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  • What to take away from Friday's dominant win by Penn women's basketball over Brown


    There’s a lot of basketball left to be played, but with four Ivy League games in the books, the Quakers are doing exactly what’s expected of them.

    Penn women's basketball put together a dominating performance with a that has now dropped four consecutive contests. Here are some takeaways from Friday night’s matchup as the Quakers look on toward an Ivy League slate that figures to be much more demanding.

    The first thing that jumped out about Penn’s showing against Brown was its defense. After a tightly contested, back-and-forth first quarter, the Red and Blue started the second quarter aggressively; they forced only five turnovers after making the Bears give the ball up eight times in the first ten minutes of play, but the Red and Blue limited Brown to just six points in the sec-old was excellent in Sunday's 4-3 win over Reading, bagging himself his first brace for the club.Reflecting on what he could contribute to the Blues this season, Mount said: "The goals are going to come from different places and I want to contributeond quarter. They went into halftime with a 23-point lead and from there, the margin only grew.

    “When you have a lead, [the other team] is making some changes at halftime,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. If they make a couple of shots coming out of the o Madrid fans.The defender will leave at the end of the season and addressed the home support after their 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday."Thanks everyone for giving me this day that I'll never forget," Godin said as he addressed the crowd with a micgates and you give them life, then you have to chase your way back, but I thought that right out of the gates, we came out strong and opened up the game.”

    The Quakers gave up 43 points to a Brown team that averages more than 70 per game and didn’t allow a double-figure scorer. Their disruptive defense forced 19 turnovers, which led to 23 points on the other end. If there were a recipe for success throughout the grind of a college basketball season, this kind of suffocating defense would be the main ingredient.

    On top of its airtight defensive performance, Penn was able to get things moving on the offensive side of the ball. The Red and Blue’s 83 points were good for their second-best scoring output of the season. Despite missing all nine of their attempts from beyond the arc in the first quarter, the Quakers worked the ball inside the paint, where they outscored their opponents 18-4 in the quarter and 44-18 throughout the game.

    “I liked the shots we were getting” said McLaughlin. “I play this game where the basket gets bigger once the ball goes in and it gets smaller when it doesn’t, so it’s uets tried to be positive after defeat at Valencia on Saturday.Busquets says they still must adapt to coach Quique Setien's system."In the first half we lacked cutting edge and the best thing at half-time was the result," said the midfielder. "In thepart of the sport.”

    Penn added 19 second-chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds. Its presence on the glass kept the Bears on their heels and out of transition. Strong offense makes for easier defense, and vice versa.

    Flexibility on the offensive end and lockdown defense are hallmarks of winning teams. Thus far, the Quakers have left each of their Ivy League matchups, all of which have come against teams that have more losses than wins, victorious. The Red and Blue are spreading the wealth – four players were in double figures against Brown, while sophomore guard Katie Kinum and junior guard Phoebe Sterba each added nine points – and winning the games that they need to win.

    Of course, not all games will be against sub-.500 competition — Saturday night will feature a matchup against a hot Yale team that is in search of its first win against the Red and Blue since the 2016-17 season — but the Quakers have taken advantage of their opportunities against weaker teams to show that their position atop the Ivy League is deserved. It remains to be seen whether Penn can continue its all-around performances throughout rest the Ivy League schedule.

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  • Wrestling | Sinfully good field at Vegas invite


    For senior 149-pounder Cesar Grajales and the Penn wrestling team, what happens in Vegas hopefully won't stay in Vegas.

    Grajales and the Quakers (1-1) expect their experience against top-flight competition at this weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to r Fedor Chalov has confirmed Crystal Palace are keen.Sandor Varga admits he's held talks with Palace manager Roy Hodgson about a deal this week for Chalov. However, Palace's £14m offer fell short of CSKA's valuation.He told Sport-Express: "Yes, he ccarry over later in the season.

    "We might only see these type of guys here [at] this tournament," Grajales said. "It could come into effect later when qualifying [for the NCAA tournament] comes into play."

    The invitational's field includes six ranked teams from the powerhouse Big Ten, including No. 12 Michigan, who beat the Red and Blue, 22-15, in a dual match earlier this season. Other top teams include No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Cornell, No.7 Illinois, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 10 Lehigh, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Boise State and No. 19 Indiana.

