About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton: Alonso should’ve seen redby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was frustrated with Marcos Alonso escaping dismissal during Chelsea’s victory on Sunday.Alonso received a yellow card for tugging back Solly March in the closing stages, when the winger looked to be racing through on goal, and Hughton felt the Spaniard was lucky to remain on the pitch.“Having seen it again, I think some referees would have given it, but I can see the doubt in it.“But there’s no doubt that Alonso should have been on a yellow card anyway. He pulled back Anthony Knockaert, which is always a yellow card.“With that being a yellow card, the second incident should have been a sending off. Those are my thoughts at the moment.”
Napoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the performance of Alex Meret for victory over SPAL.The Azzurri won thanks to a goal from Raul Albiol.Ancelotti said, “We couldn’t kill off the game and so we suffered in those last few minutes, because SPAL put all of their efforts into getting the draw. We are not surprised about Meret’s quality because we see it every day in training.”He is a great talent, even if he hasn’t always been lucky. Today he showed what he can do. He truly is a special goalkeeper.”He added: “Tonight we lacked precision in our passes, even when we had the space for them. Later we were denied that space, and we should have played possession more purposefully, not just for the sake of it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Silva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says there were no excuses for defeat to Leicester City.The Foxes won 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to Jamie Vardy’s winner.“I felt we were too nervous and anxious, and there is no reason,” said Silva.“Of course, we are playing a lot of games in a row and we have no time to prepare, but it’s not an excuse when you miss some simple things.“When you play in this way, with easy mistakes, the bad things come to you and that’s what happened with the goal we conceded. We gave them the chance to do what they came to do.“After that, if you were anxious or nervous, you will be more so. After that, we didn’t play with enough quality to change the score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle scouts impressed by Hellas Verona defender Koray Gunterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa defender Koray Gunter is interesting Newcastle United.Calciomercato says Newcastle are willing to pay £9m in January to bring Gunter to England.Currently on loan at Hellas Verona from Genoa, it is claimed that Newcastle officials were at Tuesday’s clash with Udinese and were impressed with the defender in the 0-0 draw.However, the Evening Chronicle says a January move would surely seem unlikely, given how well-stocked Newcastle are with centre-backs. They have Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark, while Florian Lejeune is also closing in on a return to fitness. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@the2ndsaulterThree Michigan blocked kicks helped the Wolverines jump out to a big lead early against UCF.Jim Harbaugh’s squad probably doesn’t need a huge effort in all three phases of the game to beat UCF, which finished without a win last year and is easing into former Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost’s new system. It is getting one, however.Michigan jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, led by some impressive throws by quarterback Wilton Speight, and a phenomenal effort on special teams.In the first quarter, the Wolverines have blocked a Knights field goal and two punts. Video of the third Michigan blocked kicks, a 50-yard attempt by Matthew Wright, is available below.Great FG block by Michigan!#MichiganFootball pic.twitter.com/2YWXvqZbJI— Nathan S. (@the2ndsaulter) September 10, 2016The first deflected punt went just 13 yards, the second wound up going 27 yards, and the field goal, blocked by defensive end Chris Wormley, was advanced 10 yards by the Wolverines.UCF managed to get off its third punt attempt and Caleb Houston had a 47 yard kick, but on the Knights’ following possession, Chase Winovich had a big strip sack of Justin Holman, recovered by Maurice Hurst. After that, a 49-yard punt by Houston was returned 35 yards by Jabrill Peppers, to the Michigan 12 yard line. Jake Butt caught a touchdown pass from Speight three plays later to push the lead to 31-0, after the extra point.On the bright side for the Knights, they just scored on an impressive 87-yard end around by Adrian Killins to make it 31-7. Still, it looks like this is going to be a long day in The Big House.Michigan is 1-0 after beating Hawaii last week. 2-0 looks pretty inevitable as of this point. UCF is also 1-0, after a Week 1 win over FCS squad South Carolina State, 38-0. The Knights will face another Big Ten squad next weekend, albeit a far more beatable one, when Maryland heads to Orlando.
