A weird night at Oracle, where the Warriors got every break

first_imgThe opener of this Cleveland-Golden State series should have been memorable for other reasons — LeBron James scoring a playoff career-high 51 points, the Warriors having three players score at least 24 and Draymond Green nearly getting a triple-double. Instead, this game’s legacy is an overturned charge call late in regulation, Smith’s gaffes, contradictory explanations from Cleveland and hot tempers in the final seconds.Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s assessment? “Lucky.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s assessment? “Robbed.”Warriors 124, Cavaliers 114, overtime. That’s what the box score says and will forever say, and the defending champions are now one step closer to winning their third title in four years. Golden State left Oracle Arena relieved. Cleveland left angered. Those emotions will likely remain in place all the way until Game 2 tips off on Sunday night.James wants the Cavs to put it behind them.“We’ve got to move on,” James said. “This game is over and done with.”Easier said than done, particularly with two full off days to now deal with, two full off days to replay everything over and over and over and over and over again.Let’s be clear: The Warriors aren’t here because of luck. They have a coach who has won 80 percent of his career games. They have four All-Stars in the same lineup. They have two NBA MVPs.But they got every break in Game 1. Every break.Start in the beginning, when Smith slipped and stumbled into Thompson’s knee. It had all the makings of some sort of knee structural disaster — the hit came from the side, Thompson twisted awkwardly, went down in a heap and was obviously in immediate, intense pain. Thompson limped away to the Warriors’ locker room for evaluation.He was back in a few minutes. Big break No. 1.“I’m happy it’s just a muscle that got strained,” Thompson said. Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, top, yells at Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, bottom, during overtime of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Warriors won 124-114. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Then came the final seconds of the first half, Cleveland having a foul to give. Smith would have been best served hugging Curry to make sure no shot got off. Instead, Smith went for a steal — he didn’t get it — and Curry turned and coolly buried a 30-footer and sent the teams into intermission tied. Big break No. 2.“The Finals, man, anything is liable to happen,” Curry said.From his perspective, good things.From Cleveland’s perspective, bad things.Cleveland led by two in the final minute, poised to steal Game 1, when James stepped up and tried to take a charge against Kevin Durant. Referee Ken Mauer called an offensive foul, but it was overturned after replay review.“We had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area,” Mauer said.James was well outside the area, and the Cavs didn’t buy the explanation.“I read that play just as well as I’ve read any play in my career, maybe in my life,” James said.Durant tied the game with a couple of free throws awarded on the call reversal. Big break No. 3.And with about 4 seconds left in the fourth, George Hill went to the line with Cleveland down by one for two shots. Made the first. Missed the second. Smith got the rebound, and ran away from the basket. Overtime. Big break No. 4.“He thought we were up one,” Lue said.“I knew it was tied,” Smith insisted.The extra session was all Golden State. The home team left happy. The fans that packed Oracle Arena went home happy. James went back to his hotel to deal with blurred vision (courtesy of what appeared to be an unintentional first-half eye poke by Green), and the Cavaliers were further angered by Shaun Livingston following Golden State policy by taking a shot in the final seconds of a decided game instead of just getting charged with a shot-clock turnover.“Tonight we played as well as we’ve played all postseason, and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession,” James said. “There were just some plays that were kind of taken away from us. Simple as that.”Many onlookers thought this series would be a rout, a Golden State coronation.If the Warriors keep getting every break, they’ll certainly be right.___Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The ending was weird. The postgame was weird.At least Game 1 of what was supposed to be a lopsided NBA Finals was anything but boring. It had a little of everything: A player stumbled and buckled Klay Thompson’s knee to send the Warriors’ sharp-shooter limping to the locker room in the opening minutes; let Stephen Curry get loose for a 30-footer at the halftime buzzer; grabbed a rebound in the final seconds of regulation with the score tied and inexplicably ran toward midcourt as if he thought the game was over.And all that was just J.R. Smith.last_img read more

