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What happens inside Penn Park's giant winter Bubble?

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During the late fall or early winter each year, one of Penn Park’s two turf fields seemingly disappears. While the James F. “Ace” Adams Field remains usable andving this season.Nainggolan left AS Roma for Inter last summer.“I was hoping that I could’ve done more for the team this season, but the team have done well, and we are close to our objective of qualifying for next season’s Champions League,” he to visible to the average Penn student, Dunning-Cohen Champions Field becomes enveloped in a colossal white structure known as “the Bubble.”

For many Penn students, the Bubble, or the “seasonal air structure” as it is described on the Penn Facilities website, is a mysterious, largely inaccessible dome. While varsity and club athletes alike utilize the Bubble to practice during the winter, most students are left to wonder about its contents.

A tour inside the Bubble led by Ian Lencicki, the building manager for Penn Athletics, revealed a well-lit, well-equipped structure with ample space for the Quakers’ athletic programs to conduct full practices during the freezing weather. With amenities such as soccer goals, lacrosse goals, netting, and batting cages, as well as electricity and controlled climate, the Bubble serves as an ideal place for teams that would otherwise be completely weather-dependent.

“From the time it goes up until the time it goes down, it’s utilized morning, noon, and night from 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning to sometimes 2:00 in the morning, with rental groups on the weekends,” Lencicki said. “We don’t have an indoor training space inside a field house or anything, so the Bubble gives our teams like baseball, softball, and lacrosse scrimmage advantages in the winter and early spring.”

A group of 40 to 50 electricians, groundsmen, and Penn Facilities managers orchestrate and conduct the installation and takedown of this massive structure. The process, as one might imagine, is complex and demanding.

The Bubble is usually erected around a week or two before Thanksgiving, and that process, according to Lencicki, can take up to three weeks.

“Typically around [late November], the soccer seasons are coming to an end, so there’s more field availability,” Lencicki said. “You’re not overlapping between soccer practices, lacrosse practices, and other field rentals.”

When first installed, the Bubble is totally bare and dark, with the lighting, electricity, security cameras, and then eventually the sporting equipment added in the following days.

The takedown process, although a much quicker process at only three or four days, can often be more complicated than installation, especially in terms of timing.

“We do takedown in late March, hopefully before or after any bad weather has rolled in,” Lencicki said. “We take it down allowing for rainy days because you can’t roll it up wet, or else it could get moldy, or dingy, or smelly. We need a really solid weather window, but we have to be careful not to run into Penn Relays, Spring Fling, and the other events that need these fields in the spring. It’s a really tight window.”

Still, despite the potential complications, the Bubble has proven itself to be a useful resource not only for Penn’s varsity and club programs but also for some other well-known teams.

According to Lencicki, the Bubble has housed the Philadelphia Union of the MLS, the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, among others, demonstrating a value that not only aids but also transcends Penn Athletics, a value that more than justifies the work that so many people do to make it possible.

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Penn gymnastics soars to season-high performance but still takes third at Ivy Classic

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Penn gymnastics’ performance at the Ivy Classic was one of consistency and reaching new heights. But with a third-place finish, it is clear that doing one’s best is not always enough.

Though Penn scored a season-high 193.875 total points, the Quakers came up short of their first Ivy title in three years. Yale, after by just 0.425, finished first this time at Brown on Sunday with a season-high total of 195.025 points. Cornell took second place, with the Red and Blue only topping the host Bears.

Penn , but last week. Despite an attempt at revenge at this meet, the Quakers fell short to the Big Red by .475. This was Cornell’s best meet of the season, finishing with a total of 194.350 points.

Sophomores Tara Mills and Alex Kothe have been key members of Penn’s team despite their young age, and both excelled on the biggest stage. At today’s meet, not only did Mills compete in bars, but she also started on the vault for the first time this season and scored a 9.525.

“I was really excited to as reacting to their Copa del Rey fports chief David Webb is backing Ravel Morrison for success with Sheffield United.Webb signed Morrison for Ostersunds last season before they both left OFK this summer.Webb told the Östersund Post, “The matches he played he did well, you saw that hinal defeat to Valencia.He stated: “Every year new players come in. So far we have confirmed De Jong’s signing and now we will work on bringing in others and moving players on, as is normal every summer. Now is not lead us off,” said Mills. “I felt really confving to Real Madrid.Playing for Real and coach Zinedine Zidane has met the Belgian’s hopes.He told El Mundo: “Yes, it was dream. When I started, very small in the garden, it was always the club that I supported. “There was Zidane on the ground. My idident going into it because we definitely put in the numbers this week on vault and we were working really very hard.”

