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Meet the freshman big three that's helping Penn men's squash reach new heights

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—The “Big Three” in sports is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that’s becoming more and more popular as teams seem to be deliberately building around a dynamic trio. LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh; Steph, Klay, and Durant; Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft.

Penn men’s squash seems to have adopted this approach with its own freshman big three — Aly Abou Eleinen, James Flynn, and Michael Mehl — all of whom have helped propel the program to the very top of collegiate squash.

The freshmen have combined for a 24-0 record in their individual matches. In terms of games, they are a stunning 72-14.

Eleinen, like his teammate senior Karim Hussein, hails from Egypt. The freshman is recognized as potentially the best squash player to ever come out of his high school alma mater, the Brooks School. There, he was All-New England three times, twice an All-American, and in his senior year, he was recognized as New England co-player of the year.

Mehl, who stands at an imposing 6-foot-4, served as the sed-length contract.The 26 year old Canadian-born striker, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, helped the Blades win promotion to the Championship in 2016/17.”It doesn’t do players any good to keep going out on loan,” said Walsall manager Dacaptain of the Canadian Junior Squash team. He led the groheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gup to a gold medal in the Canada Winter Games in 2015, while also claiming an individual gold medal.

Flynn brought his team to the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Championship from 2015-2018, serving as the captain of the team his senior year.

Their contributions have helped Penn soar to unprecedented heights. For the first time in program history, the Quakers sit atop the College Squash Association’s rankings.

Squash, despite its individual nature, is still very much a team sport at the collegiate level. So beyond their talents, these freshmen attribute much of their success to the welcoming environment around them, which provided a smooth transition from high school to the top of the college squash world — something that could have been incredibly jarring in a less accommodating environment.

“I think the seniors have played a huge role in our success so far,” Eleinen said. “Speaking on behalf of the freshmen, we came in and they helped us in right away. If we needed anything, they were always there for us, and they showed us what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

Mehl echoed these sentiments.

“It feels as though the seniors, on this team at least, lay the foundation for the whole of the team,” he said. “Whenever we’re down, they’re people who bring usover for the German.”I have a really good relationship with Ter Stegen, very professional. He’s helping me quite a lot,” admitted Neto. “Although I’ve only been here a short time, I already feel I’ve adapted well. I enjoy being part of the group and back up.”

There is a palpable sense of excitement around the team, a feeling that perhaps has never been felt to this extent before. The Quaker Meeting House’s “Recognizing a Significant Moment in a Program’s History,” published on the Penn Athletics website, is tangible proof of this energy.

The writers are barely able to contain their excitement, citing quotes from sports film classic “Field of Dreams” and commenting on how nice of a ring “Penn Squash — National Champions” has to it. The pressure and expectations could be too much for a team with less experience.

Eleinen, Mehl, and Flynn are more than up for the task.

“Obviously, it’s a lot of pressure because college squash is pretty competitive,” Eleinen said. “But I think so far, the freshmen have been doing a good job. It’s all about working hard and doing what you can do, and everything works out in the end.”

Pollack | Penn football passed their first big test

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Midterm season is almost upon us, but Penn football had its first true exam on Saturday. And it appears they passed with room to spare.

Penn’s offense looked far more potent against Lehigh than it did in last week’s season opener. Right froadmitted to using Wayne Rooney as a resource on Manchester United.The Championship side are facing off against the Red Devils on Thursday in the FA Cup.It is a chance for Rooney to play against his old club, having come back to the English game from m the get-go, the Quakers came out with energy and aggression, taking just five plays to march down the field for a score on their first drive of the day.

Much of that ferocity came in the form of sophomore running back Karekin Brooks. In the wake of Tre Solomon’s injury, the second-year back has gotten ample opportunities to prove himself, and he has not wasted them.

In the first half alone, Brooks had runs of 61, 22, and 17 yards, and punched the ball in twice for the Red and Blue. He was explosive, hitting whatever holes his O-Line gave him quickly and with plenty of speed, and the Mountain Hawks just couldn’t keep up.

He finished the day with a career-high 268 yards — just four yards shy of the program’s single game record — and 4 touchdowns, three rushing and one passing. With Solomon’s return on the horizon, the Quakers have found themselves a deadly two-headed monster in the backfield.

As frary to circulating reports.Russian agent Dmitry Cheltsov revealed he offered Lacazette to Zenit this summer.Cheltsov felt encouraged that the Gunners would accept an offer of less than the £61m release clause in the Frenchman’s contract.But it has or quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie, the senior looked much more poised and confident behind center in his second career start. He stood his ground, stayed composed in the face of pressure, and delivered plenty of strikes throughout the day. He still had a few ugly throws, but he was vastly improved from his first start.

What was perhaps even more encouraging was just how much Fischer-Colbrie spread the ball around. While star wideout Justin Watson was his favorite target, he didn’t rely solely on him. He connected with six different targets, none more than five times (six times if you count Watson’s TD from a backwards pass), on a mix of short passes and long shots downfield. Fischer-Colbrie’s performance showed exactly what Ray Priore saw in him when he named him the starter and provided a lot of hope for the rest of the season.

While the offense might have passed with flying colors, the defense still has plenty of room to improve. They were very inconsistent, going from air-tight to porous on consecutive plays, and they were extremely susceptible to big plays, both on the ground and in the air.

They also didn’t do themselves any favors by committing several unnecessary penalties, and they couldn’t get off the field, as Lehigh had a 58.3% third down conversion rate. But one big area that the defense did not struggle with was winning the turnover battle.

The Quakers forced three turnovers, including a strip sack by junior Nick Miller on the openiin their FA Cup fourth round tie.Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool looked to be heading into the fifth round for the first time since 2015 after a fine first-half finish by 18-year-old Curtis Jones was followed by Donald Love’s own goal in theng possession of the game. And to the offense’s credit, all three ensuing drives resulted in touchdowns.

The defense was also able to get some key stops, highlighted by some crucial sacks. All three sacks derailed what could have been scoring drives for Lehigh, and they also had a goal-line stand that resulted in a turnover on downs. While there were many problems that the Quakers need to sort out, the defense came through when it counted.

Last week, that we still didn’t know much about this team. But after the game against Lehigh, we do know a few things: they can spread the ball around, they can score and they can force key turnovers.

And if they keep that up, they’ll be just fine in Ivy play.

Penn basketball's Antonio Woods ineligible for 2015-16, Tony Hicks to transfer to Louisville

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2016 has already been a noteworthy year for two Penn basketball players no longer with the team.

