Thompson is quickest around Springfield oval

first_imgThompson, who started fourth, quickly went topside to open a large lead early in what proved to be a caution-free 20-lap feature.  Up front, Thompson was making sure he hit his marks as Bowers was running out of time in the quick paced feature. Thompson rode his Hayden Machinery Equipment ride to the win with a fast-closing Bowers, Pearish, Tillman and young Shawn Duncan rounding out the top five after a hard three-car battle for the spot. Pearish moved to the extreme high side in giving chase as Bowers was slicing his way to the front while battling with Tillman.  Thompson used the tight races behind him to pull away but Pearish started to reel in the race leader just past halfway while Bowers was using every inch and every lane of the smooth, slick surface in gaining ground.center_img On lap 15, Bowers caught Pearish and the duo gained on Thompson quickly. On lap 18, Bowers made a huge run on Pearish and made the slide job stick to grab second while Tillman was com­ing on strong.  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 27) – James Thompson took the early lead and then held back Jet Rac­ing Central Region Point leader Steven Bowers Jr., Bobby Pearish and Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modified track point leader Jody Tillman in becoming the third different in three events Satur­day at the “Quick-Quarter” of the Springfield Raceway.last_img read more


Beat writers predict winner in Syracuse-Florida State matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2016 at 10:59 pm Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Orange faces Dalvin Cook, who is regarded as one of the best running backs in the country. Check out how our beat writers think the matchup will unfold.Tomer Langer (4-3)GutterballFlorida State 35, Syracuse 17A month ago, this seemed like an interesting game that Syracuse, although still an underdog, would have a chance in. Florida State was coming off an incredibly unconvincing 17-6 win to Wake Forest (after a one-point victory against Miami and a stretch where it lost two of its four games), and Syracuse was coming off its best regular season win in program history with a team flying high. That all came crashing down to earth with Eric Dungey’s injury against Clemson. With him unlikely to play, it’ll be hard for SU to compete in this game that pushes them almost completely out of bowl contention.Chris Libonati (8-2)Dalvin Cook-edFlorida State 34, Syracuse 13The last time I predicted the No. 17 team in the country to beat Syracuse, the Orange upset Virginia Tech. What do I know? I do think this is a bit different, though. Zaire Franklin called Dalvin Cook the best running back in the country and I agree. Deondre Francois has been solid. I just don’t think the SU defense will suppress the Florida State offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus (8-2)Early FeastFlorida State 43, Syracuse 13The No. 17 team in the country is coming to the Carrier Dome, but don’t expect fans to stream onto the field after the game like when SU topped Virginia Tech earlier this year. Syracuse is undersized, undermanned and overmatched. Dino Babers said he “hope(s)” SU can win. And that’s all it’ll be: a hope. Cook and company are just too good for a Zack Mahoney-led squad to knock off. Commentslast_img read more


Jones tells England to play with ‘no fear’ in World Cup final

first_imgAs for coping with rising public expectations, Jones insisted: “There has been no higher expectation than within the team.“We started out the first day wanting to be the best team in the world. So that’s where we wanted to go.“Three weeks ago, we were hopeless, I was going to get the sack, Owen couldn’t kick a goal. So we don’t tend to listen to that noise.”Jones reckoned a pivotal moment in England’s progress had been a 31-21 Six Nations win away to France that saw them to a 2016 Grand Slam.“In any team’s development you have wins that are important and losses that are important,” he said.“We started the game probably within ourselves and it took us until the second half to find ourselves.“It’s a great lesson for this week that we have to go out there and make the game, take the game to South Africa.“Our whole mindset this week about is taking the game to South Africa, playing with no fear. Where can we take our game to? What level can we take our game to?”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: England captain Owen FarrellTokyo, Japan | AFP | England coach Eddie Jones has urged his side to “play with no fear” against South Africa in the World Cup final, despite the Springboks’ history of physical intimidation.The Springboks have played to their physically imposing forward strength during the 2019 World Cup — most notably in grinding out a 19-16 win over Wales that took them to Saturday’s showpiece match in Yokohama.While also boasting plenty of power up front, England have played more expansively in knockout wins over Australia (44-16) and reigning champions New Zealand (19-7).“We’ve had four years to prepare for this game,” Jones told reporters after naming an unchanged starting XV for the final.“We’ve got good tactical clarity about how we want to play, we’re fit. So we want to play with no fear on Saturday, just get out there and play the game.”Jones, Australia’s coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final and a consultant to the Springboks side that beat England in a Paris final four years later, added: “We know South Africa aren’t going to give us the game, they are going to come hard.“They’ve got a history of being the most physically intimidating team in the world, so we’ve got to take that away from them.England will kick off as the world’s number-one ranked side, with South Africa second but Jones insisted that was of “no concern” when the final gets underway.– ‘Noise’ –England captain and goal-kicker Owen Farrell, retained at inside centre in a dual playmaker set-up with fly-half George Ford, added: “We’ve done all the preparation in terms of on-field stuff. We’ll make sure the mental side of it builds up from now.”last_img read more


