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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • The competition before the competition: nearly all of Penn wrestling's starting spots are up for grabs

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    Sometimes coaches say every spot is up for grabs, even if they don’t mean it.

    Penn wrestling coach Roger Reina is not one of those coaches.

    Other than the 285-pound weight class, which features only one grappler in freshman Ben Goldin, every dual meet starting spot is truly up for grabs.

    “[With] the nature of the team that we have this year, we have a lot of unanswered questions in each of those weights,” Reina said. "Typically we’d have a set of core returning guys like last year when we had returning NCAA qualifiers Frank Mattiace and May [Bethea] and Joe Heyob. This year, we have a lot of new faces with the incoming freshmen, a nationally ranked class."

    As it stands now, the current freshman class has a chance to occupy seven of the 10 starting dual meet spots. Aside from Goldin, Carmen Ferrante at 125 pounds, Doug Zapf at 133 pounds, and Anthony Artalona at 149 pounds, are the current frontrunners to start at their respewster a Champions League medal.Murphy is unhappy hearing Brewster has paraded his Champions League winner's medal on Instagram and Twitter despite not having played a single minute of senior football.Murphy told talkSPORT, “That's ludicrous. What ective weights.

    Ferrante and Zapf are attempting to unseat returning starters from last season.

    Ferrc Fabregas has heaped praise on youngster Billy Gilmour.Monaco ace Fabregas hailed Gilmour after his starring role in Chelsea's 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Fabregas tweeted: "He played amazing tonight. "Personality is the most important at ante, the No. 18 ranked recruit in the country at 132 pounds, according to InterMat, will attempt to replace sophomore Daniel Planta, currently dealing with an injury and unable to compete at the Keystone Classic this weekend. As a starter, he posted a record of 2-3 in dual meets before missing two months of last season to injury. A strong performance from Ferrante this weekend could make it tough for Planta to hold off the talented freshman.

    Zapf, one of the best grapplers in Pennsylvania high school wrestling history, currently holds the top spot in the 133-pound weight class with sophomore Gianni Ghione nursing an injury. Ghione, a 2017-18 second team All-Ivy selection, was the strongest performer in last year’s freshman class, posting an overall record of 16-9 overall and 11-4 in dual meets. Despite last season’s accolades, Ghione is not a lock to start, and like Planta, could fall further behind in the race depending on Zapf’s performance this weekend.

    Artalona does not have a returning starter to compete against, with senior Joe Oliip says last season's title collapse is driving them on this season.Cameroon international Matip was left heartbroken by Liverpool's failure to win the Premier League last season, having missed out by a point to Manchester City .But he insists that hva electing to put on more weight to compete in the 157-pound weight class. The No. 7 ranked wrestler in his class by FloWrestling, Artalona has capitalized on the opening created by Oliva's change.

    According to Reina, Artalona is a near lock to start; barring injury, though, fellow freshman Jeremy Ridge and junior Jake Lizak are still in the competition.

    Oliva’s move to 157 pounds will not guarantee him a starting spot. Junior Jon Errico, who challenged Oliva for the starting spot last year, will once again push the senior captain.

    “The sport of wrestling always requires continued hard work, discipline. You've always got to improve year to year,” Oliva said, on once again battling for his starting spot. “We always have a lot of talent in the room, and everyone contributes in different ways, but at the end of the day, there’s going to be 10 guys that compete in dual meets.”

    The most wide open weight class is at 184 pounds. It features a tight three-way battle between sophomore Ryan Farber, junior Jalen Laughlin, and senior Robert Ng. All three struggled at points last season, posting a combined record of 3-18, though Laughlin only wrestled in three matches.

    With no clear frontrunner, Reina is eager to use the upcoming tournament as another evaluative tool in determining the eventual starter.

    “This weekend at the Keystone we can enter as many guys per weight as we like,” Reina said. "Our selection process for who ends up getting the starting nods is a combination of the Michigan State Open, the wrestle-offs we’ve had this past weekend, and then the Keystone Classic. Then we are going to evaluate based on that body of work who will be starting in dual meets.”

    The only other three-way battle for a starting spot occurs at the 197-pound weight class between seniors Patrik Garren and Tyler Hall, in addition to freshman Greg Bensley. Hall had a far better record than Garren in dual meets last season even before Garren went down with a season-ending injury. Still, neither are entrenched as starters, giving Bensley a chance to overtake both of the upperclassmen come dual meet season.

    With the graduation of a number of all-time greats in addition to the influx of talented freshmen, Reina will have a lot of tough decisions to make when selecting the 10 starters. With the first dual meet only a week and a half after the Keystone Classic, the upcoming slate of matches could go a long way in determining how Reina and his staff fill out the lineup.

