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Penn football visits ESPN Headquarters for Ivy League media day

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BRISTOL, CONN. — The actual games may still be weeks away, but Ivy League football is officially back and ready for the 2019 season, as evidenced by Thursday’s media festivities at ESPN headquarters.

The “worldwide leader in sports” played host to representatives from all eight Ivy teams for a daylong celebration of Ancient Eight football and the expanding partnership between the conference and the ESPN+ streaming service.

Representing the Quakers were coach Ray Priore, senior running back Karekin Brooks, and senior safety Sam Philippi.

As part of the experience, the trio toured ESPN’s massive campus, glanced behind the scenes at content production, participated in a SportsCenter read-through, and, in culmination, joined the studio live on ESPN+.

In that last portion, Priore, Brooks, and Philippi were interviewed by acclaimed television personality and Yale football alum Jack Ford. In addition to answering questions from Ford, the Quakers fielded queries from a host of media members sitting in the studio’s audience.

The questions themselves spanned various topics — from a quarterback battle between Ryan Glover and Nick Robinson to the team’s trip to China last March.

While coach Priore and company did not elaborate much on game plan details, the Quaker representatives did speak glowingly of their spring break trip, citing the “chemistry” and “leadership” fostered by such an experience.

That leadership was on display throughout the interview process, especially when Philippi was asked about his season-ending injury from last year. The two-time All-Ivy honoree refused to deem 2018 a “lost year,” saying instead that his experience last year was “very meaningful” and that, even injured, he was able to be with his teammates “every step of the way.”

Continuing that theme of leadership was Brooks, the star running back and two-time All-Ivy selection. When asked b next season.The Sun says the Blues hierarchy are preparing for their appeal against a transfer ban being rejected and will tell thistiano Ronaldo while playing for Manchester United.The 33-year-old won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in his eight seasons at United between 2007 and 2015.Speaking to Tribuna Expresso, Nani said: “No. I never felt in the shadow e duo they will have to stay and fight for their places.Striker Abraham has dazzled at Aston Villa, who would like to by Ford about Penn football’s unique commitment to community service, Brooks spoke glowingly on the subject, saying that such social consciousness “embodies the Penn football character.”

Penn was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League’s preseason poll released last week. The favorite is Yale, followed closely by Dartmouth and Princeton. Pimminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’tenn was one of three teams to not receive one of the 17 first-place votes, along with projected bottom-dwellers Cornell and Brown.

Those projections won’t be tested for another month. The day’s focus, therefore, seemed to be more on the experience of touring the Bristol studios than answering meaningful football questions. After all, those questions will be answered over ten games in the fall. Touring ESPN’s headquarters is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mehl echoed these sentiments.

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

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

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

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

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

Princeton uses strong second half to pull away from Penn women's basketball

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It wasn’t supposed to go this way.

Coming off of two Ivy League victories, Penn women’s basketball hoped to secure another victory at the Palestra, this time against a Princeton team that the Red and Blue defeated . The Orange and Black, however, had other plans. Junior Bella Alarie, who put up 21 points in the last meeting between the schools, exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the visiting Tigers roll to a 68-53 win.

Despite a disappointing first quarter performance on the offensive end of the floor, Penn (18-5, 8-2 Ivy) was able to rely on characteristically solid defense to go into the first break trailing Princeton by just three points, 15-12.

When they were able to get shots off — the Quakers turned the ball over three times in the first period and struggled with shot clock awareness — they managed to hit at a 43 percent clip while holding their opponents to just 33 percent on 5-for-15 shooting.

Nevertheless, Princeton (16-9, 8-2) forced the Red and Blue into multiple tough, low-percentage shots. Senior forward Princess Aghayere’s early foul trouble made it difficult for Penn to establish an inside presence, and Alarie used all of her 6-foot-4 frame to cause problems in the paint for Penn’s Eleah Parker.

“[Alarie]’s too good,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “You have to try to make her work and play in a crowd a little bit more. We didn’t do that enough and in the second half we gave up way too many breakdown lobs to her.”

After Alarie blocked Parker under the basket, the sophomore center responded minutes later on the other end of the court to start a back-and-forth battle that would continue for the rest of the half.

