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  • Top 5 Penn basketball plays of the week: Harvard and Dartmouth edition


    It was an up-and-down weekend across the Penn basketball world. While the men were swept by Dartmouth and Harvard in a disappointing road trip, the women pushed their Ivy League winning streak to seven games by locking down the Palestra in two dominant wins. Here are the plays that made our top five.

    Penn women’s basketball came out of the gate firing in its win over the Crimson on Saturdayn his work goes underappreciated.He told the Brighton website, "I think it is more of an up-and-down position than anywhere else on the pitch, for the reasons I've mentioned."If you look at someone like Mo Salah at Liverpool, he has been unbelievable. The Quakers opened the game on a 12-0 run. Setting the tone for this early momentum was senior guard Kendall Grasela, who took a fast break layup all the way to the hoop using a Euro step to get around the Harvard defender.&mdashJesus to Real Madrid.The 17 year-old attacker, according to Madrid press, is joining Real this month for an initial fee of €30m.However, Jorge Jesus has rubbished the claims given the price mentioned.He declared, “Reinier cannot be sold for €30; Penn WBB (@PennWBB)

    Later on in the Quakers early run against Harvard, with the team leading 17-4, junior center Eleah Parker found herself at the top of the key. Typically known for her skills in the paint, Parker pruca Vialli is delighted to be getting involved with Stevenage Borough.Through Tifosy, where Vialli is a director, the Italian is now working with the League Two outfit."At my age today, my excitement comes from the possibility of investing in a club oved that she could also facilitate. The center fired a nifty bounce pass through traffic to a cutting Phoebe Sterba who finished in the lane.

    While men’s basketball looked out of sorts all game in its loss to Dartmouth, the Red and Blue went on an early 11-4 run to spoil Dartmouth’s early lead. Capping this early comeback effort was the effort of senior point guard Devon Goodman, who took the ball away from Dartmouth to launch a fast break and slam it home.

    After disappointing on Friday, the Quakers were able to hang with Harvard for much of Saturday’s contest, even taking a lead into the locker room at halftime. One of the key plays in building this first half momentum occurred with just over four minutes to go in the half. After an AJ Brodeur screen knocked down the Harvard defender, freshman Jordan Dingle pulled up from the three point range. Despite getting knocked over, the freshman was able to connect on his deep ball setting up a four point play.

    It was an all around stellar weekend for Eleah Parker, who tallied back to back double-doubles en route to winning Big 5 player of the week. Parker’s strong performance was not just a result of her offensive ability, as the center also chipped in on the defensive end, tallying four blocks across the two games. Parker’s best rejection of the weekend came in the second game versus Dartmouth, where the junior's block sent the ball flying into the first few rows of the stands.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn sprint football gets set to face Navy in de facto divisional title game


    Since its season schedule came out several months ago, Penn sprint football has had this weekend circled. Now, it's here.

    This Friday, the Quakers head to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy in the de facto CSFL South Division championship game. The Red and Blue (4-1, 2-0 South) and the Midshipmen (5-1, 2-0) are the only teams that are mathematically still in the hunt for the division title and a chance to face Army in the CSFL title game.

    In previous years, these two teams would be fighting for second place after they both lost to Army. But with the introduction of divisions and a championship game, this game takes on a whole new significance.

    "It's do-or-die. To get to the championship, we have to win this game," sophomore quarterback Eddie Jenkins said.

    Jenkins will be leading Penn's productive offensive unit, which has averaged 38 points and over 400 yards per game, against the stout Navy defense. Led by defensive lineman Luke Coughlin and linebacker Sheppard Wilson, both of whom have been named CSFL Defensive Player of the Week this season, the Midshipmen's defense is averaging 14.2 points against and under 200 yards allowed per game.

    The other side of the ball has an equally enticing matchup. Penn's defense has only given up more than 14 points once this season, but Navy's offense is averaging 32.5 points per game.