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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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  • Ivy title on the line for Penn women's tennis

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    In coach Sanela Kunovac’s first season in 2009, Penn went winless in the Ivies for the first time ever.edly made it clear that there is no future for Sanchez at Old Trafford.The Chile international was sent out on loan to Inter Milan for this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there's no way back for him, says the Daily Express.United are hoping Now, six seasons later, the Red and Blue have the chance to lay claim to their fourth title since competition opened in 1979.

    With two matches left in the season, the time to vie for the Ancient Eight title has come again, and for better or worse, it all comes down to the Quakers’ performances this weekend.

    “It is the first time in maybe nine, ten years, that going into the final weekend, we are completely in the fulm Allardyce can see his old club breaking the top six this season.Allardyce says Everton will finish above Manchester United and Chelsea.“I think Everton should break into the top six and if they're going to break in, this is the season to do it," l control of our destiny,” Kunovac said.

    Sitting in a three-way tie for second, the Red and Blue (10-7, 3-2 Ivy) will go up against the New York contingent of the Ivy League in Cornell and Columbia. The Big Red (14-7, 3-2) join Penn in second place as the Lions (14-5, 4-1) stand alone in first place with a lone loss to Yale.

    If the Quakers can defend their home courts this Friday against Cornell and escape from Columbia with a win as well, they guarantee themselves at least a share of the Ivy title.

    A quick glance at ITA rankings confirms that No. 52 Penn will face stiff competition in No. 63 Cornell and especially No. 34 Columbia, but time and time again, the Ancient Eight has showed that anything is possible.

    “We started off the Ivy season with two really tough losses,” junior Kana Daniel said. ”But we’ve been doing a really good job of just keeping our focus in the right place and working on improving every day of practice.”

    Throughout the season, Kunovac and her team have stressed the importance of their training. Now is the time to see if all that hard work has actually paid off.

    “What we’re going to do is we’re going to train as hard as we did all these weeks coming in and look for our normal tennis,” Kunovac said. “Nothing extraordinary, but our normal should be good enough to put us in the running.”

    “At this point it comes down to trusting our training,” she continued. “I feel like a champion team is one whose average is going to get them there.”

    There is no doubt that there will be at least one championship team on the court when Columbia and Penn confront each other on Sunday, but if the Quakers can pull off the upset, there may very well be two.

    For some of the Red and Blue players, however, a win over the Lions may not seem like an upset but a sign that all is well in the tennis world. Sonya Latycheva, the team’s lone senior, has not forgotten Penn’s 5-2 triumph over the Lions from last season.

    “I still have that in the back of my head,” the Toronto native said.

    Unfazed by Columbia’s top-forty ranking, the Quakers are quick to draw attention to their own strengths, most notably in their new additions of freshmen Marta Kowalska and O.J. Singh.

    “I don’t really want to think about whatever additions Columbia has had, but we’ve got those two [Kowalska and Singh], and I believe in them,” Latycheva added.

    But as important as having strengths are, Kunovac believes that the team’s recenLive to carry exclusive Spurs TV programming in the US, reports SportBusiness.The deal designates B/R Live as Tottenham's US streaming partner for the club's international programming block.Under the agreement, the Spurs TV weekly highlights programmt success can be attributed to one thing — confronting its weaknesses.

    “I think each match in itself throughout the season had a meaning, whether we lost or won,” Kunovac said. “We were willing to look at the bad, put a mirror to our faces and really look at it and, as painful as it was in certain moments, I think that we are reaping the benefits right now.

    “It’s good to be at this level in the Ivies right now.”

    This weekend, they'll find out exactly what that level is.

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  • Higgins | Most wonderful time of the year for Penn Athletics

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    The date was April 13, 2014.

    Those of you with keen memories will remember this day as the Sunday of last year’s Fling weekend. For most of Penn’s student body, this particular Sunday is spent in various states of detoxification, paying homage to Gatorade, Advil and greasy bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches after a week’s worth of debauchery.

    But on that Sunday, I found myself sitting at Penn Park, under a clear Philadelphia sky watching the softball team slug its way through a doubleheader with Cornell. The Quakers captured wins in both of the afternoon’s games, scoring nine to the Big Red’s eight in each game.

    The numbers on the scoreboard are beside the point, though. Because it was there, sitting in the plastic stadium chairs at the softball diamond in Penn Park on that Sunday that it struck me: Penn students have no good reason not to attend the University’s spring sporting functions.

    Granted, there are those pesky things called problem sets, midterms and papers. But there is also this little thing called procrastination. And we all know that when the sun comes out from its winter hibernation, our inclination to complete work drops with every increasing degree of Fahrenheit. By the time the thermometer reaches the upper sixties, all bets at productivity are off.

    Plus, Penn’s roster of spring sports teams is good. Like, really good. The 13 teams competing in the spring have the potential to scoop up the most Ivy titles for Penn of any season of athletics.

    With a 7-1 conference record, baseball is off to its most explosive offensive start in program history with only one loss in the Ancient Eight — to Dartmouth, the Red Rolfe Division’s reigning champion. Last weekend, the team notched 13 home runs and 52 runs in four games. That’s almost madness.

