Stephen Curry’s great fall catapults odds, Warriors back to the future

first_imgDid you do your sportsbook Christmas shopping early this year?Bad news.Especially if you’re a Warriors fan.As the NBA season tipped off, the Dubs were 14/1 to win their fourth NBA title in six seasons, according to sportsbetting.ag. They were tabbed as 8/1 odds to appear in the NBA Finals for the sixth consecutive season. The division? The Dubs were 6/1. Their over/under on the number of regular season wins? 43.5. These numbers had a certain allure, even given the fact that the …last_img read more

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A loss for Ohio agriculture after Fledderjohann killed in automobile accident

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jordan Fledderjohann, 26, died at Mercer Health in Coldwater on Sept. 11 after an automobile accident at the intersection of U.S. Route 127 and Cover Four Road in Mercer County.Fledderjohann, from Botkins, will be remembered by many for his incredible success showing market goats at the Ohio State Fair and nationally. He had the Grand Champion Market Goat in 2011, the first year a market goat was sold in the Sale of Champions. Both before and after that, he was a staple at the Ohio State Fair and other goat shows as he worked with many exhibitors to help them succeed. Here is a clip with Fledderjohann from the 2011 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.last_img read more

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Ace the Art of Muzzle Flashes in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgMake your action scenes more epic with explosive muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.When it comes to indie VFX work, there are few things as fun as creating realistic muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro. While there are certainly many different ways to create the effect, the following video tutorial demonstrates one of the easiest ways to create Hollywood-quality muzzle flashes using only a few simple video elements.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and create some muzzle-flash mayhem! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you FREE assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Muzzle Flash Assets Creating a Muzzle Flash in Final Cut ProCreating muzzle flashes in Final Cut Pro couldn’t be easier. Just follow the steps below.Step 1: Place Your Fire Element Into Your VideoThe first thing to do is place your fire elements into your timeline. You can do this by dragging and dropping the clips from the media browser into your timeline (or hitting the ‘Q’ key with the files selected).Step 2: Reduce to One FrameBy default, the fire element will be longer than a single frame — but if you’re wanting to create a realistic muzzle flash, that doesn’t really make a lot of sense. To cut your footage, select the blade tool by hitting the B key on your keyboard and cutting up your clips into a single “flash” frame.Step 3: Set the Blending ModeYour muzzle flash element will have a black background. For obvious reasons, this won’t work for your video project. With your muzzle flash selected, navigate to the Inspector in the top right part of your Final Cut Pro window. Click the Video button, and select Linear Dodge from the Blending Mode menu located under the Compositing section.Step 4: Scale the ElementYour muzzle flash will likely be too big for your frame. To alter the element, use the Transform tool to scale and position the muzzle flash as needed.Step 5: Add Ambient FlashesAt this point, your video may look cool — but you need to add some ambient light elements into your scene to really push it over the top. While you could use a simple solid shape layer, the best thing to do is use an organic video element. For our example, we’ll use a clip of a lightning storm.Drop your lightning footage into the scene and scale it up using the Scaling and Position features in the Inspector. Set your blending mode to Linear Dodge. Now delete the clip so it only pops up over each flash frame. Next, it’s time to color the element orange.In FCPX, there’s a simple color correction effect called Sepia. This effect quickly applies an orange stylization to your clip.Step 6: Duplicate Your VideoNow we want to colorize our video at the exact frame where the muzzle flash happens. To do this, you need to duplicate the bottom footage layer. This is accomplished by dragging the bottom video layer while pressing and holding the option key.Step 7: Colorize the VideoTo colorize the video, use the Color Correction effect and apply some slight orange color grading. After you do this, cut the video down to the frames in which the muzzle flashes are flashing.See below for the epic results.What is your favorite method for creating muzzle flashes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Missing U.P. law student who accused former BJP MP of harassing her found in Rajasthan

