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The View in Michigan Election: Biden’s Team is Buoyed by High Detroit Turnout.

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Biden was winning Detroit with nearly 95 percent of the vote.Second, Mr. Biden benefited from a groundswell of discontent with President Donald J. Trump in the Detroit suburbs. Mr. Trump did well in the white, middle class communities he won last time in places like Macomb County, one of the nation’s bellwethers that President Barack Obama also carried. But that support does not appear to have been enough to overcome the shifts against him in suburbs that were once more friendly.That shift was especially pronounced in well-heeled Oakland County suburbs like Bloomfield Hills, where Mitt Romney grew up and where being a Democrat was once one of the surest impediments to getting elected at any level of government. – Advertisement – BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — As former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pulls ahead in Michigan, it is becoming clear that he has accomplished two goals that Democrats believed were key to regaining Midwestern battleground states.First, he increased turnout in Detroit considerably, where low African-American enthusiasm kept many voters away from the polls in 2016. Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit, was still counting its ballots on Wednesday. And in Detroit itself, where only half of precincts had fully reported, almost as many ballots were reported counted as in all of 2016.- Advertisement –center_img In 2016, there were about a dozen precincts in the area that voted for Mr. Trump. But only a small handful did this time.The Republican Party has long relied on well-to-do suburbanites who believe their economic interests will be better served by fiscally conservative policy prescriptions like tax cuts and deregulation. And while Mr. Trump’s presidency accelerated the flight of these voters into the Democratic Party, those changes were slower to arrive in Bloomfield Hills.In Oakland, the state’s second-largest county, Mr. Biden was leading by 14 points as of Wednesday morning, a significant improvement over the Democratic presidential candidates on the ballot before him. Like many suburban enclaves across the Midwestern battlegrounds, women voters were especially activated this time.- Advertisement – Evidence of their enthusiasm was apparent in candidates for local office like Dani Walsh, a former Republican who ran for Bloomfield Township supervisor and won, becoming the first woman and Democrat to occupy the office.last_img read more

Pedro pens three-year Roma deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Roma have officially announced the arrival of Pedro Rodriguez, who left Chelsea on a free transfer after five seasons in London.The Giallorossi confirmed the 33-year-old has penned a deal in the Italian capital after completing his medical test on Tuesday. The former Spain international joins Roma on a three-year contract until June 2023.“I’m delighted to be here at Roma,” Pedro told the club’s official website. “I’m excited for this challenge and to compete to achieve our targets over the coming seasons.“I want to thank the fans for the welcome they’ve given me. I hope to make them happy.”Tags: ChelseaPedro RodriguezRomalast_img read more

Foley unimpressed by slow start

first_img Press Association Ian Keatley knocked over his third successful penalty but Munster were unable to cross the whitewash on a frustrating night for the two-time European Cup winners. Foley admitted afterwards: “It was a very poor start (from us). That allowed Clermont to get belief and obviously gave them five points (with Lee’s try). “From there, they grew into the game and we didn’t get as physically into the game as we would have liked and some of that is turning over ball and not making good use of the ball, putting pressure on them. We soaked up a lot of pressure and ended up giving out points to them.” “We came into the game very confident to get a physical job done on them. We are not looking for excuses. Clermont were the better team here and we need to rectify that for next week. We need to be able to go over there and get one back.” Foley insists they are still very much in with a chance of quarter-final qualification, sitting second in the pool table just a point behind Clermont. Next weekend’s trip to the Stade Marcel Michelin is hugely significant and Foley explained: ” I don’t think we’re going to throw in any towel and we’ll give it our best shot. We’ll make sure that we stay fighting. “We’ve got to stay true to the badge that we’re wearing and turn up next week. It’s not a great feeling at the moment in the Munster camp so we need to rectify that,” he added. “We just need to turn up and play. We didn’t do that today. We made too many errors. We allowed them a good foothold in the game and they are good players. “We have good players but you can’t give those players front foot ball, an opportunity or a half-break. They make hay.” Meanwhile, Clermont boss Franck Azema was pleased with his side’s defensive effort which gave them the platform for the club’s second ever win on Irish spoil – they also beat Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in a December 2012 pool game. He said: “(I’m) happy, but we are only halfway. The first part is finished and the second part starts next week but it’s a good position to be in. “We know in both games it is important to take maximum points but we are in a good position tonight – but when you see the last five minutes (when Munster came hard at us) and the score, we may be wary (of) next week. “We were in a comfortable position to win the game (at half-time) but the last five minutes showed that it was not finished. Certainly next week we have a big game. “Our defence was good, was strong. In the last five minutes we were able to control this and I’m very proud of the players because they give it their all in the last five minutes.” Clermont became the first French team to beat Munster at their Limerick fortress, ending a 23-match winning streak in such fixtures for the Irish province. The Reds’ only previous European home defeats came against Leicester Tigers (2007) and Ulster (2012). Man-of-the-match Fritz Lee and Wesley Fofana both touched down in the opening quarter, with Camille Lopez’s penalty and drop goal making it 16-6 to the French giants. Munster head coach Anthony Foley bemoaned his side’s ‘very poor start’ as Clermont Auvergne’s 16-9 victory at Thomond Park moved them to the top of European Champions Cup Pool 1One. last_img read more

