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Meet the freshman big three that's helping Penn men's squash reach new heights

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—The “Big Three” in sports is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that’s becoming more and more popular as teams seem to be deliberately building around a dynamic trio. LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh; Steph, Klay, and Durant; Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft.

Penn men’s squash seems to have adopted this approach with its own freshman big three — Aly Abou Eleinen, James Flynn, and Michael Mehl — all of whom have helped propel the program to the very top of collegiate squash.

The freshmen have combined for a 24-0 record in their individual matches. In terms of games, they are a stunning 72-14.

Eleinen, like his teammate senior Karim Hussein, hails from Egypt. The freshman is recognized as potentially the best squash player to ever come out of his high school alma mater, the Brooks School. There, he was All-New England three times, twice an All-American, and in his senior year, he was recognized as New England co-player of the year.

Mehl, who stands at an imposing 6-foot-4, served as the sed-length contract.The 26 year old Canadian-born striker, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, helped the Blades win promotion to the Championship in 2016/17.”It doesn’t do players any good to keep going out on loan,” said Walsall manager Dacaptain of the Canadian Junior Squash team. He led the groheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gup to a gold medal in the Canada Winter Games in 2015, while also claiming an individual gold medal.

Flynn brought his team to the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Championship from 2015-2018, serving as the captain of the team his senior year.

Their contributions have helped Penn soar to unprecedented heights. For the first time in program history, the Quakers sit atop the College Squash Association’s rankings.

Squash, despite its individual nature, is still very much a team sport at the collegiate level. So beyond their talents, these freshmen attribute much of their success to the welcoming environment around them, which provided a smooth transition from high school to the top of the college squash world — something that could have been incredibly jarring in a less accommodating environment.

“I think the seniors have played a huge role in our success so far,” Eleinen said. “Speaking on behalf of the freshmen, we came in and they helped us in right away. If we needed anything, they were always there for us, and they showed us what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

Mehl echoed these sentiments.

“It feels as though the seniors, on this team at least, lay the foundation for the whole of the team,” he said. “Whenever we’re down, they’re people who bring usover for the German.”I have a really good relationship with Ter Stegen, very professional. He’s helping me quite a lot,” admitted Neto. “Although I’ve only been here a short time, I already feel I’ve adapted well. I enjoy being part of the group and back up.”

There is a palpable sense of excitement around the team, a feeling that perhaps has never been felt to this extent before. The Quaker Meeting House’s “Recognizing a Significant Moment in a Program’s History,” published on the Penn Athletics website, is tangible proof of this energy.

The writers are barely able to contain their excitement, citing quotes from sports film classic “Field of Dreams” and commenting on how nice of a ring “Penn Squash — National Champions” has to it. The pressure and expectations could be too much for a team with less experience.

Eleinen, Mehl, and Flynn are more than up for the task.

“Obviously, it’s a lot of pressure because college squash is pretty competitive,” Eleinen said. “But I think so far, the freshmen have been doing a good job. It’s all about working hard and doing what you can do, and everything works out in the end.”

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.

No. 10 Penn women's lacrosse gets torn apart by No. 18 Princeton, 21-8, in rivalry showdown

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No. 10 Penn women’s lacrosse had a chance to clinch at least a share of its third straight Ivy League regular season title heading into a matchup against arch rival No. 18 Princeton.

However, a slow start and numerous penalties doomed the Quakers in a 21-8 road loss at the hands of the Tigers for Penn’s first conference loss of the season.

In the first minute, the Quakers (11-3, 5-1 Ivy) looked true to form. Penn scored the first goal of the game off a free position shot from senior attackman Caroline Cummings, to go along with a nice save from sophomore goalie Mikaila Cheeseman the next possession.

After that, the wheels came off.

Princeton (9-5, 5-1) scored the next seven goals of the game, with five of those coming off free position shots.

“We didn’t get off the bus,” coach Karin Corbett said of the team’s offense. “We just didn’t come to attack them, we wasted our possessions, [and] we didn’t move the ball well.”

Corbett credited Princeton’s ability to get a lot of free position shots — eight-yard shots which occur after a foul from the defense, similar to free kicks in soccer — to its tenacious offense.

