The Rundown for December 7, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 14,756,914 and the nation’s death toll stands at 282,268, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. There were 173,861 new cases and 1,076 deaths yesterday. A record 101,487 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized, according to the Covid Tracking Project… Roughly 33 million Californians are in new stay-at-home orders that took effect last night in regions where intensive care unit capacity dropped below 15 percent. Businesses like bars, hair salons, museums, movie theaters and indoor recreational facilities will be forced to close. Restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery service while retail businesses can continue to operate at 20 percent capacity.

XAVIER BECERRA TO HEAD HHS… The New York Times reported yesterday that President-elect Joe Biden will nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The 62-year-old Becerra served 24 years in Congress representing downtown Los Angeles in Congress for 24 years before becoming California’s top prosecutor. Many expected him to be considered for U.S. attorney general.

GIULIANI HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID… President Trump announced yesterday that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has tested positive for Covid-19. Giuliani was admitted to Georgetown University Hospital and later he tweeted that he was doing fine. News of the positive test prompted the Arizona state legislature to close for the next week after at least 15 current or future Republican legislators may have been directly exposed after meeting with Giuliani.

BIDEN TO RECEIVE INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS… Department of Defense officials have confirmed that members of the Biden transition team will begin receiving briefings from the Pentagon’s intelligence agencies at meetings today and tomorrow. The DoD plans 47 interviews with the Biden transition team, including with Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist and the chiefs of the military services. Other briefings have already taken place, including briefings on policy and international security affairs.

‘MOST PLAUSIBLE’ CAUSE OF MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS.. A radio frequency pulse is the “most plausible” cause of the mysterious illness that plagued diplomats and their families in Cuba and China, according to a report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. After reviewing the illnesses’ symptoms and possible causes, the committee appointed to review the cases determined that what was observed was “consistent with the effects of directed pulsed radio frequency energy,” the report states. While the committee, made up of mostly medical experts, determined a radio frequency pulse was the most likely cause, they also said that there could have been other causes contributing to the illness and producing additional signs and symptoms. At least 26 Americans who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba have reported symptoms since 2016. More recently, Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in China began experiencing similar symptoms.

… Netflix has announced that it won’t be adding a disclaimer to “The Crown” to clarify that the show is fiction. The statement comes after controversy over in Season four of the hit show has been criticized for made-up storylines and invented scenes, particularly with regard to the marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has called the show “a beautifully produced work of fiction” and has corresponded with Netflix on the matter.

BAD BUNNY TOPS ALBUM CHART… Bad Bunny’S “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” sold 116,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 chart and become the first all-Spanish-language album to reach No. 1 in the 64-year history of the all-genre chart. Miley Cyrus’ “Plastic Hearts” debuted at No. 2 with 60,000 units sold. Last week’s champ, BTS’ “Be,” dropped to third place after selling 55,000 copies. Ariana Grande’s “Positions” sold 53,000 units to finish fourth. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” capped the top five with 48,000 copies sold.


New Orleans 21 – ATLANTA 16
… The Saints (10-2) made it nine straight wins with their defeat of the Falcons (4-8). Taysom Hill threw first-half touchdown passes to Tre’Quan Smith and Jared Cook. Michael Thomas had nine catches for 105 yards.

Detroit 34 – CHICAGO 30… The Lions (5-7) scored two touchdowns two plays apart in the final 2:18 to stun the Bears (5-7). Adrian Peterson ran five yards for the go-head score with 1:37 remaining. The play was set up by Romeo Okwara’s strip-sack of Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky deep in Chicago territory. Matt Stafford passed for 402 yards and three touchdowns.

Cleveland 41 – TENNESSEE 35… The Browns (9-3) built a 38-7 halftime lead and held on to outscore the Titans (8-4). Baker Mayfield passed for 334 yards and hit four different receivers with touchdown passes.

MIAMI 19 – Cincinnati 7… The Dolphins (8-4) rode their defense to a win over the Bengals (2-9-1). Tua Tagovailoa found Mike Gesicki with a third-quarter touchdown pass. Jason Sanders kicked four field goals to 48 yards.

MINNESOTA 27 – Jacksonville 24 (OT)… Dan Bailey’s 23-yard field goal with 1:49 remaining lifted the Vikings (6-6) over the Jaguars (1-11). Bailey missed two extra points and a 51-yard field goal attempt with 13 seconds left in regulation. Kirk Cousins passed for 305 yards and a touchdown.

LAS VEGAS 31 – N.Y. Jets 28… Derek Carr connected with Henry Ruggs III on a 46-yard touchdown pass with 5 seconds remaining to send the Raiders (7-5) past the Jets (0-12). Darren Waller had 13 receptions for 200 yards and two scores.

Indianapolis 26 – HOUSTON 20… Philip Rivers threw two scoring tosses in the first half and the Colts (8-4) clamped down defensively in the second half to top the Texans (4-8). T.Y. Hilton had eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

L.A. Rams 38 – ARIZONA 28… The Rams (8-4) rolled past the Cardinals (6-6) to move into a first-place tie with Seattle in the NFC West. Jared Goff threw for 351 yards and a touchdown. Darrell Henderson Jr. ran 38 yards for a fourth-quarter TD and Troy Hill added a 35-yard interception return for a score.

N.Y. Giants 17 – SEATTLE 12… The Giants (5-7) smothered the Seahawks (8-4) defensively in pulling off an upset win. Alfred Morris ran for a third-quarter touchdown and caught a 7-yard Colt McCoy pass for another. Wayne Gallman rushed for 135 yards on 16 carries.

GREEN BAY 30 – Philadelphia 16… Aaron Jones ran 77 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 2:36 left as the Packers (9-3) downed the Eagles (3-8-1). Aaron Rodgers hit Davante Adams with two of his three scoring strikes and became just the seventh player with 400 career touchdown passes.

New England 45 – L.A. CHARGERS 0… Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns and the Patriots (6-6) got a pair of TDs from their special teams in the rout of the Chargers (3-9).

KANSAS CITY 22 – Denver 16… The Chiefs (11-1) overcame some missed opportunities to fight of the Broncos (4-8) and clinch a playoff spot. Patrick Mahomes passed or 318 yards and a touchdown. Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 136 yards and a score.

Washington (4-7) is at Pittsburgh (11-0)…
San Francisco (5-6) hosts Buffalo (8-3) in Glendale, Arizona

No. 8 MICHIGAN STATE 79, Western Michigan 61…
No. 11 West Virginia 80, GEORGETOWN 71…
No. 12 Villanova 68, No. 17 TEXAS 64…
No. 17 (tie) TEXAS TECH 81, Grambling 40…
GEORGIA TECH 79, No. 20 Kentucky 62

NCAA MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS… Top-ranked Gonzaga is cancelling four more games due to COVID-19 protocols. The announcement came a day after a player and another member of the team’s traveling party forced the postponement of Saturday’s highly anticipated matchup against No. 2 Baylor in Indianapolis. Gonzaga is scheduled to face No. 3 Iowa on December 19 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

No. 20 USC 38, Washington State 13

The Rundown for December 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 13,112,439 and the nation’s death toll stands at 276,088, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University…

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer will ship only half the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses it initially projected for this year due to supply chain issues. The U.S. is expected to roll out the Pfizer vaccine this month, pending review by the FDA. A separate vaccine developed by Moderna is expected to arrive a week later. A third vaccine, produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, is not expected to be ready for FDA approval until late January, according to CNBC…

President-elect Joe Biden announced his plan yesterday to ask all Americans to wear masks during the first 100 days of his administration. Biden said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that he will make masks mandatory in places like government buildings, airplanes and interstate transit. The president-elect confirmed that Dr. Anthony Fauci will become chief medical adviser for the president and serve on his COVID response team, while also remaining in his current role at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases…

California Governor Gavin Newsom warned yesterday that he will likely order most of the state’s businesses to close or limit capacity in the coming days. The order will be issued when fewer than 15 percent of beds are available in intensive care units for regional hospital networks. Newsom said four of the state’s five regions will meet that threshold within a day or two. Once triggered, regions would have 48 hours to implement the rules…

California’s 21,825 new cases were the most in the nation yesterday. Texas had the second most with 17,542. Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and New York all reported more than 10,000 new cases.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES FACEBOOK OVER HIRINGS… The Justice Department is accusing Facebook of discriminating against American workers by giving hiring preferences to immigrants. A DOJ lawsuit filed yesterday following a two-year investigation alleges the social media firm refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available Americans for more than 2,600 positions. Those jobs instead went to foreigners on temporary visas, according to the lawsuit.

