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NHL roundup: Flyers stay hot behind Travis Konecny’s hat trick | The Mighty 790 KFGO

Travis Konecny posted his second career hat trick to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Wednesday.

Scott Laughton added one goal and two assists and Owen Tippett had one goal and one assist for the Flyers, who have won six of seven. Philadelphia goaltender Carter Hart made 26 saves.

Garnet Hathaway, Marcus Johansson and T.J. Oshie scored for the Capitals. Washington goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 shots.

Kings 4, Sharks 3

Quinton Byfield scored for the first time this season and added an assist as Los Angeles beat visiting San Jose to complete a sweep of the three-game season series.

It is the first season sweep of the Sharks for the Kings, who moved to 10-2-1 in their past 13 games and ended the night tied for the most points in the Western Conference at 56.

Adrian Kempe, Gabriel Vilardi and Drew Doughty potted goals, and sizzling goaltender Pheonix Copley stopped 27 shots to improve to 10-1-0 in his past 11 starts. Timo Meier scored his 24th goal and had an assist, and Nick Bonino and Tomas Hertl hit the net for the Sharks. Netminder James Reimer made 33 saves as San Jose fell to 3-6-3 in the past 12 games.

Maple Leafs 2, Predators 1

Mitchell Marner scored on a power-play late in the third period and Toronto defeated visiting Nashville.

Marner scored his 16th goal of the season on a deft pass from William Nylander at 18:45 of the third as Mark Jankowski was serving a double-minor for high-sticking. John Tavares added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won three in a row. Nylander had two assists.

Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators, who had a four-game winning streak end. Both goaltenders were solid, with Matt Murray stopping 32 shots for Toronto and Juuse Saros making 33 saves for Nashville.

Oilers 6, Ducks 2

Dylan Holloway and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored goals less than five minutes into the game and visiting Edmonton turned a four-goal first period into a victory over Anaheim.

Connor McDavid added a goal and an assist in the opening period, as Edmonton rebounded from a rough game on special teams two nights earlier against the Los Angeles Kings.

Klim Kostin scored twice and Leon Draisaitl had a goal for the Oilers, while goaltender Jack Campbell made 21 saves. Edmonton had a 53-23 advantage in shots on goal.

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The rise of digital content creation in sports allows fans to connect to their favorite teams and athletes like never before.

For decades, sports fans viewed collegiate and professional athletes from afar, only knowing their favorite players through TV screens or being the lucky fans who received high-fives as the team walked off the buses.

Those days, since the beginning and continuous rise of social media, are over. 

A social media presence is essential to all types of businesses, even more so in sports. Social media teams must be ready to post at a moment’s notice whenever something newsworthy happens in the sports world.

With a competitive and rapidly growing marketplace, sporting organizations continue to hire multitudes of digital content creators. 

One creator is Josie Sandquist, a fifth-year broadcast journalism major at WSU and a WSU football creative video intern. Sandquist said WSU’s media team has grown in the past few years.

“WSU didn’t really have a media team until about a year ago,” Sandquist said. “It was just three people before. Now there’s 12 of us.” 

Sandquist said she sees sports media growing in the future by allowing fans to see different sides of athletes.

“Seeing how they act in practice is something fans like to see. I have so many clips of the guys dancing and joking around during practice,” Sandquist said. “People forget they’re college students too.”

Sandquist said her upbringing coinciding with the rise of social media, gave her generation unorthodox backgrounds and expertise in content creation.  This upbringing lifted many barriers to entry into the content creation field. 

Whether or not the rise of social media and its bridging of the player-fan gap has had a positive or negative impact on the world of sports is debatable.

Still, social media continues to shift how the general public interacts with athletes. 

“People see [athletes] on a god-like level, almost,” said Jonah Ward, 21-year-old graphic designer and senior business management major at George Mason University.

In addition to his studies, Ward runs the GMU Barstool social media accounts and his graphics page, Dubya Design.

Ward said social media interactions between athletes, graphic designers and fans create an environment that humanizes athletes. 

In March 2022, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy re-shared one of Ward’s designs to his Instagram story. 

“We thought that was insane, but you remember that’s a real person behind that screen,” Ward said. 

Like many others in the digital content creation space, Ward had an untraditional introduction to social media management and graphic design. 

Ward began his digital content creation career at 15 when he started a New England Patriots fan page that grew to 10,000 followers on Instagram. Ward said the page and its community brought him to start creating graphics.

Like Ward, Sandquist found an interest in content creation at an early age, starting her YouTube channel as a fourth grader.

Another creator with an untraditional background in the graphic design field is Cyr. 

