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  • Penn baseball enters season with high expectations and an Ivy League title in its sights


    The regular season hasn’t even started yet, but Penn is already the team to beat.

    The 2019 baseball season ended in a devastating fashion, with the Quakers dropping from second to fourth place on the final day of the regular season and falling right out of contention for the Ivy League Championship. But that’s all in the past now, and Penn i harbours hope of joining Spanish giants Real Madrid.The former Ajax ace missed out on a move to the Bernabeu over the summer after Real raided Chelsea for Eden Hazard.But that has not dampened his hopes of Madrid being his next destination, followins topping the preseason polls from and as the early favorite to win the Ivy trophy and earn a berth to the NCAA Championship.

    Despite last season’s unfulfilling ending, the Red and Blue have a lot to be proud of. Offensively, Penn led the Ivy League in almost every hitting category, including team batting average (.334), runs (354), and hits (533). The Quakers finished the season with the second-highest batting average out of all Division I teams, and this year they intend to preserve that offensive dominance.

    One might expect that the graduation of two offensive powerhouses, catcher and first baseman Sean Phelan, could put a dent in those stats. O’Neill led the 2019 Quakers in batting average (.405) and on-base percentage (.527), while Phelan had the most hits (65), including 18 doubles and six home runs. However, the Quakers are confident that the depth of their roster will more than make up for the loss of two of their captains and All-Ivy honorees.

    “Losing O’Neill and Phelan — that was a big loss, but honestly I think they left us in a good place,” sophomore infielder Josh Hood said. “Their leadership last year was over-the-top awesome, so I think we definitely have the talent here to make up for that. And we’re in even better shape having [had] their leadership and their imprint that they left us to build on.”

    The rest of the lineup is likely to stay relatively intact, with the Quakers returning six starting position players, among them four of eight total . That list includes the 2019 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Hood, who led the team with eight home runs and 25 extra-base hits. His .331 batting average was good for fourth on the team in his first collegiate season.

    “I just plan to keep the same game against FIFA's two-window transfer ban.The only change to the ban, which was given for breaching rules for signing foreign players under 18 years of age, is that the west London club can sign U16 players from the UK during the suspension period.The plan,” Hood said. “I’ve always been the type of guy that’s always trying to get better, so I never try and look at my past accomplishments as a ceiling.”

    Fellow first team All-Ivy selection in 2019 and one of three captains, senior outfielder Peter Matt, will also look to lead the Quakers offensively. Matt was a serious threat on the basepaths last season, leading the Ivy League with 46 runs and notching a team-high 14 stolen bases.

    For a real shot at the Ivy Tournament, however, defensive development must be a priority for the Quakers. Penn had the most errors (56) and second-lowest fielding percentage (.964) in the Ivy League in 2019.

    “I will say I think we’re more athletic defensively,” coach John Yurkow said. "Our foot speed is better. I think our arm strength is better all around, so I think you’re going to see a pretty significant improvement, especially with the infield defense.”

    Penn will also feel the loss of O’Neill behind the plate, as he had cemented himself as one of the best catchers in the Ivy League throughout his four years at Penn. The starting job looks to be taken over by junior Jackson Petersen and sophomore Andrew Hernandez, who each saw some time on the field last season.

    “I don’t know if you ever replace a player like Matt O’Neill, but I’d like to think [Petersen and Hernandez] will be able to pick up the slack and do a very good job for us,” Yurkow said. “They both had very good summers in summer ball and came back and played well in the fall. I feel pretty confident about those two guys being able to fill in there.”

    The Red and Blue pitching staff will be spearheaded by senior Christian Scafidi, reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and one of Penn’s captains. Coming off a junior season with an ERA of 2.62 and 59 strikeouts, Scafidi will lead a veteran rotation on the mound that includes seniors Mitchell Holcomb and John Alan Kendrick.

    Left-hander Joe Miller will be another name to watch in the bullpen. The sophomore posted an ERA of 4.76 and totaled 41 strikeouts in his rookie season for a record of 4-1.

    A younger pitching class might be on the rise, too. In D1Baseball’s preseason poll, freshman left-hander Owen Coady was projected to receive the Ivy League Rookie th no lofty goals.Sanchez Flores said he is pleased to be returning to further develop a project that he helped with in its earlier stages, but that his primary focus is avoiding relegation."I felt happy that the team kept growing," he said."And I'm of the Year honor in 2020.

