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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 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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  • After beating La Salle, Penn volleyball drops last two matches of Big 5 Tournament

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    With five former captains having graduated this spring leading to an unprecedented senior-less roster, it’s no secret that turnover has been a constant storyline following Penn volleyball in 2016.

    But, at least for one weekend, it seemed everything was the same for the Red and Blue.

    At the Big 5 Tournament in Philadelphia this weekend, Penn finished with identical results for the third consecutive year, beating La Salle while falling to Villanova and Temple to finish the event with a 1-2 record.

    “Definitely on paper, that’s the way it should’ve happened,” coach Kerry Carr said. “TAllegri.Allegri was pushed out of the club at the end of last season and with Juve now battling to maintain their title defence, Tardelli says Bianconeri fans are realising how important their old coach was."He was never so loved by fans, a winning cemple and Villanova finished much stronger [than us] last year and both had really good returning groups, so we knew we were going to have to play our very best to compete.”

    Penn (4-7) hadn’t lost to the Explorers (8-7) in program history prior to Friday night’s tournament opener at the Palestra, and the Quakers kept their unblemished mark intact with a comfortable victory over La Salle in straight sets – the team’s first sweep of the season.

    After becoming Penn’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since 2012 following last week’s Penn Invitational, freshman outside hitter Caroline Furrer picked up right where she left off in Friday’s home showdown, setting the tone with seven kills in ths three England contenders.Dyche hopes his side can build on that impressive run against an out-of-sorts Tottenham heading north on the back of four straight defeats in all competitions.He said: “I want more clean sheets because that's a sign you're opening set en route to finishing with a match-high 12.

    But beyond Furrer’s continued offensive dominance, a stellar team defensive effort was the story behind Penn’s success on Friday. Middle blocker Hayley Molnar had a career-high four blocks at the net, while three Quakers had double-digit digs, led by junior libero Michelle Pereira’s 13.

    Overall, La Salle was held to a miniscule .107 hitting percentage for the evening (compared to Penn’s .252), allowing the Red and Blue to keep any comeback efforts at bay in the 25-21, 25-21,25-19 victory.

    “La Salle was a lot better than last year, so I thought we did a good job in coming out, and we were able to beat them in three sets which is something that we haven’t done in a while,” Carr said. “I thought it was a really good performance for the weekend.”

    Friday night was also notable for an intriguing off-the-court showdown – first-year Penn assistant Scott Schweihofer faced off against hiswife and La Salle head coach Caitlin Schweihofer (née Rimgaila) for the fied the performance of Ethan Ampadu after victory over Azerbaijan.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard opted to allow Ampadu to join German challengers RB Leipzig on loan for his first season as Blues boss despite their ongoing transfer ban.Giggs said: "He's harst time in the former’s Penn career, enabling him to a bit of bragging rights for the night.

    “Even during the whole interview process, Caitlin and Scott – Caitlin is a friend of mine as well – were strictly professional and never let any of that into our friendship,” Carr said. “They definitely downplayed it as well; I think it was nice that after it was all done, we could be friendly and chat again.”

    Unfortunately, the emotional high for the Red and Blue would only last a day, as the Quakers proceeded to struggle on Saturday. First up, Penn took on a strong Villanova squad coming off of a 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance, and the team was outmatched from the start.

    Although Pereira provided a bright spot for the Quakers with a match-leading 14 digs, Penn had few other answers to a stacked Wildcats’ offensive attack, as Villanova (9-4) managed to secure 46 kills with a measly seven errors, hitting .394 to cruise to an easy 25-14, 25-11, 25-22 win.

    In the nightcap, Penn had a chance to play spoiler against Temple, who was 2-0 in the tournament entering the finale. But the Owls (7-3) wouldn’t allow any such lapse, making sure to take care of the Quakers early en route to clinching their first Big 5 Tournament title since 2014.

    Outside hitter Irem Asci spearheaded the Owls’ effort with 14 kills and 11 assists, as Temple took a comfortable 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 victory to seal the tournament championship.

    “I think that the Ivy League is getting better and better, so we really need to schedule those kind of teams,” Carr said. “We just take our lumps a little bit and see what we can get out of it, and we knew that we were playing with them; our offense worked against them when we were in our system. ... it’s not like we have to grow new players, so I think that type of confidence gets you ready for the Ivy League.”

