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Canada’s Rachael Karker captures ski halfpipe gold for her 1st World Cup victory

Rachael Karker earned her first career World Cup victory Sunday, scoring 93.25 points on her third and final run in women’s freeski halfpipe in Aspen, Colo.

Zoe Atkin of Great Britain was second (91.50) and Brita Sigourney of the United States third (89.00).

Karker, 23, also won halfpipe silver in Aspen on March 12 at the freestyle world championships.

“I’m really happy, this is the perfect way to end the season,” Karker said. “We only had three contests this year, but I’m super happy to land a spot on all three podiums.”

WATCH | Karker adds World Cup gold to recent world silver medal:

The 21-year-old collected her first-ever FIS World Cup win on Sunday. 1:33

Amy Fraser of Calgary was ninth.

In the men’s event, Calgary’s Brendan MacKay scored 95.00 in a silver-medal performance.

American Aaron Blunck won with 96.50 points while New Zealand’s Nico Porteous (94.50) rounded out the medal podium.

“I think this puts me in a good place for next season and it would be really awesome to go to the Olympics so fingers crossed,” Mackay said.

WATCH | MacKay picks up silver in men’s event at Aspen:

McKay put up a score of 95.00 points in Aspen on Sunday, just 1.50 behind first spot. 2:08

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Canada edges Argentina on last-gasp effort for 1st victory at SheBelieves Cup

Canada left it late but got the job done Sunday at the SheBelieves Cup.

Substitute Sarah Stratigakis scored in stoppage time to lift Canada to a 1-0 win over a stubborn Argentina side at the women’s soccer tournament.

The breakthrough goal came off a goalmouth scramble in the 92nd minute with a sliding Stratigakis poking the ball home off goalkeeper Laurina Oliveros’ arm. Janine Beckie’s free kick caused mayhem in front of the Argentina goal and, when the defence failed to clear, Jessie Fleming’s mishit went to Stratigakis.

Argentina had 10 players in its penalty box but could not put out the fire.

WATCH | Canada picks up 1st win at SheBelieves Cup:

Canada picked up its first win at the SheBelieves Cup and the 1st victory under Bev Priestman. 1:15

“I felt that it would come. It just happened to come later than what I wanted,” Bev Priestman said after her first win as Canada coach.

“They’re a tough team to break down,” she said of Argentina. “It wasn’t the perfect match and it definitely wasn’t the best match I’ve been involved with. But overall I think the group found a way to win That’s what good teams do.

“And it’s a clean sheet, which we have to celebrate as well.”

It was the first goal in three senior appearances for Stratigakis, a 21-year-old midfielder from the University of Michigan.

The late strike helped snap a five-game winless streak (0-3-2). Canada’s last victory was a 1-0 decision over Costa Rica on Feb. 7, 2020, at the CONCACAF Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament.

Sophie Schmidt, who captained the side in her 201st international appearance, said she “100 per cent” thought the goal was coming.

“We were attacking. We should have put some away in the first half but we didn’t. That’s the story of our lives right now,,” she said.

“But moving forward we’ve got to find a way earlier,” she added. “We have to finish our chances.”

Canada (1-1-0), tied with Brazil for eighth in the FIFA world rankings, had more of the play than No. 31 Argentina (0-2-0) but lacked clinical finishing in a first half short on chances and entertainment value.

WATCH | What to expect from short-handed team Canada at SheBelieves Cup:

Signa Butler is joined by John Molinaro and Harjeet Johal, to discuss the notable omissions from Canada’s roster and their expectations for the team against top tier competition in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup 6:59

It was more of the same in a choppy second half against the hard-working South Americans, who offered little on offence. The Canadians, playing only their second match since last March, pressed as the game wore on with Argentina dropping players behind the ball.

Canada squandered set pieces on offence and had little to do on defence. Argentina did its bit to slow the tempo, with players often hitting the turf.

Canada wraps up play Wednesday against Brazil while Argentina, who replaced Japan in the tournament when the 10th-ranked Japanese pulled out citing the pandemic, faces the U.S.

Canada, playing only its second match since last March, pressed as the game wore on with Argentina dropping players behind the ball. (Twitter/@CanadaSoccerEN)

While Canada is missing injured captain Christine Sinclair and her 186 goals at the tournament, its offence has been in short supply in recent outings. Sunday’s goal was just Canada’s third in its last six matches and two of them came in a 2-2 tie with Brazil last March.

“Listen it’s going to come and it does take time,” Priestman said of the Canadian attack. “The group, we’ve been doing extra work at the end of training for forwards to get more reps in and things like that,

“We’re doing everything we can. I think the group is aware of it.”

Priestman, who thought her team was rushing things early Sunday, had warned her players beforehand that he goal might not come until late.

“I had said to them before it might be the 89th minute. We just have to keep trusting the process and doing what we do. I think that will come.”

Priestman said Canada’s long layoff during the pandemic and new faces in camp have made things more complicated.

Priestman made six changes to her starting lineup with goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe, Gabrielle Carle, Adriana Leon, Jade Rose, Jordyn Listro and Schmidt coming in.

Schmidt also captained the team in her 100th match in 2013.

Rose, 18, and Listro, 25, earned their first senior caps. The Canadian starting 11 totalled 713 caps, up from 647 for the starters against the U.S.

Samantha Chang, 20, also earned her first cap, coming off the bench in the 61st minute. Deanne Rose had come on three minutes earlier to win her 50th cap.