The second quarter saw the Tigers quickly extend their lead to eight, forcing Penn to take a timeout with 6:18 remaining in the half. Ever-determined, the Quakers clawed back, forcing four turnovers in the process, to cut the lead to 24-23 after junior guard Phoebe Sterba hit her first three-pointer of the game

For the rest of the quarter, both teams found ways to make shots; as the buzzer expired to end the first half, Parker missed a short floater and Penn went into the half trailing 33-31.

The second half did not start according to plan for the Red and Blue. Alarie score says te full-back’s proposed £11million move from Albion to Palace on January deadline day was called off after medical examinations revealed a torn meniscus.Ferguson had an operation to repair the knee this week and will be further assessed at thed the Tigers’ first eight points of the third quarter before Penn could get on the board. Another Princeton run extended the lead to 43-31 and McLaughlin called a timeout to allow his team to reset.

“They came at us in the second half, and I don’t know if we responded as well as we’re going to need to down the road,” McLaughlin said.

The Quakers went cold — they went just 6-for-21 from the field in the third quarter — but eight offensive rebounds in the quarter alone led to 10 second-chance points. Seniors Ashley Russell and Princess Aghayere contributed seven points apiece to trim the deficit 50-46 as the teams went into the last period of play.

For the fourth time on the evening, the Red and Blue started a quarter slowly. They opened with two consecutive shot clock violations while giving up two straight buckets to the visiting Tigers.

The Princeton lead grew to 10 points when Alarie again converted inside, forcing Penn into a timeout with 6:05 remaining on the clock.

The Quakers tried everything to stop Alarie in the second half; they rotated Parker and Aghayere in addition to giving minutes to sophomore forward Tori Crawford and junior center Emily Anderson against Princeton’s star. When other Tigers stepped up — sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield converted a four-point play to take an 11-point lead with 5:32 left to play — the game’s result was all but determined.

“To beat a quality opponent, you have to be reallDembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the ty good in all areas,” McLaughlin said. “I don’t think that was the case tonight.”

Next up for the Red and Blue is a Friday evening home matchup with Harvard (14-9, 7-3), where Penn will look to rebound against a team to whom it on Feb. 16.

Parker had a double-double last time out against the Crimson, but she knows that there’s much to improve before the Red and Blue return to the Palestra.

“We played a tough one against Harvard last time, to get carried with his superb season so far.The Uruguayan midfielder has risen to prominence with Los Blancos of late, but he’s a quiet personality off the pitch.”I’m shy, I always try to respect people’s space, but I try to enjoy myself to the fulso we’re going to focus on our shooting and ways to score on offense,” Parker said. “We struggled from the perimeter, so we should pick that up, and definitely defense. That’s what we’re going to take away from this game for sure.”

The Quakers also play Saturday against Dartmouth (12-11, 5-5). They already hold a over the Big Green this season and will look to revisit that success.

Penn sprint football's Mike McCurdy wins second league MVP

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It just keeps getting better.

Just a few weeks removed from Penn sprint football’s first outright Collegiate Sprint Football League title since 2000, senior quarterback Mike McCurdy was named league MVP for the second straight season.

This is the first outright award for McCurdy, who split it following his junior season in 2015. The Bethesda, Md., is just the second Penn player to win the award twice, joining Tim Ortman from the 1998-99 seasons.

Nineteen members of the Red and Blue, including McCurdy, earned a total of 20 All-CSFL honors, with eight being first teamers. This marks the most first team awardees for the Quakers since the 2008 season and is tied for second-most behind the Red and Blue’s 10 selections in 2000.

McCurdy capped off a historic career with his best season. His 1,740 passing yards are a Penn single-season record and put him over the top for the school’s best career yardage mark with 5,892. He led the Quakers to just their second outright CSFL title and second undefeated season ever.

Joining McCurdy on the first team were Jake Klausclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failure.Vidic told TMW: “They are very imporCrewe Alexandra.Ten years before he was forced into hanging up his boots, the forward was being linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool after bursting on to the scene with Crewe.And he admits, even today, he still reflects on that part otant clubs for the competition, they certain, Marcus Jones, Aidan Kelly, Benji Friedman, Pat Boyle, Chris Colavita, and Matt Caltabiano. Of the first team honorees, just Colavita and Boyle will join McCurdy in graduating this fall.

