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  • Penn swimming and diving sweep Dartmouth, fall to host Yale at Ivy League tri-meet

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    home side won 1-0 thanks to a well-taken first-half goal by Brazilian striker Richarlison but the Seagulls went close after the break with Leandro Trossard hitting the bar and Glenn Murray forcing a brilliant late save from England goalkeeper JordanPenn men's and women's swimming and diving opened 2020 by closing out their Ivy League tri-meet season.

    The Quakers kicked off the second half of their season in New Haven, Conn. with their final tri-meet against Yale and Dartmouth. While both the men’s and women’s teams were able to edge out the Big Green, they both also fell to the host Bulldogs.

    The women’s team (2-5, 2-4 Ivy) earned their second Ivy League victory of the season over Dartmouth (2-5, 1-3) by a margin of 170-130. However, the Quakers fell to undefeated Yale (6-0, 3-0), losing by a score of 217-83.

    The women achieved two first-place finishes, including a 1000-yard freestyle victory posted by sophomore with a time of 10:09.10. Buroker also finished fourth in the 500 free (5:03.49), just behind sophomore Grace Giddings, who had a time of 5:03.04 to finish third.

    The women’s other first-place finish was secured by senior Serena Xue in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:20.48. Xue was joined by sophomore Hannah Kannan, sophomore Monika Burzynska, and senior Emily Layne for the 200 medley relay; their time of 1:45.46 was enough to secure second place, but they were edged out of first by the Bulldogs.

    On the men’s side, while the Quakers (4-3, 3-3) were narrowly defeated by the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) by a score of 160-140, they were victorious over the Big Green (1-6, 0-4) by a margin of 195-105. The men’s team earned six first-place finishes atop the podium and showed off their g a stake in the Championship club, according to multiple reports, states, /.last year when 49ers Enterprises, the investment arm of the National Football League's (NFL) San Francisco 49ers, paid a reported UK£11 million for a minority share in the depth of talent with 19 swimmers placing in the top three.

    Leading the charge for the Red and Blue with three individual first-place finishes was junior Sean Lee, posting victories in the 100 butterfly (47.85), 200 fly (1:47.34), and 200 individual medley (1:52.21). Lee was also a member of the 200 medley relay team that notched a first-place finish for Penn with a time of 1:30.78.

    Junior Boris Yang had a standout performance. In addition to helping the 200 medley relay team to victory alongside Lee, Yang notched the two remaining first-place finishes for the Quakers in the 100 breaststroke (56.83) and 200 brHammarby are interested in Chelsea wing-back Joseph Colley.Off contract at the end of the month, Colley is leaving Chelsea this summer.And a return home to Sweden is mooted with fotbolldirekt.se reporting Hammarby are in contact.Colley, 20, is keen and would be happy to relocate to Bajen.Talks are now underway between the defender's agent and the Stockholm club.eaststroke (2:02.69). Yang also finished milliseconds behind Lee in the 200 IM, securing second place with his time of 1:52.27.

    Freshman Jason Schreiber posted a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 breast (57.79) and 200 breast (2:03.05), finishing just behind Yang in both events and adding to the tally of Penn swimmers placing in the top three.

    Neither men’s nor women’s diving was able to finish atop the podium, but senior finished second in the one-meter dive with a score of 274.75. finished just behind Diveris in third with a score of 271.95

    The Quakers will be back in action next Saturday at Sheerr Pool to wrap up Ivy competition with a pair of dual meets against Harvard.

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  • Penn women's basketball falls to Binghamton in home opener

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    Excitement was running high in the Palestra on Wednesday night as Penn women’s basketball opened its home slate against Binghamton. The night began with the unveiling of the Quakers’ 2015-16 Ivy League Championship banner, the program’s fourth addition to the Palestra’s rafters.

    The presentation was followed by a hype video compilation of the highlights from the 2015-16 season superimposed with red and blue headshots of the Quakers’ starting lineup. Still in their warm-ups, the Penn plaage Road.The two clubs are thrashing out the final details to settle the Dutch defender's transfer.TMW says Udinese see Zeegelaar as cover for Ken Sema, who joined the Zebrette from Watford just this past summer.Zeegelaar would arrive in an initial lyers gazed up at the scoreboard in awe as the lyrics “ready or not, here I come” blared throughout the Cathedral of College Basketball.

    It would be a foreboding anthem for the night, as Penn’s usually precise offense struggled to challenge the upstart Bearcats, falling 61-48 to Binghamton (1-2) in the Quakers’ (0-2) second straight nonconference loss of the week.

    “I thought we were prepared, I thought we were ready to go, the excitement was there it just didn’t translate,” coach Mike McLaughlin said of the home opener.

    “We got out-worked, we got out-willed and we got the result that we should have gotten.”

    The scoring action started with three-point swish from senior guard Kasey Chambers, but would stop not long after. In the first quarter, the Quakers shot just 2-for-10 before McLaughlin called a timeout to refocus his team.

    While Penn was able to recover a bit of momentum halfway through the first quarter, Binghamton took back control thanks to a late-quarter turnover by junior guard Anna Ross and a subsequent breakaway layup by Imani Watkins that put the visitors up 15-6.

    Binghamton’s lead would only widen in the second quarter. Senior center Sydney Stipanovich and junior forward Michelle Nwokedi temporarily fired up the Quakers’ attack with two back-to-back lay-ups, but shooting troubles continued to beleaguer the home team, as Penn was held scoreless for over six minutes whie eyeing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Currently on-loan with AC Milan, Bakayoko is expected to be sent back to Chelsea after a controversial past month. The midfielder has clashed with coach Rino Gattuso and also invited controversy after his le the Bearcats ran up the score 34-19. Penn finished the half shooting nine of 30, a slight regression from its first-half performance against Duke on Saturday in which the Quakers shot 12 of 31.

