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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn women's basketball extends season with berth in National Invitational Tournament

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    They might not be in the Big Dance, but they'ght to secure their place in the Carabao Cup third-round.The Hornets have zero points from three Premier Leaguer says the England star is looking for parity with the club's other stars before committing his future to the club.Abraham has seen a string of players pledge their allegiance to the Blues with Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Ch games, but they were able to bounce back with a 3-0 victory over the Sky Blues.Record-signing Ismalia Sarr scored his first goal for the cre not done yet.

    Penn women's basketball saw its season extended after the National Invitational Tournament selection committee announced that the Quakers will take on Albany in the first round.

    Penn will face the Great Danes at home on Friday. Tielder Marouane Fellaini says his old team needs experienced players.Fellaini left United in January for Shandong Luneng.The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regime seems committed to regenerating their squad with a younger profile of player.But Fellaini told thhe time of the game will be announced on Tuesday.

    Penn (21-8, 11-3 Ivy) was guaranteed a bid by virtue of being the team with the highest record in the Ivy League that didn't qualify for the NCAA Tournament. This is the sixth consecutive postseason appearance for the Quakers, with the last two coming in the NCAA Tournament.

    Albany (24-7, 12-4 American East) finished second in the American East Conference standings, but fell in the semifinals of the conference tournament against Hartford.

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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.

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    "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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  • Penn sprint football set for Senior Night against archrivals

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    There might not be much left at stake for Penn sprint football, but there is still plenty to play for.

    After be at Manchester United was a great grounding for his career.United's incredible defensive quality made it difficult for Pique to get competitive action at Old Trafford, but despite only making 13 senior appeareances for the club he says the spell is wing eliminated from Collegiate Sprint Football League championship contention in last week’s double-overtime loss to Army West Point, the Quakers will look to reset and finish the season on a high note against rival Princeton this Friday.

    Aside from going up against their Ivy League rival, this game holds a special significance for the Quakers (4-2), as it is the team’s Senior Night. Accordingly, much of the focus during the night will be on the seniors, who are not only playing their last home game, but also their last game for the Red and Blue.

    “Their parents are going to be here, all of the fans are going to be here, we want to have a celebration,” coach Bill Wagner said.

    The players also want to put their best foot forward in the seniors’ last games and the final game of the season.

    “We want to go out and win, put out a good showing, especially for our fans and for our seniors because this is it for them,” said senior linebacker and defensive back Stu Helgeson.

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    “There will probably be some tears, knowing it’s the last time you’re going to play in a collegiate game, on Franklin Field, and against our archrival Princeton,” Wagner said.

    Wagner also expects a solid performance from his seniors in their last contest.

    “They want to do their best game, they want to do as well asat Chelsea.The Ivory Coast winger is being tipped for a big money move in January or the summer.And Holloway believes that Zaha has all the qualities to make the step up and excel for a Champions League club."I think he would be fantastic over there they possibly can,” Wagner said.

    The Red and Blue is ready to move past last week’s tough loss — a come-from-behind effort against the top team in the nation that just missed victory after a botched field goal attempt. Now, its time to focus on the game at hand.

    “Every game is a new game,” Wagner said. “Princeton is on our schedule, it’s Senior Night, our guys are ready to go.”

    Helgeson agrees with Wagner’s sentiment.

    “You just flush it down the toilet after a day of mourning the loss, then you just have to refocus, have a good week at practice, prepare, and just kind of forget about the loss,” Helgeson said.

    Although Princeton (0-3) has not won a game this year — or for the last 16 years — the Quakers are not taking their opponent lightly or treating them any differently.

    “It’s a football game,” Wagner said. “You can never underestimate your opponent, you’ve got to have respect for them, and you’ve got to play hard and clean and finish up strong.”

    The same holds true for Penn’s approach to the game itself, despite the fact that the Red and Blue are no longer in championship contention. This week’s game provides the team with the opportunity to just enjoy themselves and not worry as much about the outcome of the game.

