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  • Former Olympian Bryan Volpenhein selected to be head coach of Penn heavyweight rowing

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    This Monday, Athletic Director M. Grace Calhoun announced that Bryan Volpenhein will join the Penn rowing community as head coach of Penn heavyweight rowing.

    After four years with the program, former head coach Geoff Bond’s on June 30.

    Volpenhein is a three-time Olympian who rowed for the US in 2000, 2004, and 2008. In Athens in 2004, the US won l Paul Pogba because he's treating the club like “idiots".That's according to McGrath, who says if he was in charge of the Old Trafford giants he would sell the World Cup winner in this summer's transfer window.“Paul Pogba seems to live in a worlgold with Volpenhein in stroke. This was the first time a US eight had won gold in 40 years. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he also stroked the US eight that won bronze.

    "I am incredibly honored to be chosen as the next head coach for Penn men's heavyweight rowing," Volpenhein said in a . "This program has a long and rich history of competitive crews and has been an integral part of Philadelphia's rowing community. I want to thank Dr. M. Grace Calhoun and the rest of the Penn staff for believing in me to lead the men's heavyweight program. I am very much looking forward to working with Colin (Farrell) and Wes (Ng) and the rest of the rowing staff and alumni to create a strong team for the future."

    During his career, Volpenhein was US Rowing Male Athlete of the Year twice, the only person ever to achieve this honor. He has also been a member of the United States National Team ten times.

    Before coming to Penn, Volpenhein served as head coach of the men’s varsity program at the San Diego Rowing Club, working specifically with high schoolers. He also worked as the technical director of the men’s rowing program at USD for one year.

    Volpenhein comes to Penn with extensive experience coaching national teams to success on international stages. He coached three boats to gold medals at the World Rowing Championship or World Rowing Cup as the national team coach.

    Volpenhein coached the national men’s lightweight team from 2010-2013. From 2013-2018, Volpenhein was the coach of the men’s national team. He helped prepare boats for the Rio Olympics, as well as for World Cups and World Championships.

    Volpenhein lent his skills by helping train the men’s four for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. While he was the United States National Team Coach, three boats won gold medals in international competition.

    "We are extremely excited to welcome Bryan to Penn to lead our men's heavyweight rowing program," Calhoun said. "His athletic career as a gold medalist and three-time Olympian speaks for itself, and his national-level coaching experience will allow us to attract and develop outstanding student-athletes. The future ed with Neto's progress since his preseason arrival from Lazio.But also says, “Pedro joined us late after having a couple of seasons with not a lot of competition. I think it took some time for him to adapt to the demands of the competition that weof Penn men's heavyweight rowing is bright under Bryan's leadershhaving a heavy influence on transfer policy this summer.The Mirror says Edu has returned to the Emirates this summer as the backroom restructure shaped up.Arsenal have been linked with a host of players since his appointment was confirmed last week, ip."

    Volpenhein was also a member of the US Rowing Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008.

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  • Penn sprint football gets set to face Navy in de facto divisional title game

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    Since its season schedule came out several months ago, Penn sprint football has had this weekend circled. Now, it's here.

    This Friday, the Quakers head to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy in the de facto CSFL South Division championship game. The Red and Blue (4-1, 2-0 South) and the Midshipmen (5-1, 2-0) are the only teams that are mathematically still in the hunt for the division title and a chance to face Army in the CSFL title game.

    In previous years, these two teams would be fighting for second place after they both lost to Army. But with the introduction of divisions and a championship game, this game takes on a whole new significance.

    "It's do-or-die. To get to the championship, we have to win this game," sophomore quarterback Eddie Jenkins said.

    Jenkins will be leading Penn's productive offensive unit, which has averaged 38 points and over 400 yards per game, against the stout Navy defense. Led by defensive lineman Luke Coughlin and linebacker Sheppard Wilson, both of whom have been named CSFL Defensive Player of the Week this season, the Midshipmen's defense is averaging 14.2 points against and under 200 yards allowed per game.

    The other side of the ball has an equally enticing matchup. Penn's defense has only given up more than 14 points once this season, but Navy's offense is averaging 32.5 points per game.

