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  • Penn men's basketball edges George Mason in season opener, loses Betley to injury

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    Basketball season is back, and it didn’t take long for there to be a lot of drama.

    In a thrilling season opener that came down to the final seconds, Penn men’s basketball took down George Mason, 72-71. Even with the win, the biggest story of the night, however, was an injury to junior guard Ryan Betley.

    Just five minutes into the first half, Betley went down awkwardly on the baseline. His teammates immediately signaled for medical staff to come over, and he remained on the ground for several minutes. He was eventually helped off the court by teammates.

    He returned to the bench in the middle of the second half with a crutch and large brace on his righld Unghing up a raid on the French transfer market.Marca says Real are already looking at young talents who are standing out this season.First on the list is midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is already featuring for Rennes at 16 years of age.After makingited's promotion.Warnock was asked on Friday whether he would be getting a season ticket for the Blades."No. I did message Chris. It's a tremendous achievement I think everybody thought they'd fall by the wayside," he said. "They showed tremendot leg. On Wednesday, Betley announced on Twitter that the injury was a ruptured patellar tendon that would require surgery and keep him out for the remainder of the season.

    "It's not good. It's just aWilfried Zaha.The Arsenal-news-Wilfried-Zaha-Ryan-Fraser-transfer-target">Daily StarArsenal-news-Wilfried-Zaha-Ryan-Fraser-transfer-target"> says Gunners boss Unai Emery remains adamant that adding pace on the flanks is the most effective use of his hard part of this game. He puts [in] so much effort, wanted to have a great year, and it's just probably not going to happen," coach Steve Donahue said. "The only silver lining on this — it's the first game of the year. He doesn't lose a year of eligibility."

    "We always can rally. You know we're a family. I can't mention it enough — we're big on family," senior guard Antonio Woods said. "When one of our brothers goes down, we have to pick each other up, next guy steps up."

    In his absence, several players stepped up for the Quakers. For most of the first half, it was freshman forward Michael Wang who served as the three-point specialist. In his first collegiate game, Wang knocked down four treys and amassed 14 points, all of which came in the first half.

    "We've seen signs of it, but you never know when the lights are on exactly what he's going to do," Donahue said about Wang.

    After leading for much of the first 20 minutes, though, the Quakers saw their lead slip away. A series of fouls allowed the Patriots to push ahead and finish the half leading 37-33.

    The Patriots continued that strong run of play in the second half, stretching the lead to nine points. But the Quakers slowly began chipping away, with their comeback led by junior forward AJ Brodeur, who finished the game with a team-high 19 points. A layup from junior guard Devon Goodman brought the score within one with eight minutes left.

    That’s when senior guard Antonio Woods took over. He spent the first 13 minutes of the half on the bench with four fouls, but once he checked back in, he scored at will. In a two minute stretch, he scored eight straight points for the Quakers, all of which came while attacking the rim. Even so, the Patriots kept pace.

    "We rested him to the eight [minute timeout], that was our plan when you have four fouls. I love that he had the initiative to come in, and I think he felt that we needed something," Donahue said about Woods.

    The Quakers finally struck through with 2:17 left to play. A defensive stand, followed by a layup from Brodeur, gave the Quakers the lead for the first time since before the end of the first half.

    At that point, the game bounced back and forth. George Mason’s Otis Livingston II made a jump shot, and the Patriots added a bucket on a free throw. However, Woods once again came through to tie the game with just over a minute left.

    And that’s when Penn’s defense went into lockdown mode. The Quakers forced two consecutive misses, and Brodeur made one key free throw to put Penn up for good.

    Penn had plenty of chances to put the game away, but Woods and Brodeur combined to go 1 for 6 from the line in the final minute. An offensive rebound off a missed free throw gave the Quakers an extra chance to ice the game, but they came up empty at the line once again.

    "I feel like it was first game jitters," Woods said. "[It was] a great atmosphere, we just kind of took our mind off it."

    With just six seconds left, the Patriots had their last chance. They grabbed the ball off of Woods’ last miss and moved the ball quickly up the court, but the last-second shot came up short.

    The resiliency of the Quakers was on full display tonight. Ten different players scored a bucket, and the team refused to quit even when confronted with injuries and foul trouble. The team's perseverance will be especially important as the team moves on without one of its best players.

    This story was updated at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday after Ryan Betley announced his injury on Twitter.

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  • After beating La Salle, Penn volleyball drops last two matches of Big 5 Tournament

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    With five former captains having graduated this spring leading to an unprecedented senior-less roster, it’s no secret that turnover has been a constant storyline following Penn volleyball in 2016.

    But, at least for one weekend, it seemed everything was the same for the Red and Blue.

    At the Big 5 Tournament in Philadelphia this weekend, Penn finished with identical results for the third consecutive year, beating La Salle while falling to Villanova and Temple to finish the event with a 1-2 record.

    “Definitely on paper, that’s the way it should’ve happened,” coach Kerry Carr said. “TAllegri.Allegri was pushed out of the club at the end of last season and with Juve now battling to maintain their title defence, Tardelli says Bianconeri fans are realising how important their old coach was."He was never so loved by fans, a winning cemple and Villanova finished much stronger [than us] last year and both had really good returning groups, so we knew we were going to have to play our very best to compete.”

