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  • Penn swimming and diving sweep Dartmouth, fall to host Yale at Ivy League tri-meet

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    home side won 1-0 thanks to a well-taken first-half goal by Brazilian striker Richarlison but the Seagulls went close after the break with Leandro Trossard hitting the bar and Glenn Murray forcing a brilliant late save from England goalkeeper JordanPenn men's and women's swimming and diving opened 2020 by closing out their Ivy League tri-meet season.

    The Quakers kicked off the second half of their season in New Haven, Conn. with their final tri-meet against Yale and Dartmouth. While both the men’s and women’s teams were able to edge out the Big Green, they both also fell to the host Bulldogs.

    The women’s team (2-5, 2-4 Ivy) earned their second Ivy League victory of the season over Dartmouth (2-5, 1-3) by a margin of 170-130. However, the Quakers fell to undefeated Yale (6-0, 3-0), losing by a score of 217-83.

    The women achieved two first-place finishes, including a 1000-yard freestyle victory posted by sophomore with a time of 10:09.10. Buroker also finished fourth in the 500 free (5:03.49), just behind sophomore Grace Giddings, who had a time of 5:03.04 to finish third.

    The women’s other first-place finish was secured by senior Serena Xue in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:20.48. Xue was joined by sophomore Hannah Kannan, sophomore Monika Burzynska, and senior Emily Layne for the 200 medley relay; their time of 1:45.46 was enough to secure second place, but they were edged out of first by the Bulldogs.

    On the men’s side, while the Quakers (4-3, 3-3) were narrowly defeated by the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) by a score of 160-140, they were victorious over the Big Green (1-6, 0-4) by a margin of 195-105. The men’s team earned six first-place finishes atop the podium and showed off their g a stake in the Championship club, according to multiple reports, states, /.last year when 49ers Enterprises, the investment arm of the National Football League's (NFL) San Francisco 49ers, paid a reported UK£11 million for a minority share in the depth of talent with 19 swimmers placing in the top three.

    Leading the charge for the Red and Blue with three individual first-place finishes was junior Sean Lee, posting victories in the 100 butterfly (47.85), 200 fly (1:47.34), and 200 individual medley (1:52.21). Lee was also a member of the 200 medley relay team that notched a first-place finish for Penn with a time of 1:30.78.

    Junior Boris Yang had a standout performance. In addition to helping the 200 medley relay team to victory alongside Lee, Yang notched the two remaining first-place finishes for the Quakers in the 100 breaststroke (56.83) and 200 brHammarby are interested in Chelsea wing-back Joseph Colley.Off contract at the end of the month, Colley is leaving Chelsea this summer.And a return home to Sweden is mooted with fotbolldirekt.se reporting Hammarby are in contact.Colley, 20, is keen and would be happy to relocate to Bajen.Talks are now underway between the defender's agent and the Stockholm club.eaststroke (2:02.69). Yang also finished milliseconds behind Lee in the 200 IM, securing second place with his time of 1:52.27.

    Freshman Jason Schreiber posted a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 breast (57.79) and 200 breast (2:03.05), finishing just behind Yang in both events and adding to the tally of Penn swimmers placing in the top three.

    Neither men’s nor women’s diving was able to finish atop the podium, but senior finished second in the one-meter dive with a score of 274.75. finished just behind Diveris in third with a score of 271.95

    The Quakers will be back in action next Saturday at Sheerr Pool to wrap up Ivy competition with a pair of dual meets against Harvard.

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  • Penn baseball enters season with high expectations and an Ivy League title in its sights

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    The regular season hasn’t even started yet, but Penn is already the team to beat.

    The 2019 baseball season ended in a devastating fashion, with the Quakers dropping from second to fourth place on the final day of the regular season and falling right out of contention for the Ivy League Championship. But that’s all in the past now, and Penn i harbours hope of joining Spanish giants Real Madrid.The former Ajax ace missed out on a move to the Bernabeu over the summer after Real raided Chelsea for Eden Hazard.But that has not dampened his hopes of Madrid being his next destination, followins topping the preseason polls from and as the early favorite to win the Ivy trophy and earn a berth to the NCAA Championship.

    Despite last season’s unfulfilling ending, the Red and Blue have a lot to be proud of. Offensively, Penn led the Ivy League in almost every hitting category, including team batting average (.334), runs (354), and hits (533). The Quakers finished the season with the second-highest batting average out of all Division I teams, and this year they intend to preserve that offensive dominance.

    One might expect that the graduation of two offensive powerhouses, catcher and first baseman Sean Phelan, could put a dent in those stats. O’Neill led the 2019 Quakers in batting average (.405) and on-base percentage (.527), while Phelan had the most hits (65), including 18 doubles and six home runs. However, the Quakers are confident that the depth of their roster will more than make up for the loss of two of their captains and All-Ivy honorees.

