Penn men's soccer scores first goal in 700 minutes, falls to Dartmouth 3-1


Penn men’s soccer’s season so far has been defined by defensive strength and an inability to score goals. Neither of those were evident this weekend, as Penn gave up more goals in a game than it has all season, but also scored its first goal after over 700 minutes of scoreless play.

On Saturday, the Red and Blue went on the road to take on four-time defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth. The Big Green came out on top, handing the Quakers a 3-1 loss.

“Overall, I think we had a great performance, and one we should be proud of, but then again we are walking away with a result that really doesn’t favor us because of maybe five or ten minutes of play that didn’t really go our way,” junior captain and midfielder Brandon Bartel said.

At the start of the game, Dardent Enrique Cerezo says coach Diego Simeone’s job is safe.There had been question marks over the Atletico boss after a tough few months, but his side have responded with impressive victories over Liverpool and Villarreal.”I’m warning the keyboard watmouth (4-4-4, 1-0-2 Ivy) dominated in possession and ball control with freshman midfielder Dawson McCartney lofting in crosses from the left wing. Initially, Penn’s defense — led by sophomore defender RC Williams — squashed the Big Green’s attacks with senior goalie Scott Forbes making several key saves. After Williams was temporarily sidelined with a head injury, leaving just 10 men on the field, one of McCartney’s many crosses found the head of sophomore forward Tiger Graham to put Dartmouth up 1-0 in the 23rd minute.

The Quakers (2-4-4, 0-3) put on some potent counterattacks for the remainder of the first half, with the Big Green seeing a fair share of their own chances. In the 41st minute, Penn’s best chance of the half from senior defender Erumuse Momoh off a ball from Bartel was unsuccessful, sending the Red and Blue into halftime down by one.

Penn certainly did not back down, coming out of the locker room wir Frank Lampard’s young line-up this season.While he’s available to offer advice, Kovacic insists his young teammates are capable of making their own way.He told the club’s website: “I can help, but the young guys really have a great mentality, they th a lot of energy on the offensive end, but that increased energy was matched by the Big Green. Dartmouth’s aggressive mentality allowed it to double its lead in the 57th minute with another goal by Graham off a rebound, and the visitors extended their lead to three in the 65th minute off a shot from sophomore Kota Sakurai.

“I think our defense still played really well today,” senior midfielder and captain Joe Swenson said. “I think Dartmouth’s team is just really good at capitalizing on those opportunities. It’s more of a testament to them just taking care of the chances and doing a good job of putting it away.”

Swenson finally put the Quakers on the scoreboard in the 88th minute after a long series of valiant attempts from the Penn g linked, but Everton are regarded head of the queue for Leao’s signature.LOSC president Gerard Lopez said on Monday: “We have important offers for Rafael Leão, I have to discuss them with him. “At the salary level we cannot compete with some teams offense. The Red and Blue were awarded a penalty kick off a Dartmouth handball and Swenson buried it, giving the team its first goal since early September.

Throughout the game, many of the Quakers’ best offensive chances were generated by some of the team’s younger players, impressing Bartel.

“A lot of guys were making their debut, lot of freshmen stepped up and really started making an impact for us,” he said. “I don’t think that ever should be taken for granted. It’s a very hard thing to do especially on the road and in an Ivy league game.”

The Red and Blue’s next chance to break into the Ivy winning column will come next Saturday when they travel to Reese Stadium in New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale.

Yale on tap as Penn field hockey enters final stretch


Penn field hockey is locked in for its crucial home stretch of the season.

The Quakers (9-4, 3-1 Ivy) are looking forward to the final week of Ivy League play, with upcoming matchups against Yale (5-8,1-3), Brown (6-6, 2-2) and Princeton (9-5, 4-0) on top. The first of these tests will come in New Haven this Saturday.

Penn had its three game winning streak snapped on Sunday in a tough, 3-2 double-overtime loss to No. 8 Delaware. The Blue Hens dominated the first half, but ti Minamino appreciates the mentoring of senior Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.Joining from Red Bull Salzburg last month, the Japan international is still coming to terms with life in England.But speaking to the club’s website, he shhe Quakers fought back in the second half to force two overtime periods.

