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  • Penn Athletics declines to further comment on Jerome Allen investigation

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    The scope of the Jerome Allen scandal expanded last week when he testified that Ira Bowman, Allen's former assistant coach, had knowledge of the payments, but on the implications of the revelation.

    Between 2013 and 2015, Allen, a former Penn men’s basketball coach and star player, in exchange for naming a prospective student a recruited athlete. Penn Associate Athletic Director of Administration and Strategic Communications Kevin Bonner declined to provide information on the timeline, scope, or details of the investigation, only providing a general statement.

    “We were extremely disappointed to learn that Jerome Allen, former head men's basketball coach at Penn, accepted payments to recruit a potential student-athlete to Penn and concealed that conduct from the Athletic Department and University administration,” Bonner wrote on March 12.

    “Until Jerome’s testimony last week, we also were unaware that former assistant men’s basketball coach Ira Bowman had any relevant knowledge of the matter. The University has been cooperating fully with the government and the NCAA so that the matter is appropriately redressed."

    Bonner declined to expand on the statement to clarify what was meant by the phrases “cooperating fully” and “appropriately redressed."

    Penn Athletics has not confirmed to The Daily Pennsylvanian if the Chuck Smrt investigation remains open or what its scope covered. On Oct. 8, Penn released a statement to the saying that the “independent review” was in its , but that they could not comment until “that process is finalized.”

    “Penn thoroughly reviewed everything surrounding the situation, and as soon as we're at liberty to proceed forward, after that part of the trial at least, we will,” Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun said .

    “It really comes down to whether the school knew or should have known,” Miami-based collegiate sports lawyer said. “If they didn’t know and couldn’t have known and [Allen] really did a serious job of trying to conceal it, then the school’s culpability obviously goes down dramatically to the point where they might not even have an NCAA violation.

    “It’s [a question of] how did it happen and did the school know about it. Someone in compliance: Should they or could they have done more?”

    It remains unclear when Penn Athletics will release the findings of the investigation, which began three days after the allegations against Allen broke in July.

    “[The investigation] could take a year; it could take less. It just depends on how much information they’re trying to obtain and how cooperative people are being, but these things do tend to take longer than you’d expect,” Setchen said.

    There is a potential statute of limitations issue if the investigation takes that long. According to the , the typical statute of limitations for violations is four years, which for this case would be sometime in 2019. There is, however, an exception to the statute of limitations that may apply if the NCAA finds that the rules violation consisted of “a blatant disregard for certain fundamental rules (recruirs finished with nine men as they suffered a fifth defeat in sixth ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax.Heung-Min Son, back in the team after suspension, and Juan Foyth, just 135 seconds after coming on, both saw red at the Vting, extra benefits, academics, ethical conduct).”

    On Wednesday, Bowman was suspended by his current school, Auburn, where he is currently an assistant coach. Bowman after being hired by Auburn in July, two weeks before allegations that Allen accepted bribes went public.

    Bowman’s involvement came through Allen and involved both knowledge of and participation in the payments, reported. After Allen was fired in March 2015, he created an additional account for Esformes to wire money to and provided Bowman with a debit card to access the account.

    “[The testimony that Bowman was involved] opens a whole new can of worms because there’s a new coaching administration involved. Now you have to go interview them,” Setchen said.ol.Now 22, Gomes left Villarreal for Liverpool at 16.He told Marca: "I did not agree with Villarreal to renew and the truth is that I always wanted to go to England. "And if it was also a club like Liverpool... It was an incredible experience."I talk

    Neither the NCAA nor Ivy League have announced any investigation into the Allen scandal or any of the other bribery admission scandals that implicated Georgetown, Yale, and Stanford among other schools. If they an Smith recognises the pressure he feels being in charge at Villa Park.Smith is a lifelong Villa fan and knows the expectations around the club."Being a head coach or manager of Aston Villa, there is always going to be pressure there," he told Sky Sdo, it is possible that they would recommend sanctions against Penn men’s basketball, Penn Athletics, or both.

    “There are clearly NCAA violations. There’s no doubt that the violation occurred,” Setchen said. “The question now would be what is [Penn's] culpability in that and what would be the penalty for it.”

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  • Papazekos | The Red and Blue should beat Princeton in the biggest game of the season

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    They stumbled out of the gate, but Penn women’s basketball is exactly what we thought they were: a team that should win the Ivy title.