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  • Penn wrestling winning ways, sweeps pair of duels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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    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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  • Tydings | Hicks starting to stick for Quakers

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    While “Hicksanity” hasn’t quite caught on at the Palestra, Saturday’s performance at Penn State displayed that it is well on its way.

    Few positives came out of Penn’s double-digit loss to a shorthanded Penn State team, but freshman Tony Hicks’ showing gave a glimpse of the Quakers’ future.

    Down, 35-22, in the second half, Hicks was the spark that brought the team back into the game. Penn strugglion to re-sign centre-back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his work at Manchester United.The Norwegian has United in fifth place in the Premier League, as well as competing in the Europa League knockout stages and FA Cup.And Beckham thinks his former Red Devils teammate has the suppNathan Ake from Bournemouth.The Blues included a buy-back cause in Ake's contract when he joined the Cherries in 2017.And The Sun says the £40m clause remains active.The news will come as a blow to Tottenham Hotspur and Ared to attack the Nittany Lions’ 2-3 zone throughout the first half, but it was Hicks’ ability to create opportunities in transition that gave his team a chance to win at the end.

    Over the course of the year, a common theme for Penn has been the question of who will produce offensively in addition to juniors Fran Dougherty and Miles Cartwright. As the duo struggled to find the bottom of the net Saturday, these questions were only amplified.

    Yet the game also provided a likely answer. Hicks presented himself as an offensive threat, scoring eight consecutive points in a four-minute span. Within this time, he drained a three-pointer, took the ball coast-to-coast in transition and silenced the 3,000-plus fans at the Bryce Jordan Center with an impressive dunk. This play displayed the substantial athleticism he brings to the Red and Blue.

    “[Penn State forward] Ross Travis just closed out too hard,” Hicks said. “I was just a little faster than him, so I drove baseline. I saw the rim, so I just rose up.”

    Now it is time for Hicks to rise up in coach Jerome Allen’s rotation. When handed the keys to the offense in the second half, Hicks ran it effectively, taking the burden off the upperclassmen. While 30 minutes per game is a lot for a freshman, he showed he is ready for additional time on the floor.Considering the team’s slow start to the year, it cannot hurt to see what Hicks can do with extended playing time.

    What’s more, the freshman has already improved his poise with the rock in his hands. After averaging three turnovers per game through Penn’s first three contests, he has averaged just 1.2 since. If his recent performance is indicative of future play, Hicks could provide stability to a team that ranks last in the Ivy League in turnovers per game.

    The Quakers have also struggled from beyond the arc — they are last in the Ivies in three-point percentage. But Hicks contributes on the offensive side in other ways, even when he is not the one sinking the treys. His athleticism can help draw defenders and open long-range opportunities for other shooters.

    Yet Hicks does not come without faults. His field goal percentage ranks among the lowest on the team, and he still averages less than six points per game. But eight games into the seaso.Marca says Barcelona are determined to sign a back-up to Jordi Alba this summer and Guerreiro is under consideration.The Portuguese would not only compete with Alba but, with his contract coming to an end in 2020, he should be available at a reasonon, his 5.8 points per contest are the highest by a Penn freshman since Cartwright walked onto campus two years ago.

    Though it may be tough to enter the program after the loss of Zack Rosen, Hicks has shown the ability to one day take over the former Ivy League Player of the Year’s role at point guard.If there is anything valuable to take away from Penn’s loss to Penn State, it is that the time of Tony Hicks may be on its way for Penn basketball.

    STEVEN TYDINGS is a Wharton freshman from Hopewell, N.J. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Men's Basketball at the midway point

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    When Penn basketball coach Jerome Allen finalized his team’s 2011 non-conference schedule, he may have had one of two thoughts.

    Possibility one: Under the veteran leadership of seniors Zack Rosen, Tyler Bernardini and Rob Belcore, mave two fullbacks on their shopping list after selling Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.The Daily Star says Spurs have been offered £27m-rated Roma right back Alessandro Florenzi as a replacement for Trippier.But Spurs will only consider a move foy team will grow together as the result of playing multiple high-caliber programs. We will go into the Ivy slate confident that we can play with any team on any given day.

    Possibility two: With a young and shaky frontcourt, my team will struggle to match up with post players from the nation’s best programs. By the time the Ivy season rolls around, we will feel tired and dejected and lack the confidence needed for grueling Ivy weekends.

    In other words, the outcome of Allen’s strategy would be a toss-up ­until the non-conference schedule wrapped up and he sat down to finally study Ivy film.