    “I just wanted them to play the game in a flow and I think we struggled,” McLaughlin said. “We’re playing each possession very choppy, very unsure of ourselves. We’re not getting anything easy in transition.”

    Indeed, the second half featured more choppy basketball from Penn. Nwokedi, who ended the night with a team-high 17 points, got hot late in the third quarter and scored two layups and just missed a three-pointer. But Binghamton answered with a basket every time and ended the first thirty minutes of play with a commanding 17-point lead.

    Things started to click for the Quakers in the final quarter, but it was too little too late. Stipanovich found glimpses of her peak defensive form, tallying 16 boards and four blocks. Rallying around its captain, the defense hit its groove in fits and spurts and managed to hold the Bearcats scoreless for over four minutes. Through that stretch, Penn was nearly equally unsuccessful on offense and tallied only just four points. The game ended as it started with a trey from Chambers; this one rained down as time expired.

    The eyes of the home team’s players were vacant as the Penn band serenaded the crowd with its usual upbeat rendition of “The Red and the Blue.” It was clear that the result was a shock.

    “I thought we were going to come in here in this environment and really do well and play good basketball and we did not do that,” McLaughlin said. “And that’s on me.”

    Penn has almost emerged on the other side of its initial whirlwind stretch, as the last of its six-day, three-game slate remains against Rhode Island (1-1) on Friday. McLaughlin’s team will have barely 48 hours to find its stride and shake off a disappointing start to Palestra play.

    “We just need to play better basketball for longer stretches and that’s my job to get that going,” he said. “One game doesn’t make a good season or a bad season.”

    As the Quakers look on to Friday, they must hope that neither do three.

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  • Penn softball can't overcome early deficit, falls to Villanova in the rain

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    Mother Nature and Villanova combined to give Penn softball an awfully rude welcome home on Wednesday.

    The Wildcats dominated the Quakers, opening up a huge lead and withstanding a late rally en route to an 8-4 victory. Villanova (14-18) provided plenty of run support for junior pitcher Kate Poppe, who dominated Penn (13-14) for most of the game.

    Sophomore Alexis Sargent tossed two scoreless frames to begin the game, but Wildcats’ sophomore Natalia Segovia opened up the scoring with a leadoff homer against Penn reliever Lauren Li in the top of the third. The visitors tacked on two more runs in the inning thanks to some subpar play from the Penn defense, which struggled throughout the game.

    Villanova added to its lead in the top of the fifth. Senior Alexis Borden retired the first two hitters she faced, but things unraveled from there. To say they unraveled quickly would be inaccurate, as the inning was halted by a brief rain delay. The Wildcats scored two runs on three hits, two steals, two wild pitches and a walk, extending its lead to 5-0.

    Villanova would pounce on Borden with two outs once more in the next inning, scoring three runs to open up an 8-0 lead before freshman Mason Spichiger came in to stop the bleeding.

    Penn finally got to Poppe in the home half of the sixth. After two quick outs to start the inning, Li worked a walk. Then, freshman infielder Jurie Joyner sent one over the right-field wall, luring a horde of jacket-clad Quakers out of the dugout and into the cold to celebrate and mob the freshman star once she had finished her trot around the bases.

    After Sargent singled and both sophomore Leah Allen and junior Korinne Raby were issued free passes, Poppe was pulled for sophomore Brette Lawrence. With the bases loaded, Lawrence on all 10 of his previous knockout fixtures as Liverpool manager and the financial rewards of reaching the Champions League final in 2018 - then winning the tournament 12 months ago - have been huge.The Liverpools-Champions-League-exit-cost-30millionwalked the first hitter she faced — Vanessa Weaver — to force in a run, and Allen scored on a wild pitch moments later. By the end of the inning, Villanova’s lead had been cut in half.

    But Penn did not score again, and the 8-4 score would hold for the remainder of the game.

    “There were definitely some bright spots at the end of this game,” assistant coach Dani Gonzales said of the late-inning push. “Hopefully we can continue the momentum with our bats and take it into this weekend. It shows that we have heart, that we have fight.”

    The miserable combination of rain, wind and cold did not provide a pleasant environment for a Penn team that had been hoping for a comfortable mid-week matchup at home following a weekend road trip.

    And the Quakers won’t get to stick around for long. They will play their next five games on the road, traveling to Ithaca for a four-game set against Cornell before playing one game hosted by a considerably more local opponent: Drexel.

    Penn has now dropped four of its past five games and is now under the .500 mark. If the Red and Blue want to turn thece Luis Suarez insists he has no problems knowing management are seeking to replace him.It's been suggested Barca are targeting Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez as a successor for the Uruguay international.And Suarez told Ovacion: "The fact that ir fortunesd their squad building after another difficult week.Pressure is mounting on Solskjaer to make January signings after Wednesday's 2-0 home defeat by Burnley.It was a second straight Premier League loss and the players were jeered."We've had one proper back around in the coming week, they’ll have to do it in enemy territory.

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  • Penn women's soccer ready for the first step forward

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    It’s soccer season in University City.

    Penn women’s soccer opens its season this weekend with two games — one away against Mount St. Mary’s and one home against Old Dominion — giving the team two chances to start out on the right foot.

    The season is young, so the Quakers are trying to focus on more short-term goals before setting thee Premier League will not use video assistant referees in 2019-20 to rule on goalkeepers moving off their line to save a penalty, reports BBC Sport.Three penalties have been retaken at the Women's World Cup after VAR ruled keepers did not have at leair eyes on an Ivy League championship or an NCAA berth. Right now, the team is taking every practice and game one day at a time.