TRUMP AIDE BANNED FROM DOJ… Trump aide Heidi Stirrup, who has served as a White House liaison to the Department of Justice since earlier this year, has been barred from entering the Department of Justice building. The ban was issued after she allegedly pressured staffers for inside info about the department’s election fraud investigation and other sensitive subjects, tried to control hiring decisions and offered top jobs to Trump allies. According to the Associated Press, she learned of the ban within the past two weeks.

ALYSSA FARAH LEAVING WHITE HOUSE… White House communications director Alyssa Farah announced her resignation yesterday. Her announcement comes amid President Trump’s continued efforts to overturn the election despite winning just one of 43 post-election court challenges. Farah worked in the administration for over three years and surprisingly offered a call for unity on the day Joe Biden was declared president elect.

CALIFORNIA FIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS… A wind-whipped brush fire in Orange County, California, has consumed at least 7,200 acres and prompted mandatory evacuations for 25,000 residents. The fire, dubbed the Bond Fire, started Wednesday night as a structure fire. Two of the roughly 500 firefighters battling the blaze were injured yesterday. Authorities say several structures have been damaged.

… Warner Bros. Pictures Group stunned the movie-theater industry yesterday with its announcement that all of the studio’s 2021 films will premiere on HBO Max as well as in cinemas. The films include several projected blockbusters such as “In the Heights,” “Matrix 4” and “Dune.” Warner Bros. previously announced that it would premiere “Wonder Woman 1984” simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming platform.

‘BLINDING LIGHTS’ IS TOP SONG… The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” finishes 2020 as the year’s top Billboard Hot 100 song. The single spent four weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 in April and May. The song has since broken records for the most weeks spent in the top five and the top 10 among all titles in the chart’s 62-year history. Post Malone’s “Circles,” Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” and DaBaby’s “Rockstar” completed the top five.


No. 3 IOWA 99, Western Illinois 58…
No. 7 KANSAS 89, Washburn 54…
No. 16 VIRGINIA TECH 64, VMI 57…
No. 25 Arizona State 70, CALIFORNIA 62

No. 25 Louisiana is at Appalachian State

No. 1 Alabama is at LSU…
No. 2 Notre Dame hosts Syracuse…
No. 3 Clemson is at Virginia Tech…
No. 4 Ohio State is at Michigan State…
No. 5 Texas A&M is at Auburn…
No. 6 Florida is at Tennessee…
No. 8 Georgia hosts Vanderbilt…
No. 9 Iowa State hosts West Virginia…
No. 10 Miami is at Duke…
No. 11 Oklahoma hosts Baylor…
No. 12 Indiana is at No. 16 Wisconsin…
No. 13 BYU is at No. 18 Coastal Carolina…
No. 15 Oklahoma State is at TCU…
No. 17 North Carolina hosts Western Carolina…
No. 19 Iowa is at Illinois…
No. 21 Marshall hosts Rice…
No. 22 Washington hosts Stanford…
No. 23 Oregon is at California…
No. 24 Tulsa is at Navy

No. 20 USC hosts Washington State

New Orleans (9-2) is at Atlanta (4-7)…
Chicago (5-6) hosts Detroit (4-7)…
Cleveland (8-3) is at Tennessee (8-3)…
Miami (7-4) hosts Cincinnati (2-8-1)…
Jacksonville (1-10) is at Minnesota (5-6)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-11) host Las Vegas (6-5)…
Indianapolis (7-4) is at Houston (4-7)…
Arizona (6-5) hosts the L.A. Rams (7-4)…
the N.Y. Giants (4-7) are at Seattle (8-3)…
Green Bay (8-3) hosts Philadelphia (3-7-1)…
New England (5-6) is at the L.A. Chargers (3-8)…
Kansas City (10-1) hosts Denver (4-7)

Washington (4-7) is at Pittsburgh (11-0)…
San Francisco (5-6) hosts Buffalo (8-3) in Glendale, Arizona

The Rundown for December 2, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 13,715,635 and the nation’s death toll stands at 270,532, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. set a record high with 98,691 hospitalized patients yesterday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That’s twice the number of hospitalizations reported a month ago and more than triple the number of hospitalizations reported on October 1… A White House document obtained by CNN indicates the first shipments of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine will be delivered on December 15 and estimates the first shipment of Moderna’s vaccine to be delivered a week later. An advisory committee to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention urged yesterday that healthcare workers along with workers and residents at nursing homes should be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. The first group of recipients will be known as Phase 1a and will include some 23 million Americans.

SENATORS INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN RELIEF BILL… A bipartisan group of senators yesterday unveiled a $908 billion emergency coronavirus relief plan. The “COVID Emergency Relief Framework” legislation would extend unemployment insurance, restart Paycheck Protection Program and fund vaccine distribution. Senators behind the bill include Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia and Republican Mitt Romney of Utah. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s sticking with the Republicans’ scaled-back relief bill with the goal of passing a significant downpayment during the lame-duck session and then revisiting the topic next year.

AG BARR SAYS NO EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD… Attorney General William Barr yesterday told the Associated Press that the Department of Justice has not uncovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the presidential election. His disclosure contradicted President Trump’s unfounded claims that the results of the 2020 presidential election were rigged. Barr said federal prosecutors and the FBI have been investigating several complaints of mass voter fraud to no avail. Last month, Barr directed federal prosecutors to pursue any “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities.

DOJ INVESTIGATING PARDON SCHEME… Court documents unsealed yesterday indicate that the Department of Justice is investigating a potentially criminal scheme involving paying a bribe to people either in or affiliated with the White House in exchange for an unknown person receiving a presidential pardon. Two people, whose names are redacted, are being investigated for improperly acting as lobbyists to secure the pardon for a person whose name is also redacted. The plot involved the person offering “a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence.”

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN DEADLY BOAT FIRE… Prosecutors yesterday filed manslaughter charges in the deaths of 33 passengers and a crew member aboard a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year. The captain of the boat, 67-year-old Jerry Boylan, was indicted on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter for “misconduct, negligence and inattention” by failing to train his crew, conduct fire drills and have a roving night watchman aboard the “Conception” when it caught fire on the night of September 2, 2019. The victims perished in the bunkroom and all died of smoke inhalation, according to coroner’s reports.

… The actor formerly known as Ellen Page has come out as transgender. Elliot Page previously came out as gay in 2014 and married dancer Emma Portner in January 2018. Page starred in the 2007 film “Juno” and plays Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy.” The actor went on social media to express appreciation for support, as well as concern for discrimination and violence.

BILL COSBY APPEAL UNDERWAY… Pennsylvania’s supreme court heard arguments yesterday in Bill Cosby’s appeal of his sexual assault conviction. Justices questioned prosecutors over their treatment of Cosby, who was convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. Specifically, the judges wanted to know why five additional witnesses were called in apparent effort to establish that Cosby had a pattern of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women. Cosby has served more than two years of his three- to 10-year prison sentence.

… The NFL contest between the Baltimore Ravens (6-4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) remains on schedule for late this afternoon despite two more members of the Baltimore organization testing positive yesterday. ESPN reported that the positive tests belong to safety Geno Stone and an equipment manager. If Ravens players test negative again today, tonight’s game is on.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS… The top seven teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remained unchanged in the poll released yesterday. Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State retain their hold on the top four spots. Texas A&M, Florida, Cincinnati, Georgia, Iowa State and Miami (Fla.) finish out the top 10.