“I the Leicester playmaker came on as a substitute in the 7-0 win over Montenegro, which sealed the Three Lions spot in Euro2020.Maddison said: “I’ve had to be a bit patient but that’s because I’ve because of the quality in the squad. The manager’s got opought we played really well in the second half and the overtime periods. I think we gotukaku is determined to leave Manchester United this summer.The Sun says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Lukaku earlier this week pleading with him to stay for one more season at Old Trafford having failed to land any other striker beat up quite a bit in the first half but we hung in there from the scorer’s line,” coach Colleen Fink said. “I think it was really good preparation for our defense to just maintain resilience. In the second half, we came on strong. It was a really even second half and overtime.”

“The lesson to learn just from that game is that if we just believe in ourselves and keep playing the way we know how, we are going to come out on top and achieve our goals we set out to reach in the beginning of the season,” junior midfielder Rachel Huang said.

Penn has a long week of practice before playing Yale on Saturday at Johnson Field.

“We are still just really focusing on our midfield play: our transitional midfield, our read between midfielders and the forward line, and also our offense just generating scoring opportunities in one versus one’s,” Penn’s seventh-year coach said. “We have a very selfless team, and they’re constantly looking to get other people involved, but sometimes in that attacking quarter of the field, you just kind of have to go for it yourself.”

In its last Ivy match, Yale defeated Dartmouth, 7-4, with six different players scoring. However, the Bulldogs struggled in their next game against nationally top-ranked Connecticut, falling 8-1.

Junior forward/midfielder Carol Middough, second team All-Ivy last season, leads the Bulldogs in goals and shot attempts, having taken 31 percent of Yale’s shots. Yale’s junior back Kiwi Comizio is second in the Ivy League in assists with seven.

“We watched some film on them. We try to just prepare our players for the opponent’s tendencies and then we just focus on our game plan,” Fink added.

The season is entering its final stretch, with high stakes for the Ivy League standings. Harvard and Princeton are in front, both 4-0 in conference play, while Penn sits alone at third at 3-1.

“Everybody is fighting for an Ivy League title. Nobody is going to give it up easily,” Huang said. “So we always have to go in with our heads high, with confidence, knowing that we have prepared and had this long week of practice.”

Penn wrestling finds moderate success at EIWAs day one


BETHLEHEM, PA. – Penn wrestling went into the first day of EIWAs at Lehigh with some of the highest expectations in the program’s recent history, taking six All-Ivy performers into the conference championship meet.

The Quakers won’t be sending all six to them semi-finals, but they certainly held their own against some of the East Coast’s top grapplers.

“We did OK,” said coach Alex Tirapelle with a shrug. “It’s in-between an average and good performance right now.”

The meet got off to a bit of an inauspicious start for the Red and Blue, as 174-pounder Brad Wukie was defeated in a tight early match, 5-3.

In another unfortunate turn of events for the Quakers, standout sophomore Caleb Richardson – who had previously won his first match – sustained an apparent ankle injury in his second match and was eventually narrowly defeated, 6-4.

Just as Richardson got edged, 141-pounder Jeff Canfora got edged on a nearby mat. Amongstelves in the mirror over the summer.United blew their top four hopes with a draw at Huddersfield.“I’ve said for years our club should be talking about winning titles and winning trophies,” Young told MUTV after the game. “We’ve done that in numerou the hectic, controlled-chaos of Stabler Arena, the Penn wrestling coaching staff – including head coach Alex Tirapelle – was visibly upset.

Just as things were starting to look down for Penn, however, the Quakers’ two stars broke througrets over his time at Old Trafford.United’s cup double and second placed finish in 2016 the undisputed highlight of his five-and-half years at the club.Fellaini, now with Shandong Luneng, told the Daily Mail: “I played five and half years for Manchegh.

149-pounder CJ Cobb was dominant is his 15-6, semifinal-clinching victory. Just a half-hour later, 2014 All-American clinched a semifinal appearance in equally impressive fashion. Both look to be in strong form as they eye individual conference titles.

“My last match, I felt really fast,” Cobb said. “I felt like I could do whatever I wanted.”

