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  • It's the biggest stage of the year as Penn club tennis readies for nationals

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    Of the many club sports teams at Penn, club tennis can always count itself among the most successusan Tadic says that he will always be grateful to the club.Tadic played a key role in helping Ajax to the semi finals of the Champions League last term.But he has not forgotten his time at St. Mary's.Speaking to The Guardian, the ex-Saint said: "A lful in comparison to its yearly competition. A highly competitive club with a notoriously cutthroat tryout process, club tennis has a knack for attracting skilled talent from across campus and is therefore awarded the opportunity to be as selective as it pleases.

    Only the best are allowed the privilege to compete, as the tryoutprocess trims the team down to an elite group — a groupwhich surprised no one when itannounced that it'll be headed to the USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship this week.

    Joined by over 64 college and university co-ed teams, Penn will compete for bragging rights and the distinguished title of National Champion from April 13th-15th in Orlando, Florida. Previous championships have been dominated by California teams such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, and University of California, and by Texas A&M in the earlier 2000’s. Penn hasn’t been able to capture a title in the past 16 years, but the exponential rise in the group’s intensity and dedication gives them a better shot at the title with each passing year.

    “They [USTA] have 4 teams from our section going, and we’re the first-seededteam. We got that seedbecause we won the sectional championship in the fall, which is huge because we’ve been to natiellegrini has confirmed that Michail Antonio will be out for their coming game.The Hammers are set to face off against Norwich City in the Premier League.And after their Carabao Cup win against Newport, Pellegrini spoke about the impending absence ofonals at least the last five years, but we haven’t been the first seed since I’ve been here,” senior Ashley Berg said.

    A top player and a former team captain, Berg projected optimism and enthusiasm about the team’s prospects in the sunshine state despite their placement in a competitive pool alongside defending national champion Auburn.

    “When we’re there, we do have a tough pool," she said. "Auburn is the reigning national champion and they’re a No. 2 seedin our pool, but we did get to watch them last year and I think we have a pretty good chance of beating them.”

    As the Quakers edge closer and closer to their desired standing in the national rankings, specific goals begin to emerge and encourage the squad to work harder and reach higher to earn the status they deserve.

    “In the past we’ve ranked around 20th to25th in the nation after going through nationals, so I think trying to beat that and getting top 20 would be really awesome for our team," Berg said. "We have a lot of returning players —a lot of really good players — so I think we’re going to do pretty well there this year."

    Although the Red and Blue focus heavily on victory and take no match lightly, the team-wide emphasis on a good time and a culture of fun and inclusion cannot go unnoticed.

    “We do a lot of social events; we’ll do team dinners, team BYO’s, and it’s interesting because we’re a co-ed team while a lot of teams are single-sex,” Berg commented on the team’s unique and easy-going culture. “We’ll do things like club tennis formal, and most of our tournaments do City No2 Mikel Arteta is a target for Lyon.L'Equipe says Arteta is being lined up as a possible candidate to replace Bruno Genesio as Lyon manager.Arteta, Pep Guardiola's assistant manager at Manchester City, was heavily linked with the Arsenal job n’t depend on how good you are or how you’re ranked on the team, so that definitely keeps things a bit lighter.”

    As the recent sun and elevated temperatures in Philadelphia prepare the Quakers for the heat of Orlando, we’ll be waiting eagerly to see just how well the squad of ten can balance the fervor of competition and this light-hearted attitude of club play to earn a top spot in the nation.

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  • Men's golf struggles to 11th-place finish at Princeton Invitational

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    While most of the golf world was focused on the Masters this weekend, Penn men’s golf had some work to do elsewhere.

    The Quakers finished 11th out of 14 teams at the Princeton Invitational, which is a 54 hole tournament at the par-71 Springdale Golf Club. Penn finished with a total team score of 897, or +45, placing them behind five Ivy opponents in Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell and Columbia, and two spots ahead of Brown.

    The overall result is a step back for the Red and Blue, who had already bested Cornell and Columbia in their last time out at the Towson Spring Invitational on March 25 and 26.

    “I think in general we’re disappointed in our performance,” interim coach Mike Blodgett said. “I think we went out there and saw some of the teams that we consider equal competitors as us, kind of in the same category as us, and we saw our performance fall short of not just what we expected to do on the golf course but what we saw other teams were able to do out there.”