Coming into the game, Penn paced the conference and was second nationally with 9.23 assists per game. However, the Red and Blue’s offense, one of the best in the Ivy League, was unable to find its rhythm. The team as a whole did not have any assists on the game. Additionally, freshman Tewaaraton Award contender Zoe Belodeau failed to record a point for the first time in her young career.

On the other end, Princeton overwhelmed Penn with a balanced scoring attack that saw seven players record points and five record at least four.

Still, throughout most the game, Penn was able to get within striking distance, even coming within three points of Princeton early in the second half off a goal from sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig. That made the score 10-7, and the Quakers’ offense finally seemed to come alive.

Unfortunately for Penn, the Tigers responded like they did in the first half.

Shortly after Rosenzweig’s tally, with the score now 12-8 with roughly 12 minutes to go in the second half, Cummings placed a free position shot right stick side-high, an easy save for Princeton’s Sam Fish, who leads the Ivy League in save percentage. On the ensuing possession, the Tigers rocketed a goal past Cheeseman to bring the score to 13-8.

From there, Princeton scored the last eight goals of the game. Cheeseman was replaced by Smith in the second half for the second straight game.

21 goals conceded is by far the Red and Blue’s worst statistical defensive performance of the season. In fact, since at least 2.Libertad Digital says there is an interest from Atletico in Pérez. For now, it is a tentative interest for the striker, 25, and at the moment there is no negotiation. Valencia, Real Betis and Napoli have also been linked with Perez since the Palace confirmed their relegation.Bamba has missed the latter part of the season through injury.He said after the 3-2 loss: “Yeah it’s obviously a big disappointment. He feels like we missed a trick but it’s a long season of 38 games. It isn’t just tend of004, as far back as the Pennathletics.com website goes, the Quakers have never given up more than 20 goals in a game.

“The first half gave them the confidence to keep attacking,” Corbett said reflecting on the second half onslaught.

Even with the disappointing loss, Penn still has a shot to earn a share of the regular season conference title as long as it takes care of business against a .500 Yale team on Saturday. Currently, Penn, Princeton, and Dartmouth are knotted atop league standings at 5-1.

Yale (7-7, 2-4) ranks dead last in the Ivy League in goals per game with 10.64. Still, Corbett knows Penn cannot afford to repeat its defensive performance from Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs’ Sydney Marks leads the Ivy League in saves per game. With help from her offense, the Quakers could definitely fall victim to an upset-minded Yale team.

“We’ve got to play to win. Our attack has to actually attack, and we have to play like we want to win a championship,” Corbett said of the keys to defeating Yale.

Though it did not play like a championship team tonight, Penn still has a lot of lacrosse left to play this season. With a rewill always love Newcastle United.Mitrovic spent three seasons at St. James’ Park between 2015 and 2018 before joining Fulham last summer.And the Serb thinks Toon are as big of a club as Arsenal and Everton.”I will always love Newcastle,” he told Talnewed focus, the Quakers will look to take out the frustration from an embarrassing loss on Yale in New Haven.

Gymnastics Issue | Freshmen may vault Red and Blue upward

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Out with the old and in with the new.

With seven rookies o’s new head coach Nigel Pearson admits they need to change their style of play.Pearson said that it is not beyond the club to achieve survival this season, but that he needed everyone to start pulling in the same direction both on and off the field.”n the roster this season, Penn gymnastics’ fdefender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re thereshman class will play a greater role in can Velzen on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has arrived from Dutch football.Van Velzen was in the United reserves side when Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were coming through.Crawley’s Director of Footballompetitions this year than previous classes have in the past. And the largest gap they fill for the Quakers is on vault.

“We have a strong freshman class,” head coach John Ceralde said. “They’re looking good on their events right now, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing them on vault particularly.”

First-year assistant coach Kirsten Strausbough agreed.

“Vault is something that in the past we’ve lacked on,” she said. “It’s exciting to see some freshmen coming in with some big skills that will make us more competitive in the NCAA, not just the Ivy League.”

