With a small margin in Georgia, a recount is inevitable, state officials say.

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be tallied in four counties: Floyd, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett, where the largest tranche is to be counted and which contains Atlanta suburban communities that have gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years. The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrived in the mail before the end of business on Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year. The state has shown signs of trending blue, and when Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.- Advertisement – Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on the Biden campaign’s short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was celebrated as Mr. Biden took the lead on Friday, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state in 2018.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia is so close that a recount is inevitable, Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday.As of Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes.- Advertisement – Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full” and cited the work of other activists.last_img read more

Chandimal, Tharanga to lead Sri Lanka after Mathews departs

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Dinesh Chandimal was named skipper of Sri Lanka’s Test team yesterday, while fellow batsman Upul Tharanga has been tasked with leading the limited-overs squads after Angelo Mathews relinquished the captaincy across all formats a day earlier.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala said the board had accepted Mathews’ resignation following a shock one-day series defeat by Zimbabwe, which the all-rounder described as one of the lowest points of his career.“As a captain, I can’t turn a blind eye to the failure of the team in the past several months,” Mathews told a news conference where the new captains were named, referring to the team’s struggles since the 2015 World Cup.“There is sufficient time for Sri Lanka Cricket to choose a captain and prepare the team for the 2019 World Cup in England.“I wanted to take this decision back. But I had to stay because of the team. Now Upul and Dinesh are capable of carrying the duty.”Sri Lanka’s new captains have little time to adjust to their roles as the side host Zimbabwe in a one-off Test starting tomorrow, before welcoming India for a full series from July 26, featuring three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match.The 1996 world champions, currently ranked seventh in Tests and eighth in one-dayers, are also vying with West Indies for the last available automatic place in the 2019 World Cup.Chandimal said he looked forward to receiving guidance from Mathews as he begins his tenure against Zimbabwe in Colombo before taking on the top-ranked team in Test cricket.“I thank Angelo for leading the team and it is not an easy task,” the 27-year-old said.“We have lots of ups and down in the last two years, but we have a lot of talented young and senior players in the team.“I am happy about being entrusted (with) this post. I am going to put my heart and soul to put the team in the right position.”Mathews marks his return to the Test side against Zimbabwe after missing the previous home series against Bangladesh through injury.Friday’s match will be the first he plays in without being in charge since 2013.last_img read more

Kailee Coonan hitting stride at Syracuse with kicking, tackling and quickness

first_imgAlthough she may be a freshman, midfielder Kailee Coonan has found her spot with Syracuse by repeatedly showing her skills whenever she steps foot on the field. Her development can clearly be seen in practice and games.Coonan has made the most of her freshman season with Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast), becoming a key component and standing out as one of many freshmen who will be counted on to produce for the remainder of the season. For Coonan, it is all about taking the time now to learn as much as she can from her teammates and coaches as she transitions to playing at the collegiate level. She has five shots on the season.“The upperclassmen have been really great in helping me transition,” Coonan said. “The coaches have been pushing me to take more steps and get more comfortable, so it’s been a learning process, but I’m getting better each day.”Coonan has found the adjustment manageable to playing at Syracuse, and even though she played at a high level at an under-14 U.S. National Team training camp and at Henderson (Pennsylvania) High School, she sees several differences between the competition that she played there and what she has experienced early this season.“It’s definitely a lot faster,” Coonan said. “The players are better and a lot more athletic, but I think with each game it’s getting more and more comfortable. I’m sure as the ACC games come it will again be a time to adjust and figure things out, but it’s getting easier.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Coonan has adjusted to playing against better competition, one thing has not changed: her dynamic as a midfielder. Her abilities have grabbed the attention of team members, and they are something that head coach Phil Wheddon was looking forward to from her even as the year began.“Kailee is a very technical midfielder,” Wheddon said. “We knew that coming in. When she came in, we knew we wanted her on the ball a lot.”Wheddon cited her combined ability to both defend and possess as something that has stood out about her play. Senior defender Alana O’Neill has grown accustomed to seeing Coonan play at an advanced level despite her age, as well as her one- and two-touch passing game and her agility when put in tight situations with the ball.“I feel very comfortable giving her the ball with someone on her back or someone who’s coming in,” O’Neill said, “because I know that she’s going to have the quick touches to get away with that.”O’Neill pointed out Coonan’s growth during SU’s game at then-No. 8 Florida early in the season as a time when she noticed Coonan coming into her own as a midfielder. There, Coonan displayed the technical skills, like slide tackling, to further support what she and Wheddon see on a regular basis from the freshman.Through the Orange’s first 10 games, Coonan’s consistent play and capability as a midfielder give reason for both coaches and teammates to be excited for her improvement, something which Wheddon envisions for her future.“She possesses the ball well, she gets herself in good positions, she connects and makes plays for us,” he said. “She still has a lot of development to go, but so far we’re really, really happy with her.” Comments Published on September 26, 2017 at 11:19 pm jmfromke@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more