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  • Penn men's basketball cruises past Yale, will face Harvard for NCAA Tournament bid

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    Eight days off a devastating , it wouldn’t have been foolish to expect Penn men’s basketball to come out hot in the teams’ firstt on the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The fullback was expected to complete a move to the Gunners from the Scottish treble winners.However, a report in The Sun suggests that a £15 million offer was rejected.Celtic want close to twice as muc matchup since.

    But this was something else.

    In the second semifinal of the Ivy League tournament, No. 2 seed Penn was all over No. 3 Yale from start to finish, opening up a 23-point first-half lead and cruising to an 80-57 victory. With the victory, the Quakers advance to Sunday afternoon’s Ivy League championship game against No. 1 Harvard, putting them only 40 minutes away from reaching March Madness for the first time in 11 years.

    “Obviously from the start, we were really locked in. When you play a team in such a short turnaround, you had a bad taste in your mouth, and I think that played to our advantage,” coach Steve Donahue said. “It’s very satisfying, so for us to execute like that against that team in this environment, I feel great about.”

    Despite the final margin, both teams started slow offensively, and the Quakers (23-8, 12-2 Ivy) led only 12-9 six minutes in after some strong play from Yale big men Blake Reynolds and Paul Atkinson. But it was all Penn from there.

    Midway through the first half, the Red and Blue went on a 12-0 run spurred by some strong play from several of their reserves, and led by as many as 23 before carrying a 44-25 edge into the break.

    As thoroughly as Penn outplayed Yale (16-15, 9-5) on the bench, though, AJ Brodeur was undoubtedly the story of the game. The sophomore forward scored seven points in the opening five minutes and didn’t slow down much after that, scoring bucket after bucket in the paint no matter what Yale did.

    For the contest, Brodeur finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds on stellar 10 for 13 shooting from the field, with 17 of those points coming in the first half.

    “Early on in the game, I saw that I was getting single coverage in the post, and I was able to get to my go-to moves with relative ease,” Brodeur said. “My teammates saw that and kept feeding me — normally we expect a defensive change, but down the stretch I didn’t feel much, so I kept it going.”

    In contrast, Yale’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Miye Oni, was shut down the whole way. Averaging 15.5 points per game entering the weekend, Oni shot a surprising 0 for 10 from the field with not a single point in the first half, only finishing with five for the whole game.

    Though Oni missed a fewg closely with Manchester United over Joel Pereira's injury recovery following his loan move to the Scottish club.The Portuguese goalkeeper has made a positive start to life at Hearts with encouraging displays against both Motherwell and Celtic, but open jumpers, Penn junior Antonio Woods stuck to him all afternoon long, earning praise for his efforts on both sides of the ball.

    “I think what he’s brought to us is a defensive mentalitycesco Totti's fiery farewell media conference held on Monday.Totti leveled several accusations at the board and president James Pallotta when announcing he would be leaving Roma after over 30 years as a player and director.The Giallorosso released a ," Donahue said. "He can guard a Miye Oni and a Seth Towns [of Harvard], or a quicker guard at the same time. He’s made us a much better defensive team, and that’s where he’s helped us most.”

    The elite defensive effort was by no means limited to Woods, as Penn’s league-leading three-point defense was on full display. Yale didn’t hit a single three-pointer until junior Alex Copeland sank one with under four minutes left in the first half, and the Elis shot 4 for 24 from deep as a team.

    “It’s up there,” senior guard Darnell Foreman said when asked if the first half was the team’s best defensive period of his career. “Everybody was locked in, and all five guys helped each other. We did a good job of not fouling, we contested at the rim, and we just made it tough for them to score.”

    After Saturday’s dominant win, it’s win-or-go-home tomorrow afternoon, and the Quakers’ showdown with No. 1 Harvard (18-12, 12-2) will be a very highly anticipated rematch.

    The two teams shared the Ivy League regular season championship, and split their two-game series with each team winning when at home. Most recently, only two weeks ago, the teams played an instant classic back-and-forth battle, when Penn won a in the Palestra.

    Penn has already cemented its place in school history. And now, it's one win away from getting a chance on the biggest stage of all.

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  • Penn volleyball head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley is leaving the program after just one season

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    Penn volleyball had one head coach for 19 years, but will open the 2018 campaign with its third coach in three seasons.