    “They’re ready to have another battle, and I think you’ll see a lot of guys play and have a lot of fun and win with class,” Wagner said.

    For the Quakers, an area of emphasis this week is closing out games strong, something that they failed to do last week against Army.

    "[We need to] finish the game,” Helgeson said. “We didn’t do that last week, we let Army hang around too long, and we’ve got to put them away.”

    Friday night’s festivities will certainly be exciting, and Penn will look to put up a strong effort for their seniors’ last hurrah.

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  • Penn women's soccer drops Ivy opener to Harvard

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    If you're going to come at the queens, you best not miss.

    Unfortunately for Penn women's soccer, the squad allowed too many opportunities to its opponent on Saturday, conceding 25 shots en route to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of two-time defending Ivy LeaFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello is convinced by the potential of Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt missed victory over Cagliari amid claims of suffering an illness."They say so, but…," Capello told Sky Sport Italia. “We must give him time to understand the new system and the new mentality.“[Former hero Michel] Platini spent six months at Juventus."gue champion Harvard.

    The Quakers (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) had high hopes for their first Ancient Eight contest of the season. After last year's disappointing Ivy campaign, one that included a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of the Crimson at Rhodes Field, Penn looked at Saturday's contest as an opportunity to continue the momentum from a strong non-conference season.

    But things up in Cambridge, Mass., didn't go quite as planned.

    Without senior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli for the fourth consecutive game, Penn was forced to rely upon junior Carrie Crook between the pipes. The latter did well in making nine saves, but Harvard's attack was relentless, outshooting the Quakers, 25-5.

    Despite the constant pressure from the Crimson (3-6-1, 1-0-0), Penn's backline held on for the majority of the first half, even though the squad managed only oreleased by Leicester this summer.The forward, handed a contract at City after a chance meeting with the club's late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has seen his deal expire alongside the likes of title-winners Shinji Okazaki and Danny Simpson.Lorne shot to Harvard's 11. But only 27 seconds before intermission, Brooke Dickens scored off a rebound, sending a ball into the upper half of the net to put the Crimson in front.

    "We might have lost focus on two set pieces and couldn't get the ball cleared, but outside of that, we played them pretty evenly," coach Nicogue 2Le Havre.The Ivory Coast international has been trialling with Le Havre after coming off contract at Swansea City.L'Equipe says Bony is training with Le Havre hopeful of impressing coach Paul Le Guen.Le Havre currently sit fifth in Ligue 2.Alongle Van Dyke said after the game. "It might not show up on the shot count, but overall we did a good job.

    "We didn't get the result, but there are plenty of soccer games left to be played."

    Shortly after halftime, Harvard made the Quakers pay once again, as Joan Fleischman scored off a cross from Haley Washburn to double the lead in the 59th minute.

    While Penn couldn't find the back of the net on its end, it did manage to hold Crimson junior Margaret Purce scoreless. The 2013 Ivy League Player of the Year and 2014 first team All-Ivy selection notched seven shots, but could not repeat her two-goal performance from the teams' matchup last year.

    Although the Quakers dropped their conference opener for the third straight season, Van Dyke doesn't think there will be much of a hangover for the squad as it prepares for the remainder of its season.

    "I think, all in all, it's a good trip for us. Going into it, we knew we were playing against a tough opponent. They have experience playing at the NCAA Tournament level, and we tried to focus on having a good performance.

    "I think one thing we've tried to do this season is not put an emphasis on a particular school or game. And what we told the team after the game [on Saturday] is that this cannot define who we are. The journey is not a straight line, there are going to be hiccups, but hopefully we learn from it and can get back to our winning ways."

    The Red and Blue are next in action against Cornell on Friday at Rhodes Field.

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  • Penn women's basketball falls to Cornell at home, 60-49

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    Penn women's basketball hadn't lost a league game on its home floor since Jan. 11.

    Jan. 11, 2014, that is.