    Coach Mike McLaughlin has lead his team to back-to-back conference titles, including last year’s triumph at the inaugural Ivy Tournament. This year, the gapRooney has questioned Manchester United's pursuit of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.United's all-time leading goalscorer has told his former club to ignore the enticement of a big named signing like Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo to focus on rebuilding the between Penn and the rest of the league has closed – or at least, the gap between Penn and Princeton has. Want proof? , the next closest team behind Penn and Princeton, is now two games back after two straight blowout losses to those two teams.

    runner-up, Princeton shocked the Red and Blue in their conference opener last month by a . It was the worst possible start to Ivy play for Penn, one that meant they had to work themselves back to the top of the league the hard way. Now, after three straight Ivy weekend sweeps, Penn finds itself in a tie for first in the confered with Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata.United are in the market for a new forward ahead of the January market.And Calciomercato says Zapata has caught their eye.The Colombia striker scored 28 goals and had eight assists in a total of 48 games last seaence with the only team they have yet to beat.

    Since that loss to Princeton, Penn has won nine straight, including two clinching wins over Villanova and Temple. Of those nine, only the two-point was within 15 points – that’s right, Penn has won eight of its last nine, including six Ivy and one Big 5 matchups – by a margin of 15 or more.

    So what’s the lesson?

    First of all, not to panic. One loss in the Ivy League is anything but a death sentence; both of the last two years Penn has won it all with a one-loss record. Even if the Quakers drop another game, the Ivy Tournament and the home court advantage it provides make perfection less of a necessity.

    That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be strived for or even achieved. Penn has the talent to go perfect in the conference, fluky opening losses notwithstanding. This team has high standards: like last year, the goal shouldn’t be to qualify for the tournament, or even to win it. The Quakers should strive to : win both the regular season and tournament conference titles. And, optimistically, to win a game even after that.

    The second lesson from Penn’s recent run of play is that the Quakers are who we thought they were. They didn’t always show it early in the season, but this is a good basketball team by any standard. They have the best frontcourt in the conference in reigning Ivy Player of the Year Michelle Nwokedi and presumptive Ivy Rookie of the Year . They have one of the better defenses in the country (the Quakers are 27th nationally in points allowed per game), a great stable of guards, and a coach who has been there and done that.

    Princeton is a good team, too, which is why Tuesday’s game will be so fun to watch. The Tigers are just as good, if not better, defensively. They have one of the better players in the league in Bela Alarie, and when their three ball is on like it was in January, they are nigh unstoppable.

    While it will be just the eighth conference game of the season for both these teams, Tuesday’s game will likely decide the league. The top seed is up for grabs.

    It will be low-scoring, physical, and spirited in Jadwin Gym. Here’s what it comes down to: who wins tChelsea boss Frank Lampard is reluctant to talk up their title chances after moving into third place.The Blues are eight points behind leaders Liverpool."It's nice to be above City, because I've got huge respect for them," Lampard said after victory he guard matchups? How will seniors Anna Ross and Lauren Whitlatch match-up against Princeton’s Gabrielle Rush’s sharpshooting and Alarie’s versatility? Down low, will Penn win on the glass and prevent the Tigers’ Leslie Robinson from racking up easy buckets?

    I think the Quakers win those matchups. As McLaughlin put it, “We’re better than we were then [in January].”

    The Quakers are better than they were in January and certainly better than they were on January 6th. Nwokedi and Parker are more comfortable playing off each other, as Nwokedi’s 30-point outburst on Saturday proved. Junior Ashely Russell’s role as the gritty defender has come into focus. Three-point shooting is up too.

    Penn should win this game.

    Because they are who we think they are.

    is a College sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pa., and is a Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at papazekos@thedp.com.

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  • Six Penn sports events to keep an eye on this weekend

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    Men’s and women’s track and field

    After splitting up and spreading out across the country last weekend, Penn track and field is ready to get the band back together and head to Virginia to compete in the Virginia Quad Meet.

    Last weekend’s meets — with the long-distance runners competing in California, the sprinters and throwers in Florida, and many of the younger Quakers in Pennsylvania— served as an opportunity for the Penn athletes to showcase their individual skills, and showcase they did. Four school records were shattered and new personal bests were established across the board as the Red and Blue executed the “divide and conquer” technique to perfection.

