Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 (cm, sw, il)With so much happening on the web, what should we really pay attention to? At SmashingConf New York 2018 we’ll explore everything from PWAs, font loading best practices, web performance and eCommerce UX optimization, to refactoring CSS, design workflows and convincing your clients. With Sarah Drasner, Dan Mall, Sara Soueidan, Jason Grigsby, and many other speakers. Oct 23–24. Check the speakers → Each group of students had their own project to work on at The New Digital School. (Image source: Tiago Pedras) (Large preview) During Berlin Design Campus, we visited a number of offices in Berlin. One of them was Mozilla’s office, with a hands-on workshop by Amin al Hazwani. (Image source) (Large preview)You never get to visit or see how designers in those respected companies work, and what their processes look like. So happy and honored to be a part of this little initiative, and looking forward to more adventures in the future. Again, made possible through contributions of wonderful Smashing Members.New SmashingConf ExperienceWith a few more resources available to us, we were able to focus on exploring new formats for Smashing Conferences. Being inspired by our Italian friends from the NoSlidesConf, we tested a brand new format in Toronto earlier this year: interactive live sessions in which speakers were not allowed to use slides (be it Powerpoint, Keynote or Reveal.js). Instead, we encouraged speakers to show how they work, how they design and build, what their setup looks like, and give audience insights into how they think as they make progress in their work. Verena Vertonghen Verena’s journey in the development world started 6 years ago. She studied Multimedia Technology with a specialisation in Web&UX in Antwerp. We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing MembersYou are here: HomeWeb DesignWe Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members “I’m a designer that codes front-end. What a combo, right? I also believe that merging design and technology can solve even the most difficult problems in this world. The Smashing community keeps me inspired and informed day in and day out.I catch up on SmashingMag every morning because it is one of the few online magazines in this industry who puts a lot of emphasis on good quality, relevant, and practical content.”It might sound like an overstatement, but these people have already made a difference. They’ve helped us initiate projects that we wouldn’t be able to support otherwise. Now, don’t get me wrong: with dwindling ad revenues facing us, of course our aim was to earn enough with the help of the Membership to keep the magazine independent and self-funded. But that’s just one side of the story. Our aim was also to support design education and new voices in the industry; reward great people doing great work; foster open, diverse, inclusive and accessible initiatives. Last but not least, we wanted to help community events and projects, and the people behind them.Did we achieve any of these goals with the money we’ve earned? I’m glad you asked.So How Much Money Did We Earn? Total: $33,128Initially, we were hoping to provide a larger financial support for new design/tech education initiatives and open-source projects, but with limited resources we had to be more realistic and pragmatic. We reached 1,013 Smashing Members in 257 days, with 30 supporters, 562 members, and 421 smashers. That makes a current total of $6,689 gross per month for August 2019.Since the launch of the Membership, Smashing Members contributed a total of $33,128 net over the course of 10 months (including current month):MonthNet revenueTotal$33,128November 2017$1,104December 2017$1,530January 2018$2,130February 2018$2,181March 2018$2,748April 2018$4,015May 2018$4,440June 2018$4,750July 2018$4,990August 2018$5,240It goes without saying that these kind contributions massively helped us cover monthly costs, from maintenance to honorarium for authors, in particular:Honorarium for authors contributing articles and chapters for Smashing Magazine, our eBooks and printed books,Honorarium for reviewers, editors, proofreaders, illustrator Ricardo Gimenes and front-end developer Ilya Pukhalski,Honorarium for all webinar speakers,All design education initiatives and community support is enabled by Smashing Membership,All money was reinvested in the Magazine and Membership projects.From day one, we kept things fully transparent; we’ve been sharing monthly reports on how much money we’ve earned and how we spent it. So here’s what happened since the launch of Membership last year.Smashing TV: 24 Live SessionsEach month, we are proud to host 2 curated webinars for Smashing Members. We’ve teamed up with active members of the community to run 1:1 interactive sessions with Smashing Members. Overall, we ran 24 Smashing TV webinars on front-end, UX, ethics, performance, accessibility and design workflow. With Marcy Sutton, Val Head, Dan Rose, Ada Rose Cannon, Martin Splitt, Michael Riethmueller, Sara Soueidan, dina Amin, Rachel Andrew and Dan Mall, among others.The goal of every session is to be highly practical and provide actionable insights and learnings — be it in front-end or in user experience. Everyone can also suggest topics for upcoming webinars in the Membership Slack channel, and we’ll invite speakers to cover the topic. Of course, live recordings of these sessions are available as well, and are later released publicly for free for everybody.Smashing TV: “Smashing Big Bang Redesign” with Vitaly FriedmanDesign/Tech Courses And TrainingsThese days there is always something to do, learn, or wrap your head around these days, and because all of us tend to get lost in small details, video tutorials and courses can be quite helpful. There are of course huge video course platforms which are wonderful, but there are also many fantastic one-man-show-teachers out there in the community who produce courses and tutorials for everybody to learn from.That’s why we’ve teamed up with some of these teachers to provide community discounts for training and video