    “Losing O’Neill and Phelan — that was a big loss, but honestly I think they left us in a good place,” sophomore infielder Josh Hood said. “Their leadership last year was over-the-top awesome, so I think we definitely have the talent here to make up for that. And we’re in even better shape having [had] their leadership and their imprint that they left us to build on.”

    The rest of the lineup is likely to stay relatively intact, with the Quakers returning six starting position players, among them four of eight total . That list includes the 2019 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Hood, who led the team with eight home runs and 25 extra-base hits. His .331 batting average was good for fourth on the team in his first collegiate season.

    “I just plan to keep the same game against FIFA's two-window transfer ban.The only change to the ban, which was given for breaching rules for signing foreign players under 18 years of age, is that the west London club can sign U16 players from the UK during the suspension period.The plan,” Hood said. “I’ve always been the type of guy that’s always trying to get better, so I never try and look at my past accomplishments as a ceiling.”

    Fellow first team All-Ivy selection in 2019 and one of three captains, senior outfielder Peter Matt, will also look to lead the Quakers offensively. Matt was a serious threat on the basepaths last season, leading the Ivy League with 46 runs and notching a team-high 14 stolen bases.

    For a real shot at the Ivy Tournament, however, defensive development must be a priority for the Quakers. Penn had the most errors (56) and second-lowest fielding percentage (.964) in the Ivy League in 2019.

    “I will say I think we’re more athletic defensively,” coach John Yurkow said. "Our foot speed is better. I think our arm strength is better all around, so I think you’re going to see a pretty significant improvement, especially with the infield defense.”

    Penn will also feel the loss of O’Neill behind the plate, as he had cemented himself as one of the best catchers in the Ivy League throughout his four years at Penn. The starting job looks to be taken over by junior Jackson Petersen and sophomore Andrew Hernandez, who each saw some time on the field last season.

    “I don’t know if you ever replace a player like Matt O’Neill, but I’d like to think [Petersen and Hernandez] will be able to pick up the slack and do a very good job for us,” Yurkow said. “They both had very good summers in summer ball and came back and played well in the fall. I feel pretty confident about those two guys being able to fill in there.”

    The Red and Blue pitching staff will be spearheaded by senior Christian Scafidi, reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and one of Penn’s captains. Coming off a junior season with an ERA of 2.62 and 59 strikeouts, Scafidi will lead a veteran rotation on the mound that includes seniors Mitchell Holcomb and John Alan Kendrick.

    Left-hander Joe Miller will be another name to watch in the bullpen. The sophomore posted an ERA of 4.76 and totaled 41 strikeouts in his rookie season for a record of 4-1.

    A younger pitching class might be on the rise, too. In D1Baseball’s preseason poll, freshman left-hander Owen Coady was projected to receive the Ivy League Rookie th no lofty goals.Sanchez Flores said he is pleased to be returning to further develop a project that he helped with in its earlier stages, but that his primary focus is avoiding relegation."I felt happy that the team kept growing," he said."And I'm of the Year honor in 2020.

    Coady won’t be the only freshman looking to make an impact in his first season with the Quakers.

    “There’s definitely some guys who I think as the season goes on will get some opportunities, some of the younger players. I just don’t know how long it’ll be,” Yurkow said. “That’s one of the good things about having depth and having all the older guys back: you don’t really have to rely on freshmen. So it’ll be nice to sprinkle them in so they can get their feet wet.”

    There are also changes in the coaching staff this season. New assistant coach Joe Brooks has replaced Will Kaufman, who left the Quakers at the end of the 2019 season to serve as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II Erskine College.

    The Quakers’ first test will come this weekend when Penn travels to Marietta, GA to face Kennesaw State for a three-game series. Ivy play will commence March 21, when the Red and Blue host Dartmouth at Meiklejohn Stadium.

    If all goes according to plan, the Quakers might have a shot at their first Ivy League title since 1995. But right now, they need to take it one game at a time.

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

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

    But this was something else.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • New faces share spotlight in Penn women's soccer wins

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    Three games into Nicole Van Dyke’s tenure, Penn women’s soccer is firing on all cylinders. And to hear her players tell it, most of the credit should go to the first-year coach.

    After their 3-0 victory over Mount St. Mary’s Sunday at Rhodes Field, the Red and Blue were all smiles as they congratulated each other and Van Dyke.

    “She’s what makes our team,” senior midfielder Erin Mikolai said of her new coach. “Our wins are accredited to her. She constantly pushes us every game and every practice.”

    That’s high praise, especially considering how well-liked coach Darren Ambrose was during his stint with the Quakers (3-0). But given the undeniab first choice at right back, and Semedo may want to move on to seek regular first team football.Sport claims reports that Semedo is free to leave, even though Barca would prefer to keep him as a squad player.He has been linked to Manchester United, aly positive atmosphere surrounding Sunday’s matchup with Mount St. Mary’s (0-6), it isn’t necessarily surprising.