Liverpool on the verge of exit after the defeat against Paris Saint Germain

first_imgAdvertisement 6dwb28NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9c7scWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ey7v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8y3Would you ever consider trying this?😱sdfrdgCan your students do this? 🌚f2vjRoller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool were beaten by Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday in the Champions League with a margin of 2-1. This defeat of Liverpool might be really crucial for them in terms of their future in this competition. Liverpool will face Napoli in the final Group Stage match at the Anfield. A 1-0 win will see Liverpool through to the round of 16 in the elite competition of Europe. If Napoli score one goal at the Anfield, Liverpool have to win with a margin of two goals.Advertisement Paris Saint Germain were the more determined team between the two teams in the field. Bernat scored the first goal of the match for the Ligue 1 Giants. Neymar doubled the lead for the home side. However a last minute penalty at the end of the first half of the match by James Miner gave Liverpool some hope to make a comeback in this match.Advertisement  In the second half, Jurgen Klopp brought in Daniel Struddige, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. Though, it was not enough for the Reds to make a comeback in this match. The defensive unit of Paris Saint Germain stood firm and the combination of Neymar and Mbappe were enough to frustrate the Liverpool side throughout the last few minutes of the match. Paris Saint Germain are now in a good position to qualify to the next round of the competition.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Deontay Wilder issue threat to Tyson Fury, says he will KO Fury

first_imgAdvertisement 3t8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2z6yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 96lWould you ever consider trying this?😱6p78lCan your students do this? 🌚rklRoller skating! Powered by Firework The biggest heavyweight showdown between the American Deontay Wilder and British star Tyson Fury right around the corner and boxing fans can’t wait for the fight. Wilder will be defending his WBC title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.Advertisement There are a lot of fight predictions going around as who is going to win the fight, while Wilder is the betting favourite any many former world champions and current boxing stars are picking the American heavyweight to knock out Fury, there is a fair share of people who expect Fury to knick a decision.Advertisement Deontay Wilder wants to be the man at the heavyweight division and he plans to knock out Tyson Fury.“This is going to be an amazing event. I’ve been so happy in my camp and in my life. Everything has come together. I’m just so happy to be here fighting at STAPLES Center and ready to bring the stars out for this special fight.Advertisement “What I care about is showing people what I’m all about it. I’m showing you each and every time and I’m giving you a knockout. America has a mighty man in me. America has the baddest man on the planet.He also took a shot at Fury and reminded him of his last fight where he wasn’t able to stop his opponents.“I don’t believe Fury has the confidence to come and beat me. His last opponent hit Fury with any shot he wanted. If he’s going to knock me out, why didn’t he knock out his last opponent? He doesn’t believe he can knock me out. When I say it, I believe it. My numbers don’t lie. I’m going to prove it again.“I’m going to show you domination. I’m going to show you my boxing skill. I’m going to beat him, then knock him out. He’s going to have to back up everything he’s said to promote this fight.”Who do you think wins the battle of the giants?Also Read-Mikey Garcia vs Errol Spence Jr targeted for March 16 at AT&T Stadium Advertisementlast_img read more

Castlegar special teams make Leafs pay during 6-3 KIJHL victory Saturday night in Nelson

