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Penn football visits ESPN Headquarters for Ivy League media day

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BRISTOL, CONN. — The actual games may still be weeks away, but Ivy League football is officially back and ready for the 2019 season, as evidenced by Thursday’s media festivities at ESPN headquarters.

The “worldwide leader in sports” played host to representatives from all eight Ivy teams for a daylong celebration of Ancient Eight football and the expanding partnership between the conference and the ESPN+ streaming service.

Representing the Quakers were coach Ray Priore, senior running back Karekin Brooks, and senior safety Sam Philippi.

As part of the experience, the trio toured ESPN’s massive campus, glanced behind the scenes at content production, participated in a SportsCenter read-through, and, in culmination, joined the studio live on ESPN+.

In that last portion, Priore, Brooks, and Philippi were interviewed by acclaimed television personality and Yale football alum Jack Ford. In addition to answering questions from Ford, the Quakers fielded queries from a host of media members sitting in the studio’s audience.

The questions themselves spanned various topics — from a quarterback battle between Ryan Glover and Nick Robinson to the team’s trip to China last March.

While coach Priore and company did not elaborate much on game plan details, the Quaker representatives did speak glowingly of their spring break trip, citing the “chemistry” and “leadership” fostered by such an experience.

That leadership was on display throughout the interview process, especially when Philippi was asked about his season-ending injury from last year. The two-time All-Ivy honoree refused to deem 2018 a “lost year,” saying instead that his experience last year was “very meaningful” and that, even injured, he was able to be with his teammates “every step of the way.”

Continuing that theme of leadership was Brooks, the star running back and two-time All-Ivy selection. When asked b next season.The Sun says the Blues hierarchy are preparing for their appeal against a transfer ban being rejected and will tell thistiano Ronaldo while playing for Manchester United.The 33-year-old won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in his eight seasons at United between 2007 and 2015.Speaking to Tribuna Expresso, Nani said: “No. I never felt in the shadow e duo they will have to stay and fight for their places.Striker Abraham has dazzled at Aston Villa, who would like to by Ford about Penn football’s unique commitment to community service, Brooks spoke glowingly on the subject, saying that such social consciousness “embodies the Penn football character.”

Penn was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League’s preseason poll released last week. The favorite is Yale, followed closely by Dartmouth and Princeton. Pimminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’tenn was one of three teams to not receive one of the 17 first-place votes, along with projected bottom-dwellers Cornell and Brown.

Those projections won’t be tested for another month. The day’s focus, therefore, seemed to be more on the experience of touring the Bristol studios than answering meaningful football questions. After all, those questions will be answered over ten games in the fall. Touring ESPN’s headquarters is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Princeton uses strong second half to pull away from Penn women's basketball

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It wasn’t supposed to go this way.

Coming off of two Ivy League victories, Penn women’s basketball hoped to secure another victory at the Palestra, this time against a Princeton team that the Red and Blue defeated . The Orange and Black, however, had other plans. Junior Bella Alarie, who put up 21 points in the last meeting between the schools, exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the visiting Tigers roll to a 68-53 win.

Despite a disappointing first quarter performance on the offensive end of the floor, Penn (18-5, 8-2 Ivy) was able to rely on characteristically solid defense to go into the first break trailing Princeton by just three points, 15-12.

When they were able to get shots off — the Quakers turned the ball over three times in the first period and struggled with shot clock awareness — they managed to hit at a 43 percent clip while holding their opponents to just 33 percent on 5-for-15 shooting.

Nevertheless, Princeton (16-9, 8-2) forced the Red and Blue into multiple tough, low-percentage shots. Senior forward Princess Aghayere’s early foul trouble made it difficult for Penn to establish an inside presence, and Alarie used all of her 6-foot-4 frame to cause problems in the paint for Penn’s Eleah Parker.

“[Alarie]’s too good,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “You have to try to make her work and play in a crowd a little bit more. We didn’t do that enough and in the second half we gave up way too many breakdown lobs to her.”

After Alarie blocked Parker under the basket, the sophomore center responded minutes later on the other end of the court to start a back-and-forth battle that would continue for the rest of the half.