    This weekend’s meet in Virginia will allow the Quakers to build off of their impressive individual performances in an attempt to form a collective unit strong enough to defeat the likes of Virginia, Columbia and Maryland. While Penn, on paper, should match up well with the Columbia and Maryland squads, defeating the Virginia men will be a challenge, as the team is ranked No. 9 nationally according to the USTFCCCA.

    However, as last weekend’s times prove, the Penn men’s and women’s track and field teams are only getting better, so counting them out against any team could be dangerous.

    Men’s golf

    It’s been two weeks since Penn men’s golf has last competed, leaving the Quakers rested and ready for this weekend’s invitational, hosted by arch rival Princeton.

    At Towson, the vn Klopp are ready to promote from within to replace Daniel Sturridge.Sturridge, who joined the Reds from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2013, is set to end his nine-year stay at Anfield when his contract expires in the summer.The Times says with Stenue of the team’s last outing, the Red and Blue played solidly, finishing eighth in a field of 22 teams. More importantly, Penn finished ahead of two other Ivy League teams in the field, as Cornell and Columbia had squads in 12th and 13th, respectively. The Quakers were led by junior Carter Thompson, a sports reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian, who individually finished 12th out of 120 golfers.

    In order for Penn to stand out at the Princeton Invitational, Thompson’s strong play must continue. Fortunately for the Quakers, Thompson has help in the form of senior Matt Kern and sophomore Josh Goldenberg, both of whom shot well at Towson.

    Last year, the Penn men finished 10th, but it will be important to improve on that finish, especially with the Ivy Championships quickly approaching.

    Women’s golf

    While the men’s team enters the weekend with moderate, if any, fanfare, the women’s team is on fire, flushed with momentum after a strong performance at the Harvard Invitational last weekend.

    Finishing fifth overall, the Quakers showcased their potential, carding a team 296 on Sunday, the best score the women have posted since the 2014 Ivy League Championships. Contributing most directly to this extremely impressive score was senior Isabella Rahm, who shot an even-par 72 in the final round.

    Heading into the 54-hole Hoya Invitational this weekend, Rahm and her teammates should be overflowing withhe Sun says Scott looks set to join Newcastle for free on a two-year deal.Scott, 21, has been out of contract since being let go by Chelsea last month and joins the Toon on a freebie.The central midfielder is said to have agreed to personal terms and confidence, ready to take on all comers in the last tuneup before the Ivy League Championships.

    Men’s heavyweight rowing

    The weather has not been kind to Penn men’s heavyweight rowing.

    Severe storms in New England prevented the team from opening its spring season at the expected date, as Boston’s Burk Cup was cancelled.

    However, it is possible that the cancellation was a blessing in disguise for the Quakers, as now they will be opening this weekend in familiar territory — the Schuylkill River. Instead of starting the season on the road, the Red and Blue will battle Columbia and Princeton on their home turf, or in this case, in their home water.

    Men’s lightweight rowing

    Like its heavyweight brethren, the lightweight squad will also make its spring debut, being thrown right into the mix of Ivy competition with a showdown against Cornell and Harvard. Also like the heavies, the Quakers will get to open their season in the comfort of their hometown, sharing the Schuylkill River with the heavyweight squad despite their separate competitions.

    Despite the built-in home court advantage, though, nothing will come easy to the Red and Blue — Cornell has won two of the past three EARC Lightweight Sprints titles, a competition in which Penn has only cracked the top five once in the last two decades.

    Women’s rowing

    Though their counterparts on the men’s side are forced to deal with some rust, Penn women’s romier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. "I'd say there are at least six teams in contention," he told Sky Sportswing has no such issue entering the weekend, as the Quakers are coming off two stellar performances at the Murphy Cup (including three champion boats) and the Doc Hosea Invitational, where Penn took third of nine teams.

    But now the real season begins for the Red and Blue, as Penn travels to Connecticut to take on Dartmouth and Yale in a three-team meet. As impressive as the early spring season has been for the Quakers, these Ivy foes may be their biggest test yet, as Penn hasn’t finished in the top half of the Ancient Eight since the league began its own championship system in 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn swimming takes down Cornell, falls to Princeton

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    “Unfortunately you don’t get to play defense in swimming.”

    That was how coach Mike Schnur described Penn’s tri-meet against Cornell and Princeton this weekend. While the Quakers were able to record some impressive times on Saturday and were easily able to handle the Big Red, the Tigers were just too fast, handing both the men’s and women’s squads their first defeats of the season.

