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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Eddie Jenkins' League MVP win highlights postseason awards for Penn fall athletes


    After the end of the season for sprint football, field hockey, men’s soccer, and cross country, All-Ivy honorees were announced, and several members of the Red and Blue made the list.

    For sprint football, the Quakers had three first team All-Collegiate Sprint Football League selections, including the League's Most Valuable Player, senior quarterback Eddie Jenkins. Along with Jenkins, the other first team selections were sophomore running back Laquan McKever, senior offensive lineman Matt McDermott, and junior linebacker Aaron Johnson. In addition, Jenkins was awarded the Kay Trophy, which is voted upon by the League's coaches and awarded to the top overall performer.

    Jenkins finished his final season with the Quahe fans chanting his name in the stands.The Red Devils newcomer has been quickly embraced by the Mancunian faithful, with chants of "Bruno, Bruno" heard around Old Trafford.Fernandes helped United to a 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday, scorimsdale joined fans on Saturday for defeat to Watford.Ramsdale posted a message on the club's social media last week, urging fans to give the struggling Cherries their full support when Watford visited on Saturday.The 21-year-old missed the game throung the firskers with 570 rushing yards, averaging 81.4 rushing yards per game. He also added 16 touchdowns to his rushing total in 2019. Through the air, Jenkins finished the season with a 66.7% completion percentage, 1207 passing yards, and 11 touchdowns. In total, Jenkins accounted for 27 touchdowns for Penn. Jenkins' performance led Penn to a 5-2 finish, as the team ended the year on a two-game winning streak.

    For field hockey, the team saw one first team All-Ivy selection in Aelder Frenkie de Jong believes Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt will eventually join him at the Nou Camp.De Ligt turned down Barcelona in the summer as he opted for Juventus, but Frenkie de Jong believes that his former Ajax teammate could join thelexa Schneck and three second team All-Ivy picks. The senior forward Schneck was named to the All-Ivy first team in addition to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team. Additionally, sophomore midfielder/defender Gracyn Banks, sophomore forward Madison Jiranek, and freshman defender Elita van Staden were all named to the All-Ivy second team.

    This is Schneck's fourth All-Ivy selection with Penn. She is one of just three players in program history to receive an All-Ivy selection in all four years with the program. Schneck is one of just 11 Ivy League athletes to earn a NFHCA first-team All-Region honors. She closed out her career with 53 total points in 66 starts, including 19 goals and 15 assists. In Ivy League play, she had 37 points in 28 contests.

    Four athletes across the men's and women's cross country teams were named All Mid-Atlantic Region honorees. On the men's side, junior Anthony Russo and senior Will Daly received All-Region honors, while on the women's side, sophomore Ariana Gardizy and senior Nia Akins picked up the same honors.

    For men's soccer, five players received All-Ivy honors. The Quakers received two first-team All-Ivy selections – junior defender Alex Touche and junior midfielder Joey Bhangdia. Additionally, freshman defender Kai Lammers earned a second team All-Ivy spot. Lastly, senior midfielder Brandon Bartel and junior forward Jake Kohlbrenner both received honorable mention recognition.

    In addition to the five All-Ivy awards for Penn, Touche was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Touche anchored a Penn defense that posted three shutouts and allowed just five goals across seven Ivy League matchups.

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  • What to take away from Friday's dominant win by Penn women's basketball over Brown


    There’s a lot of basketball left to be played, but with four Ivy League games in the books, the Quakers are doing exactly what’s expected of them.

    Penn women's basketball put together a dominating performance with a that has now dropped four consecutive contests. Here are some takeaways from Friday night’s matchup as the Quakers look on toward an Ivy League slate that figures to be much more demanding.

    The first thing that jumped out about Penn’s showing against Brown was its defense. After a tightly contested, back-and-forth first quarter, the Red and Blue started the second quarter aggressively; they forced only five turnovers after making the Bears give the ball up eight times in the first ten minutes of play, but the Red and Blue limited Brown to just six points in the sec-old was excellent in Sunday's 4-3 win over Reading, bagging himself his first brace for the club.Reflecting on what he could contribute to the Blues this season, Mount said: "The goals are going to come from different places and I want to contributeond quarter. They went into halftime with a 23-point lead and from there, the margin only grew.