    Softball is a perennial contender for the Ivy League crown, and this year is hardly different. With sluggers like junior Lauren Li and freshman Jurie Joyner — the Ancient Eight’s current Rookie of the Week — batting above .400, the action on the diamond won’t disappoint.

    Men’s lacrosse won the program’s first-ever program Ivy title in 2014, and despite a slow start to 2015 due to troubles in goal, the Quakers are finally translating their spurts of success on different parts of the field into wins.

    Women’s lacrosse, on the other hand, is nothing short of a dynasty. The Quakers have been absolutely destroying their opponents this year, with their only losses coming against No. 1 Maryland and No. 6 Northwestern.

    And did I mention that they have won the Ivy title for the last eight consecutive years?

    Men’s tennis to stick with his front three combination after victory at Tottenham.After the front three of Abraham, Mason Mount and Willian tormented Spurs all afternoon, the towering frontman loves the flexibility he and his team-mates are showing… even if it hit its way to its highest Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking in program history — No. 39 — back in February. Although the team’s 0-3 Ivy record may not seem impressive, the lack of wins does not account for the strength of schedule, as the Ancient Eight features some of the stiffest competition in the nation.

    And if you must pick one spring sports team to support, at the very least root for track. Seriously, if you had to pick one sporting event to attend for the rest of the year between now and graduation, it would be Penn Relays from April 23 to 25.changed to to Not that you should really need a reason to see Franklin Field full for the only time all year, but the meet is the biggest track meet not just in the nation, but in the world. And it’s Penn Relays!

    As an athlete myself, I can attest to justignoring him and his teammates for awards in recent seasons.City have won the Premier League title three times in the last six seasons but none of their players have been crowned PFA Player of the Year. Sterling, who was named PFA Young Player of the how great it feels to see your friends, or really just anyone between the ages r City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season's fixture list.“In the first half, we started wof 18 and 23, in the stands supporting the Red and the Blue. Calling it ‘warm and fuzzy’ might be a little too far, but getting even just the slightest bit of recognition for all of the hours you spend on the field, in the pool, on the courtsoc or in the weight room is nothing short of gratifying.

    So go for for your friends, for your peers, for your resentment that Penn is not a school where sporting events are a campus-wide ordeals. But really, just go.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Mixed results end Penn men's tennis' year

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    It wasn’t the end the Quakers were looking for.

    Over the weekend, Penn men’s tennis closed out its season with three matches over three days, losing to Columbia at home, and then beating Binghamton and losing to Cornell on the road.

    While their 2-5 league record marks a one-game improvement from last season, it’s not what the Red and Blue had expected, nor what they had hoped for after starting off 2-0, a start which included a win over Princeton.

    “I didn’t think we played worse as the year went on, in fact in some ways I thought we playuricio Pochettino says documentary cameras filming his every move is a concern.Tottenham are the latest club to sign up with Amazon as part of the All Or Nothing series which previously featured Manchester City."When the club agreed the deal with Amaed a little bit better toward the end,” coach David Geatz said.

    “The competition was a little better at the end. We played the two best teams in the Ivy League [Columbia and Harvard] at the end of the year,” he added.

    On Friday, Penn ran into one of those teams: No. 19 Columbia, a behemoth which was on a 16-match win streak and which had dropped just one point in league play going into the match. The Lions routed the Red and Blue, 4-0, yielding only one set in total — to freshman Matt Nardella . Columbia went on to win its 11th Ivy League title — and its first since 2010 — over the weekend, as it finished undefeated in league play.

    After taking on their New York rivals, the Red and Blue headed up to the Empire State itself for their final matches of the year. Saturday was a more successful day for the Quakers, as they dropped Binghamton for the second straight year, taking the two through five-spot singles matches to win, 5-2. Penn finished 5-9 in nonconference play.

    No. 52 Cornell represented Penn’s final chance to finish with its best Ivy League record since the 2007-08 season, a feat it missed narrowly, losing 4-3. Penn took three singles matches on the backs of senior Zach Katz, sophomore Vim de Alwis and Nardella, the last of whom picked up his 13th win of the year. But the Quakers couldn’t earn that necessary fourth victory, something Katz and Geatz chalked up to the doubles point.

    For the three seniors on the team — Katz, Nikola Kocovic and Andrew Berman — Sunday marked their last day of Ivy League tennis.

    “[It’s] bittersweet,” Katz said. “I’m definitely going to miss it. It’s not the way you ever want to stop playing the sport you’ve been playing since you were four years old, but I’m happy to turn a new chapter.”

    Geatz praised the outgoing seniors, stopping especially to single out one of his co-captains, Katz.

    “Zach Katz is the best player in the Ivy League,” he said, noting that Katz didn’t drop a match in conference play.

