Northwestern State’s Smith, Jones Sweep Weekly Baseball Honors

first_imgHitter of the Week – Tyler Smith, Northwestern State – Junior – Outfielder – Franklinton, La.Smith tied the single-game program record with three home runs off the Razorbacks in a 10-7 win that gave Northwestern State its first season of multiple wins against SEC teams since 2001. All three of Smith’s two-run home runs came with two outs, including a game-tying shot in the third inning. Smith posted a career-best evening with three home runs in a 10-7 upset of then No. 6 Arkansas. Over the weeknd, Smith extended his streak of reaching base safely to 12 games with four hits and three walks in a conference series against Stephen F. Austin, bringing his weekly slash line to .471/.565/1.059. Honorable Mention: Noah Cameron, Central Arkansas; Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana; Alex Palmer, Stephen F. Austin; Parker White, Nicholls. Honorable Mention: Brennan Breaud, Southeastern Louisiana; Ryan Flores, UIW; Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Riding a season-long six-game hit streak, he hit safely in all five games this week and reached base at least twice in all but one of the five games last week. Smith drove in the Demons’ first run in Saturday’s 7-0 win over Stephen F. Austin and had a two-out RBI single to give NSU a 2-0 lead in Sunday’s series finale.center_img Northwestern State begins a seven-game homestand against Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday before hosting Grambling for a three-game weekend series, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Pitcher of the Week – Nathan Jones, Northwestern State – Senior – Pitcher – Shreveport, La.Jones extended his scoreless innings streak to 18 and now has a 3-1 record with 23 strikesout and a 0.90 ERA over his last 30 innings. The senior hurler scattered three hits over the first four innings but retired 12 straight after giving up a leadoff single in the fourth. The Demons were able to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Lumberjacks thanks to the complete-game performance of Jones, who got the nod in Saturday’s 7-0 win over SFA. Improving to 6-2 on the year, the Shreveport, La., native threw his second-consecutive complete-game shutout, dropping his ERA to 2.14 on the year. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State outfielder Tyler Smith is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and teammate Nathan Jones is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.last_img read more

Huskies, Flyers annual general meetings set for this week

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Inconnu Swim Club to host Sadownik Memorial this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Inconnu Swim Club is hosting the Sadownik Memorial Swim Meet from November 30 to December 2.Inconnu Head Coach, Norah Vogan, says this swim meet is in memory of two dedicated coaches that gave a lot of their time to the Club.“Nicole and Steve coached Inconnu for many years, while still working day jobs in our community.  Steve and Nicole were an integral part of our swimming family and the Fort St. John community. Enough cannot be said about Steve and Nicole and how much they contributed to our swim club and to our community. They gave us a lot of their time and commitment. We want to honour them the best we can.”- Advertisement -Nicole passed away in May 2017 and Steve passed away in June 2018.The Sadownik Memorial Swim Meet is taking place from November 30 to December 2 at the North Peace Leisure Pool.For more information, you can visit the Inconnu Swim Club’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Steve Clarke says he would welcome talks with Fulham over manager’s job

first_imgSteve Clarke has told talkSPORT he would be open to an approach from Fulham to be their new manager.The former Chelsea defender, out of work since leaving West Brom in December 2013, is among a host of names being linked with the vacancy at Craven Cottage.Clarke insists he will not be contacting the Championship club to put himself forward for the job, which is vacant after Felix Magath’s sacking last week, but would welcome the chance to hold talks with owner Shahid Khan if Fulham make the first move.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Clarke said: “You have to sit down with people, you have to discuss what their plans for the club are. You have to tell them what your plans are, and from there you have to make a decision.“I like to sit down with people face to face. First of all they have to want me. They have to come to me.“Everybody knows I’m available. I don’t think there is a club in the country I would say no to. I would speak to them all and find out whether we are right for each other.”Clarke had been a frontrunner to take charge of Crystal Palace in the summer, before the Eagles gave the job to Neil Warnock for a second time.And the Scot admits he was disappointed not to have been given that opportunity after holding talks with Palace chairman Steve Parish.“Over the summer, I think I was quite close to getting the Crystal Palace job,” he said.“That was one that appealed to me because it was the chance to work in the Premier League again, which is a great league to work in. It is the highest level and it was a job I was really interested in.“It’s a club I think you can build. It’s a London-based club, it has got a great fan base, the crowd there are fantastic, and there is a decent squad of players which can survive and maybe do a bit better than that in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Illinois building a streak of its own

