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  • Pair of Penn volleyball freshmen bond over shared high school experience

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    A lot of big names come out of Marymount High School in Los Angeles. Kim Kardashian and Olivia Jade Giannulli are just two on a long and very well-known list.

    Flying slightly under the radar of the school’s more noteworthy alumni are the Marymount volleyball program's Taylor Fourticq and Caroline Douglas, both of whom are freshmen at Penn.

    The duo attended the all-girls Catholic preparatory school together for four years before committing to play for the Red and Blue. Their volleyball team has a long history of excellence and has won three California state titles.During their senior year, Fourticq and Douglas almost saw the program add a fourth, as the team lost in the state final. However, they were able to lead their team to a first-place finish at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

    Unsurprisingly, the program is consistently at the top of the list of schools that send volleyball players to compete in the Ivy League. Of their graduating class, Fourticq and Douglas are joined by teammates playing for schools across the country, including UCLA, San Diego, and Colgate.

    Marymount coach Cari Klein credits the recruiting position of the school to their brand of athletes.

    “I think programs might have a lot of academic kids who play volleyball, but it’s a different story when they’re used to winning. Taylor and Caroline are used to winning championships, winning tournaments. They don’t have much losing in their background," Klein said. "They expect to win."

    And win they have. In the first two weeks of the season, the Red and Blue have racked up more wins than their season total from last year. Although the Quakers dropped their to Princeton on Friday, the team started off its season with a six-game winning streak and is looking strong ahead of the first home game this Friday.

    Marymount athletes pay a high price for the success they achieve. With no real offseason, they see a full cycle of training year-round, including summer workouts on the beach and the UCLA track. At the end of their summer season, the players have what they "fine" after a poor week.Pochettino spoke to the media today after Tuesday's Carabao Cup shock at Colchester.He said, "It's okay. We feel disappointed because we expect to win the last three games and we haven't. "We deserved to beat Leicester, it i refer to as “hell week,” which consists of two to three daily practices. When the school year resumes, the team gets in a practice before and after school on some days, in addition to traveling to competitions.

    After their time at such a rigorous program, it is clear that the duo has had a fairly smooth transition to collegiate volleyball.

    “Here, for instance, our weights are at 7:30 in the morning, and that literally feels like sleeping in. I still have my alarm on my phone for 4:57 in the morning called, ‘you got this,’ and I just thank God every morning that that’s never going to be set again,” Douglas said.

    While both have been playing volleyball for 10 years, at times the commits that his move from Southampton to the Reds worked out very nicely.Many fans were skeptical when Liverpool paid a then record sum for a defender to procure Van Dijk.But he made an instant impact and has helped the club to Champions League glory, witment to the sport at Marymount was far from easy. Regardless, they both looked back fondly on their senior night, an event dedicated to those who succeed through four years of the program.

    “At Marymount, volleyball senior night is a huge deal. Girls literally stay in the program for four years just to have a senior night. You get these cute little teddy bears that my mom actually makes, with your jersey, and a ton of stuff that describes you,” Douglas said. “That was definitely my highlight because going through that program is really tough for four years, it’s such an accomplishment and that night is just an accumulation of everything you’ve done and everything you’ve worked for.”

    Within such a demanding program, the athletes inevitably get very close. While in some sports the recruiting process is immensely stressful and can turn teammates against each other as they compete for a limited number of spots, Douglas and Fourticq had a very different experience.

    “Most people aren’t competing for the same spot. Me and Dougie, because we’re different positions, weren’t competing for a specific Penn spot, which made things much less stressful,” Fourticq said.

    After both attended the same sophomore summer camp at Penn, the duo had official visits on the same weekend when the Red and Blue played Princeton. Although they spent the majority of the weekend together, the coaches would separate recruits at times to give them confidential offers to join the team.

    “I remember we didn’t know how to ask each other if we’d gotten the offer. I remember sitting at White Dog [Cafe] and going to the bathroom together so we could be like, ‘sooooo?’’” Douglas said.

    Luckily for them, the two both got offers and committed within 48 hours of each other.

    The relationships built among the Marymount athletes are lasting. When the Red and Blue were playing at the last week, the Marymount team, coming back from a tournament in Las Vegas, realized that Douglas and Fourticq were in their vicinity.