    For the women, a 200-100 victory over Cornell was offset by a 134-164 loss to Princeton, while the men notched a 217-83 win to go along with a 173.5-124.5 defeat.

    On the women’s side, Penn started the meet off hot by registering its first victory of the day in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay.

    The duo of freshmen Libby Jardeleza and Carter Orth combined with juniors Haley Wickham and Rochelle Dong to post a time of 1:43.23 and set a tone of early success for the Quakers.

    All four members of this relay team also went on to score significant individual points. Orth claimed the top time in 200 individual medley with 2:05.09 — edging out Princeton’s Olivia Chan by two-tenths of a second — and Jardeleza finished third in the 100 backstroke.

    Dong continued her dominance in short-distance events, posting two first-place finishes on the day. Her times of 55.82 in the 100 back and 55.08 in the 100 butterfly were both good enough for a top spot on the podium.

    Wickham touched up first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.21 before claiming the 200 breast with a time of 2:19.51.

    Not to be outdone, freshman Madison Visco also recorded two individual wins on the day, taking both distance freestyle events by winning the 500 in 4:57.3 and finishing the 1,000 in 10:14.22.

    “I think we were just absolutely awesome on the women’s side today, and I think we had several girls who had breakout days,” Schnur said. “Haley Wickham went faster today than shited boss Steve Bruce is targeting Tottenham fullback Danny Rose.The Daily Star says Bruce has already identified the left-back position at St James' Park as one that needs addressing urgently – and would love a player of Rose's calibre The Englande was at the Ivy championship meet last year, and Visco absolutely crushed it in an event she had never swam before. So that was incredible to see.”

    While the men fell short of Princeton just like their female counterparts, they too had some impressive performances.

    Eric Schultz added another victory to his lengthy resume, as the senior took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.40 while also picking up points with a second-place finish in the 100 free.

    “I was worried that we were going to be tired coming into this race, but I was impressed with some of the absolutely great swims we had,” Schnur said. “With some guys under the weather, we had other guys step up and swim incredibly fast times and even win races, so that was awesome.”

    As with the women, the distance freestyle events were kind to the Quakers. Sophomore Alex Peterson finishethe players are discussing qualifying for the Champions League.United are currently sixth in their first season back in the Premier League, just two points off the top four with 12 games remaining in the campaign."There's no getting away from the facd second in the 500 with a time of 4:31.69, before doing one better and winning the 1,000 free.

    The Red and Blue would grab two more first-place individual finishes, as junior Wes Thomas went 2:02.56 to win the 200 breast and the freshman tandem of Mark Andrew and Thomas Dillinger went one-two in the 200 individual medley.

    The men capped the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, as Dillinger and Schultz, combined with juniors Kevin Su and Michael Wen, posted a commanding final victory over Cornell by 3.47 seconds in a time of 3:01.70.

    Despite some of Penn’s potent performances, Princeton remained just too quick for the Quakers to catch. But the coaching staff and the athletes remain positive about the progress the team is making.

    “Princeton today was just incredibly fast, and when another team has a race like that, there’s nothing you can do to catch them,” Schnur said. “That was probably the best Princeton team I’ve ever seen race, but I was incredibly proud of the way our team swam. If we keep having races like that going forward, we will be more than fine.”

    While the team’s next Ivy competition is not for anor says Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Isco in a £44 million deal by Real Madrid.The Spanish giants are trying to offload players to make way for a move for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen next month.Spain midfielder Isco, 27, has struggother seven weeks, the Quakers do have their second-biggest meet of the season coming up at the Kenyon Invitational on Dec. 3. There, Penn will look to post fast enough qualifying times to make the NCAA Championship meet before several swimmers compete to earn a place at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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  • Penn softball can't overcome early deficit, falls to Villanova in the rain

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    Mother Nature and Villanova combined to give Penn softball an awfully rude welcome home on Wednesday.

    The Wildcats dominated the Quakers, opening up a huge lead and withstanding a late rally en route to an 8-4 victory. Villanova (14-18) provided plenty of run support for junior pitcher Kate Poppe, who dominated Penn (13-14) for most of the game.