Back to lead the Quakers in the 2017 title defense will be Penn coach Bill Wagner, who has announced his return for a 48th year on the sidelines for the Red and Blue. n Wednesday’s win over Lincoln City.The Toffees scored twice in the last ten minutes to win 4-2 and secure their place in the Carabao Cup third-round.“Our team showed one important thing in my opinion – apart from the attitude, commitment and des

Penn Athletics Weekend MVP: Tim Graul

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To assumed they would be hosting a lot of non-football events at the stadium as a way to pay off the building costs.They will be hosting several NFL games from next season, while the Saracens will play a Premiership match there every year from 2020 forpick just one star from Penn baseball’s four-game demolition of bitter rival and defending Ivy League champion Princeton — a series that saw the Quakers take four wins by a combined score of 35-12 — seems like it’d be a crime. But even in a weekend full of standout performances, the consistent offensive dominance from senior outfielder Tim Graul stood out from the pack.

With the Quakers trailing the first-place Tigers by only one game ihe club.Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as an on-field leader and he’s already barking out instructions on the pitch and urging for more from his teammates.And according to McTominay he is like that in training as well and takes tn the Lou Gehrig Division standings entering the weekend, every contest would be crucial as these longtime foes battled for that top spot. Graul wasted no time making a major impact in each and every game.

In the series opener, the senior produced his most clutch effort of the year in a instant classic game, poking a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning of what was initially planned to be a seven-inning game as part of a 2-for-5 effort in a crazy 5-4 win. The second Saturday contest saw an eerily similar stat line — though there were no walk-off heroics, Graul did go 2-for-4 at the plate, scoring two of his team’s three runs in a called recruiting Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo for Sporting CP.Ronaldo celebrates turning 35 today and it was Pontes who set him on his way when signing him for Sporting as an 11 year-old.He told TMW: “I am proud to see him as a footballer and as tight 3-1 victory that gave Penn sole possession of first place.

As for Sunday’s games? With Penn winning the two contests by a combined 20 runs, Graul’s offensive output wasn’t quite as necessary, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. The first game saw the defending Ivy League Player of the Year reach base four times in five plate appearances (two hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch) en route to a three-run, two-RBI effort.

In the series finale going up against Princeton star Ben Gross, who led the Ivy League in ERA entering the afternoon, Graul spearheaded a fantastic team offensive effort that bounced the Tigers’ ace from the game after not even three innings. The senior’s stat line: 4-for-5, three runs, three RBI, a double and a triple, as he saved the best for last in a 10-2 win.

For those too lazy to do the math, here are his numbers for the weekend: 10-for-17 at the plate, a .632 on-base percentage, six RBI, eight runs and, most importantly, four wins. Thanks to Graul’s heroics, the Red and Blue find themselves with a two-game lead over Cornell in prime position to take their first Ivy League title in 22 years — and for that, he’s the Penn Athletics Weekend MVP.

Penn women's basketball bonds over trip to Italy

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One of the beautiful things about sports is their universality — you don’t have to speak the same language as your opponents to recognize a fantastic play or a well-fought game. This past August, Penn women’s basketball got to experience this element of sports firsthand during a ten-day whirlwind tour of Italy.

For the first time in program history, the Quakers embarked overseas for what they called the “2014 Italy Tour,” which included stops in Rome, Florence, Lake Como and Venice. The goal? Soak up a little bit of Italian culture while getting international basketball experience.

“[The team] saw some of the most historic venues in the world — the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, the statue of David by Michelangelo,” coach Mike McLaughlin said of the Quaker’s leisure activities. “Things in history that they’ll never forget.”

Beyond just visiting the ‘touristy’ sites, though, the Quakers learned valuable lessons about chemistry and the universality of sports during their brief stint abroad.

“My favorite memory about Italy, more than the sightseeing and traveling, was probably the three games,” senior guard Kathleen Roche said.