    Regardless of who has the ball, the matchup will be difficult for the QuaSouthampton remain in talks with Birmingham City over Che Adams.The prolific striker is high on Ralph Hasenhuttl's wish-list.Adams, 22, bagged 22 goals in the Championship last season.Sky Sports says Saints are negotiating a fee with the Blues, who want at least £16m.Southampton have had an offer of £14m knocked back.kers.

    "They're always very tough," Jenkins said. "They're very smart, they study, they watch film, they know what we're going to do. So it just comes down to us executing to the best of our ability, and being strong up front."

    But the Red and Blue have reangers during their pre-season arraAncelotti after victory over RB Salzburg.The captain came off the bench to score the winner after Dries' Mertens brace for the 3-2 Champions League victory.“I was relaxed, as I accepted the decisions of the coach and knew we needed everyone to givengements.According to the Lancashire Telegraph, the game will be played at Ibrox on the July 21st and will signal the end of their pre-season fixtures.The club had already announced games with Barrow (July 6th), Rochson to be confident heading into the matchup. After their , the Quakers have posted two straight 40+ point performances, 45-14 and 42-7 this past weekend. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders, with seven rushing touchdowns in those games.

    Moreover, Penn proved to be a much tougher opponent in its lone loss than Navy was. Both squads fell to Army, but the Quakers were able to hold the CSFL's best offense to just 24 points. On the other hand, Navy surrendered 40 points while only putting up six points of their own.

    Even though each team has another game to play after this weekend, this showdown will decide the division. With the next-best divisional opponent, Chestnut Hill, sitting at 2-2, the winner of this game is guaranteed to have at least the best divisional record and the tiebreakers necessary to advance to the title game.

    That game will almost certainly be a rematch with Army, who can capture the North Division title with a win over Cornell this weekend.

    Penn's title defense comes down to this game. If they can prove victorious, they will have a shot to repeat as champions for the first time in program history. But if they falter, the title quest will be over.

    With that in mind, you can expect the Red and Blue to give it everything they've got.

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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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  • 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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  • Penn field hockey begins anew after significant roster shakeup

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    Fresh off a second-place finish in the Ivy League a season ago, Penn field hockey is hoping to build on that success with another winning season in 2014.

    Unfortunately for the Red and Blue, replicating last season’s success won’t be easy given the squad’s current roster.

    Despite dropping a de-facto Ivy title game to then-defending national champions Princeton in November, the Quakers had many reasons to be optimistic entering 2014.

    Penn put together its most successful season in recent memory last year, notching wins in 13 of its 17 matchups. Then-freshman attack Jasmine Cole led the Red and Blue throughout the season, scoring 18 goals to go along with three assists on her way to capturing Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors.

    And with Cole and rising-seniors Emily Corcnited this week.While most of his team-mates reported for pre-season duty on Monday, Pogba is away from United's Carrington training base with the permission of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - having been given time off after a hectic 16 months.The wooran — the Quakers second-leading scorer and assists leader in 2013 — and goalkeeper Carly Sokach seemingly set to return, along with six incoming freshmen, Penn had high hopes for the upcoming season.

    But two weeks away from their season opener, as the Red and Blue welcome six freshmen to the roster, the Quakers will be forced to deal with the loss of significant depth from last year’s team.

    While seniors Amelia Cohen, Katie Harrington, Sunny Stirewalt and Julie Tahan graduated in May, the program has also seen at least five players leave the team since the end of last season.

    In uld be worth £100m-a-year to the club, it has been claimed.The agreement, which comes into effect from June 1 this year, is said to be worth around £30m-a-year, guaranteed, some £15m less than the bottom line earned from their successful agreementthe weeks following Penn’s loss to Princeton, Sokach, Allison Weisenfels, Camille Parry and Neela Mahanty all left the program. Several months later, Cole informed coach Colleen Fink of the her intention to transfer and has since enrolled at Rutgers.

    The Quakers will be hard pressed to replace an offensive force like Cole. The Montclair, N.J., native led the Ancient Eight in goals and finished the season tied for the Ivy lead in points.