    Penn (4-7) hadn’t lost to the Explorers (8-7) in program history prior to Friday night’s tournament opener at the Palestra, and the Quakers kept their unblemished mark intact with a comfortable victory over La Salle in straight sets – the team’s first sweep of the season.

    After becoming Penn’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since 2012 following last week’s Penn Invitational, freshman outside hitter Caroline Furrer picked up right where she left off in Friday’s home showdown, setting the tone with seven kills in ths three England contenders.Dyche hopes his side can build on that impressive run against an out-of-sorts Tottenham heading north on the back of four straight defeats in all competitions.He said: “I want more clean sheets because that's a sign you're opening set en route to finishing with a match-high 12.

    But beyond Furrer’s continued offensive dominance, a stellar team defensive effort was the story behind Penn’s success on Friday. Middle blocker Hayley Molnar had a career-high four blocks at the net, while three Quakers had double-digit digs, led by junior libero Michelle Pereira’s 13.

    Overall, La Salle was held to a miniscule .107 hitting percentage for the evening (compared to Penn’s .252), allowing the Red and Blue to keep any comeback efforts at bay in the 25-21, 25-21,25-19 victory.

    “La Salle was a lot better than last year, so I thought we did a good job in coming out, and we were able to beat them in three sets which is something that we haven’t done in a while,” Carr said. “I thought it was a really good performance for the weekend.”

    Friday night was also notable for an intriguing off-the-court showdown – first-year Penn assistant Scott Schweihofer faced off against hiswife and La Salle head coach Caitlin Schweihofer (née Rimgaila) for the fied the performance of Ethan Ampadu after victory over Azerbaijan.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard opted to allow Ampadu to join German challengers RB Leipzig on loan for his first season as Blues boss despite their ongoing transfer ban.Giggs said: "He's harst time in the former’s Penn career, enabling him to a bit of bragging rights for the night.

    “Even during the whole interview process, Caitlin and Scott – Caitlin is a friend of mine as well – were strictly professional and never let any of that into our friendship,” Carr said. “They definitely downplayed it as well; I think it was nice that after it was all done, we could be friendly and chat again.”

    Unfortunately, the emotional high for the Red and Blue would only last a day, as the Quakers proceeded to struggle on Saturday. First up, Penn took on a strong Villanova squad coming off of a 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance, and the team was outmatched from the start.

    Although Pereira provided a bright spot for the Quakers with a match-leading 14 digs, Penn had few other answers to a stacked Wildcats’ offensive attack, as Villanova (9-4) managed to secure 46 kills with a measly seven errors, hitting .394 to cruise to an easy 25-14, 25-11, 25-22 win.

    In the nightcap, Penn had a chance to play spoiler against Temple, who was 2-0 in the tournament entering the finale. But the Owls (7-3) wouldn’t allow any such lapse, making sure to take care of the Quakers early en route to clinching their first Big 5 Tournament title since 2014.

    Outside hitter Irem Asci spearheaded the Owls’ effort with 14 kills and 11 assists, as Temple took a comfortable 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 victory to seal the tournament championship.

    “I think that the Ivy League is getting better and better, so we really need to schedule those kind of teams,” Carr said. “We just take our lumps a little bit and see what we can get out of it, and we knew that we were playing with them; our offense worked against them when we were in our system. ... it’s not like we have to grow new players, so I think that type of confidence gets you ready for the Ivy League.”

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  • Green Bay Packers sign Greg Van Roten

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    Three-time All-Ivy offensive lineman and recent graduate Greg Van Roten just signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.

    Van Roten will attend the Packers training camp, which runs from Thursday, July 26, to Tuesday, August 28, and includes preseason games against the San Diego Chargers, the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs.

    “I’m so happy for Greg,” said Penn offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jon McLaughlin. “This opportunity is a real testament to him and all the hard work he’s put in. Coming out of high school, he was told by several coaches that he couldn’t play at the Division I level, and he always used that as motivation.”

    Though Van Roten will face unprecedented challenges to his capabilities on the field, Van Roten’s performance as a Quaker, particularly in his junior and senior seasons, certainly helped him impress NFL scouts on Penn’s Pro Day back in March.

    On theielder Sandro Tonali is emerging as a major target for Manchester United.The Sun says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received glowing reports and their Italian spies watched him play the full 90 minutes in last Monday's goalless draw with Fiore Pro Day, at which Van Roten’s teammates Luke Nawrocki, Erik Rask and Matt Hamscher also participated, Van Roten put up numbers that were on par with results reported from the NFL Regional Combine hosted at the New York Jets facility.

    In the 40-yard dash, Van Roten ran a 5.06 seconds, compared to the average combine time of 5.11 seconds. His vertical jump reached 34.5 feet, two inches better than the combine average of 32.5.

    As a result of his Pro Day performance and stellar junior and senior seasons as a Quaker, Van Roten was invited to play at three NFL mini-camps in May. The invites came from the Chargers, the Jets and the Packers, and he chose to attend thlegends match next year, nine years after leaving the club to sign for Cime header helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.Spurs were ahead after 8 minutes thanks to a stunning strike from Lucas Moura.Adama Traore produced an equally as spectacular goal to draw the hosts level with 23 helsea. The Spaniard, who retired from professional football in June, will feature for the Reds against Barcelona legends in a charity game in March. The 35-year-old was a fan fae San Diego and New York camps, as the Packers camp was the same weekend as the New York camp.