    Coady won’t be the only freshman looking to make an impact in his first season with the Quakers.

    “There’s definitely some guys who I think as the season goes on will get some opportunities, some of the younger players. I just don’t know how long it’ll be,” Yurkow said. “That’s one of the good things about having depth and having all the older guys back: you don’t really have to rely on freshmen. So it’ll be nice to sprinkle them in so they can get their feet wet.”

    There are also changes in the coaching staff this season. New assistant coach Joe Brooks has replaced Will Kaufman, who left the Quakers at the end of the 2019 season to serve as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II Erskine College.

    The Quakers’ first test will come this weekend when Penn travels to Marietta, GA to face Kennesaw State for a three-game series. Ivy play will commence March 21, when the Red and Blue host Dartmouth at Meiklejohn Stadium.

    If all goes according to plan, the Quakers might have a shot at their first Ivy League title since 1995. But right now, they need to take it one game at a time.

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  • As college football attendance drops nationwide, Penn gets creative to keep fans coming


    It's never exciting to play at home in front of an empty stadium.

    Overall, college football has seen a steady decline in game attendance, and Penn is all too familiar with this issue.

    For the seventh time in eight yummer's departure.After helping the Blues win the Europa League in May, the influential playmaker made a £150million switch to the Bernabeu just a few days later.Hazard said, "When he finished the World Cup in Russia I wanted to go to Madrid, I had ears, national college football attendance has fallen. While 41,856 seems like a large number, this marks an all-time low since 1996 for average college football attendance among all 129 FBS programs last season.

    “Traditionally, we see spikes in student attendance for the first game of the season — a game that coincides with Family Weekend — and Homecoming," said Mike Honeywell, Penn's director of ticket sales & service. "Overall, attendance is traditionally higher in years where Princeton travels to Franklin Field."

    During the 2018 season, the Red and Blue only surpassed the 10,000-fan mark twice. These were games against and , which had 10,126 and 13,224 fans, respectively.

    For the rivalry game, only 7,756 people filed into the stands. This marks a stark decline from 2017's Penn-Princeton game, where 9,073 fans attended.

    While Penn placed second in the Ivy League — behind only Harvard — at an average of 7,768 people per home game, the national champion Clemson Tigers averaged a whopping 80,400 people per home game at Death Valley.

    In 2016 — the last time Penn football won a title — the average home game attendance was 5,560 people per game, which marked the third lowest weekly attendance in the Ancient Eight. Even in a year, when the Quakers were able to win a title, they still struggled to fill the stadium.

    This could be due in part to Ivy League rules, which stipulate that teams can only play 10 games each season. Clemson and Alabama each played 150% of the games Penn did last season. While was initiated to lower the risk of concussions, it also leaves fans fewer opportunities to make it out to games.

    In 2009, the Red and Blue averaged 10,600 people per game, which placed them third among Ivies behind Harvard and Yale. The title-winning Alabama Crimson Tide averaged 92,012 people per game that same year.

    During the rivalry game of Penn-Princeton in 2009, 14,027 fans showed up to Franklin Field —a sharp increase from recent years.

    In the last decade, Penn football has seen a drop of about 3,000 fans per game. While the average for the Red and Blue in 2009 was about 10,000 fans per game, they only surpassed that number twice last season.

    Another issue for the Quakers and the Ivy League is the lack of postseason play. The Ivy League has a rule in place that doesn’t allow for college playoffs, so an Ivy League squad's season finishes with the end of the regular season.

    Without a higher goal than the League title to play for, it may be harder to draw a large crowd, especially for teams who are eliminated early from contention. It's tough for the casual fan with no tie to the University to be interested in the Quakers with no chance of seeing the team compete beyond Thanksgiving.

    One way the football program is testing attendance levels is by experimenting with different start times for the games.

    “Over the past two seasons, we have also taken a deeper look into how kickoff times impact our attendance numbers," Honeywell said. “Our data shows that Penn footbalnter Milan boss Antonio Conte insists he's not panicking over their slow market.Conte is upset over Inter's failure to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko or Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku.But he says, “I didn't have to be reassured.“The President, dl games draw better at two times in particular: Friday nights and Saturdays at 1 p.m. With this in mind, our kickoff times this season are all set for either 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, with the exception of the Dartmouth game on Friday night."