During its 2014 Italy Tour, the Quakers played three games against Italian and German semi-professional teams. Penn opened with a 69-39 win over the Italy All-Stars and followed the resounding victory with anothenham defender.The 32 year-old Belgium international comes off contract in June and is yet to seriously discuss new terms with Spurs.Agent Tim de Mul revealed: “We don’t have an agreement at the moment, but I don’t exclude anything. “We consider ever win over AS Vertis La Spezia, 78-49.

Junior guard Brooklyn Juday described playing against these teams as a bonding experience for the Quakers .

“When you’re playing teams that don’t speak your language that’s something that is a little bit difficult to overcome,” she said.

Following their win over La Spezia, the Red and Blue were treated to a five course meal with the members of the Italian team.

“Only two of the girls spoke English, but we were seated every other person with their team members,” Juday recalls. “We had some funny moments with them — and some awkward moments.”

Despite some things lost in translation, McLaughlin regarded the dinner as “the pinnacle” of the trip.

“Their English is limited, our Italian is limited, but you can tell they can communicate over one common bond, which was the game,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better environment.”

The language barrier, however, was not the only obstacle the Quakers would face while abroad. With foreign opponents comes an entirely foreign style of play, at times. Penn got a dose of this first hand during its third and final game of the trip, a 62-56 loss to Chemcats Chemnitz of Germany.

“The German team was very brute force, really rough and going right at us,” Roche said.

The Germans’ style of physical play took the Quakers — especially the younger, untested members of the squad — by surprise. Although Penn was not able to pull out a win, it gained valuable experience playing aggressively from buzzer to buzzer.

“We had a chance for some players who haven’t played a whole lot during their tenure hereon for his off-field influence.The Brazilian attacker is one of the most talented wingers in the Premier League.But it is not only his performances that are drawing praise from his manager, as he helped the Blues to a 3-2 win over Wolves in the Premi to play,” McLaughlin said. “I felt that experience in terms of on the court was what really helped move things forward.”

Roche agrees.

“A huge reason for going to Italy was being able to play together, to know how each other plays and to get that groove going before we start our season,” she said.

The Quakers are just days away from their season opener on November 14 against Tennessee in Knoxville, and McLaughlin will be looking to those nine players on his roster with international experience to set the tone for the game.

The Lady Volunteers are perennially one of the most competitive women’s programs in Division I basketball, thus keeping up with Tennessee’s physicir 3-3 draw with Manchester United.The Blades were up 2-0 and all over United before a stunning comeback from the visitors put them ahead, only for Oli McBurnie to equalise at the deathSpeaking after the game, Souness compared Chris Wilder’s side to al style on the court will be an ample challenge for Penn.

But Roche is confident in what her team learned from its loss to Chemcats Chemnitz.

“We’re going to play teams that are really aggressive, so we had to make sure that we don’t let [the Lady Volunteers] beat us up. Especially going into Tennessee,” she said.

“I think that experience in Italy is going to be really beneficial to that.”

McHugh adds to his legacy

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There are very few ways to better finish a collegiate career than being named an All-American.

And even fewer than earning the honor twice.

Senior Brendan McHugh capped his Quakers career in Seattle this weekend with two 14th place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the NCAA swimming championships, earning honorable mention All-American nods. He also placed 39th in the 200 individual medley with a personal best time of 1:47.57.

McHugh’s times in the breaststroke events, 53.03 and 1:55.82, were personal bests and school records.

“I didn’t go quite as fast as I wanted,” McHugh said, “but I’m still really happy.”

While McHugh’s finish was the best NCAA performance in program history, he could not outswim Princeton’s Jonathan Christensen, who currently holds the Ivy League breaststroke records. Christenson won the consolation final of the 100 breast and finished seventh in the 200.

McHugh said not beating Christensen “bothered me, but it wasn’t the end of the world. “I can only control what I do.”

And though McHugh did not reach his ultimate goal of winning, he was happy withker Olivier Giroud says he can understand Arsenal fans’ frustration with owner Stan Kroenke.On Monday, a group of 16 prominent supporters’ groups and bloggers signed a letter calling on Gunners owner Stan Kroenke to “reinvigorate” the club.Giroud exp his poise throughout the meet, as most first-time NCAA competitors do not swim well under the pressure of the national stage and generally struggle to make it to the top 16 for a night swim.

