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  • Penn men's basketball edges George Mason in season opener, loses Betley to injury

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    Basketball season is back, and it didn’t take long for there to be a lot of drama.

    In a thrilling season opener that came down to the final seconds, Penn men’s basketball took down George Mason, 72-71. Even with the win, the biggest story of the night, however, was an injury to junior guard Ryan Betley.

    Just five minutes into the first half, Betley went down awkwardly on the baseline. His teammates immediately signaled for medical staff to come over, and he remained on the ground for several minutes. He was eventually helped off the court by teammates.

    He returned to the bench in the middle of the second half with a crutch and large brace on his righld Unghing up a raid on the French transfer market.Marca says Real are already looking at young talents who are standing out this season.First on the list is midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is already featuring for Rennes at 16 years of age.After makingited's promotion.Warnock was asked on Friday whether he would be getting a season ticket for the Blades."No. I did message Chris. It's a tremendous achievement I think everybody thought they'd fall by the wayside," he said. "They showed tremendot leg. On Wednesday, Betley announced on Twitter that the injury was a ruptured patellar tendon that would require surgery and keep him out for the remainder of the season.

    "It's not good. It's just aWilfried Zaha.The Arsenal-news-Wilfried-Zaha-Ryan-Fraser-transfer-target">Daily StarArsenal-news-Wilfried-Zaha-Ryan-Fraser-transfer-target"> says Gunners boss Unai Emery remains adamant that adding pace on the flanks is the most effective use of his hard part of this game. He puts [in] so much effort, wanted to have a great year, and it's just probably not going to happen," coach Steve Donahue said. "The only silver lining on this — it's the first game of the year. He doesn't lose a year of eligibility."

    "We always can rally. You know we're a family. I can't mention it enough — we're big on family," senior guard Antonio Woods said. "When one of our brothers goes down, we have to pick each other up, next guy steps up."

    In his absence, several players stepped up for the Quakers. For most of the first half, it was freshman forward Michael Wang who served as the three-point specialist. In his first collegiate game, Wang knocked down four treys and amassed 14 points, all of which came in the first half.

    "We've seen signs of it, but you never know when the lights are on exactly what he's going to do," Donahue said about Wang.

    After leading for much of the first 20 minutes, though, the Quakers saw their lead slip away. A series of fouls allowed the Patriots to push ahead and finish the half leading 37-33.

    The Patriots continued that strong run of play in the second half, stretching the lead to nine points. But the Quakers slowly began chipping away, with their comeback led by junior forward AJ Brodeur, who finished the game with a team-high 19 points. A layup from junior guard Devon Goodman brought the score within one with eight minutes left.

    That’s when senior guard Antonio Woods took over. He spent the first 13 minutes of the half on the bench with four fouls, but once he checked back in, he scored at will. In a two minute stretch, he scored eight straight points for the Quakers, all of which came while attacking the rim. Even so, the Patriots kept pace.

    "We rested him to the eight [minute timeout], that was our plan when you have four fouls. I love that he had the initiative to come in, and I think he felt that we needed something," Donahue said about Woods.

    The Quakers finally struck through with 2:17 left to play. A defensive stand, followed by a layup from Brodeur, gave the Quakers the lead for the first time since before the end of the first half.

    At that point, the game bounced back and forth. George Mason’s Otis Livingston II made a jump shot, and the Patriots added a bucket on a free throw. However, Woods once again came through to tie the game with just over a minute left.

    And that’s when Penn’s defense went into lockdown mode. The Quakers forced two consecutive misses, and Brodeur made one key free throw to put Penn up for good.

    Penn had plenty of chances to put the game away, but Woods and Brodeur combined to go 1 for 6 from the line in the final minute. An offensive rebound off a missed free throw gave the Quakers an extra chance to ice the game, but they came up empty at the line once again.

    "I feel like it was first game jitters," Woods said. "[It was] a great atmosphere, we just kind of took our mind off it."

    With just six seconds left, the Patriots had their last chance. They grabbed the ball off of Woods’ last miss and moved the ball quickly up the court, but the last-second shot came up short.

    The resiliency of the Quakers was on full display tonight. Ten different players scored a bucket, and the team refused to quit even when confronted with injuries and foul trouble. The team's perseverance will be especially important as the team moves on without one of its best players.

    This story was updated at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday after Ryan Betley announced his injury on Twitter.

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  • How teams around Penn Athletics spectrum fared over Fling weekend

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    It was a busy Fling weekend outdoors for Penn's athletes as men's golf, men's and women's tennis, rowing, and track and field were all in action. Here's all the details from the weekend.

    In its final weekend of play before the Ivy League Championships, Penn men’s golf finished in 5th place among 15 teams at the Yale Spring Invitational. As a team, the Quakers shot a 300 on the first 18 and a 293 on the second, resulting in an overall score of 33 shots over par.The University of Tennessee took home the team championship, shooting a 5-over 565 on the day. The rest of the Ivy League finished relatively close to Penn, with Yale coming in 2nd with a 16-over 576, Cornell coming in 4th with a 31-over 591, and Brown coming in 7th with a 40-over 600.The Red and Blue had to overcome a rough showing in the first 18 holes after finding themselves in 11th at the halfway point. Junior Josh Goldenberg shined the brightest in the first round, shooting a 2-over 72, which was tied for 13th out of 89 golfers. Senior Amay Poria shot well in the second round as well, earning an even par 70, which was the tied for the second best score for that round.In the end, Goldenberg and Poria tied for seventh among 89 golfers, leading the way for the Quakers to finish in a respectable 5th place overall. All eyes will now be looking toward the Ivy Championships, which will be hosted at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa. from Apr. 20–22. After finishing the season with good results in its past three tournaments, Penn men’s golf will be aiming to knock off the favorites and claim the Ivy title.

