Georgia Was a Big Win for Democrats. Black Women Did the Groundwork.

RIVERDALE, Ga. — Decades before Joseph R. Biden Jr. flipped Georgia for the Democrats, Felicia Davis was a one-stop political organizing dynamo in Clayton County, canvassing for issues rather than candidates, for her community rather than a political party.

The boom of her voice and the clarity of her convictions command respect. In her operation, even the teenagers are paid $15 an hour to knock on doors and distribute literature. Almost everyone is diligent: She is not someone to disappoint.

“I am unapologetically Black,” Ms. Davis said. “My agenda is Black. My community is Black. My county is Black. So what I do is Black. And for 20 years, we’ve been trying to tell people what was possible.”

When Georgia turned blue for Mr. Biden this year after record voter turnout, it validated the political vision and advocacy of a group of Black women who have led a decades-long organizing effort to transform the state’s electorate. Democrats celebrated their work registering new voters, canvassing and engaging in long-term political outreach. The achievement seemed to confirm mantras that have become commonplace in liberal politics, like “trust Black women” and “Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party.”

But the same women tell a more complicated story about their relationship with elected Democrats, national campaign officials and prominent political groups. For years, they said, their political vision was demeaned and distrusted. Donors and campaigns balked at the idea that Georgia was a battleground state worth investing in and that the organizers had picked up on demographic and political changes in their home state that others had missed.

Now, with Georgia at the center of the political universe ahead of two pivotal Senate runoff elections in January, the organizers are asking Democrats: Will you embrace our approach now?

“We weren’t surprised that Georgia turned blue, because we’ve been working on it for over 15 years,” said Deborah Scott, the founder of Georgia Stand Up. When she started the group in 2004, she said, it was hard to persuade philanthropy groups and political foundations that focus on grass-roots organizing to consider Georgia.

“It’s been an uphill battle,” Ms. Davis said. “Because here, we’re not just women, we’re Southern women. And we’re not just Southern women, we’re Southern Black women.”

The most famous member of the club is Stacey Abrams, the former state lawmaker and candidate for governor who founded a voter registration group called the New Georgia Project. But there are many others — like Ms. Davis and Helen Butler, who was mentored by the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, the late civil rights leader — who have spent years working to turn out voters in Georgia.

No single group delivered the state to Mr. Biden or can take credit for turnout there. In a presidential race decided by a razor-thin margin in Georgia, every piece mattered: increased turnout among young voters; outreach to Black, Latino and Asian-American communities; and a rejection of President Trump by some college-educated white voters who typically vote Republican.

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Final Days To Enter To Win Tesla Model X Plus $32,000 Cash Are Here

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Forget the style points, Jimbo Fisher says win over LSU represents real progress for Texas A&M

While others were wondering about style points or if Texas A&M really looked like the No. 5 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, coach Jimbo Fisher had a different thought.

The 20-7 win Saturday over LSU represented real progress, he said, because of what it represented and how it was achieved over Fisher’s two previous seasons at A&M.

“I don’t know if we win that game before, I really don’t,” Fisher said Monday at his weekly news conference. “We struggled in some areas, but we still fought. The defense rose up and just kept going higher and higher. The offense just kept plugging along, doing what they could. The special teams stayed in it.

“You have to learn to do that. … Nobody’s pointing fingers. Nobody is saying you didn’t do your job.”

A&M (6-1) will learn how the CFP selection committee viewed its win and body of work on Tuesday, when the second playoff rankings are unveiled on ESPN. Ahead lies a road game Saturday at Auburn (5-3), which might be the Aggies’ biggest test remaining in the regular season as they hope for someone ahead of them to stumble.

To win, A&M will probably need a better offensive effort than the one against LSU.

Or not.

Fisher noted that part of A&M’s growth has been delivering what was needed. Against Vanderbilt and LSU, the offense failed to deliver. Against Florida and Arkansas, the offense delivered 41 and 42 points when the defense uncharacteristically stumbled.