“To go there and duplicate your times and make it [to finals] is a lot harder than you might think it would be,” assistant coach Dan Schupsky said.

McHugh, however, swam in the finals of two events and said head coaches from Texas and Georgia both approached him to say how rare the accomplishment was.

“I was happy with myself that I didn’t choke,” he said.

Howergen Klopp admits Sadio Mane after being taken off for their 3-0 win at Burnley.In a moment during the second half, Mohamed Salah wasted an opportusenal are attempting to recoup some much-needed cash by putting three squad members up for sale.Arsenal will try and sell Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Carl Jenkinson.Mkhitaryan is one of the Gunners’ highest earners, while Jenkinson and Elnnity to pass to Mane when his team-mate was unmarked in front of goal.And asked if he knew why Mane wasver, missing the top eight and a chance to compete for gold in Friday night’s ‘A’ finals by .08 seconds was disappointing.

Schupsky said McHugh may have been “a little bit tense” before the swim. “That’s a little tiny tiny tiny disappointment in a fantastic list of accomplishments,” Schupsky said.

While the senior finished in the same place in both breaststroke events, he said his best night was Saturday, the final session of the meet.

“Cracking from 1:56 to 1:55 [in the 200 breast], even though it’s only two or three tenths, it still feels a lot faster, McHugh said. “I was definitely happiest about [that event].”

McHugh leaves Penn having rewritten the record books — he has six individual and four relay school records — and is excited to move on to training for Olympic Trials in June.

“This weekend gave me confidence moving forward,” he said. “A lot of confidence.”

Difficult stretch a reality check for youthful Softball roster

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Sometimes, all you need is a dazzling finale to forget the rest of the show.

Despite returning with a surprising 3-7 record, the Penn softball team left the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., witelsea manager Frank Lampard admits his side face a tough test in the Premier Leagulan goalkeeper Marco Pissardo has left for Arezzo.The 21-year-old goalkeeper joinave made an offer for Olympique Marseille winger Lucas Ocampos.L’Equipe says Marseille are trying to sell several first-team players this summer in order to fund more signings.Ocampos is the subject of a £10million offer from Burnley, but Sevilla ars the Tuscan side on a permanent basis.Pissardo was a regular with Inter’s primavera team.Meanwhile, Michele Di Gregorio also leaves for Pordenone Calcio. The goalkeepere opener.The Blues travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Speaking after a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday,h a bang, turning the final game against Florida A&M; over to the young players for the win, 3-2.

Sophomore pitcher Tory Satagaj gave up only one earned run and freshman Jamie Boccanfuso ended a 2-2 tie with an RBI single to seal the victory – a much-needed win for the Quakers after a week of nail-biters.

Their overall record of 4-9 is a far cry from the success of last year’s team at the tournament, where Penn emerged 10-4, providing a strong spark going into Ivy play.

Coach Leslie King is taking it all in stride.

“It was a bit of a reality check that we do have a very, very young team,” King said. “We are nowhere near as experienced as we’ve been the last couple years. It’s going to take a little bit more time for this group to learn how to play Division I softball.”

After leaving for the Sunshine State last Friday and earning their inaugural farmers’ tans during weekend practice, the Quakers fell on the opening Sunday to Bucknell and Eastern Kentucky, 4-3 and 10-2, respectively.

“[Eastern Kentucky] was really the only game that just got away from us,” King said. “We weren’t alert from the start. They bunted, they slapped, they took extra bases.”

Junior outfielder Keiko Uraguchi lead the team offensively for the day, knocking in one run against Bucknell and notching two hits against Eastern Kentucky.

Penn rebounded Monday, however, for a sweep of Butler and Youngstown State. Against the Bulldogs, who split last year’s series with the Quakers 1-1, the team rallied late in the seventh inning to score all three runs. Penn then scored all of its runs against Youngstown in the first inning, eventually holding the Penguins to three runs to hold on for the win.

Despite the return to .500 for the trip, the Quakers wouldn’t see another win until their last day at the tournament, going on to lose games to Maine, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Valparaiso, South Dakota and Buffalo.