Consistency was especially shown in bars, with five out of Penn’s six athletes scoring 9.650 or higher. The overall score of 48.750 in the event was the team’s highest of the season. Kyra Levi showed her continued importance after scoring a 9.825. Allison Frommer, just a freshman, started in bars and tied her career high score of 9.775.

Kothe helped the team on bars as well, scoring an impressive 9.775. She has shown improvement this season but has yet to beat her career-high score of 9.825 set late in her freshman season.

“It’s great to be able to contribute to the team, even just as a sophomore,” said Kothe. “[Moving forward] we need to focus on our little details like hitting our handstands and sticking our landings. We don’t make many big mistakes anymore.”

In floor, the Quakers showed their strength with a final score of 49.150, their second highest of the season following a . Senior Alex Hartke’s score of 9.875 helped Penn beat both Cornell and Brown in floor.

On beam, four out of Penn’s six gymnasts scored a 9.650 or higher.

Penn has scored lowest in vault throughout the season. At this meet, overall fourth-place finisher Brown finished ahead of Penn in this event. However, there were still a few bright spots there, as senior Megan Finck tied her season-high score of 9.550.

Though the Red and Blue couldn’t win their first Ivy Classic since 2015, their season is far from over —and in fact, they won’t have to wait very long at all to get revenge on Sunday’s champion.

This Friday, Penn will take on Yale once again while competing against Maryland and Temple, which comes wwo weeks before the Quakers will see the entire Ivy League again at the ECAC Championships. If the team shows more than just consistency, it very well might come out on top once these rematches roll around.

Penn football finishes spring season with annual spring game

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Believe it or not, football season is upon us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn Relays 2017 recap: Quakers come close, but fail to replicate success of 2016

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Another year of Penn Relays is now history. And while Penn track and field may not have repeated the same success of 2016, which saw the team win its first Relay since 1974, the Quakers still made a number of finals appearances, and broke some records, too.

It was always going to be a memorable weekend for Penn, who got to play the hosts of the biggest track and field meet in the nation. And with NCAA powg up a January move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko.Jose Mourinho is looking to bolster his squad in the winter window and is specifically eyeing reinforcement up top to take the workload off Harry Kane.The Mirror says the Tottenham boss sent one of his erhouses like Oregon and Stanford in attendance, as well as some of the best from around the world, it wasn’t hard to foresee the best being brought out of the Red and Blue.

The men’s and women’s squads have been improving in recent weeks, but there was still something lacking to take their performances to the next level. The Penn Relays, as coach Steve Dolan pointed out, was the perfect remedy to that.

“That final piece was atmosphere and competition. And that’s what Penn Relays brought out,” Dolan said. “”Certainly good weather [also]lsea to sign Dinamo Zagreb starlet Antonio Marin.The 18-year-old has been heralded as one of Croatia’s most exciting prospects, with the winger already featuring in four league games for the senior side this season.His performances have caught the ey made a difference.”

The best performances over the weekend came from the team’s distance squad. The women, in particular, rose to a new level against the nation’s best.

The Quakers’ 4×1500-meter relay, run by the Whiting twins, seniorsCleo and Clarissa, classmate Ashley Montgomery and junior Kylene Cochrane, started things off right by smashing a school record to finish sixth in the Championship of America Invitational.

Seeing the three seniors lead the way for Penn was pleasing to Dolan.

“This is my fifth year at Penn, and it’s been really fun to watch this class mature,” he said.”The women’s team wasn’t as strong when they were freshmen, and it’s been great to see this group lead the charge.”

Not to be outdone, the women’s 4x800m — made up of a senior and three rookies —followed things up with a school record time a full seven seconds better than the previous best. Their 8:33.3ijk is happy when his manager is critical of his performances.Van Dijk is one of the top performers for the Reds, with his arrival from Southampton shoring up their back line and turning them into one of the top teams in Europe.But that does not mean9 relay mark was the third best in Ivy League history.

On the men’s side of the distance squad, the distance medley relay (DMR) was the highlight of the weekend. In a race featuring top distance powerhouse Oregon, the Quakers hung tight through the 1200m, 800m and 400m legs before handing the baton off to senior Chris Hatler for the mile. With less than a lap to go, Hatler was still in the lead pack, too.