    Going into the weekend with only one conference loss, Penn men’s tennis (13-10, 2-1 Ivy) was he will find solutions to the team's problems in the next few days.The Toffees face one of thng Xavi Simons to PSG.The 16 year-old quit Barca for PSG this week in a blaze publicity.But a La Masia insider told Le Parisien: "All the coaches were not in agreement about him. Some believed in him, others thought he would have trouble reaching thee most important games of their season - a Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Wednesday.Silva knows that a poor result and performance against their fierlooking to sweep its matches this weekend and take control of the Ivy League. They did just that, beating Brown 4-1 on Friday and Yale 5-2 on Saturday. With the weekend sweep, the Quakers (15-10, 4-1 Ivy) put themselves in a position to win at least a share of the Ivy championship for the first time since 2007.In their matches against Brown on Friday, Penn singles players dominated to give the Red and Blue the victory. After the No. 1 and 3 doubles teams dropped their sets, Penn went into the singles matches down 1-0. No. 1 singles player Kyle Mautner won a close first set 7-5, then easily picked up the win with a 6-2 second set victory. Seniors Josh Pompan and Nicholai Westergaard and Freshman Noah Makarome all won their matches in straight sets as well to give the Red and Blue the win.In their final match at their home court, the Penn seniors rose to the occasion to secure the victory against the Bulldogs. Though the doubles teams were unable to win two of their three matches to earn a point, Pompan and Westergaard led the singles players with straight set victories. Makarome and Mautner notched straight-set victories as well before junior Dmitry Shatalin clinched the overall victory with a straight-set win.The Quakers will travel next weekend for matches against Dartmouth and Harvard. Another weekend sweep would clinch them at least a share of the Ivy title, their first since 2007 and just their 6th overall since 1956.

    Facing Brown and Yale this past weekend, Penn women’s tennis was looking for a weekend sweep to try to put itself in contention for the Ivy title. After falling short to Brown on Friday 5-2, the Quakers dominated Yale by a score of 6-1. Still, the weekend split pushes Penn (9-11, 2-3 Ivy) three matches behind both Harvard and Princeton, and with just two matches left, the highest it can aim for is third place on the season.Despite junior Marta Kowalska’s and freshman Marija Curnic’s ninth victory of the season at No. 3 doubles, Penn dropped the two other doubles matches, giving Brown the coveted doubles point. Kowalska and Curnic continued their impressive form, however this time in the singles matches. These two victories were not enough, though, as no other Quaker was able to earn a victory. Sophomore Ashley Zhu was the closest to winning Penn another point, taking her match all the way to a third set tiebreaker.Sunday's matches brought along a scoreline that the Quakers have not earned since 2009, beating Yale 6-1. The Red and Blue won the doubles point behind victories from the Kowalska/Curnic duo and OJ Singh’s and Jimena Rodriguez-Benito’s win at No. 3 doubles. After a default on court six and Yale’s only win of the day, it was all Penn until the last ball was bounced. Senior Ria Vaidya, Kowalska, Curnic, and Zhu all won in straight sets to give the Red and Blue the win.Penn will host Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend in what will be the seniors’ last matches at home in their collegiate career. Though Harvard is undefeated so far in Ivy play, Penn will be looking to repeat its success against the Crimson from the ECAC Championships in February.

    With three different rowing teams competing in three different competitions this weekend, Penn rowing was expecting success. The women competed at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, NJ. The men’s heavyweight and lightweight teams both rowed in Leonia, NJ, with the heavyweights participating in the Blackwell Cup and the lightweights in the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Cup.The women were the big winners, with Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 boats both taking home championships. After winning first place in their heat by less than two seconds, the Varsity 8 blew its opponents out of the water, finishing seven seconds ahead of second place Boston College. The Varsity 4 crew saw similar success, finishing in first place in both their heat and semifinal. In the Grand Final, Penn took home first, beating Boston College by two seconds.Second Varsity 8 almost made it three championships for the Red and Blue. Though they finished 3rd in their heat, they were fast enough to make it to the Grand Final later in the day. Here, they were narrowly edged by Boston College in a photo finish. Boston College’s time of 6:45.59 barely beat out Penn’s time of 6:45.63. Varsity 4B saw itself in a similar position as the Second Varsity 8. They made their way to the Grand Final after finishing 3rd in their heat. Here, they took home third place, finishing seven seconds behind Temple and Kansas, respectively.In a meet between three schools - Penn, Yale, and Columbia - the Quakers took 3rd place in two races in the Blackwell Cup. In the Varsity 8 race, Yale was the runaway winner, finishing in 5:53.5. Columbia narrowly took home second place, beating Penn by 1.1 seconds with a time of 6:07.4. Penn’s Second Varsity 8 did not find any more luck in their race. Again, Yale finished in first, this time 15 seconds ahead of second place Columbia and 21 seconds faster than the Quakers.Competing in the same river, Penn’s lightweight crew also went up against Yale and Columbia. It was just not the Quakers’ day, as they also finished third among the three teams. Though Columbia took home the Varsity 8 race and Yale won the Third Varsity 8 and Fourth Varsity 8 races, Penn was able to snag second place in the Second Varsity 8 race. They finished seven seconds behind winner Columbia and three seconds ahead of Yale.Both mens’ crew teams will be in action next weekend. The heavyweights will travel to Annapolis to race against Navy and Harvard in the Adams Cup. The lightweights will be hosted by their New Jersey-rivals, taking on Princeton and Georgetown in the Wood-Hammond Cup. The women will take the weekend off to prepare for the Dale England Cup at Indiana University.

