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Throwers often go under the radar, but Rachel Lee Wilson is firmly in the spotlight

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Over the past few years, senior thrower Rachel Lee Will, according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real son has become one of the most dominant athletes in Penn track. The numbers don’t lie: Wilson currentlyetiah is playing his way into Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s new season plans.The Sun says Nketiah, 20, was due to join Bristol City on-loan.But Emery may keep him around after an impressive pre-season goals against Bayern and Fiorentina.Freddie Ljungb holds the program record in the outdoor hammer throw (63.89 meters) and the indoor weight throw (20.53m). These numbers secured her a second consecutive title in the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships earlier this season.

But unlike most student-athletes, Wilson did not compete in these sports during high school, since the hammer throw is not offered as a high school sport in any state except Rhode Island. Instead, her main events were the discus and the shot put, while she would only practice the hammer throw during the summer with her father, who was also a thrower in high school.

“I applied to Penn, and I contacted the coach at the time and I asked if he had any spots on the team, because my numbers were decent, but they weren’t good enough to get recruited,” Wilson said. “He didn’t have any girls recruited that year, so it ended up working out. Once I got here, I started to get more serious with the hammer and now that’s my main event.”

After joining the team in 2015, Wilson quickly started to impress. During her first season as a Quaker, Wilson recorded 21 top-10 performances between the two events and set the school record in the weight throw at Indoor Heps, placing third. She was also named the team’s most valuable player of the freshman class. From then on, the now-senior has held the weight throw program record and keeps extending it each year.

In her junior year, Wilson really stood out, winning six meets in the weight throw, including an individual indoor Ivy Heps title. She successfully defended her title this year when she became the first Penn athlete ever to crack the 20m mark in the weight throw.

In the hammer throw, Wilson has been just as unstoppable. After being named to the second team All-Ivy list in 2017, the thrower came back even stronger and collected an outdoor Ivy Heps title. Furthermore, she also received an honorable mention after a in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

But the secret for Wilson’s success during her time at Penn does not come from any pre-meet rituals or superstitions. In fact, Wilson credits her accomplishments to her time management skills and hard-work.

“She had already achieved so many things, but after having a phenomenal junior year, she further dedicated herself, trying to get to the next level,” throwing coach Jeff Pflaumbaum said. “It’s amazing to see how she can excel in both academics and athletics, especially in an Ivy League school. This dedication makes her a leader; she’s always trying to push the group forward.”

Despite being ranked No. 111 in the world, Wilson does not plan to continue her career in track. After graduation, she has plans to move to Michigan and work as an engineer, but for now, the senior still has higic says the players know their Champions League hopes are on a knife-edge after their 4-4 thriller with Ajax.The result, coupled with Valencia’s 4-1 victory over Lille, leaves Group H incredibly tight, with three teams at the top on seven points. Cheh hopes for the end of the season.

“After NCAAs last year, I wasn’t really happy with my performance, and I really didn’t want it to happen again,” Wilson said. “My main goals are to make it to the NCAAs again, to set the new Ivy League record for hammer, and to win the Ivy Heps again.”

Penn Relays isn’t famous for its throwing events — they don’t take place at Franklin Field and are in some ways overshadowed by the track events. Fans don’t always know where to go to watch the throwers. If fans were to go to the Mondschein Throwing Complex on Thursday, they’d get a chance to watch a three-time Ivy champion.

Penn wrestling resumes dual meet season with 25-18 comeback loss to Duke

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The winter break grind continues for Penn wrestling.

The Quakers traveled south to Duke this weekend, jumping back into the dual meet season for 2019. Despite a promising start to the match with wins in the 125- and 133-pound weight classes, the Red and Blue ultimately fell by a score of 25-18.

Penn (1-2) opened the meet with a shutout by freshman Carmen Ferrante at 125 pounds. Ferrante secured just over three minutes of riding time by the end of the second period and won the match in a technical fall with a score of 15-0, contributing five team points to the Quakers’ tally.

After Duke (1-0) forfeited the 133-pound match, Penn’s lead li coach Carlo Ancelotti and his players blanked the media after last night’s Champions League draw with RB Salzburg.Ancelotti refused to speak to the media and abandoned his contractually-obligated press conference.It’s also emerged the players are was up to 11. Next, freshman Grant Aronoff faced the first of four brothers competing for Duke this weekend, freshman Josh Finesilver, at 141 pounds. This match, which each respective head coach acknowledged as a key matchup before the meet, allowed Duke to puthe Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team part-owned by David Beckham, have unveiled a long-term omnichannel retail partnership with apparel and merchandise giant Fanatics, reports, /.The deal will see Fanatics manage all in-venue retail operationt its first four team points on the board as Finesilver won by major decision, 14-6.

Fellow freshman and No. 17 Anthony Artalona faced the next Finesilver brother, redshirt senior and No. 6 Mitch, at 149 pounds. The pair met earlier this season in the semifinals of the the , where Artalona fell 5-2.

With these two top-20 competitors battling it out again this weekend, the low-scoring match saw its fepared to punish Manchester City if they’re found guilty of breaking financial football laws.Reports last week suggested City may face a Champions League ban if found guilty with UEFA referring the case to Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chairst takedown in the last 45 seconds of the final period by Finesilver. Mitch Finesilver ultimately defeated Artalona 4-1, earning three team points for Duke and cutting Penn’s lead to 11-7.

Senior Joe Oliva, a three-time team captain for the Quakers, competed at 157 pounds. Oliva, who entered the meet with four losses by just two points or fewer this season, finally got over the hump to deliver his first team points of the year, winning a major decision over Benjamin Anderson by a score of 13-5 and pushing Penn’s lead to 15-7.