    On the first day, Penn combined for a total score of 596 for the first 36 holes, putting them in 10th place. But a high 301 in the last round on Sunday allowed St. Joe’s to leapfrog from 12th into 10th, pushing the Quakers back one spot.

    For Blodgett, there were several things that went wrong for his team this weekend. Most of them, however, circle back to the team not getting enough time for course practice. Due to the winter weather extending into March, the team could not get the usual amount of time outside, and was forced to adapt its practice style.

    “I think we’re still trying to get into spring golf shape. We haven’t had much opportunity to be outside, or practice the way that we like to this season. So I think every time we go on the golf course we’re just finding out a little bit more about our games and where we are at for the season.”

    The low scorer of the tournament for Penn was sophomore Josh Goldenberg, who shot a combined 222, tying him for 34th place at th tournament. GoldenbAston Villa are eyeing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Villa are lining up a January move for Morelos after the way he has started this season.The striker already has 17 goals to his name.Villa boss Dean Smith sees Morelos as the ideal foil for Wesley.The Premier League boys are willing to offer £20m to tempt Gers to sell.erg was well situated after the first day, as he was tied for 15th overall with a 145. But a 77 in the final round hurt his final standing.

    Other notable performances from the Quakers included 225s from both junior Carter Thompson and sophomore Zareh Kaloustian, who played in his first match of the year over the weekend.

    With just one more tournament on the schedule before the Ivy Championship, there is a silver lining to this weekend’aptain Laurent Koscielny.Frenchman Koscielny is one of Arsenal's longest-serving players, having been at the club since 2010.Foot Mercato says he is excited by the idea of returning to Ligue 1. It is claimed that Lyon have begun talks with Koscielny s result. The poor play can allow the team to reflect on what areas of their game they need to improve upon and come out hungry to prove they are better than what they just showed.

    “We are going to use this weekend as a learning experience,” Blodgett said. “We had an opportunity to debrief on the van ride home and just discuss what we can improve on, getting ready for next week, and I expect my guys to come out with City attacker Marlos Moreno.The Colombia international, reports O Jogo, is a target for Portimonense.Moreno, 22, signed for City in 2016, though has never featured for the Premier League champions.While on City's books, he has spent time on-loan withfire in their eyes, ready to go next weekend.”

    While the result may not have been the outcome they wanted, not all is lost for Penn men’s golf, as there is still plenty of time to refine their game.

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  • Even more school records go down for Penn track and field at Virginia Quad Meet

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    Those numbers just seem to keep falling.

    On Saturday, Penn track and field continued a string of impressive and record-setting performances at the Virginia Quad Meet. The women’s squad finished first overall, while the men came in second, falling only to the host school. The Quakers continued the trend of building up stronger performances as the season progresses, recording 15 top-10 marks in program history, including three new school records.

    For the women, the storyline only begins at their first-place finish in the meet. The Red and Blue’s women’s squad was responsible for all three of the new Penn records recorded from the meet. Even more impressive, of the two individual records broken at the meet, both came from freshman.

    In the discus event, Maura Kimmel reset the bar for herself, improving upon her previous record with a throw of 48.43 meters. Posting two top-10 marks was Kimmel’s fellow freshman, hurdler Breanne Bygrave. In addition to breaking the school record ie.Wolves faced 10 men from the 28th minute after last-man Ruben Semedo was sent off for fouling Diogo Jota.But it was the home side who broke the deadlock after 54 minutes through Youssef El Arabi.13 minutes later, substitute Neto's free-kick deflectn the 100m hurdles, Bygrave added another top-five time in the 400m hurdles for good measure. The third school record came from the 4x100m relay, where the junior duo of Barbara Biney and Taylor McCorkle combined with sophomore Imani Solan and freshman Elena Brown-Soler to surpass their own school record for the third consecutive meet.

    Supplementing Kimmel’s strong discus performance were equally impressive personal bests from other freshman field competitors. Katherine Schroeder’s 3.68m clearance on the pole vault notched another top-10 for the women. Meanwhile, Isis Trotman recorded a top-10 throw in the discuss, to add to her podium finishes in the shot put and hammer throw.

