The Rundown for August 16, 2018

MANAFORT TRIAL GOES TO JURY… The federal bank fraud and tax-evasion trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort moved to jury late yesterday following closing arguments. Prosecutors told jurors to focus on the paper trail of evidence behind their accusations that Manafort held “a huge dumpster of hidden money” abroad. The defense responded by asserting that the prosecution had not met the burden of proof and urged the jury to acquit the defendant. Manafort is facing more than 300 years in prison if convicted on all 18 charges.

BRENNAN SECURITY CLEARANCE REVOKED… The White House announced yesterday that it has revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. At a press briefing yesterday, spokesperson Sanders cited “erratic behavior” that “far exceeded the limits and far exceeded any professional courtesy that may have been due to him” in announcing the move. Brennan, who has been critical of the Trump presidency tweeted on Tuesday that Trump “will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person.”

U.S., MEXICO JOINTLY TARGET CARTELS… Law enforcement authorities in the U.S. and Mexico announced yesterday that they are establishing a joint team based in Chicago to target the leaders and finances of drug cartels that ship opioids into the U.S. The announcement comes months before Mexico will be under new leadership. Left-leaning nationalist President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed to re-assess his country’s war on drug cartels. He has also said he wants to restart relations with the U.S., which took a turn for the worse when Trump was elected president.

RECORD OVERDOSES IN 2017… Drug overdoses killed a record 72,300 Americans in 2017, according to preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results represent a 10 percent rise in overdose deaths last year. Analysts say more Americans are using opioids and the drugs being used are “becoming more deadly.”

CALIFORNIA’S BIGGEST-EVER FIRE GROWS… The largest wildfire in California’s history grew nearly 10,000 acres yesterday, according to authority. The Mendocino Complex Fire has burned nearly 375,000 acres and was 64 percent contained as of yesterday morning. The has destroyed 265 structures, including 147 homes, and threatens 1,025 more. 13 residences and 23 other structures have been damaged.

ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE CONCERT… Record executive Clive Davis is organizing a tribute concert to honor ailing Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who remains in Hospice care at her Detroit home. “Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” is being scheduled for Madison Square Garden in November. The 76-year-old Franklin has been visited by people close to her, including Stevie Wonder, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman.

SEAN YOUNG RETURNS LAPTOPS… Actress Sean Young has returned two laptop computers she was accused of stealing from a movie production company that had reportedly fired her. Timothy Hines, who took over from Young as director of a film about standup comedian Greg Kritikos, picked up his computers from the NYPD and asked that any charges against Young be dropped.” The NYPD says the decision to press charges will be made by the district attorney. Young is best known for her roles in the films “Blade Runner,” “Wall Street” and “No Way Out.”

CHI. CUBS 8 – Milwaukee 4… Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and singled home a run as the Cubs doubled up on the Brewers. Jason Heyward went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Albert Almora smacked a solo homer.

ATLANTA 5 – Miami 2… The Braves fought their way past the Marlins after spotting them a two-run lead. Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly. Ender Inciarte knocked in Atlanta’s other two runs.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Washington 2… Austin Gomber (3-0) limited the Nationals to three hits over six shutout innings and the Cardinals held off the Nationals. Marcell Ozuna hit a bases-empty homer. Harrison Bader went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

L.A. DODGERS 4 – San Francisco 3 (12 innings)… Brian Dozier’s sacrifice fly scored Yasmani Grandal with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Dodgers got past the Giants and snapped their five-game skid. Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Tampa Bay 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Four pitchers combined to stifle the Yankees and the Rays breezed to the victory. Mallex Smith hit a two-run homer. Brandon Lowe produced a pair of run-scoring singles.

Chi. White Sox 6 – DETROIT 5… The White Sox got two-run homers from Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson and held off the Tigers. Yolmer Sanchez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single. Carlos Rodon (4-3) gave up three runs on five hits over eight innings.

Toronto 6 – KANSAS CITY 5… Curtis Granderson lifted a grand slam to cap a five-run top of the fourth inning and the Blue Jays hung on to beat the Royals. Kevin Pillar drove in Toronto’s other two runs with a pair of RBI singles.

Seattle 2 – OAKLAND 0 (12 innings)… Dee Gordon broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning as the Mariners outlasted the Athletics. The game featured a duel between Seattle starter Mike Leake and his counterpart Brett Anderson, but neither got a decision.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Boston 4… Wilson Ramos went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored in the Phillies’ defeat of the Red Sox. Pinch-hitter Scott Kingery’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning brought home a go-ahead run.

N.Y. Mets 16 – BALTIMORE 5… The Mets pounded out 19 hits in their rout of the Orioles. Kevin Plawecki’s grand slam highlighted a nine-run bottom of the sixth inning. Todd Frazier had three hits, including a solo homer, and four RBIs. Wilmer Flores homered with a runner aboard. Zack Wheeler (8-6) gave up a run on five hits over five innings.

Cleveland 4 – CINCINNATI 3… The Indians recovered from an early 3-0 deficit to edge the Reds. Melky Cabrera connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning. Greg Allen had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

MINNESOTA 6 – Pittsburgh 4… Logan Forsythe went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs as the Twins topped the Pirates. Bobby Wilson homered with the bases empty and singled home a run.

HOUSTON 12 – Colorado 1… Tyler White homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Astros in their romp over the Rockies. Evan Gattis smacked a pair of solo homers. Yuli Guriel added a two-run blast. Gerrit Cole (11-5) allowed a run on five hits and struck out 12 in six innings.

L.A. Angels 3 – SAN DIEGO 2… Rene Rivera hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Angels made it stand in downing the Padres to complete a three-game sweep. Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 and knocked in a run.

the N.Y. Mets (Oswalt, 1-2; Matz, 5-9) are at Philadelphia (Eflin, 8-4; Suarez, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (Nova, 7-6) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 12-5)…
Washington (Roark, 7-12) is at St. Louis (Weaver, 6-10)…
Atlanta (Teheran, 8-7) hosts Colorado (Gray, 9-7)…
Arizona (Buchholz, 5-2) is at San Diego (Nix, 1-0)

Tampa Bay (Snell, 13-5) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 9-3)…
Texas (Jurado, 2-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (TBD)…
Detroit (Liriano, 3-7) is at Minnesota (Santana, 0-1)…
Kansas City (Sparkman, 0-1) hosts Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-5)

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