At 165 pounds, the third Finesilver brother, sophomore Zach, wrestled Penn sophomore Evan DeLuise. The matchup started out close, as DeLuise led after an early takedown and secured over a minute of riding time. DeLuise’s offensive aggression continued as he led going into the final period, repeatedly shooting first and making offensive advances.

However, the Finesilvers improved to 3-0 on the day when Zach earned four back points at the buzzer to erase DeLuise’s riding time, edging ahead 12-8 and trimming Penn’s lead to 15-10.

A victory followed for the fourth Finesilver brother, Matt, who beat junior Brian Krasowski at 174 pounds by technical fall in a 17-1 win which included five minutes and 29 seconds of riding time. At this point, with the meet tied at 15, the Finesilver brothers had contributed all the team points on the board for Duke.

Duke won the two matches, at 184 and 197 pounds by a major decision and a pin, respectively, to add on 10 team points and make the score 25-15 in favor of the home team.

In the last matchup, between freshman Ben Goldin and Duke’s Araad Fisher, Penn won three more team points as Goldin won by a 5-2 decision. However, the Quakers were unable to dig out of their 10-point deficit, and the meet ended with a 25-18 Duke victory.

The Quakers will hope to bounce back from the loss when they face University City foe Drexel on Jan. 13 at the Palestra.

Ivy League rule change reduced risk of concussions in football, journal article reports

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Penn is used to having its name published in prestigious journals. Generally, though, the University only finds itself in the byline, not in the data itself.

On October 1, reported that a rule change in Ivy League football appeared to have reduced head injuries by making kickoff returns less frequent.

“We are proud to see results from our study published in such an esteemed journal as JAMA, and even more gratified to know that policies we put in place have directly led to a decrease in concussions,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a league press release.

Biostatistics and epidemiology professor Douglas J. Wiebe published the article, which details a recent study of data from the past several years of Ivy League football. F boss Jurgen Klopp has laughed off Alisson’s uncharacteristic howler in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Lyon.The Brazilian allowed a routine cross to drop out of his hands and into the path of Moussa Dembele, with the goalkeeper bringing him down in the boxollowing a rule change prior to the 2016 season, researchers wanted to know if the league had been successful in reducing concussions caused by kickoffs.

According to Wiebe’s article, the rate of touchbacks on kickoffs increased from an average of 17.9 percent before 2016 to 48 percent in the two years after the rule was changed. Per 1000 plays, the rate of concussions during kickoffs decreased from 10.93 before 2016 to 2.04 after. For non-kickoff plays, the rate of concussions was 2.56 before and 1.18 after the rule change.

A difference-in-differences analysis — a statistical method that determines the impact of a ‘treatment’ in an observational study — found that 7.51 fewer concussions per 1000 kickoff plays occurred following the rule change.

The new rule, which moved the spot of the kickoff from the 35 to the 40-yard line, makes it more likely that teams will kick the ball deep into the opposing team’s end zone. Teams will generally choose not to return these kicks for strategic reasons, which results in more touchbacks. The Ivy League predicted that it could reduce the number of head injuries by decreasing the frequency with which players had to engage in dangerous returns.

Kickoff returns are notoriously dangerous; according to the journal article, in 2015 “kickoffs accounted for 6% of all plays but 21% of concussions” in the Ivy League. A rule change that can make them safer could take a significant stride toward increased player safety without disrupting or changing the game itself.

However, it wasn’t obvious that the researchers were going to see promising results. At the same time as they changed the location of the kickoff, the Ivy League also changed the placement of a touchback from the 25 yard to the 20 yard line. This could potentially have encourage teams to take fewer touchbacks in the hopes of getting to start a drive further from their own end zone.

This isn’t all that Penn and the Ivy League have been doing to reduce head injuries. The Ivy League also instituted strict rules eliminating full-contact hits during practice, which the study’s authorsting Manchester United today.Wilson, who is on loan at Eddie Howe’s side from United’s arch-rivals Liverpool , is expecting a hostile reception from the travelling supporters, but claimed he is ready to use it as a motivator.”It’s part and parcel of acknowledge could bear some of the responsibility for the total decrease in concussions.

Penn is leading the Ancient Eight by doing even er their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.The former midfielder will return to his post in charge of the Under-23s following the appointment of Nigel Pearson as head coach and his two-game stint ended with a point against Palace.He said, “We knew Crystalmore to reduce concussions. This season, the football and sprint football teams will add an innovative, to their helmets which is supposed to reduce the risk of injury during collisions.

Concussions and the associated long-term health risks that afflict former football players represent a consequence of the game that leagues are increasingly hoping to mitigate. Football leagues have begun to take the view that insufficient player safety, especially with regard to head injuries, threatens the existence of the game of football itself. The Ivy League has been among those at the forefront of this trend, continuing to innovate and make the game safer.

Penn women's lacrosse readies for biggest challenge yet in defending champion Maryland

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It’s time for that undefeated record to get put to the test.

On Thursday at 3 p.m., Penn women’s lacrosse is taking on defending NCAA Champion and No. 4 Maryland at Franklin Field.

Coming off of a huge win against No. 19 Duke (6-3, 1-1 ACC), the Quakers are looking to keep their seven-same winning streaCrystal Palace.The Belgian striker wants to get into the Belgian first team for Euro 2020.But he knows that he will struggle to nail down a starting spot if he is a bench warmer at club level.He scored two goals for his national team against Cyprus ik alive against Maryland (6-1, 1-0 Big Ten).

Off to its best seven-game start since 2009, No. 7 Penn (7-0, 1-0 Ivy) has a high-powered offense that the team is looking towards to help it this Thursday against the Terrapins.

