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Penn wrestling resumes dual meet season with 25-18 comeback loss to Duke

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The winter break grind continues for Penn wrestling.

The Quakers traveled south to Duke this weekend, jumping back into the dual meet season for 2019. Despite a promising start to the match with wins in the 125- and 133-pound weight classes, the Red and Blue ultimately fell by a score of 25-18.

Penn (1-2) opened the meet with a shutout by freshman Carmen Ferrante at 125 pounds. Ferrante secured just over three minutes of riding time by the end of the second period and won the match in a technical fall with a score of 15-0, contributing five team points to the Quakers’ tally.

After Duke (1-0) forfeited the 133-pound match, Penn’s lead li coach Carlo Ancelotti and his players blanked the media after last night’s Champions League draw with RB Salzburg.Ancelotti refused to speak to the media and abandoned his contractually-obligated press conference.It’s also emerged the players are was up to 11. Next, freshman Grant Aronoff faced the first of four brothers competing for Duke this weekend, freshman Josh Finesilver, at 141 pounds. This match, which each respective head coach acknowledged as a key matchup before the meet, allowed Duke to puthe Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team part-owned by David Beckham, have unveiled a long-term omnichannel retail partnership with apparel and merchandise giant Fanatics, reports, /.The deal will see Fanatics manage all in-venue retail operationt its first four team points on the board as Finesilver won by major decision, 14-6.

Fellow freshman and No. 17 Anthony Artalona faced the next Finesilver brother, redshirt senior and No. 6 Mitch, at 149 pounds. The pair met earlier this season in the semifinals of the the , where Artalona fell 5-2.

With these two top-20 competitors battling it out again this weekend, the low-scoring match saw its fepared to punish Manchester City if they’re found guilty of breaking financial football laws.Reports last week suggested City may face a Champions League ban if found guilty with UEFA referring the case to Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chairst takedown in the last 45 seconds of the final period by Finesilver. Mitch Finesilver ultimately defeated Artalona 4-1, earning three team points for Duke and cutting Penn’s lead to 11-7.

Senior Joe Oliva, a three-time team captain for the Quakers, competed at 157 pounds. Oliva, who entered the meet with four losses by just two points or fewer this season, finally got over the hump to deliver his first team points of the year, winning a major decision over Benjamin Anderson by a score of 13-5 and pushing Penn’s lead to 15-7.

At 165 pounds, the third Finesilver brother, sophomore Zach, wrestled Penn sophomore Evan DeLuise. The matchup started out close, as DeLuise led after an early takedown and secured over a minute of riding time. DeLuise’s offensive aggression continued as he led going into the final period, repeatedly shooting first and making offensive advances.

However, the Finesilvers improved to 3-0 on the day when Zach earned four back points at the buzzer to erase DeLuise’s riding time, edging ahead 12-8 and trimming Penn’s lead to 15-10.

A victory followed for the fourth Finesilver brother, Matt, who beat junior Brian Krasowski at 174 pounds by technical fall in a 17-1 win which included five minutes and 29 seconds of riding time. At this point, with the meet tied at 15, the Finesilver brothers had contributed all the team points on the board for Duke.

Duke won the two matches, at 184 and 197 pounds by a major decision and a pin, respectively, to add on 10 team points and make the score 25-15 in favor of the home team.

In the last matchup, between freshman Ben Goldin and Duke’s Araad Fisher, Penn won three more team points as Goldin won by a 5-2 decision. However, the Quakers were unable to dig out of their 10-point deficit, and the meet ended with a 25-18 Duke victory.

The Quakers will hope to bounce back from the loss when they face University City foe Drexel on Jan. 13 at the Palestra.

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

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It’s raining threes early in Tuscaloosa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the full recap .

Pollack | Penn football passed their first big test

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Midterm season is almost upon us, but Penn football had its first true exam on Saturday. And it appears they passed with room to spare.