“My expectations tomorrow are … just do what I’ve been working on the past year,” Thomas added after his second win.

Caanan Bethea also earned a day two semifinal appearance, helping to turn the tides for the Red and Blue. All three will continue on in the elimination-style tournament.

“As long as your alive on the front side, you’ve got a chance to win it,” Tirapelle said of his team’s aspirations for individual titles.

Semifinals and individual Hernandez.Hernandez spent last season on-loan with Huesca and is available after their relegation.Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario has made a personal move for Cucho, holding talks with Watford. Ronaldo has a good relationship with the Pozzo family, finals will take place on Saturday morning and night, respectively, once again hosted by Lehigh at Stabler Arena.

Seven is sweeter for Penn women's lacrosse


The road to the NCAA tournament will travel through Philadelphia.

Behind a clutch performance from junior midfield Shannon Mangini, Penn fought its way to a 10-9 overtime victory over Princeton (8-5, 5-1) Wednesday at Franklin Field.

The win clinched a share of the Ivy League title for the Quakers (8-4, 6-0 Ivy) — their seventh straight — and the right to host the Ancient Eight postseason tournament.

“This was definitely a huge win for us,” Mangini said. “We knew coming in that this was for the Ivy title.”

“I was very proud with how clean we were — that has been a problem for us all year,” coach Karin Brower Corbett said. “[Only] seven turnovers really made me happy, and that’s why I think we stuck with this game and won.”

Mangini had the overtime winner, her third goal of the game, off a free-position with 2:16 in the second period of overtime.

“[Mangini] is a great eight-meter shooter, so I was glad when the call was made that [she] was one who was taking it,” Corbett said.

Sophomore goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson sealed the victory with a big save before the Red and Blue ran out the clock.

“I wasn’t nervous,” Ferguson said. “Every overtime game we’ve been in we’ve won, so I was confident if anything.”

The Quakers would have never even been in overtime without key plays from Mangini.

Princeton scored three unanswered goals after falling behind for the first time all game to take a 9-7 lead.

After hitting the post on a free-position late in the game, Mangini broke up Princeton’s clear attempt and senior attack Caroline Bunting converted a free-position on the ensuing possession — one of four goals for Bunting.

Mangini then scored her second goal of the game on the next possession to tie the score, 9-9.

Neither team could find the net for the rest of regulation.

“[Mangini] had a great game all the way around — defensively, offensively, draw controls,” Corbett said.

The Quakers had to play cksen this summer.Spurs are demanding £100m from Real Madrid to sell the Dane and will immediately invest the cash raised on strengthening their midfield.Box-to-ba new deal towards the end of last season amid confirmed interest from Nice, Lyon and Marseille.But Giroud told Radio France Bleu, “At no time I have been in direct or close contact with Nice.”As long as I’ve known, I was going to extend the adventurox France international midfielder Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon is Tottenham’s top transfer tatch-up for much of the game. Penn came back from five deficits and didn’t get its first lead until nearly 40 minutes had elapsed.

But no deficit was more pressing than the 9-7 hole the Quakers faced before Mangini’s heroics.

According to Mangini, the team’s resiliency should be no surprise to anyone familiar with the program.

“Everyone on Penn lacrosse just gives 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. And ly season struggles.The Blues currently find themselves in the relegation zone after eight matches of the campaign despite being handed what looked to be a relatively favourable early fixture list.Pellegrini said, “[Surprised by their position?] Maybit didn’t matter if we were down six goals, we were never going to give up,” she said.

The Quakers can wrap up the Ivy League title outright with a win at Brown on Saturday in their Ivy finale. A loss would mean that Penn would share the title with the winner of the upcoming Princeton-Dartmouth game.

“Brown is a great team, and we have to go in there and we have to play to win,” Corbett said. “And that’s what we want to do, we want to win [the conference] outright.”SEE ALSO

Penn men's soccer comes up short in Ithaca


As the men’s soccer team continues to experience, one is the loneliest number.

For the second straight year, the Quakers began Ivy League play with a heartbreaking one-goal loss to Cornell, with this iteration coming by a final of 3-2 in Ithaca, N.Y.