    On the defensive end, Sokach’s prowess in goal will be deeply missed. The then-junior finished second in the Ivies with 121 saves and a .776 save percentage and was one of only three goalkeepers Mattia Caldara says he's determined to succeed with AC Milan.The 25-year-old has yet to play a Serie A game for the Rossoneri since his arrival from Juventus in the summer of 2018 due to first an Achilles problem and then an ACL injury.But Beppe Risin the conference to allow fewer than two goals against per contest.

    The Quakers are hoping that the return of Corcoran, senior midfielder Alex Iqbal and sophomore attack Elise Tilton can offset some of the departures. In addition to the six freshmen, the Red and Blue also hope to benefit from the arrival of Claire Kneizys and Nicole Mackin, a duo that transferred to Penn from Columbia and Robert Morris, respectively.

    Before kicking off Ivy play against Cornell on Sept. 20, the Quakers host four home nonconference games at Ellen Vagelos Field. Penn begins its season against Lehigh on Sept. 5.

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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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  • Penn wrestling winning ways, sweeps pair of duels

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    Last weekend, No. 8 Nebraska knocked Penn wrestling to the floor in front of a massive crowd in Lincoln.

    This weekend, the Quakers picked themselves up and walked away victorious in duals with Binghamton and Bucknell.

    “We had to bounce back from a pretty tough loss the weeke African Cup of Nations campaign.Bolasie was farmed out on loan to Aston Villa and then Anderlecht last season, after missing a huge chunk of his Everton career with an ACL injury.Bolasie said: "Logically, if I really wanted to thinkis on his way to Paris Saint Germain.The 19-year-old is out of contract at the Blues at the end of the month, with a new deal not on the table.He will become PGS's first summer recruit, on a three-year deal, says the Le Parisian.Chelsea landed Bulka [about it], I'd nd before, and our team respoed to prise James Maddison away from Leicester City.The Norwegian has asked his scouts to keep tabs on Maddison, according to the London Evening Standard.The Foxes star has started this season just as well as last season, and Solskjaer is keen on addnded well,” Penn coach Rob Eiter said. “We were hoping . . . that this was kind of a weekend to make those adjustments from a tough couple weeks prior. The team responded very well, and overall, I’m very pleased with the results.”

    Penn’s return to form started Friday night at the Palestra, where No. 17 sophomore Casey Kent and No. 12 junior Lorenzo Thomas helped lead the way to a 22-13 victory over Binghamton (3-8).

    The dual remained close during the lighter bouts, with Penn (4-3) leading 10-6 after 157-pound sophomore Ray Bethea’s close 13-9 victory on the strength of five takedowns. Then the Red and Blue pulled away.

    The 165-pound Kent forced a technical fall and picked up several backpoints to cruise to a 17-0 win that extended Penn’s lead from 10-6 to 15-6.

    “Casey is about as rock solid as you’re going to get,” Eiter said. “He’s pretty methodical in his style of wrestling, and he just did an awesome job this weekend and the weekend before.”

    At 184 pounds, Thomas notched two takedowns and added bonus points en route to a 14-4 decision that put Penn ahead, 22-6.

    “[Thomas is] one of the anchors of the team, obviously nationally ranked,” Eiter said. “We’re looking for big points from him, and he delivered in both matches for us. Again, we totally look for him to score those points when we need them.”

    Fast-forward to Sunday afternoon’s dual at Bucknell (5-7). The Bison took an early lead on the back of 125-pound sophomore Paul Petrov, who got a 14-4 decision. But Penn would rally back to a 24-13 victory. Although Sunday’s score was similar to Friday’s dual, Eiter believes his squad improved over the course of the weekend.

    “Actually, I think we wrestled a little bit better today, and that’s what I had stressed, that we get a little bit better from Binghamton,” Eiter said. “There’s a couple of things we did since the Binghamton match so we could correct in a short amount of time. The majority of the team had made some corrections, and it showed in the matches today. They got a little bit better today.”