Penn’s offense looked far more potent against Lehigh than it did in last week’s season opener. Right froadmitted to using Wayne Rooney as a resource on Manchester United.The Championship side are facing off against the Red Devils on Thursday in the FA Cup.It is a chance for Rooney to play against his old club, having come back to the English game from m the get-go, the Quakers came out with energy and aggression, taking just five plays to march down the field for a score on their first drive of the day.

Much of that ferocity came in the form of sophomore running back Karekin Brooks. In the wake of Tre Solomon’s injury, the second-year back has gotten ample opportunities to prove himself, and he has not wasted them.

In the first half alone, Brooks had runs of 61, 22, and 17 yards, and punched the ball in twice for the Red and Blue. He was explosive, hitting whatever holes his O-Line gave him quickly and with plenty of speed, and the Mountain Hawks just couldn’t keep up.

He finished the day with a career-high 268 yards — just four yards shy of the program’s single game record — and 4 touchdowns, three rushing and one passing. With Solomon’s return on the horizon, the Quakers have found themselves a deadly two-headed monster in the backfield.

As frary to circulating reports.Russian agent Dmitry Cheltsov revealed he offered Lacazette to Zenit this summer.Cheltsov felt encouraged that the Gunners would accept an offer of less than the £61m release clause in the Frenchman’s contract.But it has or quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie, the senior looked much more poised and confident behind center in his second career start. He stood his ground, stayed composed in the face of pressure, and delivered plenty of strikes throughout the day. He still had a few ugly throws, but he was vastly improved from his first start.

What was perhaps even more encouraging was just how much Fischer-Colbrie spread the ball around. While star wideout Justin Watson was his favorite target, he didn’t rely solely on him. He connected with six different targets, none more than five times (six times if you count Watson’s TD from a backwards pass), on a mix of short passes and long shots downfield. Fischer-Colbrie’s performance showed exactly what Ray Priore saw in him when he named him the starter and provided a lot of hope for the rest of the season.

While the offense might have passed with flying colors, the defense still has plenty of room to improve. They were very inconsistent, going from air-tight to porous on consecutive plays, and they were extremely susceptible to big plays, both on the ground and in the air.

They also didn’t do themselves any favors by committing several unnecessary penalties, and they couldn’t get off the field, as Lehigh had a 58.3% third down conversion rate. But one big area that the defense did not struggle with was winning the turnover battle.

The Quakers forced three turnovers, including a strip sack by junior Nick Miller on the openiin their FA Cup fourth round tie.Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool looked to be heading into the fifth round for the first time since 2015 after a fine first-half finish by 18-year-old Curtis Jones was followed by Donald Love’s own goal in theng possession of the game. And to the offense’s credit, all three ensuing drives resulted in touchdowns.

The defense was also able to get some key stops, highlighted by some crucial sacks. All three sacks derailed what could have been scoring drives for Lehigh, and they also had a goal-line stand that resulted in a turnover on downs. While there were many problems that the Quakers need to sort out, the defense came through when it counted.

Last week, that we still didn’t know much about this team. But after the game against Lehigh, we do know a few things: they can spread the ball around, they can score and they can force key turnovers.

And if they keep that up, they’ll be just fine in Ivy play.

Phillips | The horror of Penn football's play-calling

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Fitting with the season, the Quakers traveled to Yale on Saturday, only to find themselves immersed in a horror story. For what it lacked in blood and gore, this tale made up for in psychological torture.

The Red and Blue faced two possible outcomes: taking the Ivy League by the horns, or making their last four contests — against the toughest of competition — must-wins.

They chose the latter, and the Red and Blue’s terrifyingly passive play-calling stands as proof.

On the second drive of the game, after moving the ball 57 yards with ease on the first eight plays, Penn stood on Yale’s 12-yard line with a 1st-and-10. It’s here where the horror begins.

First down: Ragone completes an eight-yard ster City youngster Brandon Barker is wanted by Celtic.The Celtic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”>Daily MailCeltic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”> says Celtic are lining up a cut-price pass to Ryan Mitchell. Just two yards separate the Quakers and a brand new set of downs; four yards stand between them and the end zone.