    In his senior season, even despite his switch from tackle to guard midway through the season, Van Roten anchored the fifth-best offense in program history (2,284 total yards of offense).

    Van Roten was also an All-Ivy honoree on the 2010 squad that had the highest rushing and scoring offense in the Ivy League. That year, the Red and Blue also finished with the sixth-best rushing attack in the FCS and the second-best rushing season in program history.

    Van Roten finished his Penn career with a 28-12 record overall and a 23-5 Ivy League mark. The Class of 2012 won two Ivy titles and were just the third team ever to string together back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons.

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  • Belcore’s big night boosts Quakers above Brown

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. —The Penn men’s basketball team wasn’t about to let its quest for an Ivy title come to a halt this weekend.

    The Quakers rallied after their first Ivy loss to Yale and, with some help from senior forward Rob Belcore, emerged victorious over Brown Saturday, 65-48.

    “We know what we’re getting from him every night — his hard work and effort,” freshman Henry Brooks said of Belcore’s performance. “But tonight it prevailed on the stat sheet.”

    Although it took nearly two minutes for either team to put points on the board, in the end, the Red and Blue (12-10, 4-1 Ivy) coasted past the Bears (7-16, 1-5) for their 100th win in the history of the series.

    “Talk about bouncing back — that’s the magic of the Ivy League,” Belcore said. “That’s what you have to do. That’s what good teams are supposed to do. We’re a senior-led team, [myself], Zack [Rosen], Tyler [Bernardini] and Mike [Howlett]. We’ve been through the ringer for a long time and we’re not going to let this team fold.”

    Belcore led the charge for tle with extra investment.Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers made a similar claim last week.Suarez was a driving force in the team under Rodgers in 2013/14 that had previously been nearest to ending a title drought that stretches back to 1990.The Uruhe Quakers in the first half with 10 points — an impressive effort for the defensive stalwart. His stellar play continued after halftime, as he recorded his second double-double of the season. Belcore finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, along with three steals.

    “I have no explanation,” Belcore said of the multitude of open shots he was given. “I don’t know Brown’s game plan,er says John Egan is set for a big 2020.Egan, the son of a Gaelic football legend, captained the Republic of Ireland during last month's friendly against Bulgaria despite winning only his fifth senior cap."I think if you know John, he's so proud of h I don’t know what they were doing out there. I was just open. I had looks and I took them.”

    Penn jumped out to an early lead, entering the locker room up, 36-21. But Brown went on an offensive run at the beginning of the second half, in which junior forward Andrew McCarthy racked up nine of his 20 total points. The Bears narrowed the Quakers’ lead to eight points with 12 minutes remaining on the clock.

    “To [McCarthy’s] credit, he made some shots,” Allen said. “But to be quite honest with you, we took the foot off the gas a little bit at the start of the second half and we gave up two quick buckets and our interior defense wasn’t ready to play at the start of the second half.”

    Belcore held himself personally responsible for McCarthy’s play at the beginning of the second.

    “My guy got two easy buckets in the paint,” he said. “That’s something I shouldn’t have done. As someone who prides [himself] on [his] defense, that was completely unacceptable.”

    Rosen propelled the Quakers’ offensive productivity, albeit in an atypical way. He put up his first points with 0:19 remaining in the first, scoring a trey to ice Penn’s first half lead. He netted 11 points on the night and led the team with five assists.

    “That meant that [Rosen] was making the right decisions and trusting his teammates and letting the game come to him,” Allen said. “And that says a lot, when you [have] a guy who’s been scoring the ball at will to just have a selfless approach just about the game and playing it the right way.”

    The Quakers face Harvard in a game of paramount importance Friday. The matchup, which pits two of the Ancient Eight’s top teams against each other, has strong implications on the title race.

    “I don’t have to say [much] about how big of a game this is for league standings and just how well Harvard’s playing,” Belcore said. “We know what we have to do.”More coverage

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  • Knapp vents, now must stop Van De Venter

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    There's no place to go but up.

    After an embarrassing 66-26 loss to Villanova on Saturday, the women's basketball team is looking to rebound when it hosts the Lafayette Leopards (5-3) at the Palestra tonight.

    "We're anxious to show that we're not the team that we were against Villanova," junior Anca Popovici said.

    Penn (3-4) will also be looking for bragging rights over its intrastate rivals. The teams' records are dead even in their 16 meetings in Philadelphia and in their 32 contests overall.

    Last year, the Quakers rode then-senior Monica Naltner's 37 points to a 78-74 victory in Easton.

    This season, though, they will be facing a surging Leopards squad that has won four in a row heading into its contest with Penn. Lafayette is searching for its first five-game winning streak in the last 15 years.

    "They do run nice patterns," coach Pat Knapp said. "We have to get out on their shooters."