    Freshman Ken Bade started Penn’s comeback by picking up six huge points at 133 pounds. Junior Jeff Canfora then increased the Quakers’ lead with a 12-4 win at 141 pounds — his sixth win in seven matches — that featured five takedowns.

    As the dual moved on the heavier bouts, Kent, Thomas and Bethea helped Penn seal the win with 9-1, 16-2 and 9-5 wins, respectively. Thomas picked up his 16th win of the season, while Bethea notched his 14th victory of the season for the Red and Blue.

    “[Bethea’s] a phenomenal athlete, and every day he’s learning a little bit more,” Eiter said. “Today he struggled a little bit — the kid wrestled him really good. Ray really had to work for his points, and hopefully he learns a little bit from this match.”

    The Quakers will try to build on this weekend’s success as they return to action for an important dual with Army next Sunday at the Palestra.SEE ALSO

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  • Football schedule sees little change in '09

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • M. Squash | Navy experienced, but Penn cruises

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    For all but one member of the men's squash team, Thursday night's win over No. 12 Navy was your typical 9-0 rout. But for freshman Thomas Mattsson, this victory meant a lot more.

    That's because sitting at the No. 1 spot for the Midshipmen (16-2) was his brother, Nils. But thanks to dominating play throughout the lineup, the No. 7 Quakers (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) gave the younger Mattsson bragging rights over his big brother.

    "I love it," Thomas said. "I'm gonna be rubbing it in his face for the next 12 months."

    And he'll have plenty to boast about. Penn easily handled its opponent, winning seven matches 3-0 with four Quakers dropping fewer than ten points total in three games.

    Particularly impressive were the younger Mattson, who won 9-3, 9-4, 9-0, and senior Joey Raho (9-4, 9-1, 9-1). The Quakers did not lose a game until the evening's final rotation.

    The only true drama came at the top of the ladder, where junior Mark Froot had his hands full with the elder Mattsson. Mattsson grabbed the first two games over Froot - who pulled an all-nighter Wednesday night to study - before coming back to earn the victory.

    "I didn't get enough rest," he said. "I came in not expecting much, then got into the game. I got lucky on some shots, but it was definitely fun. I'll remember this day for a while."

    The younger Mattsson refereed the match, and insisted that he was unable to root for either his brother or his teammate. Rather, he rootman produced a positive response from a social media post after victory over Southampton on Sunday.Despite being one of the better players on the day, Willems was critical of his performance online - comments which drew a positive reaction from fans.ed for a good match, which his brother and Froot definitely provided.

    "They play pretty contrasting styles," Thomas said. "My brother picks a lot of balls up, and Froot likes to go for shots. It makes for a good match."

    The win is a big lift for the Quakers, whose spirits had been sagging since an 8-1 defeat to No. 6 Cornell two weeks ago. Now, the team has regained focus, and Froot credits that for the dominating performance last nisign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.Dyche says he tried to sign Vardy before he joined Leicester but could not match Fleetwood's £1million asking price.“We were in for him but we were in for him for about £2.50," he said, joking. “We offereght.

    "We weren't ready when Cornell came into town; I don't think we had really accepted that the year started," Froot said. "We definitely have our heads in the game now."

    Penn coach Craig Thor behind the rest of the players in terms of fitness having joined up with them after taking part in the Copa America with Chile. He suffered a hamstring injury in his final game of the competition which also set him back.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists pe-Clark came into the night expecting a win (upsets in squash are a rarity) but did not expect to see his squad dominate the way it did.

    Navy had played 15 more matches than the Quakers this season, but any advantage that experience may have provided the Midshipmen was outweighed by the talent discrepancy.

    The Quakers "played well as a team and they played well individually," Thorpe-Clark said. "They controlled points, and they played good squash tonight against a team that's always pretty fit, and I was pleased to see us play as solidly as we did. It was a very good win for us."

    Now, the Red and Blue must turn their attention toward a weekend that looks to be much tougher.

    But the dominating win over Navy will surely provide the team with much-needed confidence as they travel to No. 3 Yale Saturday and Brown Sunday.

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  • Despite team struggles, Seddon plans to return

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    Say this for Penn baseball coach Bob Seddon. He is not easilydiscouraged.