Mere hours before the Quakers tipped off their Ivy League opener against arch rival Princeton on Saturday, Penn Athletics revealed that Antonio Woods, a sophomore guard who led the team in minutes and assists while scoring 10.7 points per game, is academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.

According to a release from the program, the Cincinnati native is no longer with the Quakers “due to insufficient academic progress under University policy” and cannot re-enroll at Penn until the spring of 2017.

Meanwhile, Tony Hicks, the former Red and Blue star who was slated to serve as a team captain in his final season with the Quakers before leaving the program in October, has elected to transfer to Louisville. He will be eligible to play for Rick Pitino’s squad during the 2016-17 season after his graduation from Penn in May.

The news of Woods’ departure from the team in the middle of the season sent shockwaves through the Palestra on Saturday. Following the nchester United signing Harry Maguire.Maguire is expected to make his debut in the heart of Manchester United’s defence this afternoon against Chelsea after he became the most expensive defender in history when he completed an £80million move from LRed and Blue’s 73-71 overtime loss to the Tigers, coach Steve Donahue revealed that he and the coaching staff had only found out Woods was ineligible late Friday night.

According to Athletic Director Grace Calhoun, once she and Donahue were informed of the situation, they brought the matter to both the media and Woods’ attention.

“We talked to Antonio and we said that, in short, as we released in the statement, he made inadequate progress toward Penn’s academic standards,” Calhoun told The Daily Pennsylvanian on Tuesday. “So we felt it important to state [in the release] that it was not NCAA ineligibility, it was not any sort of misconduct.”

With Woods out of the picture, the Quakers’ backcourt looks decidedly different. Heading into 2015-16, Woods and Hicks’ scoring ability — along with newcomers Jake Silpe and Jackson Donahue, as well as veterans Darnell Foreman and Jamal Lewis — was projected to guide the Red and Blue, while providing the team with immeasurable depth as it adjusted to a new offensive system.

Now, as evidenced by Penn’s heartbreaking defeat to Princeton over the weekend, Donahue will instead have to ormer Millwall and Wales striker Steve Morison has announced his retirement.The 36-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with Shrewsbury in August, has now set his sights on management.Morison enjoyed a 20-year career in the game that also included strely heavily on his younger talent throughout Ivy play. Silpe and Jackson Donahue started against the Tigers, combining for 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Moving forward, it remains unclear what exactly Woods will do from both an academic and athletic perspective. Because he was not declared ineligible by the NCAA, the sophomore could attempt to transfer to a different school.

In the meantime, Woods is unable to re-enroll at Penn for two semesters, andhe will not be able to play for the Red and Blue until what would be the second half of his junior season. He is also unable to use the Quakers’ athletic and training facilities.

“Obviously, time will tell what Antonio chooses to do. The indication is, from what he’s told us, that he’d like to stay around Philadelphia,” Calhoun noted. “We’d love to have him back in our program at some point. Coach Donahue, I think, has found to really view Antonio not only to be a talented player, but more importantly to be a real solid, high character person he wants in his program.

“So we’d love to think that we’d get Antonio back.”

As for Hicks, the two-time All-Ivy honorable mention confirmed early last week that he would play at Louisville as a graduate transfer next year. After taking in the Cardinals’ home win over Wake Forest in personon Jan. 3, the South Holland, Ill., native spoke with Pitino the following day, opting to spend his final season at Louisville over Oregon, Miami and Nevada.

“I wanted to choose a school where I felt I would be a priority,” Hicks told the DP last week. “I didn’t want to go somewhere where a school called last minute and was just trying to fill a roster spot.

“So once I got the call from Louisville, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. They’re an ACC school, they play a phenomenal schedule every year and play some of the best basketball in the country.”

Adding graduate transfers has become something of a trend for Pitino of late. The Cardinals’ two best players this year are concluding their college careers at Louisvilleafter spending a bulk of their tenure at other schools, as guards Damion Lee and Trey Lewis have averaged a combined 31 points per game since leaving Drexel and Cleveland State, respectively.

In fact, it was Lee — Hicks’ close friend from their mutual time in Philadelphia — that put Louisville on the senior’s radar.

“As soon as he heard that I wasn’t playing, he contacted me to see if I was okay and things like that,” Hicks said of Lee. “He also told me not to be surprised if Louisville came calling. So I was just at home during winter break and he gave me a call and asked me to come to a game to see how it is and if I liked it.”

By voluntarily sitting out his final year with the Quakers, Hicks retained the right not only to graduate from Penn, but to transfer to any program immediately without having to sit out another season.

For Hicks, the opportunity to play at Louisville represents both a chance for him to play against some of the nation’s best teams while filling one of the team’s biggest perceived holes npoken of his coaching philosophy in the past.Arsenal are closing in on the appointment of former player Arteta as their next manager.He was asked about his ideas and philosophy during in interview with the Gunners’ magazine back in 2015: “My philosopext year.

“[Lee and Lewis] are their leading scorers, and they don’t have a ton of guards right now,” Hicks said. “They’re very big-heavy and very young right now besides those two seniors, and I just felt I could come and fill that void.

“Hopefully I’ll score some points and play some good defense for them. I am just there to do whatever they want, they just want me to come be myself and I just want to come help them win games and try to be the best teammate I can be.”

McGinnis | Plenty to learn from Tennessee trip

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Well, what did you really expect? Penn women’s basketball got clobbered by a top-5 program in the nation in the form of No. e staged today at empty stadiums due to coronavirus concerns.“I agree with you 100%,” wrote the Brescia striker on social media. “Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up. Don’t write rubbish to me like: But you are protected! What differ4 Tennessee.

Normally, a 45-point blowout is cause for major concern.

But this isn’t most matchups, and as coach Mike McLaughlin and the rest of the team knew going in, this would have to be a game to build off of. While the box score may not show it, this is certainly a Penn team that had aspects of the game that go its way.

We knew before the start of the season that the biggest challenge for the team would be their guard play, and both freshmen – Anna Ross and Beth Brzozowski – got big minutnt Freddie Ljungberg in the stands.Ljungberg was not sat next to Arteta on the touchline for their clash against Chelsea, which is common protocol.Many fans were confused regarding the Swede’s role during the game, but Arteta clarified the circumstanes from beginning to end.

Ross got the start and showed promise early on, particularly on the glass, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Brzozowski dominated the offensive side of the ball late in the game and ended with a team-high 11 points and four assists.

The freshman guards struggled to keep the pace under control, a momentous challenge against an athletic team, but that too will come with experience.

