Michigan fined $10,000 for Jim Harbaugh’s postgame rant

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Ohio State eked out a victory against Michigan last weekend, and a handful of close officiating calls left Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh furious after the game.

Harbaugh was “bitterly disappointed” with the officiating, he said at the post-game press conference, and labeled some of the calls “outrageous.”

The Big Ten responded on Monday by reprimanding Harbaugh and fining Michigan $10,000. 

According to the Big Ten, Harbaugh violated the conference’s sportsmanship policy, which expects members of its institutions not to compromise “integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.” Read more…

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Trump isn’t happy about the Green Party’s ‘ridiculous’ vote recount

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Donald Trump thinks this whole vote recount business is “ridiculous.” That’s not exactly surprising, but he’s also not just spouting a bunch of nonsense, either.

Trump issued a statement on Saturday afternoon calling the Green Party-led effort a “scam.” Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised nearly $6 million as of this writing to lead a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — all states where Trump has a combined lead of around 100,000 votes. 

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballots in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said in a statement. “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.” Read more…

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign will now help Jill Stein’s vote recount

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Somehow, 2016 presidential election drama is not quite over. 

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team will now cooperate with a Green Party-led effort to recount ballots in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where the combined margin of victory for President-elect Donald Trump sits at just over 100,000 votes. The margin is small, but still much too large for the recount effort to provide hope for Clinton supporters. Concerns about voting booth hacking has fueled a grassroots-funded attempt to investigate the results in those states. 

Trump won in an eye-popping upset on Nov. 8, taking a series of states in the upper midwest thought to be Democratic strongholds.  Read more…

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