    Seddon's Quakers (8-25, 3-13 Ivy), losers of five straight and 11 of their last 12, will look to end the season on a positive note when they travel to Princeton for a season-ending four game series.

    While the coach admitted that this has been a tough season, he sees no reason why the Red and Blue cannot return to the elite of the Ivy League next season.

    "Almost everyone's coming back, and we've got a good recruiting class coming in," Seddon said. "This year, we knew that we had a long road ahead of us, with seven starters gone, and all the pitchers except for [Bill] Kirk.

    "But there's not a lot of difference between the top and bottom in this league. You can go from bottom to top in one year. We've done that before."

    Seddon is referring to the 1988 team, a squad that rebounded from a 2-12 league finish in 1987 to win the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League with a 14-4 record. The EIBL consisted of the current Ivy League squads plus Army and Navy and was in existence until 1992.

    But that was 16 years ago. Many have questioned the 69-year-old coach's ability to lead the team on the field and some have suggested that it is time for the skipper to take an emeritus position in the Penn athletic department.

    But for now, that does not appear to be in Seddon's plans.

    "I'll definitely be back next season," Seddon said. "That's in stone. I will have a meeting with the athletic director after the season, but I've made a decision. That's all I'm going to say right now."

    One of Seddon's motivations for returning is his optimism that better things are on the way for his team.

    With only three seniors on this year's squad -- third baseman Mike Goldblatt, designated hitter Jon Slaughter and utility man Graham Bangert, the team will return mostly intact.

    As for the pitching, the achilles heel of this year's club, it could hardly get any worse. The staff is currenming increasingly resigned to losing Paul Pogba in 2020.While they're determined to keep hold of the Frenchman in January, United directors accept they'll lose the midfielder next summer, says Tuttosport.Indeed, in Turin, there's confidence that Unittly sporting an unsightly 7.42 ERA, and lately the performances have been Nabil Fekir can leave this summer.Liverpool were poised to land Fekir last summer before negotiations broash.And afterwards, Salah was seen posing for a photo with a group of DR Congo players and coaching staff following the final whistle at the Cairo International Stadium.After the snap was taken Salah applauded fans, who will have been pleased to see ke down at the eleventh hour amid fears about the Frenchman's knee.But he has continued to be linked with a move away from Lyon and Liverpool ar getting worse rather than better.

    This week the Quakers gave up 10 and 12 runs, respectively, to city rivals St. Joseph's and Temple. Neither one of those teams have the reputation of an offensive powerhouse.

    "If you don't pitch, you don't win," Seddon said. "Right now we're developing a pitching staff. We've already got [Brian] Cirri, [Josh] Appell and [Brian] Winings, and that's a pretty good start.

    "But we need more than three, four or five good pitchers. Then we'll be successful. But right now, that's not the case."

    Some of those close to the team have reasoned that with the season already unraveling, it is time for more freshmen to get playing time.

    While first-year pitchers Joe Thornton and Drew Matheson already receiving extensive time on the mound, young position players have found at-bats to be more scarce.

    But, as always, Seddon found a way to explain his tactics.

    "It's hard to play freshmen," Seddon said. "There isn't an impact freshman on this team. People have to wait their turn. [Junior] Evan Sobel waited two years. This year he's been our most improved player."

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  • Penn not doomed by winless weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Volleyball creeping toward goal of third straight Ivy crown

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    In the midst of a fight for its third straight Ivy League title, the Penn volleyball team has once again proven that it is quantity, not just quality, that counts.

    The Quakers face league foes Dartmouth (3-9, 9-14 Ivy) and Harvard (8-14, 7-5) this weekend at the Palestra, hoping to take two more steps towards qualifying for the postseason. Given Penn's talent and tactics, winning these games will take great effort from the team -- not just one star player.

    Penn (17-6, 10-1) lacks a dominant offensive performer. but more than makes up for it with a balanced lineup featuring nine players that get significant minutes.

    "The depth of our team has been amazing," Penn coach Kerry Major Carr said. "Last week in practice we had six people out; a normal team wouldn't be able to run a practice. But we were. Every single person on our [junior varsity] team can play any spot on varsity."

