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  • Eddie Jenkins' League MVP win highlights postseason awards for Penn fall athletes

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    After the end of the season for sprint football, field hockey, men’s soccer, and cross country, All-Ivy honorees were announced, and several members of the Red and Blue made the list.

    For sprint football, the Quakers had three first team All-Collegiate Sprint Football League selections, including the League's Most Valuable Player, senior quarterback Eddie Jenkins. Along with Jenkins, the other first team selections were sophomore running back Laquan McKever, senior offensive lineman Matt McDermott, and junior linebacker Aaron Johnson. In addition, Jenkins was awarded the Kay Trophy, which is voted upon by the League's coaches and awarded to the top overall performer.

    Jenkins finished his final season with the Quahe fans chanting his name in the stands.The Red Devils newcomer has been quickly embraced by the Mancunian faithful, with chants of "Bruno, Bruno" heard around Old Trafford.Fernandes helped United to a 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday, scorimsdale joined fans on Saturday for defeat to Watford.Ramsdale posted a message on the club's social media last week, urging fans to give the struggling Cherries their full support when Watford visited on Saturday.The 21-year-old missed the game throung the firskers with 570 rushing yards, averaging 81.4 rushing yards per game. He also added 16 touchdowns to his rushing total in 2019. Through the air, Jenkins finished the season with a 66.7% completion percentage, 1207 passing yards, and 11 touchdowns. In total, Jenkins accounted for 27 touchdowns for Penn. Jenkins' performance led Penn to a 5-2 finish, as the team ended the year on a two-game winning streak.

    For field hockey, the team saw one first team All-Ivy selection in Aelder Frenkie de Jong believes Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt will eventually join him at the Nou Camp.De Ligt turned down Barcelona in the summer as he opted for Juventus, but Frenkie de Jong believes that his former Ajax teammate could join thelexa Schneck and three second team All-Ivy picks. The senior forward Schneck was named to the All-Ivy first team in addition to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team. Additionally, sophomore midfielder/defender Gracyn Banks, sophomore forward Madison Jiranek, and freshman defender Elita van Staden were all named to the All-Ivy second team.

    This is Schneck's fourth All-Ivy selection with Penn. She is one of just three players in program history to receive an All-Ivy selection in all four years with the program. Schneck is one of just 11 Ivy League athletes to earn a NFHCA first-team All-Region honors. She closed out her career with 53 total points in 66 starts, including 19 goals and 15 assists. In Ivy League play, she had 37 points in 28 contests.

    Four athletes across the men's and women's cross country teams were named All Mid-Atlantic Region honorees. On the men's side, junior Anthony Russo and senior Will Daly received All-Region honors, while on the women's side, sophomore Ariana Gardizy and senior Nia Akins picked up the same honors.

    For men's soccer, five players received All-Ivy honors. The Quakers received two first-team All-Ivy selections – junior defender Alex Touche and junior midfielder Joey Bhangdia. Additionally, freshman defender Kai Lammers earned a second team All-Ivy spot. Lastly, senior midfielder Brandon Bartel and junior forward Jake Kohlbrenner both received honorable mention recognition.

    In addition to the five All-Ivy awards for Penn, Touche was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Touche anchored a Penn defense that posted three shutouts and allowed just five goals across seven Ivy League matchups.

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  • Two weeks out from the Ivy Tournament, here's where Penn basketball stands

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    As the 2018 Ivy League Basketball Tournament approaches for the men’s and women’s teams, there is much left to be determined. The last two weeks of conference play will decide which teams qualify for the tournament, as well as where those teams will be seeded.

    Ahead of the men’s tournament, the race for the number one seed has only two contenders left: Penn and Harvard. The two teams both stand at a record of 9-1 in conference games, following to Harvard just over a week ago. The Crimson got their only Ivy loss of the season in an early February game at Columbia.

    The two powerhouse programs will face off this weekend in a game that will have big tournament implications.

