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DP Sports Player of the Week: Rory Starkey

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At halftime, Penn football was down 13-10 to Harvard and needed somebody to step up in the second half. That somebody turned out to be sophomore wide receiver Rory Starkey.

Starkey caught two touchdowns for the Red and Blue — the team’s only second-half scores — in Saturday’s tight , good for DP Player of the Week honors.

After not playing a single snap last season, the sophomore came out of nowhere to star as one of Penn’s leading receivers, serving as a target for senior quarterback Nick Robinson all season long.

Coming into this weekend’s game, Starkey had already made a name for himself as an offensive weapon for the Quakers. His four receiving touchdowns werhelsea legend John Terry believes they are in the best position to finish fourth in the Premier League.The Blues have seen their lead cut down after losing to Manchester United at home on Monday night.And they have the small matter of Tottenham comine already the most of any player on the team, and his pair against Harvard means he now has double the next-best receivers, sophomore Ryan Cragun and senior Kolton Huber at three each.

Just over a minute into Stefano Pioli admits he wants more from Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paqueta.Both youngsters joined Milan a year ago, but have struggled to live up to their initial hype.“I have no doubts about Paqueta, he’s a mezz’ala,” said Pioli.“He works hard the third quarter, Robinson and Starkey combined for a 70-yard touchdown to put the Quakers up 17-13. The pass was both Robinson and Starkey’s longest scoring play of the season and took away any positive momentum Harvard had from the break.

The Crimson would answer back later in the third to retake the lead, but Starkey again would electrify the visiting crowd with seven minutes to play in the final quarter.

On fourth and 1 inside Harvard’s red zone, Robinson found Starkey once again with a 16-yard pass that the sophomore grabbed with one hand before securing the score in the end zone. Even more than putting Penninuing with Willian.Lampard has made it clear he wants the midfielder to stay.He told chelseafc.com: “I know the club are talking to him. Willian and Callum (Hudson-Odoi) are both players I want in my squad. “We’ve made some good moves this pre-seaso back on top, Starkey’s second touchdown of the day put the Quakers’ defense in the spotlight after stopping the Crimson twice late to seal the game.

Starkey has shown time after time that he is capable of not only playing with the Ivy League’s best, but thriving in high-pressure scenarios. He still has one more game to add to his 2019 statistics, but 2020 and 2021 might hold even more success.

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

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Last year, the Ivy League tried something new.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donahue concurred.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn women's lacrosse clinches share of Ivy title for eighth straight year

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Not one. Not two. Not three. But eight championships.

With a win on Saturday, No. 15 Penn women’s lacrosse clinched a share of its eighth consecutive Ivy League title in its final regular season contest against Cornell.

“After our loss to Princeton, we turned it on the next couple games and there was a lot of pressure and in the end we pulled through and fought,” coach Karin Brower Corbett said. “This team really battled a lot of things both on and off the field.

“I’m really proud of them. They really did something tremendous this year.”

The Quakers (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) rebounded from a slow start and held off a late surge from Cornell (7-8, 4-3) on their way to a 10-8 victory. The win also ensured Penn of the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted by co-Ivy League champion Princeton next weekend.

The Red and Blue opened up the game with a sluggish performance, allowing a few quick goals from the Big Red, who grabbed a 3-1 lead through the first six minutes. However, as they have all season, the Quakers responded.

“The thing that’s been working for us, why we’ve had some good halves or parts of games, is when our attack is really moving at a fast pace and creating a lot of havoc,” Corbett said. “It was a complete team effort.

“There were a number of people who finished well this weekend, but I think it has a lot to do with … the speed at which wekeeper Joel Periera has explained his reasons for going out on loan to Hearts.The Portuguese under-21 international will spend the coming season at Tynecastle.The youngster is hoping that he can gain first team experience and prove his value to the U play.”

After a seven-goal run, Penn found itself ahead 8-3 and maneuvered into halftime with a four-goal lead following a late Cornell score. The Quakers continued their hot play during the first few minutes of the second half and claimed a 10-4 lead.