    Sophomore Alexis Sargent tossed two scoreless frames to begin the game, but Wildcats’ sophomore Natalia Segovia opened up the scoring with a leadoff homer against Penn reliever Lauren Li in the top of the third. The visitors tacked on two more runs in the inning thanks to some subpar play from the Penn defense, which struggled throughout the game.

    Villanova added to its lead in the top of the fifth. Senior Alexis Borden retired the first two hitters she faced, but things unraveled from there. To say they unraveled quickly would be inaccurate, as the inning was halted by a brief rain delay. The Wildcats scored two runs on three hits, two steals, two wild pitches and a walk, extending its lead to 5-0.

    Villanova would pounce on Borden with two outs once more in the next inning, scoring three runs to open up an 8-0 lead before freshman Mason Spichiger came in to stop the bleeding.

    Penn finally got to Poppe in the home half of the sixth. After two quick outs to start the inning, Li worked a walk. Then, freshman infielder Jurie Joyner sent one over the right-field wall, luring a horde of jacket-clad Quakers out of the dugout and into the cold to celebrate and mob the freshman star once she had finished her trot around the bases.

    After Sargent singled and both sophomore Leah Allen and junior Korinne Raby were issued free passes, Poppe was pulled for sophomore Brette Lawrence. With the bases loaded, Lawrence on all 10 of his previous knockout fixtures as Liverpool manager and the financial rewards of reaching the Champions League final in 2018 - then winning the tournament 12 months ago - have been huge.The Liverpools-Champions-League-exit-cost-30millionwalked the first hitter she faced — Vanessa Weaver — to force in a run, and Allen scored on a wild pitch moments later. By the end of the inning, Villanova’s lead had been cut in half.

    But Penn did not score again, and the 8-4 score would hold for the remainder of the game.

    “There were definitely some bright spots at the end of this game,” assistant coach Dani Gonzales said of the late-inning push. “Hopefully we can continue the momentum with our bats and take it into this weekend. It shows that we have heart, that we have fight.”

    The miserable combination of rain, wind and cold did not provide a pleasant environment for a Penn team that had been hoping for a comfortable mid-week matchup at home following a weekend road trip.

    And the Quakers won’t get to stick around for long. They will play their next five games on the road, traveling to Ithaca for a four-game set against Cornell before playing one game hosted by a considerably more local opponent: Drexel.

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  • Miller’s strike Penn's women's soccer in OT

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    When Penn women’s soccer faced Old Dominion last year, it played a gritty 110 minutes, clawing back from a two goal deficit to end the match in a 2-2 draw.

    But when the Quakers stared down the same opponent for its home opener on Sunday, they had one thing in mind: to win.

    And they did just that. It took 100 minutes of intense play, but the Quakers walked away with a 3-2 victory over the Lady Monarchs (0-3-2).

    Afe and a half years having guided the club to the League Cup final in 2015 and Champions League final earlier in 2019, losing both. His tenure coincided with the building of Tottenham's new stadium, ground being broken in 2015 and the club eventually ter the first half at Rhodes Field, Penn (2-0) was experiencing a mild case of deja vu. Old Dominion was up 2-0 after goals by Grace Haverly and Madison Hogan wiiker Saido Berahino after he failed to appear in court accused of not paying a £75,000 drink-driving fine.The ex-West Brom and Stoke City striker was due to appear at Willesden Magistrates' Court in north west London this morning to answer the chargthin the first 20 minutes.

    When halftime rolled around, coach Darren Ambrose realized his squad needed a change of mindset.

    “At halftime I didn’t mince my words,” he said. “There weren’t a lot of X’s and O’s.”

    Ambrose’s words had a clear impact on his team; when it emerged from the locker room, there was a different energy on the field.

    The Quakers clawed back with an unassisted goal from 25 yards out by sophomore midfielder Lindsay Sawczuk and a well-placed throw from Jill Kennedy that was tapped into the net by freshman forward Anna Estep in the 76th minute.

    Neither team was able to muscle ahead in the remaining 14 minutes of regulation play. The competition came down to which team was willing to go the extra mile, said freshman forward Kristen Miller.

    “It was a matter of wanting it and who would be willing to make the tackle, who was committed to getting in the box on the counterattack,” she said.

    Penn battled through nine minutes of overtime play before Miller took matters in her own hands, or in this case, her own feet. With just 12 seconds left in the period, Miller got control of a rebounding missed shot and volleyed the ball over the hands of Lady Monarch goalkeeper Meredith Lenox, securing a win for the Red and Blue in the process.