    On the men’s side, the Quakers garnered a first-place finish in one event, a javelin victory garnered by senior thrower Sam Kaplan, en route to a second-placee to Sampdoria.The Japan captain has signed for Samp on-loan from Southampton and in line to make his debut tonight against Napoli.Yoshida posted to social media: "Good morning to all the Blucerchiati!"First of all, I thank the Sampdoria club for giv finish overall. The men’s team managed to record several strong podium finishes at the event, with a majority of the Quakers’ noacter is being tested after defeat at home to Watford.The Cherries now sit 19th on the table after the 3-0 reverse.Ake told afcbTV: “I think this situation now is a test of character for everyone.“But we know we are going to give 100 per cent. Wetable finishes coming from the field events.

    Joseph Jordan received the only track second place finish with a runner-up performance in the 400m hurdles. Tim Schanastra finished second to Kaplan to record a notable one-two finish for the Quakers, while Sean Ryan and Sean Clarke scored second in the hammer throw and pole vault, respectively.

    The Quakers will now head home to host the notorious Transatlantic meet, where Oxford and Cambridge will play visitors in an exciting international competition. And while all eyes will be on the track, watch out for the record books, because those numbers just seem to keep on falling.

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  • Beyond the Box Score | An analytical look at Penn basketball

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    With Penn basketball a the players are behind coach Zinedine Zidane.While they've managed to revive their form in the LaLiga, Real continue to stumble in the Champions League.However, Varane is adamant the squad still believes in Zidane's methods."Zidane? He is a great copproaching the midway point in its season, fans and oppost of moving to Real Madrid.Real are favourites to land Jovic this summer amid talk of a €60m offer being prepared.But Jovic told Marca: "On the physical side, the Bundesliga is very demanding, but after the matches against Chelsea and Inter Milan, ing coaches alike seem to think they know what the squad is made of.

    But the advanced stats tell the whole story. Is anyone surprised that Tony Hicks finishes more possessions for the Quakers than any other player? No. But there’s more than meets the eye. Here’s what has stood out through the first half of the year:

    Darien Nelson-Henry has improved tremendously on the offensive glass this year, hauling in 13.1 percent of all available offensive rebounds, after snagging just 9.3 percent last season. While the number alone might not mean much, consider that Nelson-Henry’s mark ranks second in the Ivy League and he’s one of only seven players — including teammate Greg Louis — to corral at least 10 percent of his offensive rebound opportunities.

    Freshman forward Mike Auger has easily been the most impressive Penn freshman this season, and the stats certainly support it. Though he’s been limited to only seven games on the season due to a foot injury, Auger has been incredibly efficient by just about every metric.

    The forward leads the team in both offensive and defensive rating and barely edges out Nelson-Henry for Penn’s top player efficiency rating at 19.9. He hasn’t had to carry the offense to quite the same extent as Nelson-Henry and Tony Hicks, but Auger has proven himself valuable in his minutes so far.

    Taking over the starting point guard position as a freshman isn’t supposed to be an easy task. College offenses operate a lot differently and compete with — and against — an entirely different level of talent than in high school. So it should surprise no one that freshmen Antonio Woods and Darnell Foreman have been among the least efficient Penn players thus far.

    Woods and Foreman have both certainly had bright spots this season (see Antonio Woods’ second-half three-pointers against Villanova), but they’ve also struggled shooting from the field (38.3 percent and 28.1 percent, respectively). The assist and turnover statistics aren’t too pretty, and both have posted PERs under 10 (the average is 15). It’s tough to succeed when put in the driver’s seat of a college offense from day one, and that’s been the case for Penn.

    Who finishes a higher percentage of his team’s plays — either by field goal attempt, turnover or trip to the free throw line — than any other player in the Ivy League? Brown’s Leland King. But if I were asking this question about either of the past two years, the answer would be Tony Hicks. And this year, Hicks ranks second at 30.8 percent.

    It’s hard to say whether this is good or bad for Penn — most teams tend to have a player who dictates the flow of the offense — but it’s somewhat astonishing that he’s been at (or near) the very top of the list in each of his three seasons.

