Dr. Al Gross, Alaska independent candidate for U.S. Senate. Gross would caucus with Democrats.As Democrats fixate on Georgia to see whether it might play host to two highly consequential Senate runoffs, it’s worth at least putting a pin in the Alaska Senate race too. At the moment, the AP reports that only about 50% of the state’s votes have been counted in the race between GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan and independent challenger Al Gross (who would caucus with Democrats). Sullivan leads that race by about 57,600 votes, but there are at least 110,000 absentee ballots that have yet to be counted along with an unknown number of early in-person votes cast after Oct. 29. In other words, there’s a lot of counting still to be done, and it won’t happen until next Tuesday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Hey, Burnt Hills, Ballston Lake, regarding your sewer vote. Have you seen enough signs, read enough letters to the editor or seen enough road-side signs admonishing you to “do this or don’t do that?”How about this? Get the facts and do your own thinking.Make up your own mind. How about that?David W. ChristensenBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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Mikel Arteta wants to add to his squad in January (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he’s keen on making ‘one or two’ signings to bolster his squad in January.The Spaniard signed a three and a half year deal with the Gunners shortly before Christmas and was assured that there would be money to spend in the January transfer window.Unai Emery signed the likes of Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney last summer but those arrivals were offset by the departures of Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.Arteta drew his first game in charge away at Bournemouth on Boxing Day but he will manage at the Emirates for the first time this afternoon against Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Granit Xhaka could be sold next month (Picture: Getty)And, speaking ahead of that game, the Spaniard admits he’s hopeful of up to two signings next month.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We need players back from injuries, first of all, to be more solid, more compact,’ Arteta told SkySports.‘And then we might need to do one or two things if the right players become available, to help us.‘But at the moment I am more concerned with getting the maximum out of the players available to us.’Granit Xhaka has been heavily linked with an exit from the club and reports in Germany claim he’s agreed a deal to join Hertha Berlin.Arteta praised the Switzerland midfielder last week but he will seek a replacement for the former Borussia Monchengladbach man should he decide to leave.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHector Bellerin and Gabriele Maetinelli are hopeful of playing some part against the Blues after the pair resumed full training over the Christmas period.Calum Chambers could come back into the side after missing the draw against the Cherries through suspension.MORE: Sir Alex Ferguson dumbfounded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to substitute Anthony Martial in Burnley win Mikel Arteta hopeful of making two signings in January to kick-start Arsenal revival Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 9:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Comment Advertisement
For those of you who only get excited about one horse race a year, your time is quickly approaching. The start of the summer racing program always kicks off with the Kentucky Derby. This race is not only a great show for the young crop of racing horses, but it is also a major social event for not only the horse owners and their contingents but for all the “want-to-be’s” who just like to say they were there. There will be more hats on display on this first Saturday of May than will probably be worn for all other social events combined for the year.For those of you who are interested, here are the top five horses one month out from the race itself. These five horses are supposed to have the best chance of landing one of the coveted spots in the Kentucky Derby field. They are Cairo Prince, Candy Boy, General A-Rod, California Chrome, and Samraat. All of these horses are now earning points in the preliminary races so they are eligible to run in the Derby. Barring injury, look for the above 5 horses plus 10-15 more making up the field.Good Luck to all of you serious bettors and us $2 wagerers.
The 10-year-old turned Cheltenham’s Foxhunter Chase into a procession as he romped to a 17-length victory and connections will be hoping for more of the same in the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase over the Grand National fences. “He’s come out of the race at Cheltenham well, and he’ll love the track and love the fences,” said trainer Enda Bolger. “There will be 30 runners so you’ll need a lot of luck, but he’s going there with a good chance.” Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, is also hoping fortune smiles on their horse against so much opposition. “He is in good form and has come out of the race at Cheltenham very well,” he said. “Enda’s very happy with him. It’s a big field so we’ll need a bit of luck for sure. “Hopefully Cheltenham didn’t take too much out of him.” Warne won the race last year but was then beaten 22 lengths when third to On The Fringe at Punchestown in early May. He only returned to competitive action when successful in a point-to-point last month. Not surprisingly, his trainer Brian Hamilton expects On The Fringe to be a tough nut to crack. “He’s back for more. He hasn’t had the same run through this year. He’s not had the same preparation, but I think he’s well there at the minute,” said the County Down handler. “He’ll need to be on his game to beat On The Fringe, never mind the other horses. “When the proper On The Fringe turns up, he’s very hard to beat. The only thing we seem to have going for us is that he handles the track well. “We’re hoping that will be a plus, but he will need to be at his best. The preparation hasn’t gone as smoothly, but at least we’re heading in the right direction and his work is back to what it was before he won the race last year. Everything is OK with him at the minute.” Press Association On The Fringe is reported to be in fine shape as he bids to complete the big hunter chase double at Aintree on Thursday.