    Both men's and women's track and field squads faced a busy weekend, with athletes competing in the Tennessee Relays, the Temple Invitational, and the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University. In Knoxville, TN, the Quakers saw some impressive runs, highlighted by Freshman Uchechi Nwogwugwu’s third-place finish in the women’s 400m, with a school record time of 53.17. In the women’s 800m, Nia Akins and Mikayla Schneider finished in 4th and 5th place, respectively, with Akins earning the second fastest time in program history with a 2:06.74. Sophomore Breanne Bygrave, found herself in the top-10 in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles while Taylor McCorkle finished tenth in the 100m. Penn’s 4x400m relay was good for fourth place with a time of 3:37.77.In the field, Penn earned a second-place finish by Ashley Anumba in the discus throw with a score of 52.41m. The Red and Blue also earned a fifth-place finish in the high jump as Anna Payton Malizia finished at 1.70 m. For the men, Calvary Rogers tied a program record in the 200m with a time of 20.90, which was good for tied for 5th place. Freshman Marvin Morgan earned tenth place in the 100m. The Quakers found even more success in the field. Evan Lee won second place in the decathlon, winning three of the ten events. Lance Yassay tied for third place in the high jump with a height of 2.12m. Also, Cristian Constantin finished in 5th place in the triple jump with a jumo of 15.51m.At the Temple Invitational, Penn track and field performed exceptionally well. The mens’ field members placed first in four events, second in four events, and third in three events. Senior Ian Kirk earned first place in the high jump with a height of 1.99m. Senior Michael Benz won the pole vault with a height of 4.70m, good for first place. Freshman Chr the January transfer window.Spurs are enduring a complicated start to the season.Last season's Champions League finalists lie in seventh position in the Premier League and are already five points off a top four spot."We are not going to get any benudi Ikpeazu won first in the shot put with a toss of 15.89m, and senior Sean Ryan won first in the hammer throw with a distance of 58.83m.The women were equally impressive; their field athletes placed first in four events, second in three events, and third in one event. Sophomore Katherine Schroeder earned first place in the pole vault with a height of 3.80m. Senior Devinne Miller took home first place honors in the long jump with a distance of 5.48m. The lady Quakers swept the shot put category, with sophomore Maura Kimmel edging out her teammates with a toss of 15.55m. Kimmel also won the discus throw, with a distance of 53.82m.Out of seven teams, Penn women's track and field won second place behind Temple University. On the men' side, the Quakers also earned second place out of seven teams. Villanova won first place.Penn’s distance runners took to the track at Bucknell. In the 3000m steeplechase, Colin Daly stood out with a third place finish in a time of 8:57.23. Colin's twin brother Will Daly finished just a second behind his brother.Both men's and women's track and field will be in action next week at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University. A week after that will be the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

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  • Penn softball coach Leslie King inducted into Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame

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    While many Penn students were "dartying" over Labor Day weekend, one member of the Red and Blue family was accomplishing sons.Pepe left LOSC this week for the Gunners in a club record €80m deal.He said, "Lille, Lille, it's time for me to say goodbye ... After two years under your colors, I leave my red jersey LOSC for the jersey of Arsenal ..ance despite losing the Community Shield to Manchester City on penalties.Former Reds winger Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for City in the first half, before Joel Matip grabbed an equaliser on the 77th minute mark.Gabriel Jesus scored the winning. From the bottom of my heamething far more memorable.

    Penn softball coach Leslie King spent the weekend across the Pacific Ocean in Wellington, New Zealand, where she was inducted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame on Sept. 2.

    King, who has been the Quakers' head coach since 2004, starred for New Zealand's national team over a 14-year period. included an appearance at the 2000 Olympics as the team's captain, and a National Player of the Year selection.

    "I feel truly humbled by this honor," King said in a statement. "The New Zealand softball community provided me the opportunity and the support to excel at a sport I love. I had the opportunity to compete at the highest level all over the world—what more could any athlete want? I am very proud to have played for New Zealand, and will always be grateful for my time there."

    Even if she had never picked up a softball, King would still be a legend in New his feelings about Tanguy Ndombele after their 1-1 draw at Burnley.Mourinho was less than impressed with the £52million man, who was dragged off at half-time along with central midfield partner Oliver Skipp with Spurs a goal down.And not for the firZealand. In addition to her work on the diamond, she starred for the national team in soccer and captained the team in the 1991 World Cup.