first_imgBIG TEN: Illini’s second straight win over top-25 team ends Wisconsin’s 14-game winning streak. By David Mercer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Last weekend’s upset of a top-25 team wasn’t enough to get Illinois ranked. Maybe this one will be. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRashard Mendenhall and Juice Williams carried the surprising Illini to a 31-26 win over No. 5 Wisconsin on Saturday, ending the Badgers’ 14-game winning streak. A week ago, Illinois beat then-No. 21 Penn State, 27-20, the school’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2001. Mendenhall ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Williams added another 92 yards rushing as Illinois improved to 5-1 overall. The Illini are off to a 3-0 start in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990, when they won a share of the conference title. None of it is a surprise to Illinois coach Ron Zook, who challenged Mendenhall before the season to lead the potent offense. “I said, `Rashard, if you have the kind of year we think you’re capable of having, and if you do the things the coaches are trying to get you to do, we have a chance to be pretty special,” Zook said. Zook’s resurrection of Illinois has mirrored his own. He was run out of Florida after three winning seasons, only to surface in Champaign in 2005. After winning only four of his first 23 games, and just one in the conference, he has Illinois talking Big Ten title. “With a team like us,” Mendenhall said, “we haven’t had too much success like this. (Now) we know we can play with anybody.” The Badgers (5-1, 2-1) hadn’t lost since Sept. 16, 2006, at Michigan. It was also only the second loss in 19 games for Coach Bret Bielema, who said the Illini played up to Wisconsin’s ranking. “I think it has to do with we’re ranked No. 5 in the country and everybody wants to talk about why we shouldn’t be,” he said. Whether that ranking was justified is another thing. The Badgers struggled to wins over UNLV, Iowa and Michigan State and were 21/2-point underdogs against the Illini. It looked like Illinois was the better team most of the way. Mendenhall, the Big Ten’s third-leading rusher at better than 122 yards a game, had 100 by halftime, and his two touchdowns carried Illinois to a 17-6 lead. “That guy’s got muscles,” Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “He’s just a hard runner.” The Illini didn’t pound the ball inside until late, relying instead on a no-huddle spread offense and the option. “We take pride in our running,” Mendenhall said. “With our scheme and the playmakers we have out there, it’s hard for the defense to focus on one person.” Although Williams passed and ran Illinois to the lead, it was the sophomore quarterback’s relief, Eddie McGee, who essentially sealed the win. For the second week in a row, Zook sent McGee in during the second half. Against Penn State, the redshirt freshman ripped off a 53-yard run to secure the win. This time, he scored on a 5-yard keeper that put the Illini up, 31-19, with 5 minutes to go. Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan threw two interceptions in Illinois territory, the first to safety Kevin Mitchell and the second to cornerback Vontae Davis.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA CLUB NOTESLaunch of the Glenswilly Girls AcademyThe launch of the Glenswilly Girls Academy takes place this Saturday at 6.30pm at the pitch. The evening will begin with a talk to all parents and girls. The academy is aimed at all girls from minor down. After the talk, a short skills session will take place on the pitch so all girls are asked to wear their gear and bring their boots. All coaches with foundation level and Garda vetting are asked to come along. For any further information on the launch, please contact any member of the Ladies senior team or any members of the ladies committee. The launch including the short skills session should be finished around 8pm. U13s boysThe U13s will be getting their season underway in the next couple of weeks and texts will be sent to all players in advance of training.LottoLast week’s lotto winner was Theresa Tyrell from Letterkenny who matched three numbers. The winning numbers were 4,8, 9 and 18. Lottos are available at all local outlets. BingoThe bingo continues in the hall every Wednesday at 9pm with some great cash prizes on offer each week.TicketsHard luck to Neil, Michael and the boys at Clones but well done to the minors including Paddy McGinty who was part of their backroom team. Up next is Cork at Croke Park and anyone interested in tickets should email club secretary at and reserve game change Due to the Donegal vs Cork game at Croke Park, the seniors and reserves will be in action this weekend, Sunday, against St Eunans. The reserves throw-in at 1.30pm while the senior game starts at 3pm.ThirdsThe thirds are away to Glenfin on Saturday night in the championship with a throw-in time of 7pm.U16s boys The U16 boys travel to Buncrana on Wednesday week, July 27th in the league with a throw-in time of 7.30pm.Ladies NotesThe Glenswilly ladies team won their match convincingly at home on Saturday evening. The final Score in this game of the Junior B Championship Glenswilly 3-7 Killybegs 1-8.Under 12 girlsGlenswilly hosted a blitz on Saturday. Our girls played well and did their club proud, but St. Naul’s were the winners on the day.Thanks to all who helped to make the blitz it a success, and to those who coached and helped the girls all year.Under 14 GirlsCongratulations to Under 14 girls who won the Division 2 County Final against Naomh Mhuire on 7th July.Under 14 season is now finished. Thanks to the girls for all their hard work and commitment this year and to all who helped with coaching, match trips etc.Under 16 and 18 training continues on Monday 6.15 – 7.30pm at the training pitch. All girls welcome.The Minor competition is to start this week with Under 16 competition starting in August.The minor girls play two games this week -Tuesday 19th against Naomh Colmcille and Friday, July 22nd. Both are at 7pm and both are at home.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY LAUNCH GIRLS ACADEMY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more