    Allen has reached this point. And he has spoken.

    “Hopefully it helps us going forward,” Allen told the media during an Ivy teleconference this week. “But to be honest with you, I’m kind of disappointed in our results thus far playing against those teams.”

    Playing the best teams in college basketball is — or so it used to be — a staple of Penn’s program. As Allen put it, “that’s all I really know.”

    Still, the jury is out on how the Quakers’ first half of the season will affect the second half. Before the season began, former Penn player and current Athletic Director Steve Bilsky expressed similar positives and negatives about playing easily the toughest non-conference schedule in the Ivy League.

    “If you [lose] too often,” Bilsky said, “you have to make sure you keep your confidence. Some people would argue that when you get in the Ivies, you’ll be better for it. Sometimes that doesn’t work.”

    Without seeing the Quakers perform against the Ancient Eight yet, it is easy to say that constant over-matchups — and subsequent losses — didn’t “work.”

    “Sometimes when you’re beaten down and you lose your confidence, it doesn’t matter who’s next,” Bilsky continued. “You learn about your players.”

    Penn played five high-caliber teams in the short span of two months. Since Allen, Rosen and the rest of the Red and Blue live and die by believing there are “no moral victories,” this squad — which certainly has no shortage of talent — needed at least one tick in the win column. Against Temple, Pitt, Villanova, UCLA and Duke, the Quakers went 0-for.

    The season started with a bang: an overtime loss to Temple in the earliest Big 5 game in history in front of a raucous Palestra crowd. Aftea boss Maurizio Sarri admits his players are still adapting to his system.Sarri has just led Chelsea to the Europa League final.He told Sky Italia, “It's not easy, because you run into some pretty strong cultural differences, in terms of mentality,r the loss, Rosen asserted that “everybody in that [locker] room wholeheartedly believed that we deserved to win that game, and we were good enough to win the game.”

    Such a statement isn’t uncommon to hear following a loss. But Rosen’s assertion after Temple was believable. The Quakers could have pulled off the victory — they were in a position to do so — but the result didn’t go in their favor. Still, there was an air of ‘this is our year.’

    But against its next top opponent, Pitt, Penn fell by 20. A struggling Villanova squad controlled the game in an eight-point victory and a drama-loving UCLA team kept Rosen in check to win by four. The Quakers had perfect opportunities to upset any (or all) of these historically powerhouse programs, but they didn’t execute.

    While Duke was not likely to succumb to an upset by Penn, the 30-point blowout and the Devils’ 20-4 opening run was troubling.

    Last season, the Quakers made a name for themselves by climbing out of holes in the final minuRoma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi is finalising a loan move to Valencia.Florenzi is set to join Los Che to the end of the season.Asked for a comment by Sky Italia, he replied: “I am not emotionally ready to talk yet."He was asked if he had something to tell the Roma fans and laughed bitterly.“I have so much to say."Florenzi is set to undergo a Valencia medical on Thursday morning.tes of games. This season, the field is stronger than ever. Penn can no longer rely on late surges to win games.

    No, to win games, this squad must prove that its tough first-half schedule was worthwhile.

    The tournament starts now.

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  • Softball stung by ’Nova in weekend rematch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • M. Hoops Tournament Recap: Out of reach

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    LEXINGTON, Ky., March 15 - The clock at Rupp Arena showed 11 minutes and 42 seconds remaining in the game. Penn had gone on a 19-3 run to take its first lead of the afternoon at 39-37.

    On Texas A&M;'s next trip down the floor, senior guard Acie Law missed a runner, but Joseph Jones slammed home the rebound to tie the game. And A&M;'s next same play saw the same result: Law missed a runner and Jones dunked the follow.

    The third-seeded Aggies never looked back from there, going on a 10-0 run and cruising the rest of the way to a 68-52 win.

    Penn hurt itself by falling behind early. The Quakers (22-9) were down 7-0 after 3:30, and did not even score until a three-pointer by sophomore forward Brennan Votel after 5:25 had elapsed - and after Penn missed its first seven shots.

    Many of those looks were open shots, too.

    "When you play against such a good team as Texas A&M;, when you have those open opportunities you have to knock down a reasonable amount of shots," Penn coach Glen Miller said. "We dug ourselves a hole."