    “When you have a lead, [the other team] is making some changes at halftime,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. If they make a couple of shots coming out of the o Madrid fans.The defender will leave at the end of the season and addressed the home support after their 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday."Thanks everyone for giving me this day that I'll never forget," Godin said as he addressed the crowd with a micgates and you give them life, then you have to chase your way back, but I thought that right out of the gates, we came out strong and opened up the game.”

    The Quakers gave up 43 points to a Brown team that averages more than 70 per game and didn’t allow a double-figure scorer. Their disruptive defense forced 19 turnovers, which led to 23 points on the other end. If there were a recipe for success throughout the grind of a college basketball season, this kind of suffocating defense would be the main ingredient.

    On top of its airtight defensive performance, Penn was able to get things moving on the offensive side of the ball. The Red and Blue’s 83 points were good for their second-best scoring output of the season. Despite missing all nine of their attempts from beyond the arc in the first quarter, the Quakers worked the ball inside the paint, where they outscored their opponents 18-4 in the quarter and 44-18 throughout the game.

    “I liked the shots we were getting” said McLaughlin. “I play this game where the basket gets bigger once the ball goes in and it gets smaller when it doesn’t, so it’s uets tried to be positive after defeat at Valencia on Saturday.Busquets says they still must adapt to coach Quique Setien's system."In the first half we lacked cutting edge and the best thing at half-time was the result," said the midfielder. "In thepart of the sport.”

    Penn added 19 second-chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds. Its presence on the glass kept the Bears on their heels and out of transition. Strong offense makes for easier defense, and vice versa.

    Flexibility on the offensive end and lockdown defense are hallmarks of winning teams. Thus far, the Quakers have left each of their Ivy League matchups, all of which have come against teams that have more losses than wins, victorious. The Red and Blue are spreading the wealth – four players were in double figures against Brown, while sophomore guard Katie Kinum and junior guard Phoebe Sterba each added nine points – and winning the games that they need to win.

    Of course, not all games will be against sub-.500 competition — Saturday night will feature a matchup against a hot Yale team that is in search of its first win against the Red and Blue since the 2016-17 season — but the Quakers have taken advantage of their opportunities against weaker teams to show that their position atop the Ivy League is deserved. It remains to be seen whether Penn can continue its all-around performances throughout rest the Ivy League schedule.

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  • Penn women's soccer heads to Yale with momentum ahead of weekend showdown


    Legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant’s old adage, “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships,” is an oft-repeated phrase in the modern sports world. The thinking is that, while offense may be flashy and exciting, solid defensive play – less noticeable, but more steady and predictable – forms thechettino has had a dig at his players.After two transfer windows without signing a single player, Spurs returned to business this summer and secured the services of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndomele and Jack Clarke.And although only a foundation of successful teams.

    For Penn women’s soccer, this season has been all about steady defensive play. It currently leads the Ivy League in two scoring categories, with 20 goals for and just 3 goals allowed.

    This Saturday, the Quakers (10-1-1, 3-0-1 Ivy), currently on a four-game win streak and nine matches without a loss, will travel to New Haven, Conn. to battle a familiar foe in Yale (6-5-1, 1-3 Ivy).

    Sitting atop the Ivy Leriker Luis Suarez is set for another loan spell next season.The Watford Observer says Suarez will go out on loan again next season, with a move to Real Zaragoza set to be announced next week, according to reports from Spain.Suarez joined Watford backague standings, Penn has been dominant defensively this season, having allowed just three goals in 12 games. Its only loss this season came against then-No. 13 NC State in a game decided by a single goal in the opening minutes.