    But that changed on Friday night. Cornell came into the Palestra and beat the Quakers, 60-49, leading from the game's early moments all the way through to the final buzzer.

    Penn (11-7, 2-2 Ivy) struggled once again on offense, and Cornell (13-6, 4-1 Ivy) took great care of the ball to keep the Quakers from making up for it defensively. Penn turned it over 14 times and was only able to force the visitors into five mllardyce has hit out at Steve Bruce's critics.Bruce has been heavily criticised just seven games into his first season at the club, but Allardyce is having none of it."Steve will be sleeping very restlessly at the moment," he told talkSPORT.“It is iscues.

    "It just goes to show you how much they had control of this game," coach Mike McLaughlin said of Cornell's ball control. "We have to cause a little more havoc on defense. We gave up too many shots at the basket, there were too many breakdowns – mental breakdowns."

    The Big Red got a big game out of sophomore forward Nicholle Aston, who finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks. The Quakers also got a good performance from a young forward, as freshman Michelle Nwokedi had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three rejections off the bench.

    "Michelle has been really growing as a player all year," senior captain Kathleen Roche said. "She's just so long, so athletic. She's a smart player. She's great to have off the bench as a sixth man."

    But Cornell's young guns were just too good for Penn. Of the victor's 60 points, 54 came from sophomores. The Big Red weren't exactly deep, either: 58 of the 60 points came from starters.

    Penn's star sophomore Sydney Stipanovich had only five points and turned it over six times. Freshman Beth Brzozowski couldn't buy a bucket, going 1-7 from beyond the arc. Even Anna Ross, coming off of the strongest game of her rookie campaign against Harvard, couldn't get anything going at the helm of the offense, as the Red and Blue found themselves settling for jumpers more often than not.

    Cornell outplayed Penn for most of the first half and came out even hotter after the intermission, taking a 38-20 lead in the opening minutes of the second period. The Quakers got themselves back in the ballgame with a barrage of ity attacker Raheem Sterling is confident they can upset Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Champions City have claimed victory just ONCE at Anfield since 1981 — and that was 16 years ago.But former Reds winger Sterling, 24, told Sport360: “At first threes, cutting the gap to sinoli at AC Milan.Sky Italia says Barca asked after the defender in talks with Milan over the departure of Jean-Clair Todibo.While there's no immediate plans to sign the Italy international, Barca have him on their list of potential future additions.Rx on the strength of a 12-0 run.

    Penn would get as close as four on an athletic drive to the hoop from Nwokedi, but the deficit proved to be too large to overcome, and the Big Red was able to put out Penn's fire and seal the victory.

    "Outside of that quick stretch, we didn't get anything going ... Offensively, we were just pretty poor," McLaughlin said.

    Lackluster offensive performances have been a theme for the Quakers, as they are now dead-last in the Ancient Eight in scoring. Penn will look to bounce back on Saturday night when they host Columbia.

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  • A toast to tradition, transvestites and Pennsylvania football

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    Greer Cheeseman heads onto the field at the end of the third quarter already knowing how this toast toss — the first of the 2013 season — is going to go.

    As the director of the Penn Band, he’s seen his fair share of toast tosses.

    The band strikes up “Drink a Highball” as Cheeseman watches on. As the song comes to an end, people throw their toast.

    And then they’re gone.

    “This is the part I just don’t understand,” Cheeseman says. “They throw their toast and then they leave.”

    It’s not entirely an exodus, as a fair portion of the crowd stays and watches on despite the fact that Penn has opened up a sizable lead against Lafayette heading into the fourth.

    But Cheeseman isn’t wrong. A large number of fans leave the stadium immediately after throwing their toast.

    For them, Penn football is about tradition.

    At Penn, tradition is everything.

    From the Econ Scream, to Hey Day to Spring Fling, the four years students spend at Penn are enriched by these moments.

    The toast toss is as entrenched in Penn’s history as any of its traditions.

