Trojans Earn Gridiron Regional 3-Peat

first_imgThe East Central Trojans Football team has made history again as they captured their third straight Regional Crown with a 35-13 victory over The Evansville Central Bears at Trojan Field.EC wins their eighth Regional Championship and their third consecutive title becoming the first time in school history that The Trojans have won three straight Regional Crowns.The Bad Boys from St. Leon will be Semi-State bound as they will be hosting The Greenwood Woodmen for the opportunity to play in The 4A State Championship Game.Congratulations to Coach Justin Roden and The Trojans!Listen to East Central Trojans Football on WRBI!last_img

Chelsea linked with Denmark’s Wass and QPR with Brazilian winger

first_imgDenmark international Daniel Wass has opened the door to a move to Chelsea or Liverpool, the Express claim.It comes after the 25-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield, appeared to indicate that he would like to leave French club Evian.“My head is still in Evian but if you offer me a departure in January, I will not say no,” he is quoted as saying.“I want to progress and prove my abilities at a higher level.  But a club has to be interested to meet the requirements that Evian have.”Spanish media reports continue to suggest that Real Madrid are keen to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.There has been speculation that Cech could go to Spain as part of an exchange deal involving Real’s German midfielder Sami Khedira.The Daily Star therefore suggest that reports in Italy that AC Milan are interested Khedira will come as a blow for Chelsea as well as Arsenal.Meanwhile, QPR are one of several British clubs interested in Brazilian winger Wamberto, according to Sky Sports.Celtic, Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland and Aston Villa are also said to be monitoring the 20-year-old, who is currently with Lierse SK.His contract at the Belgian club reportedly expires in the summer and he has yet to agree a new deal.It is claimed that a number of clubs are looking to capture him in January or sign him before then on a pre-contract agreement.For more transfer speculation, including a report that Chelsea and Arsenal are competing for the signing of Benfica’s Brazilian forward Talisca, see Wednesday morning’s Paper Talk.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Miscellaneous 1

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  The South African flag.Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Zuma pays tribute to Van Zyl Slabbert

first_img17 May 2010President Jacob Zuma has joined thousands of mourners in expressing his condolences to the family of former South African opposition leader, political analyst and businessman Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, who passed away on Friday.Van Zyl Slabbert died at the age of 70 after spending some time at a Johannesburg hospital.Zuma said Van Zyl Slabbert’s visionary leadership lived on in the government’s efforts to build and strengthen democracy in South Africa.“He will be remembered as a principled and patriotic South African who served his country diligently,” Zuma said.Van Zyl Slabbert, whose conventional Afrikaner upbringing did not prevent him from recognising the folly of the apartheid system, played a prominent role in the struggle against apartheid.A sociologist by training, his academic work brought him into contact with people of other races at the height of apartheid. This laid the seeds for his opposition to the system, Zuma said.As a Member of Parliament, Van Zyl Slabbert was an outspoken critic of minority rule.“He will be remembered in particular for his courage and foresight in leading a group of white South Africans to Dakar, Senegal in 1987 for talks with the ANC that proved a critical moment on the path towards a negotiated settlement.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Wanderlust: 17 Free LUTs to Use on LOG Footage

first_imgDownload Wanderlust: 17 Free LUTs for LOG FootageTo download the Wanderlust free LUTs, click the button below. These LUTs are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. DOWNLOAD 17 FREE LUTS FOR LOG FOOTAGEUsing the 17 Free LUTs for LOG FootageUnzip the PB-Wanderlust Free Luts.zip file in your download folder. The following steps are for Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017, FCPX, and DaVinci Resolve. Please consult your manual for other programs.Using the LUTs in Premiere Pro CC 2017In the Lumetri Color panel, open the Basic Correction tab.Under Basic Correction , select the Input LUT dropdown menu, and click on Browse…Go to the PB – 17 Free LUTs folder and select the LUT of your choice.Using 17 Free LUTs in FCPXTo use LUTs in Final Cut Pro X, you will first need to download a LUT plugin. For a great free plugin, consider mLUT from Motion VFX.Download and install the mLUT plugin from Motion VFX.Restart FCPX.In the Final Cut Pro X timeline, drag the mLUT effect to your clip.In the Inspector, navigate to the mLUT interface, and click Load Custom LUT.Go the the 17 Free LUTs folder and select the LUT of your choice.Using 17 Free LUTs in DaVinci Resolve 12.5Open your DaVinci Resolve project.Click the Project Settings cog wheel in the bottom right corner.Go to the Color Management tab and click Open LUT Folder.Drag and drop the 17 Free LUTs .CUBE files into the DaVinci Resolve LUT Folder.Close the folders, and select Update Lists in DaVinci Resolve.The 17 Free LUTs are now available to select under the 3D Input Lookup Table dropdown menu.Select the LUT of your choice, click Save. Download 17 FREE look-up-tables for color grading LOG footage. Inspired by the search for creativity, these LUTs quickly add vibrance to your videos.Wanderlust: the desire to travel. Get these 17 free LUTs for LOG footage, perfect to accentuate your footage from abroad — or even from near home.These 17 .CUBE files are compatible with a variety of NLEs and color grading programs, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017, FCPX, and DaVinci Resolve. This tutorial will cover these three programs; please consult your manual for other programs. Bonus: 35 more free LUTs for Rec 709 footage!GET 35 FREE LUTS FROM ROCKETSTOCKlast_img read more

