BOONE, Iowa – Another $19,100 was added to main event purses at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s from the proceeds of the Saturday night champions’ engine auction.Stock Car champion Mike Nichols’ engine sold for $6,600 so each of the other 29 drivers starting that race receive an additional $227.59.Northern SportMod champion Brian Efkamp saw his engine sell for $6,000. The other 29 qualifiers for that event will get $206.90 on top of their purse shares.Modified champion Richie Gustin’s engine gaveled at $3,800. The other 32 starters in that minimum $1,000 to start race receive an additional $118.75.And Hobby Stock champion Shannon Anderson’s engine sold for $2,700, meaning the other 29 starters in that race receive an additional $93.10.All four Saturday champions received new engines from Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance.
Mark R. Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com has been named to the USC Board of Trustees and will serve the standard five-year term, overseeing all major university decisions.Benioff, an ’86 alumnus and member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, has worked in the technology industry since high school.He worked as a programmer for Apple and at business computing corporation the Oracle before starting Salesforce.com, which supplies business software through subscriptions rather than a one-time payment and downloads.“[Benioff’s] experience, passion and commitment will be invaluable as we work to secure USC’s undisputed status as an elite global university,” said President C. L. Max Nikias in a press release.Benioff was named one of the Top 50 People in Business and one of the Smartest People in Tech by Fortune in 2010.He was also honored as the 2004 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the USC Marshall School of Business.“I am deeply honored to join the USC Board of Trustees,” Benioff said in the press release. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge of technology, innovation and philanthropy to help the USC community continue to thrive.”
Cutch in 3-way race for NL MVP; Trout takes his turn in ALCutch in 3-way race for NL MVP; Trout takes his turn in AL
Andrew McCutchen, left, and second baseman Neil Walker, cener, celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Atlanta. Pittsburgh won 10-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to baseball’s MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do.For instance, take a look at the top contenders in the National League this season.You’ve got Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen, the all-around star on a playoff team. Then there’s Miami powerhouse Giancarlo Stanton, the premier slugger from a second-division club. And of course, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the dominant pitcher throwing his hat in the ring against everyday players.It’s made for an intriguing race that feels awfully familiar.How to measure value in a player who fell short of the postseason? How much weight to give a starting pitcher who participates only once every five days?“It’s not the most valuable hitter award, it’s Most Valuable Player, which is everybody on the roster. But I think in order to win it as a pitcher, you have to have just an unbelievable year,” Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche said.“You’re playing in a fifth as many games as the hitters. It should be a very rare thing. I don’t think they should get in the habit of giving that out to pitchers. It should be an exception every once in a while, when you just have no choice and that guy is clearly the MVP.”Kershaw has a strong case. Despite missing several starts with a back injury early this season, he went 21-3 in 27 outings for the NL West champions with 239 strikeouts and a 1.77 ERA — the lowest in the National League since 1995.He also became the first pitcher to lead the majors in ERA four straight seasons.The last pitcher to win the NL MVP award was Bob Gibson in 1968. Five years before that, it was another great Dodgers lefty, Sandy Koufax.Of course, Kershaw was brilliant last season, too, and finished seventh in the balloting. McCutchen easily beat out Arizona bopper Paul Goldschmidt after leading the Pirates to their first postseason appearance in 21 years.Many thought it might be a close election, but Goldschmidt failed to receive even one first-place vote despite pacing the NL in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and OPS for a .500 team.Over in the American League, the power hitting of Miguel Cabrera trumped Mike Trout’s multi-skilled excellence the past two years as Cabrera won division titles with Detroit while Trout stayed home in October.And back in 2011, it was pitcher Justin Verlander of the AL Central champion Tigers topping Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Toronto slugger Jose Bautista, who both missed the playoffs. In the NL, Ryan Braun reached the postseason with Milwaukee that year while runner-up Matt Kemp of the Dodgers did not.The common theme here is that making the playoffs pays off in the MVP chase. To many voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, that’s what defines the word valuable in Most Valuable Player.