The Rundown for Sept. 17, 2018

FLORENCE DEATH TOLL RISING… The death toll from Florence rose to at least 16 in the Carolinas yesterday as hundreds of thousands of customers remain without electricity. The storm continued to produce heavy rainfall even after it was downgraded into a tropical depression. Authorities are urging residents to stay off the roads as river levels rise. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned, “Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters. The storm has never been more dangerous than it is now.”

KAVANAUGH ACCUSER STEPS FORTH… The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee of trying to sexually assault her during an incident in the 1980s has emerged from anonymity to provide additional details about her allegations. Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old professor of psychology at Palo Alto University in northern California, told the Washington Post that she feared for her life as Kavanaugh “was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” Ford also provided the Post with notes from her visit with a therapist and results of a polygraph exam that indicated she was being truthful. Kavanaugh continues to deny the accusations “unequivocally.”

MASSACHUSETTS EVACUEES RETURN HOME… Residents of three Massachusetts communities were allowed back into their homes yesterday following Thursday’s series of gas explosions that set dozens of buildings on fire and left a man dead. Over-pressurized lines were blamed for natural gas leaks that triggered fiery blasts in the communities of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence northwest of Boston. Some 8,000 homes and businesses were evacuated and electricity was shut off to prevent the spread of fires.

BORDER PATROL SUPERVISOR JAILED IN KILLINGS… Authorities announced yesterday that a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor has been charged in the killing of at least four women and the injuring a fifth who managed to escape. 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz remains jailed in Laredo, Texas, on $2.5 million bond. He faces four counts of murder along with charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint.

DONALD TRUMP WILL BE CALLING YOUR CELLPHONE… The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced plans yesterday to test a system that allows President Trump to reach out directly to cellphones of U.S. residents. FEMA’s first nationwide test of Presidential Alerts is set of Thursday. “Presidential Alerts are to be used during a national emergency, though none have been sent to date,” FEMA assured. Alerts could include “dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations.”

PAUL McCARTNEY TOPS ALBUM CHART… Paul McCartney’s new release, “Egypt Station,” sold 153,000 units to top the Billboard 200 album chart. McCartney’s previous No. 1 album, “Tug of War,” was released more than 36 years ago. Eminem’s “Kamikaze” slips to No. 2 after selling 136,000 copies. Lauren Daigle’s “Look Up Child” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 115,000 units. Russ’ “Zoo” sold 79,000 units to debut in fourth place. Drake’s “Scorpion” slipped to fifth place on sales of 71,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The Predator” took in $24 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “The Nun,” dropped into second place with $18.2 million. “A Simple Favor” brought in $16 million to debut at No. 3. Another newcomer, “White Boy Rick,” made $8.8 million to open in fourth place. “Crazy Rich Asians” capped the top five with $8.7 million.

ATLANTA 31 – Carolina 24… Matt Ryan threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in leading the Falcons (1-1) past the Panthers (1-1). Tevin Coleman rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries.

TENNESSEE 20 – Houston 17… Ryan Succop’s 31-yard field goal with a minute remaining lifted the Titans (1-1) over the Texans (0-2). The victory gave former Houston assistant Mike Vrabel his first victory as an NFL head coach.

Indianapolis 21 – WASHINGTON 9… Andrew Luck found T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron with touchdown passes as the Colts (1-1) downed the Redskins (1-1). Nyheim Hines added an 8-yard scoring run.

Kansas City 42 – PITTSBURGH 37… Patrick Mahomes tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes and the Chiefs (2-0) held off the Steelers (0-1-1). Travis Kelce had seven catches for 109 yards and two TDs. Four other receivers had scoring catches.

TAMPA BAY 27 – Philadelphia 21… Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 33 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns as the Buccaneers (2-0) handled the Eagles (1-1). DeSean Jackson had four catches for 129 yards and a score.