10 months agoPochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs players

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino can sense stronger mentality from Spurs playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he can sense a stronger mentality from his players this season.Pochettino believes his players need to adopt a strong mental toughness to add to their fluent passing football.”In the last four of five years we play so well, the people enjoy a lot watching us but we need in some moments to be, I don’t know if the word is naughty, but smart in how you compete and that we still miss. But we have the opportunity in the next few months to show we are capable to be more competitive,” he said.The Argentine feels his team have progressed considerably from the May 2016 league game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which they lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2, which handed the 2015-16 title to Leicester.”We were nice kids playing football, now we are more mature, more competitive,” he said. “We will see if that is enough to win titles. We grow a lot in the last five years and I think this game was important to learn a lot.” last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Breaking: ESPN Shutting Down Grantland Effective Immediately

first_imgESPN promotion for Grantland Sports.Grantland/ESPNUpdate 2: Simmons has weighed in on the situation. He called the treatment of his former colleagues “simply appalling.”I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 30, 2015Update: According to James Andrew Miller, all of Grantland’s writers will have their contracts honored. Furthermore, the network “intends” to use the sports writers on other platforms.All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015 espn grantland shut downGrantland/ESPNEarlier: ESPN sports and pop-culture blog Grantland, which was founded back in 2011 by former employee Bill Simmons, is being shut down by the network. Simmons parted ways with ESPN back in May, and Chris Connelly had been in charge since.The Worldwide Leader announced the news Friday via the following statement:Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun.  We are grateful to those who made it so.  Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.  Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.Reaction has been pouring in from many in the industry. ESPN’s handling of @Grantland33 and its staff post-Simmons has been, to be blunt, a train wreck. That staff deserved much better.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 30, 2015Writing seemed to be on the wall the past few weeks, but still a major bummer nonetheless https://t.co/d9qJlNpTbK— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 30, [email protected] gave some of my favorite writers a chance to do whatever the hell they wanted to do for a long time. That’s great.— HALLRAISER (@edsbs) October 30, 2015The decision to end @Grantland33 was a very recent one according to sources at @espn— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015I have read Grantland every day since launch. There is going to be an real hole in my life with it gone. I’m so sorry for everyone involved.— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) October 30, 2015More as we learn it.last_img read more

Shamattawa First Nation declares state of emergency after fire guts store band

first_img(The grocery store and band office in Shamattawa First Nation was gutted by fire Thursday. Photo courtesy Roy Miles)Dennis WardAPTN National NewsThe Chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the only grocery store, the band office, 911 call centre ‎and radio station.The fire has also resulted in the loss of Internet service in the remote northern community, something Chief Jeffrey Napaokesik says the community relies on heavily.Reports of the fire first came in Thursday afternoon when many in the community were attending a funeral.When reached by phone Thursday night, the chief said the fire continues to burn.He said the immediate concern is getting an emergency supply store set up as soon as possible on Friday.Photo Courtesy Roy Miles.Napaokesik said most members of the community are on social assistance and live day to day. There will be an immediate need for things like water and baby formula.There will be an immediate need for things like water and baby formula.Shamattawa First Nation is a fly-in community with about 1,000 members 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Officials from the Northwest Company are due in Shamattawa in the morning with supplies for an emergency store that will be established.The chief said things are calm right now but expects people to wake up in a panic in the morning.Officials will be going door to door in the morning to explain how things will be handled.The chief said at the moment nobody appears to be missing or have been caught in the fire.He says it’s too early to know how the fire [email protected]last_img read more