    The party got started 14:23 into the first half when sophomore Darby Mason launched a beautiful corner kick to the head of senior Paige Lombard, who spedacross the box and promptly put the ball in the back of the net from 10 yards out. It was the first assist of Mason’s collegiate career and was Lombard’s first goal at Penn since transferring from Miami.

    After the goal, Lombard was jumping with joy. She missed all of last season to injury, and her teammates mobbed her to join in the celebration.

    It would become an entire afternoon of firsts for the Quakers. And perhaps none were more exciting than those sophomore Farah Otero-Amad provided.

    The forward was clearly the player of the game. She dominated play in the offensive half and was constantly chasing down passes and winning 50/50 balls away from defenders.

    Her play wouldn’t go unnoticed or unrewarded. In a spanjust over one minute, Otero-Amad notched both her first collegiate assist and goal.

    Her assist came first, on a cross from the left that she delivered to the feet of Mikolai who pushed the ball past the keeper in the 27th minute. Just over a minute later, Otero-Amad fired a shot of her own between the pipes to stretch the Quakers’ lead to three.

    All game, coaches and players could be heard yelling her name in congratulations after great runs and plays. Otero-Amad attributed this to Van Dyke’s game plan, which she seemed to take to heart.

    “We had a lot of time and space on the field,” she said. “Our coach told us to be aggressive, so we took opportunity of the flanks and getting down line.”

    Of course, no one was more proud of the youngsters than Van Dyke herself.

    “Everything we’ve asked of them, they’ve done,” she said of the group. “They continually try to lean and grow. Very, very coachable.

    “They’ve definitely been impacting the game on the field,” she added. “And it’s equated in some tremendous game-winning goals.”

    Friday night against Temple, it was freshman midfielder Allie Trzaska who provided the game-winning goal in the 23rd minute after sophomore forward Natasha Davenport slammed in her first collegiate goal just three minutes into the contest between Big 5 foes.

    One thing that Van Dyke hopes to improve upon heading into the Quakers’ tilt with No. 10 Clemson on Fridaynders isn't fazing him.The United winger was the victim of such rough treatment in Thursday's 2-1 win against Tottenham that Mauricio Pochettino was moved to apologise for his team's behaviour.James' searing pace also saw him singled out in earlier t in South Carolina is capitalizing on after defeat at Brighton.Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have all been linked with moves away in the summer but none of those outgoings came to fruition, leaving their Spurs careers in limbo.Jenas said: "I love Mauricio and remore of their scoring chances. While the Red and Blue got off to great starts in both games this weekend, they didn’t score after the 28th minute in either game.

    Nevertheless, Van Dyke is undeniablyhappy with how her squad is performing.

    “I think the results are awesome,” she said. “But more importantly we’re just getting better and that’s what we wanna see.”

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  • Red and Blue lift off for trip to Italy

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    2014 has already been atakeholders committee recommended regulations be put before the decision-making council, reports, /.The agenda for the meeting in Zurich included an item referring to 'matches played in the territory of another member federation', and after its concln unforgettable year for Penn women’s basketball. Luckily for the Quakers, the program shouldn’t be lacking excitement anytime soon.

    Following an outstanding season in which the Red and Blue captured their first Ivy League title since 2003-04, Penn brought its summer to a close with a 10-day trip to Italy in mid-August.

    And while some may view the trip solely as a reward for the Quakers’ success last season, it’s clear that the journey is a mixture of both pleasure and business for Penn.

    In addition to spending time sightseeing in Milay're moving for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye. With the African Cup of Nations now over, talks over the Senegal international are now set to step up.PSG are hoping to do business for €30m, though French media sources suggest Everton are hiking un, Venice and Rome, the Red and Blue also played three games against various Italian and German professional squads over the course of their trip.

    “For a basketball program, number one we’re grateful for the opportunity to go and we’re grateful for the support of the alums for giving us this opportunity,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “It gives us a chance to look forward to the year coming.”

    The Red and Blue kicked off their trip in Philadelphia on Aug. 11. After a short flight to New York, the Quakers then departed for Milan where they spent three days and played their first matchup against a select team of Italian all-stars.

    With strong efforts from a number of key returning players, the Quakers topped the Italians, 69-39. Sophomore center Sydney Stipanovich led the way with 19 points, while senior Kathleen Roche, senior Kara Bonenberger and sophomore Melanie Lockett also scored in double figures.

    Over the course of the next six days, the team spent one day each in Venice, Florence, La Spezia and Pisa before wrapping up its trip with a two-day stint in Rome. The team also took a day trip to Switzerland while staying in Milan and played its final two games on consecutive days while in La Spezia and Pisa.

    The first contest against La Spezia went much the same way as the team’s first game of the international trip, with the Quakers taking down the Italian team, 78-49, behind another balanced attack. Stipanovich once again led the way with 23 points, and the Redanchester United, it's been confirmed by RBL that they've made an offer to Salzburg for the Norway striker.However, says BILD, the youngster's personal demands have stunned RBL directors.Currently on €1m-a-year at Salzburg, Haaland is demanding a s and Blue benefitted from a pair of second-half three pointers from junior Brooklyn Juday.

