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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ivy League Tournament will stay at Penn this year. But then what?

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Last year, the Ivy League tried something new.

For the first time ever, the conference held a four-team postseason men’s and women’s tournament to determine which teams would receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. And by all measures, .

The event, which was hosted at Penn’s Palestra, looks like it will become a staple, thanks in part to the riveulas insists Moussa Dembele will not leave this month.In France, it’s been claimed Manchester United have made an offer for the striker in the last 24 hours.But Aulas told RMC: “Moussa himself is not to my knowledge trying (for a departure). “Whateveting games that were played. The tournament featured , one game decided by a single basket, and several of the Ancient Eight’s . But what exactly is the future of the Ivy League Tournament?

For 2018, it’s quite clear. at the end of this season, and even some of its former critics have become strong advocates for having the tournament in general.

“I was never a strong proponent of the tournament,” Penn men’s coach Steve Donahue said. “But after going through what we did last year personally, and then seeing what the tournament looked like at the end, I thought it was an incredible experience for three more teams that would not have experienced any postseason.”

But what about the long-term prospects of the tournament? There is no commitment to a venue beyond this season, and the Ivy League has several options to choose from.

First, they can keep the tournament as is and continue to have it at the Palestra. Many coaches around the league have showcased their support for having the event at one of the most historic buildings in college basketball despite it being Penn’s home court.

“I’ve been very clear and very adamant in my opinion. If we’re going to have a conference tournament, in my opinion — and no one cares what I think — but I’ve felt that we should have it here at the Palestra,” Harvard men’s coach Tommy Amaker said at the end of the tournament last year. “This is a historic venue. It’s an amazing basketball facility and arena, amazing history and tradition, as we know. So for me, personally, if we’re going to do it, having this venue in our conference to me, we should rally around that and showcase that.”

Being the “Cathedral of College Basketball,” the Palestra was a natural choice for the first tournament. But moving forward, the question of home-court advantage comes in to play for the Red and Blue. Penn’s coaches feel that there was in fact no advantage at all.

“We’re not even in our locker room, everything is shifted, people are in the area that we’re in,” Penn women’s coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We had to adapt. It was a home court for us because we played there, but nothing else was a home court — we weren’t in our locker room.”

Donahue concurred.

“The whole environment was so even… I just felt it was a great atmosphere for a tournament game.”

But others feel strongly that having Penn play on its home court every postseason gives the Quakers an unfair advantage.

“Well yeah [it’s an advantage], when you get to play on your home court after you finish in the top four, that’s going to be an advantage for you,” Yale men’s coach James Jones said.

For those who agree with Jones, there are two options. The Ivy League could adopt a rotating system where each Ivy school gets a chance to host, or they could go to a neutral site altogether. Each method has its own strengths and weaknesses.

If the Ivy League chooses to go with a rotating system, it would give each school the chance to showcase their own arenas. However, the league would then run into the problem of smaller venues. The Palestra is by far the largest basketball arena in the Ancient Eight, and it was filled to capacity during the tournament last year. Moving the tournament around would decrease the number of fans able to see the event live from 8,722 (the Palestra’s capacity) to as low as 2,100 (Dartmouth’s capacity, with most other Ivy arenas not far ahead).

However, hosting the tournament at a neutral site is certainly a viable option, and it would help to elimilva has revisited their Champions League collapse against Manchester United last season.While winning Ligue 1, PSG were knocked out of the Champions League at the round 16 stage and also lost to Rennes in the Coupe de France final.Thiago Silva refleinate any sort of home court bias.

“I think a neutral site somewhere in New York would be the best place. Geographically it’s in the middle; there’s a ton of alumni in that area. I’d be in favor of something like St. Johns where it’ hat-tricks than former Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi overtook the now Juventus striker with his treble in victory over Real Mallorca on Saturday.Across the nine seasons that Ronaldo played for Real Madrid he knocked 34 triples, includs equal for everybody,” Jones said.