    Moreover, the Quakers haven’t allowed a goal since Sept. 9. Junior goalkeeper Kitty Qu ranks fourth in the nation in goals allowed per game, letting in just 0.293 a match. For coach Nicole Van Dyke, defense is a crucial part of her coaching philosophy.

    “I just think that in order to win games and be successful, [you have to] play good defense to get the ball back. We focus on trying to do that [so we can have] more opportunities to attack. [For our defense,] everyone has a role, and I think that everyone does a good title winner Paul Merson is surprised Liverpool haven't moved for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and has publicly stated his admiration for the forward in the past job at their role,” Van Dyke said. “We’re having success defensively, so we continue to believe in it. The other thing is defending isn’t just something that happens overnight — it takes a lot of effort.”

    Offensively, the Quakers have been extremely consistent and productive. Nonetheless, Van Dyke is continuing to look for other ways to improve in attack.

    “[We’re practicing] keeping possession and being better in transition moments. We are winning the ball in good spots, and we want to be able to keep the ball for one or two passes or be able to counter teams,” Van Dyke said.

    Regardless of how the season ends, Penn has already achieved more success this season than last. Van Dyke attributes this to the team’s dedicated, hardworking culture.

    “Everyone is truly bought in, comes to practice, and commits themselves to making other people better. So whether you’re playing five minutes or 500, there’s an expectation that you want to get better,” Van Dyke said. “[We want] practice to be harder than the games so that when we get to the games, the games are easier."

    This weekend against Yale, the Red and Blue will need to continue their strong defensive play. Highlighted offensively by junior midfielder Noelle Higginson, the Bulldogs also boast a strong defense that has allowed just 1.15 goals per game so far, and one goal per game in Ivy play.

    Given Yale’s defensive strength, Penn will need to be able to create as many opportunities as it can against a tough Bulldog defense. Van Dyke has stressed in practice some points of emphasis specific to Yale.

    “Yale sometimes plays three at the back, sometimes they play four at the back, so we’re just making sure that we’re ready for that,” Van Dyke said. “We really focus on us during the week and really throw in a couple small tweaks about the opponent, usually more so from an attacking standpoint so we can know how to break them down.”

    At the end of the day, the fourth year coach maintains that the Quakers always have the same mentality each game.

    “Every game brings another set of opportunities and another set of challenges to find a way to score and to defend their top players,” said Van Dyke. “Every game in the Ivy League is like the World Cup. We never take anything for granted.”

    As the Quakers travel to Connecticut to play in Reese Stadium this Saturday, they’ll need more than Bear Bryant prescribed: both the defense and the offense must show up to play.

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  • Last year's early NCAA Tournament loss provides motivation for Penn women's lacrosse


    For most teams in college sports, if you win a conference championship, finish the regular season ranked in the nation’s top 10 and make it to the NCAA Tournament, you’re not going to be too ak Swart says Quincy Promes' goal should have stood in their Champions League defeat to Chelsea.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead before the goal was ruled out by VAR to offside."I ordered a window cleaner to clean those VAR glasses and the TV screens for a unhappy with your year.

    But most teams aren’t Penn women’s lacrosse.

    A year ago, the Quakers bowed out of the postseason in a Round of 32 , marking the first season since 2013 that the dynasty didn’t win at least one NCAA Tournament game. Fast forward 10 months, though, and one silver lining becomes clear: as devastating as last May’s result was, that sting only pushed this year’s Quakers to become even better.

    “It definitely gave us a spark before we even needed a spark; it was an unexpected loss that was really hard to swallow,” fifth-year senior Emily Rogers-Healion said. “It made me even more thankful that I had a chance to come back and redeem us, and it gave us even more of a reason to work hard all fall.”

    Heavily favored over the unranked Midshipmen despite playing without injured star junior Caroline Cummings, No. 7 Penn jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first half. But unranked Navy completely flipped the contest in an 8-1 run spanning both halves to take a 10-6 lead.

    Then-rookies Gabby Rosenzweig and Erin Barry led a frenetic late comeback to cut the lead to 11-10, but that would be the final mark, giving Navy its first-ever win over a top-20 team.

