Vote-counting continues, but Republicans likely to maintain control of Senate

first_imgIn Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock is headed to a January 5, 2021, runoff with Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Sen. David Perdue is currently just over 50% in the other Senate race in that state, but with the remaining votes to be counted in that race, it’s possible that Perdue will also be headed to a runoff against Jon Ossoff. In one possible scenario, those two runoffs could end up determining control of the Senate.Democrat Cal Cunningham narrowly trails Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina, but it’s unlikely that the remaining ballots there will push him over the top.The odious Lindsey Graham and Joni Ernst will stay in the Senate. – Advertisement – Once again, the Democrats in the Senate will represent more people than the Republicans in the Senate. But once again, the Republicans are strongly favored to have control of the Senate, highlighting again how undemocratic the U.S. system is and how badly we need major reform. Sen. Susan Collins leads Sara Gideon narrowly in Maine. If Collins remains under 50% of the vote, the 4% of the vote currently going to a third-party candidate will be reallocated and could help Gideon. That’s two big ifs adding up to a very long shot, though. In Michigan, Republican challenger John James narrowly leads Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, but there’s reason to hope that the same mail ballots expected to boost Biden will also boost Peters.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Wickham fears the drop

first_img Wickham told Press Association Sport: “It was definitely a killer blow but we have five games left so it’s not impossible. “If we perform on Saturday like we did then I don’t see why we wouldn’t have a chance.” Wickham had been recalled from his loan spell with Leeds by manager Gus Poyet and repaid that faith by scoring his first Premier League goals since October 2011. He added: “It was a massive relief for me to score, not just for myself but I think for the team. “I guess I had a point to prove – I’ve been sent out on loan a couple of times but that’s football for me. I’m just out to do what I do and hopefully I have done myself no harm with this performance. “It wasn’t easy playing in the Premier League at 17 but I’ve never felt pressured to do what I do. “We performed so well and dug in and from the moment they scored first I think we dominated the game. “Don’t get me wrong they had their patches but we created more, we defended solidly and when we went forward we looked a threat and thankfully the two goals eventually came and they got a lucky one right at the end.” Press Association Wickham finally made the breakthrough in the Premier League with his impressive double in the 2-2 draw – the 21-year-old has been living with the burden of an £8million price tag since he joined Sunderland from Ipswich as a 17-year-old in 2011. A win would have been a huge boost to bottom club Sunderland’s survival hopes but City forced a late equaliser through Samir Nasri. Wickham’s loan spells at Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday proved successful but he confirmed it was not a move he had asked for. He added: “I didn’t plan to go out on loan, but it happened. I’ve played a lot of football since going away. That can only help me and benefit me. “I came to play Premier League football, but I went away, got match-fit, scored a few goals and I’ve played against three of the top five since coming back. “I didn’t ask to come back, the manager called me, so, for me, it was a positive and I had something to prove. “Hopefully this is the start of something new.” Connor Wickham’s two goals against Manchester City may have been a huge relief for the young striker but he admitted Sunderland’s failure to hold on for victory may have been a killer blow. last_img read more

Schneidman: Why Tyler Lydon should be used more

first_img Published on December 16, 2015 at 12:13 pm Against St. John’s, Lydon played 34 minutes, even with Cooney’s 34 and Richardson’s 35. His lack of touches wasn’t abnormal. Through 10 games, he’s only been used on 13.7 percent of the possessions he’s been on the court for, according to KenPom. A player is “used” on a possession if their actions end a possession, including making a shot, missing one that’s rebounded by the defense or turning the ball over. Lydon’s percentage is eighth-highest on a team where just six players see more than 20 percent of a game’s minutes on average.Syracuse has proven scorers in Gbinije and Cooney. The ball should be in Gbinije’s hands as much as it is since he’s been SU’s only consistent offensive game-changer. But Cooney and Richardson, two players who’ve taken at least 25 more 3-pointers than 2-point shots this season, are forcing SU to depend too much on the deep ball when both have shown an ability to convert at the rim.Gbinije said after Saturday’s loss that Syracuse needs to attack the rim more if shots aren’t falling. Lydon is the only one of four SU players who takes a substantial amount of 3s to have taken more shots inside the arc than outside. He’s also the team’s best foul shooter. Yet, against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, others insisted on taking more bombs from beyond the NBA 3-point line.“The one thing that’s great about Malachi and Trevor,” Hopkins said, “is that when they’re missing shots they think they’re making the next ones.”But Richardson never made the next one. And neither did Cooney. Lydon’s only long ball gave Syracuse a 25-24 lead with 5:09 left in the first half. It was SU’s last lead of the game.Lydon is playing 32.5 minutes per game and has taken over Coleman’s duties at center. That isn’t likely to change. Per KenPom, Lydon is playing as Syracuse’s center 55.4 percent of the time over the past five games.Still, the versatile big man takes only 14.5 percent of SU’s shots when he’s in. That too ranks eighth on Syracuse, last of all the players who’ve seen sufficient time to qualify for the category.It’s fun when Syracuse jacks up around 30 3s in a game, but it’s not fun for Syracuse when only five go in. The Orange doesn’t have a low-post threat like Rakeem Christmas, so the only other option is to create from inside the arc but outside of post-ups. Lydon has been the most efficient at doing so of the SU players who most often have the ball in their hands in the area.He’s also proven to be a close second behind Gbinije as Syracuse’s most versatile offensive weapon. But the ball wasn’t in his hands as Syracuse’s offense flat-lined on Saturday. It needs to be if the Orange doesn’t want that again. Comments NEW YORK – Tyler Lydon sat inches from Trevor Cooney in Syracuse’s locker room, his chair partially engulfed in the semi-circle of reporters around the senior. A couple feet to the left was Malachi Richardson, isolated in a corner while reporters asked about his dismal shooting day in SU’s 12-point loss to St. John’s. Lydon occasionally glanced to his right, able to clearly hear each question asked to Cooney, cameras only in the freshman’s face about 10 minutes into the Orange’s open locker room period.Like the 40 minutes prior, Richardson and Cooney got more attention.Thirty-two total shots. Seven makes. Nineteen from behind the arc. A lone ball to go through the hoop. Lydon only took six shots inside the arc and two 3-pointers against the Red Storm, making half of each. Through 10 games, he’s shooting 50 percent from 3 and 51.4 percent on two-pointers, both second on the team behind Michael Gbinije. Yet Lydon has only taken 11 percent of Syracuse’s shots behind the arc and 12 percent of the ones inside it.Mike Hopkins said Syracuse will live and die by the 3-pointer and it was the latter on Saturday. But to diversify an offense that’s already one-dimensional, Lydon should get the ball more.“I thought Malachi and Trevor, we got some good looks we just didn’t knock them down,” Hopkins, SU’s interim head coach, said after Saturday’s loss, “and that’s kind of been the storyline of this season.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJessica Sheldon | Staff Photographercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more