    The Quakers will also have to contain Lafayette senior forward Vanessa Van De Venter, last weekManchester City are planning an offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in January.City boss Pep Guardiola lost key man Aymeric Laporte to injury against Brighton.The Frenchman is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after surgery.Calciomercato.com says City attempted to sign Skriniar over the summer but failed to do so. Nevertheless, they will return in January with a new offer.'s Patriot League Player of the Week and the team leader with 19.3 points per game.

    Yet junior Carrie Biemer stressed that "we need to concentrate more on ourselves right now" than on Lafayette. The Quaker Wesley, who arrived from Bruges for a club record fee, opened his account in English football with a close-range effort from Jota's incisive pass.El Ghazi sealed victory late on after collecting John McGinn's pass and sliding a shot underneath Jordas did not even begin examining the scouting report until yesterday.

    "We're working on our offensive execution . [and doing] some extra shooting," Knapp said.

    The Quakers spent the lion's share of practice time this week ironing out some of the kinks in their offense, "the main source" of the their problems against Villanova, according to Biemer.

    Penn shot a dreadful 23.9 percent against the Wildcats. That will not get it done against Lafayette, which averages 62.4 points per game.

    Knapp, howeopa America 2019.The 30-year-old has made the final-23 man squad that will take part in the tournament, which begins in Brazil on Friday 14 June.Alexis will be United's only representative at Copa America.Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero were omitted frver, stressed the positives of his team going into this game.

    "We're three and four. We're not zero and seven," he said. "We're executing, getting good spacing. We're getting inside, shooting, playing hard, and we'll get our share of victories."

    Knapp also maintained that playing "with a lot of fire in our belly" would be by far the most important factor in the game against the Leopards.

    "In the end, all this is effort and spirit, and we'll bring that to the table," Knapp said.

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  • Columbia took walk down easy street for 2 wins

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    Two weeks in, the Columbia bakery has run out of cream puffs.

    For the second straight year, the Lions are 2-0. For the second straight year, they got the two W's against a pair of I-AA weaklings. And for the second straight year, the road gets much tougher in Week 3.

    Princeton at Columbia

    Last year's Lions under Bob Shoop rode the momentum of the 2-0 start into a 43-3 loss at Princeton.

    Now Shoop is gone, the matchup of undefeated teams has shifted to New York and new Lions coach Norries Wilson gets his first test in front of the homecoming crogood impression on the players.The Gunners recorded their first win under the Spaniard thanks to a 2-0 home success against Manchester United on New Year's Day.And it appears the relatively inexperienced boss is winning over the players with his innowd.

    Wilson and Co. put a serious beatdown on Fordham and held on long enough to survive Georgetown at home.

    While the Lions haven't really gotten it going on the ground, quarterback Craig Hormann has hit a variety of targets to the tune of 28-for-47 passing. But their MVP so far has been kicker Jon Rocholl, who has knocked in six straight field goals.

    They may need more than field goals to beat the Tigers, who have good wins at Lehigh and at Princeton Stadium against Lafayette. The Tigers are succeeding on the strength of a defensemo Werner is on his way to Tottenham in the summer.The German striker was linked with a move to Liverpool in the press today.Leipzig seized on the story and made a joke about it through their official Twitter account.The club issued a reply regarding that has allowed 24 points in two games and allowed just 206 yards to the Leopards.

    Don't look for a repeat of last season's blowout, but Columbia would be fortunate to win the matchups on either side of the ball.

    (23) Harvard at Lehigh

    Liam O'Hagan? Suspended

    Chris Pizzotti? Hurt

    Jeff Witt? Hurt

    Richard Irvin? Here, coach.

    Harvard will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to face the Mountain Hawks, bringing with them their fourth-string quarterback, who will start for the Crimson tomorrow. He's the fourth QB in four games, dating back to last season.

    He's also the only one with Division I-A experience.

    The Tulane transfer, who played for Harvard in seven games last season, takes on a Lehigh team that boasts a win at Villanova, but losses to Princeton and Albany.

    Despite the quarterback issues and thanks to the nation's leading runner, Clifton Dawson, the Crimson is second in the country in total offense, ranking just behind No. 1 New Hampshire.

    But it meets its toughest challenge yet against a Lehigh team that ranks 21st in the country in total defense.

    Brown at Rhode Island

    The 91st meeting between the state's two Division I programs will be marked by two teams coming off tough home losses in conference play.

    The Bears got run over by Dawson and the Crimson last week, while Rhode Island fell in Kingston to No. 17 Delaware.

    Brown leads the series 66-22-2, and to capture the Governor's Cup for the third straight season, it will have to improve against the run. Rhode Island boasts a three-man rushing attack, which has the Rams ranked fifth in the nation with 243.3 rush yards per game - one spot better than Harvard.

    (22)Albany at Cornell

    After being shut down by Yale, the task gets no easier against an impressive Albany defense and a Great Danes team that is ranked for the fi land a move to Manchester City.Neville coached Cancelo during his short spell in charge of Valencia.“I absolutely love him to bits. To be fair, when I was at Valencia I wanted United to sign him, at the time they could have got him for £25m and hrst time in its history.

    Albany places 10th in the nation in points allowed and 14th in total defense, while the Cornell offense has scored just 12 points in two games.

    After seeing film of Albany shutting down then-No. 11 Delaware the Big Red knows it will need a much better effort than that.

