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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.

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.

In final Ivy road trip, Penn women's basketball faces a pair of potential playoff teams

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It’s crunch time.

This weekend will be a telling one for Penn women’s basketball, as the team gets ready for its second straight pair of road games. This time, it’s against the Ivy League’s joint-third place teams Harvard and Dartmouth.

After blowing away struggling this past weekend, the Quakers (17-6, 8-2 Ivy) proved they were able to bounce back after a last Tuesday. This weekend, they will be eager to continue their good form.

However, the competition will be much tougher, and the stakes even higher.

“Coming off of those wins was huge for us, but we know it’s gonna be a really tough weekend for us, probably one of the toughest we’ve had,” senior forward Michelle Nwokedi said. “So just getting mentally prepared, being the best we can, and just trying to execute will be key.”

One of the biggest components of the Quakers’ success this season is their consistent offensive output. Penn has scored 65 points or more in 15 of its 23 games so far this season, already a higher total than the three previous seasons with at least four games still to play.

Penn has also shown that it can push the score high, scoring more than 80 points in four of its games. In the team’s last two seasons, they only achieved this feat a total of three times.

“Our returning kids got ssive parts of Virgil van Dijk’s game.The imposing centre-back established himself as one of the best players in world football in a season where the Reds claimed the Champions League trophy.”What has impressed me the most with Virgil is that he’s coa little bit better over the summer, and we’re playing at a faster pace,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We’ve made open shots, and I think the addition of [freshman center] Eleah [Parker] in the middle is causing a lot of teams to crowd her, and it’s given our guards some good space.”

Unlike many other teams, the Red and Blue are not led by one star player. Instead, the scoring is fairly well split among the team’s starters.

Parker and Nwokedi lead the team with 11.9 points per game each, but all five starters average at least 7.7 points. With only a few points per game separating the starters, the Quakers have benefitted from one of the most even squads in the Ivy League.

“With this year, you never know who’s gonna be on,” Nwokedi said. “So many people have stepped up in different games, and in previous years it’s been one or two people leading the team, but we’re getting a lot of key contributions this year and it’s been helping us down the stretch.”

Last week on defense, the Quakers were efficient at shutting down the top scores for both Columbia and Cornell, but thids United owner Andrea Radrizzani has eased recent comments made about a possible club sale.The Italian businessman revealed in an interview that he had been approached ‘by more than 20 parties’ and that three of them were of particular interest.In rs week will be tougher as Dartmouth (14-9, 6-4) and Harvard (14-9, 6-4) both have more balanced rosters.

The Big Green have a trio of players averaging over 10 points a game and the Crimson’s starting five is the most productive in the Ivy League, so strong defense throughout the weekend will be essential for the Red and Blue to return to Philadelphia with two more wins.

However, Penn is the only one of these three teams to have seven players score over 100 points at this point in the season, a statistic that proves the Quakers’ depth and explosive bench.

Although the team only ranks fourth in the Ivy League in terms of points per game at 67.6, this year’s number is a dramatic increase from the last two seasons (61.3 and 62.5). Additionally, Penn currently averages more than league-leading Princeton, who fall just below at 67.4 points a game.

The Quakers had some of their lowest offensive efforts of the season against Princeton, where they scored only 95 combined points from the two games. If these contests are removed, Penn’s point average per game would rise to 69.5, good enough for second best in the Ancient Eight.

With the increased firepower of their offense, the Quakers are harder to beat this year than ever. As they prepare to take on Dartmouth and Harvard and attempt to clinch a spot in the upcominer Roman Abramovich.The former Blues manager returns to Stamford Bridge this weekend to face his former club.On Abramovich, Ancelotti said: “I probably spoke three times with Abramovich after leaving Chelsea. “It was always a pleasant conversatiog Ivy League tournament, keeping up their recent scoring frenzy will be crucial.

This weekend more than ever, it’s time for Penn to show what it’s made of.

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 swimming steals the show in opener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sushaan Modi | Time for W. Hoops to prove itself

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Ranked teams don’t normally schedule Penn women’s basketball. But this year’s team is different and needs to be challenged.

If the Quakers are to be successful this year, tonight’s matchup against No. 3 Notre Dame will be their most important game of the season.

The Red and Blue haven’t faced a player who can create her own shot as well as ND senior Natalie Novosel. They have never seen as quick, strong and agile a player as preseason All-American Skylar Diggins. They have never faced a rebounder as strong as Devereaux Peters.

But when Penn takes on the Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., the Quakers can prove to the rest of the Ivy League and Big 5 that they are a team to be reckoned with.

“I hope it’s a game where we can look the opponent squarely in the eye and not back down,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “It presents a lot of challenges but we can’t be afraid. I’m anxious. It’s great trip for our program.”

Coming off a win against No. 7 Duke, the Fighting Irish are easily the most talented team that Penn has faced under coach Mike McLaughlin.

A 2011 Final Four team, Notre Dame has only lost once this year — to No. 1 Baylor. In fact, the Irish have beaten all four unranked opponents they have faced by an average of 40.5 points.

