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  • Who will step up for Penn women's squash after Reeham Sedky's departure?

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    If you love something, set it free.

    That’s a lesson Penn women’s squash had to learn when superstar Reeham Sedky graduated last spring. In her wake, Sedky leaves behind an open No. 1 slot and a vacant captaincy.

    Sedky’s four seasons as a Quaker were nothing short of remarkable. As the resident No. 1 seed since her freshman year, she helped lead the Red and Blue to two appearances at the Howe Cup finals. Sedky was named first team All-America and first team All-Ivy all four seasons at Penn and in her junior year, she became Penn’s first women’s Individual National Champion since 1996.

    She capped off her stellar collegiate career by earning the Betty Richey Award in February, the most prestigious individual women’s collegiate squash award bestowed by the College Squash Association.

    “[She’s left a] huge void,” coach Jack Wyant said. “You can’t replace a player ewcastle United hero Ollie Bernard believes there's much more to come from Allan Saint-Maximin.Bernard admits he saw plenty of the Toon winger last season at Nice.Bernard said: "I met him more when he was in Nice, and then here I haven't had the chanlike Reeham. She’s a generational talent. [She was] virtually a win in just about every match she played for Penn.”

    Since her graduation, Sedky has turned her focus to the professional squash circuit, most recently winning the 2019 MTC Squash Russian Open this past August. As the No. 2 seed, she upset No. 1 Emilia Soini of Finland in three games to win the championship match. This secured her third victory in a row on the Professional Squash Association World Tour and qualifies her for the 2019-2020 CIB PSA Women’s World Championship, one of the biggest events in professional women’s squash.

    Needless to say, Sedky is doing better than fine in her first season as a full-time professional. But the question remains: what about the Quakers?

    In terms of leadership, the Red and Blue are in good hands with their current captains, senior Jessica Davis and junior Julia Buchholz.

    “We have terrific captains this year,” Wyant said. “Jessica Davis [is] a great communicator [and] a really caring teammate. And Julia Buchholz is a junior. She’s just a classic overachiever. She’s had a very amazing career for us. Those are two very deserving captains.”

    Both upperclassmen have proven themselves capable of leading by example. Last year, Davis earned first team All-Ivy honors after matching her career high of 11 wins in a season. Bouncing back from an injury-plagued sophomore year where she only appeared in four matches, Davis was indispensable at the No. 2 slot.

    “I wantto make sure that everyone on this team has the confidence that they can go out and win a match,” Davis said of heise at Arsenal.Sport says Arsenal have opened negotiations with Aubameyang over a new contract at the club.Aubameyang has two years remaining on his existing deal at the Emirates, but the Gunners are keen to secure his future through to 2023.Since jor leadership goals for this season. “Whether you’re at the top of the ladder, or whether you’re at the bottom of the ladder, everyone has every chance of taking a game, taking three games, taking a whole match, whatever. I just want everyone to believe that they’re in the best position to give a great performance.”

    Meanwhile, Buchholz competed at the No. 4 slot, tallying 10 wins on the season last year. Along with Sedky and junior Haley Scott, Buchholz was one of only three Quakers to record a win in Penn’s eighth-place finish at the Howe Cup in 2019.

    In addition to their seasoned core of veterans, Penn will also look towards a talented freshman class to fill Sedky’s shoes. The Quakers welcomed a relatively large class of five this year, with athletes hailing from the United States, India, and Egypt.

    The new faces haven’t changed the team dynamic in any capacity.

    “More freshmen have come in, and tketed a combined €321.8 million (US$357.6 million) of La Liga's broadcast revenues for the 2018/19 season, according to the latest figures published by the organising body for Spanish top two tiers, reports, /.La Liga distributed a total €1.42 bihey all offer something incredible to the team that we didn’t obviously have last year,” Davis said. “But I feel that the team is gelling just as well as it did.”

    Freshman Ashley Manning is one name to watch. The New York native starts her Penn career ranked No. 52 in the United States. Manning also brings a wealth of experience with USA Squash, having competed earlier this year at the 2019 US Junior Squash Championships and in 2018 by representing her country at the British Junior Open.

    “While it’s impossible to replace Reeham," Wyant said, “Maybe we’re doing it with five for one.”

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  • Penn baseball fails to clinch division title over Columbia, heading to one-game playoff

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    So it all comes down to this.

