The Rundown for September 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 7,113,666 and the nation’s death toll stands at 204,750, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Almost half the U.S. is reporting increased numbers of new Covid-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the fall and winter. The number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10 percent from the week before in 21 states. The states are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

N.Y. TIMES OBTAINS TRUMP TAXES… The New York Times reported disturbing details about Donald Trump’s finances yesterday after obtaining the president’s tax returns going back decades. The report noted that Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of 15 years beginning in 2000 because he reported extensive losses. Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes for 2016, the year he was elected president. The Times also found that Trump used the $427.4 million he was paid for “The Apprentice” to fund his other businesses, mostly his golf courses, and was putting more cash into his businesses than he was taking out. Times staffers warned that more bombshells are forthcoming. At a White House briefing yesterday, Trump denied the Times’ allegations and claimed that he pays “a lot” in federal income taxes. However, he refused to answer how much he has paid and walked out as reported shouted questions.

TRUMP FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER TAKEN BY POLICE… President Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken from his Fort Lauderdale home by police yesterday afternoon after his wife reported that he was armed, had barricaded himself in his home and was threatening to harm himself. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich called the encounter at Parscale’s home “brief” and said he went willingly with police under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows police to detain a person who is potentially a threat to himself or others. Parscale, who made himself highly visible as campaign manager, was demoted in July following a poorly attended rally in Tulsa.

BIDEN SEEKS TO HOLD OFF BARRETT NOMINATION… During a speech in his Wilmington, Delaware, hometown yesterday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden implored Senate Republicans not to act on President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court until after the American people finish selecting their next president. The former vice president argued that since voters have already begun voting, it’s crucial to hold off on any consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the election results are known. Biden also noted the proximity of the nomination to an upcoming case before the Supreme Court that challenges the Affordable Care Act and warned that Barrett’s vote could leave Americans without health care.

GAS PRICES DROP A PENNY… The average price of regular-grade gas in the U.S. fell a penny over the past two weeks to $2.25 per gallon, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lundberg Survey found that the most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost $3.27 per gallon. The cheapest gas was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a gallon cost $1.77.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 87,000 copies in returning to the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for a seventh nonconsecutive week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 75,000 units. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “Top” dropped from first to third place on sales of 63,000 copies. Alicia Keys’ new release, “Alicia,” opened in fourth place after selling 62,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” slipped to No. 5 on sales of 51,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Tenet” took in another $3.4 million to remain atop the weekend box office for a fourth weekend. “The New Mutants” made $1.1 million to stay in second place. “Unhinged” finished third with $1 million. The 2020 re-release of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” took in $908,000 to finish fourth. “Infidel” capped the top five with $745,000.

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFS SCORE

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Miami – Boston

NFL SCORES
INDIANAPOLIS 36 – N.Y. Jets 7… Philip Rivers threw his 400th career touchdown pass and the Colts (2-1) cruised past the Jets (0-3). Defensively, Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie returned interceptions for touchdowns.

Carolina 21 – L.A. CHARGERS 16… Joey Sligh booted five field goals to 31 yards and the Panthers (1-2) took advantage of three turnovers in downing the Chargers (1-2).

SEATTLE 38 – Dallas 31… Russell Wilson’s fifth touchdown pass of the day was a 29-yarder to DK Metcalf with 1:47 remaining and lifted the Seahawks (3-0) over the Cowboys (1-2). Tyler Locket hauled in three TD tosses.

Detroit 26 – ARIZONA 23… Matt Prater booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired and the Lions topped the Cardinals (2-1) to snap an 11-game losing streak. Matt Stafford passed for 270 yards and two scores.

Tampa Bay 28 – DENVER 10… Tom Brady passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers (2-1) past the Broncos (0-3). Defensively, Shaq Barrett had two sacks, including one for a safety.

Chicago 30 – ATLANTA 26… The Bears (3-0) came from 16 points down in the final 6-1/2 minutes to upend the Falcons (0-3). Nick Foles relieved starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and threw three touchdown passes. Allen Robinson had 20 catches for 123 yards and a TD.

San Francisco 36 – N.Y. GIANTS 9… The 49ers (2-1) rolled past the Giants (0-3) despite playing without a half-dozen injured starters. Backup QB Nick Mullens passed for 343 yards and a score.

NEW ENGLAND 36 – Oakland 20… Rex Burkhead ran for a score and hauled in two touchdown passes as the Patriots (2-1) downed the Raiders (2-1). Sony Michel rushed for 117 yards.

PITTSBURGH 28 – Houston 21… The Steelers (3-0) held the Texans (0-3) scoreless in the second half of a come-from-behind win. Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of touchdown passes. James Connor ran for 109 yards and a score.

BUFFALO 35 – L.A. Rams 32… The Bills (3-0) rallied to get past the Rams (2-1) after blowing a 25-point lead. Josh Allen threw 3 yards to tight end Tyler Kroft with 15 seconds remaining for the winning score. Kroft caught two of Allen’s four TD tosses.

Tennessee 31 – MINNESOTA 20… Stephen Gostkowski booted his sixth field goal of the game from 55 yards out with 1:44 remaining and the unbeaten Titans (3-0) kept the Vikings winless (0-3). Derrick Henry rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

CLEVELAND 34 – Washington 20… The Browns (2-1) scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to put away Washington (1-2). The victory gave them their first winning record since 2014. Baker Mayfield passed for two touchdowns and Nick Chubb rushed for a pair of scores.

Cincinnati 23 – PHILADELPHIA 23 (tie, OT)… A scoreless overtime period left the Bengals Eagles tied and with identical 0-2-1 records. Cincinnati rooked QB Joe Burrow tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Tee Higgins in regulation. Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz dove into the end zone for the tying score in the final minute.

Green Bay – NEW ORLEANS

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (2-0) is at Baltimore (2-0)

MLB POSTSEASON SET… It took until yesterday’s final day of the pandemic-shortened season to complete major league baseball’s playoff picture. The two final spots remaining were in the National League and ended up going to the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals played their way into the postseason with a 5-2 win over the Brewers, but Milwaukee gained entry after the Philadelphia Phillies were blanked 5-0 by Tampa Bay and the San Francisco Giants fell 5-4 to San Diego.

MLB WILD-CARD SCHEDULE
AL (best of three beginning tomorrow)
N.Y. Yankees are at Cleveland…
Minnesota hosts Houston…
the Chi. White Sox are at Oakland…
Tampa Bay hosts Toronto

NL (best of three beginning Wednesday)
St. Louis is at San Diego
the Chi. Cubs host Miami
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Dodgers…
Atlanta hosts Cincinnati

OTHER MLB SCORES FROM YESTERDAY
KANSAS CITY 3 – Detroit 1…
Miami 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 0…
TEXAS 8 – Houston 4…
WASHINGTON 15 – N.Y. Mets 5…
Baltimore 7 – TORONTO 5…
Chi. Cubs 10 – CHI. WHITE SOX 8…
Cincinnati 5 – MINNESOTA 3 (10 innings)…
OAKLAND 6 – Seattle 2…
CLEVELAND 8 – Pittsburgh 6…
ARIZONA 11 – Colorado 3…
L.A. DODGERS 5 – L.A. Angels 0…
Boston 9 – ATLANTA 1

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 6 with the Lightning leading 3-2