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HALFTIME: Penn men's basketball tied with Alabama at 35 in fast-paced affair

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It’s raining threes early in Tuscaloosa.

After a sloppy and fast-paced first half, Penn men’s basketball is tied, 35-35, with Alabama heading into the locker room.

The Red and Blue got the season started the right way, taking their first lead of the season on a three-pointer from junior guard Eddie Scott just one minute into the contest. The teams traded buckets for most of the first half, with the Quakers going on a late run to even the score.

As usual, Penn was led by the strong play of senior forward AJ Brodeur, who contributed 12 points and seven rebounds to go along with a dominant defensive half that saw him collect four blocks. With has moved to the Foxes from Luton Town.His eagerness to work under Brendan Rodgers is borne from the Northern Irishman’s ability to further the careers of highly-talented youngsters.He said: “Since Brendan [Rodgers] has come in, I could see the sp his 12 points, Brodeur reached double-digit scoring totals for the 25th consecutive game.

Also impressive for the Red and Blue was the play of freshman guard Jordan Dingle, who scored seven points and grabbed two steals to give Penn a much-needed spark.

Both teams struggled early with turnovers, as the two combined for 20 in the first half. Also clear was the emphasis on the three ball, as the teams combined for 32 attempts from deep, with the Red andcoach Mikel Arteta.The Spaniard was disappointed that his countryman left in the middle of the season for the Arsenal managerial position.But Guardiola knows that it was an incredible opportunity for Arteta.And he did not want to dwell on the exit wh Blue only connecting on 26.7%.

Alabama’s goal has been to puWatford have failed with an opening bid for Rennes winger Ismaili Sarr.The attacking midfielder is up for sale at Rennes, though the Hornets must up their first offer to land the youngster.A bid of €30m, reports L’Equipe, has been tabled and rejected by Rennes.The Ligue 1 outfit are seeking €40m to sell Sarr.Along with Watford, Newcastle United are also interested in the midfielder.sh the ball up the court, and so far, the Quakers have had no trouble matching the pace of the Crimson Tide.

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Meet the Super Seniors: Penn volleyball's veterans make the most of their time running the show

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In college athletics, every new season brings plenty of new faces and, more painfully, a host of goodbyes. But this was not the case last season for one Penn team, a rarity which will make the end of this season all the more bittersweet.

The Penn volleyball class of 2017 was a comples not enough for his teammates.The Reds are currently leading the Premier League by eight points after finishing second last season.And Henderson says only more silverware will satisfy his teammates.”At the moment, people can talk about the moment wete non-factor on and off the court. This is not an attack on their playing ability or leadership qualities, but merely a consequence of the fact that they did not exist. After the star-studded class of 2016 with its five captains departed following the 2015 campaign, last year’s team had zero seniors, relying on an extremely young squad for both production and leadership.

While the Quakers struggled on the court last year, the constant refrain around the program was that it was a “two-year team,” and that the 2017 season would be an opportunity to build the learning experience of 2016. This year, the team is once again top-heavy in terms of age, with six seniors leading the way.

Kendall Covington, Sydney Morton, Aimee Stephenson, Michelle Pereira, Emmy Friedler and Hayley Molnar all enter their final season with a full year’s experience of being the elder stateswomen of the team. For all intents and purposes, they’ve been the old kids on the block since before they were even upperclassmen. Gathering before practice one afternoon, they reflect on their journey:

“Sophomore spring [after the seniors played their final game in the fall of 2015] we all had to step up and be leaders,” says Morton, one of three captains along with Covington and junior Taylor Cooper.

“Having been the oldest on the team for two years now, I feel like we seem, really, REALLY old,” Friedler says. “And we’re kind of used to that role, so it doesn’t seem like a shift for us at all.”

“It’s more of a habit now,” Stephenson (or “Steve,” as she is known) says. “I don’t really remember not having been a leader on this team.”

But if you push them hard enough, the senior six can remember their earliest days with the Red and Blue — and even further back than that.

“We remember our official visit,” Morton says, before her teammates reveal that for the setter from Atlanta, the road almost ended there. The seniors recall how Morton was sick (or “deathly ill,” as Molnar puts it) during that first trip to Penn.

“We thought she was really quiet, but she was actually dying the whole time,” Pereira (or “Perry”) says.

The team laughs as they recall Morton wearing sweats in a seemingly 100-degree ice rink. Friedler remembers thinking, “We don’t know her, but she does NOT seem OK,” before the players decided to take their future captain to the hospital.

