Georgia’s recount is going to be slow, costly, pointless, and embarrassing—which makes it perfect

first_imgTo make things even better, in a so-bad-it’s-good sort of way, Raffensperger might have tried to spare Georgia taxpayers from bearing the full cost of the recount. That’s because not only is there no automatic recount in Georgia law, there is nothing in the law that says the state picks up all the costs. Raffensperger could easily have done what Wisconsin did: offer to do a recount at the request of the Trump campaign, if the Trump campaign were willing to cover the costs. He might even have offered to split the costs in order to reduce the burden on both sides. But nope, he just dove right in and gave Trump an extra large, extra deluxe freebie.It might be worth noting that while there was a recount in Wisconsin in 2016, that recount request didn’t come from Hillary Clinton. Clinton called the Trump campaign literally seconds after the AP called the race at 2:30 in the morning to offer her concession and promise to help with the transition in any way she could. The reason there was a recount in Wisconsin was because it was requested by … Jill Stein.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Stein fundraised off her own donors, and off heartbroken Clinton supporters, with the promise that donations to her would go toward conducting recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Despite collecting an unknown amount of money, Stein’s requests for a recount in Michigan and Pennsylvania were denied. However, that Wisconsin recount did change the numbers … it found 131 more votes for Trump, which isn’t quite as much as a 2011 recount of a state supreme court race that changed the outcome by 312 votes. But it’s much larger than the last recount in Georgia, also over a judicial race, where the results were changed by just 15 votes. In fact, the margin in Georgia is more than 10 times the largest change ever discovered by a state-level recount.What Raffensperger is doing isn’t coming from any real concern that the outcome of the election might be inaccurate. Trump is not going to find a tenth as many votes as he needs to alter the recount, no matter how many hands sort the votes. This recount is all about Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp surrendering to the pressure from Republicans in Washington who have been whipping their state with claims of fraud.So the Georgia recount will be costly, pointless, embarrassing, and driven by state officials wilting under attacks they know are false. It will require hiring thousands of counters, paying out millions of dollars, and is unlikely to be complete before someone is forced to dust off a little Supreme Court decision called Bush v. Gore. It’s going to be perfect. Just perfect.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Laurent Koscielny considers buying out his Arsenal contract in order to seal France return

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jul 2019 9:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link617Shares Laurent Koscielny could take drastic action to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny is so desperate to leave Arsenal and return to France that he is considering buying out the remainder of his contract with the club.The 33-year-old stunned Arsenal when he refused to travel with the rest of the squad for their pre-season tour of the United States on Thursday due to his desire to leave this summer.Arsenal condemned Koscielny’s actions in a statement, saying: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal flew out for their pre-season tour on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Among the clubs interested in signing Koscielny are Lyon, Bordeaux and Rennes, however, Arsenal are yet to receive a formal offer for their club captain.AdvertisementAdvertisementShould no bid be forthcoming, Koscielny could take the step of buying out the remainder of his £90,000 per week contract at the Emirates, which is set to expire next June.Neymar is the most famous example of a player buying out his contract to move elsewhere when he did so in 2017 to facilitate his transfer to PSG from Barcelona.The Brazilian and his lawyers paid the €222m release clause in his Barcelona contract to become a free agent and move to PSG who then footed the bill.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOne of the reasons behind Koscielny’s unhappiness is in regards to Arsenal’s club policy of only offering one-year contracts to players over the age of 30.According to the Evening Standard, Bordeaux are willing to offer him a three-year deal which would give him longer-term security.Arsenal’s long-serving club captain also believes that he should be released from his deal as a goodwill gesture following nine years of service after joining from FC Lorient in 2010.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Laurent Koscielny considers buying out his Arsenal contract in order to seal France return Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar fires PSG to UCL quarter-finals

