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Penn women's lacrosse readies for biggest challenge yet in defending champion Maryland

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It’s time for that undefeated record to get put to the test.

On Thursday at 3 p.m., Penn women’s lacrosse is taking on defending NCAA Champion and No. 4 Maryland at Franklin Field.

Coming off of a huge win against No. 19 Duke (6-3, 1-1 ACC), the Quakers are looking to keep their seven-same winning streaCrystal Palace.The Belgian striker wants to get into the Belgian first team for Euro 2020.But he knows that he will struggle to nail down a starting spot if he is a bench warmer at club level.He scored two goals for his national team against Cyprus ik alive against Maryland (6-1, 1-0 Big Ten).

Off to its best seven-game start since 2009, No. 7 Penn (7-0, 1-0 Ivy) has a high-powered offense that the team is looking towards to help it this Thursday against the Terrapins.

Freshman Zoe Belodeau has burst onto the scene with 17 goals so far this season, making her one of the top scorers on the team. Sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig has a whopping team-leading 25 goals to herself, and longtime stars and seniors Alex Condon and Caroline Cummings provide further support.

Defensively, Penn will have its hands full with a stackedSG, Real Madrid, Brugge, GalatasarayGROUP B: Bayern, TOTTENHAM, Olympiakos, Red Star BelgradeGROUP C: MAN CITY, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zagreb, AtalantaGROUP D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, LokomotivGROUP E: LIVERPOOL, Napoli, Salzburg, Gen Maryland offense averaging 17.1 goals per game, good for third in the country. The Quakers will have to ward off Maryland’s main scorers, senior Megan Whittle and junior Caroline Steele, who have combined to provide 49 of the team’s 120 goals.

Last year, the Quakers were up to the task. While , to a Maryland team that would finish the season undefeated, the Red and Blue held the Terps to their lowest goal total of the season.

That effort came with then-senior and in goal, but this season, the Quakers’ defensive personnel looks a bit different.

After recently earning the starting job, sophomore Mikaila Cheeseman will work to protect the goal like her predecessor in this upcoming match. So far this season, Cheeseman is sixth in the nation with an impressive 55.6 save percentage of shots on goal — which compares favorably to Maryland’s goalie, reigning IWLCA Goalie of the Year and junior Megan Taylor, at 42.6 percent.

Maryland crushed Johns Hopkins this past Saturday by a score of 15-5. When the Quakers played the Blue Jays back in February, they barely snagged a 12-1er says Bruno Fernandes is quickly establishing himself as a locker room leader.Solskjaer has also likened the midfielder to his former teammate Paul Scholes.He said: “He reminds me of Scholesy as a player but definitely a different type of persona1 win.

The Red and Blue have come a long way since then, however. As the new-look offense has jelled, Penn’s shooting percentage has risen from the 39.5 percent mark it had when it previously played Johns Hopkins to 45.2 percent after defeating Duke.

The Quakers are eager for a win this week, but they have their work cut out for them — not only in facing another winter storm, but also in the challenge of taking down the reigning champs.

Food, football, and fun: Penn Athletics to host Fan Fest this Friday

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Do you like free food? Do you like football? Do you want to do something other than prepare for that interview you have next week?

Well, you’re in luck!

Penn Athletics will bhas been revealed.Sport says Neymar is convinced he will be back at Barcelona next season. That’s what he’s told his would-be teammates. Barcelona’s players, at least some of them, have news because they’re in touch with him. There’s interest inside e hosting their first Fan Fest of the season this Friday before the Red and Blue’s Ivy League opener again Dartmouth. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Shoemaker Green, which is the green field right in front of the Palestra, and right next to DRL (David Rittenhouse Laboratory).

The Fan Fest, which is free to enter, will include many different attractions, including free food, beer, and a live DJ. Penn Athletics will also be hosting a similar Fan Fest prior to Penn football’s season finale against Cornell on November, 18. Thez hopes for a chance with parent club Watford.Suarez is currently impressing on-loan with Segunda Division Zaragoza this season.”Every year has been better than the year before, that is a fact,” he said of his development since arriving in Europe.”Se event mirrors similar popular events that are held at many Power-5 conference schools like USC, Florida State, and Texas.

This is the second consecutive year that Penn Athletics is hosting these events, which are aimed at encouraging people, especially students, to showcase their school spirit. Last year, there were four separate Fan Fest events, two during the football season and two before men’s basketball games.