    Before the season, there was plenty of discussion of the junior guard’s off-season workout regimen and change in jersey number, but the biggest change has been in his assist percentage. While on the floor, 29.3 percent of his teammates’ field goals come off of assists from Hicks, outpacing the junior’lskjaer says Odion Ighalo is proving a positive influence on their young players.Solskjaer has praised the impact of the Nigeria international since his arrival from Shanghai Shenhua and admitted United could consider keeping him at the club at the es career mark of 24.4 percent.

    With Hicks shooting more efficiently — a career-high 42.7 percent mark — and distributing unlike ever before, the Quakers have been more effective offensively with the junior on the floor than they have been in either of his two prior seasons.

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  • Red and Blue lift off for trip to Italy

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    2014 has already been atakeholders committee recommended regulations be put before the decision-making council, reports, /.The agenda for the meeting in Zurich included an item referring to 'matches played in the territory of another member federation', and after its concln unforgettable year for Penn women’s basketball. Luckily for the Quakers, the program shouldn’t be lacking excitement anytime soon.

    Following an outstanding season in which the Red and Blue captured their first Ivy League title since 2003-04, Penn brought its summer to a close with a 10-day trip to Italy in mid-August.

    And while some may view the trip solely as a reward for the Quakers’ success last season, it’s clear that the journey is a mixture of both pleasure and business for Penn.

    In addition to spending time sightseeing in Milay're moving for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye. With the African Cup of Nations now over, talks over the Senegal international are now set to step up.PSG are hoping to do business for €30m, though French media sources suggest Everton are hiking un, Venice and Rome, the Red and Blue also played three games against various Italian and German professional squads over the course of their trip.

    “For a basketball program, number one we’re grateful for the opportunity to go and we’re grateful for the support of the alums for giving us this opportunity,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “It gives us a chance to look forward to the year coming.”

    The Red and Blue kicked off their trip in Philadelphia on Aug. 11. After a short flight to New York, the Quakers then departed for Milan where they spent three days and played their first matchup against a select team of Italian all-stars.

    With strong efforts from a number of key returning players, the Quakers topped the Italians, 69-39. Sophomore center Sydney Stipanovich led the way with 19 points, while senior Kathleen Roche, senior Kara Bonenberger and sophomore Melanie Lockett also scored in double figures.

    Over the course of the next six days, the team spent one day each in Venice, Florence, La Spezia and Pisa before wrapping up its trip with a two-day stint in Rome. The team also took a day trip to Switzerland while staying in Milan and played its final two games on consecutive days while in La Spezia and Pisa.

    The first contest against La Spezia went much the same way as the team’s first game of the international trip, with the Quakers taking down the Italian team, 78-49, behind another balanced attack. Stipanovich once again led the way with 23 points, and the Redanchester United, it's been confirmed by RBL that they've made an offer to Salzburg for the Norway striker.However, says BILD, the youngster's personal demands have stunned RBL directors.Currently on €1m-a-year at Salzburg, Haaland is demanding a s and Blue benefitted from a pair of second-half three pointers from junior Brooklyn Juday.

    Against the German team Chemcats Chemnitz, however, things would take a slight turn for the worse as the Quakers fell, 62-56. Penn fell behind by 18 midway through the third quarter and never fully recovered.

    Due to NCAA rules, the Red and Blue’s four incoming freshmen were ineligible to play and unable to travel with the team. Penn was also without forward Stephanie Cheney, who recently left the team after only one season with the program.

    Nonetheless, as the Quakers transition into a new era — one without recent graduates Alyssa Baron, Meghan McCullough, Kristen Kody and Courtney Wilson — Penn had the chance to develop its culture and players’ abilities while on the court in Italy.

    “We want to see who fits well together and plays well together,” senior forward Katy Allen said. “And obviously things will change by November, but it will be nice because it’ll be different without the four seniors from last year.”

    Though Allen did not play overseas due to her ongoing recovery from a broken foot at the end of last season, the veteran looked forward to utilizing her position as a team leader to help the squad grow.

    “Just to kind of organize drills and get people back into the swing of things, I think that’s a good chance for us [seniors] to step up as leaders,” Allen said. “I guess [the injury recovery] could be a chance for me to step up in my role on the bench and see some things that I can help the other players out with.”

    Last summer, Penn men’s basketball traveled to Italy in preparation for its upcoming season. It’s clear that the Quakers’ feedback following their experience abroad is fresh in the minds of McLaughlin’s squad.