    While on the bus, the players tried to no a late sale for Donny van de Beek.It's been claimed Real Madrid have a deal for the Holland midfielder and will sign him should they fail to land Manchester United star Paul Pogba.But Overmars told SER Catalunya, "Van de Beek will stay with Ajax thiavail to convince the driver to turn around so they could meet up with their teammates.

    “It speaks volumes when the whole bus wants to turn and get a hug from [Fourticq and Douglas] because they know they’re in Riverside. The girls were dying to see them. They’re pretty important people to the program,” Klein said.

    While they certainly embraced the athletic opportunity that Marymount had to offer, Fourticq and Douglas didn’t exactly miss out on celebrity sightings either. Kim Kardashian’s 20th reunion for Marymount fell during their time there.

    “We found out that it was, in fact, Kim Kardashian’s 20th reunion one Friday night at Marymount. Our entire class of volleyball girls were all at Taylor’s house,” Douglas recalled. “We drove to Marymount that night, and I decided that I was going to be the guinea pig, that I was going to sacrifice my life. There was so much security."

    Douglas entered the school under the guise of having lost her wallet. After wandering around for a while, she saw Kim Kardashian from a distance. The experience clearly left an impression on both of them.

    “She was literally posting photos from the seat that I sat in in math,” Fourticq said.

    While Olivia Jade’s presence in the class above them was more of a sensitive subject, the two rattled off a list of celebrities and famous figures that they encountered during their time at Marymount. Now-famous singer Charlotte Lawrence played volleyball with their program.

    Having joined this group of notable alumni, Fourticq and Douglas are poised to contribute both on and off the court as members of this year’s new and improved Penn squad.

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  • Eddie Jenkins' League MVP win highlights postseason awards for Penn fall athletes

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    After the end of the season for sprint football, field hockey, men’s soccer, and cross country, All-Ivy honorees were announced, and several members of the Red and Blue made the list.

    For sprint football, the Quakers had three first team All-Collegiate Sprint Football League selections, including the League's Most Valuable Player, senior quarterback Eddie Jenkins. Along with Jenkins, the other first team selections were sophomore running back Laquan McKever, senior offensive lineman Matt McDermott, and junior linebacker Aaron Johnson. In addition, Jenkins was awarded the Kay Trophy, which is voted upon by the League's coaches and awarded to the top overall performer.

    Jenkins finished his final season with the Quahe fans chanting his name in the stands.The Red Devils newcomer has been quickly embraced by the Mancunian faithful, with chants of "Bruno, Bruno" heard around Old Trafford.Fernandes helped United to a 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday, scorimsdale joined fans on Saturday for defeat to Watford.Ramsdale posted a message on the club's social media last week, urging fans to give the struggling Cherries their full support when Watford visited on Saturday.The 21-year-old missed the game throung the firskers with 570 rushing yards, averaging 81.4 rushing yards per game. He also added 16 touchdowns to his rushing total in 2019. Through the air, Jenkins finished the season with a 66.7% completion percentage, 1207 passing yards, and 11 touchdowns. In total, Jenkins accounted for 27 touchdowns for Penn. Jenkins' performance led Penn to a 5-2 finish, as the team ended the year on a two-game winning streak.

    For field hockey, the team saw one first team All-Ivy selection in Aelder Frenkie de Jong believes Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt will eventually join him at the Nou Camp.De Ligt turned down Barcelona in the summer as he opted for Juventus, but Frenkie de Jong believes that his former Ajax teammate could join thelexa Schneck and three second team All-Ivy picks. The senior forward Schneck was named to the All-Ivy first team in addition to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team. Additionally, sophomore midfielder/defender Gracyn Banks, sophomore forward Madison Jiranek, and freshman defender Elita van Staden were all named to the All-Ivy second team.

    This is Schneck's fourth All-Ivy selection with Penn. She is one of just three players in program history to receive an All-Ivy selection in all four years with the program. Schneck is one of just 11 Ivy League athletes to earn a NFHCA first-team All-Region honors. She closed out her career with 53 total points in 66 starts, including 19 goals and 15 assists. In Ivy League play, she had 37 points in 28 contests.

    Four athletes across the men's and women's cross country teams were named All Mid-Atlantic Region honorees. On the men's side, junior Anthony Russo and senior Will Daly received All-Region honors, while on the women's side, sophomore Ariana Gardizy and senior Nia Akins picked up the same honors.