    “There’s a lot more pressure, a lot more intensity, every match is so close and I think having played for four yearsder Matt Doherty has won praise from manager Nuno for his commitment.Doherty missed a month of pre-season but jumped back in from the start against FC Pyunik a week ago and contributed a goal in Armenia. The Irishman then retained his shirt for the r, you just get a lot more comfortable, and then the confidence that comes with that [helps],” Katz said of his performance in conference matches.

    While the five-game skid to end Ivy play left Penn with a bitter taste, with just three outgoing players, a strong incoming recruiting class and some play 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 Financers returning from injuries next year — including Ismael Lahlou, who filled the No. 3 singles spot last year — the Red and Blue have something to look forward to.

    “With good recruiting classes, coach Geatz and coach [Ty] Schaub will definitely have a nationally ranked program soon,” Katz said.

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  • Penn sprint football seniors lead young team against Army

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    Seniors are generally the foundation of varsity sports teams. But for Penn’s sprint football squad, they’re more like the mortar holding everyone together.

    The sprint football seniors, all eight of them, will take to Franklin Field this Saturday to lead a very young Penn team (2-1, 1-1 CSFL) against undefeated Army (4-0, 3-0).

    The leadership of the upperclassmen has been crucial this season for a team that has twice as many freshmen as seniors.

    “More than ever it’s important for the seniors to set the example for these younger guys,” senior wide receiver Whit Shaw said.

    The example the upperclassmen have set has been well received so far, as the Red and Blue have played all three games this season down to the wire and are riding a two-game winning streak.

    “Each week we’re getting better,” coach Bill Wagner said. “Hopefully we’ve matured enough to eliminate those mistakes that can cost you, penalties and turnovers.”

    For the upcoming clash with Army, however, the Quakers will need more than good ball security. The Black Knights’ offense has been on a roll, piling up over 48 points and 340 passing yards pe Rino Gattuso defended goalkeeper David Ospina after defeat to Lazio.Ciro Immobile caught Ospina in possession to score the late winner.“I did ask the team to play out from the back and use the goalkeeper as an extra pair of feet, so I cannot complr game.

    “We’ll have to control the game somehow — the run game as well as the short passing game — to really burn up a lot of time and get into position to score,” Wagner said. “Defensively we’ve got to create some turnovers because I expect them to pass the ball 40-50 times from a no-huddle offense the whole game.”

    That could pose a problem for Penn’s young defense that has shut down the ground game this season but struggled against air attacks, giving up over 240 passing yards a game.

    “We’re going to have to bring the hit to them … step up our pass defense,” Shaw said. “Army’s been throwing five or six touchdown passes a game. We’re going to have to at least cut that in half.”

    That effort starts with the seniors. They’ll need to be both good leaders and good players this weekend.

    “It’s reUnited, who drew a blank in defeat at Bournemouth, are ready to make a move for 23-year-old RB Leipzig hit-man in the January transfer window in an effort to beat their Anfield rivals to one of Europe's most highly-rated finishers, says the Mirror.Weally important that our four senior captains step up and really have a great game to encourage the young kids,” Wagner said. “They need to show it not onlyortable 3-0 win over Norwich City.Diogo Jota made it five goals in three days with a brace against the Canaries, following up from hat-trick in Europa League.Raul Jimenez also got on the scoresheet as Wolves kept the pace with their top-four rivals.A on the field but they have to continue to support and encourage and keep that level of intensity up no matter what happens.”

    Facing an older, more experienced Army team could be the Quakers’ Achilles heel, unless Penn’s upperclassmen can fuse this group together quickly.

    “It takes every one of the seniors,” Shaw said.

    Wagner is confident in his team’s abilities, despite its youth.

    “We can beat this team,” he said. “We just have to play one of our best games.”

    If the seniors can keep this team together until the end Saturday, the Black Knights may find themselves running into a brick wall.SEE ALSO

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  • Ghosh | Penn women's basketball setting stage for future success

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    The potential is there.

    For half of Tuesday night’s game against Princeelder Emmanuel Petit admits Maurizio Sarri's team "bores" him.Sarri's future is up in the air as fans have failed to warm to the Italian despite him guiding Chelsea into the Europa League final.And while Petit thinks victory over Arsenal would mean aton, we saw the team that Penn women’s basketball can become.

    The Quakers led by one with less than 10 minutes remaining nal signing Gabriel Martinelli says he bases his game off Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.The highly-rated 18-year-old completed a £6m switch from Ituano on Tuesday.Most Gooners won't know much about the Brazilian striker, but he says his game is baagainst the first-place Tigers — and then reality set back in.

    The box score will show another double-digit win for Princeton, but Penn outscored the Tigers, 30-17, in the middle 20 minutes of the game.

    Whether or not the Quakers’ resume is ultimately strong enough to earn them a postseason bid, they still have plenty of momentum going into next season. The key for the Red and Blue will be to turn their flashes of brilliance into sustained excellence.

    Continuity should be a huge advantage for the Quakers heading into next season, as they will only graduate two players — and no starters — this year. Princeton, on the other hand, will graduate four of tonight’s five starters.