The event promises to be entertaining and will serve as a great warmup to the main event s to make his debut for England. It was an assured performance,” Aston Villa boss Dean Smith on defender Tyrone Mings’ debut for England against Bulgaria on Monday.”It was like he was playing for Villa as he was organising players around him, he playon Franklin Field. Come get rowdy and ready to root on your defending Ivy League Champs on Friday.

Meet the Super Seniors: Penn volleyball's veterans make the most of their time running the show

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In college athletics, every new season brings plenty of new faces and, more painfully, a host of goodbyes. But this was not the case last season for one Penn team, a rarity which will make the end of this season all the more bittersweet.

The Penn volleyball class of 2017 was a comples not enough for his teammates.The Reds are currently leading the Premier League by eight points after finishing second last season.And Henderson says only more silverware will satisfy his teammates.”At the moment, people can talk about the moment wete non-factor on and off the court. This is not an attack on their playing ability or leadership qualities, but merely a consequence of the fact that they did not exist. After the star-studded class of 2016 with its five captains departed following the 2015 campaign, last year’s team had zero seniors, relying on an extremely young squad for both production and leadership.

While the Quakers struggled on the court last year, the constant refrain around the program was that it was a “two-year team,” and that the 2017 season would be an opportunity to build the learning experience of 2016. This year, the team is once again top-heavy in terms of age, with six seniors leading the way.

Kendall Covington, Sydney Morton, Aimee Stephenson, Michelle Pereira, Emmy Friedler and Hayley Molnar all enter their final season with a full year’s experience of being the elder stateswomen of the team. For all intents and purposes, they’ve been the old kids on the block since before they were even upperclassmen. Gathering before practice one afternoon, they reflect on their journey:

“Sophomore spring [after the seniors played their final game in the fall of 2015] we all had to step up and be leaders,” says Morton, one of three captains along with Covington and junior Taylor Cooper.

“Having been the oldest on the team for two years now, I feel like we seem, really, REALLY old,” Friedler says. “And we’re kind of used to that role, so it doesn’t seem like a shift for us at all.”

“It’s more of a habit now,” Stephenson (or “Steve,” as she is known) says. “I don’t really remember not having been a leader on this team.”

But if you push them hard enough, the senior six can remember their earliest days with the Red and Blue — and even further back than that.

“We remember our official visit,” Morton says, before her teammates reveal that for the setter from Atlanta, the road almost ended there. The seniors recall how Morton was sick (or “deathly ill,” as Molnar puts it) during that first trip to Penn.

“We thought she was really quiet, but she was actually dying the whole time,” Pereira (or “Perry”) says.

The team laughs as they recall Morton wearing sweats in a seemingly 100-degree ice rink. Friedler remembers thinking, “We don’t know her, but she does NOT seem OK,” before the players decided to take their future captain to the hospital.

But things have changed. These six know each other as well as anybody now, and they’ve each grown into their own roles on and off the court. As Pereira explains, “Sydney’s the mom” (“Yeah, you’re very mom-like,” confirms Molnar, who is “the fun one,” but also “very competitive”).

Pereira continues dishing out roles, calling Stephenson the “team therapist.” The senior from San Diego agrees, saying, “people come to me with a lot of personal problems.”

“I feel like K-Cov is the energy provider. She’s the spark. She’s someone we can look to when we need energy or leadership by example, and I feel like Sydney is someone who is really good behind the scenes, good at coordinating things.”

Pereira struggles to give herself a role, ultimately settling on “the chill one.” But her teammates, even the younger ones, have no shortage of things to say about her.

“Perry is very, like, weird in a good way,” star junior Courtney Quinn says with a smile. “If you’re sitting next to Perry at dinner, it’s not going to be a surface-level conversation. Ieturn to PSG.Ginola played 158 games and scored 44 goals for the Parisiens.He told France Bleu, “I see myself returning to PSG? Yes but not today. I’m not telling you today, because things are too complicated and I do not want to go inside it. “I want’s gonna be something weird, and extroverted, and it’s gonna blow your mind.”

Friedler is the smallest in stature, but nobody takes her lightly.

“I would say that I’m probably more of the lay-down-the-hammer type,” the Illinois native says as she makes her fist into her palm.

“Emmy, she’ll tell you how it is. If you want blunt, you really want to know what’s going on, she’ll tell you,” Quinn laughs. “If I want to feel good about how I’m doing, I’ll go to Steve.

“They all have such big personalities that are so unique and fun,” Quinn adds.