    For men's soccer, five players received All-Ivy honors. The Quakers received two first-team All-Ivy selections – junior defender Alex Touche and junior midfielder Joey Bhangdia. Additionally, freshman defender Kai Lammers earned a second team All-Ivy spot. Lastly, senior midfielder Brandon Bartel and junior forward Jake Kohlbrenner both received honorable mention recognition.

    In addition to the five All-Ivy awards for Penn, Touche was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Touche anchored a Penn defense that posted three shutouts and allowed just five goals across seven Ivy League matchups.

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  • Papazekos | The Red and Blue should beat Princeton in the biggest game of the season

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    They stumbled out of the gate, but Penn women’s basketball is exactly what we thought they were: a team that should win the Ivy title.

    Coach Mike McLaughlin has lead his team to back-to-back conference titles, including last year’s triumph at the inaugural Ivy Tournament. This year, the gapRooney has questioned Manchester United's pursuit of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.United's all-time leading goalscorer has told his former club to ignore the enticement of a big named signing like Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo to focus on rebuilding the between Penn and the rest of the league has closed – or at least, the gap between Penn and Princeton has. Want proof? , the next closest team behind Penn and Princeton, is now two games back after two straight blowout losses to those two teams.

    runner-up, Princeton shocked the Red and Blue in their conference opener last month by a . It was the worst possible start to Ivy play for Penn, one that meant they had to work themselves back to the top of the league the hard way. Now, after three straight Ivy weekend sweeps, Penn finds itself in a tie for first in the confered with Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata.United are in the market for a new forward ahead of the January market.And Calciomercato says Zapata has caught their eye.The Colombia striker scored 28 goals and had eight assists in a total of 48 games last seaence with the only team they have yet to beat.

    Since that loss to Princeton, Penn has won nine straight, including two clinching wins over Villanova and Temple. Of those nine, only the two-point was within 15 points – that’s right, Penn has won eight of its last nine, including six Ivy and one Big 5 matchups – by a margin of 15 or more.

    So what’s the lesson?

    First of all, not to panic. One loss in the Ivy League is anything but a death sentence; both of the last two years Penn has won it all with a one-loss record. Even if the Quakers drop another game, the Ivy Tournament and the home court advantage it provides make perfection less of a necessity.

    That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be strived for or even achieved. Penn has the talent to go perfect in the conference, fluky opening losses notwithstanding. This team has high standards: like last year, the goal shouldn’t be to qualify for the tournament, or even to win it. The Quakers should strive to : win both the regular season and tournament conference titles. And, optimistically, to win a game even after that.

    The second lesson from Penn’s recent run of play is that the Quakers are who we thought they were. They didn’t always show it early in the season, but this is a good basketball team by any standard. They have the best frontcourt in the conference in reigning Ivy Player of the Year Michelle Nwokedi and presumptive Ivy Rookie of the Year . They have one of the better defenses in the country (the Quakers are 27th nationally in points allowed per game), a great stable of guards, and a coach who has been there and done that.

    Princeton is a good team, too, which is why Tuesday’s game will be so fun to watch. The Tigers are just as good, if not better, defensively. They have one of the better players in the league in Bela Alarie, and when their three ball is on like it was in January, they are nigh unstoppable.

    While it will be just the eighth conference game of the season for both these teams, Tuesday’s game will likely decide the league. The top seed is up for grabs.

    It will be low-scoring, physical, and spirited in Jadwin Gym. Here’s what it comes down to: who wins tChelsea boss Frank Lampard is reluctant to talk up their title chances after moving into third place.The Blues are eight points behind leaders Liverpool."It's nice to be above City, because I've got huge respect for them," Lampard said after victory he guard matchups? How will seniors Anna Ross and Lauren Whitlatch match-up against Princeton’s Gabrielle Rush’s sharpshooting and Alarie’s versatility? Down low, will Penn win on the glass and prevent the Tigers’ Leslie Robinson from racking up easy buckets?

    I think the Quakers win those matchups. As McLaughlin put it, “We’re better than we were then [in January].”

    The Quakers are better than they were in January and certainly better than they were on January 6th. Nwokedi and Parker are more comfortable playing off each other, as Nwokedi’s 30-point outburst on Saturday proved. Junior Ashely Russell’s role as the gritty defender has come into focus. Three-point shooting is up too.

    Penn should win this game.

