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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn women's basketball falls to Binghamton in home opener

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    ttacker Mahmoud Trezeguet.With Egypt out of the African Cup of Nations, Villa are set to push to close Trezeguet's signing.Villa could seal an £8 million deal this week to bring the Egyptian to England.Trezeguet operates as a winger at the Turkish c

    Excitement was running high in the Palestra on Wednesday night as Penn women’s basketball opened its home slate against Binghamton. The night began with the unveiling of the Quakers’ 2015-16 Ivy League Championship banner, the program’s fourth addition to the Palestra’s rafters.

    The presentation was followed by a hype video compilation of the highlights from the 2015-16 season superimposed with red and blue headshots of the Quakers’ starting lineup. Still in their warm-ups, the Penn plaage Road.The two clubs are thrashing out the final details to settle the Dutch defender's transfer.TMW says Udinese see Zeegelaar as cover for Ken Sema, who joined the Zebrette from Watford just this past summer.Zeegelaar would arrive in an initial lyers gazed up at the scoreboard in awe as the lyrics “ready or not, here I come” blared throughout the Cathedral of College Basketball.

    It would be a foreboding anthem for the night, as Penn’s usually precise offense struggled to challenge the upstart Bearcats, falling 61-48 to Binghamton (1-2) in the Quakers’ (0-2) second straight nonconference loss of the week.

    “I thought we were prepared, I thought we were ready to go, the excitement was there it just didn’t translate,” coach Mike McLaughlin said of the home opener.

    “We got out-worked, we got out-willed and we got the result that we should have gotten.”

    The scoring action started with three-point swish from senior guard Kasey Chambers, but would stop not long after. In the first quarter, the Quakers shot just 2-for-10 before McLaughlin called a timeout to refocus his team.

    While Penn was able to recover a bit of momentum halfway through the first quarter, Binghamton took back control thanks to a late-quarter turnover by junior guard Anna Ross and a subsequent breakaway layup by Imani Watkins that put the visitors up 15-6.

    Binghamton’s lead would only widen in the second quarter. Senior center Sydney Stipanovich and junior forward Michelle Nwokedi temporarily fired up the Quakers’ attack with two back-to-back lay-ups, but shooting troubles continued to beleaguer the home team, as Penn was held scoreless for over six minutes whie eyeing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Currently on-loan with AC Milan, Bakayoko is expected to be sent back to Chelsea after a controversial past month. The midfielder has clashed with coach Rino Gattuso and also invited controversy after his le the Bearcats ran up the score 34-19. Penn finished the half shooting nine of 30, a slight regression from its first-half performance against Duke on Saturday in which the Quakers shot 12 of 31.

    “I just wanted them to play the game in a flow and I think we struggled,” McLaughlin said. “We’re playing each possession very choppy, very unsure of ourselves. We’re not getting anything easy in transition.”

    Indeed, the second half featured more choppy basketball from Penn. Nwokedi, who ended the night with a team-high 17 points, got hot late in the third quarter and scored two layups and just missed a three-pointer. But Binghamton answered with a basket every time and ended the first thirty minutes of play with a commanding 17-point lead.

    Things started to click for the Quakers in the final quarter, but it was too little too late. Stipanovich found glimpses of her peak defensive form, tallying 16 boards and four blocks. Rallying around its captain, the defense hit its groove in fits and spurts and managed to hold the Bearcats scoreless for over four minutes. Through that stretch, Penn was nearly equally unsuccessful on offense and tallied only just four points. The game ended as it started with a trey from Chambers; this one rained down as time expired.

    The eyes of the home team’s players were vacant as the Penn band serenaded the crowd with its usual upbeat rendition of “The Red and the Blue.” It was clear that the result was a shock.

    “I thought we were going to come in here in this environment and really do well and play good basketball and we did not do that,” McLaughlin said. “And that’s on me.”

    Penn has almost emerged on the other side of its initial whirlwind stretch, as the last of its six-day, three-game slate remains against Rhode Island (1-1) on Friday. McLaughlin’s team will have barely 48 hours to find its stride and shake off a disappointing start to Palestra play.

    “We just need to play better basketball for longer stretches and that’s my job to get that going,” he said. “One game doesn’t make a good season or a bad season.”

    As the Quakers look on to Friday, they must hope that neither do three.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Mixed results end Penn men's tennis' year

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    It wasn’t the end the Quakers were looking for.

    Over the weekend, Penn men’s tennis closed out its season with three matches over three days, losing to Columbia at home, and then beating Binghamton and losing to Cornell on the road.