But while the seniors (even Friedler) are lighthearted in front of a microphone, they’re dead-serious (even Molnar) on the court, and they provide a massive share of the team’s overall production. With their careers winding down, those around them who are in it for the longer haul know that an era is ending.

“I think from the day I stepped on campus, the ses a massive offer on the table from China.The Mirror says Willian was offered a £17.8m move to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua which could have netter him more than £30m.But the Brazil ace, currently at the Copa America, has now interest in accepting thnior group has had tremendous leadership qualities,” first-year coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley says. “That’s a big group to lose, and I think that each of them is so different, and adds a lot of personality to the team, and it’ll be interesting to see how the team meshes once they’re gone.”

The younger players in particular will need to adjust on and off the court in the absence of the seniors’ production and presence.

“It’s gonna be a big hole to fill. The seniors are the heart of our team. You look up to them,” freshman Parker Jones says.

“We’ve grown up with them,” Quinn says. They’ve been my best friends for three years, I can’t imagine them not being here.”

Even if Quinn and the younger Quakers can’t imagine a Penn volleyball squad without Molnar, Covington, Pereira, Morton, Friedler and Stephenson, they won’t have to for long — it will soon be a harsh reality. But until then, the seniors plan on leaving it all out on the court.

“We only have six to eight weeks left of volleyball, we’re all trying to enjoy it.”

But the seniors know that, even after they take off their uniforms for the final time, Penn volleyball will be a gift that continues to give.

“I learned more life skills being on the team, than I did in the classes I took at Penn,” Stephenson says, to unanimous approval.

Ivy competition, national champion on the slate in Penn field hockey's weekend trip to New York

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Upstate New York has served as a notable battleground in American history. That legacy will continue this weekend as Penn field hockey arms itself for two of the hardest encounters it will face this season.

This Saturday, the Red and Blue (4-1) travel to Ithaca, N.Y., where they will open up Ivy League competition against Cornell. A day later, the team will travel an hour north to No. 1 Syracuse as they ready to face the defending NCAA champions.

Being caught between a rock and a hard place might be an apt description for the Quakers’ upcoming matchups, but the team stresses it’s taking the challenges one game at a time.

Against the Big Red (4-2) on Saturday, it’s hard to believe that anyone will have forgotten the epic contest when the two teams met in Philadelphia last fall.

Three goals in the last six minutes of regulation sent the game to overtime tied at 2-2. The deadlock held for a mere 17 seconds, when then-sophomore Alexa Hoover tucked away a penalty stroke after nearly dribbling the entire Cornell defense single-handedly.

“Ivy play is just a fight, a fight till the end,” senior defender Claire Kneizys said.

This year, Penn tar Tanguy Ndombele.The French central midfielder is a wanted man this summer.He has been linked to a host of top clubs, including Manchester United and City.However, theDaily Star indicates that it will be a straight fight between Spurs and Juve forhas already become well-accustomed to gritty, extended matches, having grabbed overtime winners over Saint Joseph’s and Fairfield in its last two games.

“It’s good for the team to know that that resilience is still there but also to be prepared mentally for that battlegrounladolid owner insists he never wished to leave Barca at the time.”I had signed a contract to renew at the end of the season and I went on a trip with Brazil and after five days they called me to tell me that I could not continue with the renewal,” Rod atmosphere,” coach Colleen Fink said.

It’s easy to see why these battle metaphors keep showing up. For the Quakers, this weekend seems to evoke a sense of warrior spirit.

All eight teams in Ivy play hope to draw first blood in this seven game campaign, and the Penn-Cornell contest this Saturday brings together the two second-place finishers from last year’s Ancient Eight standings, meaning there will be a lot on the line when the two face off in Ithaca.

“I’m ready to beat them in regulation this year,” Kneizys said.

When Penn plays the Orange (7-0) on Sunday, it will be a test of a whole different magnitude. While the Red and Blue actually topped Syracuse in an offseason tournament last spring, the regular season is another story, and Fink says that Syracuse has added a formidable physicality to its play this year.

“They’re very aggressive, they aren’t super concerned with fouling [and] they don’t play at all tentative,” Fink said.

“We can’t be looking for calls that we might not get up in New York.”

“Something that we’ve really been focusing on this week and really the whole season is intensity,” Kneizys added. “Just doing everything at 100 percent, playing faster, playing stronger and also [having] a lot more motion on the field, switching and playing less positionally.”