courses. For example, for a “Debugging” course run by Remy Sharp, or “DevTools Web Performance Course” by Umar Hansa, or “CSS Layouts Course” by Rachel Andrew or “React/ES6” courses by Wes Bos — with many more courses coming up over the next months.Supporting Community InitiativesIt’s not easy to maintain and grow a community, and we are proud to help community initiatives around the world to connect like-minded designers and developers.Here are the projects we’ve supported so far:Prjctr Design School (Kiev, Ukraine),MinskCSS/MinskJS (Minsk, Belarus),UX Salon (Tel-Aviv, Israel),WebdeLDN (London, UK),Osijek Digital Design Academy (Osijek, Croatia),New Digital School (Porto, Portugal),Ladies that UX Berlin (Berlin, Germany),UX Day (Amsterdam, Netherlands),ExConf Bratislava (Bratislava, Slovakia),Kyiv ReactJS Meetup (Kyiv, Ukraine),Ladies That UX Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands),PiterCSS (Moscow, Russia),DesignX (Toronto, Canada),Local communities in Kairo, Egypt.If you are running a meet-up or a community in your city, we’d be happy to support you as well. Just drop us a line and tell us a bit about your community, and we’ll make it happen!Smashing Book 6: New Frontiers In Web DesignIt took us a while, but we are almost there. The brand new Smashing Book 6 is coming out early September, with contributions by Laura Elizabeth, Marcy Sutton, Rachel Andrew, Mike Riethmuller, Harry Roberts, Lyza Gardner, Yoav Weiss, Adrian Zumbrunnen, Greg Nudelman, Ada Rose Cannon, and yours truly.It explores common pain points and solutions from real-world projects: be it accessibility in times of single-page apps, performance loading patterns, making design systems work in real-life, AR/VR, responsive art-direction, building an advanced service worker and designing for next-gen interfaces. A book packed with practical advice for designers and developers alike, designed and illustrated by Chiara Aliotta. Students presented their projects and shared their results with the group. (Image source: Tiago Pedras) (Large preview)For two years in a row now, I was honored to be able to explore the current state of front-end, interface design, and responsive art-direction with students from all over the world. In February this year, I headed to Porto to spend a week with students from India, Malaysia, Portugal, France and USA for an entire week. Each group of students was working on their own project, ranging from interactive VR storytelling to (hello, Miguel and Sarthak!) to Olympics leaderboards (and hello to you, Prashant and Marissa!).It might not sound like a big deal, but it was so rewarding to see the sparkle in the eyes of the students as they were working on their projects. Being able to provide an experience that hopefully many students will remember was a huge privilege and a remarkable moment in the entire experience. And it was all possible thanks to the contributions of our Smashing Members. I couldn’t be more proud of this effort.Berlin Design CampusLate June is usually quite slow, with most projects slowly fading into sleep mode. Well, it was quite the opposite for us. For June, we teamed up with Prjctr Design School (Kyiv, Ukraine) to run Berlin Design Campus — a week-long trip to Berlin to explore digital design agencies and studios with students from Ukraine. It was our first initiative to improve design education by setting up a project of our own.We visited the offices of Mozilla (thanks, Emanuela and Amin!), SinnerSchrader (thanks, Martin!), EdenSpiekermann (thanks, Daniel!), Hort (thanks, Eike!), Fjord (thanks, Simon and Jake!), Contentful (thanks, Ben!), Matteo Cevucci (previously EdenSpiekermann, Thoughtworks) with hands-on workshops in those companies throughout the week. From our sponsors: We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members Arthur Leonov Arthur is a product designer that also codes front-end. He is a firm believer that merging design and technology can solve even the most difficult problems. “I remember checking SmashingMag regularly as far back as middle school and have always loved the quality and steady quantity of content. I know I can trust the quality of writing on Smashing (especially considering there’s so much content and noise from other places to sift through nowadays)!I’m also a cat person, for sure. I’ve found the available resources to be really useful (eBook library and book discounts), and I can’t wait for the printed magazine to come out. That’s the other thing about Smashing; even though the medium in which I express my work as a web dev is primarily digital, Smashing still recognizes the value of well-produced and attractive physical media. I love getting the physical books for that reason.Oh, another thing. I used to freelance more back in middle school until I got my full-time position recently. When I found Smashing for the first time, I really loved how it really ‘got’ me and my job. There was coding, but also design (Photoshop, UX, etc.) and freelance articles specifically. It all felt very well balanced. I think that helped me develop my dev skills and the other auxiliary talents in a way that led to my holistic view of dev nowadays, too. We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members We Are Just Getting Started: 1,000 Smashing Members Vitaly Friedman 2018-08-03T13:50:31+02:00 2018-08-03T11:54:40+00:00We’ve all been there: bringing a new product to the market is a tough nut to crack. It requires patience, commitment, and a bit of healthy stubbornness. That’s the exact attitude we started off with when we launched our shiny new Smashing Membership last October — a friendly and respectful community that keeps this website alive, along with books, webinars, discounts, networking, and a seasoned selection of fancy cats.Thanks to the generous support of Smashing Members, we’re incredibly honored to have crossed the 1,000 members mark today. This is a very important day for us, and frankly, it’s quite flattering to see 1,000 people actively supporting our little site and sharing our goals. In fact, with Membership, sometimes it feels like walking around