    Because they are who we think they are.

    is a College sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pa., and is a Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at papazekos@thedp.com.

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  • Penn women's basketball extends season with berth in National Invitational Tournament

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    They might not be in the Big Dance, but they'ght to secure their place in the Carabao Cup third-round.The Hornets have zero points from three Premier Leaguer says the England star is looking for parity with the club's other stars before committing his future to the club.Abraham has seen a string of players pledge their allegiance to the Blues with Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Ch games, but they were able to bounce back with a 3-0 victory over the Sky Blues.Record-signing Ismalia Sarr scored his first goal for the cre not done yet.

    Penn women's basketball saw its season extended after the National Invitational Tournament selection committee announced that the Quakers will take on Albany in the first round.

    Penn will face the Great Danes at home on Friday. Tielder Marouane Fellaini says his old team needs experienced players.Fellaini left United in January for Shandong Luneng.The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regime seems committed to regenerating their squad with a younger profile of player.But Fellaini told thhe time of the game will be announced on Tuesday.

    Penn (21-8, 11-3 Ivy) was guaranteed a bid by virtue of being the team with the highest record in the Ivy League that didn't qualify for the NCAA Tournament. This is the sixth consecutive postseason appearance for the Quakers, with the last two coming in the NCAA Tournament.

    Albany (24-7, 12-4 American East) finished second in the American East Conference standings, but fell in the semifinals of the conference tournament against Hartford.

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  • Penn volleyball head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley is leaving the program after just one season

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    Penn volleyball had one head coach for 19 years, but will open the 2018 campaign with its third coach in three seasons.

    After just one season at the helm of the Red and Blue, coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley is leaving the program to take an assistant coaching job with perennial powerhouse Penn State, sources told the Daily Pennsylvanian. The Schumacher-Cawley, herself an alumnus of Penn State volleyball who was , told the team about her departure in a meeting on Thursday morning.

    "It was pretty tough," the coach said. "I really have enjoyed my time here at Penn, as short as it's been. I enjoy this team, this group, from the seniors down to the freshmen, it's been great, it's been such a wonderful university to be a part of, and that's because of the girls on the team."

    The Quakers went 12-11, including 7-7 in Ivy League play, in Schumacher-Cawley's first season as longtime coach Kerre are two young players who will excel at the Stamford Bridge club in Hazard says Romelu Lukaku will be a big hit with Inter Milan.The pair played together at Chelsea.Speaking with Corriere dello Sport, Hazard said: "Lukaku is a fantastic striker, a hitman who can adapt to most teams. "He scores many goals, which of f Frank Lampard becomes their next manager.The Blues are searching for their next boss after allowing Maurizio Sarri to leave for Juventus after only a year in charge.Lampard is the y Carr's successor following Carr's resignation in . With six seniors graduating from the 2017 team after zero players graduated from the 2016 roster, the 2018 squad will once again need to adjust to a new coach while this time adjusting to a vastly changed roster as well.

    The Nittany Lions, who have been led by Saido Berahino.Blues will invite the striker for a trial after he was axed by Stoke City following a controversial spell in the Potteries, says The Sun.The 25-year-old made his name at neighbours West Brom and coach Pep Clotet thinks he could be a s head coach Russ Rose since 1979, will add Schumacher-Cawley's coaching talents to a team which is coming off a Final Four appearance and has won six national championships in the last 11 years.

    Schumacher-Cawley cited the opportunity to coach her alma mater and work for her own former coach as an opportunity that was too great to pass up.

    "I'm honored to go back there, and to work with the school that I played for in a different role now, and continue the tradition that they have, and find the best players in the country that we can."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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 women's soccer ready for the first step forward

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    It’s soccer season in University City.

    Penn women’s soccer opens its season this weekend with two games — one away against Mount St. Mary’s and one home against Old Dominion — giving the team two chances to start out on the right foot.

    The season is young, so the Quakers are trying to focus on more short-term goals before setting thee Premier League will not use video assistant referees in 2019-20 to rule on goalkeepers moving off their line to save a penalty, reports BBC Sport.Three penalties have been retaken at the Women's World Cup after VAR ruled keepers did not have at leair eyes on an Ivy League championship or an NCAA berth. Right now, the team is taking every practice and game one day at a time.