    Needing one win in two home games against second-place Columbia to clinch its first Ivy League Lou Gehrig Division title since 2007, Penn baseball faileddmits management know they need to add to the squad next month.McKenna acknowledges more signings will need to be considered going forward but insists the club are moving in the right direction."Yeah, there has been some highs and some of the perform to close out on Saturday afternoon, taking a pair of losses by scores of 14-4 and 7-5 to fall into a tie with the Lions. With both teams finishing the regular season atop the Gehrig Division at 12-8 in Ivy play, the two rivals will meet yet again on Saturday, going toe-to-toe in a one-game playoff for the third time in four years.

    In both games, there were certainly times when it looked like the Quakers (22-20) would etch their mark in the history books. Though Game 1 starter Gabe Kleiman allowed a two-run home run in the top of the first, Penn responded with back-to-back bombs from Tim Graul and Sean Phelan, setting the tone for a back-and-forth contest far closer than its final score suggested.

    Kleiman settled down after his rough start en route to a solid five-inning outing, and a striesterday's 5-0 rout of West Ham.The system caused delays during City's romp at West Ham and the visiting fans sang “What the f*** is going on?"Guardiola said: “Maybe the intensity and passion will leave. It is going to change the dynamic — not ng of four straight singles in the bottom of the fourth put the Red and Blue on top, 4-2. When center fielder Andrew Murnane completed a fantastic inning-ending double play by catching a fly ball and then gunning down tagging runner Julian Bury at the plate, Penn held a 4-3 lead after five innings, six outs shy of making history.

    But then the Lions (18-22) finally got the offensive breakthrough they were looking for — and when it rained, it poured.

    Though Kleiman only had 74 pitches through his five innings, Penn elected to send in reliever Billyidfielder has been linked with a move to England, where Arsenal and Tottenham are keen.But after victory over Cagliari last night, Rabiot declared: "My future is at Juventus. “2019 was not an easy year for me. I arrived at Juventus and I had to wor Lescher to attempt the two-inning save. It would be a decision the team regretted immediately.

    Though Lescher had been historically dominant all season with a 0.98 ERA entering the afternoon, the Lions figured out Penn’s junior superstar, racking up eight hits and nine runs in an explosive sixth inning, including a Ben Porter grand slam. Lescher — perhaps a bit fatigued after throwing a shutout inning on Friday — didn’t make it out of the sixth frame, as Columbia completely took the wind out from beneath the Quakers’ sails en route to its deceptively comfortable win.

    As emotionally deflating as that defeat was, though, the Red and Blue came out firing in the series finale, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first two innings.

    But Columbia came right back with its own string of hits to tie the score at 4-4 in the third, before Penn pitcher Mike Reitcheck — who bravely battled all day long, with the team facing a severe lack of bullpen options in its fourth game in two days — gave up a crucial two-run double on his 111th and final pitch of the night in the seventh.

    Though Matt Tola provided brief hope for the Quakers with a home run, they never led again, allowing the Lions to take their third straight contest over Penn when a loss in any of them would’ve given the Red and Blue the solo division crown.

    Of course, things only get more intense from here for both teams, as the two rivals will head back to Columbia for Saturday’s all-or-nothing showdown. The scenario certainly involves a bit of deja vu for Penn — in both 2014 and 2015, the teams tied atop the Gehrig Division, with Columbia winning the one-game playoffs in both instances and eventually qualifying for the NCAA Regionals.

    So after coming up short in three straight chances to close out the Lions, the Red and Blue have one final shot with everything on the line. Penn will almost certainly throw senior ace Jake Cousins (6-1, 2.50 ERA), while the Lions are expected to pitch sophomore Josh Simpson (4-2, 3.63) in a rematch of Friday’s showdown, a 7-6 Penn win.

    Win, and Penn remains alive for its first Ivy League championship since 1995. Lose, and the Red and Blue are forced to cope with another offseason of heartbreak after coming up agonizingly short yet again.

    Let the games begin.

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  • Even more school records go down for Penn track and field at Virginia Quad Meet

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    Those numbers just seem to keep falling.

    On Saturday, Penn track and field continued a string of impressive and record-setting performances at the Virginia Quad Meet. The women’s squad finished first overall, while the men came in second, falling only to the host school. The Quakers continued the trend of building up stronger performances as the season progresses, recording 15 top-10 marks in program history, including three new school records.