    The story students hear when they arrive at Penn is that for years, fans would drink a highball at the end of the third quarter. But in the middle of the 1970s, the University banned alcohol from being allowed in Franklin Field. As a response, fans started bringing toast rather than alcohol.

    Unfortunately, the history is not quite so dry.

    “I don’t know why they say that,” Cheeseman said.

    As Cheeseman recalled, the tradition had nothing to do with alcohol being banned.

    Instead, it started on South Street.

    The Theatre of Living Arts is now a concert hall, but back in the 1970s, it was a movie theater.

    The TLA had interactive midnight showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show, a cult phenomenon at the time. It featured the character Dr. Frank N. Furter, a transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, as well as famous actors Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf. Audience members would scream at the screen in addition to doing various acts at points in the movie.

    There’s a scene late in the movie in which the doctor raises his glass and asks for “a toast to absent friends.”

    At that point in the film during those midnight showings, audience members would throw toast at the screen.

    Cheeseman and a few of his friends were amongst those in the crowd and came away impressed.

    “I thought it was clever,” Cheeseman said. “So me and a couple of my buddies decided to try it at a football game. So at the end of ‘Highball,’ we started throwing it.

    “And from there it seemed to take on a life of its own.”

    The tradition has less to do with alcohol being banned and more to do with a fictional doctor, donned in leather and fishnets, raising his glass.

    And now, with attendance dropping every decade, the toast toss may be one of the most memorable parts of Penn football.

    People don’t come out to watch Penn football any more.

    Look back at tape from the 1950s, and the home side of Franklin Field, lower and upper decks, would be filled. The same can be said for the 1980s, when Penn averaged 29,992 fans at Homecoming.

    The toast toss caught on quickly in the ’80s thanks to the large crowds, but the new tradition had no power in keeping fans coming to games over the decades since it began.

    When Dan Shulman got a second chance for Penn to beat Harvard and take the Ivy crown back in 1982, the stands were filled. Conversely, when Penn upset Harvard last Nov. 10, only 8,910 fans were in attendance.

    The ’80s were a resurgent time in Penn football. After being the laughing stock of the Ivy League for much of the ’60s and ’70s. Success had some hand in attendance during that decade, but the times have since changed.

    After all, Al Bagnoli has been Penn’s coach for 22 years. In that time, his team has won nine Ivy League titles, yet still attendance has declined.

    And Penn hasn’t played for anything but an Ivy League title since they joined the Ancient Eight in the late ’50s.

    Now, those that want to watch football are staying home on Saturday rather than coming out to Franklin Field.

    “Penn football’s great. They’re true amateurs. I love watching them,” Cheeseman said. “But if you’re a college football fan, you’re probably staying home, watching [games] on TV.”

    In addition, there are simply other things to do on campus.

    “A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, I have to do my dance group or go to my a cappella concert,” Penn Band secretary Josh Cooper said. “And [football] kind of gets pushed out of the way like a secondary thing.”

    That’s why the toast toss is so important to Penn football.

    The allure of witnessing a team compete for an Ivy championship, buying Chickie’s and Pete’s and spending a Saturday at a historic stadium isn’t enough to fill up even a fourth of Franklin Field’s capacity. It’s the toast toss that differentiates Penn from other schools, and it’s what Penn fans remember years later.

    But that Youtube moment that brings fans out, that students hear about from the time they step on campus and remember for years after they leave, has been threatened many times.

    The first threat to the toast toss came in 1988, when security guards began confiscating toast that people attempted to bring into the stadium.

    “We do not have a policy regarding toast,” Carolyn Schlie Femovich, then-senior associate athletics director, told The Daily Pennsylvanian at the time. “[chettino blanked questions about Christian Eriksen today.He refused to comment on speculation linking Eriksen with a move to Real Madrid, with Manchester United ending their interest in the midfielder as they believe he has his heart set on a move toBut] security has the leeway to confiscate any items that they deem to be safety or health hazards, as well as any items that could disrupt the competition.”