Neutral venues for postseason tournaments are extremely popular for larger conferences such as the ACC or the Big Ten, but can be difficult for smaller conferences that cannot afford to pay for larger arenas.

Regardless of the path the Ivy League chooses to take, the tournament should continue to provide thrilling competition. But after this year, it’s anyone’s guess where it will be.

Penn football opens Ivy play with Friday night, nationally televised game at Dartmouth

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Last year, Dartmouth football came to University City and put the Ivy League on notice. They trounced the Quakers, 42-20, on the backs of standout performances from quarterback Dalyn Williams and wide receiver Victor Williams.

Then-junior quarterback Alek Torgersen went down in the first half, forcing Andrew Lisa to step in after the Red and Blue had dug themselves into a 27-6 hole. It was a confluence of events that left the Quakers on the short end of things.

Across the Ancient Eight, the punditocracy — even on Penn’s campus — felt that that the Ivy title was the Big Green’s to lose. They were half right. Or, more accurately, one-third right.

Yes, Dartmouth went on to take the title, sharing it with Penn and Harvard after going 6-1 in conference play. But fast forward to this year.

The Big Green (2-0) lost almost the entirety of their starting lineup, while all of the Quakers’ weapons have returned. In an apparent reversal of expectations, it has been the Hanoverians that have jumped out quick in the beginning of the season, while the Red and Blue are mired in a winless start.

But that ignores the reality of scheduling.

For Penn, opening the year against Lehigh and Fordham is a purposeful test. The Mountain Hawks make a ritual of running through Ivy opponents in their non-conference slate and the Rams boast one of the FCS’ preeminent athletes in star running back Chase Edmonds.

Both represent opportunities to size up the state of the program headed into all-important Ivy play.

“I don’t think we’ve shown our best colors these first two games. We have a lot left in us,” senior captain Nick Demes said. “Going back at the film for the last two games you can see those little instances where if we just did one more thing we were coached, the game could have been totally different. On the swing of it, one thing could have changed the game entirely.”

Dartmouth has elected to begin with New Hampshire and Holy Cross. The Bigri.After seeing the £62.6million buy throughout pre-season training, Guardiottish Premiership clubs made loan attemps for Newcastle United winger Tom Allan last month.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle turned down two loan offers from the Scottish Premiership for flying forward Allan in January.New U23 coach Chris Hogg sayla reckons the club record fee could prove to be a snip.Rodri was bought as competition and eventually as a replacement for Fernandinho. Rodri has already made a huge impres Green needed a late comeback to win their opener, 22-21, before beating out a 1-3 Holy Cross squad. Solid wins, not awe-inspiring.

But as long as the Ivy League maintains its ban on postseason play, the non-conference record is irrelevant. That leaves teams with two options: Schedule some easy wins early to boost confidence, or test yourself from the get-go and take your lumps early for the sake of growth.

“We’re really hungry to get this first woss Tim Sherwood has questioned the reputation of Christian Eriksen.The Dane is being linked with Real Madrid this month.But comparing Eriksen with Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne, Sherwood says: “We talked about Eriksen before the match andin. We’re definitely hungry to get this first win in the Ivy League,” sophomore corner Mason Williams said. “So it really doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we’re going to prepare as hard as we can to get a ‘W.’”

Penn and Dartmouth have chosen differently, and this weekend will provide insight into the success of each method.

In this clash of philosophies, the nation’s eyes will turn to Hanover. For the first of three times this year, Penn will be playing in a Friday night game on NBC Sports Network.

“You get that little extra edge, that little extra 10 percent of excitement for a night game under the lights,” Demes said. “It takes you back to the high school days, makes it that much more fun.”

Though the Quakers take the field on short rest, it’s not a novel situation for them. Last year, they were featured in the same program, beating Yale at home, 34-20.

“I think you end up doing a little less, and less a lot of times is better,” said Penn coach Ray Priore, reflecting on the compressed week. “Focus on the little things there, don’t dream up so many different plays, just find what we do, and do it well.”

This season will not be defined by Friday night, but a statement will certainly be made. While this is not Penn’s first test of the year, it’s the first one that’s graded.