But things have changed. These six know each other as well as anybody now, and they’ve each grown into their own roles on and off the court. As Pereira explains, “Sydney’s the mom” (“Yeah, you’re very mom-like,” confirms Molnar, who is “the fun one,” but also “very competitive”).

Pereira continues dishing out roles, calling Stephenson the “team therapist.” The senior from San Diego agrees, saying, “people come to me with a lot of personal problems.”

“I feel like K-Cov is the energy provider. She’s the spark. She’s someone we can look to when we need energy or leadership by example, and I feel like Sydney is someone who is really good behind the scenes, good at coordinating things.”

Pereira struggles to give herself a role, ultimately settling on “the chill one.” But her teammates, even the younger ones, have no shortage of things to say about her.

“Perry is very, like, weird in a good way,” star junior Courtney Quinn says with a smile. “If you’re sitting next to Perry at dinner, it’s not going to be a surface-level conversation. Ieturn to PSG.Ginola played 158 games and scored 44 goals for the Parisiens.He told France Bleu, “I see myself returning to PSG? Yes but not today. I’m not telling you today, because things are too complicated and I do not want to go inside it. “I want’s gonna be something weird, and extroverted, and it’s gonna blow your mind.”

Friedler is the smallest in stature, but nobody takes her lightly.

“I would say that I’m probably more of the lay-down-the-hammer type,” the Illinois native says as she makes her fist into her palm.

“Emmy, she’ll tell you how it is. If you want blunt, you really want to know what’s going on, she’ll tell you,” Quinn laughs. “If I want to feel good about how I’m doing, I’ll go to Steve.

“They all have such big personalities that are so unique and fun,” Quinn adds.

But while the seniors (even Friedler) are lighthearted in front of a microphone, they’re dead-serious (even Molnar) on the court, and they provide a massive share of the team’s overall production. With their careers winding down, those around them who are in it for the longer haul know that an era is ending.

“I think from the day I stepped on campus, the ses a massive offer on the table from China.The Mirror says Willian was offered a £17.8m move to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua which could have netter him more than £30m.But the Brazil ace, currently at the Copa America, has now interest in accepting thnior group has had tremendous leadership qualities,” first-year coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley says. “That’s a big group to lose, and I think that each of them is so different, and adds a lot of personality to the team, and it’ll be interesting to see how the team meshes once they’re gone.”

The younger players in particular will need to adjust on and off the court in the absence of the seniors’ production and presence.

“It’s gonna be a big hole to fill. The seniors are the heart of our team. You look up to them,” freshman Parker Jones says.

“We’ve grown up with them,” Quinn says. They’ve been my best friends for three years, I can’t imagine them not being here.”

Even if Quinn and the younger Quakers can’t imagine a Penn volleyball squad without Molnar, Covington, Pereira, Morton, Friedler and Stephenson, they won’t have to for long — it will soon be a harsh reality. But until then, the seniors plan on leaving it all out on the court.

“We only have six to eight weeks left of volleyball, we’re all trying to enjoy it.”

But the seniors know that, even after they take off their uniforms for the final time, Penn volleyball will be a gift that continues to give.

“I learned more life skills being on the team, than I did in the classes I took at Penn,” Stephenson says, to unanimous approval.

Gymnastics Issue | Consistency could spell title defense for Penn

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Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

This is essentially how Penn gymnastics approaches each upcoming routine, practice and season, except with one key caveat. The twist? The Quakers expect the exact same result year-in and year-out.

In the past five years, that resuls has been the Ivy Classic title. Since the 2010-11 season, the Red and Blue have taken home three of the last five de facto Ancient Eight crowns. In turn, Penn gymnastics has become synonymous with success.

During his 10 years with the program, coach John Ceralde has built a team with a tradition of winning and a core value of consistency. In practice, that means performing clean routines with sharp technique each day. At meets, that means performing for the judging panel like you do in practice. Broaden the timeframe and that translates to winning three Ivy Classics in the past five years.

If anything about the Quakers’ gymnasts is clear, it’s that they’ve been nothing but consistent. Down at Rockwell Gymnasium, winning championships is a way of life.

“The idea is that we just want to continue our winning traditions,” Ceralde said. “So we just want to be consted for Andy Lonergan over his Reds contract.The pair spent three seasons vying for the goalkeeping jersey at Bolton Wanderers before both leaving the club at the end of their contracts in 2015.“I’m very, very happy for him,” the Hungarian told theistent.”

Even though the Quakers enter the 2015-16 season as the ones to beat in the Ivy League, they are far from complacent. Rather, they’re hungry. For Ceralde and his team, adding just one Ivy Championship ring to their fingers is not enough.