No. 4 WISCONSIN 82, Green Bay 42…
No. 7 Kansas 65, No. 20 Kentucky 62 (Champions Classic, Indianapolis)…
No. 8 Michigan State 75, No. 6 Duke 69 (Champions Classic, Indianapolis)…
No. 9 CREIGHTON 94, Omaha 67…
No. 12 Villanova 87, Hartford 53 (Bubbleville, Uncasville, Connecticut)…
No. 15 VIRGINIA 76, St. Francis (PA) 51…
No. 14 North Carolina 67, Stanford 63 (Maui Invitational)…
No. 17 Texas 66, Indiana 44 (Maui Invitational)…

The Rundown for November 30, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 13,382,681 and the nation’s death toll stands at 266,847, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of new cases in the U.S. yesterday topped 100,000 for the 27th consecutive day. Hospitalizations reached a record high of 93,238 for the second straight day yesterday… The nation’s leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned yesterday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of cases in the weeks following Thanksgiving. Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” that vaccines for the virus offered a “light at the end of the tunnel,” with the first inoculations likely to be given to healthcare workers next month… New York City public elementary schools will begin reopening on December 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday. The nation’s largest public school system closed on November 19 when the city reached a seven-day COVID-19 testing positivity average of 3 percent, but de Blasio said that metric will no longer be used. Middle and high schools will remain closed.

SCHUMER PUTS VACCINE-DISTRIBUTION COST AT $30B… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a brief press conference yesterday that it will cost $30 billion in federal funds to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. He offered the figure while legislative negotiations over an economic relief bill remain stalled. “This should be a moment of clarity for everyone,” Schumer said. “This is a huge crisis and we need big relief.”

WISCONSIN CONFIRMS BIDEN WIN… Wisconsin’s recount has confirmed Joe Biden’s defeat of President Trump in the presidential election. Dane County reported a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County announced a 132-vote gain for Biden in results released on Friday. Biden won Wisconsin by approximately 20,000 votes. President Trump’s requested recount in Georgia came to a temporary halt last night when a server in Fulton County crashed.

BIDEN NAMES COMMUNICATIONS STAFF… President-elect Joe Biden has filled out his senior communications staff with an all-woman team. Jen Psaki has been named White House Press Secretary; Kate Bedingfield was named White House Communications director; Symone D. Sanders has been named Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s spokesperson; Karine Jean-Pierre was named Deputy Press Secretary; Pili Tobar has been named Deputy White House Communications Director; Ashley Etienne was named Harris’s communication director; and Elizabeth Alexander has been named communications director for the First Lady, Jill Biden. Meanwhile, Biden is expected to spend the next several weeks walking in a boot after suffering a minor fracture in his foot. The injury reportedly occurred Saturday while Biden was playing with “Major,” the younger of his two dogs.

UTAH ‘MONOLITH’ DISAPPEARS… Officials confirmed yesterday that the mysterious object dubbed the “monolith” has disappeared from the southern Utah desert. The 12-foot-long tri-cornered beam was sighted two weeks ago by wildlife biologists counting bighorn sheep from a helicopter. The object’s discovery garnered national and international attention and theories as to how it ended up on federal land in the middle of nowhere.

… David “Dave” Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died after a short illness, his agent confirmed yesterday. He was 85. Before becoming a character actor in the mid-1960s, Prowse had been a bodybuilder and weightlifter. His first role in a major film was as Frankenstein’s Monster in the 1967’s “Casino Royale.” He also made appearances in “A Clockwork Orange” and a variety of horror films.

BTS TOPS ALBUM CHART… BTS’ “Be” sold 242,000 copies to give the K-pop group its fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Megan Thee Stallion’s “Good News” finished in second place with 100,500 units sold. Ariana Grande’s “Positions” jumped into third place on sales of 61,000 copies. Pop Smoke’s “Stars Aim for the Moon” rose to No. 4 with 52,000 units sold. Future and Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pluto x Baby Pluto” dropped to fifth place after selling 46,000 copies.


ATLANTA 43 – Las Vegas 6
… The Falcons (4-7) forced five turnovers in their dismantling of the Raiders (6-5). Deion Jones returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown. Matt Ryan threw two short scoring passes.

BUFFALO 27 – L.A. Chargers 17… The Bills (8-3) overcame sloppy play offensively to hold of the Chargers (3-8). Josh Allen threw 2 yards for a touchdown and ran 3 yards for another. Wide receiver Cole Beasley hit Gabriel Davis with a 20-yard scoring toss.

N.Y. Giants 19 – CINCINNATI 17… The Giants (4-7) fought off the Bengals (2-8-1) after losing quarterback Daniel Jones to a hamstring injury in the second quarter. Wayne Gallman Jr. ran 1 yard for touchdown on fourth-and-goal in the first quarter. Graham Gano booted four field goals to 49 yards.

Tennessee 45 – INDIANAPOLIS 26… Derrick Henry rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Titans (8-3) to a romp over the Colts (7-4). Ryan Tannehill connected with A.J. Brown on a 69-yard scoring toss and ran for a T.D. Brown returned an onside kick 42 yards for a score.

MINNESOTA 28 – Carolina 27… Kirk Cousins’ 10-yard touchdown pass to Chad Beebe with 40 seconds remaining lifted the Vikings (5-6) over the Panthers (4-8). Carolina kicker Joey Slye missed a 54-yard field goal try with 1 second left. Cousins went 34 for 45 for 307 yards and three scores.

NEW ENGLAND 20 – Arizona 17.. Nick Folk kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired to send the Patriots (5-6) past the Cardinals (6-5). James White ran for a pair of touchdowns.

Miami 20 – N.Y. JETS 3… Ryan Fitzpatrick got the start at quarterback in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa and threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Dolphins (7-4) topped the Jets (0-11).

Cleveland 27 – JACKSONVILLE 25… The Browns (8-3) remained in the playoff picture by holding off the Jaguars (1-10). Baker Mayield passed for 258 yards and found Jarvis Landry with a touchdown pass. Landry had eight receptions for 143 yards. Nick Chubb rushed for 144 yards and a score.

New Orleans 31 – DENVER 3… The Saints (9-2) cruised past a Broncos (4-7) team that was without all four quarterbacks due to Covid. Latavius Murray ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Taysom Hill also had two scoring runs. Defensively, New Orleans held Denver to just 112 total yards.

San Francisco 23 – L.A. RAMS 20… Robbie Gould’s 42-yard field goal as time expired gave the 49ers (5-6) a hard-fought win over the Rams (7-4). Raheem Mostert ran 8 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. Javon Kinlaw returned an interception 27 yards for a second-quarter score.

Kansas City 27 – TAMPA BAY 24… Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill were unstoppable in leading the Chiefs (10-1) past the Buccaneers (7-5). Mahomes passed for 462 yards and hit Hill with three of his four touchdown passes. Hill had 13 receptions for 269 yards.

GREEN BAY 41 – Chicago 25… Aaron Rodgers passed for 211 yards and hit four different receivers with touchdown passes as the Packers (5-6) topped the Bears (8-3). Rodgers’ final touchdown throw of the night made him the 11th player in NFL history with at least 50,000 career yards passing.

Seattle (7-3) is at Philadelphia (3-6-1)

Baltimore (6-4) is at Pittsburgh (10-0)

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS… Alabama received all 62 first-place votes to remain No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the second consecutive week. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M were also in the top five. The top eight teams in the rankings were unchanged for the fourth straight week.