    While Penn and Harvard are both guaranteed a spot in the tournament due to their near-perfect records, the last two spots are open for almost anyone. Yale, at 5-5, leads the rest of the league, while Brown, Cornell, and Columbia all trail with a record of 4-6. A lot will be sorted out this weekend, when Yale and Brown each face off against Cornell and Columbia in New York.

    Princeton, at 3-7, and even Dartmouth, at 2-8, still are contenders for the four-seed, if they can win out and other key games fall into place. It’s not impossible, as Penn demonstrated last year when they made the 2017 tournament with a 6-8 record and out.

    The Tigers, who won the inaugural tournament last year and nearly beat Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64, have fallen off significantly from last season, and are now long shots to make the tournament. After starting conference play 3-1, Princeton is on a six-game slide heading into its Friday matchup against Harvard. The Big Green will also be tested this weekend when they face the Quakers, a team that beat them handily earlier this season.

    As for the women’s tournament, the Quakers fell to 8-2 after suffering a season sweep by Princeton earlier this month. They now trail the Tigers, who lead the conference with a record of 9-1. In order for Penn to reclaim the top spot in the conference, another tManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has penned pre-contract terms with PSG, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, Herrera has baulked at committing to new terms with United.And AS reports Herrera has signed a deal with PSG to 2023.The agreement will be worth €8m-a-year with the 29 year-old to join PSG this summer on a Bosman.As yet, neither club has confirmed the reports.eam must beat Princeton.

    Also in the running for a top tournament seed are Harvard, Dartmouth, and Yale, all tied at 6-4. Although they could pass Princeton and Penn, it would take a near-perfect end to conference play. The three tied schools do not play each other again this season, which means they could enter the tournament together in a three-way tie.

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    No team is guaranteed a spot in the tournamhe LaLiga.After PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi's blast for the club's big name players over the weekend, it's been suggested super agent Pini Zahavi has made contact with Real Madrid and Barcelona on Neymar's behalf.However, broadcasters BeinSport,ent yet, but Princeton can secure a spot with one more win. As far as the rest of the field, only Columbia is mathematically eliminated from contention, although it would take a lot for Cornell or Brown, both 2-8, to find their way into the tournament given the records of the five teams ahead of them.

    With almost all Ivy men’s and women’s basketball teams still eligible for a tournament appearance, nearly every game this weekend will be an exciting showdown with huge tournament implications.

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  • Penn softball coach Leslie King inducted into Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame

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    While many Penn students were "dartying" over Labor Day weekend, one member of the Red and Blue family was accomplishing sons.Pepe left LOSC this week for the Gunners in a club record €80m deal.He said, "Lille, Lille, it's time for me to say goodbye ... After two years under your colors, I leave my red jersey LOSC for the jersey of Arsenal ..ance despite losing the Community Shield to Manchester City on penalties.Former Reds winger Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for City in the first half, before Joel Matip grabbed an equaliser on the 77th minute mark.Gabriel Jesus scored the winning. From the bottom of my heamething far more memorable.

    Penn softball coach Leslie King spent the weekend across the Pacific Ocean in Wellington, New Zealand, where she was inducted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame on Sept. 2.

    King, who has been the Quakers' head coach since 2004, starred for New Zealand's national team over a 14-year period. included an appearance at the 2000 Olympics as the team's captain, and a National Player of the Year selection.

    "I feel truly humbled by this honor," King said in a statement. "The New Zealand softball community provided me the opportunity and the support to excel at a sport I love. I had the opportunity to compete at the highest level all over the world—what more could any athlete want? I am very proud to have played for New Zealand, and will always be grateful for my time there."

    Even if she had never picked up a softball, King would still be a legend in New his feelings about Tanguy Ndombele after their 1-1 draw at Burnley.Mourinho was less than impressed with the £52million man, who was dragged off at half-time along with central midfield partner Oliver Skipp with Spurs a goal down.And not for the firZealand. In addition to her work on the diamond, she starred for the national team in soccer and captained the team in the 1991 World Cup.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn sprint football's Tracey Woods anchors defense despite inexperience

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    Penn sprint football wrapped up its fourth consecutive win to start the season this past weekend to head into an bye week still undefeated.