first_imgTHE biggest wave ever recorded off the Irish coast was spotted today off Donegal – measuring a massive 20.4 metres – 67 feet.Met Éireann said its M4 weather buoy, positioned approximately 16km west of Rossan Point, recorded the wave.It was spotted just after 2pm, said the forecaster. And it was slightly bigger than one recorded two hours earlier at the same spot – it was 20.2 metres! “There was a record wave of 20.2 metres earlier but it didn’t last very long,” a spokesman from Met Éireann said.“The previous record was something like 16 metres so it’s a significant jump in magnitude.”“These are relatively new buoys that can do this. I don’t think we would have records going back a long time – so it’s a record but it’s a relatively new measurement system. It’s not like some of our temperature records that go back over 150 years but certainly it’s exceptional.”Met Éireann said a storm passing Donegal today backed by westerly winds led to the record wave. “If you get a long stream of strong winds from the same direction, you get waves building up. Often, it’s to do with the fact that the wind direction is quite consistent so it keeps building up and up. It’s possibly been building up over the last few days.”The wave came on a horrible day in Donegal with power cuts in Glenties, Killybegs and Movilee as 145 km/hr winds lashed the county.There are also floods on many roads tonight with Gardai warning people to drive carefully.The new bypass at Mountain Top (N56) is particularly dangerous with large amounts of surface water.The Irish Coast Guard has warned people to stay away from beaches, piers and other coastal paths overnight as freak waves are hitting the county. © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGIGANTIC 20 METRE WAVE OFF DONEGAL – BIGGEST EVER! was last modified: December 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal weatherflood alertsgiant wave hits donegallast_img read more

Ride raises record amount

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I don’t normally ride with 75,000 other people … that part is a little unusual,” Leno said backstage in Glendale, exaggerating the number of riders. “But it’s OK; the women are attractive, the men are handsome,” Leno said. As he lined up along San Fernando Road in Glendale with thousands of other riders, Rod Kendricks of Newhall said he has been riding motorbikes since he was 11, when he put a lawn mower engine on a Schwinn Sting-Ray bike. Now the 50-year-old telephone splicer rides a custom-built Harley-Davidson with a replica 1962 frame. “Just being in the air, being in the wind is almost like flying,” he said. More than 22,000 motorcycle buffs hopped on hogs Sunday for a record-breaking charity ride – rumbling from Glendale to Castaic Lake, where B.B. King and his guitar Lucille took the crowd all the way to Mississippi. The 22nd annual Love Ride raised nearly $1.5 million, the most ever for the event. The money will go to Hurricane Katrina relief, a literacy program for children, groups that help victims of muscular dystrophy, autism, Down syndrome and others. “The Love Ride is very much what it is. You love to ride your bike and you love to give back to your community,” said Assemblywoman Cindy Montaez, D-Mission Hills. A regular ride participant, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno joined other celebrities, including Peter Fonda, on the 36-mile trip. When they got to Castaic Lake, King thrilled the crowd, which grooved as the celebrated blues icon played with the lake in the background and a seven-man band backing him up. Leno joked with the crowd on a stage in Glendale before getting on his bike and kicking off the trip to Castaic. The event was organized by Harley-Davidson of Glendale. The total amount raised in this year’s charity event surpassed the previous record by more than $200,000. King, who recently turned 80 years old, sat down as soon as he got in front of the microphone and mused about what the crowd might think of that. “Now I’m a diabetic; got bad knees, bad back, head ain’t much good either, can’t remember anything,” King said. “But I’m feeling good today.” King played the Mississippi-brand of blues he is famous for, going through a set that included “The Thrill is Gone” and “All Over Again,” and plenty of talking and joking with the crowd. “It’s just a wonderful event. The weather, the setting, the crowd,” said Larry Porche, 50, who rode up on a 1992 Harley-Davidson FXE. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

