The Rundown for August 6, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 35,440,488 and the nation’s death toll stands at 615,320, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A report released yesterday by Moderna found that booster shots of the biotechnology company’s COVID-19 vaccine appear to be effective against the Delta variant. The report also found that Moderna’s two-dose vaccine regimen is effective for at least several months.

ZERO-EMISSION GOAL… Half of all mew cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the U.S. will be zero-emission vehicles by 2030, according to a goal established by the White House yesterday. The effort had begun as part of the Paris Climate Agreement, which the U.S. rejoined under the Biden administration. Automakers General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen and Stellantis have announced their support of the goal.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TARGETS PHOENIX IN INVESTIGATION… The Justice Department has opened a pattern-or-practice investigation into city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. Investigators want to know whether the police department retaliates against people for using their First Amendment rights, unlawfully takes or destroys the belongings of the homeless and uses unacceptable levels of force. The review will also take into account department policies, training and internal affairs processes. According to Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, the investigation follows a review of court files, media reports and citizen complaints.

INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WOULD ADD $256M TO DEFICIT… The bipartisan infrastructure bill making its way through the Senate would add $256 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade, according to an estimate released yesterday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO said that over the next 10 years, the legislation would decrease direct spending by $110 billion, boost revenues by $50 billion and increase discretionary spending by $415 billion. Earlier this week, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation said the infrastructure bill’s revenue provisions will raise $51 billion over 10 years.

UNION LEADER RICHARD TRUMKA DIES… AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has died of undisclosed causes, the organization announced yesterday. He was 72. Trumka was elected president of the nation’s largest and most powerful labor union in 2009 after serving as secretary-treasurer. The union represents some 12.5 million workers.

… “The Tomorrow War” remains atop Nielsen’s movie streaming chart for a second week of play on Prime Video. The film followed Netflix’s “Manifest” and “Virgin River” as the most watched subscription video on demand title. “Luca” and “Black Widow” finished second and third, respectively, on the streaming chart.

ELLEN BURSTYN RETURNS TO ‘ORGANIZED CRIME’… NBC announced yesterday that Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role as Elliot Stabler’s (Chris Meloni) mother, Bernadette, in the second season of “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Burstyn won an Emmy for playing the character in a 2008 episode of “Law & Order: SVU.” The second season of “Organized Crime” will be divided into three eight-episode story arcs as Stabler and his colleagues on the organized crime task force take on three major cases.


MIAMI 4 – N.Y. Mets 2
… Lewis Brinson doubled home two runs to cap a three-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the Marlins past the Mets. Jorge Alfaro singled home the tying run.

COLORADO 6 – Chi. Cubs 5… Trevor Story homered twice and knocked in three runs to power the Rockies past the Cubs. Connor Joe and Sam Hilliard also went deep.

San Francisco 5 – ARIZONA 4 (10 innings)… The Giants came from four runs down in the ninth inning to upend the Diamondbacks. LaMonte Wade singled home two runs to cap a four-run ninth. Kris Bryant doubled home Tommy La Stella with the go-ahead run in the 10th.

Philadelphia 7 – WASHINGTON 6… J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins produced two-run doubles during a four-run top of the ninth inning and the Phillies held off the Nationals. Bryce Harper homered for Philadelphia.

CINCINNATI 7 – Pittsburgh 4… The Reds did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and cruised past the Pirates. Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto slugged three-run homers during a six-run bottom of the second inning.

Atlanta 8 – ST. LOUIS 4… Austin Riley’s two-run homer sparked a six-run top of the eighth inning that pushed the Braves past the Cardinals. The other four runs came on bases-loaded walks. Joc Pederson also went deep for Atlanta.

DETROIT 8 – Boston 1… Tarik Skubal (7-10) pitched five-hit ball over five scoreless innings and the Tigers breezed past the Red Sox. Robbie Grossman homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Victor Reyes had a couple of hits, including a two-run triple, and three RBIs.

