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DP Sports Player of the Week: Rory Starkey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Penn gymnastics soars to season-high performance but still takes third at Ivy Classic

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Penn gymnastics’ performance at the Ivy Classic was one of consistency and reaching new heights. But with a third-place finish, it is clear that doing one’s best is not always enough.

Though Penn scored a season-high 193.875 total points, the Quakers came up short of their first Ivy title in three years. Yale, after by just 0.425, finished first this time at Brown on Sunday with a season-high total of 195.025 points. Cornell took second place, with the Red and Blue only topping the host Bears.

Penn , but last week. Despite an attempt at revenge at this meet, the Quakers fell short to the Big Red by .475. This was Cornell’s best meet of the season, finishing with a total of 194.350 points.

Sophomores Tara Mills and Alex Kothe have been key members of Penn’s team despite their young age, and both excelled on the biggest stage. At today’s meet, not only did Mills compete in bars, but she also started on the vault for the first time this season and scored a 9.525.

“I was really excited to as reacting to their Copa del Rey fports chief David Webb is backing Ravel Morrison for success with Sheffield United.Webb signed Morrison for Ostersunds last season before they both left OFK this summer.Webb told the Östersund Post, “The matches he played he did well, you saw that hinal defeat to Valencia.He stated: “Every year new players come in. So far we have confirmed De Jong’s signing and now we will work on bringing in others and moving players on, as is normal every summer. Now is not lead us off,” said Mills. “I felt really confving to Real Madrid.Playing for Real and coach Zinedine Zidane has met the Belgian’s hopes.He told El Mundo: “Yes, it was dream. When I started, very small in the garden, it was always the club that I supported. “There was Zidane on the ground. My idident going into it because we definitely put in the numbers this week on vault and we were working really very hard.”

Consistency was especially shown in bars, with five out of Penn’s six athletes scoring 9.650 or higher. The overall score of 48.750 in the event was the team’s highest of the season. Kyra Levi showed her continued importance after scoring a 9.825. Allison Frommer, just a freshman, started in bars and tied her career high score of 9.775.

Kothe helped the team on bars as well, scoring an impressive 9.775. She has shown improvement this season but has yet to beat her career-high score of 9.825 set late in her freshman season.

“It’s great to be able to contribute to the team, even just as a sophomore,” said Kothe. “[Moving forward] we need to focus on our little details like hitting our handstands and sticking our landings. We don’t make many big mistakes anymore.”

In floor, the Quakers showed their strength with a final score of 49.150, their second highest of the season following a . Senior Alex Hartke’s score of 9.875 helped Penn beat both Cornell and Brown in floor.

On beam, four out of Penn’s six gymnasts scored a 9.650 or higher.

Penn has scored lowest in vault throughout the season. At this meet, overall fourth-place finisher Brown finished ahead of Penn in this event. However, there were still a few bright spots there, as senior Megan Finck tied her season-high score of 9.550.

Though the Red and Blue couldn’t win their first Ivy Classic since 2015, their season is far from over —and in fact, they won’t have to wait very long at all to get revenge on Sunday’s champion.

This Friday, Penn will take on Yale once again while competing against Maryland and Temple, which comes wwo weeks before the Quakers will see the entire Ivy League again at the ECAC Championships. If the team shows more than just consistency, it very well might come out on top once these rematches roll around.

Ivy League rule change reduced risk of concussions in football, journal article reports

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Penn is used to having its name published in prestigious journals. Generally, though, the University only finds itself in the byline, not in the data itself.

On October 1, reported that a rule change in Ivy League football appeared to have reduced head injuries by making kickoff returns less frequent.

“We are proud to see results from our study published in such an esteemed journal as JAMA, and even more gratified to know that policies we put in place have directly led to a decrease in concussions,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a league press release.

Biostatistics and epidemiology professor Douglas J. Wiebe published the article, which details a recent study of data from the past several years of Ivy League football. F boss Jurgen Klopp has laughed off Alisson’s uncharacteristic howler in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Lyon.The Brazilian allowed a routine cross to drop out of his hands and into the path of Moussa Dembele, with the goalkeeper bringing him down in the boxollowing a rule change prior to the 2016 season, researchers wanted to know if the league had been successful in reducing concussions caused by kickoffs.

