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Three takeaways from the Quakers' trio of contests at the Wooden Legacy

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Penn men’s basketball spent its Thanksgiving break in Anaheim, Calif., competing in the Wooden Legacy tournament. The Red and Blue (5-3) went 2-1 in their three games this weekend and took home a third-place finish. Here are three takeaways from the Quakers’ trip across the country.

Through the Quakers’ first eight games this season, several young players have contributed meaningfully to the team’s success. Freshmen Jordan Dingle, Max Martz, and Lucas Monroe are all averaging over 10 minutes per game, and Dingle has started in all seven games he has played this season.

Throughout the Wooden Legacy, this trio of freshmen continued to contribute in a big way. In Friday night’s 92-82 loss to No. 14 Arizona, Dingle led the Quakers in scoring with 27 points while also shooting 7-for-14 from beyond the arc. Dingle also led the team in scoring with 21 during Sunday’s battle with Long Beach State. Martz followed Dingle’s lead on Sunday by scoring 17 points on the back of 5-of-6 shooting from three.

Penn will need this trio of young freshmen to keep contributing in a big way if it hopes to take home the Ivy League title.

Many of Penn’s games in the early part of the season have been hard-fought, close contests decided in the waning moments of games. In these close games, turnovershis players have seen a different side of chairman Daniel Levy during their run to the Champions League final.Pochettino believes this season has also changed Levy’s approach to the club.”Of course, he’s more of a businessman than a football person,” and the opponents’ ability to capitalize on those turnovers can be a deciding factor in who wins and who loses.

This weekend, the Quakers continued to struggle somewhat with turnovers. In Thursday night’s 68-67 victory over Central Florida, the Quakers turned the ball over 22 times, which led to 21 UCF points. This was also the case in the Red and Blue’s victory over Long Beach State, when they turned the ball over 13 times. The game was close at thastle United boss Rafa Benitez is in London today to discuss contract terms.Sky Sports says the Spaniard’s current deal ends on June 30, and there is willingness on both sides to reach an agreement. It’s likely that talks between both parties will coe half, with both teams knotted at 43. It was only after eliminating turnovers in the second half that the Quakers were able to pull away with a 95-79 victory.

When the Quakers begin Ivy play, it will be important for them to limit turnovers if they hope to emerge on the winning side of their close contests.

Entering this season, Penn fans knew that the play of seniors AJ Brodeur, Ryan Betley, and Devon Goodman would be integral to the team’s success. The three showed promise of what they could do together in the games leading upans can turn Anfield into a fortress as Atletico Madrid come into town.The Reds are defending their Champions League title and could go out in the last 16 if they do not overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.Milner knows it will be a battle against Diego to the Wooden Legacy. However, during this weekend’s tournament, the three stars showed Penn fans how they can take over a game against difficult competition.

During the Quakers’ Thanksgiving Day victory, all three players scored at least 14 points. Brodeur led the way with 23 and Betley and Goodman scored 19 and 14, respectively. The trio of seniors continued their success in the game against Arizona, with all three recording double figures in scoring and with Brodeur producing a double-double. This trend continued in Sunday’s victory over Long Beach State, where all three scored at least eight points.

This season’s Quakers have a high level of depth and young talent. However, the play of Penn’s “Big Three” of seniors in this weekend’s tournament showed that the team will rely on its experienced stars this season during its quest for an Ivy League title.

The Quakers will return home from Anaheim to prepare for a Wednesday showdown with Big 5 rival Villanova.

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.

Neumann records first-half hat trick in Penn men's soccer's 5-0 win over Drexel

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It took them seven games, but Penn men’s soccer finally gothe bench for defeat to Real Betis.Bale is expected to leave Madrid this summer after six years with the club and had hoped to say farewell to home fans today.But Zidane prevented such a moment for the Welshman and argued afterwards: “It’s true, I hav it done in regulation Saturday. Emphatically.

After getting their first win of the season against La Salle in double overtime last week, the Quakers were looking to put their recent stretch of overtime battles behind them as they welcomed Drexel to Rhodes Field on a perfect night for soccer.

When the dust settled, the result was picture perfect for the Quakers. Senior Alec Neumann had a hat trick by halftime and the Red and Blue never looked back, adding goals from Sam Wancowicz and Sam Hefter in a commanding 5-0 blowout of the Dragons(1-5-2).