Cyr is a 20-year-old graphic designer and high school football coach at Henry Abbott Technical High School. He works with Madden Football at EA Sports and is best known for his sports design page

Cyr started designing graphics as a seventh grader when his brother began attending Abbott Tech, which offers digital art classes. 

Through independently creating content on Instagram, Cyr connected with players on his favorite team, the New York Giants. 

Since then, Cyr has produced merchandise collaborations with Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes and has grown his account from 2,000 to 22,000 followers in only three years.

Cyr wishes the general public knew how much goes into creating content. 

“You can tell when a trade happens and an organization rushed a jersey swap edit,” Cyr said. 

It takes him two to four hours for every edit or jersey swap he makes, depending on the uniforms he is working with and the angles of the photographs. 

Cyr said designers can create a portfolio without a college degree in today’s era.

Digital content creators like Cyr, Sandquist and Ward continue to prove how people can make it into fields they desire to work in, regardless of their background.




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Junji Takasago: ‘Photographers are a bridge between humans and nature’

Through his eloquent and artful shots, photographer Junji Takasago, 60, makes the wonders of the natural world accessible to all. Born in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Takasago has worked with household names like National Geographic and Nikon and authored over 30 publications. In 2022, he won the Natural Artistry prize at the 58th edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award with the image “Heavenly flamingos.” Staged by the Natural History Museum in London, the prize is the world’s most prestigious accolade awarded to nature photographers.

1. How did you start your career in photography? When I was in college, I didn’t know what to do after graduating, so I went on a working holiday in Australia for six months. I started diving because the ocean was just so beautiful. I was already dabbling in photography at the time, so I started taking photos underwater, and when someone bought one of my images, I realized I could make a living out of it. At first, I joined a diving magazine, but then my interests grew wider, and I started taking photos on land and even from the sky.

2. How did underwater photography shape you? Underwater photography used to just be about documenting the marine environment in a scientific way, but my take was more aesthetic. I liked experimenting with light and making art. I started photographing in unique ways, such as going out into the sea at night alone.

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7 Meetings Industry Trends to Watch in 2023

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The past three years have brought about significant challenges to the meetings industry. Although recovery is in sight, it must continually adapt and innovate to keep up with the latest trends.

The latest Skift Meetings report explores seven key meetings industry trends. These are the trends shaping how we plan, design, and execute business events in 2023 and beyond.

1. Planners Embrace Transformational Experience-First Events to Win Over Reluctant Travelers

Today’s event attendees need a compelling reason to leave the house and get on a plane to meet in person. They are demanding to return home inspired and connected. The future, starting in 2023, is all about welcoming environments where attendees drive their own experiences.

2. The Weaponization of Travel

Groups have been vocal about not gathering in destinations where laws that contradict their beliefs are in effect. Gun control, the ability to “say gay,” and, most recently, a woman’s right to choose are particularly contentious issues. This practice is known as the weaponization of travel, and meeting professionals
are in the crosshairs.

3. Authentic Destinations Take Center Stage

Business events can offer attendees an experience that they are excited to share on their social media channels. The Covid pandemic, combined distributed workforces, has made events focus on why they exist. Authentic destinations offer the types of experiences today’s attendees crave.

Report to download: Meetings Industry Trends to Watch in 2023

4. Planners Become Designers of Time

While technological advances give us the flexibility to work from home, they also mean we are never far away from work. Today, planners look to create engaging meeting experiences and focus on making the best use of everyone’s time. They seek to thoughtfully and intentionally design a more relaxing and exciting meeting experience.

5. Inclusivity is the New Diversity

Diversity means being invited to the party, while inclusion means being asked to dance. Having a diverse workforce or team is no longer enough. Instead, organizations need to develop inclusive environments that embrace the differences in people and allow those differences to shine and positively impact the work of the team or organization.

6. Easing the Travel Experience for Attendees

Employers may be eager for workers to travel for business, but individuals may be less enthusiastic. Rearranging schedules, concerns about potential health risks, and airline delays and cancellations are all lessening the appeal of business travel. Planners are working to ease these issues and creating backup plans for many contingencies.

7. Data-Driven Event Personalization

By gathering and analyzing attendee data, planners can customize event experiences to suit individual tastes and interests. The process can be automated, making it extra attractive to planners. When data-driven technology offers pertinent customized recommendations to attendees, it enables a more engaging experience.

Report to download: Meetings Industry Trends to Watch in 2023

Explore each trend in detail in the full report.

Download the FREE report now to see what the future holds for the meetings industry in 2023.


