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Mario Kart Tour Kicks Off Its Los Angeles Tour With Some Baseball Style

Mario Kart Tour is in the middle of its Summertime Celebration, and has kicked off its Los Angeles Tour which will run until 27th/28th July. It doesn’t offer an all-new track but rather ‘a new route on Los Angeles Laps’; there’s also a new kart and outfit to get after.

As you can see below there’s the ‘Pinch Hitter kart’ which looks like the baseball hat table from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, albeit on wheels.

Mario can also get a helmet and a baseball uniform that’s seemingly designed to be as non-committal as possible – the pinstripe design and colours don’t quite match any current MLB uniform to avoid all those ‘Mario is an X fan, booooo’ comments. Well played, Nintendo.

Mario Kart Tour PLAY BALL© Nintendo

Baseball loyalties aside, let us know if you’re planning to jump into Mario Kart Tour over the next two weeks!

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Thiel ally’s entrance kicks off protracted GOP Senate fight in Arizona

The Republicans running to turn back Democratic gains in Arizona and flip a critical Senate seat next year will have to fight through a protracted, expensive primary first.

The race to face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly has swelled with new Republican entrants in recent weeks — with the latest, Peter Thiel associate Blake Masters, officially launching his campaign Monday.

Masters, a 34-year-old executive for the billionaire tech investor’s firm, is backed by a $ 10 million super PAC investment from Thiel, and he is one of three first-time candidates in a Republican primary that also includes state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who has twice been elected statewide, as well as businessman Jim Lamon and retired Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire.

Arizona’s Republican Party has been riven by deep divisions for more than a decade, and Democrats have capitalized on that by winning key statewide races with less than 50 percent of the vote in the past two elections. Now, the crowded, cash-flush Senate primary all but assures that Republicans will be fighting over who their nominee will be for more than a year, while Kelly, who narrowly won in 2020, rakes in cash and consolidates his position.

In an interview, Masters hit out at Kelly and the Democratic Party — but in a way that would also serve as a swipe at any elected official regardless of party, in a possible preview of the GOP primary fight to come as the candidates all try to show outsider credentials.

“We’ve got a leadership class, especially this current crop of Democrats in charge, that have totally failed,” Masters said.

“I’ve seen a lot in politics, I’ve worked a lot in politics, I just haven’t been corrupted like so many officeholders are,” he added, touting his experience running a PAC in the state in 2020 and as chief operating officer of Thiel Capital and president of the Thiel Foundation.

Masters is the second close Thiel ally to launch a Senate bid recently, alongside J.D. Vance, who is running in Ohio and also has the backing of a super PAC funded by Thiel.

The race has been slower to develop than some of the GOP primaries in open Republican seats, and some Republicans were worried early on about a lack of serious contenders. Lamon became the first candidate in May. Brnovich and McGuire joined the race in June, and Masters rounded out the field so far this week.

“Republicans have some quality candidates now to choose from. I don’t think that was always the case, or at least there was a fear that would not be the case,” said Kirk Adams, a former chief of staff to GOP Gov. Doug Ducey. Adams said Brnovich was the early frontrunner because of his experience winning statewide, but he added that any of the Republican candidates could emerge from the primary.

Chris Hartline, a spokesman for Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, downplayed the intra party fight and said “whoever comes out of the Republican primary in Arizona will beat Mark Kelly,” calling him a yes vote for the Democratic agenda.

One Arizona Republican tracking the race said of the primary field: “At this point, I would say they’ve all got a lot to prove. They’ve got to earn their spot.”

The second-quarter campaign finance reporting deadline Thursday will provide an early look at the candidates’ fundraising, including whether any of them are investing personal funds in their campaigns. A fuller picture won’t emerge until October. But in the meantime Republicans acknowledge Kelly will have massive sums to fund his campaign. His fundraising apparatus never hit pause after winning a special election last November, and Kelly raised $ 6 million in the second quarter of this year and has $ 7 million cash on hand.

Part of the primary challenge for the Republicans will be proving they can keep pace with the Democratic incumbent, who is already facing GOP ads chipping away at him early.

“Mark Kelly set a new bar,” Adams said, highlighting the need for the Republicans to prove their financial chops. “They’re all very expensive races and you have to have the ability to message to those voters and that takes money.”

In the interview, Masters said he plans to focus on “law and order, securing the border and supporting police” and the economic recovery, focused on middle-class workers. He also criticized large tech companies and highlighted GOP culture war issues like opposition to critical race theory, which has been increasingly central to GOP candidates as an issue that revs up their political base. He highlighted those same issues in a video officially launching his campaign.

In the interview, Masters pushed back against the question of whether his criticism of tech companies in Silicon Valley is hypocritical given his close association with and support from Thiel, which is likely to be an issue raised by his opponents in the campaign.

“I don’t think it’s hypocritical at all. I actually know how this stuff works,” Masters said. “Most people who blather about big tech have no idea.”

Other GOP candidates have worked to establish their lanes in the early stages of the race. Brnovich has been a frequent guest on Fox News, and he has his touted role in the recent Supreme Court voting rights decision.