It’s unsure who will eventually take over the starting job – McLaughlin was uncertain as to his opening day starter as late as Wednesday afternoon – but both appear to be capable of leading the team against Ivy League competition.

While those two freshmen certainly shone, Penn’s biggest freshman recruit – forward Michelle Nwokedi – appeared raw and overmatched against the Lady Vols.

Given the results for the Quakers in their last two contests against NCAA opponents, it’s clear that against top opponents Penn’s bigs will end up in foul trouble. As another promising forward, Nwokedi was presumed to be part of the solution – a shot-blocking inside presence off the bench – instead she struggled in her eight minutes of play.

Yet the beauty of Penn’s depth this season is that Nwokedi has plenty of time to develop; she can steadily ease herself into a larger role. She’ll be a player to watch later in the season, particularly if the Quakers go to some bigger lineups against Ivy foes.

In their first collegiate appearances, the freshmen class put together some flashes of brilliance and have a lot of potential for growth as the season progresses.

Turnovers and defensive rebounding were killer for the Quakers and the Lady Vols’ full-court pressure got to them at times. It’s impossible to expect anything different starting inexperienced guards against an SEC powerhouse on the road.

The rebounding in particular might jump out as a concern given the team’s success in that regard last season with the frontcourt duo of Kara Bonenberger and Sydney Stipanovich. Not every team is going to boast the height and athleticism of the Lady Vols; you won’t find athletes like these anywhere in the Ivy League.

While the team struggled on the glass, Stipanovich showed once again that she’s one ofed support from captain Lionel Messi over his insistence that Arturo Vidal not be sold.The Chile midfielder is a top target for Inter Milan, with several Barca directors favouring his sale this month. However, Gazzetta dello Sport says Messi has made the top shot-blockers in the nation with six blocks (all in the first half). As a freshman, the center finished with 3.4 blocks per game, good for eighth in the nation, and Tennessee was made immediately aware of her presence.

While the team gave up 97 points, a large number came off of second chances, turnovers and fast breaks – mostly caused by the disparity in length and athleticism. The half-court defense (rebounding aside) wasn’t the primary problem, which is very encouraging.

It’s a constant theme within Penn Athletics in every sport and every season: a tough nonconference schedule begets future success in the Ivy schedule. Tennessee is this season’s toughest test for the Red and Blue.

While the Quakers certainly didn’t play a perfect game on Friday, McLaughlin and his staff should have plenty of positives to take away from their trip to Tennessee.

Penn swimming steals the show in opener

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In a weekend of debuts — including Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”, which premiered Thursday night — Penn swimming’s opening act at Sheerr Pool may have been the biggest blockbuster of them all.

“[The women’s swim team] crushed the box office,” assistant coach Marc Christian said. “They’ve worked really hard this fall, and it’s come together these last two meets. They’ve come together as one team.”

No red carpet was necessary for the women’s premiere on Friday against rival Columbia. Regarded by many as one of the mosked Real Madrid to name their price for Dani Ceballos.The 22-year-old made just 13 starts in La Liga last season and has endured two largely frustrating campaigns at the Santiago Bernabeu.Sport says Arsenal transfer chiefs have asked about developmest important dual meets of the year, the Quakers’ matchup against the Lions had been on the swimmers’ minds for months.

Only a few minutes into the meet, there was no doubt that that preparation would pay off. In the team’s first event of the season, the women set the Sheerr Pool record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of senior Lauryn Brown , sophomores Haley Wickham and Rochelle Dong and freshman Kimberly Phan finished in 1:42.73, which beat the pool record by over a second.

The show went on all night for the Red and Blue, who won all 16 events en route to a 215-85 domination of Columbia. Dong herself contributed to four of the five pool records broken, setting individual bests in the 100-yard backstroke (54.77) and 100-yard butterfly (54.08). Other records broken included the 200-yard butterfly by senior Taylor Sneed (2:00.31) and the 400-yard freestyle relay by Dong, freshman Meagan Dollard , Phan and freshman Virginia Burns (3:25.45).

“Rochelle’s made a conscious effort this year to train in a smarter and harder way, ” Christian said of the weekend’s biggest award-winner. “The world’s her oyster, honestly.”

The divers handled Columbia in both the 3-meter and 1-meter events, beating the Lions 13-6 in each. Freshman Maggie Heller and sophomore Cassidy Golden headlined Penn diving, as only Columbia senior Alyssa Menz came close to surmounting Penn’s young diving squad.

An encore of Friday’s victory followed when the men’s team joined the fun on Sunday in a combined meet againsh was elated after the club booked a place in the Carabao Cup final.A stoppage time goal from Trezeguet sealed a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Villa Park on Tuesday.Speaking after the game, Grealish said: “It shows what character we’ve got in the tst Connecticut. In a debut of their own, the men, led by senior Dillon McHugh, beat the Huskies 172-125.

“Well, the way that we started off last year, we came out of the gates real slow,” said McHugh, who won the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle. “This wasn’t our fastest, but it was better than last year … I’m happy about [my] places, not so happy about the times.”

The Quakers won without the contributions of junior star Eric Schultz , who sat out the Connecticut meet. While he has been nursing a should Newcastle United U23 coach.The Daily Mail reports Redfearn was furious when his assistant Liam Bramley made a complaint to head of academy coaching Ben Dawson. It’s claimed Redfearn, 54, and the younger coach had not been seeing eye to eye and Dawsoer injury, Schultz ultimately may have sat out for strategic reasons, not wanting to give future opponents a look at his pace.

“He’s been having a little shoulder troubles, so we wanted to rest him up for Columbia,” McHugh said.

The only long-term concern for the men’s team should be diving. Sophomore Jack Stein finished second in both diving events, but the Quakers were otherwise unable to score. Ivy foes like Dartmouth and Princeton, which have multiple top-tier divers returning to their rosters, will exploit this hole in the Quakers’ roster.

The women were not as dominating in their victory over Connecticut, but their distance swimmers, especially freshman Carolyn Yang , carried the weight in a 169-131 victory. The divers struggled against Connecticut’s strong team, and after a huge high-scoring dive for the Huskies in round four of the three-meter, Penn was unable to gain any momentum.

While the women will have to wait two weeks for their next meets against Princeton and Cornell, the men have their Ivy debut Friday against Columbia.

Lengyel | Penn football couldn't get clutch this season

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — If there’s a difference between this year’s Penn squad and last year’s Ivy champs, it’s one thing — performing in the clutch.