Penn gymnastics takes second in first home meet of season

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So close.

In their first home meet of the season, Penn gymnastics came within three-tenths of defeating West Chester, falling by a score of 190.875-190.600. The Quakers finished ahead of Centenary, who totaled a score of 186.350.

The contest, which was originally scheduled to be a dual meet with Centenary, was changed to a tri-meet as one of West Chester’s early competitions this season was cancelled due to snow.

Despite not walking away with a first-place finish, the Red and Blue had a very successful day. In front of a packed crowd in Rockwell Gymnasium, the team broke the 190-point barrier for the second time this season, falling just .025 points shy of its season high.

“We put up a good fight, we definitely finished strong, but we still just need to work on a couple things,” coach John Ceralde said.

While the team approaches every meet the same, the fact that this meet was the first home meet of the season seemed to provide the gymnasts with a little extra energy and enthusiasm.

“It was our third meet of the season, and being at home helps. The girls were pretty excited to be back home and compete,” Ceralde said.

So far this season, the Quakers have struggled out of the gates at each of their competien revealed.The Sun says United are confident of getting him to sign a new five-year deal.An offer of around £300,000 a week has been on the table since the turn of the year.But United are ready to increase that to £350,000 a week to tempt the Spantions, posting their lowest event scores on the first event. However, this was not the case on Sunday, as the Quakers began the day on the vault with a solid team score of 47.500. Sophomore Ally Podsednik led the way for the the Red and Blue, earning third place in the event with a score of 9.650.

“It’s always good to start off on the right foot, it was a strong showing and we did well,” Ceralde said.

Penn also saw a sizable improvement in their scores on the beam. The team total on the beam was 47.750, and several gymnasts improved upon their scores from previous meets. Juniors Kelly Tan and Rachel Graham both tallied scores of 9.775, which was good enough for two second-place finishes and a new personal record for Tan in the event.

“I think all of it was definitely an improvement, everyone is just trying to keep that great attitude, stay in the moment, and focus on each skill one at a time, and they did that,” Graham said.

The team also set a new season high on the uneven bars with a team score of 47.325. Sophomore Kyra Levi and senior Morgan Venuti finished second and third in the event with scores of 9.725 and 9.650, respectively.

The last event for the Quakers was the floor, where they continued to post their best event scores. The team received a e progress his fellow Chelsea youth teammates have made in recent times.Abraham is joined in the squad by the likes of Mason Mount and Kasey Palmer.While each player has obstacles in their way to a regular first team position, Abraham is happy that htotal event score of 48.025, and Levi took home second place in the event with a 9.750.

Furthermore, several freshmen stepped into the lineup and performed well, a strong indicator of success to come. In addition to Morgan Hunker, who has been in the lineup for all three meets, Alberta Massey and Nicole Swiribalus were in the lineup made their debuts at the meet. Massey earned a 9.350 on the vault while Swiribalus received a 9.55 on the bars.

“The idea was just to get them some experience, and they stepped up, and we’re pretty excited about their future,” Ceralde said.

Graham agreed with Ceralde’s sentiment.

“It’s great to see the nn has not featured at international level since he was allegedly involved in a plot to blackmail his then-France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.Zidane claims Benzema still wants to represent France, though, and believes his player to be “the best” and woew blood coming in and stepping up for sure, and we just want to see that keep going,” she added.

With several important weeks on the schedule in the next few weeks, the Quakers strong effort on Sunday is a promising sign for positive things to come. As long as the team remains consistent, they should be in good position to defend their Ivy League title and contend for the conference championship.

Penn men's basketball's Red & Blue Scrimmage ends in laps

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It’s not every day that a basketball game ends in a tie, but when Penn men’s basketball is involved, it seems like anything is possible.

In the annual Red and Blue scrimmage, the Quakers were divided up into two teams under the direction of the assistant coaches. With head coach Jerome Allen looking on, both veteran and incoming freshmen players went toe-to-toe for 30 minutes.