    “We are kind of just starting small,” senior ally e closing in on the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.According to The Sun, the move has progressed to the extent that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will give Ndombele a tour of the club.Ndombele, who is 22, is already a French international aabused by Espanyol fans during Saturday's 1-1 draw.The 25-year-old even told captain Iker Muniain about the insults so that he could inform the referee, Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, however the official did not record it in his report after the back Haley Cooper said.

    The team is untested, with nine new players — including eight freshman and one junior transfer student — filling out the 27-person roster. At this point in the season, nothing is settled on the roster front.

    According to coach Darren Ambrose, the first few games of the season give the Quakers a chance to find the optimal formation and lineup before conference play opens against defending Ivy League champion Harvard on Sept. 27.

    “We want to see how the girls [play] before we decide on a final system,” he said. “We want to see who complements who so that we’ve got a system that allows us to maximize the depth of our roster.”

    Penn’s first game of the weekend will be away on Friday against Mount St. Mary’s (0-4). The Mount is coming into the match against Penn off of a close 0-1 loss to Lehigh last Sunday.

    The last time Penn took on the Mount, the Quakers emerged with a 4-0 victory. This year, the Red and Blue is hoping for a repeat outcome to bolster the young team’s confidence.

    Then, on Sunday, the Quakers will play Old Dominion (0-2) in their home opener at Rhodes Field at 2 p.m. This year marks the second time the Quakers have played the Monarchs after first meeting last year in Norfolk, Va.

    When the two teams played in 2013, Penn came back from a two-goal deficit in regulation to tie the game at 2-2. Despite outshooting the Monarchs, 17-7, Penn was unable to take the upper hand in either of the two overtime periods. The game ended in a tie, the Quakers’ second consecutive draw of the season.

    This year, the Red and Blue is hoping for a slightly different outcome and Cooper, one of the team’s three captains, knows the importance of the weekend.

    “It would be good to get two wins the first weekend, both away and home,” she said.

    Starting the season with a winning 2-0 record could help the Quakers gain momentum before they face Harvard later this month. Last year, the Crimson was responsible for the sole loss on Penn’s 5-1-1 conference record.

    While it is still too soon to make any promises about what will happen come November, the Quakers have their sights set far beyond this opening weekend.

    “Obviously,” said Cooper, “an Ivy League title is in the back of our minds.”

    For now, though, Penn is just looking to take its first step towards a winning record this season.

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  • Miller’s strike Penn's women's soccer in OT

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    When Penn women’s soccer faced Old Dominion last year, it played a gritty 110 minutes, clawing back from a two goal deficit to end the match in a 2-2 draw.

    But when the Quakers stared down the same opponent for its home opener on Sunday, they had one thing in mind: to win.

    And they did just that. It took 100 minutes of intense play, but the Quakers walked away with a 3-2 victory over the Lady Monarchs (0-3-2).

    Afe and a half years having guided the club to the League Cup final in 2015 and Champions League final earlier in 2019, losing both. His tenure coincided with the building of Tottenham's new stadium, ground being broken in 2015 and the club eventually ter the first half at Rhodes Field, Penn (2-0) was experiencing a mild case of deja vu. Old Dominion was up 2-0 after goals by Grace Haverly and Madison Hogan wiiker Saido Berahino after he failed to appear in court accused of not paying a £75,000 drink-driving fine.The ex-West Brom and Stoke City striker was due to appear at Willesden Magistrates' Court in north west London this morning to answer the chargthin the first 20 minutes.

    When halftime rolled around, coach Darren Ambrose realized his squad needed a change of mindset.

    “At halftime I didn’t mince my words,” he said. “There weren’t a lot of X’s and O’s.”

    Ambrose’s words had a clear impact on his team; when it emerged from the locker room, there was a different energy on the field.

    The Quakers clawed back with an unassisted goal from 25 yards out by sophomore midfielder Lindsay Sawczuk and a well-placed throw from Jill Kennedy that was tapped into the net by freshman forward Anna Estep in the 76th minute.

    Neither team was able to muscle ahead in the remaining 14 minutes of regulation play. The competition came down to which team was willing to go the extra mile, said freshman forward Kristen Miller.

    “It was a matter of wanting it and who would be willing to make the tackle, who was committed to getting in the box on the counterattack,” she said.

    Penn battled through nine minutes of overtime play before Miller took matters in her own hands, or in this case, her own feet. With just 12 seconds left in the period, Miller got control of a rebounding missed shot and volleyed the ball over the hands of Lady Monarch goalkeeper Meredith Lenox, securing a win for the Red and Blue in the process.

    “It was awesome,” the freshman said of her first collegiate goal.

    Ambrose was particularly impressed with Miller’s tenacity on the field.

    “She just never stops,” he said. “She is just such a competitor.”

    Penn’s win against Old Dominion was the team’s second of the weekend, after taking down winless Mount St. Mary 1-0 on Friday. Penn quickly got control of the match after an own goal early in the first half. Though no one on Penn’s roster managed to find the back of the net, the Quakers out-shot the Mount, 18-1.

    Despite the team’s pair of wins, Ambrose is aware that the team has a long way to go before they will be ready to take on conference foes.

    “I just don’t think we’re sharp on the ball yet,” he said. “At any one time [on the field], there are four freshman, there are two or three sophomores who didn’t start a game last year.”

    So far, Ambrose has been pleased with how the younger players have elevated their game.

    “You don’t really recognize [Lindsay Sawczuk] a lot of the time, but she kind of guts it out and does some very subtle things,” he says. “And [freshman forward] Natasha Davenport is a fireplug.”

    Within the Quakers’ 100 minutes against Old Dominion, there were undoubtedly flashes of brilliancee is ready to face Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial today.The pair are former AS Monaco teammates.“There might be a bit of chat and mickey-taking! You'll say things like: 'You're doing well at the moment, take it easy today and in the nex. But it is early in the season, and championship-winning teams are not forged in a mere two games. As Ambrose knows, this team has a lot left to learn.