    A&M; (26-6) used its advantage for the rest of the half after Penn rallied to make the score 11-9. First it was the All-American Law, who scoer consideration at Spurs as cover for Harry Kane. The England captain won't be seen again until April after undergoing hamstring surgery.Spurs have already sounded out Silva's agent Jorge Mendes about his availability.The Portuguese is currently loared seven straight points to put the lead at nine on a three, a driving layup, and a mid-range jumper.

    But the Aggies were also spurred in large part by an unlikely source.

    Junior Dominique Kirk had 10 points, including eight of the Aggies' first 10, in the first half. Kirk had averaged 6.5 points per game coming into the contest.

    The Quakers were down 31-18 at the half - their worst deficit and lowest first-half point total of the season.

    That first period featured such lows as a 8-for-27 mark from the field (2-for-10 from three-point range). A&M; outscored Penn 7-0 on second-chance shots.

    Seniors Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller were not ready to pack it in yet, though.

    After the Aggies extended the lead to 14 early in the second half, Penn made its run.

    Zoller converted a three-point play to cut it to 11. Freshman Justin Reilly hit a three. That brought the Louisville fans, whose Cardinals had already earned a date with the game's winner, to their feet rooting for an upset.

    Meanwhile, the Aggies were missing easy shots and rushing others. Penn raced out in transition to get closer. Zoller rattled in a three to cut the lead to 37-34 with 14:13 lefz Gabriel Martinelli trialling with Manchester United has emerged.The Brazil ace linked up with Unai Emery's side from Ituano FC over the summer.The video shows the striker getting off a bus for a match against Lincoln City's Under 18s two years ago.t.

    "They did a great job of converting those plays and we did a bad job of finishing them," Law said.

    After Jones missed a jumper, Jaaber slashed through the lane and was fouled. He got a good bounce on his free throw and tied the game.

    Then Law tried to take over again, but rushed his shot. Jaaber pulled up for a jumper in the paint and Rupp exploded as the Quakers took a two-point lead.

    Penn had a chance to extend its lead, but Reilly badly missed a three. The Quakers' next trip was the shot-clock violation.

    During that media timeout, A&M; coach Billy Gillispie made his most important coaching move of the game. He switched the 6-foot-8 Marlon Pompey onto the 6-2 Jaaber, and allowed the 6-3 Kirk to guard the 6-7 Zoller.

    Penn did not immediately respond to the mismatch, and the offense stagnated. Penn went 4:59 without a point, and the Aggies reestablished control.

    Several of those shots, including a backbreaking three by Kirk wle rivals next week.The Mirror says Liverpool will have to register any new signings before midday on Thursday if they are to face Norwich in their Premier League opener.The Reds open the new campaign at Anfield next Friday with a visit of the newly-ith 4:11 to play, came right at the end of the shot clock.

    "Coach always tells me to shoot the ball, don't worry about it," Kirk said. "So I let it rock."

    A&M; scored on three straight possessions, missed on two, and then had at least one point on 14 straight trips to end the game.

    In the end, a senior class that went 79-37 and 48-8 in Ivy League play finished its career with a third straight loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

    When Jaaber and Zoller walked off the floor with a minute to play, joining fellow senior Stephen Danley, who was limited to six minutes with a back injury, they received a rousing ovation from the Penn fans.

    "Getting taken out of the game, just knowing that there's not a tomorrow, it kind of hit me there a little bit," Jaaber said.

    And although the team does leave 11 players behind for next year, Miller will have a lot of work to do if he wants to replicate the feats of this year's team.

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  • Foil carries fencers at quad meet

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    Before the season, head coach David Micahnik wondered whether the foil, which has been the Penn fencing team's perennial strength, would continue to carry the team.

    At the Penn State Invitational on Saturday, however, Micahnik stopped wondering, as the foil lifted both the men's and women's teams to respectable performances.

    In the four-team meet, the men's team lost only to the third-ranked Nittany Lions, and it defeated Haverford and sixth-ranked Saint John's.

    The women experienced a bit more difficulty against these powerhouses, notching their sole victory against a weaker and more inexperienced Haverford team.

    For the men, the impressive upset of the Red Storm was a testament to the emergence of the foil as the team's dominant weapon.

    Overall, the Quakers posted a 14-13 victory over St. John's, while losing in both the epee and the sabre.

    In the foil, All-American sophomore Ron Berkowsky remained undefeated for the season. He was helped in large part by the emergence of sophomore Corey Purcell. Purcell went 2-0 against the Red Storm and 3-0 against Penn State.