Freshman Zoe Belodeau has burst onto the scene with 17 goals so far this season, making her one of the top scorers on the team. Sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig has a whopping team-leading 25 goals to herself, and longtime stars and seniors Alex Condon and Caroline Cummings provide further support.

Defensively, Penn will have its hands full with a stackedSG, Real Madrid, Brugge, GalatasarayGROUP B: Bayern, TOTTENHAM, Olympiakos, Red Star BelgradeGROUP C: MAN CITY, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zagreb, AtalantaGROUP D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, LokomotivGROUP E: LIVERPOOL, Napoli, Salzburg, Gen Maryland offense averaging 17.1 goals per game, good for third in the country. The Quakers will have to ward off Maryland’s main scorers, senior Megan Whittle and junior Caroline Steele, who have combined to provide 49 of the team’s 120 goals.

Last year, the Quakers were up to the task. While , to a Maryland team that would finish the season undefeated, the Red and Blue held the Terps to their lowest goal total of the season.

That effort came with then-senior and in goal, but this season, the Quakers’ defensive personnel looks a bit different.

After recently earning the starting job, sophomore Mikaila Cheeseman will work to protect the goal like her predecessor in this upcoming match. So far this season, Cheeseman is sixth in the nation with an impressive 55.6 save percentage of shots on goal — which compares favorably to Maryland’s goalie, reigning IWLCA Goalie of the Year and junior Megan Taylor, at 42.6 percent.

Maryland crushed Johns Hopkins this past Saturday by a score of 15-5. When the Quakers played the Blue Jays back in February, they barely snagged a 12-1er says Bruno Fernandes is quickly establishing himself as a locker room leader.Solskjaer has also likened the midfielder to his former teammate Paul Scholes.He said: “He reminds me of Scholesy as a player but definitely a different type of persona1 win.

The Red and Blue have come a long way since then, however. As the new-look offense has jelled, Penn’s shooting percentage has risen from the 39.5 percent mark it had when it previously played Johns Hopkins to 45.2 percent after defeating Duke.

The Quakers are eager for a win this week, but they have their work cut out for them — not only in facing another winter storm, but also in the challenge of taking down the reigning champs.

Penn football finishes spring season with annual spring game

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Believe it or not, football season is upon us.

Penn football took the gridiron on Friday night for its annual spring game at Franklin Field. This intersquad competition marked the conclusion of the spring season for the Red and Blue, following 11 official practices, the first of which was on February 26.

The offense was dressed in white jerseys, while Carabao Cup tomorrow.United host the League One side in the third round of the Carabao Cup and will be boosted by the return of Pogba, who has missed the last three games against Leicester, Astana and West Ham.Solskjaer said: “He’ll probably get somthe defense wore blue, and even though no score was kept, there was no shortage of competition. Before starting the first session, the offense and defense came together at the 50-yard line in front of coach Ray Priore. The players could not contain themselves, jumping around and getting fired up as if it were an Ivy League game.

This level of energy continued into game play. The first few minutes consisted of individurgen Klopp is full of praise for his Everton counterpart Carlo Ancelotti.The rivalry between the two Merseyside clubs was put aside when Klopp was asked about the Italian manager’s status in the game.Ancelotti has won trophies everywhere he is gone,ual position drills, which then expanded into a short seven-on-seven session. After that, the real fun began, as the Quakers ran a full set of 11-on-11. This included various in-game situations, with the offense sometimes starting with a short field and other times having to drive 75 yards to score. The end of the session also included a couple of two-minute drills.

And while the regular season is still a few months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about who will be on the field this fall. Penn will be without a few central playmakers from last season’s roster, but there is no doubt that the Red and Blue have players who are ready to step into a starting role.

“We lost a lot of key players, obviously that happens every year, but we’ve taken some really good strides,” said junior Tommy Dennis, a two-year starter on the offensive line. “The way our program works is just next guy up, so everyone knows what they’re doing, everyone’s ready to step up…we have a lot of spaces to fill and a lot of talent to fill it.”

Of course, the most impactful loss in terms of a single player is the departure of wide receiver Justin Watson, whose records and accolades speak for themselves. With Watson, as well as tight end Nicholas Bokun, graduating this spring, the door is open for a number of receivers to fill that void.

Last season, junior Christian Pearson had the most receiving yards (225) and touchdowns (two) of all the returning wideouts, so he is sure to be an impact player in the fall. Joining him will likely be sophomores Tyler Herrick and Kolton Huber, as well as junior Steve Farrell. Junior tight end Logan Sharp will be the next man up to replace Bokun.

Even without Watson on the field next season, the team, according to Priore, will reap the benefits of the winning culture that Watson has helped to maintain at Penn.

“One of the best things that Justin brought us was an attitude and a way of how to practice and how to play,” Priore said. “And I think what he’s been able to do in his four years is sprinkle that to many of our players…it’s an opportunity for other players to step up. I think what Justin was able to do was phenomenal for our program over the last four years, and we loved every minute of it. In the end, it’s someone else’s turn to be that new number five.”

The man who will be throwing the ball to the “new number five” is also currently undecided. Leading the offense and replacing Will Fischer-Colbrie will be either sophomore Nick Robinson or freshman Ryan Glover, with the two splitting snaps equally during the spring game.

“What [Robinson and Glover] got right now is confidence; they’re getting a lot of repetitions, and they’re getting better and better each and every day, and it’s great to see” Priore said. “We just try to promote these guys to keep on competing, keep on fighting. We’re a long way from making a decision on anything right now; we’re just thankful that they improved every single day during camp.”

With Penn’s ultimate goal being a return to the Ivy League throne, morale is high after the conclusion of the spring season, and there’s a great deal of confidence that this team has championship DNA.

