After being sent off in Australia’s Round of 16 loss to Norway at the Women’s World Cup, Matildas centre-back Alanna Kennedy has hit out at the standard of refereeing at the tournament. Kennedy was shown a straight red card in extra time on Sunday to the shock of fans and players alike.VAR did review the incident but the defender was still given her marching orders for a challenge she clearly believes didn’t warrant a red card. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “I felt at the time that my body was in front of hers and it was more or less a 50/50 and as a striker you go down and milk it a little bit,” Kennedy said post-match. “But the decision is what it is and the girls did really well to get us into penalties and that shows the character in our team and we will come back from this.”Though Norway wouldn’t capitalise on Kennedy’s dismissal as they triumphed on penalties, Australia were on the wrong end of a number of calls – including a decision to overturn a penalty that was initially awarded to them.Exiting France earlier than many expected, Kennedy believes the officiating didn’t do the Matildas any favours. “I think there needs to be a lot more clarity around the decisions of the referees,” she said. “I think it’s been questionable throughout the whole tournament, and that’s not the way we want to play.”We feel disappointed, we feel we had more potential and our tournament is cut short.”As the green and gold ultimately lost the match against Norway on penalties, Kennedy revealed she was unable to watch the game from the locker room after being sent off.”It was very difficult – I couldn’t get the game up on the TV,” she said. “I was just pacing around I guess. I had full belief in the girls that they would get through.”I am really proud of them for gritting it out and at least get to penalties. When you get to penalties anything can happen and that’s a bit of luck. “I am so proud of them for the fight we showed throughout the whole tournament and we showed a lot of character. Maybe we didn’t play our best football, but the character and mentality within our team is admirable and I am happy to be part of this team.”
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re entering a quiet time in the college football offseason. Spring football has been over for a month-plus, but we’re still a month-plus out from teams reporting to preseason camp.So…let’s talk uniforms. A couple of weeks ago, we showed you the best concept uniforms for several major college football programs. You can check those out here.Now, let’s talk helmets. Over the years we’ve compiled quite a bit of concept helmets that have been posted on social media. We’ve put together the best ones for each Power 5 team.View them below.Here are the best college football concept helmets for every Power Five program.We’ve broken things down by conference, so click through to find out favorite design for your team.ACC (and Notre Dame)Boston College:Clemson:Duke:Florida State:Georgia Tech:Louisville:Miami:NC State:North Carolina:Notre Dame:Pitt:Syracuse:Virginia:Virginia Tech:Wake Forest:Next: Big 12 >>> Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Ball State grad transfer quarterback Riley Neal will take his talents to the SEC for his final season. Neal announced tonight he will be transferring to Vanderbilt.247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong first reported news of Neal’s decision. Louisville was also in pursuit of the MAC standout.Neal will look to replace Vandy four-year starter Kyle Shurmur, who is graduating.“They obviously were in the market for a quarterback, I was looking for a school that needed a quarterback,” Neal told Wiltfong. “I went there and visited with their staff and saw everything and it was a good fit.“They have a lot of guys returning. Their team has some good players that have a year left. Their quarterback situation, you’re not going to go anywhere where they’re going to tell you it’s a lock but they don’t have a ton of guys on their roster and they’re graduating their starter.”Injuries limited Neal to three games in 2017 and nine games this year. He completed 194 of 335 passes for 1,917 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2018.For his career at Ball State, Neal completed 60 percent of his passes, throwing for 7,393 yards, 46 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.Ball State finished the 2018 season with a 4-8 record.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The biggest news in college football today is the decision by Oregon’s Justin Herbert to return for his senior season. Herbert was projected to be the top quarterback off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.With Herbert coming back to school, the herd of an already-slim quarterback class is thinned some more. His announcement is bad news for NFL teams needing a quarterback, but good news for one potential draft entry.Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins has been rocketing up draft boards with his performance this fall. There were many who thought Haskins would be a top-10 pick in 2019 if he came out, even if Herbert was in the draft.Well, with Herbert remaining a Duck, Haskins is now the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback in the 2019 class, assuming he leaves school early.Herbert staying in school might make Dwayne Haskins leaving OSU a near lock. Potential QB1 and top 10 pick.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 26, 2018Haskins has said recently he is focusing on Ohio State’s upcoming Rose Bowl game against Washington. He’ll announce his NFL decision after that.At this point, it seems like a formality that he will forego his final two seasons and turn pro.Outside of Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier should also merit long looks from NFL teams.
SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 05: A general view during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)This Monday, Alabama and Clemson will meet with a national title on the line for the third time in four years. It looks like the field the two teams will be playing on could be a factor in the outcome.This year’s contest will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The field for the contest appears to have major issues – and it was on display on Monday night.Oregon and Michigan State played a 7-6 game that featured players slipping all over the field. One reporter – Matt Prehm of 247 Sports – snapped a photo of what the turf looks like.A few weeks back, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had some harsh words about the field. Here’s what he told The Mercury News:“It wasn’t great. There were guys slipping all over the place and you could see guys in pass protection, you could see guys on field goal protection sticking their cleats in the ground and it was moving. It’s the same on both sides of the ball, though. They’re subject to the same turf that we are, so there’s no reason to complain about it,” said Carroll, complaining about it.It’ll be interesting to see how the field condition affects the game plans for both teams. It’s unclear which team it favors.The national championship will be played here at Levi Stadium in 7 days. It has chunks of mixed, uneven grass like this all over. Plus, ton of spots filled with green sand to cover smaller holes pic.twitter.com/vv2k37gVAt— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) January 1, 20191Q | The grass sniper at Levi’s Stadium took its first victim, dropping an MSU player short of the first down. Spartans forced to punt #GoDucks #Pac12FB #RedBoxBowl— Ryan Kostecka (@Ryan_Kostecka) December 31, 2018Levi’s.Stadium.Is bad.This yard should not get any prime neutral-site events after 2019.https://t.co/VCnpmBau8e— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) December 31, 2018Tickets for the game, as we noted earlier, are a bit cheaper this year because of the location.The national title game will take place this coming Monday night.
According to Seth Emerson of The Athletic, Swift didn’t show any obvious limitations when he was on the field.In all likelihood, Georgia’s coaching staff is taking precautionary measures with its star running back.Georgia practice observations:– D’Andre Swift out there today, no obvious limitations, though our time viewing practice was short.– Ben Cleveland was getting some first-team RG reps.– Nate McBride and Tyrique Stevenson, who had missed some practices, both back out there.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) August 15, 2019Swift showcased his versatility last season, finishing with 1,346 scrimmage yards and 13 total touchdowns.Georgia lost a few playmakers to the 2019 NFL Draft, such as Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman and Elijah Holyfield.It’ll be on Jake Fromm and Swift – if he’s healthy – to lead the Bulldogs on offense this season. ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)D’Andre Swift missed part of the Georgia Bulldogs’ workout on Tuesday, which raised concerns about his health. The star running back has dealt with a few injuries thus far in his career.With the season opener roughly two weeks away for the Bulldogs, the offense is hopeful that Swift will be at full strength. However, there is no indication that he’ll necessarily be ready to take his No. 1 role in the backfield.On Thursday, Swift returned to the practice for Georgia. He wasn’t taking on the responsibilities of the lead running back, though.Instead, senior Brian Herrien was the first tailback going through drills. This speaks more to the health status of Swift than it does his spot on the depth chart.