is at Pittsburgh (Dario Agrazal, 4-3)…
Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 6-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jose Quintana, 12-8)…
Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 16-5) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 15-4)

the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 8-12) are at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 7-5)…
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 3-10) hosts Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 7-10)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-5) are at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 9-5)…
Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 6-13) hosts Texas (Kolby Allard, 3-0)…
Minnesota (Martin Perez, 9-6) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-0)…
Tampa Bay (Austin Pruitt, 2-0) hosts Toronto (Trent Thornton, 4-9)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 14-11) is at Houston (Wade Miley, 13-4)

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu continued her magical run by defeating Elise Mertens yesterday to reach the semifinal round of the U.S. Open. The 15th-seeded Adnreescu next faces 13th-seeded Belinda Bencic, a 7-6, 6-3 winner over Donna Vekic. Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina takes on eighth-seeded Serena Williams today in the women’s other semifinal. In the men’s quarterfinals, 24th-seeded Matteo Berrettini eliminated 13th-seeded Gael Monfils’s 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-6(5) and second-seeded Rafael Nadal downed 20th-seeded Diego Schartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. The two winners meet in a semifinal-round match tomorrow. Fifth-seeded Daniil Mevedev and unseeded Grigor Dimitrov battle in the other semifinal matchup.

The Rundown for September 4, 2019

DORIAN TO MOVE NORTH… Hurricane Dorian has brought rain and heavy wind to the east coast of central Florida as it hovers less than 100 miles east of Cape Canaveral. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is moving north-northwest at around 8 mph. Dorian is expected to reach the coasts of the Carolinas later in the week. The storm has been blamed for the deaths of at least seven people in the Bahamas, where rescues in the floodwaters are ongoing.

U.N. RELEASES REPORT ON YEMEN WAR CRIMES… A report released yesterday by the United Nations found that the U.S., Britain and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen after arming and backing a Saudi-led coalition during the five-year conflict. A U.N. team of investigators compiled a secret list of possible war-crimes suspects. The Saudi-led coalition is accused of intentionally starving Yemenis as a war tactic while also killing thousands of civilians in airstrikes. The U.S. provides logistical support and intelligence to the coalition.

PENCE DRAWS CRITICISM FOR STAYING AT TRUMP’S CLUB… Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff said yesterday that Trump “suggested” that the vice president stay at a Trump golf club in Ireland during his taxpayer-funded official trip to the country. Pence and his family are staying at Trump’s Doonbeg resort, which is more than an hour’s flight away from the vice president’s scheduled meetings with Irish officials in Dublin. The decision to stay there was criticized as a means of lining Trump’s pockets.

TEEN ADMITS TO KILLING FAMILY… Authorities in Alabama announced yesterday that a teenager has confessed to fatally shooting all five members of his family on Monday night. The 14-year-old suspect is assisting with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in its investigation and is helping officers locate the 9mm handgun that the teen used in the shootings. The shooting occurred in the family’s home.

34 PRESUMED DEAD IN DIVE-BOAT FIRE… Authorities in Santa Barbara, California, said yesterday that all 34 people sleeping below deck are presumed dead following the fire that broke out aboard a dive boat early on Monday. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said flames blocked an escape hatch and a stairwell leading to the below-deck bunks. The boat’s only five survivors are crew members who were sleeping on the top deck and jumped into the water. The bodies of 20 victims have been recovered.

KEVIN HART ON THE MEND… Doctors have announced that comedian Kevin Hart is expected to make a full recovery after suffering “major back injuries” during an auto accident Sunday morning. Hart underwent surgery and is said to be recuperating comfortably. The 40-year-old funnyman was a passenger in his muscle car when the driver lost control and ran off the road into an embankment.

DIERKS BENTLEY FINED FOR FISHING WITHOUT LICENSE… Country singer Dierks Bentley was cited by Colorado Parks and Wildlife for fishing without a license over the weekend. Bentley, who was performing at a three-day festival in Buena Vista, Colorado, posted a photo of himself and a brown trout that he caught in Cottonwood Creek on Sunday. Bentley and fellow performer Luke Bryan had been bragging about their fishing exploits during their performances and concertgoers called Colorado Parks and Wildlife to see if the singers had fishing licenses. Bentley didn’t possess one and was fined $139.50.