“That’s a very important part, and rightfully so,” Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey said.That doesn’t bode well for Stanton, because the Marlins (77-85) finished fourth in the NL East. In fairness, though, they were still on the fringe of the wild-card race when he was hit in the face by a pitch Sept. 11, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. Miami went 6-11 the rest of the way.It was an unfortunate break, but he still ended up leading the league in homers (37) and slugging percentage (.555) while finishing second in RBIs (105).McCutchen, meanwhile, had nearly identical stats in several major categories. His power numbers (25 homers, 83 RBIs) didn’t match Stanton’s, but the four-time All-Star actually had a better season at the plate than last year, when he won his first MVP award.Despite spending 15 days on the disabled list in August with fractured rib cartilage, McCutchen led the NL in on-base percentage at .410 and OPS at .952, which was two points better than Stanton. Pittsburgh went 5-9 while he was sidelined, but took off in September on the way to a second straight wild-card berth as McCutchen posted an outstanding OPS of 1.048 during the final month.Throw in his speed on the bases — 18 steals in 21 attempts — and defense at a premium position, and McCutchen is the pick to repeat as MVP.But don’t count out Kershaw when results are announced in November.___A look at the other big awards:AL MVP: Widely considered the best all-around player in baseball, Trout was runner-up to Cabrera the last two seasons. But this time, Trout and the Los Angeles Angels (98-64) boast the top record in the majors, making him a heavy favorite.“He’s waited his turn, so to speak, and he’s deserving,” Dickey said. “He’s been deserving the last couple of years, if it weren’t for the big guy over there in Detroit.”Cabrera’s teammate on the playoff-bound Tigers, Victor Martinez, actually led the league in OPS at .974. He’s mainly a designated hitter, though.Trout had 36 homers and ranked first in RBIs (111) and runs (115). His strikeouts are way up and his stolen bases are way down — but no matter, Dickey said: “He, to me, is just such a presence.”NL Cy Young: Kershaw rolls to his third in four years. Tough luck for Johnny Cueto of the Reds and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals, who both went 20-9 in Cy Young-caliber seasons.AL Cy Young: It’s a toss-up between Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, the 2010 winner, and Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber, who virtually came out of nowhere this season.“You have to take into consideration the ballparks they pitch in, the division they pitch in. I know I would look at a lot of those things,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “What kind of defense was played behind them? If you look at all those things, I think there’s a clear-cut winner.”Hmmm, still looks awfully close from here, Buck. Nip and tuck. Call it in the air … Kluber.NL Rookie of the Year: Sort of slim pickings this season after a bumper crop in 2013. Make it New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom over Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton.AL Rookie of the Year: Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox is the clear choice from a deep class.NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle of the Pirates could become the only back-to-back winner in either league besides Atlanta’s Bobby Cox (2004-05).AL Manager of the Year: Kudos to Ned Yost for guiding Kansas City out of a 29-year playoff drought, and Lloyd McClendon for leading the turnaround in Seattle. But the winner is Showalter, who managed the ace-less Orioles to a runaway AL East crown despite playing large chunks of the season without All-Stars Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Chris Davis. There’s a nice symmetry here: Showalter won this award 10 years ago with Texas and 20 years ago with the New York Yankees.___AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington and AP freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this report.