    “It might have been exciting for fans; I don’t think it was that exciting for us,” coach Karin Corbett said. “We wanna compete for national championships, and that was sting Nottingham Forest.Nottinghamshire Live report Forest remain keen on bringing Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback back to the City Ground for a third spell - but are also exploring other options in the meantime.And they are among a clutch of clubsdefinitely tonchester City, not the Reds in the Premier League title race.Liverpool are currently eight points clear at the top but City know what it takes to overturn such a deficit.Heskey told LFC TV: “The pressure's on them [Manchester City] to actually get o early [to be eliminated], so I think all of that has fueled what our goals are for this year.”

    It might have looked like the upset of the decade at the time, but only weeks later, the lacrosse world found out that Navy was no fluke.

    After celebrating their thriller at Penn Park, the Midshipmen’s Cinderella run was only just getting started. Navy ended up making it all the way to the Final Four, even upsetting No. 2 UNC in the quarterfinals. Penn was the only team to even hold Navy under 15 goals in the tournament.

    To the Quakers, this Navy run only added a further burn; they could’ve been making headlines nationwide instead.

    “I was in bed watching that game, because I had just gotten surgery that day. And watching that … we didn’t reach our potential, and that put a fire in our bellies to really work hard this season,” Cummings said. “It could’ve been us going all the way to the Final Four. We completely could’ve ridden that power. But we’re just gonna use that to fire us up for this year.”

    The Red and Blue are backing up those words, and then some, in 2018.

    The No. 6 Quakers hold a stellar 8-1 record so far, with the only loss coming to defending national champion Maryland. Add in Cummings’ return and freshman Zoe Belodeau’s explosion to a team that already returned 93 percent of its scoring from last season has led to a . Rosenzweig has stood out in particular, as she is currently on pace to shatter Nina Corcoran’s school single-season points record.

    On the other side of the ball, has filled the goal in place of 2017 graduate Britt Brown without missing a beat, ranking seventh nationally in save percentage.

    “We have a really good chance to go really far in the postseason this year; this year feels different just because we have so much depth everywhere,” senior midfielder Alex Condon said. “All of our attacking core is scoring goals, making contributions, and we just have more firepower than we did last year.”

    Combine that stacked personnel with a team driven by the pain of last year’s early exit, and it’s no surprise the Red and Blue have so thoroughly dominated their competition so far. This is a team with the goal of titles — Ivy League and beyond —and it has no plans to forget the struggles it’s faced on the way there.

    “You always remember the losses,” Corbett said. “You always have to move on, but they can always be there in the back of our heads. Remember how we felt that day, and we don’t wanna feel that way again.”

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  • Lessons learned from Penn women's basketball's 3-4 start


    Sometimes, the numbers don't tell everything.

    With a little more than a month gone in the season, Penn women's basketball currently sits at 3-4. The small number of games played by the Red and Blue has led to a small sample size of stats and observations, but there are several overarching trends from the team as it approaches Ivy play.

    As has been since coach Mike McLaughlin took control of the program eight years ago, defense is the hallmark of this team. Despite a middle-of-the-pack 61.4 points against per game, the Quakers have hit their defensive stride in the previous few games. Penn held No. 3 Notre Dame, one of the top offenses in the nation, to a , then captured its first Big 5 win in nearly two years by to just 50 points.

    Much of that recent success has been due to the growing chemistry between senior forward Michelle Nwokedi and freshman center Eleah Parker. The two stand form an imposing force on the inside, and it showed itself against Saint Joseph's: the duo combined for 12 rebounds, six blocks, and six steals.

    Consistency has been an issue for the Red and Blue, not necessarily in between games but even from quarter to quarter. Against both and , the Quakers jumped out to substantial early leads, but were unable to keep the pressure on in the second quarter and beyond.

    For the season, Penn has outscored opponents by 13 points in the first quarter, but has been outscored by 14 in the second quarter. That lack of continuity between quarters has led to losses, even though the Quakers were the better team on the floor for the majority of games.