Philadelphia 6 – CINCINNATI 2… Corey Dickerson and J.T. Realmuto each had a couple of hits and drove in a run for the Phillies. Scott Kingery homered.

WASHINGTON 11 – N.Y. Mets 10… Kurt Suzuki’s walkoff three-run homer capped a seven-run bottom of the ninth inning as the Nationals stunned the Mets. Suzuki also singled home a run. Juan Soto homered with a runner aboard and lined an RBI double.

Miami 5 – PITTSBURGH 4 (10 innings)… Miguel Rojas hit a game-tying solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and Garrett Cooper added a bases-empty homer in the 10th to push the Marlins past the Pirates. Cooper also doubled home a run.

ST. LOUIS 1 – San Francisco 0… Jack Flaherty (9-7) limited the Giants to one hit over eight innings and Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez completed the shutout. Marcell Ozuna provided the game’s only offense with a homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.

ARIZONA 2 – San Diego 1… Josh Rojas singled home a run and came around to score on Jake Lamb’s grounder as the Diamondbacks scored both runs in the bottom of the first inning and held off the Padres. Merrill Kelly (10-13) pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Colorado 3… Russell Martin put the Dodgers on the board with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning and David Freese followed with a solo shot. Justin Turner also went deep.

Baltimore 4 – TAMPA BAY 2… Rio Ruiz homered with a runner aboard and Anthony Santander added a solo shot as the Orioles topped the Rays in the opener of a doubleheader. Ty Black (1-2) allowed two runs on two hits over five innings.

TAMPA BAY 2 – Baltimore 0… Seven pitchers combined on the shutout as the Rays claimed a split of the twinbill. Austin Meadows homered and Avisail Garcia singled home a run for Tampa Bay.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Texas 1… James Paxton (12-6) pitched a one-hitter and struck out 12 over seven innings as the Yankees bombed the Rangers. Reliever Jonathan Loaisiga preserved the shutout. Gary Sanchez homered twice and drove in three runs. Brett Gardner and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers. Didi Gregorius added a solo blast.

Minnesota 6 – BOSTON 5… Miguel Sanó singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard as the Twins held off the Red Sox. Nelson Cruz also went deep for Minnesota. Jake Cave legged out a two-run triple.

Chi. White Sox 6 – CLEVELAND 5… Eloy Jimenez’s second solo homer of the game capped a four-run top of the eighth inning that carried the White Sox past the Indians. Jimenez also doubled home a run. James McCann tied the game with a three-run homer.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Detroit 5… Ryan O’Hearn’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Royals over the Tigers. Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer.

OAKLAND 7 – L.A. Angels 5… Matt Chapman connected for a three-run homer and Seth Brown delivered a pair of RBI triples as the Athletics fought off the Angels. Khris Davis drove in two runs for Oakland.

ATLANTA 7 – Toronto 2… Josh Donaldson knocked in three runs with a single and a double to lead the Braves past the Blue Jays. Tyler Flowers lined a two-run double. Mike Foltynewicz (5-5) held Toronto to two hits over five scoreless innings.

MILWAUKEE 4 – Houston 2… Eric Thames hit a three-run homer as the Brewers scored all four runs in the bottom of the third inning and held on to down the Astros. Ryan Braun sparked the rally with an RBI single. Jordan Lyles (10-8) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

CHI. CUBS 6 – Seattle 1… Jon Lester (12-9) scattered six hits over six scoreless innings and the Cubs cruised past the Mariners. Nicholas Castellanos blasted a three-run homer. Wilson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber added solo shots.

the N.Y. Mets (Zack Wheeler, 9-7) are at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 8-6)…
Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 1-4) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 12-4)…
Miami (Robert Dugger, 0-1) is at Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 7-6)…
St. Louis (Michael Wacha, 6-6) hosts San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 9-8)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 8-7) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 2-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 12-5) host Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 8-9)

Texas (Lance Lynn, 14-9) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 12-7) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Ivan Nova, 9-11)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 11-7) is at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 16-5)…
Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 8-12) hosts Detroit (Edwin Jackson, 3-8)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-1) are at Oakland (Tanner Roark, 2-1)

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… Third-seeded Roger Federer was upset by 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open yesterday, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Dimitrov faces fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev on Friday.