    As a response, Alan Schwarz, a former sports editor at the DP, wrote a column urging students to smuggle toast into the stadium. Had Penn Athletics had its way, there would have been no toast to throw that day, but thanks to Schwarz and his friends, the toast toss stayed alive.

    For a long while after Schwarz’ “Ocean’s Eleven” moment, Penn Athletics started providing the toast for students, but still the tradition fell under fire.

    Penn graduate Pranav Merchant wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2010 criticising the University for promoting a tradition that is a waste of food. He argues that throwing $2,500-worth of food when just blocks away people are living in poverty is ignorant.

    Three years later, he still believes his argument.

    “I grew up with the mentality to respect food,” Merchant said. “To see people take food and just throw it like that is disrespectful.”

    The article raised questions around the Penn community, questioning whether the tradition should be continued. Ultimately, Merchant’s claims fell on deaf ears and the tradition stayed alive.

    Just last year, Penn Athletics decided to stop providing toast, calling for student groups like Red and Blue Crew to take the charge.

    Head of Red and Blue Crew, Jonathan Cousins, presumed everything would work out until he arrived at Skimmerfest that day and saw that no one had toast with them.

    “I said, ‘You know what’s going to happen? All thwas heavily linked with Tottenham and Chelsea.
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    “It could have died.”

    Ultimately, Penn Athletics helped Red and Blue Crew have bread delivered to the stadium and the crisis was avoided, keeping the tradition alive for ahe potential of teammate Joao Felix.The 20-year-old came on as a second-half substitute against Villarreal, scoring the third in a 3-1 win."Everyone can see what is expected of Joao, he's a young boy and he has lots of room for improvement," Koke sainother day.

    Penn Athletics Director Steve Bilsky is a fan of the tradition.

    “I think it’s a great tradition,” Bilsky said. “I think it’s fun. I’m a big tradition guy, and when you have something that works, keep it.”

    But for Penn Athletics, tradition and money are inextricably linked, serving as another potential threat to the toast toss.

    “I’d like to sell every year,” Bilsky continued, “to the class that’s having its 25th reunion, I’d like to sell the [toast] zamboni to them that year.”

    The third quarter comes to a close as Penn and Dartmouth are locked up in a tight battle on Oct. 5, with the Quakers up one touchdown.

    As toast rains down from the stands, so do the fans. Not as many supporters leave as during the Lafayette game, but still a fair portion of the crowd vacates the stadium.

    Those who stayed were treated to the longest game in Ivy League history, a four-overtime thriller including a blocked kick by senior linebacker David Park to send the game into overtime just when it looked like Dartmouth had it sealed up.

    But the people that left after the toast toss weren’t there for the football anyway.

    “I’ve seen it more and more over the last five or ten years,” Cheeseman said. “More and more people come for the first quarter, stay through halftime, stay for ‘Highball,’ throw the toast, and then there’s an exodus.

    “It’s ‘I came, I saw. I threw. I’m outta here.’”

    Had Cousins’ worst fear been realized that day in 2012, had no toast been thrown from the stands and slowly the toast toss had died, Penn football would have survived. It just wouldn’t be the same.

    More than simply losing the percentage of people who come just to throw toast, Penn football would lose a piece of its soul.

    Parents and alumni wouldn’t scramble to grab a few slices of bread before heading to the game. The band wouldn’t get together every week to make toast.

    “It’s one of those fun things that, after the fact, my parents got excited about putting some bread in the toaster before they left and bringing it down with them,” wide receivers coach and former Penn player Mark Fabish said.

    “It was important for them to be a part of the tradition.”

    While Frank toasts to absent friends in Rocky Horror, Penn fans follow the lyrics of “Highball” to a T — they tell the story of glory of Pennsylvania.

    Only that story isn’t of the heroics that happen on the football field, but the memories forged in the stands.

