Get external data
Xscores.com is a company that features real time results for tennis, basketball, hockey, baseball and American football games. You can learn everything about the number of live games that are currently playing and when the next game starts. Xscores.com provides the fastest updates, livescores, keeps track of history results, offers detailed and updated information for all games, gives you the ability to have a personalized experience according to your preferences and interests and is the optimum way to stay updated! When you sign up with them you get your username and password to log in to your account and some documentation on how you read the data from their service. There are 2 types of calls; update calls for live data and structure calls to list countries, competitions, teams etc. If you want to retrieve the soccer matches of this week, you use the following URL: http://data2.xscores.com/exporter/?state=clientUpdate&usr=[username]&pwd=[password]&type=4&s=1. S 1 stands for soccer and type 4 stands for this week’s matches. When you execute this you get this returned by the live sports feed;
Set up connection
With DataPoint you can use that XML data stream and display a real time score board for a given game, or an overview of the ranking. Let me show you how you can display the score of a given match in PowerPoint with real time data. First make sure that DataPoint is installed on your computer with Microsoft PowerPoint. Click DataPoint in the PowerPoint menu.
Add queries to xml data tables
Now click the Add query button and select the Home table and click OK to close.
Rename the query to Home. Repeat these steps. Add a new query pointing to Away and name it Away.
Your connection list should now looks like this;
Add a new text box to the first slide of presentation. Select DataPoint from the menu and then Text box of the Shapes group.
Add another text box to host its ranking position. Click DataPoint, Text box and set the data connection to My Match | Home and set the column to standing.
Repeat these 2 text boxes for the opposite. Do not use the Home query but here you can choose the Away query to host the opposite club. To display the score now, add a new text box and click DataPoint, Text box. Choose My Match | Result as data connection, and pick Value from the column list. Leave row number to 1. Click OK to close.
Optionally, the user can add a table and link that table to the Cards list to display the green and red cards of this game.
Prepare for continuous slide show
Now, as a final action we want to make sure that the slide show will run continuously. Click Set Up Slide Show in the Slide Show menu and set the Show Type to Browsed at a kiosk and click OK to apply.