a small town in which everyone knows each other and their friends, and so we know many members by name, and we’ve also met some of them at Smashing Conferences. It’s a wonderful family that shares similar values and wants to get better at their work. But it’s also a family that wants to bring along a shift in the industry.The People Behind The ScenesWhen looking at obscure avatars and nicknames appearing in remote corners of the web, it’s easy to forget that there are actually real people behind them. That’s why it was important for us that the Membership experience is focused around real names and real faces of the community members — both on the new Smashing Magazine website and in our Membership Slack channel. It’s the people who shape the community and make it feel like home, and so Membership should become a humane product, with approachable and friendly authors, contributors and attendees.We reached out to a few members to ask them why out of all the wonderful resources on the web, they chose to support the red, cat-friendly, and quirky Smashing Magazine, and what they found useful or remarkably painful during their Membership so far.Allen Brady Allen is based in Knoxville, TN. He is passionate about building great experiences on the web for companies and their audiences. Currently he is learning to make the web more accessible with great HTML, CSS and inclusive design. We couldn’t be more proud to team up with Prjctr Design School from Kiev, Ukraine who are trying change the education landscape in Kiev, Ukraine, and London. Visuals were designed by the Prjctr team as well. (Image source) (Large preview)We visited both design agencies and larger consultancy firms, spoke with local freelancers, artists and entrepreneurs. We’ve set up informal evening meetings in which students could ask questions, and we organized visits to offices so students could see how other professionals work. It was a fascinating week with practical insights you would never get otherwise; a look behind the scenes in actual real-life projects with early prototypes that failed and hands-on exercises to work on. Smashing Book 6 is coming. Shipping of the book will start late September, but you can already start reading the first chapters if you order your copy today. (Large preview)The book is being finished as we speak, but we’ve been slowly releasing chapters, so Members can actually start reading the book already before its official release. All new books and eBooks — as well as upcoming Smashing Print magazine (currently in the works) — is made available for Members free of charge. But that goes without saying, doesn’t it?Smashing Diversity ProgramThere is a huge amount of discrimination out there, and not everybody is getting a fair chance even though they deserve one. That’s why we’ve launched a Smashing Diversity program, providing conference and workshop tickets for students, non-profits, and people who might not be able to afford a conference ticket or attend a workshop. We also make sure that our conference volunteers can attend the sessions they’d love to see.Beyond that, please ping us if there is a way we can help you become a better speaker. To support and encourage new voices in the industry, I’ll be heading to Paris for Mozilla’s Tech Speaker program to provide mentorship, training, and opportunities to up-and-coming speakers from all over the world.Support New Wave Of Digital EducationTiego Pedras and Sara Ramos run the New Digital School, a new design education initiative in Porto, Portugal. In fact, they spoke about their project at SmashingConf Freiburg last year. Their goal is to provide students with better front-end and design education to be ready for real-life world. Emily Serven Emily is a recent college graduate and new member of the workforce. In her spare time, she like practicing photography, listening to foreign music, and occasionally playing Overwatch. “Now I’m a front-end developer who also picks up some design challenges from time to time. I love creating all sorts of things and going on walks with my dogs. Because Smashing Magazine has been an invaluable learning resource for me throughout my studies and my career. I decided on membership to support the continuation of all the great work that Smashing Magazine already offers. But also because you get even more goodies when you do.Some of the things I really like about it are the eBooks, previews to articles, webinars and the Slack channel that gives me the opportunity to connect with people that have a similar profile. The user experience is overall really great, and SmashingMag cat mascot gives a very playful and personal vibe!” “I wanted to support Smashing Magazine as soon as they launched their membership program because not only have they been an excellent resource over the years with all the fantastic articles, books and conferences, but also because they’re so great at amplifying the voices in this industry, which is really important. I know that with my membership I’m getting a diverse range of perspectives that’s really helped shape me into a better developer.The best part about this membership is the community. There’s a fantastic Slack group where you can talk about your projects, ask for help or just chat about whatever. The webinars have also been great. My favorite part is that we get to chat with the hosts and each other during the live recording. Involving the community in everything they can seems to be a theme with Smashing Magazine. It sets them apart from other resources out there and I love it.” Posted on 3rd August 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share One of those unforgettable moments. When Gemma O’Brien brought her entire studio to SmashingConf Toronto, a conference where speakers weren’t allowed to use slides. We’ll be rolling out this format at all Smashing events in 2019. (Image credit: Marc Thiele) (Large preview)Instead of speaking in front of a podium, we set up a coffee shop-alike setting with speakers sitting at the desk and literally walking the audience through their thought process. It was a quite special event. Some