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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.

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.

Penn baseball look to get ball rolling in Lone Star state

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New coach. New schedule. New attitude.

After a disappointing 22-21, 7-13 Ivy season, Penn baseball stripped the old hardware and brought a new vigor to its squad. And this weekend, the Quakers will have a chance to put a positive stamp on the new regime when they travel to play four games against Dallas Baptist.

The Quakers have been hard at work rebuilding their strategy under the tutelage of new coach John Yurkow who has spent the last few seasons as the top assistant coachcott from Yeovil Town.The 19-year-old has penned a one-year contract at St Mary’s.During his time as a scholar at The Glovers, Scott gained valuable experience around the first team squad and appeared on the bench on six separate occasions, most rece under former coach John Cole .

In Yurkow’s first few months with the team, it is evident that team chemistry and friendship are the crux of this new style. The Red and Blue have been active in philanthropy by donating a few thousand dollars and a lot of hair to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, an event junior pitcher Ronnie Glenn said “brought the team closer than ever.”

“It’s been really great because a lot of players have really bought into it,” Glenn added of the fundraiser. “I think the competition aspect of our fundraiser has been positive for the team.”

Dallas Baptist (6-2) has had an impressive start to its season, looking to improve on a 30-30 campaign from a year ago. In the Patriots’ first few games, they dominated Mississippi Valley State, scoring 52 runs in three games while splitting with Sam Houston State.

They have looked strong, but Penn’s revitalized squad will not back down from the challenge.

While offseason preparation is hard for baseball teams up north due to its lack of hospitable playing conditions, the Red and Blue have been hard at work, improving their conditioning and doing everything possible in the air structure aeing Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno.Having just named former Spain coach Robert Moreno as new trainer, ASM have plans to shop in the LaLiga in January.Le 10 Sport says top of their shopping list is Rodrigo, who has played for Moreno this season in St Penn Park.

As for returning players, Penn will look to staples in its roster like junior pitcher Connor Cuff and sophomore infielder Mike Vilardo to help make a statement in the early goings of this season. They were consistent producers at the end of Cole’s tenure and will not only need to contribute in their roles, but also get the ball rolling early.

Even more so, Yurkow and the team will look to their star recruits to begin their careers at Penn.

It’s hard to say what the new season will bring for the Quakers, but all signs point to a positive change under Yurkow. The players seem excited, and the coaches will look to foster their excitement in the early part of the season before Ivy play.

“I think what coach Yurkow has already done has been really great for the team,” Glenn said in an earlier interview. “We are excited to get out there and start playing ball.”

What the rest of the season will hold, only time will tell. But as of now, this new slate of personnel and fresh start look to be exacZaha netted for the Ivory Coast in a 4-1 win in the African Cup of Nations.Ivory Coast dealt with Namibia in impressive fashion, setting up their place in the knockout rounds of the tournament.Zaha scored and put in an overall impressive display, whitly what the Red and Blue need.

Penn track and field extends East Coast tour

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Students all across Penn’s campus are looking forward to flinging this weekend.

Penn’s track and field athletes don’t have the same aspiration, though, and it’s tough to blame them. After all, they have been flung all over the East Coast since the beginning of the outdoor season.

Following road trips to Floridarom Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.Ronaldo spoke openly about his rivalry with Lionel Messi, revealing a great degree of respect for the Argentine. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice versa,” Ronaldo told TV1.”When he see, North Carolina and New Jersey — all within the past month — the Quakers will continue their tour of the eastern seaboard in Virginia for this weekend’s George Mason Invitational.

Coach Steve Dolan and his athletes are well aware that Spring Fling is taking place on campus, but Dolan insists that track-related activities take precedent.

“We don’t really plan our progression of meets around the calendar on campus,” he said. “Saturday at George Mason will be our main event this weekend.”

With big meets like the Penn Relays looming on the horizon, this weekend’s invitational represents the calm before the storm in the Quakers’ season in many respects.

But the GeReal Madrid are holding up Jesus Vallejo’s move to Wolves.The defender is in line to sign for Wolves on a season-long loan.However, AS says Real want Vallejo to sign a new contract before releasing him to Wolves.The deal is expected to be a formality, with the defender happy to extend his current deal from 2021 to 2023 or 2024.Vallejo’s move to Wolves, meanwhile, remains on track.orge Mason Invitational will also give the Red and Blue another chance to perform against top competition as they have done all year, a chance that Dolan is mindful not to turn down.

“We’ve had a lot of success with George Mason over the years,” he said. “As the weather gets warmer, people get faster … and we’ll see some out-of-region competition.”