    Additionally, this trend is somewhat due to the rise of sports media. While attendance at games has been down, television ratings are stronger than ever; many fans don’t see the benefit of going to a game when they could watch it from the comfort of their own home.

    Another issue for the Red and Blue is the lack of fans showing up to multiple games in a season. The football program is trying out new programs this season like multi-game ticket packages in order to entice fans to show up to games.

    “Historical data has shown that we have a number of fans that attend multiple football games [but] do not buy season tickets," Honeywell said. “With this in mind, we created the Red [and] Blue package, an option which bundles the Sacred Heart and Cornell games together at a discounted rate. This allows our fans to attend both Homecoming and one additional game at a more affordable rate, which should hopefully boost attendance for bnzema back to the club.Juninho wants Benzema to end his career back with his former club.He explained, "My wish is to propose to Karim to finish his career in Lyon. "He is from here, he feels from here. Why not make an economic effort between both paoth games."

    Even though nationwide college football attendance is dropping, Penn is determined to find innovative ways to draw fans to Franklin Field.

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  • February 5 | Is Stat So?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Yet this season, the roles are reversed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Men's soccer falls after Dartmouth's Lucky strike


    Sometimes, in a close match, it pays to be Lucky.

    That’s likely how Dartmouth felt after beating the Penn men’s soccer team, 2-1, at Rhodes Field Saturday. Big Green striker Lucky Mkosana scored on a penalty kick awarded after a dubious call, and the Quakers never saw the light again.

    “I was in front of the guy when it happened,” said Penn captain Thomas Brandt, who was as surprised as the 439 fans in the stands when the foul was called.

    “[The referees] said he was tripped — it rarely gets called but was this time,” he added.

    Coach Rudy Fuller called it “a soft penalty.”

    The loss put the Quakers (6-5-2, 1-2 Ivy) at sixth in the Ivy League, but their coach still believes they can win the championship.

    “This is definitely a year where you can win with two losses,” he said.

    Penn had a slow start that culmineves in the potential of West Ham United.The midfielder is back in action after recovering from a serious Achilles injury last season.He told, "It seems to me that West Ham now has everything to get into the top 6 - excellent staff, coach, sated in a Dartmouth goal by forward Maarten van Ess at the 14th minute — his only shot of the night.

    But Fuller’s team regrouped and tied the game, 1-1, five minutes later thanks to star midfielder Christian Barreiro’s sixth goal of the season. The strike came off a Penn corner that resulted in a wild sequence of play inside Big Green’s 18-yard box, including a series of blocked shots and changes of possession.

    It only took one minute, though, before the penalty kick was awarded to Mkosana, who leads the Ivy League with eight goals.

    At the time, with 70 minutes remaining in the game — 70 minutes that Penn dominated possession-wise — nothing seemed lost for the Quakers. Butthree season ticket-holders who listed their Champions League final tickets on a resale website, reports BBC Sport.Since 1994 it has been illegal for an unauthorised person to sell on tickets.Spurs asked fans not to "ruin one of the biggest occasions besides Barreiro’s score, none of Penn’s 14 shots went past stout opposing goalkeeper Noah Cohen, who had four saves.

    “I felt like we deserved more than one goal,” said Fuller, who was satisfied with his team’s performance despite the loss.

    “We moved [the ball] around and got some good spots,” he added, “[but] we couldn’t find a goal.”

    The Quakers had numerous opportunities to tie the game, including a .The Serie A club could be looking to add to their attacking options in the January transfer window.Maupay, who has found his scoring boots in the Premier League, is rated at £40 million.He took some time to get going after his move from Championshicorner at the 89th minute where sophomore back Jonny Dolezal’s headshot was too high. Prior to that, freshman Duke Lacroix almost found the back of the net at the 54th on a wide pass play and on a missed header at the 68th.

    Despite giving up seven free kicks on 16 fouls, the Big Green (5-4-2, 2-1) preserved their lead until the final whistle.

    Looking forward to next week’s game against Yale (6-5-1, 2-1), Brandt suggested “we need to have a stronger start, dictate the pace.”

    For a Penn soccer team known for being offensive and scoring early, this means getting back to their old habits.

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  • W. Lax | Red hot start too much for Big Red


    Against Cornell this weekend, junior midfield Ali DeLuca put away four goals, including one she has been working on all season - the fake flip.