speakers felt challenged and excited about the new format, and attendees appreciated the fact that every session was unique and pushed the speakers outside their comfort zones. That’s why we’ll be rolling out this format for SmashingConf 2019, along with lightning talks, design nights, and a book exchange board. It goes without saying: all Smashing Members are getting a heavy discount on all Smashing Conferences.Giving Back To The CommunityOf course, Smashing Magazine has always been free, but with Rachel Andrew joining us on board last year, we now have a strong and keen Editor-in-Chief focusing on getting the best articles out there every single day. Since then, we’ve published 87 articles — all thoroughly reviewed and edited by the Smashing Editorial team. We refocus back on the heart of it all — yours truly Smashing Magazine.We are committed to make the content we get out there accessible to as many people as possible. That goes for our eBooks as well. That’s why we also publicly released “Inclusive Design Patterns” eBook by Heydon Pickering (PDF, ePUB, Amazon Kindle), a wonderful book on inclusive design patterns — for free. Why? Because accessibility matters.We Are Just Getting Started1,000 is a first major milestone for us. Not many people know it, but the entire Smashing team is actually quite small, with just 13 of us floating from one project to another. Frankly, we might be a bit slow at times, but we are trying our best to bring along a positive change to our industry.We need less craziness and narrow-mindedness around us, and we need more respect, care, and constructive help. That’s the goal we are aiming to provide with the Smashing Membership, with our next projects, and with your help. There might be something in it for you, too. We are in it for a long game. We are, after all, just getting started.Huge thank you to Cosima Mielke for helping with preparations of this article, and Scott Whitehead for his kind support and work on the Smashing Membership. You are truly smashing!
Tags:#Apache Spark#developers#Docker#Internet of Things#Java#Java 8#Jonas Bonér#lambda expression#programming#programming languages Matt Asay 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Warning: serious programming geekery ahead.With the release of Java 8 back in March 2014, the developer community was primarily excited about two things. One was support for lambda expressions, also known as anonymous functions, which (in Cay Horstmann’s admirably simple definition) are blocks of code you can pass around in a program for later execution—or, if you prefer more formal terms, “a way to represent one method interface using an expression.” Second was Java 8’s embrace of the multicore world. See also: Java And Scala: Former Competitors May Be BFFs Before LongFunctional programmers viewed the new directions that Oracle was steering Java 8 as a strong validation of core principles in languages like Scala, Erlang and Haskell. Detractors suggested the new directions of Java 8 were potentially a threat to supplant those languages. (I covered the implications of Java 8 for other languages back in February).Jonas BonérSix months after the release of Java 8, San Francisco-based Typesafe—the commercial backers of Scala, Play Framework, and Akka—has released a follow-up survey of Java developers. A hefty sample size of 3,000 Java developers not only updates our data on Java 8 adoption, it highlights other trends driving enterprise application development today.For some context on the survey findings (you can download the full findings here), I spoke with Typesafe CTO and Akka creator Jonas Bonér.ReadWrite: So tell us where Java developers are with Java 8 and what the survey data suggests.Jonas Bonér: In our original Java 8 adoption survey six months ago, we found that two thirds of Java developers planned to upgrade within two years, which is really aggressive. So we were surprised to learn with this new survey that two-thirds now have actually already upgraded or plan to upgrade within a year—the adopters are six months ahead of what was already a fast pace. When you think about how much Java is running in production, you just don’t expect to see this much of the market move that quickly.Of the excitement around Java 8 for those who have adopted it already, lambdas continue to be at the top of their list of things they’re enjoying. Eighty percent called “lambdas with expressions and virtual extension models” the feature they cared about the most. With Java 8’s support of lambda expressions, type inference, syntactic sugar for static methods, and new APIs like Stream and CompletableFuture, Oracle has basically taken 9 million Java developers back to the future with a renaissance around functional programming.The Lambda Lies Down On BroadwayRW: Why the major interest in lambdas?JB: Well, first it simplifies traditional callback-driven programming by adding syntactic sugar on top of anonymous classes. Lots of Java APIs are making use of this callback style and all of these libraries will be able to make direct use of lambdas, enabling its users to write more fluent and less verbose code. This is great, but the biggest benefit in my opinion is that it enables a functional style of programming, which has a lot of advantages, but primarily delivers more succinct and expressive code that is easier to compose and reuse. But perhaps most importantly, code that allows you to work with state, safely, in a concurrent environment.In the single-threaded world of the 80s and 90s, dealing with state in applications was a lot easier. But, as we all know, the multicore world of distributed computing today has opened up a Pandora’s box and made it much harder for Java developers to shoehorn all of this state into a perceived reality of running in a single core. Technically it is possible, through mutexes and other blocking primitives, but it just doesn’t scale. In Java the default is mutable state, but a functional approach to programming—which can be simplified as composition of functions operating on immutable state—can make the design of concurrent and asynchronous (event-driven) applications so much easier, allowing us to take full advantage of all the exciting new multicore hardware on the market. Examples of this include the JDK itself with its Stream and CompletableFuture libraries. Event-driven programming also opens up for a more loosely coupled architecture, with isolated components communicating in a non-blocking fashion, and forms the basis for the principles defined in the Reactive Manifesto.RW: What about those that do not have plans to upgrade, what’s the holdup?JB: Of Java 8 holdouts, 69% are running Java 7, and 26% are running Java 6. For the majority of the Java 8 holdouts, their decision has nothing to do with Java 8 and more to do with how their businesses operate. Among those shying away from Java 8, 37% said their non-adoption was related to “hurdles with legacy infrastructure” and 19% said “organizational obstacles/red tape.”However, it would be a mistake to call organizations that don’t upgrade to the latest versions of software “laggards.” Sometimes I think that analysis of market adoption of new versions overlooks the legacy infrastructure and existing libraries that organizations have to upgrade—where the cost of upgrading may not make financial sense, and it has nothing to do with the merits of the new version itself. Java’s footprint in production is so massive, there are just a lot of moving parts at most enterprises when thinking about upgrading a language that touches so much of its infrastructure.Apache Spark Is On The Move; Docker, Not So MuchRW: You polled those 3,000 Java developers on their use of other technologies. Given the large sample size, I’d be interested to hear about other surprise findings that came up.JB: Amazon EC2 is used by more than half of respondents (57%), making it the most common cloud technology used by Java developers. Apache Hadoop ranked second in popularity at 30% and Big Data newcomer Apache Spark is being used in production by 17% of respondents. Given that Spark was only introduced to the market in June of 2013, we think that’s really an incredible production usage statistic, and a sign of just how much mindshare Spark is capturing in the Big Data world.One of the head scratchers was around Linux containers, where the data didn’t really line up. While 60% of respondents claimed to be investigating Linux containers, and 23% said they use Docker, only 13% said they are actually using Linux containers in production.There were really no surprises where application server adoption was concerned. The latest findings confirm that adoption of lightweight, open source Java Web servers like Tomcat and Jetty are far and away more popular than traditional heavyweight JEE application servers like WebLogic or WebSphere, which are nearly tied in popularity.I was also surprised about the Internet of Things adoption: 21% claimed to be running networked devices/M2M/IoT in production, with 22% “planning for future deployments.” That’s way out ahead of the IoT adoption curve for the rest of the industry.Lead photo courtesy of Shutterstock Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
The role of the CIO and IT professionals has significantly changed in the last decade. In today’s professional landscape, an IT professional is poised to lead the charge for technological innovation. As David A. Bray, CIO of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a interview with The Washington Post, “We need leaders who do more than keep the trains running on time. CIOs and CEOs can work together to digitally transform how an enterprise operates.”But, according to CIO magazine’s 2015 State of the CIO survey, CIOs were viewed as business leaders by just 13 percent of colleagues outside of IT and only 30 percent of line-of-business leaders. Obviously, there’s still a significant gap in the C-suite perception of IT. But there’s also a significant opportunity. As any digital professional will tell you, the best way to solve a perception problem is to be more visible. Say goodbye to the IT professional tucked away in the basement and say hello to the age of the social techie.Teaching Techies to be SocialitesIt’s been clear for some time that social media is essential to successful businesses, providing the opportunity to not only serve their customers better, but to learn from them. The same is true for the social IT professional. Through social media, an IT professional is able to engage in and help shape the changing conversation around IT. They’re able to expand their knowledge and skills through peer collaboration and partnerships born online. And, by adopting a more open and collaborative mindset, the social IT professional is able to begin to solve their perception problem.One CIO leading the charge to bring IT out of the shadows and into the social spotlight is Intel’s very own Kim Stevenson. Ranked as one of the most social CIOs by the Huffington Post in 2015, Kim has long been an advocate of shaking up the IT department and what’s expected of it. As she stated in a Forbes interview, “On the leadership front, I challenged IT to take bigger risks and to move beyond ‘what you know’ to ‘what’s possible.’ IT had gotten into a comfort zone taking small risks and only solving problems we knew how to solve, which yielded incremental improvements. If we were going to meet the needs of the business, we needed to be operating at a higher level of risk.”Beyond changing the perception of IT, becoming social can provide hungry IT professionals with a personal classroom for learning and innovation, helping them to stay on the cutting edge of the latest technology.Now that you now why you should get social, it’s time to learn how to get social. In my next blog, I’ll go into how you can kickstart your social persona.Until then, check out this list of the most social CIOs in 2015. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the benefits of the social CIO and the hurdles that are preventing more CIOs from jumping in. Leave your comments below or continue the conversation on Twitter @jen_aust and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferaust.
