The Rundown for August 21, 2019

TRUMP CANCELS DENMARK TRIP… President Trump has canceled his scheduled trip to Denmark after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen refused to discuss a potential deal for the U.S. to buy Greenland. Trump has repeatedly expressed interest in buying Greenland from the Danish government, prompting Frederiksen to declare, “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Her Majesty Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark, had invited Trump and first lady Melania Trump to visit and the president had been expected to participate in a series of bilateral meetings and meet with business leaders.

TRUMP TALKS GUNS WITH NRA… President Trump assured National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre during a phone call yesterday that universal background checks are off the table. According to the Atlantic, Trump told LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, including the possibility of backing so-called “red flag” laws that would allow the police to temporarily confiscate guns from people who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others. Gun-control advocates say it appears there’ll be no legislation passed following recent mass shootings.

THREE STATES SUE OVER TRUMP CITIZENSHIP RULES… New York, Connecticut and Vermont have filed suit to block the Trump administration from implementing new citizenship rules. New York Attorney General Letitia James wants to challenge the “public charge” expansion rule that would deny immigrants green cards, visas and other status changes if they used public welfare or benefits. Opponents of the new rules say that many families eligible for public assistance have dropped out because they don’t want to hurt their chances at getting a green card and, eventually, citizenship.

POMPEO TALKS MIDDLE EAST… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council yesterday that problems in the Middle East require greater cooperation and “fresh thinking to solve old problems” and also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing “to foment terror and unrest” in the region. Pompeo warned that “time is running short” to keep a U.N. arms embargo on Iran and a travel ban on the head of the country’s elite Quds Force. The embargo and ban expire in October 2020.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE CHIEF STEPS DOWN… Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross abruptly resigned yesterday. Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the resignation stemmed from allegations of gender and racial discrimination within the department, but noted that no such allegations were directed at Ross himself. Kenney said he believes “new leadership will help us continue to reform the Department and show that racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination simply will not be tolerated.”

ENTERTAINMENT
CHARGES DROPPED IN FRANCE McDORMAN OSCAR THEFT... Charges have been dropped against the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar for Best Actress at the 2017 Academy Awards. 47-year-old Terry Bryant captured the theft in a video that he posted online. Prosecutors say McDormand was embarrassed by the incident and didn’t want to cooperate with investigators.

FOURTH ‘MATRIX’ FILM IN THE WORKS… Keanu Reeves has signed on to star in a fourth “Matrix” film. He will reprise his role as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss will return as Trinity in the film. No release date has been set.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 4 – Washington 1… Bryan Reynolds lifted a sacrifice fly and Starling Marte hit a three-run homer as the Pirates scored all four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

CINCINNATI 3 – San Diego 2… Freddy Galvis’ two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the Reds’ defeat of the Padres. Sonny Gray gave up a run on four hits and struck out 10 over six innings.

ATLANTA 5 – Miami 1… Dallas Keuchel (4-5) held the Marlins to a run on six hits over six innings and the Braves cruised to the win. Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and a two-run single.

ST. LOUIS 9 – Milwaukee 4… Dexter Fowler drove in four runs to lead the Cardinals past the Brewers. Kelton Wong lined a two-run single.

CHI. CUBS 5 – San Francisco 3… Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs in leading the Cubs past the Giants. Nicholas Castellanos also had three hits and drove in a run.

ARIZONA 8 – Colorado 7… Nick Amed homered and lifted a sacrifice fly to help the Diamondbacks fight off the Rockies. Jack Lamb produced a two-run single. Eduardo Escobar legged out a two-run triple.

AL SCORES
L.A. Angels 5 – TEXAS 1… Andrew Heaney (3-3) allowed just a run on four hits and fanned 14 over eight innings to pitch the Angels past the Rangers in the opener of a doubleheader. Mike Trout homered as part of a three-run top of the first inning.

TEXAS 3 – L.A. Angels 2 (11 innings)… A fielding error by Angels first-baseman Albert Pujols allowed Delino DeShields to score the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Rangers claimed a split of the twinbill. Nick Solak homered with the bases empty for Texas.

BALTIMORE 4 – Kansas City 1… Hanser Alberto blasted a tie-breaking three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Orioles past the Royals.

Seattle 7 – TAMPA BAY 4… Kyle Seager homered with a runner aboard and doubled home a run for the Mariners. Tom Murphy also hit a two-run homer.

HOUSTON 6 – Detroit 3… George Springer, Jose Altuve and Martin Maldonado hit solo homers as the Astros doubled upon the Tigers. Michael Brantley doubled home two runs.

MINNESOTA 14 – Chi. White Sox 4… The Twins rolled past the White Sox after spotting them a three-run lead. Max Kepler, Nelson Cruz and Jorge Polanco homered. C.J. Cron delivered a bases-clearing double.

OAKLAND 6 – N.Y. Yankees 2… Matt Olson hit a two-run homer and Mark Canha added a solo shot during a three-run bottom of the first inning and the Athletics cruised past the Yankees. Homer Bailey (11-8) surrendered a run on seven hits over 5-2/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
N.Y. METS 3 – Cleveland 2… J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto hit two-run homers as the Mets edged the Indians. Pete Alonso stroked a two-run double.

Philadelphia 3 – BOSTON 2… The Phillies scored all three runs in the top of the first inning and hung on to down the Red Sox. Jean Segura doubled in two runs. Aaron Nola (12-3) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings.

L.A. DODGERS 16 – Toronto 3… Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer to lead the Dodgers in their romp over the Blue Jays. A.J. Pollack, Will Smith, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson also connected. Cody Bellinger had a couple of hits, including a three-run double.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
San Diego (Matt Strahm, 5-8) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 11-5)…
Arizona (Mike Leake, 0-1) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 11-8)
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 9-5) is at Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 8-11)…
Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 7-8) hosts Miami (Caleb Smith, 8-6)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 5-5) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 9-8)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 4-6) host San Francisco (Dereck Rodriguez, 5-6)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Seattle (TBA) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 13-5)…
Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 13-5) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 13-6)…
L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 0-1) are at Texas (Mike Minor, 11-7)…
Baltimore (Aaron Brooks, 2-7) hosts Kansas City (Mike Montgomery, 2-3)…
Detroit (Daniel Norris, 3-10) is at Houston (Justin Verlander, 15-4)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 11-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 10-7)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Cleveland (Adam Plutko, 5-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 7-11)…
Boston (Rick Porcello, 11-9) hosts Philadelphia (Drew Smyly, 1-1)…
Toronto (Jacob Waguespack, 4-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-3)

GAMES
WORD OF THE DAY… HIBERNAL… (high–BER–nul)… adjective… 1) Of or relating to winter.
The summer heat sometimes made Mary long for the HIBERNAL comforts of her mountain cabin.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: a hobby store, a fashion show and a car dealership? (They have MODELS)

WHAT THE HECK AM I TALKING ABOUT… Broadway—play—actors—stage—movie? (Theater)

USELESS TRIVIA… Who was the first member of The Monkees to quit the band? (Peter Tork)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Hadephobia: Fear of Hell.

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