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  • It's the biggest stage of the year as Penn club tennis readies for nationals

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    Of the many club sports teams at Penn, club tennis can always count itself among the most successusan Tadic says that he will always be grateful to the club.Tadic played a key role in helping Ajax to the semi finals of the Champions League last term.But he has not forgotten his time at St. Mary's.Speaking to The Guardian, the ex-Saint said: "A lful in comparison to its yearly competition. A highly competitive club with a notoriously cutthroat tryout process, club tennis has a knack for attracting skilled talent from across campus and is therefore awarded the opportunity to be as selective as it pleases.

    Only the best are allowed the privilege to compete, as the tryoutprocess trims the team down to an elite group — a groupwhich surprised no one when itannounced that it'll be headed to the USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship this week.

    Joined by over 64 college and university co-ed teams, Penn will compete for bragging rights and the distinguished title of National Champion from April 13th-15th in Orlando, Florida. Previous championships have been dominated by California teams such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, and University of California, and by Texas A&M in the earlier 2000’s. Penn hasn’t been able to capture a title in the past 16 years, but the exponential rise in the group’s intensity and dedication gives them a better shot at the title with each passing year.

    “They [USTA] have 4 teams from our section going, and we’re the first-seededteam. We got that seedbecause we won the sectional championship in the fall, which is huge because we’ve been to natiellegrini has confirmed that Michail Antonio will be out for their coming game.The Hammers are set to face off against Norwich City in the Premier League.And after their Carabao Cup win against Newport, Pellegrini spoke about the impending absence ofonals at least the last five years, but we haven’t been the first seed since I’ve been here,” senior Ashley Berg said.

    A top player and a former team captain, Berg projected optimism and enthusiasm about the team’s prospects in the sunshine state despite their placement in a competitive pool alongside defending national champion Auburn.

    “When we’re there, we do have a tough pool," she said. "Auburn is the reigning national champion and they’re a No. 2 seedin our pool, but we did get to watch them last year and I think we have a pretty good chance of beating them.”

    As the Quakers edge closer and closer to their desired standing in the national rankings, specific goals begin to emerge and encourage the squad to work harder and reach higher to earn the status they deserve.

    “In the past we’ve ranked around 20th to25th in the nation after going through nationals, so I think trying to beat that and getting top 20 would be really awesome for our team," Berg said. "We have a lot of returning players —a lot of really good players — so I think we’re going to do pretty well there this year."

    Although the Red and Blue focus heavily on victory and take no match lightly, the team-wide emphasis on a good time and a culture of fun and inclusion cannot go unnoticed.

    “We do a lot of social events; we’ll do team dinners, team BYO’s, and it’s interesting because we’re a co-ed team while a lot of teams are single-sex,” Berg commented on the team’s unique and easy-going culture. “We’ll do things like club tennis formal, and most of our tournaments do City No2 Mikel Arteta is a target for Lyon.L'Equipe says Arteta is being lined up as a possible candidate to replace Bruno Genesio as Lyon manager.Arteta, Pep Guardiola's assistant manager at Manchester City, was heavily linked with the Arsenal job n’t depend on how good you are or how you’re ranked on the team, so that definitely keeps things a bit lighter.”

    As the recent sun and elevated temperatures in Philadelphia prepare the Quakers for the heat of Orlando, we’ll be waiting eagerly to see just how well the squad of ten can balance the fervor of competition and this light-hearted attitude of club play to earn a top spot in the nation.

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  • Penn women's basketball falls to Cornell at home, 60-49

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    Penn women's basketball hadn't lost a league game on its home floor since Jan. 11.

    Jan. 11, 2014, that is.

    But that changed on Friday night. Cornell came into the Palestra and beat the Quakers, 60-49, leading from the game's early moments all the way through to the final buzzer.

    Penn (11-7, 2-2 Ivy) struggled once again on offense, and Cornell (13-6, 4-1 Ivy) took great care of the ball to keep the Quakers from making up for it defensively. Penn turned it over 14 times and was only able to force the visitors into five mllardyce has hit out at Steve Bruce's critics.Bruce has been heavily criticised just seven games into his first season at the club, but Allardyce is having none of it."Steve will be sleeping very restlessly at the moment," he told talkSPORT.“It is iscues.

    "It just goes to show you how much they had control of this game," coach Mike McLaughlin said of Cornell's ball control. "We have to cause a little more havoc on defense. We gave up too many shots at the basket, there were too many breakdowns – mental breakdowns."

    The Big Red got a big game out of sophomore forward Nicholle Aston, who finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks. The Quakers also got a good performance from a young forward, as freshman Michelle Nwokedi had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three rejections off the bench.

    "Michelle has been really growing as a player all year," senior captain Kathleen Roche said. "She's just so long, so athletic. She's a smart player. She's great to have off the bench as a sixth man."

    But Cornell's young guns were just too good for Penn. Of the victor's 60 points, 54 came from sophomores. The Big Red weren't exactly deep, either: 58 of the 60 points came from starters.