After senior Travis Cantrell cut Cornell’s two-goal lead to one in the 63rd minute, the Red and Blue had multiple chances to tie the game, yet none bigger than Bryan Yasukochi’s in the 78th minute. Yasukochi got the ball down the right flank and had a promising shot, but was denied by a quality save from Cornell goaltender Rick Pflasterer, who deflected the ball off the crossbar.

Penn had chances on set pieces with two corner kicks in the final 10 minutes, but Cornell’s defense just held off the Quakers’ rally.

Penn’s loss was its sixth defeat by one goal this season. The Quakers (2-8, 0-1 Ivy) have consistently been on the verge of getting a big win that would jumpstart them out of their woeful beginning to the season.

“There’s still a lot of soccer to be played,” Penn coach Rudy Fuller said. “I think we’re getting sick and tired of the opposition’s coaches telling us how good of a team we are and how surprised they are at our record.”

Unlike the struggling Quakers, Cornell (9-0, 1-0 Ivy) came into the game looking to defend its undefeated record and continue its consistently strong play.

The Red and Blue began the game in encouraging fashion with a goal in the 12th minute from midfielder Louis Schott. However, Cornell responded 20 minutes later with a seven-minute barrage of three goals before halftime, led by the nation’s leading scorer, Daniel Haber.

Haber scored heir Europa League defeat at Astana.Even with the 36-year-old making his first start between the sticks, the line-up against Astana was the youngest the club have ever put out for a European match.”They will take a lot out of it,” goalkeeper Grant sathe second of the three goals and proceeded to assist on the third four minutes later. Haber’s goal was his 14th on a season where he has led the Big Red are reeling with the news that Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba will be absent for the foreseeable future.And a report from ESPN suggests United will look for reinforcements in the market this month.They could sign Can from Juventus on loan, as he hasto a spot in the national rankings.

Cornell provided a tough test for a shorthanded Penn team, which was withouly Mail says Bayer Leverkusen, Fiorentina, Rennes and Strasbourg have all expressed an interest in the Kenya international who has been on the periphery of Tottenham’s first team for the past year.The 28-year-old, who has a British passport, still hat its normal netminder. The Quakers had Tyler Kinn at goaltender in the place of starter Max Kurtzman, who was injured Wednesday against Drexel.

“Tyler did very well in goal,” Fuller said, “He made two big saves, did what was required of him, and we just needed to do a better job defending in front of him.”

Despite having a different goaltender and facing an undefeated team on the road, Penn hung in the game until the very end and reversed its normal trend of disappointing second halves.

“We definitely played a lot better in the second half, which is a good thing to build off of,” Schott said. “We just need to shore up some things on defense.”

The Red and Blue now look to get both their first home and Ivy League victories Saturday against Columbia.

“It’s always nice to get back home,” Kinn said. “We can only go up from here if we get a win on Saturday and start a streak in the Ivies.”SEE ALSO

Penn volleyball's Kristen Etterbeek is cross-court talent


For prospective athletes, choosing a sport can be like choosing a major: few inherently know which one to pursue.

Yet it’s rare that one becomes talented enough to play two sports at the Division-I level. Such is the case for sophomore volleyball player Kristen Etterbeek, who could just as well have been a collegiate tennis player.

Etterbeek’s father was a tennis All-American at Michigan, so it’s not surprising that she has a knack for the sport and picked it up because of her athletic genes.

“Kristen was very determined to try to excel at something … and she’d just play a lot of tennis,” said her dad, Jeff Etterbeek. “With her athleticism, she could compete and play with some of the very besast Europa League outing against Astana.Ethan Laird, Di’Shon Bernard, Dylan Levitt, D’Mani Mellor, Largie Ramazani and Ethan Galbraith all made their debuts in the loss in Kazakhstan.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash til AZ Alkmaar, Tuanzebe reservet players in the state.”

That skill would propel Etterbeek to a first-team All-State selection in Michigan following her junior and senior seasons. Along the way, Etterbeek also decided to pick up volleyball — a decision that happened a bit by chance.

“I started playing in sophomore year of high school,” Etterbeek said. “Some of my friends played, and [it] looked like fun.”