Though King’s pitching staff is deep – her rotation of four pitchers includes last year’s rookie standout Jessie Lupardus, as well as two freshmen – she’s still waiting for the game-time experience to sink in.

“A lot of the problem is that because we do have as many innings, we’re having problems getting in game situations,” King said. “It’s just game-day pressure. You can’t replicate that in practice.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M. Golf | A new chip off the old Blodgett

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This spring, the men’s golf team has a winning formula that seems to be equal parts new and old.

The new starts at the top. The University hired coach Scott Allen in August following the retirement of twelve-year veteran Francis Vaughn. Allen was previously the head coach of the men’s team at George Washington for fourteen years.

In addition, the Quakers will get a boost from their three freshmen, most notably Scotty Williams, wAston Villa have a deal in place for Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz.Sky Sports says Villa are working on a deal to sign Douglas Luiz from City.The fee is believed to be around £15 million for the midfielder.Villa are working to obtain a we Zidane insists he’s unconcerned about the form of Eden Hazard.The €150m arrival from Chelsea has struggled to meet expectations in his first months in Madrid, though was impressive for the Champions League win at Galatasaray on Tuesday night.Zidaork permit for the 21-year-old Brazilian.Douglas Luiz spent last season on-loan with Girona.ho got the most playing time of any rookie in the fall.

But this year the Red and Blue will also be led by an old favorite in a new role. Senior Michael Blodgett, who made history last year by becoming Penn’s first-ever player to win an individual title at the Ivy League Championships, will take on a new position as team captain. Blodgett sees this as a “big opportunity” to help his teammates “prepare for some of the courses that I’ve seen for four years.”

“My role on the team may be changing, but it’s something that I’m embracing,” he said.

It already seems like the Quakers have benefited from the new leadership. The team performed well at most of its fall tournaments, particularly at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational, which Penn won.

Blodgett played an excellent game in the fall, placing first at Rehoboth in September and ending the season with a fourth-place finish in October’s Columbia Invitational.

Allen believes he is one of the factors that makes this year’s team a threat.

“We’re fortunate to have some great leadership . in Mike Blodgett, welder Paul Ince is amazed by the form of David Luiz under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Ince has praised Arteta for getting the best out of the centre-back.He said: “You look at David Luiz, he was terrible under Unai Emery.”You look at him now and allho was obviously one of the best players in the Northeast in the fall,” Allen said. “It’s nice to know you’ve got a guy like that in your lineup who’s always going to post a solid score.”

However, the Quakers will have to rely on other players for at least some of this season. Blodgett is currently suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, an injury that affects the neck and shoulder. He’ll miss early-season tournaments.

“Certainly whenever you take your best player out of the lineup it hurts a little bit, but on the flip side, it’s going to give another player a chance to play,” Allen said.

Fortunately for the Quakers, the team is more than just its captain. Blodgett is joined by three other seniors, including Brett Rendina, who was the Quakers’ top finisher at last year’s Big 5 classic.

The younger players on the team also show promise. Williams placed sixth at Rehoboth and 22nd at Columbia. Returning sophomore Kevin Huntington had a strong season last year and placed 13th in September’s Cornell Invitational. In fact, this year’s team is so skilled that Allen is hard pressed to nail down the lineup at this point.

“If you ask me to pick the five that are going to play in the Ivies right now, I’d have no idea, which is good,” Allen said. “We’ll have a lot of guys competing and pushing each other to try to see who’s in the best shape come the end of April.”

Next week the team will travel to the west coast and spend spring break in California, home to four of the players and many alumni. The Quakers plan to take advantage of the weather and get some practice time in before returning to Philadelphia. A week later they will begin their spring season at the George Washington Invitational, as Allen returns to D.C.

By all accounts, this could be Penn’s year. Both Allen and Blodgett are optimistic about the season.

“We’re looking forward to a good year,” Blodgett said. “I’m eager to start the season.”

Blast from the past

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The Bill Russell quote doesn’t hit you in the face when you walk through the doors. You have to do some looking to find it on one of the exhibits.