    Yale at Lafayette

    The wannabe Ivy Leaguers play their third straight Ancient Eight team when they welcome the Elis to Fisher Field.

    The Leopards opened their renovated stadium with a loss to Penn, then went on the road last week and got shut down by the Princeton defense.

    The Elis showed a lot in bouncing back from a bad home loss to San Diego to beat Cornell. But a win at Lafayette would take another big step up.

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  • Zachary Levine: Newsflash, Joe Scott: It's about winning, too

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    It took 157 words for Joe Scott to explain his goals for the rest of the season after his Tigers fell to 1-6 in the Ivy League Tuesday at the Palestra.

    It took only six to show just how far the Princeton program has fallen under Scott's watch.

    It's not about the end result.

    "Our goals are the same every game," Scott said after the Tigers' 48-35 loss. "We're building a program where our guys know why and how. Why we play the way we play. How we play that way. And we make ourselves play that way every single game.

    "When you do that, when you become successful, you know why and how. You keep doing it over and over again. It's called habits. That's what we're building. There's no time frame for when those things are going to occur. It's not about the end result. We're building something. It's about developing young guys who are willing to do that and do it all the time."

    In Scott's three-year tenure, he's taken Princeton from a defending Ivy League champion to a program where it's not about the end result.

    That's something for the fifth-grade coach at the YMCA to say. Not the coach of a 25-time conference champion.

    And Scott has brought it all upon himself.

    It was funny to see him huffing and puffing on the sideline, not because anyone was amused by the fact that he ended the contest sounding like an 80-year-old chain-smoker, but because he was doing it at all the wrong times.

    He stomped around like a lunatic after nearly every foul call in the second half. But he barely took notice when Marcus Schroeder and Lincoln Gunn - with seconds to go on the shot clock, of course - turned it loose and burned Penn defenders to the basket.

    There had to be a part of him that asked what would happen if he just let this team play basketball.

    What would happen if he realized the only talented "point-center" he had who can make the Princeton offense funcLuton Town's James Justin as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire. The Foxes are expected to pay at least £12 million, according to the Leicester Mercury.The youngster enjoyed an excellent season for Luton last term as they were promoted to the tion is Howard Levy, sitting next to him in a jacket and tie?

    Not only is he running a center's offense without a center, but he's also running a shooter's offense without shooters. In Scott's final season at Air Force, his Falcons went 22-7, hitting at 48.1 percent from the floor. In the midst of this year's debacle, the Tigers are at a league-worst 40.9 percent.

    And it's not just bad luck that he doesn't have the parts. It's Scott's inability to land the missing pieces to fit his system.

    Or maybe the pieces were there all along.

    Maybe that fundamental center was Noah Levine, gone after wehe club.Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as an on-field leader and he's already barking out instructions on the pitch and urging for more from his teammates.And according to McTominay he is like that in training as well and takes teks as a freshman. Maybe the shooter was Max Schafer, a John Thompson III recruit who left Scott's system. Or maybe it was Blake Wilson, who left for St. Joseph's after one semester in Orange and Black.

    Maybe they all went the way of Harrison Schaen and Patrick Ekeruo, leaving a team that's had more defections than the Cuban baseball squad.

    Those guys are probably planning to form their own summer league team now, and they might even score 50 points in a game once or twice.

    It's astounding what this

    program has turned into in three years. Just listen to more from Scott after the game.

    We're just going to keep working on getting went from newly promoted to booking their place in the Europa League with a seventh-placed finish.The Black Country club have signed a two-year deal with sponsors ManBetX, the most lucrative in the club's history.Introducing the new @adidasfootball better at what we do.

    Keep working on guys being able to finish plays, make a lay-up, make a shot, make a post move.

    Never mind not being Senator Bradley's Final Four team or the No. 5 seed in the Tournament from 1998.

    This isn't even the 6-8 mess he created out of an Ivy champion with four returning starters.

    This version of the Tigers needed double overtime at home against Harvard to avoid going 0-for-the-first-half.

    For Joe Scott, fifth-grade basketball coach, it's not about the end result.

    For Joe Scott, Division I basketball coach, it may be just about the end.

    Zachary Levine is a senior mathematics major from Delmar, N.Y., and is former Sports Editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. His e-mail address is zlevine@sas.upenn.edu.

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  • W. Lax suffers another tough loss

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    One week ago, the Penn women's lacrosse team, ranked 15th in the nation, controlled its own Ivy League destiny. But after losses to the top two teams in the Ivy League -- Princeton and Dartmouth -- the Quakers' Ivy title hopes were gone.

    And it seems that maybe the wheels have begun to loosen on Penn's season.

    The Quakers lost to a struggling Loyola team in Baltimore yesterday afternoon in a high-scoring 16-12 contest. The loss was their third straight and sixth in their last eight games, dropping Penn fell to 6-7 (3-3 Ivy) on the year.

    The Greyhounds improved to 4-8 on the year, picking up their first win since a March 30 drubbing of George Mason.

    Yesterday, Penn came out flat-footed, giving up a goal 23 seconds into the game and falling behind 8-1 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Maura Kenny picked up a hat trick in that run, and Rachel Schuck and Kate McHarg each scored a pair of goals.

    To their credit, the Quakers fought back, scoring nine of the next 13 goals to cut their deficit to two at 12-10 with just more than nine minutes remaining.

