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Rapinoe shines brightest at story-packed World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Sealed with a kiss: USA players kiss the trophy after their World Cup final winPARIS, France, Jul 8 – The United States cemented their position as the dominant force in women’s football on Sunday by winning their fourth World Cup in eight editions, beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final.AFP Sport looks at the biggest stars and stories from France as a landmark tournament comes to a close: – Rapinoe steals show –Megan Rapinoe won matches on the pitch and hearts off it during the women’s World CupIf there is one person to come out of the tournament with their profile raised to that of a global star it’s Megan Rapinoe, winner of the Golden Ball and Golden Boot as she conquered her second World Cup on the pitch and won hearts off it.The 34-year-old, who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot on Sunday, became the face of the tournament for her decisive performances and the way she handled being attacked online by Donald Trump.Rapinoe scored braces in the USA’s wins against Spain and France before being ruled out of their triumph over England in the semi-finals with a hamstring injury.Her double against France came in the middle of a media storm after her comments about not going to the White House elicited a furious reaction from Trump, who accused her of disrespecting the country.Rapinoe did not back down and became an icon with her commitment to social justice, goals and what she described as a “shit-eating grin”.Trump’s congratulatory message for the USA team on Sunday is unlikely to change her opinion of the president.– VAR causes anger, heartache –VAR technology has caused serious controversy, in particular in the tournament’s early stages © AFP / FRANCK FIFEIt was fitting that the penalty from which Rapinoe scored in the final came from a VAR-assisted decision following a tournament in which the video technology and the application of new laws have attracted criticism.After a relatively smooth use of VAR at the men’s World Cup last year, there were accusations that FIFA were using the women’s tournament as a testing ground for law changes.VAR punished several goalkeepers for stepping off the line at spot-kicks, while razor-thin offside and penalty decisions proved decisive in matches as big as the USA’s semi-final win over England.First Ellen White’s leveller was chalked off for offside by what looked like millimetres, before VAR gave her a penalty for a foul that slipped by the referee — a spot-kick missed by Steph Houghton.Scotland were hit hardest with VAR spotting minimal infractions from goalkeepers on penalties, as Florencia Bonsegundo’s retaken kick following her missed first effort sealed a comeback from three goals down for Argentina to draw 3-3 and dump the Scots out.– Goalkeepers improve their standing –Sari van Veenendaal’s fine display on Sunday was one of many from goalkeepers at the women’s World Cup © AFP / Jean-Philippe KSIAZEKCriticism of women’s football before this World Cup often centred on the quality of the goalkeeping, but France has seen a number of world-class displays from stoppers, the Netherlands’ Sari van Veenendaal chief among them.Incredibly the 29-year-old is without a club after leaving Arsenal but will surely have suitors queueing up after star turns in the extra-time semi-final win over Sweden and in the final.Van Veenendaal’s vanquished last-four opponent, Hedvig Lindahl, also shone. The Swede’s spectacular save from Vivianne Miedema’s powerful header in that game was a highlight before she was eventually beaten in extra time.Chile’s Christiane Endler was described as “world-class” by USA coach Jill Ellis after a stunning display in a 3-0 defeat to the holders.England coach Phil Neville also noted the improvements in goalkeeping after Argentina’s Vanina Correa kept the Lionesses down to one goal with a display that included a penalty stop from Nikita Parris, highlighting what can be achieved with increased access to specialised coaching.– Marta asks for ‘smiles at the end’ –Marta wants women in Brazil to come forward after her generations hangs up its boots © AFP / LOIC VENANCEWidely recognised as the best ever female footballer, Marta cemented her status as a great by becoming the all-time leading scorer in any World Cup on 17 goals with a penalty against Italy.The Brazilians were eliminated by France in the last 16 but the 33-year-old was again the story after her impassioned plea for women in her home country to take up the game and carry the baton after she, 41-year-old midfielder Formiga and 34-year-old striker Cristiane retire.“You have to want more, train more, be ready to play 90 minutes, plus 30 minutes extra time and every minute. This is what I ask the girls,” she said.“Formiga is not forever, neither is Marta, neither is Cristiane. Women’s football depends on you to survive. Think about it, Value it more.“Cry at the beginning so you can smile at the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sandoval feels the love, can’t deliver in perhaps final at-bat with Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Oracle Park crowd of 38,701 fans wanted a base hit.But even after grounding out softly to shortstop in what was perhaps his final at-bat for the Giants, Pablo Sandoval could only hear the cheering.“This is a moment you don’t want to forget,” Sandoval said. “I didn’t get the result I wanted, but I got the best result — the love from the fans.”Three days from Tommy John surgery and a month from free agency and a likely departure from the franchise he helped win three World …last_img

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College of the Redwoods downs Foothill, improves to 2-0

first_imgTwo wins, two ways.Drew Gillette led College of the Redwoods with 20 points in a 56-53 win over Foothill, Friday afternoon at the San Jose Tipoff tournament.On Thursday Redwoods beat San Jose in a high-scoring 86-82 affair. Redwoods gave up 50 points in the first half on Thursday.On Friday, just 25 in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 27-25 advantage at the break. Redwoods head coach Ryan Bisio praised his defense following the win.“I thought our defense was stunning at …last_img