    Of the multitude of players who have raised their game this season, junior defensive back Tracey Woods has stood out as one of the most improved players on the roster. If Woods seems like a new face, it’s because he is only in his first year with the Quakers. In fact, he hadn’t played football at all for the last six years.

    Through four games, Woods has four pass breakups and one interception to go along with 10.5 total tackles. Looking at the how the defense has done this year as a whole also shows Woods’ importance to the team.

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    Though it may seem like a surprise that one of the team’s top players played his last football game before this season six years ago, Woods’ childhood experience with the sport and dedication to re-learning the game this offseason paved the way for the his successful season thus far.

    Woods’ football career began when he was just in elementary school, but by the time he reached high school, he began to develop interests in other sports, joining the cross country and bowling teams for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. Though he was no longer playing organized football, his love for the sport never dwindled. Woods admitted that quitting football was a regrettable decision.

    “In hindsight, it wasn’t the best choice,” he said, “because every every year I didn’t play I just missed being on the field, and it’s not really something you can just recreate in a pickup game.”

    Joining the sprint football team this year allowed Woods to finally get the feeling back that he had lacked since before high school.

    Picking up a sport after a six-year layoff is not an easy task. To further complicate matters, Woods was also making the transition from wide receiver to cornerback. The difference between focusing on the quarterback, as he had learned as a wide receiver, and staying with his man as a cornerback was hard at first, and Woods will be the first to tell you that duringreturn to Chelsea.Obi is happy Frank Lampard is now in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. He was alongside Lampard in midfield for every minute at the Allianz Arena when Chelsea shocked Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final - sharing the dressin the spring, he struggled at practice.

    “I was used to playing receiver and having the ball thrown at me,” he said. “So now I’m here at practice paying attention to the quarterback rather than the guy I’m supposed to be covering and just blowing coverage in every rep.”

    Over the summer he studied defensive footwork and technique, learning how to read a receiver’s hips, how to play both man and zone coverage and bait the quarterback into a risky pass. When it came time for preseason practices in August, Woods was a whole new player, ready to take on the daunting task of a starting cornerback role.

    Woods has been around successful football teams before. As a senior in high school, his school’s team featured current LSU superstar Leonard Fournette, who led the team to an 8-1 regular season. Though Woods was not a member of the team, he still felt the energy such a successful season was able to bring to the school, and for Penn sprint football that same type of energy is currently there.

    “This whole year the coaching staff has been saying this is a special team,” he said, “and now it’s time for us to finish it.”

    With a 4-0 record, big wins over Navy and Army, and only three games left on the schedule, this could be the year they do secure the title, on the back of Woods and the defense’s strong play.

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  • Penn volleyball utilizes both spikes and stats

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    Statistics have always been an integral part of sports. From the rise of Moneyball and the modern statistical revolution all the way back to the first box score ever recorded, the two topics have been inseparable.

    For Penn volleyball, data analytics have become part of the coaching staff’s routine both in between and during matches, leveraging insights from outside the box score to produce tangible results.

    “It’s a little bit of a tightrope walk because as a coach you have some instincts, very subjective ideas about what’s going on in the game," head coach Kerry Carr said."Then you get stats that prove otherwise, you’re looking at objectivity."

    “I think it makes me a better coach getting to be objective about [the game], getting that distance from how I feel about it.”

    Analytics tend to be a polarizing subject in the sports world, coming down to competing ideas of the old-school ‘eye test' versus new-school analytics. Carr, currently in her 18th season as the head coach of the Quakers, fits somewhere for granted in the Champions League.The Reds begin their defence of the title with a tricky game against the talented Italian outfit.And Klopp knows that if his side are not at their best, Napoli will be happy to pounce on any weaknesses.The last timin the middle of that spectrum, acknowledging the need for analytics while still relying on her instincts on game day.