Quinn, who goes by one name, was unavailable Sunday due to a minor injury in training. Canada Soccer said the hope was the midfielder will be available for the Brazil game.

Shaky start

Canada looked a little shaky to start, with several turnovers. But gradually the Canadians began to find put things together, firing crosses into the Argentine penalty box.

Argentina, meanwhile, looked for holes in the Canadian defence with long balls over the top.

Canada had 49 per cent possession in the first half, outshooting Argentina 7-2 (2-1 in shots on target).

Argentina survived a pair of goalmouth scrambles early in the second half. Leon shot high in the 55th minute as the Canadians continued to have difficulties finding their range.

Argentina’s Lorena Benitez was stretchered off in the 56th minute with an injury.

Canada has won all five meetings with Argentina, outscoring the South Americans 13-1.

Canada’s roster, already depleted before the tournament kickoff, lost two more players leading up to Sunday’s match. Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, injured in Thursday’s match, returned to her club Sky Blue FC for further medical assessment. Defender Vanessa Gilles, one of Canada’s top performers in the U.S. match, returned to her French cub as part of a pre-tournament agreement.

U.S. tops standings

Christen Press scored in the 11th minute, Megan Rapinoe added a late goal and the U.S. women beat Brazil 2-0 in the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday.

The U.S. sits atop the SheBelieves Cup standings with two wins.

WATCH | Lavelle scores late goal to secure U.S. win over Canada:

The United States defeats Canada 1-0 with Rose Lavelle’s goal in the 79th minute. 1:04

The Brazilians are led by Pia Sundhage, who coached the U.S. from 2008-12. Sundhage took Brazil over last summer and has an 8-2-3 record.

The U.S. beat Canada 1-0 in its SheBelieves Cup opener on Thursday.

Brazil beat rival Argentina 4-1 on Thursday. Brazil is making its second overall appearance in the tournament, now in its sixth year.

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No ‘moral victory’ in Canada’s women’s soccer loss to U.S at SheBelieves Cup

In the wake of Canada’s 1-0 loss to the U.S. in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday night, an American commentator suggested the Canadian post-game locker-room would be all smiles. Canada, the commentator thought, would be pleased with the moral victory of a one-goal loss to the world’s No. 1-ranked team.

Defender Shelina Zadorsky scoffed at the notion Canada was just happy to be there.

“It’s funny, because when we came into camp, we had a meeting about our mindset and our goals and vision as a team. We obviously come with humility, that’s kind of in our Canadian DNA, but at the same time, it’s being a consistently winning team, and a consistently excellent team,” Zadorsky said.

“I think that’s where we can grow in the sense of letting the world know that we are a top nation, and that we are good enough to beat Tier 1 teams. So for us, we’re disappointed, because no matter how well we played, we lost the game.”

‘The winning mentality was there’

Despite missing several key players including star striker Christine Sinclair, the Canadians kept the U.S. off the scoresheet until the 79th minute. Canada’s first match in nearly a year, thanks to COVID-19, held plenty of promise just five months out from the Tokyo Olympics. The Canadians are two-time defending Olympic bronze medallists.

“We know that’s how fine the margins are against Tier 1 opposition,” said Zadorsky. “It’s obviously positive, we created those goal-scoring chances, but at the same time, we lost the game. And so, it’s looking at it realistically that, yes, the winning mentality was there. But we still have a little ways to go to be able to get it across the line against the best nations.”

Canada faces Argentina in the four-country tournament on Sunday at Exploria Stadium. The team reviewed the U.S. game on Friday then planned to begin previewing Argentina on Friday night.

The game also marked the debut of head coach Bev Priestman. The 34-year-old, who worked for Canada Soccer from 2013 to 2018, took over last November after Kenneth Heiner-Moller accepted a coaching job in his native Denmark.

WATCH | What to expect from Team Canada at SheBelieves Cup:

Signa Butler is joined by John Molinaro and Harjeet Johal, to discuss the notable omissions from Canada’s roster and their expectations for the team against top tier competition in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup 6:59

“I’m really enjoying working with Bev, she’s sophisticated, she’s easy to speak to, she’s a great communicator. And I think her focus has been really to shift our mindset . . . getting the mindset back to believing we’re going to beat the best in the world,” Zadorsky said.

Zadorsky arrived in Orlando from her Tottenham Hotspur team, and said the biggest adjustment was playing in the Florida heat.

The 28-year-old was impressed with Vanessa Gilles, who earned her third cap filling in on the back line for the absent Kadeisha Buchanan.

Zadorsky said the team calls Gilles “the magnet” because of the way she uses her strength and power to get to the ball and clear it.

“In a game against the U.S. you really need to take care of your individual defending and she did that absolutely brilliantly,” Zadorsky said. “In my mind, she was Man of the Match. It was awesome playing beside her, and I think it’s exciting knowing we have this calibre of centre backs for Canada.”

Argentina lost 4-1 to rival Brazil on Thursday. Canada faces Brazil on Wednesday.

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McDavid hat trick propels Oilers to bounceback victory against Canucks

Connor McDavid and the rest of the Edmonton Oilers big guns, embarrassed in their home opener, feasted Thursday on the Vancouver Canucks.

McDavid scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Oilers beat the Canucks 5-2 for their first win of the NHL season.

Leon Draisaitl, the NHL’s top scorer last season, added four assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and added a helper, taking the sting out of a 5-3 loss to the Canucks Wednesday.