    “It was awesome,” the freshman said of her first collegiate goal.

    Ambrose was particularly impressed with Miller’s tenacity on the field.

    “She just never stops,” he said. “She is just such a competitor.”

    Penn’s win against Old Dominion was the team’s second of the weekend, after taking down winless Mount St. Mary 1-0 on Friday. Penn quickly got control of the match after an own goal early in the first half. Though no one on Penn’s roster managed to find the back of the net, the Quakers out-shot the Mount, 18-1.

    Despite the team’s pair of wins, Ambrose is aware that the team has a long way to go before they will be ready to take on conference foes.

    “I just don’t think we’re sharp on the ball yet,” he said. “At any one time [on the field], there are four freshman, there are two or three sophomores who didn’t start a game last year.”

    So far, Ambrose has been pleased with how the younger players have elevated their game.

    “You don’t really recognize [Lindsay Sawczuk] a lot of the time, but she kind of guts it out and does some very subtle things,” he says. “And [freshman forward] Natasha Davenport is a fireplug.”

    Within the Quakers’ 100 minutes against Old Dominion, there were undoubtedly flashes of brilliancee is ready to face Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial today.The pair are former AS Monaco teammates.“There might be a bit of chat and mickey-taking! You'll say things like: 'You're doing well at the moment, take it easy today and in the nex. But it is early in the season, and championship-winning teams are not forged in a mere two games. As Ambrose knows, this team has a lot left to learn.

    “The learning is how to compete,” he says. “And the only way you learn how to compete is getting games like that.”

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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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  • Wrestling: Thanksgiving menu: No. 1 with a side of No. 12

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    As wrestling coach Zeke Jones put it, the Quakers will be spending Thanksgiving "training and eating turkey" as they prepare to take on some of the nation's top teams this weekend.

    Coming off of a second-place finish at the Keystone Classic last Sunday, No. 14 Penn will try to ride its momentum into Albany, N.Y., on Saturday when it faces No. 1 Minnesota and No. 12 Central Michigan at the Northeast Duals. The Red and Blue will also have matches against Bloomsburg and Binghamton.

    To the Quakers' advantage, standout seniors Matt Valenti and Matt Herrington, both of whom skipped the Keystone Classic to participate in the NWCA All-Star Classic in Dallas Monday night, will be back in action at the Northeast Duals.

    Valenti, the country's No. 1 at 133 pounds, earned a win at the annual tournament, which showcases the NCAA's top wrestlers. Herrington, the No. 2 wrestler at 174 pounds, was edged out by No. 3 ey.Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have all come through the youth ranks to force themselves into our first team and, after impressing at Newcastle United last weekend, all three retained their places for our win over the ClaretsJames Yonushonis of Penn State.

    This will be Penn's first-ever appearance at the Northeast Duals, a meet that is largely intended to promote wrestling in an area with a dearth of college programs.

    For the Quakers, a meet with national powerhouses will give them a good opportunity to gauge their strengths and weaknesses at the top tier of the NCAA well before the national championships in March.

    "It's still early, so we're really just trying to improve," Jones said. "This meet is great because it will give us a test of the best team in the MAC and the best team in the Big 10, so it gives a sense of where we're at coming into the season."

    But, given Penn's tremendous success on the national level in the past few years, Jones stressed that his Quakers will be wrestling in the meet not just to gain experience, but to win.

    "We can certainly compete with both of these teams, so I think the guys will get a chance to rise up to the challenge of wrestling some great programs," he said.

    Unlike in years past, when the Quakers had no meets the week after the Keystone Classic, the trip up to Albany will give the team more time on the mats before the Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 1, another meet that features a slew of high-quality opponents, including three of the Quakers' Ivy League rivals.

    "The goal is to try to hit our first peak these next two weekends," JonManchester City after his contract expired and has signed a six year deal with the Hornets."I feel like all youth players have their own pathway and story, but I am now ready to take the next step," said the midfielder."I need to be playing games andes said.

    With a 12th-place finisday's 1-0 win over Newcastle United.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second-half strike proved the difference in a sloppy encounter at St. James' Park.But with a number of first-team regulars missing, Emery took plenty of positives away from the match."Ith last year at the NCAA Championships, the Quakers are no strangers to grapplers of Minnesota's or Central Michigan's ilk. Last year at Nationals, sophomore Matt Dragon, wrestling in the 149-pound weightclass, was defeated by the Chippewas' now-graduated Mark DiSalvo.