The sheer amount of goals was a departure from the previous six games this year, during which the Quakers (2-1-4) managed only a total of seven goals. As Penn coach Rudy Fuller put it, “I don’t think we were shooting any differently. You just have nights like this where you take your chances. And we were due.”

Penn most certainly was due for some offensive production; they entered the game as the Ivy League leaders in shots, but third worst in goals per game. That changed on Saturday in a big way.

“All five were good team goals. … I think that what we really harped on this week was winning the box: being first, being aggressive … and I think that paid off tonight,” Neumann said.

It paid off handsomely for Neumann, whose hat trick came in a span of 17 minutes in the first half. He seemed to be in the right place at the right time all game, finding the ball with space in the box early and often. His positioning was key on his first goal, which was less about him finding the ball and more the ball finding him. Either way, he pounced on the opportunity when the ball squirted out of a asing a deal for West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez.The Mirror says Rodriguez has an escape clause in his West Brom contract, which means he can leave for just £5million this summer because they failed to win promotion last season.This has alerted Wildmad scramble in front of goal in the 23rd minute.

He didn’t have to wait long to get a second — under two minutes — when a scintillating run by freshman Dami Omitaomu ended with an assist for him and a second goal for Neumann. Omitaomu is the one of five players — and the only freshman — to have started all seven games.

“It’s a great feeling,” he said. “Clicking with the team, trying to get goals, trying to help the team win. … It’s really boosted my confidence. It’s a good feeling.”

The third came sts there’s no chance of the Real Madrid attacker returning to Tottenham.Bale’s situation is again the topic of debate after he was snubbed for Real’s defeat of Atletico Madrid on Saturday, with the Welshman not even making the squad.However, his ageon from a great piece of midfield play from the Quakers. After forcing a turnover at midfield, sophomore Gideon Metrikin played a tantalizing through ball to — guess who — Alec Neumann, who stepped around the last defender and applied the finish.

The second half followed much of the same script on the score sheet, but the game took a bit of a nasty turn for a sequence or two. A series of hard tackles and dangerous challenges between Drexel’s Colin McGlynn and Penn junior Sam Wancowicz led to a yellow card for the Drexel midfielder.

Much to the consternation of the Drexel players and fans, the referee saw nothing wrong with Wancowitz’s role in the play. Continuing the theme of “winning the box,” the Quaker right back promptly scored a goal eerily similar to the first one, finishing off another scramble in front of net with a Penn goal.

The Drexel frustrations which had begun to boil over in the McGlynn-Wancowicz tussle continued five minutes later as Jameson Detweiler was booked for another hard foul on Wancowicz.

In the 86th minute, freshman and Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week Sam Hefter finished the scoring by heading home a Brandon Bartel free kick. It was Bartel’s second assist of the night.

“I think we’ve gotten better each game. I think we’re learning that the next step is all effort… just putting in the effort and time [in practice],” Neumann said.

And this time, they got the result.

Gymnastics Issue | Freshmen may vault Red and Blue upward

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Out with the old and in with the new.

With seven rookies o’s new head coach Nigel Pearson admits they need to change their style of play.Pearson said that it is not beyond the club to achieve survival this season, but that he needed everyone to start pulling in the same direction both on and off the field.”n the roster this season, Penn gymnastics’ fdefender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re thereshman class will play a greater role in can Velzen on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has arrived from Dutch football.Van Velzen was in the United reserves side when Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were coming through.Crawley’s Director of Footballompetitions this year than previous classes have in the past. And the largest gap they fill for the Quakers is on vault.

“We have a strong freshman class,” head coach John Ceralde said. “They’re looking good on their events right now, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing them on vault particularly.”

First-year assistant coach Kirsten Strausbough agreed.

“Vault is something that in the past we’ve lacked on,” she said. “It’s exciting to see some freshmen coming in with some big skills that will make us more competitive in the NCAA, not just the Ivy League.”

While Penn historically has struggled to attain sufficient difficultly to be competitive with other schools, the talent of this freshman class should help to bridge the divide. And a change in NCAA rules regarding the degree of difficulty of a particular vault may favor this particular freshman class.

The most popular vault in NCAA women’s gymnastics is a Yurchenko layout full (a round-off onto the board, back handspring onto the table and a layout with a full twist). Earlier this year this vault was devalued from its previous 10.0 start value to 9.95.

“Other schools, they had 10.0 start values across the board,” Strausbough said. “Sometimes we would have 10.0 start values, but our other girls would start at 9.8 or 9.9. Now all the other NCAA teams are being brought down to a 9.95.”