And though Cornell scored four goals late in the second half, the Big Red were unable to overcome the insurmountable lead despite their best efforts.

“I feel like we startemidfielder James Maddison.The Guardian says Manchester United will face competition from Arsenal to sign Maddison.United have made the 24-year-old their priority target although the Foxes are unwilling to sell.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to lure d off a little bit slow, made some mistakes off the bat, got into a groove on attack,” Corbett said. “And then after the goals in the second half, we talked about looking for good opportunities, and unfortunately we didn’t do that. The second half wasn’t a great defensive game for us either.”

The win clinched a share of the eighth consecutive Ivy League championship for the program, breakLampard was speaking about the disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool.He believes the team are making progress on all fronts and thinks that fans can see that progression with their eyes.”Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football,” Lampard said to theing Harvard’s previous record for consecutive Ivy League women’s lacrosse titles, which included seven titles from 1987-93. The title also matches Penn’s school record for consecutive Ivy League championships with the men’s fencing squad that captured eight championships from 1975-76 to 1982-83.

“This team really set out from the beginning to make history,” Corbett said. “It was our goal to win an eighth consecutive championship that no other team had ever done in lacrosse.”

Senior midfield Tory Bensen continued her recent hot streak, notching four goals and an assist in the game. Meanwhile, freshman attack Sarah Barcia scored her second hat trick of the season, all three of which came during the Quakers’ late first-half streak.

Moving into the Ivy League tournament, the team has its sights set on the more distant future, securing an NCAA tournament berth.

“There isn’t really a pressure to repeat, that’s how we’ve played all season,” Corbett said. “This is just ‘We want to play in the NCAAs’, we’ve got to play well to win on Friday to have a chance at an at-large.”

Penn field hockey splits weekend of extremes

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For Penn field hockey, it was a weekend of extremes.

The Quakers lost an overtime heartbreaker, 4-3, to Columbia on Saturday but rebounded to pick up an impressive 5-0 victory over Longwood on Sunday.

Coach Colleen Fink was pleased with her team’s resiliency despite the loss.

“We needed to bounce back quickly,” she said. “We did a good job of playing with a little more intensity.”

Saturday’s loss was perhaps Penn’s most disappointing all year. The Red and Blue (5-7, 1-3 Ivy) were down, 2-1, at halftime before junior Elizabeth Hitti helped put Penn in front with her second assist of the game and a go-ahead goal.

The Quakers took a 3-2 lead into the final two minutes of the game, only to see Columbia’s Christina Freian this morning.The Croatian agent represents Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, among several high profile players, and was at AC Milan HQ today, says TMW.Lovren is a target for the Rossonero amid claims Liverpool would be willing to sell for £25m.Fobott tie the game with 1:41 remaining. Just 16 seconds into the ensuing overtime, freshman Whitney Hartstone scored the sudden-death winner for the Lions.

Fink was puzzled by her team’s defensive breakdown on the game’s final play.

“I don’t know about that last goal,” she said. “I don’t know if people misunderstood their role defensively, but you can’t give up a wide-open goal like that in OT.”

Freibott scored three of her team’s four goals and assisted on the fourth. The defending Ivy League Player of the Week, the junior made a strong case for a repeat nod.

Despite the short period to regroup , the Quakers dominated from start to finish on Sunday. The Red and Blue got five goals from four different players en route to the shutout victory — their first win in their last five games.

Freshman Alexa Hoover scored twice, pushing her season total to a team-high 11 goals. Freshmen Gina Guccione and Rachel Huang also chipped in with goals, as well as senior midfielder Alex Iqbal.

Iqbal scored in both of the weekend’s games, pushing her total to six goals on the season.

“She was out for three games, but now shee results of the medical of Lyon fullback Ferland Mendy.Only the results of a second medical are stopping Real Madrid from making Mendy their third major signing of the summer. The defender has suffered a lot from injuries in the 12 months so Madrid ’s back and feeling good,” Fink said of Iqbal. “She’s a huge p the round of 16 Champions League draw “calmly”.Lampard is proud to be in the draw after victory over Lille at the expense of Ajax, which were beaten by Valencia on Tuesday night.The manager said, “We should be very pleased we’re there. There has beeart of this team and its success. Whether she scores or not, she’s a key contributor.”

