The Rundown for October 19, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 8,154,206 and the nation’s death toll stands at 219,672, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned during an appearance on CNN’s “Face the Nation” yesterday that the current wave of new coronavirus infections is likely to be the “biggest wave” the nation experiences before a vaccine. Dr, Gottlieb’s comments came as hospitalizations are rising in 42 states, and 45 states have expanding epidemics.

CONGRESS SEEKS STIMULUS PACKAGE… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday that a deal on any new stimulus package must be reached by tomorrow if Congress is to pass legislation by Election Day. She added that she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had considerable differences on a potential package that is set to cost between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion. Meanwhile Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday that the Senate will vote Wednesday on a Republican-backed $500 billion coronavirus stimulus bill.

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR BLASTS TRUMP RHETORIC… Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press yesterday that President Trump’s criticism of her at a rally was “incredibly disturbing” after he called her “dishonest” and drew shouts of “lock her up” from the crowd. Whitmer, who was targeted an alleged kidnapping plot that was uncovered by the FBI earlier this month, accused Trump of inciting domestic terrorism with his rhetoric. At a rally in Michigan on Saturday, Trump slammed her support for restrictions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

COLORADO WILDFIRES… A Colorado wildfire has forced the evacuation of almost 3,000 people in Boulder County. The CalWood fire, which began Saturday, consumed nearly 9,000 acres by yesterday. Authorities believe a large number of homes were destroyed. Meanwhile, the Cameron Peak fire, which started in mid-August and is burning west of Fort Collins, has grown to 318 square miles and was 62-percent contained yesterday.

HIKER MISSING FOR 2 WEEKS FOUND ALIVE… A hiker who was missing in Zion National Park for nearly two weeks has been found alive. 38-year-old Holly Courtier, who hadn’t been seen since entering the park on October 6, was found by search and rescue teams that had acted on a tip. Authorities said Courtier was reunited with her family and left the park in good condition.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR ZACHERY TY BRYAN ARRESTED
… Actor Zachery Ty Bryan, who is best known for playing Brad Taylor on the 1990s sitcom “Home Improvement,” was arrested in Oregon Friday on a felony charge of strangulation and misdemeanor charges for assault and interfering with making a police report. The 39-year-old Bryan was taken into custody after officers responded to reports of a physical dispute at an apartment complex. The assault victim was reportedly a 27-year-old woman.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The Liam Neeson thriller “Honest Thief” took in $3.7 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “The War with Grandpa,” slipped to second place with $2.5 million. “Tenet” made $1.6 million to finish third. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” brought in $1.3 million for a fourth-place finish. “Hocus Pocus” capped the top five with $756,000.

SPORTS
MLB
NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCORE

L.A. DODGERS 4 – Atlanta 3
(in Arlington)… The Dodgers edged the Braves in Game 7 to complete their comeback from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to capture the National League pennant. They will battle the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series beginning tomorrow in Arlington. Kiké Hernandez delivered a pinch-hit game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and Cody Bellinger added a go-ahead blast in the seventh. Will Smith tied the game with a two-run single in the third.

NFL SCORES
Chicago 23 – CAROLINA 16
… Nick Foles threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score as the Bears (5-1) held off the Panthers (3-3).

Baltimore 30 – PHILADELPHIA 28… The Ravens (5-1) withstood a fourth-quarter rally to down the Eagles (1-4-1). Lamar Jackson threw for a score and rushed for 108 yards and a TD.

Atlanta 40 – MINNESOTA 23… Matt Ryan found Julio Jones with two of his four touchdown passes and the Falcons (1-5) rolled past the Vikings (1-5). Jones had eight catches for 137 yards.

PITTSBURGH 38 – Cleveland 7… James Conner ran for 101 yards and a score in leading the Steelers (5-0) past the Browns (5-2). Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown.

TENNESSEE 42 – Houston 36 (OT)… Derrick Henry took a direct snap and ran 5 yards for the winning score in overtime as the Titans (5-0) outlasted the Texans (1-5). Henry ran for 212 yards and two scores on the day. A.J. Brown caught two of Ryan Tannehill’s four touchdown passes. Anthony Firkser had eight receptions for 113 yards and a score.

INDIANAPOLIS 31 – Cincinnati 27… Philip Rivers passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Colts (4-2) past the Bengals (1-4-1). Marcus Johnson had five catches for 108 yards.

N.Y. GIANTS 20 – Washington 19… The Giants (1-5) stopped a two-point conversion attempt with 43 seconds left to preserve their win over Washington (1-5). Tae Crowder’s 43-yard fumble return for a fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference.

Denver 18 – NEW ENGLAND 12… Brandon McManus booted six field goals to 54 yards and the Broncos (2-3) held off the Patriots (2-3). Phillip Lindsay rushed for 101 yards.

Detroit 34 – JACKSONVILLE 16… Dandre Swift rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions (2-3) handled the Jaguars (1-5). Kenny Golladay caught four Matthew Stafford passes for 105 yards.

MIAMI 24 – N.Y. Jets 0… Ryan Fitzpatrick thew touchdown passes to three different receivers and the Dolphins (3-3) blanked the Jets (0-6).

TAMPA BAY 38 – Green Bay 10… The Buccaneers (4-2) cruised past the Packers (4-1) after spotting them an early 10-point lead. Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes. Ronald Jones ran for 113 yards and two scores.