While he couldn’t finish stride for stride with the Ducks, he still came across the finish line with a remarkable 3:58.96 mile split, securing the DMR school record by over four seconds in the process.

The other bright spots for the men came mostly from the field. Freshman Sean Clarke came second in the pole vault, and senior Billy Bishop launched Penn’s fifth-best ever shot put throw, tossing it 17.15m. Rachel Wilson also set the school record in thewomen’s hammer throw to round out the Quakers’ highlights on the field.

With the Relays in the bag, Penn must now look forward to its next competition, one that matters even more — the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend. The men and women will head up to Yale to challenge the league’s best after a season of improvement.

“We’re really excited heading into next weekend, because we feel like our teams are in good form,” Dolan said.

Anchored by their best distance squad in decades, the women could take a real stab at an Ivy League title. And while the men will have trouble knocking off perennial heavyweights Cornell, they can at least seek out a high finish and a number of NCAA qualifications.

One thing is for sure — the Quakers’ season is anything but over after next weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Torgersen, Williams take home Ivy weekly awards for Penn football

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It may have taken four years and 30 games, but Alek Torgersen finally has his secondweekly award.

The Penn football senior quarterback, recipient of Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for his first-ever appearance against Cornell in 2013, was named the conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second such award for his career.

Torgersen was joined by a teammate on the other side of the field, as sophomore defensive back Mason Williams was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time of his career.

It is the third time in the last four weeks the Red and Blue have had a player get the award, as junior defensive lineman Louis Vecchio won it last week and sophomore defensive back Sam Philippi brought it home on Oct. 31.

With a second-quarter interception against Cornell, Williams became the first Penn player to record six picks in a season since Ross Armstrong in 1984.

Torgersen concluded his career with a bevy of program records, including total yards, passing touchdowns and completion percentage. He becamrry Winks admits he models his game on Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or Luka Modric.Winks also takes inspiration from Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong.The midfielder told the London Evening Standard: “I compare myself to De Jong and Modric and I take it as ae just the eighth player in Ivy League history to surpass 7,000 career passing yards, which he did during his 284-yard performance on Saturday.

Along with junior wide receiver Justin Watson, Torgersen has been one-half of the most productive duo in Penn history. In 29 games together over the course of the last three years, they combined for 192 receptions, 2,456 yards and 17 touchdowns, all program records for could be ready to play his first game for the club.Welbeck signed on a free transfer after being released by Arsenal at the end of last season.Gracia will be hoping that he can count on the Englishman to add much needed quality and pace to his attaca single partnership.

For his part, Watson has been named one of 15 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player iner their Champions League shock at Liverpool.He is not the only one to be hurting as he admitted that his players had felt the impact of defeat too.”We’re hurting, I won’t deny it, we have a responsibility to ourselves and our fans,” the coach admitt the Football Championship Subdivision each year. Watson led the Ivy League in receptions (89), receiving yards (1,115) and touchdowns (8) this season, setting program records in each of the first two.

Two other finalists for the award, Chase Edmonds of Fordham and Troy Pelletier of Lehigh, played against Penn this season, with the Rams and Mountain Hawks handing the Quakers two of their three losses on the year.

The Quakers clinched a record-tying 18th Ivy league title with Saturday’s 42-20 win over Cornell, sharing the crown with Princeton after both went 6-1 in conference play.

Football star and assistant coach Lemonick dies

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Bernie Lemonick, one of the most illustrious players in Penn football history and an assistant coach with the program throughout the late 1950s, has died. The former offensive lineman for the Red and Blue died on Friday morning.

Born in 1928, Lemonick was a dedicated supporter of Penn football both during and after his time with the program. A Wharton graduate in 1951, the Philadelphia native was twice named national lineman of the week throughout his playing career – once in 1949 after a game against Dartmouth and once in 1950 after a matchup with Wisconsin.

Following his senior season with the Quakers, Lemonick was honored in various ways, including being named second-team United Press All-American and Grantland Rice All-America Honorable Mention. He played in both the Hula Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game before being drafted by the New York Gian Walker had to go in goal for the closing stages of the match.The full-back replacedome their next manager.The Hornets are chasing another boss after the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores this weekend.The former Athletic Bilbao coach Ziganda was on their radar, but Sky Sports News reports that talks between the two parties ended with Claudio Bravo after the substitute goalkeeper was sent off during the 1-1 draw in Milan.Bravo was shown a straight red for a sliding tackle on Josip Ilicic outside tts in the 21st round of the 1951 NFL Draft.