McDavid said all phases of the game were working, adding that high scores and defensive lapses may be a feature of the truncated 56-game season.

“The power play was good. The [penalty kill] was good,” said McDavid

“I think the hockey games have gone the way I kind of expected, a little bit more high scoring than they might be at this time of year if it was a normal year, and that’s across the league.”

WATCH | McDavid, Draisaitl team to lift Oilers over Canucks:

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid scores the 7th hat trick of his career as Edmonton defeats Vancouver 5-2. 1:07

Draisaitl said, “I thought it was a very solid game.

“Yesterday was not the way that we want to show up and we want to play. I thought it was a great response tonight.”

The game was held in front of no fans and empty stands at Rogers Place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mikko Koskinen, making his second start in two nights, turned back 38 shots for the win. Mike Smith was supposed to start but was declared inactive, forcing Koskinen into back-to-back starts.

Nate Schmidt and Tyler Motte replied for Vancouver and Thatcher Demko stopped 41 shots in the loss.

Both teams now have one win and one loss in what will be an abbreviated regular season, with all seven Canadian teams playing each other exclusively in the North Division, often on back-to-back nights.

“I thought they came out a lot harder than we did to start the game, put us back on our toes early,” said Schmidt.

“We’ve got to get used to this. This is going to happen.

“You play the same team on back to back nights in their own building, it’s going to happen. You know you’re going to get a better effort out of them after we come in and win game one of these mini-series we’re going to be having all year.”

WATCH | NHL returns to ice amid pandemic:

The NHL season returned to the ice on Wednesday with many questioning if it was the right decision amid rising COVID-19 cases. The league is hoping the season will go off without a hitch, as businesses that rely on the games are looking for ways to save their bottom line. 2:01

Vancouver defenceman Quinn Hughes had an assist and now has three on the season.

Draisaitl now has five points on the year — all assists.

The Oilers also got their power play back on track. They scored twice with the man advantage after going 0 for 4 on Wednesday. Edmonton had the top power play in the NHL last season at 29.5 per cent effectiveness.

The game saw Edmonton hold the edge in play, but the Canucks refuse to go away.

Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring on the power play at 7:59 of the first period. He jumped on the rebound when a Draisaitl wrist shot clanged off the post, backhanding the puck over the goal-line.

McDavid made it 2-0 on an extraordinary goal with less than one second to go in the period. Draisaitl won the faceoff to Demko’s left, drew the puck back to Kailer Yamamoto, who fired the puck off Demko’s pad. McDavid drove to the net and, with Schmidt draped all over him, flipped the puck up and under the crossbar.

There were four goals in the second period. Schmidt made it 2-1 when he blasted a low slapshot from the point through traffic that bounded in and out of the net so fast it wasn’t immediately clear it had gone in.

McDavid then restored the two-goal lead, on the power play, racing at full speed into the Canuck zone, catching Vancouver defender Alex Edler flat footed, cutting inside and delivering a no-look blazing wrist shot stick side and in.

Motte brought Vancouver back to within one, deflecting a low blue-line slapshot from Travis Hamonic past Koskinen.

Then McDavid again, jumping in front of Demko, taking a seeing-eye pass from Draisaitl and jamming the puck in on the rebound for his seventh NHL regular season hat trick.

The last time he got a hat trick was also in front of no fans, in early August against Chicago in the so-called bubble play-in round to determine the 2019-20 season playoff seeding.

After he scored in August, arena staff hustled down the stairs and honoured hockey tradition by tossing ball caps over the glass and onto the ice to mark the hat trick. McDavid later said he found the lid toss an unnecessary distraction.

This time, no hat toss.

Edmonton made it 5-2 with just over eight minutes left in the game. Nugent-Hopkins drove to the net through traffic and redirected a Yamamoto pass past Demko.

WATCH | 9 NHL storylines… in 90 seconds:

Rob Pizzo identifies the key things to watch as the season begins. 1:54

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Biden predicts ‘clear’ victory as lead in key states grows, Trump continues election fraud claims

The latest:

  • Biden addresses nation, confident of win and with call for unity.
  • Biden widens lead in Georgia overnight as counting continues.
  • Electoral college vote stands at 253 for Biden, 214 for Trump.
  • Trump vows ‘legal proceedings are just now beginning.’
  • Election observer says no evidence for Trump’s fraud claims.
  • See who’s winning or leading for electoral college votes.
  • How the electoral college determines who wins the U.S. presidency.
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As the wait for final results continues, Democratic candidate Joe Biden expressed confidence of winning the U.S. presidential election late Friday night, citing his lead over Donald Trump in key battleground states.

High turnout, a massive number of mail-in ballots and slim margins between the two candidates all contributed to the delay in naming a winner. But Biden held leads in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia, putting him in an ever-stronger position to capture the 270 electoral college votes needed to take the White House.

Biden’s electoral college lead currently stands at 253-to-214.

“We’re going to win this race,” he said as he addressed the nation briefly Friday night near his home in Wilmington, Del. “With a clear majority, with a nation behind us.”

Biden has more than 74 million votes to Trump’s close to 70 million as of Friday night.

Late Friday, intense focus remained on Pennsylvania, where Biden led Trump by more than 27,000 votes, and Nevada, where the former vice-president led by about 22,000.

Biden’s lead continued to expand early Saturday in Georgia, by just over 7,200 votes — with the count 99 per cent complete — up from a lead of around 4,000 on Friday afternoon. With such a slim margin, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday that ballots will undergo a recount.