“Our defense did that for the offense. The offense has done it for the defense at times,” Fisher said. “That’s why they’re a tight-knit group of guys.”

Senior linebacker Buddy Johnson, whose interception return for a touchdown sealed the victory against LSU, agreed things might have been different in the recent past.

“Most definitely,” the Skyline product said. “This team has been doing a great job playing as one, clicking together with each other.”

For all the team unity, Fisher did note that the offense has to be better.

A&M had just 267 yards of total offense and was 2 of 16 on third down, and senior quarterback Kellen Mond went 11 of 34 for 105 yards against an LSU defense that been torched at times against the pass.

“He’ll make adjustments and move on just like he has all year,” Fisher said. “He’s been playing really, really good football, but we’ve got to play better around him, too.”

Mond was even sacked, ending a streak of five games by an offensive line that struggled at times.

“Kellen got hit way too many times. He was slow to get up three times and that was just not OK with any of us,” center Ryan McCollum said. “Coach Fisher put the ball in our hands and started trying to run the ball and run the clock out.

“We’ve got to get in here [Monday] and fix it.”

McCollum couldn’t pinpoint a cause but said the Aggies’ 21-day layoff because of positive COVID-19 tests and

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Online Holiday Shopping Hit Records: ETFs to Win & Lose

After almost round-the-year coronavirus-induced fear, the Holiday Season has now officially set in. Consumers have started stacking up their shopping carts. Over the last few years, online sales have gained precedence. The coronavirus outbreak has raised the appeal of the space even more as it has less to do with human contact. So, one can imagine the likelihood of exponential gains in ecommerce stocks and ETFs this year.

Consumers shelled out about $9 billion (a new record) on the web on Black Friday, up 21.6% year over year, according to data from Adobe Analytics (which tracks website transactions from 80 of the top 100 U.S. online retailers), as quoted on CNBC. As a result, Black Friday 2020 came across as the second-largest online spending day in history in the United States, behind Cyber Monday last year, Adobe indicated.

Cyber Monday 2020 is also expected to turn out the biggest digital sales day in history in the United States. Spending should be between $10.8 billion and $12.7 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 15% to 35%. Thanksgiving Day online sales also hit a record $5.1 billion, up 21.5% from last year, per Adobe, as quoted on CNBC.

About 50% of the purchases were made on a smartphone, according to Adobe. Analytics from Shopify, which tracks activity across more than 1 million merchants using its e-commerce platform, indicate that the average cart price globally was $86.80 compared with $90.40 in the United States (read: ETF Areas to Gain From the Holiday Shopping Season).

In contrast, in-store traffic on Black Friday slumped 52.1% year over year, according to preliminary data from Sensormatic Solutions, as quoted on CNBC.Several malls looked pale with almost empty parking lots during the early hours of the Black Friday morning.

What Were the Hot Buys?

“New consoles, phones, smart devices and TVs that are traditional Black Friday purchases are sharing online shopping cart space this year with unorthodox Black Friday purchases such as groceries, clothes and alcohol, that would previously have been purchased in-store,” said Taylor Schreiner, a director at Adobe Digital Insights, as quoted on CNBC.

Toys and personal care products were among the winning categories of this year shopping, according to Adobe, as quoted on CNBC. “Online spending on toys shot up 294% and rose 278% on personal care products compared with October daily averages. Sales of office supplies and bedding grew by 114% and 109%, respectively.”

ETFs to Win

ProShares Online Retail ETF ONLN

The underlying ProShares Online Retail Index is a specialized retail index that tracks retailers which principally sell online or through other non-store channels. The fund charges 58 bps in fees.

ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF CLIX

The underlying index consists of long positions in online retailers, included in the ProShares Online Retail Index, and short positions in the bricks and mortar retailers included in the Solactive-ProShares Bricks and Mortar Retail Store Index. The fund charges 65 bps in fees (see all long/short ETFs here).

Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund XLY


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5 Stocks to Win on Record Cyber Weekend Shopping

When shoppers were busy grabbing Black Friday deals, retailers had started preparing for Cyber Monday — the next big shopping event. In fact, Cyber Monday has hogged maximum consumer attention in the recent past as “the preferred day for deals.”

Overall, the entire cyber weekend is crucial for retailers. Cyber Monday is the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday, which was created by retailers to “encourage people to shop online.” Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Most retailers offer promotions and discounts during this time.

“A solid rule of thumb is that Black Friday is a better time to buy newer, big-ticket items. It’s also the best day to shop in stores, though you can also shop online. Cyber Monday is a better day to shop for tech deals and smaller gifts. You’ll also see slightly better discounts online,” as per an article on businessinsider. The trend is, however, changing lately with Cyber Monday receiving more prominence. The extent of deals and discounts are almost similar on these days.

How Is Consumers’ Shopping Spree This Cyber Weekend?

Consumers shelled out about $9 billion (a new record) on the web on Black Friday, up 21.6% year over year, according to data from Adobe Analytics (which tracks website transactions from 80 of the top 100 U.S. online retailers), as quoted on CNBC.

Cyber Monday 2020 is expected to turn out the biggest digital sales day in history in the United States. Spending should be between $10.8 billion and $12.7 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 15% to 35%. Thanksgiving Day online sales also hit a record $5.1 billion, up 21.5% from last year, per Adobe Analytics, as quoted on CNBC.

What Were at the Top of the Shopping List?

New consoles, phones, smart devices and TVs that are usual Black Friday purchases have now taken place online  this year. Surprise Black Friday purchases like groceries, clothes and alcohol that would earlier were bought in-store are also being parked in online cart, according to Taylor Schreiner, a director at Adobe Digital Insights, as quoted on CNBC.

Toys and personal care products were among the winning categories of this year shopping, according to Adobe, as quoted on CNBC. “Online spending on toys shot up 294% and rose 278% on personal care products compared with October daily averages. Sales of office supplies and bedding grew by 114% and 109%, respectively”.

Stocks to Win

Mattel Inc. MAT

The Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company is the world’s largest manufacturer of toys. Consumers’ solid spending on toys should make the company a winner this year.

Sony Corporation SNE

Sony Corp. could gain this weekend on deals for newly released PlayStation 5 gaming console and smart TV that are in huge demand. The stock has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Apple Inc. AAPL

Likewise, deals on AirPods, iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Apple Watch put the company in the spotlight. Some of the Apple deals are “Save up to $900 on iPhone 12

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Maryland women come back strong with convincing win over Arkansas

The Maryland women’s basketball team took out its frustrations on Arkansas on Sunday, a day after it squandered a double-digit lead against Missouri State and saw its 18-game winning streak dating from last season come to an end.

The No. 12 Terrapins blew out the No. 14 Razorbacks, 115-96, in their final game at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla. Arkansas began the day 3-0, but Maryland (2-1) poured in the points with little resistance. The 115 points set a record for the event, which is in its eighth season, and were the most against a ranked opponent in program history.

“Obviously, a terrific response by our team today,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “We were disappointed in our play yesterday, and I thought it said a lot about this team and the pride to be able to come out [in that manner] — they were locked in. . . . I think it speaks volumes. This is the character we’ve seen out of them since we started together. The competitiveness and the fire and the fight.

“We spent a lot of time talking about that no one’s going to feel sorry for us. We understand we’re going to get every team’s best shot. Pregame was about having pride.”

Senior guard Katie Benzan scored a game-high 28 points and tied a school record by knocking down eight three-pointers. Senior forward Chloe Bibby aggressively looked for her shot from the outset and finished with 23 points and hit 5 of 7 threes. Sophomore guard Diamond Miller chipped in 19 points. Reigning Big Ten freshman of the year Ashley Owusu was in shouting distance of a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

“That’s definitely a cool feat,” Benzan said about the three-pointers. “I didn’t even know that was the record. I was just more focused on winning and doing whatever it took to help my team win today.

“They just kept telling me to shoot, so I kept shooting.”