    All four Greyhound goals during that stretch were tallied by McHarg, who brought home the double hat trick on the afternoon.

    And McHarg's teammates were able to do just enough to hold of the Quakers, scoring four of the last six goals, not allowing Penn to get any closer than two.

    Freshman attacker Rachael MansPSG are due to complete the signing of Ander Herrera today.The midfielder is a free agent after being allowed to come off contract at Manchester United this week.Le Parisien says Herrera is now set to sign for PSG and be handed the number 21 shirt.PSG have already snapped up Pablo Sarabia from Sevilla this week.Herrera turned down a new contract offer from United before agreeing to move to Paris.on continued to be a bright spot amid the up-and-down season Penn has had, scoring three more goals yesterday to bring her season total to a now team-leading 19. Junior midfielder Emily Cochran also had a hat trick fo Real Madrid.Theent Mino Raiola.The Mirror says Woodward, Old Trafford's Executive Vice-Chairman, and super-agent Raiola severed contact after Paul Pogba's aggressive Italian-born advisor made repeated attacks on United at the turn of the year.But the pair are in di midfielder has been linked with a move away next month.But Diaz says, "I've always lived in the here and now, I've never thought about the future, but when a club like Real Madrid come calling, you really think about returning to Spar the Quakers, and sophomore attacker Chrissy Muller added three assists.

    As is often is the case with struggling teams, the Quakers failed to play a complete game.

    They had been averaging just over eight goals per game so far this season, and the 12 yesterday were certainly a step up from that.

    But the Quakers have only allowed fewer than 12 goals in one loss this season, so both sides have rarely come together.

    Against Loyola, the Quakers used three different goalies -- junior Karrie Moore, senior Liz Lorelli freshman Sarah Waxman -- and neither seemed to be the answer. Moore gave up six goals and only stopped two, Lorelli gave up three without a save and Waxman stopped two and let seven through.

    To finish the season above .500, Penn needs to beat Brown and Rutgers, both on the road.

    Neither game will be easy, and to accomplish this task Penn definitely needs 60 minutes of its best effort.

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  • Jaaber brothers pull double steal

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    With seven seconds left in the Division II national championship basketball game, Luqman Jaaber deflected a pass and stole the ball. His two free throws a second later secured the win for Virginia Union University over Bryant College.

    Luqman, the older brother of Penn guard Ibby Jaaber, was an integral part of the national champion Virginia Union team.

    "I was probably happier than he was," Ibby said.

    The steal, which Luqman procured to end the championship game, was anything but an aberration for the Jaaber brothers. Penn fans know that Ibby was sixth in Division I this year with 2.9 steals a game. However, Luqman outpaced his brother, getting 3.0 takeaways a game -- good enough for eighth in Division II.

    Both brothers have set their school records for steals in a game. Ibby set the steals record for Penn this year with nine against Dartmouth at home -- the previous record of eight was held by three different Quakers. Luqman earned not only the Virginia Union record but the record for the state of Virginia when he robbed Longwood 10 times in December 2003. Luqman was also the best free-throw shooter in Division II this year, shooting at an 89.9dorf on loan for the 2019/20 season.The 24-year old has been with Chelsea since the age of nine and made his debut in an FA Cup tie at Derby County in January 20ri midfielder Radja Nainggolan has sung the praises of two Inter Milan players.Nainggolan is on-loan at Cagliari from the Nerazzurri.And he said: "(Marcelo) Brozovic, who always does his best at Inter, always plays well and is doing a lot. "(Nicolo) 14. The midfielder spent the first half of last term at Leeds before switching to fellow percent clip.

    The two brothers agree that stealing the ball is not something they have worked on or picked up from each other. Luqman claims that the steals and their defense in general "came from us being so competitive."

    Furthermore, Luqman says their defense was developed when they used to play dribbling games if they did not have a basket. And, while steals are not genetic, it may have something to do with the Jaabers' wingspans.

    Ibby, 21, and Luqman, 24, grew up playing basketball. It has always been an important part of their lives and their relationship with each other.

    And although Ibby's reflexes may be lightning quick now, Luqman recalls a time when that was not necessarily the case.

    When Luqman was nine and Ibby was six, the two were playing recreational basketball in North Carolina when one of Ibby's older brothers tossed him the ball. Instead of Ibby reacting with the speed Quakers fans are familiar with, he ducked out of the way.

    Ibby fondly remembers their teen years, when they would play against one another wherever there was a basket. They would set up a video camera to record their spectacular plays.

    "Afterwards we would watch the dunks going on," Ibby said.

    And nobody is more proud of how Ibby and Luqman have grown up with the game than their mother Aisha.

    "I try to support them as much as I possibly can," she said. "I enjoy watching them.

    "I also take pride in how they conduct themselves, playing the sport, interacting with people, dealing with life."

    Despite the fact that the brothers have played such important roles in developing each other's skills, they have never seen each other play a college game in person. Ibby keeps up with how his brother is doing by watching games on TV and following the Virginia Union web site. Luqman does likewise, noting that the last game he watched was the Penn-Princeton game at Princeton this year.