“I think the energy we brought this spring was what I’ve seen in the past two teams I’ve played for that won a championship,” junior safety Sam Philippi said. “Everybody’s flying around, everybody’s playing with energy, and it’s been one of the best springs I’ve ever had here.”

The Quakers hope to keep building and developing into the suys he did not check the score of Manchester City’s game after his team came from behind to win.The Reds were involved in a massive clash with Aston Villa, which they won 2-1 thanks to two late goals.Klopp admits he did not see whether City dropped pommer and ultimately the fall. And even though it is still very early, the team looks poised to put itself in a great position to win the program’s third Ivy title in four years.

Ivy competition, national champion on the slate in Penn field hockey's weekend trip to New York

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Upstate New York has served as a notable battleground in American history. That legacy will continue this weekend as Penn field hockey arms itself for two of the hardest encounters it will face this season.

This Saturday, the Red and Blue (4-1) travel to Ithaca, N.Y., where they will open up Ivy League competition against Cornell. A day later, the team will travel an hour north to No. 1 Syracuse as they ready to face the defending NCAA champions.

Being caught between a rock and a hard place might be an apt description for the Quakers’ upcoming matchups, but the team stresses it’s taking the challenges one game at a time.

Against the Big Red (4-2) on Saturday, it’s hard to believe that anyone will have forgotten the epic contest when the two teams met in Philadelphia last fall.

Three goals in the last six minutes of regulation sent the game to overtime tied at 2-2. The deadlock held for a mere 17 seconds, when then-sophomore Alexa Hoover tucked away a penalty stroke after nearly dribbling the entire Cornell defense single-handedly.

“Ivy play is just a fight, a fight till the end,” senior defender Claire Kneizys said.

This year, Penn tar Tanguy Ndombele.The French central midfielder is a wanted man this summer.He has been linked to a host of top clubs, including Manchester United and City.However, theDaily Star indicates that it will be a straight fight between Spurs and Juve forhas already become well-accustomed to gritty, extended matches, having grabbed overtime winners over Saint Joseph’s and Fairfield in its last two games.

“It’s good for the team to know that that resilience is still there but also to be prepared mentally for that battlegrounladolid owner insists he never wished to leave Barca at the time.”I had signed a contract to renew at the end of the season and I went on a trip with Brazil and after five days they called me to tell me that I could not continue with the renewal,” Rod atmosphere,” coach Colleen Fink said.

It’s easy to see why these battle metaphors keep showing up. For the Quakers, this weekend seems to evoke a sense of warrior spirit.

All eight teams in Ivy play hope to draw first blood in this seven game campaign, and the Penn-Cornell contest this Saturday brings together the two second-place finishers from last year’s Ancient Eight standings, meaning there will be a lot on the line when the two face off in Ithaca.

“I’m ready to beat them in regulation this year,” Kneizys said.

When Penn plays the Orange (7-0) on Sunday, it will be a test of a whole different magnitude. While the Red and Blue actually topped Syracuse in an offseason tournament last spring, the regular season is another story, and Fink says that Syracuse has added a formidable physicality to its play this year.

“They’re very aggressive, they aren’t super concerned with fouling [and] they don’t play at all tentative,” Fink said.

“We can’t be looking for calls that we might not get up in New York.”

“Something that we’ve really been focusing on this week and really the whole season is intensity,” Kneizys added. “Just doing everything at 100 percent, playing faster, playing stronger and also [having] a lot more motion on the field, switching and playing less positionally.”

The Quakers have faced Syracuse in the regular season three times before, most recently in 2006. None of those matchups resulted in a Red and Blue win, and it would take an incredible effort for Penn to emerge from this upcoming matchup on the winning side.

But it is a fantastic opportunity for Penn to see how it matches up against the top teams in the country, a club that the Quakers are well on their way to joining soon.

According to Kneizys, the team has two defined gocTominay insists Wolves are not Manchester United’s bogey team.The Red Devils were beaten twice by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side last season.They will meet again at Molineux on Monday night, and McTominay says that history won’t impact the result.McTomials this season: to stop Princeton’s 16 year Ivy League champion dynasty and to be one of the nation’s best and most recognized programs.

“To be a top 20 team you have to beat other top 20 teams,” she said.

The Quakers will have the opportunity to advance both goals this weekend, but they’ll have to fight for it.

Wrestling Issue | Red and Blue have a Cobb mentality

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At the start of last season, most sentences involving C.J. Cobb ended in a question mark. But after finishing one win shy of All-American status in 2015, Cobb provided the answers to those questions and planted the seeds for what is set to be a limitless swan song for the Red and Blue.

Cobb enters his final year of collegiate wrestling following a stellar junior campaign that saw him achieve a superb 23-7 record, scoring a staggering 39 points for the Quakers at the expense of only three points allowed.

Cobb’s 2014-15 season earned him a trip to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, where he wrestled in the 149-pound weight class against other top wrestlers.

After winning a first-round matchup, Cobb recorded an impressive victory against Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen, who was ranked fourth in the weight class. Unfortunately, his dream of championship glory was cut off in the quarterfinals with a loss to Cornell’s Chris Villalonga, a grappler Cobb had beaten in a dual meet earlier in the season.

Despite the impressive display, the man from Willors are interested in signing Guido Carrillo from Southampton.Argentine media outlet Doble Amarilla is reporting that Boca manager Nicolas Burdisso wants to add to his attacking contingent.He sees Carillo, who is the Saints’ record signing, as the idiamstown, N.J., insists that he still is not completely content.

“I was happy with how well I did, but it wasn’t well enough to be satisfied,” Cobb said. “There’s still a lot more for me to accomplish. I have guys I lost to that I have to avenge.”