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs rolled the dice Saturday night against the Castlegar Rebels, believing the Heritage City squad could play undisciplined hockey and still win.However, the defending Kootenay Conference Champs didn’t get to the KIJHL final last season by fluke.The Rebels looked to be in mid-season form, making the Leafs pay for their mistakes by scoring four times on the power play en route to a 6-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League drubbing of Nelson at the NDCC Arena.The win by the Sunflower City squad avenged a 3-0 loss Friday in Castlegar.“I thought we controlled the play for a good portion of the game but penalties just killed us really in the (third period),” said Leaf defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk, wearing the captain’s “C” for the game.“I thought we were playing well except for a 10-minute span in the third period.”The Kelowna native was correct in his assessment of the game.The Leafs displayed flashes of brilliance before a somewhat controversial goal eight minutes into the third period by Aaron Brewer appeared to turn the tide in the favour of the Rebels.Brewer sped into the Leaf end and dribbled a shot past Leaf goalie Patrick Defoe.The Leafs protested the net was already dislodged from the goal line before players colliding with Defoe completely removed the goal.However, two consecutive power play goals by Tyler Robinson and Erik Alden, the latter coming less than two minutes after Brewer’s game winner, was more than enough to erase any controversy and give Castlegar its first win of the season.“I’m obviously happy . . . happy with the win,” said Rebel head coach Steve Junker. “It’s nice to get that first one out of the way.”“We took a step in the right direction tonight,” Junker added. “I don’t think we had a very good start . . . it was pretty sloppy on both sides. But we were able to find a way to win and obviously finding the back of the net helps with confidence. Hopefully we can build off of that.”Nelson held leads of 1-0 thanks to a shorthanded marker by Patrick Martens and 3-2-advantage after two second period goals by James Sorriey and Max Mois erased a 2-1 Castlegar lead.But Anthony Delong tied the game at 3-3 with a marker late in the middle frame on a delayed penalty.And the Rebels made the Leafs pay for their undisciplined ways with three goals in the third.Delong and Alden each finished the game with two goals and an assist for three points.Tyler Robinson scored the other Castlegar marker.Alex Ross was solid in goal, especially in the second period when Nelson peppered the Montrose native with 14 shots. Ross finished the game stopping 24 of 27 pucks.Defoe, who started training camp in Castlegar, took the loss.Both coaches are eager to get some practice time after a month of finding the right players to fill out the respective rosters.The Leafs next game is Friday when the Green and White host Kelowna Chiefs while the Rebels travel to Grand Forks to meet the Border Bruins.ICE CHIPS: Prior to the start of Saturday’s game the Leafs paid tribute to four people who played major roles in Nelson hockey. Two devoted fans, Nina Arabia and Harold Epp, died during the off season as well as former senior Leaf goalie Gerry Koehle and longtime scorekeeper Jim Kienholz. The bearded scorekeeper was killed in a plane crash over the summer. . . .Leaf defenceman Walker Sidoni tried to fire up his teammates after going toe-to-toe  with Anthony Delong in a third-period tilt. Sidoni, however, was whistled for the extra two-minutes for instigating allowing the Rebels to score its fifth goal of the game on the power play. . . .Nelson lost its second defenceman of the night minutes later when Riley Henderson was hit with a checking-from-behind penalty, which carries an automatic game [email protected]last_img read more

Cavan Crew win the Galway Summer Rally

first_imgLeaders from the first stage were Jonathan Pringle from Cavan, co-driven by Paul Sheridan, in their Escort Mk2. Both Frank Wray from Tyrone and Padraig Egan from Clare were in the hunt initially in their Subaru WRC’c, but both had mechanical issues. It was Dundalk driver Brendan Cumiskey, co-driven by Ronan O Kane who then gave chase, finishing second in his Skoda Fabia R5. Sligo’s David Leonard, co driven by Niall Burns finished third of the 53 finishers in his Mitsubishi. The rally winners were also winners of the GRP4 Fabrication award for the “King of the Mark 2” on the event. The Monaghan & Sons Galway Summer Rally took place on Sunday 19th August. The event ran very successfully, with over 100 cars entered. The route consisted of nine closed road stages in north County Galway, with a base at the Airglooney Business Park in Tuam. There was an intense battle for the best Galway Motor Club Crew, all vying for the coveted Conroy Cup. Initially Richard Whelan, who had his sister Sarah co-driving, had a very slender lead of just four tenths of a second, in their BMW 1M. It was Tom Flaherty from Circular Road, co-driven by Martin Flynn, who then took the lead in their Escort Mk2. However, Pat Kelly, from Ballybane, co -driven by his son Jonathan, were getting more on the pace as the event progressed, as they got more used to their hired Fiesta R5. In the end they emerged the winners of the Conroy Cup, and finished fifth in the overall classification for the event. Tom Flaherty finished second in the category and Sean Lyons from Loughrea, co driven by his niece Emel McNamara, third, in their Subaru.The Historic Rally winner was Donagh Kelly from Donegal in an Opel Ascona 400, a very different car from the Focus WRC car he used to win the Galway International Rally. The Junior Rally winners were Conor Murphy, co-driven by Michael Hamilton, with their Honda Civic.At the finish prize-giving at the Clayton Hotel, Clerk of the Course, Aiden Connolly, paid tribute to his team, and also the residents along the route for their help and cooperation with the necessary road closures which ensured the safe running of the event. It was then announced that the “Spirit of the Rally” award was being awarded to Patsy Finnerty of Headford, who as Chief Marshal had put together a team of 120 volunteer marshals for the event, despite the counter attraction of the All Ireland Hurling Final taking place the same day.The event was rounded off by the Motor Club President, Bobby Clinton, thanking event sponsors Monaghan & Sons, Tuam Road, Galway, and associate sponsors, GRP4 Fabrications, Bluebird Care and DHKN, Chartered Accountants for their support.The Galway Motor Club’s next big event is the Galway International Rally which will take place in February 2019.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