The Giants and Madison Bumgarner confront an awkward reality: It all had to endThe Giants and Madison Bumgarner confront an awkward reality: It all had to end
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.For most of the marriage between Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants, it appeared the union had a chance to last forever.Bumgarner was drafted 10th overall by the Giants in 2007, burst onto the major league scene as a reliable 20-year-old starter during the 2010 title run and put the franchise on his back as he almost single-handedly willed San Francisco to the finish line in a historic 2014 World Series.Bu …
The 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CCThe 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
In this walkthrough, we’ll cover how to use the razor tool, the ctrl+K/⌘+K shortcut, and Ripple and Trim editing techniques in Premiere Pro.Cutting, obviously, is one of the most important parts of an edit. It’s the primary function of editing software — to cut down clips and place them in a particular order to create a story. And then, after everything is organized, you may have to cut down even further and comb through additional video and audio tracks. When you get to that point, what’s the best way to approach cutting?Well, thankfully, Premiere Pro offers three distinct ways to manipulate and cut up a clip — or your timeline:The Razor ToolThe “Command/Ctrl + K” Shortcut / Playhead SplittingRipple and Trim CuttingThere are some other ways to cut, such as the slip and slide method, but for this article, we’re just going to look at some of the fundamental edit tools. Even if you know all the different ways to cut, it’s good to know which tool works best for your particular edit.How to Use the Razor ToolAh, yes. The ol’ Razor Tool. It’s the first thing you learn to use when editing your first project, since it’s the most direct cutting tool. For beginners, this is a really easy tool to get the hang of because it’s so straightforward. It’s also very useful when making a montage jump cut because you can just cut down the line and delete the sections of the clip that you don’t need.The Razor Tool is also a huge help when working with large timelines with multiple tracks because you can simply select the clip you want to cut by placing your razor over it. So, basically, if you need to make a bunch of cuts in a row, the Razor is the tool for the job.The razor tool, however, has its limitations. If you want it to magnetize to your playhead, you must select the magnetize option, and switching from your cursor to the Razor Tool can become tedious (even though it’s just pressing the C key. What? I’m lazy.). It also can be tricky to use on a spaced-out timeline, and it may cut a few frames you didn’t intend to trim. It’s not really a part of my editing workflow since I primarily use the ⌘+K method (we’ll get to that next), but everything in its right place.How to Split a Clip at the Playhead (⌘+K)If you’re a keyboard shortcut junkie like myself, ⌘+K (or Ctrl+K if you are editing with a PC), this may already be your cutting technique of choice. The way Playhead Splitting works is that when you enter ⌘+K while clicked into your timeline, the command splits your selected clip right at the playhead marker. Simple enough, right?It’s one of the simplest, most effective cuts you can make since your playhead is usually on top of where you want to cut when you’re scrubbing through footage. You can also hold shift along with ⌘+K, and that will cut all the tracks on the playhead, not just the selected ones. This is great if you have loads of tracks on your timeline and need an all-encompassing cut on the fly.The ⌘+K shortcut is incredibly simple to use, and it’s great for making a cut if your playhead is already at your desired cut location, but when making a huge batch of cuts, it comes up a little short compared to the Razor Tool’s speed.The difference between the ⌘+K and Razor Tool methods is an age-old debate between editors, and you’ll get a different opinion from every editor. It’s almost like New York Pizza vs. Chicago Deep Dish — it really just comes down to preference.Using the Ripple/Trim ToolWhether you’re a razor tool user or a ⌘+K fan, it goes without saying that the ripple and trim tools are very helpful for trimming or expanding the ends of clips. If you want to trim or expand the end of a clip, simply hover your cursor over the end of the clip and drag it once you see the red block arrow appear. You can also select multiple clips in your timeline to adjust if you are trying to cut down multiple tracks to a certain point.If you’re cutting down a clip and want it to “ripple delete,” which is where the clip beside the clip being cut snaps to the edit point, you can access this by going to the end of your clip and trimming it while holding Shift.The ripple/trim tools are excellent at final-pass editing, where you have to cut out chunks of your timeline to try and make it fit a certain length without having to edit single clips.So . . . Which One Do I Use?Well, it’s a complicated question with a pretty simple answer: whichever one allows you to do more in less time. Once you’ve mastered each of these tools, you’ll know which one you need to use when. You’ll also find