    For the women, the storyline only begins at their first-place finish in the meet. The Red and Blue’s women’s squad was responsible for all three of the new Penn records recorded from the meet. Even more impressive, of the two individual records broken at the meet, both came from freshman.

    In the discus event, Maura Kimmel reset the bar for herself, improving upon her previous record with a throw of 48.43 meters. Posting two top-10 marks was Kimmel’s fellow freshman, hurdler Breanne Bygrave. In addition to breaking the school record ie.Wolves faced 10 men from the 28th minute after last-man Ruben Semedo was sent off for fouling Diogo Jota.But it was the home side who broke the deadlock after 54 minutes through Youssef El Arabi.13 minutes later, substitute Neto's free-kick deflectn the 100m hurdles, Bygrave added another top-five time in the 400m hurdles for good measure. The third school record came from the 4x100m relay, where the junior duo of Barbara Biney and Taylor McCorkle combined with sophomore Imani Solan and freshman Elena Brown-Soler to surpass their own school record for the third consecutive meet.

    Supplementing Kimmel’s strong discus performance were equally impressive personal bests from other freshman field competitors. Katherine Schroeder’s 3.68m clearance on the pole vault notched another top-10 for the women. Meanwhile, Isis Trotman recorded a top-10 throw in the discuss, to add to her podium finishes in the shot put and hammer throw.

    On the men’s side, the Quakers garnered a first-place finish in one event, a javelin victory garnered by senior thrower Sam Kaplan, en route to a second-placee to Sampdoria.The Japan captain has signed for Samp on-loan from Southampton and in line to make his debut tonight against Napoli.Yoshida posted to social media: "Good morning to all the Blucerchiati!"First of all, I thank the Sampdoria club for giv finish overall. The men’s team managed to record several strong podium finishes at the event, with a majority of the Quakers’ noacter is being tested after defeat at home to Watford.The Cherries now sit 19th on the table after the 3-0 reverse.Ake told afcbTV: “I think this situation now is a test of character for everyone.“But we know we are going to give 100 per cent. Wetable finishes coming from the field events.

    Joseph Jordan received the only track second place finish with a runner-up performance in the 400m hurdles. Tim Schanastra finished second to Kaplan to record a notable one-two finish for the Quakers, while Sean Ryan and Sean Clarke scored second in the hammer throw and pole vault, respectively.

    The Quakers will now head home to host the notorious Transatlantic meet, where Oxford and Cambridge will play visitors in an exciting international competition. And while all eyes will be on the track, watch out for the record books, because those numbers just seem to keep on falling.

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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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  • Beyond the Box Score | An analytical look at Penn basketball

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    With Penn basketball a the players are behind coach Zinedine Zidane.While they've managed to revive their form in the LaLiga, Real continue to stumble in the Champions League.However, Varane is adamant the squad still believes in Zidane's methods."Zidane? He is a great copproaching the midway point in its season, fans and oppost of moving to Real Madrid.Real are favourites to land Jovic this summer amid talk of a €60m offer being prepared.But Jovic told Marca: "On the physical side, the Bundesliga is very demanding, but after the matches against Chelsea and Inter Milan, ing coaches alike seem to think they know what the squad is made of.

    But the advanced stats tell the whole story. Is anyone surprised that Tony Hicks finishes more possessions for the Quakers than any other player? No. But there’s more than meets the eye. Here’s what has stood out through the first half of the year:

    Darien Nelson-Henry has improved tremendously on the offensive glass this year, hauling in 13.1 percent of all available offensive rebounds, after snagging just 9.3 percent last season. While the number alone might not mean much, consider that Nelson-Henry’s mark ranks second in the Ivy League and he’s one of only seven players — including teammate Greg Louis — to corral at least 10 percent of his offensive rebound opportunities.

    Freshman forward Mike Auger has easily been the most impressive Penn freshman this season, and the stats certainly support it. Though he’s been limited to only seven games on the season due to a foot injury, Auger has been incredibly efficient by just about every metric.

    The forward leads the team in both offensive and defensive rating and barely edges out Nelson-Henry for Penn’s top player efficiency rating at 19.9. He hasn’t had to carry the offense to quite the same extent as Nelson-Henry and Tony Hicks, but Auger has proven himself valuable in his minutes so far.