LeBron James, Anthony Davis expected to play (briefly) in Lakers’ preseason opener

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers There was some good news on Friday: Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) was seen shooting off of both feet after practice, after shooting one-footed jumpers on Monday. But the 24-year-old isn’t scheduled for another MRI until after the team returns from China on Oct. 12, just 10 days before the season.The team isn’t sure how soon Kuzma will be able to return to playing shape once he’s re-evaluated.“He’s missed a significant amount of time already,” Vogel said. “We’ll see where he’s at when we get back from China. Hopefully, he’s cleared and we can start activating him for practice. We’ll be smart still.”As one of the team’s leading returning scorers, there’s an obvious use for Kuzma’s scoring ability and length on both ends of the court. While James snipped at a reporter Thursday for asking what the team is missing in Kuzma – “we know what we have in Kuzma” he insisted – he also acknowledged the void.“Multi-dimensional, talented,” he said. “Can shoot the ball from the outside. Can run the floor extremely well. He’s a 6-foot-9 forward, guard, whatever you need him (to be). He moves great without the ball.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The Lakers feel as though they’ve already worked through a lot of things behind closed doors, even if not all of the answers will be revealed on Saturday. The biggest thing McGee said he was looking forward to is variety in his competition.“I’m tired of looking at these guys in the face,” he said. “I’m ready to look at some other people, and dunk on some other people.”COULD KUZMA MISS START OF SEASON?With one week of camp under their belts, the Lakers have been most cautious with Jared Dudley, who has sat out several scrimmage sessions and won’t play at Golden State on Saturday. But the concern is less about the 34-year-old’s sore knees, and more about protecting the shallow small forward depth as Kyle Kuzma’s prognosis remains frustratingly uncertain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs EL SEGUNDO — The LeBron-And-A.D. Era begins in earnest on Saturday evening. Just expect the debut to be brief.Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be ready to play against the Golden State Warriors in the Lakers’ first preseason game on Saturday (5 p.m.) in the newly minted Chase Center in San Francisco. But Coach Frank Vogel is risk-averse when it comes to playing his go-to players too long in exhibitions: It’s unlikely that either of the Lakers’ two most prominent stars will get a lot of floor time.“My preference is that your main guys play as little as possible,” he said Friday, as the team was preparing for its first flight of the season. “Basically have the mindset of only enough – as much as we need to get a rhythm, not more than that.”Vogel didn’t acknowledge a specific hard cap to either James’ or Davis’ minutes, saying the coaching staff would “feel it out” and would be looking for both rhythm and conditioning from the top-line Lakers. But neither will play a full game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBeyond the idea that those two stars will be the bedrock of the Lakers’ starting lineup, many other details of the rotation remain a mystery. It’s not clear who will start at center between JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard. While Danny Green is an expected starter at one guard position, the other is arguably the question of training camp, particularly with James expected to play point guard for much of the time while he’s on the floor.The biggest hint Vogel has given to how the playing time will be divvied up has come in the last few days, as he’s suggested that he’ll look for ways to stagger James and Davis, keeping one of the two on the floor for most of the game. But it’s unclear what the lineups will precisely look like around them in those instances, particularly with a diverse array of guards and wings who have dramatically different strengths.Given that James and Rajon Rondo are the Lakers’ most productive playmakers from last season (both averaged more than eight assists per game last year), Vogel acknowledged it makes sense to play Rondo alongside Davis as a ball-handler and creator when James rests. But the coach also continued to push the idea that Rondo, entering his 14th season, could become more of an off-ball shooting threat that could also play alongside James if needed.“Honestly, I like him out there with LeBron every bit as much, so it’s not a situation where I’m only going to try to pair him up with Anthony Davis,” he said. “I like those two guys together. Again, I think Rajon is going to have an exceptional year shooting the basketball this year, and he allows LeBron to exercise his versatility at coming off the ball.”Assuming both Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell play on Saturday, the Lakers will also get a look at how they match up defensively against two All-Star guards – the first such test in a Western Conference full of them. The Lakers’ plan is to start Davis at power forward alongside Howard or McGee at center. With James also starting, the Lakers could look at placing another defense-oriented wing next to Green (Avery Bradley, it’s worth noting, has drawn numerous rave reviews in camp).last_img read more