But for the Quakers, this game represents an important measuring stick and could not have come at a more perfect is Smalling.Smalling is currently on-loan at Roma, though no permanent option was included.Roma have now opened talks with United about a fee for the defender.A first offer of €10m has been tabled – only half of the Red Devils’ asking price at a retime in the season. At 4-1, the Red and Blue are off to their best start in program history, but their play has been anything but solid.

Penn has struggled at points during games, most notably in the second half against Rider and La Salle, but has shown a growing maturity by expertly closing out games. Against Notre Dame, however, the Quakers won’t be able to afford mistakes or mental lapses.

“[They are] a special team that was a play away from a national championship,” McLaughlin said.

With four wins already, Penn is surging with confidence. McLaughlin has been able to balance the youth of three freshmen earning major minutes and experience of forwards Jess Knapp and Jourdan Banks.

The team can only benefit from playing agaielsea manager Frank Lampard admits his side face a tough test in the Premier League 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,nst one of the country’s best teams, but that means showing up for a full 40 minutes.

“They have one of the best back courts in the country,” McLaughlin said. “f praise for Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe after their promotion back to the Premier League.United loanee Tuanzebe started alongside Tyrone Mings again at the centre of the Villa defence as they secured a deserved 2-1 win to return to the [We worked on] handling traps and trying to be secure with the ball, little things like that to handle pressure.”

A win, to be frank, would be a long shot. A loss by anything less than 20 points would be a resounding moral victory. But the greatest success the women’s basketball team can take away is a strong, mistake-free performance.

SUSHAAN MODI is a sophomore international studies and business major from Demarist, N.J. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com

Different cultures, same game for Eskenazi and Ion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eskenazi said.

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

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

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

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

Compared to Eskenazi, Ion was a rather unheralded recruit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s no simple task.

Ivy Hoops Notebook | Crimson off the hook, says League

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The verdict is in: Harvard, apparently, did not cheat.

A statement released last week by the Ivy League batted back allegations of wrongdoing in a March New York Times article centering on the Crimson basketball team and coach Tommy Amaker.

The Times article cited coaches past and present who alleged that Harvard’s standards for admission had fallen under Amaker’s reign. The article also saw potential NCAA violations in a pick-up basketball session with Harvard recruit Florentino Perez has new plans to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.El Desmarque says Real spent much of the summer chasing the Frenchman but United stood firm on their stance that he would not be sold.That hasn’t halted Madrid’s interests and a soon-to-be hired assistant, as well as a suspicious supermarket encounter between Amaker and the father of Penn’s Zack Rosen.

On the latter two points, the League’s statement offered a stern rebuke. It reads in part: “Interviews with others who were involved, as well as a thorough examination of relevant records, corroborated that the coaches’ contacts with prospective student-athletes and their families were entirely consistent with NCAA and Ivy League rules.”

The statement specifically praises Kennyys Alisson was delighted for him after his Super Cup heroics.Adrian has stepped in for injured No1 Alisson and was the hero in Thursday’s penalty shootout against Chelsea.The 32-year-old revealed he had received a message from Alisson before the game Blakeney’s complicity in the investigation. Blakeney was the assistant coach who admitted to playing with recruits Max Kenyi and Keith Wright in the months before signing his contract with Harvard.

The statement was vaguer on the issue of Frank Ben-Eze, the big man rumored to be below not only Harvard’s normal standards but also those of less picky Ivies.

“The Ivy League routinely reviews the admission of all recruited athletes each year, and in this year’s review concluded that Harvard’s admission of recruited men’s basketball players complied with all relevant Ivy League obligations.”

A lowering of standards would not necessarily have to violate “relevant Ivy League obligations,” and Harvard Athletic Director Bob Scalise hinted in the March Times article tha Lazio coach Sven Goran Eriksson can see his old club winning the Scudetto this season.If Lazio beat Napoli this weekend, Simone Inzaghi’s team will mark ten consecutive victories – a new club record. Eriksson’s 1998-99 team were the previous holderst the guidelines were in fact changing.

“It’s also a willingness to basically say, ‘OK, maybe we need to accept a few more kids, and maybe we need to go after a few more kids in the initial years when [Amaker] is trying to change the culture of the program,'” he said.

“It’s a willingness to say that we really do want to compete for the Ivy championship.”

More Gore for Adam. Cornell senior Adam Gore has torn his ACL and will miss at least the non-conference season, according to a report in The Ithaca Journal.

Gore sustained the tear to his left knee in a workout last week, some 22 months after doing the same thing to his opposite knee.

Surgery is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18 and a possible scenario would have Gore back on the court four months afterwards, the Journal reports. Cornell’s Ivy League season starts on Jan. 17.

As a junior, Gore was third on the Ivy champs in scoring, averaging 10.2 points per game.

Early commits. Tucker Halpern and Andrew McCarthy – a pair of 6-foot-7 Massachusetts forwards who had claimed interest in Penn – have publicly committed to Brown for the class of 2013. Dee Giger, a North Carolina shooting guard, has committed to Amaker’s Harvard.

*This article was corrected at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. We erroneously stated that Keegan Hornbuckle committed to Arizona, when in fact, he has not committed anywhere publicly.