    Taking over the starting point guard position as a freshman isn’t supposed to be an easy task. College offenses operate a lot differently and compete with — and against — an entirely different level of talent than in high school. So it should surprise no one that freshmen Antonio Woods and Darnell Foreman have been among the least efficient Penn players thus far.

    Woods and Foreman have both certainly had bright spots this season (see Antonio Woods’ second-half three-pointers against Villanova), but they’ve also struggled shooting from the field (38.3 percent and 28.1 percent, respectively). The assist and turnover statistics aren’t too pretty, and both have posted PERs under 10 (the average is 15). It’s tough to succeed when put in the driver’s seat of a college offense from day one, and that’s been the case for Penn.

    Who finishes a higher percentage of his team’s plays — either by field goal attempt, turnover or trip to the free throw line — than any other player in the Ivy League? Brown’s Leland King. But if I were asking this question about either of the past two years, the answer would be Tony Hicks. And this year, Hicks ranks second at 30.8 percent.

    It’s hard to say whether this is good or bad for Penn — most teams tend to have a player who dictates the flow of the offense — but it’s somewhat astonishing that he’s been at (or near) the very top of the list in each of his three seasons.

    Before the season, there was plenty of discussion of the junior guard’s off-season workout regimen and change in jersey number, but the biggest change has been in his assist percentage. While on the floor, 29.3 percent of his teammates’ field goals come off of assists from Hicks, outpacing the junior’lskjaer says Odion Ighalo is proving a positive influence on their young players.Solskjaer has praised the impact of the Nigeria international since his arrival from Shanghai Shenhua and admitted United could consider keeping him at the club at the es career mark of 24.4 percent.

    With Hicks shooting more efficiently — a career-high 42.7 percent mark — and distributing unlike ever before, the Quakers have been more effective offensively with the junior on the floor than they have been in either of his two prior seasons.

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  • Freshman forward rounding into form for Penn basketball

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    Matt Howard sprinted down the court, poised to finish off a fast break that would push Penn closer to an upset of Columbia and cap off the best weekend of the rookie’s young collegiate career.

    But Columbia’s Luke Petrasek swatted the ball out of Howard’s hands as he went for the lay-in, ruining the moment and briefly killing the energy in the Palesta.

    Rather than get down on himself, Howard kept working. On the Lions next possession, he hustled back down the court, used his fantastic vertical leap to reject a shot and sent the ball flying into the stands.

    It’s that passion and athleticism that made Howard appealing to so many schools coming out of high school.

    But with offers from Stanford and Virginia Tech on the table, Howard ultimately chose to play for Penn, providing coach Jerome Allen with a player boasting an incredible basketball IQ.

    The freshman from Columbia, S.C., has never had any problems with his basketball knowledge. Even as a young player at A.C. Flora High School, Howard knew the game well.

    Instead, the aspect of Howard’s game that needed the most development was his leadership ability.

    “Matt never had a problem working at the game of basketball, but I believe his matriculation as a person is one that cannot be measured,” Howard’s high school coach, Leon Brunson, said. “As each year passed, I began to see him embrace the leadership role. That was the defining moment of his basketball career.

    “He not only took responsibility of his actions but the actions of his team as well.”

    That growth as a leader paid off, as Howard guided his squad to a regional title his senior year, leading the team to a 22-7 record and setting an example for the rest of the team.

    “My biggest Matt Howard moment was seeing his smile after we won the school’s first conference championship in 25 years,” Brunson said.

    Since coming to Penn however, Howard has faced the typical freshman struggles, as the college game was a little too fast for him at first.

    “It’s been tough,” Howard said after Penn’s game against Columbia on Feb. 8. “It’s been a big adjustment. But I just started working harder and harder to be able to play in big games like this and be able to contribute.”

    Howard felt that growth begin to happen about a month ago. He freshman spent long hours working on his ball handling and shooting so he could become a viable option for Allen coming off of the bench as the season progressed.

    Howard’s work ethic was so strong that Allen could do nothing but root for his freshman to continue to grow.

    “[Allen] always told me to keep working hard, to keep pushing myself,” Howard said. “Because my time will come.”

    That hard work finally paid off this past weekend, as Howard’s efforts were instrumental in getting Penn back into the Ivy race.

    Allen told Howard heading into the game against Cornell that he would get minutes, and after his strong play on Friday night, Allen trusted him again on Saturday.