    While their 2-5 league record marks a one-game improvement from last season, it’s not what the Red and Blue had expected, nor what they had hoped for after starting off 2-0, a start which included a win over Princeton.

    “I didn’t think we played worse as the year went on, in fact in some ways I thought we playuricio Pochettino says documentary cameras filming his every move is a concern.Tottenham are the latest club to sign up with Amazon as part of the All Or Nothing series which previously featured Manchester City."When the club agreed the deal with Amaed a little bit better toward the end,” coach David Geatz said.

    “The competition was a little better at the end. We played the two best teams in the Ivy League [Columbia and Harvard] at the end of the year,” he added.

    On Friday, Penn ran into one of those teams: No. 19 Columbia, a behemoth which was on a 16-match win streak and which had dropped just one point in league play going into the match. The Lions routed the Red and Blue, 4-0, yielding only one set in total — to freshman Matt Nardella . Columbia went on to win its 11th Ivy League title — and its first since 2010 — over the weekend, as it finished undefeated in league play.

    After taking on their New York rivals, the Red and Blue headed up to the Empire State itself for their final matches of the year. Saturday was a more successful day for the Quakers, as they dropped Binghamton for the second straight year, taking the two through five-spot singles matches to win, 5-2. Penn finished 5-9 in nonconference play.

    No. 52 Cornell represented Penn’s final chance to finish with its best Ivy League record since the 2007-08 season, a feat it missed narrowly, losing 4-3. Penn took three singles matches on the backs of senior Zach Katz, sophomore Vim de Alwis and Nardella, the last of whom picked up his 13th win of the year. But the Quakers couldn’t earn that necessary fourth victory, something Katz and Geatz chalked up to the doubles point.

    For the three seniors on the team — Katz, Nikola Kocovic and Andrew Berman — Sunday marked their last day of Ivy League tennis.

    “[It’s] bittersweet,” Katz said. “I’m definitely going to miss it. It’s not the way you ever want to stop playing the sport you’ve been playing since you were four years old, but I’m happy to turn a new chapter.”

    Geatz praised the outgoing seniors, stopping especially to single out one of his co-captains, Katz.

    “Zach Katz is the best player in the Ivy League,” he said, noting that Katz didn’t drop a match in conference play.

    “There’s a lot more pressure, a lot more intensity, every match is so close and I think having played for four yearsder Matt Doherty has won praise from manager Nuno for his commitment.Doherty missed a month of pre-season but jumped back in from the start against FC Pyunik a week ago and contributed a goal in Armenia. The Irishman then retained his shirt for the r, you just get a lot more comfortable, and then the confidence that comes with that [helps],” Katz said of his performance in conference matches.

    While the five-game skid to end Ivy play left Penn with a bitter taste, with just three outgoing players, a strong incoming recruiting class and some play they're to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says City are still in the hunt for £80million-rated Maguire – but must offload Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala to fund the deal.The domestic treble winners are wary of Financers returning from injuries next year — including Ismael Lahlou, who filled the No. 3 singles spot last year — the Red and Blue have something to look forward to.

    “With good recruiting classes, coach Geatz and coach [Ty] Schaub will definitely have a nationally ranked program soon,” Katz said.

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  • Tydings | Hicks starting to stick for Quakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Men's Basketball at the midway point

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

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

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

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

    Allen has reached this point. And he has spoken.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The tournament starts now.

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  • Need a tip? Miller's been there

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    When he left Providence, R.I. and the Brown basketball program for the head coaching job at Penn, Glen Miller was faced with the difficult task of replacing Philadelphia icon Fran Dunphy.

    But in 1993, 13 years before he took over for Dunphy, Miller was replacing some of the lower-profile denizens of the athletic world.

    "I had a stint where I was going in for a gym teacher on kind of a long-term basis so we played a lot of games - capture the flag and a lot of fun games like that," Miller said. "Quite different from coaching."

    While Miller's pay as an assistant coach at Connecticut had been decent, a restricted-earnings rule would have dropped his total income tctory over Southampton, Klopp says the desire of his team is summed up by the leadership of his captain,.“Hendo is one example. There are plenty of others. But did he look like the captain of a team that is 19 points ahead?" Klopp said as Liverpoolo about $20,000 annually. If he was going to subsist on a low salary, he was going to be a head coach while he did it.

    So he left his post at UConn in 1993 to take the interim coaching job at Division-III Connecticut College and with it a meager new salary of $12,000.