Last season’s results are especially impressive for Cobb because they directly followed his voluntary one-year hiatus from the sport — a year that Cobb spent focusing his energy on friends, family and academics, as well as rediscovering his love for the sport.

“Maybe I would be a better wrestler if I hadn’t taken a year off, but I also have a clearer vision now of why I wrestle,” Cobb explained. “It made me realize there are a lot more important things in life than wrestling.”

The n his work goes underappreciated.He told the Brighton website, “I think it is more of an up-and-down position than anywhere else on the pitch, for the reasons I’ve mentioned.”If you look at someone like Mo Salah at Liverpool, he has been unbelievableveteran will take a special role on the team this year, acting not only as the team’s top wrestler but also as one of its biggest leaders.

“I like to lead by example,” Cobb said. “I think when I wrestle, people are watching, and I have to show them how to succeed.”

Coach Alex Tirapelle echoed the importance of Cobb’s leadership to the rest of the Penn team.

“C.J. is a guy who goes out there and doesn’t mind being under the lights,” Tirapelle said. “He probably performs better the more people that are in the venue. The guys feed off of that, it’s a great energy to have in the program.”

Cobb began this season with a spectacular showing at the Bearcat Open two weeks ago in Binghamton, N.Y. In the Red and Blue’s first event of the season, the senior clinchegue interest.The Daily Mail says Newcastle and Aston Villa have made enquiries for Glenn Murray.Striker Murray has struggled for regular game time at Brighton following the summer arrival at the Amex of Neal Maupay and emergence of exciting youngsterd the championship in his 149-pound weight class after six convincing victories, including a tough grapple with fellow 2015 NCAA D-I Wrestling Championship participant Ken Theobold.

According to Cobb, this season is one that features different ambitions than in previous campaigns.

“In past years, it was all about an outcome,” Cobb said. “It was ‘I need to be an All-American’ or ‘I need to be a national champion.’ The goal this year is to overcome things I never overcame. The goal is to be able to wrestle through fatigue, wrestle when I’m not feeling that well and to beat people I don’t think I can beat. I want to overcome adversity.

“In the past, it’s been me against the person across from me. But this year, it’s about being the best I can be. It’s me versus myself.”

Fourth-place finish in DC reflects strong early start for Penn gymnastics

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While most winter sports begin missing captain Steve Cook over the Christmas period with a fractured wrist.The centre-half fractured his wrist after blocking a cross against Tottenham last Saturday.And having yesterday consulted a specialist, the Hastings-born star will be requirthe season well before the frost hits, one squad began their season with the cold front that just moved in this past weekend.

This weekend, Penn gymnastics made its season debut at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in the nation’s capital. Hosted by George Washington, the competition featured five competitive teams and signaled the start to a new year and a new season.

“I think we did pretty good,” coach John Ceralde said. “We went 190.625, so not a bad outing at all.”

The Quakers’ team score landed them fourth of the five teams — a strong showing for the Red and Blue’s first competition, especially with a few shakes early on.

By crossing the 190-point mark, Penn showed a strong first performance and reason to think that the team will be even better than it has been in the past few years.

Penn began the meet on beam, where the top scores produced a team total of 46.725, the lowest of the four event scores for the Quakers on the day. Despite a strong finish to the event, the first few routines on beam were not without some “first meet jitters.”

“We had a slow start on beam but we picked up at the end,” Ceralde said. “Simple mistakes like falls, but they finished strong on the event.”

The Red and Blue continued strongly not only on the other events, but also by the end of the first rotation on the balance beam.

After beam, the squad traveled to floor where they scored the highest event score of 48.500.

“Our best event was floor, we were pretty strong there,” Ceralde said. “We were consistent on floor, just small things we need to take care of for our next meet, but they did pretty good just being consistent.”

This was reflected in the performance of sophomore Kyra Levi, who tied for seventh on floor with two tenths of deductions, a 9.800 score.

The Quakers kept their momentum moving as they finished out the meet on vault and then beam, scoring 48.125 and 47.275, respectively. Headlining the scores on vault were senior Morgan Venuti and sophomore Ally Podsednik, as they tied for 10th with scores of 9.675.

“Freshman Morgan Hunker stepped up on vault,” Ceralde said. “She scored 9.600 in her first collegiate competition performing a Yurchenko layout.”

Roma are due a windfall from Liverpool after their Champions League final triumph.Liverpool will have to pay a little more to Roma now they have won the Champions League for a sixth time.Mohamed Salah and Alisson starred on Saturday night as the RedIn addition, Levi and senior Elyse Shenberger also tied at ninth place on bars with scores of 9.725.

While the Quakers finished fourth, the home team took the crown scoring 195.425. Cornell and Temple, two foes well known to the Red and Blue, also beat Penn this weekend, scoring 194.025 and 191.375 each.

Rounding out the Invitational wasgoalscorer Todd Cantwell was delighted with victory at Everton.Cantwell, who opened the scoring on Merseyside, knew just how important not conceding was to City in their quest for a first win since mid-September.“It’s a fantastic result. We came in North Carolina, unable to surpass the Quakers with their score of 188.925. Despite the placement of the Red and Blue, it was a strong start.

“The idea is to build upon what we established here,” Ceralde said.

“We just need to work on being consistent, that’s it.”

Penn rowing to perform for the masses

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When the Penn crew teams compete in Cambridge, Mass., this fall break, there will be an unusual sight — 300,000 cheering fans.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is rowing on a grand scale. The men’s lightweight, men’s heavyweight and women’s teams will be joined by 9,000 athletes in what is the ultimate two-day competition with thousands of spectators lined along the banks of the Charles River.

Men’s heavyweight coach Greg Myhr stressed what a rarity that is in crew.