    “We are kind of just starting small,” senior ally e closing in on the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.According to The Sun, the move has progressed to the extent that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will give Ndombele a tour of the club.Ndombele, who is 22, is already a French international aabused by Espanyol fans during Saturday's 1-1 draw.The 25-year-old even told captain Iker Muniain about the insults so that he could inform the referee, Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, however the official did not record it in his report after the back Haley Cooper said.

    The team is untested, with nine new players — including eight freshman and one junior transfer student — filling out the 27-person roster. At this point in the season, nothing is settled on the roster front.

    According to coach Darren Ambrose, the first few games of the season give the Quakers a chance to find the optimal formation and lineup before conference play opens against defending Ivy League champion Harvard on Sept. 27.

    “We want to see how the girls [play] before we decide on a final system,” he said. “We want to see who complements who so that we’ve got a system that allows us to maximize the depth of our roster.”

    Penn’s first game of the weekend will be away on Friday against Mount St. Mary’s (0-4). The Mount is coming into the match against Penn off of a close 0-1 loss to Lehigh last Sunday.

    The last time Penn took on the Mount, the Quakers emerged with a 4-0 victory. This year, the Red and Blue is hoping for a repeat outcome to bolster the young team’s confidence.

    Then, on Sunday, the Quakers will play Old Dominion (0-2) in their home opener at Rhodes Field at 2 p.m. This year marks the second time the Quakers have played the Monarchs after first meeting last year in Norfolk, Va.

    When the two teams played in 2013, Penn came back from a two-goal deficit in regulation to tie the game at 2-2. Despite outshooting the Monarchs, 17-7, Penn was unable to take the upper hand in either of the two overtime periods. The game ended in a tie, the Quakers’ second consecutive draw of the season.

    This year, the Red and Blue is hoping for a slightly different outcome and Cooper, one of the team’s three captains, knows the importance of the weekend.

    “It would be good to get two wins the first weekend, both away and home,” she said.

    Starting the season with a winning 2-0 record could help the Quakers gain momentum before they face Harvard later this month. Last year, the Crimson was responsible for the sole loss on Penn’s 5-1-1 conference record.

    While it is still too soon to make any promises about what will happen come November, the Quakers have their sights set far beyond this opening weekend.

    “Obviously,” said Cooper, “an Ivy League title is in the back of our minds.”

    For now, though, Penn is just looking to take its first step towards a winning record this season.

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  • All hands on deck for Penn women's basketball with Keiera Ray out

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    Adversity is something Penn women’s basketball is used to.

    In Penn’s third game of the 2012-13 season, the Quakers lost their starting point guard — then-junior guard Meghan McCullough — for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

    But luckily for the Red and Blue, freshman Keiera Ray stepped up into McCullough’s role and flourished, helping the team to a winning record.

    Yet this season, the roles are reversed.

    Ray, now a sophomore, is the one injured and will miss the first month of Penn’s season.

    “She’s been practicing with us,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “But she hasn’t been cleared to go live with contact yet.”

    So it will be up to McCullough and others to carry the load at the start of the season. And by all accounts, McCullough is ready for the extra minutes.

    “When you are dealing with Meghan, you are dealing with trust,” McLaughlin said. “There’s a girl that will do everything that’s asked of her. She’ll play whatever role and she’s always been that way.

    “It won’t be a huge transition. She just has that knack for getting the group together.”

    While McCullough will likely be taking the bu to renew rivalries with Manchester United in the Europa League.The 31-year-old has a lot of experience of playing against United, having spent time at Liverpool in his career.Mignolet, who is in Belgium this season after a decade in England, spoke alk of the minutes at point guard, Ray’s injury gives other players like freshman Melanie Lockett a chance to take a bigger role.

    “I think it’s always a positive when someone gets to play,” McLaughlin said. “They can learn from what they’ve done.

    “I think [Melanie] will come out and succeed. She’s got the natural ability to do well so it can only help her, especially if she has early success.”

    And Lockett is ready for the beginning of the season as she begins her collegiate career.

    “I’m excited. I like it when people don’t really expect a lot of me from another team, so I just want to go and bring energy to the court,” Lockett said.

    While McCullough and others are holding down the fort in Ray’s absence, the sophomore guard will also need to adjust to a different offensive look from the Red and Blue when she returns.

    “There’s a lot more focus on the guards looking to go inside-out just because we do have such a strong post presence,” junior guard Kathleen Roche said.