The Rundown for September 3, 2019

DEPORTATION DEFERRAL UNDER REVIEW… U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is reconsidering its decision to disregard applications for deportation deferrals from immigrants with life-threatening conditions. The New York Times reported yesterday that the agency might re-open applications that were under consideration when the program was eliminated on August 7. According to the Times, a “very limited version” of the medical deferral program is “still under review.”

DORIAN POUNDS BAHAMAS… Hurricane Dorian came to a stop in the Bahamas yesterday afternoon, but forecasters expect it to move towards Florida later today before moving on to Georgia and South Carolina later this week. The storm-related death toll in the Bahamas rose to at least five. The Red Cross says about 13,000 houses may have been destroyed or damaged.

DRAFT PEACE AGREEMENT REACHED WITH TALIBAN… Reuters reported yesterday that a draft peace agreement with the Taliban calls for the U.S. to withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases in the country. Chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said the withdrawal and base closures would occur within 135 days if President Trump approves the deal. On their end of the deal, the Taliban has agreed not to let groups like al Qaeda or Islamic State use the country as a base for attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

HOUSE PANEL PROBES TRUMP’S PAYOFFS… The House Judiciary Committee is planning to hold hearings on the hush-money payments made to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels as soon as next month, according to the Washington Post. Committee members will question witnesses involved in the payments about President Trump’s alleged involvement. Earlier this year, Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, showed Congress what he claimed were reimbursement checks signed by Trump, his son, and Trump Organization’s chief financial officer for the payment he made to Daniels.

DEATH TOLL AT 8 IN DIVE-BOAT FIRE.. The discovery of four bodies on the ocean floor yesterday raised the death toll from yesterday morning’s dive-boat fire off the Southern California coast to eight. Authorities say some 26 people remain missing. A Coast Guard spokesperson said the search for the other missing victims would continue into this morning and urged people to be prepared for “the worst outcome.” Five crew members who survived the fire have been interviewed by police but investigators haven’t disclosed a cause.

FETTY WAP ARRESTED… Rapper Fetty Wap was arrested in Las Vegas yesterday for allegedly punching a valet outside the Mirage Hotel. The rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, reportedly punched the attendant three times after an argument turned violent. The Las Vegas Metro Police Department took the 28-year-old Maxwell into custody and released him hours later.

TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s new release, “Lover,” sold 867,000 copies to open atop the Billboard album chart. Young Thug’s “So Much Fun” finished in second place. Brockhampton’s “Ginger,” Jeezy’s “TM104: The Legend of the Snowman” and Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” completed the top five.

N.Y. Mets 7 – WASHINGTON 3… Noah Syndergaard (10-7) pitched three-hit ball and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings as the Mets breezed past the Nationals. Jeff McNeil hit a two-run homer. J.D. Davis went 3-for-5 with a two-run double.

Philadelphia 7 – CINCINNATI 1… Rhys Hoskins homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Phillies past the Reds. Scott Kingery, Aristides Aquino and Bryce Harper also went deep. Drew Smyly (3-6) allowed just a run on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

ST. LOUIS 3 – San Francisco 1… Adam Wainwright (10-9) limited the Giants to four hits over seven scoreless innings. Kolten Wong tripled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and scored on Paul Goldschmidt’s grounder.

ARIZONA 14 – San Diego 7… Ketel Marte hit a two-run homer and doubled home two runs in leading the Diamondbacks in their pounding of the Padres. Josh Rojas, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker hit sixth-inning homers.

L.A. DODGERS 16 – Colorado 9… Joc Pederson went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in leading the Dodgers past the Rockies. Chris Taylor added a pair of solo blasts. Corey Seager hit a three-run homer. Matt Beaty homered and drove in three runs.

Texas 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 0… Mike Minor (12-8) allowed five hits over 7-1/3 innings and two relievers completed the Rangers’ blanking of the Yankees. Delino DeShields blasted a three-run homer. Jose Trevino and Shin-Soo Choo added solo shots.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Baltimore 4 (10 innings)… Tommy Pham singled home Joey Wendle with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Rays outlasted the Orioles. Pham also stroked a two-run double. Austin Meadows homered with a runner aboard for Tampa Bay.

Minnesota 4 – DETROIT 3… Max Kepler singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth inning and the Twins held on to edge the Tigers. Ehire Adrianza belted a two-run homer.