    Penn's star sophomore Sydney Stipanovich had only five points and turned it over six times. Freshman Beth Brzozowski couldn't buy a bucket, going 1-7 from beyond the arc. Even Anna Ross, coming off of the strongest game of her rookie campaign against Harvard, couldn't get anything going at the helm of the offense, as the Red and Blue found themselves settling for jumpers more often than not.

    Cornell outplayed Penn for most of the first half and came out even hotter after the intermission, taking a 38-20 lead in the opening minutes of the second period. The Quakers got themselves back in the ballgame with a barrage of ity attacker Raheem Sterling is confident they can upset Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Champions City have claimed victory just ONCE at Anfield since 1981 — and that was 16 years ago.But former Reds winger Sterling, 24, told Sport360: “At first threes, cutting the gap to sinoli at AC Milan.Sky Italia says Barca asked after the defender in talks with Milan over the departure of Jean-Clair Todibo.While there's no immediate plans to sign the Italy international, Barca have him on their list of potential future additions.Rx on the strength of a 12-0 run.

    Penn would get as close as four on an athletic drive to the hoop from Nwokedi, but the deficit proved to be too large to overcome, and the Big Red was able to put out Penn's fire and seal the victory.

    "Outside of that quick stretch, we didn't get anything going ... Offensively, we were just pretty poor," McLaughlin said.

    Lackluster offensive performances have been a theme for the Quakers, as they are now dead-last in the Ancient Eight in scoring. Penn will look to bounce back on Saturday night when they host Columbia.

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  • Knapp vents, now must stop Van De Venter

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    There's no place to go but up.

    After an embarrassing 66-26 loss to Villanova on Saturday, the women's basketball team is looking to rebound when it hosts the Lafayette Leopards (5-3) at the Palestra tonight.

    "We're anxious to show that we're not the team that we were against Villanova," junior Anca Popovici said.

    Penn (3-4) will also be looking for bragging rights over its intrastate rivals. The teams' records are dead even in their 16 meetings in Philadelphia and in their 32 contests overall.

    Last year, the Quakers rode then-senior Monica Naltner's 37 points to a 78-74 victory in Easton.

    This season, though, they will be facing a surging Leopards squad that has won four in a row heading into its contest with Penn. Lafayette is searching for its first five-game winning streak in the last 15 years.

    "They do run nice patterns," coach Pat Knapp said. "We have to get out on their shooters."

    The Quakers will also have to contain Lafayette senior forward Vanessa Van De Venter, last weekManchester City are planning an offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in January.City boss Pep Guardiola lost key man Aymeric Laporte to injury against Brighton.The Frenchman is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after surgery.Calciomercato.com says City attempted to sign Skriniar over the summer but failed to do so. Nevertheless, they will return in January with a new offer.'s Patriot League Player of the Week and the team leader with 19.3 points per game.

    Yet junior Carrie Biemer stressed that "we need to concentrate more on ourselves right now" than on Lafayette. The Quaker Wesley, who arrived from Bruges for a club record fee, opened his account in English football with a close-range effort from Jota's incisive pass.El Ghazi sealed victory late on after collecting John McGinn's pass and sliding a shot underneath Jordas did not even begin examining the scouting report until yesterday.

    "We're working on our offensive execution . [and doing] some extra shooting," Knapp said.

    The Quakers spent the lion's share of practice time this week ironing out some of the kinks in their offense, "the main source" of the their problems against Villanova, according to Biemer.

    Penn shot a dreadful 23.9 percent against the Wildcats. That will not get it done against Lafayette, which averages 62.4 points per game.

    Knapp, howeopa America 2019.The 30-year-old has made the final-23 man squad that will take part in the tournament, which begins in Brazil on Friday 14 June.Alexis will be United's only representative at Copa America.Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero were omitted frver, stressed the positives of his team going into this game.

    "We're three and four. We're not zero and seven," he said. "We're executing, getting good spacing. We're getting inside, shooting, playing hard, and we'll get our share of victories."

    Knapp also maintained that playing "with a lot of fire in our belly" would be by far the most important factor in the game against the Leopards.

    "In the end, all this is effort and spirit, and we'll bring that to the table," Knapp said.

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  • Arms race

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    Of all the sports in the world, the game which can be best explained through the numbers is baseball.

    And so far for the Penn baseball team's pitching staff, this is no exception.

    Minus-2, plus-1 and 8.57.

    Minus two arms -- the left arm of sophomore Nick Francona and the right arm of sophomore Andy Console. On a team with a medical report as long as an extra-innings scorecard, Francona and Console won't pitch this season as each gradually recovers from a torn labrum.

    Even with the two losses on the mound, there has been a big plus-1 for the rotation.

    It came as a pleasant surprise Saturday when sophomore Bret Wallace took the mound for his first career start and left after seven innings without giving up an earned run.

    The performance earned him Ivy League Pitcher of the Week.

    But overall, the outings haven't been good for the Quakers, and the result is a 3-10 record and an 8.57 team ERA.

    "We're very limited on the mound right now," first-year coach John Cole said. "And we're trying to piece it all together."

    Since the Quakers returned home from their spring trip to Florida, that process has accelerated.

    Over their eight-g are keen to make Tottenham's Troy Parrott the latest teenager to make their name in Bundesliga, according to the Daily Mail.Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman and Reece Oxford have all made moves to Germany in recent years.But Bayern aren't done with Parame swing through the Sunshine State, the Quakers allowed 12.5 runs per game and gave up at least two multiple-run innings in each one.