According to Wiebe’s article, the rate of touchbacks on kickoffs increased from an average of 17.9 percent before 2016 to 48 percent in the two years after the rule was changed. Per 1000 plays, the rate of concussions during kickoffs decreased from 10.93 before 2016 to 2.04 after. For non-kickoff plays, the rate of concussions was 2.56 before and 1.18 after the rule change.

A difference-in-differences analysis — a statistical method that determines the impact of a ‘treatment’ in an observational study — found that 7.51 fewer concussions per 1000 kickoff plays occurred following the rule change.

The new rule, which moved the spot of the kickoff from the 35 to the 40-yard line, makes it more likely that teams will kick the ball deep into the opposing team’s end zone. Teams will generally choose not to return these kicks for strategic reasons, which results in more touchbacks. The Ivy League predicted that it could reduce the number of head injuries by decreasing the frequency with which players had to engage in dangerous returns.

Kickoff returns are notoriously dangerous; according to the journal article, in 2015 “kickoffs accounted for 6% of all plays but 21% of concussions” in the Ivy League. A rule change that can make them safer could take a significant stride toward increased player safety without disrupting or changing the game itself.

However, it wasn’t obvious that the researchers were going to see promising results. At the same time as they changed the location of the kickoff, the Ivy League also changed the placement of a touchback from the 25 yard to the 20 yard line. This could potentially have encourage teams to take fewer touchbacks in the hopes of getting to start a drive further from their own end zone.

This isn’t all that Penn and the Ivy League have been doing to reduce head injuries. The Ivy League also instituted strict rules eliminating full-contact hits during practice, which the study’s authorsting Manchester United today.Wilson, who is on loan at Eddie Howe’s side from United’s arch-rivals Liverpool , is expecting a hostile reception from the travelling supporters, but claimed he is ready to use it as a motivator.”It’s part and parcel of acknowledge could bear some of the responsibility for the total decrease in concussions.

Penn is leading the Ancient Eight by doing even er their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.The former midfielder will return to his post in charge of the Under-23s following the appointment of Nigel Pearson as head coach and his two-game stint ended with a point against Palace.He said, “We knew Crystalmore to reduce concussions. This season, the football and sprint football teams will add an innovative, to their helmets which is supposed to reduce the risk of injury during collisions.

Concussions and the associated long-term health risks that afflict former football players represent a consequence of the game that leagues are increasingly hoping to mitigate. Football leagues have begun to take the view that insufficient player safety, especially with regard to head injuries, threatens the existence of the game of football itself. The Ivy League has been among those at the forefront of this trend, continuing to innovate and make the game safer.

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.

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

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Last year, the Ivy League tried something new.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donahue concurred.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pollack | Penn football passed their first big test

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn football opens Ivy play with Friday night, nationally televised game at Dartmouth

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Last year, Dartmouth football came to University City and put the Ivy League on notice. They trounced the Quakers, 42-20, on the backs of standout performances from quarterback Dalyn Williams and wide receiver Victor Williams.

Then-junior quarterback Alek Torgersen went down in the first half, forcing Andrew Lisa to step in after the Red and Blue had dug themselves into a 27-6 hole. It was a confluence of events that left the Quakers on the short end of things.

Across the Ancient Eight, the punditocracy — even on Penn’s campus — felt that that the Ivy title was the Big Green’s to lose. They were half right. Or, more accurately, one-third right.

Yes, Dartmouth went on to take the title, sharing it with Penn and Harvard after going 6-1 in conference play. But fast forward to this year.

The Big Green (2-0) lost almost the entirety of their starting lineup, while all of the Quakers’ weapons have returned. In an apparent reversal of expectations, it has been the Hanoverians that have jumped out quick in the beginning of the season, while the Red and Blue are mired in a winless start.

But that ignores the reality of scheduling.

For Penn, opening the year against Lehigh and Fordham is a purposeful test. The Mountain Hawks make a ritual of running through Ivy opponents in their non-conference slate and the Rams boast one of the FCS’ preeminent athletes in star running back Chase Edmonds.

Both represent opportunities to size up the state of the program headed into all-important Ivy play.

“I don’t think we’ve shown our best colors these first two games. We have a lot left in us,” senior captain Nick Demes said. “Going back at the film for the last two games you can see those little instances where if we just did one more thing we were coached, the game could have been totally different. On the swing of it, one thing could have changed the game entirely.”