Penn’s freshmen will help bring the Red and Blue up to where their competitors have been. Strausbough noted that at least four of the newcomers will be performing Yurchenko fulls.

Ultimately, the rule change was made to force a greater level of difficulty for the 10.0 maximum start value. Now, instead of a Yurchenko full, gymnasts need to perform the same vault with an extra half twist to gain back that extra 0.05.

While to the average human, a half-tenth of anything might not seem like much, in this sport it can make all the difference.

That extra half-twist not only requires greater height and speed, but also a more difficult landing: the blind landing, which draws its name from the fact that the gymnast’s eyes do not see the floor before her feet hit it.

“When you do the one-and-a-half you’re opening yourself up for more of a deduction,” Strausbough said. “For them they are deciding [between throwing] the biggest skills they have or just doing the 9.95 and doing it safe.”

The question then becomes whether or not it’s worth it to go for the one-and-a-half to get the extra half-tenth in start value. Do the risks outweigh the rewards?

“The top schools in the nation have the ability to do the one and a half, so now they have to play their hand to do the one-and-a-half to get the 10.0 start value,” Ceralde said.

While this is a decision each team will be making for itself, the Quakers’ most popular vault will remain the full.

Only time will tell to see how it plays out and whether the rule change helps the Red and Blue.

What’s for certain, though, is that Penn’s freshman talent will be valuable for time to come.

Penn women's lacrosse clinches share of Ivy title for eighth straight year

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Not one. Not two. Not three. But eight championships.

With a win on Saturday, No. 15 Penn women’s lacrosse clinched a share of its eighth consecutive Ivy League title in its final regular season contest against Cornell.

“After our loss to Princeton, we turned it on the next couple games and there was a lot of pressure and in the end we pulled through and fought,” coach Karin Brower Corbett said. “This team really battled a lot of things both on and off the field.

“I’m really proud of them. They really did something tremendous this year.”

The Quakers (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) rebounded from a slow start and held off a late surge from Cornell (7-8, 4-3) on their way to a 10-8 victory. The win also ensured Penn of the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted by co-Ivy League champion Princeton next weekend.

The Red and Blue opened up the game with a sluggish performance, allowing a few quick goals from the Big Red, who grabbed a 3-1 lead through the first six minutes. However, as they have all season, the Quakers responded.

“The thing that’s been working for us, why we’ve had some good halves or parts of games, is when our attack is really moving at a fast pace and creating a lot of havoc,” Corbett said. “It was a complete team effort.

“There were a number of people who finished well this weekend, but I think it has a lot to do with … the speed at which wekeeper Joel Periera has explained his reasons for going out on loan to Hearts.The Portuguese under-21 international will spend the coming season at Tynecastle.The youngster is hoping that he can gain first team experience and prove his value to the U play.”

After a seven-goal run, Penn found itself ahead 8-3 and maneuvered into halftime with a four-goal lead following a late Cornell score. The Quakers continued their hot play during the first few minutes of the second half and claimed a 10-4 lead.

And though Cornell scored four goals late in the second half, the Big Red were unable to overcome the insurmountable lead despite their best efforts.

“I feel like we startemidfielder James Maddison.The Guardian says Manchester United will face competition from Arsenal to sign Maddison.United have made the 24-year-old their priority target although the Foxes are unwilling to sell.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to lure d off a little bit slow, made some mistakes off the bat, got into a groove on attack,” Corbett said. “And then after the goals in the second half, we talked about looking for good opportunities, and unfortunately we didn’t do that. The second half wasn’t a great defensive game for us either.”

The win clinched a share of the eighth consecutive Ivy League championship for the program, breakLampard was speaking about the disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool.He believes the team are making progress on all fronts and thinks that fans can see that progression with their eyes.”Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football,” Lampard said to theing Harvard’s previous record for consecutive Ivy League women’s lacrosse titles, which included seven titles from 1987-93. The title also matches Penn’s school record for consecutive Ivy League championships with the men’s fencing squad that captured eight championships from 1975-76 to 1982-83.

“This team really set out from the beginning to make history,” Corbett said. “It was our goal to win an eighth consecutive championship that no other team had ever done in lacrosse.”

Senior midfield Tory Bensen continued her recent hot streak, notching four goals and an assist in the game. Meanwhile, freshman attack Sarah Barcia scored her second hat trick of the season, all three of which came during the Quakers’ late first-half streak.

Moving into the Ivy League tournament, the team has its sights set on the more distant future, securing an NCAA tournament berth.