Manchester United ‘They told me he was 100 per cent’ – Mourinho questions medical staff after Herrera injury Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 07:54 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla The Spain international was an early casualty against Sevilla, and his boss was annoyed having apparently been given guarantees over his fitness Jose Mourinho openly questioned the conclusions of his medical staff after midfielder Ander Herrera was forced off with a “bad injury” despite apparently being deemed “100 per cent ready”.Herrera had missed several weeks of action ahead of Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla with a muscular problem, before being thrown straight into the action at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The Spain international lasted just 17 minutes before appearing to suffer a recurrence of the issue and Mourinho was quick to point the finger at his medical team for saying Herrera was match fit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I think it is a bad injury,” said the United boss. “He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches, but the medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday. We didn’t play him to give him more work and protection, but it looks like he wasn’t fully fit.”The medical department gave him fully fit on Saturday. He trained Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and he looked fit.”The way he was playing during the time on the pitch he showed that intensity that is only possible when fit, when you feel fit.”He was pressing a lot, pressing really high. We started game by not giving one inch to [Ever] Banega, pressing really high and Ander was one of them, Scott [McTominay] the other, and you only do that when you feel good.”Then there was the back-heel and that causes a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem and now we have to prove that he was not 100 per cent fit.”Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella was upbeat at full-time, praising the character and performance of his side, though he was left ruing their wasteful finishing.”We had 10 shots on target and 10 corners in the first half,” he said. “We were superior on the pitch, but football is like this.”Not conceding at this stage is crucial. Now we need to score at Old Trafford and I am confident we will.@VMontella: “It has been an incredible night that could have been even better”https://t.co/ZghTBQNWsM#vamosmisevilla #UCL #ThisIsSevilla pic.twitter.com/an6CQw6N2S— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) February 21, 2018″I am proud because the team has shown both quality and character. We had to win, and because of this, we are disappointed for the fans that have been incredible tonight.”It has been a great night that could have been even better, but it’s all to play for now.”
Tottenham Hotspur ‘It’s getting boring!’ – Dier lauds record-setting Kane after late Tottenham winner at Crystal Palace Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 23:26 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The midfielder was full of praise for his Spurs colleague after the game with the striker having netted his 150th goal in club football Eric Dier joked that Harry Kane’s record-setting goals are “getting boring” after the Tottenham striker snatched an 88th-minute winner against Crystal Palace.Kane made amends for squandering a golden opportunity early in the second half with a superb header late on at Selhurst Park, with the 1-0 victory taking Tottenham into the top four in the Premier League.It also marked the England forward’s 150th goal in club football, and Dier was full of praise for his record-breaking team-mate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It’s getting boring isn’t it, he just keeps getting the records. But he’s a class act, he just keeps getting the goals at vital moments,” Kane told BBC Sport.”We like to leave it late here every year, we’re just really happy to get the goal. I think we thoroughly deserved it, we had so many chances.”Tottenham dominated throughout on Sunday, and only the fine form of Wayne Hennessey and unusual profligacy in front of goal from Kane prevented Mauricio Pochettino’s side going ahead much earlier.Kane, as ever, came up with the goods in the end, though, but the 24-year-old claimed he was unaware of the milestone his goal marked.”I didn’t even realise to be honest. I just want to keep scoring and help the team win games,” he said.”We left that very late. I thought it wasn’t going to be our day, because we had a few chances, especially me, and Serge Aurier had one at the end too, but we kept going until the end and eventually got our rewards.“We had a tough patch, with a few tough games recently, now we have to keep that momentum going.”While Tottenham’s performance certainly warranted a goal, it was harsh on Palace, who put in a determine backs-to-the-wall display.Already with a lengthy injury list to contend with, Roy Hodgson’s woes were compounded late on when defender James Tomkins hobbled off – Kane delivering the final blow moments later, and Patrick van Aanholt could not hide his disappointment.”We were right in the game until the end, so we’re very disappointed, there’s not a lot we can say,” the former Sunderland defender said.”Defensively we played very well as a team, but now we just have to look ahead to the next game.”
