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

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    Sometimes, the numbers don't tell everything.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • February 5 | Is Stat So?

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    In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, Penn gymnastics flirts with perfection on beam, wrestling manages a come-from-behind win, and women's basketball continues to impress offensively, while the men maintainaiming Sadio Mane is set to leave them.The Reds all-but confirmed American giants Nike would be their kit supplier from next season after they beat current suppliers New Balance at the High Court last Friday.The Daily Star reports Mane could switch b their unblemished Ivy record. for previous editions.

    Penn gymnastics' combral roleof Saturday's opponents Leicester City.Solskjaer talked up the Foxes' credentials while insisting that United can now not afford to fall behind Leicester, or other top-four rivals including Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal."Leicester is always a tough s.He said: "I'm not really too bothered about where I play as long as I'm out there but I am enjoying the deeper role."I'm fitting into that role quite well with this team and the players in front and behind me."For me to be in that position,ined score, out of a possible 50, on the beam at Cornell. The effort was Penn's highest in at least a decade, allowing the Quakers to the defending Ivy champions on the road.

    Years since Penn women's basketball had scored more points in an Ivy League game than the 88 it put upon . The Red and Blue have now won seven straight games.

    Free throw attempts by Penn men's basketball in its over Brown. Aside from 51 attempts in a four-overtime game at Monmouth, it was Penn's highest total of the season.

    Matches during which Penn wrestling led Harvard in its eventual 20-18 win over the Crimson. The Quakers trailed for the entire contest before junior heavyweight Tyler Hall's walk-off win put the score in Penn's favor.

    Undefeated teams left in Ivy League men's or women's basketball after the while Harvard was upset by Columbia. The Quakers are one of just 12 D-1 men's teams that are still undefeated in conference play.

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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 women's soccer drops Ivy opener to Harvard

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    If you're going to come at the queens, you best not miss.

    Unfortunately for Penn women's soccer, the squad allowed too many opportunities to its opponent on Saturday, conceding 25 shots en route to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of two-time defending Ivy LeaFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello is convinced by the potential of Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt missed victory over Cagliari amid claims of suffering an illness."They say so, but…," Capello told Sky Sport Italia. “We must give him time to understand the new system and the new mentality.“[Former hero Michel] Platini spent six months at Juventus."gue champion Harvard.

    The Quakers (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) had high hopes for their first Ancient Eight contest of the season. After last year's disappointing Ivy campaign, one that included a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of the Crimson at Rhodes Field, Penn looked at Saturday's contest as an opportunity to continue the momentum from a strong non-conference season.

    But things up in Cambridge, Mass., didn't go quite as planned.

    Without senior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli for the fourth consecutive game, Penn was forced to rely upon junior Carrie Crook between the pipes. The latter did well in making nine saves, but Harvard's attack was relentless, outshooting the Quakers, 25-5.

    Despite the constant pressure from the Crimson (3-6-1, 1-0-0), Penn's backline held on for the majority of the first half, even though the squad managed only oreleased by Leicester this summer.The forward, handed a contract at City after a chance meeting with the club's late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has seen his deal expire alongside the likes of title-winners Shinji Okazaki and Danny Simpson.Lorne shot to Harvard's 11. But only 27 seconds before intermission, Brooke Dickens scored off a rebound, sending a ball into the upper half of the net to put the Crimson in front.

    "We might have lost focus on two set pieces and couldn't get the ball cleared, but outside of that, we played them pretty evenly," coach Nicogue 2Le Havre.The Ivory Coast international has been trialling with Le Havre after coming off contract at Swansea City.L'Equipe says Bony is training with Le Havre hopeful of impressing coach Paul Le Guen.Le Havre currently sit fifth in Ligue 2.Alongle Van Dyke said after the game. "It might not show up on the shot count, but overall we did a good job.

    "We didn't get the result, but there are plenty of soccer games left to be played."

    Shortly after halftime, Harvard made the Quakers pay once again, as Joan Fleischman scored off a cross from Haley Washburn to double the lead in the 59th minute.

    While Penn couldn't find the back of the net on its end, it did manage to hold Crimson junior Margaret Purce scoreless. The 2013 Ivy League Player of the Year and 2014 first team All-Ivy selection notched seven shots, but could not repeat her two-goal performance from the teams' matchup last year.

    Although the Quakers dropped their conference opener for the third straight season, Van Dyke doesn't think there will be much of a hangover for the squad as it prepares for the remainder of its season.