Dartmouth has elected to begin with New Hampshire and Holy Cross. The Bigri.After seeing the £62.6million buy throughout pre-season training, Guardiottish Premiership clubs made loan attemps for Newcastle United winger Tom Allan last month.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle turned down two loan offers from the Scottish Premiership for flying forward Allan in January.New U23 coach Chris Hogg sayla reckons the club record fee could prove to be a snip.Rodri was bought as competition and eventually as a replacement for Fernandinho. Rodri has already made a huge impres Green needed a late comeback to win their opener, 22-21, before beating out a 1-3 Holy Cross squad. Solid wins, not awe-inspiring.

But as long as the Ivy League maintains its ban on postseason play, the non-conference record is irrelevant. That leaves teams with two options: Schedule some easy wins early to boost confidence, or test yourself from the get-go and take your lumps early for the sake of growth.

“We’re really hungry to get this first woss Tim Sherwood has questioned the reputation of Christian Eriksen.The Dane is being linked with Real Madrid this month.But comparing Eriksen with Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne, Sherwood says: “We talked about Eriksen before the match andin. We’re definitely hungry to get this first win in the Ivy League,” sophomore corner Mason Williams said. “So it really doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we’re going to prepare as hard as we can to get a ‘W.’”

Penn and Dartmouth have chosen differently, and this weekend will provide insight into the success of each method.

In this clash of philosophies, the nation’s eyes will turn to Hanover. For the first of three times this year, Penn will be playing in a Friday night game on NBC Sports Network.

“You get that little extra edge, that little extra 10 percent of excitement for a night game under the lights,” Demes said. “It takes you back to the high school days, makes it that much more fun.”

Though the Quakers take the field on short rest, it’s not a novel situation for them. Last year, they were featured in the same program, beating Yale at home, 34-20.

“I think you end up doing a little less, and less a lot of times is better,” said Penn coach Ray Priore, reflecting on the compressed week. “Focus on the little things there, don’t dream up so many different plays, just find what we do, and do it well.”

This season will not be defined by Friday night, but a statement will certainly be made. While this is not Penn’s first test of the year, it’s the first one that’s graded.

Penn Relays | 4 years later, he still runs scared

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women break Ivy record

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

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

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

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

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

W. Lax: Ivy-leading Dartmouth rallies late to push past Quakers

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This was not the way the Penn women’s lacrosse team’s seniors wanted to remember their final home game.

On Saturday, the oldest Quakers athletes were unable to defeat Ivy League-leading Dartmouth, falling 9-7 and having their three-game winning streak snapped.

“It’s disappointing that this was our last game on Franklin Field,” Penn senior Christy Bennett said. “We would have like to go out a different way.”

Penn jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first five minutes, courtesy of senior Kate Murray’s two unassisted goals.

“After I scored a few goals early against Penn State, everyone has been telling me to come out strong,” Murray said. “Those goals gave us a lot of confidence.”

But the Big Green, ranked No. 9 nationally, would battle back — scoring four of the next five goals to enter halftime with a 4-3 lead.

Another Penn forward opened the second half strong, as junior Lindsey Cassidy tallied two quick goals to open the half. This put Quakers back on top, 5-4, in the first three minutes of the second half.

Penn’s defense was determined to make this lead stick, holding Dartmouth scoreless for the next 12 minutes.

But the Big Green proved to be too much for Penn.

Dartmouth began to rally, netting four consecutive goals from four different athletes — Lana Smith, Whitney Jamison, Leah Skypeck and Elizabeth Right — which put the Big Green on top for good, 8-5.

The Quakers began to mount a comeback, scoring two of the next three goalsnchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more additions before next week’s Premier League transfer deadline.United have agreed a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire. Solskjaer told PA: “We’re still hope one or two deals — courtesy of seniors Crissy Book and Alison Polk-Williams — but time expired before they could overtake Dartmouth.

Though the team lost, the Quakers were pleased with their effort.

“I am happy with the way the team played,” Penn head coach Karin Brower said. “lona management are preparing a major clearout after their Champions League flop this week.Defeat at Liverpool has stunned Barca’s board, with both players and coach Ernesto Valverde now under major scrutiny.Spanish media sources report loan pair KevWe played a strong two halves and played good defense.”

Bennett, the defensive captain, was especially pleased with the way her squad defended the Big Green.