Transfers What else should I have done? Dembele defends Dortmund strike Dom Farrell 19:13 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Borussia Dortmund Primera División Bundesliga Ousmane Dembélé The France international winger says he could not stand to see his dream potentially go up in dust Ousmane Dembele has defended his decision to go on strike in a bid to force through a mega-money move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona.France winger Dembele completed a €105 million switch to Barca after refusing to train during his final days with the Bundesliga club.The 20-year-old’s actions drew widespread criticism but, back in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans and attempting to salvage an injury-plagued debut season at Camp Nou, Dembele asked critics to put themselves in his shoes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “What else should I have done? If Barcelona cancelled their interest for the second time that would have been impossible for me,” he told Onze Mondial, referencing Barcelona’s initial interest during his breakthrough campaign at Rennes.”I’d like to know how the people who criticise me would have behaved if they had been in my position.”I had the impression that I would miss the fulfilment of my dream, which is why I behaved like that. That’s what I stand for.”Dembele made his seventh La Liga appearance on Thursday when he came off the bench for the last 15 minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw at Las Palmas.Much of his first season in Spain has been troubled by a hamstring injury, which saw him miss almost the entire calendar until Christmas. Thereafter, he suffered a further muscular injury that prevented him playing for a month, and it is from that problem that he is currently being eased back into regular action.
PSG v Real Madrid Neymar proud of PSG despite Champions League exit Sacha Pisani 12:26 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU PSG v Real Madrid Neymar Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League Recovering from surgery on his fractured foot, the Brazilian watched his side lose to Los Blancos but was upbeat after the match Neymar praised the efforts of Paris Saint-Germain as the injured star watched the French giants bow out of the Champions League against Real Madrid.Recovering from surgery on his fractured foot, Neymar was helpless as a 10-man PSG lost 2-1 at home to the reigning champions in the return leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday.Marco Verratti was sent off in the second half at the Parc des Princes, where PSG crashed to a 5-2 aggregate defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The loss brought about a wave of negative response from PSG players, with Julian Draxler “angry” at home the game was managed . Defender Marquinhos also showed his frustration, claiming that PSG “can’t win this competition right now” and that the side will have to “be more mature and have more experience” to contend in Europe’s top competition. Despite those comments and PSG’s exit, Neymar took to Twitter to tell his team-mates how proud he was of their effort.”I am sad for defeat, much sadder for not being in the field helping my companions!!” he wrote. “What makes me proud is to see everyone’s effort. Congratulations my guys, ALLEZ PARIS.”Estou triste pela derrota, muito mais triste por não estar em campo ajudando meus companheiros!! O que me deixa orgulhoso é ver o esforço de todos. Parabéns mon gars, ALLEZ PARIS pic.twitter.com/wIUiA0nPkw — Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) March 6, 2018 Ligue 1 leaders PSG are back in action on Saturday, when Unai Emery’s men host Metz.
Arsenal Rodgers to replace Wenger? Merson will be ‘shocked’ if Arsenal don’t turn to Celtic boss Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:49 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Arsenal Celtic Premier League Premiership Arsène Wenger A summer change in the dugout is still being mooted at Emirates Stadium, and an ex-Gunner believes a former Liverpool boss will be handed the reins Brendan Rodgers deserves to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, says Paul Merson, with the former Gunner claiming he would be “shocked” if that appointment does not happen.A summer change in the dugout at Emirates Stadium continues to be mooted, with a frustrated fan base of the opinion that a fresh approach is required after 22 years of continuity.Wenger has helped to lift some of the pressure on his shoulders with back-to-back victories over AC Milan and Watford , but he is still scrapping to salvage a season which offers no guarantees of silverware or a top-four finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp If Arsenal do decide to move in a different direction, then Merson believes a man who took Liverpool close to Premier League title glory prior to rewriting the record books at Celtic would be an ideal candidate to inherit the reins .The ex-Gunners midfielder told Sky Sports on Rodgers: “I don’t know why he doesn’t get the Arsenal job?“He fits Arsenal great. The nearest Liverpool have ever come to winning the league for a long, long time is when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.“He’s done nothing wrong at Celtic. To do what they’ve done, people can say it’s Scottish football and Celtic are head and shoulders above, but every team they played on that run treated it like a cup final, which is difficult sometimes – especially when you’re Celtic and know you’re better than everybody else.“But I think he now needs a change and needs to come back down [to England].“I’ll be shocked if he didn’t get a good job. I’d be quite shocked if he didn’t get the Arsenal job.”Rodgers, who took charge of Celtic in the summer of 2016, completed a domestic treble in his first season at the helm.He also oversaw a record-breaking 69-match unbeaten run and remains on course to secure more major silverware this season – with an Old Firm victory over Rangers on Sunday aiding that cause .Wenger, meanwhile, has Arsenal sat sixth in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of the Champions League spots and relying on the Europa League to offer them a shot at a trophy.