    With Penn’s guards taking on more of a distributing role, the frontcourt will also be expected to step up on the offensive end with Ray not in the lineup.

    “We added depth to the post position this year, so hopefully that will offset [Ray’s absence] so that the point guard won’t need to score as much as a year ago,” McLaughlin said.

    The group is well-equipped to carry the load. The Quakers return starting forwards Kara Bonenberger and Katy Allen return along with senior captain Courtney Wilson.

    Also added to the frontcourt depth is freshman Sydney Stipanovich. The 6-foot-3 center will help give the Red and Blue a height advantage over many opponents, making Penn imposing both in the post and on defense.

    “We also have bigger guards, so we’re not an undersized team,” Roche said. “Rebounding is always a point of emphasis for us and I think if we play a zone, it will be tough for teams to rip through the zone since we have hands everywhere.”

    For now, Penn seems like it is ready to move forward withousa Dembele is not for sale.The French striker is being linked with Chelsea and Manchester United this month.Dembele scored twice in the 7-0 French Cup win at FBBP on Saturday.And Garcia says, "Moussa Dembélé, whose rumors of departure are unfoundedt Ray for the first month thanks to the team’s overall depth.

    “I think [our depth is] what will separate us from other teamsis debut for Tottenham in their draw at Manchester City.A deadline day loan signing from Real Betis, the Argentine international replaced fellow countryman Erik Lamela in attacking midfield five minutes from the end of normal time in what was a stern,” Roche said. “We have three or four people at each position that can really compete.”SEE ALSO

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  • Appell off to hot start in minors

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    After pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings to start his professional career, Josh Appell finally gave up a run in the top of the seventh Tuesday night, raising his previously perfect ERA to 1.17.

    Appell entered his first Gulf Coast League game on July 14. It was a perfect day in Port St. Lucie, Fla., 85 degrees and sunny. Appell's pitching performance was nearly perf is reward for his work in preseason.Shaw won the title at the club's awards night last night.He said, “That's one of the main things you need to do here. You've probably heard the manager say that a lot of times. Hard work beats talent if talent dect as well.

    Entering in the fifth inning with one out and one man on base, Appell proceeded to shut down the rookie-league Nationals. He struck out three and walked one in one inning of no-hit relief.

    Unfortunately for his Mets, Appell's performance was not enough to escape a 5-4 loss.

    Last Wednesday Appell again dominated the Nationals' affiliate. In the bottom of the ninth, after his teammate, pitcher Michael Battista, gave up five runs in the first third of the inning, Appell was called in to the game.

    He quickly struck out the next two batters to keep the game tied, sending it into extra innings. He returned to pitch a perfect tenth inning with two ground-outs and a strikeout.

    When the Mets scored four runs in the eleventh to take the lead, Appell threw another scoreless inning to earn his first win as a professional baseball player. In the eleventh, Appell walked the leadoff man before getting the next batter to ground into a double play. Appell wrapped up his first win by getting the last batter to hit a pop-up.

    A few nights after earning his first win, Appell was put into the game with an opportunity to pick up the first save of his pro career. He was sent in to pitch the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Dodgers' rookie affiliate with the Mets leading 6-4. Appell retired the side in order, picking up a strikeout on the way to earning the first save of his career.

    Appell seemsane admits he responds to the man-management of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.Speaking to the official Liverpool FC magazine, Mamed Premier League champions at Goodison Park.If Manchester City were to lose another game between now and March 16 and the Reds kept their winning streak going, then they could be crowned champions just across Stanley Park."Liverpool is going to winne reserved praise for Klopp, who signed the Senegalese from Southampton in a £34million deal in June 2016.He said: "(He) a to have grown comfortable in his new number 43 Mets jersey, having given up only two hits, two walks and one run in four appearances as of last night.

    Appell was very excited about his performance so far and his first win.

    "I just want to build confidence and have coaches have confidence in me," he said.

    He says he is enjoying his role as a reliever-- coming into the game and having to understand the exact situation at hand.

    "I like the pressure," he said.

    Against the Gulf Coast League Marlins in the second half of a doubleheader, Appell went 1 2/3 perfect innings before giving up a double in the seventh inning and a run on a later wild pitch, ending both his hitless and scoreless streak.

    Nevertheless, Appell still earned his second win in the game, keeping his overall record squeaky clean.