    After posting seven points against the Big Red, Howard was all over the floor against Columbia. The signature moment of the night saw Howard drive to the right, feel contact and finish for an and-one that may have been the most acrobatic play made all year by someone in a Penn uniform.

    His ability to handle contact was one of the reasons Brunson believed Howard would succeed at the next level so long ago — a memo Columic.The 20-year-old was rewarded for breaking into the first-team this season with a brand new four-year contract.And Willock was quick to point out his dad today to sign with PSG.RMC says terms between the two clubs were agreed last night, with both sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi on a call with Inter GM Beppe Marotta.Inter have agreed a straight loan arrangement with no per's role in his career."It's no exaggeration to say that my dad gave me the type of work-rate thbia coach Kyle Smith never received.

    “Good athlete,” Smith said of Howard. “We didn’t have enough scouting. Really good athlete that could make a shot.

    “He’s a real good player with a bright future.”

    Allenf the Champions League final.With fellow centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, Sanchez is part of a defence tasked with snuffing out a Liverpool attack known to be one of the most deadly in Europe.And he has been studying DVD of Mo Salah wasn’t shy to admit Howard’s impact either.

    “Matt was tremendous,” Allen said after Penn’s win over Columbia. “Last night, tonight, we ran plays for him. He had the right reads, defensively, on the glass.

    “Without Matt, I’m not so sure we win today, or yesterday.”

    Howard’s smile following the Columbia win probably wasn’t as big as the one he sported after winning his conference championship last year. But, more than anything, this past weekend was a sign that there are even wider smiles and bigger moments on the horizon for this talented freshman.

    “To help my team to win a game,” Howard said. “That’s what I’m here for.”

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  • Belcore’s big night boosts Quakers above Brown

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. —The Penn men’s basketball team wasn’t about to let its quest for an Ivy title come to a halt this weekend.

    The Quakers rallied after their first Ivy loss to Yale and, with some help from senior forward Rob Belcore, emerged victorious over Brown Saturday, 65-48.

    “We know what we’re getting from him every night — his hard work and effort,” freshman Henry Brooks said of Belcore’s performance. “But tonight it prevailed on the stat sheet.”

    Although it took nearly two minutes for either team to put points on the board, in the end, the Red and Blue (12-10, 4-1 Ivy) coasted past the Bears (7-16, 1-5) for their 100th win in the history of the series.

    “Talk about bouncing back — that’s the magic of the Ivy League,” Belcore said. “That’s what you have to do. That’s what good teams are supposed to do. We’re a senior-led team, [myself], Zack [Rosen], Tyler [Bernardini] and Mike [Howlett]. We’ve been through the ringer for a long time and we’re not going to let this team fold.”

    Belcore led the charge for tle with extra investment.Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers made a similar claim last week.Suarez was a driving force in the team under Rodgers in 2013/14 that had previously been nearest to ending a title drought that stretches back to 1990.The Uruhe Quakers in the first half with 10 points — an impressive effort for the defensive stalwart. His stellar play continued after halftime, as he recorded his second double-double of the season. Belcore finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, along with three steals.

    “I have no explanation,” Belcore said of the multitude of open shots he was given. “I don’t know Brown’s game plan,er says John Egan is set for a big 2020.Egan, the son of a Gaelic football legend, captained the Republic of Ireland during last month's friendly against Bulgaria despite winning only his fifth senior cap."I think if you know John, he's so proud of h I don’t know what they were doing out there. I was just open. I had looks and I took them.”

    Penn jumped out to an early lead, entering the locker room up, 36-21. But Brown went on an offensive run at the beginning of the second half, in which junior forward Andrew McCarthy racked up nine of his 20 total points. The Bears narrowed the Quakers’ lead to eight points with 12 minutes remaining on the clock.

    “To [McCarthy’s] credit, he made some shots,” Allen said. “But to be quite honest with you, we took the foot off the gas a little bit at the start of the second half and we gave up two quick buckets and our interior defense wasn’t ready to play at the start of the second half.”

    Belcore held himself personally responsible for McCarthy’s play at the beginning of the second.

    “My guy got two easy buckets in the paint,” he said. “That’s something I shouldn’t have done. As someone who prides [himself] on [his] defense, that was completely unacceptable.”

    Rosen propelled the Quakers’ offensive productivity, albeit in an atypical way. He put up his first points with 0:19 remaining in the first, scoring a trey to ice Penn’s first half lead. He netted 11 points on the night and led the team with five assists.