The second quarter saw the Tigers quickly extend their lead to eight, forcing Penn to take a timeout with 6:18 remaining in the half. Ever-determined, the Quakers clawed back, forcing four turnovers in the process, to cut the lead to 24-23 after junior guard Phoebe Sterba hit her first three-pointer of the game

For the rest of the quarter, both teams found ways to make shots; as the buzzer expired to end the first half, Parker missed a short floater and Penn went into the half trailing 33-31.

The second half did not start according to plan for the Red and Blue. Alarie score says te full-back’s proposed £11million move from Albion to Palace on January deadline day was called off after medical examinations revealed a torn meniscus.Ferguson had an operation to repair the knee this week and will be further assessed at thed the Tigers’ first eight points of the third quarter before Penn could get on the board. Another Princeton run extended the lead to 43-31 and McLaughlin called a timeout to allow his team to reset.

“They came at us in the second half, and I don’t know if we responded as well as we’re going to need to down the road,” McLaughlin said.

The Quakers went cold — they went just 6-for-21 from the field in the third quarter — but eight offensive rebounds in the quarter alone led to 10 second-chance points. Seniors Ashley Russell and Princess Aghayere contributed seven points apiece to trim the deficit 50-46 as the teams went into the last period of play.

For the fourth time on the evening, the Red and Blue started a quarter slowly. They opened with two consecutive shot clock violations while giving up two straight buckets to the visiting Tigers.

The Princeton lead grew to 10 points when Alarie again converted inside, forcing Penn into a timeout with 6:05 remaining on the clock.

The Quakers tried everything to stop Alarie in the second half; they rotated Parker and Aghayere in addition to giving minutes to sophomore forward Tori Crawford and junior center Emily Anderson against Princeton’s star. When other Tigers stepped up — sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield converted a four-point play to take an 11-point lead with 5:32 left to play — the game’s result was all but determined.

“To beat a quality opponent, you have to be reallDembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the ty good in all areas,” McLaughlin said. “I don’t think that was the case tonight.”

Next up for the Red and Blue is a Friday evening home matchup with Harvard (14-9, 7-3), where Penn will look to rebound against a team to whom it on Feb. 16.

Parker had a double-double last time out against the Crimson, but she knows that there’s much to improve before the Red and Blue return to the Palestra.

“We played a tough one against Harvard last time, to get carried with his superb season so far.The Uruguayan midfielder has risen to prominence with Los Blancos of late, but he’s a quiet personality off the pitch.”I’m shy, I always try to respect people’s space, but I try to enjoy myself to the fulso we’re going to focus on our shooting and ways to score on offense,” Parker said. “We struggled from the perimeter, so we should pick that up, and definitely defense. That’s what we’re going to take away from this game for sure.”

The Quakers also play Saturday against Dartmouth (12-11, 5-5). They already hold a over the Big Green this season and will look to revisit that success.

Tony | The clock is ticking for Penn's athletic director search

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How the search to find Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky’s successor will play out over the course of this semester is anyone’s guess. But what’s troubling is that we’re still playing the guessing game in the first place.

Bilsky announced he would retire effective June 30 back on Nov. 21. Then Thanksgiving Break happened. Then nothing happened.

On Dec. 9, Leo Charney, a spokesperson for Penn Provost Vincent Price, told The Daily Pennsylvanian that there would be an announcement soon about the formation of an advisory committee for the athletic director search. Then nothing happened. Then Winter Break happened.

And finally, on Jan. 15, Price announced the formation of a 14-member advisory committee co-chaired by himself and Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.

If you’re keeping score, that’s eight weeks separating Bilsky’s goodbye and the proclamation of a plan to replace him. That’s too long and too problematic for whoever turns out to be Bilsky’s successor, because if the future of Penn Athletics starts now, why is it taking so long to arrive?