SAN FRANCISCO 24 – L.A. Rams 16… Jimmy Garoppolo threw three first-half touchdown passes and the 49ers (3-3) hung on to down the Rams (4-2). George Kittle had seven catches for 109 yards and a score.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (4-1) is at Buffalo (4-1)…
Dallas (2-3) hosts Arizona (3-2)

The Rundown for July 23, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 3,970,906 and the death toll stands at 143,190, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. California recorded a record-high 12,804 new cases yesterday to surpass New York as the nation’s leader… Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz have issued executive orders mandating the wearing of masks. Ohio’s mandate begins today at 6 p.m. and requires everyone over the age of 10 to wear a mask in public places. Minnesotans must wear masks at all indoor public areas beginning Saturday… Democratic senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Ben Cardin of Maryland yesterday introduced legislation that addresses the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act would require the Trump administration to develop an action plan to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 to provide targeted testing, contact tracing and outreach efforts directed at communities of color… Senate Republicans announced last night that they have “reached a fundamental agreement” with the White House on a coronavirus relief bill that they hope to release today. House Democrats have passed a $3.4 trillion bill and pressuring the GOP-led Senate to move quickly on new aid as cases and deaths rise.

TRUMP SENDING FEDERAL AGENTS TO MORE CITIES… President Trump yesterday said his administration is sending a “surge” of federal law enforcement officials to combat violence in Chicago and Albuquerque, The action is part of the Justice Department’s controversial Operation Legend. Officers from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be sent to the cities. On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would push back against the deployment of federal officers in the city. Attorneys representing the State of Oregon yesterday argued for a restraining order against federal agents deployed to quell protests in Portland. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who accuses federal agents of arresting protesters without probable cause, whisking them away in unmarked cars and using excessive force. Democratic mayors of 15 cities have condemned the use of the agents in a letter to Attorney General William Barr.

HOUSE VOTES TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE STATUES… The House voted yesterday to pass legislation that would require the removal of statues of people who served the Confederacy or otherwise defended slavery. The 305-to-113 vote carried the support of every house Democrat, 72 Republicans and one libertarian. The legislation calls for statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederacy to be removed from display in the Capitol complex and would order states to replace such statues from the National Statuary Hall Collection. It also calls for the removal of statues of John C. Calhoun, Charles Ayock and James P. Clarke for defending slavery, segregation and white supremacy.

U.S.-CHINA TENSIONS ESCALATE… U.S.-China tensions heightened yesterday after the State Department ordered China to close its consulate in Houston and the FBI accused China’s San Francisco consulate of harboring a military-linked fugitive. The Houston consulate must be shut down by tomorrow, the State Department said, as punishment for Beijing allegedly “stealing” intellectual property. Later, federal prosecutors claimed a scientific researcher charged last month with visa fraud remains holed up at the San Francisco consulate. Tang Juan allegedly lied about her connection to the Chinese military in order to obtain entry into the U.S.

ARREST IN FLORIDA MURDERS OF 3… Authorities in Polk County, Florida, have announced the arrests of three people in connection with the fatal shootings of three Florida men who’d gone fishing together on Friday night. 26-year-old Tony “TJ” Wiggins is being held on charges of first-degree murder; tampering with evidence; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. His 27-year-old girlfriend and 21-year-old brother have been arrested on charges of accessory after the fact of a capital felony.

ENTERTAINMENT
SINGER/ACTRESS ANNIE ROSS DIES
… Jazz singer and actress Annie Ross, who was best remembered for her song “Twisted,” died at her home in Manhattan on Tuesday of complications from emphysema and heart disease, her former manager confirmed yesterday. She was 89. As an actress, she had memorable roles in two Robert Altman films, 1992’s “The Player” and 1993’s “Short Cuts.” Her film credits included “Superman III” and “Throw Momma From the Train.” Ross was named a Jazz Master in 2010 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

HBO RENEWS ‘PERRY MASON’… HBO announced yesterday that it is renewing the drama series “Perry Mason” for a second season. The series stars Matthew Rhys as the titular defense attorney in 1930s Los Angeles. Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow were among the first season’s cast.

SPORTS
MLB OPENS ABBREVIATED 2020 SEASON
… Major League Baseball’s 2020 60-game shortened season gets underway tonight with a pair of games. The World Series-champion Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees in the opener. Max Scherzer gets the start for the Nationals; he’ll be opposed by Gerrit Cole in a matchup of righthanders. First pitch is set for 7:08 p.m. Eastern. The later game features the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting their longtime rival San Francisco Giants. Lefthander Clayton Kershaw will make his ninth opening-day start in 10 years for the Dodgers. He’ll be opposed by Giants’ righthander Johnny Cueto. Gametime is 10:08 p.m. Eastern. Both games air on ESPN… The Dodgers made headlines with agreeing to a 12-year $365 million contract with Mookie Betts. The contract carries him through the 2032 season. L.A. obtained the 27-year-old centerfielder over the winter in a trade that sent outfielder Alex Verdugo and shortstop Jeter Downs to the Boston Red Sox. Betts batted .295 with 29 homers and 80 RBIs for the Red Sox last season. He was voted the 2018 AL MVP when he hit .346 with 32 homers and 80 RBIs. Betts has won four straight Gold Glove awards and three Silver Sluggers in the last four years.