    Appell's hot start has done nothing to diminish his hopes. Yet Appell understands that "baseball is a very humbling game," and realizes the necessity to "take every day at a time."

    So far however, each day of Appell's minor league experience has been everything he expected and more.

    "I knew that I was going to appreciate every little thing that came my way," Appell said. "I am having the time of life."

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    7/141.200013--0.00

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    7/262.121103W1.17------------------------------------------------Total7.22112102-01.17

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  • Princeton continues 14-year dominance of M. Lax

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    In the days leading up to the Penn men's lacrosse team's matchup against No. 2 Princeton, several players remained steadfast in their goal to challenge one of the top teams in the nation.

    "We know that they're not unbeatable," senior co-captain Evan Weinberg said Sunday.

    The Quakers made it clear they believed this sentiment as they gave the Tigers all they could handle yesterday with stingy defense and five goals from their freshmen. It was not enough, however, as Penn fell, 12-6, at Franklin Field.

    "I knew our guys would be fired up for this game after the disappointing effort on Saturday [at Cornell]," Penn coach Brian Voelker said. "We gave these guys a run; they're as good as any team out there."

    The loss snapped the Quakers' five- game winning streak at home -- dating back to last season -- and continued the Tigers' 14-year win streak against Penn.

    This time, Penn (4-4, 1-2 Ivy League) was on Princeton's tail until the final period.

    Twice during the game, the Quakers came from behind, only to find themselves facing a larger deficit after Princeton's goal-scoring runs.

    "They have a lot of weapons, but if we could have cut down some of their strings of goals, we would have really been in the game," Voelker said.

    Trailing 4-2 in the second period, the Quakers managed to tie the game with goals from freshmen Chase McGowan and D.J. Andrzejewski.

    Junior Will Phillips assisted on McGowan's goal, extending his point streak to 13 games.

    The Tigers (5-2, 2-0 Ivy) responded, however, with three consecutive goals -- two off assists from junior All-American Ryan Boyle -- to take a 7-4 lead into halftime.

    But the Quakers' offense exploded again at the start of the second half. Freshman Patrick Rogers tallied his team-high third assist of the game with a one-touch pass to Andrzejewski for his second goal of the game. Freshman Luke Dixson's goal off a pass from senior Jakex Telles.The Porto man is in demand, as he has refused to sign a new deal with the Portuguese club.Porto want to cash in on Telles, and Four Four Two suggests the Foxes and Chelsea are the two Premier League clubs that will push hard to sign him.Leic Martin decreased the deficit to 7-6 with 6:17 to play in the third quarter.

    The Tigers stormed right back, scoring three goals in the next two minutes as part of a string of five unanswered goals, while holding Penn scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

    "We played tough when we were down in the last minute and when kic could join Manchester United training next month, it has been revealed.The Daily Mail says Mandzukic plans to start training with United ahead of a potential January transfer. According to reports in Italy, the forward will move to Manchester as we were tied," senior co-captain Alex Kopicki said. "I don't think we ever had them on the ropes, but we gave our best effort out there."

    The Quakers held a brief 1-0 lead when freshman James Riordan opened the scoring 6:08 into the game. Three Princeton goals later, Kopicki scored his only goal to bring Penn within one.

    Penn senior goalie Mark Gannon matched his career-high performance with 13 saves.

    "We were playing hard physically, but we had a few mental breakdowns," Gannon said. "They took advantage of a few good looks from their guys who worked from behind the net."

    The Tigers were led by Boyle, who recorded a game-high five assists before suffering a hamstring injury at the end of the third period. The 2002 Ivy League Player of the Year and Princeto management career with a friendly win against KSV Oudenaarde.The player-manager had a watching brief on Saturday as his new side won 6-0 at KSV Oudenaarde, with Isaac Kiese Thelin scoring the first goal of his reign.Kompany quit City at the end of ln's leading scorer this year will be sidelined indefinitely -- he will not play in Friday's game against Quinnipiac.

    Princeton senior Josh White scored a game-high three goals while senior Matt Trevenen added two goals and two assists for the Tigers.