After two halves, the Red and Blue teams were deadlocked at 42. Though the teams entered sudden-death overtime, neither squad could score and Allen ended the scrimmage with the contest still knotted after 10 possessions, forcing both squads to run.

“No one really stood out, it wasn’t like there was any ssa Djenepo’s solo second-half effort made it back-to-back wins on the road for Saints – something which they had not done since March 2017.“I think it was a very concentrated performance from every player. We had a different shape today again so tellar play,” Allen said. “Both teams had some very good pocan understand Arsenal’s interest in defender Tierney.“Oncawing Liverpool in the Champions League draw.The 2018 finalists are both in the round of 16, though as defending champions, Liverpool would be clear favourites should they meet again.”If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them,” said Zidane with a e you’re a top quality player like he [Tierney] is, like what Callum [McGregor] is, what James [Forrest] is, you are always going to get bids. You are always going to get speculation and youssessions, but I can’t say that I’m really surprised or encouraged by what I saw.”

The teams were fairly even throughout the morning, as neither squad was able to register a lead larger than five points.

Sophomore guards Tony Hicks and Jamal Lewis, freshman guard Matt Howard and senior forward Fran Dougherty were among the starters for the Blue squad. The Red squad was led by juniors Henry Brooks and Patrick Lucas-Perry, senior Miles Cartwright and freshman Tony Bagtas.

“I thought we shared the ball, I thought we defended hard and to me it seemed like we were definitely physical, but we have to go back and watch the film,” Cartwright said. “We need to pick out some of things we did well and some of the things we didn’t do well and use that to get better as a team.”

Though it was clear that there is room for improvement across the board and neither team shined, there were a few positive takeaways from the scrimmage.

Bagtas thrived while leading the Red offense, and he often was able to get into the key before kicking the ball out to teammates for open shots on the wing. Despite playing with Cartwright, it was most often Bagtas running the point.

“It was exciting,” Bagtas said. “It felt really exciting to be on the court for the first time in a game situation with all the lights on in a big, historic arena. I loved it.”

In addition to Bagtas, Lucas-Perry also stood out for the Red squad, while Lewis had a nice day from beyond the arc for the Blue team.

Due to injury concerns, Allen held out sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry, senior guards Dau Jok and Steve Rennard, junior forward Greg Louis and freshman center David Winfield.

Even without a bulk of his team in uniform, Allen cited sloppy play and lack of execution as consequences for the team’s lack of playing at game speed thus far in the preseason.

“I think that all the guys played hard and they competed,” Allen said. “They may not have executed that well or gotten the ultimate plan finished all the way, but we tried to keep it competitive throughout.

“It was okay, it was fair, but we’ve gotta keep working.”SEE ALSO

Football Notebook | Olson not alone on crutches

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It’s been a very busy week for Penn’s medical staff.

The Quakers’ misfortunes last Saturday against Brown extended far beyond dropping their first Ivy League game of the season. As the fourth quarter came to a close, several important members of the team watched from the sidelines on crutches. Others weren’t even on the field.

Most notably, junior quarterback Kyle Olson sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for the rest of the season.

But lost in the shuffle were injuries to key contributors on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver David Wurst hurt his ankle and was carted off the field towards the end of the game, and before Olson went down, senior defensive end Joe Rost suffermoue Bakayoko.The 24-year-old is not wanted by Chelsea, while he could not secure a return to AC Milan either.Bakayoko spent the past season on loan at the Serie A giants, but they did not have the money to sign him permanently.The central midfieldered a knee injury. The team is awaiting MRI results for both players, but the prognosis is not good.

According to Penn coach Al Bagnoli, Penn will turn to receiver Matt Reinert to help fill the void left by Wurst. Reinert recently returned fromr becoming Liverpool’s youngest ever captain.19-year-old Jones wore the armband in the Reds’ 1-0 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup fourth-round, a match in which they fielded their youngest team ever.”It’s an amazing feeling,” the Academy graduate to a hamstring injury that forced him out of two games, but he does have five catches on the season.

