Kyler Murray fires a missile to Christian Kirk for a 56-yard touchdown for the Cardinals. Murray responded in the best way possible, throwing touchdown passes on Arizona’s next two possessions – including a 56-yarder to Christian Kirk – but the Dolphins answered each of those with scores of their own, including a nine-yard strike from Tua to Preston Williams, who injured his foot on the play when diving for the goal line.The Dolphins led 24-17 at half-time, but the Cardinals turned that into a seven-point lead by the end of the third quarter as Murray found the endzone on a 12-yard run following off the back of a 21-yard scoring strike to Darrell Daniels, who outwrestled Miami cornerback Byron Jones for his first career TD. Preston Williams dives over the line for a Miami touchdown but injures himself on the play. Miami Dolphins’ rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa got the better of Arizona Cardinals’ own, exciting young QB talent Kyler Murray as he led his team to a thrilling 34-31 win in his second NFL start.Tua completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards, with two touchdowns and no turnovers. He also ran seven times for 35 yards as Miami (5-3) won their fourth-straight game – the team’s longest winning streak in four years. – Advertisement – Dolphins 7-0 CardinalsShaq Lawson 36-yard fumble return for a TD (extra point) Cardinals stats: Kyler Murray, 21/26, 283 yards, 3 TDsRushing leader: Kyler Murray, 11 carries, 106 yards, 1 TDReceiving leader: Christian Kirk, five catches, 123 yards, 1 TDAlthough the QB clash was the big draw, Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders also had a crucial role in the victory as he made two field goals, including a career-best 56-yarder. His other conversion, from 50 yards, set a Dolphins record for consecutive kicks without a miss (20) and proved to be the winning score.It gave Miami a 34-31 lead with three minutes and 30 seconds left on the clock; the Dolphins defence forced the Cardinals into a 49-yard field goal try by Zane Gonzalez to tie the game and possibly take it to overtime but he missed with the kick. 1:06 Darrell Daniels scores his first NFL TD as he snatches the ball in the endzone for the Cardinals. SECOND QUARTER
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Palantir, the data analytics software company co-founded by Peter Thiel, one of President Donald Trump’s former top allies in Silicon Valley, just wrapped up its best two days since going public in September, even as Trump’s prospects for a second term dimmed.Shares of Palantir surged 17% on Friday following an 11% jump a day earlier. The stock closed the week at $13.83, up 38% from its debut price.Thiel, the company’s chairman, saw the value of his stake, owned through various entities, jump by over $700 million over the last two days of trading. In Trump’s 2016 campaign, Thiel was a major supporter and adviser, but the venture capitalist did not back the president’s reelection effort. As of Friday, Trump trailed Democrat Joe Biden, who was just 17 electoral votes short of the 270 needed to win and was making significant progress in key states. – Advertisement – Because of Thiel’s ties to Trump and Palantir’s large government contracts, some investors may have viewed the the company as better off under Trump than a Democratic administration. However, Mark Cash, an equity analyst at Morningstar, said investors are getting more comfortable with the company’s story and aren’t worried about any disruption based on a change in the White House.Cash didn’t have a good explanation for the stock’s dramatic move up, but said that he’s optimistic about the company’s upcoming third-quarter earnings report scheduled for next week.“The administration doesn’t matter to their valuation or their market opportunity,” said Cash, who has a $13 price target on the stock. “They’ve been through both sides, Democrat and Republican. They’re not new to this, just newly public.”- Advertisement – Peter Thiel, co-founder and chairman of Palantir Technologies Inc., speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Just before Palantir’s market debut, the Defense Department said it awarded the company a $91.2 million contract to provide research and development to the Army Research Laboratory over the next two years. Palantir has been growing by continuing to get big government deals while also building up its roster of private sector clients.Cash said the company has a “nice pipeline of contracts,” including business with customers using its data tools for Covid 19 response, whether in public health or to route medical supplies.He also said that Palantir could be in position to win business even in an administration that’s pulling back on defense spending, because the company has been moving deeper into software and away from consulting, making its products more efficient.“If a deflationary spending environment for defense happens, it can be to their benefit,” Cash said. “Agencies probably can’t take on these expensive multi-year consulting efforts but instead would look to use off-the-shelf solutions that are already made.”WATCH: Palantir’s potential customer base is a fundamental issueread more