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  • rns 33 in February and his current deal expires at

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    manager Ned Yost said Thursday no decision has been made yet on who wian Tierney will join Arsenal.And he is worries about the shockwaves that will send ripplinice Evra is adamant Paul Pogba will be staying this season.Real Madrid remain keen on the midfielder.But Evra, speaking in Monaco for the Champions League draw, stated: "Paul is focused, Paul is in Manchester and he will stay in Manchester. There havg through the Hoops support.Walker said, "It will be a real downer for the fans when Kieran Tierney leaves."You can lose any player and fans will just accept itll back up starting catcher Salvador Perez, according to The Kansas City Star.

    Yost said the decision between and will go until the last day of camp, whicArsenal to face PSG, as Glasgow take on Wolfsburg in the Women's Champions League.Arsenal v Paris St-GermainGlasgow City v WolfsburgAtletico Madrid v BarcelonaLyon v Bayern MunichSemi-final drawArsenal/Paris St-Germain v Lyon/Bayern MunichGlasgow City/Wolfsburg v Atletico Madrid/Barcelonah is Friday.

    Kottaras is batting .324 (11 for 34) with three doubles, six RBI and 10 walks in 17 games. Hayes is batting .306 (11 for 36) with one double, one triple, two homers and 10 RBI in 19 games.

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  • on. The Belgian made the most of his short playing

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    This er League.The Blues are desperate to build on their win last weekend against West Ham United.They want to climb the table and know the 24-year-old center back is a key part of their team.The Liverpool Echo says Mina went through tests on his knee at morning when I came in, colleague Al Melchior immediately asked me if I watched the -Marlins game. Why? " was nasty," he said, and he wanted me to revel in said nastiness. Consider this my delayed revelry. After a breakthroler to defeat Kosovo 5-3 at St Mary's.The result leaves England top of Group A with a 100% winning record after four games, while the Czech Republic moved into second place with a 3-0 win over Montenegro.Kosovo arrived in Southampton on a 15-match unugh in the sious plans for the club this summer.Not only does the Saints boss want to add players to help his team push up the table, but he also wants to adjust the backroom staff.Southampton are giving the Austrian boss a very wide reign as he looks to reshapeecond half last season that seemed too good to be true, Medlen has been under close scrutiny this spring, and the early returns weren't so great. But when he's working with less than his full arsenal, his stuff is going to be hittable. That's part of what makes him such an interesting case. The return of the nastiness as he begins to mix in his first arsenal is a positive sign indeed.

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  • ielder N’Golo Kante says he isn’t surprised by the

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    Cubs pitcher turned in a decent outing but picked up his first loss of the spring in Thursday's Cactus League contest against the White Sox. Villanueva, w were positives to draw from a tough loan at Leeds United.The striker, who scored in yesterday's win over Everton, says despite a lack of minutes his time under Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has helped him a lot."My Leeds experience was good for me, I leh been hit by a major blow to their finances today.On Monday morning, Juve suffered a share price fall of 7.2% - it dropped to €1.27 per share at 9:35am.Since August 23, when Juve reached a price of €1.58, shares have only gone down to this mornino was making his third cnder Nathaniel Phillips from his loan with Stuttgart.The 22-year-old has made 11 appearances in all competitions for the 2. Bundesliga side after sealing a summer loan move.But with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip still sidelined and the Reds facing a heactus League start, went scoreless through the first two innings before he ran into trouble in the third inning. He allowed a bunt single to in the third and then gave up a solo home run to . He allowed two runs on six hits over four innings of work in an 8-3 defeat. He also struck out three and did not issue a walk.

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  • Arroyo has joined Liverpool’s first team for the s

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    Tampa Bay Rays infielder/outfielder/DH saw some action in the outfield on Thursday. It was the first time Scott played in the outfield since July 2011, and his first appearance in right since 2007, according to the Tampa Tribune. "He is primarily a left fielder and a first baseman and a DH, but we'll throw him in ras made its first major mohas only been at Ashton Gate for one season following a £3.5m move from Ipswich Town.But a number of clubs who themselves have suitors eyeing their own stoppers will turn to 24-year-old Webster if they are caught short.Wolvestor's appointment.The Independent reports United are looking into hiring former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique or Red Bull's head of sport Ralf Rangnick as the club's technical director.Henrique was at the Ligue 1 giants when t have been linked with Jve into the Premier League through sponsorship deals with a swathe of top flight clubs, reports, /.Monster has so far been confirmed as the official energy drinks partner of Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City,ight field and see what happens," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Physically, he looks fine."

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