L.A. Angels 5 – TEXAS 0… Dylan Bundy (2-8) limited the Rangers to three hits over 6-1/3 innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Adam Eaton homered and Jose Iglesias singled home two runs for the Angels.

N.Y. YANKEES 5 – Seattle 3… Joey Gallo’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the Yankees past the Mariners. Gallo was 3-for-4 on the night and scored twice.

TORONTO 3 – Cleveland 0… Ross Stripling (5-6) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and got help from three Blue Jays relievers in the shutout. Bo Bichette smacked his 20th homer with a runner aboard and singled home a run to account for Toronto’s offense.

Minnesota 5 – HOUSTON 3… Griffin Jax (2-1) held the Astros to a run on three hits over 5-1/3 innings in the Twins’ victory. Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs for Minnesota.

Kansas City 3 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Daniel Lynch (2-3) allowed just a run on four hits over five innings in outdueling counterpart Dallas Keuchel (7-5) and the Royals edged the White Sox. Emmanuel Rivera doubled home two runs in the top of the first inning and homered to lead off the fourth for Kansas City.

N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 7-10) are at Philadelphia (Kyle Gibson, 1-0)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 8-4) hosts Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-10)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-7) is at Atlanta (Kyle Muller, 2-3)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 6-4) hosts San Francisco (Logan Webb, 5-3)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 6-9) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 9-8)…
San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 4-3) hosts Arizona (Caleb Smith, 1-8)

Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 3-5) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Baltimore (John Means, 5-3) hosts Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 6-4)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 9-6) is at Toronto (Alek Manoah, 3-1)…
Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 2-2) hosts Detroit (Matt Manning, 2-4)…
Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 1-1) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 10-3)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 11-3) hosts Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 2-10)

the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 10-3) are at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 13-4)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 6-6) hosts Kansas City (Mike Minor, 8-9)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 3-5) are at the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-1)

MLB NEWS… Former Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard, whose career was cut short in 1980 by a stroke, died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 71. During his 10 seasons with the Astros, the imposing right-hander went 107-71 with a 3.15 ERA and was a two-time NL strikeout champion. His 313 strikeouts in 1979 stood as the team’s single-season record until Gerrit Cole surpassed it in 2019.

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS… April Ross and Alix Klineman beat Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy of Australia 21-15, 21-16 to win gold in beach volleyball… The U.S. women’s basketball team defeated Serbia 79-59 and advanced to the gold medal game… The U.S. women’s volleyball team is also heading to the final after downing Serbia with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-23.


The Rundown for August 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 35,330,873 and the nation’s death toll stands at 614,785, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The daily case average has jumped 45.3 percent in the last week to more than 84,000 and is now more than seven times higher than it was six weeks ago. All but three states are now reporting high or substantial community transmission. The delta variant now accounts for 93 percent of all sequenced cases in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MEXICO SUES U.S. GUN COMPANIES… The government of Mexico yesterday filed a lawsuit against 10 major U.S. gun companies, accusing them of facilitating the illegal flow of weapons across the southern border. The suit claims that more than 2.5 million American guns have illegally crossed into Mexico over the past decade, with 70 percent of the guns traced back to the U.S. The plaintiffs say U.S. gunmakers design weapons that explicitly appeal to Mexican crime groups.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… A fast-moving wildfire burned homes and forced thousands of evacuations in Northern California yesterday. The River Fire burned 1,400 acres in Placer and Nevada counties. Fewer than 100 miles north, the three-week-old Dixie Fire as grown to 274,139 acres and is nw the seventh largest fire in state history. In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire has grown to 413,765 acres with 84-percent containment.

FIRST RESPONDERS TO BE HONORED… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on yesterday signed a bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to police who responded to the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi was joined by fellow House Democrats, Jennifer Wexton of Virginia and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C., at a bill-enrollment ceremony. The House passed its version of the measure on June 15.

10 DEAD IN TEXAS CRASH… Authorities say at leas 10 people were killed yesterday when an overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed on a remote South Texas highway. The crash on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, injured 20 others. The van, which was designed to hold 15 passengers, slammed into a metal utility pole and a stop sign as it tried to turn. The driver was among the dead.