No. 1 Alabama
No. 2 Notre Dame
No. 3 Ohio State
No. 4 Clemson
No. 5 Texas A&M
No. 6 Florida
No. 7 Cincinnati
No. 8 BYU
No. 9 Miami
No. 10 Indiana
No. 11 Georgia
No. 12 Iowa State
No. 13 Oklahoma
No. 14 Coastal Carolina
No. 15 Marshall
No. 16 Northwestern
No. 17 USC
No. 18 Wisconsin
No. 19 Oklahoma State
No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette
No. 21 Oregon
No. 22 Tulsa
No. 23 Washington
No. 24 Iowa
No. 25 Liberty

No. 2 Baylor 86, Washington 52 (Las Vegas)…
Richmond 76, No. 10 KENTUCKY 64…
No. 11 CREIGHTON 69, North Dakota State 58…
No. 17 Houston 64, No. 14 Texas Tech 53 (Southwest Showcase)…
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 100, Houston Baptist 77…
No. 23 OHIO STATE 74, Massachusetts-Lowell 64…
No. 24 RUTGERS 70, Hofstra 56…
No. 25 MICHIGAN 81, Oakland 71

The Rundown for November 27, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 12,879,762 and the nation’s death toll stands at 263,413, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials fear that the rising number of deaths could reach levels initially seen in the spring, when the pandemic first hit the U.S. More than 2,300 deaths were reported on Wednesday, which marked a 57-percent increase over the 14-day average. Officials warn that daily deaths could double within a matter of days.

AMERICANS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING… Americans marked a Thanksgiving Day holiday yesterday amid the ongoing pandemic. Nearly 6 million Americans traveled by air prior to the holiday despite political leaders and health officials discouraging travel or large gatherings. The number of air travelers is less than half of the same period last year. The traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City was scaled back significantly. The route was reduced from 2-1/2 miles to one block and balloon handlers were replaced by specially rigged vehicles. Spectators were forbidden from lining the streets.

COURT BLOCKS NEW YORK COVID RESTRICTIONS… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday called Wednesday night’s Supreme Court decision blocking coronavirus restrictions imposed on religious gatherings “irrelevant.” The High Court voted 5-4 in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish congregations that had sought an injunction to block the restrictions from being enforced. Cuomo said the high court’s ruling would have no impact on the state’s virus control efforts because the red zone status for the area in question had expired last week.

TRUMP SAYS HE’LL LEAVE WHITE HOUSE IF BIDEN GETS EC VOTES… President Trump came as close as he has come to conceding the presidential election yesterday when he said he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden. Trump maintained it would be hard for him to concede under the current circumstances, however, and declined to say whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration. Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232. Electors are scheduled to meet on December 14 to formalize the outcome. Biden also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote tally.

MEXICO INVESTIGATES WAL-MART… Mexico’s anti-monopoly commission signaled yesterday that it has launched a formal investigation into Wal-Mart’s Mexican subsidiary. While the Federal Economic Competition Commission did not identify its target, Wal-Mart de Mexico told investors earlier this week that it has been notified that it is that target of an investigation. The commission has publicly revealed that it is looking into possible monopolistic practices in wholesale and retail goods distribution and sales.

… “Jeopardy!” yesterday day aired a Thanksgiving message that had been pre-recorded by former host Alex Trebek prior to his death earlier this month. Trebek succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer on November 8 at age 80. The final episodes that he recorded is scheduled to air the week of January 4, 2021.

MADS MIKKELSEN REPLACES JOHNNY DEPP IN NEST ‘BEASTS’ FILM… Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has been tapped to replace Johnny Depp in the next “Fantastic Beasts” film. Warner Bros. The 55-year-old Mikkelsen is best known for his roles in the James Bond film “Casino Royale,” “Hannibal” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” He will portray the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third “Fantastic Beasts” installment, which is currently in production outside London. Its release date is set for July 15, 2022.


Houston 41 – DETROIT 25
… Deshaun Watson passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Texans (4-7) past the Lions (4-7). Will Fuller had six catches for 171 yards and two scores. Defensive end J.J. Watt returned a first-quarter interception 19 yards for a TD.

Washington 41 – DALLAS 16… Antonio Gibson rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns as Washington (4-7) rolled past the Cowboys (3-8). Montez Sweat intercepted an Andy Daulton pass and returned it 15 yards for a score.

the N.Y. Giants (3-7) are at Cincinnati (2-7-1)…
Atlanta (3-7) hosts Las Vegas (6-4)…
Arizona (6-4) is at New England (4-6)…
Jacksonville (1-9) hosts Cleveland (7-3)…
Carolina (4-7) is at Minnesota (4-6)…
Buffalo (7-3) hosts the L.A. Chargers (3-7)…
Miami (6-4) is at the N.Y. Jets (0-10)…
Indianapolis (7-3) hosts Tennessee (7-3)…
Baltimore (6-4) is at Pittsburgh (10-0)…
Denver (4-6) hosts New Orleans (8-2)…
San Francisco (4-6) is at the L.A. Rams (7-3)…
Tampa Bay (7-3) hosts Kansas City (9-1)…
Chicago (5-5) is at Green Bay (7-3)

Seattle (7-3) is at Philadelphia (3-6-1)

No. 2 Notre Dame is at No. 19 North Carolina…
No. 13 Iowa State is at No. 17 Texas…
No. 15 Oregon is at Oregon State…
No. 24 Iowa hosts Nebraska

No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 22 Auburn…
No. 3 Clemson hosts Pittsburgh…
No. 4 Ohio State is at Illinois…
No. 5 Texas A&M hosts LSU…
No. 6 Florida hosts Kentucky…
No. 8 Northwestern is at Michigan State…
No. 9 Georgia is at South Carolina…
No. 12 Indiana hosts Maryland…
No. 16 Wisconsin hosts Minnesota…
No. 18 USC hosts Colorado…
No. 20 Coastal Carolina is at Texas State…
No. 23 Oklahoma State hosts Texas Tech…
No. 25 Tulsa is at Houston

No. 1 Gonzaga 102, Kansas 90…
No. 3 Villanova 83, Arizona State 74…
No. 8 Illinois 97, Chicago State 38…
No. 15 West Virginia 78, VCU 66

The Rundown for November 23, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 12,226,643 and the nation’s death toll stands at 256,745, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have submitted an application for emergency authorization in the U.S. of their Covid-19 vaccine, which has been shown by tests to be 95 percent effective. Pfizer hopes to produce up to 50 million doses by the end of the year. A Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory committee is set to meet on December 10 to discuss whether to authorize the vaccine… Los Angeles County has issued an order that restricts in-person dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars for a minimum of three weeks. The order becomes effective Wednesday at 10 p.m.

BIDEN TO START NAMING CABINET APPOINTMENTS… President-elect Joe Biden will announce the first of his Cabinet appointments tomorrow and is planning for a scaled-down inauguration due to the coronavirus pandemic, his aides revealed yesterday. The New York Times and Bloomberg reported that former deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State. Bloomberg also reported that Jake Sullivan, a former aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be named national security adviser.

TRUMP YET TO CONCEDE… President Trump has yet to concede the presidential election despite his legal team compiling a 2-34 record in post-election court challenges. He is facing mounting pressure by allies in his own party to accept the results and press on in serving Americans amid a pandemic. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer are among the most recent Republicans who have urged Trump to move on. Ron Klain, who is Biden’s choice as White House chief of staff, called on the General Services Administration to formally recognize Biden’s victory and unlock resources for the transition process. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign distance has apparently split from attorney Sidney Powell, whose recent public appearances have included incorrect statements about the voting process, baseless and wide-ranging conspiracy theories and a threat to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” court filing.

McMASTER WARNS AGAINST AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL… President Trump’s former national security adviser H.R. McMaster warned yesterday that the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan will empower the Taliban. The retired lieutenant general called the plan “abhorrent” The withdrawal of about 2,000 troops from Afghanistan would leave 2,500 U.S. troops in country. It was announced earlier this month after Trump fired Defense Secretary and named Christopher Miller as his replacement.

ARREST IN WISCONSIN MALL SHOOTINGS… Police in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, last night announced the arrest of a 15-year-old suspect in connection with Friday’s shootings that left eight people injured at a mall. Officers also found a firearm that the boy allegedly used during the incident, police said. Investigators say it appears the shootings were the result of a dispute between two groups rather than a random act. Authorities said four “innocent bystanders” suffered what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

… Taylor Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist at last night’s 2020 American Music Awards. Justin Bieber, Dan + Shay and the Weeknd were also three-time winners. The Weeknd’s wins included Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Album for “After Hours” and Favorite Soul/R&B Song for “Heartless.”

