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2019年9月23日星期一

Messi collects record 6th FIFA player of the year

Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo to claim a record sixth FIFA's The Best award, which is given to the top men's player, on Monday.

The award was handed to the Barcelona and Argentina captain at a ceremony in Milan.

Messi, 32, led Barcelona to a fourth La Liga title in the past five seasons, scoring 36 goals and providing 15 assists in 35 league matches last campaign. He posted 51 goals and 22 assists in all competitions, as per iSports API data.



Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the award last year, breaking up a years-long duel between Messi and Ronaldo for the prize. But Messi regained the honour for a record sixth time, having previously won FIFA's top award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Before Modric's victory, Ronaldo and Messi had won every FIFA World Player of the Year award, which was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and The Best in 2016, since 2007, when Kaka was victorious.

Messi's win is somewhat of a surprise with Van Dijk, a centre-back who transformed Liverpool's defence on the way to the Champions League crown, having won the European best player award.

In the final voting, Messi finished with 46 points, while Van Dijk (38 points) and Ronaldo (36) finished second and third respectively. The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah (26) and Sadio Mane (23), Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe (17), former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong (16), ex-Chelsea forward Eden Hazard (16), ex-Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt (9), and Tottenham striker Harry Kane (5).

All data collected from www.iSportsapi.com.

2019年9月3日星期二

iSports API - sports data feed,statistics and content

iSports API is your one stop provider for rich sports content services with a comprehensive blend of live & historical sports data.

Our coverage team follows thousands of events each year to bring you unrivalled updates from games worldwide. Our objective is to deliver a quality service with high service reliability, speed & accuracy of the content we serve.

The range of delivery technologies on offer are meant to provide easy integration and minimal overheads for your business.

iSports API offers an impressive football content catalogue delivering up to the minute coverage from over hundreds of competitions globally. Our data is the market leading supplier of sports and betting-related data services. 

For more details, please click iSports API.

2019年7月29日星期一

NBA Data API Shows: Players Who Should've Changed Teams?

We are at that rare point in the NBA calendar when every team feels good about its roster. Whether they are rebuilding, gunning for a title or anything in between, all 30 clubs have reasons to be optimistic for the remainder of the offseason.

However, not every player can say the same about his team. The annual game of NBA musical chairs was larger than ever before this offseason, as almost 40 percent of the player pool tested free agency in some fashion.

With so much upheaval, it makes sense that some players may already regret their decisions, especially those who chose to re-sign. Whether it be a lack of playing time, a bad roster or additional extenuating circumstances, there are numerous reasons, midway through next season, these players might look around and realize they'd be happier elsewhere.

Let's examine some of their situations from the angel of iSports API.

Ryan Arcidiacono, Chicago Bulls

We start off with the deepest of deep cuts. The Chicago Bulls brought Ryan Arcidiacono back on a $9 million contract over three years. It's a reasonable deal, but it makes for a ridiculously crowded point guard battle in Chicago.

Just this offseason, the Bulls signed veteran backup Tomas Satoransky and drafted spark plug Coby White to presumably be the top two at the position. Kris Dunn is also still on the roster (though all indications are that Gar Forman and John Paxson would prefer to move on from him), and defensive-minded backup Shaquille Harrison also returned on a one-year deal. Even when the Bulls have a solid offseason for the first time in years, they overcomplicate things.

Arcidiacono is not a starting-caliber point guard in the NBA, but he could certainly have value to a contender in a Matthew Dellavedova type of way. The former Villanova star made a solid 37.3 percent of his threes last season, ranked third in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio, and recorded a better Real Plus-Minus than star young point guards like Lonzo Ball, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Trae Young. A contender like the Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics could make good use of Arcidiacono's limited skill set.