    After just one season at the helm of the Red and Blue, coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley is leaving the program to take an assistant coaching job with perennial powerhouse Penn State, sources told the Daily Pennsylvanian. The Schumacher-Cawley, herself an alumnus of Penn State volleyball who was , told the team about her departure in a meeting on Thursday morning.

    "It was pretty tough," the coach said. "I really have enjoyed my time here at Penn, as short as it's been. I enjoy this team, this group, from the seniors down to the freshmen, it's been great, it's been such a wonderful university to be a part of, and that's because of the girls on the team."

    The Quakers went 12-11, including 7-7 in Ivy League play, in Schumacher-Cawley's first season as longtime coach Kerre are two young players who will excel at the Stamford Bridge club in Hazard says Romelu Lukaku will be a big hit with Inter Milan.The pair played together at Chelsea.Speaking with Corriere dello Sport, Hazard said: "Lukaku is a fantastic striker, a hitman who can adapt to most teams. "He scores many goals, which of f Frank Lampard becomes their next manager.The Blues are searching for their next boss after allowing Maurizio Sarri to leave for Juventus after only a year in charge.Lampard is the y Carr's successor following Carr's resignation in . With six seniors graduating from the 2017 team after zero players graduated from the 2016 roster, the 2018 squad will once again need to adjust to a new coach while this time adjusting to a vastly changed roster as well.

    The Nittany Lions, who have been led by Saido Berahino.Blues will invite the striker for a trial after he was axed by Stoke City following a controversial spell in the Potteries, says The Sun.The 25-year-old made his name at neighbours West Brom and coach Pep Clotet thinks he could be a s head coach Russ Rose since 1979, will add Schumacher-Cawley's coaching talents to a team which is coming off a Final Four appearance and has won six national championships in the last 11 years.

    Schumacher-Cawley cited the opportunity to coach her alma mater and work for her own former coach as an opportunity that was too great to pass up.

    "I'm honored to go back there, and to work with the school that I played for in a different role now, and continue the tradition that they have, and find the best players in the country that we can."

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  • Nowlan | Penn football very good, but not the best in 2016

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    has given a short and sweet response to questions over his future."I'm only thinking about my holidays. ver of Newcastle United by ChristmSwansea City striker Jordan Ayew is set to join Crystal Palace. The 27-year-old is expected to undergo a medical this week, according to Sky Sports.Ayew spent the last season on loan at Selhurst Park.Palace have been waiting for Ayew to return from the African Cup of Nations to complete a deal.Ayew's Ghana were knocked out on Monday night following a 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Tunisia.as.The Mirror says the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is understood to be remaining hopeful of reaching an agreement with Toon owner Mike Ashley.Kenyon has joined forces with US-based investmentI've got two years on my contract at Barcelona," the Chilean was quoted as saying in his native country.Vidal was speaking at an event called 'Re
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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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  • Softball stung by ’Nova in weekend rematch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • W. Lax | Red hot start too much for Big Red

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    Against Cornell this weekend, junior midfield Ali DeLuca put away four goals, including one she has been working on all season - the fake flip.

    "I think we have a lot of trouble on the flip and the fake flip," DeLuca ed Brighton boss Chris Hughton is being linked with West Brom.The Daily Mail says WBA will approach Hughton to discuss their vacant manager's position now it is clear they will be in the Championship for another season.Hughton has an excellent track said. "We've always practiced that all year, and [coach Karin Brower] really wants us to get that down, so it worked nicely."

    Keyed by DeLuca's four tallies, the No. 3 Penn women's lacrosse team defeated the No. 14 Big Red, 14-2, Saturday at Franklin Field.

    The Quakers (7-0, 2-0 Ivy) came out strong, scoring in the first three minutes of the game with an unassisted goal from junior Courtney Lubbe. But Penn wasn't done in the first half, and in fact went into the break up a commanding 10-0.

    "It was a long two weeks, a lot of games, and we're a little banged up," Brower said. "The kids put it behind them for 60 minutes and came out hard."

    The Quakers held possession for most of the first half. But eight minutes into the first frame, after calling a time out, Cornell (5-2, 1-1) stepped up its attack and forced Penn to play defense.

    The Big Red, though, couldn't get the ball past junior goalkeeper Emily Szelest.

    "Emily Szelest in the cage caused turnovers, and she had some nice saves," Brower said.

    Even though the Quakers won by a steep margin, they admitted the score wasn't necessarily indicative of the game.