Owen Thomas and Glen Cressman will pick up the slack on the defensive line. Both players have seen action in all seven of Penn’s games this season.

Last Wednesday in practice, center Luis Ruffolo injured his knee, keeping him out of Saturday’s game against Brown. He will also be out this Friday against Princeton, and Joe D’Orazio will again get the starol midfielder Gini Wijnaldum believes that his side are desperate to win the league and European Cup double this season.The Reds are in pole position in the Premier League after seven games, winning all those clashes and building a five point gap to t.

As for the quarterback situation, Bagnoli plans to have Robert Irvin — who has been plagued by a sore shoulder – and sophomore Keiffer Garton share the duties.

“We’re going to play a couple of different quarterbacks,” Bagnoli said. “We’re trying to get some younger guys some experience. I thought Keiffer did some nice things, and we like the leadership and experience that Robert has.”

Either of the freshmen quarterbacks on the roster could step into the third-string role, and Bagnoli also mentioned that Brendan McNally, who had been converted from quarterback to cornerback, could return under center.

Rivalry week. Despite the sobering news of all of the injuries, the Quakers are gearing up for their annual game against Princeton on Friday, which will be surrounded by more fanfare than usual.

The game is being televised nationally under the lights of Princeton Stadium by ESPNU, as Penn and Princeton celebrate the 100th meeting in their storied rivalry.

The Friday start time also means a shorter week for both Penn and Princeton, so the Quakers have cut back on their practices.

Bagnoli’s tentative plan is for the team to head up I-95 to in the middle of the afternoon on Friday and have dinner in the Princeton area before going to the stadium.

“It will be an emotional day on Friday, just because of the implications of playing Princeton,” Bagnoli said. “Now you throw in 100th anniversary, Friday, on national TV – all of these things we have to build upon, and hopefully our kids will be flying come Friday night.”

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Blast from the past

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big Red presents big challenge to Quakers

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When College junior Matt Valenti steps onto the mat in the Palestra tomorrow afternoon, he will be the only Quaker competing against his opponent for the second time this season.

The 133-pound bout between No. 10 Valenti and No. 14 Mike Mormile of Cornell is one of the highlights of the weekend between the top two Ivy League wrestling teams. They last met in December, when Valenti beat Mormile at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

Tomorrow, No. 22 Penn will challenge No. 13 Cornell in a match that will likely decide the league title. The Quakers (mbele, valued at £70million by Lyon, has shown his admiration for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.”Yes, it’s true that Tottenham is a great team, it’s a big club,” he told Telefoot.”They finished fourth in their league, they’re finalist in the Champions 9-3, 2-0 Ivy) will follow up with Columbia (4-5, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon.

Penn and Cornell (5-4, 1-0) have combined to win every Ivy League title since the 1986-87 season, as Penn has six outright titles to Cornell’s 11 in that span.

In addition to Valenti’s rematch, Friday will feature two bouts pitting ranked opponents against each other. Senior No. 18 Mike Silengo will wrestle No. 5 Troy Nickerson at 125 pounds, and No. 20 Gene Zannetti will attempt to take down No. 5 Dustin Mannotti at 157. Cornell also features ranked wrestles in the 165-, 184- and 197-pound categories.

The opportunity to win an Ivy title certainly has the team excited. In addition, if it can beat Cornell, it will the first time the Quakers have defeated a ranked opponent since taking down West Virginia in January ofre completely outclassed by PSG.Real slumped to a 3-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.A brace from Angel di Maria and a late third from Thomas Meunier saw Thomas Tuchel’s side take all three points at the Parc des Princes.”They we 2004. In fact, all three Penn losses this year are to ranked opponents.

“We try not to think of numbers and rank,” Valenti said. “We have a team with enough talent that if we wrestle our best, we can beat a team ranked higher than us, like Cornell.”

Some wrestlers, including Valenti are using the excitement and potential of the matchup to get themselves prepared.

“We’re just trying to keep the energy up and positive attitude overall,” he said. “You know we’re all very excited — that kind of comes with the match and the rivalry.”

