Elliott said: “It was a good performance. Mark said he needed the whole length of the straight to get there – he wants three miles.“Obviously I’ll have to speak to Frank (Berry, owner’s racing manager) and JP, but I’d imagine the three-mile race in Leopardstown at Christmas would be the place to go with him now. He has no choice really now but to go for a Grade One.“He’s been a great little horse around the yard. The Stayers’ Hurdle would look the race for him long-term.”- Advertisement – Dual Cheltenham Festival hero Sire Du Berlais made a winning return to action in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan.The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old has won the last two renewals of the Pertemps Final at the showpiece meeting in the Cotswolds for Gordon Elliott, but faced a step up in class and a drop in trip for this two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two.- Advertisement – Paddy Power cut Sire Du Berlais to 10-1 from 16-1 for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham next March. The blinkered 9-2 chance was on the heels of the leaders rounding the home turn and responded to Mark Walsh’s urgings on the run-in to get up and beat long-time leader French Dynamite by half a length.Matthew Smith’s stable star Ronald Pump was the 9-4 favourite on his first start since filling the runner-up spot in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, and was not completely done with when crashing out at the final obstacle.Noel Meade’s Sixshooter finished third.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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– Advertisement – One of the biggest problems that Donald Trump is facing in his attempts to thwart democracy and successfully pull off a coup d’état is that the jurisdictions he is accusing of massive voter fraud and failure are under the control of Republican Party officials. These officials have been given nothing even approximating evidence that a single example of voter fraud took place, let alone massive voter fraud.On Wednesday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich went on Fox News with Neil Cavuto to explain that even if the Trump administration could prove that their claims are true—and that is an “if” the size of a planet—it still wouldn’t turn Arizona from blue to red. Cavuto said, “Believe me, Attorney General, I admire your nerves of steel and a backbone to match … because a lot of people are not going to digest this very nice.” He asked Brnovich to be clear about what he was saying. Brnovich tried to be as clear as possible. Spoiler alert: Donald Trump lost big time.- Advertisement –
Scotland beat Serbia on Thursday night to reach a major tournament for the first time since 1998. The result sparked huge celebrations in Scotland – here’s what it means to Tartan Army member and Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph.“In England football is big, in Scotland it’s massive”. The words of Darren Fletcher on Sky Sports earlier this season were backed up by the scenes of jubilation in Scotland and from Scots all around the world.- Advertisement – This was perhaps the best night of my life – and I was sitting in my flat in London watching the TV and drinking on my own. Scotland have qualified for a major tournament for the first time since 1998. The magnitude of this achievement, what it means to us and what it can do for the country cannot be underestimated.Ryan Christie’s raw emotion after the game during his post-match interview summed it all up. He epitomised how a whole country was feeling. I was crying on Thursday night – a lot. In a Teams Meeting on Friday morning, another Scottish colleague was struggling to hold back her tears when talking about the game. I’m even welling up writing this. This is a huge moment for us and for Scotland as a nation. If not, we’ll still be doing our bit to show our support. The bunting will be out, flags will be draped over windows, pipers will be piping, kids – and adults – will be painting their faces blue and I’m sure Ted Christopher will continue hosting virtual gigs. There’ll be a Panini sticker book with Scotland players in it.There’ll be a real buzz about the place. There’ll be hope, there’ll be joy, there’ll be optimism and – who knows – it might just catch on. That kind of infectious feeling could change the mentality of the nation going forward.If it continues, kids growing up will be dreaming about playing for Scotland at a major tournament – and it will be a realistic aim. They will see their heroes playing on the biggest stage. These Scotland players will be genuine role models.And now we can maybe give them a better chance. The SFA will be getting around £10million just for competing – money which can go directly into youth development, facilities and coaching. For 22 years, we have missed out on this – 10 tournaments without this kind of money to develop our game in Scotland. Project Brave could become Project Success.We have a lot of catching up to do, but we can still rise and be that nation again, who were consistently at World Cups and European Championships.We’ve jumped over the biggest hurdle and the benefits of it could go beyond our imagination.For now, our focus is on next summer. Whatever will be, will be – we’re going to Wembley. Image:Scotland fans have another Wembley date to look forward to I was incredibly nervous before the game – I had to go out and walk for two hours to burn off energy and kill the time.Then the game started and I was strangely calm. Scotland were playing well. One-nil up and it was going on two or three. I was becoming uncomfortable at how comfortable it was. “This isn’t the Scottish way?” I thought to myself. I was daring to dream.We were 30 seconds away from qualifying and then there was the inevitable sucker-punch – Serbia’s equaliser. I was flattened. I thought that was it – we’d go on to lose in extra-time or penalties. But we didn’t.Nothing is ever simple for Scotland. And it wasn’t last night, but it had a very different ending to the 22-year series we’ve been watching and it was an amazing feeling. – Advertisement – For too long we have seen glorious failures turned into inglorious failures. It was normal