While Penn historically has struggled to attain sufficient difficultly to be competitive with other schools, the talent of this freshman class should help to bridge the divide. And a change in NCAA rules regarding the degree of difficulty of a particular vault may favor this particular freshman class.

The most popular vault in NCAA women’s gymnastics is a Yurchenko layout full (a round-off onto the board, back handspring onto the table and a layout with a full twist). Earlier this year this vault was devalued from its previous 10.0 start value to 9.95.

“Other schools, they had 10.0 start values across the board,” Strausbough said. “Sometimes we would have 10.0 start values, but our other girls would start at 9.8 or 9.9. Now all the other NCAA teams are being brought down to a 9.95.”

Penn’s freshmen will help bring the Red and Blue up to where their competitors have been. Strausbough noted that at least four of the newcomers will be performing Yurchenko fulls.

Ultimately, the rule change was made to force a greater level of difficulty for the 10.0 maximum start value. Now, instead of a Yurchenko full, gymnasts need to perform the same vault with an extra half twist to gain back that extra 0.05.

While to the average human, a half-tenth of anything might not seem like much, in this sport it can make all the difference.

That extra half-twist not only requires greater height and speed, but also a more difficult landing: the blind landing, which draws its name from the fact that the gymnast’s eyes do not see the floor before her feet hit it.

“When you do the one-and-a-half you’re opening yourself up for more of a deduction,” Strausbough said. “For them they are deciding [between throwing] the biggest skills they have or just doing the 9.95 and doing it safe.”

The question then becomes whether or not it’s worth it to go for the one-and-a-half to get the extra half-tenth in start value. Do the risks outweigh the rewards?

“The top schools in the nation have the ability to do the one and a half, so now they have to play their hand to do the one-and-a-half to get the 10.0 start value,” Ceralde said.

While this is a decision each team will be making for itself, the Quakers’ most popular vault will remain the full.

Only time will tell to see how it plays out and whether the rule change helps the Red and Blue.

What’s for certain, though, is that Penn’s freshman talent will be valuable for time to come.

Penn Relays | The Golden Girls of Franklin Field

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Women’s track and field coach Gwen Harris knew her group of 13 recruits was going to be special when they entered Penn as freshmen four years ago.

She just didn’t know how special.

“In the past 10 years, we’ve had seniors that have been great — but not 13,” Harris said. “Normally you have four or three or two that are great, and the other people complement them. These guys complement each other pretty well.”

The numbers the current senior class has put up speak for themselves:

Paige Madison shattered the school record in 400-meter hurdles as a sophomore — the first Penn woman to break the one-minute mark, posting a 58.89.

Madison, Renee McDougall and Leah Brown were part of the 4×100-meter relay team that set the program record two years ago, running a 46.03.

Kristen Judge tied Nicole Maloy’s 18-year high jump record with a 1.75-meter leap on April 14.

And the list goes on.

Harris gushed with pride when talking about her senior athletes.

“What can I say about Renee is that she’s just amazing — she’ll run through a brick wall for Penn.”

“Kristen Judge, as a freshman, she scored at Heps. And every year since then, she has scored at every Heps that she has been in. That’s an amazing feat.”

“They’re not all record-breaking things, but they’re things that help this team become the team that it is.”

Without hesitation, Harris responded that she knew this class was going to be good, but they still surpassed many of her originaled by injuries having sealed a £13million move to join Cherries from Bristol City back in May. Howe told the Daily Echo: “Lloyd is a huge player for us.“I’m really, really disappointed that the Bournemouth supporters haven’t seen more of him, be expectations.

“If you asked me if I knew that Paige was going to just go by 59 [seconds] and go to 58? No I didn’t know that. I thought there would be a little bit more of a progression. But who cares? I love it.”

At this weekend’s Penn Relays and next weekend’s Heptagonal Championships, both hosted at Franklin Field, is there a ceiling as to what these Quakers can accomplish?

“I hope there’s none,” Harris said. “Because I want it to be the best they’ve ever done.”

Though Heps represents the team’s most important meet of the season, for Renee McDougall, Penn Relays is the most fun time of the year.

“We excel as relay teams,” McDougall said. “We’ve been working together for four years. We completely trust one another. We know exactly what we want to do as a relay team.”