LeNoury scores to push Nelson’s unbeaten streak to nine games

first_imgBeaver Valley outshot the Leafs 34-32 in the contest. The Hawks struggled on the power play, going zero-for-seven while Nelson was zero-for-four. Campbell and Cole Wyatt each had two points for Nelson while Michael Hagen register three assists for Beaver Valley.Beaver Valley, 19-14-3-0-2, trails Nelson by 13 points in Murdoch Division standings.Grobowsky powers Leafs past Border BruinsShawn Grobowsky scored his first goal as a member of the Nelson Leafs to power the Green and White past the Bruins in Grand Forks Friday.Grobowsky, coming in a trade with Golden Rockets at the January 10th roster deadline, scored in a two-goal second period for the visitors.Emery Neilson, Reid Wilson, Keenan Crossman and Mitchell Lavoie also scored for Nelson, which held period leads of 1-0 and 3-1. Evan Gorman and Zane Avery replied for Grand Forks.Hunter Young stopped 35 of 37 shots to record the victory. Ross King, facing a total of 58 shots, was the goaltender of record for the Bruins.Nelson finished the game going two-for-seven on the power play while Grand Forks was one-for-nine. Wilson finished the game with three points for Nelson while Neilson and Tyler Nypower each had two points.KIJHL NOTES: Nelson goalie Caiden Kreitz was given the weekend off for health reasons. . . . Leaf netminder Hunter Young was named Nelson Game Star for both games during the weekend. . . . Nelson returns to action Friday in Fernie to face the Ghostriders before heading home to host Golden Rockets Sunday at 4 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. . . . Osoyoos Coyotes sent head coach Mark Chase packing last week. In a terse statement, the Coyotes Twitter account said the Head Coach/GM had been relieved of his duties. Assistant Coach Dean Maynard has been named Interim Head Coach. . . . In the Okanagan, North Okanagan Knights relieved John Van Horlick of coaching duties and named Ex- NHLer Dean McCammond their new Head Coach. Nelson Leafs remain unbeaten in nine games, getting a late third-period goal from Michael LeNoury to tie Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-4 Saturday night in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Fruitvale Arena.The Leafs entered the game riding an eight-game winning streak after knocking off Grand Forks Border Bruins 5-2 Friday in the Boundary City.LeNoury, also riding a five-game point streak, scored with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period.Leafs’ goalie Hunter Young and Nitehawks Saran Virdee took over the remainder of the contest, each stopping eight shots in the extra frame to secure the single point for both teams.Twice Nelson held one-goal leads in the first period as Shawn Campbell and Easton Jolie scored for the visitors. Ryan Crisalli, with his first of two in the game, and Jared Stocks, replied for the Hawks.Hawks’ Bradley Ross and Nelson defenceman Nicholas Onofrychuk exchanged second period goals before Crisalli scored late in the frame to give the Hawks the lead after 40 minutes.last_img read more

Mallards Team of the Week — Cast of MAMMA MIA

first_imgVanessa Drusnitzer and Rachal Deshon entertained the audiences with their amazing performances as daughter Sophie Sheridan and mother Donna Sheridan, respectively.Other characters included producer/actor Sydney Black at Rosie, Lindsay Clague as Tanya, Mackenzie Hope as Sam, Geoff Burns as Harry and Avi Phillips as Bill.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to step out of the field and into the theatre to salute everyone involved in MAMMA MIA with Team of the Week.A big round of applause to everyone involved with the performance. It was a stage performance that filled the Capitol Theatre in Nelson for four days.MAMMA MIA, from BLACK PRODUCTIONS, attracted sellout crowds to see local actors perform the hit musical featuring songs by the Swedish pop group ABBA.last_img read more