    “Right when [the men’s team] came back, we asked them how it went and they all said they loved it,” Allen said. before the trip “I’m looking forward to it based on what they said.”

    And while the trip’s impact on the court may pay dividends in the long run for the Quakers, the personal ramifications are what matter most.

    “I think it’s a very rewarding trip for them,” McLaughlin said. “It’s something that they’ll cherish for a very long time.”

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  • Freshman forward rounding into form for Penn basketball

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    Matt Howard sprinted down the court, poised to finish off a fast break that would push Penn closer to an upset of Columbia and cap off the best weekend of the rookie’s young collegiate career.

    But Columbia’s Luke Petrasek swatted the ball out of Howard’s hands as he went for the lay-in, ruining the moment and briefly killing the energy in the Palesta.

    Rather than get down on himself, Howard kept working. On the Lions next possession, he hustled back down the court, used his fantastic vertical leap to reject a shot and sent the ball flying into the stands.

    It’s that passion and athleticism that made Howard appealing to so many schools coming out of high school.

    But with offers from Stanford and Virginia Tech on the table, Howard ultimately chose to play for Penn, providing coach Jerome Allen with a player boasting an incredible basketball IQ.

    The freshman from Columbia, S.C., has never had any problems with his basketball knowledge. Even as a young player at A.C. Flora High School, Howard knew the game well.

    Instead, the aspect of Howard’s game that needed the most development was his leadership ability.

    “Matt never had a problem working at the game of basketball, but I believe his matriculation as a person is one that cannot be measured,” Howard’s high school coach, Leon Brunson, said. “As each year passed, I began to see him embrace the leadership role. That was the defining moment of his basketball career.

    “He not only took responsibility of his actions but the actions of his team as well.”

    That growth as a leader paid off, as Howard guided his squad to a regional title his senior year, leading the team to a 22-7 record and setting an example for the rest of the team.

    “My biggest Matt Howard moment was seeing his smile after we won the school’s first conference championship in 25 years,” Brunson said.

    Since coming to Penn however, Howard has faced the typical freshman struggles, as the college game was a little too fast for him at first.

    “It’s been tough,” Howard said after Penn’s game against Columbia on Feb. 8. “It’s been a big adjustment. But I just started working harder and harder to be able to play in big games like this and be able to contribute.”

    Howard felt that growth begin to happen about a month ago. He freshman spent long hours working on his ball handling and shooting so he could become a viable option for Allen coming off of the bench as the season progressed.

    Howard’s work ethic was so strong that Allen could do nothing but root for his freshman to continue to grow.

    “[Allen] always told me to keep working hard, to keep pushing myself,” Howard said. “Because my time will come.”

    That hard work finally paid off this past weekend, as Howard’s efforts were instrumental in getting Penn back into the Ivy race.

    Allen told Howard heading into the game against Cornell that he would get minutes, and after his strong play on Friday night, Allen trusted him again on Saturday.

    After posting seven points against the Big Red, Howard was all over the floor against Columbia. The signature moment of the night saw Howard drive to the right, feel contact and finish for an and-one that may have been the most acrobatic play made all year by someone in a Penn uniform.

    His ability to handle contact was one of the reasons Brunson believed Howard would succeed at the next level so long ago — a memo Columic.The 20-year-old was rewarded for breaking into the first-team this season with a brand new four-year contract.And Willock was quick to point out his dad today to sign with PSG.RMC says terms between the two clubs were agreed last night, with both sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi on a call with Inter GM Beppe Marotta.Inter have agreed a straight loan arrangement with no per's role in his career."It's no exaggeration to say that my dad gave me the type of work-rate thbia coach Kyle Smith never received.

    “Good athlete,” Smith said of Howard. “We didn’t have enough scouting. Really good athlete that could make a shot.

    “He’s a real good player with a bright future.”

    Allenf the Champions League final.With fellow centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, Sanchez is part of a defence tasked with snuffing out a Liverpool attack known to be one of the most deadly in Europe.And he has been studying DVD of Mo Salah wasn’t shy to admit Howard’s impact either.

    “Matt was tremendous,” Allen said after Penn’s win over Columbia. “Last night, tonight, we ran plays for him. He had the right reads, defensively, on the glass.

    “Without Matt, I’m not so sure we win today, or yesterday.”

