Ricky Thornton Jr. was the $10,001 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature winner at Dacotah Speedway’s inaugural Legendary. Thornton also earned a $500 bonus as the leader at midway of the Friday evening 50-lapper. (Photo by Byron Fichter)MANDAN, N.D. (July 15) – An Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver well on his way to becoming a dirt track legend beat a driver who’s already achieved that status to the $10,001 checkers Friday night at Dacotah Speedway.Ricky Thornton Jr. led the last 38 of 50 laps, finishing no more than a car length ahead of Kelly Shryock. The highest paying event in history for IMCA Modifieds in North Dakota was also the top career payday for Thornton when the $1 at the end of the $10,001 – plus a $500 bonus for leading at halfway – were figured in.“There were a lot of the top guys (86 in all) here tonight,” said Thornton, who’d won for the 100th time in his IMCA Modified career when the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour concluded in front of another full house at Mandan on Thursday. “To be able to win the inaugural Legendary puts icing on the cake.”Pole starter Shawn Strand led the first lap before Mark Dahl drove by. Thornton had started ninth, was in the runner-up position by lap five and then used the high line to take charge up front on lap 12.He used multiple lines in building his lead and had caught up with the back of the field before the only caution of the contest came for the mandatory pit stop on the front straight after midway.Shryock had moved into second just before the yellow. He was side-by-side with Thornton after the race resumed and the six circuits were scored.The second half of the Legendary was worth the price of admission alone as the front two battled high and low, Thornton finally using his momentum off the top side to edge Shryock at the finish by the narrowest of margins.“I could run wherever I wanted. The car was just that good,” Thornton said. “I figured if I got up top and kept my momentum going it would make it hard for anybody to pass me. It kind of all played out right for me and I’m glad it was Kelly racing with me. He races everybody clean.”“We’re headed home next and will race at Hamilton County Speedway on Saturday,” he added. “I’ll probably be on cloud nine for at least a week.”Dakota Tour champion Hunter Marriott won his “B” feature, started 12th and ended in third. Aaron Turnbull rocketed from 16th starting to fourth and 19th starting Jason Wolla led a stellar group of home state drivers with his fifth place finish at the Corral Sales-sponsored Legendary.Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Jason Wolla, Ray; 6. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 7. Shawn Strand, Mandan; 8. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 9. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 10. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 11. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 12. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 14. Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; 15. Tom Berry Jr., Boone, Iowa; 16. Travis Ulmer, Mandan; 17. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 18. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 19. Jeremy Keller, Mandan; 20. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 21. Drew Christianson, Minot; 22. Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.; 23. Robert Hellebust, Minot; 24. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 25. Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; 26. Greg Friestad, Valley City.Heat winners were Shryock, Grimes, Taylor, Friestad, Stone, Elliott, Strand, Thornton, Dahl and Ulmer.1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Schott; 2. Turnbull; 3. Noteboom. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Marriott; 2. Dotson; 3. Wagner. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Pfeifer; 2. Wilson; 3. Eberhardt. 4th “B” feature – 1. Laney; 2. Wolla; 3. Hellebust. 5th “B” feature – 1. Mari; 2. Berry; 3. Christianson.
Congratulations to East Central Trojan Wrestler Bryer Hall (152) on winning his first match at The State Finals and advances to the Quarterfinals on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Best of luck on Saturday.Kole Viel’s (182) and Lawrenceburg Tiger Andrew Roth’s (160) season came to end losing their opening matches. Congratulations on an outstanding season!