Walking for Eden, and elephants

first_img19 March 2009Walking is much more than a way to get from A to B. It’s a meditation and a pilgrimage.The late Boudewijn Wegerif, a Swede who walked from Stockholm to Cape Town in 1999 to protest world debt, called walking “brain aerobics.” He maintained that the regular movement of your left leg and right arm followed by right leg and left arm – continued for a couple of hours – increased the connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. He would have known. Stockholm to Cape Town is a long trek.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Of course, in this day and age, walking is probably the least efficient way to get from one place to another – unless they’re really close. So there has to be another reason for anyone deciding to walk the 400-odd kilometres between Kranshoek in the Knysna Forest to Addo near Port Elizabeth. And there is. South Africa’s Eden to Addo Mega-Hike is a pilgrimage – a pilgrimage to biodiversity.The hike is offered once a year, usually in September, as a “slackpacking” trail. What this means is that trailists carry only the essentials in a day pack, and all their gear is taken from camp to camp by a back-up vehicle. Added luxuries are the fact that your tents are erected for you, and meals provided. So like any good pilgrim, you can concentrate on the mission at hand.Natural migrationThe mission is to understand the need for, and importance of, conservation corridors in general, and this one in particular. In the past, conservation areas were established for a variety of reasons, mostly good. But often they were too small to allow for natural migration, so the pressure on the reserve’s resources would become excessive, and necessitate some rather creative management strategies.This has been recognised by conservation authorities in the last couple of decades so reserves in the southern Africa region – and indeed all over the world – are being consolidated.Successful local examples include the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, made up of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique; and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana. In fact, fences between conservation areas are dropping almost as fast as the value of the Zimbabwe dollar.The hike traverses a unique as-yet unproclaimed corridor stretching from the tangled, green coastal Afromontane Forest biome of Knysna in the Western Cape to the game-rich Albany Thicket of Addo in the Eastern Cape, passing through a range of farms and reserves belonging to about 60 different landowners.While all the stakeholders are in favour of the idea of a conservation corridor, it’s not that easy to implement. Which is why the Mega-Hike was established. As well as being a great way to spend about three weeks, it is also a fund-raising project, and offers participants the opportunity to interact with a variety of conservation specialists who share their knowledge on the trail.It really is about the conservation, not the walking. All profits go directly to the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative, a non-profit Section 21 company.Going postalGaleo Saintz, who leads the hike, pioneered the route in 2005 with the specific purpose of finding out whether there was a hikeable route between Knysna and Addo.He set off alone and posted light, dehydrated food, spare camping gas cylinders and fresh socks to himself at post offices in towns he’d never heard of. He was joined on sections of the walk by friends – and even one complete stranger, who really liked what he was doing so decided to keep him company.The upshot was that he managed to track down his supplies in the tiny rural post offices, and found it was possible – if rather strenuous – to hike the route. The next year, 2006, the escorted Eden to Addo Mega-Hike was launched with 24 participants. The 2007 trek was cancelled as Saintz was sick, and no one else knew the route, but the 2008 one went ahead without a hitch, with 18 hikers walking the full distance, and six opting for one of the shorter one- or two-week options.“The long-term strategy,” Saintz says, “is to make it a self-guided trail, but it’s wild country and, with so many landowners, it will take a lot of planning.”The hike straddles five distinct biomes and links three major conservation areas. The existing parks and reserves are the Knysna Protected Area, the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. These together protect patches of Afromontane Forest, Mountain Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Savanna Grassland and Albany Thicket. All these biomes are transition zones that overlap – and even shift from year to year with varying rainfall.The trail takes participants from one biome to another, linking seven mountain ranges and peaks over the 19 days. Daily walking distances average about 23 kilometres, with the shortest day being 12 kilometres and the longest about 35 kilometres, so this is not an easy hike. The terrain is mountainous and there is little flat walking, and where there is, it is far.The views are stupendous, the air is invigorating and the constant change in scenery and vegetation offers an intellectual challenge equal to the physical one.Some not-so pretty aspects of the hike include climbing over fences, fighting through thick stands of invasive alien trees, and coming across gin traps and other indications that the proclamation of this corridor really is a priority. Fireside debates are long, interesting and – while not acrimonious – can get quite robust.Mysterious elephants of KnysnaIt is surmised – with some good evidence – that the trail loosely follows old elephant migration paths. And this raises an interesting question.The elephants of Knysna, the only really wild elephants left in South Africa as there are no fences keeping them in a designated park – and certainly the most mysterious, elusive and endangered – are dwindling at an alarming rate. Strong evidence suggests that only one matriarch and a few younger individuals remain. But they are genetically isolated, and almost certainly destined to die out.Conservationists tried translocating a couple of elephants from Kruger to Knysna a few years ago, but those poor Lowveld animals took one look at the tangled forests and rushed to hide out in the much safer-looking surrounding farmlands. That didn’t work out and that plan was abandoned.So there’s no hope for the Knysna elephants. They’re on a one-way trip to extinction – to join the dodo and the quagga. They say extinction is forever, but perhaps, just maybe, if the corridor is opened the elephants may start exploring ancient migration routes, and who knows.It’s a ridiculously optimistic and romantic idea, but that’s what a pilgrimage is all about – faith. And hope. It’s about putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, for a cause, for a dream, and for a better future.The 2009 hike runs from 4 to 23 September. There are only 24 places. Book now.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