    Regardless of who has the ball, the matchup will be difficult for the QuaSouthampton remain in talks with Birmingham City over Che Adams.The prolific striker is high on Ralph Hasenhuttl's wish-list.Adams, 22, bagged 22 goals in the Championship last season.Sky Sports says Saints are negotiating a fee with the Blues, who want at least £16m.Southampton have had an offer of £14m knocked back.kers.

    "They're always very tough," Jenkins said. "They're very smart, they study, they watch film, they know what we're going to do. So it just comes down to us executing to the best of our ability, and being strong up front."

    But the Red and Blue have reangers during their pre-season arraAncelotti after victory over RB Salzburg.The captain came off the bench to score the winner after Dries' Mertens brace for the 3-2 Champions League victory.“I was relaxed, as I accepted the decisions of the coach and knew we needed everyone to givengements.According to the Lancashire Telegraph, the game will be played at Ibrox on the July 21st and will signal the end of their pre-season fixtures.The club had already announced games with Barrow (July 6th), Rochson to be confident heading into the matchup. After their , the Quakers have posted two straight 40+ point performances, 45-14 and 42-7 this past weekend. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders, with seven rushing touchdowns in those games.

    Moreover, Penn proved to be a much tougher opponent in its lone loss than Navy was. Both squads fell to Army, but the Quakers were able to hold the CSFL's best offense to just 24 points. On the other hand, Navy surrendered 40 points while only putting up six points of their own.

    Even though each team has another game to play after this weekend, this showdown will decide the division. With the next-best divisional opponent, Chestnut Hill, sitting at 2-2, the winner of this game is guaranteed to have at least the best divisional record and the tiebreakers necessary to advance to the title game.

    That game will almost certainly be a rematch with Army, who can capture the North Division title with a win over Cornell this weekend.

    Penn's title defense comes down to this game. If they can prove victorious, they will have a shot to repeat as champions for the first time in program history. But if they falter, the title quest will be over.

    With that in mind, you can expect the Red and Blue to give it everything they've got.

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  • Penn volleyball drops pair of five-set contests to Cornell, Columbia


    Within 24 hours, Penn volleyball played 10 grueling sets in New York. But it was to no avail, as the Quakers fell in two tight matches against rivals Cornell and Columbia.

    “We played both matches really tough,” coach Kerry Carr said. “When it gets to the overtime set, and you’re on the road, it just gets a lot tougher.”

    The Quakers’ campaign began at Newman Arena against the Big Red (6-8, 1-4 Ivy). The start seemed promising for Penn (7-10, 2-3); after holding a 12-point lead, a strong kill from junior Kendall Covington helped close out the first set, 25-17.

    In the second set, Cornell upped their game and the two teams exchanged the lead eight times. But Cornell was stronger in the closing moments, recording three successive kills to close out the set, 25-23. They continued their good play into the fourth set, overcoming a seven-point deficit to win, 25-21.

    Entering the fourth set, the Red and Blue faced a must-win situation. And, in a test of resiliency, Penn responded.

    “It never felt like we were losing even though we were behind,” sophomore outside hitter Courtney Quinn said. “We were like don’t even look at the score, let’s just play volleyball.”

    Jumping out to another seven-point lead, the Quakers controlled the fourth set. Sophomore Taylor Cooper slid the fourteenth kill of the set past the defensive line to close out a 25-17 set. The teams would play five.

    But Penn’s comeback fell short. Trudy Vande Berg’s squad quickly opened up a 6-1 lead in front of the home crowd. A 0.500 hitting percentage in the final set helped Cornell cement a 15-9 finish.

    Still, some of Carr’s players had a banner day. Quinn recorded a career high 22 kills and 19 digs, while junior Sydney Morton posted her own double-double, with 45 assists and 12 digs.

    “When you lose a five-set match, it’s all about staying positive,” Carr said. “That match can go either way.”

    Penn’s chance at redemption came the next day against a strong Columbia squad. From the outset it was another tight contest, as the two teams split the first two sets.