CLEVELAND 11 – Chi. White Sox 3… Franmil Reyes lined a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first inning and the Indians never looked back in their thrashing of the White Sox. Jake Bauers homered with a runner aboard. Carlos Santana smacked a solo blast.

ATLANTA 6 – Toronto 3… Josh Donaldson and Johan Camargo hit two-run homers as the Braves doubled up on the Blue Jays. Atlanta scored two unearned runs in the third.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Seattle 1… Kyle Schwarber legged out a bases-loaded triple as the Cubs scored all five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to put away the Mariners.

Houston 3 – MILWAUKEE 2 (10 innings)… George Springer led off the top of the 10th inning with a tie-breaking homer and the Astros made it stand in their defeat of the Brewers. Yordan Alvarez also circled the bases for Houston.

Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 6-7) is at Cincinnati (Lucas Sims, 2-1)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 9-5) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 8-8)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-12) is at Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-3)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 8-7) hosts San Francisco (Dereck Rodriguez, 5-7)…
San Diego (Ronald Bolanos, 0-0) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 9-13)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 4-3) host Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 0-6)

Baltimore (Ty Blach, 0-2/TBA) is at Tampa Bay (Trevor Richards, 1-0/TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 11-6) host Texas (Edinson Volquez, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 3-7) are at Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 10-2)…
Boston (Rick Porcello, 12-10) hosts Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 0-0)…
Detroit (Daniel Norris, 3-11) is at Kansas City (Mike Montgomery, 2-5)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 13-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 4-7)

Toronto (Wilmer Font, 2-1) is at Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 4-5)…
Milwaukee (Jordan Lyles, 9-8) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 14-4)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 11-9) host Seattle (Felix Hernandez, 1-4)

#9 Notre Dame 35, LOUISVILLE 17

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… 13th-seeded Belinda Bencic upset top-seeded Naomi Osaka 5-4, 7-6 yesterday in the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open. She next faces Donna Vekic, a winner over Julia Goerges. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Next up for him is No. 20 Diego Schwartzman, who eliminated No. 6 Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

The Rundown for September 2, 2019

FLORIDA PREPARES FOR DORIAN… Mandatory evacuations were ordered for parts of Florida yesterday as Hurricane Dorian closed within 200 miles of West Palm Beach. By then, the hurricane had made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm and was headed northwest at about eight miles per hour. The storm is expected to move closer to Florida today and blow closer to the Carolinas and make landfall. Forecasters say Dorian could dump 24 inches of rain and create storm surges between 10 and 15 feet above normal levels.

U.S. IMPOSES NEW TARIFFS ON CHINA… The tariff war with China continued yesterday when the U.S. began imposing a 15-percent charge on $112 billion of Chinese imports. The new tariff applies to a wide range of consumer goods. Beijing has started to impose retaliatory tariffs on some of the U.S. goods on its $75 billion target list. Another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports is set to go into effect Dec. 15. A J.P. Morgan estimate claimed that the new tariffs could cost the average American household $1,000 a year. President Trump announced later yesterday that trade talks with China remain on the schedule for later this month.

DEATH TOLL RISES TO 8 IN WEST TEXAS SHOOTINGS… The death toll from Saturday’s shooting in West Texas rose to eight yesterday. Authorities say the gunman fatally shot seven people before police killed him. The gunman opened fire on Texas troopers conducting a traffic stop in Midland and then began firing at people he encountered as he drove to Odessa. 22 people were injured, including a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, an Odessa police officer, a Midland police officer and a 17-month-old child. 10 of the injured were listed in critical condition at two hospitals yesterday.

LOOSER GUN LAWS TAKE EFFECT IN TEXAS… In the wake of another mass shooting in Texas, the state yesterday enacted new laws that loosen gun restrictions. The new laws: allow licensed gun owners to store a firearm or ammunition in a locked vehicle on a school parking lot; loosen restrictions on how many armed school marshals a school district can appoint; allow some foster homes to store firearms and ammunition in a safe and secure place for personal protection; ban homeowners or landlords of rental property from prohibiting residents from lawfully possessing, carrying, transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition in the property; prohibit residents from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun while evacuating from a state or local disaster area; and allow licensed handgun owners to legally carry their weapons in places of worship.