Although Lemonick never played in the NFL, he stayed in Philadelphia and began coaching. Before returning to Franklin Field to serve as an assistant coach for the Red and Blue in 1955, Lemonick was a line coach at Saint Joseph’s Prep beginning in 1951.

Lemonick’s contributions to Penn football as an assistant mirror those from his playing career. A line coach under head coach Steve Sebo, Lemonick was on the sidelines when the Quakers clinched their first Ivy League title in 1959.

“We are incredibly saddened by the loss of such an iconic member of the Penn football family,” said cIFA Club World Cup final between Flamengo and Liverpool.The Hammers talent spotters were not there to spy on their Premier League rivals.They were present to assess Flamengo attacking duo Gabriel Barbosa and Bruno Henrique.The game ended in a 1-0 winurrent Penn football coach Ray Priore. “Bernie had illustrious careers both as a player and coach, and continued his unparalleled support of Penn football as an alum.”

Lemonick was part of Penn Athletics’ initial Hall of Fame class in 1996 and was named to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He also served as Chairman of the University of Pennsylvania/Cornell University Trustees Cup annual awards dinner, a ceremony that recognizes the winner of the annual rivalry game between the two programs.

“Bernie will forever be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the Red and Blue, and we could not be more thankful for that,” Priore said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lemonick family at this time.”

M. Hoops' Lang, Tolan part ways with team

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Pat Lang will graduate from Penn this spring with a perfect shooting percentage in his time with the Quakers.

That is because the senior guard, who is 4-for-4 from the field all-time, will not be playing basketball for Penn this upcoming season.

Classmate Conor Tolan, a 7-foot center, will also not be sed player list.Arsenal have confirmed the departure of Danny Welbeck, who leaves the club at the end of his current contract along with goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.Midfielder Aaron Ramsey, meanwhile, is joining Juventus asreturning to the Quakers this winter.

“They’ve decided that they want to do different things for their senior year, so I am in full support of whatever they want to do,” Penn head coach Fran Dunphy said.

Both players’ names have been removed from the team’s online roster for the upcoming season.

Lang, who will be remembered by Penn fans for his cheesesteak-clinching shot last year on Feb. 6 against Harvard, scored 11 career points for the Quakers. He appeared in 15 total games in his three years with the team, playing in four contests last season.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Tolan appeared in nine games in his three years with the team, including four last year.

AFTER FAILING TO receive NCAA eligibility last season, Lorenz Manthey, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, has been cleared to play this upcoming season.

The NCAA raised questions about Manthey’s amateur status, since he had played with a professional squad in his native Germany.

Manthey maintained that he never received any compensation from the squad, and now the NCAA agrees.

ANOTHER NEW FACE on Penn’s roster this season could be North Carolina transfer Adam Franklin.

Franklin played with the Tar Heels’ junior varsity team last year before seeking out a chance to play for the Quakers.

Dunphy said that he has never seen Franklin play and that Franklin will play with Penn this year “if he’s good enough.”

A 6-foot-6 junior guard from New Castle, Del., Franklin is already listed on Penn’s online roster for the upcoming season.

FIRST YEAR PLAYER Brian Grandieri may not have a chance to step on the Palestra floor this season.

After having surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament in July, Dunphy called Grandieri’s chances of missing the entire season “more than likely.”

The typical recovery period for such surgery is five to six months.

“If he makes a miraculous recovery, then maybe he can help us at the end of the year, but it’s not something that we’re absolutely counting on,” Dunphy said.

Grandieri, a 6-foot-4 guard from local Malvern Prep, was named first-team All-State in both 2003 and 2004. The Media, Pa., native also earned “AAA” All-State Player of the Year honors last season.

If Grandieri sits out the entire season, he can apply for an extra year of eligibility during his senior year by receiving a Medical Hardship Waiver.

Dunphy also indicated that senior guard Tim Begley and sophomore forward Mark Zoller were also “banged up” in the offseason.

When asked whether those two would be ready for Penn’s Nov. 16 season opener against Quinnipiac, Dunphy replied, “I sure hope so. We’re counting on them.”

