Thursday 23 November 2017

Carrzone: Rule book shows how hard it's to get balance right on 'contact'

Behind the headlines with Eamon Carr

Jim Gavin
Jim Gavin
Paolo Maldini
Jason Day, of Australia, celebrates on the 18th green after winning The Barclays golf tournament

I agree with Dublin boss Jim Gavin and his observation after Sunday's drawn semi-final that "both teams really threw themselves into it. It's great to see that we still have that physical contact in our game."

But the rule book shows how difficult it is to get the balance right. It's a yellow card offence
1. To prevent or attempt to prevent an opponent from lifting or kicking the ball off the ground by striking an opponent's hard, arm, foot or leg with the boot.
2. To engage in any other form of rough play.
Among the offences that warrant a red card are, 1. Striking or attempting to strike with arm, elbow, hand, knee or head. 2. Kicking or attempting to kick with minimal force or causing injury. 3. Behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent. 4. Contributing to a melee. The rule book states, "deliberate bodily contact (such as punching, slapping, arm holding, tripping, jersey pulling or a full frontal charge) is forbidden. Also, all players should be 13m from a kick-out.

Paolo Maldini's Miami FC 1  David Beckham United 0

Paolo Maldini

Last year, David Beckham took up an option to own an MLS franchise team based in Miami, with a view to launching in 2017. However his consortium seems stuck in stadium negotiations.

Meanwhile, Becks is in danger of being gazumped by former AC Milan team-mate Paolo Maldini (pictured), who has joined as co-owner with international entrepreneur Ricardo Silva to set up Miami FC to play in the North American Soccer League, the equivalent of Division 2, next season.

"This is the perfect project too develop a top-class professional soccer team in one of the most important cities in the world," says Maldini.

With an arrangement to play its home games in an existing local stadium, Miami FC are moving forward. The club's head coach will be Alessandro Nesta. The man who earned 78 caps with Italy, says, "I've reached another exciting chapter in my career." Maldini and Nesta are putting together their staff and roster ahead of an April 2016 kick-off.


Aussie Jason expects to have his Day on the top of the pile

Jason Day, of Australia, celebrates on the 18th green after winning The Barclays golf tournament

The FedEx Cup Playoffs have become more exciting with the three top players in the world contesting more than just the $10million bonus prize.

Jordan Spieth, who was world number one, missed the cut in The Barclay's last week and dropped to second behind Rory McIlroy, who'll be back in action for this weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. If McIlroy and Spieth were to finish lower than second, and Jason Day wins, the Australian will become No.1 in the world rankings. "It's been a goal of mine," he admits. "But right now I can't focus on that."

Day's win by six strokes in The Barclays, a third win in four starts, has him in a positive frame of mind. "Currently ranked No. 1 in the FedEx Cup is fantastic," says Day. "I have this great momentum going to a course I absolutely love."

Moscow to Beijing Rally

Gazprom, the Russian energy company, is backing plans to set up the Silk Way Rally from Moscow to Beijing. The 6,200 miles event is intended to rival the Dakar Rally, which has been forced to move to South America. The inaugural event, being described as "the No. 1 rally", is planned for next year as a symbol of strategic partnership between Russia and China.

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