National Pride of Place judges visit Donegal

first_imgJudges from the national Price of Place competition visited Donegal this week to adjudicate on four Donegal projects which have been nominated by Donegal County Council for this year’s finals. The projects are Falcarragh Parish Development, Dungloe Network Development, Greencastle Community Development and Donegal Town Community Chambers.Judges Donal Connolly and William Beattie visited each of the projects during their two-day visit to Donegal this week.  They first visited Ionad Naomh Fionnán on Wednesday morning meeting with the Falcarragh Parish Development and other community volunteers who frequently use the new state of the art community centre which was opened in November 2018. The judges learned about the work of the group, how they transformed the original Halla Naomh Fionnán into a state of the art Ionad Naomh Fionnán. During a tour of the centre, the judges saw first-hand the various facilities available including the main hall, multipurpose rooms, catering facilities and the outdoor AstroTurf pitch.The centre is used for bingo, dances and concerts and also by the local Marching band and cycling club.The judges were treated to a cup of tea and some home-made refreshments.The judges then made a short trip to the beautiful town of Dungloe where they were met by the Dungloe Community Network. The judges learned about the work being done to achieve their vision for Dungloe Tourism and how they have worked tirelessly to enhance existing facilities and events as well as develop new ones. Their work in developing and growing events such as the Dungloe Street Feast and the famous Mary from Dungloe festival was highlighted.The judges visited the newly upgraded pond – the outdoor seawater swimming pool on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cope Mountain Walk, the sensory garden and the newly developed Dungloe Bay walk.All these new developments have added greatly to the amenities available in Dungloe for both locals and tourists.The visit finished in the Bridge Inn, where the judges enjoyed performances by the local talented musicians and dancers from the area.Day two saw the judges travel north to the scenic fishing village of Greencastle on the Inishowen Peninsula where they met with the Greencastle Community Development group to find out more about their determined drive to develop their multipurpose Community Centre for the people of the area. A range of services is provided in the centre including training and counselling services all delivered by volunteers.  They also learned about the first automated life-saving external defibrillator in Inishowen which is installed in the centre.The judges were treated to a choral performance by patients from the Carndonagh Dementia nursing home and they even enjoyed a dance or two.In the afternoon, the judges travelled south to Donegal Town to meet with the Donegal Town Community Chambers where they visited the Waterbus on Donegal Bay and learned more about the varied projects being delivered in the area.This included improvements works to the river walk, which is home to two Red Squirrel families, and to the playground and discovered more about plans for the Diamond. The judges also heard first-hand about the voluntary work involved in hosting a range of festivals including the Summer festival, St Patricks Day Parade and the Food Festival which is now one of the largest food festivals in Ireland.Hosting the National Older Persons Convention which included a walkability audit of the town was also highlighted.The judges remarked on the bio-diversity difference being made in the area as they toured the town.The judges were also treated to a performance from the local marching band in the Donegal Castle and finished their visit with a trip to the newly developed Men’s Shed.The Pride of Place Competition is hosted by Cooperation Ireland and each year groups from all over Ireland enter the competition.Mairead Cranley, Social Inclusion Co-ordinator with Donegal County Council, thanked all the groups in Donegal that entered this year’s competition.She said: “We would like to thank all groups for entering the competition.  We were overawed with the great work being done all over the county by volunteers. The hard work of each of these committees and groups is what creates that pride of place in a community.”She also thanked all four groups who hosted a visit from the judges this week for their efforts in welcoming the judges to their own community and to Donegal and wished them well in the National Pride of Place Competition with winners set to be announced at a special awards ceremony on 30th November in Kilkenny.National Pride of Place judges visit Donegal was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Keying Fundamentals in Adobe After Effects