    “The learning is how to compete,” he says. “And the only way you learn how to compete is getting games like that.”

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  • Three up, three down: Penn women's soccer ends nonconference slate

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    After a draw against Yale, Penn women’s soccer closes out its nonconference slate against Lehigh on Tuesday. Here’s what’s up and what’s down as the Quakers (5-5-3) take on the Mountain Hawks (4-5-5).

    To be frank, she is on fire. In Penn’s last five matches, the freshman forward has scored three of the Red and Blue’s four goals, including game winners against CoJoel Matip hopes he can continue scoring goals for Liverpool.The centre-back was a surprising figure to open the scoring for the Reds in Saturday's 3-1 win over Arsenal.Matip told the club's website: "I want to score more goals and it's nice that I could score, but it's early in the season and there's still a lot to increase. "Maybe I'll get the opportunity to score a few more."lumbia and Loyola (Md.). Last weekend, Provini provided the equalizer in the Quakers’ 1-1 tie with Yale. She currently leads Penn in scoring with seven points on the season.

    Tuesday’s match against Lehigh marks the Quakers last nonconference tilt of the 2014 season. This means that Penn has one last chance to work out its kinks before it faces its final two Ivy foes: Brown and Princeton. If the Red and Blue can pull out a win against the Mountain Hawks, they might just give the team enough momentum to finish the season with a 3-3-1 conference record.

    This season, Penn’s 10 goals have been netted by seven players. Of those seven, just two are upperclassmen — senior back Haley Cooper and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Moore. Sophomores Ana Chevtchenko and Lindsey Sawczuk and freshmen Provini, Anna Estep and Kristen Miller are responsible for the rest of the Quakers’ goals. As the team has gotten deeper into the season, a core group of freshmen and sophomores — players that will likely be the backbone of the team in the years to come — have dominated Penn’s presence in the opposing third. This is good news for the future of the team, both for the last three games of this season and for the long-term success of the women’s soccer program at Penn.

    In Penn’s last nine matches, seven have been decided by one goal or fewer. Thus, it is clear that the Red and Blue are battling through every game. But it seems like they can’t quite make the tables turn in their favor. That is not to say that the Quakers have not had close calls and near misses — in Penn’s last game against Yale on Saturday, junior midfielder Erin Mikolai’s would-be game-winner deflected off the crossbar with three minutes remaining in overtime.

    With a current Ivy record of 1-3-1, Penn is sitting at seventh place in the Ancient Eight — definitely not a mark that the team was hoping for back in August. With so little left of the season, it is unlikely that the Quakers will be able to finish much higher than the middle pack. Yes, the team is young. Yes, the team is injury-ridden. But this year’s performance has been disappointing.

    Ultimately, it won’t matter whether or not the Red and Blue can pull off a victory over the nonconference Mountain Hawks on Tuesday because their fate within the to the club's academy coaches.Rashford has been speaking to Inside United magazine about what makes the United academy so special.He said, “The coaches are very good and they're almost doing, maybe, 12 years of developing an individual.“And in thIvy League is all but sealed. Even if Penn defeats Brown and Princeton in the coming weeks, a top-three league finish is already out of the question. Unfortunately for the Quakee on Anfield - placed on the stadium by a witchdoctor.Grobbelaar, known for his lively character and fiery personality, opened up on a secret prior to Liverpool's Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday lunchtime.The 62-year-old recounted a stors, this year’s performance is not quite up to snuff with coach Darren Ambrose’s expectation of success, which he defined back in August as perennially finishing at the top of the conference.

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  • Mixed results end Penn men's tennis' year

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    It wasn’t the end the Quakers were looking for.

    Over the weekend, Penn men’s tennis closed out its season with three matches over three days, losing to Columbia at home, and then beating Binghamton and losing to Cornell on the road.

    While their 2-5 league record marks a one-game improvement from last season, it’s not what the Red and Blue had expected, nor what they had hoped for after starting off 2-0, a start which included a win over Princeton.

    “I didn’t think we played worse as the year went on, in fact in some ways I thought we playuricio Pochettino says documentary cameras filming his every move is a concern.Tottenham are the latest club to sign up with Amazon as part of the All Or Nothing series which previously featured Manchester City."When the club agreed the deal with Amaed a little bit better toward the end,” coach David Geatz said.

    “The competition was a little better at the end. We played the two best teams in the Ivy League [Columbia and Harvard] at the end of the year,” he added.

    On Friday, Penn ran into one of those teams: No. 19 Columbia, a behemoth which was on a 16-match win streak and which had dropped just one point in league play going into the match. The Lions routed the Red and Blue, 4-0, yielding only one set in total — to freshman Matt Nardella . Columbia went on to win its 11th Ivy League title — and its first since 2010 — over the weekend, as it finished undefeated in league play.

    After taking on their New York rivals, the Red and Blue headed up to the Empire State itself for their final matches of the year. Saturday was a more successful day for the Quakers, as they dropped Binghamton for the second straight year, taking the two through five-spot singles matches to win, 5-2. Penn finished 5-9 in nonconference play.

    No. 52 Cornell represented Penn’s final chance to finish with its best Ivy League record since the 2007-08 season, a feat it missed narrowly, losing 4-3. Penn took three singles matches on the backs of senior Zach Katz, sophomore Vim de Alwis and Nardella, the last of whom picked up his 13th win of the year. But the Quakers couldn’t earn that necessary fourth victory, something Katz and Geatz chalked up to the doubles point.

    For the three seniors on the team — Katz, Nikola Kocovic and Andrew Berman — Sunday marked their last day of Ivy League tennis.

    “[It’s] bittersweet,” Katz said. “I’m definitely going to miss it. It’s not the way you ever want to stop playing the sport you’ve been playing since you were four years old, but I’m happy to turn a new chapter.”