    "There are things that happen in a basketball game ... how are we going to maintain our composure? How are we goi Sanchez's problems at Old Trafford.Sanchez moved on-loan to Inter Milan in the summer.He told the Telegraph: "Sanchez… I felt him [to be] not a happy man."And I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at eveng to just look to the next play?" McLaughlin said. "I see progress, but I’m still seeing runs that are a little bit large at times, and we just need to find a way to get through them."

    One of the biggest trends early thisoungster Sean Longstaff is on the radar of Swindon and Bradford.The central midfielder has enjoyed a productive season, establishing himself as a Toon first teamer before injury struck.Per the Chronicle, several loan bids will come in for Longstaff, season has been the continued success of senior Anna Ross at point guard. Last year, Ross shared much of the ball handling responsibilities with then-senior Kasey Chambers, but with Chambers' graduation, Ross has been thrust into the role of the primary facilitator.

    Ross has thrived in that role this season, averaging 4.9 assists and 8.1 points per game. But her impact goes beyond the stats. She's become the engine behind the team's offense, and any success the Quakers have will undoubtedly run through her.

    "She’s doing a lot of things that don’t show up on the statistics and that’s pretty much Anna’s career," McLaughlin said. "She’s a winner, she does little things that make the team really good, and we trust her."

    Finally, the growth of Parker and fellow freshman Katie Kinum has provided the Red and Blue several additional scoring options. Parker is third on the team with 8.9 points per game, while Kinum is averaginrton U23 coach David Unsworth is confident Antony Evans will secure a move away.Evans is likely to leave the club on either a permanent or temporary deal in January.Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: "I still think it will materialise, I just think itg 5.4 points per game, leading all bench players. The offensive emergence of the two freshman will certainly be beneficial in Ivy play, as teams will now have to be wary of the offensive potency of even more players.

    So while the Red and Blue might continue to experience some growing pains, make no mistake —the team that's won three of the past four Ivy League titles has major room for improvement, and if it hits that potential, the rest of the Ancient Eight has much to worry about.

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


    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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  • Penn baseball fails to clinch division title over Columbia, heading to one-game playoff


    So it all comes down to this.

    Needing one win in two home games against second-place Columbia to clinch its first Ivy League Lou Gehrig Division title since 2007, Penn baseball faileddmits management know they need to add to the squad next month.McKenna acknowledges more signings will need to be considered going forward but insists the club are moving in the right direction."Yeah, there has been some highs and some of the perform to close out on Saturday afternoon, taking a pair of losses by scores of 14-4 and 7-5 to fall into a tie with the Lions. With both teams finishing the regular season atop the Gehrig Division at 12-8 in Ivy play, the two rivals will meet yet again on Saturday, going toe-to-toe in a one-game playoff for the third time in four years.

    In both games, there were certainly times when it looked like the Quakers (22-20) would etch their mark in the history books. Though Game 1 starter Gabe Kleiman allowed a two-run home run in the top of the first, Penn responded with back-to-back bombs from Tim Graul and Sean Phelan, setting the tone for a back-and-forth contest far closer than its final score suggested.

    Kleiman settled down after his rough start en route to a solid five-inning outing, and a striesterday's 5-0 rout of West Ham.The system caused delays during City's romp at West Ham and the visiting fans sang “What the f*** is going on?"Guardiola said: “Maybe the intensity and passion will leave. It is going to change the dynamic — not ng of four straight singles in the bottom of the fourth put the Red and Blue on top, 4-2. When center fielder Andrew Murnane completed a fantastic inning-ending double play by catching a fly ball and then gunning down tagging runner Julian Bury at the plate, Penn held a 4-3 lead after five innings, six outs shy of making history.

    But then the Lions (18-22) finally got the offensive breakthrough they were looking for — and when it rained, it poured.