    With all that in mind, No. 23 Penn is more worried about double-leg takedowns than doubling down as they spend the next two days in Sin City.

    The Red and Blue are looking to improve on their 14th place finish from last year, which was highlighted by 125-pound junior Rollie Peterkin battling back from a semifinal loss to capture third place in his weightclass.

    "I think we're going to do a lot better," Peterkin said. "We have Matt Dragon back."

    t on Monday at Wolves.United go into the game on the back of victory over Chelsea."They were two tough games last season, we knew that because they are so hard to break down, they lie low, defend deep and are very good at counter-attacking," SolskjaeDragon - currently ranked 17th by the National Wrestling Coaches Association at 157 pounds - missed all of last season after taking a medical redshirt because of shoulder surgery.

    So far this season, Dragon is undefeated and looking quite fresh.

    And the Quakers know that to "do a lot better," they're going to have to keep their minds off of the craps tables and on the task at hand.

    Indeed, coacharson was left delighted with their emphatic 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa on Saturday.The Hornets were leading through Troy Deeney's goal shortly before the interval, but Adrian Mariappa's sending off for two bookable offences could have proved a big tu Rob Eiter and his team have no delusions about why they're flying out to Las Vegas on the University's dollar.

    "They know what they're going out there for," Eiter said. "It's not a vacation."

    Peterkin, currently ranked sixth, concurs.

    "At a wrestling tournament, it's really a single-track mind," he said. "All business."

    Peterkin and the Quakers are in the business of winning, and business is going to be good.

    At least, Peterkin thinks so.

    "I'm definitely looking to win it," he boldly proclaimed. "There's no reason that I shouldn't."

    Whether he should or not, Peterkin has reason to be humble: he lost, 10-4, to Michigan's Michael Watts during the teams' dual meet on Nov. 22. Watts, ranked No. 13 nationally at 125 pounds, will be one of Peterkin's toughest obstacles, along with No. 1 Angel Escobedo of Indiana.

    The Quakers might need some help from Lady Luck if they plan to triumph over the stacked deck of competition.

    But the Quakers welcome the opportunity to face the nation's toughest grapplers.

    Just ask Eiter.

    "In order to be the best, you gotta wrestle the best," he said. "And beat them."

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  • Football schedule sees little change in '09


    It's already that time again. Just two days after men's basketball was virtually eliminated from Ivy League championship contention, the first step toward the next football season took place.

    Penn Athletics released the 2009 football schedule around noon yesterday. With the Ivy League slate secured through 2023, there was little room for surprises when the announcement was made.

    There were only two major changes from last year's lineup. Instead of going on the road for two of their three non-conference games, the Quakers will host two and travel for one this year. The other change also rests in the non-conference schedule; last year's trip to Georof Europa League qualification.Palace head into their match against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday in 13th place in the Premier League but are still eight points behind Manchester United in fifth."We are an awful lot of points off the teamsgetown was replaced by a homestay against Bucknell, which Penn last faced in 2006 when it won, 34-24, in Lewisburg, Pa a surprisingly comfortable afternoon for Barcelona given Eibar's tendency to lift their game against the big teams at home."Ipurua is the litmus test," he said."They put a lot of pressure on you."You have to be very attentive to defend-add-ons-Brentford-Folarin-Balogun.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail says Brentford have had a bid rejected for £5m plus add-ons for Balogun. The Gunners turned down an offer and the Championship promotion hopefuls could face shock competition for Ba these crosses., and Joe Sandberg was still carrying the rock for the Quakers. The then-senior rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries in that game.

    The Red and Blue have started each of the last three seasons against inter-city rival Villanova as well as Lafayette. Not only do these two teams remain on the schedule in 2009, but the games will also stay in the same venues. The Quakers host the Wildcats on Sep. 19 and travel to Easton, Pa., on Sept. 26 to take on the Leopards.

    Last year at Franklin Field, Villanova's Salim Koroma recovered a Bradford Blackmon fumble in overtime to seal a 20-14 win. The following week against Lafayette, Penn fell behind 24-0 in the first half and a valiant comeback effort fell short as the Leopards held on, 24-17. That victory gave Lafayette their first back-to-back wins over Penn since 1980-82.

    After those two rematches, the Quakers head up to Hanover, N.H., to kick off Ivy League play against Dartmouth before returning home for the Bucknell game.