From the outside, the journey for a player signing for a club seems pretty straightforward. However, it’s often anything but.In reality, transfers involve a lot of discussions and behind-the-scenes movement, despite official ruling stating that transfers can only dealt with once clubs have official consent for the player to speak to other clubs.Agents and players all play roles in what is termed ‘tapping up’ – the unofficial method for targeting players – and it is all a grey area in the football industry. But what exactly is tapping up, and how does it work? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? What is tapping up?In football, ‘tapping up’ describes the event when an attempt is made to persuade a player under contract with a team to join another team, without the official consent of the current team.Typically, this kind of approach is made through a player’s agent behind the scenes, but other methods of tapping up – such as coaches or players publicly expressing their admiration for the targeted in player through the media – are more common and a brazen method.It’s hard not to think that ‘tapping up’ happens more often than we truly realise.For example, players playing for different clubs but the same national team could discuss potential transfer moves in an off-the-record capacity – with the most infamous example being Xavi’s recruit of then-Spain national team-mate Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona.It is forbidden to tap up players professionally, but it is not illegal.What are the rules against tapping up?The Premier League states the official definition is: “Subject to Rule T.7, a contract player, either by himself or by any person on his behalf, shall not either directly or indirectly make any such approach as is referred to in Rule T.5 without having obtained the prior written consent of his club.”In short, a player is only able to contact another club to try and agree a transfer if they have the written consent of their current club first.As long as the player has the written consent of the club, they are able to agree personal terms, even if no official fee has yet been confirmed.The rules are straightforward, but that doesn’t stop them from being broken with almost no consequences in most cases. In fact, as one former agent – who goes unnamed – told the Mirror: “No transfer happens without an element of tapping-up.“What usually happens is that an agent goes to the club, says his player wants to leave, asks how much it will take to get him out and then relays the information to the club that wants to buy him.“What is much more unusual is for a manager or club to become quite so directly involved without some sort of sign or indication that a player might be available.“There’s also a lot of tapping-up which goes on between players. A rumour appears in the press, the player asks if he’s up for it, they say yes and the deal is underway.”Are there punishments for tapping up in football?In 2017, Liverpool were found guilty of tapping up a young player who was registered with Stoke City, which led to a £100,000 fine and a two-year ban from signing academy players from English league clubs.The month after, Man City received the same suspension as well as a £300,000 fine for similar actions.There doesn’t seem, however, to be a monetary punishment for senior clubs, nor a desire one. Stoke City chairman Peter Coates stated that it simply would be a waste of time if there were more hunger to get Premier League member clubs to implement harsher punishments with tapping up.“I’m not sure there would be much traction because there are other things,” he told the Guardian. “It’s like me wanting to try to do a better job on regulating agents – and I don’t find that easy to get any traction. I wish we could regulate them better. And I don’t think we try hard enough.”“And I’m not against people trying to do something about it. I’m just very cynical about it changing. I just think that’s how it is. And when it happens against us at senior level, I never complain because we know ‘everyone’s at it’ type of thing. You could almost say it’s part of the fabric [of the game].”What are some of the most infamous examples of tapping up?Barcelona are a side who have been accused of tapping up a number of their targets. Prior to Fabregas joining Barcelona in 2011, Xavi stated: “I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering, because he really wants to come. It’s what he most wants, he’s done everything he can to come and wants Arsenal to let him go.”The Catalan club also appeared to have tapped up Luis Suarez in 2014 while the Uruguay international was at Liverpool, with president Josep Maria Bartomeu saying: “When we approached Suarez, it was before the World Cup. We told him that he was the right age. He had the experience.“He was playing incredibly well at Liverpool and it was the right time for him to come to our club, to Barcelona.“And we have the advantage – his agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother. He’s from Barca in his heart, also, so everything was perfect and created the perfect atmosphere that Luis Suarez accepted.”Liverpool approached Virgil van Dijk in the summer of 2017 without the consent of Southampton, which resulted in a very public fallout. In this case, however, the move didn’t go through for another year, and Liverpool apologised and weren’t punished.Recently, one of the most high-profile cases of tapping up has involved Barcelona once again in their successful pursuit of Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid hit out at Barcelona, expressing how they felt that the Spanish champions had spoken to Griezmann before they had official permission to do so.They said: “Through this statement, Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid at a time of the season when the club was involved in the Champions League tie against Juventus, as well as the league title race against Barcelona.”This is something that we believe violates the protected periods of negotiation with players and alters the basic rules of integrity in any sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and its millions of fans.