    Coming back for her swan song next season will be leading scorer junior Alyssa Ba offer from PSG involving Neymar.The Independent says United turned down an offer from Paris Saint-Germain to swap Paul Pogba for Neymar.Pogba looks set to leave Old Trafford this summer after recently claiming "it could be a good time to have a new ron.

    Baron’s scoring average took a dip this season but she is shooting at the highest percentage of her career. Meanwhile, her rebounding and assists numbers have been up in each of the past two years.

    “She’s becoming the full package, and I think at the end of next year you’re going to see that complete player,” coach Mike McLaughlin said.

    Baron will continue to have help in the backcourt from freshman guard Keiera Ray. Ray’s 31-point performance in Penn’s home win against Harvard showed she can take over against top Ivy teams.

    Sophomore Kara Bonenberger is fresh off a double-double against Yale, while junior Meghan McCullough, who was penciled in as the starting point guard before the season began, will return next season from a torn ACL.

    That also doesn’t include the countless role players that will be returning and the possibility of the emergence of another freshman like Ray this year.

    The Palestra has also emerged this season as a tough destination for any Ivy opponent. Penn finished 5-2 at home this season, including a signature win over second-place Harvard.

    The flashes of brilliance have taken a two-win team and turned it into a third-place team after only three years. But to take that final step to be a title contender, the Quakers still have room to grow.

    One place to begin for the Red and Blue is to bring their end-of-game intensity to the opening tip.

    After the Princeton game, Baron talked about the team’s resiliency in the face of adversity, a trait that will serve them well in the future.

    But all three of Penn’s most recent losses followed a similar script: the Quakers dig themselves a big hole, then play brilliantly to close the gap — only to fall short when they run out of steam.

    That being said, the future is bright for the Quakers.

    Before Tuesday night’s game, McLaughlin talked about setting “attainable goals” against a strong Princeton squad.

    Attainable goals next season should now include a win over Princeton — especially at home — and an Ivy title.

    TIM GHOSH is a junior finance and computer science major from Rochester, N.Y. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Men's soccer falls after Dartmouth's Lucky strike

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    Sometimes, in a close match, it pays to be Lucky.

    That’s likely how Dartmouth felt after beating the Penn men’s soccer team, 2-1, at Rhodes Field Saturday. Big Green striker Lucky Mkosana scored on a penalty kick awarded after a dubious call, and the Quakers never saw the light again.

    “I was in front of the guy when it happened,” said Penn captain Thomas Brandt, who was as surprised as the 439 fans in the stands when the foul was called.

    “[The referees] said he was tripped — it rarely gets called but was this time,” he added.

    Coach Rudy Fuller called it “a soft penalty.”

    The loss put the Quakers (6-5-2, 1-2 Ivy) at sixth in the Ivy League, but their coach still believes they can win the championship.

    “This is definitely a year where you can win with two losses,” he said.

    Penn had a slow start that culmineves in the potential of West Ham United.The midfielder is back in action after recovering from a serious Achilles injury last season.He told sport.ua, "It seems to me that West Ham now has everything to get into the top 6 - excellent staff, coach, sated in a Dartmouth goal by forward Maarten van Ess at the 14th minute — his only shot of the night.

    But Fuller’s team regrouped and tied the game, 1-1, five minutes later thanks to star midfielder Christian Barreiro’s sixth goal of the season. The strike came off a Penn corner that resulted in a wild sequence of play inside Big Green’s 18-yard box, including a series of blocked shots and changes of possession.

    It only took one minute, though, before the penalty kick was awarded to Mkosana, who leads the Ivy League with eight goals.

    At the time, with 70 minutes remaining in the game — 70 minutes that Penn dominated possession-wise — nothing seemed lost for the Quakers. Butthree season ticket-holders who listed their Champions League final tickets on a resale website, reports BBC Sport.Since 1994 it has been illegal for an unauthorised person to sell on tickets.Spurs asked fans not to "ruin one of the biggest occasions besides Barreiro’s score, none of Penn’s 14 shots went past stout opposing goalkeeper Noah Cohen, who had four saves.

    “I felt like we deserved more than one goal,” said Fuller, who was satisfied with his team’s performance despite the loss.

    “We moved [the ball] around and got some good spots,” he added, “[but] we couldn’t find a goal.”

    The Quakers had numerous opportunities to tie the game, including a .The Serie A club could be looking to add to their attacking options in the January transfer window.Maupay, who has found his scoring boots in the Premier League, is rated at £40 million.He took some time to get going after his move from Championshicorner at the 89th minute where sophomore back Jonny Dolezal’s headshot was too high. Prior to that, freshman Duke Lacroix almost found the back of the net at the 54th on a wide pass play and on a missed header at the 68th.

    Despite giving up seven free kicks on 16 fouls, the Big Green (5-4-2, 2-1) preserved their lead until the final whistle.