“Typically in rowing there are very few spectators,” he said. “The Head of the Charles is completely unique in that the riverbank is packed with people cheering and watching for three miles, so however long that race may take, you have people cheering and watching the whole way.”

For the guys on the water, it is quite the adrenaline rush.

“There’s noise and there’s screaming the entire race so when they get done they say, ‘That went by just like that,’” Myhr said. “They don’t usually say that after workouts.”

The competition is in head format, meaning that crews race against the clock rather than side-by-side. It is structured so that the boats start 10 seconds apart, sometimes making for fraught situations as boats run each other down and cut each other off while winding along the twisting corners of the river separating Cambridge and Boston.

“It’s a race that’s rife with struggle,” Myhr said. “One of my colleagues said to me, ‘Many things can happen at the Head of the CFulham are interested in Levante defender Chema.According to El Desmarque in Spain, the Cottagers have made contact with the player’s representatives.The 27-year-old can play at centre-back and right-back.New Fulham boss Scott Parker is on the lookout for solid signings that will help the club get back into the Premier League after being relegated this season.harles and none of them are good,’ meaning you’re on a curving, twisting course and you would be very fortunate to find the right line.”

The image is one of danger and potential disaster as teams deal with the stresses and strains of this atypical race in what at times amounts to rowing’s version of a demolition derby. To do well, a team often has to be lucky.

“You plan, you train, but sometimes there are just no answers for a coxswain. There just aren’t,” Myhr said. “You have to do what you can do and sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don’t.”

In spite of the madness, there seems to be some method to taking part in the Head of the Charles. The rowing season is a long one, stretching from the beginning of the fall sort stint.That is the view of his former teammate Troy Deeney.The latter, who is still at Watford, played with Ighalo with the Hornets a couplBournemouth goalkeeping coach Neil Moss has been fined £1,150 after admitting a Football Association improper conduct charge.The 44 year old used foul language and broke FA rule E3 during the Cherries’ 3-0 defeat at Burnley in February.The incident led to Moss being sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean in the 61st minute.e of seasons ago.Ighalo is on loan for United from Shanghai Shenhua for the rest of the season.”He’s a good emester to the end of the spring, and the monotony of training can get overwhelming.

“It’s huge for keeping the guys motivated,” Myhr said. “It’s a trip they desperately want to go on, and if you do well, you come back fired up … So it’s motivational and a lot more fun than training by yourself on the river.”

In this mindset, the regatta is seen as a useful indication of the teams’ form as they prepare for the spring season. It also allows them to go up against their Ivy rivals.

“If we’re running well with the Ivy League, then we are running well nationally,” Myhr said. “But first things first.”

In spite of this competitive edge, the regatta transcends normal sporting boundaries and creates a spectacle like no other.

“The spectators are cheering for people they know and people they don’t know,” Myhr said. “But they’re also cheering for crashes because there are all sorts of craziness that happen on the river every year.”

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Penn women's basketball taking it one step at a time

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After opening the season with a victory over St. Francis on Sunday, Penn’s women’s basketball will continue to take it one game at a time.

“We’re still getting used to each other, but we’re getting closer,” sophomore starting point guard Meghan McCullough said. “Coach wants us to feel more comfortable on the court.”

Although coach Mike McLaughlin sensed a lack of chemistry at times in his team’s first game, he was still content with Sunday’s outcome.

“Anytime that we find a way to win at the end, it’s always a good thing,” McLaughlin said. “As a coach, though, there’s obviously things we can improve upon.”

Saturday’s game against Ride has jokingly suggested he may be interested in buying Newcastle United, reports Sky Sports.According to Forbes, boxer Mayweather was the highest paid athlete of the last decade, earning $915m (£686m) in that time.The five-weight former world champir (2-0) at the Palestra will be the team’s next opportunity.

Last year against the Broncs, the Quakers (1-0) went to New Jersey and handled business with relatively little rebuff, winning, 60-45.

In that game chance to make his case for a spot in the Liverpool first-team. The teenage centre-back is Liverpool’s only signing so far this summer.The Dutchman was originally allocated to the academy, but manager Jurgen Klopp says he will “open the door” for te, then-freshman McCullough led all scorers with 17 points. She grabbed five rebounds and was dead-eye from the three-point line, shooting 4-for-4.

And though she had, by all accounts, a successful freshman campaign, she knew that it’d be necessary to put in work and grow as a player over the summer to continue on her upward trajectory.

“This summer, I had to work on a few things: strength, speed,” McCullough said. “I did, and coming in sophomore year is a lot better because we’re all so much morssandro Florenzi says he deserved his goalscoring performance for victory over Juventus.Florenzi celebrated the goal with fans in the Curva Sud.And he later explained, “I really relished that hug with the fans, as I think I deserved it. For once in me comfortable.”

As a starting sophomore, she will be called upon to be a leader amongst a large group of freshmen. Thus far, she seems content with what they are bringing to the table.

“The freshmen are doing great, they’re all contributing,” McCullough beamed. “Each one comes in and does whatever the team needs to play better.”

McLaughlin agreed.

“The freshmen did well for their first game; it’s never an easy transition. There’s a lot going on, you’re excited, you’re anxious, you’re nervous, all those emotions and then trying to perform.”

Another sophomore who will be consistently called on to lead this team is reigning Ivy and Big 5 Rookie of the Year Alyssa Baron.

And after dropping 27 points in the first game of the season, it’s safe to say she’s picking up right where she left off.

“She did some really special things last game and just willed us to the win with those big shots,” McLaughlin said.

Although Baron had to deal with questions about shot selection from time to time last year, McLaughlin feels comfortable with her progress and the role she’ll play on the team this year.

