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Biden on Trump, Covid-19: ‘More People May Die Because of Transition Delay’

first_imgHours before Mr. Biden’s remarks, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, went further than any other senior Trump official in a public forum when he said that Mr. Biden appeared to have won the election and pledged a smooth transition from his staff.“Look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and obviously things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” Mr. O’Brien said.Perhaps wary of the ire of a president who refuses to concede the obvious, however, even Mr. O’Brien spoke conditionally, falsely suggesting that the election’s outcome remains uncertain.- Advertisement – “If there is a new administration, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies,” Mr. O’Brien said during a talk recorded last week and streamed on Monday as part of a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.“And if we are in a situation where we are not going into a Trump second term, which I think people where I’m sitting in the White House would like to see, if it’s another outcome, it will be a professional transition — there’s no question about it,” he added.Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport contributed reporting.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Biden’s comments came as governors across the country have begun issuing tough new restrictions on businesses, schools, bars and sports venues in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, prompting an increasingly aggressive backlash from Republicans, including some of Mr. Trump’s advisers.In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to shut down casinos, movie theaters and indoor dining — and to halt in-person learning at high schools and colleges — for three weeks prompted Republican lawmakers to call for her impeachment. She said the remarks by Dr. Atlas were “irresponsible” and left her breathless.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Women of Troy head to Oregon to face conference’s hottest teams

first_imgThe Women of Troy hit the road this weekend to play Pac-12 leader Oregon State and Oregon. Both Oregon schools have winning records in conference, and USC will have their hands full this weekend.“You could argue that these two are the hottest teams in the league right now,” associate head coach Beth Burns said.USC (18-8, 6-8) will first head to Corvallis, Oregon, on Friday to play No. 7 Oregon State (22-3, 13-1).  Oregon State has been phenomenal all season, only losing once in conference play to UCLA Jan. 4. Since then, the Beavers have won 12 in a row, including a 67-44 blowout of fellow Pac-12 competitor No. 9 ASU.Oregon State has stifled opponents with their defense all year, limiting opponents to 50.1 points per game, which makes them fifth best in the nation. The Beavers have been exceptional at protecting the paint this season and the Women of Troy will need to be able to make the most of their opportunities if they hope to defeat the red-hot Beavers.“We really worked hard this week on making shots,” Burns said. “It’s really hard getting paint points against Oregon State since they’re so long and so big.”Senior guard Jamie Weisner is Oregon State’s best player.  Weisner has been stellar for the Beavers all season — averaging 17.4 points per game — and is coming off a career-high 27-point performance against Utah.  She has been the leader of the Beavers’ offense all season long and the team will need to try and limit her production if they hope to leave Corvallis with a win. Weisner had 14 points against the Women of Troy in the Beaver’s matchup against USC.USC then heads to Eugene, Oregon to play a Ducks team that has been playing well as of late.  The Ducks (19-6, 8-6) started out the season undefeated before struggling in conference play, including a loss at USC on Jan. 4. However, the Ducks have won five straight and are 8-1 in their last nine games with the lone loss coming to No. 9 ASU.  The Ducks are also one of the highest scoring teams in the nation — averaging 75 points per game — and USC will have their hands full when they visit Eugene.The player to watch from Oregon is senior forward Jillian Alleyne — who is currently averaging 18.6 points per game.  Alleyne is from nearby Fontana and is one of the best players in the NCAA.  She was rated No. 16 in ESPNW’s preseason list of the top 25 players in the nation and has not disappointed with her performance this season.  She is a key cog in the Duck’s high-powered offense and USC has to make it a focal point to try and limit Alleyne.  Alleyne had a dominating 23 points and 17 rebounds in her previous matchup against USC.“[Alleyne] is a double-double machine but we have our own double-double machine in Temi Fagbenle,” Burns said.Coming off a disappointing loss to Washington, USC salvaged the weekend with a win against Washington State on Sunday. USC continues to miss starters Brianna Barrett and Jordan Adams and in order for the Women of Troy to leave the state of Oregon with a pair of victories this weekend, Temi Fagbenle must continue her stellar play.After struggling with foul trouble versus Washington, Fagbenle bounced back with a phenomenal 26-point 13-rebound performance against Washington State. Fagbenle has been a crucial part of USC’s success this season, and this weekend will be no different.last_img read more