Wednesday evening, students in Colorado walked out of a vigil for the victim of the recent shooting at the STEM school after two politicians took the stage and called for gun control.The students later returned, took the microphone and said they did not want their trauma to be used to promote gun control.“We are pretty much really mad because they turned us into politics about gun control when we came here to respect our brother Kendrick who gave his life for us.” A male student said. “We are people, not a statement.”Related content:Senior Kendrick Castillo identified as student killed in CO shooting The two Democrats who spoke at the vigil were Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who is running for president, and Rep. Jason Crow, whose congressional district includes STEM.About 2,000 people packed a high school gym Wednesday night to remember 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was shot and killed while charging one of the shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday.Authorities credited Castillo and two other students for stopping the attack.Eight other students were injured in the shooting.The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which helped to organize the vigil, later released a statement apologizing for offending the grieving students.Gun control org @bradybuzz apologizes for #STEMshooting vigil. Students walked out saying their grief was being politicized. “We are deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring & sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate” #9NEWS #copolitics pic.twitter.com/NHD6EaekXg— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 9, 2019
(BBC) – AGUSTIN Pichot has resigned from his role on the World Rugby Council after his defeat by Sir Bill Beaumont in the election for World Rugby chairman.Ex-England captain Beaumont was re-elected for another four years on 2 May after beating former Argentina skipper Pichot by 28 votes to 23.Pichot, 45, had served as Beaumont’s vice-chairman for the past four years.He has resigned as Americas Rugby president and the Argentine Rugby Union representative on the council.“The only reason I have been a part of World Rugby to this day, and which in turn is the same one that has moved me to run for president, is the conviction that World Rugby needs change,” said Pichot.“But my proposal, which I fervently believe in, has not been chosen, and that is why I choose to step aside.“I cannot conceive of occupying a place just for the sake of occupying it.”Pichot won the support of the Sanzaar nations (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina) as well as South America and Asia in his election bid.French Rugby president Bernard Laporte was elected vice-chairman under Beaumont.
The USC women’s basketball team captured the 2010 Women of Troy Basketball Tournament title behind 23 points from junior guard Ashley Corral, knocking off San Diego State 74-64.Corral opened the game on fire for USC (7-4), scoring 13 of the team’s first 15 points and pacing the Women of Troy to an early 15-4 lead. USC pushed the advantage to as many as 15 points in the first half and never trailed en route to the title and their third straight victory.USC seemed poised to cruise to victory after taking a 42-25 lead into halftime, but the Aztecs (4-5) rallied in the early stages of the second half to make it interesting. San Diego State closed the gap to 62-58 with four minutes remaining before USC ended the game with a 12-6 run.Corral knocked down her first five shots of the game and finished 7-14 from the floor. She added six assists and five rebounds to fill out an impressive stat line. Sophomore forward Christina Marinacci came off the bench to score 14 points and grab eight reboundsRedshirt senior guard Jacki Gemelos and junior guard Briana Gilbreath added 13 points apiece for the Women of Troy, who shot just 40 percent from the floor, but made up for it by connecting on 17 of their 21 free throw attempts.Gilbreath earned MVP honors of the tournament after posting averages of 13.5 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Backcourt mate Gilbreath joined her on the All-Tournament team.Paris Johnson and Coco Davis paced San Diego State with 18 and 16 points, respectively.For the second straight game, turnovers by the opposition helped the Women of Troy pull out the victory. San Diego State turned the ball over 19 times against USC.In the opening game of the tournament, USC parlayed a swarming defensive effort into a double-digit victory Sunday night over future conference foe Colorado. The Women of Troy forced 24 turnovers in the game, led by Gilbreath’s five steals.Gilbreath and Corral scored 14 points apiece for USC, who held the Buffaloes to just 32 percent shooting.The Women of Troy have Christmas off before resuming play Dec. 29 at Fresno State.