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar bags two-match ban Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Paris St Germain beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in an empty stadium due to coronavirus fears on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate. Neymar and Juan Bernat scored before halftime to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit and send the French champions into the last eight for the first time since 2016 as Dortmund finished with 10 men after Emre Can was sent off in the dying minutes. PSG made it past the last 16 after painful exits at the same stage in the last two years. They let slip a 4-0 advantage in a 6-5 aggregate defeat by Barcelona in 2017 and lost to Manchester United on away goals after beating the English side 2-0 at Old Trafford 12 months ago. PSG were without captain Thiago Silva, who had not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, while Kylian Mbappe started on the bench after suffering from a sore throat. The home side dominated possession and had the first clear chance when Edinson Cavani’s cross shot from Di Maria’s through ball was deflected by keeper Roman Buerki. Neymar put the hosts ahead in the 28th minute as he headed home Angel Di Maria’s free kick for his 35th goal in 57 matches, making his presence count after missing the return leg against United through injury last season. Bernat doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime by flicking Sarabia’s attempt past Buerki. PSG pressed high after the break while Erling Haaland, who scored a double in the first leg, never looked likely to add to his 10 Champions League goals this season. Thorgan Hazard and Axel Witsel made way for Julian Brandt and Giovanni Reyna as Dortmund coach Lucien Favre looked to freshen up his attacking line and PSG were suddenly on the back foot. A brawl erupted two minutes from time after Can fouled Neymar and pushed the Brazilian to the ground. Can was sent off while Di Maria picked up a yellow card which means the Argentine will be suspended for the first leg of PSG’s quarter-final.Tags: Borrusia DortmundChampions LeagueEmre CanNeymarParis St. Germainlast_img read more

Shkudun and Knutson dominate doubles but let down in singles as SU falls to Brown, 6-1

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Gabriela Knutson and Anna Shkudun’s smiles turned to scowls. High-fives turned to frustrated leg slaps and artful winners turned to errant shots.The day had started so well. Knutson battled a cold while playing doubles with Shkudun for the first time and the pairing dominated Mariska Chamdani and Maddie Stearns, Brown’s No. 2 doubles team, for a 6-1 win.“We’re very intimidating to the other players,” Knutson said. “They were just scared of us.”But the smiles quickly faded as both Knutson and Shkudun laid eggs in their respective singles matches. The lackluster performance from Syracuse’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles players cost the Orange (2-5, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) as it fell to Brown (4-1) on Sunday, 6-1.“It didn’t go our way this time,” SU head coach Younes Limam said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe afternoon began with promise even as Knutson coughed, sneezed and blew her nose throughout her singles match against Alyza Benotto, Brown’s No. 2. She quickly mounted a 1-0 lead that didn’t last.As Benotto began a long run with three straight game wins, Knutson pushed shots long and struggled on her first serves. Benotto capitalized. SU’s No. 2 player attributed the unforced errors to nervousness and lack of confidence. Every time Knutson sent a shot wide or too deep, or misplaced a drop shot into the net, the Czech native slapped her left thigh with the palm of her hand or the side of her racket.After losing a close game to go to break in the first set, Knutson sat on the bench as her legs bobbed up and down with a half-eaten banana clutched in her left hand. Associate head coach Shelley George leaned in to speak to the sophomore. Knutson’s eyes remained coldly straight ahead.“It’s frustrating,” Knutson said. “I just couldn’t get out of that rut.”Knutson lost the first set, 6-3, battled to win the second, 6-2, and the match went to tiebreak. By that point, Shkudun had lost her own match.In her first singles match of the year, Shkudun almost handled Dayna Lord’s rocket returns, but not quite. The Brown senior pounded missile after missile from the back line and she beat Shkudun so thoroughly that SU’s No. 1 player acknowledged each of her opponent’s winners with a polite clap.Shkudun captured only a few points and failed to win a game in the second set. The match ended mercifully: 7-5, 6-0. As Shkudun scowled off the court, Knutson battled on in her tiebreak.She took an early 5-3 lead, halfway to the 10 points needed to win. But then Benotto rattled off four straight points. 7-5. When Knutson left a drop shot short in the net, Benotto celebrated her win (6-3, 2-6, 10-5).Knutson looked at the ground and cocked her racket back, ready to smash it to pieces. She thought better of it, and released her frustration by thwacking her shoe.“I wanna win for the fans,” Knutson said, “for my team, and mostly for myself.“No one likes to lose.” Comments Published on February 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