    To supplement his income, he spent the year moonlighting. He worked for his wife's parents as a delivery driver and as a substitute gym teacher around New London, Conn.

    Miller had driven a taxi during his summers in college, so he was no stranger to that line of work. But balancing a coaching job and other employment required serious juggling on his part.

    "Sometimes," Miller said, "I would leave work and take a delivery trip, come back and go back to work former club Juventus.The pair played together in Turin.Evra told the Daily Mail, "I don't know what Paul's future holds. I do know that he felt really loved in Juventus. He doesn't feel that love in Manchester. We always forget what a player is abou and stay in the office until midnight if I needed to."

    The interim tag would eventually be dropped, and Miller transformed Connecticut College into a D-III power - the Camels made the NCAA Tournament in two consecutive years at the end of Miller's tenure, including a Final Four appearance in 1999.

    Today, having emerged from life in the sererto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.The trio have lead Liverpool's resurgence over the past three seasons, culminating in last season's Champions League triumph.Mane told TV 2: "It's easy to work with them. Personally, I feel lucky to get to play with thevice industry, Miller and his family have taken on a unique viewpoint fostered in part by the coach's odd jobs.

    "My wife tips when she goes through the drive-thru at Dunkin' Donuts," he said, adding that "tip everybody" has become a sort of Miller mantra.

    With an Ivy title and an appearance in the real March Madness under his belt, Miller can look back fondly on his time as a sub.

    "It was a lot of fun interacting with the kids on a daily basis," he said.

    But he knows he learned a valuable life lesson back in 1993.

    "Recruit well and build a program," Miller said, "because you don't want to drive delivery and [be a] substitute teacher for your career."

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  • It takes two: Doubles spurs Penn to win

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    The Penn women's tennis team can now leave the Levy Pavilion courts without having lost there.

    The Quakers won't return home until April 11, when it will be warm enough to play outdoors. And in their indoor finale, they slipped by an all-international Old Dominion 4-3 to remain undefeated in their spring season.

    Unlike their first match, a 6-1 romp over cross-town Temple, this victory required a bit more sweat.

    The Quakers showed a natural inished business" in the Premier League.The striker is spending time on loan at QPR in the Championship this season.He has nine goals so far this season, and is hoping that another Premier League team look at him for next term.The 29-year-old wants tgrace only in their doubles sweep, taking most sets by at least a four-point margin. Senior captain Yulia Rivelis and sophomore Maria Anisimova, who played in the No. 1 doubles, made quick work of the Monarchs in an 8-2 win.

    The doubles sweep "gave us that little extra 'oomph,'" Rivelis said.

    They needed that momentum for singles play, which would prove to be a bit rockier.

    Senior Julia Koulbitskaya's easy win over the Monarch's Barbara Costa (6-1, 6-1) was soon offset by Anisimova and senior Charlotte Tansill's successive losses.

    "Julia's quick second win was vital for us," said assistant coach Sara Schiffman, who was leading the women in head coach Michael Dowd's place.

    "Old Dominion was very tough. They didn't back down."

    Breakout freshman and North Carolina native Alexa Ely responded with a solid win of her own (6-4, 6-0) in only the second dual match of her college career, pulling Penn even in singles with two wins and two losses.

    With the ontwo difficult fixtures in quick succession.Wolves are set to take on Liverpool and Manchester City during the festive Premier League fixtures.It means they must battle with the table toppers and last year's champions with less than two days in betweee point from doubles, the Quakers held a 3-2 lead.

    They turned to the experienced Rivelis to se Neres to join him at Goodison Park.Richarlison has apparently discussed a move to Everton with his Brazil team-mate Neres. "I've spoken to him about it already. I told him the doors are open for him there, and that he could help us a lot," he said. cure the final point needed to defeat the Lady Monarchs.

    The Moldova native took on South Africa's Charleen Haarhoff in a fiery three-set showdown filled with heated verbal exchanges and smoldering glares. In the end, the more experienced player took the win, and Rivelis came through for her teammates (6-1, 6-7, 6-3).

    "[Haarhoff] was a tough opponent," Rivelis said.

    "I lost my intensity a bit in the second set but picked it up in the third," she added. "There could have been moments where I focused a little better."

    Senior Michelle Mitchell lost the closest singles match of the evening (7-5, 3-6, 7-6), but by then, the Quakers had already sealed the win.

    Despite the result, the team was not overly pleased with its performance.