WATCH | Georgia heads for recount with razor-thin vote margin:

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says his campaign is on the path to victory as his lead over Donald Trump grows. 2:32

In Arizona, Biden’s lead has narrowed to about 29,861 votes with 97 per cent of the tally completed. Trump’s campaign has been optimistic that Arizona will end up in his column.

The prolonged wait added to the anxiety of a nation facing historic challenges, including the surging pandemic and deep political polarization.

Trump takes to Twitter

Trump posted a series of tweets on Saturday morning, alleging a lack of monitoring of votes in Pennsylvania.

On Friday evening, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito approved a Republican request ordering county boards to comply with Pennsylvania state guidance to keep the late-arriving ballots separate from those received before or on election day. Alito, however, did not direct election officials to stop counting the ballots, as the Republicans had also sought.

He also took to Twitter late Friday to pledge further legal action, tweeting that “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!”

Trump stayed in the White House and out of sight on Friday, as more results trickled in. In the West Wing during the day, televisions remained tuned to the news amid trappings of normalcy, as reporters lined up for coronavirus tests and outdoor crews worked on the North Lawn on a mild, muggy fall day.

Biden, for his part, acknowledged the sluggish pace of the count “can be numbing.” But, he said, “Never forget the tallies aren’t just numbers: They represent votes and voters … your vote will be counted.”

WATCH | ‘We’re going to win this race,’ says Biden:

Joe Biden ended Friday with a razor-thin margin over Donald Trump in Georgia and the state is already headed for a recount. 2:28

He expressed confidence that victory ultimately would be his, saying, a record number of Americans “chose change over more of the same” and told the nation that the political parties may be opponents, but they are not enemies.

“We’re certainly not going to agree on a lot of issues, but at least we can agree to be civil with one another,” he said. “Let’s put the anger and the demonization behind us.”

Standing alongside his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, and against a backdrop of flags, Biden wasn’t able to give the acceptance speech his aides had hoped. But he hit notes of unity, seemingly aimed at cooling the temperature of a heated, divided nation.

“We have to remember the purpose of our politics isn’t total unrelenting, unending warfare,” he said. “No, the purpose of our politics, the work of our nation, isn’t to fan the flames of conflict but to solve problems, to guarantee justice, to give everybody a fair shot.”

Trump continues baseless allegations

Trump vowed to continue his legal fight on Friday, according to a statement released by the White House. 

“We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government,” Trump said in a statement.

“I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”

Election workers count ballots in Philadelphia on Friday. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Trump has sought to portray as fraudulent the slow counting of mail-in ballots, which surged in popularity due to fears of exposure to the coronavirus through in-person voting. As counts from those ballots have been tallied, they have eroded the initial strong leads the president had in states like Georgia and Pennsylvania.

States have historically taken time after election day to tally all votes.

Trump has previously mentioned taking his case to the Supreme Court, but he could need the court’s help in two or more states, an unlikely scenario that is far different from what took place in 2000, the only time the Supreme Court has effectively settled a presidential election. Twenty years ago, the entire fight was over Florida’s electoral votes and involved a recount as opposed to trying to halt the initial counting of ballots.

WATCH | Trump attempts to use courts to hold White House:

Trump’s mood is reportedly foul as vote counts continue to tilt toward his opponent. And as the states where he is losing multiply, the legal strategies for contesting or halting the count gets harder. 2:24

In an extraordinary assault on the democratic process, Trump appeared in the White House briefing room on Thursday evening and without basis alleged that Democrats could “try to steal the election from us” if “illegal votes” cast after election day were counted.

Offering no evidence and taking no reporter questions, Trump lambasted election workers in a 15-minute address and sharply criticized polling before the election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a news conference from his native Kentucky on Friday, said he would not comment on the president’s allegations, pointing to a tweet he sent out earlier as his conclusive thoughts on the current state of affairs.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney pointed to examples of previous candidates, including incumbent presidents, who conceded promptly when the math was no longer in their favour.

“I think what the president needs to do, frankly, is put his big boy pants on,” said Kenney. “He needs to acknowledge the fact he lost, and he needs to congratulate the winner.”

Some residents in the city celebrated what they believed was a lead change that would be permanent.

Trump campaign files multiple lawsuits

In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign won an appellate ruling to get party and campaign observers closer to election workers who are processing mail-in ballots in Philadelphia.

But the order did not affect the counting of ballots that is proceeding in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, as elections officials are dealing with an avalanche of mail-in ballots driven by fears of voting in person during a pandemic.

Judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits Thursday, undercutting a campaign legal strategy to attack the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean Trump’s defeat.

WATCH | Georgia heads for recount with razor-thin vote margin:

Protesters outside a vote-counting centre in Phoenix, Ariz., echoed U.S. President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the Democrats are stealing the election even as Joe Biden’s lead shrank in the state. 1:40

Protesters crying foul over closely watched vote counts rallied outside tabulation centres in Phoenix and Detroit on Friday.

Roughly 200 Trump supporters gathered for a third straight day in front of the elections centre in downtown Phoenix, where hundreds of workers are still processing and counting ballots.