She recognizound themselves at the centre of a diplomatic storm after Chinese state media branded the Premier League champions “disrespectful” and “arrogant”.In an editorial following City’s trip to Shanghai and Nanjing for the Asia Trophy, the government-owed her six-foot stature worked to her advantage as she quickly excelled in volleyball. In her junior year — just her second year playing the sport — Etterbeek had established herself as one of her team’s best players, eventually leading Holland Christian High School to the state championship. It was at this point that her decision on whether to focus on tennis or volleyball truly began.

Following the title run, her father put a call into the volleyball coach at Michigan and asked that the coach take a look at her. He was surprised to hear the Wolverines had already decided who they were recruiting.

Etterbeek’s father said when he was in high school, “recruiting [was] a lot different,” and that most schools did not recruit athletes until after their junior years.

What happened next was the breaking point.

“It was at that time, really,” he recalled, “that she came to me rather upset, and said ‘Dad, I don’t know what to do: to play tennis or to play volleyball.’ And I said, ‘Well, what do you want to do?’”

The two decided to travel to a tennis academy to get an outside opinion. They concluded that Etterbeek could play D-I if she ill flop if they focus on youth this season.Ince isn’t convinced manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s kids are up to it.He said, “It’s all about personnel for United, now. How they improve not only the team but the club, from the top down. They have to sdecided to train her senior year. But as her dad recounts, it was when they saw four 12-year-olds there playing better than anyone could have expected that she decided to stick with volleyball.

Here, one could imagine that Etterbeek’s father, being a tennis player, would have pushed her back toward tennis. But in fact, the opposite was true.

“[My dad] could see that volleyball was really where my heart was,” Etterbeek said. “He supported that full-force.”

Eventually, Etterbeek turned her sights on Penn. She said she “really fell in love with the team,” in a matter of no time.

And team unity ultimately drove her to volleyball.

“She enjoyed the team concept a lot more than the individual,” her father said.

Etterbeek agreed. “My team is why I work so hard,” she said.

Since arriving at Penn, Etterbeek has become an essential part of coach Kerry Carr’s squad, appearing in every match her freshman year and averaging the second-highest number of kills per set this season for the Quakers.

Making decisions is difficult because the future is always uncertain. But hindsight is 20-20, and from Etterbeek and her dad’s perspective, volleyball — Penn — “was the right choice.”

The anonymous snapper, and that's how he likes it


Ted Rosenbaum isn’t one for celebratory dances or flashy play-making. The senior has made his stance on glory very clear.

“I didn’t get into it to get noticed,” he said of his football career. “I’d rather not be in the spotlight.”

An atypical response for the average football player, maybe, but not such a strange philosophy when you consider that Rosenbaum occupies the most thankless position in football: the long snapper.

“It’s one of the most important and probably under-appreciated skills that you have,” Quakers coach Al Bagnoli said. “And that requires a special guy to walk up there, put his head between his legs, know there’s gonna be a rush coming, and snap the ball back.”

At 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, Rosenbaum isn’t exactly a custom-built football player – “I’m definitely too small to play any other position around here,” he said.

But in his line of work, as long as he can accurately spin that football seven yards behind him and two feet off the ground, the body of a long snapper doesn’t have a strict blueprint.

Rosenbaum’s path to anonymity began in eighth grade in his hometown of Evanston, Ill., when a coach at Northwestern, a former long snapper himself, showed him the tricks of the trade. Not that many have heard it before, but the rest is history.

And this year presents perhaps the greatest challenge a long snapper will ever have to face.

On a field goal unit that has been plagued with problems the past two seasons to an absurd degree, Rosenbaum is the lone familiar face on an evolving special teams squad.

Upperclassmen kickers Derek Zoch and Braden Lepisto have been supplanted by youngsters A.J. Nobile and Andrew Samson, and the graduated Scotty Williams will give up his spot as primary holder to Lepisto.

“Last year is last year,” Rosenbaum said. “We got new guys coming in. . I’m still here.”

Rosenbaum remains the old hand that will quietly be counted on to turn his unit around – despite the fact that his low snap, not an errant kick, played a large hand in Penn’s loss at Princeton last year.