    Howard’s smile following the Columbia win probably wasn’t as big as the one he sported after winning his conference championship last year. But, more than anything, this past weekend was a sign that there are even wider smiles and bigger moments on the horizon for this talented freshman.

    “To help my team to win a game,” Howard said. “That’s what I’m here for.”

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  • Softball stung by ’Nova in weekend rematch

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    Sometimes having the most wins isn’t enough to take y move for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.Linked with several Premier League clubs this season, Foot Mercato says Wolves are showing the most serious interest in the youngster from England.Napoli are also in contact about a January deal.Indeed, ihome first place.

    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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  • 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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  • Ivy Hoops Preview | New coach gets to 'start over'

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    After compiling a 2-12 record and finishing dead last in the Ivy League last year, things are not looking too much better for the Tigers this season.

    PrincetMorgan Sanson.La Provence says the Hammers have tabled a bid for the young midfield schemer.Wolves are also interested, though West Ham have edged in front with their first offer.For his part, Sanson is in no rush to make a decision - though it couldon finally snapped a 12 game losing streak with a 60-46 victory over Dominican on Sunday, improving its overall win-loss to an abysmal 3-12.

    It's no wonder, then, that captain Kyle Koncz is looking forward to the Ivy League season.

    "We can't forget what happened," he said, "but with the Ivy League season we get to start over."

    In order for the Tigers to turn their season around, Koncz said they need to stay sharp for the entire game.

    "There seems to be five to seven minute stretches where we lose focus" and lose the game, he said.

    Half of Princeton's losses have been by single digit margins.

    According to Koncz, the coaches have been trying to correct the problem in practices by settling everyone down when it looks like their play geaised former Leicester City teammate Harry Maguire for his attitude during his impending transfer to Manchester United.United finally bought the England international earlier this month after a drawn out pursuit which ended when they paid the Foxes ats out of control.

    The Tigers, notorious for their slow-paced style of offense, are averaging a League-worst 55 points per game.

    Koncz, a 6-foot-7 forward, has taken the most threes on the team (98) but he said that the Tigers need to do a better job getting the ball inside. He also thinks that his team won't have success unless it achieves an attack better balanced.

    The leading scorer on the team and the only one averaging double digits is 6-foot-9, 230 pound sophomore center, Zach Finley (11.1). He also leads the team in rebounds (5.7) and blocks (1.2).

    The only other bright spot on the Princeton team is Lincoln Gunn, also a sophomore , who is second with 9.7 points per game.

    "The young guys have stepped up," Koncz said. "I've played with them every day so I'm not surprised by their success. If they keep working hard they could be really good."

    But Princeton was picked to finish seventh in the preseason Ivy League polls and, even with the emergence of two promising young talents, that prognosts joined Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton on a short-term loan.The former Manchester United shot stopper has joined U23 goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park, who is also on loan at the Ashton-under-Lyne Club.Allen has played in all, but onication still seems accurate.

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  • No dancing, but retribution and 5.59 ERA await

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    Two years ago, the Penn and Harvard softball ter Emerson Hyndman is in talks about a move to MLS.Hyndman is in negotiations with Atlanta United, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The 23-year-old is discussing a contract with the Major League Soccer outfit, who are manaeams used a rain delay to stage an impromptu dance party. But this year's Quakers will go to Boston on Sunday with a very different mindset: Revenge for their 2007 Ivy League Championship loss.

    Before Penn (16-8, 3-1 Ivy) plays two against the Crimson (7-14, 0-2), it will take a seven-hour bus ride to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth (4-15, 0-2) in a doubleheader tomorrow.

    The Quakers are hoping to pick up where they left off on Wednesday, winning the second game of a doubleheader against La Salle on a walk-off single in the ninth. Penn also won the first game, 6-2.

    Momentum might be on the side of junior pitcher Emily Denstedt, last year's ace, whose performance Wednesday may have been the breakthrough for which her team has been waiting all season. She came on in relief in the second game and pitched 5.2 scoreless innig of Frank Lampard. Derby boss Lampard is expected to be named as Maurizio Sarri's successor this week.Only one season of experience has lead some to suggest Lampard isn't ready for the role, but Desailly thinks the Blues hierarchy should be trusted.ngs for the win.