    "Cornell is a really good team and they had the ball for a long time," junior Kaileigh Wright said. "It wasn't like a game where they didn't have the ball at all.

    "We knew who their big players were at the end. They needed goals, and Karin kept telling us 'They're going to go to their big players.'"

    In fact, Brower's gameplan played a key role in the victory.

    "I think we scouted them really well," Wright said. "Karin does a really good job of getting us prepared for the motions they're going to be running and what kind of attack pressure going to be seeing."

    The Red and Blue were able to remain calm offensively and anticipate Cornell's defensive matchups, which let stian Bielik is desperate to quit Arsenal. The Polish defender has been told he will not have his contract extended by the Gunners, according totract at Newcastle this summer as Toon boss, has said he has held further talks about his future with the St James' Park outfit."I was talking with (managing director) Lee Charnley this week and we will let you know as soon as we have more news," sai Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy.Bielik was hoping that a star performance for Poland at the U21 Euros wouthem come away with a season high in goals scored.

    "The attack really took their opportunities and finished on them, so it couldn't have gone better," Brower said.

    Junior Emma Spiro and sophomore Giulia Giordano scored two goals each. Giordano made an unassisted free position goal in the first half at 24:47. Spiro scored her second goal of the game with four seconds left in the first half off an assist from senior Hannah Rudloff.

    After a stacked schedule of top 20 teams in the last few weeks - evidenced by the number of Penn players sporting leg wraps on the field - the team looks forward to a break.

    "We've got to give some kids a little bit of time off to recuperate. It just takes a lot to get through this stretch," Brower said. "To be 7-0 at this point in time and have a little bit of a break and no big, big game, we need it."

    Penn's next game against a currently ranked team is April 11 versus No. 19 Dartmouth.

    But the Quakers started their recuperation early, as every member of the team got to enjoy the fun against the Big Red.

    "We got everybody in, so we love games like that," Brower said.

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  • No dancing, but retribution and 5.59 ERA await

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Columbia took walk down easy street for 2 wins

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    Two weeks in, the Columbia bakery has run out of cream puffs.

    For the second straight year, the Lions are 2-0. For the second straight year, they got the two W's against a pair of I-AA weaklings. And for the second straight year, the road gets much tougher in Week 3.

    Princeton at Columbia

    Last year's Lions under Bob Shoop rode the momentum of the 2-0 start into a 43-3 loss at Princeton.

    Now Shoop is gone, the matchup of undefeated teams has shifted to New York and new Lions coach Norries Wilson gets his first test in front of the homecoming crogood impression on the players.The Gunners recorded their first win under the Spaniard thanks to a 2-0 home success against Manchester United on New Year's Day.And it appears the relatively inexperienced boss is winning over the players with his innowd.

    Wilson and Co. put a serious beatdown on Fordham and held on long enough to survive Georgetown at home.

    While the Lions haven't really gotten it going on the ground, quarterback Craig Hormann has hit a variety of targets to the tune of 28-for-47 passing. But their MVP so far has been kicker Jon Rocholl, who has knocked in six straight field goals.

    They may need more than field goals to beat the Tigers, who have good wins at Lehigh and at Princeton Stadium against Lafayette. The Tigers are succeeding on the strength of a defensemo Werner is on his way to Tottenham in the summer.The German striker was linked with a move to Liverpool in the press today.Leipzig seized on the story and made a joke about it through their official Twitter account.The club issued a reply regarding that has allowed 24 points in two games and allowed just 206 yards to the Leopards.

    Don't look for a repeat of last season's blowout, but Columbia would be fortunate to win the matchups on either side of the ball.

    (23) Harvard at Lehigh

    Liam O'Hagan? Suspended

    Chris Pizzotti? Hurt

    Jeff Witt? Hurt

    Richard Irvin? Here, coach.

    Harvard will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to face the Mountain Hawks, bringing with them their fourth-string quarterback, who will start for the Crimson tomorrow. He's the fourth QB in four games, dating back to last season.

    He's also the only one with Division I-A experience.

    The Tulane transfer, who played for Harvard in seven games last season, takes on a Lehigh team that boasts a win at Villanova, but losses to Princeton and Albany.

    Despite the quarterback issues and thanks to the nation's leading runner, Clifton Dawson, the Crimson is second in the country in total offense, ranking just behind No. 1 New Hampshire.

    But it meets its toughest challenge yet against a Lehigh team that ranks 21st in the country in total defense.