Whether it’s their inability to get going on the ground, make the big stops or finish a big special teams play, Penn has consistently failed to come through.

“We made it interesting, but we couldn’t just quite finish it,” coach Al Bagnoli said after losing to Harvard.

That pretty much sums up Penn’s season — the Quakers made things interesting in 2013, but simply didn’t show up to finish.

The downward spiral started after Penn went on the road and was shut out by a Brown team not nearly as good as the Quakers made them look. Now that the Quakers are officially out of Ivy title contention, the question remains: How did Penn let a 3-0 conference start vanish?

Maybe the Quakers disappeared first. They did when they got outscored 21-3 in the second half against Princeton. And they definitely did in their very next half of football Saturday, when they somehow dug themselves a 31-0 hole.

Add Harvard’s third-quarter touchdown and that’s a four-and-a-half quarter stretch in which Penn got outscored by Princeton and Hirror says Sogut, has been shown around Washington as DC United look to woo the Arsenal star to MLS.DC United are on the lookout for a replacement for Wayne Rooney, after the ex-England captain agreed to join Derby County in January.And the MLS outfiarvard, 59-3.

It’s disappointing to watch a team that had so much potential not perform in the stretches it needs to, but the issue was bigger than on-field play.

Penn’s leaders haven’t inspired this team for a full 60 minutes all season, which is unacceptable given the number of players that have already put in a championship effort on this squad.

On Saturday, Harvard made mince-meat of the Red and Blue, putting up 38 consecutive points without allowing Penn to even get near the red zone for nearly three quarters and nearing the Quakers’ 84 total rushing yards in the afternoon on quarterback Conner Hempel’s back alone.

“They executed great … it’s a funny game when these two teams play,” Bagnoli said. “Fortunately, our kids never gave up because it had a chance to get pretty ugly there.”

Had a chance? It did get ugly.

This game shouldn’t be written off as a moral victory, which it perhaps should have been had it come at the beginning of Ivy play. It’d be a moral victory if it Penn didn’t have such an outstanding number of past Ivy championship players already in place. It’d be a moral victory if this game wasn’t part of such a historic rivalry.But non Tobido.The French defender arrived at Barca this January from Toulouse, but has struggled for form and opportunities this past year.Barca coughed up €1m for the teen, who was due to come off contract in June, and is now seeking to sell in January e of the above holds true.

It’s frustrating to watch a team waste a second-half performance on the road after crumbling against Princeton in front of one of its largest crowds in a long time.

Where was the 30-point scoring spree then?

It’s even harder to watch losses like these after winning one of the most exciting games in conference history earlier this season. Bagnoli even commented about the meaning of that quadruple-overtime win over Dartmouth early in the season.

“When the smoke clears and we get a chance to look back at this game, maybe we’ll say this was one of the games of 2013,” Bagnoli said after the win. “It could be a very defining game for the 2013 season.”

And it wasn’t. It was a highlight of the 2013 season, no doubt, but it was the exception, not the rule.

Leaders have failed to step up on and off the field to juice up this team from kickoff to the final whistle, and it has shown in glaring fashion these past three losses.

“It’s the second to last game of the season, you’ve gotta give it all you’ve got,” fifth-year senior quarterback Ryto TEAMtalk, the England under-21 international is set to get a new deal that will double his wages.Ramsdale has starred in the Premier League for the Cherries, playing all eight clashes for Eddie Howe’s team.The youngster has beaten out the likes ofan Becker said.

But that sentiment certainly did not show in the Red and Blue’s play through 35 minutes of competition. As Penn looks forward to Cornell and the conclusion of the 2013 season, all Penn’s got will have to be a lot more, even though it’s already too late.

JIMMY LENGYEL is a College sophomore from Pensacola, Fla. and an associate sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

Penn men's soccer kicks off home stretch vs. Big Green

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Being in a city may limit our exposure to nature, but there will be no shortage of green at Rhodes Field on Saturday night.

With two shutouts in Ivy play so far, the Penn men’s soccer team is looking for another clean sheet against the Big Green in its third Ivy contest.

“We are really focusing on keeping a lot of possession this game, really working the ball around, really stretching their defense out and picking them apart that way,” senior Alex Reddy said. “Making it a little bit less of a foot race, less of an athletic battle and much more of a soccer game.”

While the Quakers (4-6-1, 1-0-1 Ivy) are coming off of a win and a tie in league play, Dartmouth (4-2-4, 0-2) is trying to come back from two close losses after a great out-of-conference display.

“They’ve had a lot of success over the years,” coach Rudy Fuller said. “They have lost two very close, difficult games in the league but they have some quality results in the season so far. They were undefeated coming into the league matches.”

The last time the Red and Blue beat Dartmouth was three years ago when they went 5-2 in league play and beat Cornell and Columbia prior to playing in Hanover. Yet the past two years, the Big Green have gotten out in front early and the Quakers couldn’t recover.

But this year is very different from last year’s 1-6 run through Ivy play — just look at the Quakers’ Ivy record thus far.

“We’ve got to get on our front foot and play aggressively and really try to pin them in their end and put them under some pressure and make them chase,” Fuller said. “But in order to do that we have to be very sharp on the ball.”

“Every year brings a new set of challenges, and I don’t expect this year’s game to be like last year’s game or two years ago,” Reddy added. “We have to expect Real Madrid.The Belgian moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid last summer, but he has yet to impress with his performances, while he has also struggled with injuries since his arrival.”If Hazard is not playing well, something happens at Real Madrid,” ht them to start fast, and we have to be ready to go off the bat. But I think coming into this game with two clean sheets, we are feeling very good about ourselves defensively and how well we will be able to compete.”

Just as the Quakers are a different team than they were last season, the Big Green have also made some changes. Former assistant coach Chad Riley took over for Jeff Cook and is in his inaugural season as head coach. However, the team doesn’t seem to have changed too radically.

“The philosophy seems to be much of the same in terms of their setup and how they play and how they look to attack and how they look to defend,” Fuller said.

With all Ivy games last weekend going into overtime, the league is more competitive than it has been in years past. But the run the Quakers have had so far gives them confidence for a promising future.