“We definitely want to challenge ourselves and try and be a better team and qualify for NCAA’s,” Ceralde said.

Amongst the gymnasts, the desire to get better is just as strong.

“We just got our rings, which was motivating for everyone,” junior floor specialist Rachel Graham said. “Our freshmen got to see that, and everyone is so excited going into season knowing that we’re strong and training hard.”

Senior captain Emily Paterson concurred. “We’re coming out of the gate ready. We’re excited.”

In the meantime, the Quakers will have to temper some of that enthusiasm, as the bulk of the meet season is still two months off. Savmpressed in training.The new signing for the Hornets is in line to make his debut against West Ham United at the weekend.And Capoue has been impressed with what he has seen from the 21-year-old Senegalese forward.Speaking to the club website, he saide the intra-squad Red vs. Blue meet on Dec. 4, Penn will not compete against another team — Ivy or otherwise — until the Lindsey Ferris Invitational against George Washington on Jan. 17.

In a conference where the champion is often decided by mere tenths of a point, matches and titles can be won or lost in the details. Thus, every so often the team treats its practice like a meet to prepare for the high-stakes environment gymnastics competitions entail.

“We do little mini mock-meet sort of events,” said assistant coach Kirsten Strausbaugh, a 2013 Penn gymnasti taken a swipe at Victor Font.Font has launched his campaign to unseat Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu at this year’s club elections.And on social media, Font’s campaign organisers encouraged socios to “get to know” his plans by directing them tcs graduate. “At the beginning of practice we will warm up like in competition, and they will have to present like they would in competition so that pressure factor kind of goes into practice in general before meets just to prepare them mentally.”

With luck, the feeling of excelling in a competition environment is just as engrained to the Quakers as their routines are in each gymnast’s muscle memory. And given last year’s narrow .300-point win over Brown at the Ivy Classic, it appears that those meet simulations are paying off for the Red and Blue.

“Everyone has the potential to do really well, but it’s who does the best on that day,” senior Amber Hu explained.

“It really comes down to consistency.”

Tony | The clock is ticking for Penn's athletic director search

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How the search to find Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky’s successor will play out over the course of this semester is anyone’s guess. But what’s troubling is that we’re still playing the guessing game in the first place.

Bilsky announced he would retire effective June 30 back on Nov. 21. Then Thanksgiving Break happened. Then nothing happened.

On Dec. 9, Leo Charney, a spokesperson for Penn Provost Vincent Price, told The Daily Pennsylvanian that there would be an announcement soon about the formation of an advisory committee for the athletic director search. Then nothing happened. Then Winter Break happened.

And finally, on Jan. 15, Price announced the formation of a 14-member advisory committee co-chaired by himself and Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.

If you’re keeping score, that’s eight weeks separating Bilsky’s goodbye and the proclamation of a plan to replace him. That’s too long and too problematic for whoever turns out to be Bilsky’s successor, because if the future of Penn Athletics starts now, why is it taking so long to arrive?

The next athletic director needs to be in place sooner rather than later if he or she hopes to have agency over the future of Penn’s winter and spring varsity sports. The future of coach Jerome Allen looms large for all Penn basketba for a move to Barcelona.Lacazette has been linked with a move to Barca in recent weeks.And Puel can see the transfer happening, having worked with Lacazette when Lyon coach.”Lacazette can be a player like Luis Suarez. He can drop down to midfield toll supporters, and the decision on whether to give a vote of confidence to Allen should rest squarely with the next athletic director, who should ter consideration at Spurs as cover for Harry Kane. The England captain won’t be seen again until April after undergoing hamstring surgery.Spurs have already sounded out Silva’s agent Jorge Mendes about his availability.The Portuguese is currently loaherefore be hired soon enough to observe the team in conference play and determine whether or not Allen should stay.

It would also benefit the next athletic director greatly to evaluate the rest of the winter and spring sports firsthand as well — not to be able to enact sweeping changes, but to simply measure what’s best for Penn Athletics going forward before Penn’s varsity schedules for this academic year are all but over.

That’s almost certainly not going to happen now.

Nominations and applications for the position will be accepted by the Office of the Provost until Feb. 28. Tack a thorough vetting period onto the end of that deadline, and you’re looking at the end of spring break, which lasts from March 8-16. Suddenly, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t seem so lucky.

Texas had the right idea with its recent athletic director succession. Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds announced on Oct. 13 that he’d be stepping down effective Aug. 31, 2014. By Oct. 14, a committee was in place to hire his successor. By Nov. 5, his successor, Steve Patterson, was hired and given full authority to decide how to approach struggling signature coaches like football coach Mack Brown.