While the win over Longwood is a nice confidence booster, it didn’t help the Quakers’ Ivy League record. Penn currently sits at 1-3 in Ancient Eight play, good for sixth place.

The Red and Blue will get a chance to improve that mark when they travel to Yale on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 2-10 overall and winless in Ivy League play.

Coming off of four straight losses capped by an OT stunner, Penn demonstrated its ability to get back on its feet. However, the Quakers still have a lot of work to do to salvage their chances of finishing near the top of the Ivy League.

Penn sends two to All-American tennis tournament

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For the first time in program history, Penn women’s tennis is sending a doubles team to the main draw of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships.

Sol Eskenazi starts competition Tuesday at UCLA with pre-qualifying singles matches. Then on Thursday, Eskenazi and Jules Rodin begin doubles main draw play.

Eskenazi and Rodin are the first Penn players to be invited to the All-American tournament since Connie Hsu in 2010, and the first Quakers doubles pairing to receive an automatic bid in team history.

“I’m very, very excited and I hope that we represent Penn and show them what we have,” said Rodin, who will meet Eskenazi in California on Wednesday afternoon.

Since the Quakers duo is one of just 24 doubles pairs in the country to be selected to the main draw, Rodin and Eskenazi don’t yet know whom they will face Thursday. Teams are playing qualifying rounds this week to join the existing 24.

“[We’ve] definitely [been] trying to focus on doubles more and doing certain types of drills that will help play to our asschester United.The 18-year-old was on the fringes of the first team this season and managed two appearances from the bench under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Barcelona reportedly have an interest in the midfielder, but Gomes wants to emulate teammate Jesse Lets, plana to commit to Los Angeles FC.The SD Aucas defender, who was on-loan with Willem II last season, had an offer from Barca to sign with the B team.Sport says he’s turned down Barça and will sign with Los Angeles on a four-year deal. One of the reasony to our strong suits,” Rodin said.

She added that they are “both good whenever we’re serving and the other one’s at net,” and said this week’s focus has been on capitalizing in those areas.

Eskenazi and Rodin, currently ranked No. 35, will play their doubles matches at the Rivieger Pep Guardiola.Stones received an earful from his boss on the touchline during their 5-1 win over Atalanta in the Champions League.City maintained their winning start in the group thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.But Stones hra Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which has been the home of the All-American Championships for the past 28 years.

Doubles finalists and consolation champions earn a spot in the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., in November. SEE ALSO:

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 softball slams its way into first

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In the past four seasons, Penn softball has claimed one victory against Cornell. This weekend, the Quakers beat the Big Red three times in just over 24 hours.

Entering the series two games behind Cornell, the Red and Blue defied history by winning three of four against the Big Red to tie up the race for first in the Ivy League South Division.

The Quakers (27-15, 11-5 Ivy) swept their opponent in a doubleheaancini admits he had to change the team’s “philosophy” when first taking charge.Mancini has just led Italy to Euro 2020 with a 100 per cent record.He said, “Johan Cruyff once said: ‘Italy can’t win, but you can still lose to them’. This is what we der on Friday before splitting with the Big Red (21-19, 11-5) on Saturday.

“Taking three for four from [Cornell] is a very good weekend for us,” coach Leslie King said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve done that.”

To be exact, this is the first four-game series Penn has won against Cornell since 2007, which was also the last time the program captured the division title.

Freshman Alexis Borden reinforced her bid for Ivy League Pitcher of the Year with complete game wins in the first and third matches of the weekend, as she conceded just three earned runs in 14 innings in those performances.

However, the rookie pitcher narrowly avoided a loss in the second game of the series thanks to an offensive outburst by the Quakers.