WATCH | Arizona protesters echo Trump’s ‘stolen election’ claims:

Jim Kenney, mayor of Philadelphia, called Donald Trump’s claims about voter fraud in the U.S. election ‘baseless’ Friday while city commissioner Lisa Deeley gave updates on the vote count, estimating there are approximately 40,000 votes left to be tallied. 1:23

“Arrest the poll workers,” the crowd chanted, demanding that Trump’s presidency be renewed for “four more years.” Sheriffs’ deputies kept protesters in a “free speech” zone away from the entrance to the building.

In Philadelphia, two armed men were arrested Thursday near the convention centre where an ongoing vote count was happening, police said Friday. Police said the men, not yet identified, will be charged with firearms offences.  

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Joe Biden’s victory path gives him more margin for error than Donald Trump — and Hillary Clinton

If this was any other election, there would be little doubt that Joe Biden will become the president-elect after the votes in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election are counted.

But after 2016’s surprise victory by Donald Trump, more than 230,000 deaths in the United States caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the possibility that the results could wind up before the courts, this is not any other election.

Nevertheless, Biden remains the favourite to win — and his chances look better than Hillary Clinton’s did four years ago.

According to Sunday’s update of the CBC News Presidential Poll Tracker (check the interactive for the latest updated estimates between now and Tuesday), Biden holds an eight-point lead over Trump among decided voters nationwide.

That lead has held relatively steady ever since Biden officially became the Democratic nominee for president in mid-August, with the margin holding at between seven and 11 points over that time. There has been little evidence that the race has significantly tightened, beyond the slow reduction of Biden’s bump coming out of the first presidential debate at the end of September.

National support does not decide U.S. elections, however. Twice in the last five elections, the winner of the popular vote — Al Gore in 2000 and Clinton in 2016 — did not win the presidency. That’s because elections are decided by the electoral college, which awards the winner of each individual state (with the exception of Nebraska and Maine) a number of votes equal to the state’s representation in Congress.

Biden’s advantage in the electoral college is not as wide as his lead in national polling, but it is still robust. He is ahead by at least five percentage points in enough states to get him more than the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the election. He is ahead by smaller margins in enough additional states to turn the result into a rout.

This includes solid leads in the Rust Belt states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan that were carried by Trump in 2016 by narrow margins. Biden has a smaller edge in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina — states Trump also won four years ago.

This election is not like 2016

In 2016, Clinton was widely viewed as the heavy favourite to win. But just because she didn’t pull it off in that election doesn’t mean that Biden’s good numbers should be seen as equally illusory.

Biden’s lead over Trump is much wider than Clinton’s at this point of the 2016 campaign. His lead is about twice as wide in national polling, and he is ahead in states worth 368 electoral college votes. Clinton was ahead in states worth only 323 electoral college votes, giving her less margin for error.

In fact, the former vice-president’s lead is wide enough to withstand a polling error similar to the one that happened in 2016.

After 2016’s surprise, pollsters have made changes to the way they poll in order to avoid the same mistakes as last time. There are also fewer undecideds in 2020 than in 2016, something that helped Trump close the gap on Clinton in that year’s presidential election. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Only in North Carolina, Georgia and Ohio would the same error cost Biden his lead. That would not be enough to give Trump the win — he’d need a bigger swing in his favour in Pennsylvania, Florida and one of Arizona, Minnesota or Wisconsin. And that’s assuming he holds Texas, where the Democrats actually out-performed expectations in 2016.

This is because Biden has a wider lead than Clinton had in nearly every state. The only states in which Trump is doing better than he did four years ago are bedrock Republican states.

But there’s good reason to doubt that the same kind of error as in 2016 is likely this time. Pollsters have changed their methodologies to account for the Trump supporters missed in the polls last time.

Biden is much more popular than Clinton was in 2016, making fewer voters choose between two unpalatable options. And there are far fewer Americans who are undecided or say they will vote for a third-party candidate — about five per cent compared with nearly 13 per cent at this point in 2016.

Biden’s path: Rust Belt, Sun Belt or both?

The path that takes Biden to the White House is a simple one: He wins the states in which the polls show him as the favourite, largely recreating (and potentially expanding upon) Barack Obama’s winning maps in 2008 and 2012. If the results do not go entirely as the polls predict, however, Biden still has some options.

He could win the states in the Rust Belt that have traditionally supported the Democrats by winning back the support of whites, particularly Catholics or those without a college degree. With Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan going Democratic blue again, Biden doesn’t need to win the swing states in the south and southwest. Adding Ohio and Iowa to his column would make his margin safer.

Former president Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Michigan on Saturday. Biden is leading in several of the same states Obama won in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. elections, as well as other states, such as Georgia and Arizona. (Andrew Harnik/The Associated Press)

If, however, he is not able to win back the Midwest, he can look to an expanded map in the Sun Belt, carrying Florida and any one of Arizona, Georgia or North Carolina with the help of high turnout among Blacks and Hispanics. If he doesn’t win Florida, he could swap in all three of those other states instead. Flipping Texas, where he trails, and its 38 electoral college votes would make things even easier for him.

In either of these scenarios, Biden ends up with just over 270 electoral college votes. But a combination of them, with perhaps a state or two staying Republican, would give him a solid mandate that could be invulnerable to potential court challenges.

Trump needs things to go perfectly

Trump’s path to victory requires things to go just right for him — and in a much bigger way than they did four years ago.

His win in 2016 was razor-thin. He lost the popular vote by two percentage points and carried Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania by less than a point. The error in the polls was just enough to turn a Clinton win into a Trump squeaker.