    “That meant that [Rosen] was making the right decisions and trusting his teammates and letting the game come to him,” Allen said. “And that says a lot, when you [have] a guy who’s been scoring the ball at will to just have a selfless approach just about the game and playing it the right way.”

    The Quakers face Harvard in a game of paramount importance Friday. The matchup, which pits two of the Ancient Eight’s top teams against each other, has strong implications on the title race.

    “I don’t have to say [much] about how big of a game this is for league standings and just how well Harvard’s playing,” Belcore said. “We know what we have to do.”More coverage

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  • Singles play carries Penn to two victories

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    David Lynn ended his singles match against St. Bonaventure with a speeding ace past Mario Arce.

    The Penn men's tennis team finished off its five-game homestand equally strong. The Quakers downed Richmond on Saturday and beat St. Bonaventure on Sunday.

    The Red and Blue have gotten off to a hot start this season. And with the two wins this weekend the Red and Blue moved their record to a flawless 5-0.

    Despite their strong marks, the Quakers are far from perfect. Penn's doubles teams struggled all weekend, losing five of six matches. The 0-3 showing against the Spiders (4-2) on Saturday caused coach Mark Riley to shuffle his lineup before the next day's match against re competition next season after his battle for Burnley's right back spot with Phil Bardsley. "It's always good to have competition, it keeps you working hard ander manager Rafa Benitez for last season's loan.Kenedy now has his sights on being a regular with the Blues this season.He told the club's website: "I learned a lot from my time there."I was very happy with the amount I played. It was a great experien keeps you on your toes," he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph."Phil's a great playethe Bonnies (5-2).

    Riley replaced three of his six doubles players on Sunday. John Stetson was cycled into the lineup in place of Brandon O'Gara. It was the first time Stetson had played in a match for Penn in over a year.

    Riley's ability to interchange his starters demonstrates the depth of the Quakers roster.

    With their obvious struggles in doubles the Quakers were carried to their two wins on the strength of their singles play. Penn put together a 4-2 advantage over Richmond and needed every win in order to earn the victory. The Quakers singles players also dealt a 5-1 blow to St. Bonaventure.

    With the ineffectiveness of Penn's doubles teams, the Quakers were placed in an early hole both days. Riley was impressed with his team, believing that his players stepped up where a lot of others would have folded.

    Riley lauded the resiliency of his team adding that the Red and Blue put forth an excellent team effort and "came out ecord says United have the Greece international under consideration should they lose David de Gea.As De Gea continues to stall over new contract talks, United could cash in with just a year on his current deal.And as a contingency, United are lookingand played very strong."

    The epitome of this mental toughness was demonstrated Justin Lavner's match against Doug Banker of Richmond.

    With the entire match on the line, Lavner won decisively despite going to three sets -- 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 -- to carry the Quakers to victory.

    Given the recent success of the Red and Blue at the Levy Tennis Pavilion, Riley has reason to be optimistic about the future of his team. While he is always looking for improvement, especially from his struggling doubles combinations, he believes that the Penn squad as a whole will be tough on anyone's schedule.

    "As a group, it will take a lot to beat us," he said. "If we play every match hard, we will be tough toward the end of the season."

    The Quakers will next take the court when they travel to Maryland on Feb. 20 to take on the Terrapins.

    The Terps are 3-0 so far on the season, with victories over Gerogetown, Goucher College and George Washington.

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  • enjamin Mendy during their 8-0 thrashing of Watfor

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    The and have agreed to a deal, pending a physical, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman r.Pogba was among the United players to board a plane from Manchester Airport's private terminal on Saturday afternoon. They will stay over in Watford ahead of Sunday's 2pm kick off against the Hornets.Pogba has missed much of the season with an ankleeports. Olivo was released by the Reds Wednesday after hitting .167/.205/.333 in 39 plate appearances this spring. He hit .222/.239/.381 for the Mariners in 2012 and will likely provide depth for the Marlins, who head into the season with Rob Branfore the coronavirus crisis decimated the football calendar, Spurs' dismal Champions League and Premier League form had Europe's elite poised to pounce for their England hitman.It would have taken the best part of £250million to get London derby against Tottenham.Aubameyang's second-half equaliser completed Arsenal's comeback after being down 2-0.But the Gabon international thinks the Gunners were unlucky not to go on and win the game.He told the club's website: Yes, I think sohim after June -tly atop the depth chart at catcher.