    "It was definitely nice to see a smile on her face and a little pep in her step on the mound," senior tri-captain Christina Khosravi, who drove in Wednesday's game-winning run, said. "It really helps her out because hopefully she'll get on a streak and continue the momentum that she built today."

    Last season, on this same road trip to Cambridge and Hanover, the Quakers lost both games to Harvard, but swept the Big Green, winning both games by a combined score of 25-4.

    If Denstedt and freshman ace Jessie Lupardus continue pitching the way they did against La Salle, when they allowed one earned run combined over 12.2 innings, they should have no problem shutting down the Dartmouth offense - the highest batting average on the team is .234.

    But this weekend, while the Dartmouth games are important, all eyes are on the rematch with the Crimson.

    "We have a little bit extra incentive having faced them in the Championship Series last year," Quakers coach Leslie King said. "We traditionally have not done well against them, so I think it would mean a lot to us to be able to come out on top."

    The Penn lineup may hold the key to the games against Harvard, as it will face a Crimson pitching staff with a combined 5.59 earned run average. Crimson ace Shelly Madick was last year's Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, but she is not enjoying the same success in 2008. She has allowed 72 hits over 59.1 innings, and is 2-9 on the season.

    While the returners have the extra drive to take Harvard down, the eight freshmen on the team don't have the sting of last year's championship loss to propel them.

    "I think it's better for the freshmen that they have a fresh slate because they don't know what to really expect," Khosravi said. "We're going to try to at least get some fire gohis career at the very top.The centre-back, 30, has featured sporadically over the past two seasons.But he is confident this is not the twilight of his career."I'm patient. I'm working behind closed doors a lot and sometimes it is frustrating when yoing in them and let them know what happened last year and that we're not going to let that happen again."

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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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  • Lucky number four

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    For the second time in as many weeks, the Penn men's lacrosse team found itself on the brink of going into overtime against an inferior Ivy opponent.

    And for the second time, the Quakers avoided extra time, coming out on top.

    Penn finished up its Ivy season by squeaking one out over last-place Brown on Saturday at Franklin Field, 9-8.

    The win pushed the Quakers to 4-2 in the Ivy League, their best record since 1989. During that span, the most games the team won was three.

    With under a minute to play, Brown (2-8, 0-3 Ivy) trailed by a goal and was threatening in Penn territory. And after a couple of shots sailed high and wide, the Bears had one more chance to force overtime with 28 seconds left.

    But after an errant pass slowly bounced out of bounds, the Quakers had sealed the win.

    Until that point, it looked like the Bears just might leave Philadelphia with the upset.

    After taking a 6-4 halftime lead behind goalie Nick Gentilesco, Brown was in a position to shock the Quakers and notch its first Ivy win.

    Penn couldn't seem to get anything by Gentilesco --who finished with 11 saves and even set up a goal with a length-of-the-field lob -- allowing the Bears to seize control of the game.

    But the Quakers weren't about to let their league-title hopes slip through their fingers.

    "We realizeafter Sunday's defeat.Commisso felt insulted by Nedved after the game.He explained, "I want to make it clear that nobody from Juventus offended me, they are all very good and I want to thank them. I have no problem with Juve, I just said they don't nd this was our season if we lose this game," said senior attacker James Riordan, who moved into the team lead for goals with a hat trick on Saturday.

    "We had to come back, and our offense really brought it together, and our defense buckled down and made some good saves."

    Junior midfielder David Cornbrooks opened up the second-half scoring with two goals, leading the way to a five-goal third quarter for the Quakers.

    The defense also pulled its weight, holding the Bears scoreless in one stretch for 24 consecutive minutes, including the entire tRui Patricio saved Pogba's effort to ultimately secure a 1-1 draw for the hosts.Rashford scored from a penalty against Chelsea last week but insists he was happy with Pogba stepping up at Molineux."Paul wanted to take it, it's that simple," says Rashhird quarter.

    Penn coach Brian Voelker believes the key lied in the Quakers' refusal to allow themselves to be done in by their first-half woes.

    "We made better decisions; we got after ground balls; we played much better defense in the second half," Voelker said. "We moved the ball better on the offensive end; we played much better defensively; and we did what we had to do to get the win."

    Doing what they had to do meant playing at their own pace, putting pressure on the Brown defense and taking advantage of the faceoffs they won.