    The Quakers could conceivably clinch the Ivy League Championship this weekend if they win both games and Princeton (15-6, 8-2) loses one. If not, Penn will host the Tigers on Wednesday with the league title at stake.

    This time of year, most coaches begin to pare down the number of players in their rotation. The Penn coaching staff has a different philosophy.

    "There are teams that do look to solidify that starting six," Penn assistant coach Orlin Jespersen said. "We take advantage of our depth and flexibility and the fact that we can switch between different players and different systems."

    Carr put in two offenses at the beginning of the season, the "three-middle" and the "five-one." Each offense has its own starting lineup.

    The coaches had expected to pick one of the two offenses at some point this season under the assumption that one scheme would prove more effective. But with both offenses working well all year, there was no need to pick one over the other.

    The Quakers also have more quality depth throughout their lineup than any other team in the league.

    "We can go three deep at each positionch.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers wit and still be comfortable," Jespersen said. "There's not a lot of teams that can do that."

    This bevy of good players also ensures better practices, as the coaches can field two talented teams and increase the level of competition within the team.

    "Because wesays this season will be a "reboot".The Viola enter the campaign under new owner Rocco Commisso.“I still feel at home after having been here on pre-season training so many times," said Montella.“We are starting everything from scratch. I am feeli have such a deep team, during practices we're very competitive," senior Lauren Carter said. "Everybody pushes each other. And we know that at any given point in the game, [coach Carr] can throw in another player and they'll get the job done."

    Tomorrow, Penn will face a Harvard team that stands in sharp contrast to their own. The Crimson's best player, junior middle hitter warned Bournemouth must not get "complacent and lazy" towards their Premier League status. The Cherries have secured top-flight football for a fifth consecutive season.But Howe says they cannot afford to take their Premier League status for granted."Kaego Ogbechie, is out for the season with patella tendonitis. How a thinner team like Harvard responds to the challenge remains to be seen.

    The Quakers' emphasis on depth makes them think that no matter who comes out of the game, they won't miss a beat.

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  • Two wins and two records for M. Hoops

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    BOSTON -- Penn did all they needed to do on what had been, in recent years, a dangerous roadtrip to New England.Survive -- and make a little history along the way.The Quakers held off both Harvard and Dartmouth by deceptively lopsided final scores of 82-66 and 67-52, respectively. Penn remained undefeated in the Ivy League, one game ahead of Brown. The Bears host Penn on Friday night.Penn (17-5, 9-0 Ivy League) won each game in polar opposite fashions, burying the Crimson (11-12, 3-7) with a historic barrage of three-pointers, while pounding the ball inside to forward Ugonna Onyekwe against Dartmouth (6-17, 2-8). Against the Big Green, Onyekwe scored 25 points -- a season-high -- which gave him 1,650 career points. That put him ias lifted the Reds in the four year since his appointment, turning them into one of the best teams in the Premier League while also steering them to Champions League glory.ESPN says the Liverpool board liked the German's personality and that his lackn front of Kevin McDonald and in second place on Penn's all-time scoring list. He needs 177 points in his final five games to catch Ernie Beck for the top spot.In sharp contrast, Penn's inside play was virtually absent at Harvard -- a road game the Quakers had lost the past two seasons -- as Penn tied a school record with 16 three pointers on only 31 attempts. Leading that effort was guard Jeff Schiffner, who shot 7-for-10 from three point range. Schiffner scored 21 points on the game."That's part of our offense," Schiffner said of the three-point shooting. "It's my responsibility to step up and hit those."Despite Penn's shooting and Harvard missing its best player in Patrick Harvey -- who was ruled academically ineligible for the rest of the season -- the Crimson's timely shooting kept the game close throughout.