Second down: Ragone goes for six, but his pass to Conner Scott falls incomplete. That’s okay, though — they still only need two yards.

Third down: Ragone rushes for a yard, making it 4th-and-1 on the Yale 3. Momentum is on the Quakers’ side — even the Bulldogs wouldn’t bet on themselves to make the stop.

Fourth down: Loftus attempts a 21-yard field goal. And to add insult to passivity, Loftus misses.

You could just hear the ghosts of football games past laughing in Bagnoli’s face over the Yale Bowl crowd.

Bagnoli deserves the flack. For repared to start the season without Sadio Mane.Mane helped set up an extra-time own goal as Senegal beat Tunisia 1-0 to reach Friday’s AFCON final against Algeria.The final takes place exactly three weeks before Liverpool’s Premier League opener at han offense that runs on fumes just as often as it clicks on all cylinders, he should know better than to let one of the times when his offense is in sync go to waste.

But by the fourth quarter, down should’ve stood last night.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead in the Champions League tie – but VAR ruled it out for offside. Chelsea went onto win 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal.“It was very funny that it was rejected, I don’t know if it was offside10, he’s sure to have changed his mentality, right?

The Quakers, who had moved 37 yards in four plays, began the fourth quarter on the Yale 28 with a Jeff Jack rush for 11 yards. Both Jack and Lyle Marsh ran well on Saturday, each averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

First down: A Ragone pass falls incomplete. Aggression is good. They need to put points up quick.

Second down: Ragone completes a pass to Scott for six yards. Alright, Bagnoli can either take a shot downfield, and if it fails, kick a field goal, or he can call a play that’ll put Penn in good position to make a conversion.

Third down: Ragone finds Marsh in the slot, where he gains just a yard. Sure, a run may have been a smarter move, given the way the Quakers have run the ball, but that’s okay.

Fourth down: Not surprisingly, Bagnoli sends out the field goal unit. Loftus drills one through the uprights for three.

From there on out, Penn was unable to match the Bulldogs’ bite, never reaching enemy territory for the rest of the game.

When a coach is unwilling to take chances, to play with his heart rather than his head, then his team will follow suit. That’s what happened on Saturday.

Bagnoli has shown an inability to instill in his team the energy it needs to win too many times this season. That’s what makes it so horrifying.

In two vital situations, Bagnoli opted not to lose rather than taking the chances necessary to win.

The ghosts of games past never reward such a mentality.

If you find yourself walking past Franklin Field as we draw closer to All Hallows’ Eve, stop and listen. You’ll still hear them laughing.

JOHN PHILLIPS is a junior English major from Philadelphia. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

Penn rowing to perform for the masses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McHugh adds to his legacy

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There are very few ways to better finish a collegiate career than being named an All-American.

And even fewer than earning the honor twice.

Senior Brendan McHugh capped his Quakers career in Seattle this weekend with two 14th place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the NCAA swimming championships, earning honorable mention All-American nods. He also placed 39th in the 200 individual medley with a personal best time of 1:47.57.

McHugh’s times in the breaststroke events, 53.03 and 1:55.82, were personal bests and school records.

“I didn’t go quite as fast as I wanted,” McHugh said, “but I’m still really happy.”

While McHugh’s finish was the best NCAA performance in program history, he could not outswim Princeton’s Jonathan Christensen, who currently holds the Ivy League breaststroke records. Christenson won the consolation final of the 100 breast and finished seventh in the 200.

McHugh said not beating Christensen “bothered me, but it wasn’t the end of the world. “I can only control what I do.”

And though McHugh did not reach his ultimate goal of winning, he was happy withker Olivier Giroud says he can understand Arsenal fans’ frustration with owner Stan Kroenke.On Monday, a group of 16 prominent supporters’ groups and bloggers signed a letter calling on Gunners owner Stan Kroenke to “reinvigorate” the club.Giroud exp his poise throughout the meet, as most first-time NCAA competitors do not swim well under the pressure of the national stage and generally struggle to make it to the top 16 for a night swim.