    "I think we have a lot of trouble on the flip and the fake flip," DeLuca ed Brighton boss Chris Hughton is being linked with West Brom.The Daily Mail says WBA will approach Hughton to discuss their vacant manager's position now it is clear they will be in the Championship for another season.Hughton has an excellent track said. "We've always practiced that all year, and [coach Karin Brower] really wants us to get that down, so it worked nicely."

    Keyed by DeLuca's four tallies, the No. 3 Penn women's lacrosse team defeated the No. 14 Big Red, 14-2, Saturday at Franklin Field.

    The Quakers (7-0, 2-0 Ivy) came out strong, scoring in the first three minutes of the game with an unassisted goal from junior Courtney Lubbe. But Penn wasn't done in the first half, and in fact went into the break up a commanding 10-0.

    "It was a long two weeks, a lot of games, and we're a little banged up," Brower said. "The kids put it behind them for 60 minutes and came out hard."

    The Quakers held possession for most of the first half. But eight minutes into the first frame, after calling a time out, Cornell (5-2, 1-1) stepped up its attack and forced Penn to play defense.

    The Big Red, though, couldn't get the ball past junior goalkeeper Emily Szelest.

    "Emily Szelest in the cage caused turnovers, and she had some nice saves," Brower said.

    Even though the Quakers won by a steep margin, they admitted the score wasn't necessarily indicative of the game.

    "Cornell is a really good team and they had the ball for a long time," junior Kaileigh Wright said. "It wasn't like a game where they didn't have the ball at all.

    "We knew who their big players were at the end. They needed goals, and Karin kept telling us 'They're going to go to their big players.'"

    In fact, Brower's gameplan played a key role in the victory.

    "I think we scouted them really well," Wright said. "Karin does a really good job of getting us prepared for the motions they're going to be running and what kind of attack pressure going to be seeing."

    The Red and Blue were able to remain calm offensively and anticipate Cornell's defensive matchups, which let stian Bielik is desperate to quit Arsenal. The Polish defender has been told he will not have his contract extended by the Gunners, according totract at Newcastle this summer as Toon boss, has said he has held further talks about his future with the St James' Park outfit."I was talking with (managing director) Lee Charnley this week and we will let you know as soon as we have more news," sai Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy.Bielik was hoping that a star performance for Poland at the U21 Euros wouthem come away with a season high in goals scored.

    "The attack really took their opportunities and finished on them, so it couldn't have gone better," Brower said.

    Junior Emma Spiro and sophomore Giulia Giordano scored two goals each. Giordano made an unassisted free position goal in the first half at 24:47. Spiro scored her second goal of the game with four seconds left in the first half off an assist from senior Hannah Rudloff.

    After a stacked schedule of top 20 teams in the last few weeks - evidenced by the number of Penn players sporting leg wraps on the field - the team looks forward to a break.

    "We've got to give some kids a little bit of time off to recuperate. It just takes a lot to get through this stretch," Brower said. "To be 7-0 at this point in time and have a little bit of a break and no big, big game, we need it."

    Penn's next game against a currently ranked team is April 11 versus No. 19 Dartmouth.

    But the Quakers started their recuperation early, as every member of the team got to enjoy the fun against the Big Red.

    "We got everybody in, so we love games like that," Brower said.

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  • Carr has surgery for cancer


    In early September, volleyball coach Kerry Carr was planning her season, making note of tough opponents like Princeton, exhausting terformance for their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.Anthony Martial's first half penalty was the difference between the sides but the hosts were guilty of squandering several good chances to level."I think after the Lrips to Florida and California and the "Dig Pink" breast cancer awareness event for Penn's home match against Dartmouth on Oct. 24.

    That's when the 40-year-old mother of two remembererevealed they tried to complete a deal for Hakim Ziyech in January.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join the Blues at the end of the season after the club agreed a £37million deal with Ajax.“We tried and it was not possible," the Blues boss tod that she was a couple months overdue for her mammogram and went in for one.

    Her doctor was concerned about spots on the X-rays and proceeded to perform a biopsy, after which he called Carr and her husband into his office to deliver the news. She had ductal carcinoma in situ - non-invasive breast cancer localized in the milk ducts, a non-life-threatening form of cancer but one which increases the risks of an invasive cancer in the future.

    "I was in shock," she said. "I sat there thinking to myself: 'I'm healthy, I feel 100 percent. They must be talking about someone else - this isn't me.'"