The next athletic director needs to be in place sooner rather than later if he or she hopes to have agency over the future of Penn’s winter and spring varsity sports. The future of coach Jerome Allen looms large for all Penn basketba for a move to Barcelona.Lacazette has been linked with a move to Barca in recent weeks.And Puel can see the transfer happening, having worked with Lacazette when Lyon coach.”Lacazette can be a player like Luis Suarez. He can drop down to midfield toll supporters, and the decision on whether to give a vote of confidence to Allen should rest squarely with the next athletic director, who should ter consideration at Spurs as cover for Harry Kane. The England captain won’t be seen again until April after undergoing hamstring surgery.Spurs have already sounded out Silva’s agent Jorge Mendes about his availability.The Portuguese is currently loaherefore be hired soon enough to observe the team in conference play and determine whether or not Allen should stay.

It would also benefit the next athletic director greatly to evaluate the rest of the winter and spring sports firsthand as well — not to be able to enact sweeping changes, but to simply measure what’s best for Penn Athletics going forward before Penn’s varsity schedules for this academic year are all but over.

That’s almost certainly not going to happen now.

Nominations and applications for the position will be accepted by the Office of the Provost until Feb. 28. Tack a thorough vetting period onto the end of that deadline, and you’re looking at the end of spring break, which lasts from March 8-16. Suddenly, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t seem so lucky.

Texas had the right idea with its recent athletic director succession. Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds announced on Oct. 13 that he’d be stepping down effective Aug. 31, 2014. By Oct. 14, a committee was in place to hire his successor. By Nov. 5, his successor, Steve Patterson, was hired and given full authority to decide how to approach struggling signature coaches like football coach Mack Brown.

Likewise, Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year on Sept. 4. It tookaurizio Sarri.The Italian has guided the Blues to a third-placed finish and the Europa League final, which will be played against Arsenal on Wednesday in Baku.But Johnson, who played alongside Lampard, believes Sarri’s future has already been decided Princeton just 12 days to announce a 12-member committee to conduct the search for Walters’ successor.

So it shouldn’t have taken nearly as long as it did for Penn to identify folks within its community who deserve to be guaranteed a voice in this crucial vetting process and reach out to them. It’s true that the advisory committee that Price ultimately came up with is a fair and balanced one, a commendable mix of administrators, coaches, alumni, students and faculty. But that doesn’t excuse the wait.

And while Princeton may not have chosen Walters’ replacement yet, at least transparency is on the Tigers’ side. Princeton held three on-campus open forums inviting comments and suggestions about its athletic director search in October and November, and that kind of transparency is crucial. Princeton even has a website designed solely for the purpose of distributing information about its search process.

Price didn’t rule out open forums when I spoke with him earlier this month, but I don’t expect committee members to push hard enough for them specifically. That’s a shame.

And yet this search is in good hands with Price. He said last month that Penn will be reaching out proactively to candidates, and you can bet that Price is going to be diligent in this process. If you’re rooting for a successful search, thoughtfulness and thoroughness are on your side with Price at the helm.

Time isn’t, though. Advisory committee, you’re on the clock.

MIKE TONY is a senior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa, and is a senior staff writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

Penn field hockey walks off with season-opening win

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2012 was no fluke.

Coming off of a 9-8 campaign from a year ago, Penn field hockey showed that is has what it takes to win a thrilling 5-4 victory over Lehigh in its 2013 season opener.

Things didn’t get off to an ideal start, with the Mountain Hawks (1-3) striking first less than 10 minutes into play, but the Red and Blue (1-0), a team that was goal-starved at times in last year’s campaign, would answer back in a big way.

Freshman Elise Tilton’s career started off in an ideal fashion, scoring a goal to tie the game. Senior Julie Tahan gave the Quakers the lead and Emily Corcoran expanding the Penn advantage to two with a third straight unanswered goal.

Offensively, it was a perfect storted boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his players not to rely on the FFP crisis at rivals Manchester City for Champions League qualification.Solskjaer is targeting a top-four finish after ­closing to within three points of Chelsea, ahead of Sundam. Coach Colleen Fink’s freshmen made immediate impacts, cs under mounting boardroom scrutiny after failing to improve results since replacing Arsene Wenger.The Gunners launched a disciplinary inquiry into Xhaka’s meltdown on Sunday after the furious midfielder told Emirates fans to “f*** off” as he was saptain Julie Tahan proved why she’s one of the biggest weapons in the Ivy League and all four classes accounted for at least one point.