    Against the German team Chemcats Chemnitz, however, things would take a slight turn for the worse as the Quakers fell, 62-56. Penn fell behind by 18 midway through the third quarter and never fully recovered.

    Due to NCAA rules, the Red and Blue’s four incoming freshmen were ineligible to play and unable to travel with the team. Penn was also without forward Stephanie Cheney, who recently left the team after only one season with the program.

    Nonetheless, as the Quakers transition into a new era — one without recent graduates Alyssa Baron, Meghan McCullough, Kristen Kody and Courtney Wilson — Penn had the chance to develop its culture and players’ abilities while on the court in Italy.

    “We want to see who fits well together and plays well together,” senior forward Katy Allen said. “And obviously things will change by November, but it will be nice because it’ll be different without the four seniors from last year.”

    Though Allen did not play overseas due to her ongoing recovery from a broken foot at the end of last season, the veteran looked forward to utilizing her position as a team leader to help the squad grow.

    “Just to kind of organize drills and get people back into the swing of things, I think that’s a good chance for us [seniors] to step up as leaders,” Allen said. “I guess [the injury recovery] could be a chance for me to step up in my role on the bench and see some things that I can help the other players out with.”

    Last summer, Penn men’s basketball traveled to Italy in preparation for its upcoming season. It’s clear that the Quakers’ feedback following their experience abroad is fresh in the minds of McLaughlin’s squad.

    “Right when [the men’s team] came back, we asked them how it went and they all said they loved it,” Allen said. before the trip “I’m looking forward to it based on what they said.”

    And while the trip’s impact on the court may pay dividends in the long run for the Quakers, the personal ramifications are what matter most.

    “I think it’s a very rewarding trip for them,” McLaughlin said. “It’s something that they’ll cherish for a very long time.”

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  • Penn basketball puts best foot forward on and off court

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    Everyone knows it’s important to make a good first impression, to put your best foot forward.

    Perhaps none more so than seniors Zack Rosen, Tyler Bernardini and the Penn men’s basketball team, who have been parlaying hot starts into dramatic victories as of late.

    Most recently, it was an 82-67 squashing of rival Princeton, a game in which the Quakers built an early 11-2 lead, surged ahead by as much as 16 and withstood a Tigers onslaught.

    Befhreat of RB Salzburg in the Champions League.The Reds are facing a tricky opponent in their second game of the group stages.They badly need a win after their defeat against Napoli in the first round of games.And Klopp believes they are fully preparedore that came decisive wins over Cornell and St. Joseph’s — the Red and Blue never trailed in either game.

    In fact, Penn has not spent even a minute behind or tied in a game since it visited Columbia to open the Ivy season.

    Getting ahead early is a huge advantage to a team that relies heavily on the hot shooting of its two star scorers.

    Bernardini, especially, has been known to get streaky, meaning that when he’s on, he’s really on.

    But even more infectious than Bernardini’s shooting is the confidence and enthusiasm that emanates from undisputed team leader Zack Rosen, especially when he’s playing well.

    “It’s my responsibility to push him to play a perfect basketball game,” coach Jerome Allen said of Rosen after the Princeton win.

    Perfectionism trickles down from Allen to Rosen to the rest of the team, rising and falling with the point guard’s successes and failures.

    Indeed, the New Jersey native averages 20.6 points per Penn win, compared to 15.4 points per loss.

    The team’s success is something of a positive feedback loop: the better the Red and Blue play, the more confidence they gain, in turn enhancing their play, and so on and so forth.

    Off-court activities have also translated into hardwood success, as players — as well as Penn Athletics and The Daily Pennsylvanian — have put considerable effort into reaching out to the Penn community and cultivating student interest.

    Theand in a foreign land. But Raul Sanllehi, after so many years being kept away from the spotlight, is finally receiving the public appreciation he deserves.Kings of the summer market? It's hard to argue otherwise. Particularly when talking just Premie team’s two most recognizable stars — Rosen and Bernardini — have posted up on Locust Walk in days preceding games, conducting contests and selling merchandise.

    The ‘Puck Frinceton’ motto on the shirts being sold on Locust was a bit unoriginal, but the campaign was effective nonetheless.

    Grassroots marketing has worked: the Palestra was packed to capacity for the St. Joe’s game, and 6,385 were on hand as the Quakers handled Princeton.

    The way in which such promotional efforts help Penn on the court can be seen and felt in the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd.

    That energy flows in a downward trajectory from the fans to the players.

    “I just appreciate the overall support, from the student body to all the alumni,” Allen said. “The reality is, you tend to perform better, you tend to give more, when you know other people care.”

    The more the team continues to excite the community — mainly through winning — the more people are going to care.

    There shall once again come a time when a majority of students bleed Red and Blue.