first_imgQuickly composite your talent using a green screen. In this After Effects tutorial we’ll create a garbage matte, apply Keylight and add effects to increase realism!Filming against a green screen is a popular technique to composite the talent against a different background. This allows for great versatility, with the ability to put the talent in exotic locations or in fantasy worlds. All professional video editing and compositing applications allow for keying, but in this green screen keying tutorial we’ll show you how to utilize the powerful keyer inside Adobe After Effects, called Keylight.  Shooting plays an important role in ‘pulling a clean key’.  For a high quality key you’ll need a professional high resolution camera and an evenly lit green screen background. If you have to work with challenging footage or if keying is part of your daily workflow, check out third party solutions like Red Giant Keying Suite, Phynx Keyer, & Boris Continuum Chroma Key. These third party solutions tend to be quicker and offer more advanced keying features.To see some great examples of keying check out Stargate Studios (Walking Dead) Virtual Backlot Reel:Creating a Garbage MatteWhen working with green screen footage you’ll want to composite the foreground green shot on the top layer of your video editing timeline, with the video background on a layer below.Create a Garbage Matte to mask out areas away from the talent. This way you are only keying out the necessary areas close to the talent, while ignoring lights, badly lit edges or any other objects you don’t want to see. In After Effects, click the pen tool (G) and draw a mask around the talent.  You can animate the mask shape with keyframes if you need to adjust the garbage matte over time.  The free footage used in this example is from Hollywood Camera.Before the Garbage Matte:After the Garbage Matte:Pulling a Basic Key with KeylightSelect your footage.  Then, in the Effect and Presets panel type Keylight. With the layer selected double click on Keylight to apply it.Now, double click on the layer in the Composition to bring up the Layer panel. Click on the gripper area (red highlight) for the layer, and drag it to the right til you see a blue area and then let go. This puts the layer panel beside the Composition panel. By doing this we we will be able to select a green area to key in the Layer Panel and see the results in the Composition Panel. In the Effect Controls panel, change the view from Final Result to Status. We will use the Status view to see the matte that we create using the eyedropper to remove the green background.Both screens turn white, but when you uncheck “Render” on the Layer panel you will see the footage again. Back in the Effect Controls panel click on the eyedropper and then in the Layer panel hold option (Mac) or alt (PC) and drag near the talents head and don’t let go.  You are looking for the talent to be white and the background to be black. We only want the edges of the talent to be gray, as these are areas of semi transparency (this will give you a better initial key).  Drag until you find a good spot and then click.Increase Screen Gain to remove more of the gray spots in the background. A little goes along way so hold down command (Mac) or control (PC) as you drag to move in smaller increments.Click the twirly for Screen Matte and adjust the Clip Black until the gray goes away in the background and adjust Clip White until the gray disappears inside the talent.  The background should be white and the edge of the talent with semi transparent area is gray. Change status back to Final to see the Results.If you see an edge you can adjust ‘Screen Shrink/Grow to a negative number until the edge disappears. Keylight auto removes spill, so if you need to remove more select the “Despill Bias” eyedropper and click on a skin tone and more spill is removed.  For more  specifics on Keylight check out the user guide here.Color Correcting to Match the shotsNow, to increase realism between the green screen shot and the background we will need to tweak the colors in After Effects to match the shots.In this example I can tell that the white levels in the two shots do not match.  If I scroll over the white cup in the foreground and then over a white area in the background (clouds) I can see in the info panel that the background is a bit more blue.To remedy this, I’ll select the foreground green screen layer and apply the Levels effect. The cup brightness doesn’t match the background, so I’ll decrease Output White to reduce the whites and then increase Gamma to brighten up the midtones.I also added Vibrance (increase saturation of the less saturated colors) to add in a little color.Like this example, you may find that the background is a bit sharp so apply the “Camera Lens Blur” effect to increase the realism and reduce depth of field.Adding a LightwrapTo make 2 shots look even more realistic we can add a light wrap in After Effects.  A light wrap will help blend the edges of the keyed footage with the background.Most of the third party keying apps have a light wrap feature, but you can also download a script from AE Enhancers that will do this for you.  After you download the script, select the 2 layers and go to File > Scripts >sb_Lightwrap.jsx.  You will need to check “allow scripts to write files and access network in Preferences > General.This will apply the defaults and create a nested comp (your original is untouched and underneath the nested comp). If you want to learn how to make your own light warp check out this article.Have fun with keying and remember, the better footage you start with the easier the key!last_img read more