    But Penn pitchers have improved in the Northeast, only giving up 4.8 per game, including back-to-back wins over Lehigh of 5-1 and 4-1.

    According to Penn's captain, starting right-hander Brian Cirri, this came naturally to a young staff.

    "Now that they've gotten [some games] under their belt and feel a little bit more confident, that's a huge factor," said Cirri, who leads the team with four starts.

    Still, with the injuries and the Ivy League season fast approaching, the goal for Cole and company is to put together an effective starting rotation.

    "We're not there yet," Cole said.

    "We haven't had four quality starts in a row."

    The staff will have a "bullpen day," which will feature short outings by lots of pitching, in today's doubleheader at Lafayette.

    Last season, the Leopards touched up Penn pitching for 24 hits in a 23-7 victory over the Quakers in Easton, Pa.

    But after making that same road trip today, the Quakers will open up the Ivy League season this weekend with a home doubleheader against Columbia Saturday and two against the Lions in New York Sunday.

    Aper has completed his move to Turin, signing a deal to 2024.De Ligt: "I've always been fascinated by how Italians defend. "There are so many players that I follow as an example: Maldini, Baresi, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea. And I could go on. "I fell innd one man who will be on the mound as a starter this weekend will be Wallace, who stepped into his first start like it was nothing.

    "I'd been a starter my whole life," the right-hander said. "It wasn't something I was surprised by or nervous for."

    But Wallace wasn't starting last season. In fact, he wasn't throwing at all.

    During his freshman year, Wallace was recovering from osteochondrosis dissecans, which caused a loss of blood supply to a bone in his knee.

    Five permanent screws, six weeks of no impl midfielder has been linked with a move away, as he had lost his place in the team under Rafa Benitez.However, a change in management could bring another chance for the Englishman to show that he can be a key part of the team at the club.Speaking abact and a physical rehabilitation later, Wallace says the knee is as healed as it's ever going to be.

    "I don't know how good it can get from here," he said. "I think I might just have some permanent sort of disability."

    Luckily for the Quakers, it's not a disability that will stop him from taking the mound this weekend.

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  • Lhotak latest Penn defender injured

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    Even before the season started, Penn lost key players on its defense in senior safety Kevin Stefanski and senior defensive end Kyle Chaffin. For at least the next three weeks, they will be even more short-handed.

    The Quakers lost their third defensive starter this season when senior co-captain Steve Lhotak strained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday against Lehigh.

    Lhotak was an all-Ivy performer at linebacker a year ago for Penn.

    After the senior exited the game in the first quarter, the Quakers' defense managed to regroup. Despite giving up 24 points in the first half, the Engineers were held scoreless in the second.

    Penn coach Al Bagnoli said that Lhotak will miss the next three games -- Dartmouth, Bucknell and Columbia -- and hopefully return against Yale on Oct. 25.

    "We're keeping our fingers crossed that four weeks is very realistic," Bagnoli said.

    Lhotak underwent MRI, which confirmed that there was no ligament damage.

    Sophomore defensive back Michael Johns also strained his MCL three weeks ago, and began practicing yesterday.

    Junior starmier League is an ambition.Wilson, 23, was released by Manchester United over the summer.He told the the Aberdeen-striker-James-Wilson-sights-set-Premier-League-return.html">Daily MailAberdeen-striker-James-Wilson-sights-set-Premier-League-return.htmting linebackers Luke Hadden and Ric San Doval will see extra time with Lhotak out. Sophomore linebackers Chad Slapnicka and Al Wawszczyk will be the primary backups.

    Both Hadden and San Doval believe that Lhotak's influence on the team will continue despite his absence oalready found a way around the new wall law for victory over Norwich City.Revised laws have been brought in for the 2019-20 season, which include preventing opposition players from interfering with the defensive team's wall.When Liverpool won a free-n the field.

    "Steve is helping us through it all," San Doval said. "Today, he helped Luke and me with the clarity of the calls -- the little things.

    "I'm sure he'll be there for us until he's back on the field."

    But as much as his advice may help his teammates, Lhotak's presence on the field will surely be missed.

    "It's a huge loss," Hadden said. "He's our best defensive player and a team leader."

    San Doval echoed Hadden's sentiments.

    "Obviously it's a huge loss for us," he said. "Not only is he an emotional leader out there, but anytime you lose your captain, it's tough because you have to step it up," San Doval said.

    Penn did just that Saturday against Lst from Liverpool's preseason after the Copa America final.The Brazil stars will play Peru in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp has told them to take three weeks rest after the match, which means they will link up with their teammates at the end ehigh. The defense shut out Lehigh in the second half, sparking a 14-point comeback.

    "We still have our confidence," Hadden said. "Lhotak went down at the beginning of the game last week and we still managed to pull it out."

    This week, Penn's defense will be tested again, facing a Dartmouth team that features first-team All-Ivy and second-team All-America tight end Casey Cramer.

    "He's a really good player," Bagnoli said. "Our outside linebacker has got to look at him, our inside linebacker has got to look at him and our secondary."

    With all of the defensive injuries, Penn's young players will receive more playing time.