    Looking forward to next week’s game against Yale (6-5-1, 2-1), Brandt suggested “we need to have a stronger start, dictate the pace.”

    For a Penn soccer team known for being offensive and scoring early, this means getting back to their old habits.

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  • Carr has surgery for cancer

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    In early September, volleyball coach Kerry Carr was planning her season, making note of tough opponents like Princeton, exhausting terformance for their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.Anthony Martial's first half penalty was the difference between the sides but the hosts were guilty of squandering several good chances to level."I think after the Lrips to Florida and California and the "Dig Pink" breast cancer awareness event for Penn's home match against Dartmouth on Oct. 24.

    That's when the 40-year-old mother of two remembererevealed they tried to complete a deal for Hakim Ziyech in January.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join the Blues at the end of the season after the club agreed a £37million deal with Ajax.“We tried and it was not possible," the Blues boss tod that she was a couple months overdue for her mammogram and went in for one.

    Her doctor was concerned about spots on the X-rays and proceeded to perform a biopsy, after which he called Carr and her husband into his office to deliver the news. She had ductal carcinoma in situ - non-invasive breast cancer localized in the milk ducts, a non-life-threatening form of cancer but one which increases the risks of an invasive cancer in the future.

    "I was in shock," she said. "I sat there thinking to myself: 'I'm healthy, I feel 100 percent. They must be talking about someone else - this isn't me.'"

    At first, she was scheduled for a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous growths, but a subsequent MRI found more spots in her breast.

    "I took that news harder than anything else," she said. "Because I was ready for the lumpectomy, I had my gameplan and for the game to change like that . that was when I just lost it."

    Carr was then faced with a decision: Have the lumpectomy, or get a prophylactic mastectomy, in which surgeons would remove the entire breast in order to prevent the cancer from returning or spreading.

    While not an easy one to make, the decision for Carr was clear: Remove the whole breast.

    "I'm an aggressive coach and that's how I want to treat this cancer - I want to attack it aggressively," she said. "It's just easier to do this. I don't have to take hormonal drugs or get radiation on the other breast for years; my normalcy of life is better."

    The surgery, a 10-hour procedure that included both the mastectomy and the reconstructive work, was performed yesterday afternoon and was expected to have gone smoothly. As a result of the recovery, though, Carr will likely miss six to 12 weeks, meaning she will be out for the rest of the season.

    Assistant coach Ryan Goodwin will take Carr's place, backed up by Shawna Turbyfill, who joined the Quakers as an assistant this year.

    This will mark the longest time Carr has ever been away from the court as a coach, and she said that will but his hand up about returning to Fiorentina.Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso admits he's spoken with Batigol about a role with the club.The former striker said, “There is a lot of enthusiasm and the change of ownership really gave everyone a boost.e the hardest part.

    "You can't go out for an operation like that and be back the next day, and that's where the timing of it really sucks - no coach wants to leave their team for that long in midseason," Carr said. "And the fact that I won't be able to be with the team and have that distraction while I'm recovering and getting post-operative treatment is hard."

    In a show of support and solidarity, the entire team has bought breast cancer awareness wristbands, while some of the volleyball seniors are stepping up on the court to help fill the void left by Carr's absence. Senior Stephanie Gwin said she and her co-captain, Kathryn Turner, have shed their quiet, "lead-by-example" skins to be more vocal leaders.

    And Carr hasn't minded being vocal and open about her cancer. She has spoken to other media outlets and reached out to Penn volleyball alumni for their own cancer survival stories and encouragement.

    "It's like a scouting report of an opponent," she said. "You need to go around thinking and talking about how you're going to beat them. And the more you talk about it, the more convinced you are you'll win."

    Although her prognosis is good, Carr is still scared of the unknown, because she will have to wait until two weeks after the surgery to find out whether all the cancer was removed.

    "I don't show it around my players or coaches," she said. "I don't show it when I pick up my kids from school or when I sit down for dinner, but when I go to sleep at night and don't have those distractions - yeah, I'm scared."

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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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  • Zachary Levine: Newsflash, Joe Scott: It's about winning, too

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    It took 157 words for Joe Scott to explain his goals for the rest of the season after his Tigers fell to 1-6 in the Ivy League Tuesday at the Palestra.

    It took only six to show just how far the Princeton program has fallen under Scott's watch.

    It's not about the end result.

    "Our goals are the same every game," Scott said after the Tigers' 48-35 loss. "We're building a program where our guys know why and how. Why we play the way we play. How we play that way. And we make ourselves play that way every single game.

    "When you do that, when you become successful, you know why and how. You keep doing it over and over again. It's called habits. That's what we're building. There's no time frame for when those things are going to occur. It's not about the end result. We're building something. It's about developing young guys who are willing to do that and do it all the time."

    In Scott's three-year tenure, he's taken Princeton from a defending Ivy League champion to a program where it's not about the end result.

    That's something for the fifth-grade coach at the YMCA to say. Not the coach of a 25-time conference champion.