    Geatz praised the outgoing seniors, stopping especially to single out one of his co-captains, Katz.

    “Zach Katz is the best player in the Ivy League,” he said, noting that Katz didn’t drop a match in conference play.

    “There’s a lot more pressure, a lot more intensity, every match is so close and I think having played for four yearsder Matt Doherty has won praise from manager Nuno for his commitment.Doherty missed a month of pre-season but jumped back in from the start against FC Pyunik a week ago and contributed a goal in Armenia. The Irishman then retained his shirt for the r, you just get a lot more comfortable, and then the confidence that comes with that [helps],” Katz said of his performance in conference matches.

    While the five-game skid to end Ivy play left Penn with a bitter taste, with just three outgoing players, a strong incoming recruiting class and some play they're to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says City are still in the hunt for £80million-rated Maguire – but must offload Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala to fund the deal.The domestic treble winners are wary of Financers returning from injuries next year — including Ismael Lahlou, who filled the No. 3 singles spot last year — the Red and Blue have something to look forward to.

    “With good recruiting classes, coach Geatz and coach [Ty] Schaub will definitely have a nationally ranked program soon,” Katz said.

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  • Tydings | Hicks starting to stick for Quakers

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    While “Hicksanity” hasn’t quite caught on at the Palestra, Saturday’s performance at Penn State displayed that it is well on its way.

    Few positives came out of Penn’s double-digit loss to a shorthanded Penn State team, but freshman Tony Hicks’ showing gave a glimpse of the Quakers’ future.

    Down, 35-22, in the second half, Hicks was the spark that brought the team back into the game. Penn strugglion to re-sign centre-back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his work at Manchester United.The Norwegian has United in fifth place in the Premier League, as well as competing in the Europa League knockout stages and FA Cup.And Beckham thinks his former Red Devils teammate has the suppNathan Ake from Bournemouth.The Blues included a buy-back cause in Ake's contract when he joined the Cherries in 2017.And The Sun says the £40m clause remains active.The news will come as a blow to Tottenham Hotspur and Ared to attack the Nittany Lions’ 2-3 zone throughout the first half, but it was Hicks’ ability to create opportunities in transition that gave his team a chance to win at the end.

    Over the course of the year, a common theme for Penn has been the question of who will produce offensively in addition to juniors Fran Dougherty and Miles Cartwright. As the duo struggled to find the bottom of the net Saturday, these questions were only amplified.

    Yet the game also provided a likely answer. Hicks presented himself as an offensive threat, scoring eight consecutive points in a four-minute span. Within this time, he drained a three-pointer, took the ball coast-to-coast in transition and silenced the 3,000-plus fans at the Bryce Jordan Center with an impressive dunk. This play displayed the substantial athleticism he brings to the Red and Blue.

    “[Penn State forward] Ross Travis just closed out too hard,” Hicks said. “I was just a little faster than him, so I drove baseline. I saw the rim, so I just rose up.”

    Now it is time for Hicks to rise up in coach Jerome Allen’s rotation. When handed the keys to the offense in the second half, Hicks ran it effectively, taking the burden off the upperclassmen. While 30 minutes per game is a lot for a freshman, he showed he is ready for additional time on the floor.Considering the team’s slow start to the year, it cannot hurt to see what Hicks can do with extended playing time.

    What’s more, the freshman has already improved his poise with the rock in his hands. After averaging three turnovers per game through Penn’s first three contests, he has averaged just 1.2 since. If his recent performance is indicative of future play, Hicks could provide stability to a team that ranks last in the Ivy League in turnovers per game.

    The Quakers have also struggled from beyond the arc — they are last in the Ivies in three-point percentage. But Hicks contributes on the offensive side in other ways, even when he is not the one sinking the treys. His athleticism can help draw defenders and open long-range opportunities for other shooters.

    Yet Hicks does not come without faults. His field goal percentage ranks among the lowest on the team, and he still averages less than six points per game. But eight games into the seaso.Marca says Barcelona are determined to sign a back-up to Jordi Alba this summer and Guerreiro is under consideration.The Portuguese would not only compete with Alba but, with his contract coming to an end in 2020, he should be available at a reasonon, his 5.8 points per contest are the highest by a Penn freshman since Cartwright walked onto campus two years ago.

    Though it may be tough to enter the program after the loss of Zack Rosen, Hicks has shown the ability to one day take over the former Ivy League Player of the Year’s role at point guard.If there is anything valuable to take away from Penn’s loss to Penn State, it is that the time of Tony Hicks may be on its way for Penn basketball.

    STEVEN TYDINGS is a Wharton freshman from Hopewell, N.J. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Men's Basketball at the midway point

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    When Penn basketball coach Jerome Allen finalized his team’s 2011 non-conference schedule, he may have had one of two thoughts.

    Possibility one: Under the veteran leadership of seniors Zack Rosen, Tyler Bernardini and Rob Belcore, mave two fullbacks on their shopping list after selling Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.The Daily Star says Spurs have been offered £27m-rated Roma right back Alessandro Florenzi as a replacement for Trippier.But Spurs will only consider a move foy team will grow together as the result of playing multiple high-caliber programs. We will go into the Ivy slate confident that we can play with any team on any given day.

    Possibility two: With a young and shaky frontcourt, my team will struggle to match up with post players from the nation’s best programs. By the time the Ivy season rolls around, we will feel tired and dejected and lack the confidence needed for grueling Ivy weekends.

    In other words, the outcome of Allen’s strategy would be a toss-up ­until the non-conference schedule wrapped up and he sat down to finally study Ivy film.

    Allen has reached this point. And he has spoken.

    “Hopefully it helps us going forward,” Allen told the media during an Ivy teleconference this week. “But to be honest with you, I’m kind of disappointed in our results thus far playing against those teams.”