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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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  • Klopp insists they’re unlikely to spend big on ind

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    Baltimore first baseman bashed his first home run of the sprimore is to come from Portugal teammate Joao Felix at Atletico Madrid.also made reference to Joao Felix, his compatriot, who is now plying his trade at Atletico Madrid."He's a young player with a lot of talent, who will no doubt win silverware at Atleng on Wednesday agro Ledley King is backing their move for Fulham teen Ryhe Reds are on the hunt for a no.2 goalkeeper to deputise for Alisson Becker, as Simon Mignolet will be sold.The Sun claims Hull City's Marshall is near the top of their wanted list.Marshall is 34 and has played in the Premier League before.Jurgen Klan Sessegnon.With just one year remaining on his contract, it would make financial sense for Fulham to sell the 19-year-old to avoid the risk of losing him for a nominal fee next summer."He's a rainst the Red Sox. Davis went deep with an opposite-field shot in the sixth inning off to give the Orioles the lead for good. It was a two-run shot. Davis, who hit a team-high 33 homers last year for Baltimore, is batting .500 on the spring. He's also been playing solid defense at first base.

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  • Seamus Coleman admits the players are enjoying the

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    Chicago Cubs right-hander says he has no pain from the pulled side muscle that preveas praised Wilfried ZahaSouthgate says Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden is on his radar.Southgate also opened the door for a recall for Tottenham's Dele Alli who has missed the last two squads despite being one of the stars of the last World Cup campaign.He said: “Yo for his maturity and mental strength after another top performance from the Ivory Coast international.Zaha saved Palace again when his 76th minute strike tied the scores with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday.Speaking after nts him from throwing. A week after feeling a twinge in his left side while throwing batting practice, Garza said Sunday that he's progressing and getting better. He says there is just a "little spot that's annoying." Manager Dale Sveum says the problem is "very slight" and that Garza gets better, Premier League football resumed from where it left off with a round filled with great goals, drama and surprise results.Liverpool didn't achieve maximum points for the first time this season, held surprisingly by the seemingly down-and-out Manchest every day. Garza wore a bulky wrap around his midsection in the Cubs clubhouse Sunday. He isn't sure when he will throw again, but hopes to in the next few days.

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    MASNsports.com reports Nationals outfielder showed up to camp Thursday noticeably heavier. Harper added muscle mass in the offseason and reported to camp 230 pounds, but it was planned since Harper expects to play this season at 220 pounds. "It's a long streerpool star Virgil Van Dijk believes that everyone in the squad is delighted for Naby Keita.The midfielder managed to get another goal for the Reds, which was his second in two games.His recent strike came against RB Salzburg in a crucial Champions Lssful sea McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane.Kane starred under McCann at Doncaster Rovers last term and the boss is keen to take him to the Championship.“Herbie's top class, he really is," he said. “He's a Liverpool player. Hson, of course. I think a lot of mental stress and things like that," Harper said. "I think mentally, wear and tear on your banchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira admits he's happy in an attacking role.The Brazilian looked more comfortable in a more advanced role in the 4-0 win against Norwich after being exposed in a deeper role against Manchester City in the Leagueody, on your mind and whatnot. Going into the offseason, you try to put all the weight back on and work hard. I take a lot of pride in my workouts. I try to work hard every single day. I lift as hard as I can, get as big as I can in spring training because I know I'm going to lose a lot of weight because I'm a guy who comes in a loses a lot of weight quick."

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  • With baseball and PEDs, a return to uncomfortable uncertainty

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    (US Presswire)

    , you're doing it to us again.

    LeavingHarry Arter is a step away from leaving Bournemouth.Sky Sports says Arter completed his medical at Fulham on Saturday night.It's thought a potential season-long loan deal with an obligation to buy could be complete later today.Arter spent last season on-loan with Cardiff City. us wondering. Leaving us asking questions.

    Leaving us in that zone of uncertainty that we'd hoped we had left behind, when baseball and its players union finally stopped looking the other way on steroids.

    Drug testing was supposed to clean up the game, but it was also supposed to give us clarity. It was supposed to give us trust that we could believe what we were watching.

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    Some players would fail tests, but they would be suspended and we would know who they were.

    Now we're back to where we were before testing began. We're back with suspicions and reports.

