SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Longtime collision industry executive Tim Clark succumbed to brain cancer Jan. 20 in his Columbus, Ohio, home with his wife Mary and daughter Krista at his side. He was 62 years old.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementClark began his career as a field claims adjuster for Safeco Insurance where he spent more than 20 years working his way through various roles culminating as a vice president in the claims organization in the Seattle headquarters office where he led, among other things, the integration of the Safeco and American States claims organizations.Following his distinguished tenure at Safeco, Clark went on to assume executive roles with Safelite Auto Glass, Performance Claims and most recently Fix Auto USA, where he served as vice president of insurance services. Clark was active in the industry serving on numerous boards including the ICAR Executive board during its formative years.“We are saddened beyond words by Tim’s passing,” said Paul Gange, president and COO of Fix Auto USA. “We certainly understood the terminal nature of Tim’s disease, but he inspired us daily with his upbeat nature and the strength in his faith despite doctors’ prognosis. His passing, while not at all surprising, is no less shocking for all of us who knew and loved him. He has left a profound impact on our industry, Fix Auto USA, and on me personally. Tim will be dearly missed.”Clark was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in early September 2013. At the time, doctors were unable to give him a clear prediction of his time left, but estimates in the range of 60 to 180 days were generally discussed. Clark outlived the doctors’ most generous predictions by nearly three times. And, during that time, Clark was highly regarded for his grace and generosity. He spent hours on the phone visiting with old friends and was noted by all who spoke with him for his generous reflection of how much the caller meant to him. Clark will be remembered by more friends than can be counted, for his wit, wry smile, intelligence and giving spirit.AdvertisementLongtime friend and associate Ron Kuehn, founder of Collision Business Solutions, commented, “Tim was an incredible and treasured friend. He positively impacted many of us with exemplary class and leadership in all facets of his life. During his illness, Tim personified everything that made him such a successful man, husband, father and friend. He will be missed by many, however his positive impact on the collision industry will continue to benefit many who did not have the pleasure of personally knowing him.”Clark is survived by his wife of 41 years Mary, daughters Shauna (and husband Ryan) and Krista (and husband Victor), son Noah (and wife Hilary) and 10 grandchildren whom he adored.Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized. When they are made available by the family, details, along with information on where to send cards, flowers or donations will be posted on the Fix Auto USA home page at www.fixautousa.com.
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CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – South Africa’s Sunshine Tour has created a fund for players and caddies to provide financial assistance for the next two months, but commissioner Selwyn Nathan said the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic could take the game back 20 years. Leading players on the men’s and ladies tour, as well as caddies, will be given an unspecified stipend in April and May to make up for the postponement of tournaments.The tour has four co-sanctioned events with the European Tour but is on hold with scheduled tournaments outside South Africa in Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya all under threat.“We will review the decision to suspend the tour on April 26 and then every 30 days thereafter, to see the health situation in all our countries, and to get the thinking of local authorities and sponsors,” Nathan told Reuters in a telephone interview yesterday. “It is inevitable, I believe, that there will be a rejig of the calendar by the European Tour to fit in with the U.S. Open, PGA and Masters, and I think there will be a lot of haircuts. “I don’t think guys will be playing for between 800,000 and 1.5-million euros (as a first prize) any more.“In my opinion, and after speaking to people around the world, we could be winding the clock back to 2000.“And for now that might be the smartest thing in sport, to go back to something that is more palatable for partners.” FINANCIAL LOSSNathan believes the financial loss felt by the game’s sponsors during the coronavirus crisis will be passed on to golf.“BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz aren’t making or selling cars. Turkish Airlines and KLM aren’t flying. Look at sponsors all around the world of sport, having to lay people off… I think there are going to be different priorities going forward. “You might have to ask them for less and do more, and most important will be what your value proposition is.“The retention you get might be based on how you budget through this period and how you behave going forward.”The Sunshine and European tours have one immediate problem, the new date of the U.S. Masters, which will be staged from Nov. 9-15, coincides with the co-sanctioned Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, regarded as ‘Africa’s Major’. The PGA Championship will now take place from Aug. 3-9, while the U.S. Open has been moved to Sept. 17-20.“We will have to take our lead from the American calendar, but our slots (on the European Tour) are still nine months away,” Nathan added.“I think they will need us like oxygen, and we will need them also to give our players something to play in.“But nobody is going to be walking around as gung-ho as they were, not in any sporting sphere around the world.”