for Scotland to not be at a major tournament – each time we were looking at who England had in their group in search of a team to support.We’ve been the butt of all the jokes from our neighbours. England fans sing “Are you Scotland in disguise?” when they are beating a team easily. It’s been a tough ride.I was six years old when Scotland last played at a major tournament – World Cup 98 in France. I do remember it, but I didn’t experience it in the same way I can now. Ryan Christie was moved to tears after helping Scotland secure their place at Euro 2020 with a penalty shoot-out win against Serbia. Scotland can now look forward to Euro 2020 with the backing of a nation that has been allowed to dream again. A generation of younger fans, who’ve maybe felt disconnected from the national team in the past can look forward to seeing their own players on the big stage. I will be properly experiencing it for the first time.No one knows what kind of tournament it will be. Hopefully by June next year, fans will be allowed in stadiums. It would be just our luck to have qualified for a tournament that will be without fans – especially with two games at Hampden and a date with England at Wembley.Fingers crossed coronavirus will be under more control and we can party like it’s 1998.The Tartan Army will add value to Euro 2020 for sure – we are among the most loyal, friendly and jovial fans around. As we’ve been saying: “No Scotland, no party”. This time there will be Scotland – and there will be a party.I was gutted not to be in a kilt in Belgrade yesterday drinking with the Tartan Army. It felt weird not being there for the most important game in our recent history. But if it means we can invade Trafalgar Square before a clash with the Auld Enemy at Wembley, then it’ll be worth it. Image:Steve Clarke will be the first Scotland manager to lead his team at a major tournament since Craig Brown in 1998 – Advertisement – 1:42 I’ve been following Scotland around the world as a journalist and fully paid member of the Tartan Army, ever since – and we’ve never qualified, until now. A whole generation of Scots have never seen the men’s football team at a World Cup or Euros.Qualifying draws were made and each time I’d think “this is our campaign”. Each time seeing a new slogan – “Nothing Matters More” became “This Time” – and still nothing happened. I was going on trips with the Portlethen Tartan Army and the game would be the worst part of it. I stood on the terraces at San Marino last year, after a 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan a few days before, watching Scotland struggle to break down a team of part-timers, hoping for the game to end and to put me out of my misery.Don’t get me wrong, there have been highs. But for every 1-0 win over the Netherlands and Griffiths free-kick against England, there’s been a 6-0 drubbing in Amsterdam and a Harry Kane equaliser. The pain was normal. The lows were normal. It was very much part of being Scottish. And a generation of Scots have been brought up like this. It’s shaped the mentality of the country – we are generally pessimistic. I would say to people: “We always find a new way of going out”. It was the hope that killed us, so we stopped daring to dream.But on Thursday night, Steve Clarke’s side changed everything. Image:Scotland fans haven’t been to a major tournament since Craig Brown led the team to the France 98 World Cup Image:This scene has become the norm for Scotland fans over the last two decades – Advertisement –
The three branches of the federal government, as laid out in the Constitution, are the legislative, including both the House and Senate; the executive, or presidency; and judicial, which includes the Supreme Court.- Advertisement – Mr. Tuberville also said he planned to use his Senate office to raise money for two Republican senators in Georgia who are facing runoff elections that will determine control of the chamber. Senate ethics rules bar the use of official resources for campaign purposes.And in another exchange, he erroneously said that Mr. Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, was president-elect for 30 days during an intense, protracted recount and legal battle. Neither Mr. Gore nor George W. Bush were considered the president-elect during that process. – Advertisement – Asked to opine on the key takeaways from the election, Mr. Tuberville said he was concerned that Mr. Biden, a mainstream, centrist Democrat, had promoted a vision that he claimed “leads more to a socialist type of government.”“That’s concerning to me, that we’re to the point now where we’ve got almost half the country voting for something that this country wasn’t built on,” Mr. Tuberville said. “I tell people, my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism.”World War II was a global battle against fascism.- Advertisement – In his first big interview as a senator-elect, Tommy Tuberville, Republican of Alabama, misidentified the three branches of the federal government, claimed erroneously that World War II was a battle against socialism and wrongly asserted that former Vice President Al Gore was president-elect for 30 days.Mr. Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach who decisively defeated Senator Doug Jones, a Democrat, last week, gave the remarkable interview to The Alabama Daily News on Thursday after attending orientation for new senators in Washington.- Advertisement – The interview amounted to the most in-depth remarks Mr. Tuberville had given since he was elected last week. He cut a low profile on the campaign trail, rarely making himself available to reporters other than those at conservative outlets, but had positioned himself as a staunch supporter of President Trump. Asked if he thought Republicans could still use their potential Senate majority to pass legislation in divided government, with Democrats controlling the White House and House of Representatives, Mr. Tuberville replied that he had been given a mandate to “help people,” adding, “I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat.”“Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government — wasn’t set up that way,” Mr. Tuberville said. “You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive.”