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cosch Arrigo Sacchi.Sacchi managed the Rossoneri from 1987 until 1991,Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined Azerbaijni side Qarabag on a season-long loan.Begovic was pushed on the outer recently after a falling out with manager Eddie Howe.Young shot-stoppers Aaron Ramsdale and Mark Travers have been preferred in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup.The 32-year-old will compete in the Europa League with the Azerbaijan Premier League title winners. and agaampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to translate his domestic form into the Champions League.The 18-year-old capped off a fine performance against Newcastle United by helping to set up Marcos Alonso’s winner.Asked if Hudson-Odoi was ready to facein for a second spell in 1996-97, winning eight trophies.But Van Basten is critical of his man-management.He said, “There has never been a personal feeling between me and h

'Crazy Clark' named I-AA All-Star

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It’s no surprise that Penn offensive lineman Chris Clark — known as “Crazy Clark” around the locker room — was selected to play in this year’s Division I-AA All-Star Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“I always look to hit someone,” Clark said.

While Clark and Penn’s other offensive linemen are often absent in the box score, many of the Quakers’ other offensive players rank highly in the Ancient Eight — partly due to the blocking of the O-line.

Penn junior wideout Dan Castles leads the Ivy League in receiving yards per game with 96.1. Quakers sophomore running back Sam Mathews ranks second in rushing yards per game with 134.9. Senior quarterback Mike Mitchell is third in passing average with 261.1 yards per game.

Penn’s dominant offensive line, featuring five seniors — Ben Noll, Chris Kupchik, Matt Dukes, Michael Powers and Clark — has no ranking.

But Mathews has attributed much of his success all season long to the offensive line. After Penn’s 51-10 victory over Duquesne, during which the Navy transfer rushed for 89 yards and a touchdid president Florentino Perez says they’ll go to Barcelona on Wednesday willing to fight for everything.Los Blancos’ president was speaking about all sporting sections of the club, and the need to continue pursuing success.”We are on the eve of El Clown, Mathews said of the offensive line: “They were making huge holes that anybody could run through.”

Mitchell mirrored Mathews’ sentiments.

“Clarky is kind of a quiet kid and, I mean, he’s a big kid,” Mitchell said of the 6’1″, 285-pound lineman. “Some of the blocks that he throws on film are just unbelievable.”

The offensive line is often credited together, as a whole, as Mathews articulated.

What makes Clark stand out?

“I guess just because I can knock people down,” Clark said. “Sometimes it might not help the play that muturn to Italy.Mourinho has not had a job in football since he was sacked as Manchester United’s chief last December.The three-time Premier League winner enjoyed one of the most impressive two seasons of his career at Inter Milan.”My future? I don’t tch, but I guess it helps me get noticed.”

But oftentimes, Clark’s crushing hits help the play.

“I’ve been in situations where I was supposed to roll out, might have pulled up short and Clarky had my back a few times,” Mitchell said. “He just erased the guys.”

Penn coach Al Bagnoli spoke highly of Clark, Penn’s 2002 Chuck Bednarik Award winner, given to the Quakers’ top offensive lineman.

“He’s the only returning lineman that was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League [selection] last year,” Bagnoli said. “Because of that pedigree, because of his play this year, he has certainly enough in terms of the resum‚ that would make him stick out.”

To add to plete a return to the Hammers after leaving in the summer of 2017.Randolph has appeared in 14 Championship games for Middlesbrough this season, winning Man of the Match in one of those outings.”At the moment, he is carrying a bit of an injury he’s hahis resum‚, Clark also received honorable mention for Preseason All-American by the Sports Network this season.

Clark will play in The Football Network’s I-AA Classic on Dec. 30, 2003.

“It’s a great opportunity to show the rest of I-AA that Ivy League football isn’t just computer nerds trying to play football,” he said. “There are some real athletes.

In this week’s Sports Network/College Sports Television I-AA poll, Penn moved up one spot to eighth place, marking the highest ranking the Quakers or any Ivy League team has ever garnered in this poll. Penn also moved up two spots in the USA Today/ESPN poll to ninth.

Bagnoli does not place considerable weight on the I-AA rankings.

“It’s nice to be ranked so high, but it’s really hard to qualify I-AA teams,” he said. “When’s the last time you saw Montana play? Georgia Southern?

“I don’t take much stock in the rankings,” he added. “It’s not an exact science. I don’t look at it as, ‘We’re the eighth best team — we’re screwed, we should be seven!'”

But Mitchell takes the rankings quite seriously.

“We definitely pay attention to the polls,” he said. “It really reflects all of the hard work we’ve put in over the last two years. Only losing one game in two years, that’s pretty tough to do.

“It shows a lot about the team we have this year.”

The Quakers are one of just three undefeated squads in The Sports Network/CSTV Top 25.

Second-ranked Southern Illinois is 10-0. Colgate sits just above Penn with the No. 7 ranking at 8-0, having defeated the Ivy League’s Yale, Princeton, Cornell and Dartmouth.

M. Track eager to race again after long winter lull

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wallace is batting .271 (13 for 48) with three homers, four doubles and 12 RBI in 19 spring games.

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