Florida goes with ‘swamp green’ for new unis

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is popularly known as The Swamp. And now the Florida Gators will look the part.

For Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, Florida will wear a new uniform designed to evoke the look and feel of an alligator. The uniform, which was under development for two years and was unveiled Monday night, features a “swamp green” jersey with an alligator-skin pattern. The helmet, pants and socks are rendered in the same color, but without the gator-skin treatment.

That will change on Saturday. When Iowa State visits Norman, it will be seeing nothing but red. The Sooners will throw in a crimson helmet as well.

What a wild time it was in college football 20 years ago. It was Peyton Manning’s senior season, but he lost the Heisman Trophy to Michigan’s Charles Woodson, the first-and-only defensive player to win the award. With Woodson, Michigan would split the national championship with Nebraska. Both teams finished the season undefeated, but because there was no magical College Football Playoff and it was a year away from the semi-magical Bowl Championship Series, the two never met on the field.

To celebrate their last national championship, the Cornhuskers are wearing uniforms designed to look as they did in 1997.

Last fall, several Michigan players raised fists during the national Cheap NFL Jerseys China anthem to protest inequality in the United States. Harbaugh said then he supported their right to voice an opinion.

Michigan also played a video prior to kickoff on Saturday night that featured several student-athletes and athletic director Warde Manuel asking fans to listen Wholesale MLB Jerseys to the opinions of the athletes they celebrate on the field and be open to having conversations about a variety of social justice issues.

Arkansas’ Austin Allen dealing with shoulder injury but likely to play vs. Alabama

Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen is still dealing with a shoulder injury suffered in a weekend loss to South Carolina but is likely to play this week against No. 1 Alabama.

Coach Bret Bielema says the Razorbacks are still evaluating Allen’s progress following the injury that caused the senior to miss the fourth quarter of the 48-22 loss to the Gamecocks, and that the quarterback could return to practice by Tuesday.

Allen entered the season as the leading returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference in passing efficiency, but he’s struggled this season behind an offensive line that’s allowed more than two and a half sacks per game.

The Razorbacks (2-3, 0-2 SEC) have lost five of their last seven games dating back to last season, and they face the Crimson Tide on Saturday — followed by No. 10 Auburn next week.

Miller and Schoeppler settled their lawsuit on Sept. 15, 2016, according to court records. Terms of the settlement were undisclosed.

IMA also alleged that Dawkins “stole the credit card number for an American Express card belonging to IMA issued to Elfrid Payton, a client of IMA.” Payton, who played NBA Jerseys Cheap at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2011 to 2014, was the No. 10 pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft. He was traded to the Orlando Magic on draft night.

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Tulane blows out Tulsa 62-28 for Fritz’s 200th career win

Dontrell Hilliard rushed for 175 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, Jonathan Banks threw for a score and ran for another, and Tulane routed Tulsa 62-28 on Saturday for coach Willie Fritz’s 200th career win.

Del Rio was also asked if the Raiders gave any serious thought to playing Carr against Baltimore after he sat out practice on Wednesday (he did non-weight bearing work in Wholesale Jerseys the rehab pool) but was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday.

“Really, when you deal with the doctors and availability and NHL Hockey Jerseys scheduling, with it being an away game, I would say tomorrow by the time we get on the plane would be a fair deadline,” McCarthy said Friday.

Adams has shown progression throughout the week and participated in individual drills in padding during Thursday’s practice. While there was a lot of uncertainty around how quickly Adams would recover, teammate Jordy Nelson said Adams was in a similar situation last year and has a history of recovering quickly.

“He can recover from those rapidly apparently, because last year he came back and played a Thursday night game,” Nelson said. “But it’s good to have him back out there. Like we said [after the hit], his health was the most important thing. Once that’s squared away, we love to have him back. He’s back and seems to be his normal stuff, running around and talking in meetings and stuff like that.”

Arizona’s inability to run the ball well will keep things more interesting than they should be.

So, lots to watch here. But the upshot is that if the travel schedules are going to matter in the NFC East race, the Eagles are set up to take advantage after Sunday’s win.

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The Chicago Bears’ plan was to give quarterback Mike Glennon this season and let Mitchell Trubisky spend the year getting ready. But Glennon didn’t hold up his end of the deal. He has committed eight turnovers in four games. The Bears are 1-3, with one impressive victory over the Steelers but a near-miss loss to the Falcons and a demoralizing prime-time blowout at the hands of the division-rival Packers.