AC/DC TOPS ALBUM CHART… AC/DC’s “Power Up” sold 117,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Future and Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pluto x Baby Pluto” opened in second place with 105,000 units sold. Chris Stapleton’s “Starting Over” debuted in third place on sales of 103,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Ariana Grande’s “Positions,” dropped to fourth place after selling 75,000 units. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” capped the top five with 53,000 copies sold.


NEW ORLEANS 24 – Atlanta 9
… Taysom Hill replaced the injured Drew Brees at quarterback and rushed for two touchdowns in leading the Saints (8-2) past the Falcons (3-7). Michael Thomas had nine catches for 104 yards.

WASHINGTON 20 – Cincinnati 9… Washington (3-7) rallied in the second half to get past the Bengals (2-7-1). Rookie running back Antonio Gibson ran for 94 yards and a score. The loss was especially painful for Cincinnati, which will be without rookie quarterback Joe Burrow for the rest of the season after he was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second quarter.

CAROLINA 20 – Detroit 0… The Panthers (4-6) recorded their first shutout since 2015 in blanking the Lions (4-7). P.J. Walker passed for 258 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start. D.J. Moore had seven receptions for 127 yards.

CLEVELAND 22 – Philadelphia 17… Linebacker Sione Takitaki returned a second-quarter interception 50 yards to open the scoring and the Browns (7-3) held off the Eagles (3-6-1). Defensive end Olivier Vernon recorded three sacks of Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, one of which went for a third-quarter safety.

Pittsburgh 27 – JACKSONVILLE 3… Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick each had two interceptions as the Steelers (10-0) smothered the Jaguars (1-9). Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron. Diontae Johnson had 12 catches for 111 yards.

HOUSTON 27 – New England 20… Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the first half and the Texans (3-7) fought off the Patriots (4-6). Watson passed for 344 yards on the day.

Tennessee 30 – BALTIMORE 24 (OT)… Derrick Henry’s 29-yard touchdown run with 5:21 remaining in overtime lifted the Titans (7-3) over the Ravens (6-4). Henry finished with 133 yards on 28 carries. Ryan Tannehill had a pair of scoring tosses. Corey Davis finished with five receptions for 113 yards.

Dallas 31 – MINNESOTA 28… Andy Daulton’s 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 remaining sent the Cowboys (3-7) past the Vikings (4-6). Daulton also hit CeeDee Lamb and Ezekiel Elliott with scoring strikes. Elliott rushed for 103 yards.

DENVER 20 – Miami 13… Justin Simmons’ interception of a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass in the end zone with 1:03 left sealed the win as the Broncos (4-6) topped the Dolphins (6-4). Denver sacked Miami starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa six times and knocked him out of the game earlier in the fourth quarter. Melvin Gordon rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

L.A. CHARGERS 34 – N.Y. Jets 28… Justin Herbert completed 37 of 49 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns and the Chargers (3-7) handled the Jets (0-10). Keenan Allen hauled in a franchise-record 16 receptions for 145 yards and a score.

INDIANAPOLIS 34 – Green Bay 31 (OT)… The Colts (7-3) rallied from a 28-14 halftime deficit to outlast the Packers (7-3). Rodrigo Blankenship’s fourth field goal of the game came from 39 yards out with 7:10 to go in overtime. Philip Rivers threw touchdown passes to three different receivers.

Kansas City 35 – LAS VEGAS 31… Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds remaining to give the Chiefs (9-1) a last-minute win over the Raiders (6-4). Kelce finished with eight catches for 127 yards. Tyreek Hill had 11 receptions for 102 yards and a score. Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for two TDs.

the L.A. Rams (6-3) are at Tampa Bay (7-3)

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS… Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide received all 62 first-place votes after beating Kentucky 63-3 on Saturday. The top eight teams in this week’s poll held their spots.

  1. Alabama
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Ohio State
  4. Clemson
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Florida
  7. Cincinnati
  8. BYU
  9. Miami
  10. Oregon
  11. Northwestern
  12. Indiana
  13. Georgia
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Iowa State
  16. Coastal Carolina
  17. Marshall
  18. Wisconsin
  19. USC
  20. Texas
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Auburn
  23. Louisiana
  24. Tulsa
  25. North Carolina

The Rundown for November 20, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11,710,084 and the nation’s death toll stands at 252,484, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of hospitalizations in the U.S. has jumped nearly 50 percent over the past two weeks… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday urged Americans not to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in order to limit the spread of COVID-19… California is imposing a limited Stay-at-Home Order that goes into effect tomorrow. Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. in 41 counties representing over 94 percent of the state’s population. The order ends on the morning of December 21.

BIDEN CHOOSES TREASURY SECRETARY… President-elect Joe Biden revealed yesterday that he has made his choice for treasury secretary. Biden also said he has discussed a possible nationwide mask mandate with state governors during a call. The president-elect said wearing a mask was “not a political statement, it’s a patriotic duty” during remarks after the call with both Republican and Democratic state governors. He also urged the federal government to deliver financial relief to states so they can tackle the virus.

RECOUNT CONFIRMS BIDEN WIN IN GEORGIA… The recount of ballots in Georgia’s presidential race has confirmed Joe Biden beat President Trump by 12,284 votes and found no widespread fraud. Officials in the state are scheduled to certify the results by the end of the day. Trump’s reelection campaign yesterday dropped its bid to challenge Biden’s victory in Michigan. Instead, Trump has invited state Republican leaders to a meeting at the White House today. The Trump campaign also had lawsuits tossed in Maricopa County, Arizona, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

SCHUMER SAYS McCONNELL AGRESS TO NEGOTIATE… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to resume negotiations over a potential new Covid-19 relief bill. Congressional aides on both sides, however, warn that Schumer might have been overly optimistic. Democrats and Republicans are seeking to avoid a government shutdown on December 11.

742K NEW UNEMPLOYMENT FILINGS… Another 742,000 U.S. workers have filed for new unemployment benefits, according to figures released by the Labor Department. The number reflected an increase of 31,000 from the previous week and brought the unemployment rate at 4.3 percent. Most economists expected about 700,000 new claims. There are almost 6.4 million continuing claims, the report said.

… Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani have joined the list of performers on NBC’s 2020 Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. The network says Clarkson will perform with Brett Eldredge. Other performers include The Goo Goo Dolls, Meghan Trainor and Earth, Wind & Fire, Dolly Parton and the Radio City Rockettes. The special will air on December 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

BOBBY BROWN JR. FOUND DEAD… Police have confirmed that the son of R&B singer Bobby Brown was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday, police have confirmed. Police say there is no sign of four play in the death of 28-year-old Bobby Brown Jr. Officers responded to residence following the report of a “medical emergency.” Brown was the stepson of the late Whitney Houston.


SEATTLE 28 – Arizona 21
… Russell Wilson threw first-half touchdown passes to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and the Seahawks (7-3) held off the Cardinals (6-4). Carlos Hyde ran 2 yards for a third-quarter score.

New England (4-5) is at Houston (2-7)…
New Orleans (7-2) hosts Atlanta (3-6)…
Tennessee (6-3) is at Baltimore (6-3)…
Washington (2-7) hosts Cincinnati (2-6-1)…
Pittsburgh (9-0) is at Jacksonville (1-8)…
Carolina (3-7) hosts Detroit (4-5)…
Philadelphia (3-5-1) is at Cleveland (6-3)…
Denver (3-6) hosts Miami (6-3)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-9) are at the L.A. Chargers (2-7)…
Minnesota (4-5) hosts Dallas (2-7)…
Green Bay (7-2) is at Indianapolis (6-3)…
Las Vegas (6-3) hosts Kansas City (8-1)

the L.A. Rams (6-3) are at Tampa Bay (7-3)

No. 25 Tulsa 30, Tulane 24 (2OT)

NBA NEWS… The Golden State Warriors announced yesterday that guard Klay Thompson has suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will miss the 2020-21 season. Thompson suffered the injury during a workout on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the 2018-19 NBA Finals.

