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Reds release former All-Star infielder Dee Strange-Gordon

Reds release former All-Star infielder Dee Strange-Gordon

Sports
March 26 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds released veteran infielder Dee Strange-Gordon on Friday, the team announced. Strange-Gordon, a non-roster invitee to spring training who auditioned at shortstop, got a chance with the Reds after Freddy Galvis signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent. Advertisement However, Strange-Gordon's chances to make the roster took a hit after the Reds' decision to move Eugenio Suarez from third base to shortstop. Cincinnati also received strong performances from versatile infielders Jonathan India and Alex Blandino this spring. Strange-Gordon, a two-time All-Star selection and former National League batting champion, spent the past three years with the Seattle Mariners. In those injury-plagued seasons in Seattle, he recorded a .266 batting average with...
‘Black Widow’ set for July 9 release on Disney+, in theaters

‘Black Widow’ set for July 9 release on Disney+, in theaters

Entertainment
March 23 (UPI) -- Scarlett Johansson's standalone superhero movie, Black Widow, will be released on Disney+ and in theaters on July 9. It was slated to debut exclusively in theaters on May 7. Advertisement "Black Widow in theaters July 9 and on #DisneyPlus with Premier Access. Additional fees required," the streaming service tweeted Tuesday. Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow co-stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour and O-T Fagbenle. It takes place after the events of the 2016 blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War. Another film getting a dual-platform release will be Cruella, the live-action 101 Dalmations prequel, starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson. It is keeping its May 28 premiere date in theaters, but will also be available on the streaming service. "Today's announcement reflec...
Wham’s Last Christmas finally hits number one – 36 years after original release

Wham’s Last Christmas finally hits number one – 36 years after original release

Entertainment
Wham's Last Christmas has finally topped the UK charts - 36 years after its release.Written and produced by George Michael, it was kept off the number one slot by Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? when it was first released in 1984. But, on the fourth anniversary of the death of the band's co-founder, the song has hit the top spot after being streamed 9.2 million times in the last week. :: Subscribe to the Backstage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, SpreakerIn doing so, it set a new record for the longest time taken for a single to reach number one, beating the 33 years, four months Tony Christie's (Is This The Way To) Amarillo took when it hit the top in 2005. ...
U.N. report says humans must release grip on nature to protect environment, humanity

U.N. report says humans must release grip on nature to protect environment, humanity

Science
Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The United Nations Development Program said in a new report released Tuesday the world must "release their grip on nature" and challenges like the coronavirus pandemic may become more common. The report said humans need to work harder to reduce damage to the environment to protect humanity overall. Advertisement "Humans wield more power over the planet than ever before," Achim Steiner, the program's administrator, said in a statement. "In the wake of COVID-19, record-breaking temperatures and spiraling inequality, it is time to use that power to redefine what we mean by progress, where our carbon and consumption footprints are no longer hidden." The report said humans have the power to address such issues as the climate crisis, the challenge to biodiversity and ocean acid...
Look: Monsta X to release ‘Fatal Love’ album Nov. 2

Look: Monsta X to release ‘Fatal Love’ album Nov. 2

Entertainment
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- South Korean boy band Monsta X will make its comeback in November. The K-pop group said Monday that it will release its third studio album, Fatal Love, on Nov. 2. Advertisement Monsta X shared the news alongside a black-and-red poster for the album. The poster features a black-and-white image of a person's lips and the names of Monsta X members Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney and I.M. The group most recently released the EP Fantasia in May. Its first English-language album, All About Luv, was released in February. Monsta X announced Fatal Love ahead of Joohoney's 26th birthday. Joohoney will release the solo mixtape Psyche on Oct. 9. Monsta X shared teaser photos for the project Sunday. Monsta X made its debut as a group in 2015. The group is known for the sin...