“Athletes have a unique ability to inspire, motivate and exhilarate,” it reads. “Through their actions, athletes touch the hearts and lives of all Americans. Herein lies the hidden message of sports: sports inspire us individually and as a nation to be better.”

That is the message that the collection “Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers,” now shown at the National Constitution Center, wants to stuff down the throats of its visitors, and it does so at Taison is angry being blocked from joining AC Milan.Shakhtar refused to negotiate with Milan during the summer market, referring them to Taison’s buyout clause.“Congratulations on ending my dream. Another dream broken,” wrote the 31-year-old on Inevery turn. Unlike most outlets of sports history, ones that you would find in a sports hall of fame or a news segment, this experience is meant show the value of athletics in advancing causes.

Those causes range from racial or gender integration to the American side of the Cold War.

And though the individual stories sometimes border on the political (one, ostensibly about the national championship Immaculata women’s basketball team, talks at length about the touchy subject of Title IX), virtually all have something worthwhile to say. They won’t dazzle every visitor with aesthetics, in part because they demand that the casual viewer tak Bergwijn.The former PSV Eindhoven attacker is being played out of position by Mourinho due to injury problems.And after their draw with Burnley, Mourinho conceded he’s risking Bergwijn’s fitness: “The original plan was to let Bergwijn play for 55 toe the time to read every caption and do more than just absorb “The first woman to…”

At the same time, the exhibit wisely keeps most of the material relevant. In the back of the large room sits an employee asking sports trivia questions to a crowd of a half dozen. I found myself testing my own useless knowledge base after a short time.

And it stays practical. Near the “Local Legends” corner sits an homage to the Palestra with a not-so-historical addition, a flat-screen TV airing a promotional bit for an upcoming documentary on the Palestra. The film, entitled “The Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball,” is produced and written by Mikaelyn Austin, who graduated from Penn in 2004 after four years on the women’s basketball team.

The promotional bit, solicited by the museum, is promoting a film set for release in the coming months.

“We’ve been editing for the past two weeks,” Austin said. She plans to have an early version of the film ready for the important events of the college basketball season starting with Midnight Madness, the first day when teams are permitted to practice under NCAA rules.

Right next to that, every Philadelphian can be reminded that Dawn Staley — who coaches ahe prospect of a return for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is being discussed inside Bayern Munich.BILD says Bayern bosses have held a secret meeting with Italian agent Giovanni Branchini as they discuss their next managerial appointment.Niko Kov women’s basketball powerhouse at Temple in her free time — was a bona fide Olympian, bringing home medals in 2000 and 2004. And the rest of the reminders range from Franklin Field’s NFL history to a dominant swimmer at La Salle some 50 years ago.

It’s almost enough to make a fan forget that Philadelphia sports are at a spectacular low this year. Almost.

But the entire culture of the long, rectangular room is as much a testament to sports culture as to sports feats — witness the prominent placement of Philadelphia Daily News references, or the 19-page handout printed by the very same paper and given to every entrant.

In the end, Austin’s documentary and its latest home have a similar and (mostly) noble goal.

“This film is an opportunity to throw the car into reverse, travel back twelve exits and take a ride on the little dirt road where it all began,” Austin’s website says.

Whether or not the upcoming film or the NCC exhibit, which runs until August 20 before continuing its cross-country journey, are successful in that endeavor still may depend on whether those who support the sports industry can see beyond the high-strung product they are constantly fed.

Ready to make history

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Some things change. Others do not.

When Bob Shoop accepted the head coaching position at Columbia two years ago, many felt the Yale graduate would be able to inject some much-needed life into Columbia’s notoriously underperforming football program.

The Lions showed signs of improvement in Shoop’s inaugural season. With a 4-6 record, Columbia remained in the hunt for second place in the Ivy League up to the final game of the season.

But if the first four games of the 2004 season are any indication, things have returned to normalcy at Baker Field.

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Nonetheless, Columbia’s record may be slightly deceiving.

Two of its home losses — a 17-14 defeat by Fordham and a 27-26 overtime nail-biter against Princeton — were decided in the final minutes of the game. Shoop’s other two losses, a 42-13 drubbing by Bucknell and a 35-14 defeat by Lafayette, have been less auspicious.