    Though Kleiman only had 74 pitches through his five innings, Penn elected to send in reliever Billyidfielder has been linked with a move to England, where Arsenal and Tottenham are keen.But after victory over Cagliari last night, Rabiot declared: "My future is at Juventus. “2019 was not an easy year for me. I arrived at Juventus and I had to wor Lescher to attempt the two-inning save. It would be a decision the team regretted immediately.

    Though Lescher had been historically dominant all season with a 0.98 ERA entering the afternoon, the Lions figured out Penn’s junior superstar, racking up eight hits and nine runs in an explosive sixth inning, including a Ben Porter grand slam. Lescher — perhaps a bit fatigued after throwing a shutout inning on Friday — didn’t make it out of the sixth frame, as Columbia completely took the wind out from beneath the Quakers’ sails en route to its deceptively comfortable win.

    As emotionally deflating as that defeat was, though, the Red and Blue came out firing in the series finale, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first two innings.

    But Columbia came right back with its own string of hits to tie the score at 4-4 in the third, before Penn pitcher Mike Reitcheck — who bravely battled all day long, with the team facing a severe lack of bullpen options in its fourth game in two days — gave up a crucial two-run double on his 111th and final pitch of the night in the seventh.

    Though Matt Tola provided brief hope for the Quakers with a home run, they never led again, allowing the Lions to take their third straight contest over Penn when a loss in any of them would’ve given the Red and Blue the solo division crown.

    Of course, things only get more intense from here for both teams, as the two rivals will head back to Columbia for Saturday’s all-or-nothing showdown. The scenario certainly involves a bit of deja vu for Penn — in both 2014 and 2015, the teams tied atop the Gehrig Division, with Columbia winning the one-game playoffs in both instances and eventually qualifying for the NCAA Regionals.

    So after coming up short in three straight chances to close out the Lions, the Red and Blue have one final shot with everything on the line. Penn will almost certainly throw senior ace Jake Cousins (6-1, 2.50 ERA), while the Lions are expected to pitch sophomore Josh Simpson (4-2, 3.63) in a rematch of Friday’s showdown, a 7-6 Penn win.

    Win, and Penn remains alive for its first Ivy League championship since 1995. Lose, and the Red and Blue are forced to cope with another offseason of heartbreak after coming up agonizingly short yet again.

    Let the games begin.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • No place to call home


    Off on the corner of 34th and Walnut sits Hill College House, where no freshman wants to live, let alone a sophomore. Nobody, that is, except for Max Polkinhorne.

    This sophomore transfer from Santa Clara, Calif., who joined the men’s soccer team when he arrived at Penn, opted to join an all-transfer hall in Hill. This little community is more meaningful than meets the eye.

    Right next door is field hockey sophomore transfer Katelynn Mudgett. These two found each other when neither could go to the Transfer Students’ Organization night events due to their sports.

    “He and I had this conversation one day,” Mudgett said. “And he said, ‘Why did you pick to live in Hill?’ and I was like, ‘I didn’t pick to live here.’ And he said, ‘I did.’ And I was like, ‘And did it say there was air conditioning on the website?’ and he was like, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘And is there air conditioning?’ ‘No.’”

    Even without air conditioning, this hall in Hill is a safe haven for transfer students.

    While Polkinhorne and Mudgett weren’t able to go out with the other transfers, they had a safety blanket by being part of a team, as do most transfer athletes. They had the fortune of jumping into a new family upon arrival at Penn.

    In coming to West Philadelphia, transfers walk a fine line between being freshmen and “normal” sophomores and juniors.

    Three years ago, graduate Maggie Ercolani and senior Kim Gordon founded the Transfer Students’ Organization and began programming during NSO in 2011. Before this, nothing was in place to help transfers transition into Penn and distinguish them from freshmen.

    But make no mistake, even with all of the support now in place, transferring is scary for everyone.

    The risk is big, but the payoff is even greater.

    Max Polkinhorne wanted to come to Penn. He just had to figure out how.

    “The reason I was looking Ivy initially was for the academics,” Polkinhorne said. “I definitely used soccer to get into the Ivies.”