    Playing the best teams in college basketball is — or so it used to be — a staple of Penn’s program. As Allen put it, “that’s all I really know.”

    Still, the jury is out on how the Quakers’ first half of the season will affect the second half. Before the season began, former Penn player and current Athletic Director Steve Bilsky expressed similar positives and negatives about playing easily the toughest non-conference schedule in the Ivy League.

    “If you [lose] too often,” Bilsky said, “you have to make sure you keep your confidence. Some people would argue that when you get in the Ivies, you’ll be better for it. Sometimes that doesn’t work.”

    Without seeing the Quakers perform against the Ancient Eight yet, it is easy to say that constant over-matchups — and subsequent losses — didn’t “work.”

    “Sometimes when you’re beaten down and you lose your confidence, it doesn’t matter who’s next,” Bilsky continued. “You learn about your players.”

    Penn played five high-caliber teams in the short span of two months. Since Allen, Rosen and the rest of the Red and Blue live and die by believing there are “no moral victories,” this squad — which certainly has no shortage of talent — needed at least one tick in the win column. Against Temple, Pitt, Villanova, UCLA and Duke, the Quakers went 0-for.

    The season started with a bang: an overtime loss to Temple in the earliest Big 5 game in history in front of a raucous Palestra crowd. Aftea boss Maurizio Sarri admits his players are still adapting to his system.Sarri has just led Chelsea to the Europa League final.He told Sky Italia, “It's not easy, because you run into some pretty strong cultural differences, in terms of mentality,r the loss, Rosen asserted that “everybody in that [locker] room wholeheartedly believed that we deserved to win that game, and we were good enough to win the game.”

    Such a statement isn’t uncommon to hear following a loss. But Rosen’s assertion after Temple was believable. The Quakers could have pulled off the victory — they were in a position to do so — but the result didn’t go in their favor. Still, there was an air of ‘this is our year.’

    But against its next top opponent, Pitt, Penn fell by 20. A struggling Villanova squad controlled the game in an eight-point victory and a drama-loving UCLA team kept Rosen in check to win by four. The Quakers had perfect opportunities to upset any (or all) of these historically powerhouse programs, but they didn’t execute.

    While Duke was not likely to succumb to an upset by Penn, the 30-point blowout and the Devils’ 20-4 opening run was troubling.

    Last season, the Quakers made a name for themselves by climbing out of holes in the final minuRoma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi is finalising a loan move to Valencia.Florenzi is set to join Los Che to the end of the season.Asked for a comment by Sky Italia, he replied: “I am not emotionally ready to talk yet."He was asked if he had something to tell the Roma fans and laughed bitterly.“I have so much to say."Florenzi is set to undergo a Valencia medical on Thursday morning.tes of games. This season, the field is stronger than ever. Penn can no longer rely on late surges to win games.

    No, to win games, this squad must prove that its tough first-half schedule was worthwhile.

    The tournament starts now.

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  • W. Hoops Notebook | Highs and lows

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    Going into Saturday's matchup at Cory.The Swede, on-loan from Atalanta, has been linked with winter market moves to Wolves and Arsenal this week.But Lucarelli, while also discussing former Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, insists Kulusevski will stay for the entire season.He nell, the Penn women's basketball team had scored more than 63 points in a game just once all season.

    That "high" came at a "low": in an 81-70 loss to Temple that marked the beginning of a month-long, eight-game losing streak.

    In the first half against Cornell, Penn came out flat again, managing just 24 points and trailing by 11 at the break.

    But in the second half, the Quakers caught fire, torching the Big Red for a season-high 55 points on 73 percent shootingl return to Liverpool this week to assess his latest injury.The Wales international, on loan at the Cherries this season, was not able to face Chelsea on Saturday due to "strange" leg injury.Asked for an update on the Wrexham-born star's injury, Howe (16-for-22) from the field and 6-for-10 from three-point range.

    Coach Pat Knapp gave his team a pep talk at halftime, but ironically, senior Carrie Biemer said it was his emphasis on defending Cornell's three-point shooters that helped spark Penn's offense.

    "We had said that this was a winnable game, and we wanted to turn things around for ourselves," Biemer said. "Once we came out and hit a few shots . we just kept getting really confident and everything fell on top of each other."

    Fouling out. Because the Quakers do not have a strong, dependable presence in the frontcourt and only sparingly use dribble penetration, they have not always consistently gotten to the free-throw line.

    Last weekend, Harvard and Dartmouth combined to commit only 27 fouls, and against Harvard the free-throw disparity was 25-to-11 in favor of the Crimson.

    Foul trouble once again plagued at least one Penn player, as Biemer fouled out in only 13 minutes while trying to contain Columbia star forward Judie Lomax.

    "It was a pretty crazy game," Knapp said. "We got poor position, and we know offensively that we need to do different things."

    Against the Big Red, the Quakers' offensive surge was aided mightily by 17-for-21 shooting from the line in the second half, while Cornell attempted only 17 free throws in the entire game.

    Cornell and Penn tallied 19 fouls apiece, although 10 of Penn's fouls came from only two players, as Caitlin Slover and Katarina Lackner both fouled out.

    "You can question how the games have been called if you'd like, they've been very physical," Knapp said. "You could also question our defense. Are we in position so that we don't foul? And the third thing is, get the ball inside, take the ball to the basket, be aggressive."

    Powerful rebounding. The Quakers gave up an eye-popping 15 offensive rebounds to Columbia, which is even more staggering et was delighted to score for Sheffield United in Monday's 1-0 victory over Arsenal.The summer signing from Bournemouth endeared himself to the Blades faithful after his 30th minute strike sealed a memorable victory at Bramall Lane.He told Sky Sportswhen considering that Penn only corralled 15 defensive rebounds of its own.