In a heartwarming gesture, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook surprises fan at school

first_img Jacksonville Jaguars lost their fourth game in a row last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a disappointing final scoreline which read 28-11. The Jaguars, who were purchased by Pakistan-born businessman Shahid Khan for $770 million in 2011, are fourth in the AFC South table behind Indianapolis Colts. While the team struggles to find form on the field, there have been some positive moves made by certain players in the community.Also Read | Seattle Seahawks players show off uber-cool dance moves celebrating win vs VikingsJacksonville Jaguars’ Dede Westbrook talks up CeeDee Lamb LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND Daniel Arambur 10 months ago Pope Francis mistakenly tweets support for NFL’s New Orleans Saints 9 months ago Chris Smith: Cleveland Browns release defensive end 83 days after tragic accident First Published: 5th December, 2019 18:30 IST WATCH US LIVE Also Read | Brock Lesnar NFL: Did WWE and UFC champion play in the NFL for Minnesota Vikings? center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Bobby Wagner issues rallying cry to Seattle Seahawks fans after win against VikingsJacksonville Jaguars’ Dede Westbrook fulfils the dream of a young fan Also Read | Rob Gronkowski: Three-time Super Bowl champion to make NFL return or WWE debut?Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver – Dede Westbrook – surprised a young fan when he showed up to the latter’s school in Jacksonville. Dede Westbrook was spotted by Javel Espino in Jacksonville on Sunday as the former stepped out with family for dinner. Javel Espino tweeted about the incident while adding that he would have liked to click a picture with the Jacksonville Jaguars player but did not want to interrupt his family time. The RT received more than 76,000 likes and was shared more than 4,000 times while also catching the attention of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ WR. Dede Westbrook surprised Javel Espino at school and also gifted the student two tickets to the next Jaguars game, along with a shirt and a Burrito Gallery gift card.Also Read | Colin Kaepernick’s workout was a publicity stunt rather than usual trial, claims Jay ZDede Westbrook clicks a picture with Jacksonville High School student and mom FOLLOW US Last Updated: 5th December, 2019 18:30 IST In A Heartwarming Gesture, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook Surprises Fan At School Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver – Dede Westbrook – surprised young fan Javel Espino by showing up at the Jacksonville High School on Tuesday morning Written By COMMENTlast_img read more

Revealed: John Boye withdraws from Black Stars squad due to injury

first_imgDefender John Boye is the latest to withdraw from Ghana’s squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup playoff against Egypt through injury.Details remain sketchy but the central defender is said to have suffered an injury which require surgery, according to the Kumasi-based radio station.The 26-year-old will thus miss the October 15 clash against Egypt – which means coach Akwasi Appiaj will now be without his first choice central defensive pair for the game in Kumasi.Boye’s injury news comes just hours after he was named in a strong Black Stars squad.He is the third Ghana defender to be ruled out of the match against Egypt following the likes of Isaac Vorsah and more recently Jonathan Mensah.This aggravates the already massive injury blow to the Black Stars ahead of probably the most important match in Ghana football history. South Africa-based Edwin Gyimah has been lined up as the express replacement for the injured Stade Rennes defender.last_img read more