Other wrestlers, like Silengo, don’t want to get caught up in the rivalry furor.

“I think it kind of helps to think of it as any other match,” he said.

While coach Zeke Jones certainly recognizes and appreciates the intensity of the Cornell match, he’s focused on winning two this weekend and says he must be prepared for both.

“My approach has been, since they’re already focused on it, why bring more attention to it?” Jones said. “We certainly have to realize we are wrestling two teams this weekend.”

While Columbia is definitely not the wrestling powerhouse Cornell is, the Quakers can’t wrestle lackadaisically against the Lions and expect to win.

This will be the 102nd meeting between Penn and Columbia, the third-most matches between any two schools in collegiate wrestling. Columbia features the No. 7 wrestler, Matt Palmer, in the 174-pound weight class and has some solid wrestlers in lighter weight classes as well.

The Quakers are looking forward to finishing out the regular season with four matches at the Palestra. Penn has only had three dual meets at home this season while nine have been on the road.

“I think in any sport home court advantage is always health,” Jones said. “Sleep in your own bed, eat your own food, go through yoract with Chelsea.Loftus-Cheek has signed a new five-year contract.”I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years. It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer,” he said.ur own same patterns.”

W. Tennis breezes by intracity rival Owls

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The only thing the Temple women’s tennis team didn’t lose this Saturday was travel time. The Owls didn’t have to journey far to get swept by Penn at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.

The Quakers went into the match feeling confident after easily defeating their cross-town rival last season. Expecting to win, the Red and Blue used this sense of assurance to get the job done witrd says they’ll only sign players who can make the difference.Speaking on Friday, Lampard insio remain in England as he considers leaving the Champions League runners up.Trippier has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A side Napoli, while Atletico Madrid are also reported to be keen on him.The 28-year-old, who was in tears following thested he was thinking of the team’s best interests, and won’t bring in any new players just for the sake of it.“I think I should be because that’s where wehout ever looking back.

The Quakers swept the doubles point to open the match on the right foot. At the No. 3 position, senior tri-captain Kate Williams and junior Caroline Stanislawski, started off their match slowly, losing three of the first four games.

However, they stepped up to win the last seven games to prevail over Laura Verall and Jennifer Goeta, 8-3.

At the No. 2 spot, Penn’s Raluca Ciochina and Michelle Mitchell also started off slow. But they managed to pick it up in order to defeat Temple’s Laura Seiverling and Sharanya Pattabi, 8-5.

“We didn’t waste points or games and we were done with the doubles point early,” said Williams.

Penn dominated the day in singles action as well. At the No. 3 spot, Mitchell only gave up one game as she defeated Verall in an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory.

In similar fashion, at the No. 5 position, Williams gave up only two games as she breezed through Goeta for the second time of the day, 6-1, 6-1.

At the No. 6 spot, junior Sarah Schiffman followed suit, easily defeating Pattabi, 6-2, 6-2. The Quakers secured a win for the day as all six singles matches ended in Penn’s favor, with the Quakers taking 12 of the 13 sets.

“We tried to stay focused and not to underestimate this team,” said Ciochina. “Sticking to this strategy, “there were no surish Independent says Arter will leave the Premier League in favour of a move to relegated Fulham this summer.The 29-year-old has been on loan at fellow relegation sufferers Cardiff this season, but will not be staying with the Bluebirds next term.Theprises.”

The Quakers improved to 6-4 on the season with the victory and are preparing to enter Ivy League play. Their first match in the Ancient Eight will come Saturday when they host Princeton at noon.

'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.

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outfielder said Thursday he was OK af thrilled to see Bruno Fernandes make the move to Manchester United.Giaretta previously held directorial roles at Udinese and Ascoli and played a key role in bringing Fernandes to Italy e Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United for one final season.That’s according to the Juventus-2020.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail.The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to Spain, while a return to Juventus could also be on the cards. Hoduring his time at Novara.”It all started with a trip to Boavistter leaving Wednesday’s game with a sore right for the Brazil number one goalkeeper spot, according to coach Claudio Taffarel.Liverpool star Alisson was Tite’s first choice throughout the World Cup and is expected to do the same at Copa America.But Taffarel says Ederson has a chance of making th Achilles. Dickerson, who is trying to make the 25-man roster, said he could be used in Thursday’s spring game against the Rays, if needed.

