first_imgCelebrations broke out in cities and towns across the country on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race. Democrats are looking at being shut out completely from the district-drawing process — which will use data drawn from the 2020 census — in key states including Florida, Texas and North Carolina. Together, those states will account for more than 80 congressional seats starting in 2022. In his own remarks, Biden declared it “the honor of my lifetime” that the country had sided with his message of unity and head-on confrontation of the coronavirus. Early on Monday, he unveiled a transition team of scientists and experts to prepare his virus response. “That plan will be built on bedrock science,” he said in his speech Saturday. The news in House races across the country has generally been better for Republicans than for Democrats. An exception came in northeastern suburbs outside Atlanta, where Carolyn Bourdeaux was declared the winner on Friday in a House district that had been vacated by the five-term Republican congressman Rob Woodall. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” James Clyburn, the Democratic whip in the House and a Biden adviser, pressed Republicans to break with the president. “What matters to me is whether or not the Republican Party will step up and help us preserve the integrity of this democracy,” he said. – Advertisement – It was a remarkable — and improbable — scene, as our reporters Matt Flegenheimer and Katie Glueck write in a news analysis. Matt and Katie remind us that Biden is the same “institutionalist 70-something, incorrigible square, inexhaustible reciter of Irish poetry” he’s always been. “But then, it seems that defeating President Trump can do strange things for a man’s reputation.” Biden and Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, projected an executive air on Saturday night as they strode onstage to address the country in Wilmington, Del., hours after the race had been called. The pressure is now on the General Services Administration, which is responsible for declaring a winning candidate and facilitating the transition process. Its Trump-appointed administrator, Emily Murphy, has not yet affirmed Biden’s victory. “I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight,” Harris said. “Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all, including the Black women who are too often overlooked, but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy.” – Advertisement – Veterans of both Republican and Democratic administrations are now calling on Trump to accept his election loss and begin the transition process. But he has shown no willingness to do so — and in fact, he’s been eerily silent other than a cascade of tweets, many of which Twitter has labeled misleading.center_img Harris began with a speech that invited women, particularly women of color, to bask in the milestone of her election as the first female vice president. She invoked her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who arrived in the United States as an Indian immigrant at 19. – Advertisement – “While there will be legal disputes requiring adjudication, the outcome is sufficiently clear that the transition process must now begin,” wrote the four members of its advisory board, which includes veterans of the Clinton, Obama and George W. Bush administrations. The center has participated in presidential transition activities for four election cycles. This would become relevant if Republicans succeeded in overturning a state court decision to allow ballots to be accepted up to three days after Election Day. The good news for Biden is that it does not appear losing those ballots alone would be enough to erase his lead in the state. – Advertisement – In Arizona, more votes came in on Sunday, breaking narrowly for Trump. He does not appear to be on pace to overtake Biden in the state, which remains undecided and would only add to Biden’s margin of victory in the Electoral College if he held on to win. But over all, Democrats have lost a net of five seats in the chamber this cycle, with a number of races across the country still uncalled. The nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition released a letter on Sunday urging him to move ahead with the transition. Enough votes have been counted in Pennsylvania, Nevada and other close states that it’s clear Trump has lost the election. In Pennsylvania, for instance, ballots received after Election Day have been sorted and counted separately from those received through Nov. 3. Here’s another thing Republicans have to celebrate: As of last night, Democrats had not flipped a single statehouse chamber in an election year that will determine who controls the decennial process of redistricting.last_img read more


first_imgARSENAL Press Association PETR CECH: Recalled to the starting XI following David Ospina’s Champions League blunder, the former Chelsea man produced a stunning block at point-blank range to deny Anthony Martial in the first half and remained alert when tested in the latter stages. 8 (out of 10) HECTOR BELLERIN: Spanish full-back pressed forwards well, offering an outlet down the right in support of Arsenal’s marauding frontline. 7 PER MERTESACKER: Little for the big German to worry about as Martial rarely had anyone to support him. Needed to be more composed as United improved in the second half. 7 GABRIEL: Brazilian centre-back produced another solid display and was a threat at set-plays in the United penalty area. 7 NACHO MONREAL: Solid showing from the left-back, who got away down the overlap, but also tracked back behind Alexis Sanchez. 7 SANTI CAZORLA: Diminutive Spaniard was quick in the transition and found plenty of willing forward runners. 7 FRANCIS COQUELIN: Arsenal’s midfield enforcer revelled in the early exchanges and broke down what little forward momentum United were able to offer. 7 AARON RAMSEY: Wales international started on the right, but covered plenty of ground. Should have scored in the first half, but otherwise a solid enough display. 7 MESUT OZIL: German playmaker was both creator and finisher during Arsenal’s devastating opening spell. At the heart of every attack, showing some great vision and close control. 8 ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Superb finishes from the Chile forward, whose deft flick opened the scoring and then a bullet strike made it 3-0 before half-time. 9 THEO WALCOTT: England striker was again given the nod in attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and stretched the United backline at every opportunity. 