In the second half of Friday’s doubleheader, Borden yielded three runs in 3.2 innings before being relieved by sophomore Mikenzie Voves. With the Penn offense looking stagnant, Cornell was nursing a comfortable 5-0 lead by the fifth inning.

But in the bottom of the fifth, the bats came alive. Georgia Guttadauro, Samantha Erosa and Elysse Gorney singled, Kayla Dahlerbruch launched a three-run homer and the Quakers scored five runs in the inning to tie the game.

After a scoreless sixth for Cornell, Guttadauro opened the inning with a solo shot, and Gorney soon followed with a three-run bomb of her own, as the Quakers claimed victory, 9-6.

Saturday, Penn picked up where it left off, scoring eight runs in the first two innings.Cornell avoided the mercy-rule loss, but Penn cruised to a 9-2 victory.

In the first three games of the series, the Quakers racked up 23 runs on 25 hits. But in the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader, Cornell held Penn scoreless behind a five-hit, complete game performance by Alyson Onyon.

The Big Red pitcher stayed ahead in the count throughout the game and stifled the Penn offense on the way to a 5-0 win.

“We pressed a little in the batter’s box and just didn’t have good at-bats,” King said. “Whenever [Onyon] got ahead of us, we started chasing stuff out of the strike zone.”

Despite offensive struggles in the last game, Penn’s bench and field remained energetic.

“Even juimovic has arrived on a free transfer, Milan management are now in talks to sell goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Aston Villa.Defender Mattia Caldara is in the final stages of a deal with Atalanta and fullback Ricardo Rodriguez is in talks with Fenerbahce.Cast their general talk … throughout the game out on the field, I thought was really good, and that’s something that’s developed,” King said. “I think they’re playing with a lot more confidence.”

As the Quakers are now tied with Cornell in Ivy standings, this weekend’s four-game set against Colthe season.Anthony has joined Weymouth.Anthony joins a series of Cherries talents at the Terras as they continue their fight for promotion from the National League South under the tutelage of Under-21s Assistant Manager, Mark Molesley. Meanwhile, strumbia will very likely determine whether the Red and Blue walk away with a division title. Cornell will head to Princeton for a four-game series.

“Right now, we’re confident,” Erosa said. “But … we’re going to keep our heads level.”

W. Tennis completes the mission

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The ice water felt good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn Relays | 4 years later, he still runs scared

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Penn senior Tim-Jackson.The 22 year-old will kickoff tests on Monday with the Eredivisie outfit.Borthwick-Jackson still has a year to run on his contract, but Heerenveen are banking on United releasing him should he do enough to win an offer.He spent last season on Kaijala remembers track coach Charlie Powell sending him out on the last day of the Penn Relays four years ago. Kaijala was to be the anchor of the Quakers’ 4×800-meter team.

“It was the most nervous I’ve been in my whole life,” he recalled after this year’s Relays.

Despite those nerves, he didn’t disappoint, as Penn finished fourth in the event – the best he would ever finish in four years wearing Red and Blue.

Four years later, Kaijala is still running the anchor leg of the 4x800m, and the nerves are still there.

“Just being in that stadium, hearing the roar of the crowd, being around some of the best runners in the world . it’s always overwhelming,” he said.

The team finished sixth (of 13) this year, but Kaijala still felt the weekend was a successful one for the Quakers, calling it a “step up” from last year’s Relays. He was also pleased with his own performance – his anchor leg of 1:50.2, which brought Penn from eighth to sixth.

Columbia finished third, and was the only Ivy ahead of Penn.

More than just results, though, Kaijala felt the 4×800 was a harbinger for the future: the team has one runner from each class.

“After I gradun.The former FC Tours striker joined CD Manchego over the summer and has become a hit with the local media.So much so that Mathias Pogba has just signed with El Chiringuito de Jugones to become a regular pundit.”We could not let him escape,” the showate, I’d like to stay involved and help out, so I was really excited to see the future of the team and see them step up like that,” Kaijala said.