    In the third set, both teams had their opportunities. After trailing by six points early, Sydney Morton used creative dumps to help the Quakers draw even. As the closing moments arrived, Caroline Furrer recorded an ace to give her team a set point. And Penn converted, capping off a three-point run to win the third set, 25-23.

    Quinn commented on how common tight sets have become in the Ivy League.

    “It’s just what has become typical Ivy League play,” the Texas nepresent La Roja.Fati, 16, has risen to stardom after a superb start to the season in Barcelona's first team and there are rumours that he will be called up to the senior Spain squad in October."Right now, we don't have any plans for Ansu Fati becausative said. “All the teams are so even Neco Williams for his performance against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.Critchley says the right-back was one of the most "dangerous" players on the pitch during the 1-0 victory. "It was a brilliant bit of play [for the goal] but that's Neco," Critchthat it could really go either way each time.”

    Middle blockers Cooper and Covington did well to keep Columbia (9-6, 4-1) out of system, posting 11 and nine kills respectively.

    Unfortunately, this match wouldn’t go Penn’s way. The freshman pairing of Chichi Ikwuazom and Grace Campbell led a stronger middle attack for the Lions. After a comprehensive fourth set, Columbia pulled away in the decisive set, 15-11, committing only two errors.

    When asked, Carr praised her team’s versatility.

    “We can change our hitters around, we can change our passers around,” the 19th-year coach said. “That’s something that a young team has to get used to and I think we’re inches away from being able to do it consistently.”

    The Quakers will take two intense matches under their belt as they prepare fInter Milan whiz Sebastiano Esposito is happy with his progress this season.The 17-year-old has already made his Serie A debut and is happy where he is."I live for football and I have already achieved a lot of my dreams," Esposito told Gazzetta dello Sport. “(Antonio) Conte is impressive, he's an extraordinary coach.“Inter is a school for me, but also a family. You grow as a player, but also as a human being.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in."or a home series against Yale and Brown. Friday and Saturday’s matches at the Palestra highlight Penn volleyball’s Dig Pink Weekend. Fan donations will help raise proceeds to benefit breast cancer research.

    In Ivy League volleyball, the margins have become so small. Carr and her team will look for those extra inches to help things fall their way.

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  • Penn softball can't overcome early deficit, falls to Villanova in the rain


    Mother Nature and Villanova combined to give Penn softball an awfully rude welcome home on Wednesday.

    The Wildcats dominated the Quakers, opening up a huge lead and withstanding a late rally en route to an 8-4 victory. Villanova (14-18) provided plenty of run support for junior pitcher Kate Poppe, who dominated Penn (13-14) for most of the game.

    Sophomore Alexis Sargent tossed two scoreless frames to begin the game, but Wildcats’ sophomore Natalia Segovia opened up the scoring with a leadoff homer against Penn reliever Lauren Li in the top of the third. The visitors tacked on two more runs in the inning thanks to some subpar play from the Penn defense, which struggled throughout the game.

    Villanova added to its lead in the top of the fifth. Senior Alexis Borden retired the first two hitters she faced, but things unraveled from there. To say they unraveled quickly would be inaccurate, as the inning was halted by a brief rain delay. The Wildcats scored two runs on three hits, two steals, two wild pitches and a walk, extending its lead to 5-0.

    Villanova would pounce on Borden with two outs once more in the next inning, scoring three runs to open up an 8-0 lead before freshman Mason Spichiger came in to stop the bleeding.

    Penn finally got to Poppe in the home half of the sixth. After two quick outs to start the inning, Li worked a walk. Then, freshman infielder Jurie Joyner sent one over the right-field wall, luring a horde of jacket-clad Quakers out of the dugout and into the cold to celebrate and mob the freshman star once she had finished her trot around the bases.