    As usual, the Ivy League games will alternate from last year's sites. In addition to Dartmouth, the Quakers will travel to Columbia as well as to the homes of 2009 Ivy League co-champions Brown and Harvard.

    Meanwhile, Penn plays host to Yale, Princeton and Cornell, which all fell to the Quakers at their home stadiums last year.

    The game against Yale on Oct. 24 will be the 2009 Family Weekend football game, while the Homecoming game will be on Nov. 7 against Princeton.

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  • It takes two: Doubles spurs Penn to win


    The Penn women's tennis team can now leave the Levy Pavilion courts without having lost there.

    The Quakers won't return home until April 11, when it will be warm enough to play outdoors. And in their indoor finale, they slipped by an all-international Old Dominion 4-3 to remain undefeated in their spring season.

    Unlike their first match, a 6-1 romp over cross-town Temple, this victory required a bit more sweat.

    The Quakers showed a natural inished business" in the Premier League.The striker is spending time on loan at QPR in the Championship this season.He has nine goals so far this season, and is hoping that another Premier League team look at him for next term.The 29-year-old wants tgrace only in their doubles sweep, taking most sets by at least a four-point margin. Senior captain Yulia Rivelis and sophomore Maria Anisimova, who played in the No. 1 doubles, made quick work of the Monarchs in an 8-2 win.

    The doubles sweep "gave us that little extra 'oomph,'" Rivelis said.

    They needed that momentum for singles play, which would prove to be a bit rockier.

    Senior Julia Koulbitskaya's easy win over the Monarch's Barbara Costa (6-1, 6-1) was soon offset by Anisimova and senior Charlotte Tansill's successive losses.

    "Julia's quick second win was vital for us," said assistant coach Sara Schiffman, who was leading the women in head coach Michael Dowd's place.

    "Old Dominion was very tough. They didn't back down."

    Breakout freshman and North Carolina native Alexa Ely responded with a solid win of her own (6-4, 6-0) in only the second dual match of her college career, pulling Penn even in singles with two wins and two losses.

    With the ontwo difficult fixtures in quick succession.Wolves are set to take on Liverpool and Manchester City during the festive Premier League fixtures.It means they must battle with the table toppers and last year's champions with less than two days in betweee point from doubles, the Quakers held a 3-2 lead.

    They turned to the experienced Rivelis to se Neres to join him at Goodison Park.Richarlison has apparently discussed a move to Everton with his Brazil team-mate Neres. "I've spoken to him about it already. I told him the doors are open for him there, and that he could help us a lot," he said. cure the final point needed to defeat the Lady Monarchs.

    The Moldova native took on South Africa's Charleen Haarhoff in a fiery three-set showdown filled with heated verbal exchanges and smoldering glares. In the end, the more experienced player took the win, and Rivelis came through for her teammates (6-1, 6-7, 6-3).

    "[Haarhoff] was a tough opponent," Rivelis said.

    "I lost my intensity a bit in the second set but picked it up in the third," she added. "There could have been moments where I focused a little better."

    Senior Michelle Mitchell lost the closest singles match of the evening (7-5, 3-6, 7-6), but by then, the Quakers had already sealed the win.

    Despite the result, the team was not overly pleased with its performance.

    "Maybe it wasn't the best day overall for everybody," Schiffman said, "but I thought the intensity was pretty good."

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  • Appell off to hot start in minors


    After pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings to start his professional career, Josh Appell finally gave up a run in the top of the seventh Tuesday night, raising his previously perfect ERA to 1.17.

    Appell entered his first Gulf Coast League game on July 14. It was a perfect day in Port St. Lucie, Fla., 85 degrees and sunny. Appell's pitching performance was nearly perf is reward for his work in preseason.Shaw won the title at the club's awards night last night.He said, “That's one of the main things you need to do here. You've probably heard the manager say that a lot of times. Hard work beats talent if talent dect as well.

    Entering in the fifth inning with one out and one man on base, Appell proceeded to shut down the rookie-league Nationals. He struck out three and walked one in one inning of no-hit relief.

    Unfortunately for his Mets, Appell's performance was not enough to escape a 5-4 loss.

    Last Wednesday Appell again dominated the Nationals' affiliate. In the bottom of the ninth, after his teammate, pitcher Michael Battista, gave up five runs in the first third of the inning, Appell was called in to the game.