In South Korea, which reported 191 cases, its biggest daily jump in 70 days, the government began fining people who don’t wear masks in public, The Associated Press reports. Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re followingWhat you’re doingWell, what a fabulous 14 days here in Melbourne! Zero new Covid-19 cases and zero deaths. We are all close to tears with joy. After a horrendous error with quarantine issues for residents returning from other countries infested with the virus a few months ago, which caused an enormous outbreak of Covid-19, we are now in a wonderful position. It took 115 days of lockdown, mandatory mask wearing (still imposed for the foreseeable future) and social distancing. The figurative steel band around Melbourne has now been lifted, and we can all dance in the sunshine around the state. — Deborah McMillan, Melbourne, AustraliaLet us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to [email protected] Resurgences – Advertisement – Cases surge, and states go into lockdownThe fall coronavirus surge in the U.S. is at a dangerous inflection point, with cases spiking across a wide swath of the country.“What separates this moment is both the breadth of the struggle right now around the country, as well as the suddenness with which case numbers are going up,” said our colleague Mitch Smith, who tracks the coronavirus for The Times.- Advertisement – The governors of California and Washington urged their residents today to avoid all nonessential interstate travel, while the mayor of New York City warned that public schools could close as early as Monday.Elsewhere in the country, as case numbers reach terrifying heights, states, counties and cities are considering economically devastating lockdowns to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.The health care system in particular — as Ed Wong of the Atlantic reported today — is under intense strain.“The country, for many months, has seen consistent transmission, consistent infection, consistent suffering, and consistent death,” Mitch said. “But what we haven’t seen, in a widespread way, is not being able to fully help people. And given what we’re hearing from doctors and governors, I fear that’s where we could be heading.”How rules are changing in your state Sweden, where a second wave is beginning take shape, registered 4,658 cases yesterday, just under the daily record it set last week, Reuters reports. As cases have exploded in the U.S., governors have undertaken a flurry of actions to try to slow the spread of the virus. Just this week, Utah and Ohio, both states led by Republican governors, have mandated masks statewide. The governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, has long resisted a mask mandate, but this week she ordered that masks be worn at large gatherings. “If you look at the bar charts of cases in different states, a lot of them right now look like straight upward lines,” Mitch said. “And we don’t know where that goes.” – Advertisement – In Illinois, where more than 75,000 cases have emerged in the past week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker suggested that he could soon impose a stay-at-home order, and he scolded local officials for not enforcing mask rules and restrictions on businesses. Mitch told us he was most fearful for the Midwest, from Nebraska north to Canada and east to Chicago. The near future looks incredibly dark for cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Omaha, Des Moines and Minneapolis, where hospital beds are filling up and cases continue to rise.- Advertisement – The New York Times is tracking coronavirus restrictions on the state level, including which businesses are open or closed — and whether officials require masks or recommend or order staying at home. Here are the latest rule changes in your state.Giving thanks, safelyHealth officials are dreading Thanksgiving this year, as the surging virus threatens to become even worse because of interstate travel and large family gatherings.The Times has assembled guidance on how to navigate this year’s holiday season if you plan to travel, from the types of coronavirus tests available for travelers to how to choose the safest seat on a plane. If you’re visiting relatives, you should expect to go into quarantine, with strict statewide requirements. (As a reminder, experts generally suggest two weeks for a safe quarantine. So for Thanksgiving, you should have started yesterday.)For college students, who may not have the option to stay on campus, it’s crucial to isolate themselves even if they test negative for the virus before traveling. “Their arrival on Wednesday with plans to see grandma on Thursday could pose a huge risk,” David Rubin, a pediatrician and public health expert at the University of Pennsylvania, told our colleagues.The actual Thanksgiving meal should look significantly different this year, experts advised, with lots of fresh air (through open windows or by hosting the meal outside), a small guest list and as short a celebration as possible. The Times’s Tara Parker-Pope writes that all guests should wear masks whenever they’re not eating and should all use separate utensils.You might be weighing whether to skip the family gathering altogether, and how to break that news to a disappointed relative. That conversation should happen as soon as possible, experts told the Times’s Christina Caron. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, told Tara that his three adult daughters had decided to skip the holidays this year to avoid putting him and his wife at risk. “You don’t want to be the Grinch that stole Thanksgiving,” he said. “But this may not be the time to have a big family gathering.” Puerto Rico will activate the National Guard to help enforce a curfew aimed at curbing the virus, The A.P. reports. Last Wednesday, the U.S. topped 100,000 daily cases for the first time. Eight days later, that number was up to more than 163,000. Thirty-seven states set weekly case records in the last few days, and 32 states — from Alaska to New Hampshire — hit that mark again yesterday. As far as bright spots, there really aren’t any, Mitch said. The only positive development, if you could call it that, is that populous states like Florida, California and New York are not deteriorating as rapidly as other places — although the situation in those states is also getting worse.In his first public address since losing his re-election bid, President Trump made no acknowledgment of the incredible surge in coronavirus cases gripping the nation. Because of the vacuum of leadership at the federal level, local elected officials across the country are begging residents to change their behavior, instituting fresh restrictions and warning of more changes on the horizon.Gov. Kate Brown placed Oregon in a partial lockdown for two weeks, shuttering gyms and restaurant dining and capping social gatherings at six people. In New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a “stay at home” order, asking people to shelter in place except for essential trips, beginning Monday and lasting two weeks.