This weekend will also provide an opportunity for several of Penn’s top distance runners — who rested at last week’s Sam Howell Invitational — to return to action.

“We raced pretty hard earlier in the season,” Dolan said. “We’re trying to get a few good weeks of training in for some of the longer distance runners.”

Chief among these runners is sophomore Thomas Awad, who appreciated the break after grueling cross country and indoor track seasons.

“The time off is important … because we want to be at our best [at the end of the season],” he said.

This will also be the first race for Awad since his school-record 13:48.9s confident they’ll reach the Champions League knockouts after last night’s draw at Valencia.That result, combined with Ajax’s 2-0 win over Lille, leaves Chelsea’s hopes hanging in the balance but Christensen insisted he is confident they can finish 0 performance in the 5,000-meter race at the Raleigh Relays, and the race is still fresh in his mind.

“I expected to get the record eventually, so it was good to finally get that off my shoulders,” he said. “I was really happy with the time, and how I closed was the best part.”

Moving forward this season, Awad hopes to take the next step as a standout college athlete.

“I’m trying to make that mental jump to knowing that I can run with the best guys in the nation,” he said.

The team’s overall goals for the weekend are a bit ambiguous. However, Dolan does have high expectations for one of his event groups: the throwers.

The group has stood out in Penn’s deep pool of athletes, and some of the group’s elite have been sent on special assignments for the weekend. Sophomore Sam Mattis — fresh off a school-record discus throw — and freshman Noah Kennedy White will compete against a strong discus field at Texas over the weekend.

To the lay observer, it may seem like this weekend’s meet is dwarfed by the significance of Fling, and that may be the case. But with Penn Relays just two weeks away, Penn is looking to fling itself another step toward history.

Quakers sweep ’Nova, go 2-1 at Big 5 Tourney

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Everton have made a move for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.RMC says Watford have rejected a £32m bid from Everton foross Dean Smith says their spending spree is far from over.Smith has spent upwards of £83m so far this summer, and is reportedly interested in Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz. They have already signed defenders Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Ma Doucoure.The Blues wrapped up the signing of midfielder Jean Philippe-Gbamin last week from Mainz and RMC says they are keee Cherries defender has spent pre-season with the Blues and scored in their 3-2 friendly win over Billericay Town on Tuesday. Bond said: “Due to my relationship with Bournemouth and Eddie, they will help us where they can. We need a centre half or n on also adding Doucoure to the ranks at Goodison Park.Everton are said to be ‘very interested’ and are set to submit an improved offer.

Ivy Hoops Notebook | Crimson off the hook, says League

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

W. soccer: Crimson picks up first win vs. edgeless Quakers

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Despite losing the battles of possession time and shots on goal, Harvard women’s soccer managed to continue its dominance over Penn.

The previously winless Crimson (1-6-1, 1-0 Ivy) improved to 12-2-2 all-time versus their Ivy rivals, escaping Rhodes Field with a 2-1 victory yesterday afternoon.

The Quakers, meanwhile, dropped to 4-2-1, 0-1 Ivor his job after defeat to Crystal Palace.The Hammers’ last gasp defeat to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day compiled further misery on the east London club, who are languishing in the bottom half of the tableThe Times says Pellegrini has now been given ty, after their second straight loss.

The home team and crowd shook their heads as time expired. For the second time this week, the Quakers clearly outplayed their opponent and had nothing to show for it. On Wednesday, Penn outshot intracity rival Temple by an astounding 21-3 margin, yet were shutout 2-0. Yesterday saw a similar scenario: right ideas, poor executions.

“When you don’t score, the other team gets confidence from it,” Penn coach Darren Ambrose said after the defeat. “We probably wasted six or seven clear chances to score. The same thing happened at Temple; the same thing happened today.”

“We have to finish our chances,” freshman Jessica Fuccello echoed. “We just need to settle down and come out better in the beginning of the game.”

Last week’s Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the forward scored Penn’s only goal of the game with less than nine minutes remaining – a header off of an Eileen Larkin free kick.

“The energy picked up a lot, but it was too little too late,” Fuccello said.

Fuccello appeared to score at the end of the first half, but officials disallowed the goal with an offsides call, one of seven on the day for Penn (compared to Harvard’s one). The disappointing ruling visibly rattled the Quakers.

“We’re very young up front,” Ambrose said. “They are playing well, but we are lacking composure.”

Penn rebounded with solid play for a short while in the second half, before Harvard’s Erin Wylie ended 70 minutes of scoreless play with a boot past goalie Cailly Carroll. Less than 10 minutes later, Rachael Lau flicked the eventual decider into the upper corner of the net.