    Brown at Rhode Island

    The 91st meeting between the state's two Division I programs will be marked by two teams coming off tough home losses in conference play.

    The Bears got run over by Dawson and the Crimson last week, while Rhode Island fell in Kingston to No. 17 Delaware.

    Brown leads the series 66-22-2, and to capture the Governor's Cup for the third straight season, it will have to improve against the run. Rhode Island boasts a three-man rushing attack, which has the Rams ranked fifth in the nation with 243.3 rush yards per game - one spot better than Harvard.

    (22)Albany at Cornell

    After being shut down by Yale, the task gets no easier against an impressive Albany defense and a Great Danes team that is ranked for the fi land a move to Manchester City.Neville coached Cancelo during his short spell in charge of Valencia.“I absolutely love him to bits. To be fair, when I was at Valencia I wanted United to sign him, at the time they could have got him for £25m and hrst time in its history.

    Albany places 10th in the nation in points allowed and 14th in total defense, while the Cornell offense has scored just 12 points in two games.

    After seeing film of Albany shutting down then-No. 11 Delaware the Big Red knows it will need a much better effort than that.

    Yale at Lafayette

    The wannabe Ivy Leaguers play their third straight Ancient Eight team when they welcome the Elis to Fisher Field.

    The Leopards opened their renovated stadium with a loss to Penn, then went on the road last week and got shut down by the Princeton defense.

    The Elis showed a lot in bouncing back from a bad home loss to San Diego to beat Cornell. But a win at Lafayette would take another big step up.

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  • 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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    After manager Bud Black hinted at lsea defender Fikayo Tomori should start for England against Montenegro.That's the view of former Fulham captain Danny Murphy.He said, "Can he defend? Yes. He's quick enough, he's decent in the air and he's clever. Sometimes he steps in and tries to tlopp with his Liverpool players.In an interview witd for success at Chelsea.The departing Borussia Dortmund star will be a superb signing for Chelsea, USA international team-mate Weston McKennie claims."Christian is the type of player who likes a challenge and likes to experience new things as well,"h Frankfurter Allgemein, Rangnick paid tribute to Klopp, after the Liverpool boss was awarded Men's Coach of the Year at FIFA's The Best awards on Monday night. "If you look at Jordan Henderson or Jahe possibility earlier this week, pitcher was officially named the team's No. 5 starter for the season, .com reports.

    Ross, who has posted a 3-2 record and 2.57 ERA over six games (four starts) this spring, will occupy the spot while Andrew Cashner fills a long-relief role.

    The right-hander is scheduled to make his regular-season debut next Saturday at Colorado.

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  • s accepted a £1.8million bid for Duncan from Fior

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    pitcher struggler Chelsea fullback Graeme Le Saux is happy seeing Frank Lampard succeed as Blues manager.Le Saux has no hesitation in admitting who must take credit for his meteoric rise.He told The Sun: “Frank came from a footballing background and family and haed in a regular season tune-up Monday.

    LeBlanc, who is Furlong is full of praise for West Brom teammate Grady Diangana.Furlong first became aware of Diangana's talent while he was at QPR with the Chelsea boss Frank Lampard spoke about his dream return to Stamford Bridge.The former Blues midfielder faced his first home game as manager against Leicester City on Sunday.Despite the negative of a 1-1 draw, Lampard admitted it was a special moment defender taking on Diangana and his parent club West Ham in a pre-season friendly.And he admits Diangana was fighting for a spot in the team’s rotation, gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings. He did manage to strike out four batters. 

    LeBlanc, 28, had a 3.67 ERA and a 4.04 FIP in 68 2/3 innings last year.

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  • Just because: Lefty Grove’s throwing motion

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    The superlative Lefty Grove stands as one of the most underrated pitchers of all-time. Sure, he'ley beyond January.The 29-year-old has only featured once for the Clarets since signing on a short-term loan from Chelsea this past summer."We haven't really seen him," said the Burnley boss. "Of course we know him, we know what he does in training ws a Hall of Famer (class of '47), but you don't often hear his name mentioned as being on the short-short-short list of best pitchers in history. In part, that's because the bulk of his career fell during one of the most hitter-friendly eras ever (the 1930s).

    Still, Grove won an astounding nine ERA titles during his career, and his lifetime ERA+ of 148 ranks fourth on the all-time list. When you think of the best of the best, Grove should come to mind.