    Though the distance between Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., prevents them from seeing each other's games, it has not challenged their relationship. While they do not have any particular rituals, they do talk to each other frequently.

    Ibby calls Luqman before every game and makes sure he calls after the game as well if Penn wins.

    "When I talk to him, I look to him for strength and confidence, some advice, and I get that most of the time," Luqman said. "We don't talk about technique -- it is more spiritual, preparing for our games."

    Each brother has incredible respect for his counterpart's basketball talent. BuRoma veteran Aleksandar Kolarov offered no excuses after defeat to Bologna on Friday night.Musa Barrow bagged a brace and assisted the opener for Riccardo Orsolini at the Stadio Olimpico, while Stefano Denswil got an own goal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's late header set up a tense finale.“We lost a game, Bologna deserved to win, that is all," Kolarov told Sky Sport Italia.“Our 2020 has not started well, but these periods can happen during a season. All we can do is keep our heads down and work harder.“We knew Bologna were tough to beat and dangerous on the counter-attack. Our pressing was not good enough and that left us flat-footed on the counter. Bologna absolutely deserved to win and we did not perform up to our standards today. We did better after the break, but it was not enough.“There are many elements to the negative period, but as the oldest of the group, I stay close to my friends, we discussed it, know what we need to do and keep going forward."t Ibby believes that Luqman is the more dedicated of the two.

    "He is a harder worker than I am," Ibby said.

    Luqman had just as much praise for his brother though.

    "He can shoot and he can handle the ball," Luqman said. "He has definitely developed a keen sense of the game."

    They both agreed that Ibby is the quicker of the two. When Ibby visited Richmond over winter break, the brothers played a game of one-on-one. Ibby noted that "he couldn't guard me as well as I guarded him." However, Ibby gave Luqman credit for inspiring his defensive approach and helping him to work harder on his skills.

    Luqman is a senior at Virginia Union, which certainly influenced how Aisha followed her sons this year.

    "Luqman's last year, I was trying to be a little more supportive on [his] end this year," Aisha said.

    While the Division II championship was Luqman's last at Virginia Union, he hopes he has not played his last basketball game.

    "I definitely want to test the NBA market first," Luqman said.

    If he does not make the NBA, he will test the market overseas. Luqman wishes post-college success for Ibby as well.

    "I would not be surprised if the NBA starts knocking on his door."

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  • Navy trounces Sprint Football at Franklin Field

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    In a game of missed opportunities and squandered momentum, the Penn sprint football team dropped another tough game in its blowout loss to Navy on Friday night.

    The Quakers (2-3, 1-2 CSFL) were unable to score in the 31-0 Senior Night defeat and thus failed to avenge an opening game, 10-6 loss to this same Midshipmen (6-0, 3-0) team.

    While Navy is the class of the league, Penn believes Massimo Carrera is backing Antonio Conte to bring silverware to Inter Milan.Carrera is a former No2 of Conte's.The former Spartak Moscow coach stated, "I am sure Inter can win the title this season because of the qualities of Antonio. "I think he [Conte] can be as decisive as Cristiano Ronaldo, Inter must be taken into account for the Serie A title this season."that it lost the game more than the Midshipmen won it.

    "We beat ourselves," Penn coach Bill Wagner said. "The scoreelona are level on points with Real Madrid atop the LaLiga Santander table, but Valverde doesn't feel as though this season is any more challenging than those before it."It's been a tough season, as they all have been," he said."We don't have the adv should have been at least tied going into halftime. Instead we fell behind, 17-0, and against this strong Navy team, that was the ball game."

    A high snap on a punt gave Navy possession deep inside Quakers territory and set up the first points of the game -- an Eric Shuey field goal with 9:49 left in the first quarter.

    The Quakers were able to march right back down the field, only to have a field goal blocked. On their next possession, freshman halfback J.T. Hutchinson ran the ball down to the Navy 1-yard line, only to have the play called back because of a late hit penalty against the Quakers.

    "Penalties killed us," sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Cloyd said. "We moved the ball well and got into the red zone three or four times in the first half, but whenever we did, some stupid penalty stalled our drive."

    Defensively, the Red and the Blue were not ready for the Midshipmen's speed.

    "Navy seemed focused on running the ball at our perimeter where they could use their speed," senior captain John Pinto said. "They lined up in sets that gave them one or two extra blockers on the outside, leading to huge gains by their running backs and tiring out our defense."

    In the last four minutes of the first half, Navy scored two touchdowns, each of which were set up by Penn penalties. First, Jamie Glines capped off a five-play, 45-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. Then, Navy scored a crushing touchdown with 36 seconds to play in the half to go up 17-0.

    Any hopes that the Quakers had of rebounding were dashed when Navy halfback Randall Leslie broke a 60-yard touchdown run two minutes into the second half to make it 24-0. Navy scored again on its next possession with a 90-yard drive finished off by another rushing touchdown.

    "They capitalized on every mistake we made in the first half," Wagner ster United are yet to agree a fee for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.The Portuguese was reportedly due in Manchester on Monday to undergo a medical with United.However, the Daily Express claims those reports are wide of the mark.Ole Gunnsaid. "Then in the second half they just dominated us physically."

    Navy was nearly flawless in its victory on Friday. They turned the ball over once, while in their win over Penn earlier this year the Midshipmen turned the ball over seven times.