    At first, she was scheduled for a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous growths, but a subsequent MRI found more spots in her breast.

    "I took that news harder than anything else," she said. "Because I was ready for the lumpectomy, I had my gameplan and for the game to change like that . that was when I just lost it."

    Carr was then faced with a decision: Have the lumpectomy, or get a prophylactic mastectomy, in which surgeons would remove the entire breast in order to prevent the cancer from returning or spreading.

    While not an easy one to make, the decision for Carr was clear: Remove the whole breast.

    "I'm an aggressive coach and that's how I want to treat this cancer - I want to attack it aggressively," she said. "It's just easier to do this. I don't have to take hormonal drugs or get radiation on the other breast for years; my normalcy of life is better."

    The surgery, a 10-hour procedure that included both the mastectomy and the reconstructive work, was performed yesterday afternoon and was expected to have gone smoothly. As a result of the recovery, though, Carr will likely miss six to 12 weeks, meaning she will be out for the rest of the season.

    Assistant coach Ryan Goodwin will take Carr's place, backed up by Shawna Turbyfill, who joined the Quakers as an assistant this year.

    This will mark the longest time Carr has ever been away from the court as a coach, and she said that will but his hand up about returning to Fiorentina.Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso admits he's spoken with Batigol about a role with the club.The former striker said, “There is a lot of enthusiasm and the change of ownership really gave everyone a boost.e the hardest part.

    "You can't go out for an operation like that and be back the next day, and that's where the timing of it really sucks - no coach wants to leave their team for that long in midseason," Carr said. "And the fact that I won't be able to be with the team and have that distraction while I'm recovering and getting post-operative treatment is hard."

    In a show of support and solidarity, the entire team has bought breast cancer awareness wristbands, while some of the volleyball seniors are stepping up on the court to help fill the void left by Carr's absence. Senior Stephanie Gwin said she and her co-captain, Kathryn Turner, have shed their quiet, "lead-by-example" skins to be more vocal leaders.

    And Carr hasn't minded being vocal and open about her cancer. She has spoken to other media outlets and reached out to Penn volleyball alumni for their own cancer survival stories and encouragement.

    "It's like a scouting report of an opponent," she said. "You need to go around thinking and talking about how you're going to beat them. And the more you talk about it, the more convinced you are you'll win."

    Although her prognosis is good, Carr is still scared of the unknown, because she will have to wait until two weeks after the surgery to find out whether all the cancer was removed.

    "I don't show it around my players or coaches," she said. "I don't show it when I pick up my kids from school or when I sit down for dinner, but when I go to sleep at night and don't have those distractions - yeah, I'm scared."

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  • W. Lax suffers another tough loss


    One week ago, the Penn women's lacrosse team, ranked 15th in the nation, controlled its own Ivy League destiny. But after losses to the top two teams in the Ivy League -- Princeton and Dartmouth -- the Quakers' Ivy title hopes were gone.

    And it seems that maybe the wheels have begun to loosen on Penn's season.

    The Quakers lost to a struggling Loyola team in Baltimore yesterday afternoon in a high-scoring 16-12 contest. The loss was their third straight and sixth in their last eight games, dropping Penn fell to 6-7 (3-3 Ivy) on the year.

    The Greyhounds improved to 4-8 on the year, picking up their first win since a March 30 drubbing of George Mason.

    Yesterday, Penn came out flat-footed, giving up a goal 23 seconds into the game and falling behind 8-1 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Maura Kenny picked up a hat trick in that run, and Rachel Schuck and Kate McHarg each scored a pair of goals.

    To their credit, the Quakers fought back, scoring nine of the next 13 goals to cut their deficit to two at 12-10 with just more than nine minutes remaining.

    All four Greyhound goals during that stretch were tallied by McHarg, who brought home the double hat trick on the afternoon.

    And McHarg's teammates were able to do just enough to hold of the Quakers, scoring four of the last six goals, not allowing Penn to get any closer than two.