Women break Ivy record

The Penn women’s Distance Medley Relay team of Jesse Carlin, Shaunee Morgan, Claire Kim and Stacy Kim finished with a time of 11:08.83, breaking the previous Ivy record of 11:13.01 set by Cornell last year.

The Quakers finished sixth. Michigan won with a time of 10:49.58. Tennessee, Stanford, Georgetown and North Carolina the last laugh over Aston Villa fans after victory yesterday.The Dutchman was the target of chants from the Holte End, principally a rendition of “You’re just a s*** Tyrone Mings.”And the £75m man was keen to remind the home supporters after Sadiorounded out the top five.

Penn’s 4x800m team also had an excellent finish, coming fifth in the Championship of America.

Carlin and the Kims were joined by Anna Aagenes for that event. Stacy Kim started off with a 2:10.4, Aagenes ran a 2:11.5, Claire Kim a 2:14.2. The anchor leg belonged to Carlin, who finished with a 2:07.6.

On a more disappointing note for the Quakers, their Sprint Medley team was in position to finish second in the Championship of America but was later disqualified due to an illegal handoff between Halloran Cope and Laura McDaniel after the first leg.

M. Soccer: Quakers leap past St. Joe's for city title

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The Penn men’s soccer team lit up the scoreboard so brightly against Saint Joseph’s yesterday that spectators could have forgotten the Quakers were missing half their team.

Penn (5-7-2) dominated the Hawks, 7-1, and clinched a share of the Philadelphia Soccer 7 title.

The Hawks helped the Red and Blue by falling out of formation and generally not being able to keep up with Penn’s pace.

“I don’t think the score is indicative of how well we played,” Penn coach Rudy Fuller said.

“There was some laziness and casual play, and that is something to battle with every midweek game…. We were just able to finish off about every chance we had.”

The game was the second contest that seven Penn players missed, serving two-game suspensions for violating team disciplinary policy. Nine players total are serving staggered suspensions that will end next game.

One reserve who found himself in a starting role was junior midfielder Matthew Waddell, who scored three goals and added one assist in the game.

Junior David Maier also made his mark on the stat sheet, netting two goals and three assists.

The Quakers drew first blood in the ninth minute, when Waddell took the ball in the box from Maier and deflected it to co-captain Stephen Kroculick, who kicked it past Hawks’ goalie Kevin Dougher — Kroculick would score again in the second half.

Waddell’s first goal came less than 90 seconds later off a bullet from the top of the box, which flew past Dougher into the left corner of the net. He would add his second goal 15 minutes later on a penalty kick.

One notable part of Penn’s play was its unusually frequent use of long passes. Whether it was across the field or down towards the opposition’s goal, the Quakers utilized the open space created by the slow play of St. Joe’s.

“Usually we struggle to find spaces, but as soon as we went up 1-0, they started to feel pressure to play on the counterattack,” Maier said. “Athletically, we thought they couldn’t handle us up front or anywhere else on the field.”

Fuller credited his team’s ability to “create a few opportunities in the final third” of the field because St. Joe’s was not as sharp, but also made a point to note that both teams “clearly were not playing on top of their games.”

Maier said some Hawks defensive failures helped him score his two goals.

On his goal in the 72nd minute, Maier said he was able to back a defender into the corner “so the goalie didn’t have Sofiane Boufal is happy they’re still alive in the FA Cup after drawing 1-1 with Tottenham.Saints trailed at St Mary’s to Heung-Min Son’s second half strike but levelled with just three minutes remaining through substitute Boufal. “We didn’t deser much of a chance” to defend his shot. Maier also noted that the Hawks’ defense was out of position on his second goal, scored with just over two minutes to play.

When asked if he thought the score of the game would be so high, Fuller said emphatically, “No way.”

“You go into these games and they are big rivalries within the city, so you get into a fast and difficult game andFC Barcelona and music publishing company, Sony will boost the development, production and promotion of initiatives that will connect music and sport for fans around the world, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThrough their collaboration, both entities wi there is a chance that you run out of gas,” Fuller said. “But our guys kept playing and certainly scored a number of good goals.”