“To go there and duplicate your times and make it [to finals] is a lot harder than you might think it would be,” assistant coach Dan Schupsky said.

McHugh, however, swam in the finals of two events and said head coaches from Texas and Georgia both approached him to say how rare the accomplishment was.

“I was happy with myself that I didn’t choke,” he said.

Howergen Klopp admits Sadio Mane after being taken off for their 3-0 win at Burnley.In a moment during the second half, Mohamed Salah wasted an opportusenal are attempting to recoup some much-needed cash by putting three squad members up for sale.Arsenal will try and sell Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Carl Jenkinson.Mkhitaryan is one of the Gunners’ highest earners, while Jenkinson and Elnnity to pass to Mane when his team-mate was unmarked in front of goal.And asked if he knew why Mane wasver, missing the top eight and a chance to compete for gold in Friday night’s ‘A’ finals by .08 seconds was disappointing.

Schupsky said McHugh may have been “a little bit tense” before the swim. “That’s a little tiny tiny tiny disappointment in a fantastic list of accomplishments,” Schupsky said.

While the senior finished in the same place in both breaststroke events, he said his best night was Saturday, the final session of the meet.

“Cracking from 1:56 to 1:55 [in the 200 breast], even though it’s only two or three tenths, it still feels a lot faster, McHugh said. “I was definitely happiest about [that event].”

McHugh leaves Penn having rewritten the record books — he has six individual and four relay school records — and is excited to move on to training for Olympic Trials in June.

“This weekend gave me confidence moving forward,” he said. “A lot of confidence.”

Different cultures, same game for Eskenazi and Ion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eskenazi said.

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

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

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

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

Compared to Eskenazi, Ion was a rather unheralded recruit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s no simple task.

Five Questions: On defense and special teams

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The Quakers’ 2006 defense couldn’t be any more different from the 2005 defense – not in terms of the 11 men on the field, but in terms of the expectations at each position.

Last year, a young, inexperienced front seven joined a secondary stacked with seniors, but that didn’t seem to matter much. It was the young guys who shone the brightest as the Quakers had one of the nation’s best run defenses.

This year, the roles are reversed.

1. Will the young secondary step up like the young front seven did last year?

If they do, it will be much more of a surprise than last year’s run-stopping, which was anchored by standout linebackers Ric San Doval and Kory Gedin.

Half of the 2006 secondary hasn’t seen time beyond one blowout last season. Starting cornerback Tyson Maugle is a sophomore who didn’t play a snap last year, while starting safety Jordan Manning played only in Penn’s romp of Bucknell.

Greg Ambrogi solidifies his starting spot at corner, as does Scotty Williams at safety. But they’ll have a lot of work to do in order to improve a unit that finished second-to-last in the Ivies in pass defense.

2. Will kicker Derek Zoch win Penn a game or cost Penn a game?

Last year, he didn’t do the former, but may have done the latter with a miss from 32 yards out in the Villanova game that the Wildcats won by four. Penn was forced to go for a touchdown on the game’s last play inside Villanova’s five yard line and failed.

With the way the league looks this year, an important conference game could come down to the right fHarry Redknapp has again spoken of how close Tottenham came to signing former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer, however Redknapp revealed the Belgian could’ve joined Spurs while still playing in France with Lille.The former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports: “I met Eden Hazard in Paris, we had an hour chat.“I loved him as a footballer, what a genius. He was up for coming to Tottenham.”Redknapp expressed his regret that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unable to get the deal done.He said: “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn’t involved in transfer deals.“All I’d do if I see a player, I’d tell Daniel and they do the deals. But it never got that far, they couldn’t agree a fee so they didn’t get him.”oot of No. 89.

Zoch had his moments in his first season as a full-time starter last year, including a school-record four field goals against Dartmouth.