OTHER THAN PENN’S preseason NIT game against Quinnipiac, the school has yet to release any other dates for the upcoming basketball season.

Dunphy said that the schedule is completnnes whizkid Eduardo Camavinga.The 17 year-old midfielder has been one of the great revelations in Europe this season – and Real have moved quickly to register their interen to a move to Juventus.Max Allegri is considering his future at Juve.And Corriere dello Sport says Pochettino and Juve have made contact, and the Argentine coach is making huge demands.Pochettino wants €20million a year (£17.2m) to move to Italyest.L’Equipe says Real have made it clear they want to bring Camavinga to Spaine and it just needs the signatures of several Penn athletic administrators before its release, which he indicated could take place as early as tomorrow.

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.

Zenga has been named new coach of Cagliari.Zenga r

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pitching prospect made his final start in the Grapefruit League Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Gausman went the first two innings without allowing a hit but came undone in the third. 

The top prospect gave up a single then an RBI triple to Aaron Hicks in the third inning and ultimately left after 3 2/3 having allowed three earned runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. His Grapefruit League ERA is 3.94. 

The 22-year-old Gausman had an impressive spring and lasted longer than super prospect Dylan Bundy in camp. That said, he is likely to be reassigned to minor-league camp and most likely will begin the year at Double-A Bowie. He could be in line for a call-up during the season and some believe he’ll make the majors before Bund have signed Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena on-loan to the end of the season.There is no option to buy included in the deal, while Betis will pay 100 percent of the 21-year-old’s salary during eague finale against Burnley.Emery admits some of his stars will need a break this weekend after reaching the Europa League final at Valencia.”We arrived home at 06:00 (on Friday) and we cancelled training because it’s important to rest,” he told.The Telegraph says Rashford is poised to sign a new contract at Manchester United worth an astonishing £250,000 per week.The 21-year-old striker will put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2023, with the optid arsthe loan spell.Barcelona’s idea is for Alena to returny. 

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The have added reliever to the 40-man roster.

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

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

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

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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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had a rough Grapefruit League outing Wednesday against the Yankees, as the starter gave up four runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. Doubront managed five strikeouts against just one walk, but he was singled to death — only one of the Yankees’ seven hits went for extra bases, a Ben Francisco double.

Wednesday’s effort marks Dogoalkeeper Adam Bogdan is set to return to Hibs.Bogdan is due to rejoin Hibernian on a shad an initial £15million bid for Tierney KO’d — and have been told the price starts at £25m.The Gunners tried to tempt the Hoops by offering fringe players such as Carl Jenkinson, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe or Eddie Nketiah as part of the ort-term deal, report the Edinburgh Evening News.The 32-year-old spent last season on loan with the Scottish outfit from Liverpool prior to his release from Anfiubront’s worst outing of the spring. Entering the contest, he owned a 2.08 ERA through three starts (8.2 IP). Even including Weap deal between Manchester City and Juventus has moved one step closer.Goal says City fullback Danilo has agreed personal terms with the Italian giants.The Brazilian will earn €4m-per-year, with additional clauses also included.Joao Cancelo will hednesday, Doubront has a sharp 16-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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pitcher said Tuesday that the stiff neck that held him out of Monday’s Cactus League start was feeling better. The right-hander is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday befanji has revealed how he supported United as a child.“In my childhood I had football in my head,” the 24-year-old said.“My role models were related to my respective positions. My first role model was Raul. At the time I was still playing as an atore being re-evaluated. Darvish has allowed one run and struck out 10 over 8 2/3 innings his spring.Manager Ron Washington told ESPN.com he expects Darvish to be ready for the start of the regular season. “It’s not a big issue. If he is fine today, then he’ll do a bullpen,” Washington said. “If that goes well, Mike (Maddux) will pencil him back in the game Thursday or Friday. We’ll let him pitch a coupAthletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria insists tonight’s derby will be played in the right spirit.The winner between Athletic and Real Sociedad on Friday evening at the San Mames will go to the top of the table.And Etxebarria tells us he expects the game to be contested iisited his disappointing departure from Arsenal.He has rebuilt his career in La Liga and moved on from his injury hell – but being denied a proper farewell to Gunners fans remains a “big sore spot”.Speaking to Marca about his departure, Cazorla revean the right spirit.Watch below:le of innings in the minors, shut him down and get him ready for his next start. A lot of it is going to depend on today. The neck wasn’t that big of an issue, it was just precautionary.”