“It was for the Philly 7 title so we thought they would be coming out strong,” Maier said. “One thing they tried to do was continually substitute guys in to try to run us down, but we were fit enough to hs midfielder Connor Ronan on loan until the end of the season.The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international recently returned to the Premier League club after a year on loan with Slovakian side DAC Dunajska Streda.He could make his Blackang in there.”

Freshman goalie Daniel Cepero got his second Philly 7 win between the posts, but allowed his second goal of the year in the process — a trickle shot by Hawks senior Pat Mondile in front of the goal that looked to be caused by player confusion and an obstruction of Cepero’s vision.

But the goal was overshadowed by the overwhelming Quakers offense, which even scored goals off breakaways — Waddell got his hat trick on a break — a feat rarely achieved in city matches.

“This result helps to get us sharper and build confidence that we can create chances,” Maier said. “Scoring goals, beating people one-on-one — it’s all the same no matter what team you play.”

Phanatic, Iverson Penn's first choices for speaker

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(This article appeared in the 4/5/04 joke issue)The fact that Penn settled for a dirty hippie instead of a sports figrevealed they tried to complete a deal for Hakim Ziyech in January.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join the Blues at the end of the season after the club agreed a £37million deal with Ajax.“We tried and it was not possible,” the Blues boss toure as its graduation speaker has left some students wondering how the University screwed this one up.

“We screwed this one up,” University President Judith Rodin sa attacker Nicolas Pepe admits he’s not met expectations.Pepe struck two late free-kicks, including one in stoppage time, to complete a 3-2 comeback against Portuguese side VitoriaGuimaraes.Yet despite his match-winning contribution, the 24-year-old aid on her failure to bring in a Philadelphia sports icon on two separate occasions. “Our first two choices didn’t exactly work out.”

Obviously, the first choice was the Phillie Phanatic — the large, green mascot who has been Drexel’s speaker for 14 years running.

“We really wanted the Phanatic,” Rodin said. “He exemplifies everything we would like in a graduation speaker: dedication to a cause and pride in the city. Plus, he transcends race and gender … you know, because he’s a Phanatic.”

While Rodin and her posse were hellbent on choosing the Phanatic, Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky disagreed.

“He doesn’t talk,” Bilsky said. “How can you have a speaker that doesn’t talk? That would be like fencing without a fence.”

Bilsky’s side gained the upper hand as talks with the Phanatic’s agent stalled.

“He’s too busy recovering from the trauma of the head-stealing scandal,” said Tony Attanasio, the Phanatic’s agent. “That’s a lot to handle when your nose and mouth are the same thing.”

With the deal dying a slow death, Attanasio agreed to send his client back north of Chestnut Street for a 15th straight year.

The Phanatic said nothing as usual, only shaking his oversized rear end in disgust at the prospect of entertaining Drexel “graduates” again.

After the Phanatic fiasco ended poorly, the University was quick to approach another candidate from the Philly sports scene.

Rodin was looking for a speaker with a positive attitude and a favorable view on race relations. Instead, she found basketball star Allen Iverson.

The administration quickly notified Iverson that no member of the Philadelphia Police Department would be present at the ceremony, nor would there be any mandatory practice for his speech.

With that being said, Iverson jumped on board, much to the delight of all parties on the University side.

Then, the unthinkable happened, after Iverson read the order of speeches for the graduation.

“They scheduled me to talk second,” Iverson said. “I don’t know any franchise player talk second. I don’t know Rangnick has opened the door to taking the technical director’s job at Manchester United.Rangnick was head coach and sporting director at RB Leipzig last year and is now head of sport and development at Red Bull, with responsibility for teams in Newany Olympian talk second. I don’t know any former MVP talk second. I don’t know any All-Star talk second. Why Allen Iverson talk second?”

Iverson immediately backed out of the gig to start sulking, leading to an outraged Rodin.

“Speak English, son,” Rodin said. “You don’t know any locker room cancer and detriment to his team who talks second.”