Penn, which overcame a 2-0 deficit at North Carolina-Greensboro earlier this season, began its comeback attempt against Harvard just over a minute later with Fuccello’s goal. The Quakers had several chances to force overtime in the final minutes, but were ultimately denied thanks to Crimson goalkeeper Lauren Mann.

“Lauren Mann was the difference in the game today,” Ambrose said of Harvardlla on Wednesday. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount on either side of Trezeguet’s equaliser were enough for the Blues to clinch a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.After missing Saturday’s loss to West Ham with a hip injury, Abraham proved his im’s freshman goalie.

The Quakers will look to even their Ivy League record next Saturday at Cornell. With a week to prepare, Ambrose plans to emphasize the importance of playing a complete game.

“We’ve been slow starting all year,” he said. “We can play 45 minutes, and we’ve played 45 minutes. But atsists he’s happy with their quiet transfer window.Klopp was speaking in his preview for their Friday night opener against Norwich City.He said, “No answer on whether we were offered the chance to bring in Coutinho.”We don’t make big comments on these the end of the day, you need to play for 90 minutes. If you don’t play for 90 minutes, you aren’t going to win the game.”

Quakers offense has some T.O. problems of its own

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It’s rare that a victory is a wake-up call, but that’s exactly what happened to the football team when it narrowly escaped losing to perennial Ivy pushover Dartmouth two weeks ago.

But after closing out its non-conference schedule with a decisive win against Bucknell on Saturday, it was clear that Penn had responded. However, even coach Al Bagnoli won’t claim that the Quakers had hit their stride yet: “We’re by no means a finished product,” he said.

Offensive gaffes

Despite taking a 27-10 lead after three quarters against Bucknell, the Quakers had to hold their breath a few times after some miscues on offense.

Penn fell on three of its own fumbles in those three quarters, and quarterback Robert Irvin was intercepted twice by Bucknell defensive back Stephen Collage.

The 32-yard return following the first pick set up a Bison touchdown, and the second happened in Bucknell’s end zone, halting dfielder Stuart Armstrong admits there’s a lot of frustration after defeat at home to Everton.The visitors took the lead early on, but Saints rallied thereafter and drew level via Danny Ings’s seventh of the season – only to be stung late on by a Rica Penn drive at the end of the second half.

And all of this before the second-stringers entered the game.

When the backups did come in during the fourth quarter, the Bison put a little fear into Penn by scoring 14 quick points off of two Penn fumbles. Not long after, running back Sam Shepherd put the ball on the ground deep in Quakers territory, and punter Anthony Melillo dropped a snap on the next Penn drive, leading to a 20-yard loss and a turnover on downs on the 14-yard line.

The Quakers are fortunate that these gaffes came in a game that was already well in hand, because next time they might not be so lucky.

“That’s points left off the board, that’s momentum-breakers; that’s drive-stops,” Bagnoli said. “We have to do a much better job of protecting the football.

Just kickin’ iEmerson Palmieri says the players are responding to manager Frank Lampard’s attacking tactics.Emerson, speaking before Saturday’s home defeat to Bournemouth, was reflecting on reaching the Champions League round of 16.”The thing I like most about Lamt

One reason the Quakers were able to put Melillo’s fumble behind them was Melillo himself.

Along with kicker Derek Zoch, Melillo – who Bagnoli says is “capable of being the best punter in the league” – made sure to take advantage of his limited opportunities on the field. He averaged a whopping 38.3 yards per punt, including a long of 44 yards.

Zoch also came through, making all six of his kicks. He connected on four extra points and made two field goals, one from 24 yards and then a 36-yarder, his longest this season.

Both Bagnoli and Zoch think he may be past his early-season troubles.

“Every day is a new day,” Zoch said. “When things get hard, you’ve just got to stay positive.”

Back-stoppers

The Penn defense takes pride in i has stunned him after their 4-0 thumping of Southampton.The Reds have now won 24 of 25 games this season to move 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League.Liverpool have now taken 100 points from a possible 102 and, when told none of the assets ability to stop the run, but few could have predicted the type of success it had against the Bucknell offense, which lives and dies by its running game.

On Saturday, the Bison died by it – the Quakers held them to 2.2 yards per carry and didn’t allow starting running back A.J. Kizekai to ever settle in.

Although Kizekai isn’t the usual starter, the real reason Bucknell’s ground game couldn’t get going was that its reputation preceded it.

“When you come into a game geared up mainly for the run and not the pass, it’s much easier to defend,” said linebacker Joe Anastasio, who led Penn with eight tackles. “That just makes our job easier.”

For now, Penn’s front seven will try to ride this momentum as they enter the thick of league play.