“I think we expect a very competitive game like all the Ivy League games,”b.Pique already part-owns loc star Sergio Aguero hopes to play for Independiente again before he retires.The Argentine marksman has been a revelation since arriving in Europe, starring for Atletico Madrid and Manchester City.In a recent interview, Aguero spoke about his return tal outfit Andorra FC and Blick says he made a more ambitious attempt to buy Switzerland’s FC Lugano.A meeting took place a few days ago in Ticino between Pique and Lugano president Angelo Renzetti. However, both parties c Reddy said. “We are in a pretty good run right now, and we hope to continue that this weekend.”SEE ALSO

Cal Silcox | Quakers’ veterans know best

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It was Senior Night at Lavietes Pavilion, where the Crimson were expected to bring home one last win and extend their home winning streak to 29 games. It would have all but punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament, Harvard’s first trip to the Big Dance since 1946.

So why was Ivy Player of the Year, senior forward Keith Wright — the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer — sitting on the bench? Did Iheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad w mention he is the reigning Ivy Player of the Year?

There’s really no excusable answer. Crimson coach Tommy Amaker elected to sit his veteran star, while playing two freshmen in the final minutes of an immensely important and close game.

“Coach had a lineup out there that he thought could win the game, and you’ve got to support that,”

Good politics from Wright, but a bad excuse. The lineup that did win the game was the one with seasoned players, who knew how to win a close game.

Enter Tyler Bernardini.

The fifth-year senior, hobbled with a stress fracture in his foot, checked in with 3:46 remaining in the game — exactly when Wright was yanked for freshman shooter Corbin Miller.

It was Bernardini, as we all now know, who took the critical charge in the game’s final seconds, negating Harvard’s go-ahead basket and securing Penn’s win. Would Fran Dougherty have had the h the visit of Serie A team Parma to Turf Moor and two second-half strikes earned them a 2-0 success.With just seven days before the start of the Premier League campaign this would be the last chance for Clarets boss Sean Dyche to see his players in wherewithal to step and plant in front of the driving Kyle Casey? Would Henry Brooks? Perhaps, but that’s a play you can only count on experience to make.

“We’ve played so many cmade a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSG have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market jlose games,” Bernardini . “We’d definitely like to win a few more by a wider margin but we know how to win these games and I think that’s because of how old we are and that we’ve been through as many wars as we’ve been through.”

Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker has established himself as an excellent recruiter. His current Crimson team — from the freshman Saunders to the senior Wright — is clear evidence of this.

He has not, however, established himself as a great in-game coach. In six years at Michigan he never led the Wolverines to an NCAA tournament. He’s still looking to do so at Harvard, and though he and the Crimson had a chance to seal the deal Saturday night, Penn snuck out of Lavietes Paivilion with a one-point win.

On the other end of the scorer’s table was Penn’s Jerome Allen. While Amaker has been a Division I coach for nearly 25 years, Allen is in his third season coaching. His reputation as a player is first rate. His reputation as a coach — both as a recruiter and game manager — is still to be written.

In the final minutes of Penn’s upset, though, Allen was wise to rely on his star seniors Zack Rosen and Bernardini, even a crippled Bernardini. Allen, the rookie, thoroughly outcoached the veteran Amaker.

CALDER SILCOX is a senior science, technology and society major from Washington, D.C., and is a former senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.

Different cultures, same game for Eskenazi and Ion

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Though Sol Eskenazi and Alex Ion were both international recruits, their journeys to Penn were quite different.

As freshmen, both Eskenazi and Ion not only start, but lead the Penn women’s tennis team with eight wins each this spring.

Eskenazi, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was given the tall task of replacing now-pro Connie Hsu at No. 1 singles. Eskenazi has been almost perfect, losing just one match this spring.

Ion has been equally dominant for the Quakers this season. The Bucharest, Romania, native has only gotten better at No. 3 singles as the season’s gone on, winning five of her last six matches.

However, the two freshmen are even more impressive when considering how they got to Penn in the first place.

Eskenazi’s path to Penn began when she left her family in Argentina to train at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France when she was 11.

She lived in France for three years before moving back to Buenos Aires. However, once she returned, she was constantly traveling to play in junior tournaments. “I didn’t see my family for like six months [at a time] and it was really hard,”

Eskenazi said.

But for her sacrifice, Eskenazi gained a reputation as one of the top young players in Argentina. She represented her country in the 2010 Junior Olympics and the 2009 Junior Fed Cup and competed in the 2010 Junior French Open and Junior Wimbledon.

At the time, Eskenazi was competing on the pro tour to build up her international ranking. However, she injured her left wrist in July 2010 and was unable to play on the tour for several months. To Eskenazi, the injury was somewhat of a relief. “I was quite tired of traveling a lot and competing,” she said.

Eskenazi had already been contacted by several college coaches and initially made Columbia her top choice. “I didn’t even know Penn at first,” she admitted.

However, after coming for a visit, she “fell in love with [Penn] and there was no other university that [she] wanted to go to.”

Compared to Eskenazi, Ion was a rather unheralded recruit.

Ion was unsure of what she wanted to do when she graduated high school and took a year off to play on the pro tour. Quickly, she realized that she was unlikely to make a living playing tennis and decided to pursue other options.

“I decided at that point that I really wanted to go to the U.S.,” Ion said. To help attract attention, she uploaded a video of herself playing tennis to YouTube.

She explained that her recruiting process was “mostly [her] reaching out to coaches,” as opposed to the other way around. “I felt like they were worried that I was an international player,” Ion said.

Ion was very excited when she spoke to Penn coach Sanela Kunovac.

“I heard a lot of good things about Penn,” Ion said, and decided to come to Philadelphia without going on an official visit.

Kunovac said deadlines prevented her from bringing in Ion for a visit, but she wasn’t worried about whether the Romanian would be a good addition to the team.

“In Alex’s case, it was so clear she’d fit right in,” Kunovac said. “As long as we got along in [phone] conversations, I knew she was going to like Penn.”

Eskenazi and Ion both cited Kunovac as one of the main reasons they decided to come to Penn.

“Sanela’s a great coach and that’s what convinced me,” Eskenazi said.

Kunovac, who was born in Bosnia, was an international player at Penn herself at and was named both Ivy League Rookie and Player of the Year in 2001.

Ion believes Kunovac’s background makes Penn mder Victor Lindelof admits he paid little attention to the new contract he was signing in September.Sweden international Lindelof agreed a new deal at Old Trafford until at least 2024 four months ago, which saw him more than double his salary from £ore attractive to international recruits.

“I felt like she’s more open to recruiting international players and I felt like she understood me.”

Kunovac agrees that she is better able than some of her peers to recruit internationally.

“I think one of the edges I have is that I played in Europe, which means that I know a lot of coaches and I have contacts,” Kunovac said.

