Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power Five game


Here is a look at Vanderbilt football placekicker Sarah Fuller practicing. Fuller helped Vanderbilt women’s soccer win the SEC tournament this fall.

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Sarah Fuller gave a passionate halftime speech to her Vanderbilt team — her football team, that is — on Saturday.

It was an eyebrow-raising revelation on a day that featured plenty of hyperbole.

Fuller’s boldness on a team she joined five days ago was incredible enough. That she spoke up with the historic distinction of becoming the first woman to play in a Power Five college football game put it over the top.

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Vanderbilt was trailing 21-0 to Missouri in a lackluster performance.


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Fuller, a Vanderbilt goalkeeper who won the SEC women’s soccer tournament title last Sunday, didn’t like the body language and lack of enthusiasm of her new football teammates.

And her voice and competitive spirit simply weren’t going to be silenced by unfamiliarity. 

“I just walked in and asked a few people if I could talk, and they said, ‘Yeah, go ahead.’ And then I got everybody’s attention,” Fuller said. “(I told them that) we need to cheer each other on because that’s the only way I’ve seen it work.

“I just used my goalkeeper voice in the (football) locker room.”

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The halftime speech didn’t work. Vanderbilt lost 41-0 in Columbia, Missouri. But Fuller made an impression on the Commodores and, well, countless people from civil rights icon Billie Jean King to soccer superstar Carli Lloyd to Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

But more than just women paid attention. Before the game, Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz, who has four daughters, whispered to the opposing kicker that he thought her participation was incredible.

“Girl dads have come up to me and said, ‘You are inspiring my girls. I want them to know they can do anything, and you are proving that point,’” Fuller said. “That’s the coolest thing.”

Derek Mason wanted best kicker, not just a social statement

So why did Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason add Fuller to the team?

He said it wasn’t a publicity stunt. It was out of necessity. Fuller’s strong leg and availability made her the best option for a team that lost its other kickers due to COVID-19 contact tracing.

But Mason, who has two daughters, didn’t miss the significance of Fuller’s feat.

“There are moments in time that no one can really forecast,” Mason said. “I think there was something bigger at work here.”

Fuller finally took the field, wearing No. 32 with “Play Like a Girl” on the back of her helmet. She broke the barrier by squibbing the

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Smith leads Belmont past Queens University 73-61

WASHINGTON — Luke Smith posted 18 points as Belmont defeated Queens University 73-61 on Saturday.

JaCobi Wood had 15 points for Belmont (3-0). Nick Muszynski added 12 points and three blocks. Caleb Hollander had nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Grayson Murphy had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

Malcolm Stevenson had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Royals, the 10th-ranked Division II team. Kenny Dye added 13 points. Kelyn Pennie had 12 points.

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Every Week 14 college football game postponed or canceled due to COVID-19

The College Football Playoff is right around the corner, and three weeks until the Power 5 conferences hold their respective championships. 

Given the circumstances of this season, it’s been different, to say the least as programs battle COVID-19 and the protocols that come with the global pandemic. 

Week 12 saw a plethora of games canceled or postponed because of positive COVID-19 cases and respective contact tracing with the day-of decision to postpone the Clemson-Florida State game at the forefront. Five ACC games weren’t played as scheduled in Week 12 while the Pac-12 had two games canceled. The Mountain West had three, and the AAC, Sun Belt and Conference USA each had two. 

The number decreased in Week 13; however, in some programs, the outbreaks continued. Florida State, the only ACC team to get canceled, had just 44 scholarship players available last week, leading to the cancellation of their game against Virginia. 

The Big Ten postponements and cancellations were headlined with Ohio State as head coach Ryan Day testing positive among others in the program. If the Buckeyes have one more game canceled, they’ll be ineligible to play in the Big Ten championship game. Minnesota at Wisconsin was also canceled and will not be rescheduled, leaving the Badgers ineligible for the Big Ten Championship game. 

The Big 12 only had one postponement as well as the SEC. As for the Pac-12, there were two no contests and one game—Utah at Arizona State—that wasn’t played, and Utah traveled to play at Washington instead. Three games were canceled in the Mountain West and Conference USA. 

Below is a list of each Week 14 game that’s been postponed or canceled. This list will be updated throughout the week as schedule changes are announced.


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Students isolate after an infected man visited busy university campus

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Health authorities have ordered students and staff at an Adelaide university to isolate after an infected patient visited the campus over a two week period.

Anyone who attended the Intensive English Language Institute at the Flinders University Sturt Campus any time between November 13 and 28 must immediately get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

‘This includes people who live with you,’ the South Australia health alert states.

It comes after a man aged in his 30s who attended the centre during that period returned a positive result on Saturday.

Those affected must be tested on day one and 12 of their self-isolation and must remain in quarantine for the entire 14 days, regardless if they return a negative result.

a store front at day: An infected patient attended Intensive English Language Institute at the Flinders University Sturt Campus between November 13 and 28, forcing students and staff to self-isolate

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An infected patient attended Intensive English Language Institute at the Flinders University Sturt Campus between November 13 and 28, forcing students and staff to self-isolate

The university’s Sturt campus will remain closed until Wednesday for deep cleaning.