    After Sargent singled and both sophomore Leah Allen and junior Korinne Raby were issued free passes, Poppe was pulled for sophomore Brette Lawrence. With the bases loaded, Lawrence on all 10 of his previous knockout fixtures as Liverpool manager and the financial rewards of reaching the Champions League final in 2018 - then winning the tournament 12 months ago - have been huge.The Liverpools-Champions-League-exit-cost-30millionwalked the first hitter she faced — Vanessa Weaver — to force in a run, and Allen scored on a wild pitch moments later. By the end of the inning, Villanova’s lead had been cut in half.

    But Penn did not score again, and the 8-4 score would hold for the remainder of the game.

    “There were definitely some bright spots at the end of this game,” assistant coach Dani Gonzales said of the late-inning push. “Hopefully we can continue the momentum with our bats and take it into this weekend. It shows that we have heart, that we have fight.”

    The miserable combination of rain, wind and cold did not provide a pleasant environment for a Penn team that had been hoping for a comfortable mid-week matchup at home following a weekend road trip.

    And the Quakers won’t get to stick around for long. They will play their next five games on the road, traveling to Ithaca for a four-game set against Cornell before playing one game hosted by a considerably more local opponent: Drexel.

    Penn has now dropped four of its past five games and is now under the .500 mark. If the Red and Blue want to turn thece Luis Suarez insists he has no problems knowing management are seeking to replace him.It's been suggested Barca are targeting Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez as a successor for the Uruguay international.And Suarez told Ovacion: "The fact that ir fortunesd their squad building after another difficult week.Pressure is mounting on Solskjaer to make January signings after Wednesday's 2-0 home defeat by Burnley.It was a second straight Premier League loss and the players were jeered."We've had one proper back around in the coming week, they’ll have to do it in enemy territory.

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


    The date was April 13, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Football schedule sees little change in '09


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • M. Squash | Navy experienced, but Penn cruises


    For all but one member of the men's squash team, Thursday night's win over No. 12 Navy was your typical 9-0 rout. But for freshman Thomas Mattsson, this victory meant a lot more.

    That's because sitting at the No. 1 spot for the Midshipmen (16-2) was his brother, Nils. But thanks to dominating play throughout the lineup, the No. 7 Quakers (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) gave the younger Mattsson bragging rights over his big brother.

    "I love it," Thomas said. "I'm gonna be rubbing it in his face for the next 12 months."

    And he'll have plenty to boast about. Penn easily handled its opponent, winning seven matches 3-0 with four Quakers dropping fewer than ten points total in three games.

    Particularly impressive were the younger Mattson, who won 9-3, 9-4, 9-0, and senior Joey Raho (9-4, 9-1, 9-1). The Quakers did not lose a game until the evening's final rotation.

    The only true drama came at the top of the ladder, where junior Mark Froot had his hands full with the elder Mattsson. Mattsson grabbed the first two games over Froot - who pulled an all-nighter Wednesday night to study - before coming back to earn the victory.

    "I didn't get enough rest," he said. "I came in not expecting much, then got into the game. I got lucky on some shots, but it was definitely fun. I'll remember this day for a while."

    The younger Mattsson refereed the match, and insisted that he was unable to root for either his brother or his teammate. Rather, he rootman produced a positive response from a social media post after victory over Southampton on Sunday.Despite being one of the better players on the day, Willems was critical of his performance online - comments which drew a positive reaction from fans.ed for a good match, which his brother and Froot definitely provided.

    "They play pretty contrasting styles," Thomas said. "My brother picks a lot of balls up, and Froot likes to go for shots. It makes for a good match."

    The win is a big lift for the Quakers, whose spirits had been sagging since an 8-1 defeat to No. 6 Cornell two weeks ago. Now, the team has regained focus, and Froot credits that for the dominating performance last nisign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.Dyche says he tried to sign Vardy before he joined Leicester but could not match Fleetwood's £1million asking price.“We were in for him but we were in for him for about £2.50," he said, joking. “We offereght.

    "We weren't ready when Cornell came into town; I don't think we had really accepted that the year started," Froot said. "We definitely have our heads in the game now."