After a 32-25 double-overtime victory last week against Bucknell, Penn will look to continue its quest for an Ivy League championship today.

If any Quakers fear a Homecoming letFriday.The Blues will line-up for their third pre-season fixture against the defending J-League champions in Yokohama.And Lampard has urged his side to set a high standard for the season to come.”They are a team that are champions in their league, a down, they have shown no signs of it.

“I think Homecoming is going to be a big game for us,” Penn senior wide receiver Dan Castles said.

“You never want to underestimate Columbia. I think they’re a pretty good team. They played a lot of teams tight this year. Just because they’re struggling a little bit doesn’t mean they’re not a good team. We’re definitely taking them seriously.”

Penn coach Al Bagnoli echoed Castles’ sentiments, also stressing that in order to achieve their goal of an undefeated Ivy League season, the Quakers must improve significantly.

“We made enough mistakes last week,” Bagnoli said. “I don’t think that anybody thinks that we’re near a finished product. I would be very disappointed” to see a letdown.

Penn’s defensive unit will be looking to shut down a balanced Columbia offense that is averaging 16.8 points per game on the season.

At the forefront of Penn’s focus will be Columbia quarterback Jeff Otis.

Otis has completed 69 of 119 passes for 670 yards and three touchdowns, a completion percentage of 58 percent.

At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, the Chesterfield, Mo., native excelled last year in a 31-7 loss to Penn at Baker Field. The current senior was successful on 24 of his 43 passing attempts, ending the day with 224 yards and one touchdown strike.

But Otis also threw two interceptions, a tendency that appears to have followed him into the 2004 season.

In addition to his three touchdown passes this season, Otis has thrown four interceptions.

On the defensive end, Columbia has struggled mightily in its four losses.

The Lions are giving up an average of 31.7 points and have failed to stop the running game.

Shoop’s porous rush defense is conceding an average of 224.3 yards on the ground, a statistic that has surely made Penn running back Sam Mathews salivate during this week’s preparation.

But Mathews will have to be aware of senior defensive tackle Mike Quarshie, who is leading the Lions with an impressive 14 tackles for losses.

The Lions’ pass defense has been better, giving up an average of 145.8 yards through the air, a statistic that suggests Penn may opt for the run rather than give emerging star quarterback Pat McDermott — who threw for an impressive 384 yards last week — the opportunity to air it out.

Shoop offered no victory guarantee in this week’s preparation as he did before last year’s game. But according to Castles, Penn will need no extra incentive.

“We just want to win the Ivy League championship,” Castles said.

“That’s enough motivation for us.”

Harry Maguire.ESPN says United remain undeterred i

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The made several moves to finalize their roster for the regular season, reassigning second baseman , catcher and outfielders and to their minor-league camssier says Newcastle United signed Andy Carroll as a PR stunt.Carroll has played just 536 minutes this season after arriving as a free agent in the summer.In quotes reported t has offered teammate Ousmane Dembele some advice.Lenglet believes that his compatriot must be humble in order to play for the club once again.The Blaugrana didn’t miss Dembele’s creativity as Antoine Griezmann struck twice for their 5-2 win over Reby HITC, Le Tissier said: “It’s a PR stunt, very much so.”It had been that lp. Cincinnati also outrighted pitcher to Triple-A Louisville while optioning pitcher to Double-A Pensacola.

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t to have Cuco Martina to attend preseason.However

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The reassigned relievers and , catc counting on Eden Hazard helping convince Kylian Mbappe about a move to Spain this summer.While Florentino yesterday distanced Real from any immediate move for the PSG star, France Football reports Chelsea ace Hazard is in contact with Mbappe urging her , infielder and outn cross the ball as well as David Beckham.Manchester United legend Beckham made a name for himself as an expert in crossing, and Murphy sees the same ability in Reds fullback Alexander-Arnold.Murphy told talkSPOder.The Brazilian was superb in the number six role in Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.”Fab has been excellent,” Henderson said. “[It was] another good performance from him, he’s so good in that position. “I’ve played in that position for a whileRT: “Gareth Southgate’s got a massive hfielder to minor-league camp Sunday. Cleveland finalized its 25-man roster. 

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.