    And Scott has brought it all upon himself.

    It was funny to see him huffing and puffing on the sideline, not because anyone was amused by the fact that he ended the contest sounding like an 80-year-old chain-smoker, but because he was doing it at all the wrong times.

    He stomped around like a lunatic after nearly every foul call in the second half. But he barely took notice when Marcus Schroeder and Lincoln Gunn - with seconds to go on the shot clock, of course - turned it loose and burned Penn defenders to the basket.

    There had to be a part of him that asked what would happen if he just let this team play basketball.

    What would happen if he realized the only talented "point-center" he had who can make the Princeton offense funcLuton Town's James Justin as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire. The Foxes are expected to pay at least £12 million, according to the Leicester Mercury.The youngster enjoyed an excellent season for Luton last term as they were promoted to the tion is Howard Levy, sitting next to him in a jacket and tie?

    Not only is he running a center's offense without a center, but he's also running a shooter's offense without shooters. In Scott's final season at Air Force, his Falcons went 22-7, hitting at 48.1 percent from the floor. In the midst of this year's debacle, the Tigers are at a league-worst 40.9 percent.

    And it's not just bad luck that he doesn't have the parts. It's Scott's inability to land the missing pieces to fit his system.

    Or maybe the pieces were there all along.

    Maybe that fundamental center was Noah Levine, gone after wehe club.Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as an on-field leader and he's already barking out instructions on the pitch and urging for more from his teammates.And according to McTominay he is like that in training as well and takes teks as a freshman. Maybe the shooter was Max Schafer, a John Thompson III recruit who left Scott's system. Or maybe it was Blake Wilson, who left for St. Joseph's after one semester in Orange and Black.

    Maybe they all went the way of Harrison Schaen and Patrick Ekeruo, leaving a team that's had more defections than the Cuban baseball squad.

    Those guys are probably planning to form their own summer league team now, and they might even score 50 points in a game once or twice.

    It's astounding what this

    program has turned into in three years. Just listen to more from Scott after the game.

    We're just going to keep working on getting went from newly promoted to booking their place in the Europa League with a seventh-placed finish.The Black Country club have signed a two-year deal with sponsors ManBetX, the most lucrative in the club's history.Introducing the new @adidasfootball better at what we do.

    Keep working on guys being able to finish plays, make a lay-up, make a shot, make a post move.

    Never mind not being Senator Bradley's Final Four team or the No. 5 seed in the Tournament from 1998.

    This isn't even the 6-8 mess he created out of an Ivy champion with four returning starters.

    This version of the Tigers needed double overtime at home against Harvard to avoid going 0-for-the-first-half.

    For Joe Scott, fifth-grade basketball coach, it's not about the end result.

    For Joe Scott, Division I basketball coach, it may be just about the end.

    Zachary Levine is a senior mathematics major from Delmar, N.Y., and is former Sports Editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. His e-mail address is zlevine@sas.upenn.edu.

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  • Lucky number four

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    For the second time in as many weeks, the Penn men's lacrosse team found itself on the brink of going into overtime against an inferior Ivy opponent.

    And for the second time, the Quakers avoided extra time, coming out on top.

    Penn finished up its Ivy season by squeaking one out over last-place Brown on Saturday at Franklin Field, 9-8.

    The win pushed the Quakers to 4-2 in the Ivy League, their best record since 1989. During that span, the most games the team won was three.

    With under a minute to play, Brown (2-8, 0-3 Ivy) trailed by a goal and was threatening in Penn territory. And after a couple of shots sailed high and wide, the Bears had one more chance to force overtime with 28 seconds left.

    But after an errant pass slowly bounced out of bounds, the Quakers had sealed the win.

    Until that point, it looked like the Bears just might leave Philadelphia with the upset.

    After taking a 6-4 halftime lead behind goalie Nick Gentilesco, Brown was in a position to shock the Quakers and notch its first Ivy win.

    Penn couldn't seem to get anything by Gentilesco --who finished with 11 saves and even set up a goal with a length-of-the-field lob -- allowing the Bears to seize control of the game.

    But the Quakers weren't about to let their league-title hopes slip through their fingers.

    "We realizeafter Sunday's defeat.Commisso felt insulted by Nedved after the game.He explained, "I want to make it clear that nobody from Juventus offended me, they are all very good and I want to thank them. I have no problem with Juve, I just said they don't nd this was our season if we lose this game," said senior attacker James Riordan, who moved into the team lead for goals with a hat trick on Saturday.

    "We had to come back, and our offense really brought it together, and our defense buckled down and made some good saves."

    Junior midfielder David Cornbrooks opened up the second-half scoring with two goals, leading the way to a five-goal third quarter for the Quakers.

    The defense also pulled its weight, holding the Bears scoreless in one stretch for 24 consecutive minutes, including the entire tRui Patricio saved Pogba's effort to ultimately secure a 1-1 draw for the hosts.Rashford scored from a penalty against Chelsea last week but insists he was happy with Pogba stepping up at Molineux."Paul wanted to take it, it's that simple," says Rashhird quarter.