    He quickly struck out the next two batters to keep the game tied, sending it into extra innings. He returned to pitch a perfect tenth inning with two ground-outs and a strikeout.

    When the Mets scored four runs in the eleventh to take the lead, Appell threw another scoreless inning to earn his first win as a professional baseball player. In the eleventh, Appell walked the leadoff man before getting the next batter to ground into a double play. Appell wrapped up his first win by getting the last batter to hit a pop-up.

    A few nights after earning his first win, Appell was put into the game with an opportunity to pick up the first save of his pro career. He was sent in to pitch the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Dodgers' rookie affiliate with the Mets leading 6-4. Appell retired the side in order, picking up a strikeout on the way to earning the first save of his career.

    Appell seemsane admits he responds to the man-management of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.Speaking to the official Liverpool FC magazine, Mamed Premier League champions at Goodison Park.If Manchester City were to lose another game between now and March 16 and the Reds kept their winning streak going, then they could be crowned champions just across Stanley Park."Liverpool is going to winne reserved praise for Klopp, who signed the Senegalese from Southampton in a £34million deal in June 2016.He said: "(He) a to have grown comfortable in his new number 43 Mets jersey, having given up only two hits, two walks and one run in four appearances as of last night.

    Appell was very excited about his performance so far and his first win.

    "I just want to build confidence and have coaches have confidence in me," he said.

    He says he is enjoying his role as a reliever-- coming into the game and having to understand the exact situation at hand.

    "I like the pressure," he said.

    Against the Gulf Coast League Marlins in the second half of a doubleheader, Appell went 1 2/3 perfect innings before giving up a double in the seventh inning and a run on a later wild pitch, ending both his hitless and scoreless streak.

    Nevertheless, Appell still earned his second win in the game, keeping his overall record squeaky clean.

    Appell's hot start has done nothing to diminish his hopes. Yet Appell understands that "baseball is a very humbling game," and realizes the necessity to "take every day at a time."

    So far however, each day of Appell's minor league experience has been everything he expected and more.

    "I knew that I was going to appreciate every little thing that came my way," Appell said. "I am having the time of life."


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  • Great beginnings, Greater goals


    As the meet against Ivy rival Columbia drew nearer, Penn women's swimming coach Mike Schnur had a decision to make.

    Before last year's match against Columbia, the team had rested, shaved and taken all measures necessary to achieve maximum speed. Still, they could not overcome the Lions.

    This year, Schnur did things a little differently.

    "I wanted to test the girls to see how well they had prepared and how tough they were," said Schnur, who had his team train through to the Columbia meet.

    The team passed his test with flying colors last Friday.

    The Quakers (3-1, 2-1 Ivy) surpassed the Lions (2-3, 1-3) 157-143 in an intense match that was determined by the very last event.

    "It was one of those meets where it comes down to the last few races," freshman Megan Carlin said. "Everyone was either on the blockhead or behind the blocks cheering for the swimmers in the water ... we ended up winning the last meet but it was really close. It came down to the last event."

    The Columbia win was "representative of how strong our team has gotten over the past couple of years," junior Laura Hotaling said. "This year we swam through it and trained hard ... we won by our own merit, not because of special suites or because we rested."

    The Red and Blue's success against Columbia affirms the swimmers' high hopes for the Ivy tournament this year. This 2004-05 squad has united to create a powerful aquatic threat.

    "They are a team with lots of heart, a close team," Schnur said. "They are a much tougher, more dedicated, heartfelt team" than those of past years.

    "Our success is indicative of how close we are," Hotaling said. "In past years it has been more competitive, but this year we are realizing that each person is an asset to the team."

    This idea of equality among the swimmers may stem from the success of this year's freshman class. Though young, the nine newcomers have already helped the Quakers conquer Cornell, La Salle, and most recently Columbia.

    "We are brinandes.Skriniar and Fernandes spent a year together at Italian club Sampdoria.The Portugal international has had an instant impact at Old Trafford since arriving from Sporting CP in January."I think one of my best team-mates was Bruno Fernandes," Skriging new people into positions of importance and they are responding beautifully," Schnur said.

    Carlin, a standout freshman, has already played an integral role in many of the team's quality wins. Though strongest in the 100-yard breaststroke, Carlin has also shown promise in the 200-yard breast.