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NASCAR championship points: Clinching scenarios for Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, others in Phoenix

first_imgOverall, Larson has three top five and five top-10 finishes in 11 Phoenix starts with his current team. His best finish at the track is second in the 2017 spring race.Chase ElliottNeeds a win to clinch.Mathematically unable to advance on points, Elliott is the only playoff driver who needs to win in Phoenix in order to advance to the Championship 4. He has never won at Phoenix, but he did score a runner-up finish in the 2017 playoff race.Elliott has four top-10 finishes in seven career Cup Series starts at Phoenix. He started on the outside pole for the spring race at the track this season but finished 14th. MORE: NASCAR starting lineup for PhoenixAll but one of those six drivers could reach the championship race without a win Sunday in Phoenix; only Elliott, 78 points under the cut line, needs a victory to advance. Two of the driver,s Busch and Logano, could clinch a place in the Championship 4 with a specific amount of points based on their current standings.Below are the current NASCAR Cup Series championship points standings and the clinching scenarios for each of the six drivers looking to join Truex and Harvick as contenders for the title at Homestead.NASCAR championship points standingsPos.DriverPoints+/-1.Martin Truex Jr. (clinched)4,133-2.Kevin Harvick (clinched)4,113-3.Kyle Busch4,113+224.Joey Logano4,111+20Cut-off line5.Denny Hamlin4,091-206.Ryan Blaney4,088-237.Kyle Larson4,088-238.Chase Elliott4,033-78NASCAR championship race clinching scenariosTruex and Harvick already have clinched spots in the championship race next weekend at Homestead. Any of the six playoff drivers remaining would advance to the title race with a win in Phoenix, and the highest standing driver in points would earn the fourth and final spot.If a non-playoff driver wins in Phoenix, then the top two drivers in points would advance to the championship race.Should there be a tie in points, the advantage would go to the driver who scored the highest finish in this three-race round (at Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix).Below are the clinching scenarios for the six Cup Series playoff drivers who have not yet earned a place in the championship race.Kyle BuschWould clinch with 53 points earned and a new winner in Phoenix.If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Logano), would clinch having earned 34 points.Busch is the only driver to win in the two races at ISM Raceway since the facility’s reconfiguration was completed last year. Among the eight playoff drivers, only Harvick (22) has more top-10 finishes in Phoenix than Busch’s 20, and he has the best cushion of points heading into Sunday’s race.”We all know one guy is going to move through on points, and we have to do whatever we have to do in order to be that guy,” Busch said prior to the race at ISM. “If we can obviously go to Phoenix and have a strong run and be able to go out there and win that will put us through, as well. We’re two points up on the 22 (Logano), so it’s going to be a race between the 18 and 22. Imagine that.”Joey LoganoWould clinch with 55 points earned and a new winner in Phoenix.If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Busch), would clinch having earned 36 points.Logano, who is two points behind third-place Busch and has a 20-point edge on fifth-place Hamlin, finished 37th in the Phoenix playoff race last year, but the defending champion advanced to Homestead by virtue of his previous win at Martinsville. No such cushion this year.Logano finished 10th in Phoenix earlier this year, but he has only one victory (2016) and four top-five finishes in 21 Cup Series starts at the track. Denny HamlinWould clinch with a win.Could clinch on points with help.Among the four playoff drivers who are entering the Phoenix race on the outside of the Championship 4 looking in, Hamlin is the only one who has won at this track (2012).Hamlin is averaging a 13.6 finish in the five Cup Series playoff races at ISM since 2014, and his 678 career laps led in Phoenix is more than the combined career totals of Logano (296), Larson (69), Blaney (108) and Elliott (156).Ryan BlaneyWould clinch with a win.Could clinch on points with help.Blaney is averaging a 19.7 finish in the three playoff races he has run in Phoenix, the lowest average playoff finish among the four drivers needing a win to reach the Championship 4.Earlier this season, though, Blaney won the pole, led a personal best 94 laps and finished third in Phoenix. Overall, he has three top-10 finishes in seven Phoenix starts. His worst outing (34th) came in last year’s playoff race.Kyle LarsonWould clinch with a win.Could clinch on points with help.Larson finished third in the playoff races at Phoenix in 2016 and 2018, his best showing in the playoff races at the track. His average finish in the last five playoff races in Phoenix is 16th. In terms of clinching scenarios for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race at Homestead next week, there is only one common thread for the six playoff drivers who have not yet secured a place in the Championship 4: Win in Phoenix, and you’re in.Beyond that, though, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott have different hurdles to jump in their quests to join Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick, winners of the last two playoff races, in the last round for the championship.last_img read more

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