“We need and expect everyone regardless of their year to step up and contribute.,” Fink said. “Their upside is part of what makes this season so exciting.”

But with a defensive unit that still has a few question marks, Lehigh got right back into the game, scoring goals just 62 seconds apart on a wild scramble in front of the net and a penalty stroke, leaving the game tied at three heading into halftime.

Though it seemed the Mountain Hawks carried all the momentum going into the second half, the Quakers came out swinging, attacking the net until freshman Jasmine Cole finally forced home a goal that gave the Red and Blue the lead. Penn held onto this advantage for 23 minutes, until Lehigh’s Gabby Tofig used a Penn turnover to score the equalizer with less than four minutes left in regulation.

As the clock ticked down, the game seemed destined for overtime, but an offensive corner with no time left gave the Quakers one final opportunity to come out victorious.

Holding out for a heroine, Penn found one in Elizabeth Hitti, the honorable mention All-Ivy performer from a year ago who fired in a pass from senior Sunny Stirewalt to give the Red and Blue field hockey’s version of a walk-off win.

It wasn’t perfect. With two late goals given up in the first half to allow Lehigh back into the game and then a late breakdown that saw the Mountain Hawks tie the game at four, the Quakers will need to work on finishing off halves and not giving up costly goals late.

“We had some costly turnovers out of the backfield, which was really frustrating,” Fink said. “But we will continue to dedicate time to make sure we don’t have it happen again.”

The contributions came from every class, with the stars playing like stars and role players stepping up to give the squad much needed jolts of life. The freshmen burst onto the scene in a big way, accounting for two goals, and the return of Alex Iqbal added another dimension to an already potent offense.

But the biggest thing the Quakers did was make momentum a non-factor. There were numerous occasions when Lehigh’s spirits were high, but even with their backs against the wall, the Red and Blue kept fighting bacmu Pukki went through the pain barrier on Saturday as he played the second half of his side’s draw with Leicester with a broken toe.Pukki put the Canaries ahead at King Power Stadium with a nerveless finish on 26 minutes but he suffered the injury lak, squandering any hopes of a Mountai n Hawk win with quick goals and big defensive stands.

“We respond well,” Fink said. “Our core group of girls are very competitive, and when the other team scores, we take the initiative to get the momentum back.”SEE ALSO

Penn men's soccer kicks off home stretch vs. Big Green

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Being in a city may limit our exposure to nature, but there will be no shortage of green at Rhodes Field on Saturday night.

With two shutouts in Ivy play so far, the Penn men’s soccer team is looking for another clean sheet against the Big Green in its third Ivy contest.

“We are really focusing on keeping a lot of possession this game, really working the ball around, really stretching their defense out and picking them apart that way,” senior Alex Reddy said. “Making it a little bit less of a foot race, less of an athletic battle and much more of a soccer game.”

While the Quakers (4-6-1, 1-0-1 Ivy) are coming off of a win and a tie in league play, Dartmouth (4-2-4, 0-2) is trying to come back from two close losses after a great out-of-conference display.

“They’ve had a lot of success over the years,” coach Rudy Fuller said. “They have lost two very close, difficult games in the league but they have some quality results in the season so far. They were undefeated coming into the league matches.”

The last time the Red and Blue beat Dartmouth was three years ago when they went 5-2 in league play and beat Cornell and Columbia prior to playing in Hanover. Yet the past two years, the Big Green have gotten out in front early and the Quakers couldn’t recover.

But this year is very different from last year’s 1-6 run through Ivy play — just look at the Quakers’ Ivy record thus far.

“We’ve got to get on our front foot and play aggressively and really try to pin them in their end and put them under some pressure and make them chase,” Fuller said. “But in order to do that we have to be very sharp on the ball.”

“Every year brings a new set of challenges, and I don’t expect this year’s game to be like last year’s game or two years ago,” Reddy added. “We have to expect Real Madrid.The Belgian moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid last summer, but he has yet to impress with his performances, while he has also struggled with injuries since his arrival.”If Hazard is not playing well, something happens at Real Madrid,” ht them to start fast, and we have to be ready to go off the bat. But I think coming into this game with two clean sheets, we are feeling very good about ourselves defensively and how well we will be able to compete.”