The Quakers have faced Syracuse in the regular season three times before, most recently in 2006. None of those matchups resulted in a Red and Blue win, and it would take an incredible effort for Penn to emerge from this upcoming matchup on the winning side.

But it is a fantastic opportunity for Penn to see how it matches up against the top teams in the country, a club that the Quakers are well on their way to joining soon.

According to Kneizys, the team has two defined gocTominay insists Wolves are not Manchester United’s bogey team.The Red Devils were beaten twice by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side last season.They will meet again at Molineux on Monday night, and McTominay says that history won’t impact the result.McTomials this season: to stop Princeton’s 16 year Ivy League champion dynasty and to be one of the nation’s best and most recognized programs.

“To be a top 20 team you have to beat other top 20 teams,” she said.

The Quakers will have the opportunity to advance both goals this weekend, but they’ll have to fight for it.

EIWA race to heat up on campus for Penn wrestling

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The big day has finally arrived for Penn wrestling.

This weekend, the Quakers will compete in the 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships at home in the Palestra. This year’s tournament will b says Charlie Taylor could become an England international.The left-back has struggled for game-time this season as Erik Pieters has made the left-back spot his own.But Dyche sees enough potential in the 26-year-old for him to become a future member e the biggest yet, with 18 teams in the mix and 47 spots at the NCAA Championships up for grabs.

Despite an uneven season so far, Penn has been peaking recently, winning three straight duals over Columbia, Princeton and Drexel. The Quakers will look to take advantage of being under the radar to make a bigme an issue.John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are now fit again, but Rodri has since picked up an injury and Fernandinho will be suspended for the Carabao Cup clash with Southampton on Tuesday.Guardiola said: “For the short term we can handle it. For showing in front of their home crowd.

“I think the guys are in a really good physical and mental state right now, we’ve had some really good workouts and they’re pretty excited,” coach Rob Eiter said. “I expect them to go out and wrestle their butts off. If they give everything they’ve got I think we’ll do pretty well.”

The favorites for the Red and Blue will be sophomores Casey Kent (165 pounds) and Lorenzo Thomas (184) , who are ranked No. 19 and No. 10 at their respective weightclasses. In order to conquer the EIWA crown, both of them might have to avenge losses from earlier this year to the probable No. 1 seeds.

Cornell’s Dylan Palacio, ranked 14th in the nation, defeated Kent twice this season, 4-1 and 4-2. Meanwhile, the last person to defeat Thomas was No. 3 Gabe Dean – also of Cornell – by the score of 7-5.

“Fortunately for both Lorenzo and Casey, they’ve already wrestled the guys that are seeded number one,” Eiter said. “If they go in there and just wrestle as well as we know they can – and they can – there’s nobody that’s heads and above somebody else right now in those two weightclasses.”

“I just need to wrestle smart against [Dean]. The last time it was close score-wise, but he kind of controlled the match for the most part,” Thomas added. “I need to wrestle my match and not let him do what he wants to do.”

Beyond the obvious duo, Eiter thinks most grapplers on the Red and Blue’s talented roster have a reasonable shot at pulling off what he called “an upset just on paper.” Amongst them are junior Jeff Canfora (141) and the freshman pair Frank Mattiace (197) and Caleb Richardson (125).

“I think Jeff and Frank are probably the two worst draws you can have … they definitely have the potential to beat anybody,” Eiter said. “Especially Frank’s weightclass is pretty wide open, everybody’s kind of beaten everybody, so that’s going to be very interesting.

“Caleb’s going to get overlooked and he has a ton of talent. His skill set is super high so he easily could be in the finals for us.”

For Kent, the key to success is simple.

“I [have] jmmer are wide open.Speaking with AD, Van de Beek denied claims of an agreement with Real Madrid and left the door open to joining Manchester United.On Real, he stated: “That is said and written, people take over, and then it starts to lead its own ust got to wrestle like I’ve been wrestling the whole season, not worry about what happens and just go out there.”

Lengyel | Penn football couldn't get clutch this season

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — If there’s a difference between this year’s Penn squad and last year’s Ivy champs, it’s one thing — performing in the clutch.

Whether it’s their inability to get going on the ground, make the big stops or finish a big special teams play, Penn has consistently failed to come through.

“We made it interesting, but we couldn’t just quite finish it,” coach Al Bagnoli said after losing to Harvard.

That pretty much sums up Penn’s season — the Quakers made things interesting in 2013, but simply didn’t show up to finish.