    "Megan has stepped in as a freshman and she is already one of the best swimmers on the team, not to mention of the rest of the league," said Schnur, who was especially impressed by the freshman's performance in the 200 against Columbia. The 200 "is not her strength, but she had a great win over Columbia," Schnur said.

    The talent of this year's freshman class complements the skill of the team's veterans, who consistently lead and unify the team by example. Seniors Kathryn Stores, Maureen Schriver and Katie Coxe are just some of the upperclassmen who continue to lead the Quakers with outstanding performances.

    Juniors Hotaling and Kristen Kelly have also stepped up this year, contributing quality times to help power the squad. Even the sophomore class has assumed a greater role in the team's performances.

    "The sophomore class has really stepped up this year," Schnur said.

    In fact it seems that each class brings a different ingredient to the mix.

    But is it a recipe for success?

    The Quakers hope so. They continue to work intensely, aiming all of their efforts at the ultimate test of their abilities: the Ivy League Tournament, which takes place Feb. 24-26 at Princeton.

    "I just want us to throw everything we have into that last weekend in February," Schnur said.

    Though the team placed sixth laembrace their upcoming two games.Villa travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday before hosting current leaders Liverpool the following weekend.Goalkeeper Heaton said: “They are widely regarded as the two best teams in the league andst year, the swimmers have high hopes for their 2005 campaign.

    "A goal of the team is definitely to do better at the Ivy's," Carlin said. "Last year we got sixth by a one-point loss to Columbia, so we are definitely capable of moving up in the ranking."

    Tomorrow, the Quakers continue the quest for the Ivy League title when they travel to Harvard to swim against the defending Ivy League runners-up in a crucial matchup.

    Harvard sits at 4-0 in the Ancient Eight and 6-0 overall, coming oe regrets leaving Liverpool.Shelvey has said he should never have left Liverpool.Shelvey left Liverpool for Swansea in 2013, before joining the Magpies in 2016.“I probably shouldn't have left Liverpool," the former Charlton Athletic youngster told ff wins over Houston and Kansas. So to keep any hopes alive of a regular season title, the Quakers must come out victorious.

    And to do so, Penn must rely on the blend of senior leadership and young talent that has the bar set so high for the Quakers this season.

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  • Singles play carries Penn to two victories


    David Lynn ended his singles match against St. Bonaventure with a speeding ace past Mario Arce.

    The Penn men's tennis team finished off its five-game homestand equally strong. The Quakers downed Richmond on Saturday and beat St. Bonaventure on Sunday.

    The Red and Blue have gotten off to a hot start this season. And with the two wins this weekend the Red and Blue moved their record to a flawless 5-0.

    Despite their strong marks, the Quakers are far from perfect. Penn's doubles teams struggled all weekend, losing five of six matches. The 0-3 showing against the Spiders (4-2) on Saturday caused coach Mark Riley to shuffle his lineup before the next day's match against re competition next season after his battle for Burnley's right back spot with Phil Bardsley. "It's always good to have competition, it keeps you working hard ander manager Rafa Benitez for last season's loan.Kenedy now has his sights on being a regular with the Blues this season.He told the club's website: "I learned a lot from my time there."I was very happy with the amount I played. It was a great experien keeps you on your toes," he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph."Phil's a great playethe Bonnies (5-2).

    Riley replaced three of his six doubles players on Sunday. John Stetson was cycled into the lineup in place of Brandon O'Gara. It was the first time Stetson had played in a match for Penn in over a year.

    Riley's ability to interchange his starters demonstrates the depth of the Quakers roster.

    With their obvious struggles in doubles the Quakers were carried to their two wins on the strength of their singles play. Penn put together a 4-2 advantage over Richmond and needed every win in order to earn the victory. The Quakers singles players also dealt a 5-1 blow to St. Bonaventure.

    With the ineffectiveness of Penn's doubles teams, the Quakers were placed in an early hole both days. Riley was impressed with his team, believing that his players stepped up where a lot of others would have folded.

    Riley lauded the resiliency of his team adding that the Red and Blue put forth an excellent team effort and "came out ecord says United have the Greece international under consideration should they lose David de Gea.As De Gea continues to stall over new contract talks, United could cash in with just a year on his current deal.And as a contingency, United are lookingand played very strong."

    The epitome of this mental toughness was demonstrated Justin Lavner's match against Doug Banker of Richmond.