    "This was a big jump for a guy who fenced part-time last season," Micahnik said of Purcell.

    Given the epee team's inexperience and overall lack of depth, Purcell's breakthrough couldn't come at a better time for the Quakers.

    Host Penn State's talented epee was too much for Penn to handle, as the Nittany Lions won 15-12.

    The Quakers kept the score close by winning seven of the nine foil bouts, but Penn State won eight of nine in th's injury won't change their approach to signing Pablo Mari.A deal with Flamengo for Mari appears at deadlock after the Spanish defender returned to Rio yesterday following a Gunners medical.'Mustafi was stretchered off midway through the second halfe epee and five of nine in the sabre to seal the victory.

    Haverford -- not nearly as strong as the other teams in the meet -- was unable to keep up with Penn's men and women.

    Given the difficulty of their other competition, the women performed well on Saturday.

    No. 2 Penn State's world-class sabre team took seven of nine bouts against the Quakers, leading the Nittany Lions to a 17-10 overall win.

    All-American junior and captain Katelyn Sherry -- still recovering from a broken foot -- competed in the sabre in order to qualify for later events. However, she lost all of her bouts, as she was unable to move around on the floor.

    Penn's epee and foil lost by only one bout each.

    In the foil, freshman Abby Emerson has emerged as the top fencer, posting a winning record against tough competition throughout the day, while freshman Cassandra Partyka has excelled in the sabre.

    The Red Storm -- composed heavily of international fencing stars -- cruised to an ord has given a brutal assessment of the past season.The England ace, 21, has revealed all about the topsy-turvy campaign.Speaking of the 2018-19 campaign, Rashhe five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored the 700th goal of his career and broke a new record. And now, Ronaldo has hopes to match Pele and his 767 official goals, a performance that Mendes says he can achieve.He said, "Cristiano has reached the remarkaford told talkSPORT: "It started rubbish."Midway through it got a little bit better and th18-9 win.

    "The scales were tipped a good bit," Micahnik said of the competition. "We schedule these bouts because the teams are very good and challenging."

    As Penn prepares for Ivy League competition next week, Micahnik feels that his team is primed for a strong run.

    "We're pretty much on the track that we expected to be on," he said.

    Micahnik also noted, however, that Harvard -- which beat Penn State -- will be a tough opponent.

    "We have a very compact schedule, so we have to grow fast," Micahnik said. "But our team attitude and spirit are good, so we're going to be okay."

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  • Arms race

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    Of all the sports in the world, the game which can be best explained through the numbers is baseball.

    And so far for the Penn baseball team's pitching staff, this is no exception.

    Minus-2, plus-1 and 8.57.

    Minus two arms -- the left arm of sophomore Nick Francona and the right arm of sophomore Andy Console. On a team with a medical report as long as an extra-innings scorecard, Francona and Console won't pitch this season as each gradually recovers from a torn labrum.

    Even with the two losses on the mound, there has been a big plus-1 for the rotation.

    It came as a pleasant surprise Saturday when sophomore Bret Wallace took the mound for his first career start and left after seven innings without giving up an earned run.

    The performance earned him Ivy League Pitcher of the Week.

    But overall, the outings haven't been good for the Quakers, and the result is a 3-10 record and an 8.57 team ERA.

    "We're very limited on the mound right now," first-year coach John Cole said. "And we're trying to piece it all together."

    Since the Quakers returned home from their spring trip to Florida, that process has accelerated.

    Over their eight-g are keen to make Tottenham's Troy Parrott the latest teenager to make their name in Bundesliga, according to the Daily Mail.Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman and Reece Oxford have all made moves to Germany in recent years.But Bayern aren't done with Parame swing through the Sunshine State, the Quakers allowed 12.5 runs per game and gave up at least two multiple-run innings in each one.

    But Penn pitchers have improved in the Northeast, only giving up 4.8 per game, including back-to-back wins over Lehigh of 5-1 and 4-1.

    According to Penn's captain, starting right-hander Brian Cirri, this came naturally to a young staff.

    "Now that they've gotten [some games] under their belt and feel a little bit more confident, that's a huge factor," said Cirri, who leads the team with four starts.

    Still, with the injuries and the Ivy League season fast approaching, the goal for Cole and company is to put together an effective starting rotation.

    "We're not there yet," Cole said.

    "We haven't had four quality starts in a row."

    The staff will have a "bullpen day," which will feature short outings by lots of pitching, in today's doubleheader at Lafayette.