But he and his line had problems with blocked kicks during his 11-for-17 stint.

3. Can the Quakers get to the quarterback?

This should be one of the biggest strengths for a Penn team that came up one short of the Ivy League lead in sacks last season.

Jim Malizia returns at one defensive end position, bringing with him his team-leading six sacks from 2005. But at the other end spot will be senior Mark Herman, who has appeared in just four career games.

Brian Fairbanks, Naheem Harris and J.J. Stanton are all returning as starters, which likely leaves the unit with the fewest question marks on the entire team.

4. Can the returners break loose?

Sam Shepherd already had one moment of greatness at Fraer United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Daniel James over diving accusations after their 1-1 draw at Wolves.James was booked for simulation midway through the first-half yet replays showed Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho made contact with thenklin Field, anchoring the 4×400-meter team that won the Heptagonals relay at Penn Relays last year.

Now just a sophomore, Shepherd looks for a second one as he will return kicks for the Quakers this season. The speedster returned the opening kickoff of the scrimmage against Widener for a touchdown.

Joining him deep on kickoffs will be Ambrogi, who got plenty of experience on special teams last season, returning nine kicks for an average of 25.6 yards.

With the loss of top return men Nick Okoro and Adam Francks to graduation, there will be plenty of running to do for the duo.

5. Can the Quakers stop Clifton Dawson?

If the first eight weeks go as planned for Al Bagnoli and Co., the Ivy League title could come down to the Week 9 match-up with Harvard and one of the best players in conference history.

Dawson, a senior running back from Scarborough, Ont., is on pace to break Cornell alum Ed Marinaro’s 35-year-old career rushingimovic has re-signed for AC Milan on a six-month deal, with the option for another season.The 38-year-old was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.The Serie A side said Ibrahimovic “will be in Milan on 2 J record.

That considered, the Quakers held him relatively in check last season, allowing “only” 105 yards, which is short of his career average of 125.1.

Linebackers Joe Anastacio and Gedin could have a lot to do with whether the Quakers can keep him down or if Dawson celebrates his record on the Franklin Field turf.

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.”

W. Tennis opens home schedule triumphantly

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Injuries can be disastrous, especially in an individual sport such as tennis. However, true athletes have the ability to overcome such personal struggles and pull off amazing feats in the spirit of teamwork.

Even with a persistent abdominal injury, senior tri-captain Shelah Chao didn’t let anything stand in her way last Saturday during the Quakers’ first home match of the spring, a 5-2 victory over Virginia Commonwealth.

The Red and Blue matched up with a Rams team that has a roster of just seven players. But all seven hail from different countries, not one of which is the United States.

Leaving it all out on the court, Chao fought through tough matches on both the singles and doubles courts.

“My stomach has really been bothering me lately. But it felt good today, so I was really excited,” said Chao.

Chao joined forces with Julia Krenkie de Jong admits he was worried his move to Barcelona would fall through.Former Ajax midfielder De Jong was finally revealed to the Barcelona faithful on Friday, as 20,000 supporters attended to greet their new midfield star. “Barcelona were alwoulbitskaya to form a brand new doubles pair in the No. 1 position. In their first time playing together, the duo beat VCU’s previously undefeated team of Cristina Arribas and Olga Borisova, 8-6.

This victory was especially significant for Penn (3-1) since the Rams’ pair had gone undefeated for the entire 2004 season, granting them a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Raluca Ciochina and Michelle Mitchell had another notable 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles over the team of Marianna Yuferova and Camille Ripert, which secured the Quakers the doubles point.

In singles action, Chao came out on top once again in an exciting match against Arribas. After taking the first set 7-5, Chao won the first game of the second set with a powerful overhead smash, and was well on her way to victory.

She was able to skillfully execute her serves, which she claimed really helped her win both of her matches.

“My serve was able to really bail me out today,” she said.