    Originally, the California native was looking to play in the Ancient Eight, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

    “It was a bad recruitment year,” he said. “Most of my top schools were full or had goalkeepers recruited already for freshman year, so I just ended up not getting into my top schools that I was looking at.”

    While he didn’t go into Santa Clara knowing he wanted to transfer, it did not take long for Polkinhorne to realize he wasn’t happy.

    In searching for a home, both academics and soccer factored into the then-freshman’s decision.

    Ultimately, it was then-sophomore goalkeeper Max Kurtzman’s departure from the team that created a hole in the Quakers’ roster.

    “These guys kind of contacted me halfway through the season because they lost a goalkeeper,” Polkinhorne said. “They were looking for a transfer goalkeeper kind of late in the year and so they knew that I was looking.”

    When Polkinhorne arrived at Penn though, he not only found a place of the team, but a friend.

    Polkinhorne’s next door neighbor Mudgett transferred from Brown to be in Wharton.

    Originally, she had chosen Brown over Harvard for the business-tailored educational opportunity.

    But Brown didn’t have a Wharton, and that was what Mudgett was looking for.

    In late May, when Mudgett got into Penn, she faced a dilemma. She hadn’t been able to talk to coach Colleen Fink because she was not officially released from Brown field hockey, as per Ivy rules.

    “Since I hadn’t been able to talk to the UPenn coach, I said, ‘Okay, now I’m taking a risk, if I go to Penn am I going to be able to play field hockey there or not?’” she said.

    When she decided to leave the Bears and join the Quakers, Mudgett told her che Gunners are not looking to sell too many players this month.Reports had suggested Arteta may have to sell players if he wanted to secure permanent signings.But the Spaniard refuted such suggestions and said they are not looking to sell anyone thisoach she wouldn’t be back and immediately reached out to Fink to ask if she could play for the Red and Blue. The answer was yes, and the risk paid off for Mudgett.

    Though transferring within the Ivy League is rare, for Mudgett, it was a comfort to be playing at a similar level of competition. Playing against her former teammates was a strange experience, but she did what was right for her education.

    “I was just thinking about academics, what was the best thing I could do for myself?” Mudgett said. “And it was Wharton.”

    Thanks to the Ivy League’s shorter spring season, staying within the Ancient Eight was important to Mudgett.

    And in time, the decision paid off.

    “I am going to a conference in Qatar,” Mudgett said. “And I just had an interview yesterday with the Philadelphia Eagles about an internship, which are opportunities I never would have been able to have at Brown.”

    Fifth-year senior quarterback Ryan Becker had a different road to West Philadelphia.

    Becker was all set to come to Penn out of high school, but due to financial issues, he had to put off his trip to Philadelphia.

    “There was the option of staying at home and working and getting some money, but I really wanted to stay in school and stay in football,” Becker said. “So I went to Florida State and walked on there and got the great opportunity to learn there. Then, once we were able to work the financial aid out, I was able to come to Penn.”

    Like most transfers, the transition process had some bumps, but Becker’s year at FSU helped ease the change.

    “It probably made my adjustment to Penn easier by seeing a little bit of college ahead of time even though it wasn’t as difficult as Penn academically,” he said.

    But academics were where the biggest struggle took place. Even with the year at FSU, Becker wasn’t prepared for the jump.

    Beyond academics, there are other struggles that come along with not entering as a traditional freshman.

    “You lose the experience of having a freshman class where you live in the dorms,” Becker said. “You do NSO and different events with freshmen so you don’t really have a class … [and] I personally was impacted by that.”

    Transfer athletes do have the added advantage of coming into a new school but with a whole team to meet and become a part of, where as the average transfer is really on his or her own.

    However, it is easy to get stuck only fraternizing with the teadate for the vacant Middlesbrough job.Terry has spent this season as assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa.The pair have helped guide Villa to the Championship play-off final.TalkSPORT says while Terry isn't one of the favourites for the job, he hasm. Becker chose to broaden his horizons by joining a fraternity.