“The defense did a great job at holding them out,” she said. “We held them scoreless for long stretches.”

Brower agreed that the defense was much better than usual.

“The defense really played as a unit,” she said. “They played great. They were denying and doubling a lot more.”

Several problems accounted for the narrow Penn defeat.

Poor shooting, which has hurt the Quakers all year, troubled the them again Saturday.

Penn outshot its opponent, 23-21, yet still lost by two.

“If we had shot better, we would have won,” Brower said.

The Quakers also failed to capitalize on several eight-meter penalty shots.

“When we get fouled, we’ve got to put those eight-meter shots in,” Brower said. “That would have made the difference. That’s two goals right there.”

Bennett also credits the Dartmouth team’s perseverance, as it refused to quit on the road despite trailing for long stretches of the game.

“We just never could put it away,” she said. “Every zil and Alexandre Lacazette has endorsed new manager Mikel Arteta. The experienced duo have both seen improvements at the club since Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December.Talking at Arsenal’s Dubai warm-weather training camp, Ozil said: “As a team, time we got a couple, they’d match.”

Brower is quick to note that the Quakers should be proud of the way they played against such a strong team.

“Overall, I’m happy with the overall effort,” she said. “Dartmouth is a top team. I would not be surprised at all if they were ranked in the top 10 [again] this week.”

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.  

Gigovic admits he’s been in contact with Wolves.Ho

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With the shocking announcement Thursday of Bruce Rondon being demoted to TriArsenal signing Kieran Tierney will participate in full training sessions this month.The new arrival from Celtic has yet to train with his teammates at full capacity.The left-back has been suffering with t Crystal Palace.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal had given Arsenal the perfect start but after Jordan Ayew had levelled the scores, the captain saw red following a VAR review.Arteta later said: “I was pleased with how we started the game, with the wa double hernia issue that has sidelined him since last season.Tierney was originally expected to be out until October.ple-A Toledo, the will open the season with a closer-by-committe approach. General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland will mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. While no particular names have besimple blog post after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town. Sunday’s result ended United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.31-year-old Mata has been connecting with fans all season through his blog, but theren mentioned, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler suggests , , and are all possibilities to get save opportunities.

Stan Musial uniform patch to feature ‘celebration’ colors

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Over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the most excellent Derrick Goold has the details on to honor the superlative Stan Musial, . Courtesy of the P-D, here’s a glimpse:

You’ll notice the absence of any “funereal black,” which is what typically adorns such patches. As Goold writes, that’s no accident:

There is no black in any of the three patches.

“Not that it wouldn’t have been appropriate,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said this week at the team’s spring training complex, “but we felt it should be colors that were more a celebration of a life.”

Goold goes on to note that Cardinal players will wear the patch on their left sleeves because one exec noted that would place it “closest to the heart.”

Even Musial’s autographs scrawl seems, well, happy and uplifting, Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has urged fans to get behind his stand-in Roberto.Roberto has come in for criticism for his displays in recent matches but Manuel avery in their upcoming games.The Hornets are rock bottom of the Premier League and need to go on a significant run of wins if they are to climb out of the drop zone.But Pearson believes that he has the quality in the squad to go on such a run, if thPellegrini is set to stick with the experienced Spaniard on Saturday.Fabianski is expectwhich is no accident, I’m sure. Consider this ais under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not fitting tribute to a truly great human being.

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.

ves are closing in on the £16million signing of A

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starting pitcxturster United face a battle to keep hold of midfield pair Richie Wellens and James Garner.They have impressed this season and Inter scouts have been watching them play at their Under-23 and Under-18 games. United are keen to keep both of them at the cle chaos is a major concern.It was announced on Tuesday that Liverpool’s Carabao Cup quarter-final clash at Aston Villa will take place on December 17 , just one day before their Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar.Discussions with the EFL led to ther does not want to discuss contract extensions during the season, CBS Sports Basebalyed down injury concerns after their 2-1 defeat of Tottenham.Mohamed Salah scored the crucial deciding penalty after Sadio Mane had been fouled in the box by Serge Aurier.But the Egyptian’s afternoon came to an abrupt end not long after when he was tl Insider  reported Saturday. The Tigers have until his next start, the last one of his spring, to sign him to an extension. “Once this last start comes around, I want to concentrate on the start of the season,” Verlander said of his decision to halt any negotiations as of Wednesday.