Steelers’ defense preserves 27-21 win over Bengals

first_imgLIGHTS OUT—Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) levels Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens on a reception on the Bengals’ last drive in their 27-21 loss to the Steelers Nov. 8, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) by Joe KayAssociated Press Writer CINCINNATI (AP)—No trip to the commissioner’s office over this one. James Harrison’s final hit was high, hard and totally textbook.Decided a game, too.Harrison helped knock the ball loose from Jordan Shipley on Cincinnati’s final play, preserving a 27-21 win on Monday night that kept the Pittsburgh Steelers sharing first place in the AFC North at the season’s midpoint. Credit Harrison and Pittsburgh’s rib-smacking defense again.The Steelers (6-2) made it through Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension by letting their defense dominate games, winning three of them. On Monday night, it seemed there would be no need for a late defensive stand after Antwaan Randle El’s touchdown pass on a trick play made it 27-7 to open the fourth quarter.Somehow, Cincinnati (2-6) made it come down to Harrison and that nasty defense holding on.“As always,” said Roethlisberger, whose late interception turned it into a game. “They’re so good, so much fun to watch. I told them, ‘That’s my fault for the pick. It made it close, and I shouldn’t have let it happen.’ But they bailed me out.”The Steelers built that big early lead with the help of Cincinnati’s many gaffes—fumbling the opening kickoff, having a punt blocked, missing two field goals. The Bengals got a chance to make an amazing comeback after Roethlisberger’s interception set up Terrell Owens’ second touchdown catch, and Steelers kicker Jeff Reed missed a 46-yard field goal try that would have sealed it with 3:59 to go.At that point, the Steelers started getting a bad feeling.Last year, Cincinnati pulled one out that was eerily similar. Palmer’s touchdown pass with 14 seconds left sent the Bengals to a 23-20 win that was a springboard to their perfect run through the division.“They had Carson Palmer and company with timeouts,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “And that’s a horror movie and we’ve seen that before.”Palmer led the Bengals downfield with the help of a wacky play. His pass to Cedric Benson was tipped, but the running back made a juggling catch for a 16-yard gain on third-and-long. Chad Ochocinco’s only catch of the game moved it to the 12-yard line, where it was third-and-5.Uh oh.Palmer tried to get it to Owens in the end zone, but the Steelers had it covered. Then, he saw Shipley open over the middle around the 5-yard line, in place for a first-down catch with 34 seconds to go.“I ran in the middle of two guys,” Shipley said. “I felt like I had it, and they knocked it out of there.”Harrison hit him with his right shoulder. Ike Taylor helped strip the ball from the other side.“This is how the Steelers play ball,” Taylor said. “We might get a blowout here and there. But we’re always in tough, close ballgames. As a defense we just want to close them out. That’s what we did tonight.”Fitting that Harrison had a shoulder in the decisive play. Commissioner Roger Goodell summoned him to his office last week after his late hit on Drew Brees, wanting to talk about the league’s crackdown on flagrant fouls. That hit brought Harrison his third fine of the season, pushing his total to $100,000.Angered by the league’s crackdown, Harrison had talked about retiring briefly. On Monday, he helped save a game.“It’s really quite typical of James and the kind of play that he provides us,” Tomlin said. “He’s a great football player. He’s a detailed guy and a diligent worker. Much has been said about him of late — that’s not the James we know. He makes timely plays for us. We’d like him to be measured on plays like that rather than unfortunate penalties.”The Bengals had described the game as their final chance to save their season. Instead, the defending champs lost their fifth in a row. It’s the 14th time in the last 20 years that they’re out of contention at the season’s midpoint.“I feel we might be the best 2-6 team I’ve been on,” Owens said.last_img read more