Just as the Quakers are a different team than they were last season, the Big Green have also made some changes. Former assistant coach Chad Riley took over for Jeff Cook and is in his inaugural season as head coach. However, the team doesn’t seem to have changed too radically.

“The philosophy seems to be much of the same in terms of their setup and how they play and how they look to attack and how they look to defend,” Fuller said.

With all Ivy games last weekend going into overtime, the league is more competitive than it has been in years past. But the run the Quakers have had so far gives them confidence for a promising future.

“I think we expect a very competitive game like all the Ivy League games,”b.Pique already part-owns loc star Sergio Aguero hopes to play for Independiente again before he retires.The Argentine marksman has been a revelation since arriving in Europe, starring for Atletico Madrid and Manchester City.In a recent interview, Aguero spoke about his return tal outfit Andorra FC and Blick says he made a more ambitious attempt to buy Switzerland’s FC Lugano.A meeting took place a few days ago in Ticino between Pique and Lugano president Angelo Renzetti. However, both parties c Reddy said. “We are in a pretty good run right now, and we hope to continue that this weekend.”SEE ALSO

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

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

Blast from the past

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

d up on his ‘complicated’ relationship with Jose M

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

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

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.

break to re-energise his Manchester United players

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Now that ‘s thumb issue is behind him, drafters may continue taking him too early. 

The ‘ stud youngster w informed Inter Milan they want to sell Christian Eriksen as soon as possible.The Dane, off contract in June, has already agreed personal terms with the Nerazzurri. However, the Italian giants have struggled in negotiations over a fee with Spurs.TMW as supposed to fall to the fourth round this year and be a nice sleeper pick there, not leap up . I like Harper — — but there’s a little bit of downside that needs to be recognized here: He only hit .243 in his short Triple-A stint, with a .690 OPS. Plus, for all Mike Trout did last year, there aren’t a ton of data sets that definitively prove a 20-year-old deserves that “surefire” tag.

I don’t necessarily agree with these argumut signing permanently with Leeds United.Brighton see White as a key part of their plans and he appears a decent bet to be playing Premier League football next season, regardless of whether Leeds end their 16-year exile from the top flight.”W United youngster Dylan Levitt has signed a new contract with the club.The 18-year-old’s new deal with keep him at the club until June 2022 and United have the option to extend his stay for a further year.Levitt has been included in Ryan Giggs ‘ seniho knowsents, but they should at least be presented by someone, right?

Again, I like Harper — i think he’ll hit .300 with a possible 40/40 campaign. And I know that translates to a first-round pick. But there should be plenty of people out there tempering expectations a little bit, and they don’t seem to exist. Instead, his price just gets driven up, and he loses that exciting sleeper gambit that would have been a fun angle in 2013.  

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In what may be some wonderfully ignored foreshadowing, outfielder has 12 walks this spring, the second-most in the majors.

Span will disappointed with what he’s seen from his old team this season.Amavisca feels Real are lacking in gold dust.He told Bernabéu Digital: “I don’t see Real Madrid at all this year. (Zinedine) Zidane’s team started the season with too many doubts, both ibat leadoff in 2013, ahead of sluggers Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam LaRoche. This is something we should get excited about…yet we’re not. Points leaguers should like Span because he can hit doubles (career high 38 last year) and he’s obo criticise his side.The Red Devils come in for a lot of criticism on the tv and radio, especially from ex-players from the Sir Alex Ferguson era who are now pundits.But Matic has no issue with their comments, as he believes offering ana with Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic.Off contract in June, Matic’s camp are already in contact with Inter about a move.Inter coach Antonio Conte has approved the move, having worked with him at Chelsea.United would be prepared to let Matilysis on the viously more interested in taking a bunch of walks this season. Roto owners can safely project him to score 100 runs at the rate he’s getting on base. 

Span is the 234th player to go off H2H boards, behind Jason Hammel and Derek Holland. He may end up repaying owners — especially those in OBP leagues — with a career season in his new home. 

Tigers release Brennan Boesch

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The have released outfielder , the club announced Wednesday morning.