    "I think, all in all, it's a good trip for us. Going into it, we knew we were playing against a tough opponent. They have experience playing at the NCAA Tournament level, and we tried to focus on having a good performance.

    "I think one thing we've tried to do this season is not put an emphasis on a particular school or game. And what we told the team after the game [on Saturday] is that this cannot define who we are. The journey is not a straight line, there are going to be hiccups, but hopefully we learn from it and can get back to our winning ways."

    The Red and Blue are next in action against Cornell on Friday at Rhodes Field.

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  • Penn basketball assistant Mihalich Jr. blazes his own trail

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    The mystique of Philadelphia college basketball has been well-documented — with the Palestra earning the designation of the nation’s most “Hallowed Hall” in a Dec. 2014 NCAA.com feature — and that allure makes it quite difficult for local figures to stay away.

    For Penn men’s basketball, consider Joe Mihalich Jr. the latest victim.

    Hired in April to serve under first-year head coach Steve Donahue, the Philadelphia native is back in town, immediately jumping into the school’s efforts to rebuild what was once Penn Athletics’ premier program into a perennial powerhouse again.

    “It’s a day-by-day process, and we just try to compete every single day,” said Mihalich, who was an assistant at Division III Scranton (Pa.) from 2011-15. “Our culture is definitely growing, heading in the direction that we want it go.”

    As is natural in the world of Philadelphia basketball, the relationship between Mihalich and Donahue goes back far further than their 10-month partnership at Penn.

    Donahue, also born in Philadelphia, was an assistant coach for the Red and Blue from 1990 to 2000, contributing to five Ivy League titles in that time. Meanwhile, Mihalich’s father, Joe Sr., was an assistant coach at local rival La Salle from 1981 to 1998. For the younger Joe, childhood was filled with passionate Big 5 rivalry games pitting his father and his future boss against one another.

    “I remember being a waterboy for one of my dad’s teams and meeting Coach Donahue, and he was great to me,” Mihalich said. “Then we crossed paths in the basketball world when I was coming up.”

    Driven by a pair of tempting offers, both coaches would go their separate ways, with Mihalich Sr. taking the head coach position at Niagara in 1998 and Donahue at Cornell in 2000. After moving to New York, Mihalich — who admittedly “wasn’t good enough or smart enough to go to Cornell, Penn, or any other Ivy League school” — played at D-III Nazareth (N.Y.) from 2005-09.

    Still, even with all three parties headed on their own respective paths to the Empire State, the relationship between them continued.

    “I enjoyed watching his Cornell teams [which won three Ivy League titles from 2008-10] and rooting for him, and afterwards I followed him at Boston College too,” Mihalich said. “In the basketball world, especially in the Philadelphia area, it’s a really tight-knit community, so both my dad and I absolutely kept in touch with [Donahue] throughout.”

    Immediately after his playing career concluded, Mihalich became a graduate assistant for Villanova before gaining his first coaching position at Scranton, where the program went 89-25 and won three Landmark Conference titles in his four-year tenure there. Basketball was an integral part of Mihalich’s life from day one, and that passion hasn’t remotely faded as he’s embarked on the journey from fan to player to coach.

    “I was always in my dad’s office — I had to work really hard to be a very mediocre basketball player, so I was always in the gym dribbling and shooting. When your dad’s the coach, you always have the keys,” Mihalich said. “I remember hanging out in the office with him, remember thinking that it never seemed like work. ... So I knew that getting into coaching could be something that I’d really enjoy.”

    The elder Mihalich offers a ready-made mentor for his son, having put together a quite impressive resume since leaving La Salle. In 15 seasons with Niagara, he led the Purple Eagles to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2007 before taking over at Hofstra in 2013.

    “I would be thrilled to work for my dad, and I think that would be really cool,” Mihalich said. “But the best advice I’ve ever gotten about coaching is that you just worry about the job you got right now.

    “We plan, and God laughs,” he added.

    Indeed, focusing on the present job might be the only feasible option for a kid who was literally kicking and screaming for the opportunity to return to the Cathedralan Dijk says they're unharmed from last season's Premions League final against Tottenham.It was Mohamed Salah, such a disconsolate figure when he was injured early in that loss to Real Madrid, who set Liverpool on their way with a penalty after two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punishedier League title heartbreak.Van Dijk believes that ­Liverpool's Champions League ­success healed the scars of losing the Premier League title today's opponents Manchester City on the final day.He of College Basketball.