“Her role will of course be to score the ball, but I hope she can grow as a defender every day as well,” he said. “We want her to be that all-around player.”

For the young Quakers, their success depends on the continued growth of all players. Rider will be a test, as they too are bringing back a veteran team — that’s also undefeated — to oppose the Red and Blue.

“It’s good being young,” McCullough said. “Our team is exciting. The next few years are all uphill for us.”

W. Swimming | Coenen leads Penn over Cornell; Diving carries its weight, too

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The women’s swimming team defeated Cornell 217-83, but fell to Princeton 113-184 in the home opener and the first meet of the Ivy season.

Sophomore Melissa Gardel gave the Quakers (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) their first victory of the day, finishing on top in three-meter dive with 248.15 points, followed by third-place finisher freshman Madeline Bauer, with 220.64 points.

In the past, Penn diving has not been strong, but with three freshmen and one sophomore on the team, diving is headed in another direction.

“We felt like we constantly had to make up points for diving but now they’re adding points,” captain Megan Carlin said.

Sara Coenen won both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke. Callum Hudson-Odoi to continue improving after his impressive performance against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.The 19-year-old has faced criticism for some lacklustre performances this season after returning from an Achilles injury in September.He re Coenen is undefeated in the 200 back in her college career so far.

Lauren Brandes and Amy Reams finished third and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

Reams, who had shoulder surgery last year, is “doing a great job this year and her presence is felt in the pools,” according to captain Katharine Donohue.

“Going into their first Ivy meet, the freshmen were nervous but we told them not to worry because there are other meets,” captain Sarah Bargmann said.

The encouragement from the captains seemed to work.

According to coach Mike Schnur, the freshmen swam well, but there is an adjustment period so they have to “work on learning t made clear he’d like to keep hold of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.Batshuayi scored five Premiecastle United are hoping to close a deal for Nice wing-back Allan Saint-Maximin.The Sun says Toon have sent a ‘friendly’ agent to France in the hope of getting a price for Saint-Maximin.But he might also prove to be too expensive for the Magpies.Stevr League goals in 11 top-flight games for the south London outfit — including a brace in the club’s final game of the season against Bournemouth.Hodgso swim fast even though they’re tired from practice.”

Princeton is ranked 24th in the nation and its top swimmer, Alicia Aemisegger, stole the show in her events, breaking three Sheerr Pool records in the 200 yard free, 200 yard breaststroke and 200 yard IM.

“They’re a great team, very deep,” Schnur said. “Alicia is above everyone else in the league.”

Penn and Princeton swept Cornell and the Big Red had only one first-place finish, in the 100 yard butterfly, out of 16 events.

For Penn, there is always room for improvement. According to Schnur, that includes meet preparation, flips and turns, competitiveness and workout level.

The Quakers showed some of that competitiveness in the last event of the day, the 400 yard freestyle relay where they finished second with a time of 3:37.07, less than a second behind Princeton.

“It was a great race, great competition,” Schnur said.

Five Questions: On defense and special teams

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The Quakers’ 2006 defense couldn’t be any more different from the 2005 defense – not in terms of the 11 men on the field, but in terms of the expectations at each position.

Last year, a young, inexperienced front seven joined a secondary stacked with seniors, but that didn’t seem to matter much. It was the young guys who shone the brightest as the Quakers had one of the nation’s best run defenses.

This year, the roles are reversed.

1. Will the young secondary step up like the young front seven did last year?

If they do, it will be much more of a surprise than last year’s run-stopping, which was anchored by standout linebackers Ric San Doval and Kory Gedin.

Half of the 2006 secondary hasn’t seen time beyond one blowout last season. Starting cornerback Tyson Maugle is a sophomore who didn’t play a snap last year, while starting safety Jordan Manning played only in Penn’s romp of Bucknell.

Greg Ambrogi solidifies his starting spot at corner, as does Scotty Williams at safety. But they’ll have a lot of work to do in order to improve a unit that finished second-to-last in the Ivies in pass defense.

2. Will kicker Derek Zoch win Penn a game or cost Penn a game?

Last year, he didn’t do the former, but may have done the latter with a miss from 32 yards out in the Villanova game that the Wildcats won by four. Penn was forced to go for a touchdown on the game’s last play inside Villanova’s five yard line and failed.

With the way the league looks this year, an important conference game could come down to the right fHarry Redknapp has again spoken of how close Tottenham came to signing former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer, however Redknapp revealed the Belgian could’ve joined Spurs while still playing in France with Lille.The former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports: “I met Eden Hazard in Paris, we had an hour chat.“I loved him as a footballer, what a genius. He was up for coming to Tottenham.”Redknapp expressed his regret that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unable to get the deal done.He said: “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn’t involved in transfer deals.“All I’d do if I see a player, I’d tell Daniel and they do the deals. But it never got that far, they couldn’t agree a fee so they didn’t get him.”oot of No. 89.

Zoch had his moments in his first season as a full-time starter last year, including a school-record four field goals against Dartmouth.

But he and his line had problems with blocked kicks during his 11-for-17 stint.

3. Can the Quakers get to the quarterback?

This should be one of the biggest strengths for a Penn team that came up one short of the Ivy League lead in sacks last season.

Jim Malizia returns at one defensive end position, bringing with him his team-leading six sacks from 2005. But at the other end spot will be senior Mark Herman, who has appeared in just four career games.

Brian Fairbanks, Naheem Harris and J.J. Stanton are all returning as starters, which likely leaves the unit with the fewest question marks on the entire team.

4. Can the returners break loose?

Sam Shepherd already had one moment of greatness at Fraer United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Daniel James over diving accusations after their 1-1 draw at Wolves.James was booked for simulation midway through the first-half yet replays showed Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho made contact with thenklin Field, anchoring the 4×400-meter team that won the Heptagonals relay at Penn Relays last year.