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Shakira Joins Bizarrap for New “Bzrp Music Session”: Watch

Argentine producer Bizarrap has teamed up with Shakira for the latest in his popular “Bzrp Music Sessions” series. It’s the first edition of the new year for the series, which started in 2018 and has previously featured L-Gante, Nathy Peluso, Nicky Jam, and others. Check out “Vol. 53” below.

Last year, Shakira shared “Monotonía,” a new song featuring Ozuna. It followed “Te Felicito,” a collaboration with Rauw Alejandro released in April. Both are expected to feature on a forthcoming project.

Revisit “The Best of Bizarrap, Argentina’s Hottest Producer” on the Pitch and read the Sunday Review of Shakira’s Laundry Service.


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This Amazing Little Town in New Jersey is the Perfect Day Trip

I love when I can share information that might help you enjoy life just a little bit better here in the Garden State. Just sharing tidbits of info for you to maybe go out and experience new things in New Jersey that are fun, exciting, and perfect for you and the family. This article is just one of those stories to help you find new adventures in Jersey.

 

 

This time we are off to Middlesex County. In a recent article by Only In Your State, they chose this town as a great “small town” for a day trip and it’s not that far from here at the Jersey Shore.

Only In Your State selected Metuchen as one of the best “small towns” in New Jersey and perfect for a day trip. “A charming main street containing restaurants and stores is only minutes away from a larger area containing a shopping plaza, an old-school diner, one of the state’s best libraries, a fascinating historical site – and even a hidden natural haven. All this combines to make a day trip to Metuchen’s downtown an absolute must-do experience for any explorer of the Garden State.”

 

 

 

 

This looks like a day trip I’m putting on the “to-do” list. Looks like a nice small town to stroll about and shop, get those steps in and maybe do lunch. Speaking of lunch, they say the Metuchen Diner is “one of the state’s best old-school diners, and is only minutes away from the main street.”

 

 

 

 

So next time you need a day out and a new place to explore, head up to Middlesex County and visit the charming town of Metuchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rams Legend Andrew Whitworth Sounds Off on McVay’s Future

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Andrew Whitworth on October 13, 2022 before the Commanders faced the Bears in Chicago.

Count a former Los Angeles Rams player and past beloved leader under Sean McVay as one who believes his head coach won’t walk away from the sidelines in 2023.

Rams legend and Super Bowl 56 winner Andrew Whitworth sounded off on the drama surrounding McVay’s coaching future and whether or not he wants to take a step back for next season on the Tuesday, January 10 edition of The Rich Eisen Show. The rumblings of McVay walking away comes following the dismal 5-12 campaign after winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“Big Whit” doesn’t see a scenario where McVay leaves for other interests, including the head coach’s interest in broadcasting.

“I’d be shocked to see him not leading a group of men, playing this game that he loves so much,” Whitworth said to the radio host and longtime NFL Network personality. “It’s just hard for me to imagine him not leading rooms.”


Whitworth has Strong Cohesion With McVay, But Noticed Wear of 2022 Season

Whitworth developed a strong bond over the years with his former head coach. After all, “Big Whit” became a fixture for the Rams offensive line and became a beloved leader inside the “Rams House,” plus was in Cabo San Lucas when he and McVay ran into Matthew Stafford — ultimately leading to the blockbuster 2021 trade.

So who better than to address McVay’s pending coaching future than Whitworth himself.

While Whitworth has transitioned over to the broadcast field after completing his first season with the Amazon Prime NFL crew, he did notice the toil of the 2022 season for his former team.

“It was a tough year for that entire organization,” Whitworth said. “I think because when you go from being at that level to now ‘hey, we’re just trying to contend in games,’ I think it was tough on him, it was tough and everyone in that building. And obviously, a lot of different things in his life happened in the last year. And all things that lead to, you know, you feel stressed out and worn out.”


How Does ‘Big Whit’ See McVay Handling This Process?

Whitworth again doesn’t see a scenario where McVay isn’t coaching the 2023 Rams. But, “I think it’s going to be him taking some time and figuring out what’s really important to him.”

The left tackle, whose final NFL game was the Super Bowl he and McVay won together, simply believes that McVay was made to be a head coach and leader of men.

“One of the most impressive things about him when he took the job is his ability to capture a room and lead a group of people, I thought was just so rare,” Whitworth said, who played from 2017 to 2021 with McVay as his final NFL head coach. “I’ve been around some really special ones — when they talk, everyone listens.”

Whitworth gave two examples who correlate to McVay — both championship winning coaches Whitworth was around.