Miami 20 – N.Y. JETS 12… Ryan Tannehill hit Albert Wilson and A.J. Derby with touchdown passes and the Dolphins (2-0) got past the mistake-prone Jets (1-1). Miami’s defense intercepted New York rookie quarterback Sam Darnold twice.

L.A. Chargers 31 – BUFFALO 20… Running back Melvin Gordon ran for a score and had two touchdown receptions as the Chargers (1-1) downed the Bills (0-2). Quarterback Phillip Rivers also found Mike Williams with a scoring toss.

GREEN BAY 29 – Minnesota 29 (OT)… The Vikings (1-0-1) rallied from 13-points down in the fourth quarter but had to settle for a tie with the Packers (1-0-1) after kicker Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 425 yards and four touchdowns.

NEW ORLEANS 21 – Cleveland 18… Wil Lutz booted a tie-breaking 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left and the Saints (1-1) made it stand in a come-from-behind defeat of the Browns (0-1-1). Cleveland is now winless in 19 games.

SAN FRANCISCO 30 – Detroit 27… Matt Breida ran 66 yards for a third-quarter touchdown and Jimmy Garoppolo passed for two scores as the 49ers (1-1) topped the Lions (0-2). Breida finished with 138 yards on 11 carries.

L.A. RAMS 34 – Arizona 0… Todd Gurley rushed for three touchdowns as the Rams (2-0) dominated the Cardinals (0-2). Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and a score. Brandin Cooks had seven catches for 159 yards.

DENVER 20 – Oakland 19… Brandon McManus booted a 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to send the Broncos (2-0) past the Raiders ((0-2). Denver trailed 19-7 late in the third quarter.

JACKSONVILLE 31 – New England 20… Blake Bortles fired three of his four touchdown passes in the first half and the Jaguars (2-0) whipped the Patriots (1-1) in a rematch of last season’s AFC title game. Keelan Cole had seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown.

DALLAS 20 – N.Y. Giants 13… The Cowboys (1-1) got defensive in their win over the Giants (0-2). They sacked Eli Manning six times and kept New York out of the end zone until the final minute-and-a-half. Dak Prescott staked Dallas to a quick lead when he connected with Tavon Austin for a 64-yard scoring pass on the third play of the game.

Seattle (0-1) is at Chicago (0-1)

Colorado 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… Antonio Sanzatela (5-6) took a shutout into the sixth inning and came through at the plate with a two-run single during a three-run top of the second inning in leading the Rockies past the Giants. The victory moved Colorado a half-game ahead of the second-place Dodgers in the NL West.

ST. LOUIS 5 – L.A. Dodgers 0… Adam Wainwright (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout as the Cardinals salvaged the finale of the four-game series. Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored. The two teams are tied in the race for the second NL wild-card spot .

Pittsburgh 3 – MILWAUKEE 2… The Pirates survived back-to-back homers by Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning to edge the Brewers. Kevin Newman lifted a sacrifice fly and singled home a run. Milwaukee remains 2-1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs in the NL Central.

Cincinnati 2 – CHI. CUBS 1… Scott Schebler hit the first pitch of the game for a homer, Phillip Ervin homered to lead off the fourth and the Reds held off the Cubs. Luis Castillo (10-12) limited Chicago to a run on four hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Washington 6 – ATLANTA 4… The Nationals got two-run homers from Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon on their way past the Braves. Juan Soto had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

Miami 6 – PHILADELPHIA 4… Peter O’Brien homered and knocked in three runs to lead the Marlins past the Phillies. Jose Ureña (7-12) limited Philadelphia to a run on three hits over five innings.

Detroit 6 – CLEVELAND 4… Jim Anducci lifted a sacrifice fly and belted a three-run homer in leading the Tigers past an Indians team that was resting several starters after clinching the AL Central. Mikie Mahtook also went deep for Detroit.