Now just a sophomore, Shepherd looks for a second one as he will return kicks for the Quakers this season. The speedster returned the opening kickoff of the scrimmage against Widener for a touchdown.

Joining him deep on kickoffs will be Ambrogi, who got plenty of experience on special teams last season, returning nine kicks for an average of 25.6 yards.

With the loss of top return men Nick Okoro and Adam Francks to graduation, there will be plenty of running to do for the duo.

5. Can the Quakers stop Clifton Dawson?

If the first eight weeks go as planned for Al Bagnoli and Co., the Ivy League title could come down to the Week 9 match-up with Harvard and one of the best players in conference history.

Dawson, a senior running back from Scarborough, Ont., is on pace to break Cornell alum Ed Marinaro’s 35-year-old career rushingimovic has re-signed for AC Milan on a six-month deal, with the option for another season.The 38-year-old was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.The Serie A side said Ibrahimovic “will be in Milan on 2 J record.

That considered, the Quakers held him relatively in check last season, allowing “only” 105 yards, which is short of his career average of 125.1.

Linebackers Joe Anastacio and Gedin could have a lot to do with whether the Quakers can keep him down or if Dawson celebrates his record on the Franklin Field turf.

M. Track eager to race again after long winter lull

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The Penn men’s track team will look to start off the new year right when it travels to Annapolis, Md., this weekend for a tri-meet with Navy and William and Mary. The Quakers hope it will be the first step toward another successful winter track campaign.

“It represents a kicking off of the indoor season,” senior Joe Plevelich said. “We’re looking to get cob webs out, get some good times in and get back into the mix of things.”

It certainly should be a step the Quakers are itching to take. The team has been idle since Dec. 7riday’s presser.Bruce has revealed he wanted to bring club doctorPaul Catterson to his Press conference on Friday to explain how the club have taken every step to safeguard their players and staff.He said: “I was actually going to bring the doctor in, when they turned in a strong effort at the Princeton Holiday Classic.

That meet, however, was more of a preseason exhibition. The Quakers got the chance to examine some of their young talent and give the veteran athletes a taste of competition. Saturday’s meet expects to be more serious.

“It’s definitely an important meet, but it’s not our ultimate focus,” Plevelich said. “It really is our first step toward the [Heptagonal] and NCAA Championships.”

The Quakers’ strengths this season lie in the running events. Seniors Matt Wedge and Chris Edmonds bring their wealth of experience to the sprints, while the middle distances will receive a big boost from newcomers Courtney Jaworski and Carson Schmiett. Both runners did not hesitate to make an impact at thger Chris Davies says they were pleased with their 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Burton Albion.Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans saw City take a 2-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes, but Burton halved the deficit early on in the second pee Holiday Classic as Jaworski, a sophomore transfer student from Georgetown, won the 100-meter, and Schmiett, a freshman, placed second in the 500-meter dash.

The addition of Jaworski and Schmiett should provide the Quakers with much-needee Matty Longstaff to a new contract.The younger of the Longstaff brothers is out of contract this summer at Newcastle United.And Shearer wants to ensure the Tyneside club is doing whatever is necessary to keep the midfielder at the club beyond this td depth at middle distance, something that is magnified in indoor track due to relays.

“In the past, we’ve had some real quality guys at the position, but not really the quantity,” Plevelich said. “This year, it seems we have both.”

The Quakers will need to score points in all events, however, if they expect to win on Saturday. William and Mary expects to have a solid core of distance runners, while Navy will be eager to defend its home turf. The Midshipmen also have the advantage of having already competed in a meet this January.

“For us, it is just a matter of going in, feeling it out, and going after it,” Plevelich said.

ill join Mikel Arteta’s new backroom staff at Arse

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The claimed pitcher  off waivers from Blue Jayaims this could be Simeone’s last season with Atletico after a disappointing run in the LaLiga.But in the aftermath of an impressive Champions League win over Liverpool, Cerezo handed his coach a public vote of confidence.”We have a great coach, he ws Wednesday. Moscoso is 0-2 with a 12.86 ERA and 2.57 WHIP in five spring outings betRyan Fraser says he will likely remain at Bournemouth this summer. The Scotland international, who is entering the final year of his contract, has been linked with Arsl ace Gini Wijnaldum admits he’s enjoyed his attacking role with Holland this season.Pushed further forward by Oranje coach Ronald Koeman, Wijnaldum finished their successful Euros qualifying campaign as top scorer with eight goals.The midfielder expenal and Tottenham.Fraser said: “The likelihood is I will be at Bournemouth for another year.”And what will happen, will happen. That is all I can really say about it.”No one has really spoken to me about it.”ween the Royals and Blue Jays.

will want to join the club.As the Reds prepare for

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outfielder , we linked with a mIvan Rakitic is edging closer to a Barcelona exit.Rakitic has put Manchester United and Juventus on red alert as reports suggest the Croatian has his eye on a January exit from Barcelona, having previously stated: “I need to play”.Marca says the midfove to Juventus, but reports claim the star is not up for sale.Juve coach Maurizio Sarri is said to be keen on reuniting with Kante in Turin.He is said to have told the club’s vice-chairman Pavel Nedved that Kante should be high on tho left Thursday’s game with a sore foot, returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the A’s in Cactus League action. Torres went 0 for 3 and left a man on base in a 12-5 defeat. He is hitting .276 with a home run and three RBI in 29 at-bats this spring.rison is being linked with a return to Sweden.Sheffield United could give him the chance to resurrect a Premier League career.The 26-year-old came through the ranks at Manchester United and was one of football’s hottest prospects while at West Ham Un