    Thismissed qualifying for Europe this season as unrealistic and admits his side still have relegation fears."We are an awful lot of points off the teams at the moment who have got those positions in their grasp, so it's not something that occupies my te Quakers just need to put their best foot forward.

    ELI COHEN is a senior philosophy major from Washington, D.C. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.

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  • Football schedule sees little change in '09

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    It's already that time again. Just two days after men's basketball was virtually eliminated from Ivy League championship contention, the first step toward the next football season took place.

    Penn Athletics released the 2009 football schedule around noon yesterday. With the Ivy League slate secured through 2023, there was little room for surprises when the announcement was made.

    There were only two major changes from last year's lineup. Instead of going on the road for two of their three non-conference games, the Quakers will host two and travel for one this year. The other change also rests in the non-conference schedule; last year's trip to Georof Europa League qualification.Palace head into their match against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday in 13th place in the Premier League but are still eight points behind Manchester United in fifth."We are an awful lot of points off the teamsgetown was replaced by a homestay against Bucknell, which Penn last faced in 2006 when it won, 34-24, in Lewisburg, Pa a surprisingly comfortable afternoon for Barcelona given Eibar's tendency to lift their game against the big teams at home."Ipurua is the litmus test," he said."They put a lot of pressure on you."You have to be very attentive to defend-add-ons-Brentford-Folarin-Balogun.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail says Brentford have had a bid rejected for £5m plus add-ons for Balogun. The Gunners turned down an offer and the Championship promotion hopefuls could face shock competition for Ba these crosses., and Joe Sandberg was still carrying the rock for the Quakers. The then-senior rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries in that game.

    The Red and Blue have started each of the last three seasons against inter-city rival Villanova as well as Lafayette. Not only do these two teams remain on the schedule in 2009, but the games will also stay in the same venues. The Quakers host the Wildcats on Sep. 19 and travel to Easton, Pa., on Sept. 26 to take on the Leopards.

    Last year at Franklin Field, Villanova's Salim Koroma recovered a Bradford Blackmon fumble in overtime to seal a 20-14 win. The following week against Lafayette, Penn fell behind 24-0 in the first half and a valiant comeback effort fell short as the Leopards held on, 24-17. That victory gave Lafayette their first back-to-back wins over Penn since 1980-82.

    After those two rematches, the Quakers head up to Hanover, N.H., to kick off Ivy League play against Dartmouth before returning home for the Bucknell game.

    As usual, the Ivy League games will alternate from last year's sites. In addition to Dartmouth, the Quakers will travel to Columbia as well as to the homes of 2009 Ivy League co-champions Brown and Harvard.

    Meanwhile, Penn plays host to Yale, Princeton and Cornell, which all fell to the Quakers at their home stadiums last year.

    The game against Yale on Oct. 24 will be the 2009 Family Weekend football game, while the Homecoming game will be on Nov. 7 against Princeton.

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  • F. Hockey: Leopards fail to show their teeth, or a goal

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    Penn goalkeeper Alanna Butera was flat on her back, the ball bouncing a few yards away from her, and the net was wide open. For the first time this season, it didn't matter.

    The whistle after the loose ball signalled that possession was going the other way, and with little time left on the clock, the Quakers coasted to a 1-0 win over Lafayette last night at Franklin Field, their first of the year.

    That turnover in the final moments capped off a rough game for the Leopards' Laura Fabian. No fewer than three times after intermission teammates launched long passes down the sidelines to her, only to see the ball trickle past her stick and out of bounds each time.

    She didn't get overwhelmed with help from her teammates, either. Except for a 10-minute stretch early in the second half, the Quakers (1-4) won the possession war. They took eight shots on goal to the Leopards' one, despite Lafayette's four penalty corners. Penn had three.

    "Obviously it was tough to get goals at both ends today," Lafayette coach Andrew Griffiths said.

    Senior forward Kara Bolger, who scored Penn's only goal off a rebound in the first half, said the game was a tightly controlled affair, at least on the Quakers' end.

    "There was so muovic.The off contract LA Galaxy striker is in negotiations with Milan about a celebrated return next month.But Monza chief Galliani told TMW: "Zlatan is a clever guy. "Not even his agent Mino Raiola knows where he will go and he always tells me: 'Calch composure today," Bolger said. "Nothing frantic. We didn't give up any stupid fouls, it was all really smart play, and I think that was really clear."

    "I'm trying to get them no qualms about Adrian replacing Alisson in the Liverpool goals.Alisson injured his calf against Norwich City on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp confirming he will miss the next few weeks of action.Adrian replaced the Brazilian at Anfield and Alexander-Ar to put a lot of pressure on without fouling. Let them do the fouling; let us get the corners," Quakers coach Val Cloud said.

    The Quakers now head into Cornell on Saturday with a win under their belts, even if it only came by a solitary goal. The Big Red are 1-0 in conference play and boast a plus-4 goal differential, the only Ivy team on the plus side in that category.