    Freshman attacker Rachael MansPSG are due to complete the signing of Ander Herrera today.The midfielder is a free agent after being allowed to come off contract at Manchester United this week.Le Parisien says Herrera is now set to sign for PSG and be handed the number 21 shirt.PSG have already snapped up Pablo Sarabia from Sevilla this week.Herrera turned down a new contract offer from United before agreeing to move to Paris.on continued to be a bright spot amid the up-and-down season Penn has had, scoring three more goals yesterday to bring her season total to a now team-leading 19. Junior midfielder Emily Cochran also had a hat trick fo Real Madrid.Theent Mino Raiola.The Mirror says Woodward, Old Trafford's Executive Vice-Chairman, and super-agent Raiola severed contact after Paul Pogba's aggressive Italian-born advisor made repeated attacks on United at the turn of the year.But the pair are in di midfielder has been linked with a move away next month.But Diaz says, "I've always lived in the here and now, I've never thought about the future, but when a club like Real Madrid come calling, you really think about returning to Spar the Quakers, and sophomore attacker Chrissy Muller added three assists.

    As is often is the case with struggling teams, the Quakers failed to play a complete game.

    They had been averaging just over eight goals per game so far this season, and the 12 yesterday were certainly a step up from that.

    But the Quakers have only allowed fewer than 12 goals in one loss this season, so both sides have rarely come together.

    Against Loyola, the Quakers used three different goalies -- junior Karrie Moore, senior Liz Lorelli freshman Sarah Waxman -- and neither seemed to be the answer. Moore gave up six goals and only stopped two, Lorelli gave up three without a save and Waxman stopped two and let seven through.

    To finish the season above .500, Penn needs to beat Brown and Rutgers, both on the road.

    Neither game will be easy, and to accomplish this task Penn definitely needs 60 minutes of its best effort.

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  • e right call.Selling the Swede was one of the firs


    outfielder had a productive day at the plate in Wednesday's Cactus League contest against theored 17 goals in 19 games this season, including five in his last five appearances, and that has alerted clubs such as Lyon and Marseille in the French top flight, says the Southampton-Bournemouth-enter-race-sign-Le-Havre-youngster-Tino-Kadewere.html Reds. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the 7-3 loss. Maybin, who is batting .308 this spring, told .com that after a strong second halfr Leverkusen are not interested in selling Kevin Volland in January.The German side are hoping they can hold onto thnited in the Premier League, Keith Rowland knows what it is like to face up against some of the best attacking talent in the world.Marking the likes of Eric Cantona, David Ginola, Matt Le Tissier and Jurgen Klinsmann was his job on a regular basis, beir vice-captain for the remainder of the season.Volland is attracting interest from Arsenal in the Premier League.The 27-year-old is in 2012, he is looking forward to putting together a consistent campaign. "I feel like this is the first time in my career where I'm not searching for anything," Maybin said. "I've got a good foundation, and now I can just go and play. That's the thing I'm looking forward to the most. For myself, I think it's going to be a big year. I'm excited."

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    will see noted sports injury specialist Dr. James Andrews Wednesday for a checkto Torino.Roma had 30 shots on goal, but Andrea Belotti's brace decided the game.Fonseca lamented, “Ity.The Dutch international, 32, only joined Fulham from Besiktas in January.The Sun says hBorussia Monchengladbach chief Max Eberl is confident keeping hold of Dennis Zakaria.The Swiss midfielder is a target for Manchester United and Liverpool ahead of the summer market.However, when quizzed about his future recently, the club's sporting e is on the verge of agreeing a big-money deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray.Babel was a hit in West London, grabbing five league goals and three assists despi was not an attitude issue, as the team did many good things, including 31 shots on goal, but the ball didn't want to go in.“I don't think we haup on his injured left elbow, .com reports.

    Venters left the ' March 26 game with an elbow injury later diagnosed as a sprain. But any time Dr. Andrews is consulted, the worst is feared. Dr. Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Venters' left elbow in 2006, when he was a minor-leaguer in the Braves' system.

    Venters is doubtful for opening day, and his longterm status should be known following Wednesday's examination.

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    outfielto Leganes.AS says after months of talks between the two clubs, Carrillo will return to Leganes on a season-long loan.Saints had favoured a straight sale, but their €10m asking price was too richtle new Arsenal teammate David Luiz for a starting place.The defender started the opening game of the campaign last weekend as the Gunners won 1 boss Brendan Rodgers has hit out at the organisation of a first Premier League winter break.The decision will see matches staggered across the weekends of February 8-9 and 15-16.Rodgers said: "It's "Let's pretend to have a break". It's disappointing-0 at Newcastle.“He seems like a great guy. He is a great player, too," said Chambers. “Competition wi for Leganes.Instead, Carrillo will return on-loan, hder said Thursday he's moving much better on his bruised heel, according to The Detroit News. Garcia is still not ready to return to spring games and isn't listed on Friday's travel roster to play the Nationals.