    The battle for the boards has been a struggle for the team all season, but 6-foot-1 sophomore Erin Power was a bright spot this weekend.

    "Good rebounders really are made and developed; they're not born, and they don't always have size or tremendous jumping ability," Knapp said. "What Erin has done that has developed over her career is she goes and gets the ball. . That's just effort and desire, so I really like Erin's defensive rebounding."

    Power led the team in rebounding in both games (albeit with only five boards against Columbia) and recorded her first career double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and six assists against Cornell.

    "She goes after the ball so hard," Biemer said. "And she is a lot taller and has a lot more length than a lot of the people that she's guarding. So she has the ability, she has the size advantage and with the intensity on top of that, it can be a huge advantage over a lot of opponents."

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  • Carr has surgery for cancer

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    In early September, volleyball coach Kerry Carr was planning her season, making note of tough opponents like Princeton, exhausting terformance for their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.Anthony Martial's first half penalty was the difference between the sides but the hosts were guilty of squandering several good chances to level."I think after the Lrips to Florida and California and the "Dig Pink" breast cancer awareness event for Penn's home match against Dartmouth on Oct. 24.

    That's when the 40-year-old mother of two remembererevealed they tried to complete a deal for Hakim Ziyech in January.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join the Blues at the end of the season after the club agreed a £37million deal with Ajax.“We tried and it was not possible," the Blues boss tod that she was a couple months overdue for her mammogram and went in for one.

    Her doctor was concerned about spots on the X-rays and proceeded to perform a biopsy, after which he called Carr and her husband into his office to deliver the news. She had ductal carcinoma in situ - non-invasive breast cancer localized in the milk ducts, a non-life-threatening form of cancer but one which increases the risks of an invasive cancer in the future.

    "I was in shock," she said. "I sat there thinking to myself: 'I'm healthy, I feel 100 percent. They must be talking about someone else - this isn't me.'"

    At first, she was scheduled for a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous growths, but a subsequent MRI found more spots in her breast.

    "I took that news harder than anything else," she said. "Because I was ready for the lumpectomy, I had my gameplan and for the game to change like that . that was when I just lost it."

    Carr was then faced with a decision: Have the lumpectomy, or get a prophylactic mastectomy, in which surgeons would remove the entire breast in order to prevent the cancer from returning or spreading.

    While not an easy one to make, the decision for Carr was clear: Remove the whole breast.

    "I'm an aggressive coach and that's how I want to treat this cancer - I want to attack it aggressively," she said. "It's just easier to do this. I don't have to take hormonal drugs or get radiation on the other breast for years; my normalcy of life is better."

    The surgery, a 10-hour procedure that included both the mastectomy and the reconstructive work, was performed yesterday afternoon and was expected to have gone smoothly. As a result of the recovery, though, Carr will likely miss six to 12 weeks, meaning she will be out for the rest of the season.

    Assistant coach Ryan Goodwin will take Carr's place, backed up by Shawna Turbyfill, who joined the Quakers as an assistant this year.

    This will mark the longest time Carr has ever been away from the court as a coach, and she said that will but his hand up about returning to Fiorentina.Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso admits he's spoken with Batigol about a role with the club.The former striker said, “There is a lot of enthusiasm and the change of ownership really gave everyone a boost.e the hardest part.

    "You can't go out for an operation like that and be back the next day, and that's where the timing of it really sucks - no coach wants to leave their team for that long in midseason," Carr said. "And the fact that I won't be able to be with the team and have that distraction while I'm recovering and getting post-operative treatment is hard."

    In a show of support and solidarity, the entire team has bought breast cancer awareness wristbands, while some of the volleyball seniors are stepping up on the court to help fill the void left by Carr's absence. Senior Stephanie Gwin said she and her co-captain, Kathryn Turner, have shed their quiet, "lead-by-example" skins to be more vocal leaders.

    And Carr hasn't minded being vocal and open about her cancer. She has spoken to other media outlets and reached out to Penn volleyball alumni for their own cancer survival stories and encouragement.

    "It's like a scouting report of an opponent," she said. "You need to go around thinking and talking about how you're going to beat them. And the more you talk about it, the more convinced you are you'll win."

    Although her prognosis is good, Carr is still scared of the unknown, because she will have to wait until two weeks after the surgery to find out whether all the cancer was removed.

    "I don't show it around my players or coaches," she said. "I don't show it when I pick up my kids from school or when I sit down for dinner, but when I go to sleep at night and don't have those distractions - yeah, I'm scared."

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  • Penn not doomed by winless weekend

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    With the Penn men's basketball team facing its first 0-2 Ivy League start since 1991-92, the Quakers team of two years ago came to mind for coach Fran Dunphy.

    "Two years ago we definitely put ourselves behind the eight ball with a 2-3 start," Dunphy sstoph Freund is happy for Erling Haaland over his move to Borussia Dortmund.Haaland chose to join BVB after Manchester United pulled out of talks over agents and adviser demands.Meanwhile, Freund said: "It is incredible how Erling grew up with us andaid. "We had a group of really good guys who were able to turn things around and put it behind them."

    The 2001-02 team fell behind in the beginning of conference play with losses to Harvard, Columbia and Yale. After the loss to the Elis on Feb. 8, the Quakers had no choice but to win all of their remaining contests to keep alive any hope of an Ancient Eight title.

    Led by then-juniors Ugonna Onyekwe, Koko Archibong and Andrew Toole, the Red and Blue finished out the season with a nine-game winning streak, defeating Yale in the championship game of a three-team Ivy playoff to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

    This year's Quakers could still mathematically tie for first place in the Ivies if they lost another game. But for all intents and purposes, another loss would likely spell the end of the Quakers' run at a third consecutive title.

    "We're in a situation that we need to refocus," Dunphy said. "Only time will tell if this particular group will overcome the adversity that we now face."