‘At this stage no Flinders staff or student has been identified as a close contact and there are no confirmed cases among Flinders University staff or students,’ the university wrote. 

‘Out of an abundance of caution, effective immediately, all buildings on the Sturt Campus are closed until 8am on December  2 as we undertake further deep cleaning.’ 

‘Students are asked to only come to one of our South Australian campuses if they have a scheduled class activity or exam, or need to access one of our services in person.’

The university is expected to provide a further update on Sunday. 

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: There are fears of another outbreak in South Australia. Pictured are healthcare workers at a testing clinic in Victoria Park, Adelaide

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There are fears of another outbreak in South Australia. Pictured are healthcare workers at a testing clinic in Victoria Park, Adelaide

The latest warning have sparked fears of another outbreak in Adelaide as the Parafield cluster which sparked a three day statewide lockdown earlier this month continues to grow.

The infected man was one of two new cases recorded in South Australia on Saturday.

The second case was a child from the original family at the centre of the Parafield cluster, where the number of cases now stands at 33.

The state’s chief health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier says the man’s infection validates the decision to order students at the Intensive English Language Institute to self-isolate.

‘The information I’m giving you today shows how contagious this virus is,’ she told reporters on Saturday.

‘This person was considered a casual contact rather than a close contact and again it absolutely backs up the information we were already giving to people.

‘We’re seeing people that have got infected through fairly brief contacts.’

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Those in isolation must be tested on days one  and 12 of quarantine. Pictured is the queue to be tested in Adelaide on November 18

The South Australian government will implement a two-week, step-down strategy in easing measures imposed at the start of the outbreak.

That will include opening the borders

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College basketball rankings: Virginia plummets in Top 25 And 1 after San Francisco pulls off upset

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No ranked team had a more different first two games than Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers. On Wednesday, they opened with an 89-54 blowout of Towson in which they made 15 of the 29 3-pointers they attempted. Looked great. But then, on Friday, they suffered a 61-60 loss to San Francisco in which they missed nine of the 12 3-pointers they attempted. Looked terrible.

“[We have to] look in the mirror [and] grow from it,” Bennett told reporters after Friday’s loss.

The good news is that if there’s any program built to do exactly that, it’s probably the one that in 2018 became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed before bouncing back in 2019 and winning the NCAA Tournament. In other words, I’m not concerned about Virginia’s ability to bounce back. But the loss to San Francisco really did change the entire conversation about the Cavaliers after an awesome season-opening victory.

It wasn’t just that they won their first game by 35 points. It was how they won their first game by 35 points — specifically by shooting better than 50% from 3-point range on 29 attempts. The morning after that performance, I suggested that if Virginia is suddenly a great 3-point shooting team like it was two seasons ago, as opposed to a terrible 3-point shooting team like it was last season, the Cavaliers would be a real threat to win what would be back-to-back national championships. Then, just one day later, Virginia shot 25% from beyond the arc and lost to a San Francisco team that opened with a loss to UMass Lowell.


As for what it means for the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1, loyal readers might remember that a few years back I implemented an automatic 10-spot drop for obviously good teams that take terrible losses early in the season. It’s the best way to punish while not overreacting to one surprising result and dropping somebody from the top 10 to completely out. So the Cavaliers are falling from No. 4 in Friday morning’s Top 25 And 1 to No. 14 in Saturday morning’s Top 25 And 1 and thus remain in the top 15. But if they take another confusing loss any time soon, needless to say, they’ll have to go.

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College basketball roundup: No. 9 Duke men win delayed season opener

DURHAM, N.C.  — Freshman Jalen Johnson had 19 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks to help No. 9 Duke overcome a turnover-filled performance and beat Coppin State 81-71 in Saturday’s delayed season opener for both teams.

The 6-foot-9 Johnson made all eight of his shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and both of free throws while also tallying five assists. Fellow rookie DJ Steward scored 24 points for the Blue Devils, including a key 3-pointer with 2:02 left that helped keep Duke in control during an unexpectedly tight finish.

Duke was playing without its rowdy fans in the famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Devils shot 53% but committed 22 turnovers to give the Eagles plenty of extra chances.

DeJuan Clayton and Anthony Tarke each scored 22 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 33% but made 10 3-pointers — seven coming after halftime — to keep the pressure on Duke the entire second half.

South Carolina guard Destanni Henderson shoots over South Dakota defender Maddie Krull during the Gamecocks’ 81-71 win on Saturday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Josh Jurgens/Associated Press


(1) SOUTH CAROLINA 81, SOUTH DAKOTA 71: Destanni Henderson and Zia Cooke each scored 19 points, and the Gamecocks (2-0) pulled away from the Coyotes (0-1) in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Henderson finished two points shy of a career high. She was 8 of 13 from the floor and also had nine rebounds.

Chloe Lamb led South Dakota with 18 points, and Hannah Sjerven added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

South Carolina trailed by five during the second quarter and the game was tied 37-37 at halftime before the Gamecocks pulled away. They outscored the Coyotes 31-11 in the third quarter, and Cooke’s basket with 19 seconds left gave the Gamecocks a 20-point lead entering the final frame.