*** While both players acknowledge that the adjustment to America, Penn and college tennis has been hard, the freshman phenoms have thrived in their first year at Penn.

Arriving in Philadelphia in the fall was Ion’s first time in America and she found “a different mentality, a different way of thinking,” than in Romania.

Eskenazi agreed. “I was just all over the place and school was really difficult. I would say I am still trying to adapt to the United States.”

Both credit their teammates and Kunovac for making their transition easier.

“I think it really helped that I made friends through the team,” Ion said.

This year has been Ion’s first time playing on a team, so she’s had to learn to cheer for her teammates and adjust to team meetings.

“It’s a positive change,” Ion said. “Being part of a team definitely brings out the best in us.”

Eskenazi agrees that being on a team has been a great experience. “You’re playing for everyone, not just yourself,” she said. “I think that’s the biggest difference between professional tennis and [college tennis].”

Despite any language or cultural barriers, the two have forged close bonds with their teammates.

“In the end, I feel like tennis is universal,” Ion said. “It is its own language.”

Both Ion and Eskenazi have loved their American experience thus far, but have experienced some culture shock.

“I think [America has] everything,” Eskenazi said. “America is the perfect society in some ways.”

What do the two miss most from home? “Meat,” the freshmen said in unison.

“I guess here twinter market move for Villarreal attacker Samuel Chukwueze.Foot Mercato says the 20-year-old has been attracting interest across Europe following his fine performances in La Liga, and it is thought that Villarreal would accept a bid of around £34m here is no meat,” Eskenazi said. “The first semester I think I had one steak, overall.”

Ion agreed, explaining that America has a “different food culture” than what she’s used to at home.

Beyond food, Ion and Eskenazi agree that the people here are different, but their individual cultural backgrounds lead them to different opinions as to why.

“People are more relaxed here,” said Ion in comparison to formerly Clder leave for £21million.The 22-year-old star proved a big hit during a season-long loan at Championship play-off finalists Derby, but it is believed Jurgen Klopp will allow him to leave the new European champions permanently.Wilson is desperate foommunist Romania. “They’re more optimistic. There’s not that much pressure.”

Eskenazi, who is from the more laid-back Argentina, whole-heartedly disagrees.

“Here, everything is really structured and in Argentina it’s not. I love that [about Argentina],” she said.

Kunovac believes “it might be easier” to be an international athlete at Penn now than when she was a student here 10 years ago.

“Communication is so different,” she said. “They’re so much more connected.”

Perhaps living in the age of Facebook and Skype as opposed to AOL and instant messenger makes it easier to make the transition to Penn as an international student.

Regardless of their backgrounds, Eskenazi and Ion have quickly broken into the starting lineup and made an impact on the Penn women’s tennis team.

That’s no simple task.

Football Notebook | Wide is the new Blackmon

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When crafting his offense this preseason, Penn coach Al Bagnoli conceived of a backfield that utilized the shifty Bradford Blackmon in tandem with the powerful Mike DiMaggio.

“I think we’ve got a really nice one-two that hopefully are gonna cause people some problems,” Bagnoli said in early September.

Lately, though, that two-headed monster has been missing one of its noggins. Blackmon is still part of the Quakers’ attack, but he’s no longer receiving many handoffs.

In Penn’s 24-21 loss to Harvard on Saturday, the sophomore had just two carries – more than in the past two weeks combined. Most often, he set up not in the backfield, but as a slot receiver; when he began the play behind the line, he was usually sent in motion.

So while Blackmon is quickly fading as a running option – despite beginning the year as Penn’s starting back, he’s fourth on the team in net rushing yards – he’s helped bolster a shaky receiving corps. He hauled in two passes on Saturday to give him 20 for the year, and his two touchdown receptions pace the Quakers.

Big play from the big man. Harvard’s Matt Luft is the Ancient Eight’s tallest receiver. Indeed, at 6-foot-6, he’s one of the Ivy’s most sizable players of any kind; only a handful of offense linemen can look down upon him.

So when he lined up against Penn corner Chris Wynn, well, the Quakers knew they had a problem.

As athletic as he is, Wynn stands just 5-foot-9, a full head below Luft.

The Crimson didn’t exploit the matchup often – Luft cmer teammate Raul.October 29, 2019, marks the 25th anniversary of Raul Paulo Fonseca’s Roma) to Serie A, but for now the impact of Inter Milan pair Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku has been decidedly different.The Chilean, on-loan from Manchester United, is struggling a lot, between the bench and injuries that are keep’s Real Madrid debut.”We had already been told that there was a kid who was banging in the goals in the lower age groups and that he was different,” Hierro told Radio MARCA.”He wasaught just three balls – but when they did, they made it count. Three plays after quarterback Keiffer Garton’s 63-yard third-quarter rush brought the Quakers within three points, Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti lofted the ball high and deep down the left sideline. Forty-two yards later, Luft came down with it.

“We knew that was going to come – it’s not hard math or anything,” Wynn said of the height matchup. “He just made a better play on the ball than I did.”

Luft added: “Chris put it up in thl Madrid are threatening Manchester United plans for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.Record says Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is looking to strengthen his midfield before the start of the new La Liga campaign and had been hoping to complete air, and whenever he does that, the thought process from him is just go up and make a play: ‘Here’s the ball, it’s your turn.'”

Asked if it helped to be 6-foot-6, he said, “Probably a little bit,” with a laugh.

Head-scratching hardware. For the second straight week, Garton took home conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.

To be sure, Garton’s 174 rushing yards were the most by any quarterback in Bagnoli’s 17 seasons, and the signal caller accounted for 316 of Penn’s 336 second-half yards.

But he also threw three interceptions, a Penn season high. Two were in the end zone, derailing key Quakers threats, and the other set up a Harvard field goal.

He is, not surprisingly, the first player this year to win the award after throwing three picks.

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Brown Opponent Spotlight | Jack-of-all-trades Sewall has eyes set on making NFL

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Please, for your own sake, don’t pigeonhole Bobby Sewall.

The Brown wide receiver is certainly good at his job – his eight receptions and 116.2 receiving yards per game make him the most prolific wideout in the Ivy League. But if you ignore his other abilities, you’re liable to get burned.

Want to see him run it? Sewall averaged 5.5 yards per carry and found the end zone eight times on the ground in 2007 and has two rushing scores this year.

Dare him to throw it? The former Portsmouth High School (R.I.) quarterback has taken reps under center in practice and bombed a 41-yard touchdown to Buddy Farnham against Dartmouth a year ago.

Sewall is a good old fashioned playmaker – no matter what that may entail.