He needs the same thing to happen again. He needs to come out on top in the close races in Ohio and Georgia — states he won by comfortable margins in 2016 — and overturn the two- or three-point deficit he has in Florida and North Carolina. He’s trailed in Arizona for most of the race, but he needs to hold it.

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power sees more enthusiasm to vote in this U.S. election than at any other time in her life. 7:50

Then it comes down to Pennsylvania, where he is behind by about 5.5 points. He trailed Clinton by four points there in 2016, and it will take a bigger lift to win it this time. If he doesn’t, he then needs to look to states like Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota, where Biden is ahead by between eight or nine points.

It’s not impossible or even implausible. But the factors that worked to Trump’s favour in 2016 — pollster error, lots of undecideds and an unpopular opponent — are unlikely to be as beneficial to him in 2020. He’ll need all of these factors to not only happen again, but to be masking his potential vote by an even greater degree than before.

That is if every vote counts. The president has spent the last few months disputing that this election would be fair, claiming rampant fraud without proof. He has questioned whether the counting should continue after Tuesday, when a large number of (likely Democratic-leaning) early and absentee ballots will be counted. There’s no ruling out that this election won’t end up before the courts, leaving the outcome to a few judges.

But first things first — election day. And if this were a normal election, Biden’s odds would look very good. We’ll find out soon just how abnormal this election will turn out to be.


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Bayern Munich clinch 8th consecutive Bundesliga title with narrow victory

For the eighth straight year, Bayern Munich’s players celebrated winning the Bundesliga title on Tuesday.

This celebration, though, was unlike any of the previous seven.

The players’ cheers echoed around an empty stadium after a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen secured the title with two rounds to go.

With no fans in the stands because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was a subdued and strange display of emotions as the players put on commemorative T-shirts and waved to their absent supporters.

German media have dubbed the team the “Geister-Meister” — the ghost champions.

“Celebrating without the fans is a bit complicated,” Lewandowski told broadcaster Sky. “The atmosphere is missing and something else, not the motivation, but the passion from the fans.”

WATCH | Lewandowski launches Bayern Munich to Bundesliga title:

Bayern Munich are the champions of Germany’s top tier soccer league with a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen. 1:20

The game which secured the title was anything but typical Bayern, which has made a habit of exuberant, high-scoring wins.

Robert Lewandowski’s goal earned a hard-fought, physical win over Werder which became a battle after Alphonso Davies was sent off in the 79th minute. If not for a late one-handed save by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the celebrations would have had to wait.

The win put Bayern 10 points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund, which can earn a maximum nine points from its three remaining games.

“Time to celebreight,” the club wrote on Twitter to mark record-extending streak of titles.

Werder, which is fighting against relegation, kept Bremen at bay for most of the first half but the champions still found a breakthrough. Jerome Boateng played a perfectly weighted ball over the defence in the 43rd minute for Robert Lewandowski to control on his chest and hit past the goalkeeper for his 31st Bundesliga goal this season.

Davies shown 1st Bundesliga red

Bayern finished with 10 men after a second yellow card for Alphonso Davies. The Canadian left-back had a game of extremes, setting a new league record for fastest sprint (36.5 km/h), but also coming close to a straight red card after seemingly kicking out at Werder’s Leonardo Bittencourt. Davies only received a yellow card for that incident, but was later booked again for a clumsy challenge.

It was the first red card of his Bundesliga career.

Bayern Munich fullback Alphonso Davies of Canada is shown his first career red card in a match against SV Werder Bremen on Tuesday. (Martin Meissner/AFP via Getty Images)

Davies showed his threat down the left flank in the fourth minute but his low cross from just inside the penalty box just missed a teammate — and was ruled offside.

Werder used its full coronavirus-era allowance of five substitutions to bring on extra attackers and chase a draw. They would have had a point if not for Neuer, who made a crucial late diving save to stop Yuya Osako’s header.

At the final whistle coach Hansi Flick brushed aside social distancing rules to hug his staff as a smattering of club officials in the stands shook hands.

That made Germany the first major European league to crown a champion after resuming play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Paris Saint-Germain was named French champion in April, but that was after the rest of the season was cancelled.

Bayern is planning a team party but can’t invite players’ families because of coronavirus restrictions, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Hansi Flick effect

Bayern powered to its 30th German title with a perfect record of seven wins in the Bundesliga since it resumed last month in empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hansi Flick has coached Bayern to 26 wins from 29 games in all competitions since he took over in November after Niko Kovac had led the team to a 5-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt.

“When Hansi took over the helm, he quickly got the ship going again,” Rummenigge said.

Flick started out as an interim coach but was given an extension to 2023 in April.

Bayern hasn’t lost a competitive game since Dec. 7 and has only dropped points once in 2020, in a 0-0 draw with Leipzig in February.

‘Treble’ still to play for

Bayern is chasing a possible ‘treble.’ It can add the German Cup if it beats Bayer Leverkusen in the July 4 final and is in contention for the Champions League. Europe’s premier club competition was postponed because of the coronavirus but is due to finish in a tournament format in August.

“We’ve got enough time to get ready for it,” Lewandowski said of the Champions League.

Germany’s relatively early finish is likely to leave Bayern a month without competitive games after the German Cup final. Bayern still needs to play the second leg of a last-16 fixture with Chelsea after winning the first game 3-0 in February.

Last-place Paderborn was relegated after losing 1-0 Wednesday to Union Berlin. Borussia Mönchengladbach moved back into the Champions League places in fourth with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg. Freiburg beat Hertha Berlin 2-1.

