US election results: Trump and Biden each claim victory as lawsuits brew

first_imgmedia captionThe story of the night so far… His campaign is also hopeful they still can take Arizona. What were the other key results? – Advertisement – In the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Trump announced from the White House that he had won and said he would take the election to the Supreme Court. The BBC projects Mr Biden won Michigan. US media forecast he has won Wisconsin. No result has emerged in Pennsylvania. What legal challenges are afoot? Latest updates: Biden takes MichiganDemocrats hopes of gaining US Senate dwindleUS election results in maps and chartsTables turned as Trump voters start to worry The Democratic challenger said his campaign was feeling “very good” about Pennsylvania. Winning all three of these Rust Belt states would make Mr Biden victorious. The Trump campaign is challenging vote counts in the critical states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Trump campaign said the president would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing “irregularities in several Wisconsin counties”. What are the campaigns saying? – Advertisement – Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: “The fight’s not over. We’re in it.” Not so fast, said the campaign of Republican President Trump. read more

Connacht stun Toulouse

first_img Connacht were outscored two tries to one but Kieran Marmion’s second-half effort combined with 11 points from the boot of fly-half Dan Parks – who successfully kicked two penalties, a conversion and a drop goal – saw them claim a huge scalp. Four-time champions Toulouse notched tries in either half through Jean-Pascal Barraque and Thierry Dusautoir but they could not find a way to break down the Connacht defence again in the closing stages as they slumped to a rare home defeat in Europe. And the French giants could even have lost by more points in the end had the TMO not spotted a knock-on after Robbie Henshaw had streaked away for what seemed like a brilliant second-half try for the visitors. Connacht had turned desperate defence into thrilling attack after Toulouse had turned the ball over in the visitors’ 22. Gavin Duffy and Marmion had combined to send the full-back racing clear, but Romanian referee Marius Mitrea asked the TMO to check the origin of the move. Unfortunately for Connacht the TMO discovered a slight knock-on some 70 metres back in the play by a Connacht player and they missed out on seven points. That could have been critical because seven minutes later Toulouse kicked to the left corner and rumbled skipper Duautoir over for a try which Lionel Beauxis converted of the touchline. That cut the gap to two points and set-up a thrilling final 15 minutes in which Connacht never stopped taking the game to their illustrious opponents as well as producing superb defence. Parks missed with a drop-goal and a 50-metre penalty in those closing minute to add to the drama, but there was no denying the Irishmen. Following on from Leinster’s win at Northampton, Ulster’s triumph over Benetton Treviso and Munster’s bonus point victory against Perpignan, Pat Lam’s Connacht side had the whole of Ireland urging them on to make it a clean sweep. Toulouse had not been beaten at Stade Ernest Wallon for five years in the tournament, yet they only led for five minutes in the match. Parks put his side ahead with a 13th-minute penalty and then added a drop-goal three minutes later to make it 6-0. Connacht produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Heineken Cup as they rounded off a perfect weekend in Europe for the Irish provinces with a 16-14 win in Toulouse. It did not help the home cause that fly-half Barraque missed with two penalty kicks, but he did make up for his first mistake with a brilliant individual try on the stroke of half- time. He dummied past Craig Clarke, weaved past Henshaw and touched down at the posts for a try which he converted to make it 7-6 to the home side at the break. That lead did not last for long though, as Parks hammered over a penalty five minutes into the second half and then scrum-half Marmion rounded off a brilliant right touchline move involving Henshaw and Fionn Carr by burrowing over for a try which was finally confirmed by the TMO. Parks converted superbly off the touchline and that gave Connacht a 16-7 lead with just over half-an-hour to play. They then defended superbly to take the four points and put themselves right back into the reckoning for a quarter-final place. Despite their defeat Toulouse still stay on top of the pool with 10 points, but Saracens are level on points with Connacht now one point behind with a return game against the French side in Galway to come next weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix after puncture on last lap