TALKS WITH TALIBAN ONGOING DESPITE ATTACKS… U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad says progress has been made in a peace deal with the Taliban. His statements followed a round of talks in Doha and as he was traveling to Kabul for additional discussions. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that the Taliban attacked a second Afghan city in as many days. According to an Afghanistan Interior Ministry report, dozens of Taliban fighters, 20 members of government security forces and five civilians were killed in the fighting.

KEVIN HART INJURED IN CAR CRASH… Kevin Hart and a man driving one of his cars suffered serious back injuries in an auto accident yesterday in Los Angeles. The comic actor was a passenger in the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that he gave himself for his 40th birthday. The driver lost control of the muscle car and rolled into an embankment. A second passenger in the vehicle was not injured. California Highway Patrol says alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Angel has Fallen” took in $11.5 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “Good Boys” stayed in second place with $9.1 million. “The Lion King” rose to fourth place after bringing in $6.7 million. “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” finished fourth with $6.2 million. “Overcomer” capped the top five with $5.7 million.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Cincinnati 3… Harrison Baer singled home Tyler O’Neill with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cardinals edged the Reds in a doubleheader opener.

Cincinnati 5 – ST. LOUIS 3… The Reds handled the Cardinals to earn a split of the twinbill. Phillip Ervin singled home a run and homered. Nick Senzel also circled the bases. Luis Castillo (14-5) allowed three runs on five hits over six innings.

WASHINGTON 9 – Miami 3… Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto hit two-run homers as the Nationals thrashed the Marlins. Yan Gomes added a solo shot. Patrick Corbin surrendered three runs on three hits over six innings.

Milwaukee 4 – CHI. CUBS 0… Seven pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Cubs. Christian Yelich put the game away with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning.

Pittsburgh 6 – COLORADO 2… Steven Brault (4-3) pitched and batted the Pirates past the Rockies. On the mound, he held Colorado to two runs on four hits over 6-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned. At the plate, he drilled a solo homer. Adam Frazier homered to lead off the game. Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-5 and scored twice.

San Diego 8 – SAN FRANCISCO 4… Ty France homered twice and drove in four runs as the Padres doubled up on the Giants. Greg Garcia led of the game with a homer.

L.A. Dodgers 4 – ARIZONA 3 (11 innings)… Joc Peterson smacked a tie-breaking homer to lead off the top of the 11th inning and the Dodgers made it stand in a come-from-behind win over the Diamondbacks. Cody Bellinger tied the game with a ninth-inning homer. David Freese and Russell Martin also went deep for L.A.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Mets 2… Scott Kingery’s bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Phillies past the Mets. Brad Miller hit a leadoff homer and Corey Dickerson singled home a run as Philadelphia scored its first two runs in the second.

Houston 2 – TORONTO 0… Justin Verlander (17-5) tossed his third career no-hitter and the Astros clipped the Blue Jays. The 36-year-old righthander became one of just six pitchers who have thrown at least three no-hitters. He struck out 14 and walked just one in the gem. The game was scoreless until Abraham Toro homered with a runner aboard in the top of the ninth inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – Oakland 4… The Yankees overcame a 4-0 eighth-inning deficit to upend the Athletics. Brett Gardner and pinch-hitter Mike Ford led off the bottom of the ninth inning with tying and walkoff homers, respectively. Gleyber Torres lifted a sacrifice fly and Didi Gregorius lined a two-run single in the eighth.

TAMPA BAY 8 – Cleveland 2… Nate Lowe smashed a two-run homer and Travis d’Arnaud knocked in a pair of runs as the Rays cruised past the Indians. Charlie Morton (14-6) allowed a run on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Minnesota 8 – DETROIT 3… Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles in leading the Twins past the Tigers. Jake Cave had a couple of hits, including a two-run single. Michael Pineda (11-5) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Baltimore 4… Alex Gordon doubled home a tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored a go-ahead run on Meibrys Viloria’s single. Whit Merrifield added an eighth-inning homer. Hunter Dozier stroked a two-run double for Kansas City.

Seattle 11 – TEXAS 3… The Mariners opened with a four-run top of the first inning and didn’t let up in their pounding of the Rangers. Kyle Seager blasted a three-run homer. Tom Murphy and Daniel Vogelbach delivered solo blasts. Dee Gordon produced a two-run single.

