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 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,149,265 and the nation’s death toll stands at 186,785, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the state’s State of Emergency until October 1 at 11:59 p.m. The extension follows last month’s rise new cases in every region in Michigan. The state’s percent positivity rate remains below the national average at 3.3 percent, a press release from the governor’s office noted.

TRUMP SUGGESTS VOTING ILLEGALLY… President Trump has slightly backed off his suggestion that voters in North Carolina should illegally try to cast their ballots twice. On Wednesday, Trump told voters to submit a mail-in ballot then also vote in-person to test whether the system is prone to fraud. Yesterday, Trump told voters to sign and mail in a ballot early, then also line up in-person at a local polling place to check that the mail ballot has been tabulated. Twitter slapped warning labels on both posts, claiming the messages violated a policy against advocating illegal election activity. Facebook had earlier said it would remove videos of Trump encouraging voting twice because it “violates our policies prohibiting voter fraud.” Election officials in North Carolina issued a memo yesterday reminding voters that intentional double voting is illegal.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO CHARGE GOOGLE… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department plans to file an antitrust suit against Google as soon as this month. However, lawyers investigating Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, have objected to the DOJ’s deadline to finalize their work by the end of September. A deadline they found arbitrary has reportedly prompted some lawyers to leave the case while others have refused to sign the complaint. The DOJ opened the inquiry in June 2019 and prosecutors have been divided as to where to focus their scrutiny.

FORMER TOP NRA EXECUTIVE SPEAKS OUT… Joshua Powell, the former chief of staff to the National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, calls for universal background checks and red flag laws in a new book detailing decades of mismanagement, abuses of power, and fraud within the NRA. “Gun owners across America should be horrified by what I saw inside of the NRA,” Powell said in an ABC interview yesterday. He said that the NRA is more focused on money and internal intrigue than gun rights. Powell described LaPierre as woefully inept at management but skilled at courting President Trump’s support.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES COULD SET RECORD… The National Guard warned yesterday that California is set to record its worst fire season in recorded history amid wildfires sparked by lightning strikes. Approximately 1,300 National Guard members from five states including California are assisting fire officials in combatting more than 900 wildfires burning throughout the state. In 2018 California recorded its deadliest fire season on record with more than 2 million acres burned. The blazes currently active in the state have burned more than 1.5 million acres as of yesterday.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘BATMAN’ PRODUCTION HALTED AGAIN
… Production on the upcoming film “The Batman” has reportedly been halted after star Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19. The film had just returned to production three days ago following the shutdown during the pandemic. Producers say about a quarter of the film was shot before the shutdown.

QUIBI RENEWS ‘RENO 911!’… The streaming service Quibi has renewed its revival of “Reno 911!” for a second season. Series co-creators Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver will return to write and star on the show, producers said. Lennon, Garant and Kenney-Silver will be joined by Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough and Carlos Alazraqui in Season 2. The revival premiered in May and aired its season finale Wednesday. The show originally ran six seasons from 2003 to 2009 on Comedy Central.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
PITTSBURGH 6 – Chi. Cubs 2
… Bryan Reynolds blasted a three-run homer in his return from paternity leave and the Pirates cruised past the Cubs. Cole Tucker stroked a two-run single.

HOUSTON 8 – Texas 4… Aledmys Diaz’s three-run homer capped a four-run first inning and the Astros doubled up on the Rangers. Michael Brantley knocked in three runs with a single and a double.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Washington 5 (10 innings)… Alec Bohm lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Phillies completed a four-game sweep. Rhys Hoskins homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. METS 9 – N.Y. Yankees 7 (10 innings)… Pete Alonso led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a game-winning homer as the Mets erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 to down the Yankees. Amed Rosario had three hits and knocked in three runs. J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier hit solo homers.

L.A. ANGELS 2 – San Diego 0… Andrew Heaney (3-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Padres. Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton produced run-scoring singles for L.A.

Toronto 6 – BOSTON 2 (10 innings)… Teoscar Hernandez connected for a three-run homer and Lourdes Gurriel added a solo shot in the top of the 10th inning as the Blue Jays put away the Red Sox.

Chi. White Sox 11 – KANSAS CITY 6… The White Sox mounted five-run rallies in the tops of the fifth and seventh innings on their way past the Royals. Jose Abreu doubled home two runs and singled in another. Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Arizona 1… Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (5-1) limited the Diamondbacks to one hit over six innings. The 32-year-old Kershaw struck out Nick Ahmed for the first out of the second inning to become the third-youngest pitcher in MLB history to strike out 2,500 batters, trailing only Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (31 years, 101 days) and Walter Johnson (31 years, 197 days).

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Washington (TBA; Wil Crowe, 0-0) is at Atlanta (TBA; Josh Tomlin, 1-2) for a doubleheader…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 5-2; TBA) hosts Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-4; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0; Trever Bauer, 3-2) is at Pittsburgh (Steven Brault, 0-0; Cody Ponce, 1-1) for a doubleheader…
Boston (Tanner Roark, 2-1) hosts Toronto (Zac Godley, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Michael King, 1-1) are at Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-3)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 2-3) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 2-4) is at the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-4)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dane Dunning, 0-0)…
Boston (Chris Mazza, 0-0) is at Toronto (Ross Stripling, 3-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) host St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Deivi Garcia, 0-0) are at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 0-0)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 1-2) hosts Texas (Kyle Cody, 0-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1) hosts Colorado (Anthony Senzatela, 3-1)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 5-2) is at Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 2-1)…
San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 1-2) hosts Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-2) is at Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFFS SCORES (games in Orlando)…
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Toronto 104 – Boston 103… OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer as time expired lifted the Raptors over the Celtics and brought them within 2-1 in the series. Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 31 points. Fred VanVleet added 25 points. Game 4 is tomorrow.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
L.A. Clippers 120 – Denver 97… The Clippers outscored the Nuggets 38-20 in the second quarter and coasted to the Game 1 win in the Western Conference semifinal. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Game 2 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL
Milwaukee vs. Miami in Game 3 with the Heat leading 2-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
the L.A. Lakers vs. Houston in Game 1

NETS HIRE STEVE NASH AS COACH… The Brooklyn Nets have hired Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash as their next coach. Jacque Vaughn, who served as interim coach through the Orlando bubble, will stay on as Nash’s top assistant. Nash and Nets general manager Sean Marks were teammates for two season on the Phoenix Suns for two seasons and Nash was a part-time assistant for the Golden State Warriors during Kevin Durant’s three seasons there.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (in Toronto)
Philadelphia 5 – N.Y. Islanders 4 (2OT)… Ivan Provorov found the net at 15:03 of the second overtime to send the Flyers past the Islanders and force tomorrow’s deciding Game 7. Carter Hart made 49 saves at goal.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (in Edmonton)
Vancouver 4 – Vegas 0… Goalie Thatcher Demko stopped all 48 shots as the Canucks blanked the Golden Knights to set up today’s Game 7. Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Philadelphia vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 6 with the Islanders leading 3-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Vegas vs. Vancouver in Game 6 with the Golden Knights leading 3-2

The Rundown for August 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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