Maryland seemed to learn its lesson after watching an 11-point lead disappear against No. 24 Missouri State the previous day: It never relented. A 16-2 run in the first quarter, highlighted by a pair of buckets each from Benzan, Miller and Bibby, gave the Terrapins a 22-11 advantage late in the quarter, and Arkansas (3-1) never put together a rallying run. The Razorbacks led for just 14 seconds in the game.

“Honestly, as soon as the ball was thrown up in the first quarter we were locked in,” Bibby said. “We were ready to go. There was no doubt about it. I had no doubt in my mind that we were going to give everything this game. The energy was just phenomenal. On the bench, everything, on the court. We just played together tonight, and it was a lot of fun.”

Both teams preferred an up-tempo style of play, but Maryland played it much more efficiently. Miller and freshman forward Angel Reese, the No. 2 recruit in the

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Connecting Style & Health – Amazfit Launches Contest for Fans in the US, UK, France, Germany & Russia to Win Its Market Leading Wearables

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amazfit, one of the leading players in the smart watch market, today launched an international marketing campaign themed “Amaze Your Wrist”. Amazfit is encouraging fans to share a stylish photograph on Instagram to show the world why they should win its latest wearables[1].*

The Amaze Your Wrist Grand Prize winner will receive FOUR Amazfit wearables – a GTR 2, a GTS 2, a Bip U, and a Band 5. Runner-up will win a GTR 2 or a GTS 2 and second runner-up will receive a Bip U or Band 5.

The campaign is part of Amazfit’s strategy of creating dynamic, fashionable watches for youthful, active lifestyles. Packed with the latest technology including online and offline voice control, plus comprehensive health features, Amazfit wearables are designed to make life easier, more efficient and more fun.

The Amaze Your Wrist Contest is open to Amazfit fans living in the United States (excluding Rhode Island), United Kingdom, France, Germany and Russia. The contest runs 30 November through 14 December 2020, giving winners the chance to post pictures and win the latest Amazfit wearable in time for the upcoming holiday season.

  • The Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 are classic and fashionable smartwatches suitable for active lifestyles, with a comprehensive range of health features and Alexa Built-in[2].
  • The Amazfit Band 5 takes the “band” category of wearables to a new level, with its science-based personal health management system.
  • The Amazfit Bip U Series is a fun lightweight smartwatch packed with technology that gives users the must-have details about your health metrics

All #amazeyourwrist entries will be judged on the creativity, originality and uniqueness of the Instagram photo.
It’s Your Time to Be Amazing. Get Ready to Amaze Your Wrist.

Start shooting now and find the best look that shows the world why users should Amaze Your Wrist.

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Tiana Mangakahia leads Syracuse women’s basketball to win in season-opener at Stony Brook

Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia played in a competitive basketball game Sunday afternoon for the first time in 615 days.

It was her first contest since recovering from breast cancer. It marked the end of one journey and the start of another as the No. 23-ranked Orange aims to return to the dominant team they once were after playing last season without their starting point guard.

Mangakahia scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists in the Orange’s 50-39 season-opening win at Stony Brook.

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As the Orange’s all-time assist leader, Mangakahia’s first play was right on brand: a dime to Amaya Finklea-Guity for a layup. A couple of minutes later, Mangakahia got a steal and used her speed on a fast break to score her first points in almost two years.

She was subbed out moments later as Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman tried to manage his point guard’s usage rate throughout the game. Mangakahia would sit for breathers, but for only a play or two.

Mangakahia tied for a game-high 36 minutes along with her backcourt mate Kiara Lewis, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

Syracuse freshman Kamilla Cardoso showed throughout her college debut why she’s the No. 5 ranked recruit in the Class of 2020. The 6-foot-7 freshman ran the floor like a guard, made her presence felt on defense and finished 50% of her field goals — totaling 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Mangakahia will make another return Wednesday in her first home game in the Carrier Dome as the Orange faces Lincoln. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.


