– 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 – 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.
Swansea must learn lessons from their Capital One Cup upset at the hands of Birmingham, according to manager Michael Laudrup. The Dane watched his side spurn several first-half opportunities at St Andrew’s, Wilfried Bony and Alejandro Pozuelo both hitting the woodwork, before being made to pay in the second-half as their Sky Bet Championship hosts ran out 3-1 winners. Laudrup was also left to reflect on missed chances in the club’s past two matches, albeit a stunning 3-0 victory at Valencia and a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace, and he hopes his side now heed his warning ahead of Saturday’s home clash against early Barclays Premier League pace-setters Arsenal. Press Association “After the last two games where we played brilliantly, I said we won and had to be very pleased, but with the number of chances we created in those games we should have scored a little more. Here we paid the price for that,” Laudrup said. “I said after the Crystal Palace game, which we dominated for 90 minutes, it’s only 1-0 (at half-time) and we should have scored more because even if you’re dominating – one chance, one goal and you give your opponent belief. And that was exactly what happened against Birmingham. “So let’s hope this will be a lesson for us that we can use.” And Swansea defender Jordi Amat, one of 10 fresh faces called in by Laudrup for the third-round cup tie, has echoed his manager’s thoughts after seeing the League Cup holders fall at the first hurdle in their defence of the title. “It wasn’t good. We had some chances to get that first goal but unfortunately we couldn’t take one of them,” he told the club’s official website. “If we had then I think it would have been different. The team is still in a good place right now despite the defeat, but it isn’t always possible to win if you don’t take your chances. “We have a big game to look forward to on Saturday against Arsenal and we can learn from this defeat.”
EL SEGUNDO – Ivica Zubac was 14 when he was first told he needed to meet Andrew Bogut.Bogut was the starting center for the Milwaukee Bucks and already one of the best defensive centers in the NBA. A mutual friend believed the veteran center could help Zubac.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut the two players did not connect until the Lakers drafted Zubac in the second round in 2016.On Sept. 19, the Lakers signed Bogut, a 12-year veteran who won a championship with the Warriors in 2015, to a non-guaranteed contract, bolstering their depth at center and giving Zubac another veteran to emulate.This one also happens to speak Croatian.“I have somebody who understands me, finally,” Zubac said, smiling.And really, isn’t that all anyone really wants? Norm Nixon suspected of DUI Word of the young Zubac had reached Bogut, who had numerous connections to Croatia through his parents, who emigrated from the Eastern European nation to Australia before Bogut was born.Bogut spends part of every offseason in Croatia, on an island called Pag – which Zubac described as the distance between L.A. and Las Vegas from his hometown. Hypnosis to make participants slender AP Sources: Pilot training issue in Buffalo crash Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now, when the Lakers are on the floor, the two big men can be heard barking back and forth in Croatian, a language Bogut grew up speaking at home.Zubac said 95 percent of the conversations the two big men have are in Croatian. He rated Bogut’s ability to speak the language a nine out of 10.“A nine’s sensational,” joked Bogut, who grew up speaking Croatian at home and uses the language when he communicates with friends and family overseas. Bogut spends 2-3 weeks each summer on Pag, a popular island destination in Croatia.In the past, Bogut has put his language skills to use when sharing locker rooms with players including Toni Kukoc – his childhood idol – Nemanja Nedovic, Damir Markota and Roko Ukic.“I’ve played with a fair few Balkans,” Bogut said, “which is kind of cool.”Bogut has been away from the Lakers for most of the first week of the preseason, spending two nights last week in Vancouver, B.C., waiting for a visa that would allow him to join the team.In what little time he has spent with Zubac, Bogut said, he has already given the 20-year-old tips on how to operate in the post. He believes speaking Croatian, although Zubac is fluent in English, will allow him to simplify some of what the coaches say.“Sometimes when you hear it in your own native tongue it kind of clicks in a little more,” Bogut said. “However I can help him in that sense isn’t a problem. … He’s a very humble kid. He works hard. Just (need to) get him to be confident and be a monster. He’ll be a very good player in this league.”Coach Luke Walton said “Zu was very excited” when he learned the Lakers had signed Bogut.“I haven’t checked on what language their conversations are being had in,” Walton said, “but I think Bogut will be great for Zu just like I think Brook (Lopez) will be great for Zu.”After a disappointing performance in the Las Vegas summer league, Zubac reported for training camp a slimmed-down version of himself. His body fat, which registered at 19 percent last season, plummeted to 8 percent.Zubac averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds last season as a starter, but in summer league he looked slow and out of place.“He kind of assumed since he had success at the end of last season in the NBA that summer league would be easy for him,” Walton said. “If you go in with that mindset against a bunch of young guys that are hungry trying to get jobs, that is going to be a tough place to succeed in.“But since then, I think he has really used that to motivate him to get to where he is at right now.”In the Lakers’ preseason opener Saturday in Anaheim, Zubac scored nine points to go with five rebounds and two blocked shots.“I was waiting for this game since the last game of summer league,” Zubac said, “so I’ve been working hard for this game, preparing, and when I came in I just do what I always do.”According to Walton, Zubac “looked way more explosive” than he did in July.“Give him a ton of credit,” Walton said. “He has changed his diet, he is committed to the weight room. He had the nice pump fake from the baseline, power move to the middle. So he is doing everything right.”And when he doesn’t, as inevitably happens with young players, Bogut will be there to explain it to him in a way Walton cannot.