    Harvard point guard Elliot Prasse-Freeman's 13 points and 10 assists on the game made up for the absence of his heralded backcourt mate.Penn jumped out to an 18-7 lead unich superkid Joshua Zirkzee could be running around in an Everton shirt today, it hr against Watford.De Gea fumbled Ismaila Sarr's effort into the net on 50 minutes in the 2-0 reverse. The ball bounced off the turf and slipped through de Gea's fingers, rebounding off the post, back onto his head, and into the net. "Of course, it waas been revealed.Holland coach Ronald Koeman, then in charge of Everton, had offered trials to the then 16 year-old Dutch prospect."Everton was a serious option for behind two threes apiece from guard Tim Begley and Schiffner. However, helped along by Penn's sloppy play, Harvard crept to within 23-22 after a long jumper by Prasse-Freeman.Penn responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a Schiffner three and Harvard never again got within six points. Despite keeping the Crimson at arms-length, the game was not truly decided until Penn went on a 10-2 run to push a tenuous seven point lead to 71-56 with seven minutes, 42 seconds remaining. Koko Archibong put the final nail in Harvard's coffin with a three that pushed Penn's lead to 74-61 with less than five minutes to play. Archibong finished with 14 points.Penn beat Harvard without the benefit of a great performance by Onyekwe."Ugonna did not have one of his better games," Penn coach Fran Dunphy said of his star's nine-point performance. "I think getting in the early foul trouble threw him off." The lack of an inside force was not a handicap Penn needed to overcome against Dartmouth.The Big Green held their own against the Quakers despite Onyekwe's 11-for-15 shooting and 25 points. Dartmouth -- which was never in the game in its loss to Penn at the Palestra earlier this season -- found itself tied with the heavily favored Quakers at 32 going into halftime in front of only 1,332 fans who braved the New Hampshire snow.Onyekwe opened the second stanza with a personal 6-0 run, but Dartmouth responded and took a 40-38 lead with 15:50 remaining. However, Begley hit a three and Penn never relinquished that lead. Dartmouth went seven minutes between baskets at one point in the second half. Penn took advantage to go on a 16-1 run, with guard David Klatsky hitting a three to give Penn a 54-41 lead. The three came with seven and a half minutes to play and ensured that the Quakers' Friday night showdown with Brown would come with Penn in the driver's seat in the Ivy League.

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  • sion from Club Brugge draw (greenwood quote)Manche

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    pitcher earned his second start of the spring Friday night against the Brewers. Santiago turned in a solid performance with three perfect innings while believe their opponents are intimidated before they arrive at the Etihad Stadihe Leicester Mercury says Leicester see Shaw as a long-term rThe agent of Caglar Soyuncu insists he's sticking with Leicester City.The Turkey defender has been linked with Manchester City.But agent Mustafa Dogru is adamant the 23-year-old will remain at the King Power Stadium.“Caglar now focuses on the success of the team," Dogru told Radyospor. “A transfer is neither on his nor the club's agenda.“I don't know what's going on in the future, but he's thinking about his achievements at Leicester City and with the national team."eplacement for Ben Chilwell.Chilwell, 23, has become one of the country's best defenders during recent seasons at the King Power, and has been heavily linked with a move to Frank Lampard's um.The champions have won 39 of their last 44 Premier League matches at home - a record they will hope to improve when they host Wolves on Sunday.The City boss said: "My festriking out five in a 7-2 victory. He has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in seven Cactus League appearances.

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  • castle, Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has become th

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    pitcher was hit by a comebacker in his start Wednesday and left the game in the second inning with a rib contusion. Jurrjens allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in his inning-plus of work before exiting. He will have a precautionary X-ray taken Thursday. Jurrjens has posted a 4.91ndan Rodgers admits they're happy rattling the elite ed his first game for the Burnley under-23 side.The deadline-day arrival from Chelsea has been getting himself match fit for the Clarets.The 29-year-old played in a 1-1 draw against Coventry yesterday.While he will need more games before he is ready again.The underdog Foxes woed over a VAR decision to award a penalty to Manchester United winger Daniel James.Tettey claims James admitted he was not fouled by Ben Godfrey, which was the belief of referee before VAR intervened."It was a bit strange," Tettey told VG. "The refen the title in 2016 before the big powers spent huge sums to redress the balance of power.Rodgers said: “You have to fight.“You can't accept that is the top six in te ERA in 14 2/3 innings this spring.

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