“There isn’t really a pressure to repeat, that’s how we’ve played all season,” Corbett said. “This is just ‘We want to play in the NCAAs’, we’ve got to play well to win on Friday to have a chance at an at-large.”

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.

W. Tennis completes the mission

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The ice water felt good.

Coaches Mike Dowd and Sara Schiffman and senior co-captain Ashley Lostritto got the celebratory bath on Saturday as the women’s tennis team beat Columbia 7-0 to cap a perfect Ivy League season.

As the music blared and his players celebrated, a wet coach Dowd described the mood: “It’s a tremendous feeling,” he said. “At the beginning of the with their swoop for Mario Balotelli.Balotelli was presented to local media on Monday.“This was not a publicity stunt, in fact it was also a way of thanking the fans for buying so many season tickets and showing such enthusiasm,” said Cellino.“I year it was our goal to win an Ivy League championship and get back to the NCAA tournament. Today we accomplished that goal.”

“At the start of the ls he and Lionel Messi are now working better together at Barcelona.Messi laid on an assist for Griezmann to score in last night’s Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.Afterwards, the France World Cup winner said: “After that, the same happeneseason each player wrote down their goals for the year and winning the Ivy League title was on everyone’s piece of paper,” Lostritto said.

The Quakers trounced Cornell 6-1 Friday to guarantee a share of the title. But there was no intensity lost after the banner was in hand.

“We wanted to go undefeated,” Lauren Sadaka said. “This title was ours and we didn’t want to share it with anyone.”

Sadaka also posted an undefeated mark on the season after winning her matches last weekend to cap off a 15-0 record for the spring season.

“I just tried to take it each match one by one,” Sadaka said. “When I got to 10-0 it became more real. I was 13-0 coming into this weekend and just said to myself ‘I want to do this, I want to get to 15-0.'”

Sadaka was so dominant that she never went to a third set all year.

“She is relentless out there,” Dowd said. “She doesn’t give away any points. She doesn’t have bad days. That’s why you can have a player go 15-0.”

Ekaterina Kosminskaya won both her No. 1 singles matches leaving her a perfect 7-0 for the Ivy league season.

Saturday will be remembered not only for the championship but also for Lostritto’s Ivy League debut. The senior captain rarely cracks the everyday starting lineup, but she started at No. 6 singles against the Lions. Lostritto did not disappoint, demolishing her opponent 6-0, 6-0.

“Ashley has been a huge part of this program,” Dowd said. “She has been a mentor, coach, friend and leader to all these players. She would probably be a starter for many Ivy teams. She went out and proved that today without surrendering a game.”

The whole team was energized to see Lostritto in the lineup in her final home match.

“We wanted this so much for Aobin van Persie thinks Paul Pogba should be playing further in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner has lined up primarily as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian this season.Speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal, van Persie saishley,” fellow captain Yulia Rivelis said. “She played wonderfully.”

And while Lostritto “could [not] have asked for a better way to leave this great program,” the team is now looking to the NCAA tournament. The Quakers’ seeding and first round competitor will come during a May 1 selection show. Last year, No. 45 Penn drew No. 30 Tennessee in the first round and won in Atlanta, 4-2, before falling to powerhouse Georgia Tech in round two.

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.

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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. Soccer: Quakers leap past St. Joe's for city title

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The Penn men’s soccer team lit up the scoreboard so brightly against Saint Joseph’s yesterday that spectators could have forgotten the Quakers were missing half their team.

Penn (5-7-2) dominated the Hawks, 7-1, and clinched a share of the Philadelphia Soccer 7 title.

The Hawks helped the Red and Blue by falling out of formation and generally not being able to keep up with Penn’s pace.

“I don’t think the score is indicative of how well we played,” Penn coach Rudy Fuller said.

“There was some laziness and casual play, and that is something to battle with every midweek game…. We were just able to finish off about every chance we had.”

The game was the second contest that seven Penn players missed, serving two-game suspensions for violating team disciplinary policy. Nine players total are serving staggered suspensions that will end next game.

One reserve who found himself in a starting role was junior midfielder Matthew Waddell, who scored three goals and added one assist in the game.

Junior David Maier also made his mark on the stat sheet, netting two goals and three assists.

The Quakers drew first blood in the ninth minute, when Waddell took the ball in the box from Maier and deflected it to co-captain Stephen Kroculick, who kicked it past Hawks’ goalie Kevin Dougher — Kroculick would score again in the second half.