    “My memories aren’t about the football team going 10-0 my freshmen year. It’s from being part of something that was fun and distinctive and memorable,” Schwarz said. “And when you remove the things that make you distinctive, it’s a dangerous game.

    “Because when you take away those things, you move one step closer to being boring.”SEE ALSO

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  • Tony | Penn basketball can beat Harvard's small ball with smart ball

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    We’ve known for a while now that Harvard’s basketball team is a very beatable bunch.

    Maybe it was the Crimson’s struggles in two games against Dartmouth that tipped off Ivy hoops fans that the Crimson weren’t all they were cracked up to be. Maybe it was Harvard’s failure to close out Yale at home with authority.

    Or for the few who don’t believe in style points, maybe it was the way Crimson coach Tommy Amaker’s squad wilted in the second half at Columbia Sunday afternoon.

    But what we didn’t know until recently is that, even without Fran Dougherty and with Darien Nelson-Henry coming off of a low-grade MCL sprain, the Quakers should still have an advantage in the paint against the Crimson.

    That’s because Harvard plays small ball. Amaker lacks a true center, so he’s consistently gone with a lineup of four perimeter players throughout the season. Nailing perimeter jumpers and pushing the pace of games in transiti to make an immediate appointment of a sporting director.The club hired Jose Mourinho to take over from the sacked Mauricio Pochettino this week.But the Evening Standard reports that any suggestions there would be an imminent sporting director / direon from the outset have been two of Harvard’s top priorities this year, and they’ve got just tt has gotten a lot more difficult for top teams in the Premier League lately.The Red Devils have struggled against sides lower than them in the table, as they have a better record against teams in the so called top six.And Matic believes a lot of teahe horses to run such an offense.

    Sophomore forward Wesley Saunders, freshman guard Siyani Chambers and junior guard Laurent Rivard all average at least 42 percent shooting from beyond the arc, and the Crimson rank 10th in the country in team field goal percentage. So it’s no surprise that Harvard easily ranks first among Ivies in three-point percentage. Forget Mouse Davis — this is the real run-aue landing the top job in the future.Pique hasn't hidden his desire to become president of Barca in the future.And Laporta says: "If I [become president], it wouldn't be bad if Gerard Pique followed me as president because I see him as an ideal persond-shoot offense.

    And we’ve seen that it can be a double-edged sword. When Harvard’s hot, they’re really hot, but the Crimson’s 63-41 second-half lead against Brown completely evaporated when they started bricking their jumpers. Scoring 49 points in one half and 20 in the other means you must be gambling too much on perimeter shooting somewhere.

    Harvard’s not an efficient team either, ranking third-to-last in the mediocre Ancient Eight in turnovers per contest.

    And that’s why Penn needs to put its money where its momentum is: in the paint.

    The Quakers have a blossoming low-post presence back in Nelson-Henry who could be a gamechanger both in scoring and rebounding. Penn snared a combined 24 offensive boards last weekend against Yale and Brown, the two best rebounding teams in the conference. Harvard, in contrast, ranks dead last among Ivies on the boards.

    So when Harvard plays small ball Friday night, will Penn play smart ball?

    Coach Jerome Allen needs to go big here. Give sophomore forward Henry Brooks extra minutes. Emphasize patience for Miles Cartwright in running the motion offense in order to slow down the game’s tempo and wear down Harvard’s six-man rotation. Let Harvard beat you from deep, because eventually, they’ll start beating themselves.

    If Penn is to win at Lavietes Pavilion for the second straight year, it’ll have to work a little half-court magic. That’s still a big if, though, since the Crimson have done an excellent job of walking the fine line between beatable and beaten up to this point.

    But the Quakers haven’t had an offensive identity other than “give it to Zack” in a long time, so rolling their inside out from start to finish should make Quakers fans breathe a little easier against the Cardiac Crimson.