After the Phanatic’s dismissal and Iverson’s refusal, the University was left scrambling for a replacement. It found such a replacement in a second-rate washed up singer.

Oh, well. There’s always hope for next year. At least there better be, according to one irked junior.

“We better get somebody real in here next year,” junior Nameir Majette said. “Or else.”

Volleyball opens with Bucknell at Palestra tonight

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The Penn volleyball team will finally get a chance to showcase its skills in front of the Palestra crowd when they face off againLiverpool have been shortlisted among the nominees in the Team of the Year and Comeback of the Year categories in the Laureus World Sports Awards.Jurgen Klopp’s side – who won the Champions League in 2019 – are on a shortlist of six for Team of the Year.The Reds are in the Comeback of the Year category for overturning a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg deficit by beating Barcelona 4-0.st Bucknell (4-7) tonight.

Most teams nationwide have played at home by now, but due to the Quakers’ Ivy League-mandated schedule and two early-season tournaments at the University of Pacific and Villanova their home opener was delayed until the season’s seventh match.

That was a long enough wait for the Quakers (3-3).

“We definitely want to come in and show that this is our house,” Penn senior Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan said.

Penn coach Kerry Major Carr noted that her players have an advantage over other teams when they play at the Palestra.

“We definitely enjoy the advantage of the heat,” Carr said. “We’re used to it, since we practice here, but most teams play in air-conditioned facilities. It takes a little getting used to.”

The game will provide Penn a chance to get used to that heat before hosting the Sheraton-Penn Volleyball Invitational this weekend.

However, Penn’s coach won’t allow the Quakers to look beyond tomorrow night.

“Bucknell traditionally has some big, strong people,” Carr said. “We’ll need to play our best game.”

In order to play their best game, the Quakers will have to cut down on last wee interest in the Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga.The teenage midfielder has been one of the big stories of this Ligue 1 season so far.Barcelona have already lodged enquiries with Rennes president Olivier Letang about Camavinga, as have AC Milan.Aekend’s mistakes. The players cited blocking, serving, passing and defense as areas that the team expects to improve.

And they need to be thinking better on the court as well.

“When the mental aspects aren’t working,” Kwak-Hefferan said, “everything else tends to break down.”

Penn was its own worst enemy last weekend, keeping less talented teams like Villanova and Manhattan in games with their own mistready to seek permission for an emergency replacement signing after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.Sport says Barca have made contact with former Espanyol forward Borja’s entourage to find out about his availabilakes. The Quakers had 13 serve errors in the Manhattan match alone.

“There were too many mental errors” last weekend, Carr said. “We really need to improve our serving and passing in that respect.”

Carr also cited a laundry list of other problems that Penn needs to clean up during its first home game.

“Last weekend our blocking was all over the place,” Carr said. “We need to pay attention to where specific opposition players are on the court. On defense in general, we need to focus on being disciplined and being more exact.”