The Rundown for November 12, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 10,392,702 and the nation’s death toll stands at 241,047, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The COVID Tracking Project said the 144,270 cases reported yesterday marked the first time the number of new cases nationally surpassed 140,000. There were 1,421 deaths reported yesterday… The number of positive tests recorded in Texas yesterday surpassed one million and measures have been adopted in New York and Ohio to combat upticks. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a 10 p.m. curfew for bars, restaurants, gyms and bowling alleys starting tomorrow. Small social gatherings of more than 10 people at private homes will also be restricted in the state. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the institution of a statewide mask mandate following more than 50,000 new over the past two weeks.

VETERAN’S DAY… Americans honored the nation’s fallen soldiers yesterday at solemn services nationwide. President Trump, along with first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence, visited Arlington National Cemetery yesterday for the traditional Veterans Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, were joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney in honoring veterans at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial.

BIDEN LEAD GROWING… Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump continues to widen as voting totals from three states keep coming in. Biden was closing in an a victory in Arizona, which would give him 20 more Electoral College votes than he needs to secure the victory. He is projected to tally 306 Electoral College to Trump’s 232. If voting results continue at the current rate, Biden would win the popular vote by more than 5 million. Yesterday, Trump met with senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, campaign manager Bill Stepien and campaign advisor Jason Miller as the campaign pursues multiple legal challenges in several states. President-elect Biden, meanwhile, has named Ron Klain as his incoming chief of staff. Klain previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration and Biden during his tenure as vice president under President Barack Obama. In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that the state will conduct a full recount by hand of all ballots cast statewide in the presidential election. Biden’s lead over Trump has grown to more than 14,000. Georgia has until November 20 to certify its ballots from across the state. Raffensperger claims there is no evidence to support allegations by Trump and Georgia’s two GOP senators that widespread voter fraud gave Biden his lead. Trump is projected to win the race in North Carolina, where the counting of provisional ballots continues.

GOP SENATORS RELEASE FUNDING PLAN… Republican senators have unveiled their $1.4 trillion spending package to keep the government running through September 2021. They hope the package will lead to an agreement with their Democratic colleagues before funding ends on December 11. The package consists of a dozen spending bills, allocating billions to each of the 12 appropriations subcommittees, including $69.8 billion for Homeland Security, $696 billion for Defense, $96.3 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services and $23.3 billion for Agriculture. Democrats have criticized the plan for its lack of coronavirus relief funding.

WILDFIRES COSTLY TO INSURERS… Insurance and reinsurance industry losses due to the nation’s wildfires will total more than $8 billion, according to the insurance broker Aon. Economic losses from the fires could top $13 billion, the firm says. Wildfires scorched millions of acres, primarily in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

… Maren Morris was a three-time winner at last night’s CMA Awards show. In addition to winning Female Vocalist of the Year, Morris won Single of the Year for “The Bones” and she shared Song of the Year honors for the single with co-writers Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz. Luke Combs, who was up for six awards, won Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for “What You See Is What You Get.” Eric Church took the top overall prize by being named Entertainer of the Year. Miranda Lambert, who led the field with seven nominations, won Music Video of the Year for “Bluebird.”

CLINT BLACK, LISA HARTMAN BLACK BOOTED FROM ‘MASKED’… Clint Black and wife, Lisa Hartman Black, have been eliminated from Season 4 of FOX’s “The Masked Singer.” Rapper Busta Rhymes was the first costumed celebrity eliminated this season. Actor Mickey Rourke later took himself out of the competition, and TV icon Brian Austin Green, retired pro football player/sports commentator Mark Sanchez, talk-show host Wendy Williams and comedian Bob Saget were subsequently booted from the show. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke are the program’s judges, and Nick Cannon is the host.

… The Oklahoma City Thunder have promoted assistant Mark Daigneault to head coach. Daigneault replaces Billy Donovan, who has moved on to Chicago. The 35-year-old Daigneault spent last season on Billy Donovan’s staff and was head coach of the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue for five seasons. The Thunder open camp on December 1.

MLB NEWS… Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman announced on social media yesterday that he will accept a qualifying offer to remain a New York Met for the 2021 season. The 29-year-old righthander opted out last season over COVID-19 concerns. Stroman was acquired by the Mets from Toronto on July 28, 2019. He went 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 11 starts for New York, leaving his career record at 51-47 with 3.76 ERA.

NCAA FOOTBALL NEWS… Coronavirus concerns have forced postponement or cancellation of four of Saturday’s college football games involving ranked teams from the SEC. No. 1 Alabama’s game at LSU has been postponed due to cases in LSU’s program and is in danger of not being played at all… No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee is being rescheduled for Dec. 12 as the result of three active cases in the Texas A&M program… No. 12 Georgia at Missouri has been postponed due to positive tests in the Missouri program and may be rescheduled for December 19… No. 24 Auburn’s game at Mississippi State was postponed because of COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing within the Bulldogs’ program. It has been tentatively rescheduled for December 12… No. 3 Ohio State at Maryland has been cancelled in response to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Maryland program…. In the American Athletic Conference, Navy’s game at Memphis on Saturday was postponed because of positive tests at the Naval Academy.

Indianapolis (5-3) is at Tennessee (6-2)

The Rundown for September 23, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,894,586 and the nation’s death toll stands at 200,724, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising against traditional trick-or-treating this year, calling it a higher risk activity. The agency is also discouraging “trunk-or-treat” events, where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots; crowded costume parties held indoors; and visiting indoor haunted houses, where people may crowd together and scream.

TOPICS CHOSEN FOR PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE… Moderator Chris Wallace has selected the topics for next Tuesday’s first 2020 presidential debate. The event will air live from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. Wallace announced that topics will include: The Trump and Biden Records; The Supreme Court; Covid-19; The Economy; Race and Violence in our Cities; and The Integrity of the Election. Critics complained that climate change wasn’t included in the discussion.

CIA ASSESSES PUTIN BEHIND BIDEN DISINFORMATION… The Washington Post reported yesterday that a top-secret CIA assessment has concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “probably directing” a disinformation campaign designed to damage Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The report, later confirmed by NBC News, cited two unnamed sources who reviewed the assessment. The highly classified report builds upon intelligence gathered by the FBI and the NSA. It was published internally at the end of August.

REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTE TO FILL SUPREME COURT SEAT… Republicans appear to have the votes they need to support filling the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yesterday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney and his Republican colleague from Colorado, Corey Gardner, announced they would vote to fill the seat. President Trump vowed yesterday that he will announce his nominee on Saturday.

HOUSE PASSES FUNDING BILL… The House voted 359-57 last night to pass a stopgap funding bill that keeps the government running through December 11. The legislation faces another shutdown threat in eight days if it fails in the Senate. The bill had been held up by questions about federal farm assistance until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reached agreement with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Republicans.

… The man who fatally shot John Lennon 40 years ago has apologized to the late Beatle’s widow, Yoko Ono. 65—year-old Mark Chapman was convicted of shooting Lennon four times outside his New York Manhattan apartment in 1980. He was denied parole for the eleventh time following a hearing last month. Chapman said at the hearing that he killed Lennon for “glory” and was deserving of the death penalty.

FOUR SEASONS SINGER DIES… Tommy DeVito, a member of the 1960s doo-wop group Four Seasons, has died from COVID-19 complications. He was 92. DeVito, along with bandmates Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi, were best known for the song “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Their story of growing up in New Jersey, complete with drug issues and run-ins with the mafia, inspired the 2005 Broadway hit, “Jersey Boys.”


Denver 114 – L.A. Lakers 106… The Nuggets built an 18-point lead after three quarters and cruised past the Lakers to pull within 2-1 in the series. Jamal Murray pumped in 28 points. Jerami Grant added 26 points. Nikola Jokic finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Game 4 is tomorrow.