Gigovic admits he’s been in contact with Wolves.Ho

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With the shocking announcement Thursday of Bruce Rondon being demoted to TriArsenal signing Kieran Tierney will participate in full training sessions this month.The new arrival from Celtic has yet to train with his teammates at full capacity.The left-back has been suffering with t Crystal Palace.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal had given Arsenal the perfect start but after Jordan Ayew had levelled the scores, the captain saw red following a VAR review.Arteta later said: “I was pleased with how we started the game, with the wa double hernia issue that has sidelined him since last season.Tierney was originally expected to be out until October.ple-A Toledo, the will open the season with a closer-by-committe approach. General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland will mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. While no particular names have besimple blog post after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town. Sunday’s result ended United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.31-year-old Mata has been connecting with fans all season through his blog, but theren mentioned, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler suggests , , and are all possibilities to get save opportunities.

as first feared.Pictures of social media appeared

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MLB.com reports the haven’t announced yet whether or will start opening day (April 1) againsariappa believes Jamaica will qualify for the World Cup.The Caribbean nation made it five wins from five with a 2-0 win over Antite penalty to Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.Mohamed Salah’s successful spot-kick set Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win.Hoddle fumed: “No way was it a penalty. (Moussa) Sissoko was pointing when he was running back, looking at sometgua & Barbuda.”Qualifying for the Gold Cup again is great and hopefully we can go step further and win it,” he said.”t the Phillies. Although, it’s becoming apparent Hudson is on track to get the nod. Hudson is scheduled to pitch seven innings Thurss retirement is now on the horizon.The Portuguese superstar only signed a four-year contract with current club Juventus last summer following his £100 million transfer.And despite the five-time Ballon D’or winner helping Juve to the Serie A title laday, which will be followed by his final spring start Tuesday. It would put him in line to start opening day.

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rotation candidate managed three innings on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against the Pirates. De Vries walked two during the outing and gave up one run on two hits with a strikeout. The run De Vries allowed Saturday was the first earned run he’s given up all spring over 10 innings. He now has six strikeouts in the Grapefruit League to go with an ERA of 0.90.a big say in his move to Atletico Madrid.The former Real Madrid pair are now teammates again with Atletico.Llorente told Marca: “Yes, I exchanged a message with him. He encouraged me to come, he told me that I would be very happy here.”He continued: The 28-year-old went 5-5 last year for Minnesota with a 4.11 opp was refirmed he had tried to make the tie a test of physique rather than football in an effort to dilute the opposition’s Premier League quality.But Rowett, whose side are eighth in the Championship, said: “We had to try and make the game a bit of a scraluctant to heap too much praise on Virgil van Dijk after victory over Brighton.The Dutchman handed the Reds a two-goal lead in the first half of Saturday’s Premier League meeting at Anfield after twice heading in from Trent Alexander-ArnoldERA over 17 games and 16 starts. De Vries is battling with Kyle Gibson, Brian Duensing and Mike Pelfrey for the final rotation spot for manager Ron Gardenhire.

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda tackles foreign languages in WBC tweets

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Legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda recently visitbreakthrough at Everton.With Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all becoming part of the fold in recent seasons, Everton, more than most other Premier League outfits, offer the opportunity for progression that Denny craves.”Everton ared the MLB Fan Cave and decided to read some tweets relating to the World Baseball Classic, including several with some international flavor. The video is worth watching tar Aurelio Buta is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Wolves are set to land Buta on loan when the January transfer window opens.Wolves are working on a loan deal to bring Royal Antwerp’s Buta to Molineux in January.Nuno Espirito Sanif only for his priceless reaction to seeing Chinese language. Enjoy:

Rock on, Tommy.

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