Liverpool ‘to buy Sturridge and let Cole go’

first_imgLiverpool are poised to buy Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and let former Blues star Joe Cole leave Anfield, the Daily Mirror reports.It is claimed Cole, who is wanted by QPR boss Harry Redknapp, is set to move on as Liverpool are keen to sign Tom Ince from Blackpool as well as Sturridge.Sturridge has been widely tipped to join the Merseyside club in a £12m deal when the transfer window opens next month.The Mirror also say Chelsea scouts are to watch Corinthians star Paulinho in action against Egyption side Al-Ahly in the Club World Cup on Wednesday.Fiorentina are interested in signing Esteban Granero from QPR, Italian media have reported.The Serie A club are said to be planning to make an offer for him when the transfer window opens next month.The Sun report that Adel Taarabt will delay his decision whether to play in the Africa Cup of Nations.Taarabt may not play for Morocco in the tournament in order to help QPR in their battle against relegation, it has been suggested.It has also been claimed recently that R’s midfielder Samba Diakite will snub Mali.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Corning, Los Molinos High football move up to No. 3 in respective divisions

first_img2. Enterprise (3) 3-0 37 33. Shasta (2) 3-0 31 24. Chico 2-1 15 55. … The Northern Section Prep Football Media Poll is voted on by media members from the Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Red Bluff Daily News, Redding Record Searchlight and Action News Now. First-place votes are in parentheses with record, voting points and last week’s ranking listed after.Division IITeam Record Pts Last1. Pleasant Valley (4) 1-2 39 1last_img

Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgCreate extreme color looks in DaVinci Resolve. In this post we share a technique for achieving the stylized bleach bypass look, reminscent of films like 300 and Sin City.When in session, you may hear the client mention a bleach bypass look. It’s a bit of an antiquated term hailing back to days of film processing. Bleach bypass involved skipping the bleaching process during the film’s development, which retains its natural silver elements. This leads to an extreme grade that holds higher contrast and very little saturation. This look was popular in the nineties and was used for many music videos, and today retains its edgy, extreme nature in feature films like 300 and Sin City.This color grading look holds a sense of tension because it’s not the first place most commercial ads would head. Let’s create the bleach bypass effect in DaVinci Resolve.The first step, as always, is bringing your footage into Resolve and doing an initial correction on all of your shots. I stress the importance of this not only to make you faster at grading in general, but to arrive at a base consistency when working with your footage. While it’s a good idea to balance all the images beforehand, it’s especially important when imposing this extreme look which involves clipping the high and low registers. The scopes may become harder to read when the black and white values are off the charts, pegging somewhere beyond legal IRE values.The untouched source image, courtesy of Shutterstock:My initial balance. Good starting point, nothing too crazy:After you’ve balanced your timeline, create a new node and head to the Custom Curves in the bottom center of Resolve’s interface. Fashion an S-curve by making several points along the contrast curve at the high and low ends. Drag the bottom points down and the top points up. This will alter any corrections you perform on your color panel (you’re using a panel, right?) along this curve, acting like a filter.Set up a standard contrast ‘S-curve’ to filter your adjustments as you work through the grade:Now, we’ve quite quickly created a look reminsisent of bleach bypass, but we’ll tweak it a bit further. Its extreme nature will not make it a perfect fit for all projects, but its clear visual impact is the main reason it’s still used today.Next, bring the saturation down to somewhere around 15 or 20. Grading is subjective, and you’ll be working with different footage from job to job, so just tweak your grade to taste. Remember though, bleach bypass is extreme. Don’t be afraid to lose details in the black and whites. Not caring about what happens to the upper and lower registers is part of what makes the look so edgy. Bleach bypass can look dirty and unrefined, which for some projects, may be exactly what you want. If you just can’t bear to lose those details you can always salvage them by using the Soft Clipping feature that I’ve written about here.Soft clipping brings back the extreme high and low registers, making the values legal from a broadcast standpoint. Note here we’ve brought back some of the detail in her hat and cheek:You should now have dialed in your bypass look. Movies like 300 employ the look to give a definite edginess to their already brutal visuals. To achieve the look of Sin City, desaturate the image completely. If you want to pop certain details like the Yellow Bastard’s cartoonish yellow skin (fron Sin City) or a femme fatale’s lips, create a node before the bleach bypass grade and selectively qualify those values in a tutorial I describe here.Node #3 selects just the woman’s lips, then I’ve inverted the qualifier by making an Outside Node represented in #4. This is where I’ve taken the saturation to zero. Node #2 is my bleach bypass which sits on top of these other corrections. I also needed to add a window because my qualifier was picking up her nostrils and a bit of red in her eyes which was not desirable.Behold, our femme fatale with blazing red lips:With the color drained away, you may now be perceiving the image differently. Double-check to make sure the contrast is still where you want it, and increase or back it off as needed. Lastly, you can play around with how much of the effect is mixing in with your base grade by going into the Key tab and affecting the Gain parameter. This is a great tool to know about when clients ask you to “split the difference.” You can half the effect by typing .5 into the Gain parameter. In our example I’ve backed the grade off to .7 for a less extreme high-contrast look.Our client got cold feet that our look was too extreme. I’ve backed off the grade to .7 and now they’re happy again.Grab a still of your work and post it in the comments. If you’re looking for feedback let me know and I’m happy to give pointers.last_img read more