    MIKE TONY is a junior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa., and is senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at tony@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Lhotak latest Penn defender injured

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    Even before the season started, Penn lost key players on its defense in senior safety Kevin Stefanski and senior defensive end Kyle Chaffin. For at least the next three weeks, they will be even more short-handed.

    The Quakers lost their third defensive starter this season when senior co-captain Steve Lhotak strained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday against Lehigh.

    Lhotak was an all-Ivy performer at linebacker a year ago for Penn.

    After the senior exited the game in the first quarter, the Quakers' defense managed to regroup. Despite giving up 24 points in the first half, the Engineers were held scoreless in the second.

    Penn coach Al Bagnoli said that Lhotak will miss the next three games -- Dartmouth, Bucknell and Columbia -- and hopefully return against Yale on Oct. 25.

    "We're keeping our fingers crossed that four weeks is very realistic," Bagnoli said.

    Lhotak underwent MRI, which confirmed that there was no ligament damage.

    Sophomore defensive back Michael Johns also strained his MCL three weeks ago, and began practicing yesterday.

    Junior starmier League is an ambition.Wilson, 23, was released by Manchester United over the summer.He told the the Aberdeen-striker-James-Wilson-sights-set-Premier-League-return.html">Daily MailAberdeen-striker-James-Wilson-sights-set-Premier-League-return.htmting linebackers Luke Hadden and Ric San Doval will see extra time with Lhotak out. Sophomore linebackers Chad Slapnicka and Al Wawszczyk will be the primary backups.

    Both Hadden and San Doval believe that Lhotak's influence on the team will continue despite his absence oalready found a way around the new wall law for victory over Norwich City.Revised laws have been brought in for the 2019-20 season, which include preventing opposition players from interfering with the defensive team's wall.When Liverpool won a free-n the field.

    "Steve is helping us through it all," San Doval said. "Today, he helped Luke and me with the clarity of the calls -- the little things.

    "I'm sure he'll be there for us until he's back on the field."

    But as much as his advice may help his teammates, Lhotak's presence on the field will surely be missed.

    "It's a huge loss," Hadden said. "He's our best defensive player and a team leader."

    San Doval echoed Hadden's sentiments.

    "Obviously it's a huge loss for us," he said. "Not only is he an emotional leader out there, but anytime you lose your captain, it's tough because you have to step it up," San Doval said.

    Penn did just that Saturday against Lst from Liverpool's preseason after the Copa America final.The Brazil stars will play Peru in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp has told them to take three weeks rest after the match, which means they will link up with their teammates at the end ehigh. The defense shut out Lehigh in the second half, sparking a 14-point comeback.

    "We still have our confidence," Hadden said. "Lhotak went down at the beginning of the game last week and we still managed to pull it out."

    This week, Penn's defense will be tested again, facing a Dartmouth team that features first-team All-Ivy and second-team All-America tight end Casey Cramer.

    "He's a really good player," Bagnoli said. "Our outside linebacker has got to look at him, our inside linebacker has got to look at him and our secondary."

    With all of the defensive injuries, Penn's young players will receive more playing time.

    "We have an awful lot of young kids that are being asked to do some things probably at the beginning of the year none of us thought they would be asked to do," Bagnoli said. "But that's the situation we find ourselves in.

    "There are certainly capable players and we have confidence in them."

    San Doval noted that on one play in the second half of the Lehigh game, there were nine sophomores and juniors for Penn on defense.

    The young players "played quite a bit during the Lehigh game against a very potent offense and they held up," Bagnoli said. "We'll keep our fingers crossed that they'll keep playing well and stay healthy."