Samuel Acosta, one of Hatch’s first users, wanted to rent an apartment in Michigan but was unable to since he didn’t have a credit score. Broughton and his team began their work by interviewing more than 2,900 students from USC, UCLA and CalArts on their knowledge of personal finance. Through this, they found that students weren’t interested in learning about personal finance but instead wished for an easy way to build credit, which inspired Broughton to help students do so through their regular payments to entertainment subscriptions, such as Netflix and Spotify. “From the beginning, [Broughton] had a very strong idea of what he was looking to do and how,” De Vivo said. “It was just a matter of seeing where we could step in and bring resources to help him get there.” Through Hatch’s mobile app, Broughton created a platform dedicated to teaching college students about personal finance through simple, easy-to-follow lessons such as how to set up a mortgage payment and how to begin paying back college loans. The app is live and operating in its developmental stage and has allowed 1,000 users onto the app from a waitlist of 16,000. Broughton hopes this number will increase to 100,000 over the summer. “I realized a lot of students fall victim to [this problem], but they just don’t realize it until their senior year when they’re trying to get their first car or their first phone plan or even trying to get their own apartment,” said Broughton, a junior majoring in business administration. “They struggle and end up having to go back home, all because they don’t have a credit score.” “It made me more aware of how important it is to actually start reporting credit,” Acosta said. “I was kind of lost as [to] how to actually get started. There’s not a lot of information out there for people that think ‘I don’t owe anything, so I don’t need to do anything for my credit.’” “I think [Broughton] is one of the more exceptional entrepreneurs that is still at USC,” said Blackstone LaunchPad USC project director James Bottom. “His venture at this event was one of the top four at USC, and he beat the top 100 projects from all across the globe in the Blackstone LaunchPad network.” Broughton worked in collaboration with Sebastian De Vivo, a consultant for Bixel Exchange, a nonprofit organization that matches startup entrepreneurs with advisers and provides them with free, non-equity assistance. The team went on to win its first pitch competition, TAMID Tank — USC’s version of “Shark Tank” that allows students to pitch their startups to venture capitalists — in October 2019. They moved on to win several more, including the top $25,000 prize at the Blackstone LaunchPad Propel event in New York. Hatch currently operates at a net worth of about $500,000. De Vivo acted as a thought partner, listening to Broughton’s ideas and strategies and providing feedback to strengthen Broughton’s product. In partnership with the Career Center, Student Affairs, several universities — such as California Institute of the Arts and UCLA — and a few banks, including the USC Credit Union, Hatch was able to help students improve their credit score by reporting their regular payments, such as monthly gym memberships or entertainment subscriptions, to credit bureaus. “People have tackled that problem [of building credit] from different directions, but Mike was the first one that I heard that targeted specifically the college student population,” De Vivo said.“The way he brought all the different threads together was also unique to Mike.” “Out of all the students we talked to, about 98% of them told us it was a terrible idea,” Broughton said. “They really didn’t connect to personal finance, and that’s when we learned that there’s a lot of information out there, but students just don’t care about personal finance.” Junior Michael Broughton said the Hatch app already has 1,000 users. The startup aims to have 100,000 users by this summer. (Julia Mazzucco | Daily Trojan) When Michael Broughton was struggling to get a loan approved for his tuition at USC with no credit score, he was inspired to create Hatch Credit, a startup company to help college students build their own credit. “Long term, we would love to see this company exit to a bigger company in this space, like Credit Karma, NerdWallet, Mint or Intuit,” Broughton said. “It’d really be able to help hit as many students as we can.”
Men’s water polo will head to the coast this weekend as they compete in the SoCal tournament in Malibu, an annual tournament in which the Trojans have been wildly successful in the past.The team is looking to capture their fourth straight title, as well as their 12th championship in the past 13 years. The annual Kap7 SoCal Invitational is the counterpart to the NorCal tournament the Trojans played in earlier this season.“It’s a little bit different because the NorCal tournament is the first big tournament we’re in,” sophomore driver Grant Stein said. “Now that we’ve played a couple of those top teams, we know what to expect coming into SoCal this weekend.”The Trojans have already had plenty of competition to get their season heated up, both in the NorCal tournament and at home this past weekend.USC avenged a NorCal loss to Stanford in a high-stakes overtime 12-8 victory over the visiting Cardinal. The Trojans have had to keep their focus this week to avoid getting caught up in what was the win of the season for the team so far.“There’s no relaxation after that win,” Stein said. “It was a good win, but there’s no relaxation going into SoCal.”The 16-team field of the SoCal tournament includes all 10 MPSF teams. The teams will be battling not only for their chance at a title, but also for their national rankings. Thirteen of the 16 teams are ranked in the top 20 in the country.USC will open their tournament bid against San Jose State on Saturday morning before playing either No. 6 UC Santa Barbara or No. 15 UC San Diego in their final matchup of pool play. The rest of the tournament will be bracketed based on Saturday’s results. The Trojans will need to pull out two wins on Saturday to land in a Sunday semifinal.USC started the season ranked No. 2 in the country and dropped a single spot after their NorCal tournament loss to Stanford. Following their big weekend however, the Trojans have regained the second spot in the country behind crosstown rival UCLA. The Bruins took home the NorCal championship, beating Stanford 8-7 in the title game.The Trojans aren’t worried about who they will be playing, though. The team acknowledges the fact that even though they will be up against top competition in the country, they are focused on avenging their loss to UCLA in the NCAA championship game last season.“We keep focusing on the main goal: winning a national championship. As long as we can keep that thought in our heads we’ll be able to focus and win more games,” Stein said.The Trojans are resting comfortably on the shoulders of very equal scoring. The team has the top offense in the MPSF with just over 19 goals per game. Junior Blake Edwards leads the team in goals with 35 just 13 games into the season. Sophomore Matteo Morelli is second in scoring with 22 goals, and just behind him are sophomores Lachlan Edwards and Grant Stein with 20 goals apiece.To complement their high scoring offense, the Trojans are also boasting the second best defense in the MPSF, allowing just over five goals per game.
