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Mr. Trump has baselessly insisted that post-Election Day tallies showing Mr. Biden leading in battleground states, including Pennsylvania, were the result of fraud, and has vowed to challenge them in court. His campaign showed no sign of an imminent concession Friday morning. “The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final,” a lawyer for the Trump campaign said in a statement.Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia dismissed those accusations on Friday.“While some including the President continue to spew baseless claims of fraud, claims for which his team has not produced one iota of evidence, what we have seen here in Philadelphia is democracy, pure and simple,” Mr. Kenney said.Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said that if Mr. Biden won the election and Mr. Trump refused to concede, “The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.” Mr. Biden had steadily erased Mr. Trump’s early lead in the state — at one point, the president led by half a million votes — as ballots, mostly absentee and mail-in votes, were counted over the past few days. Most of the remaining uncounted votes in the state are in Democratic-leaning areas.At a news conference on Friday afternoon, Philadelphia elections officials said that they would have another update of 2,000 to 3,000 ballots on Friday afternoon, and that they had about 40,000 ballots left to count in the city. “We believe when the votes are counted, it’s pretty clear that Joe Biden’s going to be president of the United States, because he’s going to win Pennsylvania,” said State Senator Sharif Street, the vice chair of the state Democratic Party, on Thursday. PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the lead over President Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday morning as Democrats grew increasingly confident that he would win the state and with it the presidency: The state’s 20 electoral votes would put Mr. Biden, who has 253 electoral votes, past the 270-vote threshold for victory.By late Friday morning, after more votes were counted from Philadelphia and other counties that have supported Mr. Biden, he led Mr. Trump by more than 13,000 votes.- Advertisement – The remaining ballots “generally fall into one of three categories: those that require a review, provisionals and U.S. military overseas ballots,” said Lisa Deeley, one of the city commissioners in Philadelphia in charge of elections. “I would estimate there’s approximately 40,000 remaining to be counted.”- Advertisement – “We can also tell you that it may take several days to complete the reporting of that,” Ms. Deeley added.On Thursday, Kathy Boockvar, the Pennsylvania secretary of state, told CNN that the “overwhelming majority” of the state’s remaining votes would be counted by Friday. Pennsylvania Democratic officials have said their analysis of the uncounted votes gave them confidence that Mr. Biden would win the state by a substantial margin.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
US energy giant ExxonMobil said it will streamline its upstream organization and centralize project delivery across the company to support plans to double operating cash flow and earnings by 2025.The reorganization will be effective April 1 and involve the creation of three new upstream companies, ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company, ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company and ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company.The ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company will focus on end-to-end value chain management in five distinct global businesses, unconventional, liquefied natural gas, deepwater, heavy oil and conventional.ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company will oversee strategy development, exploration, acquisitions and divestments and actively manage an upstream portfolio that is considered the most attractive since the 1999 merger of Exxon and Mobil. Consolidation of upstream portfolio management efforts in one organization will further strengthen the company’s ability to optimize portfolio value.ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company will provide technical and specialized commercial skills, such as drilling, research & technology, gas and power market optimization, and the global deployment of resources.“We’re simplifying and integrating our upstream organization to better capitalize on the industry-leading portfolio we’ve assembled through acquisitions and exploration success in the U.S. Permian Basin, Guyana, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea and Brazil,” said Neil Chapman, senior vice president.The company said in a statement, that Liam Mallon, currently president of ExxonMobil Development Company, will become president of ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company.Steve Greenlee, currently president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company, will become president of ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company.Linda DuCharme, currently president of ExxonMobil Global Services Company, will become president of ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company.The company’s project-delivery capability will be enhanced through a single organization, ExxonMobil Global Projects Company, which will centralize major capital project planning and execution expertise into a single organization that will support all three business segments, upstream, downstream and chemical.Neil Duffin, currently president of ExxonMobil Production Company, will become president of ExxonMobil Global Projects Company.As part of the company’s annual presentation to investment analysts in March 2018, ExxonMobil outlined a growth strategy to increase earnings by more than 100 percent to $31 billion by 2025 at constant 2017 prices.Investments outlined during the annual investor presentation, across all three segments of ExxonMobil’s business – upstream, downstream, and chemical – will generate double-digit rates of return.
___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Montana State (16-15, 10-10) vs. No. 4 seed Portland State (18-14, 12-8)Big Sky Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho; Thursday, 3:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Montana State is set to take on Portland State in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tourney. Portland State won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last played on Feb. 20, when the Vikings shot 51.8 percent from the field while limiting Montana State to just 48.3 percent en route to a 10-point victory. Associated Press March 10, 2020 Portland St. faces Montana State in Big Sky quarters FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Montana State’s Harald Frey, Jubrile Belo and Borja Fernandez have combined to account for 52 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 68 percent of all Bobcats points over the last five games.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Frey has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all Montana State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 15 field goals and 14 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 71: Montana State is 0-11 when it allows at least 71 points and 16-4 when it holds opponents to less than 71.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Bobcats have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Vikings. Portland State has an assist on 46 of 87 field goals (52.9 percent) across its previous three matchups while Montana State has assists on 35 of 65 field goals (53.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Portland State offense is ranked 19th in the nation by scoring 78.7 points per game this season. Montana State has only averaged 66.6 points per game, which ranks 267th.