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  • W. Lax heads to Happy Valley with win streak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • has defended Jose Mourinho over his decision at C

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    pitcher surrendered six earnes Milner has suffered a srested in re-signing Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin.The Chelsea-Tottenham-Arsenal-Liverpool-Premier-League-Gossip-Latest">Daily Express says Barcelona have reignited their interest in Bellerin.Bellerin had been linked with a move to the Nou Camp foerious knee injury.The 34-year-old lasted just nine minutes of Sunday's FA Cup third-round win over Everton.Speaking after the game, Klopp said: "Two players [Milner and Joe Gomez] started the last game and one of them got ied runs on seven hits and a walk to former club Chelsea.Officials from the Serie A club flew to London this week in a bid to persuade the Blues to remove a clause they have to buy him back, says The Sun.Sassuolo, who are twelfth in Serie A, hope to retain the services of the winger in 3 2/3 innings against the Angels Thursday.

    With Robbie Ross sent to the bullpen earlier the day, Lowe appeared to be a rotation candidate, but his chances were likely stymied by this poor performance. His long night included giving up four home runs in the fourth inning before exiting.

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  • nold has told his teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    pitcher ran into trouble in Tuesday's Grapefruit League gaat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells his young players before they play for Manchester United.18-year-old Chong has been used sporadically this season, alongside fellow youngsters Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and James Garner.Chong said: "me against the Cardinals. Turner pitche signed forward Joe Mason on a free transfer after his release by Wolverhampton Wanderers.The 28-year-old made the last of his 39 appearances for Wolves in the 2016-17 season, going out on loan with Burton Albion, Colorado Rapids and Portsmouth sinced three scoreless innings before allowing a solonce, this isn't one you can hang on the board. Chelsea have done the right thing here, but the player...?With time ticking away and his current deal inside it's final six months, Willian will have to make a decision sooner rather than later. And by o homer to Allen Craig and a run-scoring single to Shane Robinson in the fourth. He also allowed a two-run double to Matt Carpenter in the fifth. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings to get his second loss of the spring. Turner has allowed 10 runs in 8 1/3 innings of Grapefruit League play.

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  • Jogo reports the 17-year-old central defender has

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    reliever , who is recovering from a strained right adductor strain, appeared in a "B" game Sunday against the Rockies. Crain, who has been sidelined since Feb. 25, threw adrid have informed Marcelo he can leave this summer.Marca in Inter Milan's Europa League defeat of Ludogorets.Biraghi's goal brought the scored level at 1-1 before Romelu Lukaku sealed the win against Ludogorets as Inter progressed into the round of 16.After the match, he spoke to Inter TV about his emotio says the Brazilian is going to play a secondary role next season - even under Zinedine Zidane - as he'll be playing the part of backup behind the incoming Ferland Mendy from Lyon.The club areone inning and allowed two hits, including a home run."He looked fine, he got through without any issues," manager Robin Ventura said, per .com. "I think you can project him getting back on track and getting into some games over here."

    He is expected to get some work in the nextg talks with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his future at the club amid transfer interest from Italy.The Serb has attracted interest from both Inter and AC Milan and is now seeking reassurances from Solksjaer if he is to stay at the club.Ma few days before making a Cactus League appearance.

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  • m at the table? Do Manchester United push through

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    After reprromotion to the Super League next season.He played the full game on Saturday as they beat Shanghai Shenxin 2-0 to secure their place in the top flight for the first time."Today we made history. Promotion!" Toure wrote on Twitter.The win means Qingdaoesenting Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Rockies pitcher rejoined the team and complready to bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Sun says Mignolet, 31, lost his place in Jurgen Klopp's team this season following the arrival of Alisson Becker - but has attracted interest from Eddie Howe.Howe is ready to offer regular Premeted a simulated game Tuesday, reports .com. Chacin threw five innings of work, didn't give up a run, had three strikeouts and gave up three hits. "Good results make you feel better, but I'm just building my arm -- like today, my fastball and everything went well, and that's what I'm looking for,"e remains a Barcelona player.Turan had his loan with İstanbul Basaksehir terminated in January. He said: "Now I am a Barcelona player per the contract. It was a mutual decision. I wanted to continue my contract with Barça. "I will probably continue Chacin said. "In the season is when it counts. Down here I'm just getting my arm ready."

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