The downward spiral started after Penn went on the road and was shut out by a Brown team not nearly as good as the Quakers made them look. Now that the Quakers are officially out of Ivy title contention, the question remains: How did Penn let a 3-0 conference start vanish?

Maybe the Quakers disappeared first. They did when they got outscored 21-3 in the second half against Princeton. And they definitely did in their very next half of football Saturday, when they somehow dug themselves a 31-0 hole.

Add Harvard’s third-quarter touchdown and that’s a four-and-a-half quarter stretch in which Penn got outscored by Princeton and Hirror says Sogut, has been shown around Washington as DC United look to woo the Arsenal star to MLS.DC United are on the lookout for a replacement for Wayne Rooney, after the ex-England captain agreed to join Derby County in January.And the MLS outfiarvard, 59-3.

It’s disappointing to watch a team that had so much potential not perform in the stretches it needs to, but the issue was bigger than on-field play.

Penn’s leaders haven’t inspired this team for a full 60 minutes all season, which is unacceptable given the number of players that have already put in a championship effort on this squad.

On Saturday, Harvard made mince-meat of the Red and Blue, putting up 38 consecutive points without allowing Penn to even get near the red zone for nearly three quarters and nearing the Quakers’ 84 total rushing yards in the afternoon on quarterback Conner Hempel’s back alone.

“They executed great … it’s a funny game when these two teams play,” Bagnoli said. “Fortunately, our kids never gave up because it had a chance to get pretty ugly there.”

Had a chance? It did get ugly.

This game shouldn’t be written off as a moral victory, which it perhaps should have been had it come at the beginning of Ivy play. It’d be a moral victory if it Penn didn’t have such an outstanding number of past Ivy championship players already in place. It’d be a moral victory if this game wasn’t part of such a historic rivalry.But non Tobido.The French defender arrived at Barca this January from Toulouse, but has struggled for form and opportunities this past year.Barca coughed up €1m for the teen, who was due to come off contract in June, and is now seeking to sell in January e of the above holds true.

It’s frustrating to watch a team waste a second-half performance on the road after crumbling against Princeton in front of one of its largest crowds in a long time.

Where was the 30-point scoring spree then?

It’s even harder to watch losses like these after winning one of the most exciting games in conference history earlier this season. Bagnoli even commented about the meaning of that quadruple-overtime win over Dartmouth early in the season.

“When the smoke clears and we get a chance to look back at this game, maybe we’ll say this was one of the games of 2013,” Bagnoli said after the win. “It could be a very defining game for the 2013 season.”

And it wasn’t. It was a highlight of the 2013 season, no doubt, but it was the exception, not the rule.

Leaders have failed to step up on and off the field to juice up this team from kickoff to the final whistle, and it has shown in glaring fashion these past three losses.

“It’s the second to last game of the season, you’ve gotta give it all you’ve got,” fifth-year senior quarterback Ryto TEAMtalk, the England under-21 international is set to get a new deal that will double his wages.Ramsdale has starred in the Premier League for the Cherries, playing all eight clashes for Eddie Howe’s team.The youngster has beaten out the likes ofan Becker said.

But that sentiment certainly did not show in the Red and Blue’s play through 35 minutes of competition. As Penn looks forward to Cornell and the conclusion of the 2013 season, all Penn’s got will have to be a lot more, even though it’s already too late.

JIMMY LENGYEL is a College sophomore from Pensacola, Fla. and an associate sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.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

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.

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.

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. 

an Dyche will likely rotate his squad for Saturday

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pitcher did not fare well in his Cactus League finale on Tuesday against the White Sox. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up a run in the first for his only damage over the first three frames. In the fourth, he surrendered a three-run homer to Brandon Short. “I definitely didn’t finish ely with referee Chris Kavanagh after Sunday’s los to Manchester City.Kavanagh interfered with John Fleck in the build-up to Sergio Aguero’s opening goal.But he didn’t make contact with the ball which is agent Mino Raiola says a three-month ban won’t hinder his transfer dealings this summer.The controversial agent, who represents Paul Pogba and was influential in his move to Manchester United in 2016, was hit with a ban that prohibits him from deals why a drop ball wasn’t awarded and the goal waout the way I wanted to but I feel like my stuff is there,” Harrison told ESPN.com. “I’m ready to go. I just had a little trouble with my rleft Arsenal under somewhat of a cloud as he forced his way out by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour to America.But the 34-year-old has now revealed he wanted to leave for the sake of his family.Koscielny told L’Equipe: “A Premier League selease point consistently today.” Harrison posted a 5.11 ERA in four starts this spring.