    Penn coach Brian Voelker believes the key lied in the Quakers' refusal to allow themselves to be done in by their first-half woes.

    "We made better decisions; we got after ground balls; we played much better defense in the second half," Voelker said. "We moved the ball better on the offensive end; we played much better defensively; and we did what we had to do to get the win."

    Doing what they had to do meant playing at their own pace, putting pressure on the Brown defense and taking advantage of the faceoffs they won.

    Penn dominated the draw-control battle against an Ivy opponent for the first time this year, winning 14 faceoffs to Brown's seven. Senior attacker D.J a form slump after last night's 1-1 Coppa Italia first-leg draw at AC Milan.Ante Rebic had put the Rossoneri in front before Theo Hernandez saw red for a second bookable offence. A late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Juve the draw.“We did b. Andrzejewski capitalized on one such faceoff in the second half, extending the Quakers' advantage to two just seven seconds after they took the lead.

    In a game as tight as this one was, that faceoff could have made the difference.

    Still, the Quakers are not letting themselves become discouraged as they prepare for the final two games of the season.

    "Every 'W' is a good win," Andrzejewski said. "We're just going to move on from here."

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  • NCAA spurns Field Hockey

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    The Quakers sat in silence with coaches, friends and fans, their eyes glued to the television. In the next few moments, they would hear a list of the field hockey teams to participate in the NCAA Tournament later this month. The announcements began, starting with North Carolina and ending with defending champion Wake Forest. The team strained to hear the news they so desperately wanted to hear.

    News that would never come.

    Some tears and hugs later, the Quakers (13-4, 6-1 Ivy) could finally step back and reflect on their completed 2004 season, as they gathered for dinner at Cavanaugh's Restaurant.

    They had assembled to watch the selection show for this year's NCAA Field Hockey Tournament; however, being denied a chance at the national title did not detract from this season's overwhelming success.

    "We came tonight knowing it was a slim chance," Penn coach Val Cloud said. "I can't say we were surprised."

    Still, hopes ran hig Soccer Link reports PSG chief Leonardo has made an approach to Wolves for the Spanish winger.But he's been quickly frightened off by Wolves' asking price - a massive €100m.Leonardo is keen to bring Adama to Paris, but not at the valuation Wolves ah, especially among the seniors. Fearing the end of their field hockey careers, they watched their last season at Penn slip away.

    But what a year it was.

    "When we met before the season, we set a bunch of goals for ourselves," senior tri-captain Sara Shelley said. "We accomplished every one."

    Aside from clinching a share of the Ivy League title with Harvard (11-6, 6-1), the Red and Blue also won their last eight games, seven of which were shutouts. On top of everything, they beat Princeton (7-10, 5-2), a feat they hadn't accomplished in 10 years.

    "When [the seniors] were seniors in high school applying to Penn, we were eighth in the Ivy League and the only team to lose to Columbia," senior All-American Liz Lorelli said. "And now we are the best."

    "Last year we were fifth in the Ivy League," Shelley said. "And that was considered a breakout season. I don't think that we ever thought we'd be 13-4 by our senior year."

    Every Quakers player will receive her Ivy League title ring. Four ne revealed Kompany played a key part in luring him to City - and already misses him since he left to take up a player manager role back in their homeland.De Bruyne said: “I hope his career will be just as amazing at Anderlecht as it was at City. Iof the players were further honored with All-Ivy recognition.

    Freshman defender Melissa Black was named Ivy Rookie of the Year, a title not received by a Penn player since 1985. As starting sweeper, Black played an integral role in the team's defense, which earned seven straight shutouts. Shuique Setien has risked the wrath of Gerard Pique by having the squad train in the RAIN yesterday.Setien has promised to take the squad he's inherited back to basics and this includes having his multi-millionaire players train in cold weather.AS repoe was named Ivy Rookie of the Week twice during the season. Black was also chosen for the All-Ivy second team.

    Lorelli, sophomore goalie Liz Schlossberg and junior midfielder Lea Salese were all chosen for the first team.

    Despite such honors, Cloud and others point to unity, not individual talent, as the team's biggest strength.

    "We won the big games because the team won," Cloud said. "They played so well together. It takes a team to win, not any one individual."

    "We set out our goals and got all of them," senior tri-captain Kate Murphy said. "But the great thing is that we did it with our best friends."

    Perhaps the key to these friends' success is their ability to let loose and have fun.

    "It's a self-proclaimed title, but we've got to be the happiest team," Shelley said.

    Aside from support within the team, the players express great gratitude to the parents, friends, students and other athletes who crowded the sidelines on both home and foreign turf.

    At the last game, "we had more fans than Princeton did," Cloud said. "The team really appreciated it. Knowing that everyone is behind them makes a big difference."

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