No Vegas or Cancun, just hoops: Syracuse women start season focused on pure basketball

Syracuse women’s basketball to play at Stony Brook for season-opener

Syracuse women’s basketball stars cross fingers, hope coronavirus won’t hamper season

Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia on return to basketball: I feel a lot of pressure to play well

Syracuse women’s basketball duo named to Naismith Award watchlist

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Notre Dame women give Ivey her first head coaching win

Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey yells to players during an NCAA college basketball game against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey yells to players during an NCAA college basketball game against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in South Bend, Ind.


Destinee Walker scored 24 points, Maddy Westbeld added 19 plus nine rebounds and Notre Dame gave new head coach Niele Ivey her first victory, 88-68 over Miami (Ohio) on Sunday.

Ivey took over for Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw, who retired with 939 career wins. Ivey’s Fighting Irish (1-1) gave her the lead for good just over three minutes into the game, extended it to 15 points at halftime and kept it in double figures the rest of the way.

Anaya Peoples added 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for Notre Dame with Abby Prohaska scoring 10 points. Virginia Tech transfer Dara Mabrey, the third of three sisters to play for the Irish, was scoreless in 22 minutes after recording a career high of 34 points in a one-point loss to Ohio in the team’s opener.

Notre Dame was again without three returning starters: Sam Brunelle, Katlyn Gilbert and Mikki Vaughn, out for various reasons.

Peyton Scott scored 18 points, Katie Davidson had 16 along with 10 rebounds and Kelly McLaughlin scored 10 points for the RedHawks, who were playing in their opener.

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Patriots did plenty to lose, but they were handed a gift in 20-17 win over Cardinals

They improved to 5-6, but Newton and the Patriots’ offense didn’t exactly ascend to the moment. First, he threw an interception with inside five minutes left in the game to put the Cardinals in prime to position to win it. And though Newton did drive the Patriots 33 yards for the winning score, it was only thanks to a questionable personal foul penalty against Isaiah Simmons. The Cardinals also bailed out the Patriots when kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a 45-yard field goal attempt in the final minutes.

The Patriots have lost their fair share of close games this year, so it’s good to see them escape with a 3-point win. And they certainly get credit for executing when they needed to at the end. But this was a gift, and the Patriots were lucky this game didn’t go to overtime.

▪ Bill Belichick may have whiffed on drafting a kicker in the fifth round this year, but he sure did get it right with Nick Folk, who hit his second game-winner of the season, both of which came from 50-plus yards. Folk went 2 for 2 Sunday and has hit his last 19 field goal attempts. Meanwhile, Stephen Gostkowski is having an inconsistent season in Tennessee. Folk may not have the biggest leg, but his accuracy has been tremendous this year.

▪ Not an impressive game by Newton by any stretch. He completed just 9 of 18 passes for 84 yards, two interceptions, and a 23.6 passer rating. He had a few nice connections with Jakobi Meyers (five catches for 52 yards), but otherwise the passing game was non-functional. The Patriots’ first three scoring drives started in Arizona territory, and they drove more than 35 yards just once all game.

Newton’s accuracy was a mess, and his pocket presence was poor. Newton had little feel for the pass rush and took three unnecessary sacks. The Patriots also struggled to pick up the blitz again, leading to an interception on Newton’s first pass attempt of the game.

Newton was better as a runner, rushing nine times for 46 yards and making a good decision on the option pitch to James White for the Patriots’ first touchdown. But the passing offense is going backward.

▪ The Patriots’ offense gained just 179 yards, the fewest it has gained in a win in the Belichick era (and tied for third-fewest in team history). The Patriots can’t expect to keep winning games if they can’t move the football.

▪ What a great effort from the Patriots’ defense, which held the dynamic duo of Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins in check. The Cardinals didn’t have a passing play longer than 19 yards, and had to earn their way down the field all game. They had a 12-play field goal drive, a 15-play drive with no points, and a 16-play touchdown drive.

The Patriots held Murray to just 170 passing yards on 34 pass attempts, and 31 rushing yards on five attempts. Hopkins, shadowed for most of

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