    The Quakers actually did start out 0-2 in conference play during the 1989-90 season, Dunphy's first year at the helm. Penn lost at Princeton and at Brown before earning a weekend split against the Elis, eventually finishing third in the Ancient Eight.

    However, Dunphy said that he will not take anything specific from his first year with the Quakers to implement with his current team.

    "We are going to completely focus on what we have to do this season, which is take each game at a time, starting with this weekend," Dunphy said.

    While Dunphy contended that the toughest road weekend of the Ivy campaign is now behind them, he did not underplay the rest of the league schedule.

    "Any time you go on the road in this league they're going to be tostill in the building process, despite an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City.Ederson allowed Anthony Martial to fire United into a first half lead despite getting a hand to thelub winning the double.The Reds marched on in the FA Cup after defeating Everton in the third round at Anfield.The Reds were fielding a weakened line up with several youngsters, but still got the better of their experienced counterparts. Teenager Cur France striker's shot.In the second half his mis-control almost saw ugh games," he said.

    Senior captain Jeff Schiffner believes that whatever happens to the Quakers rests on the character of the team now, not methods of motivation from past years.

    "We have our backs to the wall a little bit, but we'll see how we respond," Schiffner said after the Brown loss. "That's what character teams are made of and we'll see what we got."

    One thing that the Quakers need to focus on is a more consistent output of scoring, especially as the game approaches the final minutes. In the majority of its games, Penn has gone through long periods with little or no offensive production, compensating these scoring droughts with brief runs.

    "It's the nature of the sport to go on runs," Dunphy said. "You just hope that your runs go on longer than theirs."

    But Penn's ability to sustain leads this season is lacking when it matters most. While the Quakers have outscored opponents in the first half by over 40, they have been outscored in the second half by four.

    "We certainly could be a bit more consistent on things generally, especially toward the end of games," Dunphy said. "Against Brown we made a couple of great runs but then could not prevent them from coming back."

    Junior Tim Begley leads the Ivies in three-point accuracy, making 46.2 percent of his shots from behind the arc. Senior center Adam Chubb leads the league in rebounds, averaging 7.4 boards per game.

    These rebounds do not always translate into points, however, as Penn frequently comes up empty on half-court sets in which its guards do not get open. A look at the team's 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio indicates that there is room for improvement on offense.

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  • ctory at Europa League opponents Torino.Moutinho h

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    pitcher showed he is ready for the regular season in his final outing of the Cactus League on Tuesday night against the Angels. He worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings, givinchester United striker Romelu Luk boss Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen the team spirit within his squad.As hee transfer window.Lampard was speaking before their FA Cup win at Hull City."There's no movement to speak of now," he told BT Sport. "It's clear, we got a punishment in the summer, for right or for wrong, where we couldn't bring in players and a puni prepares his side for their FA Cup third-round tie against Leeds at the Emirates on Monday night, Arteta - a former Arsenal skipper himself - is keen to engender a sense ofaku has agreed terms with Inter Milan.Gazzetta dello Sport says Lukaku has settled personal terms with the Serie A club, which will see him earn over £6m in bonuses.The two clubs are yet to agree a fee with United lng up just two hits while striking out eight. The right-hander also walked one. Kennedy, Arizona's opening-day starter, posted a 4.67 ERA in four starts this spring while striking out 17 in 17 1/3 innings.

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  • rns 33 in February and his current deal expires at

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    manager Ned Yost said Thursday no decision has been made yet on who wian Tierney will join Arsenal.And he is worries about the shockwaves that will send ripplinice Evra is adamant Paul Pogba will be staying this season.Real Madrid remain keen on the midfielder.But Evra, speaking in Monaco for the Champions League draw, stated: "Paul is focused, Paul is in Manchester and he will stay in Manchester. There havg through the Hoops support.Walker said, "It will be a real downer for the fans when Kieran Tierney leaves."You can lose any player and fans will just accept itll back up starting catcher Salvador Perez, according to The Kansas City Star.

    Yost said the decision between and will go until the last day of camp, whicArsenal to face PSG, as Glasgow take on Wolfsburg in the Women's Champions League.Arsenal v Paris St-GermainGlasgow City v WolfsburgAtletico Madrid v BarcelonaLyon v Bayern MunichSemi-final drawArsenal/Paris St-Germain v Lyon/Bayern MunichGlasgow City/Wolfsburg v Atletico Madrid/Barcelonah is Friday.

    Kottaras is batting .324 (11 for 34) with three doubles, six RBI and 10 walks in 17 games. Hayes is batting .306 (11 for 36) with one double, one triple, two homers and 10 RBI in 19 games.

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  • Thierry Henry is being discussed at Barcelona.The

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    The Los Angeles Times reports fellow Cuban defector and A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who finished second in the AL rookie of the year voting in 2012, said prospect shouldn't be sent back to the minors. 

    "To me and to anyone who's seen what he's done, he's ready," Cespedes said.

    Puig is turning heads in camp this spring with a .500 average (23 for 46) through 21 games. He also hk to discuss his career and ambitions for tnderson slammed Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov after he refused to outright condemn racist behaviour directed towards England in Sofia on Monday night.Play was stopped twice during the match - an eventual 6-0 win for England - because of racist chanhe season. Nothing is off limits in this Q&A as Marc discusses working with Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel, along with life from the La Masia academy to what he finds today with Betis.It was really goodas one triple, three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, 13 runs and four stolen bases. 

    Asked whether he thought Puig could match his rookie numbers, Cespedes replied, "Of course. He can do even more."

    m Howard is part-owner of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.Howard, 40, who made 414 appearances for the Blues across a decade-long stint between 2006-16 – more than any other player from outside the British Isles – played the final game of his profess

    The Dodgers have recently been evading the question on whether or not Puig will make the opening day roster because their outfield is already stacked with Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

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