Both games will throw-in at 5pm.There’s one match today in the Allianz National Hurling League as Monaghan host Warwickshire in their Division 3A clash in Clones from 4pm. The winners of today’s game will advance to face Kildare in the provincial decider, with throw-in at 2pm.There’s also semi-final action in the Connacht U21 Championship this evening.Sligo go up against defending champions Roscommon at Markievicz Park, while Leitrim are at home to Mayo at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
Share BtoBet integrates Incentive Games content July 29, 2020 Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon John Gordon – Incentive GamesJohn Gordon CEO and Co-Founder of betting innovation studio Incentive Games, details to SBC audiences that filling live sports void won’t be as easy as bookmakers simply expanding their virtual sports inventories.Reality bites as COVID-19’s lockdown raises critical questions of bookmaker’s product planning, delivery and all-round engagement capacities. ___________________The landscape of gambling has been changed dramatically by the situation currently unfolding around the world. Operators everywhere are desperately seeking the holy grail which will revive their business during this period of uncertainty and fill the void which has been left by the global pause in live sporting events.The obvious route, when reality sports ceases to accommodate their customer experience, is virtual reality, and this is where savvy operators can make changes now which will not only impact their short-term profitability butdiversify their offering for years to come.Sportsbook operators are understandably reeling from the impact caused by the enforced shutdown of their main income stream, with a reported 93% average drop in the number of football bets offered by operators (Source: Online Gambling Quarterly Report) their core business source has discontinued until further notice.To compensate for this lack of live sports, the trend for operators has been to look ‘here, there and everywhere’ for anything which may hold the key to customer acquisition and keeping the betting activity at a respectable level. Many believe that Virtual sports and Esports, which have seen a notable increase in activity with bets up by 61% since the beginning of the crisis (Source: Online Gambling Quarterly Report), have all the attributes to bridge the betting gap and drive the industry into a new and exciting future.But operators need to thoroughly research the suitability of such products before they jump on the bandwagon and switch their business strategy. Understanding the complexities of Virtual sports is an essential prerequisite to bringing a different betting variant to their customer base.Market awareness needs to be a key consideration before the implementation. Insight into whether the technology can deliver a satisfactory experience to specific markets, which may be the operator’s core focus, can be the difference between offering players a real alternative to their natural choice or offering a product which will turn them off.Emerging markets, such as the fast-growing and vibrant African market pose different challenges to the relative technology-rich European and US regions. While Africa’s status as a gambling environment becomes established, the requirement for a suitable and flexible product for a developing world is a must. A service which is tailored to lower-end technology and low data consumption is appropriate to enable the current demographic full access to everything on offer, creating the user experience which is taken for granted in more tech-advanced environments.Designing and developing text-based Virtual sports products targeted explicitly at lower specification devices allows players in these regions to engage with games on phones, and browsers (including Opera Mini Extreme), which until this point has been unavailable to many due to technology constraints.Operators in the region, utilising state-of-the-art technology system such as this, which has been explicitly created to service non-java script enabled browsers, have the tools which can engage potential customers regardless of their telecommunications position.Diversification of an operator’s product offer and providing a business model which goes beyond the customer acquisition level means a significant improvement to customer retention rates, as well as efficiently monetising their userbase.Games which require no live sporting data to function suddenly have a vital role to play in an industry lacking the basis of its fundamental business. Products which can action their objective without the external influence of reality, thus enabling players the opportunity to continue wagering and feel the thrill of winning on sporting events amidst this unprecedented sporting interruption, now have a significant advantage and an opportunity to generate a broader appeal. The noise of live sports betting has been silenced for the time being, so Virtual sports and Esports must now stand up and be counted.Market insiders believe that the total online gambling revenue will decrease significantly during this troubling period and that even if the current situation reaches a resolution in the near future, the knock-on effect across the globe could be seen well into the new year, the consequences for the entire industry must be weathered.There has never been a better time for Sportsbook operators to ditch its legacy platform and move into a new, completely sustainable product category. A category of betting which does not rely on live interaction is not held back by technology constraints and most importantly, is not restricted by jurisdictional barriers.The time for Virtual sports and Esports has arrived, and it will change the face of gambling as we know it._________________John Gordon- CEO & Co-Founder – Incentive Games