out which one works best for your workflow — some people are mouse workers, while others like to do the lion’s share of their work on the keyboard. It’s all a matter of personal preference. As long as you get your edit done and done right, then no one’s going to judge how you did it.Want to speed up your edits and learn more Premiere keyboard shortcuts? Check out our article detailing the keyboard shortcuts all beginners should know.Looking for more articles on video editing? Check these out.Roundup: 5 Awesome Editing Effects in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Cut an Effective Trailer for Your Next Film or VideoWhat We Can Learn from Editing with the Coen BrothersQuality Control Tips: Checking Your Final Drafts and Finalizing Your EditCreative Editing Lessons from Will Smith’s YouTube Channel
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Jim Keenan challenged me to write this blog post. He wants us all to remember that our success depends on other people. He chose Chris Brogan as the person who helped him the most in 2016. Happily, I can take credit for the introduction, something Chris has done for me countless times.My take is going to be different from Jim’s, and from the rest of the people who have responded to his prompt.There isn’t a single person who helped me as much as the group of people who helped me. It wasn’t one person; it was many people.I launched my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, on October 11th, 2016. That book hit number 1 on Amazon.com and is a USA Today national bestseller. As proud of that accomplishment as I am, it wasn’t me who did that. It was due to the community.The community of my peers all helped me launch the book.Alphabetically, that list includes, Alen Mayer, Alice Heiman, Andy Paul (who had me on his stellar podcast), Babette Ten Haken, Barbara Giamanco, Barbara Weaver Smith, Bernadette McClelland, Carole Mahoney, the irrepressible Dan Waldschmidt, Deb Calvert, Doyle Slayton, Elinor Stutz, Heather Morgan, Jack Malcolm, Jaclyn Goldman, James Muir, Jeff Beals (who brought me onto his radio show), Jeff Shore (who did an awesome YouTube video for me), the one-of-kind Jim Keenan, Kelly McCormick, Kelly Riggs (who brought me on his fantastic podcast), Ken Thoreson (who wrote a review of the book), Leeann Hoagland-Smith, Lee Salz (who emailed his massive LinkedIn Group for me), Lori Richardson (who wrote an awesome review), Lynn Hidy (who wrote a week’s work of blog posts covering the book), Matt Heinz, Mike Kunkle, Nancy Nardin, Richard Ruff, Bob Terson, Sam Richter, Shane Gibson (who interviewed me on his podcast, something we should do more often), Diane Gearin, Tibor Shanto, Tim Hurson, Todd Schnick (yes, another killer podcast), Townsend Wardlaw (who has always has my back), and Viveka von Rosen.My good friends, Jeb Blount, Mark Hunter, Mike Weinberg, Miles Austin, John Spence, Jill Konrath, and Dave Brock all promoted my book to their communities. This is like having Oprah recommend your book. These folks have audiences who trust them, and they would not recommend something they don’t believe creates value for their community. Dave Stein brought me onto to his podcast for Sales & Marketing Management Magazine.And, of course, my friend Lahat Tzvi, who got my book required at the Shimon Peres Academy in Israel.The gang at Portfolio Penguin were a tremendous help.My friend, Bob Burg, interviewed me for his podcast (I believe I am the only guest to have been on his show three times). He also introduced me to Bruce Turkel, who emailed his list and wrote a blog post for me the day after launching his own book! I knew Bruce for all of a week.Bob also introduced me to Lolly Daskal who, without knowing me well at all, promoted my book with an Inc. Magazine article and recommends the book to her community.My friend, Gerhard Gschwandtner, of Selling Power and Sales 2.0 Conferences, stepped up in a big way, making introductions and helping me promote the book.My friends at Kinopicz did an extraordinary job helping me build the launch videos and the accompanying websites. I could not have sold close to 11,000 books in the first week without the help of Beth, Heather, and Amy who went way beyond anything expected to help me move 11,000 books.Many of the companies that have spoken to over the past few years bought books for their teams, including Travel Counsellors, IDEXX, Inktel, iD Commerce, Westlake Financial, TOPS Software, and some companies who prefer not be named.The CommunityThe people who make up my community made the difference. There is no reason to write a book except for to serve some group of people, and these are the people for whom I wrote this book.The people who read the blog, watch the YouTube show and receive the newsletter stepped up and preordered the book in numbers we couldn’t have imagined at the time. In fact, we had so many orders that we had trouble shipping them all in week one and had to find additional books.These people ordered my book, site unseen. They ordered the book 10 weeks before the book was announced, based only on my promise that they would find it helpful in improving their mindsets and skill sets.I thank Jim Keenan for the prompt to go through this exercise. All of us depend on others for our success.