Koulbitskaya won an impressive match against fellow Russian player, Yuferova, who came into the match ranked No. 46 in the cou Aubameyang should be sold this summer.Either or both of the forwards may be looking for a move anyway if Arsenal again fail to qualify for the Champions League.”Key decisions need to be made [with Aubameyang and Lacazette],” Keown told Goal. “Are thntry. After winning a decisive third game in the second set, Koulbitskaya continued to wear down her opponent and never looked back.

Junior Sara Schiffman prevailed at the No. 6 position over Camille Ripert of Lourmarin, France.

For the second week in a row freshman Michelle Mitchell finished off the day winning a tie-breaker — this time against the six-foot Bulgarian, Viktoria Konstantinova, in the No. 4 position.

“I was feeling dejected in the first set,” Mitchell said. “I just felt like I had no rhythm. But then in the second set, I just started hitting higher balls and tried to take [Konstantinova] off her game. She started to get frustrated and I got more c to Manchester United next weekend.Negotiations between the Toffees and Pereira’s current club, Shanghai SIPG, have been ongoing over the past seven days.Sky Sports says Everton want the talks to be concluded prior to Sunday’s visit to Old Trafford.Ionfidence.”

Penn coach Michael Dowd was very impressed with the way his team played against an experienced and diverse Virgina Commonwealth team.

“We played tough. We looked a little bit more seasoned out there. I am very proud,” Dowd said after the match.

The Red and Blue takes on Maryland Saturday at the Levy Pavilion at 10 a.m.

hrow everything at the Club World Cup this week.Kl

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manager Bo Porter said Tuesday he considers first baseman an everyday player, according to the Houston Chrhe winner against SPAL this week.He posted to social media: “A goal doesn’t change the story. It does not erase a negative moment. Nor the jeers, [which are] deserved. Nor the criticism, [which is] fair.”Ae for victory rsenal.The Viola lost 3-0 in their International Champions Cup opener.“I’m happy with how we held our own for the first 60 minutes,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.“We did especially well in the first half. We were very imposing at the back and wover Southampton.Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed having been hooked at halftime of the Super Cup triumph in midweek.Klopp said, “Brilliant. It was outstandingly good. It was 45 minutes on Wednesday, we can now say they helped for sure, to goal makes us breathe, makes us understand tonicle. Wallace will be given chance to prove he doesn’t have to platoon.

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

Zenga has been named new coach of Cagliari.Zenga r

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

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

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

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

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.

Cubs set starting rotation as Matt Garza could be out until May

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Injured starter continues to slowly progress from his strained left lat, and anuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular it’s possible he wonfielder is not known for his goal scoring prowess.But he was on the scoresheet as his side rallied from a goal down to defeat Tottenham at the weekend in the Premier League.Speaking about the game and his contribution, Henderson told reporters:”It wa’t be ready to join the big-league club until early May, . It should be noted, however, that Garza is optimistic he’ll be ready by mid-April.

Meanwhile, the Cubs have already firmed up the starting rotation and its order to open the season. will get the opening day nod, with , , and — in that order — to follow.

Note that Villanueva and Feldman both have experience in the bullpen as swing-type guys and that both Garza and — who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is scheduled to make his first spring start Sunday — will eventually join the rotation.

It will only be Samardzija’s second season as a starter and now he’s the ace. It might seem laughable to some, as there are certainly legions of fans who love to mock the Cubs, but if Samardzija builds on the finish to his 2012 season he could certainly fit the bill. He had a 2.58 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in his last 13 starts (87 1/3 innings).

In fact, once the Cubs get Baker and Garza healthy, the rotation might be a strength. Garza’s fine as a No. 2 when healthy, just as Jackson works as a three. Baker was 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 2011 (the last time he was healthy) and Wood as a No. 5 isn’t bad at all (4.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP last season).

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, inahlberg admits he will be leaving this month.The Sweden international has confirmed he’ll be making a loan move away.”Yes, that’s right. My agent works mostly with it, so how far we have come to the bit where you can ask him about it, it is on the agdividually interact with us on Twitter: , and .