first_imgSwami Chinmayanand booked after girl alleging harassment goes missing in UP  The former MP, who served as a Minister of State for Home Affairs under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was on Tuesday charged with kidnapping (in order to murder) the student. He was also charged with criminal intimidation. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the woman’s father after she went missing, days after alleging in a video clip that Mr. Chinmayanand, the director of Swami Shukdevanand PG College, where she studies, had been harassing her as well as other girls.Also Read A law student from Shahjahanpur who had gone missing after accusing former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand of harassing her was found in Rajasthan, the Uttar Pradesh police said on Friday.The woman student along with her friend were located in Rajasthan by the Shahjahanpur police. Necessary legal action was being taken, U.P. police said.Also Read SC takes cognisance of Chinmayanand row  The matter came to light after the woman posted a video clip online on August 24, claiming she and her family were under threat from a “big leader of the sant samaj” and requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene. She did not name Mr. Chinmayanand or specify the harassment or exploitation she allegedly endured, but claimed the “sant” had “ruined the lives of many women” and now wanted to kill her.She also claimed she had all the evidence against him.Unable to find his daughter at her college hostel after the video surfaced, the student’s father blamed Mr. Chinmayanand. He alleged that he suspected that his daughter and the other women mentioned in the video may have been sexually exploited.Though Mr. Chinmayanand did not clarify on the allegations, his lawyer dismissed them as a “conspiracy” and attempt to extort from the former MP. The police are probing Mr. Chinmayanand’s complaint in which he alleged that he received an extortion text message from an unknown phone number demanding ₹5crore from him.last_img read more

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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs MOST READlast_img read more

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World Cup semifinal preview: Fans expect Brazil to overcome loss of Neymar

first_imgBrazil’s NeymarBrazil did it once without Pele, and just about everyone in the country is waiting and hoping to do it again without Neymar. The Brazilians advanced to the semifinals of the World Cup last week, but they lost their best player in doing so. Neymar, the national team’s star attraction with the same yellow No. 10 shirt that Pele made world famous, broke a vertebra after being kneed in the back and will miss the rest of the tournament. That means Brazil will have to do without Neymar’s quick moves and sharp shooting when the team plays Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday at Mineirao Stadium. And for the final, if they make it that far. “It will be difficult, but we can win it without Neymar,” said Matheus Christoff, a 22-year-old chemical engineering student from Belo Horizonte. “In 1962, we won without Pele, so we can win without Neymar.” Pele became a global star when he was only 17, scoring two goals in the 1958 final to give Brazil its first World Cup title. Four years later in Chile, he was injured in the opening round and was forced to sit and watch as his teammates won again. But win they did, with Garrincha stepping up to carry the load. Watch: Neymar speaks in tearful video for Brazil after back injury rules him out of World Cup  This time around, there is no obvious goal-scoring replacement for Neymar, who cuts his hair in a fauxhawk and has become the face of the World Cup, at least on billboards and in TV commercials all over Brazil.advertisement Or, instead of one person stepping up to provide the goals, maybe there is more than one. “They have another 22 players,” said Patricia Mendes, a 35-year-old consultant in Belo Horizonte. “If they wear the yellow jersey, they can score.” Neymar did most of the damage himself in the first round, scoring four goals in the opening three matches to put Brazil at the top of Group A. The two strikers playing alongside him, Fred and Hulk, have combined to score only one goal, while defender David Luiz has provided the offense by scoring two in the last two matches. A slumbering attack, now without its most important component, is going to make it hard against the Germans, who seem to have put their defense back together after a substandard performance in the second round. And the loss of Brazil captain Thiago Silva, who is suspended for the match after foolishly picking up a yellow card in the quarterfinal win over Colombia, is going to make things even tougher. “I really don’t think we can win without Neymar and Thiago Silva,” said 23-year-old Rafael Seixas, who works at his family’s convenience store in Belo Horizonte. “They are the best players in the team, and Germany is really good.” The thought of losing to Germany, however odious that may be for most Brazilians, is still better than considering one other possibility of this year’s World Cup – an ultimate victory for Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium. “That,” Seixas said, “would be the worst possible scenario for the World Cup in Brazil.”last_img read more

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