    Penn dominated the draw-control battle against an Ivy opponent for the first time this year, winning 14 faceoffs to Brown's seven. Senior attacker D.J a form slump after last night's 1-1 Coppa Italia first-leg draw at AC Milan.Ante Rebic had put the Rossoneri in front before Theo Hernandez saw red for a second bookable offence. A late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Juve the draw.“We did b. Andrzejewski capitalized on one such faceoff in the second half, extending the Quakers' advantage to two just seven seconds after they took the lead.

    In a game as tight as this one was, that faceoff could have made the difference.

    Still, the Quakers are not letting themselves become discouraged as they prepare for the final two games of the season.

    "Every 'W' is a good win," Andrzejewski said. "We're just going to move on from here."

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  • Arms race

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    Of all the sports in the world, the game which can be best explained through the numbers is baseball.

    And so far for the Penn baseball team's pitching staff, this is no exception.

    Minus-2, plus-1 and 8.57.

    Minus two arms -- the left arm of sophomore Nick Francona and the right arm of sophomore Andy Console. On a team with a medical report as long as an extra-innings scorecard, Francona and Console won't pitch this season as each gradually recovers from a torn labrum.

    Even with the two losses on the mound, there has been a big plus-1 for the rotation.

    It came as a pleasant surprise Saturday when sophomore Bret Wallace took the mound for his first career start and left after seven innings without giving up an earned run.

    The performance earned him Ivy League Pitcher of the Week.

    But overall, the outings haven't been good for the Quakers, and the result is a 3-10 record and an 8.57 team ERA.

    "We're very limited on the mound right now," first-year coach John Cole said. "And we're trying to piece it all together."

    Since the Quakers returned home from their spring trip to Florida, that process has accelerated.

    Over their eight-g are keen to make Tottenham's Troy Parrott the latest teenager to make their name in Bundesliga, according to the Daily Mail.Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman and Reece Oxford have all made moves to Germany in recent years.But Bayern aren't done with Parame swing through the Sunshine State, the Quakers allowed 12.5 runs per game and gave up at least two multiple-run innings in each one.

    But Penn pitchers have improved in the Northeast, only giving up 4.8 per game, including back-to-back wins over Lehigh of 5-1 and 4-1.

    According to Penn's captain, starting right-hander Brian Cirri, this came naturally to a young staff.

    "Now that they've gotten [some games] under their belt and feel a little bit more confident, that's a huge factor," said Cirri, who leads the team with four starts.

    Still, with the injuries and the Ivy League season fast approaching, the goal for Cole and company is to put together an effective starting rotation.

    "We're not there yet," Cole said.

    "We haven't had four quality starts in a row."

    The staff will have a "bullpen day," which will feature short outings by lots of pitching, in today's doubleheader at Lafayette.

    Last season, the Leopards touched up Penn pitching for 24 hits in a 23-7 victory over the Quakers in Easton, Pa.

    But after making that same road trip today, the Quakers will open up the Ivy League season this weekend with a home doubleheader against Columbia Saturday and two against the Lions in New York Sunday.

    Aper has completed his move to Turin, signing a deal to 2024.De Ligt: "I've always been fascinated by how Italians defend. "There are so many players that I follow as an example: Maldini, Baresi, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea. And I could go on. "I fell innd one man who will be on the mound as a starter this weekend will be Wallace, who stepped into his first start like it was nothing.

    "I'd been a starter my whole life," the right-hander said. "It wasn't something I was surprised by or nervous for."

    But Wallace wasn't starting last season. In fact, he wasn't throwing at all.

    During his freshman year, Wallace was recovering from osteochondrosis dissecans, which caused a loss of blood supply to a bone in his knee.

    Five permanent screws, six weeks of no impl midfielder has been linked with a move away, as he had lost his place in the team under Rafa Benitez.However, a change in management could bring another chance for the Englishman to show that he can be a key part of the team at the club.Speaking abact and a physical rehabilitation later, Wallace says the knee is as healed as it's ever going to be.

    "I don't know how good it can get from here," he said. "I think I might just have some permanent sort of disability."

    Luckily for the Quakers, it's not a disability that will stop him from taking the mound this weekend.

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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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    7/262.121103W1.17------------------------------------------------Total7.22112102-01.17

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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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