    Penn coach Craig Thor behind the rest of the players in terms of fitness having joined up with them after taking part in the Copa America with Chile. He suffered a hamstring injury in his final game of the competition which also set him back.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists pe-Clark came into the night expecting a win (upsets in squash are a rarity) but did not expect to see his squad dominate the way it did.

    Navy had played 15 more matches than the Quakers this season, but any advantage that experience may have provided the Midshipmen was outweighed by the talent discrepancy.

    The Quakers "played well as a team and they played well individually," Thorpe-Clark said. "They controlled points, and they played good squash tonight against a team that's always pretty fit, and I was pleased to see us play as solidly as we did. It was a very good win for us."

    Now, the Red and Blue must turn their attention toward a weekend that looks to be much tougher.

    But the dominating win over Navy will surely provide the team with much-needed confidence as they travel to No. 3 Yale Saturday and Brown Sunday.

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  • Ivy Hoops Preview | New coach gets to 'start over'


    After compiling a 2-12 record and finishing dead last in the Ivy League last year, things are not looking too much better for the Tigers this season.

    PrincetMorgan Sanson.La Provence says the Hammers have tabled a bid for the young midfield schemer.Wolves are also interested, though West Ham have edged in front with their first offer.For his part, Sanson is in no rush to make a decision - though it couldon finally snapped a 12 game losing streak with a 60-46 victory over Dominican on Sunday, improving its overall win-loss to an abysmal 3-12.

    It's no wonder, then, that captain Kyle Koncz is looking forward to the Ivy League season.

    "We can't forget what happened," he said, "but with the Ivy League season we get to start over."

    In order for the Tigers to turn their season around, Koncz said they need to stay sharp for the entire game.

    "There seems to be five to seven minute stretches where we lose focus" and lose the game, he said.

    Half of Princeton's losses have been by single digit margins.

    According to Koncz, the coaches have been trying to correct the problem in practices by settling everyone down when it looks like their play geaised former Leicester City teammate Harry Maguire for his attitude during his impending transfer to Manchester United.United finally bought the England international earlier this month after a drawn out pursuit which ended when they paid the Foxes ats out of control.

    The Tigers, notorious for their slow-paced style of offense, are averaging a League-worst 55 points per game.

    Koncz, a 6-foot-7 forward, has taken the most threes on the team (98) but he said that the Tigers need to do a better job getting the ball inside. He also thinks that his team won't have success unless it achieves an attack better balanced.

    The leading scorer on the team and the only one averaging double digits is 6-foot-9, 230 pound sophomore center, Zach Finley (11.1). He also leads the team in rebounds (5.7) and blocks (1.2).

    The only other bright spot on the Princeton team is Lincoln Gunn, also a sophomore , who is second with 9.7 points per game.

    "The young guys have stepped up," Koncz said. "I've played with them every day so I'm not surprised by their success. If they keep working hard they could be really good."

    But Princeton was picked to finish seventh in the preseason Ivy League polls and, even with the emergence of two promising young talents, that prognosts joined Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton on a short-term loan.The former Manchester United shot stopper has joined U23 goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park, who is also on loan at the Ashton-under-Lyne Club.Allen has played in all, but onication still seems accurate.

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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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  • ctory at Europa League opponents Torino.Moutinho h


    pitcher showed he is ready for the regular season in his final outing of the Cactus League on Tuesday night against the Angels. He worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings, givinchester United striker Romelu Luk boss Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen the team spirit within his squad.As hee transfer window.Lampard was speaking before their FA Cup win at Hull City."There's no movement to speak of now," he told BT Sport. "It's clear, we got a punishment in the summer, for right or for wrong, where we couldn't bring in players and a puni prepares his side for their FA Cup third-round tie against Leeds at the Emirates on Monday night, Arteta - a former Arsenal skipper himself - is keen to engender a sense ofaku has agreed terms with Inter Milan.Gazzetta dello Sport says Lukaku has settled personal terms with the Serie A club, which will see him earn over £6m in bonuses.The two clubs are yet to agree a fee with United lng up just two hits while striking out eight. The right-hander also walked one. Kennedy, Arizona's opening-day starter, posted a 4.67 ERA in four starts this spring while striking out 17 in 17 1/3 innings.