    Competitive? That was Grove. Ted Williams once called him a "careful tantrum thrower" because Grove made a point of punching lockers with his demonstrably less valuable right hand.

    Grove made hay with a terrific fastball -- "the fastest ball in existence," according to former major-league catcher Cy Perkins, and an offering that helped him once strike out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzerri on a total of 10 pitches. After an arm injury in 1934, however, Grove relied more on his curveball, which caused him less pain. Because of his ability to evolve, Grove pitched in the majors until age 41. Of that evolution, Grove once said (source: ):

    "I actually was too fast to curve the ball while with Baltimore and Philadelphia. The ball didn’t have enough time to break because I threw what passed tus.The former Ajax captain turned down Barcelona and PSG to sign for Juve. However, the defender has struggled for minutes so far this season.But De Ligt says: "I'm really happy with the choice made this summer to sign for Juventus. "Many changes hafor a curve as fast as I threw my fastball. I couldn’t get enough twist on it. … Now that I’m not so fast I can really break one off and my fastball looks faster than it is because it’s faster than the other stuff I throw. A pitcher has time enough to get smarter after he loses his speed."

    "Too fast to curve the ball"!

    Anyhow, this up-close footage of Grove's delivery reveals part of what made him so special -- that zipper-quick arm action. Dig it:

    It's impressive how quickly Grove's left elbow gets out in front of his ball hand as he strides toward the plate. That's a good start toward throwing "the fastest ball in existence."

    And here's a GIF ad rotation.Sarri admits he needs to juggle his players for today's game with Roma.He said, “It depends on the characteristics of the players. Paulo Dybala starts his runs a little deeper and Cristiano Ronaldo off centre. Higuain therefore resolvesthat takes another angle and shows Grove in understated warm-up mode ...

    I'm no scout, but you see a couple of things here. First, notice how close and tight to the body Grove keeps his glove hand after separation. And note that he's got a pretty long stride toward the plate and good "spine tilt" (i.e., posture). Overall, his mechanics seem like a middle ground between the "drop and drive" delivery (Tom Seaver, for instance, would often hit the mound with his drive knee) and the "tall and fall" approach favored by, say, Nolan Ryan in his day. Grove didn't get as low as Seaver, but he's a bit more horizontal on the "backswing" than Ryan was.

    The lesson? The art of pitching has always been an art, as demonstrated by the great Lefty Grove.

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  • Rotation poker hands: AL West

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    With just two weeks until opening day (woo hoo!), most starting rotations have begun to round into shape. So we'll take six days this week to rank the rotations in each division. As if giving you the chance to kigue. The Frenchman has been unemployed since leaving Arsenal at the end of the season 2017/18 season.He said he has rejected the offers because he is "too linked" with the Gunners."I'm an Arsenal man and after that I'm a professional. I can't stop wock and scream about the rankings wasn't enough fun, we're going to add in a wrinkle. Each team will be assigned a poker hand.

    That is, there are five cards in a poker hand and five pitchers in a rotation, so let's assign a hand that each team has been dealt. It's more subjective than scientific and designed for entertainment purposes. The good news is that if you think the idea is stupid, you can still pay attention to how we've ranked the rotations and ignore the poker hands.

    Please note we are assigning a hand per rotation and it's a judgment of the rotation as a group -- not assigning a specific card to each pitcher. While we might note someone is an "ace" for convenience sake, we aren't necessarily saying that, for example, A.J. Griffin is a four of spades.

    Let's dive in.

    Rotation: , , , , ( also possible)

    The A's had a sneaky-good rotation last season, ranking third in the American League in starting pitcher ERA and riding that staff to an AL West championship. This time around, the A's have the potential to be even better because it's possible the likes of Parker, Milone and Griffin will improve in their sophomore seasons. Also, Anderson missed most of last season, and he will make a fine anchor for this young group -- if he can stay healthy, which is always a big question with him. There's always the chance the youngsters will regress a bit as ade Barry.Villa have completed the £1million signing of Barcelona youngster Louie Barry.Barry came through the ranks at West Brom before being snapped up by the Catalan giants in 2019.Six months later the 16-year-old has returned to Birmingham to joinjustments are made, but overall the potential is big.

    Hand they've been dealt

    Three of a kind is pretty good, especially with 10s. This isn't close to the best hand that you can get, but odds are you'll have a winner a good amount of the time that you have these cards.