    "Navy seemed better prepared; they really knew what they wanted to do," Cloyd said. "They made all the big plays while we just couldn't convert. When you play a team like Navy, you have to be perfect, we just weren't."

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  • in the Premier League.Despite being part of Villa’

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    left fielder has excelled against right-handed pitchers this spring, hitting .359/.405/.487 in 39 plate appearances. He has a .323/.373/.468 line in 68 plate appearances this spring. 

    Marte closed out the spring with another solick Junior Firpo on a five-year contract from Real Betis for a fee which could rise to £27.5m.The Spanish champions have included a £183m buy-out clause in the Dominican-born 22-year-old's contract.Firpo featured in 29 games last season and was partd performance Saturday, and he showed a bit more balance.kly turned down by Steven Gerrard's Rangers.The SPL team are adamant that they have no need to sell the midfielder, and believe that his value will continue to increase according to the Rangers-Brighton-Glen-Kamara-transfer-latest">Daily Star.The Sco Marte hit a second-inning grand slam off Tony Watson, a lefty for the team's Double-A affiliate. He went 2 for 3 in the final tune up for the regular season. 

    Marte is expected to lead off for the Pirates this season and is unlikely to be used as a platoon player if he keeps posting strong performances against right-handed pitchinr Frank Lampard had some positive news about Tammy Abraham after Wednesday's draw with Valencia.The striker was helped off after an awkward fall.But Lampard says the injury isn't bad as it was first feared."He's in the dressing room now. It looked qug. He struggled against right-handers last season, hitting just .236/.277/.350 in 132 plate appearances against them with the Pirates.

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  • elona youth coach is in doubt.Valdes will not be t

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    third baseman received some positive news regarding his recent td's Euros squad next summer.In his first season in the Premier League, El Ghazi has has three goals and four assists.And the two cap international feels it's time for an Oranje recall.El Ghazi told AD: "I am ready for it. The coach may find other boyhumb injury. 

    An X-ray on his thumb showed Steve Bruce admits injury forced Jonjo Shelvey off the ground in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Arsenal. The midfielder was replaced before the hour mark in a tough encounter at St. James' Park.Speaking after the game, Bruce clarified his decision."Jonjo was injured," Bruce said. "We don't think it's too serious, but he was restricted in his movement."We don't expect it to be too bad."no movement in his bone. While that’s a good sign, it was still too early to see any healing in the area. 

    Headley’s timetableench to 'head' the Clarets' late winner in a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over Bournemouth.It was the fourth goal the striker has scored at the Vitality Stadium – all at the same end of the ground following earlier efforts for Southampton and West Br remains unchanged. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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  • alking about their transfer suspension.Lampard has

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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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  • ames Rodriguez.Colombia’s former national team doc

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    pitcher worked on keeping the ball on the ground during his fourth Cactus League start Thursday against the Mariners. Bailey turned in a decent outing, but allowed an RBI single to Justin Smoak in the second and a two-run home run to Michael Morse in Chelsea-exit-Galatasaray-open-talks-loan-40million-flop.html">Daily MailChelsea-exit-Galatasaray-open-talks-loan-40mry.The young centre-back has joined Villa from Brentford and is looking forward to being coached by assistant manager Terry.Konsa, 21, said: "I can't wait to get started with Dean again and especially John Terry. Me and Dean had a good relationship."illion-flop.html"> says Galatasaray have entered negotiations with Chelsea over a potential loan deal for Bakayoko.The Frenchman spentthe fourth inning for his only damage of the eaking with Sport this week, Abidal insists there was never an offer made to Xavi about replacing Ernesto Valverde over the New Year.Cadena Ser says Xavi is upset with Abidal's comments, insisting Barca did he indeed make an offer - which he turned dovening. He gave up three runs on six hits in four innings of work in an 8-7 defeat. He struck out one and did not issue a walk as his spring ERA rose to 4.00.

    "Got a lot of ground balls, which is something we were looking for," Bailey said. "One pitch, kind of left it middle, and it hasn't landed yet."

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  • on. The Belgian made the most of his short playing

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    This er League.The Blues are desperate to build on their win last weekend against West Ham United.They want to climb the table and know the 24-year-old center back is a key part of their team.The Liverpool Echo says Mina went through tests on his knee at morning when I came in, colleague Al Melchior immediately asked me if I watched the -Marlins game. Why? " was nasty," he said, and he wanted me to revel in said nastiness. Consider this my delayed revelry. After a breakthroler to defeat Kosovo 5-3 at St Mary's.The result leaves England top of Group A with a 100% winning record after four games, while the Czech Republic moved into second place with a 3-0 win over Montenegro.Kosovo arrived in Southampton on a 15-match unugh in the sious plans for the club this summer.Not only does the Saints boss want to add players to help his team push up the table, but he also wants to adjust the backroom staff.Southampton are giving the Austrian boss a very wide reign as he looks to reshapeecond half last season that seemed too good to be true, Medlen has been under close scrutiny this spring, and the early returns weren't so great. But when he's working with less than his full arsenal, his stuff is going to be hittable. That's part of what makes him such an interesting case. The return of the nastiness as he begins to mix in his first arsenal is a positive sign indeed.

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