    Though he had a great experience in his year at FSU, when considering academics, social realms and football, it was the academic strength of Penn that pulled Becker to the University — a running trend in transfer athletes.

    “The opportunity to come to Penn — the degree,” Becker said. “There were thoughts staying, thoughts going back, but overall, the degree kept me here, and it was just too great an opportunity to pass up.”

    Financial struggles are not unique to Becker’s transfer experience. Penn is well-known for its plentiful amounts of financial aid — a big factor in students’ decision to apply to be a part of the Red and Blue.

    Veronica Jones transferred as a junior this fall from Virginia. Coming from a top-20 team in women’s crew, Jones made the decision to leave the Cavaliers and join the Red and Blue because of academic and financial issues.

    Last year, Jones’ financial situation changed, making it harder to pay for school at UVA.

    “My coach told me that he wouldn’t give me any more athletic scholarship because there were too many people that he was recruiting for the next year,” Jones said. “So I started contacting other schools — Columbia and Penn and UNC.”

    Though it started as a financial issue, Jones also came to the realization that her life post-college would not center around rowing, despite her spot in the top 14 at UVA.

    “Maybe rowing is important to me, but it isn’t going to be my life,” Jones said. “I think that is really hard to face, because you can love something so much, but you have to realize that after college, it’s not doing anything for you except for being a fun pastime.”

    With Penn’s strong financial aid, large group of sophomore transfers and great academics, it seemed like the perfect choice.

    “I want to be a leader somewhere,” Jones said. “I want to do more things with my life than just major in rowing.”

    Despite the weaker and less intense team, Jones has never looked back or questioned her decision.

    “I always wanted to try to go to a really high-level institution. UVA is a good school, but it doesn’t compare to here,” she said.

    “I feel like I am in a real place, I’m not just rowing, rowing, rowing. I’m like, ‘Oh, employment. Oh, friendship. Oh, you’re from here.’ Here, you have pressure to expand and to meet other people.”

    For Jones, the transition was anything but easy, and TSO made the process easier.

    “[TSO made clear that] we know you’re not freshmen, we’ve been there, and we know you guys can do this,” Jones said.

    For Jones, the decision to transfer was more than just switching schools. It was about changing her life trajectory and reorganizing priorities.

    Every transfer, athlete or not, has their own story to share. Whether a desire for stronger academics, a financial struggle or something else brought the student to Penn, arriving at 34th and Walnut does not solve all the problems.

    “I think part of it is a struggle, you know?” Jones said. “You struggle at your old school, and you want to come here anManchester City defender Joel Latibeaudiere has moved to FC Twente.Latibeaudiere joins Twente on-loan for the season."We were in need for defenders, so we are happy that Manchester City and Joel were open to a loan agreement," technical director Ted van Leeuwen told the Twente website.The 19 year-old is yet to make his league debut for City.d do well.

    “Maybe you do have to struggle a little bit [here].”

    Perhaps it is that struggle that makes transfer students appreciate Penn in a way that those who enter as freshmen never can.

    When Becker came to Penn four years ago, there was nothing in place to help him transition into the Red and Blue as a transfer.

    “I don’t think they did anything special really to integrate transfers,” he said. “Coming in as a transfer is a little bit tough, because they treat you as a freshman for certain things, but not others. Overall, I’d say it could be improved.”

    And improved it has been. TSO is made up of a group of students who have transferred into Penn and are devoted to helping those going through the same process now.

    It is all too easy to overlook transfers because they do not fit neatly into a mold. Whether the motivation is financial, academic or anything in between, the 150 or so new non-freshman students that walk onto this campus every year are ready to start over, even while their peers are already acclimated to Penn.

    Max Polkinhorne, Katelynn Mudgett, Ryan Becker, Veronica Jones and countless others all have stories to tell — stories of struggle and triumph not discussed nearly enough.SEE ALSO

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  • Penn wrestling winning ways, sweeps pair of duels


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Football schedule sees little change in '09


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


    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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