    “When I first got offered this job, my mom told me this story where she was pregnant and walked into the Palestra for a game, and she said she could feel me kicking as she walked into the gym. Now that might just be a ‘Mom’ story, but I always thought that was pretty cool,” Mihalich said. “The Big 5 is the coolest basketball conference in the country. Being a part of that really is a dream come true, and it’s always been where I wanted to be.”

    The decision to hire Mihalich didn’t seem difficult for Donahue, as his appointment was announced only 17 days after Donahue’s own. Factoring in both the family-friendship and the basketball body of work from Mihalich, he was a no-brainer for Donahue to fill his final assistant coaching position.

    “It starts with the fact that I’m a very good friend of his father’s, and I’ve known Joe [Jr.] since he was a baby,” Donahue said. “He understands how hard you have to work to be a coach.”

    Although Mihalich is in his first coaching role at a D-I school, the adjustment process has been going smoothly for the youngest of the program’s four coaches. Joining a staff of assistants that includes 1996 Ivy League Player of the Year Ira Bowman and Nat Graham — who also played for Donahue at Penn before coaching under him at both Cornell and Boston — there’s a huge sense of familiarity between Donahue and his three proteges, an arrangement that isn’t accidental by any means.

    “It absolutely helps having two guys like Ira and Nat,” Mihalich said. “I just try to fill in the cracks wherever I can, just try to follow their lead and be a part of what they’re doing,” he added. “But having them around is unbelievable for me and the players.”

    While Mihalich is the Quakers’ only coach to not have played or coached at the school prior to this season, it didn’t take long for the first-year assistant to immediately assert himself on a staff stocked with Red and Blue legends.

    “Joe has incredible energy 24 hours a day, and I think that’s the thing the guys love about him,” Donahue said. “He’s always upbeat, 100 percent ready to go, and he’s younger, he’s single, so he probably relates to the players a little better. Whether it’s basketball issues or personal issues, he’s someone they can go to and talk to a little differently than the other assistants and myself.”

    For a Penn program on pace to miss the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season after making 22 of 38 between 1970 and 2007, all hands will be needed on deck to orchestrate a return to relevancy. With the vibrant and passionate Mihalich joining a coaching staff comprised of two proven players and an eight-time Ancient Eight champion running the ship, the Red and Blue mayhree brothers now playing pro football.Chris, formerly of Arsenal's academy, has now joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Benfica, while Matty has moved from Manchester United to League One side Gillingham.Willock told arsenal.com: "My dad deals have found their secret ingredient.

    “His engagement level is off the charts, and he loves what he does every day,” Donahue said. “Whether it’s running camps or getting scouts, everything is done right and 100 percent.

    “And some day, I think he’s going to make a great head coach.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Martelli paused for a moment, allowing a wry grin.

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

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  • Two wins and two records for M. Hoops

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    BOSTON -- Penn did all they needed to do on what had been, in recent years, a dangerous roadtrip to New England.Survive -- and make a little history along the way.The Quakers held off both Harvard and Dartmouth by deceptively lopsided final scores of 82-66 and 67-52, respectively. Penn remained undefeated in the Ivy League, one game ahead of Brown. The Bears host Penn on Friday night.Penn (17-5, 9-0 Ivy League) won each game in polar opposite fashions, burying the Crimson (11-12, 3-7) with a historic barrage of three-pointers, while pounding the ball inside to forward Ugonna Onyekwe against Dartmouth (6-17, 2-8). Against the Big Green, Onyekwe scored 25 points -- a season-high -- which gave him 1,650 career points. That put him ias lifted the Reds in the four year since his appointment, turning them into one of the best teams in the Premier League while also steering them to Champions League glory.ESPN says the Liverpool board liked the German's personality and that his lackn front of Kevin McDonald and in second place on Penn's all-time scoring list. He needs 177 points in his final five games to catch Ernie Beck for the top spot.In sharp contrast, Penn's inside play was virtually absent at Harvard -- a road game the Quakers had lost the past two seasons -- as Penn tied a school record with 16 three pointers on only 31 attempts. Leading that effort was guard Jeff Schiffner, who shot 7-for-10 from three point range. Schiffner scored 21 points on the game."That's part of our offense," Schiffner said of the three-point shooting. "It's my responsibility to step up and hit those."Despite Penn's shooting and Harvard missing its best player in Patrick Harvey -- who was ruled academically ineligible for the rest of the season -- the Crimson's timely shooting kept the game close throughout.