Toronto 3 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… The Blue Jays sneaked past the Yankees after spotting them an early 2-0 lead. Randal Grichuk doubled home pinch-runner Kevin Pillar with the decisive run in the top of the eighth inning. Thomas Pannone (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Oakland 4… The Rays withstood a Khris Davis grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to down the Athletics. Eight Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

Minnesota 9 – KANSAS CITY 6… The Twins pounded out 18 hits in slugging their way past the Royals. Johnny Field and Jorge Polanco both went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and an RBI single. Minnesota also got bases-empty homers from Max Kepler and Tyler Austin.

BALTIMORE 8 – Chi. White Sox 4… Rookie Cedric Mullins went 4-for-5 and drove in a run as the Orioles doubled up on the White Sox. Baltimore got homers from Jonathan Villar and Adam Jones.

L.A. ANGELS 4 – Seattle 3… Justin Upton blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and Kole Calhoun delivered a tie-breaking solo shot in the seventh to power the Angels past the Mariners.

BOSTON 4 – N.Y. Mets 3… Andrew Benintendi’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Tzu-Wei Lin with the tie-breaking run and the Red Sox hung on to edge the Mets and reduce their magic number for clinching the AL East to two. Brock Holt hit a two-run homer and Mookie Betts lifted a sacrifice fly in the third.

HOUSTON 5 – Arizona 4… Justin Verlander (16-9) held the Diamondbacks to a run on three hits and struck out 11 over seven innings as the Astros escaped with the victory. Josh Reddick had a couple of hits, including his 15th homer for Houston, which moved 4-1/2 games ahead of second-place Oakland in the AL West.

SAN DIEGO 7 – Texas 3… Rookie Francisco Mejia’s grand slam capped a five-run bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Padres over the Rangers. Hunter Renfroe homered in the first for San Diego.

the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 11-7) are at Philadelphia (Arrieta, 10-9)…
Miami (Richards, 3-9) hosts Washington (Fedde, 2-3)…
St. Louis (Mikolas, 15-4) is at Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 11-9)…
Milwaukee (Miley, 4-2) hosts Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 7-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 11-11) are at Arizona (Corbin, 1-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 4-3) host Colorado (Gray, 11-7)…
San Francisco (Suarez, 6-11) is at San Diego (Mitchell, 1-3)

Toronto (Borucki, 3-4) is at Baltimore (TBD)…
Detroit (Zimmermann, 7-7) hosts Minnesota (TBD)…
Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 1-6) is at Texas (Sampson, 0-1)…
Houston (Valdez, 3-1) hosts Seattle (LeBlanc, 8-4)

Kansas City (Keller, 8-6) is at Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 6-9)

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL… Alabama collected 58 of 61 first-place votes in holding the top spot in this week’s poll. Third-ranked Clemson picked up the other No. 1 votes.

#1 Alabama (3-0), LW: 1
#2 Georgia (3-0), LW: 3
#3 Clemson (3-0), LW: 2
#4 Ohio State (3-0), LW: 4
#5 Oklahoma (3-0), LW: 5
#6 LSU (3-0), LW: 12
#7 Stanford (3-0), LW: 9
#8 Notre Dame (3-0), LW: 8
#9 Auburn (2-1), LW: 7
#10 Washington (2-1), LW: 10
#10 Penn State (3-0), LW: 11
#12 West Virginia (2-0), LW: 14
#13 Virginia Tech (2-0), LW: 13
#14 Mississippi State (3-0), LW: 16
#15 Oklahoma State (3-0), LW: 24
#16 UCF (2-0), LW: 18
#17 TCU (2-1), LW: 15
#18 Wisconsin (2-1), LW: 6
#19 Michigan (2-1), LW: 19
#20 Oregon (3-0), LW: 20
#21 Miami (2-1), LW: 21
#22 Texas A&M (2-1), LW: NR
#23 Boston College (3-0), LW: NR
#24 Michigan State (1-1), LW: 25
#25 BYU (2-1), LW: NR

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