as first feared.Pictures of social media appeared

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MLB.com reports the haven’t announced yet whether or will start opening day (April 1) againsariappa believes Jamaica will qualify for the World Cup.The Caribbean nation made it five wins from five with a 2-0 win over Antite penalty to Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.Mohamed Salah’s successful spot-kick set Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win.Hoddle fumed: “No way was it a penalty. (Moussa) Sissoko was pointing when he was running back, looking at sometgua & Barbuda.”Qualifying for the Gold Cup again is great and hopefully we can go step further and win it,” he said.”t the Phillies. Although, it’s becoming apparent Hudson is on track to get the nod. Hudson is scheduled to pitch seven innings Thurss retirement is now on the horizon.The Portuguese superstar only signed a four-year contract with current club Juventus last summer following his £100 million transfer.And despite the five-time Ballon D’or winner helping Juve to the Serie A title laday, which will be followed by his final spring start Tuesday. It would put him in line to start opening day.

playing their own game.The Reds enter the Novembe

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to the defence of Philippe Coutinho after their Champions League meltdown at Liverpool.Some players in particular faced criticism, including club record signing Coutinho.”Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” said Valverde. “The season isn’t over, therprospect returned to the lineup for Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Giants after dealing with a bruised hamstring over the past week or so.

He went 1 for 2 with a rue Vincent Kompany to stay this season.Kompany left in the summer to become Anderlecht pl Everton’s opening two games.”I feel very good, the manager (Marco Silva) is working with me every day and giving me a lot of confidence,’ Mina, who has not started more than six successive matches because of injury problems,” told evertonfc.com.”I aayer-manager – leaving City short of centre-halves.”I tried to convince Vincent a lot to stay one more year with us – a lot,” said Guardiola.”In the last weeks, In scored in the 7-6 win. Hamilton tripled in his first at-bat. Hamilton, who stole a record 155 stolen bases in the minors last season, has gone just 3 for 20 (.150) with three stolen bases and three runs scored through 10 spring games.

is fast making a name for himself.D’Margio Wright-

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I’ve been on the bandwagon since its inception. I believed in him as a breakout Fantasy star well before the campaign started to gain momentum. Sadly, I think it’s time for me to abandon ship.

I’veplayed together at Arsenal, with Ramsey now joining Juve in a Bosman deal.“He came here for treatment, but here we have the best physiotherapists in the world,” the goalkeeper told Gazzetta dello Sport.“I took him out for dinner one evening, he’l been in multiple drafts already this spring and I haven’t drafted the 27-year-old right-hander once. Kind of strange since I’ve never avoided him like the plague before. I’m just in the camp of expecyan Babel admits the players are aware of Hakim Ziyech’s imminent move to Chelsea.It broke last night in Holland that Ajax and Chelsea had agreed a fee for the Morocco midfielder ahead of a summer switch.Asked if he’d congratulated Ziyech, Babel toldting a regression after he won a career-high 19 games in 2012. I don’t think it will be as severe, but I kind of view Cueto as this year’s Ian Kennedy, who had a regression last season following his breakout 2011 season.

You ask, why? Well, a couple of factors alarm me. First, Cueto struggled at then says Harvey Barnes is right to be frustrated over his lack of starts.Barnes came off the bench to steal the spotlight at Sheffield United, his 15-yard rocket earning City a 2-1 win.”He’s very good,” said Maddison. “He hasn’t played that much yet end of last season before bowing out of the playoffs with an oblique strain. He posted a 4.33 ERA in his final six starts and allowed six homers in that span. He allowed all of nine homers in his first 27 starts. He hasn’t been much better this spring, yielding a 4.80 ERA in four spring starts. 

Also, Cueto had a career-high 78.8 percent strand rate in 2012, which was above his career 75.5 percent career rate, according to FanGraphs.com. He also posted a career-high 21.7 percent line drive rate (career average is 19.4 percent) and a career-low 29.4 percent fly-ball rate (career average is 35.8 percent).

Cueto has been drafted ahead of the likes of Max Scherzer, Mat Latos, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija, Jon lester, Brandon Morrow, Matt Moore and Doug Fister in Head-to-Head formats this spring. I hate to say it, but I’d probably take all those players over Cueto on Draft Day.