JaVale McGee, Los Angeles Lakers

It was well-covered this summer that the Lakers forwent the opportunity to pursue quality rotation players while waiting on Kawhi Leonard's decision. While Leonard was plotting to join the Clippers instead, the role-player market evaporated. Faced with the prospect of surrounding two Hall of Fame-level players with literal G League talent, the Lakers seemingly panicked and brought back most of their questionable signings from a year ago, including JaVale McGee.

Despite a reputation for making bonehead plays, McGee can look competent for stretches, proving himself a worthy backup for two years on the Golden State Warriors and maintaining a spot in the Lakers' starting lineup throughout most of last year. Now, however, L.A. has a thoroughly unbalanced roster, and that balance tips towards the frontcourt. Four of the Lakers' five best players—LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and DeMarcus Cousins—are best at power forward or center, which will likely push McGee out of the rotation at times.

His contract is just two years for minimal money, so he could be easily be moved to a frontcourt-needy team like the Boston Celtics (though it's doubtful the Lakers would help them willingly) or Milwaukee Bucks.

Nerlens Noel, Oklahoma City Thunder


It's been a strange few years for Nerlens Noel. The 2013 lottery pick essentially forced his way out of Philadelphia to Dallas, took a qualifying offer to bet on himself, was benched and ostracized by Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, signed a minimum deal with Oklahoma City and suffered a serious concussion.

Somehow, Noel's situation got worse this summer. He agreed July 1 to return to Oklahoma City, in all likelihood unaware of the earth-shattering moves that would soon shake up the NBA's balance of power. Just two weeks after the start of free agency, Oklahoma City had exchanged a perennial contender for a fast-tracking rebuild. Not exactly the same as playing with Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

After years of maturity questions, Noel finally seems to have come to terms with his place in the NBA. He stays out of the way on offense and remains a potentially elite and versatile defender. These kinds of low-maintenance role players can be tremendous on clubs with title aspirations but are sort of useless on middling-to-bad teams like the Thunder. Noel should hope to find himself on a contender like the Los Angeles Clippers or Houston Rockets in the near future.

Jahlil Okafor, New Orleans Pelicans


Like Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor seems to finally understand the modern NBA and how he can fit into it. His performance last year filling in for the disgruntled Anthony Davis was one of the feel-good stories of the season. Okafor averaged 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting almost 60 percent from the field from January 1 until the end of the year.

The quandary Okafor finds himself in is not of his making, as the Pelicans picked up his team option for the 2019-20 season. However, it's an unfortunate situation considering all the work he's put in over the past few years to become a serviceable NBA player.

After renewing their commitment to Okafor, the Pelicans drafted Texas center Jaxson Hayes and acquired Jazz big man Derrick Favors to be their two main centers, and Zion Williamson will likely warrant minutes at the 5 as well. That puts Okafor at fourth on the priority list. That would have made sense last year, but the 2015 top-three pick showed a lot of new promise in the interim 12 months and deserves a chance at playing time.

Okafor is still far from perfect—he can't shoot or defend and isn't a great rim-runner—but he could easily replicate Enes Kanter's career going forward. One day, he may play for a team open-minded enough to let him do that.

Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets

While you were firing off jokes on Twitter about nepotism, Austin River was becoming a solid NBA combo guard. He's fairly efficient, plays hard on both ends and is willing to be an outspoken team leader. Plenty of players may still agree with Chris Paul's reported sentiment that Rivers doesn't deserve a place in the league, but they need to get over themselves.

However, Rivers is still a gunner at heart and is best with the ball in his hands, which will make a Russell Westbrook-James Harden backcourt, shall we say, unpleasant. What's a ball-dominant guard to do when he's on the same team as the two most ball-dominant guards in NBA history?

Rivers is capable of playing off the ball—he shot 37.0 percent on catch-and-shoot threes last year. But he has decent shot creation skills as well, and being a spark plug off the bench who can play on- or off-ball is the best way to use Rivers. A team like the Minnesota Timberwolves or Portland Trail Blazers should relentlessly dial Daryl Morey to acquire Rivers.

Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic


After years of underperformance in both Toronto and Orlando, Terrence Ross finally scraped the high ceiling last year that made him a 2012 lottery pick. He finished fifth in Sixth Man of the Year voting and averaged a career-best 15.1 points per game on 38.3 percent shooting from three, all while maintaining the ridiculous athleticism that made him the 2013 Slam Dunk Contest champion. For his performance, the Magic rewarded him with a four-year, $54 million contract.

Of course, that is plenty of money and reason enough to stay put. However, Ross will still likely be Evan Fournier's backup in Orlando. While being a $54 million backup might be reasonable in some circumstances, it is not when your team is as mediocre as the Magic.

Based on the salary-cap situation for teams around the league, Ross likely wouldn't have gotten $54 million elsewhere unless the Lakers were willing to take a risk while waiting for Kawhi Leonard. That said, making $35 million or $40 million while playing a starring role alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee or Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in Dallas could have arguably been just as appealing.

Wings with Ross' combination of physical tools and athleticism are the NBA's market inefficiency. It's a shame he will spend his prime years with a team that won't be good enough to need him.

Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies


Jonas Valanciunas put in year after year of work in Toronto to try to drag multiple Raptors teams past LeBron James, and every year, they failed at that task. Well, every year until the Raps traded him to Memphis this winter. Now Toronto has won a title, and Valanciunas is not around to bask in the afterglow or receive any retroactive credit.

On the plus side, the Lithuanian agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract to stay with the Grizzlies. Seen one way, this deal makes sense. Maybe he senses that his skill set is getting passed by in the modern NBA and that he wouldn't get star center-level money on the open market. Plus, he can mentor Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke, perhaps the NBA's next great big man tandem.

However, you'd think that seeing his former comrades experience jubilation would spark Valanciunas to consider jumping to a team with title hopes like the L.A. Clippers or the pre-Hassan Whiteside Portland Trail Blazers. That was not to be, and Valanciunas will hope Jackson, Clarke and Ja Morant are ready for contention faster than anybody expects.

Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets


Marvin Williams picked up his $11.5 million player option from the Charlotte Hornets in June, likely for at least one of two reasons: He wouldn't make that much money elsewhere, or he assumed Kemba Walker would return to Charlotte and that the Hornets would be back in contention for a lower-tier playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

Unfortunately for Williams, that latter presumption was incorrect, as Walker ditched Charlotte for the Boston Celtics and was replaced by…Terry Rozier. Not exactly a one-for-one swap.

Given that he has played for the lowly Hornets for the past five years, Williams is not often discussed, but he has a skill set that most contenders should covet. The former Tar Heel's numbers aren't flashy—10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on 42.2 percent shooting won't scare anybody—but he outranks such notable names as Montrezl Harrell, John Collins, Lauri Markkanen and Kyle Kuzma in Real Plus-Minus and could be a solid deadline addition for any team in need of an athletic, floor-spacing forward who plays smart defense.

Williams has been in the NBA for almost 15 years and has never even made a conference finals. He deserves a chance at high-level basketball before his time is up.

All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference and iSports API.

2019年7月25日星期四

Reliable and Accurate Sports livescore API feeds

iSports API is a reliable sports information provider, which allows you to build a website with all soccer data including fast and without big efforts, helping you to get started quickly and efficiently.

Most sports APIs cater to one sport but here at iSports API, we bring you a fully range of sports so that you do not have to subscribe to different sites to successfully power your website or mobile application. Our sports feed is neatly arranged, making it easier for you to navigate your way around.

Our coverage journeys around the world also bring you the livescore feed of your favourite sporting competitions. Stick with us to get reliable and steady sports feed at affordable rates. Our platform’s livescore data and sports data is easy to transport to your own website at fast speeds without lagging.