“Mark Brnovich has been at the front lines of the fights that matter for Arizonans,” said Joanna Duka, a spokesperson for his campaign.

Lamon, the first to enter the race, kicked off the campaign by touting his record founding a solar engineering and construction company in the state. Stephen Puetz, an adviser to Lamon, said it’s “hard to beat someone who’s the grassroots conservative candidate, is well funded and is the only proven job creator who built his own company from the ground up.”

McGuire, who is also running his first campaign, launched three weeks ago and was recently the head of the Arizona National Guard. His campaign said he’s seen donor and on-the-ground momentum already.

“Voters are sending a clear signal that they want someone with proven leadership,” Courtney Konderik, his campaign manager, said in a statement. “They realize it will take a general to beat the astronaut in this race.”

Like in other GOP Senate primaries, former President Donald Trump looms, and he will be at a rally in the state later this month. Masters said he had not yet met or spoken with Trump about his campaign, but he said he would welcome the former president’s support if he were to endorse in the race. Trump has not weighed in on the primary except to criticize Ducey and Brnovich prior to the attorney general’s campaign launch.

Masters called the 2020 election “messy” and did not say if he believed the election was legitimate. Trump has repeatedly claimed the election was fraudulent, despite a lack of evidence, and many Republican Senate candidates have also questioned or attempted to undermine the election results.

“I think the election was a mess, and I don’t know for sure what happened. I know the result: Joe Biden was sworn in as president,” Masters said. He said he supported the controversial audit of results in Maricopa County, though he said he has not tracked it closely. Many Republicans and Democrats have spoken out against the audit, criticizing how it’s been conducted and calling it a sham process.

McGregor kicks out at Poirier ahead of UFC showdown

Conor McGregor kicked out at Dustin Poirier as the two squared up in Las Vegas ahead of UFC 264.

McGregor will take on the American for the third time at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, this weekend with both men having scored a win over the other.

Following a friendly build-up to their bout earlier this year, the Irishman brought a lot more hostility to the press conference, kicking out Poirier during the face-offs.

McGregor, 22-5, beat Poirier by TKO at UFC 178 in 2014 but lost his most recent bout to the same opponent by the same method at UFC 257.

McGregor kicks out at Poirier ahead of UFC showdown
The trash talk between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier got underway during the UFC 264 press conference

Ahead of the fight, McGregor told a press conference: “I’m going to go through his head, put holes in him and take it off his shoulders, that’s the goal here.

“He’s done here, this is it for him, this is the end of the road.


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“It’s on, Saturday night he’s getting walked around that octagon like a dog and put to sleep.”

Jake Paul: McGregor is a fraud

Jake Paul has lashed out at Conor McGregor, accusing him of having “insecurity” and hinting they will meet in a future boxing match.

McGregor makes his UFC comeback on Saturday night trying to avenge his recent defeat to Dustin Poirier.

But after going face to face with Poirier on Thursday night at a press conference, he was criticised by YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul who said: “You can tell Conor has lost ‘it’.

“He no longer speaks from a place of authenticity and you can tell he’s trying to convince himself of his own lies.

“When we fight I will further expose him for the fraud he is.”

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SDSU kicks off in-person commencement ceremonies at Petco Park

SAN DIEGO — College graduation season is picking up and SDSU is getting in on the festivities. The university will begin its in-person ceremonies on Tuesday. The ceremonies will take place at Petco Park and will run through Thursday.
The graduation ceremonies will include the 2020 graduates who were not able to have a commencement due to COVID-19 as well as the most recent 2021 graduates. However, some SDSU graduates opted to take part in virtual ceremonies.
San Diego State University will host seven separate ceremonies May 25-27 at Petco Park. The Fowler College of Business will host the largest ceremony, honoring 1,882 2021-degree candidates and 1,802 2020-degree recipients. The smallest, most intimate ceremony will be for the College of Education, which will award an estimated 964 2021-degree candidates and 825 2020-degree recipients
The graduations have a very strict set of rules including:
Commencement kicks off Tuesday at 9 a-m with the College of Education and goes through Thursday afternoon.
A full list of graduations can be found below.
Watch: TikTok star Bryce Hall moves to San Diego, says he was harassed at SDSU frat party

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BakerySwap, Syscoin and Utrust rally as altcoin season kicks into high gear

Bitcoin’s (BTC) institutional adoption shows no signs of slowing down. This week Latin America’s largest e-commerce company, Mercado Libre, disclosed that it had purchased $ 7.8 million worth of Bitcoin as part of its treasury strategy. 

Mercado Libre was not only in this decision, as Metromile Inc., a Nasdaq-listed digital insurer also said it plans to buy $ 10 million worth of Bitcoin in the second quarter of this year. Additionally, Metromile will soon start accepting premiums and paying out insurance claims in Bitcoin.

Crypto market data daily view. Source: Coin360

Data from Glassnode suggests that investors who purchased Bitcoin in late 2020 are HODLing their positions. This shows that investors have not hurried to book profits on their positions after the sharp rally and that they are not dumping their positions on every minor correction.

As Bitcoin attempts to stage a strong comeback, several altcoins continue to rally. Let’s focus on three such tokens that have been short-term outperformers.