Philip Rivers was terrible last week at home, and Los Angeles looks headed toward absolute free-fall. Everybody’s looking more at Carson Wentz and Philly as playoff sleepers, but winning on the road remains their hurdle. The Eagles’ pass-happy attack plays into the hands of Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa and Casey Hayward. On the other side, Rivers should refocus and find several matchups he likes getting the ball out quickly against the visitors’ deficient secondary.

Yet another matchup of the team that played Thursday vs. the team that played Monday. Eventually, Carson Palmer will pick apart San Francisco’s secondary, but it will be a grind in the red zone. Former Cardinal Brian Hoyer makes a few plays late, but former 49er Phil Dawson ensures a quick Cheap Jerseys Team home bounce-back.

Chargers cut struggling rookie kicker Younghoe Koo

Younghoe Koo’s time with the Chargers is over after four games.

The struggling rookie kicker was released Thursday with the team signing veteran free agent Nick Novak to replace him.

Koo was just 3 of 6 on field-goal attempts this season, missing last-minute field goals in both Week 1 and Week 2. The missed kick in Week 1 resulted in a 24-21 loss to the Broncos and Koo’s miss against the Dolphins a week later came in a 19-17 home loss. The South Korea native initially signed as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Southern.

The Nevada Department of Corrections released a photo and video of his departure on their Facebook page. It was not immediately known who picked Simpson up or where he was headed after being freed.

The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners ruled in July that Simpson could be freed as early as Oct. 1. State prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast told The Associated Press that Simpson’s release was timed to avoid media attention.

While Simpson said at his parole hearing that he intended to live with a friend in Florida upon his release, the Florida Department of Corrections has not received the required Cheap Jerseys Mall paperwork Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop that would allow him to do so. Nor has the state of California, where Simpson’s sister, Shirley Baker, and oldest daughter, Arnelle, live.

Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, said he had no information regarding where Simpson will live, and that it’s up to Simpson to make relocation plans on his own.

Which NFL team will go from worst to first in 2017?

With the exception of the Patriots, parity rules the NFL. Many franchises duck in and out of the postseason with little consistency as players shift teams and a restrictive salary cap prevents the formation of the big-market superteams that rule the NBA and MLB.

As a result, amazing turnarounds have become the rule rather than the exception in the league. In 13 of the past 14 years, at least one team has gone from last place in its division to first.

Last year, we pegged the Cowboys as the most likely candidate to make the jump. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott came through with monster rookie campaigns to fulfill that prediction. Picking 2017’s turnaround team wasn’t as easy. Here are the eight teams who finished last in their respective divisions in 2016:

The majority of those teams are stuck in quarterback hell, bottoming out toward a rebuild, or a combination of the two. That leaves three likely candidates to carry on the league’s rich worst-to-first tradition. Here’s who we think could make the leap from the division basement into the postseason.

If the the last year in America taught us anything, it’s that some things can be repeated into existence. It’s easy to feel so inundated by the way things are that you start to believe they’ll never change. That was the NFL, making fistfuls of money while, more and more, getting players to capitulate to owners and selling a product that has, for a couple decades, been boring and basic and largely what you expected when you flipped on the TV.

Like the drone of white noise, the NFL came to be accepted as part of Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys the background. Even if it was bad, it was the Thing You Do On Sundays. Knowing something is bad isn’t the same as acting on it. People do lots of terrible things out Cheap Queensland Jerseys of habit. That is until the record skips, the noise stops, and then silence feels like a new reality.

Rivers threw touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin following the takeaways to make it 24-21.

So here’s hoping the ones doing the “sticking” come Monday night in Minneapolis are the likes of Vikings defensive Pro Bowlers Everson Griffen, Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes.

Maybe that will shut Peterson up, but I doubt that will ever happen. He has proven time and again that he’ll say and do whatever he wants with no concern for how it affects his team or his legacy.

Jeff Diamond is the former president of the Titans and the former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group.

Back-to-back sacks of Siemian set up a 50-yard field goal try that McManus pushed wide right, giving L.A. the ball at its 40-yard line trailing by three.

But Koo’s miss loomed larger in the final seconds.

DENVER’S DOMINANCE: The Broncos led 14-7 at halftime after Siemian threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Fowler and scored on a 1-yard keeper .

Los Angeles’ only touchdown drive was aided by a 40-yard pass interference call on cornerback Bradley Roby before Rivers hit running back Melvin Gordon for an 11-yard touchdown toss. Safety Justin Simmons hit Gordon at the 2, but he just somersaulted across the goal line.

