The Rundown for August 22, 2018

MANAFORT GUILTY ON 8 CHARGES… President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty yesterday on eight of 18 charges, including felonies of tax evasion, bank fraud and failing to file foreign bank account. The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 charges after jurors could not reach consensus after nearly four days of deliberations. Manafort, 69, faces the possibility of serving the rest of his life in prison. He faces obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and illegal foreign lobbying charges in a separate trial next month in Washington, D.C.

COHEN PLEADS GUILTY… President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to eight counts. Charges include five counts of tax evasion, one count of falsifying submissions to a bank and two counts involving unlawful campaign contributions. The campaign finance violations involved payments made to keep two women quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign.

CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN HUNTER, WIFE INDICTED… Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were indicted yesterday on charges of improperly using campaign funds for private use. A grand jury in San Diego indicted the Hunters on charges of filing false campaign finance records. The Justice Department said a 1-1/2-year investigation found that the pair misused more than $250,000 in political money. The 41-year-old Hunter is a five-term congressman representing San Diego County.

STATES SUE OVER NET NEUTRALITY… 22 states and the District of Columbia have asked a federal court to reinstate net neutrality, saying the Federal Communications Commission failed to properly consider the issues when removing the policy last year. The suit filed by attorneys general argue that the FCC’s decision will harm “consumers, public safety, and existing regulatory schemes.” The brief also accuses the FCC of ignoring dishonest practices used by internet providers.

MICROSOFT SHUTS DOWN FAKE SITES… Microsoft revealed yesterday that it discovered and disabled six fake websites created by a group affiliated with the Russian government to hack into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting. Groups targeted by the fake sites included the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit group that promotes democracy worldwide. Three other fake sites were crafted to appear as though they were affiliated with the Senate.

DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE LEAVES ‘BOND’ FILM… Director Danny Boyle has left the latest upcoming James Bond movie due to “creative differences,” the producers announced yesterday. The 25th installment in the spy franchise is currently in pre-production and was expected to be released in November 2019. The last “Bond” film was 2015’s “Spectre.”

ACTRESS BARBARA HARRIS DIES… Actress Barbara Harris, who starred on Broadway an in such films as “Nashville,” “Family Plot” and “Freaky Friday,” died of lung cancer yesterday in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 83. Harris was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1971 film “Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?”

Atlanta 6 – PITTSBURGH 1… Kevin Gausman (8-9) pitched four-hit ball over eight shutout innings and the Braves cruised past the Pirates. Dansby Swanson homered twice and knocked in four runs.

N.Y. METS 6 – San Francisco 3… Michael Conforto lifted a sacrifice fly and blasted a three-run homer as the Mets doubled up on the Giants. Rookie Jeff McNeill went 4-for-4 and doubled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Cincinnati 9 – MILWAUKEE 7… The Reds erased an early four-run deficit on their way past the Reds. Scooter Gennett connected for a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and finished with three RBIs.

San Diego 4 – COLORADO 3… Austin Hedges led off the top of the sixth inning with a tie-breaking homer and the Padres held on to edge the Rockies. Eric Hosmer homered with a runner aboard in the first.

WASHINGTON 10 – Philadelphia 4… Matt Wieters had a couple of hits and drove in three runs as the Nationals pounded the Phillies. Andrew Stevenson came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer. Ryan Zimmerman and Wilmer Difo added solo shots.

St. Louis 5 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Yadier Molina and Marcell Ozuna hit two-run homers to power the Cardinals past the Dodgers. The victory moved St. Louis a half-game ahead of Milwaukee into sole possession of second place in the NL Central.

TORONTO 8 – Baltimore 2… Billy McKinney lined a two-run single and smacked a solo homer in leading the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales and Aledmys Diaz also went deep. Sam Gavilio (3-6) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Cleveland 6 – BOSTON 3… Yan Gomes went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and RBI single in leading the Indians past the Red Sox. Greg Allen had a couple of hits and drove in a run. Shame Bieber gave up three runs on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Kansas City 1… Blake Snell (15-5) held the Royals to a run on four hits and struck out 11 in six innings. Willy Adames went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Joey Wendle legged out a two-run triple.

Minnesota 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Eddie Rosario singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and Jorge Polanco followed with a two-run single as the Twins put away the White Sox.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 0… Brett Anderson (3-3) allowed just one hit over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the Athletics’ blanking of the Rangers. Khris Davis singled home a run and hit his 38th homer with a runner aboard. Nick Martini and Jed Lowrie both had two hits and an RBI.

Houston 3 – SEATTLE 2… Josh Reddick hit a solo homer, Carlos Correa went 3-for-3 with an RBI and the Astros clipped the Mariners. Houston remains tied with Oakland for first place in the AL West.

N.Y. Yankees 2 – MIAMI 1 (12 innings)… Miguel Andujar’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning brought home Kyle Higashioka with the decisive run as the Yankees outlasted the Marlins. Neil Walker singled home New York’s first run in the fourth.

DETROIT 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Jordan Zimmermann (6-5) held the Cubs to a run on seven hits over six innings in the Tigers’ win. Detroit scored both runs in the first on a Nick Castellanos grounder and a Victor Martinez single.

ARIZONA 5 – L.A. Angels 4… Jon Jay scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning when Angels’ reliever Cam Bedrosian threw away an A.J. Pollock sacrifice bunt attempt. David Peralta hit a two-run homer and singled home a run.

Cincinnati (Stephenson, 0-1) is at Milwaukee (Peralta, 5-4)…
Atlanta (Teheran, 8-7) is at Pittsburgh (Williams, 10-9)…
Washington (Strasburg, 6-7) hosts Philadelphia (Eflin, 9-4)…
San Francisco (Kelly, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 8-3)…
San Diego (Nix, 1-1) is at Colorado (Gray, 9-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 6-4) host St. Louis (Flaherty, 7-6)

Baltimore (Pannone, 0-0) is at Toronto (Hess, 2-7)…
Minnesota (Gibson, 7-9) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 4-3)…
Texas (Minor, 9-6) is at Oakland (Jackson, 4-2)…
Seattle (Gonzalez, 12-8) hosts Houston (Morton, 12-3)
Boston (Johnson, 4-3) hosts Cleveland (Carrasco, 15-6)…
Kansas City (Junis, 6-11) is at Tampa Bay (TBD)…

the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 13-5) are at Detroit (Liriano, 3-8)…
Miami (Richards, 3-7) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Lynn, 8-8)…
the L.A. Angels (Despaigne, 2-1) are at Arizona (Buchholz, 6-2)

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