Boston vs. Miami in Game 4 with the Heat leading 2-1

ATLANTA 11 – Miami 1… The Braves rolled past the Marlins to clinch their third straight NL East title. Marcell Ozuna went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs. Freddie Freeman, Oscar Albies and Dansby Swanson also went deep.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 3 (10 innings)… Jose Ramirez connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Indians outlasted the White Sox to clinch a playoff spot. Cesar Hernandez added a solo shot for Cleveland.

PITTSBURGH 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… Jacob Stallings smacked a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pirates sunk the Cubs. Despite the loss, Chicago clinched a playoff spot after Philadelphia dropped both games of a doubleheader.

WASHINGTON 5 – Philadelphia 1… Austin Voth (1-5) allowed just a run on three hits in going the distance and the Nationals took the opener of the doubleheader. Brock Holt doubled home two runs during a four-run bottom of the third inning.

WASHINGTON 8 – Philadelphia 7… Yadiel Hernandez belted a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the eight inning to give the Nationals a sweep of the twinbill. Juan Soto cracked a three-run blast.

N.Y. Yankees 12 – TORONTO 1… The Yankees pounded out 15 hits in their pounding of the Blue Jays. Aaron Hicks tripled home a run and stroked a two-run single. Gerrit Cole (7-3) surrendered a run on five hits over seven innings.

Milwaukee 3 – CINCINNATI 2… Eric Sogard’s double in the top of the seventh inning scored Jedd Gyorko with a tie-breaking run and the Brewers made it stand in edging the Reds. Tyrone Taylor homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. METS 5 – Tampa Bay 2… The Mets got home runs from Robinson Cano, Pete Alonso and Guillermo Heredia in preventing the Rays from clinching the AL East title. Seth Lugo (3-3) gave up a run on four hits over 6-1/3 innings.

BOSTON 8 – Baltimore 3… Christian Vazquez belted a three-run homer to lead the Red Sox past the Orioles. Nick Pivetta (1-0) held Baltimore to a run on four hits over five innings.

MINNESOTA 5 – Detroit 4 (10 innings)… Max Kepler came through with a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and added a game-winning RBI single in the 10th to send the Twins past the Tigers. Byron Buxton and Mitch Garver also homered for Minnesota.

St. Louis 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Cardinals starter Austin Gober (1-1) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Royals. Dylan Carlson went 3-for-4 with a two-run double.

ARIZONA 7 – Texas 0… Caleb Smith and reliever Riley Smith combined on a six-hitter and the Diamondbacks blanked the Rangers. Carson Kelly cracked a three-run homer.

Houston 6 – SEATTLE 1… Maldonado’s three-run homer capped a five-run top of the sixth inning that carried the Astros past the Mariners. Michael Brantley sparked the uprising with a leadoff homer.

L.A. Angels 4 – SAN DIEGO 2… Angels starter Griffin Canning (2-3) limited the Padres to a run on two hits and struck out 10 over six innings. Max Stassi went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBIs.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Oakland 2… Corey Seager singled home a run and homered as the Dodgers cruised past the Athletics. Max Muncy added a two-run blast. AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor hit solo homers.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – Colorado 2… Pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a tie-breaking homer and Brandon Belt added a pinch-hit two-run double as the Giants put away the Mariners. Austin Slater homered to lead off the first.

the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 1-0) are at San Diego (Mike Clevinger, 3-2)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-3) hosts Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 3-2)…
Texas (Wes Benjamin, 1-1) is at Arizona (Alex Young, 2-4)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 8-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 4-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 3-2) are at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 2-5)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-3) hosts Houston (Zack Greinke, 3-2)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-5) is at Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 4-4)…
Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 1-8) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 6-4)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 4-1) is at the N.Y. Mets (Michael Wacha, 1-3)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-0) hosts Miami (Sixto Sanchez, 3-2)…
Baltimore (Dean Kremer, 1-0) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 3-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 5-1) hosts Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-2)…
St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 0-2) is at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 3-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 3-0) host Oakland (Sean Manaea, 4-3)…
Colorado (Ryan Castellani, 1-3) is at San Francisco (TBD)

Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

NOTRE DAME HALTS FOOTBALL… Notre Dame announced yesterday that it is pausing all football-related activities after seven players tested positive for coronavirus out of the 94 tests performed Monday. 13 Fighting Irish players now are in isolation. Saturday’s game against Wake Forest has been postponed and schools are trying to reschedule the game for October 3.

The Rundown for September 17, 2020

Today is Thursday, September 17…
the 259th day of the year… 107 days remaining
47 days until the 2020 presidential election

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,625,560 and the nation’s death toll stands at 196,650, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield yesterday told a Senate committee that he believes face masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have” to fight COVID-19—and even better than a potential vaccine. Redfield also told the panel that most Americans probably wouldn’t be vaccinated against COVID-19 until summer or early autumn 2021.

BARR SEEKS FEDERAL CHARGES AGAINST PROTESTERS… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Attorney General William Barr advised U.S. attorneys via a conference call to get aggressive in charging protesters who may have committed violent acts at demonstrations. Barr allegedly urged prosecutors to charge protesters with harsh federal crimes, such as impeding a law-enforcement officer or plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. In advising the prosecutors, Barr also predicted Black Lives Matter protests will intensify as the election nears. More than 200 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the protests this year. The FBI has previously said those people were mostly opportunists taking advantage of Black Lives Matter protests.

TROOPS ARMED HEAVILY TO CONFRONT LAFAYETTE SQUARE PROTESTERS… An Army National Guard major claims federal officials considered deploying a heat ray that makes human skin feel like it’s burning on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in June. Federal troops also amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition as they prepared to clear the crowd to enable a photo op for President Trump holding a Bible. Major Adam DeMarco made the claims in written House testimony and described himself as one of the senior National Guard officials on the scene.

ROMNEY OPPOSES BIDEN INVESTIGATION… Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney came out against the Senate GOP-led investigation into Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s ties with Ukraine. Romney called the investigation a “political exercise” from the get-go. The probe has been led by Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who has vowed to release a report summarizing his investigation in the coming weeks.

HHS SPOKESMAN TAKES LEAVE… Department of Health and Human Services top spokesman Michael Caputo has voluntarily taken a 60-day leave of absence in order to “focus on his health and well-being of his family,” according to an HHS statement released yesterday. Caputo’s leave comes days after he posted a bizarre Facebook rant filled with false claims, including “deep state” scientists want America to be sick, the CDC is guilty of “sedition” and leftists are gearing up for a post-election armed revolt. He apologized for the rant on Tuesday.

SALLY MAKES LANDFALL… Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, yesterday morning as a Category 2 storm but weakened later in the day to tropical depression strength. The National Hurricane Center said last night that the center of the storm was about 30 miles south-southeast of Montgomery, Alabama. There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Okaloosa-Walton County, Florida, line eastward to Indian Pass, Florida. Forecasters said Sally could produce as many as 30 inches of rain in some areas between Florida and western Alabama.

… Jim Carrey has signed on to play former Vice President Joe Biden on “Saturday Night Live” when the show returns for its 46th season on October 3. NBC says the show will be performed before a “limited in-studio audience.” Three new featured players have joined the cast of the new season. They are: Lauren Holt, a comedian who has been a house performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles; Punkie Johnson, a comedian and writer whose credits include the shows “Space Force and Corporate”; and Andrew Dismukes a stand-up comic and ‘SNL’ staff writer since season 43. Alec Baldwin has agreed to return and portray against Carrey’s Biden in the five consecutive episodes that will precede the 2020 election. Former cast member Maya Rudolph will return as Kamala Harris and current cast member Beck Bennett will continue to play Mike Pence.