“Nick Saban (Whitworth’s former college football head coach at LSU) being one of those guys who can, you know, something about him made you want to sign up and go wherever he is and Kirby Smart (two-time National Champion winning head coach for Georgia) as well when he was there at LSU when I was too. They’re both like that and being around them and their success and now Sean.”

Whitworth shared one last story while pointing to why he doesn’t see McVay leaving.

“When I got to be around Sean, I told him ‘Man, since Nick Saban, I hadn’t been around somebody like that,’” he said.




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Konecny scores 3, Flyers beat Capitals 5-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Travis Konecny had his second career hat trick and the surging Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Owen Tippett and Scott Laughton also scored for Philadelphia, which has won six of its last seven games. Carter Hart finished with 26 saves.

Garnet Hathaway, Marcus Johansson and T.J. Oshie scored for Washington, and Darcy Kuemper had 31 saves.

Johansson and Oshie beat Hart for two straight goals in the third that trimmed the lead to 4-3. Konecy buried an empty-netter in the final seconds for his third goal of the game — 24th overall — and sent hats flying over the ice.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, PREDATORS 1

TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner scored a power-play goal with 1:15 left in regulation and Toronto beat Nashville.

John Tavares had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who were without injured star Auston Matthews. William Nylander added two assists and Matt Murray made 32 saves.

Filip Forsberg scored for Nashville and Juuse Saros had 33 saves. The Predators snapped a season-high four-game winning streak.

OILERS 6, DUCKS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Klim Kostin scored two goals, and Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist apiece to lead Edmonton.

Dylan Holloway and Leon Draisaitl also scored and Jack Campbell made 21 saves for the Oilers, who snapped a two-game skid on the second stop of a four-game West Coast road trip.

Sam Carrick and Simon Benoit scored and John Gibson stopped 31 shots while giving up six goals in the first two periods for the Ducks, who dropped to 3-5-1 on their franchise-record 10-game homestand. Anthony Stolarz relieved Gibson in the third period.

KINGS 4, SHARKS 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quinton Byfield had a goal and an assist, Gabe Vilardi and Drew Doughty scored in the third period, and Los Angeles won its third straight.

Adrian Kempe also had a goal, Pheonix Copley make 26 saves, and the Kings improved to 10-2-1 in their past 13.

Timo Meier had a goal and an assist, Alexander Barabanov and Nick Bonino also scored, but the Sharks couldn’t sweep back-to-back games after winning at Arizona on Tuesday. James Reimer had 33 saves.

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Karan Johar recalls receiving 6-page letter four days after his father Yash Johar’s death to understand the business: ‘It became kind of my Bible’ : Bollywood News

Karan Johar is one of the most prolific filmmakers in India. His father, Yash Johar, who founded Dharma Productions, was a producer and filmmaker too. Johar often remembers his father and shares fond memories with him on social media. Karan Johar recently revealed on Masters’ Union’s Business Of Bollywood podcast how he had to take the charge after his father’s passing but had no clue about the business or where the begin. He recalled how he received a letter from a family friend, which was penned by Yash Johar because he knew that Karan was clueless about the business aspect at the time.

Karan Johar recalls receiving 6-page letter four days after his father Yash Johar’s death to understand the business: ‘It became kind of my Bible’

Karan Johar recalls receiving 6-page letter four days after his father Yash Johar’s death to understand the business: ‘It became kind of my Bible’

“The fourth day after my father passed away, we had a prayer meeting and I came back to the office sitting all alone thinking how am I gonna take this company? I don’t even know where my money is? I don’t because my dad did everything for my mom and me. I was totally spoilt, one day I came back from an IIFA award and my father wanted me to sign cheques and I wrote lots of love because I was used to signing autographs, I was that disconnected from finance,” Karan Johar said.

Karan Johar remembered how the friend gave the letter, and said, “He came with a letter that my father had left behind for me. It was a business letter, it wasn’t an emotional letter. That letter actually said where the funds were in terms of your mutual funds, your investments. He even said these are people you trust these are people you don’t trust. This is how you should take the business forward. It became kind of my Bible. So I took that Bible like five to six pages of detailed things about bank accounts and bank where money is, where property investments are.”

Yash Johar died of cancer in June 2004. The filmmaker had produced several movies in his career including Agneepath, Dostana, Duplicate, Duniya, Gumrah, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kal Ho Naa Ho among others.

Meanwhile, Karan Johar is set for his next directorial Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani with Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi. The film releases in April 2023.

ALSO READ: Karan Johar pens appreciation post for Ved; lauds Riteish Deshmukh for being the maker of “a historic blockbuster of Marathi cinema”

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