How Alabama Ohio State Or Someone Else Can Crash The Playoff

CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds UCF0.10.1<0.1<0.1 Auburn58.659.157.20.8 How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds Miami26.026.225.60.3 Auburn58.6>99.99.444.9 USC10.611.99.01.5 Stanford3.33.82.70.6 Just as the SEC title game is basically do-or-die for the two teams involved, this contest is a simple binary for Wisconsin: Win, and clinch a semifinal berth; lose, and see those chances fall to basically nothing. Fair or not, a one-loss Wisconsin team would not compare favorably with the other playoff contenders, given its weak strength of schedule. For the Buckeyes, however, things aren’t quite that simple. Yes, they can boost their chances with a victory — which our model gives a 56 percent chance of happening — but OSU is far from a lock even if it wins. The Buckeyes will also need TCU to do them a big favor by upsetting Oklahoma — further boosting OSU’s chances to 75 percent — and hope for the committee to look favorably upon their impressive victories (and ignore their 55-24 loss to Iowa).Beyond the Big Ten, Alabama has the big rooting interest here. Since they don’t control their own destiny, the one-loss Crimson Tide need favorable contrasts in the eyes of the committee — and that means setting up a comparison against two-loss Ohio State, not undefeated Wisconsin. Bama’s playoff chances would be about 18 percentage points higher with a win by the Buckeyes than a win by the Badgers. And USC also requires an Ohio State victory here, as another component of its long-shot playoff bid. UCF0.1<0.10.1<0.1 Ohio State32.833.431.40.8 SEC Championship: Auburn vs. Georgia Saturday, 4 p.m. ET on CBS The only other game with potential playoff implications is the AAC Championship Game between Central Florida, which is making a bid for a perfect season, and Memphis. Sadly, because of UCF’s schedule strength, its chances of making the playoff are remote. But the combination of outcomes that gives the Knights the highest playoff probability (granted, still a measly 0.19 percent) involves wins by UCF, Clemson, Ohio State, TCU and Stanford. So, to all the fans of stale memes down in Orlando: Yes, I’m telling you there’s a chance.But most likely, the playoff will contain the SEC winner, the ACC winner, plus Wisconsin and Oklahoma — if they win — or Ohio State and/or Alabama (or maybe TCU or USC if the committee’s feeling really crazy) should the Badgers and/or Sooners fall. It’s an oddly tidy set of contingencies for a championship weekend that some are calling the best ever. But at the same time, I have a feeling this season isn’t quite out of surprises yet.Check out our latest college football predictions. Miami26.026.125.90.1 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. TEAMCURRENTIF OHIO ST. WINSIF WISCONSIN WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Oklahoma65.5%99.9%7.7%43.2 pts Alabama30.430.729.80.4 Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin vs. Ohio StateSaturday, 8 p.m. ET on FOX Clemson76.576.976.00.4 TEAMCURRENTIF STANFORD WINSIF USC WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Auburn58.656.861.62.2 Wisconsin45.1%2.3%>99.9%48.1 pts Clemson76.5>99.919.233.3 Miami26.026.225.70.3 Pac-12 Championship: Southern California vs. StanfordFriday, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN UCF0.10.10.1<0.1 Stanford3.34.12.30.9 Georgia44.045.042.81.1 TCU7.17.66.60.5 USC10.613.96.43.7 TCU7.18.94.92.0 The ACC Championship is also very close to an NCAA quarterfinal. Certainly the committee is guaranteed to take Clemson (which placed No. 1 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings) if the Tigers beat Miami for the conference crown — which our model assigns a 71 percent probability of happening. If the Canes win, our model thinks there’s roughly an 11 percent chance that they’d somehow be on the outs — think a universe in which Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Georgia all win and the committee prefers Alabama’s résumé to Miami’s — but that’s unlikely. (Miami is only one slot behind Alabama in strength of record before a hypothetical win over Clemson.)Then again, our model also says the Tigers would have about a 19 percent chance of making the playoff even if they don’t beat Miami, a scenario that most likely involves TCU and Ohio State victories muddying the water for the committee. And several other teams across the country would benefit from Clemson winning, most notably USC (in Step 5 of the Trojans’ improbable CFP charge). Auburn58.659.457.60.9 Ohio State32.833.332.30.5 Much like Wisconsin and both SEC title contestants, Oklahoma can basically assure itself of a playoff berth with a victory over TCU here. With a one-loss résumé accentuated by the most dominating offense in the nation (plus another win over a top-15 team if they do beat the Frogs), the Sooners can also help vindicate the Big 12’s decision to revive its conference championship game this year. But that decision could very well backfire on the conference, too, and leave it without a playoff team yet again if TCU pulls off the upset. We give the Sooners a 63 percent chance of winning and making all of this moot; there’s even an unlikely backdoor route for OU if it loses that involves Ohio State winning the Big Ten. But the most straightforward path for Oklahoma (and the Big 12) is a Sooner victory.For TCU’s part, its playoff hopes are remote (if not nonexistent) and wouldn’t crack 20 percent even if it does upset the Sooners. According to the swing in our model’s playoff