BONNAROO OFFERING VIRTUAL EVENT… The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature new and archived performances in a virtual event that will stream on YouTube September 24-26. A complete schedule will be announced later. Archival performances include Alabama Shakes from 2015, Beastie Boys from 2009, Dave Matthews and Friends from 2004, Jack White from 2014, James Brown from 2003, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit from 2016, Metallica from 2008, My Morning Jacket from 2011, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats from 2016, Nile Rogers and Chic from 2018, Run the Jewels from 2015, Tears for Fears from 2015, The White Stripes from 2007 and The XX from 2017.

ABC CANCELS ‘UNITED WE FALL’… ABC announced yesterday that it is canceling the family comedy “United We Fall” after just one season. The series starred Will Sasso and Christina Vidal who try to raise their two children amid family differences. The series premiered in July and ran for eight episodes.

St. Louis 4 – MILWAUKEE 2
… The Cardinals rallied past the Brewers in the doubleheader opener after spotting them a two-run lead. Tyler O’Neil lifted a sacrifice fly and homered. Brad Miller also went deep. Adam Wainwright (5-1) allowed two first-inning runs on four hits over seven innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – St. Louis 0… Four pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Cardinals to claim a split of the doubleheader. Ryan Braun’s 350th career homer was a three-run shot. Jacob Nottingham homered with a runner aboard.

Washington 4 – TAMPA BAY 2 (10 innings)… Rookie Luis García belted a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to send the Nationals past the Rays. Asdrubal Cabrera homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

Oakland 3 – COLORADO 1… Mike Fiers (6-2) held the Rockies to a run on seven hits over six innings. Jake Lamb had a couple of hits and knocked in a run

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Dodgers held off the Padres to become the first team in the pandemic-shortened season to clinch a berth in the expanded playoffs. AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor hit solo homers. Will Smith drove in three runs.

MIAMI 8 – Boston 4… Jorge Alfaro connected for a pair of two-run homers and the Marlins doubled up on the Red Sox. Garrett Cooper also homered with a runner on.

CINCINNATI 1 – Pittsburgh 0… Reds starter Luis Castillo limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out 10 over seven innings. Shogo Akiyama singled home Jose Garcia with the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 13 – Toronto 2… Kyle Higashioka slugged three of the Yankees’ seven home runs and drove in five runs to lead the rout of the Blue Jays. DJ LeMahieu homered twice. Luke Voit and Clint Frazier also went deep.

N.Y. Mets 5 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Mets came from four runs down in the fourth inning to upend the Phillies. Andres Gimenez singled home pinch-runner Amed Rosario with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer.

Kansas City 4 – DETROIT 0… Brady Singer (3-4) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Tigers. Salvador Perez drilled a two-run homer and doubled home a run.

BALTIMORE 5 – Atlanta 1… Orioles starter Keegan Akin (1-1) limited the Braves to three hits over five scoreless innings and fanned nine. Renato Nunes gapped a two-run double.

Minnesota 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano connected for two runs homers as the Twins cooled off the White Sox. Eddie Rosario added a solo shot.

Texas 1 – HOUSTON 0… Kyle Gibson (2-5) tossed a complete-game four-hitter in outdueling counterpart Lance McCullers and the Rangers edged the Astros. Joey Gallo’s double in the top of the ninth inning scored Leody Taveras and broke a scoreless tie.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Cleveland 2 (10 innings)… Javier Lopez singled home Ian Happ with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs outlasted the Indians. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

Arizona 9 – L.A. ANGELS 6… Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run homer and David Peralta added a solo shot as the Diamondbacks rolled past the Angels. Nick Ahmed and Daulton Varsho stroked two-run singles.

San Francisco 9 – SEATTLE 3… The Giants used a 15-hit attack to crush the Mariners. Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer and Evan Longoria followed with a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning. Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 4-1; Trevor Richards, 0-0) is at Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-4; Dean Kremer, 1-0) for a doubleheader…
Miami (Jose Urena, 0-1) hosts Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 5-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 6-2)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-3) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 2-3)…
Arizona (Alex Young, 2-3) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-3)…
Pittsburgh (Seven Brault, 0-3) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 3-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Seth Lugo, 2-3) are at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 2-2) host Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 7-1) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-1)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-3) hosts Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 3-0) are at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-1)

MLB PLAYOFF PICTURE… Major League Baseball announced an expanded postseason format in 2020, which will include eight teams in each league. The top two teams in each division qualify, and the two teams with the next-best records in each league make it as Wild Cards. All ties will be resolved mathematically, without tiebreaker games.

The Rays lead the Yankees by three games for the division title and lead the A’s by a half-game for the AL’s second seed. Tampa Bay is one game behind the White Sox for the top AL seed and has a magic number of four to clinch a postseason berth

The Yankees are 1-1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth and hold the AL’s fifth seed.

The Blue Jays trail the division-leading Rays by 4 1/2 games and are 1-1/2 games behind the Yankees for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth.

The Orioles are five games back of the Indians for the AL’s No. 8 playoff spot.

The White Sox lead the division by two games over the Twins and six games over the Indians, and lead the Rays by one game for the top seed in the AL. The A’s are 1-1/2 games back. Chicago’s magic number is three for a postseason berth

The Twins lead the Indians by four games for second place in the AL Central, trailing the White Sox by two games for the division lead. They hold the AL’s No. 4 playoff seed. Minnesota’s magic number is five for a postseason berth

The Indians are in third place in the AL Central, four games behind the Twins and six games behind the White Sox. They currently hold the eighth and final AL playoff seed.

The Tigers are 4 1/2 games behind the Indians for the eighth and final AL playoff spot, a half-game behind the Orioles and Mariners.

The A’s are 6 1/2 games ahead of the Astros for the division lead and 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox for the top AL playoff seed. Oakland’s magic for a postseason berth is four.

The Astros are 6 1/2 games behind the A’s for the division lead but two games ahead of the Mariners for the second guaranteed playoff spot in the AL West.

The Mariners are two games behind the Astros for the AL West’s second playoff spot and are four games behind the Indians for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Angels are 6 1/2 games behind the Indians for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Braves lead the division by 2-1/2 games over the Marlins and are a game behind the Cubs for the NL’s second seed.

The Marlins are 2-1/2 games behind the Braves for the division lead, and are 1-1/2 games ahead of the Phillies for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot.

The Phillies are four games behind the first-place Braves and 1-1/2 games behind the Marlins for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot.

The Mets are 3-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Nationals are 5-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Cubs lead the division by 5-1/2 games over the Cardinals and hold the No. 2 NL playoff seed.

The Cardinals trail the Cubs by 5-1/2 games for the division lead and lead the Reds by a half-game for the NL Central’s second guaranteed playoff berth.

The Reds are tied with the Cardinals for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot, and they are also a half-game behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot, with the Brewers a half-game and Rockies a game behind.

The Brewers are a game behind the Reds and one game behind the Cardinals for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot. They are also 1-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason spot. They lead the Padres by 3-1/2 games in the division race and lead the Cubs by five games for the NL’s best record.

The Padres trail the Dodgers by 3-1/2 games for the division lead and lead the Giants by 6-1/2 games for the NL West’s second guaranteed playoff spot. San Diego’s magic number is three for postseason berth.

The Giants are a half-game ahead of the Reds and 1-1/2 games ahead of the Brewers and Reds for the NL’s No. 8 playoff seed.

The Rockies trail the Giants by two games for the eighth and final NL playoff berth.

Boston vs. Miami in Game 2 with the Heat leading 1-0

(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 6 with the Lightning leading 3-2

BIG TEN FOOTBALL HOPES TO OPEN PLAY NEXT MONTH… Big Ten Conference administrators announced yesterday that they will attempt to play football games next month after reversing its decision to call off the fall season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league’s schedule is likely to be announced this week and is expected to be an eight-game, conference-only slate beginning the weekend of October 24. An all-inclusive championship week and ninth game is scheduled for December 19. Under the plan, the two division winners will play each other in the conference title game per normal, with the second- through seventh-place teams from each division facing off. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who leads the conference’s scheduling subcommittee, noted that the conference will try to avoid having teams play each other twice and said it’s not been determined where the additional championship week games will be played.