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YouTube Phasing Out Accounts, Google Login Will Be Required [Updated]

first_imgYouTube has begun warning users that they will soon be required to login with a Google account, instead of their old YouTube accounts. Just as people freaked out when Flickr changed the locks on the doors and required a Yahoo account to get in, you can bet that this is going to make some people very angry.User generated content communities tend to have a very particular culture. If and when they get bought out, all kinds of issues arise around cultural differences and control. Seldom is this as clear as when old logins at a site are no longer accepted and users are required to get an account with the big powerful company that bought the community.Update:YouTube contacted us after publication to clarify that this change is only required of people who previously chose to associate an additional Google account with their existing YouTube account and have continued to sign in with their old YouTube username and password. Those users will now be able to use either their YouTube username or their Google username but will be required to use only their Google password to log in. This is the kind of thing that happens sometimes when companies have to merge associated accounts for a single service – but people who haven’t tied a Google account to their YouTube account will see no change. We apologize for getting the story wrong. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts Chris Messina caught a screenshot today of a logged-in page at YouTube with the message: “Please start signing in with your Google password from now on. Pretty soon we will be phasing out support for signing in with your old YouTube password.” Pretty simple! We’ll see if that warning ahead of time is helpful in calming the likely outrage by some users. YouTube is roughly four and a half years old – and it’s been a Google property for three of those years! Maybe Google just now decided to keep it.Will this be an opportunity for users to vent about overbearing copyright controls on background music, the rapid growth of commercial content on the site or other ways things have changed from “the good old days?” Time will tell. Given the small number of users who can even remember the pre-Google days, this transition might not be such a big deal.See Also: Is YouTube The Next Google? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Introduction to The Real-Time Web and its Future

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Real-Time Web#web marshall kirkpatrick “Recommended.”-HP Official News“Very thorough. Exceeded my expectations. Nice work.”-Henry “Hank” Nothhaft, Jr.Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SRI“The report is excellent — a great synthesis of why the real time web is different, what changes, what doesn’t and what the industry needs in order to press forward.”– John Borthwick CEO, BetaworksThose are just a few of the things that people have said about our newly released research report The Real-Time Web and its Future so far. Want to know what’s included in the report? Check out the Table of Contents and the full text of the Introduction below.RWWfinalTOCThat’s the Table of Contents and below is the full text of the introduction to the report. We hope you’ll purchase this report via this link – and check out our package deals for purchasing the ReadWriteWeb Guide to Online Community Management as well!What is The Real-Time Web? Beyond Twitter and Facebook Dave Winer defines the real-time Web in four words: “It Happens Without Waiting.”1 That’s true, and appropriately vague. The phrase “real-time Web” means different things for different people and it’s too early in the game to have anything but a loose, inclusive definition. Many of the different forms the real-time Web takes do have some common benefits, user experience elements, lessons learned, pitfalls and possibilities. This is what we explore in this report.It’s definitely a whole lot more than just Twitter and Facebook, though these are the best known instances of what’s referred to as the real-time Web. Someday Facebook may open up its user data and play a larger role in the real-time Web than just the introduction to the stream model that it plays today. Someday Twitter may grow, discover how to retain users and effectively encourage more than the small number of people who today create the vast majority of content on that service. Today engineers estimate that Twitter sees about 1 thousand messages published per second and between 5 and 10 million links shared per day, before de-duplication. That sounds like a lot, but the real-time Web as a whole is already much, much larger than Twitter. For infrastructure provider Kaazing, the real-time Web is using HTML5 Web Sockets technology to push live financial information to the Web browsers of banking customers that had always been limited to desktop applications for security reasons. For consumer web app Pip.io, the real-time Web is creating an XMPP-powered chat-like experience for users to communicate with friends around objects like a Google Map or a streaming Netflix video playing in the Pip.io web OS. For semantic recommendation company Evri, the real-time Web is the ebbing and flowing of traffic data on Wikipedia. That data points to hot topics that Evri needs to build topic pages to serve their publisher customers. For search engine OneRiot, the real-time Web is made up of the links people share on Twitter …as well as Digg, Delicious and the click-streams of more than a million users who have opted-in to exposing what they see online through the OneRiot toolbar. For Q&A service Aardvark, the real-time Web is the people inside the social circle of a user who happens to be available online at a given moment and interested in the topic of a user’s question. There are hundreds of thousands of blogs that now deliver updated content to any other application that subscribes to a PubSubHubbub or RSSCloud feed, immediately after that content is published. NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen says the real-time Web creates a sense of flow for users that’s comparable to the way television holds our attention. Google’s Brett Slatkin, developer of the PubSubHubbub real-time protocol, says the real-time Web is a foundation for efficient computing and use cases we can’t yet even imagine. In writing this report we interviewed 50 people who work on technologies that power or leverage what they consider to be the real-time Web. Those people have had a very diverse array of experiences, but articulate a common story. It’s a story of increased computational efficiency – and software that struggles to keep users from feeling overwhelmed. It’s a story of radically new possibilities but strategies based on adding value in conjunction with more traditional, slower moving online resources. We hope you enjoy reading this overview of the emerging real-time Web. We believe this phenomenon is one that will play a major role in the Web and world of the future. The page-based model of destination sites, created by centralized expertise and navigated through authority-based search and clicking link by link is being transcended. We think this survey of current strategies and experiences to date will prove very useful in helping you effectively participate in and help build the future of the real-time Web. last_img read more