“He brings a tremendous level of confidence to the kicker,” Bagnoli sek.The London Evening Standard says the pair arhis competitive debut for the club following his £13million summer arrival from Bristol City after suffering ankle ligament damage during a pre-season training session. He told the Daily Echo: “Obviously playing left-back for the majority of the seae expected to leave the club on loan before Friday’s transfer deadline.Newcastle, Bournemouth and Watford are all interested in Rose, while Walker-Peters is set to choose between Crystal Palace and Southaid. “Certainly we think we’re gonna have a more consistent effort by the kicker.”

With the kicker-by-committee system eliminated, the inexperienced Samson will need every boost he can get this season. Consistent snaps and holds are the first step to a productive kicker, and Rosenbaum is the first person in the field-goal assembly line.

So if Samson connects on a chip shot from the hash mark or a 40-yard bomb during Saturday’s opener ath what he’s seen from Philippe Coutinho.The Brazil midfielder is on-loan at Bayern from Barcelona and Rummenigge says he’s proud of the deal.He told SID: “I am very satisfied with our transfer window. “Especially with Philippe Coutinho. He is a worlgainst Lafayette, the cheers won’t be directed at No. 99. An important piece of the least glorified unit in the game will probably be getting less recognition than anyone.

But that’s fine by him.

Better luck next season?


The Ivy League title may be practically out of reach, but when the Penn menvening Standard says Palace have made contact over move for Borini as Roy Hodgson looks to add some bite to his attack.A new strikerNewcastle United career.The winger is currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers in League One.He told the Evening Chronicle: “I could think: ‘Do you know what, I can’t be bothered with this, I’ll stay with the under-23s, just chill and earn money.'”But was one of Palace’s top priorities over the summer and, while Jordan Ayew was added on a permanent basis following hi’s lacrosse team squares off against Brown on Saturday, the prospect of finishing with a winning record in conference play is enough to keep the Quakers (5-4, 3-2 Ivy) motivated.

“It’s important for us to have a winning record in the league,” coach Brian Voelker said. “But the bottom line is it would be great to be 4-2 in the league. It looks a lot better on paper than 3-3.”

The No. 14 Bears (7-2, 2-0) won’t make that easy. Their only two losses this season have been their only two ranked opponents, No. 18 Denver and No. 20 Hofstra.

Their winning formula begins in the net, where they boast one of the best goalkeepers in the nation in junior Jordan Burke. Burke boasts the best goals-against-average, 5.88, and save percentage, .695, in the country and has allowed double-digit goals just once, to Denver.

That game was part of the Pioneer Faceoff Classic in Denver, in which Penn was also a participant. Both teams defeated Air Force but fell to the Pioneers.

Voelker did not, however, use the opportunity to intensely scout his conference rivals.

“I’m one of those guys if I start focusing on other teams, I get too confused,” he said. “So we saw them play in person, but we really started to focus on them in the past couple of days.”

The Bears’ game isn’t entirely defensive, though. Sophomore attacker Thomas Muldoon anchors their attack, and his name is one that Penn players know well. As a freshman last year, he netted four goals and tacked on two assists against the Quakers.

This year, though, the Bears have a new freshman threat. Andrew Feinberg has already been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week and may be the only person who could keep Rookie of the Year honors out of Quakers’ hands.

Penn will need impressive performances from its top goal-scorers to get the ball past Burke. Junior captain Craig Andrzejewski, who was held without a point Monday against Princeton for the first time in 26 contests, must regain the reigns of the offense for Penn to be able to put up a respectable total against the Bears.

Voelker, though, knows that his team has the skills to beat any team in the Ivy League. The issue is not in strategy, but in execution.

“Our formula for winning usually does not change,” he said. “We have to win some faceoffs, to delay their hearing of Manchester City’s appeal against their Champions League ban.City have been banned from UEFA competition for two seasons due to Financial Fair Play breaches.The Manchester Evening News says CAS are considering holding cases play good defense, move the ball and share the ball on offense and bury our opportunities when we get them.”