They stretched the advantage to 21 in the fourth quarter before South Dakota cut it to seven with just under a minute to play.

(14) ARKANSAS 86, FLORIDA GULF COAST 80: Chelsea Dungee scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half, 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Razorbacks (3-0) made four free throws in the final 11 seconds to pull out a win over the Eagles (1-2) at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Razorbacks trailed most of the way before Dungee’s 3-pointer with 2:15 left them up for good at 77-74. Tishara Morehouse made a layup for the Eagles but Arkansas was 7 of 8 from the line in the final two minutes.

Morehouse, who poured in 35 points for the Eagles, made it 82-80 with 34 seconds left but Amber Ramirez and Marquesha Davis sealed it with free throws. It was the only two points of the game for Davis. Arkansas went 9 of 12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and 26 of 34 for the game while FGCU was 5 of 10.

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Sarah Fuller Is First Woman to Play in Power 5 Football Game

College football history has been made! On Nov. 28, Vanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five game as the Commodores took on the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Fuller’s barrier-breaking moment came at the beginning of the second half when she took the field as a placekicker to start the play. Vanderbilt posted a video of the historic feat on Instagram, writing, “Sarah Fuller kicks off for Vanderbilt Making history.”

Earlier in the week, the 21-year-old athlete was tapped to suit up after other Vanderbilt team members were benched due to possible exposure to COVID-19. Ahead of the big game, she shared her excitement on Instagram, posting a picture of her football helmet with the saying “Play Like a Girl” printed on the back. The slogan refers to the nonprofit of the same name that inspires girls to partake in sports and STEM programs. “Let’s make history. #playlikeagirl #anchordown,” Fuller captioned her post. The Texas native also plays for the university’s soccer team, which won the SEC Tournament championship on Nov. 22. Watch her momentous kick above!

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Hindu fury as Oxford University college offers Haribo Goldbears at a dinner to celebrate Diwali

Hindu fury as Oxford University college offers Haribo Goldbears sweets at a dinner to celebrate Diwali – even though they contain beef

  • Oxford college says sorry for offering Haribo Goldbears sweets at a Diwali dinner
  • Christ Church admitted the choice of sweet had not been ‘properly scrutinised’ 
  • Beef consumption conflicts with the Hindu faith as cows are considered sacred

It was the sugary treat that left a rather sour taste. One of Oxford University’s most prestigious colleges has apologised for offering Haribo Goldbears sweets at a dinner to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali – even though they contain beef.

The consumption of beef conflicts with the Hindu faith as cows are considered sacred, and angry students took to social media to criticise the blunder at Christ Church.

Writing on Oxfess, the university’s Facebook ‘confessions’ page, one said: ‘Pls just someone give more than five seconds thought to ‘minority’ students next time.’

While most of Haribo's UK products contain gelatine derived from pork, Halal products, such as its cola bottles, cherries and Goldbears, have a beef substitute

While most of Haribo’s UK products contain gelatine derived from pork, Halal products, such as its cola bottles, cherries and Goldbears, have a beef substitute

Another wrote: ‘The complete lack of thought that went into giving Haribos as a Diwali sweet is pretty appalling, even as someone who’s not religious.’

Diwali – a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs from mid-October to mid-November – is traditionally marked by the giving of sweets.

While most of Haribo’s UK products contain gelatine derived from pork, Halal products, such as its cola bottles, cherries and Goldbears, have a beef substitute.

Christ Church admitted last night that the choice of sweet had not been ‘properly scrutinised’.

A spokesman said: ‘Diwali celebrations at Christ Church are, in normal times, organised in conjunction with the students, but the usual arrangements were not in place this year because of the pandemic.

‘Unfortunately, the wrong sweets were provided at the first dinner as the ingredient list had not been properly scrutinised. We are sorry for any upset this may have caused.’

Earlier this year, the college, founded by Henry VIII in 1546, ordered staff and students to undergo training to combat racial bias, having introduced a compulsory anti-bias session as part of its induction programme.

Christ Church (pictured) admitted last night that the choice of sweet had not been 'properly scrutinised'

Christ Church (pictured) admitted last night that the choice of sweet had not been ‘properly scrutinised’


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Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power Five conference football game when she kicked off to start the second half against Missouri on Saturday.

Fuller kicked off the turf with a holder rather than using a tee, and she sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was pounced on by Missouri’s Mason Pack. Fuller didn’t get any opportunities in the first half as the Tigers opened a 21-0 lead over the Commodores.

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team this week after helping the Commodores win the Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend. COVID-19 protocols and restrictions left Vandy football coach Derek Mason with a limited number of specialists available against Missouri. Mason reached out to soccer coach Darren Ambrose for some help.

Fuller agreed to give football a try and practiced with the winless Commodores before making the trip to Missouri. She wore “Play Like A Girl” on the back of her helmet.

No woman had appeared in an SEC football game or for any Power Five team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997.

Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003.

April Goss was the second with an extra point for Kent State in 2015. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003.

“Let’s make history,” she wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.

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