… The Rolling Stones announced yesterday that drummer Charlie Watts probably won’t be with the band on its upcoming U.S. tour. The 80-year-old Watts reportedly needs time to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. The Stones’ No Filter tour resumes September 26 in St. Louis.

MEL BROOKS MEMOIR SET FOR RELEASE… Mel Brooks’ memoir “All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business” is set for release on November 30, according to publisher Ballantine Books. The 95-year-old Brooks grew up in Brooklyn during the Depression, served in the military during World War II and launched his career as a teenage comedian in the Catskills. His career produced the comedy films “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” the TV show “Get Smart” and the Tony-winning Broadway play “The Producers,” which also earned him an Oscar for Best Screenplay.


MILWAUKEE 4 – Pittsburgh 2
… Rowdy Tellez belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Brewers past the Pirates. Eduard Escobar went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Philadelphia 9 – WASHINGTON 5… The Phillies rolled past the Nationals after spotting them an early three-run run lead. Rhys Hoskins doubled home a go-ahead run to cap a four-run top of the third inning and homered with a runner aboard in the fifth.

N.Y. Mets 5 – MIAMI 3… Javier Baez led of the top of the eighth inning with a go-ahead homer and the Mets added an insurance run to put away the Marlins. New York scored three times in the third on infield grounders.

Atlanta 7 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Braves came from three runs down to top the Cardinals. Joc Pederson slugged a two-run double during a three-run top of the eighth inning. Adam Duval homered with a runner aboard and Jorge Soler smacked a solo shot for Atlanta.

Chi. Cubs 3 – COLORADO 2… Patrick Wisdom’s bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth inning provided all the offense the Cubs needed in a come-from-behind win over the Rockies. Alec Mills (5-4) overcame a tough start to pitch six solid innings.

San Francisco 7 – ARIZONA 1… Donovan Solano homered and singled home a pair of runs in leading the Giants past the Diamondbacks. Alex Dickerson slugged a three-run homer. Kevin Gausman (10-5) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Seattle 3
… Mike Zunino’s solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be decisive in the Rays’ win over the Mariners. Josh Fleming (9-5) gave up two runs on five hits over five innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Baltimore 3… Giancarlo Stanton stroked a three-run double to highlight a five-run bottom of the seventh inning and the Yankees rolled past the Orioles. D.J. LeMahieu had three hits and knocked in four runs. Anthony Rizzo homered with the bases empty.

TORONTO 8 – Cleveland 6… The Blue Jays built an 8-0 lead after three innings and held on at the end to down the Indians. George Springer homered and double home two runs. Steven Matz (9-6) scattered six hits over six scoreless innings.

Boston 4 – DETROIT 1… Eduardo Rodriguez (8-6) pitched two-hit ball and fanned 10 over five scoreless innings and the Red Sox cruised past the Tigers. Kiké Hernández hit a two-run homer and Boston got solo blasts from J.D. Martinez and Jarren Duran.

L.A. Angels 2 – TEXAS 1… Angels starter Shohei Ohtani (6-1) held the Rangers to a run on four hits over six innings in outdueling counterpart Kolby Allard (2-10). Jack Mayfield homered for L.A.

Kansas City 9 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… Ryan O’Hearn lifted a sacrifice fly and hit a two-run homer for the Royals in their romp over the White Sox. Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer and Michael A. Taylor also went deep. Carlos Hernández (3-1) allowed a run on two hits over five innings.

CINCINNATI 6 – Minnesota 5
… The Reds withstood a late rally to top the Twins. Tyler Stephenson singled home a run and homered. Jonathan India had three hits, including an RBI single. Luis Castillo (6-10) gave up a run on six hits over six innings.