    Rotation: , , , ,

    The Rangers had a mediocre rotation last season, but Darvish will take a big step forward during his second year in America. Once his adjustment to a new country was finally complete, the 6-foot-5 righthander went 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 67 strikeouts in his last eight starts (57 1/3 innings). Expect Holland to work his ERA back to around 4.00 again, too, a major improvement on his 4.67 mark last season. Also, Ogando has proven a quality starter in his career, going 13-8 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. And don't forget that will probably return from Tommy John surgery midseason to knock out Lowe (or whoever else might occupy that five slot).

    Hand they've been dealt

    It's three of a kind, albeit not as good as Oakland's hand. Still, three eights with a king kicker is none too shabby and would win a decent amount of deals.

    Rotation: , , , ,

    The Angels managed to have a good rotation last season, despite mediocrity from Wilson, a down year from Dan Haren and a horrible season from Ervin Santana. They did lose Zack Greinke -- who made 13 starts for the Angels -- but retained ace Jered Weaver. Wilson needs to improve and Hanson ipzig coach Ralf Rangnick.Now a technical director for Red Bull, Rangnick is in contact with United about taking a similar role at Old Trafford.United are attracted to taking on the German thanks to his work with Leipzig, where he uncovered the likesneeds to stay healthy, in which case they make for a good 2-3 combo. Vargas was great at Safeco Field last year and awful on the road, but Angel Stadium is a pitcher's park, too. In his career, Vargas is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 43 2/3 innings in his new home stadium. And Blanton can eat 190 not-good-but-not-terrible innings as the five.

    Hand they've been dealt

    Two pair with an ace kicker. It's not bad at all and gives you a chance at winning, but you'll probably need help in terms of other players dropping better hands due to a bluff or everyone else having a pair or worse. In baseball terms for the Angels, the help will be the offense.

    Rotation: , , , ,

    We know all about the ace at the front here. He's elite. After Hernandez, though, we see a lot of question marks and limited upside. What's worse is that Seattle's home-field advantage for pitchers (the staff had a 2.97 home ERA and 4.59 road ERA last season) is mitigated a bit by the Safeco Field fences being moved in -- not to mention the defense has worsened. We don't know if the impact will be severe, but those splits should move closer to even, and that means getting worse at home before it means improving on the road.

    Hand they've been dealt

    Well, there's the ace of spades. The best card in the deck. That's King Felix for you. As for the rest of the hand, we can't make much of it. While it might not be awful, the upside is limited. It's possible in a few years that King Felix will get some company from the likes of Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker, maybe even getting them up into flush or full house range (or more?). For now, it's Felix and a bunch of stray cards.

    Rotation: , , , ,

    Norris was 7-13 with a 4.65 ERA and 1.37 WHIP last season, and he sits atop the rotation. Harrell (11-11, 3.76) actually wasn't bad, but Lyles (5-12, 5.09) was. And now the Astros are moving to a tougher division in an overall tougher league for pitchers. It's hard to believe in much upside from Humber or in the full-season health of Bedard, either. Ugly is the word.

    Hand they've been dealt

    It can only get better from here. That's unsuited and one card away from a low straight. But, essentially, it's nothing. It's a seven high and, in many cases, the worst possible hand that one could have. The good news is the Astros had already decided to fold before the hand was dealt. They have no illusions of competing this season and are instead still building the foundation.

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    Houston starting pitcher gave up four runs and ead of tomorrow night's FA Cup clash with Derby County.Solskjaer revealed that Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are both set to miss out at Pride Park.Wales winger James missed the weekend draw with Everton, but £50million full-back Wan-Bissaka plfive hits over 2 2/3 innings during the Astros' 9-6 loss to on Orient have signed Tottenham midfielder George Marsh on loan until January.The 20-year-old, who made his competitive debut is for its women's and youth teams, reports, /.The Scottish champions have applied for planning permission and are currently waiting for a verdict from Glasgow City Council.The Barrowfield site, which is located near to the men's home ground Celtic Pan the FA Cup this year, signed a new contract with his parent club in May.Marsh was part of the travelling squad for last sthe Mets in Grapefruit League action Saturday. White, who is competing for a spot in the starting rotation, has been roughed up for six earned runs over his past two starts and now owns an 8.53 ERA. "I threw a lot of strikes and made some really good pitches and gave up some hits that were not hit real well," said White, who had two strikeouts and a walk. "I feel good about the outing. Obviously, the numbers aren’t what I wanted them to be but it’s a little early and we keep working."

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