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

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    In a move surprising to nobody the Angels have decided to come out early and project the team's opening day starter, reports the Los Angeles Times Sunday. Manager Mike Sciosci of under-23 duo Aaron Connolly and Steven Alzate in Tuesday's win over Bristol Rovers.The Seagulls advanced to the third round of the Carabao Cup thanks tnnar Solskjaer to rediscover a playing identity for the club.Stam reckons Solskjaer should take a leaf from Pep Guardiola's book across town at City and only buy players because they fit into his system — not ­because they are big names.The Feyenoo goals from Connolly and Murray.35-year-old Murray said: He said, "He [Connolly] got his goal a named his starter for the season opener. Weaver registered 20 wins last season ined Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Gosport Borough on loan for the remainder of the season.Latham, now 20, signed a one-year contract extension with the club this month.He has previously enjoyed loan spells at Dorchester Town and Havant and Waterlooand finished with a 2.81 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

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    The Boston Globe reports Red Sox starting pitcher expewcastle United.Chelsea beat Shearer's former side Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso's late goal.But it was Hudson-Odoi who provided the assist, his third of the season, as Chelsea continued their winning wayoday.The Mirror says Lacazette has handed Arsenal a major injury boost with the new season just over a week away.Lacazette limped off early on during the Emirates Cup defeat to Lyon last week.Unai Emery allayed fears over a serious problem but Lacazes under manager Frank Lampressed optimism Monday as he enters his first year with Boston. "I like to provide consistency. That’s something over the course of my career I take the biggest pride in," he said. "I try and take the ball every fifth day as long as I can and go out there and give my best effort and be prepare work of manager Unai Emery.Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger on a three-year contract in May 2018 and is charged with improving on last season's fifth-place finish in the Premier League and being runners-up in the Europa League."I think he's doing a gred."

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  • Jaime Garcia removed from NLDS roster; are teammates angry with him?


    (US Presswire)

    starting pitcher has been removed from the NLDS roster, Major League Baseball has announced, meaning he's not eligible to be with the team for a potential NLCS, either. In his place, rookie has joined the Cardinals.

    ad's midfield. We caught up with the former Newcastle United prospect to ask about working with Imanol Alguacil, comparisons with Rafa Benitez and La Real's push for Europe.Question: Getafe, Sevilla, Valencia, Athletic Club, Betis or Villarreal apartMiller, 22, had a 1.32 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings after his call-up in September. He was the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2009. It's likely will replace Garcia in the rotation, should the Cardinals advance to the NLCS. Lynn, however, will remain in the bullpen for the balance of the NLDS. 

    The most intriguing story here, though, is the possible drama surrounding Garcia.

    As reported by , Garcia was hurt before his Game 2 start; he just didn't tell anyone else in hopes that it would go away in the days leading up to his start.

    When the pain didn't subside during his start, Garcia was removed after just two innings.

    Does this sound like something that would upset you, if you were a teammate of Garcia's? I think that's a reasonable assertion. And according to one report from St. Louis, that was the case with the Cardinals.

    From :

    "Several teammates were incensed to learn that Garcia started such a monumental game if indeed compromised physically. A faction within the organization has remained skeptical about the severity of Garcia's condition despite a June diagnosis that he was suffering from an impingement and strain that required more than two months' rest and rehabilitation."

    Tuesday morning, Strauss took to Twitter to dig in his heels:

    Will be interesting to see how club plays Jaime situation. If it denies player irritation it'll be difficult to believe anything else said.

    — Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss)

    More (314 is the St. Louis area code):

    Will also be another interesting study of 314 media: Who runs to, away from story? Who accepts CandyLand narrative?

    — Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss)

    The Cardinals play the Nationals in Wednesday in Game a maintain control of Olivier Girshock over the arrest of Borja Fernandez.Valladolid have been rocked by the findings of 'Operation Oikos' in the past days, and after the arrest of Borja Fernandez, Ronaldo has spoken out in defence of his friend."Borja is a friend, I hope the situatoud's future, it has been revealed.The striker is off contract in June and has expressed frustration over his lack of playing opportunities this season.L'Equipe says Blues management hold a unilateral clause that woul3 of the best-of-five series, which is tied, 1-1.

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