Waddell’s first goal came less than 90 seconds later off a bullet from the top of the box, which flew past Dougher into the left corner of the net. He would add his second goal 15 minutes later on a penalty kick.

One notable part of Penn’s play was its unusually frequent use of long passes. Whether it was across the field or down towards the opposition’s goal, the Quakers utilized the open space created by the slow play of St. Joe’s.

“Usually we struggle to find spaces, but as soon as we went up 1-0, they started to feel pressure to play on the counterattack,” Maier said. “Athletically, we thought they couldn’t handle us up front or anywhere else on the field.”

Fuller credited his team’s ability to “create a few opportunities in the final third” of the field because St. Joe’s was not as sharp, but also made a point to note that both teams “clearly were not playing on top of their games.”

Maier said some Hawks defensive failures helped him score his two goals.

On his goal in the 72nd minute, Maier said he was able to back a defender into the corner “so the goalie didn’t have Sofiane Boufal is happy they’re still alive in the FA Cup after drawing 1-1 with Tottenham.Saints trailed at St Mary’s to Heung-Min Son’s second half strike but levelled with just three minutes remaining through substitute Boufal. “We didn’t deser much of a chance” to defend his shot. Maier also noted that the Hawks’ defense was out of position on his second goal, scored with just over two minutes to play.

When asked if he thought the score of the game would be so high, Fuller said emphatically, “No way.”

“You go into these games and they are big rivalries within the city, so you get into a fast and difficult game andFC Barcelona and music publishing company, Sony will boost the development, production and promotion of initiatives that will connect music and sport for fans around the world, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThrough their collaboration, both entities wi there is a chance that you run out of gas,” Fuller said. “But our guys kept playing and certainly scored a number of good goals.”

“It was for the Philly 7 title so we thought they would be coming out strong,” Maier said. “One thing they tried to do was continually substitute guys in to try to run us down, but we were fit enough to hs midfielder Connor Ronan on loan until the end of the season.The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international recently returned to the Premier League club after a year on loan with Slovakian side DAC Dunajska Streda.He could make his Blackang in there.”

Freshman goalie Daniel Cepero got his second Philly 7 win between the posts, but allowed his second goal of the year in the process — a trickle shot by Hawks senior Pat Mondile in front of the goal that looked to be caused by player confusion and an obstruction of Cepero’s vision.

But the goal was overshadowed by the overwhelming Quakers offense, which even scored goals off breakaways — Waddell got his hat trick on a break — a feat rarely achieved in city matches.

“This result helps to get us sharper and build confidence that we can create chances,” Maier said. “Scoring goals, beating people one-on-one — it’s all the same no matter what team you play.”

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pitcher lasted three innings in his final start of spring training Thursday against the Royals, surrendering five earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five. Reds manager Dusty Baker expressed no concern over the poor performance.

“He was fine,” Baker told .com. “Before the game, he was coughing and like a lot of people wasn’t feeling too good. He got his work in. He didn’t throw the ball bad.”

Latoa flying start with his team next seloan from Shanghai Shenhua.Solskjaer says the Nigerian’s addition is “very important”.“It was very important,” Solskjaer told MUTVSky Sports, Solskjaer also said: “The club has always been very good and, in Odion, we get a proper man, a great ladason.With the Premier League fixtures coming out on Thursday, Potter will be hoping for some “easier” fixtures to build up momentum early doors.Last term, Brighton had Manchester United andr another left-back to provide competition for Andy Robertson after letting Alberto Moreno’s contract expire.Sport says Real Betis’ Firpo is viewed as the ideal replacement for Moreno.The Spain U21 international has a release clause in his Betis cont Liverpool in their firsts will start the team’s second game of the season Wednesday against the Angels.

s again spoken of how close he came to joining Man

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The have added reliever to the 40-man roster.

The move all but guarantees Loe will begin the season in the team’s bullpen. Loe w is among the goalkeepers being considla coach Raul Gonzalez has suffered a first defeat.The former forward suffering his first loss on the bench against newly-promoted Mirandes.With Rodrygo and Takefuso Kubo stiited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left satisfied with their 0-0 draw at FA Cup opponents Wolves.Neither side managed to break the deadlock during 90 minutes in the Emirates FA Cup clash, meaning the sides will have to meet again in a replay at Old Tll away with the first team as well as a number of other Castilla regulars, ered by Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, who urged the club on Friday to sign players with Premier League experience this month.Smith was due to meet chief executive Christian Purslow and sporting director Jesus Garcas eligible to opt out of his contract with the team Monday, but the team wanted to keep him. 