BRISTOL, England (Reuters) – Moeen Ali hit the second fastest one-day international century in England’s history to set up a win over West Indies by 124 runs on Sunday.Victory gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the third of the five-match series after the second game was washed out last week.Chris GayleJoe Root with 84 and Ben Stokes (73) were the other main contributors to an imposing total of 369-9 off 50 overs. They shared a fourth-wicket stand of 132 as Root became the highest scorer in all formats in an English international season.Then Ali took over, reaching his century off 53 balls, the last of them being his eighth six. Only Jos Buttler, from 46 balls against Pakistan in 2015, has ever got there faster for England.Ali eventually holed out to long-off for 102 as West Indies’ labouring bowlers went for 123 in the final 10 overs.“The ground isn’t that big so it’s nice to play on it,” he told Sky Sports. “I just tried to slog it as much as I could.”Opener Chris Gayle led the response, at one stage hitting Ali for three consecutive sixes, but he never quite had sufficient support and was run out for 94 going for a quick single.Ali even took the final catch as the innings ended for 245 in the 40th over, Liam Plunkett finishing with 5-52.Mooen Ali reached a 53-ball century, his second fifty taking just 12 deliveries ©AFPChris Gayle kept popping sixes into the crowd before he was run out for 94.ENGLAND InningsJ. Bairstow c&b Holder 13A. Hales lbw b Cummins 36J. Root lbw b Cummins 84E. Morgan c S. Hope b Holder 0B. Stokes c Lewis b R. Powell 73J. Buttler b Cummins 2M. Ali c Holder b Nurse 102C. Woakes c R. Powell b Taylor 34L. Plunkett run out (Taylor) 9D. Willey not out 1A. Rashid not out 9Extras (lb-1 nb-2 w-3) 6Total (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 369Fall of wickets: 1-27 J. Bairstow,2-73 A. Hales,3-74 E. Morgan,4-206 B. Stokes,5-210 J. Buttler,6-217 J. Root,7-334 C. Woakes,8-354 M. Ali,9-358 L. PlunkettBowling: J. Taylor 10 – 1 – 75 – 1(nb-1 w-3),J. Holder 10 – 0 – 81 – 2(nb-1),M. Cummins 9 – 0 – 82 – 3,D. Bishoo 5 – 0 – 33 – 0,A. Nurse 8 – 0 – 59 – 1,R. Powell 8 – 0 – 38 – 1.WEST INDIES InningsC. Gayle run out (, Rashid) 94E. Lewis c Ali b Willey 13S. Hope c Buttler b Plunkett 20M. Samuels c Buttler b Plunkett 11J. Mohammed c Bairstow b Plunkett 38R. Powell c Woakes b Rashid 8J. Holder c Ali b Plunkett 34A. Nurse lbw b Rashid 1D. Bishoo c Morgan b Plunkett 12J. Taylor b Rashid 0M. Cummins not out 4Extras (lb-3 w-7) 10Total (all out, 39.1 overs) 245Fall of wickets: 1-15 E. Lewis,2-79 S. Hope,3-109 M. Samuels,4-176 C. Gayle,5-192 R. Powell,6-210 J. Mohammed,7-212 A. Nurse,8-241 D. Bishoo,9-241 J. Taylor,10-245 J. HolderBowling: C. Woakes 7 – 1 – 32 – 0(w-1),D. Willey 4 – 0 – 34 – 1(w-1),L. Plunkett 8.1 – 0 – 52 – 5(w-1),M. Ali 10 – 0 – 65 – 0(w-2),B. Stokes 4 – 0 – 25 – 0(w-2),A. Rashid 6 – 0 – 34 – 3.
Italy-based midfielder Isaac Coffie has been handed his debut call-up to the Black Stars for next month’s matches against Malawi and Liberia.The Chievo enforcer is among the 24 players invited by coach Kwesi Appiah for the two matches.Berekum Chelsea midfielder Solomon Asante, who was left out of June’s World Cup qualifier against Lesotho, returns after fears over his nationality were allayed.“We sought clarification from the Burkina FA and they have confirmed that he only played for them in friendlies,” coach Appiah told Ghanafa.org.“This means he is eligible to play for Ghana as he is Ghanaian by birth.”The coach also named five home-based players including the Berekum Chelsea duo of Ernest Sowah and Emmanuel Clottey. Several players including Andre Ayew and Emmanuel Agyemang- Badu, who missed this month’s friendly against China, return to the squad.The Black Stars will host Malawi in Accra on 8 September in the first-leg of the final qualifier for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.They will travel to Monrovia three days later to play Liberia in an international friendly.SquadGoalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Ernest Sowah(Berekum Chelsea),Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold) Defenders: Daniel Opare(Standard Liege, Belgium),Harrison Afful(Esperance, Tunisia), Razak Nuhu (Stromgodset, Norway), Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), John Boye (Rennes, France), Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Kotoko)Midfielders: Anthony Annan(Osasuna, Spain),Isaac Coffie (Chievo, Italy), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, Ukraine), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Boakye Yiadom (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Clottey (Berekum Chelsea), Abdul Majeed Warris (Hacken, Sweden), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain,UAE)