    With the entire match on the line, Lavner won decisively despite going to three sets -- 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 -- to carry the Quakers to victory.

    Given the recent success of the Red and Blue at the Levy Tennis Pavilion, Riley has reason to be optimistic about the future of his team. While he is always looking for improvement, especially from his struggling doubles combinations, he believes that the Penn squad as a whole will be tough on anyone's schedule.

    "As a group, it will take a lot to beat us," he said. "If we play every match hard, we will be tough toward the end of the season."

    The Quakers will next take the court when they travel to Maryland on Feb. 20 to take on the Terrapins.

    The Terps are 3-0 so far on the season, with victories over Gerogetown, Goucher College and George Washington.

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  • Penn not doomed by winless weekend


    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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  • W. Lax heads to Happy Valley with win streak


    The Penn women's lacrosse team will look to continue its torrid play of late when the Quakers travel to Happy Valley to challenge a highly touted Penn State team today.

    Penn has won its last three games by a combined score of 4Etienne Capoue.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is ready to back coach Rudi Garcia and spend big in the January market.Among the targets is a new midfield addition, which has led OL to Watford and Capoue. RMC says OL have approached Watford in recent2-10. The Quakers have improved their overall record to a respectable 5-7 and evened their Ivy League record at two.

    The recent hot play has put Penn back into the race for the Ancient Eight title and the team, as well as its coaches, are citing the much improved first-half efforts as the reason for success.

    "With all the games that we've won, we have done a really good job of playing our game in the first half," Penn coach Karin Brower said. "We didn't come out strong against Harvard. I think that we came into that game thinking we could win, and that won't be the case against Penn State. We need to have a strong first half. That will be a key."

    The Red and Blue have also made drastic improvements with their shooting.

    "I think we are taking better shots now than we were earlier in the season," senior co-captain Whitney Horton said. "It's improved a lot, and we just need to keep practicing."

    Brower also applauded the recent work ethic of the players and the time they have spent practicing their shooting.

    "There are definitely more kids that are working on [their shooting] and I'm glad that they are," Brower said. "It's really just a shame it took three quarters of the year to start to turn it around, but there has been definite improvement."

    With an important league game scheduled for this weekend against the current Ivy top-seed Dartmouth -- the Big Green are 5-0 in Ivy play -- today's contest could easily be overlooked by the Penn team. However, the Quakers insist that their number one priority are the Nittany Lions.

    "Even thoughed to be back for Manchester United's 1-0 win over Leicester City.The Brazilian replaced Nemanja Matic in the 67th minute at Old Trafford and put in an assured display alongside Scott McTominay at the base of United's midfield.And taking to Instagram this isn't a league game, we are all still looking at this as a big game," Horton said. "We see this game asnts to remain in the Premier League amid speculation linking him with Juventus. The Old Lady reportedly wants Sarri to replace their outgoing manager Max Allegri.The Italian has a proven pedigree in Serie A, but he says he wants to see out his contra a pretty intense local rivalry, and we really want to come out with a victory."

    A focused and determined attitude will be necessary if the Quakers want to entertain thoughts of an upset against either team this week.

    Penn State is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation by Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and were recently handed a pair of one-goal losses, 15-14 and 11-10, by the two best teams in the nation, Loyola and Maryland, respectively.

    If Penn wants to continue its current winning streak, the team will need solid efforts from all areas.

    "Penn State is a very quick team, just like Dartmouth and Princeton, so we are going to have to slow them down, maybe drop our midfielders back," Brower said.

    "We will also be facing much better goaltending over these next few games, but we need to just find open space and do the things that we have been doing. I think we can score on Penn State, and if we do, I think we have a good chance."

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    The are transiJefferson Lerma says Bournemouth have.Marca says Real coach Zinedine Zidane has met with Llorente face-to-face in recent days to inform him he should move on this summer.Llorente has attracted interest from Liverpool, however Alex Collado was thrilled to make his Barcelona debut in defeat at Celta Vigo.The 20-year-old replaced the injured Ousmane Dembele after just five minutes of play and spoke about his debut afterwards."I was more nervous in the warm-up," he said."Ernesto Valverde is a fantastic coach, he knows how to manage the dressing room and that's not easy."He always tells me to play like I do in the B team."Atletico are also keen.Atletico coach Diego Simeone is a fane their survival chances in their hands.The midfielder scored in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.Bournemouth now face Liverpool this weekend and Lerma told afcbTV: “We know we have a very difficult calendar.“Ttioning shortstop to second base, full-time, according to the San Jose Mercury News. He will begin the season at Double-A Richmond.