OAKLAND 5 – San Diego 4 (10 innings)… Matt Olson’s two-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Athletics over the Padres. Matt Chapman and Yan Gomes produced run-scoring singles in the ninth. Jed Lowrie homered.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Houston 5… Max Scherzer (9-4) held the Astros to two runs on five hits and struck out 10 over seven innings in an impressive debut for the Dodgers. Mookie Betts hit a pair of solo homers. Will Smith got things going with a three-run homer in the first. AJ Pollock homered with a runner aboard.

the N.Y. Mets (Rich Hill, 6-4) are at Miami (TBA)..
Colorado (German Marquez, 9-8) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-10)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 9-3) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 7-8)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 5-9) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 7-6)…
Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 3-5) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 3-6)…
St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1) hosts Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 1-2)

Boston (Martin Perez, 7-7) is at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 6-10)…
Texas (Spencer Howard, 0-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-8)…
Seattle (Tyler Anderson, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0)…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 4-6) hosts Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-4)…
Kansas City (Daniel Lynch, 1-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 7-4)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 7-2) hosts Minnesota (Griffin Jax, 1-1)

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS… THE U.S. men’s basketball team downed Australia 97-78 and advanced to Saturday’s gold-medal game. The Americans trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half.

The Rundown for August 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 35,131,393 and the nation’s death toll stands at 613,679, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. reached a goal yesterday of administering at least one vaccine dose to 70 percent of adults. President Joe Biden hoped to reach the goal by July 4 but Americans were a month late in responding. Cases are up 150 percent nationwide over the past two weeks, with major outbreaks in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

WHITE HOUSE STRUGGLES WITH EVICTION BAN… The Biden administration is continuing its efforts to stave off an expected nationwide wave of COVID-19-related evictions. Millions of Americans could lose their homes following the expiration of a national moratorium on evictions. Administration officials are urging landlords to hold off for 30 days as tenants seek emergency rental assistance money that has been allocated for them by Congress. The eviction ban has been challenged in federal court repeatedly and President Biden says its continuation requires clear justification from Congress.

BORDER POLICY EXTENDED… The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday signed an order that extends the Trump-era Title 42 border policy, which allows the U.S. to expel migrants at the border without court hearings or the chance to seek asylum amid the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC released a statement saying the policy “shall remain in effect until the CDC Director determines that the danger of further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States from covered noncitizens has ceased to be a serious danger to the public health, and the Order is no longer necessary to protect the public health.” The policy will be reviewed by the CDC every 60 days, the agency added.

U.S. EXPANDS AFGHAN REFUGEES… U.S. officials announced yesterday that they are expanding the number of refugees who will be allowed to flee rising violence in Afghanistan and resettle in the U.S. The State Department has created a second qualification category, called “Priority 2,” for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The new category will make eligible Afghan civilians who have worked for U.S.-based news organizations, U.S.-based aid or development programs and U.S. government or NATO programs. The department said cases for the Priority 2 category will be processed in third countries once the applicants are outside of Afghanistan.

CAPITOL-DEFENDER SUICIDE TOLL DOUBLES… Officials revealed yesterday that two more officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 attack have taken their own lives. Their deaths raise to four the number of Capitol defenders who have died by suicide. Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Gunther Hashida was found dead in his home on Thursday. His fellow MPD officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead on July 10. They joined MPD officer Jeffrey Smith and Capitol Police Department officer Howard Liebengood as Capitol defenders who’ve died at their own hands.

… Kathy Griffin revealed on social media yesterday that she is undergoing surgery for lung cancer and her doctors are optimistic she “should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.” The comedian said doctors diagnosed her cancer early and it is confined to her left lung. Griffin won back-to-back Emmy Awards in 2007 and 2008 for her popular reality series “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.” In 2013, she won a Grammy for her live comedy album “Calm Down Gurl.”

NETFLIX ANNOUNCED PREMIERE DATE FOR ‘WORTH’… Netflix announced yesterday that Michael Keaton’s new film, “Worth,” will premiere on September 3. Keaton stars as mediator Kenneth Feinberg, the mediator who was appointed by Congress to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Feinberg learns a lesson in empathy when must determine how to compensate families who lost those closest to them. Amy Ryan and Stanley Tucci co-star.


Philadelphia 7 – WASHINGTON 5
… J.T. Realmuto stroked a tie-breaking two-run single during a five-run top of the ninth inning that carried the Phillies past the Nationals. Odubel Herrera homered to lead off the fifth.