6 Ways To Make Freemium Work For B2B Products

first_imgGuest author Anthony Smith is CEO of Insightly.You may have read a lot of articles last year about why the so-called “freemium” model doesn’t work for most consumer-oriented companies. And it’s true that offering a base-level product for free to gain visibility and marketshare and then converting a subset of users to a paid, premium version is not a viable strategy for every business.However, depending on the product you’re offering, the freemium model can work well for business-to-business (B2B) companies, and especially well for B2VSB (business-to-very-small-business) companies.(See also Why Free Is Bad: Businesses Should Be Happy To Pay For Key Services)Here are six questions to ask yourself if you are entertaining a freemium model for business customers:1. How big is the target market? For a freemium model to work, you need to make sure your audience is extremely large, since typical conversion rates range from 3% to 10%. According to the Small Business Administration, in 2009 there were almost 28 million small businesses in the United States. (The SBA defines a small business as one with fewer than 500 employees). Let’s say your business captures 2% of all the small businesses as free accounts, and 3% of those convert to paying customers. That’s almost 17,000 paying customers. Based on your business model is that enough to sustain and grow a profitable business?2. What is the value of a free customer? By offering your product for free, you run the risk of cementing that value in the minds of customers. The flip side of this is that when you’re trying to build a brand and a user base, the freemium model makes it easier to get exposure, a base of quality leads, the potential of high virality and a built-in sounding board for essential user feedback.3. How does your product impact the daily lives of your users? Do your users recognize that your product makes their work life more productive, more efficient, more organized or more informed? If so, converting from a free version to a paid version will be a natural progression.4. Does your product help grow your customer’s business? If your product offers some kind of analytics or metrics that can be used to measure an aspect of the health of the business (i.e., sales, efficiency, productivity savings or gains), then it’s easier to align your product with the growth of the company and easier for a small business to justify spending dollars on it.5. What is the best conversion metric – transactions or users? Both models have pros and cons. In many cases, users like the transaction model because it’s often pay-as-you-go. However, sometimes a transaction model can be perceived as nickel-and-diming the user. A user license is another common conversion metric, and it may be easier for your customers to swallow as they try to justify the budget to convert from a free account to a paid one. If it makes sense, you can may be able to combine both models (i.e., offer X number of transactions per user license).6. What is the difference between the free and paid versions of the product? Don’t cripple your free version to the point that it offers minimal value. Remember, your customer’s first interaction and impression will likely be with your free product, so make sure that your free offering is useful on its own terms and not just an obvious stepping stone to a higher-level paid version.Freemium models should be based on your specific business realities. If the math of the freemium model looks like it will work for your business, your product and your audience, give it a try.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#app development#business software#cloud computing#marketing#saas#small business China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img anthony smith What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more


The Difference in Prospecting and Research – Episode 215

first_imgResearch is not prospecting. While it is a necessary, that activity does not create appointments or opportunities. You need to do the minimal viable amount of research to do the work of opening relationships and creating opportunities.last_img


SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Toledo defeated Thailand’s Suttisak Singkon who had 7,411 and Vietnam’s Bui Van Su who tallied 6,737.Quickly after, Beram clocked 20.84 seconds to crown himself the 200m sprint king, besting Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand (21.22 seconds) and Malaysia’s Thevarr Gunasegaran (21.26 seconds).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMarco Vilog placed second in the men’s 800-meter run (1:49.91) while Mark Harry Diones also captured silver in men’s triple jump (16.63m).Fil-American Kayla Richardson, meanwhile, crashed out of the podium in the women’s 200m. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Anthony Beram wins 200m dash. Photo from @KL2017/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines got two golden triumphs in athletics, through Aries Toledo in decathlon and Anthony Beram in men’s 200m dash late Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Just when the country was prepared to have a dry day, 23-year-old Toledo tallied 7,433 points after 10 events to capture the gold medal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Fake stamp paper scam: Telgi gets ten-year RI in Nashik case

first_imgA special court in Pune has sentenced the fake stamp paper scam accused Abdul Karim Telgi to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) and a fine of Rs 9 lakh in a case registered with Nashik police in 2000.Telgi, who is facing 47 cases in connection with the scam, pleaded guilty in the Nashik case through video-conferencing on Friday from Bangalore where he is lodged in a jail, his lawyer said on Saturday.The kingpin of the multi-crore scam is already undergoing a 13 years RI after his conviction in 2007 in a case filed by Pune police.The court had also sentenced Telgi to ten-year RI on June 13 in a case filed against him by Mulund police in Mumbai in 2005.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more


PH Azkals, China Dragons coaches put friendship aside

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Their rivalry extended to China when Eriksson moved to the Chinese Super League in 2013 to coach Guangzhou R&F, which incidentally was the main rival of Guangzhou Evergrande, which had Lippi at that time.And with Eriksson accepting the Azkals job just two months ago, the man who took England to the World Cup quarterfinals twice has found himself ranged against his old rival.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s always good because Lippi is not just a great coach, but he is a good man as well,” said the Swede, who is of the same age as the Italian coach who led Italy to the 2006 World Cup title.“We’re friends, but we will not be friends at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday). Before and after we are friends. It is good [to coach against Lippi], but you don’t feel that (friendship) during the game.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img ABU DHABI—Philippines coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will rekindle his coaching rivalry with Italian World Cup-winning mentor Marcello Lippi when the Azkals take on the Dragons on Friday night in their AFC Asian Cup Group C encounter here.The 70-year-old Eriksson and Lippi have had their share of battles dating back to two decades ago when they were still in the Italian league.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Azkals coach said he’s met Lippi probably “15 to 20 times” during the course of their careers.Eriksson joked that he and Lippi may just have to place a friendly bet on the match.“I’m not meeting Lippi,” Eriksson said. “We, the Philippines, are meeting China.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Crack foreign, local bets in Pradera pgt View commentslast_img read more


Painters take top spot, deal Fuel Masters first loss

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Tokyo Games nears collection targets for recycled-metal medals ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points while Raymond Almazan and Rey Nambatac scored 12 and 10 points, respectively for the Rain or Shine, which climbed to 6-1 and pinned Phoenix its first loss in six games.“They never gave up and they fought their hearts out,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad blew a 14-point lead it built late in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I told them in the fourth quarter when they (Phoenix) came back that it’s bound to happen.”Mark Borboran nailed the game-clinching basket with 12 ticks left after Alex Mallari cut the Painters’ lead down to two, 96-94, with under 40 seconds to go.center_img PBA IMAGESRain or Shine gained the top spot after escaping Phoenix, 98-94, in overtime in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters relied on their depth anew with five players finishing in double-figures led by Beau Belga and Kris Rosales, who each had 16 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fuel Masters forward Jason Perkins forced extra time with 13 seconds remaining in regulation and James Yap’s deep three fell short as time ran out.Yap struggled mightily with only two points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field after coming into the game averaging 16.3 points.“He (Yap) had wide open shots but he just couldn’t make them,” Garcia said.Fortunately for Rain or Shine, Rosales picked up the slack with a career-high tying performance to give the Painters a big lift.Perkins led Phoenix with a career-best 27 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field that went with nine rebounds in a losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more