Boston 4 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Red Sox built a 4-0 lead after 2-1/2 innings and held on to top the Angels. Xander Bogaerts singled home a run in the top of the first inning and homered with a runner aboard in the third. J.D. Martinez also went deep for Boston.

ATLANTA 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Freddie Freeman belted two two-run homers and singled home a run in carrying the Braves over the White Sox. Julio Teheran (9-8) allowed two runs on three hits over six innings.

the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 9-7) are at Washington (Joe Ross, 3-3)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 9-7) hosts Philadelphia (Drew Smyly, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 3-8) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 9-9)…
Arizona (Mike Leake, 1-2) hosts San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 6-5)…
Colorado (Peter Lambert, 2-5) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 11-3)

Texas (Mike Minor, 11-8) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 10-7)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 11-3) hosts Baltimore (Asher Wojociechowski, 2-7)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 14-6) is at Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 1-9)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 2-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 2-4)

Toronto (Jacob Waguespack, 4-2) is at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 10-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 9-9) host Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-1)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 15-5) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 6-5)

#4 OKLAHOMA 49, Houston 31

#9 Notre Dame is at Louisville

U.S. OPEN TENNIS… Eighth-seeded Serena Williams downed No. 22 Petra Martic, 6-3, 6-4, in their fourth-round match at the United States Open yesterday. There were a pair of major upsets on the women’s side as second-seeded Ashleigh Barty fell to No. 18 Wang Qiang, 6-2, 6-4, and third-seeded Karolina Pliskova lost her match to No. 16 Johanna Konta, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-5. Only top-seeded Naomi Osaka and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina remain from the top five women’s seeds. Svitolina defeated No. 10 Madison Keys, 7-5, 6-4, last night. On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic retired during the third set of his match against on Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic was trailing, 6-4, 7-5, 2-1, when he withdrew due to a left shoulder injury. No. 3 Roger Federer swept David Goffin, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, and advances to take on Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. Fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev downed Dominik Köpfer, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (2).

The Rundown for July 15, 2019

TRUMP PRAISES SQUALID BORDER FACILITIES… President Trump yesterday characterized conditions at border detention centers as “well-run” and “clean” despite footage released over the weekend that showed asylum-seekers detained in squalid conditions. During Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Texas border facilities on Friday, detained men said they had been held for at least 40 days without a shower and complained of hunger. Trump also faced heavy criticism yesterday when he urged four “progressive Democrat Congresswomen” to go back to their home country, apparently unaware that three were born in the U.S. and one immigrated as a small child. All four are women of color.

IMMIGRATION RAIDS UNDERWAY… Small-scale immigration raids began yesterday as part of the Trump administration’s effort to target 2,000 immigrants over the few days. Raids are expected to target as many as 10 cities. According to the New York Times, the administration downsized its plans after news reports tipped off immigrant communities about the raids.

OFFICIALS SEEK ANSWERS AFTER MANHATTAN BLACKOUT… Officials are looking into the cause of the power outage that blacked out Manhattan on Saturday and left 73,000 customers without power. The blackout followed a transformer explosion that cut power to subways, homes and businesses. Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasized that a cyber attack was not to blame and said utility company Consolidation Edison Co. of New York ruled out a surge.

737 MAXs REMAIN GROUNDED… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Boeing may not reach its goal to have the troubled 737 Max aircraft back in flight by this fall. According to the report, the aircraft will likely remain grounded into 2020. Boeing has vowed to “provide the FAA and the global regulators whatever information they need,” saying that they are not prepared to try to offer the aircraft for re-certification until they have addressed all of the FAA’s concerns.

BARRY DOWNGRADED, BUT FLOODING STILL A THREAT… Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression yesterday after winds weakened. Authorities in Louisiana warn, however, that life-threatening flooding still poses a threat. The National Weather Service forecasts that as much as 10 inches of rain could fall in southwest Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards announced last night that 188,000 people were without power and 93 people had been rescued. There were no fatalities reported.