A decade on, Danilo Gallinari and Devin Booker enjoy another meeting

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The first time Devin Booker met Danilo Gallinari, the Italian forward was a teenage phenom luring NBA scouts to Europe. He was the up-and-comer who had a memorable nickname – “The Rooster” – and got all the calls (too many if you asked the American players.)And Booker was, as Gallinari recalls, “a little kid.”The Phoenix Suns’ now-22-year-old shooting star was 12, in fact. He went to visit his father, Melvin, who was a professional basketball player in Milan, Italy – and a teammate of Gallinari’s.“I didn’t know much about him until he got over there and my dad was like, ‘Watch this young kid play, he’s only 18,’ ” Devin Booker said before Wednesday’s game between the Suns and Clippers. “He had an unbelievable game the game I went to, and then I went to the practice the next day and we messed around, played a little one on one. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I was just happy to be on the court with him ‘cause that was after the game. He’d had a really good game and ended up winning.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Booker remembers Gallinari – who would soon be drafted sixth overall by the New York Knicks – sending him home with a pair of signed Reebok basketball sneakers.He also remembers Gallinari receiving superstar treatment on the court: “The other American players on the other teams overseas used to get mad, they used to think he got too many calls, ‘They think he’s Michael Jordan!’ And he was at the time. He was the guy over there, and I followed his career ever since then. He’s somebody I’ve enjoyed watching – an unbelievable player.”Gallinari said he’s kept in contact with his former teammate Melvin Booker, “I’ve always been in touch with him. I’m close to his dad because I’ve known his dad a long time.”And even though he remembers Devin as a little guy, and knows him mostly now as an opponent, he says they’re friendly, too. “We talk when we see each other, here or in Phoenix,” Gallinari said.SCOUTING REPORTSindarius Thornwell has been one of a trio of Clippers working double time this season, shuttling between the L.A. Clippers and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, with whom he’s been working on improving his in-game shooting while averaging 15.3 points in three G League appearances. He’s also been getting a good look at a couple of other young talents in the Clippers’ camp.Jerome Robinson, the Clippers’ rookie shooting guard, also has been splitting time between the NBA team (for which he’s scored 23 points in 40 minutes of play) and the G League (where he’s averaging 25.2 points per game through six games).Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Scout Thornwell – who’s appeared in seven NBA games this season – said he’s liked what he’s seen from Robinson.“He looks good. Real aggressive. He’s play-making, scoring, shooting the ball real well. His confidence is there. He’s real shifty and draws a lot of fouls. I think the main thing with Rome is continuing to learn how to guard NBA players and just learning that side of the ball. Because offensively, he’s good. He’s great at it. He can score at the rim, mid-range, 3s.”As for G League Player of the Week Johnathan Motley, the 6-foot-10 two-way forward who’s averaging 24.9 points and 9.5 rebounds for Agua Caliente?“Mot is ready,” Thornwell said. “He’s ready to play to play for teams in the NBA right now. He can play for us (in L.A.) right now. He’s dominating every night. He’s proven himself. He’s ready to be in the big leagues.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Michael A. Taylor injury update: Nationals outfielder to miss ‘significant’ time with sprained knee and hip

first_imgTaylor’s injuries, coupled with the offseason loss of Bryce Harper, will leave the Nationals outfield extremely thin to start the season. With Juan Soto starting in left and Adam Eaton in right, the Nationals have only one other healthy outfielder, Andrew Stevenson, on the 40-man roster. Howie Kendrick is dealing with a hamstring injury. Taylor was slated to begin the season splitting time with Victor Robles in center field. The five-year veteran had a breakout season in 2017 with 19 home runs and an .806 OPS, but regressed last year, slashing .227/.287/.357 with six home runs in 134 games. But Taylor has retooled his swing and was off to a strong start in spring training, going 9 for 24 with three doubles and a home run in 10 games. Related News Bryce Harper injury update: Phillies star has foot contusion after being hit by fastballcenter_img Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor is expected to miss “a significant amount of time,” manager Dave Martinez told MASN on Friday.The 27-year-old Taylor sprained his left knee and hip making a diving play in Thursday’s game against the Twins and was later spotted limping in the clubhouse.last_img read more