MIAMI 6 – N.Y. Mets 3… Lewis Brinson unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning and added a run-scoring grounder as the Marlins cruised past the Mets.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Pittsburgh 2… Brewers starter Eric Lauer (4-4) pitched three-hit ball over five scoreless innings. Eduardo Escobar tripled home a run and blasted a three-run homer.

San Francisco 11 – ARIZONA 8 (10 innings)… The Giants recovered to outlast the Diamondbacks after blowing a three-run seventh-inning lead. Buster Posey doubled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score on Steven Duggar’s single. Alex Dickerson cracked a grand slam. Mike Yastrzemski and Wilmer Flores also went deep.

Cleveland 5 – TORONTO 2
(10 innings)… Amed Rosario singled home a tie-breaking run and Jose Ramirez followed with a two-run homer as the Indians outlasted the Blue Jays.

Baltimore 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… The Orioles got solo homers from Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle and Ramon Urias in downing the Yankees. Jorge López (3-12) allowed just a run on a hit over six innings.

SEATTLE 8 – Tampa Bay 2… The Mariners pushed across five runs in the top of the third inning and coasted past the Rays. Ty France went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs.

TEXAS 4 – L.A. Angels 1… Dane Dunning (5-7) limited the Angels to a run on three hits over five innings. Brock Holt stole home with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning and lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 8-6) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-9)…
Miami (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-5)…
Pittsburgh (Max Kranick, 1-2) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 7-5)…
St. Louis (Jon Lester, 3-5) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 6-7) are at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-6)…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 5-6) hosts San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 7-5)

Baltimore (Alexander Wells, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-6)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 10-5) hosts Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 6-3)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 6-6) is at Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-2)…
Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 2-2) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-6)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 4-4) are at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-7)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-6) host Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 3-4)

Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-4) is at Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 8-3)
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 8-6) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 4-4)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 8-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 11-1)

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… Rai Benjamin’s 46.17 time in the 400-meter hurdles was good enough to break old world record, but garnered him only silver in Tokyo, where Norway’s Karsten Warholm was even better… The U.S. men’s basketball team defeated Spain 95-81 to set up a semifinal matchup with Australia… Five-time Olympian Allyson Felix and world champion Noah Lyles cruised to the semifinals of the women’s 400-meter and men’s 200-meter, respectively.

The Rundown for July 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,672,690 and the nation’s death toll stands at 611,801, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Yesterday’s 88,377 new cases marked the biggest one-day increase in cases since February. Hospitalizations also have been surging… Medical experts and health agencies are urging people to get vaccinated regardless of whether they have previously been infected because it remains unclear how strong or long-lasting the protection from natural antibodies is. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SENATE ADVANCES INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… The Senate voted yesterday to advance on a bipartisan infrastructure bill after weeks of negotiations. The 67-to-32 vote cleared a key procedural hurdle on a bill that includes $550 billion in new spending for infrastructure projects. 17 Republicans joining Democrats in voting in favor. The bill moves on to the House, where its future is unknown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to comment on the bill until she is able to see the final legislation.

JUDGE KEEPS TRUMP SUIT IN OPEN COURT… A circuit court judge yesterday rejected an attempt by former President Donald Trump and three of his four adult children to force a class-action lawsuit out of open court and into arbitration. The Trumps, who are facing fraud allegations related to an alleged pyramid scheme, sought to keep the proceedings hidden from public view. A lawsuit filed in 2018 alleges that the Trump family conned victims into investing “hundreds or thousands of dollars” they never had a chance of recouping.

BLINKEN TROUBLED BY AFGHANISTAN… Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday expressed regrets for recent developments in Afghanistan. Blinken said during a press conference that the Taliban is “making advances” and called reports that the group has committed atrocities “deeply, deeply troubling.” Blinken made the comments in New Delhi, India, where he has been engaged in talks with senior Indian officials.