“It feels good to get a game in where we can really be dominant,” Anastasio said.

“And it feels good going into the rest of the season . that we’ve got some confidence to go on.”

Ready to make history

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Some things change. Others do not.

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

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

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

At 0gen Klopp paid tribute to RB Salzburg after last night’s Champions League win.The Reds won 2-0 in Austria to reach the round of 16 – while Salzburg now enter the Europa League.Afterwards, Klopp said of their opponents: “I have total respect for what -4, the losing epidemic appearsliam D’Avila has confirmed Valencia, Sevilla and Real Betis have submitted offers.Onyekuru spent last season on loan at Galatasaray and his agent revealed he could return to Turkey next season.Speaking to Radyospor, D’Avila said: “For Henry, we’ve to have infected the Upper West Side of New York once again.

Nonetheless, Columbia’s record may be slightly deceiving.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“That’s enough motivation for us.”

d up on his ‘complicated’ relationship with Jose M

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CPotter says they must stay grounded after v Liverpool for their handling of Naby Keita.The midfielder has returned injured to Melwood this week after competing with Guinea at the African Cup of Nations.He has undergone treatment with the Reds medical staff, but now that his side has reached tictory over Norwich Cityne Wenger believes Serge Gnabry was manipulated into leaving Arsenal by Bayern Munich.Wenger was manager of Arsenal in 2016 when Gnabry left the club for a return to his native Germany with Werder Bremen.After making only 10 appearances for the Gunne.Second half goals from Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy saw off the Canaries’ challenge on the south coast, and the boss highlighted the importance of staying humble after a third cohicago catcher will open the season as the starting backstop and bat eighth for the , reports ESPN. 

The 27-year-old Flowers hit .261 this spring with a homer and four RBI over 46 at-bats. Flowers hit .213 last year over 52 games with seven home runs and 56 strikeouts. He should be the everyday catcher over Hector Gimenez. 

anchester United’d training facilities due to Coro

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I’m changing my thinking on outfielder . I haven’t really thought of him as a player to target on Draft Day, but that needs to change.

Cruz tinkered with his swing in the offseason. He added a leg kick as a timing mechanism in an attempt to reach the outside portionla Lookman is delighted with his move to RB Leipzig.Lookman has joined Leipzig for an estimated €20m on a contract until 2024. He said, “I’m very happy to be back here and would like to continue where I left off in the second half of 2018 for RB Le of the plate and drive pitches the other way. The results this spring have been promising. Cruz is batting .333 (9 for 27) with two doubles, two homers and nine RBI in nine spring gameul Pogba to play with a smile on his face.Solskjaer denied today reports that Pogba has played his last game for the club.Asked what cpponents Manchester City.After victory over Atletico Madrid, thoughts will begin to turn towards the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at home to City on February 26, though Varane is aware that it will be two difficult matches.”They’rean stop the regular questions and interest in Pogba’s future at the club, he replied: “When he comes back and plays s. In the World Baseball Classic, he hit .303 (10 for 33) with four doubles and six RBI in eight games playing for the Dominican Republic.

The Rangers losing Josh Hamilton to free agency means there will be more RBI opporunities for the middle of the team’s lineup, which presents a great opporunity for Cruz, who is being drafted on average in the 11th round of and formats.

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.

ootball finally returns after the professional gam

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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.

lifted the lid on how the team changed last season

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was sent back to the minors on Monday by the ,ck after drawing 1-1 with Watford.A superb first-half goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets in the driving seat and in a position to move out of the bottom three, but they were forced to settle for a point after Adrian Mariappa put through his but I’m still drafting him. He was less-than-impressive in six starts last year, and had a terrible spring (11.00 ERA), but I’d expect him to be back up before long. He put together a 2.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 389 minor league innings, striking out well over a batter per inning.

Arizona’s rotation is strong, but not impermeable. Skaggs is the team’s top pitching prospect, and this demotion is actually good news for those of us who have been targeting him, as it drives Skaggs’ price down in auctions and makes him almost a non-factor in a lot of drafts. Find bench spacof his matchwinner against Leicester City.With the scores goalless and the clock ticking down, desperation to break the deadlock was beginning to take hold inside the Etihad.And it took idfielder Marco Verratti has heaped praise on Chelsea playmaker Jorginho.The pair were outstanding for Italy’s win in Greece on Saturday.”We work well together and Jorginho really reminds me of Thiago Motta, someone who also played it simple, but madsomething special from Kompany, who collected the ball outside te for Skaggs — when he comes back up (let’s just guess at late May/early June), he’ll likely be a force in the Arizona rotation.