    These insights come from many different places. During games, the team has an assistant on the end of the bench furiously typing into a laptop, recording the outcomes of each rally as it happens in real time. In between games, the coaching staff spends time analyzing video of practices and matches to offer insights into how they should prepare the team for the next weekend.

    In the highly competitive Ivy League, every advantage matters, and the ability to go beyond simply counting stats on the publicly available box score is the focus for Penn.

    “The stat program that we’re using enables us to see statistics that are more in depth than what we see on the box sheet,” assistant coach Seth Rochlin said. “It’s really about helping quantify what has historically been unquantifiable. We use all sort of programs to keep ourselves at the cutting edge.”

    Rochlin, now in his sixth season on Penn’s coaching staff, has been heavily involved in the continued growth of analytics within the program.

    For example, when looking at offensive stats in volleyball, it’s easy to pick up on the importance of kills, point-scoring plays produced by a given player. But from a deeper analytical perspective, a lot of factors go into a player notching a kill.

    Rochlin and the rest of Penn’s staff are able to look into a hitter’s position on the court, where and who the set cng for his blog, Mata stated: "Now it is time to get back in Manchester and focus once again on the Premier League. "We are all looking forward to training together on Thursday to prepare for Saturday's game against Leicester. Over the last few days ame from and where the hitter drove the ball intle United owner Mike Ashley has reportedly cancelled a promised players' trip to Las Vegas.The Toon were supposedly promised the holiday if they avoided the drop during a meeting over pizza in November.The Evening Chronicle reports players were pack order to find ways for more effective attacks.

    For the players, it’s an adjustment from the way that they’ve been coached in the past — most high school programs don’t take analytics as seriously as the Quakers. According to Carr, the coaching staff has been working to make sure that players don’t necessarily take apositive or negative out of any given number, but rather view it as something they can learn from and improve upon.

    Every player learns differently and responds to statistics differently, and the coaching staff is able to provide these insights through different media, whether it’s graphical representations or just cold, hard numbers to help their players grow.

    “It’s all getting us to having a better student athlete and a better experience for them,” Rochlin added.

    “We’re trying to give them the tools to be a better volleyball player and to be a better student athlete, whether it’s in the weight room, in the classroom or specifically on the volleyball court in set three.”

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  • Higgins | Most wonderful time of the year for Penn Athletics

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    The date was April 13, 2014.

    Those of you with keen memories will remember this day as the Sunday of last year’s Fling weekend. For most of Penn’s student body, this particular Sunday is spent in various states of detoxification, paying homage to Gatorade, Advil and greasy bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches after a week’s worth of debauchery.

    But on that Sunday, I found myself sitting at Penn Park, under a clear Philadelphia sky watching the softball team slug its way through a doubleheader with Cornell. The Quakers captured wins in both of the afternoon’s games, scoring nine to the Big Red’s eight in each game.

    The numbers on the scoreboard are beside the point, though. Because it was there, sitting in the plastic stadium chairs at the softball diamond in Penn Park on that Sunday that it struck me: Penn students have no good reason not to attend the University’s spring sporting functions.

    Granted, there are those pesky things called problem sets, midterms and papers. But there is also this little thing called procrastination. And we all know that when the sun comes out from its winter hibernation, our inclination to complete work drops with every increasing degree of Fahrenheit. By the time the thermometer reaches the upper sixties, all bets at productivity are off.

    Plus, Penn’s roster of spring sports teams is good. Like, really good. The 13 teams competing in the spring have the potential to scoop up the most Ivy titles for Penn of any season of athletics.

    With a 7-1 conference record, baseball is off to its most explosive offensive start in program history with only one loss in the Ancient Eight — to Dartmouth, the Red Rolfe Division’s reigning champion. Last weekend, the team notched 13 home runs and 52 runs in four games. That’s almost madness.