FORMER NY STATE SENATE CANDIDATE ARRESTED… A former candidate for the New York state senate who participated in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was taken into custody yesterday. Christmann referred to his participation in postings on social media, according to prosecutors. He allegedly began asking people to delete videos and photos of him inside the building after his friends began getting arrested.

… Dusty Hill, who played bass in the rock trio ZZ Top, died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 72. Surviving members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement on social media expressing their sorrow. Hill joined the trio shortly before they cut their debut LP, “ZZ Top’s First Album,” in 1971. He remained with the band through its most recent albums and tours.

ODENKIRK ON THE MEND… Bob Odenkirk is reported to be in stable condition after experiencing a “heart-related incident” Tuesday on the set of “Better Call Saul.” The 58-year-old actor was rushed to an Albuquerque hospital after collapsing. Odenkirk’s adult son, Nate, yesterday assured fans in a tweet that his dad “is going to be O.K.”


Milwaukee 7 – PITTSBURGH 3
… The Brewers got two-run doubles from Lorenzo Cain and Luis Urias in downing the Pirates. Adrian Houser (7-5) pitched two-hit ball over five innings.

N.Y. METS 2 – Atlanta 1… Brandon Drury smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Mets hung on to edge the Braves.

Cincinnati 8 – CHI. CUBS 2… Joey Votto homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Reds past the Cubs. Tyler Stephenson lined a two-run single. Tyler Mahle (8-3) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

L.A. Dodgers 8 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Walker Buehler (11-1) limited the Giants to three hits over seven innings and reliever Mitch White completed the shutout. Wil Smith tripled home two runs during a four-run top of the fourth inning and Max Muncy lined a two-run double during a three-run seventh. Cody Bellinger homered for L.A.

Washington – PHILADELPHIA (ppd)… Last night’s Nationals-Phillies game in Philadelphia was postponed due to a Covid-19 issue within the Nationals organization. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader today.

Toronto 4 – BOSTON 1
(7 innings)… Robbie Ray (9-5) held the Red Sox to a run on five hits over six innings and Blue Jays took the opener of a doubleheader. Randal Grichuk homered with a runner aboard and George Springer added a solo shot.

BOSTON 4 – Toronto 1 (7 innings)… Four pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Red Sox earned a split of the twinbill. Jarren Duran legged out a two-run triple for Boston.

DETROIT 17 – Minnesota 14… The slugged their way past the Twins in the wildest game of the season so far. They won despite hitting no home runs and giving up seven. Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario knocked in three runs apiece. Derek Hill had three hits and two RBIs.

Houston 11 – SEATTLE 4… The Astros banged out 15 hits in their pounding of the Mariners. Yuli Gurriel had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs. Aledmys Diaz also had three RBIs. Kyle Tucker homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. Yankees 3 – TAMPA BAY 1 (10 innings)… Aaron Judge singled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and Greg Allen raced home on a wild pitch in the win over the Rays. DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the fifth.

KANSAS CITY 3 – Chi. White Sox 2 (10 innings)… The Royals came from two runs down in the seventh inning to outlast the White Sox. Michael A. Taylor singled home Hunter Dozier with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Salvador Perez tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth.

CLEVELAND 7 – St. Louis 2
… Franmil Reyes went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homer as the Indians cruised past the Cardinals. Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly. Zack Plesac (6-3) allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings.

Oakland 10 – SAN DIEGO 4… Matt Chapman belted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the first inning and the Athletics never looked back in their throttling of the Padres. Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Sean Manaea (8-6) limited San Diego to one hit over six scoreless innings.

BALTIMORE 8 – Miami 7… The Orioles erased an early five-run deficit and rallied again late to top the Marlins. Ryan McKenna drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home Cedric Mullins with the winning run. Pedro Severino blasted a three-run homer and Trey Mancini added a solo shot.

Arizona 3 – TEXAS 2… Madison Bumgarner (5-6) surrendered just two runs on five hits over seven innings and the Diamondbacks scored a pair of late runs to squeak past the Rangers. Daulton Varsho led off the top of the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer.