The Future of RSS

first_imgAt first glance this might not make much sense. Why do we care about RSS having structure? Because structured RSS holds the promise of information portability. Going back to the bank statement example, it would be great if the statement also can be taken as an input by a financial application of your choice. Since we are moving our desktops online – e.g. the trend of Web Office suites – the formats that we used in the Windows age are not going to work well. We need something lighter and more portable to carry our information around – hence XML and RSS. Note that businesses are probably the most interested party here, because to a business a loss of structure leads to loss of meaning, loss of trail and ultimately the loss of customers.Extending RSSTo extend RSS basically means to add a custom tag. For example, Google Base currently has 148 attributes that it recommends to add to RSS. Here are some examples starting with the letter ‘a’: age, actor, agent, apparel type, artist. These are everyday concepts that might come handy in classifieds and other aspects of life. All of these tags allow Google Base to make RSS structured, whilst preserving its basic capability. Similarly, FeedBurner inserts proprietary attributes into their RSS feeds. This is done purely for house keeping purposes, because only FeedBurner’s engine is meant to process these attributes.The main problem with extending RSS is agreeing on what things mean. In the case of FeedBurner it is not critical, but in the case of Google Base it is much more important. In order for RSS extensions to work, the second piece of the old technology dilemma needs to be solved. There needs to be a common format for communicating data between applications: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The old web was a pure pull medium, because users had to visit each web site in order to find out what (if anything) had changed. However, businesses and advertisers in particular love push technologies – where content is delivered to the user when it becomes available. RSS is an interesting mix between the two extremes, neither of which could actually work in our information-overloaded and advertising-saturated world. RSS is basically a filtered push – the user subscribes (pulls in) to channels that he/she likes, and after that content is delivered automatically.RSS – Beyond the Distribution MediumSo today RSS is a great distribution medium. Why? Because it has become ubiquitous. If you are an online business with customers and you do not utilize RSS, then you are simply missing out. Smart companies are leveraging blogs, photos, video, podcasts to stay in touch with customers daily. Other services, like del.icio.us (owned by Yahoo), allow users to publish and subscribe to feeds, enabling powerful social networks outside the website.The ubiquity of RSS is so powerful that publishers want to deliver more and more content to users via RSS. But the problem is that basic RSS cannot be used to deliver structured information.Lets look at a specific example. Suppose your bank wants to deliver you statements in RSS instead of email. However if you use RSS as it is today, then the bank statements would need to be encoded in HTML – meaning no financial application would be able to manipulate the data. When your Quicken software connects to the bank, the information gets downloaded in a structured format. But with RSS, it is simply not possible currently – because there is no way to describe bank transactions using standard RSS.Why this matters ConclusionPurists, myself included, would argue that using RSS for the delivery of complex content is a hack. After all, what does a news format have to do with semantics? But technologies do not evolve in a pure way. Some things catch on and succeed, and become widely adopted. The fact is that RSS is becoming a pervasive on-demand technology, which outweighs the fact that it was never meant to be the semantic agent of the web. But even from a purist’s perspective, there may not be much to pick at – RSS is just another XML-language and in that respect it is as good as any other flavor of XML.So will RSS become more than it is today? Will it be able to solve the second piece of the old technology industry puzzle – the common format? As usual, only time will tell. However RSS does