chances, Alabama actually has the second-greatest stake in the Big 12 Championship of any team in the country, including the Frogs. Bama would see its CFP chances swell from 30 percent to 48 percent if TCU beats Oklahoma, since the one-loss Tide are directly competing with the Sooners for a playoff spot. (In fact, Alabama fans should be watching this matchup far more intently than they will the SEC title game.) Likewise, Ohio State has a big stake in TCU winning, as does USC and several other contenders. In terms of outside rooting interests, this Big 12 title game is easily the most important game of the weekend. UCF0.10.10.10.0 Oklahoma65.565.865.10.3 How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds TEAMCURRENTIF CLEMSON WINSIF MIAMI WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Oklahoma65.565.565.40.1 Georgia44.044.044.0<0.1 TCU7.1<0.119.18.9 Auburn58.658.958.20.4 USC10.66.218.05.5 How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds USC10.6%<0.1%23.6%11.7 pts Miami26.025.227.31.0 USC10.611.29.10.9 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. Clemson76.575.079.01.9 Georgia44.043.644.70.5 Alabama30.432.827.52.6 ACC Championship: Clemson vs. MiamiSaturday, 8 p.m. ET on ABC TCU7.17.66.50.5 Georgia44.0%0.1%96.2%47.7 pts TEAMCURRENTIF AUBURN WINSIF GEORGIA WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Alabama30.438.520.19.1 Ohio State32.827.342.16.9 UCF0.10.1<0.1<0.1 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. After 14 weeks of anticipation, we’ve made it: College football’s championship weekend is finally upon us. Come Sunday at noon, the playoff selection committee will reveal its picks for the Final Four — who still has national championship life, and who’s left out in the cold. But we don’t really have to wait until then for clues about which teams will be booking flights for Pasadena and New Orleans on New Year’s Day. Based on what happens in this week’s games and a little tinkering with our college football predictions, we can make an educated guess about what the committee’s choices will be — though it has been known to throw us a curveball every now and then. Here’s what our model says to watch for over the weekend: TEAMCURRENTIF OKLAHOMA WINSIF TCU WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Wisconsin45.145.045.10.1 The winner of this game is practically guaranteed to make the playoff. For Auburn — which the FiveThirtyEight model has favored here with a 54 percent chance of victory — that would mean capping off one of the most remarkable stretch runs in college football history. After losing to LSU on Oct. 14, Auburn had a 5-2 record and was staring at a mere 4 percent playoff probability. But a string of wins that includes beating two No. 1-ranked teams (at game time) has the Tigers set up for a potential CFP clincher. And on the UGA side of things, the Dawgs can get sweet revenge for their 40-17 loss on the Plains in November, stamping a playoff ticket for the first time in program history.Neither team has much margin for error if it loses, however. We give Georgia a 1-in-905 chance of being picked for the playoff without an SEC title, and while Auburn’s chances are slightly better with a loss (9 percent), the Tigers would need a convoluted sequence of events that includes TCU upsetting Oklahoma just to have any glimmer of hope from the committee. And as far as outside rooting interests go, the outcome here has surprisingly little effect on the rest of the CFP picture. (Even Alabama, sitting at home twiddling its thumbs, doesn’t see its chances budge much either way.) At most, USC needs an Auburn win as part of a very specific scheme that can push its chances with the committee up to a coin flip (more on that later). TCU7.17.46.60.3 Wisconsin45.145.245.00.1 Clemson76.577.874.81.5 Clemson76.576.376.70.2 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF Miami26.0%<0.1%89.2%36.8 pts Ohio State32.835.529.53.0 CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF Alabama30.430.031.00.5 Ohio State32.858.4<0.128.7 CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. TCUSaturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Alabama30.419.848.213.3 Stanford3.31.56.32.3 Wisconsin45.144.745.90.5 Stanford3.33.72.30.6 With Stanford’s College Football Playoff chances slim at best — they’ll be only 6 percent even if the Cardinal wins the Pac-12 — the only real playoff implication for this game involves a guerilla playoff push by a USC team that hasn’t ranked in the AP top 10 since September. The Trojans seemed dead in the water after being crushed by Notre Dame six weeks ago, but they’ve strung together just enough victories to stay on the periphery of the playoff conversation. Now, their best-case playoff scenario depends on the following outcomes, with games listed in order of importance:USC beats Stanford (45 percent probability)TCU beats Oklahoma (37 percent)Ohio State beats Wisconsin (56 percent)Auburn beats Georgia (54 percent)Clemson beats Miami (71 percent)Memphis beats UCF (36 percent)If all of that happens, the Trojans’ playoff chances would rise to 51 percent; the playoff field would most likely be Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State and whichever team the committee prefers between USC, Alabama and TCU. It’s not an especially likely set of circumstances — but then again, nothing about this Trojan resurgence has been likely. Oklahoma65.565.665.20.1 Wisconsin45.144.645.90.6 Georgia44.044.044.0<0.1 Stanford3.36.0<0.13.0 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. Oklahoma65.566.763.91.4 read more