    "Maybe it wasn't the best day overall for everybody," Schiffman said, "but I thought the intensity was pretty good."

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  • Columbia took walk down easy street for 2 wins

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    Two weeks in, the Columbia bakery has run out of cream puffs.

    For the second straight year, the Lions are 2-0. For the second straight year, they got the two W's against a pair of I-AA weaklings. And for the second straight year, the road gets much tougher in Week 3.

    Princeton at Columbia

    Last year's Lions under Bob Shoop rode the momentum of the 2-0 start into a 43-3 loss at Princeton.

    Now Shoop is gone, the matchup of undefeated teams has shifted to New York and new Lions coach Norries Wilson gets his first test in front of the homecoming crogood impression on the players.The Gunners recorded their first win under the Spaniard thanks to a 2-0 home success against Manchester United on New Year's Day.And it appears the relatively inexperienced boss is winning over the players with his innowd.

    Wilson and Co. put a serious beatdown on Fordham and held on long enough to survive Georgetown at home.

    While the Lions haven't really gotten it going on the ground, quarterback Craig Hormann has hit a variety of targets to the tune of 28-for-47 passing. But their MVP so far has been kicker Jon Rocholl, who has knocked in six straight field goals.

    They may need more than field goals to beat the Tigers, who have good wins at Lehigh and at Princeton Stadium against Lafayette. The Tigers are succeeding on the strength of a defensemo Werner is on his way to Tottenham in the summer.The German striker was linked with a move to Liverpool in the press today.Leipzig seized on the story and made a joke about it through their official Twitter account.The club issued a reply regarding that has allowed 24 points in two games and allowed just 206 yards to the Leopards.

    Don't look for a repeat of last season's blowout, but Columbia would be fortunate to win the matchups on either side of the ball.

    (23) Harvard at Lehigh

    Liam O'Hagan? Suspended

    Chris Pizzotti? Hurt

    Jeff Witt? Hurt

    Richard Irvin? Here, coach.

    Harvard will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to face the Mountain Hawks, bringing with them their fourth-string quarterback, who will start for the Crimson tomorrow. He's the fourth QB in four games, dating back to last season.

    He's also the only one with Division I-A experience.

    The Tulane transfer, who played for Harvard in seven games last season, takes on a Lehigh team that boasts a win at Villanova, but losses to Princeton and Albany.

    Despite the quarterback issues and thanks to the nation's leading runner, Clifton Dawson, the Crimson is second in the country in total offense, ranking just behind No. 1 New Hampshire.

    But it meets its toughest challenge yet against a Lehigh team that ranks 21st in the country in total defense.

    Brown at Rhode Island

    The 91st meeting between the state's two Division I programs will be marked by two teams coming off tough home losses in conference play.

    The Bears got run over by Dawson and the Crimson last week, while Rhode Island fell in Kingston to No. 17 Delaware.

    Brown leads the series 66-22-2, and to capture the Governor's Cup for the third straight season, it will have to improve against the run. Rhode Island boasts a three-man rushing attack, which has the Rams ranked fifth in the nation with 243.3 rush yards per game - one spot better than Harvard.

    (22)Albany at Cornell

    After being shut down by Yale, the task gets no easier against an impressive Albany defense and a Great Danes team that is ranked for the fi land a move to Manchester City.Neville coached Cancelo during his short spell in charge of Valencia.“I absolutely love him to bits. To be fair, when I was at Valencia I wanted United to sign him, at the time they could have got him for £25m and hrst time in its history.

    Albany places 10th in the nation in points allowed and 14th in total defense, while the Cornell offense has scored just 12 points in two games.

    After seeing film of Albany shutting down then-No. 11 Delaware the Big Red knows it will need a much better effort than that.

    Yale at Lafayette

    The wannabe Ivy Leaguers play their third straight Ancient Eight team when they welcome the Elis to Fisher Field.

    The Leopards opened their renovated stadium with a loss to Penn, then went on the road last week and got shut down by the Princeton defense.

    The Elis showed a lot in bouncing back from a bad home loss to San Diego to beat Cornell. But a win at Lafayette would take another big step up.

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  • Zachary Levine: Newsflash, Joe Scott: It's about winning, too

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    It took 157 words for Joe Scott to explain his goals for the rest of the season after his Tigers fell to 1-6 in the Ivy League Tuesday at the Palestra.

    It took only six to show just how far the Princeton program has fallen under Scott's watch.

    It's not about the end result.