MLS Can you name the 11 World Cup winners who have played in MLS? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images MLS World Cup With the MLS season underway in a World Cup year, can you list all the world champions who have played in the North American league? The 2018 MLS season is underway, with a host of MLS stars keeping one eye toward this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Just one of MLS’ current World Cup hopefuls has won the top prize in world soccer, but the league has seen its share of World Cup champions over the years. At present, 11 players who have lifted the trophy have also spent time in Major League soccer — and we wondered if you could name them all. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Not to fear, we’ve given you plenty of hints, including the team they won the World Cup with and the club they represented in MLS. So, do you think you can name all 11 World Cup winners who also played in MLS? Take our quiz and see if you can.
Russell OkungLos Angeles Chargers Blake JarwinDallas Cowboys Justice HillBaltimore Ravens Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks PlayerTeam James WashingtonPittsburgh Steelers Mason RudolphPittsburgh Steelers Chris LacyDetroit Lions Other NewsVincent Taylor: The third-year D-tackle was cut in a somewhat head-scratching move by the Miami Dolphins. He has dealt with a couple of injuries over his two NFL seasons, but in the 21 games he’s appeared in he’s graded well. It’s probably just a matter of time before he finds a team willing to give him a shot.Update: It appears Taylor may get a chance to team up with another former Cowboy/Louisiana native in Tyron.Per source, former Dolphins DT Vincent Taylor visited the Bills today. The 2017 6th round pick was a surprise cut Monday — not known as a pass rusher but is effective against the run— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 4, 2019Brandon Weeden: The former OSU record-setter was not renewed by the Texans for 2019, but he was one of several QBs that Indianapolis worked out for the backup spot behind Jacoby Brissett. But it looks like the Colts went with another former Browns/Texans passer in Brian Hoyer.Lenzy Pipkins: The third-year cornerback was cut by the Browns following a back injury that hampered him during the preseason. But he was reportedly one of six DBs worked out by the New England Patriots on Tuesday.Below is a list of each former Cowboy that is currently signed to a team.Active Former Cowboys in the NFL“P” is for practice squad. “IR” for injured reserve. Michael HunterKansas City Chiefs Tre FlowersSeattle Seahawks Emmanuel OgbahKansas City Chiefs The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night and there is a growing list of former Cowboys to try to keep up with.Let’s take a look at a couple of the top storylines surrounding these OSU alums heading into opening week as well as how to follow each. First, the headlines.James Washington Appears Ready for Bigger RoleThe second-year wideout had an impressive preseason racking up 10 catches for 208 yards and two scores in four games while hauling in 62.5 percent of his targets. With the Steelers in need of playmakers in the absence of Antonio Brown, Washington should have every opportunity to push for a starting role if not more.Mason Rudolph Earns QB2It may not be the goal for most second-year quarterbacks, but QB2 is right where Mason Rudolph wanted to be. At least that was the best he could expect with Ben Roethlisberger occupying the top of the Steelers’ quarterback depth chart.After spending his rookie season behind Josh Dobbs, Rudolph got the better of the third-year passer this preseason and will be backing up Big Ben. Now Rudolph is one play away and should see the field in some capacity for the first time.Justice Hill Primed for Reps as a RookieThe Ravens’ fourth-round pick appears destined for a significant role as a rookie following his impressive preseason. Behind Mark Ingram, it will be some combination of Justice Hill and Gus Edwards filling the reserve role and third-down duties. Hill is the more talented pass-catcher among the two and has most upside as a playmaker of all three.Kevin Peterson Added to Cardinals RosterJust days after missing the cut for the Rams’ loaded secondary, the former All-Big 12 cornerback was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals and is listed on the team’s two-deep. It’s good news for Peterson who is just coming off of an ACL injury.In his one start with the Rams in 2017, Peterson racked up eight tackles, two interceptions, five passes defended and a he recovered a fumble. Playing opposite Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury’s up-tempo offense — and with the dearth of defensive talent — Peterson should have ample opportunity to make a name for himself. Practice Squad SigningsTyron Johnson: After narrowly missing the cut for the Houston Texans’ final roster, Tyron landed on his feet in Buffalo. (It stings just a little bit more that former Sooner Kenny Stills likely took Tyron’s spot in Houston.)But he will have a chance to earn an opportunity to carve out a role in Buffalo if he can continue to show off his deep-play threat ability and upside in the return game.Marcel Ateman: For the second straight year, Marcell Ateman missed the cut for the Raiders’ 53-man roster ahead of the season opener. But once again he has found himself on the team’s practice squad.Brad Lundblade: The former Cowboy center was added to the Panthers’ practice squad on Tuesday. He formerly spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals after going undrafted two years ago. Marcell AtemanOakland Raiders (P) Jordan BrailfordWashington Redskins (IR) Kevin PetersonArizona Cardinals Lane TaylorGreen Bay Packers Brad LundbladeCarolina Panthers (P) Dan BaileyMinnesota Vikings While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. 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