Rivers stayed away from the All-Pro tandem of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., instead targeting Roby and safeties Darian Stewart and Simmons.

Roby atoned for his crucial penalty with an interception in the third quarter Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys on a Cheap Nike Jerseys pass intended for Allen. That led to Siemian’s 6-yard TD toss to Fowler that made it 21-7.

The biggest surprise from the Cardinals’ 35-23 season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions was the poor performance from Arizona’s offense.

The thing that surprised me most in the Panthers’ 23-3 win at San Francisco was how well rookie Christian McCaffrey adjusted his pass route on a Cam Newton scramble and made the reception for a first down. I knew he excelled at running routes but McCaffrey adjusted on the fly like a 10-year veteran.

It had everyone healthy heading into the game, so injuries weren’t going to be an issue, but the Cardinals, starting with Carson Palmer, just couldn’t move the ball like they’ve been able to in the past and couldn’t score in the red zone, scoring touchdowns in two of four trips inside the 20. The Cardinals had 309 total yards of offense including just 46 yards rushing. With the personnel on Arizona’s offense, the performance they produced was not expected.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Robinson left the game after suffering a left knee injury on the third play. Robinson caught a 17-yard pass from Blake Bortles on third-and-2 to convert the first down, but he was unable to walk to the sideline and was immediately attended to by Jaguars medical staff. Robinson eventually walked off the field and was taken to locker room to undergo further tests. He was subsequently ruled out. On Monday, the team revealed that Robinson has a torn ACL, and will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

Without Robinson, the Jaguars will have to rely heavily on Marqise Lee and Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale Allen Hurns, as well as veteran Arrelious Benn, who is one of the team’s Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping core special-teams players.

Already too late for Deshaun Watson to save Texans’ season

The Texans stuck to their offseason-long guns to start Tom Savage at quarterback in Week 1. Now they’re quickly stuck looking at a lost season — one that starting rookie Deshaun Watson going forward is unlikely to salvage.

Savage was benched after a terrible first half, one in which he facilitated the Jaguars to build a 19-0 lead by halftime. His indecisiveness and lack of comfort in the face of pressure wasn’t surprising, as Jacksonville’s revamped front sacked him six times, turning one of his two forced fumbles into a touchdown.

It didn’t help that the Texans were without left tackle Duane Brown, caught in a holdout. As bad as Savage’s numbers were (7 of 13, 62 yards passing, 0 TDs, 66.8 rating), Watson ended up being less efficient in relief (12 of 23, 102 yards, TD, INT, 60.4 rating), but he was put in an impossible position to sustain immediate success.

Sports commentators have their own solutions to the national anthem issue. A growing number of voices such as Max Kellerman and Tony Kornheiser of ESPN, and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo, are asking whether the national anthem should be abolished before NFL games. Kellerman outraged conservatives and #BoycottNFL fans by saying the NFL, not Kaepernick, is “injecting politics” into sports.

“He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman said. “You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and Cheap Jerseys Bulk putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”

It’s not too early to worry, because NFL seasons can tend to get out of hand in a hurry.

As expected, the Cleveland Browns were joined by police officers, firefighters, EMTs and the military as they ran onto the field before Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

By going all in on Savage and not putting Watson into a starter’s mindset right away, Houston is left in QB purgatory. O’Brien, supposedly an offensive guy who knows QBs, now doesn’t know what to do with the franchise’s first first-round pick at the position since its inception, David Carr in 2002.

The Texans showed, despite their defensive prowess, they can wear down — as evidenced with Leonard Fournette helping the Jaguars compile 155 rushing yards. The stats were pretty even in the game — except Houston gave up 10 sacks, and Jacksonville allowed none.

The Texans’ inability to think outside the tackle box with QB has led to the worst possible outcome — getting boxed in for 2017.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson has called for quarterbacks like Brady and Smith to protest the alleged blackballing of Kaepernick. With the exception of the Raiders’ Derek Carr showing solidarity with teammate Khalil Mack, Kaepernick’s fellow QBs have been missing in action.

NBC told Sporting News that announcers won’t shy away from covering any protests that occur during opening night.

“As in the past, we will televise the national anthem for select games, including the NFL Kickoff game and the Super Bowl, and, like last year, will cover activity around the anthem as news merits,” spokesman Dan Masonson said.

The other networks are also faced with the challenge of what to do if and when a Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom player protests during a game. If the protest occurs during a Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys commercial, do they come back and discuss it? Do they ignore it favor of game action? NFL announcers are not political analysts, and anything they say is bound to tick somebody off.