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Back in competition mode, Alysha Newman eyes victory in new pole vault event

The bar: Set high by the men’s competition. Their mission: Raise it even higher.

Three of the leading women’s pole vaulters, including Canada’s Alysha Newman, get their turn to compete Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. It’s a rare track and field competition contested during the coronavirus pandemic.

Individually, Commonwealth Games champion Newman, reigning Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, two-time U.S. indoor winner Katie Nageotte and will compete head-to-head-to-head to see who can clear a bar set at 4 metres the most times in 30 minutes.

“It puts us in the competition, that adrenaline mode, which is what I’ve been missing that entire time. But also, it’s one of those things I’m going in like raw turkey. I don’t really know what to expect. I’ve never competed like this or tried to jump hardcore for 30 minutes,” Newman told CBC Sports’ Jacqueline Doorey.

WATCH | Newman shows how she’ll compete at UGC:

The Canadian pole vaulter explains her pole vault set up and how competing allows her to give back during quarantine. 3:22

Watch the women’s Ultimate Garden Clash live at CBCSports.ca on Saturday at noon ET.

Collectively, the women will try to better the total of their male counterparts, who had a combined 98 clearances in a competition on May 3.

Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with 36 clearances over a bar set at 5 metres, while Sam Kendricks had 26 in an event that was staged in each of their backyards.

“I texted Sam and I talked to Renaud just to ask them how they were and they were like ‘you’re gonna be exhausted,’ so I’m mentally preparing that everyone’s going to feel that way,” Newman said,

WATCH | Highlights from men’s Ultimate Garden Clash:

Pole vault stars Renaud Lavillenie, Mondo Duplantis and Sam Kendricks hold a competition in their own backyards. 5:11

Unlike the men’s version, the women don’t have the same sort of setups in their backyards. Instead, they will be connected by video link from their local nearby training facilities. Newman will compete from Bolton, Ont.; Stefanidi will from Athens; and Nageotte in Marietta, Ga.

The women are envisioning 100 combined clearances. Sandi Morris, the Olympic silver medallist from the U.S. who recently built her own pole vault setup, won’t take part due to a knee ailment that’s sidelined her for two weeks.

“The girls are coming together to say we gotta beat them. So we want to at least do between 33-37 per person, so that would obviously beat them, but at the end of the day too, we want to push each other and then we want to win and we want to beat the guys,” Newman said.

Stefanidi, the gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, agreed with Newman’s assessment.

“I feel like most people would expect the guys to win in a head-to-head, so if they did, it won’t mean too much. But I think the way this is designed it is very possible — or at least just as likely — that we beat them, either as a group, or individually,” Stefanidi said.

She added with a laugh: “The reason it is important to win is so that we can have bragging rights for the rest of our careers.”

Not your normal competition

The competition is weather permitting — and Newman may have to bundle up, though the weather forecast for Saturday is promising.

Another obstacle ahead of the Ultimate Garden Clash for the competitors is re-training their body for an event that’s more endurance-based than usual.

“I had to tap back in to being like ‘OK, I got a meet. I’m eating healthy, I’m eating clean, I’m not staying up as late, I’m getting more into a routine,’ so that I can prepare to set myself up for the best success at that end of the week,” Newman said.

“You just try to do everything properly where before it was just like ‘Oh I can go do like a three- or four-hour workout no problem.'”

The new format also means less time for athletes to gather themselves between misses. And if the bar does fall, then only the competitor can reset it, costing her valuable time within the 30-minute allotment.

“At the end of the day I think trying to make the least amount of mistakes as possible, but being able to really take deep breaths between each jump to try to not make mistakes is no. 1 in the strategy I’m going with,” Newman said.

No time for rest

The first instalment of the Ultimate Garden Clash was a hit, with more than 1 million people from more than 90 countries watching the broadcast within 24 hours, according to World Athletics.

“We know there’s a real appetite among athletes and fans to return to competition,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said. “But we need to do that in a way that is careful and respectful of the measures put in place by public health authorities around the world so we can keep our community safe, and modern technology has allowed us to do that.”

The men’s pole vault competition provided a blueprint for the women — go all out for 30 minutes. There’s no time for a rest.

“At the end of the day it’s not a normal competition but we want to spice someone’s Saturday up too. Besides us pushing ourselves and trying to stay in jumping shape, we’re also doing this for everyone else too,” Newman said.

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Frightening moment as Boychuk takes skate to face in Canadiens’ victory over Islanders

Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist in Montreal’s three-goal first period, and the Canadiens went on to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Joel Armia also had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Petry, Charles Hudon, Paul Byron and Jordan Weal also scored for the Canadiens, and Phillip Danault had two assists. Carey Price stopped 20 shots to improve to 14-6-4 against the Islanders.

“We were pretty solid in all areas,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “We scored goals by going to the net, we created some traffic there. We played well defensively. We didn’t give them much.”

Montreal improved to 4-1-1 in its last six games and pulled seven points behind the Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets, who hold the wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference, with Carolina, the Rangers and Florida also in between.

“We still have minimal chances for the playoffs,” Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen said. “We have to take it game by game.”

WATCH | Habs’ win keeps playoff hopes alive:

Montreal wins 6-2, trails N.Y. Islanders and Columbus by 7 points in battle for wild card spot. 0:53

Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock scored for the Islanders, who have lost four straight and eight of their last 10 games (2-6-2). Thomas Greiss gave up three goals on 12 shots in the first period. Semyon Varlamov replaced him to start the second and finished with 12 saves.