The Tigers should have nontendered the 27-year-old outfielder lader Dominik Szoboszlai has revealed the interest of Serie A clubs.The youngster admits a move to Italy tempts him.He said, “I like it Italy. I spent my summer holidays there. But I don’t know now which direction my career will go when I change clubs st December, but they thought they could trade rials at Barcelona.The pair are now starring at senior level for their respective teams.Martinelli recalled to Marca: “I spent 15 days there, which was the time I hadenal.The Scot has been in the dugout for three games, with a win over Chelsea and draw with Manchester United.He will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, who has secured a release from his contract with Napoli.Sky Sports says Ancelotti will be in the sta on vacation with the U17s that ended in October. As Copinha did not start until Janhim. As it turned out, they weren’t getting any bites, so cutting bait now was the right move. Boesch’s contract for the 2013 season was worth $2.3 million. By cutting him now, the Tigers only owe him a sixth ($383,333) of that.

Also note that the Tigers have , , , and as outfield options, so there’s no need for Boesch.

Boesch finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 and then hit .283/.341/.458 with 16 homers in just 115 games in 2011, but last season was a different matter. Boesch regressed to .240/.286/.372 with 12 homers in 503 plate appearances. He struck out 104 times while walking just 26. For those into the advanced metrics, Boesch’s WAR was 2.3 in 2011 and negative-1.4 last season.

The Yankees have “some interest” in Boesch, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The Yankees have a serious need for corner infield help to start the season and Boesch has never played first base, but they could always try to have him learn it on the fly. While it’s not “easy” per se, it is the easiest position on the field.

Per Heyman, the Mets also have interest. Boesch makes sense for the Mets, as outfield appears a serious weakness heading into the season.

This spring, Boesch is hitting .188/.278/.250 in 18 plate appearances.

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The club also stated that all those who had come i

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Mariners outfielder batted leadoff again in Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Brewers. He went 1 for 3 e midfielder is interesting Atalanta this summer.And he told Foot Mercato: “Today, I’m in Southampton. I still have three years of contract. But it’s true that I do not rule out the possibility of going elsewhere. The last four months have not been ewith an RBI and a r linked with a move to the Premier League with Leicester, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom. “I always had the dream of going to the Premier League,” Almeida told Mega Hits.“I really like Liverpool and Manchester United for their history.un scored, bringinhester United trainingahead of Thursday’s upcoming clash with Spurs.Lukaku, who has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, has not featured in any of United’s three preseason fixtures.Chong and Lindelof were both forced off during the second half ofg his spring average to .313 through six games. Gutierrez also has three homers and eight RBI in 16 at-bats. Manager Eric Wedge told .com that Gutierrez could end up batting leadoff for Seattle this season. “We’ve been looking at that,” Wedge said. “We’ve been looking at multiple people up top, but obviously the veteran presence of Gutierrez up there and the way he sees pitches and the way he’s been hitting the ball, all those things are positives for us.”

Arsenal youngster Kelechi Nwakali has signed for S

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After a quality first season filling in for at short, the Rockies planned to use as their starting second baseman for the upcoming season. Apparently, nobody told , who said he still considers himself a contender for the position after holding t Greenwood’s eye for goal.The 18-year-old joined Brandon Williams on the scoresheet in Sunday’s draw with Sheffield United, taking his season tally to 4.”It’s definitely a spe today, does Jurgen Klopp actually need to act this summer? Is there anyone in the Premier League – including the champions – capable of matching his Liverpool next season?Okay, okay it’s early doors. There’s still almost two months of the summer marcial feeling [for both of them to score], Brandon especially,” Rashford tolhe spot for the final two months of the 2012 season. “I’m just going the back-to-back champions have opened contract talks with defender Walker and will offer him an extension to his current deal in a sign of his manager’s renewed faith.City want to reward Walker for his part in this unprecedented haul of silverware bto go into camp competing,” he told The Denver Post. “But I would go in with the same attitude even if I had a job locked up.” LeMahieu finished with a .297 batting average and 18 extra-base hits in 81 games for the Rockies last season after beginning the year in Triple-A.