We are using both manual and automatic methods for our sports data feeds delivery.
The data is managed by our own sport software so it is not just a plain database collected and distributed. In addition, we control the quality manually comparing overall statistic with both official and popular trusted sources. This is the significant difference between our service and many other API services delivered over the web.

Most importantly, we pay huge attention to data accuracy. We don’t provide 12 players lineups, 10% missing squad on Matchday 1 or duplicated players. Reliable on our site slider is exactly what you can expect from our service, helps youeffectively distribute sport content all over your site pages.

For further information, please click iSports API.

2019年7月23日星期二

Sports Data Analysis:Three Premier League New Boy to watch out

In three weeks, Premier League 2019-20 will begin. Manchester City will be back to defend their title and Liverpool will be hopeful of putting another great title challenge. Tottenham and Manchester United are busy on the transfer front. They both are expected to make more signings before the window shuts down. Chelsea, on the other hand, with their transfer ban will still be able to welcome Pulisic from Dortmund whom they signed in January. Unai Emery’s Arsenal is also pushing for a couple of signings after having signed only one player so far this summer.

Although there haven’t been a large number of signings this summer, unlike the last season. We still have some Premier League newcomers that will excite the fans for sure. Here are three new Premier League to watch out this season, all data collects from iSports API.

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)

Pulisic was being chased by other European giants like Bayern Munich and Liverpool before Chelsea agreed to pay the asking price for the American. The winger had lost his place in Favre’s starting lineup and was willing to move to another club after a tough start to last season.

Pulisic played just 920 minutes of football for Dortmund last season in the Bundesliga. He got only 9 starts and scored 4 goals in an overall disappointing season for the wide playmaker.

Daniel James (Man Utd)

It will be a big transition for the young winger from Championship to Premier League. It will be interesting to see how he copes with this transition. His dribbling skills and through balls will surely keep United fans excited throughout the season.

He made 41 appearances last season and scored 6 goals. He also managed 7 assists and had an average rating of 7.

Tanguy NDombele (Tottenham)

He looks like a player who will suit Pochettino’s system at Spurs. He is a suitable replacement for Mousa Dembele as his game is quite similar to him. The Frenchman likes to dribble in the middle of the park and play some killer balls.

Last season NDombele made 45 appearances for Lyon. He had an average rating of 6.99 and pass success rate of 89%. The midfielder also contributed with 7 assists and 1 goal.

*All football stats are from free sports API- iSports API.

2019年7月10日星期三

The free & reliable Sports APIs for Developers

Having a reliable sports API that provides historical data, real-time updates & affordable/free would be AWESOME.

Well, it turns out, iSports API provides a great deal of sports APIs with many capabilities. And in today’s post, we’ll go over some of the top APIs related to sports and how to use them.

iSports API can provide developers with the opportunity to gain access to sensitive sports data in a particular category. In this case, we take a look at competitive sports, and how sports APIs can provide access to regular season data, real-time odds, and other historical stats that could be beneficial to a platform.

News flash: sports APIs take a lot of time out of developing a program from scratch, especially since many of these APIs are capable of performing real-time data updates with advanced data feeds.

There are many APIs in the sports industry that pretty much cover every: soccer, football, tennis, basketball, and auto racing league that you could imagine. Some APIs focus on their data feeds to update in real-time, while others focus on providing more information when responding to a query. Some developers may require access to more complete information.

For example: The entire box score for a soccer or football match. Some users may want access to specific and in-depth player information in the sport of hockey.

There are many sports APIs that can provide information on specific lineup formations, scratches, and gaming winning goal scorers. However: It is important to select the right API when looking to connect it with a platform... ...as choosing the wrong one could provide less detailed information than what is desired.

In most cases, finding an sports API that supports complete match data is optimal for most platforms. There are APIs that also cover more than one specific league when looking at a specific sport.

For example: One API could cover the Premier League as well as the La Liga soccer league in the same API. Anyways, let's dive into some of the best paid and free sports APIs for developers.

Read more at https://www.isportsapi.com/

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