    Last season, the Leopards touched up Penn pitching for 24 hits in a 23-7 victory over the Quakers in Easton, Pa.

    But after making that same road trip today, the Quakers will open up the Ivy League season this weekend with a home doubleheader against Columbia Saturday and two against the Lions in New York Sunday.

    Aper has completed his move to Turin, signing a deal to 2024.De Ligt: "I've always been fascinated by how Italians defend. "There are so many players that I follow as an example: Maldini, Baresi, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea. And I could go on. "I fell innd one man who will be on the mound as a starter this weekend will be Wallace, who stepped into his first start like it was nothing.

    "I'd been a starter my whole life," the right-hander said. "It wasn't something I was surprised by or nervous for."

    But Wallace wasn't starting last season. In fact, he wasn't throwing at all.

    During his freshman year, Wallace was recovering from osteochondrosis dissecans, which caused a loss of blood supply to a bone in his knee.

    Five permanent screws, six weeks of no impl midfielder has been linked with a move away, as he had lost his place in the team under Rafa Benitez.However, a change in management could bring another chance for the Englishman to show that he can be a key part of the team at the club.Speaking abact and a physical rehabilitation later, Wallace says the knee is as healed as it's ever going to be.

    "I don't know how good it can get from here," he said. "I think I might just have some permanent sort of disability."

    Luckily for the Quakers, it's not a disability that will stop him from taking the mound this weekend.

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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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  • o Lotito is adamant Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will o

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    left fielder and leadoff man stayed hot in Wednesday's 9-9 tie with the Cubs, hitting two singles and one home run in his six trips to the plate and also scoring three runs. The big per to bring David Moyes back to Goodison Park.After Marco Silva's sacking on Thursday, Moyes is being touted for an ees that Manchester City and Liverpool are currently the two best teams in Europe – and he backed the Reds to win the Champions League final on Saturday.The Scot, who was a youth player at Tottenham , said: “Liverpool have the best chance of winnimotional return to the Toffees, where 11 years in charge before departing for Man Utd in 2013.And Osman thinks it would be a good appoiformance boosted Gordon's line to .420/.481/.739 with six home runs in 6 defender Mario Hermoso is close to joining Atletico Madrid.Sport says Hermoso has one year on his deal at the club but has reached ann agreement to move to Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal worth arround €3m annually. His release clause is €409 at-bats, making him one of four starters batting over .400 for the red-hot Royals this spring.

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  • m at the table? Do Manchester United push through

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    After reprromotion to the Super League next season.He played the full game on Saturday as they beat Shanghai Shenxin 2-0 to secure their place in the top flight for the first time."Today we made history. Promotion!" Toure wrote on Twitter.The win means Qingdaoesenting Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Rockies pitcher rejoined the team and complready to bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Sun says Mignolet, 31, lost his place in Jurgen Klopp's team this season following the arrival of Alisson Becker - but has attracted interest from Eddie Howe.Howe is ready to offer regular Premeted a simulated game Tuesday, reports .com. Chacin threw five innings of work, didn't give up a run, had three strikeouts and gave up three hits. "Good results make you feel better, but I'm just building my arm -- like today, my fastball and everything went well, and that's what I'm looking for,"e remains a Barcelona player.Turan had his loan with İstanbul Basaksehir terminated in January. He said: "Now I am a Barcelona player per the contract. It was a mutual decision. I wanted to continue my contract with Barça. "I will probably continue Chacin said. "In the season is when it counts. Down here I'm just getting my arm ready."

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  • Eddie Nketiah.Bramall was scathing in his assessme

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    MLB.com reports Braves reliever , who has been sidelined by a groin injury, threw a five-minute bullpen seys the Hammers are getting an experienced Primer League manager who knows all ahford says he cannot afford to relax during the season.The 22-year-old admitted the biggest challenge, having.The 34-year-old has been out since he suffered a hip problem in late September against Bournemouth.He should be back around the new year, but the Pole does not want to rush his return."I'm all good. I'm feeling like the rehab is going in the right d made it to the highest level, is staying there and proving he is worthy of his place.He said: “It's a massive privilege.“For me, I've bebout winning games.Moyes, who replaces the sacked Manuel Pellegrini, left the Hammers at the end of the 2017-18 season."They are getting a very experienced Premier League ssion Sunday without any discomfort. He is expected to pitch in a spring game this week.

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