This Fan-Made Texas A&M Hype Video Will Have All Aggies Ready For The 2015 Season

first_imgTexas A&M player makes a difficult catch.YouTube/Tamuhighlights WhoopLast season was an interesting one in College Station. Texas A&M opened the season by blowing the doors off of its opponents, but the Aggies were inconsistent as the year went along. A&M did close the season with some gritty performances, including a big win over Auburn and a Liberty Bowl victory over West Virginia. After a tremendous recruiting period, and some coaching staff shakeups that should help improve a lackluster defense, the Aggies have some serious momentum heading into 2015.YouTube user Tamuhighlights summed up the off-season, and the excitement heading into 2015, incredibly well with this hype video. You’ll be ready to run through a brick wall after this one, Aggie fans.last_img read more

DL Rashad Weaver De-Commits From Michigan, Says Jim Harbaugh And Staff Stopped Contacting Him

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shouts during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.Michigan picked up a commitment from three-star defensive lineman and former PSU commit Michael Dwumfour earlier today. Tonight, the Wolverines lost a pledge from three-star Florida defensive lineman Rashad Weaver, but Weaver’s explanation for his decision is what will garner the most attention.In a message on Twitter, Weaver said he chose to de-commit after the Michigan staff basically stopped speaking to him for seven months. Head coach Jim Harbaugh informed him there was only a 50/50 chance he’d be able to sign with the Wolverines next week, and offered him the option of accepting a preferred walk-on opportunity or going to prep school. Decommit….— Shad (@R_Weaver80) January 26, 2016If Weaver’s story is accurate, this isn’t a good look for Michigan. The Wolverines may ultimately land the nation’s top recruit, defensive tackle Rashan Gary, next week, but Harbaugh’s going to take some heat over this.last_img read more

Resource shares provide lift to Toronto stock index American counterparts down

first_imgTORONTO – Mining and energy stocks helped move Canada’s largest stock index higher on Friday, as U.S. markets fell into the red a day after making their biggest gain in two months.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 63.20 points to 15,998.57. Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) and Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE) had some of the biggest advances, up more than five per cent and six per cent respectively at the closing of markets.“Toronto is up today largely because the U.S. dollar is down, which has the price of gold and oil higher, which broadly affects the Canadian market,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.The January crude contract climbed US$1.36 to US$56.71 per barrel while the December gold contract soared US$18.30 to US$1,296.50 an ounce.Canadian oil stocks were somewhat tempered by news that TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota on Thursday, Levine noted.While state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems, the timing of the incident couldn’t be worse. Thursday’s spill comes four days before Nebraska is set to vote on whether TransCanada can go ahead with its XL pipeline, which would take a more direct route than the existing Keystone pipeline. Shares of the energy company (TSX:TRP) were down 59 cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $62.54.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower on Friday as technology companies, including Microsoft, lagged the market.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100.12 points to 23,358.24. The S&P 500 index edged down 6.79 points to 2,578.85 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 10.50 points at 6,782.79.“The market has been on a down trend so far this month pretty much, and yesterday was a big rebound day, but you could say it’s just resuming its down trend,” said Levine. “There’s no real fundamental reason other than valuations got ahead of themselves and they’re just trying to normalize here a bit.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.23 cents US, down 0.23 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.10 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added two cents at US$3.07 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

BC Oil & Gas Commission to test electric vehicle for Northern Climate

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has added a new addition to its northern vehicle fleet.According to the OGC, they have added an electric vehicle to its Fort St. John fleet to support the CleanBC plan and initiate a pilot program of how an EV operates in a northern climate.The vehicle being tested is a 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric which will be used year-round by staff to attend meetings and perform other duties in order to see how well it will perform in the northern climate. The OGC says usage data from the electric test vehicle will then be shared with other northern agencies by December 2020 to encourage similar emission reductions on a broader scale.For more information on the testing of an electric vehicle, you can visit the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission’s website.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey drops regular season finale against Michigan

OSU redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) runs with the ball while being trailed by California players during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Copy Chief Three goals were enough for Michigan to take down the Ohio State field hockey team on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the regular season finale.The victory is the No. 11 Wolverines’ (15-3, 7-1) ninth straight win and third straight shutout this season.  The loss drops the Buckeyes to .500 for the season and conference play.OSU (9-9, 4-4) was unable to break through Michigan’s stout defense, but even with the loss, the Buckeyes finish their season in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro had a busy day as the Wolverines outshot the Scarlet and Gray 19-1. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native was faced with an array of shot attempts all game long. She tallied eight total saves on the night.A little more than 11 minutes into the game, Michigan freshman forward Emma Way struck first with a rebound off a penalty corner shot. For the remainder of the half, the Buckeyes’ defense stood tall and stunted Michigan’s attempts.Nearing halftime, OSU had a window of opportunity to level the match after Michigan senior back Lauren Thomas was called for a 10-minute yellow card, meaning the Buckeyes had a one-player advantage. Four minutes later when senior midfielder Jaime Dean committed a foul, OSU had a two-player advantage but even with it, the Buckeyes could not tie the game.The Scarlet and Gray kept its deficit to just one goal for much of the second half, but with 12 minutes left on the clock, the wheels began to fall off for OSU.Thomas — back from her yellow card — converted from the top of the circle. Then redshirt senior back Mackenzie Ellis scored the game-clinching goal on a rebound off a corner shot a mere three minutes later.With the regular season in the books, OSU will begin to prepare for its opening-round matchup against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes fell to the Wildcats 2-0 on Oct. 23 in their only meeting this season. The rematch — which is the first of the tournament — is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. read more