Player profileName: Tyler KepkayHeight: 6-0Weight: 185Class: JuniorHometown: Vancouver, B.C.Favorite player: Steve NashOf note: Led nation’s junior colleges in scoring at 27.9 ppg last year … Shot 46.4 percent from 3-point range and 88.1 percent from the free-throw line … Had 10 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in his Utah debut last week. Utes on the airUtah (1-0) vs. High Point (0-1)Today, 6 p.m.Bank of America ArenaTV: NoneRadio: 700AM E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Growing up in Canada, Tyler Kepkay never expected to be a Division I college basketball player.He boxed and played hockey and became a very good high school basketball player. However, he never played on one of those traveling AAU teams and never had college recruiters beating down his door.He figured he would find a small college in Canada to continue his basketball career.Two and a half years after graduating from high school, Kepkay is not only playing for the University of Utah basketball team, he’s already earned a starting spot. He had a strong debut last week against South Carolina Upstate, scoring 10 points, handing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds in the Ute victory.Although he has sat out of practice since spraining an ankle in the Friday opener, he is looking forward to playing a couple of games this week near his hometown of Vancouver, B.C. The Utes are playing in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament in Seattle with a game tonight (6 p.m. MST) against High Point (N.C.) and another Wednesday night.”It’ll be fun to go up there and play in front of my dad and mom,” Kepkay said. “I’ll definitely have friends and family coming to the games.”It’s quite remarkable how Kepkay ended up in Utah in the first place. If you ask him he’ll tell you, “I honestly don’t know.”He knows how he got to the University of Utah, which had to get not one but two commitments from him earlier this year to beat out several other Division I schools.Before that, however, it was a phone call out of the blue from the College of Eastern Utah in Price that brought Kepkay to play basketball in the United States.”I never really did know how good I was because I never played against guys that were going to big D-1 schools,” he said. “I just stayed at home and played at the rec center. Out of nowhere I got a call.”Kepkay ended up at CEU because of some connections between the former Utah coaching staff and Canada Basketball, the governing body for Canadian basketball.”We all knew a guy in Canada, and he called us about a guard,” said Ute assistant coach Chris Jones, who was also a member of the former staff. “We watched some film of Tyler and said he’s not ready yet, but he has a chance. So we called Brock Erickson (an assistant at College of Eastern Utah) and told him about Tyler.”It turns out CEU was looking for a guard, and soon Kepkay was on his way to Price, Utah.The Utes kept their eye on him in 2005-06 and considered signing him after his first year. Then last year when Kepkay had his big season, leading the nation in scoring at nearly 28 points a game, the Utes corralled a commitment in January.”We followed his progress and felt he was a big missing ingredient of what our team needed — a pure point guard,” said Jones. “He had toughness, competitiveness and he wanted to be a player.”Although he had committed to Utah, Kepkay reconsidered his options after the firing of Ray Giacoletti and made visits to St. John’s, San Diego State and Duquesne and had almost dropped Utah from his list.Then last March, the day after coach Jim Boylen was hired at Utah, Jones told him about Kepkay and how much the Utes needed him.Boylen said, “Let’s go,” and five minutes later he and Jones were driving to Price.”He was disenchanted about the coaching change and not excited about going through the recruiting process again,” said Boylen. “But we hit it off right away. We made him a priority. It was a three-week process, but it seemed like a year.”Kepkay signed with Utah in April and hasn’t looked back.”It has worked out for me,” said Kepkay. “I feel right at home.The biggest difference (in Division I) is the focus and coming ready to play every day.”Although he is a point guard, Kepkay can score, as evidenced by his 27.9 average last year and his 46.4 3-point shooting percentage.However, the Utes want him to be run the Ute offense and be a leader and not necessarily a scorer.”He’s really been making strides and is getting a lot better feel for the system,” Boylen said. “I’m glad he’s here, and I think he’ll help us win a lot of games.” UTE NOTES: The Utes took off for Seattle Monday afternoon after practice … Games today and Wednesday will be played at the 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena … The Utes have a 3-0 record against High Point, including an 80-44 win in 2005 … High Point is led by senior forward Arizona Reid, who averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds last year and had 26 points and 11 rebounds against Charlotte on Friday … The Utes will face the winner or loser of the Washington-New Jersey Institute of Technology game Wednesday night … After this trip, the Utes’ next game will be Monday at home against Santa Clara.