“Most coaches didn’t really know where they wanted to put me. [Some] thought receiver, Holy Cross thought running back, a little bit on defense with some scUK, the global automotive partner of Chelsea FC, has teamed up with the club to launch Hyundai FC; a nationwide grassroots football programme for junior teams, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukEleven girls’ and boys’ teams from Under-8s to Under-16s in pahools,” Sewall said. “I’m more than happy to do whatever the coach asks. If they want to put the ball in my hands then I’m gonna make those plays.”

Now, in his junior season, Sewall has focused on catching the football, and it’s paying serious dividends for the Bears, who sit at 3-0 in the Ivy League.

Sewall is just the latest feature wideout in Brown’s trademark spread offense. Following in the footsteps of receivers who have gotten looks from the NFL (see: Hill, Lonnie and Raymond, Paul), Sewall received second-team All-Ivy honors last year, but should be a lock for the first team this year.

“He’s still a young guy, unfortunately,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said. “He kind of burst on the scene as a freshman, and . he’s a very talented athlete.”

And as a part of the Wide Receiver Factory that is Brown, he knows that his ceiling may be higher than best of the Ancient Eight.

Sewall looks to Raymond, his former teammate and current Detroit Lions’ practice squad member, and to East Providence, R.I., native and Boston College grad Jamie Silva, now on the Indianapolis Colts, as indication that he could be on pro scouts’ radar.

“The fact that local Rhode Island h to take.Tielemans has been a substitute for four of the club’s last eight Premier League matches, including their most recent two outings, against Norwich and Aston Villa.“It is true that, personally, I have played less,” Tielemans told Sport/Fookids are getting looks [from the NFL] and Brown kids are getting looks is a big deal,” Sewall said. “I know they’re gonna be watching.”

Ironically for the Quakers, Sewall’s football career had its earliest beginnings right around the corner.

When his father was president of Ron Jaworski Management, Sewall lived near Cherry Hill, N.J., and was first exposed to football by going to watch the Philadelphia Eagles, Temple Owls and – you guessed it – the Penn Quakers.

His first trip to Franklin Field may have been when he was younger than 5 years old, but the Sewall household remembers it well.

“I do remember being there and it being a great stadium,” said Sewall, who will bring several family members from the area to Saturday’s game. “My dad tells me he used to bring me there and I’d be scared of the mascots.”

But a decade and a half later, Sewall’s going to be the scary one. being linked with the Rossonero.“I think so, I’ve worked for it,” he told Tuttomercatoweb when asked if he was ready for a move to Europe.“I’d like to test myself in Europe with international players so I can learn and grow, both as a man and as

W. Hoops | Quakers will step out of the zone

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Coach Pat Knapp and his team might want to look for a fallout shelter, because when they face Villanova (4-1) tomorrow, it’ll be bombs away.

Tomorrow, Penn will have to deal with a squad that has already developed a reputation of being a huge three-point threat. This does not bode well for the Quakers (3-3), who are trying to turn around an abysmal 2-32 record against the Wildcats.

“We better get a hand up and contest those shots,” Knapp said, not wanting to give away any information as to the Quakers’ strategy in defending the three-pointer. Forward Maggie Burgess hinted that her team will play man, not zone.

The Wildcats have taken 54.4 percent of their shots from downtown, and made 36.9 percent of those threes. DefensivAlbion want to bring the attacker back to the Premier League for the rest of the season.But they would have to pay Boca to end the loan deal, as there is no clause that allows them to terminate the contract at will.Boca do not want to lose Mac Allistely, the Quakers have been allowing opposing teams to shoot 37.1 percent from outside.

So the 2-3 zone that worked so effectively against Rider the last time the Quakers played may well be a non-option.

Villanova’s playing style presents the Quakers with another unique problem. Knapp may consider changing up his lineup against the Wildcats, because some starters, such as Burgess, who is 6-foot-2 and used to banging around down low, aren’t at their best defending the perimeter.

Burgess did not see any time in last year’s game against Villanova, a 57-50 defeat at the Palestra.

“If I do play, I will just be guarding them . the same as the guards will, up on the shooters,” she said.

Burgess added that in such a scenario, the Quakers would definitely pound the ball inside. Penn’s big players would try to take advantage of the “uniform” Villanova team, as Burgess called it, that has all its starters standing about six feet tall.

Defensively, the Quakers will struggle to match the highly efficient Wildcats. Villanova averages a hair over 10 turnovers a game, while consistently notching around 14 assists.

“We’re . dedicated to stopping you in the half-court, so we betterruno Fernandes.Having rejected a bid from Spurs over the summer for the Portugal international, Sporting are now prepared to sell.Record says the change of manager at Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho replacing Mauricio Pochettino, hasn’t changed the Lon pressure the ball very hard,” Knapp said about possible ways to force more turnovers. “We’re not necessarily a pressing team at this point with our numbers and our capabister United.ESPN reporter Paolo Bandini says finding a club for Icardi will be difficult due to the controversy surrounding the Argentine in the last year.He claims Inter Milan have explored the possibility of a swap with United for Romelu Lukaku.Howlities.”

Penn can find solace in the fact that Loyola-Maryland, a team that Penn beat earlier this season, solved the Villanova puzzle in holding the Wildcats to a season-low 47 points and coming away with a two-point victory.

In that game, Villanova went ice-cold in the second half, shooting at a measly 24 percent.

In order to begin turning the one-sided record around, the Quakers had better hope that the Wildcats’ offensive bombing run comes up short again in this one.

Italiano, McCreery make promising debuts

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Penn baseball finished second in the Lou Gehrig Division with a 12-8 record, the second best Ivy League record in 2002-2003.

In addition to solid pitching, the Quakers featured one of the top three offenses in the Ancient Eight.

Penn ranked second in batting average (.301), slugging percentage (.445), walks and on-base percentage, and third in runs scored, runs batted in and home runs.

Two of the Red and Blue’s most potent offensive weapons – Nick Italiano and Andrew McCreery — are now playing baseball professionally in the Minor League.

McCreery was drafted in the 32nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also selected Penn pitcher Ben Krantz in the 15th round. Italiano was not drafted but signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Both Italiano and McCreery played in the Gulf Coast League this summer for the Phillies and Diamondbacks, respectively.