    "What I liked about today was we were really working on getting the ball in the middle today, and we really did," Cloud said. "Maybe not as much as I had hoped, but much, much better."

    The Leopards may have played hard, but playing smart was a different matter. Lafayette made a push in the final minutes, but wild passes and hasty decision-making didn't help the cause.

    Fabian finally did corall a ball deep in Penn territory, but decided to drive 30 yards into the corner before trying to finns hurling abuse at Jesse Lingard after their FA Cup win at Derby County.Lingard was targeted at Pride Park, and United have indicated they will be contacting Derby officials to see if they assist them in identifying those responsible for the appallid a teammate.

    For a brief moment, the game flashed before Cloud's eyes.

    "Luckily for us," Cloud said, "she messed up."

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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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  • Penn not doomed by winless weekend

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    With the Penn men's basketball team facing its first 0-2 Ivy League start since 1991-92, the Quakers team of two years ago came to mind for coach Fran Dunphy.

    "Two years ago we definitely put ourselves behind the eight ball with a 2-3 start," Dunphy sstoph Freund is happy for Erling Haaland over his move to Borussia Dortmund.Haaland chose to join BVB after Manchester United pulled out of talks over agents and adviser demands.Meanwhile, Freund said: "It is incredible how Erling grew up with us andaid. "We had a group of really good guys who were able to turn things around and put it behind them."

    The 2001-02 team fell behind in the beginning of conference play with losses to Harvard, Columbia and Yale. After the loss to the Elis on Feb. 8, the Quakers had no choice but to win all of their remaining contests to keep alive any hope of an Ancient Eight title.

    Led by then-juniors Ugonna Onyekwe, Koko Archibong and Andrew Toole, the Red and Blue finished out the season with a nine-game winning streak, defeating Yale in the championship game of a three-team Ivy playoff to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

    This year's Quakers could still mathematically tie for first place in the Ivies if they lost another game. But for all intents and purposes, another loss would likely spell the end of the Quakers' run at a third consecutive title.

    "We're in a situation that we need to refocus," Dunphy said. "Only time will tell if this particular group will overcome the adversity that we now face."

    The Quakers actually did start out 0-2 in conference play during the 1989-90 season, Dunphy's first year at the helm. Penn lost at Princeton and at Brown before earning a weekend split against the Elis, eventually finishing third in the Ancient Eight.

    However, Dunphy said that he will not take anything specific from his first year with the Quakers to implement with his current team.

    "We are going to completely focus on what we have to do this season, which is take each game at a time, starting with this weekend," Dunphy said.

    While Dunphy contended that the toughest road weekend of the Ivy campaign is now behind them, he did not underplay the rest of the league schedule.

    "Any time you go on the road in this league they're going to be tostill in the building process, despite an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City.Ederson allowed Anthony Martial to fire United into a first half lead despite getting a hand to thelub winning the double.The Reds marched on in the FA Cup after defeating Everton in the third round at Anfield.The Reds were fielding a weakened line up with several youngsters, but still got the better of their experienced counterparts. Teenager Cur France striker's shot.In the second half his mis-control almost saw ugh games," he said.

    Senior captain Jeff Schiffner believes that whatever happens to the Quakers rests on the character of the team now, not methods of motivation from past years.

    "We have our backs to the wall a little bit, but we'll see how we respond," Schiffner said after the Brown loss. "That's what character teams are made of and we'll see what we got."

    One thing that the Quakers need to focus on is a more consistent output of scoring, especially as the game approaches the final minutes. In the majority of its games, Penn has gone through long periods with little or no offensive production, compensating these scoring droughts with brief runs.

    "It's the nature of the sport to go on runs," Dunphy said. "You just hope that your runs go on longer than theirs."

    But Penn's ability to sustain leads this season is lacking when it matters most. While the Quakers have outscored opponents in the first half by over 40, they have been outscored in the second half by four.

    "We certainly could be a bit more consistent on things generally, especially toward the end of games," Dunphy said. "Against Brown we made a couple of great runs but then could not prevent them from coming back."

    Junior Tim Begley leads the Ivies in three-point accuracy, making 46.2 percent of his shots from behind the arc. Senior center Adam Chubb leads the league in rebounds, averaging 7.4 boards per game.

    These rebounds do not always translate into points, however, as Penn frequently comes up empty on half-court sets in which its guards do not get open. A look at the team's 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio indicates that there is room for improvement on offense.

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  • Hawks remain perfect with Big 5 victory over La Salle at Palestra

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    When informed that his high-flying Hawks had become the first college team in seven seasons to start a season with 20 consecutive wins -- No. 2 Stanford would match the feat just hours later -- Phil Martelli sounded pleasantly surprised.

    "Every line on the resume this team can build, I'm delighted for them," said Martelli, the coach of the nation's third-ranked team. "And when it's all said and done and my career is over, these will be some accomplishments that we will remember."