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has sent a cheque of $88,500 to the family of George Floyd to cover the cost of his funeral according to media outlet TMZ.Floyd passed away after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck in the streets of Minneapolis in an incident which has since sparked protests in the United States and various parts of the world.Funeral services for Floyd are expected to be staged in various cities including Houston,Charlotte,Minnesota and a yet to be confirmed location.Mayweather also paid for the funerals of Genaro Hernandez, his former opponent, and the legendary Joe Frazier in 2011.According to the camp of Mayweather,he felt obliged to contribute in this manner as his way of showing emotion and sympathizing with the family.Reports from TMZ also confirmed that the family have accepted the cheque.Derek Chauvin,the police officer involved in the incident has been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
But the Clippers, too proud to simply go away, found a way to threaten.The comeback started in the third quarter, just when it looked like the Clippers were ready to pack their suitcases and get on the plane to the next city in this six-game tour across the continental United States.Down 17, the team started to climb back slowly until J.J. Redick and the Clipper offense took off like they were powered by rocket fuel.Redick scored 11 straight near the end of the third quarter — he had 18 in the frame — getting the Clippers in position to pull off the improbable.The Clipper bench, which played so well in the team’s win in Dallas on Wednesday night, finally nudged the Clippers ahead for the first time since early in the game. Raymond Felton’s score put them up 84-82 — a notable moment in the game because of what came next.“We fought. I liked the way we fought back into it,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “We’ve just got to execute better down the stretch.”The Clipper defense stopped getting stops, the offense stopped getting scored and in a matter of minutes, the Clippers were back down 11 points.And, as they tried to make some kind of miracle happen, the Clippers were simply too sloppy, with Redick and Chris Paul committing crucial turnovers.“We made some critical errors,” Griffin said. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. >> The bulky forward with skills couldn’t be guarded. The quick point guard from Wake Forest drove into the paint and threw the ball up for the athletic center to catch and slam home.This was Clipper basketball at its finest. Too bad for them it was the Pistons playing that way Friday night.Tobias Harris torched the Clipper defense, Ish Smith hit big shots and made big passes and Andre Drummond dominated above the rim in the Pistons’ 108-97 win.“They came to play,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the Pistons. “They were ready to play. I thought we just kind of showed up.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All five Piston starters scored in double figures.The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Clippers. It’s also the Clippers’ first road loss this season.The Pistons, who were blown out by the Clippers at Staples Center 114-82 earlier this season, looked like they were going to return the favor, jumping out to an 18-point lead midway into the second quarter.They, not the Clippers, forced the turnovers (nine in the first half). They, not the Clippers, won the battles in the paint. They, not the Clippers, got balanced production from almost everyone who stepped on the court.“It’s rough,” Clippers guard Raymond Felton said. “We weren’t our usual selves tonight.”
JOHNSTON — The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 118 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total during the pandemic to 1388. Two more people have died, both in Linn County, to bring the state’s death toll to 31.One more positive COVID-19 case has been identified in our listening area, an adult aged 18-40 in Winnebago County, making for the county’s second case. There’s now been a total of 25 positive cases in our immediate listening area — 13 in Cerro Gordo, three in Hancock, two each in Winnebago and Mitchell, with single cases in Worth, Butler, Franklin, Wright and Kossuth counties. Floyd County still has not had a positive COVID-19 reported to the state.== The state medical director has issued an order that provides new LEGAL immunity for hospitals and other facilities in Iowa’s health care system that make a good faith effort to get face masks and other protective equipment. The order also recommends that hospitals decrease the length of stay for COVID-19 patients once their condition is stable.Iowa Department of Public Health deputy director Sarah Reisetter says the order includes the new federal guidance that face masks may be used if their “use by” date has expired. “Unfortunately, we’re in a position where — like many states and countries across the globe — we are preparing for a time when we might not have enough of these supplies,” Reisetter says.The order notes new recommendations about washing and reusing N-95 face masks used in health care settings. “The order requires all providers to work with our department to further assess, monitor and extend the use of PPE in our state,” Reisetter says, “and is based on guidance that has been provided by the CDC.”According to Reisetter, the order is focused on extending the use of personal protective equipment when demand exceeds supply. “We understand the issuance of this order may be unsettling,” Reisetter says, “but due to the global shortage of PPE supply, we have determined that now is the time to take this action.”Governor Reynolds says inmates in Iowa’s prisons are making a thousand protective gowns a day for health care workers. Reynolds also told reporters late this morning there are NO known cases of COVID-19 in Iowa prisons or jails. The latest figures from the state indicate COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 81 of Iowa’s 99 counties.