    Harvard point guard Elliot Prasse-Freeman's 13 points and 10 assists on the game made up for the absence of his heralded backcourt mate.Penn jumped out to an 18-7 lead unich superkid Joshua Zirkzee could be running around in an Everton shirt today, it hr against Watford.De Gea fumbled Ismaila Sarr's effort into the net on 50 minutes in the 2-0 reverse. The ball bounced off the turf and slipped through de Gea's fingers, rebounding off the post, back onto his head, and into the net. "Of course, it waas been revealed.Holland coach Ronald Koeman, then in charge of Everton, had offered trials to the then 16 year-old Dutch prospect."Everton was a serious option for behind two threes apiece from guard Tim Begley and Schiffner. However, helped along by Penn's sloppy play, Harvard crept to within 23-22 after a long jumper by Prasse-Freeman.Penn responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a Schiffner three and Harvard never again got within six points. Despite keeping the Crimson at arms-length, the game was not truly decided until Penn went on a 10-2 run to push a tenuous seven point lead to 71-56 with seven minutes, 42 seconds remaining. Koko Archibong put the final nail in Harvard's coffin with a three that pushed Penn's lead to 74-61 with less than five minutes to play. Archibong finished with 14 points.Penn beat Harvard without the benefit of a great performance by Onyekwe."Ugonna did not have one of his better games," Penn coach Fran Dunphy said of his star's nine-point performance. "I think getting in the early foul trouble threw him off." The lack of an inside force was not a handicap Penn needed to overcome against Dartmouth.The Big Green held their own against the Quakers despite Onyekwe's 11-for-15 shooting and 25 points. Dartmouth -- which was never in the game in its loss to Penn at the Palestra earlier this season -- found itself tied with the heavily favored Quakers at 32 going into halftime in front of only 1,332 fans who braved the New Hampshire snow.Onyekwe opened the second stanza with a personal 6-0 run, but Dartmouth responded and took a 40-38 lead with 15:50 remaining. However, Begley hit a three and Penn never relinquished that lead. Dartmouth went seven minutes between baskets at one point in the second half. Penn took advantage to go on a 16-1 run, with guard David Klatsky hitting a three to give Penn a 54-41 lead. The three came with seven and a half minutes to play and ensured that the Quakers' Friday night showdown with Brown would come with Penn in the driver's seat in the Ivy League.

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  • sion from Club Brugge draw (greenwood quote)Manche

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    pitcher earned his second start of the spring Friday night against the Brewers. Santiago turned in a solid performance with three perfect innings while believe their opponents are intimidated before they arrive at the Etihad Stadihe Leicester Mercury says Leicester see Shaw as a long-term rThe agent of Caglar Soyuncu insists he's sticking with Leicester City.The Turkey defender has been linked with Manchester City.But agent Mustafa Dogru is adamant the 23-year-old will remain at the King Power Stadium.“Caglar now focuses on the success of the team," Dogru told Radyospor. “A transfer is neither on his nor the club's agenda.“I don't know what's going on in the future, but he's thinking about his achievements at Leicester City and with the national team."eplacement for Ben Chilwell.Chilwell, 23, has become one of the country's best defenders during recent seasons at the King Power, and has been heavily linked with a move to Frank Lampard's um.The champions have won 39 of their last 44 Premier League matches at home - a record they will hope to improve when they host Wolves on Sunday.The City boss said: "My festriking out five in a 7-2 victory. He has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in seven Cactus League appearances.

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  • Ousmane Dembele’s dismissal against Sevilla baffle

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    The will start behind the dted defender Rio Ferdinand has hammered Moyes' time in charge at Old Trafford.But Moyes has now responded by insisting he had to make his own mark at the club.“Well I look at it in many ways, they're very experienced players," Moyes told BBC Sport ish on manager Steve Bruce hopes he's winning over fans after their 3-2 victory at West Ham United.The Hammers were caught out in the first-half by two headers as Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez gave Newcastle alensteen says they should stick with Jesse Lingard.The midfielder is being linked with a move away this summer.Speaking to The Michael Anthony Show podcast, Meulensteen said: "Jesse had various loan clubs and then he came back."And I think Louis van 2-0 lead before half-time. Jonjo Shelveyopening night, says manager John Gibbons, the National Post reports Monday. 

    The Jays optioned Josh Thole on Sunday and CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman says Mike Nickeas won't make the team. Gibbons will have Arencibia and Henry Blanco handle the pitching staff, including R.A. Dickey all season. Both catchers will see time with Dickey on the mound, though Arencibia does start the first time around. 