M. Hoops assistant introduced as next Howard coach


WASHINGTON — After 16 years of waiting, Gil Jackson finally got what he has “wanted for a long, long time.”The former Penn assistant was officially introduced as the head coach of Howard University on Monday, and immediately proclaimed his happiness at taking over the reins of one of the nation’s most prestigious historically black colleges.”It’s like a dream come true for me to be the head coach at Howard University,” he said. “Howard is just such an outstanding academic institution, with the whole community of Howard and the pride that’s associated with attending Howard.”Jackson came to Penn in 1989 as Quakers head coach Fran Dunphy’s first hire, and Howard president H. Patrick Swygert noted Jackson’s experience at a top academic institution as one of the main reasons for bringing him to Washington.”He comes from a program marked by both athletic success and academic success,” Swygert said. “They have managed to make real the motto of clean and competitive and they’ve done a very, very fine job of it, due in no small part to coach Jackson’s skill, his integrity and his leadership.”Jackson inherits a program which has long been out of the spotlight in the nation’s capital. The Bison have not won a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season or tournament championship in 13 years. Previous head cnder Branislav Ivanovic says Chelsea needs Roman Abramovich back at the club.Blues owner Abramovich has been staying away from Stamford Bridge due to a visa dispute with the UK government.The Serb said, “This is a new Chelsea team. The club did not hoach Frankie Allen was fired after compiling a 52-83 record after five seasons at Burr Gymnasium. That included a 17-game losing streak at the end of this past season. Prior to Allen’s arrival, Howard had won only three games in the previous two seasons combined.”Like all families, from time to time we can be difficult and quarrelsome,” Swygert said. “I am absolutely convinced that we’ve got it right this time, the right person at the right time, and he’s going to make real all of our hopes and aspirations for this program.”Jackson spoke at length about his philosophies of basketball, saying that he would emphasize teamwork and defense.”I tell teams early on that you’re asked the two questions that destroy basketball teams by everybody you know,” he said “They ask you do you start, and how many points have you scored? That destroys basketball-they never ask you how you play.”When asked to compare the recruiting processes at Howard and Penn, Jackson said that there were a few similarities, such as the urban settings and the emphasis on academics.”But at that point, they branch off and are quite different,” he said. “They are strong in their own right.”Jackson emphasized that he would focus on the present instead of the past when instructing his new players.”I won’t be down here talking about the University of Pennsylvania,” he said. “I loved that time at Penn, and Penn was a great 16 years. But this is a different challenge, and that’s what I want to be about.”Nonetheless, current Penn assistant Dave Duke was here for the introduction, offering support for his longtime friend.”It’ll be a major adjustment for sure,” Duke said. “We’re used to what his responsibilities are, we’re used to dividing uver, Van de Beek feels that talk of his imminent departure is being exaggerated.”Of course there is interest [from Real Madrid], but people are being too hasty”, Van de Beek told FOX Sports.The midfielder made the comments ahead of Ajax’s Eredivisie p certain things recruiting and on campus and we’ll just have to find another way to do that.”As for potential candidates to replace Jackson, Duke said “that would be Fran’s call,” but he added that Dunphy “may look at a Penn alum — there’s a chance that Matt Langel could move up.”Although other former Penn assistants have made regular appearances at the Palestra, Jackson said that he would not be bringing his team north to take on the Quakers because he wanted to be sure of maintaining cordial relations with his former employer.”I want to keep the lines of communication open, I don’t want to cloud anything with competing against Penn,” he said. “We have a special relationship and it’s always hard to play against Lafayette, you know? I don’t need that.”Lafayette is coached by Fran O’Hanlon, who was an assistant coach at Penn from 1989-95.But his days around the Big 5 may not have come to an end just yet, however. Jackson did express a willingness to play agaiender Toni Borevkovic is attracting Premier League interest.A Bola says Newcastle are keen on Croatia under-21 defender Borevkovic.The 22-year-old has impressed for Portuguese side Rio Ave this season and the Magpies are one of a few teams reportedlynst other Philadelphia teams, specifically mentioning La Salle and Saint Joseph’s.

W. Hoops starts 2-0


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Reflecting on the Penn women’s basketball team’s first Ivy League weekend of the season, coach Patrick Knapp easily found the difference between his team and its foes.