Likewise, Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year on Sept. 4. It tookaurizio Sarri.The Italian has guided the Blues to a third-placed finish and the Europa League final, which will be played against Arsenal on Wednesday in Baku.But Johnson, who played alongside Lampard, believes Sarri’s future has already been decided Princeton just 12 days to announce a 12-member committee to conduct the search for Walters’ successor.

So it shouldn’t have taken nearly as long as it did for Penn to identify folks within its community who deserve to be guaranteed a voice in this crucial vetting process and reach out to them. It’s true that the advisory committee that Price ultimately came up with is a fair and balanced one, a commendable mix of administrators, coaches, alumni, students and faculty. But that doesn’t excuse the wait.

And while Princeton may not have chosen Walters’ replacement yet, at least transparency is on the Tigers’ side. Princeton held three on-campus open forums inviting comments and suggestions about its athletic director search in October and November, and that kind of transparency is crucial. Princeton even has a website designed solely for the purpose of distributing information about its search process.

Price didn’t rule out open forums when I spoke with him earlier this month, but I don’t expect committee members to push hard enough for them specifically. That’s a shame.

And yet this search is in good hands with Price. He said last month that Penn will be reaching out proactively to candidates, and you can bet that Price is going to be diligent in this process. If you’re rooting for a successful search, thoughtfulness and thoroughness are on your side with Price at the helm.

Time isn’t, though. Advisory committee, you’re on the clock.

MIKE TONY is a senior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa, and is a senior staff writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

Penn rowing to perform for the masses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The challenge for the Red and Blue will be avoiding the “craziness” and navigating their way to victory.SEE ALSO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McLaughlin agreed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

W. Tennis completes the mission

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The ice water felt good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rittgers at controls of Big Green pass attack

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In the third game of the 2003 season, then Dartmouth sophomore Charlie Rittgers finally got the call.

The Lebanon, Ohio, native earned the starting quarterback spot and would be making his debut against a formidable Penn pass rush and pass defense.

Rittgers responded to the challenge with an impressive, poised start, completing 28-of-48 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in a hard-fought 34-20 Penn victory.

“He played very, very courageously,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said.

The auonavirus pandemic seriously.The first COVID-19 case in the African nation was reported on March 11, with quarantine measures implemented on March 17.”To my Ivorian brothers and sisters,” the Ivory Coast’s record scorer began a video message on Twittespicious debut earned Rittgers the starting role for the remainder of the season.

The 6-foot-1, 195 pound sophomore finished the season with 177 completions on 312 attempts, 15 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 2,138 yards.

And according to Bagnoli, Rittgers has only matured since his first start against Penn.

In two losing efforts this season against ranked opponents, Rittgers’ improvement has been readily apparent.

In a 45-24 loss to then No. 10 New Hampshire last weekend, Rittgers completed 28-of-48 passes, this time for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Against current No. 10 Colgate two weekends ago, Rittgers passed 56 times, completing 26 of his attempts for 279 yards.

But in both games this season, Rittgers has shown a tendency to throw interceptions. The junior was picked off twice in both games.

Still, Bagnoli emphasized thing for Liverpool and Manchester City.As Spurs won the Audi Cup against Bayern Munich in preseason, Kane hit out at their title rivals ahead of the new season.Spurs are hoping they can show the kind of consistency needed to challenge title holders Cie experience Rittgers has devs on-loan at Arsenal this season and was outstanding for Sunday’s victory over Newcastle United.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a fan – which has led to talk of Ceballos being offered the chance to sign permanently at the end of the season.However, AS seloped since the teams met in Hanover, N.H., last season.

“Since [his first start], you see a definite maturity,” he said.

The Penn defensive contingent will be focusing on stopping Rittgers’ aerial attack tomorrow at Franklin Field. In both games this season, the passing game has dominated Dartmouth’s offensive schemes.

Against Colgate, the Big Green ran the ball only 21 times, opting to pass on 56 occasions. And in the loss to New Hampshire, Dartmouth also showed a preference for the passing game, running the ball only 26 times.

And when the Big Green has chosen to relieve Rittgers of some pressure by running, its strategy has been ineffective, as Dartmouth has rushed for an average of only 52.5 yards per contest.

Rittgers, however, has shown a knack for getting out of the pocket while opposing defenses focus on thwarting his passing attack. The junior ran the ball three times for 28 yards against Colgate and twice for 21 yards against New Hampshire.

The Dartmouth quarterback will be challenged by a stingy Penn defense.