    Nickeas hit just .226 this spring over 31 at-bats and will begin the year in the minors. Blanco, who should see plenty of at-bats during the season, has hit .320 this spring with a homer and three RBI over 25 at-bats. The 27-year-old starter Arencibia, however, has been awesome this spring with a .448 batting average, two homers and six RBI over 29 at-bats. 

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  • nold has told his teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    pitcher ran into trouble in Tuesday's Grapefruit League gaat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells his young players before they play for Manchester United.18-year-old Chong has been used sporadically this season, alongside fellow youngsters Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and James Garner.Chong said: "me against the Cardinals. Turner pitche signed forward Joe Mason on a free transfer after his release by Wolverhampton Wanderers.The 28-year-old made the last of his 39 appearances for Wolves in the 2016-17 season, going out on loan with Burton Albion, Colorado Rapids and Portsmouth sinced three scoreless innings before allowing a solonce, this isn't one you can hang on the board. Chelsea have done the right thing here, but the player...?With time ticking away and his current deal inside it's final six months, Willian will have to make a decision sooner rather than later. And by o homer to Allen Craig and a run-scoring single to Shane Robinson in the fourth. He also allowed a two-run double to Matt Carpenter in the fifth. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings to get his second loss of the spring. Turner has allowed 10 runs in 8 1/3 innings of Grapefruit League play.

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  • w today.Sky Sports says he is still expected to le

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    reliever has been working with pitching coach Dave Eilaea boss Frank Lampard is confident Tammy Abraham hasn't suffered any long-term injury.Abraham suffered a hip injury during the Blues' Champions League draw with Valencia - and was forced off AC Milan over the summer.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“I did receive an offer from Milan this summer, and I was tempted, but I was pushed to continue my experience in Florence because I wanted to cancel out the disappointment of last season,at half time as he struggled in pain."We'll know by the endnd on improving his delivery. According to the Kansas City Star, Joseph was slow to remove his hand out of his glove during his delivery at the start of camp. 

    "We immediately started working on getting my arm out quicker," Joseph said. "I think that’s what caused me to walkFrench coach doesn't believe the forward will require surgery, even though the injury turned out to be more serious than initially thought."I don't think he'll need an operation, but I don't know exactly," Zidane said when asked for an update on the some people. I had a tendency to let my arm drive. My arm gets behind."

    As a result, Joesph, who averaged nearly four walks per nine innings in his last four pro seasons, has not walked a batter in each of his seven one-inning appearances and could emerge as a reliable option out of the bullpen for the Royals once the season starts.

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  • grateful for his experiences with the team this se

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    shortstop returned to the starting lineup as a designated hitter Saturday against the Padres in Cactus League plUnited Treble winner Jaap Stam supports their swoop for Odion Ighalo.The striker has joined on-loan from Shanghai Shenhua to June."He's got nothing to lose because nobody thought he would be a United player," Stam told Sky Sports.“United have the cay. Gregorius, who is working his way back froue manager of the month for February.Dyche, who has once won the award before, guided his side to an unbeaten run throughout the month, including a draw against Arsenal during which they were unfortunate not to claim a winner."The most important of tm an elbow injury, came up big with a three-run homer in the ninththeir win over Brighton.It halted a sequence of six games in the top flight without a win and hoisted Howe's team up a place to 18th in the Premier League table with only goal difference separating them from safety. Asked how big the win was, Howe sa inning. He was 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBI in a 10-6 loss.

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  • man legend Lothar Matthaus has told Mario Gotze to

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    MLB.com reports Dodgers pitcher is being considered as questionable for his Cactus League start on Monday due to lingering elbow discomfort. Greinke, who also recently dealt with an illness, i-final second leg versus Valencia.The Gunners head to the Mestalla with 3-1 aggregate lead after the first leg.But Cech doesn't believe that the scoreline gives his team a "decisive advantage" over Los Che."Over thpool fullback Andrew Robertson.Robertson captained the Tartan Army to a 6-0 victory over San Marino on Sunday as they ended a disappointing run of four successive defeats that had ended their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020.“It's an e course of this campaign we were imissed a bullpen session nine days ago because of elbow stiffness. Theproblems between Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.It's been suggested Messi doesn't get along with the arrival from Atletico Madrid.But Pique says: "Leo and Grizzi get along well, it's the same for Dembélé or before with Pedro... "It's true that club could keep the right-hander out as a precaution. "We'll see tomorrow," manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.

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