    Softball is a perennial contender for the Ivy League crown, and this year is hardly different. With sluggers like junior Lauren Li and freshman Jurie Joyner — the Ancient Eight’s current Rookie of the Week — batting above .400, the action on the diamond won’t disappoint.

    Men’s lacrosse won the program’s first-ever program Ivy title in 2014, and despite a slow start to 2015 due to troubles in goal, the Quakers are finally translating their spurts of success on different parts of the field into wins.

    Women’s lacrosse, on the other hand, is nothing short of a dynasty. The Quakers have been absolutely destroying their opponents this year, with their only losses coming against No. 1 Maryland and No. 6 Northwestern.

    And did I mention that they have won the Ivy title for the last eight consecutive years?

    Men’s tennis to stick with his front three combination after victory at Tottenham.After the front three of Abraham, Mason Mount and Willian tormented Spurs all afternoon, the towering frontman loves the flexibility he and his team-mates are showing… even if it hit its way to its highest Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking in program history — No. 39 — back in February. Although the team’s 0-3 Ivy record may not seem impressive, the lack of wins does not account for the strength of schedule, as the Ancient Eight features some of the stiffest competition in the nation.

    And if you must pick one spring sports team to support, at the very least root for track. Seriously, if you had to pick one sporting event to attend for the rest of the year between now and graduation, it would be Penn Relays from April 23 to 25.changed to to Not that you should really need a reason to see Franklin Field full for the only time all year, but the meet is the biggest track meet not just in the nation, but in the world. And it’s Penn Relays!

    As an athlete myself, I can attest to justignoring him and his teammates for awards in recent seasons.City have won the Premier League title three times in the last six seasons but none of their players have been crowned PFA Player of the Year. Sterling, who was named PFA Young Player of the how great it feels to see your friends, or really just anyone between the ages r City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season's fixture list.“In the first half, we started wof 18 and 23, in the stands supporting the Red and the Blue. Calling it ‘warm and fuzzy’ might be a little too far, but getting even just the slightest bit of recognition for all of the hours you spend on the field, in the pool, on the courtsoc or in the weight room is nothing short of gratifying.

    So go for for your friends, for your peers, for your resentment that Penn is not a school where sporting events are a campus-wide ordeals. But really, just go.

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  • Penn sprint football seniors lead young team against Army

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    Seniors are generally the foundation of varsity sports teams. But for Penn’s sprint football squad, they’re more like the mortar holding everyone together.

    The sprint football seniors, all eight of them, will take to Franklin Field this Saturday to lead a very young Penn team (2-1, 1-1 CSFL) against undefeated Army (4-0, 3-0).

    The leadership of the upperclassmen has been crucial this season for a team that has twice as many freshmen as seniors.

    “More than ever it’s important for the seniors to set the example for these younger guys,” senior wide receiver Whit Shaw said.

    The example the upperclassmen have set has been well received so far, as the Red and Blue have played all three games this season down to the wire and are riding a two-game winning streak.

    “Each week we’re getting better,” coach Bill Wagner said. “Hopefully we’ve matured enough to eliminate those mistakes that can cost you, penalties and turnovers.”

    For the upcoming clash with Army, however, the Quakers will need more than good ball security. The Black Knights’ offense has been on a roll, piling up over 48 points and 340 passing yards pe Rino Gattuso defended goalkeeper David Ospina after defeat to Lazio.Ciro Immobile caught Ospina in possession to score the late winner.“I did ask the team to play out from the back and use the goalkeeper as an extra pair of feet, so I cannot complr game.

    “We’ll have to control the game somehow — the run game as well as the short passing game — to really burn up a lot of time and get into position to score,” Wagner said. “Defensively we’ve got to create some turnovers because I expect them to pass the ball 40-50 times from a no-huddle offense the whole game.”

    That could pose a problem for Penn’s young defense that has shut down the ground game this season but struggled against air attacks, giving up over 240 passing yards a game.