    Behind 22 points from Delonte West and 20 from Jameer Nelson, Saint Joseph's overcame a slugollected one goal and one point from their opening two games.And Zabaleta says his team must focus on the next game and not bold predictions made before the campaign begun."We just need to focus on what we're doing now," said the Argentinian, who wilgish start to trounce La Salle, 89-63, before a sold-out Palestra crowd.

    It was the seventh time this season that Nelson and West -- widely considered the nation's best backcourt tandem -- each notched 20 points.

    "The tape doesn't do them justice," La Salle coach Billy Hahn said. "Both of them are NBA players."

    With the win, the Hawks (20-0, 3-0 Big 5) clinched at least a tie for their second consecutive city-series championship. They can secure the Big 5 title outright -- their second in two seasons -- with a win over Temple at the Palestra on Feb. 22.

    Decided underdogs, the Explorers (8-13, 0-3 Big 5) sought to attack St. Joseph's frontcourt early and often, a facet of Martelli's team that has been perceived as a weakness.

    Steven Smith scored 11 of La Salle's first 19 points, playing as if he'd been licking his chops all season long for his chance against the highly-touted Hawks.

    His aggressive play throughout the first 10 minutes -- highlighted by a series of thunderous dunks -- seemed to energizeland.Liverpool hold a 22-point lead over City and are just six wins away from a first league title for 30 years, but Scholes reckons Pep Guardiola's side remain a class above them.“No I don't think they are [better than City]," said Scholes. “I s the Explorers and their rabid fans, who filled the Palestra's East stands.

    But after La Salle's Mike Cleaves sank a jumper with 8:32 remaining in the first half to put the Explorers ahead, 19-17, the Hawks responded with a 15-2 run.

    St. Joseph's gradually opened its advantage by playing like it has all season, relentlessly pressuring the ball and forcing the inexperienced Explorers -- the fourth-youngest team in all of Division I -- into numerous mistakes. On the offensive end, the Hawks shot a blistering 59.3 percent from the field in the first half.

    La Salle briefly stayed within striking distance after halftime, but as the sophomore Smith faded, so did the Explorers.

    Gary Neal, who entered the game as the fourth-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10, could muster only three first-half field-goal attempts. The sophomore guard finished the afternoon with seven points, which tied his season low.

    "He was a victim of Delonte West and Tyrone Barley," Martelli said. "Neal was the one we targeted to try and take him out of his game."

    St. Joseph's has seven games remaining in the regular season, all within the conference. Onhe Champions League."We're a big club, we've got good finances," said the United boss."But of course the longer you're out the more you suffer, so of course it's an ambition for us to get back into the Champions League, both for the footballing reasoly three of those are against opponents with winning records -- Dayton on Wednesday and Rhode Island, twice.

    "It's starting to reach monumental proportions," Martelli said of the burgeoning national attention his program is receiving. "We signed 35 basketballs last night during film session. We can't do that anymore.

    "As long as they'll stay with me for practices and games, then I want them to enjoy this. This is once in a lifetime, and all of you are getting to see a team for the ages."

    Martelli paused for a moment, allowing a wry grin.

    "And I still don't think we're that great," he added. "I think we're really good, and we're headed to great."

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  • Herrington: frosh phenom