first_imgHamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas also punctured, two laps earlier, which dropped him out of the points.The Finn finished 11th and dropped to 30 points behind Hamilton in the title race, a potentially devastating blow to his hopes so early in a season truncated by the coronavirus.McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was the third driver to suffer a left-front puncture, his like Hamilton’s on the last lap, and he dropped from fourth place to 13th.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was promoted from fourth to the final podium spot by the late drama.Late drama leads to seismic momentThe drama started with Bottas suffering a puncture to his Mercedes with two laps to goIt was a remarkable finish to a race that had been soporific until that point, and Hamilton recognised that afterwards, saying over the radio, his voice drenched in relief: “That was close.”The Mercedes drivers had been nursing their tyres after making an earlier than expected pit stop because of the second of two safety cars.They stopped to change from medium to hard tyres on lap 13, very early to make it to the end of the race on one set of hard tyres.They were clearly managing their pace from then on, but despite that dark rings appeared on their tyres as the race moved into the closing stages.But there was no real sign of the drama to come until Bottas’ left front tyre deflated shortly after starting lap 50, with two to go.The Finn limped around almost an entire lap and was too far back to get into the points.Hamilton looked then to be cruising to the flag, until he too suffered a puncture, this time heading down the back straight towards Brooklands. Then it was a question of whether he could get around the remainder of the lap – more than half of it – before Verstappen caught him.Hamilton said: “Until the last lap, everything was relatively smooth sailing.“The tyres felt great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard and I was doing some management of that tyre and he looked like he wasn’t doing any.Hamilton is now a seven-time British Grand Prix winner“When (his) tyre went, everything seemed fine, so I was thinking maybe it was OK. And then just down the straight, it deflated.“I noticed the shape of the tyre shifting, and that was heart in the mouth and I didn’t know if it had gone down until I braked.“Then just driving it – sometimes it will come off and break the wing. I nearly didn’t get around the last two corners. Maybe we should have stopped towards the end when we saw the delaminations (on the other cars).”Hamilton said his engineer Peter Bonnington was counting down the gap to Verstappen over the radio as he neared the flag.“The car seemed to turn OK through Maggotts and Becketts,” Hamilton said, “and then it was a real struggle in the last two corners. I could hear the gap coming down from 19 to 10. I could hear out of the last corner him going, ‘Nine, eight, seven,’ and I was just like: ‘Get back on the gas.’”It was a dramatic finish to a race that could well have an equally substantial impact on the championship fight.A frenetic midfield battleFollowing Sainz’s late puncture, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo came out on top in a close midfield battle, passing the other McLaren of Lando Norris late in the race, while the Australian’s team-mate Esteban Ocon took sixth.Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly drove a strong race to seventh, including a brave pass on Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel around the outside of Stowe and then taking the inside for the tight left-hander at Vale that follows.And Red Bull’s Alexander Albon recovered to eighth after being penalised – harshly in some eyes – for a collision with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen at Club on the first lap, an incident that brought out the first of two safety cars.Future McLaren team-mates Ricciardo and Norris were wheel-to-wheel in the midfield fightAlbon seemed to legitimately go for an opportunity created by Dane’s error in clipping the kerb on the exit of Vale and was almost completely alongside the Haas, before backing out to try to avoid a collision when he realised Magnussen was coming across, the cars hitting front wheel to rear.Albon was at the back when Red Bull pitted him for fresh tyres after the safety car period had ended. But he stuck with it, and a second stop for tyres later in the race dropped him to last but enabled him to attack in the closing laps.The second safety car was triggered on lap 12 by a heavy crash for Gasly’s team-mate Daniil Kvyat at the flat-out Maggotts corner.The team initially blamed the incident on a driver error, saying he clipped a kerb while making a switch change on his steering wheel. But Kvyat later said on social media that the team had reviewed the video and they “saw that something happened out of my control, so we will need to check all the data to understand what exactly caused the failure”.Williams’ George Russell took 12th, ahead of Sainz, the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi and Russell’s team-mate Nicholas Latifi.Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who was given a black-and-white warning flag during the race as well as an official warning after the race for dangerous defensive driving, finished 16th while the second Alfa of a struggling Kimi Raikkonen, who also suffered a front-left puncture, finished 17th.After the race, it was confirmed that four people had been arrested after protestors broke into Silverstone and displayed a banner for climate action group Extinction Rebellion.A joint statement issued by Silverstone and Northamptonshire Police following Sunday’s Grand Prix read: “During the race, Northamptonshire Police were made aware of four people who had been detained by Silverstone security inside the venue perimeter.“Officers are working closely with Silverstone Circuit and conducting a full investigation. Four people have been arrested and are in police custody.”The driver of the dayHamilton was impressive in his consummate control, both of the race and his final lap but Leclerc was perhaps the stand-out performer, taking third in the uncompetitive Ferrari having qualified it fourth, while his team-mate Sebastian Vettel was a long way behind in an uncompetitive 10th, losing out in fights with midfieldersWhat happens next?Another race in Britain, this time F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix next weekend. Can Hamilton make it two wins in a row at home – and four on the trot in the season?What they saidLewis Hamilton: “Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard, I was doing some management of the tyre. When I heard his went I looked at mine and it seemed fine. I have definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart definitely nearly stopped.”Max Verstappen: “It was lucky and unlucky. The Mercedes were too quick. The tyres didn’t look great with 10 laps to go, they didn’t look pretty. I told my engineer to drink and to stay hydrated! It was pretty lonely; I was just managing my pace and looking after the tyres.”Charles Leclerc: “It was a very tricky race. As soon as I heard Valtteri had a tyre problem I slowed down quite a lot. Looking at us we have done the best we could have done today. I am very happy with how I managed the tyres from beginning to the end and I am happy with the balance of the car.”Verstappen and Leclerc shower Hamilton with champagne on the Silverstone podiumKvyat was unhurt after a nasty crash into the barriers spitfire was flown over Silverstone to say thank you to the National Health Service Lewis Hamilton took an extraordinary victory in a dramatic finish to the British Grand Prix despite suffering a puncture on the last lap.The Mercedes driver’s left-front tyre failed halfway around the last lap but he held on in front of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Verstappen would have won had he not stopped late for fresh tyres in a successful quest for the point for fastest lap. Tags: Charles LeclercFormula oneLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen Source: BBC Sportslast_img read more