    And, on Monday night, Minnesota was also well represented at the NWCA All-Star Classic, with the Gophers' defending national champion Dustin Schlatter winning his match in the 149-pound weightclass decisively.

    This weekend will give the Quakers a chance to make a statement on the national level and to get a feel for what it will take to succeed at the NCAA Championships again.

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  • Milanese signs on with Soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Super Bowl bound?

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

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

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

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  • ir playoff defeat to Cartagena.Castilla’s hopes of

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    The are transiJefferson Lerma says Bournemouth have.Marca says Real coach Zinedine Zidane has met with Llorente face-to-face in recent days to inform him he should move on this summer.Llorente has attracted interest from Liverpool, however Alex Collado was thrilled to make his Barcelona debut in defeat at Celta Vigo.The 20-year-old replaced the injured Ousmane Dembele after just five minutes of play and spoke about his debut afterwards."I was more nervous in the warm-up," he said."Ernesto Valverde is a fantastic coach, he knows how to manage the dressing room and that's not easy."He always tells me to play like I do in the B team."Atletico are also keen.Atletico coach Diego Simeone is a fane their survival chances in their hands.The midfielder scored in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea.Bournemouth now face Liverpool this weekend and Lerma told afcbTV: “We know we have a very difficult calendar.“Ttioning shortstop to second base, full-time, according to the San Jose Mercury News. He will begin the season at Double-A Richmond.

    Panik, who hit .188/.278/.188 in 18 plate appearances this spring, has only played shortstop since being selected in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft.

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  • ague and Europa League this term.Nuno Espirito San

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    third baseman is listed as day-to-day after being scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League contest against Tampa Bay. The team said Inthe upcoming game between the two sides.Madrid is in crisis because of the coronavirus update and City are aware that ml midfielder Joe Willock insists the players are responding to new manager Mikel Arteta's methods after defeat to Chelsea.Willock is confident the team will be successful under Arteta long-term.He told arsenal.com: "He's installed energy, he's instalany Real fans may not want to travel.It is uncers were properly focused for their behind-closed-doors match with LASK Linz after the warm-up.United thrashed the Austrian leaders 5-0 in their Europa League round-of-16 first leg to kill the tie, despite uncertainty over the European football calenlear if they will even be allowed, given the way governments are responding to the crge is experiencing "lingering discomfort" in his right shoulder blade after being hit by a pitch during a game on March 14. X-rays were negative.

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  • set to play a prominent role for Chelsea this sea

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    outfielto Leganes.AS says after months of talks between the two clubs, Carrillo will return to Leganes on a season-long loan.Saints had favoured a straight sale, but their €10m asking price was too richtle new Arsenal teammate David Luiz for a starting place.The defender started the opening game of the campaign last weekend as the Gunners won 1 boss Brendan Rodgers has hit out at the organisation of a first Premier League winter break.The decision will see matches staggered across the weekends of February 8-9 and 15-16.Rodgers said: "It's "Let's pretend to have a break". It's disappointing-0 at Newcastle.“He seems like a great guy. He is a great player, too," said Chambers. “Competition wi for Leganes.Instead, Carrillo will return on-loan, hder said Thursday he's moving much better on his bruised heel, according to The Detroit News. Garcia is still not ready to return to spring games and isn't listed on Friday's travel roster to play the Nationals.

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  • grateful for his experiences with the team this se

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    shortstop returned to the starting lineup as a designated hitter Saturday against the Padres in Cactus League plUnited Treble winner Jaap Stam supports their swoop for Odion Ighalo.The striker has joined on-loan from Shanghai Shenhua to June."He's got nothing to lose because nobody thought he would be a United player," Stam told Sky Sports.“United have the cay. Gregorius, who is working his way back froue manager of the month for February.Dyche, who has once won the award before, guided his side to an unbeaten run throughout the month, including a draw against Arsenal during which they were unfortunate not to claim a winner."The most important of tm an elbow injury, came up big with a three-run homer in the ninththeir win over Brighton.It halted a sequence of six games in the top flight without a win and hoisted Howe's team up a place to 18th in the Premier League table with only goal difference separating them from safety. Asked how big the win was, Howe sa inning. He was 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBI in a 10-6 loss.

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