look like a strong front runner at this point, as we do not have a lot of attractive, simple and widespread alternatives. But again, who knows, technology is not a predictable thing. Do you think RSS will expand beyond what it is today? What real world things are you are seeing that hint at RSS being used in more ways? Tags:#Analysis#RSS & Feeds#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img There is little doubt that RSS is a disruptive, game-changing technology. The so called Really Simple Syndication (previously also called Rich Site Summary and RDF Site Summary), has powered a fundamentally new way to deliver and consume web content. Before RSS, users had to visit individual web sites to find out what was new. Today, news is delivered via RSS directly to web browsers, desktops and aggregators. With RSS, the dynamics of the web changed into an on-demand medium.RSS usage has since spread beyond simple news delivery. Companies like de.licio.us, Flickr and YouTube added another dimension to RSS – i.e. they made it an integral part of the Social Web (social networking, photos, video, etc). Also Google built Google Base, its Craigslist competitor, entirely on RSS. Other companies too are beginning to extend RSS, sometimes with proprietary extensions.In short, because of RSS ubiquity it is now a very attractive delivery medium for all kinds of content. However because the basic format is simple and primitive, there is no way to encode semantics without building an extension. So in this post, we look at RSS today and ask if RSS is evolving into a tool for delivering complex, semantically rich information.Brief History of RSSRSS is an XML-based language and its early roots can be traced to back to 1995, to Apple Labs and then slightly later to Netscape, Userland Software and Microsoft. The first major use of RSS was in 1999 when it was integrated into the My Netscape portal. So RSS is not a new kid on the block, in fact it was around way before the new Social Web came about. So why did it not take off earlier? It appears to have been misunderstood and de-emphasized by AOL, and was downplayed after the Netscape acquisition.RSS survived mainly because of one man’s heavy-lifting – Dave Winer. Dave authored RSS 0.91, RSS 0.92 and then the widely used RSS 2.0 specification. Over the years he has drummed the beat of RSS on his blog and every corner of the web, until it got adopted by companies such as Microsoft and Yahoo. [Ed: there were also heated format wars during this time, with RSS 1.0 and then ATOM, but we won’t re-hash those here!]RSS in a NutshellRSS is rather simple language to describe the latest headlines (or the full content of articles). The following explanation of RSS is based on the RSS 2.0 format, but other formats are similar. Here is a sample of what it looks like: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Each RSS file consists of items delivered in a single channel. Each item has a title, a link and a description (attributes). The on-demand aspect of RSS is enabled by two timestamps – the lastBuildDate in the channel indicates the last time this channel changed, while the pubDate of the item indicates when the item was published. RSS aggregators (a.k.a. RSS readers) take advantage of these timestamps to decide when new content is available. alex iskold 1last_img read more

Falco: ‘Like Messi and Miccoli!’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Filippo Falco is inspired by Barcelona star Lionel Messi and ex-Palermo hitman Fabrizio Miccoli, as the Lecce No 10 scored a free kick in the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo. Speaking to DAZN post-game, Falco confessed to watching videos of Miccoli and Messi in an attempt to improve his kicking technique. “I’m used to scoring them in training, I try to take inspiration from the best. I watch tapes of Messi and Miccoli, but it is not easy to imitate them.” Lecce have already faced off against all of the big sides in Italy, with only Lazio remaining, and Falco believes this is the time to put points on the board. “We had a very difficult schedule but we came out quite well. Now we have to try and gain results every game, we want to reach 20 points by January.” Falco’s free kick was his first goal in Serie A, but extended Lecce’s unbeaten run to four, all of them draws.last_img read more