Sports Briefs

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

Round one to Penn

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The raucous Palestra was silent for only one second all night.Penn had just regained the lead at 43-40 with six minutes and 20 seconds to go in the second half. Spencer Gloger, Princeton’s leading scorer, took a deep three from straightaway. The crowd thought it was true.It was not.On the ensuing rebound, Penn’s Jeff Schiffner got an open three-pointer from the left elbow in transition and capitalized. The Penn faithful exploded as the three put the Quakers on top, 46-40. The Tigers would never get that close again, as Penn won, 65-55, in the highly anticipated clash of Ivy League unbeatans.Princeton (10-8, 4-1 Ivy) would never recover in large part because of the superlative effort down the stretch of senior forward Ugonna Onyekwe.Following the three by Schiffner, Onyekwe hit a free throw and then put an exclamation point on the win with a two-handed slam dunk with 5:21 remaining — the points put Penn (13-5, 5-0) ahead, 49-40. The face of the normally stoic big man — who finished with 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting — snarled with emotion after the play.Onyekwe scored on another two-handed dunk to give Penn a 53-41 advantage and responded to a Konrad Wysocki three with another short jumper to put Penn up nine.”He just said, ‘I want the ball’ and when he got it, he did something real positive with it each and every time,” Penn coach Fran Dunphy said.”It’s Penn-Princeton,” Onyekwe said. “I definitely got up a little more for this game.”It was an emotional night for both victorious and vanquished.”I really have no explanation for it,” a visibly upset Gloger said of his 3-for-14 night from the field. He finished with 12 points in the game.The Quakers started off the night hot from the field, running the offense through Onyekwe and getting open shots as a result of Princeton having to double down.Sophomore guard Tim Begley and Schiffner each took advantage, hitting early threes to stake Penn to a 14-12 lead.Begley also took a page from the Princeton playbook getting open for a backdoor layup on a bullet pass from Toole.However Princeton hung tight throughout much of the first half. Guard Ed Persia hit a pair of three-pointers — one an unbelievable double clutch with no time on the shot clock to give Princeton the lead at 5-4. Those threes were two of only six field goals Princeton had at halftime, as Penn went into the intermission leading 27-19. Penn was unable to capitalize on Princeton’s offensive woes as, after the opening minutes, Onyekwe was doubled more consistently and the Quakers’ offense slowed. Gloger ans he’s in awe of the atmosphere a full Anfield can generate.Indeed, he says it’s matchday that he enjoys most about being in charge of the Reds.When asked what aspect of Liverpool he liked most, Klopp responded: “The stadium and the atmosphere.“Id Penn forward Koko Archibong were both scoreless in a sloppy offensive first half.Princeton rallied after the break when Archibong left the floor with his third foul just over two minutes into the second half — he would Silva has been answering questions on his future following a string of poor results.In particular he was asked about recent reports in the media over his future at Goodison Park.”I don’t waste my time, I don’t waste my focus thinking about that situ eventually foul out with no points.At that point Penn was leadingna.The job also involves managing MLS sister club Montreal Impact.Sabatini stepped down as Samp’s sporting director in April after a row with president Massimo Ferrero.His official unveiling will take place on Tuesday afternoon, while he should work , 31-21, but the Tigers, aided by Penn turnovers on four straight possessions, went on an 11-2 run.Gloger hit two free throws and a long three, center Konrad Wysocki scored a driving layup and Kyle Wente scored a breakaway layup to narrow Penn’s lead to 33-30. Wysocki then scored a basket and was fouled — letting out a primal scream on the floor — to bring Princeton within one. He would miss the ensuing free throw. The game went back and forth with each team holding no more than a two-point edge before Penn opened a three point lead at 43-40. Gloger then failed to connect and Schiffner — who finished with 18 points — did.Onyekwe did not need much more help after that. Surrounded by four guards after Archibong fouled out, the middle was wide-open for the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year.”He definitely hurt us,” Princeton coach John Thompson III said. “We had scrapped and fought and got back into it. We needed a couple better offensive possessions.”Actually, had Gloger made his three, Princeton might have only needed one better possession.

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pitcher lasted three innings in his final start of spring training Thursday against the Royals, surrendering five earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five. Reds manager Dusty Baker expressed no concern over the poor performance.

“He was fine,” Baker told .com. “Before the game, he was coughing and like a lot of people wasn’t feeling too good. He got his work in. He didn’t throw the ball bad.”

Latoa flying start with his team next seloan from Shanghai Shenhua.Solskjaer says the Nigerian’s addition is “very important”.“It was very important,” Solskjaer told MUTVSky Sports, Solskjaer also said: “The club has always been very good and, in Odion, we get a proper man, a great ladason.With the Premier League fixtures coming out on Thursday, Potter will be hoping for some “easier” fixtures to build up momentum early doors.Last term, Brighton had Manchester United andr another left-back to provide competition for Andy Robertson after letting Alberto Moreno’s contract expire.Sport says Real Betis’ Firpo is viewed as the ideal replacement for Moreno.The Spain U21 international has a release clause in his Betis cont Liverpool in their firsts will start the team’s second game of the season Wednesday against the Angels.