    "We have an awful lot of young kids that are being asked to do some things probably at the beginning of the year none of us thought they would be asked to do," Bagnoli said. "But that's the situation we find ourselves in.

    "There are certainly capable players and we have confidence in them."

    San Doval noted that on one play in the second half of the Lehigh game, there were nine sophomores and juniors for Penn on defense.

    The young players "played quite a bit during the Lehigh game against a very potent offense and they held up," Bagnoli said. "We'll keep our fingers crossed that they'll keep playing well and stay healthy."

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  • Navy trounces Sprint Football at Franklin Field

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    In a game of missed opportunities and squandered momentum, the Penn sprint football team dropped another tough game in its blowout loss to Navy on Friday night.

    The Quakers (2-3, 1-2 CSFL) were unable to score in the 31-0 Senior Night defeat and thus failed to avenge an opening game, 10-6 loss to this same Midshipmen (6-0, 3-0) team.

    While Navy is the class of the league, Penn believes Massimo Carrera is backing Antonio Conte to bring silverware to Inter Milan.Carrera is a former No2 of Conte's.The former Spartak Moscow coach stated, "I am sure Inter can win the title this season because of the qualities of Antonio. "I think he [Conte] can be as decisive as Cristiano Ronaldo, Inter must be taken into account for the Serie A title this season."that it lost the game more than the Midshipmen won it.

    "We beat ourselves," Penn coach Bill Wagner said. "The scoreelona are level on points with Real Madrid atop the LaLiga Santander table, but Valverde doesn't feel as though this season is any more challenging than those before it."It's been a tough season, as they all have been," he said."We don't have the adv should have been at least tied going into halftime. Instead we fell behind, 17-0, and against this strong Navy team, that was the ball game."

    A high snap on a punt gave Navy possession deep inside Quakers territory and set up the first points of the game -- an Eric Shuey field goal with 9:49 left in the first quarter.

    The Quakers were able to march right back down the field, only to have a field goal blocked. On their next possession, freshman halfback J.T. Hutchinson ran the ball down to the Navy 1-yard line, only to have the play called back because of a late hit penalty against the Quakers.

    "Penalties killed us," sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Cloyd said. "We moved the ball well and got into the red zone three or four times in the first half, but whenever we did, some stupid penalty stalled our drive."

    Defensively, the Red and the Blue were not ready for the Midshipmen's speed.

    "Navy seemed focused on running the ball at our perimeter where they could use their speed," senior captain John Pinto said. "They lined up in sets that gave them one or two extra blockers on the outside, leading to huge gains by their running backs and tiring out our defense."

    In the last four minutes of the first half, Navy scored two touchdowns, each of which were set up by Penn penalties. First, Jamie Glines capped off a five-play, 45-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. Then, Navy scored a crushing touchdown with 36 seconds to play in the half to go up 17-0.

    Any hopes that the Quakers had of rebounding were dashed when Navy halfback Randall Leslie broke a 60-yard touchdown run two minutes into the second half to make it 24-0. Navy scored again on its next possession with a 90-yard drive finished off by another rushing touchdown.

    "They capitalized on every mistake we made in the first half," Wagner ster United are yet to agree a fee for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.The Portuguese was reportedly due in Manchester on Monday to undergo a medical with United.However, the Daily Express claims those reports are wide of the mark.Ole Gunnsaid. "Then in the second half they just dominated us physically."

    Navy was nearly flawless in its victory on Friday. They turned the ball over once, while in their win over Penn earlier this year the Midshipmen turned the ball over seven times.

    "Navy seemed better prepared; they really knew what they wanted to do," Cloyd said. "They made all the big plays while we just couldn't convert. When you play a team like Navy, you have to be perfect, we just weren't."

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  • Princeton continues 14-year dominance of M. Lax

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • an Eriksen has no interest in a move to Manchester

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    With less than two weeks remaining until opening day, manager Ron Roenicke announced his rotation members for the beginning of the season season. As expected, will take the hill for the season opener and will be fTottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits Dele Alli's return to form is about motivation.Alli appears to have been rejuvenated under Jose Mourinho, having scored twice in the 3-2 win over Bournemouth, while he was also on target in the 4-2 defeat of Olympiollowed by , , that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcomingrmer AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has expanded on why Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba failed to land a move to England last summer.Linked with Wolves and Everton, Dzyuba hired super agent Jorge Mendes to get him a move to the Prem Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his couand . Roenicke added the alignment is subject to change.

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  • Cubs All-Star Bryan LaHair designated for assignment

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    (US Presswire)

    Bryan LaHair was one of the best stories at the All-Star Game in Kansas City this past season, . On Tuesday, the announced they had designated him for assignment.

    LaHair hit .286/.364/.519 with 14 home runs in the first half of the season and .202/.269/.303 with two home runs after his trip to Kansas City. The Cubs also called up at the end of June and took over the everyday duties at first base, moving LaHair to right field.

    There is apparently interest in LaHair in Japan, so this move could be freeing him up to go overseas. LaHair had played nine ser.The England captain missed significant spells after suffering two almost identical ankle ligament injuries.Kane has been given a fitness schedule designed to help toughen the left ankle that has been damaged this season, says the Daily Mail.His preasons in the minors and always put up good numbers there, but came into 2012 having played just 65 games in the big leagues.