L.A. ANGELS 8 – Colorado 7… The Angels recovered to top the Rockies after blowing a 7-3 seventh-inning lead. Phil Gosselin singled home David Fletcher with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shohei Ohtani belted his 37th homer with two runners aboard. Justin Upton added a two-run shot.

Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 7-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-4)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 3-5) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 4-10) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 4-3)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-5) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-3) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 6-7) hosts Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-5)

the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-5) are at Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Carlos Hernandez, 1-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 8-4)…
Baltimore (Alexander Wells, 1-0) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 7-5) hosts Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 9-5)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 8-8) is at the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 7-3)

St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kin, 6-5) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3)…
San Diego (Blake Snell, 4-3) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 7-6)…
Miami (Jordon Holloway, 2-3) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-7) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 6-7)

MLB TRADES… Deals are in the works ahead of Major League Baseball’s 4 p.m. Eastern trade deadline on Friday. The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins for left-handed pitcher Jesús Luzardo. The Marlins also will cover the majority of the roughly $4.6 million left of Marte’s salary this season. The New York Yankees were reportedly close to acquiring slugger Joey Votto from the Texas Rangers.

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel won his first individual gold medal of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in the men’s 100-meter freestyle… Robert Finke mounted a furious comeback to win gold in the first-ever Olympic men’s 800-meter freestyle… U.S. women’s swimmers Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger took home silver and bronze, respectively, in the women’s 200-meter butterfly.

The Rundown for July 28, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,603,768 and the nation’s death toll stands at 611,414, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday changed its masking recommendations and is now urging vaccinated people to resume wearing masks indoors in areas with “high” or “substantial” Covid-19 transmission public areas. Nearly two-thirds of all counties in the U.S. have high or substantial transmission, according to CDC data.

CAPITOL ATTACK HEARINGS OPEN… The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol featured emotional testimony from four law enforcement officers who were present. The officers described the physical and psychological injuries they sustained and gave a rare, first-hand look at the types of attacks they and their fellow officers suffered. During his testimony, D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone criticized people who have downplayed the attacks, calling it “disgraceful.” Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, played footage of the attack at the start of the hearing.

DOJ DEALS MO BROOKS LEGAL BLOW… The Justice Department yesterday declined to support Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks in lawsuit brought by California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell over the Capitol attack. The DOJ Has notified a federal court that Brooks was not acting in his official capacity when he spoke at a pro-Trump rally on January 6, where he made comments blamed for inciting violence. In his lawsuit filed in March, Swalwell accuses Brooks, former president Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani of violating federal civil rights laws and local incitement laws. The defendants all spoke at a rally near the White House on January 6 before members of the crowd stormed the Capitol.

ELLZEY WINS TEXAS SPECIAL ELECTION… Texas state Congressman Jake Kelley was projected to win yesterday’s special election runoff in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. His victory over fellow Republican Susan Wright comes despite Wright having landed an endorsement from former president Donald Trump. She is the widow of the late Congressman Ron Wright, who had cancer and died in February after contracting Covid-19.

MESSAGE PARLOR KILLER GETS LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE… The man charged with killing eight people earlier this year at Atlanta-area massage parlors pleaded guilty in court to several of the murders yesterday and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Robert Aaron Long targeted victims at three different parlors last March. Prosecutors in Cherokee County offered life without parole in exchange to a guilty plea in four of the murders. Long still faces the death penalty for the other four deaths, which are being prosecuted in Fulton County.

… Former Slipknot drummer and founding member Joey Jordanian died on Monday of undisclosed causes, family members announced yesterday. He was 46. Jordison formed Slipknot with percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray in his native Iowa in 1995. He left the band in December 2013. Slipknot earned three top 10s on the Billboard 200, including “All Hope Is Gone,” which topped the chart on September 13, 2008.

BOB ODENKIRK COLLAPSES ON ‘BETTER CALL SAUL’ SET… Actor Bob Odenkirk collapsed yesterday on the New Mexico set of “Better Call Saul” and was rushed to the hospital in unknown condition. Witnesses say the 58-year-old Odenkirk abruptly fell to the ground. The series is in production on its sixth and final season.