    “We’re going to have to bring the hit to them … step up our pass defense,” Shaw said. “Army’s been throwing five or six touchdown passes a game. We’re going to have to at least cut that in half.”

    That effort starts with the seniors. They’ll need to be both good leaders and good players this weekend.

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    Facing an older, more experienced Army team could be the Quakers’ Achilles heel, unless Penn’s upperclassmen can fuse this group together quickly.

    “It takes every one of the seniors,” Shaw said.

    Wagner is confident in his team’s abilities, despite its youth.

    “We can beat this team,” he said. “We just have to play one of our best games.”

    If the seniors can keep this team together until the end Saturday, the Black Knights may find themselves running into a brick wall.SEE ALSO

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  • Softball stung by ’Nova in weekend rematch

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    Despite a tournament-best 3-1 record this weekend, Penn finished second overall in the Penn Spring Invitational behind Villanova.

    After falling to the Quakers in the tournament opener on Friday, the Wildcats turned the tables in the championship contest on Sunday afternoon, capturing a 3-2 victory at Penn Park.

    The Red and Blue (13-10) swept their opening three games against ’Nova, Rider and Army, and the one-two punch of freshman Alexis Borden and sophomore Mikenzie Voves gave up just two earned runs in 19 innings during those games.

    Meanwhile, Penn’s bats came alive, as Jessica Melendez hit the first home run of the spring season at Penn Park against Villanova on Friday afternoon, which lifted the Quakers to a 3-1 win.

    Though the Quakers did not finish the weekend unscathed, the tournament revealed a team that is poised to hit its stride just in time for Ivy League competition.

    Saturday morning, Penn lit up Rider for nine runs, including back-to-back home runs from Melendez and Georgia Guttadauro. The team cruised to a five-inning, mercy-rule 9-1 victory as Voves picked up the complete game win.

    The matchup against Army, however, was a different beast entirely. While Penn had eight hits against Rider, the team managed just two against Army. But patience at the plate yielded 10 walks and six runs, allowing the Quakers to overcome an early 3-0 deficit to ultimately secure a 6-3 victory.

    In the Sunday afternoon game against the Wildcats, it was Villanova who came from behind. In the bottom of the fourth, freshman Karina Rios put Penn ahead, 2-1, with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Jessica Melendez, who had reached base on an error.

    However, Villanova responded with a solo home run from Briana Fujii in the sixth to tie the game again, 2-2. The Wildcats scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a double to right field off the bat of pitcher Molly Manning, who held the Quakers scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to seal the deal.

    The four games this weekend marked the first long stint the Quakers have played at their new stadium at Penn Park, and the experience received glowing reviews from the team, despite the overcast weather Saturday and Sunday.

    “I’m pretty sure I speak they're to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says City are still in the hunt for £80million-rated Maguire – but must offload Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala to fund the deal.The domestic treble winners are wary of Financ for everyone when we say we don’t really like playing away anymore,” Melendez said.

    Though the playing field seemed flawless this weekend, the Quakers defense was not, racking up nine errors. Ironing out mistakes like these will be one of the focuses of practice in the next week, according to coach Leslie King, who is confident the team will be ready when Ivy League play begins Friday against Brown.

    In fact, King sees somrsene Wenger is happy seeing Andre Villas-Boas in charge of Marseille.Wenger feels Villas-Boas took the Chelsea job too soon.He said, "He may have been a little young at the time when he came to Chelsea. He took little break and sometimes it does note of these slip-ups as a sign of a team that is going to hit its stride at just the right time.

    “I don’t want to be peaking at the end of March,” King said. “I want to be peaking at the end of April going into May.”