    Overall in 2012, he hit .259/.334/.450 with 16 home runs and 40 RBI in 130 games for the Cubs. LaHair turnedo denies putting himself forward for the PSG job.It's been suggested in the French media that Mourinho has been offered to PSG by his agent Jorge Mende senior squad for the Club World Cup is a historic moment in his career.The 18-year-old defender is part of the 20-man squad for the semi final and possible final of the competition.The Reds face Monterrey in the semis in Qatar, while a youthful squas as doubts are raised over the future of Thomas Tuchel.However, he told L'Equipe: "It's impossible 30 earlier this month.

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  • Report: White Sox monitoring Chris Sale’s workload, no immediate plans to shut him down

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    The are monitoring starter ’skids in defeat to Europa League opponents Astana last night.Fullback Ethan Laoud in January.Off contract in June and struggling to break into the starting XI this season, Giroud is leaning towards departing Chelsea during the winter market.A move to Inter, where former Blues manager Antonio Conte is keen, has been mooted for ird and midfielders James Garner and Dylan Levitt won praise from the Old Trafford hero.He said, "Yeah, I was impressed with some of the lads.“I think the two lads in cent workload, to the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales. 

    After throwing just 71 innings last season, Sale has already tossed 175 as a starter this year. While thereton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits Sofiane Boufal could face Carabao Cup opponents Fulham.The 25-year-old came off the bench to set up the clinching goal in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win at Brighton and could be rewarded with his first start for th are no immediate plans to shut Sale down, the White Sox have given him extra days of rest throughout the season to keep his innings increase manageable. 

    Manager Robin Ventura explained that he wouldn’t be upset if the team wanted to shut Sale down. If there were long-term concerns about Sale’s career, Ventura said the team would make sure he stopped throwing. 

    Ventura did admit that it would be tough to lose Sale, as the team is currently in contention and he’s their best starter. Over his 175 innings, Sale has a 2.78 ERA and a 3.24 FIP. 

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  • Report: Red Sox interested in Hanley Ramirez

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    The have interest in acquiring ,  1500 ESPN's Phil Mackey.

    Ramirez would be used to replace at shortstop. Ramirez has played short throughout most of his career,Persie rates Liverpool and Manchester City as the two best teams in Europe.The Reds and City meet today in the Community Shder-Arnold has broken a new record.The Liverpool fullback now has the Guinness World Records title for most English Premier League assists by a defender in a single season.The 21-year-old recorded 16 across all competitions last season as Liverpool wield.Van Persie said ahead of the season curtain-raiser: “If you look at City and Liverpool, they are the best teams not only only moving to third base this season because the signed .Ramirez came up through the Red Sox's system, but was dealt to the Marlins in the deal.It's not clear if the Mproud of the way they maintain their Premier League status.Atletico have been dubbed the 'Spanish Burnley ' because of the way they beat Liverpool but Trippier couldn't be happier to be compared to his old club.“Even when I was there, people complaarlins are selling. They acquired a few weeks ago, suggesting they might be buyers at the deadline. With the team now 5.5 games out of a wild card spot, they may reconsider. Ramirez is hitting .249/.326/.437 this season.
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  • Buy or sell: Minnesota Twins

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    Sellers

    The Twins are in bad shape. They are headed toward a second straight last place finish and have been outscored by a whopping 85 runs in their first 81 games. The farm system is bare as well thanks to injuriesn Quirk and Einar Iversen are making good progress.Quirk made his Premier League 2 debut against Arsenal in January while Iversen has started three times."It's a big jump. I've said it for a long time," Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo."From under-18 and the Twins need to infuse some yoMadrid are moving for Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi.AS says Otamendi is close to joining Atlético Madrid. Atletico are very interested in making a deal with with City for the defender and Andrea Berta, Atlético's sporting director, has ung talent into the organization.

    has a 2.95 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 42.2 innings since returning to the starting rotation May 30. He'll be a free agent next season, so the Twins will be glad to get any sort of return for him this year.

    is in the middle of a career year, with 18 home runs and a .924 OPS. He has two more years at an affordable $7 million per year, but it's unclear if the Twins will want to trade arguably their best player this year – they should at least consider it, as he would bring in the biggest return of anybody they can offer.

    is owed $14 million beyond this year but has torched the ball away from Target Field (.848 OPS, eight of his 10 home runs). Matt Capps could be offered as relief help if he can successfully return from injury – he's expected to be back after the All-Star brel have not had contact with Jose Mourinho, it has been revealed.With manager Unai Emery under growing pressure, it's been suggested former Manchester United boss Mourinho is under consideration as a potential replacement.Indeed, there's been English ak.

     contract – $23 million per year until 2018 – likely precludes a trade but he was well worth this year's All-Star bid, as his .415 OBP leads the AL. has been a very pleasant surprise in the rotation, and is angling to become the next Jose Bautista with 19 homers in 62 games entering Wednesday's game.

    and also have shown some talent and as young players they can help form a Twins core for years to come.

    The Bill Smith years have ravaged what was one of the best-run organizations throughout the 2000s. Winning now is an unrealistic goal, and the Twins need some young talent in the farm system. If they can get a few prospects out of their older pieces, they can get a head start on the path back to contention.

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