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 7: A Tennessee Volunteer holds up his helmet in the team huddle before the NCAA football game against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at Neyland Stadium on September 7, 2002 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)It’s been a day full of weather delays in the college football world. Tennessee and West Virginia are now joining the list.The Volunteers and the Mountaineers, playing in Charlotte, are in a weather delay due to storms. Lightning has been spotted in the area. This means at least a 30-minute delay until the skies clear.West Virginia is currently leading Tennessee, 23-17, at halftime.Halftime in Charlotte.#BelkKickoff // #PoweredByTheT pic.twitter.com/7CY52YHUqk— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 1, 2018The Athletic’s David Ubben estimates that the game could resume at 5:45 p.m. E.T., but that seems ambitious.“Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least,” he tweets.Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 1, 2018The game, hosted by the Belk Bowl, tweeted the following update:“WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA. WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC. GET IT?”WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA.WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC.GET IT?— BELK COLLEGE KICKOFF (@belkbowl) September 1, 2018West Virginia is up, 13-7, at halftime. The game is being played on CBS.Stay tuned for more Tennessee-West Virginia weather delay updates. This could be a while, unfortunately.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is starting to consider some schools on the transfer market. A major visit has reportedly been scheduled.247Sports reported on Wednesday night that Bryant will be visiting North Carolina.Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant is expected to visit North Carolina this weekend, sources confirmed to Inside Carolina. The Tar Heels host Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium.According to sources, the UNC staff has been in contact with Bryant since he decided to leave Clemson a couple weeks ago and subsequently received his release.Bryant has one year of eligibility remaining — for the 2019 college football season. North Carolina has a home game against Clemson on its 2019 schedule.North Carolina isn’t the only school being mentioned for Bryant.OddsShark named the following six schools contenders:Penn State +200Florida State +300NC State +300Virginia Tech +400Michigan +400Michigan State +500What school will Kelly Bryant play for next?Penn State +200Florida State +300NC State +300Virginia Tech +400Michigan +400Michigan State +500Field -200Odds via @betmybookie pic.twitter.com/cJdmFLcs7K— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 11, 2018What’s your pick?
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz is probably having a tough day today, as his Notre Dame Fighting Irish are struggling in a major way.Notre Dame, which is off to an undefeated start to the season, is trailing Pittsburgh, 14-12, early in the fourth quarter. There’s been some major Notre Dame-College Football Playoff hype so far this season, but a loss could eliminate the Fighting Irish from contention.Holtz has had a tough week in general.The former ESPN analyst shared some tough personal news on Twitter earlier this week:Holtz revealed he was in a car accident this week and is very sore.“Spoke for Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday in Miami. Was in a car accident on I-95 as I was headed south, but I’m ok. Now I know how players feel when they are sore all over,” he tweeted.Spoke for Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday in Miami. Was in a car accident on I-95 as I was headed south, but I’m ok. Now I know how players feel when they are sore all over.— Lou Holtz (@CoachLouHoltz88) October 12, 2018Feel better, coach.Notre Dame and Pitt, meanwhile, are playing on NBC.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The girlfriend of Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence posted a heartfelt photo after the Tigers’ national title game performance.Lawrence and the Tigers had one of the best games of all-time (not hyperbole), blowing out No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game.Clemson topped Alabama, 44-16, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.Lawrence, a true freshman, should be terrorizing the college football world for the next two years.Family and friends of the Clemson star quarterback are certainly impressed with the player he’s turned out to be.Lawrence’s girlfriend, college soccer player Marissa Mowry, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram after the game.“Proud. Proud not just of what you do.. but who you are. You’re one of a kind Trevor,” she wrote.Life is good for Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers right now.Lawrence and Clemson should start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the country.