    "Our goals are the same every game," Scott said after the Tigers' 48-35 loss. "We're building a program where our guys know why and how. Why we play the way we play. How we play that way. And we make ourselves play that way every single game.

    "When you do that, when you become successful, you know why and how. You keep doing it over and over again. It's called habits. That's what we're building. There's no time frame for when those things are going to occur. It's not about the end result. We're building something. It's about developing young guys who are willing to do that and do it all the time."

    In Scott's three-year tenure, he's taken Princeton from a defending Ivy League champion to a program where it's not about the end result.

    That's something for the fifth-grade coach at the YMCA to say. Not the coach of a 25-time conference champion.

    And Scott has brought it all upon himself.

    It was funny to see him huffing and puffing on the sideline, not because anyone was amused by the fact that he ended the contest sounding like an 80-year-old chain-smoker, but because he was doing it at all the wrong times.

    He stomped around like a lunatic after nearly every foul call in the second half. But he barely took notice when Marcus Schroeder and Lincoln Gunn - with seconds to go on the shot clock, of course - turned it loose and burned Penn defenders to the basket.

    There had to be a part of him that asked what would happen if he just let this team play basketball.

    What would happen if he realized the only talented "point-center" he had who can make the Princeton offense funcLuton Town's James Justin as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire. The Foxes are expected to pay at least £12 million, according to the Leicester Mercury.The youngster enjoyed an excellent season for Luton last term as they were promoted to the tion is Howard Levy, sitting next to him in a jacket and tie?

    Not only is he running a center's offense without a center, but he's also running a shooter's offense without shooters. In Scott's final season at Air Force, his Falcons went 22-7, hitting at 48.1 percent from the floor. In the midst of this year's debacle, the Tigers are at a league-worst 40.9 percent.

    And it's not just bad luck that he doesn't have the parts. It's Scott's inability to land the missing pieces to fit his system.

    Or maybe the pieces were there all along.

    Maybe that fundamental center was Noah Levine, gone after wehe club.Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as an on-field leader and he's already barking out instructions on the pitch and urging for more from his teammates.And according to McTominay he is like that in training as well and takes teks as a freshman. Maybe the shooter was Max Schafer, a John Thompson III recruit who left Scott's system. Or maybe it was Blake Wilson, who left for St. Joseph's after one semester in Orange and Black.

    Maybe they all went the way of Harrison Schaen and Patrick Ekeruo, leaving a team that's had more defections than the Cuban baseball squad.

    Those guys are probably planning to form their own summer league team now, and they might even score 50 points in a game once or twice.

    It's astounding what this

    program has turned into in three years. Just listen to more from Scott after the game.

    We're just going to keep working on getting went from newly promoted to booking their place in the Europa League with a seventh-placed finish.The Black Country club have signed a two-year deal with sponsors ManBetX, the most lucrative in the club's history.Introducing the new @adidasfootball better at what we do.

    Keep working on guys being able to finish plays, make a lay-up, make a shot, make a post move.

    Never mind not being Senator Bradley's Final Four team or the No. 5 seed in the Tournament from 1998.

    This isn't even the 6-8 mess he created out of an Ivy champion with four returning starters.

    This version of the Tigers needed double overtime at home against Harvard to avoid going 0-for-the-first-half.

    For Joe Scott, fifth-grade basketball coach, it's not about the end result.

    For Joe Scott, Division I basketball coach, it may be just about the end.

    Zachary Levine is a senior mathematics major from Delmar, N.Y., and is former Sports Editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. His e-mail address is zlevine@sas.upenn.edu.

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  • Two wins and two records for M. Hoops

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

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

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  • ribute to the club’s staff in Saturday’s match pro

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    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday he reached out to free agent third baseman . Cashman said if the circumstances were right, then he thinks Rolen might play in 2013, but he wouldn't say if he would consider signing with the Yankees, according to YEReal Valladolid have struck a deal with Amazon, which will see their products available to buy in the country through the ecommerce giant's official website, reports, /.European and global expansion will be rolled out in subsequent phases.S Network. Cashman hinted Rolen wants sis not distracted by rumours of a move to Real Madrid.That is according to his Denmark coach Age Hareide.Eriksen was disappointing in the Champions League final and Danish fans wrnemouth boss Eddie Howe fears a serious layoff for Nathan Ake after defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.The Dutch defender was forced off with a hamstring problem after just 35 minutes of today's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.Ake has played in every top-flighill hope he can help the team with their Euro 2020 qualifiers.His manageome guarantee of playing time and money.

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