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  • It takes two: Doubles spurs Penn to win

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Appell off to hot start in minors

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    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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  • Milanese signs on with Soul

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    The last time Rob Milanese suited up for a football game in Philadelphia was Nov. 16, 2002, as he pulled in ninain Lionel Messi has been slammed by CONMEBOL for comments after Argentina's third-place Copa America playoff defeat of Chile.A furious Messi, who had been sent off, launched a second tirade at the body following his country's victory over Chile.CONMe catches for 139 yards in an Ivy League title-clinching victory over Harvard.

    The next time Penn's all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards puts on pads in the City of Brotherly Love, he will be playing indooors.

    Milanese, who signed with the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul in October, is currently with the squad for training camp in San Jose, Calif.

    The team kicks off its season Jan. 30 in Texas, when the Soul take on the Austin Wranglers.

    Milanese's first game back in Philadelphia will be on Feb. 13. The Soul will take on the Nashville Kats at 3 p.m. at the Wachovia Center.

    The Wycoff, N.J., native is no stranger to professional football. In his two years out of school, he has signed free-agent contracts with the National Football League's New England Patriots and New York Jets. On both occasions, Milanese failed to make the team's roster.

    Milanese will not be the only Ivy League alumnus in the AFL. Dartmouth's Brian Mann and Yale's Josh Phillip are also on an arena team's roster.

    Noll alEd Woodward's public support was "not needed". Despite their poor form, Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward said at United's quarterly investors' call last Tuesday that "it's important that we're patient while Ole and his team build for the fso makes return

    Former Quakers offensive lineman Ben Noll, who recently finished his rookie season with theorentino Perez.The Costa Rica international wants to leave Madrid, though the situation is tricky with Real having little time to find a replacement.AC Milan veteran Pepe Reina could arrive as a replacement, according to Okdiario's chief pundit Eduar NFL's Dallas Cowboys, made his gridiron return to Philadelphia on Dec. 19, when theCowboys took on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

    While Noll was inactive for the game, he did note that it was nice to be back in Philadelphia. He was especially pleased to see his sister, Kate, who is a Wharton senior.

    The St. Louis native said that his first season in the NFL has been a flurry of activity.

    "I haven't really had time to look back and think about it," he said after the Eagles game.

    Though he was not selected in April's NFL draft, the two-time All-Ivy selection was signed by his hometown St. Louis Rams this past spring as a free agent. Noll spent all of training camp and preseason with the Rams before being let go in the team's final set of cuts.

    He was quickly picked up by the Cowboys, however, who liked the 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman's size. Noll spent the season backing up starting right guard Andre Gurode.

    While he was upset about not getting the chance to play for his local franchise, Noll said that "any time you get the opportunity to play under coach [Bill] Parcells and [offensive line coach George] Warhop, it's obviously a special opportunity."

    Noll's frantic season had a happy ending, however, as he replaced Gurode as the starter in the team's final game of the season against the New York Giants.

    The 2004 Wharton graduate claims that the transition to the NFL has been as easy as is possible for an Ivy League graduate.

    "Obviously the guys athletically are a little bit different, but I take a lot from the lessons I learned from [Penn offensive line coach Andy] Coen and [Penn head coach Al] Bagnoli and apply them to the current situation," Noll said.

    "Having that foundation as a Penn football player really helped me out a lot."

    Still, Noll said that there are some natural disadvantages that prevent more Ivy Leaguers from entering the NFL.

    "We don't have that kind ofnational media attention ... where we could be nationally known," he said.

    Noll also said that it is harder for Ancient Eight athletes to get signed because of the low level of comeptition they compete against. He said that it is extra important for Ivy athletes to play well in training camp, when they have a chance to take on the top competition in the country, if they intend on making an NFL roster.

    Super Bowl bound?

    Only two of the eight squads remaining in the NFL playoffs boast a former Ivy League athlete on their roster.

    The Minnesota Vikings, who travel to Philadelphia for a showdown this Sunday with the Eagles, boast offensive lineman Matt Birk, a Harvard graduate and 2005 Pro Bowl selection.

    Former Brown wide receiver Sean Morey is currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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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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