    Panik, who hit .188/.278/.188 in 18 plate appearances this spring, has only played shortstop since being selected in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft.

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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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    outfielder hit his first home run of the Cactus League on Saturday against the Royren this summer.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool are planning for the new season with Lovren on board.The Croatia centre-back has been linked with a summer move away from Anfield with AC Milan understood to be keen on securing his services.It's beenals. He launched a solo shot off Bruce Chen in his first at-bat and finished 1 for 3. DeJesus is batting .308 am.The Englishman has Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Pedro to pick from for the Champions League clash.Speaking ahead of the clash, Lampard said: "Christian Pulisic's impact was good when he came on as well. Callum gave me that in(8 for 26) through 11 spring games and told ESPN.com that he has made some adjustments working with hitting coach James Rowson. “We found something that clicks,” DeJesus said. “Actually, it’s just looking at the ball. You always take for granted seeing the ball but I started looking at the inner half of the ball and it’s helped me out because you’re e Gunnar Solskjaer.The 31-year-old made his first start of the season in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Leicester City."Of course [it has been frustrating]," Matic said. "I want to play, I always give my best for the team."The coach is the man who pickable to trust your hands and do all the stuff that I’m doing in the cage and can bring it to the game.”

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    The Reds made their first big cuts of the 2013 spring training season on Tuesday and among those optioned to Triple-A Louisville were starting pitcher candidates and . Pitchers and were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Pitcher and outfielder were senfor Bayern Munich over Real Madrid.Tofting says Eriksen's introverted personality wouldn't suit the bright lights of the Bernabeu."I'd rather see Christian at Bayern Munich," he told Sport 1. "For Real Madrid, he would have toory at Hellas Verona.Juve came from behind to win 2-1.Sarri said, “These players are accustomed to the Champions League and dealing with the fixture list. We did well to turn around a game that had become very difficult, but we need to improve our sell a huge number of jt to Class A Bakersfield, while pitcher was optioned to Class A Dayton. Several others were reassigned to minor league camp and they are as follows: RHP , RHP , C , IF ve signed West Ham United's Joe Powell for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year contract.The 21-year-old midfielder made just one first-team appearance for the Hammers, but had a successful loan at Northampton Town last season, losing just oneKristopher Negron and OF .

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    Braves starting pitcher continues to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and has thrown off the mound seven times over the past two weeks, .com reports. Beachy, who underwent the elbow procedure last June, has been working with limlo Ancelotti admits he was originally by sacked Chelsea at Goodison Park.The 60-year-old laughed as he recalled the dismissal."I was sacked here by Chelsea in the corridor down there," smiled Ancelotti. "I think you have to put a little plaque there ited effort and there is no timhampions League opponents Lokomotiv Moscosen is on Newcastle United's radar.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle have made the 25-year-old Dane their top transfer target for this summer's market.This season, Poulsen has scored three goals and produced five assists in 20 matches in the Bundew.A last-gasp Douglas Costa winner earned victory, after Leonardo Bonucci's goal-line clearance had kept out Joao Mario.“It was not one of our best performances," admitted Sarri to Sky Sport Italia.“We weretable for the next step in his rehab. "High schoolers would enjoy hitting off me at this point," he said Tuesday.

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    The Marlins begannn Murray is impressed with youngster Aaron Connolly.The latter made his Premier League debut against Manchester City.The 19-year-old is highly rated and could play a key role at the club for many years to come.Veteran attacker Murray is impressed by trimming their roster for the first time this spring and shuffled 11 players Friday. Relief pitcher was optioned to Trin Mount is in line for an England call.The Daily Mail says Mount is likely to be rewarded with an England call-up after his impressive early-season form for Chelsea.The midfielder has caught the eye for Frank Lampard's Blues and is expected to be incple-A New Orleans, while relief pitcher and third baseman were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Pitchers , by Duncan.The England U18 international left Liverpool in controversial circumstances at the start of the season, but is eager to move on again after just months in Florence.Duncan is unhappy playing at Primavera level with the Viola and his manageme, , , shortstop , third baseman and outfielder were all reassigned to Miami's minor-league camp.

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