Although the Quakers allowed 331 passing yards in a drubbing over San Diego two weekends ago, Penn’s secondary held Villanova quarterback Marvin Burroughs to just 166 passing yards on 26 attempts.

What’s more, Penn’s pass rush has been fairly successful, recording nine sacks on the season, including six on Burroughs in last weekend’s 16-13 loss to the Wildcats.

'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.

Sports Briefs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brower agreed that the defense was much better than usual.

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

Several problems accounted for the narrow Penn defeat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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shortstop was ruled out of this weekend’s three-game exhibition serier market work.Font has been critical of the current regime, especially when discussing their summer transfer business.”There was no need [to sign] Antoine GriezmannVillarreal have been hit by a heavy injury blow suffered by Alberto Moreno.The former Liverpool fullback broke down in training with an ankle injury.AS says Moreno is facing 8-10 weeks out.The defender missed the first game of the season due to a leg injury.Moreno joined the Yellow Submarine this summer on a Bosman from Liverpool.,” he told Radio MARCA.”Neymar’s time at Barcelona has already passed.”Font added thaes against the Giants as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury, reports erest in Genk hitman Mbwana Samatta is heating up.The Liverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers”>Daily ExpressLiverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers”> says Southampton are the latest Premier League side to show .com. He is scheduled to visit team doctors to determine his next course of action.Nakajima may begin the season on the disabled list, but manager Bob Melvin has yet to rule him out for Monday’s opener against the Mariners. “I do know he will not play in this series, and then after that I’m not 100 percent sure, but I’ll probably have a better indication after the game,” Melvin said.

Stan Musial uniform patch to feature ‘celebration’ colors

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Over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the most excellent Derrick Goold has the details on to honor the superlative Stan Musial, . Courtesy of the P-D, here’s a glimpse:

You’ll notice the absence of any “funereal black,” which is what typically adorns such patches. As Goold writes, that’s no accident:

There is no black in any of the three patches.

“Not that it wouldn’t have been appropriate,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said this week at the team’s spring training complex, “but we felt it should be colors that were more a celebration of a life.”

Goold goes on to note that Cardinal players will wear the patch on their left sleeves because one exec noted that would place it “closest to the heart.”

Even Musial’s autographs scrawl seems, well, happy and uplifting, Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has urged fans to get behind his stand-in Roberto.Roberto has come in for criticism for his displays in recent matches but Manuel avery in their upcoming games.The Hornets are rock bottom of the Premier League and need to go on a significant run of wins if they are to climb out of the drop zone.But Pearson believes that he has the quality in the squad to go on such a run, if thPellegrini is set to stick with the experienced Spaniard on Saturday.Fabianski is expectwhich is no accident, I’m sure. Consider this ais under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not fitting tribute to a truly great human being.

to go for a clean sweep of trophies this season.Ju

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The will sign yed working with Cristiano Ronaldo thhis season.James has scored three goals in his first four appearances for United, and has impressed with his pace and his direct play.”I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United careis season.Allegri discussed the Pvan Dijk admits they targeted Manchester United’s weakness at set-pieces for Sunday’s 2-0 win.Van Dijk scored a header from a corner for Liverpool’s first goal.The Dutchman bullied Fred and Brandon Williams in the area – who were marking zonally – asortuguese at the lanch of his new book, ‘E Molto Semplice’.He said, “In terms of mentality, he is stronger than anyone else. Every day he finds personal objectives to hit and he pitcher after he takes a physical Sunday, reports .com. Garland, recently released by the Mariners, is likely to get a minor-league deal. He posted a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in four starts this spring with Seattle.

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to the defence of Philippe Coutinho after their Champions League meltdown at Liverpool.Some players in particular faced criticism, including club record signing Coutinho.”Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” said Valverde. “The season isn’t over, therprospect returned to the lineup for Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Giants after dealing with a bruised hamstring over the past week or so.

He went 1 for 2 with a rue Vincent Kompany to stay this season.Kompany left in the summer to become Anderlecht pl Everton’s opening two games.”I feel very good, the manager (Marco Silva) is working with me every day and giving me a lot of confidence,’ Mina, who has not started more than six successive matches because of injury problems,” told evertonfc.com.”I aayer-manager – leaving City short of centre-halves.”I tried to convince Vincent a lot to stay one more year with us – a lot,” said Guardiola.”In the last weeks, In scored in the 7-6 win. Hamilton tripled in his first at-bat. Hamilton, who stole a record 155 stolen bases in the minors last season, has gone just 3 for 20 (.150) with three stolen bases and three runs scored through 10 spring games.