Milwaukee 9 – PITTSBURGH 0
… Brett Anderson (3-5) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Pirates. Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer and singled home two runs. Rowdy Tellez added a two-run single and solo homer.

Washington 6 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Nationals did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Phillies. Josh Bell and Juan Soto blasted three-run homers.

Atlanta 12 – N.Y. METS 5… Austin Riley unloaded a grand slam and belted a two-run homer to lead the Braves past the Mets. Ozzie Albies and Abraham Almonte hit two-run homers.

Cincinnati 7 – CHI. CUBS 4… Joey Votto smacked two of the Reds’ four solo homers in the win over the Cubs. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez also went deep. Victor Gutierrez (5-3) held Chicago to two runs on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1… A throwing error by Dodgers’ first-baseman Cody Bellinger allowed Buster Posey to score a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Giants made it stand. Posey singled home Austin Slater with a tying run in the sixth.

N.Y. Yankees 4 – TAMPA BAY 3
… Jordan Montgomery (4-5) pitched five-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Yankees held off the Rays. Ryan LaMarre’s solo homer in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference. Gio Urshela lined a two-run double.

Detroit 6 – MINNESOTA 5 (11 innings)… The Tigers rallied from a pair of four-run deficits to outlast the Twins. Miguel Cabrera singled home Jonathan Schoop with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning. Eric Haase’s grand slam in the ninth forced extra innings.

Chi. White Sox 5 – KANSAS CITY 3… Eloy Jimenez’s three-run homer capped a four-run top of the eighth inning that carried the White Sox past the Royals. Gavin Sheets also homered for Chicago.

Houston 8 – SEATTLE 6… Myles Straw’s two-run double sparked a four-run top of the fourth inning that pushed the Astros past the Mariners. Yordan Alvarez drilled a three-run homer in the first.

Toronto – BOSTON (ppd)… Inclement weather in Boston forced postponement of last night’s Blue Jays-Red Sox game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Miami 7 – BALTIMORE 3
… Sandy Leon blasted a three-run homer and the Marlins got solo shots from Lewin Diaz and Brian Anderson in their win over the Orioles. Sandy Alcantara (6-9) allowed three runs on six hits over six innings.

St. Louis 4 – CLEVELAND 2… Paul DeJong belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the third. Adam Wainwright (8-6) surrendered two runs on four hits over seven innings.

TEXAS 5 – Arizona 4… Nathaniel Lowe stroked a two-run double and Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer as the Rangers scored all four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and hung on to edge the Diamondbacks. Dane Dunning (4-7) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Colorado 12 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Rockies pounded out 16 hits in their throttling of the Angels. Sam Hilliard went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer. Connor Joe also had three hits and knocked in three runs.

SAN DIEGO 7 – Oakland 4… Fernando Tatis, Jr., homered with a runner aboard, Manny Machado added a three-run blast and the Padres topped the Athletics. Jake Cronenworth produced a two-run single.

Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4) is at Pittsburgh (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 8-5) hosts Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-9)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-6) is at the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 1-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 6-6) host Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-1) are at San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 10-4)

Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-2) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 5-5)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-5) hosts Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0) are at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 6-5; Tanner Houck, 0-2) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-5; Steven Matz, 8-5) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 8-7) are at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 3-4)

St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kin, 6-5) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3)…
San Diego (Blake Snell, 4-3) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 7-6)…
Miami (Jordon Holloway, 2-3) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-7) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 6-7)

OLYMPICS DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS… American swimmer Caeleb Dressel led the men’s team to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay… Katie Ledecky won the first gold medal of her 2020 Olympic campaign and the sixth of her career in the debut of the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle. Teammate Erica Sullivan won the silver… The U.S. captured both gold medals in skeet shooting yesterday, with Amber English winning the women’s final and Vincent Hancock the men’s final… The U.S. softball team completed it undefeated run in the round-robin stage with a 2-1 win over Japan. Kelsey Stewart connected for a walkoff a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.