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    Crisp shards of metallic red and blue erupt into the sky. Two flaming pillars roar, and between them emerges a six-foot, 174-pound man of steel. He calls himself "The Smackdown."Cloaked and masked, he is more monolith than man. The Smackdown, new to the WWE, addresses hordes of fans."I've been trained to become a lethal machine," The Smackdown declares. "I really do know how to hurt people."The Smackdown is 100-percent pain generator, but he is also a figment of the imagination. He is the hypothetical alter-ego of Penn freshman wrestler Matt Herrington.Herrington comes to West Philadelphia from Cambridge, N.Y., after one of the most prolific prep wrestling careers ever. His 243 victories -- contrasted to just nine losses -- stand as the national rLeicester City are in the hunt to sign Sporting CP winger Gonzalo Plata.The £20m-rated Ecuadorian is now a first team player at the Portuguese clutus have clinched the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot passed a medical on Monday and has signed a four-year contract.The 24-year-old broke through for PSG in 2013 and went on to play 227 times for the French giants, scoring 25 goals, pb.And The Sun suggests Leicester, Watford and other Premier League clubs want to sign him.Plata has 17 games, two goals and one assist this season.He only arrived at Sporting from Independiente del Valle last year, but he has already made his mark.ecord for wins in a high school career."You don't set out in your career and say, 'One of my goals is to break the national record for most wins,'" Herrington said. "At the beginning of the season my senior year was when we actually realized, 'Wow, I've got a shot to break the national record.'"With the ballyhooed record marking his steps for the whole of his senior season, the recordbreaking win was more exhale than exhilaration. It "was a really big sigh of relief," he said.Herrington's storied career started when he was 6 years old. At that point, he divided his time between wrestling, football, soccer and cross country."I got really serious in cross country for a while -- I thought that might be my sport," he said. "Then wrestling just kind of outlasted the rest of them."After becoming a member of the varsity high school wrestling team in the seventh grade -- legal in New York -- Herrington progressed into a nationally-recognized blue chip prospect.His early rise to prominence gave him a two-year head start on breaking the career-wins record. During his junior and senior years, he won two Greco-Roman national titles and two New York state championships.Penn wrestling coach Roger Reina heard about Herrington through word of mouth."We had some people in the upstate New York area who had been involved in our program who were saying, 'Hey, this is a top-level student, athlete [and] leader,'" Reina said. "He's the whole package."Herrington spearheaded the Quakers' lauded recruiting class that also featured national high school runner-up and two-time New Jersey state champion Matt Valenti. The two are neighbors in the dorms and best friends."It doesn't matter who he's around," Valenti said. "He's easy-going and just gets along with everybody."During a meet, however, Herrington puts away his amiable side and instead, puts his opponent's face to the mat. Herrington has garnered the publicity that comes with early success.Herrington is ranked No. 20 in his 174-pound weight class. Over Winter Break, he captured an individual title at the UC Davis Aggie Open. More impressive yet, he was the only Penn wrestler to advance to the second day of competition at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill."Id.United's third-choice goalkeeper, who is desperate to return from an arm injury before the season is out, has expressed his delight at signing the new deal."I love being here and clearly somebody likes me being here also, so it's good to have it so think he is at least as good or maybe a little bit ahead of many of the best that we've had come through here," Reina said.Comparing Herrington to other highly-touted wrestlers he's coached, Reina added, "He got to the round of place at the Midlands as a freshman. Brandon Slay didn't, Brett Matter didn't [and] Rick Springman didn't."Slay -- the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, that is.For Herrington, however, it's not about reveling in success -- it's about building off failure. He said that of his 243 high school victories, he could name no more than half of his opponents. But ask who he lost to and he can rattle them off as though the matches were yesterday.And that was the easy part of his career to date."You're used to being the best at what you are when you're in high school," he said. "When I come here, no one cares. You really feel like you're dumb in your classes. And when you get into the wrestling room, all the juniors and seniors are beating up on you at first."A semester into his four-year journey, Herrington admits that adjusting to collegiate wrestling hasn't been easy. But in adapting to the amplified intensity of college competition, Herrington believes that his early stumbles make for a sweeter recovery."It feels good to finally just break into some college success," Herrington said, "and know that you're not completely clueless on how to get there."For Herrington, "there" is a very ambitious place. The freshman hopes that by the time this season comes to a close, he will be an All-American. But that isn't enough.Loftier yet, he hopes that when he graduates, he will be a three-time NCAA champion."It might seem outrageous because Penn has never had a two-time national champion, but I don't see why it's not possible," Herrington said. "It's just going to come down to how much work I'm willing to put in to achieve it."

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  • Brighton manager Graham Potter has given a positiv

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    The will turn to to close games likely for the entire first month of the season at least with Ryan Madson beginning the year on the disabled list. Madson is recovering from Tommy John surgery and manager Mike Scioscia will give save chanceournemouth striker Callum Wilson is delighted to be off the mark.Leicester beat Eddie Howe's men 3-1 last Saturday, but the big positivver Tottenham striker Harry Kane this summer.The chances of Kane leaving Spurs are increasing as the North London club's struggles continue.Jose Mourinho's side have recently been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League.They also sit 9th on the from the contest was seeing striker Wilson score for the first time in eight competitive fixtures for club and cos to Frieri says he's prepared to add to his squad in January.While Smith has dismissed rumours linking Villa with Rangers' red-hot striker Alfredo Morelos, the boss discussed the upcoming transfer window."At the moment, we've got two players for each position,in his absence.

    Frieri, who gave up seven runs over 10 innings this spring with five strikeouts, has experience closing games. The 27-year-old saved 23 of them last year with the Angels. 

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  • elona youth coach is in doubt.Valdes will not be t

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    third baseman received some positive news regarding his recent td's Euros squad next summer.In his first season in the Premier League, El Ghazi has has three goals and four assists.And the two cap international feels it's time for an Oranje recall.El Ghazi told AD: "I am ready for it. The coach may find other boyhumb injury. 

    An X-ray on his thumb showed Steve Bruce admits injury forced Jonjo Shelvey off the ground in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Arsenal. The midfielder was replaced before the hour mark in a tough encounter at St. James' Park.Speaking after the game, Bruce clarified his decision."Jonjo was injured," Bruce said. "We don't think it's too serious, but he was restricted in his movement."We don't expect it to be too bad."no movement in his bone. While that’s a good sign, it was still too early to see any healing in the area. 

    Headley’s timetableench to 'head' the Clarets' late winner in a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over Bournemouth.It was the fourth goal the striker has scored at the Vitality Stadium – all at the same end of the ground following earlier efforts for Southampton and West Br remains unchanged. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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  • has defended Jose Mourinho over his decision at C

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

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

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