The next two weeks represent the team’s “time to shine,” according to senior Victoria Strickland.

“We’re an outdoor team — we see a lot of people peak around this time of year,” said Strickland, who ran the program’s second-fastest 800 meters, in 2:06.88, last year. “This is our home track … Heps might be the last time we’re all competing as one unit, so I think that’s a huge thing we’re looking forward to.”

Moreover, the team is brimming with confidence. They’re cocky, but in a good way.

“We know we’re gonna kick butt,” McDougall said.

For Leah Brown, she wants to leave a mark with her teammates at this year’s Relays. And there’s one simple way to do that:

“Rewrite the record books,” she said. “At Penn Relays, we have to break some recool are planning a raid on Arsenal to add to their backroom.The Liverpool-target-Arsenals-head-medical-services-Gary-ODriscoll-replace-Andrew-Massey.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Liverpool are hopeful of luring a key member of Arsenal’s backrords.”

But despite all the records, all the camaraderie, all the support, the seniors are most proud of the team they are leaving behind and ths radar.Tuttosport says Inter see the Frenchman as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, who is a big money target for Barcelona this summer.Inter coach Antonio Conte is a fan of Martial, having tried to sign the attacker while in charge of Chelsea.At e underclassmen that will be taking the reigns.

“We’re passing the baton off to them,” Brown said.

But first, they’ve got to finish the last leg of their own relay. There are still some races to run and some records to break.

W. Swimming | Coenen leads Penn over Cornell; Diving carries its weight, too

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The women’s swimming team defeated Cornell 217-83, but fell to Princeton 113-184 in the home opener and the first meet of the Ivy season.

Sophomore Melissa Gardel gave the Quakers (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) their first victory of the day, finishing on top in three-meter dive with 248.15 points, followed by third-place finisher freshman Madeline Bauer, with 220.64 points.

In the past, Penn diving has not been strong, but with three freshmen and one sophomore on the team, diving is headed in another direction.

“We felt like we constantly had to make up points for diving but now they’re adding points,” captain Megan Carlin said.

Sara Coenen won both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke. Callum Hudson-Odoi to continue improving after his impressive performance against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.The 19-year-old has faced criticism for some lacklustre performances this season after returning from an Achilles injury in September.He re Coenen is undefeated in the 200 back in her college career so far.

Lauren Brandes and Amy Reams finished third and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

Reams, who had shoulder surgery last year, is “doing a great job this year and her presence is felt in the pools,” according to captain Katharine Donohue.

“Going into their first Ivy meet, the freshmen were nervous but we told them not to worry because there are other meets,” captain Sarah Bargmann said.

The encouragement from the captains seemed to work.

According to coach Mike Schnur, the freshmen swam well, but there is an adjustment period so they have to “work on learning t made clear he’d like to keep hold of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.Batshuayi scored five Premiecastle United are hoping to close a deal for Nice wing-back Allan Saint-Maximin.The Sun says Toon have sent a ‘friendly’ agent to France in the hope of getting a price for Saint-Maximin.But he might also prove to be too expensive for the Magpies.Stevr League goals in 11 top-flight games for the south London outfit — including a brace in the club’s final game of the season against Bournemouth.Hodgso swim fast even though they’re tired from practice.”

Princeton is ranked 24th in the nation and its top swimmer, Alicia Aemisegger, stole the show in her events, breaking three Sheerr Pool records in the 200 yard free, 200 yard breaststroke and 200 yard IM.

“They’re a great team, very deep,” Schnur said. “Alicia is above everyone else in the league.”

Penn and Princeton swept Cornell and the Big Red had only one first-place finish, in the 100 yard butterfly, out of 16 events.

For Penn, there is always room for improvement. According to Schnur, that includes meet preparation, flips and turns, competitiveness and workout level.

The Quakers showed some of that competitiveness in the last event of the day, the 400 yard freestyle relay where they finished second with a time of 3:37.07, less than a second behind Princeton.

“It was a great race, great competition,” Schnur said.

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.”

Excuse me, may I have another shot please?