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News LOS ANGELES — First let’s get real about this 103-year losing streak that we’ve been hearing about all week, how the University of Utah hasn’t beaten USC in Los Angeles in over a century.It’s true enough that the last Utah victory over USC in L.A. came in 1916 when it took a 27-12 victory in front of a couple of thousand fans at a place called Fiesta Park.But saying the Utes have a 103-year road losing streak against USC is kind of like saying America hasn’t beaten England in a war in 236 years, going back to 1783.The fact is, the Utes have only played eight times in L.A. since that victory during World War I, with four of those games coming in the last eight years. For a 63-year stretch, the Utes never even played USC in Los Angeles. So rather than a 103-year losing streak, let’s talk about an eight-game losing streak. “This game … has nothing to do with the last 100-plus years. History hasn’t been good to us in that place, but we don’t feel it has any bearing on this year.” — Utah head coach Kyle WhittinghamThe Utes have been reminded all week about the USC-in-L.A. losing streak and for the most part have tried to brush it off.Coach Kyle Whittingham quipped, “I guess everyone entitled to a bad decade or a bad century,” but made it clear his team is not focused on the past.“This game … has nothing to do with the last 100-plus years,” he said. “History hasn’t been good to us in that place, but we don’t feel it has any bearing on this year.” After the 1916 victory, the Utes didn’t come close to winning the next four games in L.A., losing 20-7 in 1919, 28-2 in 1925, 35-0 in 1932 and 27-0 in 1948.After that it was another 63 years before the Utes and Trojans played in Los Angeles in 2011 after Utah joined the Pac-12 Conference. Those four games have been much more competitive than the previous four with only one, the 41-24 loss in 2015 when the Utes were ranked No. 3 in the nation, being close to a blowout.In 2011, the Utes could have tied the game with a last-second, 41-yard field goal that was blocked, and in 2017, an unsuccessful two-point conversion try at the end left them a point short. The 2013 game was close most of the way as the Utes held the Trojans to four field goals and a touchdown, but could only manage a first-quarter field goal of their own.Whittingham praised USC, saying the Trojans are just as talented as ever with three top-notch wide receivers, two good running backs and a talented offensive line, but feels this year’s Ute team is better than his past teams that competed in the Coliseum. “We’ve made progress — we’re certainly more equipped to compete with them now than we were back in ‘11,” Whittingham said.He also pointed out that this might be his freshest team that has ever played USC. Last week, the Utes rested three players who’ve had nagging injuries — starting offensive linemen Orlando Umana and Johnny Maea as well as safety Julian Blackmon. Utah defensive back Julian Blackmon (23) leaps into he air after intercepting Northern Illinois quarterback Ross Bowers (12) during second-half action in the Utah-Northern Illinois football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. The Utes coach also talked about how his squad has played fewer snaps than any other team in the Pac-12 this season. The fact is, the Utes have played fewer offensive and defensive snaps than any other team in the nation (341) that has played three games. “That’s one of the benefits of not playing fast, there’s not as much wear and tear on the players,” he said. “With that in mind we don’t feel a short week is a big deal to us from a physical standpoint. It’s more getting the game plan implemented and the mental part of the game. We feel pretty fresh and the physicality from the first three games will not be a factor in this fourth game and will work in our favor.”So not only do the Utes have their best team in years, they should be much fresher than a USC team that had to travel to Utah last week and endure a tough overtime loss at BYU.Perhaps this is the year Utah can put that century-old streak to bed once and for all.