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

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

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

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    outfielder returned to the starting lineup Sunday for the first time in three weeks, but it csays Liverpool are capable of going through the season undefeated.Henry was part of the Gunners team which achieved this feat for the 2003/04 United Soccer League (USL) club Sacramento Republic FC have brought in Elevate Sports Ventures to support ticket sales and other commercial opportunities, reports /.The consulting firm will also help the MLS expansion franchise source a stadium naming rights and jersey sponsor ahead of their move to North America's top soccer competition in 2022.campaign.“I think this team can go without defeats, and the question remains who will be the first to defeould still be too late for a spot on the opening day roster.

    Nieuwenhuis, who was sidelined with a bone bruise in his right knee, went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks while serving as the leadoff hitter in New York's 9-4 loss to Detroit. He is now hitting .045 during Grapefruit League play and his extended absence could result in him starting the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    "Anytime you go down to the last week of spring, you’ve got that going on, but I just got to relax and get going and just play like myself," Nieuwenhuis told The Star-Leg career.The 19-year-old is primarily considered a right-back and has shone in that role in his career so far, especially on loan at Wigan last season."Reece would never play in the position that he played at Chelsea," his father said to Alex Goldberdger. "It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like myself so really just more of that, trying to concentrate on where I should be and where I can be."

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    Now th Gunnar Solskjaer was furious after their penalty cock-up at Wolves.The Sun says Paul Pogba won the 68th-minute spot-kick after being fouled in the box. Both he and Marcus Rashford wanted to take it, before the French World Cup winner got hingel Haro says they're yet to hear from Barcelona about a deal for Loren Moron.The striker has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou after the injuries to Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez, with Barcelona set to request permission from the Spanish Fos way.Butat we have the news the are moving forward with and at shortstop, it doesn't exactly stir up a lot of intrigue for Fantasy owners. It would have been better if Tyler Greene ran away with the job because at least he had some untapped offensive pot of praise for Jamie Vardy.Rodgers likens the ex-England forward's game to the role Luis Suarez had in his days as Liverpool manger."People sometimes ask me: 'Why don't you play with two strikers?'," said Rodgers. "Jamie's playing consistently at a hential, but now he's not even going to be on the Astros' roster. 

    Gonzalez's and Cedeno's strength is defense, so there's not much here for Fantasy owners to see. Neither have great offensive upside and could end up splitting playing time. Both players are desperation AL-only Fantasy options, so continue to look toward better alternatives on Draft Day.

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    The are close to making their decision on whether to keep Rule 5 picks first baseman or relief pitcher , reports .com Saturday. Fields, the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 draft back in December, could make a wide-open bullpen for the Astros after appearing in eight games and allowing seven hits, six walks and three earned runs with four strikeouts. Freiman, who has hit .278 this spring with a homer and seven RBI, has a tougher shot at how he copped pelters from local fans after almost messing up the Virgil van Dijk deal.Moore made the revelation at the World Football Summit.He said, "I had been at work for a few days, I had been away for 40 years. And we were trying to sign Virgilmaking the club with the emergence of Brandon Laird and Brett Wallace's solid springs. If the players do not make the club out of spring training, the Astros risormer teammates Larnell Cole and Ravel Morrison ahead of returning for pre-season training.The England international has been posting regular updates as he aims to up his fitness levels ahead of returning for training with the rest of the squad at Cak losing them to their progress.The defender is starring on-loan with Leeds United this season.Potter said: “It's a great experience for him at Leeds.“It's why you go on loan, to have that challenge.“He's done really well and now they have a chance to get to the Preoriginal teams.

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