8 Substitutes OLIVIER GIROUD (on for Walcott, 75): France forward offered a different dimension to the Arsenal attack during the closing stages. 6 ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (for Ozil, 75): Energetic late cameo display from the England midfielder, who provided an outlet down the right and almost added a fourth in stoppage time. 7 KIERAN GIBBS (for Sanchez, 81): Full-back was pushed into duty on the left side of midfield following Sanchez’s injury, and held the shape well. 6 MANCHESTER UNITED DAVID DE GEA: Misread the cross for the first goal, but could do nothing to prevent Arsenal’s second and third goals. 5 MATTEO DARMIAN: Feeble attempt to tackle Sanchez resulted in Arsenal’s third. Regularly roasted by the Chilean and taken off at half-time. 3 CHRIS SMALLING: Eventually got the defence working as a half-coherent unit, but by that point the damage was done. 5 DALEY BLIND: People have questioned whether the Dutchman is capable enough at centre-back. This performance only strengthens the doubters’ argument. 4 ASHLEY YOUNG: Quite simply, he is not a left-back. Booked for a first-half lunge and too often exposed. 4 MICHAEL CARRICK: Unusually sloppy in midfield, especially in the first half. Unable to pull the strings like normal. 5 BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: Off the pace yet somehow avoided being substituted at half-time. Improved after the break, but that was not hard. 5 JUAN MATA: Grew into the match having been a mere spectator early on, trying to unlock the door to no avail. 6 MEMPHIS DEPAY: An ineffective, uninspired display from the Dutchman – one that saw him replaced at the break. 5 WAYNE ROONEY: Made a number of clumsy touches and, while he worked hard for the team, this was another underwhelming display from United’s captain. 5 ANTHONY MARTIAL: United’s biggest attacking threat and only a fine Cech save prevented him reducing the deficit as half-time approached. 6 Substitutes ANTONIO VALENCIA (for Darmian, 45): Did a far better job at right-back when it came to marshalling star man Sanchez. 5 MAROUANE FELLAINI (for Depay, 45): Physical presence in midfield made a welcome change after a terrible first half from United. 6 JAMES WILSON (for Mata, 82): An attack-minded change but too little, too late by Louis van Gaal. 5 last_img read more


first_imgHere are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is apparently so eager on completing a move to Manchester United that he has taken a short break from his honeymoon in Ibiza to make sure the deal goes through. (Daily Telegraph)Real would like a minimum of £75million for a player who scored 20 times in 43 appearances in all competitions last term, having already rejected a £65m bid from United. (Daily Telegraph)France forward Anthony Martial will reportedly will tell boss Jose Mourinho that he wants to leave Old Trafford, and the club will not stand in his way. (Daily Express) Mourinho is also targeting Monaco’s versatile midfielder Fabinho – even if he recruits Nemanja Matic from Premier League rivals Chelsea. (The Independent)However, the Red Devils look set to lose out in the race for Burnley and England defender Michael Keane, who is poised to complete a £25m move to Premier League rivals Everton. (The Sun)Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Chelsea has been delayed – because the Premier League champions are waiting for their new kit deal to begin. (Daily Express)Tottenham are ready to offer Toby Alderweireld a new deal to secure the centre-back’s future at White Hart Lane, amid reported interest from Inter Milan. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United and Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, after AC Milan pulled out of the race for the Colombian. (Mundo Deportivo) However, AC Milan are interested in signing France defender Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal. (Telefoot)Barcelona have set a ten-day deadline to sign Arsenal’s Spain defender Hector Bellerin, before they turn their attention elsewhere. (Mundo Deportivo) Former England captain John Terry will drop a division to sign for Aston Villa once his Chelsea contract expires at the weekend. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, Chelsea appear to have missed out on defensive target Kostas Manolas who has agreed to leave Roma to join Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg for €34m. (Gazzetta dello Sport)Real Madrid centre-back Pepe is set to join Turkish giants Besiktas. (The Sun)Jermain Defoe’s wage demands are giving interested suitors West Ham and Bournemouth pause for thought over a deal for the 34-year-old, meaning the striker could be left in limbo this summer. (Daily Star)Tottenham are considering a move for Southampton defender Cedric Soares. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could raid his former club for the Portuguese right-back if Kyle Walker joins Manchester City. Juventus and Barcelona are also keeping tabs on the 25-year-old. (Daily Mirror)Swansea are set to pip Roma and Sevilla to the £11.5m signing of Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Chelsea FC news: Selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United could come back to bite Blues and Antonio Conte, warns Mario Melchiot‘It is a great move’ – Mario Melchiot says his former Netherlands teammate Frank de Boer is perfect for Crystal PalaceTransfer news: Gareth Bale is ‘untouchable’ at Real Madrid and will NOT be leaving this summerTransfer ALERT! Leicester, Stoke and West Ham in battle to sign Thorgan HazardLiverpool transfer BLOW! Reds target Julian Brandt rules out Bayer Leverkusen exit this summerLeicester City FC transfer news: Nampalys Mendy reveals he wants to leave Foxes for BordeauxChelsea transfer report: Blues close to wrapping up £60million signing of Juventus defender Alex SandroDONE DEAL? Nice starlet Vincent Marcel ‘agrees personal terms with Tottenham’ – reportsTransfer ALERT! Bayern Munich join race for in-demand Ousmane DembeleEverton transfer report: Fenerbahce considering bid for Belgian winger Kevin MirallasArsenal transfer BOOST! Besiktas pull out of race for Barcelona midfielder Arda TuranChelsea FC transfer news: Blues to offer Kurt Zouma or Michy Batshuayi in part-exchange deal for Sevilla star Vitololast_img read more