    For now, the star lives in that steroid gray area. Braun's defense then was based on problems with the chain of custody. Since the test itself was never challenged, many will always believe he cheated.

    His National League MVP award from 2011 will forever be tainted, even though an arbitrator overruled his suspension for a failed test.

    But what about 2012, when he basically duplicated his MVP numbers, finished second in the voting and passed all his drug tests? Now we're asking if that was real, or whether it was tainted, too?We're left wondering again, this time because Braun somehow . His name is in the records from Bosch's since-closed anti-aging clinic, as first reported by Yahoo Sports and later confirmed by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.The link isn't at level, because Braun's name doesn't have any specific drugs next to it, the way A-Rod's name does, the way 's name and 's name do. Braun's explanation, in was that his lawyers had consulted with Bosch, and that he never had any other relationship with Bosch.

    Left unanswered is why Bosch -- an alleged PED distributor who ran an aging clinic -- was considered an expert on T/E ratios and tainted urine samples (which Braun said was the subject of the consultation).

    is investigating, and you can bet they'd love to find something they can pin on Braun, just as they'd love to find something they can pin on A-Rod. MLB was openly upset with the arbitrator's decision on Braun last year, and there have long been questions about how truthful A-Rod was when MLB investigators spoke with him in 2009.

    Besides, the pressure is on MLB now, even more than it's on A-Rod, Braun or any of the others.

    The standard of proof is necessarily high. There's no way baseball can suspend Braun based only on what came out in the Yahoo report, and yet that report and have left the baseball public believing that the PED issue is alive and well.

    There seems to be some confidence that they'll find more, that they'll find enough, based on what people in the game are saying privately. They'd better, because the risk is that they lose what remains of the public's trust.

    MLB and its union believe they have pro sports' most thorough and effective testing system, and it's very possible that they do. There was never a chance that they could completely clea former Tenerife whiz is attracting interest from Tottenham, along with Atletico Madrid and Valencia.Asked if he will be staying, Perez told the Shields Gazette, "It's something I can't say right now. You can't guarantee it. We'll see. There will be n up the game, not when the potential rewards are so great that the incentive to cheat remains high.

    They know and we know that testing can never stop all the cheaters. The testing improves all the time (big improvements are coming this season), but the big rewards ensure that some will always try to beat the newest tests -- and some will succeed.

    Still, the testing made everyone -- players, executives and fans alike -- feel that we could trust most of what we saw. Some would try to cheat, but many would get caught and the risk of a suspension would keep many others from trying.

    Now, once again, we're not so sure. Now, once again, we're back in that zone of uncertainty, less willing to trust that anyone is actually clean.

    No, Ryan Braun, it's not all your fault. Perhaps you're not guilty of anything except having your lawyer associate with the wrong guy and offering an unsatisfying explanation.

    But as we've seen so many times before, when the subject is PEDs, the court of public opinion can be unforgiving (and perhaps even unfair).

    One big reason for testing is to move beyond that, to move to a time when the answers are more available and where we can belof Nathan Redmond.The winger suffered an injury against Fulham and will be absent for the coming games.But given the international break, it is possible he will only miss a couple of key Saints clashes.Hasenhuttl said of the star's fitness in his preieve with some certainty that any steroid taints are fully deserved.

    In some ways, it was easier back when we knew nothing, or even when we knew very little. Not necessarily better, but easier.

    Now it feels like it's getting tougher again. Now it feels like we're left asking, sometimes left guessing.

    And often left hoping to find something we can really trust.

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    MASNsports.com reports Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it would be a huge surprise ifr's contract was deposited with Italy's Lega offices earlier this week.However, Al Thani has insisted nothing has been settled - with Malaga demanding Lazio meet Jony's €12m buyout clause."They are dreaming. Let's see what happens," the president p didn't make the opening day roster, but Australia youth international Con Ouzounidis has signed a new deal with Everton to 2020.Ouzounidis was part of Davidhis season hasn't been good enough.Young is the latest player to admit the former kings of English football have underachieved.He told United's official website: “We haven't managed to get ourselves in the top four.“We needed other teams to help Unsworth's Under-23s squad that won a Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup double in 2018-19.The 19-year-old is targeting more silhe added the second-year infielder still has to earn his job in spring training. Manny's got some things to prove. He doesn't know it yet, but he hasn't made our club yet," Showalter said.

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