Trailing 4-0, Anders Lee appeared to get the Islanders on the scoreboard 17 seconds into the third as Andy Greene sent the puck at the net from the left side and it deflected off Lee’s skate and in. However, the officials reviewed the play and disallowed the goal, ruling Lee made a distinct kicking motion.

Josh Bailey then stole the puck from Price behind the net, and passed in front to Nelson, who put it into the open goal for his 24th at 6:14. It ended a scoreless drought of 153:03 for the Islanders, who last scored in the first period at St. Louis on Thursday before being shut out at home against Boston on Saturday.

WATCH | Boychuk injured by skate blade:

Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk is cut when he is hit in the face by the skate of Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen. 0:49

‘It’s a scary situation’

Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk was cut when he was hit in the face by Lehkonen’s skate as the Canadiens’ left wing fell forward. Boychuk was down on the ice briefly before he got up and skated off the ice with his hand covering his face.

New York coach Barry Trotz didn’t have an update on Boychuk after the game.

“I think he’ll be OK, but it doesn’t matter, it’s a scary situation,” Lee said. “You hate to see that happen. It happens quick, skate in the face. We’ll check on him here, that’s where our minds are right now, that’s for sure.”

Boychuk’s brother, David, indicated through social media that the veteran defenceman had escaped serious injury.


Weal pushed the Canadiens’ lead to 5-1 with his eighth with 4 1/2 minutes left, and Pulock pulled the Islanders back within three on a power-play goal less than a minute later.

Armia then sealed the win with an empty-netter with 2:50 to go,

With the Islanders on their first power play of the game, Devon Toews turned over the puck in the defensive zone. Armia got the puck and passed to the middle to Byron, who beat Varlamov for his fourth with 7:25 left in the second to make it 4-0.

Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher, centre, celebrates with teammates Artturi Lehkonen (62) and Phillip Danault after scoring during the Canadiens’ 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. (Kathy Willens/The Associated Press)

New York was unable to muster anything on its second power play later in the second, and heard boos from the home crowd in the closing minutes of the period.

“I don’t think they had much to cheer for,” Lee said. “We didn’t give them anything. I wouldn’t be cheering either.”

Montreal took the lead with three goals in a 5:03 span late in the first period.

Gallagher got the Canadiens on the scoreboard as he deflected a shot by Ben Chiarot from the left circle up over Greiss’ shoulder for his 22nd with 6:29 to go.

Petry doubled Montreal’s lead 2:12 later as he beat Greiss with shot fro above the left circle. It was Petry’s 11th of the season and gave him one in two straight games.

Hudon made it 3-0 when he got the puck near the middle of the blue line, skated up to the left and fired a shot off the left post and in with 1:26 left in the opening period. Hudon, playing in his 12th game of the season, got his first goal since Nov. 10, 2018, against Vegas.

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Urruti nets winner in 80th minute as Impact open season with a victory

Maximiliano Urruti scored from distance in the 80th minute as the Montreal Impact came from behind to defeat the New England Revolution 2-1 in their MLS season opener on Saturday afternoon.

Romell Quioto scored in the first half for the Impact (1-0-0) and Clement Diop made five saves in Thierry Henry’s MLS coaching debut.

Teal Bunbury scored for the Revolution (0-1-0), who have not won a season opener since 2013. Goalkeeper Matt Turner allowed two goals on three shots.

New England appeared to have taken a 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute when substitute Wilfried Zahibo put the ball past Diop following a free kick. But referee Chris Penso went to the video replay and determined Zahibo was offside.

WATCH | Impact defeat Revolution in season opener:

Maximiliano Urruti’s goal in the 80th minute gives Montreal a 2-1 win over New England. 1:17

The Impact benefited from that reversal of fortune seven minutes later when a streaking Urruti caught Turner off his line and lobbed the ball over him from the edge of the penalty area.

Urruti is off to a good start after netting four goals in 31 games last year.

New England’s Tajon Buchanan headed a ball off the post in the 87th minute as Montreal held on to improve to 5-1-3 in home openers.

First-year coach Henry gave Diop the start between the uprights over Evan Bush, possibly signalling a new era in Montreal. Bush had been the team’s regular starter since 2014.

Despite playing two CONCACAF Champions League matches to start the year, the Impact looked out of synch to begin their ninth MLS campaign. Their first touches were heavy, through balls did not connect and passes were errant.

The miscommunication was evident when the Revs scored in the 13th minute off a corner taken short. Christian Penilla sent a cross into the box and Bunbury was left completely unmarked — poor coverage by Luis Binks — for the perfect volley.

The Impact also struggled on set pieces last season.

With long-term injuries to captain Jukka Raitala (fibula) and Rudy Camacho (knee), central defenders Binks and Joel Waterman made their first MLS starts.

Things picked up offensively for Montreal and Waterman played a key role in the 37th-minute equalizer when he headed Urruti’s corner across the face of goal to Quioto, whose header flew past a diving Turner.

Zachary Brault-Guillard was an important piece of Montreal’s offensive strategy. The Canadian international made several runs down the right flank and sent dangerous balls into the box.

His offensive contribution nearly led to Montreal taking the lead in the 64th when he connected with Urruti in the six-yard box. Urruti’s shot squeaked through Turner’s legs but the Revs goalkeeper got a small piece of it.

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