‘REVENGE’ TOPS ALBUM CHART… The hip hop project “Revenge of the Dreamers III” sold 115,000 units to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go” moved into second place with 50,000 copies sold. Chris Brown’s “Indigo” slipped into third place after selling 49,500 units. Lil Nas X’s “7” sold 49,000 copies to finish fourth. Machine Gun Kelly’s “Hotel Diablo” finished in fifth place on sales of 39,000 units.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Spider-Man: Far from Home” took in $45,300 to remain atop the weekend box office. “Toy Story 4” stayed in second place with $20.6 million.
“Crawl” opened at No. 3 with $12 million. Another newcomer, “Stuber,” finished fourth with $8 million. “Yesterday” capped the top five with $6.7 million.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Washington 3… Maikel Franco’s one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Phillies over the Nationals. J.T. Realmuto also went deep for Philadelphia.

N.Y. Mets 6 – MIAMI 2… Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 with a solo homer in leading the Mets past the Marlins. Jeff McNeil also homered with the bases empty. Jacob deGrom (5-7) allowed a run on six hits over five innings.

San Francisco 8 – MILWAUKEE 3… The Giants rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to put away the Brewers. Brandon Belt homered. Donovan Solano had a couple of hits and an RBI.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Arizona 2… Adam Wainwright (6-7) pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings. Paul Goldschmidt homered with a runner aboard for the Cardinals.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Pittsburgh 3… The Cubs got a two-run homer from Jason Heyward and solo blasts from Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber in completing a sweep of the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 and knocked in a run.

COLORADO 10 – Cincinnati 9… The Rockies slugged their way past the Reds after blowing an early 4-0 lead. Ryan McMahon went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters each had two RBIs.

Atlanta 4 – SAN DIEGO 1… Freddie Freeman broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning and Nick Markakis added a run-scoring single for the Braves. Mike Soroka (10-1) scattered six hits over seven scoreless innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – Toronto 2… Gio Urshela singled home two runs and Mike Tauchman homered for the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka (6-5) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

Tampa Bay 4 – BALTIMORE 1… Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough (8-3) combined for eight perfect innings in nearly recording the first combined perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Austin Meadows homered to lead off the top of the third inning and Michael Brosseau added a two-run shot in the sixth for Tampa Bay.

CLEVELAND 4 – Minnesota 3… Carlos Santana smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Indians held on to edge the Twins. Tyler Naquin went 2-for-3 and knocked in a run.

Detroit 12 – KANSAS CITY 8… Jeimer Candelario’s bases-clearing double highlighted a seven-run top of the third inning for the Tigers. Gordon Beckham capped the uprising with a two-run homer. Harold Castro and Niko Goodrum each had four hits and two RBIs.

Houston 12 – TEXAS 4… Jose Altuve unloaded a grand slam and Yuli Gurriel added a two-run blast during a seven-run top of the seventh inning for the Astros. Gurriel also singled home a run.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Seattle 3… Matt Thaiss connected for a tie-breaking three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to power the Angels past the Mariners. Kole Calhoun also went deep for L.A.

OAKLAND 3 – Chi. White Sox 2… Chad Pinder scored the winning run all the way from first base on a throwing error by White Sox shortstop Jose Rondon in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ramon Laureano tied the game with a homer to lead off the seventh.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – BOSTON 4 (12 innings)… Max Muncy drew a bases-loaded walk, Alex Verdugo singled home a run and Russell Martin’s fielder’s choice scored a third run in the top of the 12th inning to push the Dodgers past the Red Sox. A.J. Pollock belted a three-run homer and singled home a run.

San Francisco (Drew Pomeranz, 2-9/Dereck Rodriguez, 3-5) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 8-4/TBA) for a doubleheader…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 7-8) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 7-2)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 8-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 7-7)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 2-3) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried, 9-4)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 6-7) is at St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 5-9)

Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 5-7) is at the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 5-4)…
Cleveland (Adam Plutko, 3-1) hosts Detroit (Daniel Norris, 2-8)…
Toronto (Trent Thornton, 3-6) is at Boston (Rick Porcello, 6-7)…
Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 4-8) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 11-3)…
Houston (Brad Peacock, 6-6) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 3-5)

DJOKOVIC OUTLASTS FEDERER IN WIMBLEDON FINAL… Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer 7-6 (7-6), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) to capture his fifth Wimbledon title yesterday. The match featured the first fifth-set tiebreak in Wimbledon singles history and was the longest Wimbledon final ever at 4 hours and 57 minutes. Djokovic has captured 16 major titles.