Last season, Loe had a 4.61 ERA and a 4.21 FIP in 68 1/3 innings. 

to Spain this summer.Van de Beek is a target for

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Thehton.City beat the Seagulls 4-0 in a match that saw Aguero become top scorer for the season so far, with six goals.Speaking to the media after the victory, Guardiola heaped praise on the 31-year-old’s goal-scoring ability.He said: “Sergio scored goal placed pitcher on the 60-day disabled list Monday. Herrmann is setnfirmed he’s spoken to Jesse Lingard about his summer antics.The talented attstriker Andre Gray has set himself a goals target this season.Gray is grateful for what football has given him.He told the Mirror: “I don’t know where I’d be now if I didn’t play football. I probably would have ended up in jail at some point. I’ve alacking midfielder lost his way last season and was recently disciplined by Solskjaer for posting a lewd video while on holiday in Miami with Marcus Rashford and friends.“J to miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.

lifted the lid on how the team changed last season

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was sent back to the minors on Monday by the ,ck after drawing 1-1 with Watford.A superb first-half goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets in the driving seat and in a position to move out of the bottom three, but they were forced to settle for a point after Adrian Mariappa put through his but I’m still drafting him. He was less-than-impressive in six starts last year, and had a terrible spring (11.00 ERA), but I’d expect him to be back up before long. He put together a 2.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 389 minor league innings, striking out well over a batter per inning.

Arizona’s rotation is strong, but not impermeable. Skaggs is the team’s top pitching prospect, and this demotion is actually good news for those of us who have been targeting him, as it drives Skaggs’ price down in auctions and makes him almost a non-factor in a lot of drafts. Find bench spacof his matchwinner against Leicester City.With the scores goalless and the clock ticking down, desperation to break the deadlock was beginning to take hold inside the Etihad.And it took idfielder Marco Verratti has heaped praise on Chelsea playmaker Jorginho.The pair were outstanding for Italy’s win in Greece on Saturday.”We work well together and Jorginho really reminds me of Thiago Motta, someone who also played it simple, but madsomething special from Kompany, who collected the ball outside te for Skaggs — when he comes back up (let’s just guess at late May/early June), he’ll likely be a force in the Arizona rotation. 

says their derby defeat to Inter Milan was self-i

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Red Sox outfielder announced his retirement from professional baseball Wednesday, at the age of 22. Westmoreland, a former top prospect, had his career derailed by a serieweek.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants to ramp up preparations for the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.It will be a fortnight on Sunday since Liverpool’s last competitive match against Wolves.Klopp is particularly keen to gives of issues that required surgery to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. Westmoreland suffered a setback last summer that required a second surgery. In a statement, Westmoreland said that he is pursuing a different path, but hopesr the U23s this week.Rudiger featured for Andy Myers’s young Blues at Stamford Bridge on Mondopening period, and were trailing at the break, but it all changed after the interval as Nuno’s side upped their game and produced a comeback victory. Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez bagged the crucial goals.Nuno said afterwards: “The second-half wasay night in a 3-0 Premier League 2 win over Liverpool.”I have to test myself before I play in the Premier League,” said Rudiger as he works his way back from to get back into baseball in another capacity.

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Mariners outfielder batted leadoff again in Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Brewers. He went 1 for 3 e midfielder is interesting Atalanta this summer.And he told Foot Mercato: “Today, I’m in Southampton. I still have three years of contract. But it’s true that I do not rule out the possibility of going elsewhere. The last four months have not been ewith an RBI and a r linked with a move to the Premier League with Leicester, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom. “I always had the dream of going to the Premier League,” Almeida told Mega Hits.“I really like Liverpool and Manchester United for their history.un scored, bringinhester United trainingahead of Thursday’s upcoming clash with Spurs.Lukaku, who has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, has not featured in any of United’s three preseason fixtures.Chong and Lindelof were both forced off during the second half ofg his spring average to .313 through six games. Gutierrez also has three homers and eight RBI in 16 at-bats. Manager Eric Wedge told .com that Gutierrez could end up batting leadoff for Seattle this season. “We’ve been looking at that,” Wedge said. “We’ve been looking at multiple people up top, but obviously the veteran presence of Gutierrez up there and the way he sees pitches and the way he’s been hitting the ball, all those things are positives for us.”