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Although it took nearly 20 minutes of basketball for Saint Joseph’s to suck the drama out of its 84-74 win over Penn on Saturday, three momentum-changing plays can really tell the whole story.

The Quakers had closed to within five at 54-49 around the midway point of the half, and Ahmad Nivins threw up one of just three misses of the day. But Rob Ferguson moved in for the tip, which did not fall, and Nivins cleaned up the mess for the bucket.

Ninety seconds later, Ferguson followed his own shot and converted a layup. Then after Stephen Danley’s bad inbounds pass, D.J. Rivera got an easy layup and an 11-point lead when Danley played the pass on the 2-on-1.

Finally, after the Quakers closed to within five with just over a minute left, Pat Calathes launched a three with just a second to go on the shot clock. But there was no box-out on the shooter, and Calathes got his own rebound and dished to a streaking Nivins for the easy basket and the foul.

So just when it seemeys Barlow is also poised to complete a season-long loan move to Norwegian side Tromso.Salford-born Barlow, 19, was expected in Norway yesterday.The midfielder’s deal could be confirmed some time on Tuesday. Barlow was a regular with United’s U23 teamd that the Quakers were not giving up second-chance points after intermission, they were giving up third-chance points.

Of the 16 missed field goals and live-ball free throws in the half at that endrs believe they will be counting Kylian Mbappe as a teammate next season.The France striker is a top summer target for Real Madrid and has also been linked with Manchester City in the French press this week.La Sexta says PSG players are convinced Mba of the floor, the Hawks collected 11 offensive rebounds, while Penn only had five

defensive boards.

“I think [the disparity was] due to lack of boxing out,” Quakers forward and tri-captain Mark Zoller said. “We weren’t disciplined, and they just came and attacked the offensive glass and got a lot of easy buckets.”

But that was not the case over the course of the entire game. The first half saw the Quakers get the better of the glass, taking a 19-15 rebounding advantage into the locker room.

In the second half, though, the Hawks’ size and power were too much for the Quakers to handle. Power forwards Nivins and Ferguson, at 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-8, as well as 6-foot-10 “power guard” Calathes combined for all nine of the second-half offensive boards not scored as team rebounds.

Overall, the Hawks grabbed 35 rebounds to the size-challenged Quakers’ 29.

“That was the main focus at halftime,” said Calathes, who along with junior guard Brian Grandieri finished with a game-high 23 points. “We were playing really soft in the first half, and with the way we came out in the second half, that was one of the main reasons we won the game.”

“It wears you down a little bit,” Penn coach Glen Miller said. “They’re a physical team offensively as well as defensively. They’re athletic, and they got to the glass.”

Penn has now been outrebounded in 10 of its 17 games wsts he won’t push for a move to Arsenal.Sousa asn’t been seen in English football since he was sacked by Leicester City in 2010 after just three months in charge. “I’m fine here, focused on everything I can control,” said Sousa.”It’s me who makes theith one tie.

On Saturday, the Hawks took advantage and, on two separate stretches, scored on of 11 of 12 possessions and 17 of 20.

And when it seemed the Quakers had a chance to slow the Hawks’ momentum after a missed shot, too often, there was another shot coming. Or sometimes two more.

Big Red presents big challenge to Quakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Showtime in Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Former Real Betis striker Ivan Perez hopes Dani Ce

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The announced Thursday reliever had successful reconstructive elbow (Tommy John) surgery. He will beginout the season ahead.Pereira is currently training hard in Perth, Australia, as part of a 28-man squad for Tour 2019, working closely each day with his good friends David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant. “I feel amazing,” Pereira told manutd.co his rehab Sed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba against claims the World Cup winner has ‘laid down the tools’.Critics believe Pogba, who is currently recovering from injury in Dubai, has not performed well this season on purpose after missing out on a movachester United midfielder Scott McTominay says he’s proud to maintaining the club’s academy traditions.United also fielded the youngest starting line-up in the Premier League this season, with the side that beat Brighton 3-1 last month boasting an avturday, but he will be out for the 2013 season.

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The have added reliever to the 40-man roster.

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

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

anchester United’d training facilities due to Coro

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

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

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