‘Bosnian’ School of Football in London

first_imgThe B&H football player Haris Hodžić who lives in London, former member of English Club Watford, opened a football school London -HH11 football academy in the suburbs of London, where boys from 6 to 16 years old will learn football skills.“I have spent all my life in football and similar schools. I started in a private academy, here in Hertfordshire. There, I was noticed by scouts of the football club Watford, where I passed all their young teams and progressed to the first team. Thus, I know how the system of these schools works and what the coaches and future football players expect. I will give the chance to young players of my academy to receive daily trained under the supervision of qualified football experts”, said Hodžić, adding that he initially plans to play friendly football matches against other academies and other professional clubs.However, he is planning from the next season to establish his own youth teams and engagement in regular league competitions.“The goal of this program is to discover potential talents, to prepare good players and then to recommend them to professional clubs for further training. We have agreed on close cooperation with scouts and coaches from English clubs Watford, Stevenage, Northampton, Coventry and with some other European clubs. Also, during my stay in B&H and while playing for B&H Premiere League, I have established excellent cooperation with Rudar from Prijedor and Olimpiko. So, we have a plan to make connections for talents from B&H, who want to be part of local clubs”, said Hodžić, noting that the former Croatian youth representative Milan Krmpotić will take part in the academy, who during his career played for several Croatian, Czech and Slovak teams.All interested for the academy can sign in at the Facebook group: HH11 football academy.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

England’s Enrique shares Carris Trophy lead

first_img England’s Enrique Dimayuga scored four-under par 64 at West Sussex Golf Club today and shares the first round lead in the Carris Trophy with Italians Andrea Romano and Julien Paltrinieri. Dimayuga (pictured top) celebrated his 16th birthday yesterday and declared that his present was the arrival of a hot putter for today’s first round of the English U18 boys’ open championship. The pair will be rooting for each other: “When we play the same competitions we help each other along and so we are happy when one of us plays well,” added Paltrinieri.  Click here for full scores 25 Jul 2017 England’s Enrique shares Carris Trophy lead After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the top 60 players and ties who will qualify for the final 36 holes.  “It was cold last week at the McGregor, it was cold the week before, but today it came nice and hot,” said Dimayuga, from Cuddington, Surrey. “I was hitting the middle of the greens and holing putts, it was just solid.  Together, the trio head an impressive leaderboard boasting 31 players who matched par or better, despite the heathery challenge which cost some of the other players dearly.   Paltrinieri (pictured left) made one brief excursion into the thick stuff, which led to his solitary bogey, but for the rest, he said: “I played really solid and my short game was very good.”  The U16 boy international is in good form having taken fifth place in last week’s McGregor Trophy, the English U16 boys’ open. He’d love to go better this week – as would his co-leaders.  “I have to stay focussed for four days to win this tournament. One hole can destroy you if you miss the fairway,” said Romano, 17.  Behind them is a group of three on three-under 65 which includes England players Matt Freeman (Notts.) and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Freeman was first to post his score and reaped the benefit of lots of hard work on his putting.  “Putting has been my weak spot but I have really worked on it to get it up to scratch. Today I trusted the lines on the greens and, while I holed a few long ones, I was very confident over the six-footers,” he said.  “Shooting under par is always a pleasure but this is such a prestigious tournament it makes it more incredible.”  He marked his debut in style reaching the turn in two-over, before playing home with nine straight pars. “This course suits my game, if you hit fairways and greens it gives you a chance,” he said.  They’re being chased by a seven-strong group on two-under which includes 17-year-old Ben Quinney (Bearsted). He is playing in one of his first English championships, having worked hard over the last year to get his handicap low enough to make the field of 144 players – from an entry of over 200. Romano is keen to add to his portfolio of four Italian championships. The most recent is the U18 title, which he won a week after coming runner-up in the French boys. Meanwhile, Paltrinieri would like to take a big title home, to sit alongside the 2016 British girls’ win of his younger sister, Emilie.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more