Tuesday, December 07, 2021

August 1, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Reds rookie Max Schrock did his best Joey Votto imitation. Schrock went 5 for 5 with a home run while giving the All-Star a break, leading fellow newcomer Vladimir Gutierrez and Cincinnati over the New York Mets 7-1 Sunday.

Making his first major league start at first base, the 26-year-old Schrock — who’s also made a relief pitching appearance this year — filled in admirably for the Reds star. Schrock scored three runs and drove in two.

“I was just going up there trying to see good pitches, that was about it,” Schrock said.

Votto got a rest from manager David Bell a day after his seven-game home run streak came to an end. That allowed the 37-year old slugger to have consecutive off days before the Reds’ series opener with Minnesota on Tuesday.

 “It worked out perfectly,” Bell said.

Tyler Stephenson and Kyle Farmer each drove in runs for the Reds, who matched a season-high by moving six games over .500.

“Maybe I should go play first on Tuesday,” Farmer joked. “Anybody who is playing first is just killing it!”

In his second game with his new team, Javier Baez went hitless in four at-bats for the NL East-leading Mets, who are 8-9 since the All-Star break.

Gutierrez (6-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. His only blemish was a sixth-inning home run to Jeff McNeil.

“I’m glad that I am with this ball club right now and given the opportunity to get this team to win games,” Gutierrez said through an interpreter.

The rookie right-hander struck out four and didn’t allow a hit until Kevin Pillar’s two-out single in the fifth. Gutierrez also drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for his first major league RBI.

“The kid’s got good stuff,” New York manager Luis Rojas said.

Marcus Stroman (7-10) gave up Schrock’s solo homer in the fourth, then ran into trouble in the sixth.

Jesse Winker hit a leadoff double and Farmer tripled to center field, just beyond the reach of a diving Pillar. Stephenson followed with a sacrifice fly.

Stroman appeared to wiggle out of trouble before walking Tyler Naquin on a wild pitch that allowed Schrock, who had singled, to reach third. Miguel Castro relieved and walked consecutive hitters to force in a run.

After becoming the 30th New York Mets player to home in his first game with the team on Saturday, Baez showed off his arm Sunday. The All-Star shortstop nabbed Eugenio Suarez at the plate with a perfect throw from the outfield grass in the fourth inning.

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Entertainment

September 7, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most popular character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.

September 8, 2021 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court. “As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

September 8, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With Katie Holmes and Lil’ Kim on his front row and singer Marina on the mic high above his runway, Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week’s first big pandemic round of in-person shows Tuesday with a flurry of neon and lace-inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life. From ornate Gotham Hall, beneath a stained-glass skylight 70 feet up, Siriano’s commitment to size inclusivity was never stronger as he opened and closed the show with plus-size breakout model Precious Lee. She first walked in a stunning yellow trouser suit with wide loose pants and an asymmetrical jacket, a matching crossover bralette underneath.

September 7, 2021  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself. At 75 years old, the writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and director of “American Gigolo” and “Mishima” was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his 2018 film “First Reformed,” for which he got his first Oscar nomination. He didn’t want to. He just knew it might be the reality. “I thought I would go back to this character again for about the fifth time,” Schrader said in a recent interview. By “this character” he means “the man in the room.” It’s Travis Bickle. It’s John LeTour. It’s Julian Kay. And it’s a formula he’s been working with for 45 years.

Business News

September 8, 2021  -Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where weak jobs data and pandemic concerns weighed on sentiment. Shares rose in Tokyo after economic growth for the April-June quarter was revised upward to an annualized 1.9% from an earlier estimate of 1.3%. “Any feel-good factor was ignored, though, given the climb was less than half of the 4.20% fall in Q1,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. “Japan will be lucky to break even this year as the current Covid-19 wave will almost certainly have weighed on domestic consumption,” he said.

September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

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