Italiano graduated Penn with an impressive baseball resume, earning aeir 2020 Euros squad.Fati, 16, recently acquired his Spanish passport and was called up to the Under-21 squad, replacing teammate Carles Perez for the match against Montenegro on Tuesday.”I would like Ansu Fati to be with the U21s,” Moreno said. “We wards such as All-East Coast Athletic Conference, All-Ivy for four years, and 2003 South Jersey Athlete of the Year. Offensively, Italiano earned the 2003 Blair Batting Title for the Ivy Leaguer with the highest batting average (.420) and, in 2003, he became Penn’s all-time hits leader.

Italiano appeared in 12 games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, notching 10 hits in 40 at-bats, earning a .250 batting average. The recent Penn graduate scored five runs, got seven RBI, three walks and a stolen base.

McCreery, the 2003 Ivy League Player of the Year, went to Yakima, Washington after being drafted, for five days of instruction camp. McCreery then went to play in the rookie league’s Missoula Osprey in Missoula, Montana where he roomed with his former teammate, Krantz.

McCreery played third base and pitched for the Quakers, but he will concentratreira for their 3-1 victory at Norwich City.Pereira was excellent on the day.Solskjaer said, “I think it’s going to improve and improve – it’s fantastic to have Anthony [Martial] back. He’s been missed for eight weeks and Dan [James] and Marcus have e on third base for the Diamondbacks. He was also heavily scouted by the New York Mets.

And after his dominant performance in the Gulf Coast Lean.The Algeria international was a constant headache for the Everton defenders and scored a pivotal goal when his low driven free-kick beat Jordan Pickford to make the score 2-1.Victory against the Merseysiders ensured the gap between Liverpool at thegue, the Mets likely regret passing up on McCreery in the draft.

In 23 games and 62 at-bats, McCreery scored 12 runs, got 20 hits, including four doubles and a home run, recorded three RBI, seven walks and two stolen bases.

Among the eight players who played in over 20 games for the Gulf Coast League Diamondbacks, McCreery had the highest batting average (.323), and the second highest average overall, behind Cristobal Melendez, who batted .379 in 29 at bats.

Sports Briefs

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Manchester United are exploring plans to take a defensive signing on-loan this month.The Manchester Evening News says United are considering signing a centre-back on loan in the January transfer window after Harry Maguire was ruled out for up to a month.It has been confirmed that £80million signing Maguire has suffered a muscle tear and is unlikely to be back in action until February, meaning he is set to miAnjorin admits having former youth coaches Joe Edwards and Jody Morris as part of manager Frank Lampard’s staff has been a huge boost.Anjorin made his debut in victory over Everton last week.Edwards has worked with the Poole-born youngster from his pss several key games for United.Maguire missed United’s 3-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to local rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday afSpanish fullback Theo Hernandez feels he has matured a lot since moving to AC Milan.The left-back left Real Madrid last summer.”I was insulted and criticised a lot,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.”I did some silly things, but I’ve matured a lot as a person.”I consider myself a fun guy, but a calm guy who spends a lot of time in the house with his dogs or watching tennis on TV.”ter failing a late fitness test, having sustained the injury in Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Wolves.The 26-year-old’s injury could leave Victor Lindelof as United’s only available senior centre-back for Saturday’s visit of Norwich in the Premier League.And the desperate situation has forced United to scour the market for a centre-back to join them on loan until the end of the season.

W. Lax: Ivy-leading Dartmouth rallies late to push past Quakers

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This was not the way the Penn women’s lacrosse team’s seniors wanted to remember their final home game.

On Saturday, the oldest Quakers athletes were unable to defeat Ivy League-leading Dartmouth, falling 9-7 and having their three-game winning streak snapped.

“It’s disappointing that this was our last game on Franklin Field,” Penn senior Christy Bennett said. “We would have like to go out a different way.”

Penn jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first five minutes, courtesy of senior Kate Murray’s two unassisted goals.

“After I scored a few goals early against Penn State, everyone has been telling me to come out strong,” Murray said. “Those goals gave us a lot of confidence.”

But the Big Green, ranked No. 9 nationally, would battle back — scoring four of the next five goals to enter halftime with a 4-3 lead.

Another Penn forward opened the second half strong, as junior Lindsey Cassidy tallied two quick goals to open the half. This put Quakers back on top, 5-4, in the first three minutes of the second half.

Penn’s defense was determined to make this lead stick, holding Dartmouth scoreless for the next 12 minutes.

But the Big Green proved to be too much for Penn.

Dartmouth began to rally, netting four consecutive goals from four different athletes — Lana Smith, Whitney Jamison, Leah Skypeck and Elizabeth Right — which put the Big Green on top for good, 8-5.

The Quakers began to mount a comeback, scoring two of the next three goalsnchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more additions before next week’s Premier League transfer deadline.United have agreed a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire. Solskjaer told PA: “We’re still hope one or two deals — courtesy of seniors Crissy Book and Alison Polk-Williams — but time expired before they could overtake Dartmouth.

Though the team lost, the Quakers were pleased with their effort.

“I am happy with the way the team played,” Penn head coach Karin Brower said. “lona management are preparing a major clearout after their Champions League flop this week.Defeat at Liverpool has stunned Barca’s board, with both players and coach Ernesto Valverde now under major scrutiny.Spanish media sources report loan pair KevWe played a strong two halves and played good defense.”

Bennett, the defensive captain, was especially pleased with the way her squad defended the Big Green.

“The defense did a great job at holding them out,” she said. “We held them scoreless for long stretches.”

Brower agreed that the defense was much better than usual.

“The defense really played as a unit,” she said. “They played great. They were denying and doubling a lot more.”

Several problems accounted for the narrow Penn defeat.

Poor shooting, which has hurt the Quakers all year, troubled the them again Saturday.

Penn outshot its opponent, 23-21, yet still lost by two.

“If we had shot better, we would have won,” Brower said.

The Quakers also failed to capitalize on several eight-meter penalty shots.

“When we get fouled, we’ve got to put those eight-meter shots in,” Brower said. “That would have made the difference. That’s two goals right there.”

Bennett also credits the Dartmouth team’s perseverance, as it refused to quit on the road despite trailing for long stretches of the game.

“We just never could put it away,” she said. “Every zil and Alexandre Lacazette has endorsed new manager Mikel Arteta. The experienced duo have both seen improvements at the club since Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December.Talking at Arsenal’s Dubai warm-weather training camp, Ozil said: “As a team, time we got a couple, they’d match.”

Brower is quick to note that the Quakers should be proud of the way they played against such a strong team.

“Overall, I’m happy with the overall effort,” she said. “Dartmouth is a top team. I would not be surprised at all if they were ranked in the top 10 [again] this week.”