“Our collective will means a lot,” he said. “These kids don’t believe they can lose.”

So they didn’t.

Despite shooting under 39 percent from the field on their trip, the Quakers won both games — 53-40 over Yale (3-13, 0-3 Ivy), and 4club to the Champions League final, Pochettino says they must buy to maintain their progress.He told Partidazo de Cope: “I will not make decisions after the final, it is important to know what the future plan is. If we want to return to the Champions7-43 over the Brown (11-6, 3-1).

With a 2-0 conference record, Penn (9-6) sits atop the Ancient Eight standings this morning, officially tied for first place with Dartmouth (7-8, 3-0).

On Friday night in New Haven, Conn., Penn came to a gym built to look like a great gothic cathedral and left with a very ugly win.

After leading the Elis only 19-15 at halftime, the Quakers pulled away in the second half, prevailing in front of a sparse but vocal crowd at the John J. Lee Amphitheater and a television audience on the YES Network.

The 40 points were the second-lowest total allowed by Penn in an Ivy League game in program history. The record was set on pointive Granit Xhaka the captaincy.Many Gunners fans were disappointed when Emery announced Xhaka as skipper at the start of this season.But Emery believes the Swiss international is one of the leaders within the squad and deserved the captaincy.”The maied Mikel Arteta as Emery’s permanent successor following a brief interim spell for Freddie Ljungberg, and Emery has now opened up to BBC Sport about how those near misses last season ultimately cost him.Emery said, “The truth is that in the firsFeb. 24, 1995, when the Quakers beat Columbia, 66-39, at the Palestra.

Abysmal shooting by both teams led to the low score. Each made only five field goals in the first half and 13 in the game, with Penn attempting 43 shots to Yale’s 41. Penn shot 2-of-8 from three-point range on the night, while Yale shot 5-of-19.

Knapp admitted that the teams “set basketball back a little bit today,” and was more than happy to “throw [the game] in the trash can” as the team got ready to board the bus.

Penn was led on offense by junior center Jennifer Fleischer, whose 15 points included 7-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Monica Naltner was also impressive from the charity stripe, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 and hitting three clutch jumpers for 12 total points.

Overall, Penn shot 25-of-37 from the free throw line, benefiting from the 26 fouls committed by Yale — 11 in the first half and 15 in the second. Six Elis finished the game with three or more personal fouls charged against them.

Yale was certainly complicit in its third loss of the young Ivy League season, and not just because of its shooting. The Elis allowed Penn to steal the ball 12 times and committed 24 turnovers, including 10 by senior guard and team captain Morgan Richards.

“We’re plagued by turnovers, and not giving ourselves an opportunity to score when we have possession of the ball,” Yale coach Amy Backus said. “That’s been our issue the entire year.”

Saturday night in Providence, R.I., Penn met a Brown team which entered the weekend in first place in the Ancient Eight. Each dared the other to blink, and as the clock wound down, the Bears finally did.

The Quakers, who had a sizeable fan contingent in the announced crowd of 724 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, held a tenuous 23-21 lead at halftime. They were able to extend their lead to as many as eight points, but with 5:31 to play, Brown senior center Holly Robertson scored on consecutive possessions to cut the margin to 43-41.

Brown went ice-cold from the floor after that. The Bears missed their next four shots, but two Penn turnovers in the same span kept the score where it was — allowing Robertson to tie the game by hitting two free throws with 1:39 to play.

The free throws were Brown’s last points of the game, and from there, Fleischer took over. With 22 seconds to go, she took a pass from senior guard Amanda Kammes in the paint, drove hard to the basket and hit a layup to give Penn the lead back.

The Bears played for the last shot, and coach Jean Marie Burr called a timeout with 10.9 seconds remaining. Off the inbounds pass, Sarah Hayes missed a layup, and Fleischer simply overpowered everyone in the post to get the rebound.

Brown had a foul to give, so forward Andrea Conrad did the honors, and guard Colleen Kelly fouled Naltner on the inbounds pass with three seconds to go. Naltner hit both free throws and sealed the victory.

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Playing time at third base may have opened up for in the wake of Logan Forsythe’s foot injury. Forsythe was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis Thursday and is out at least six weeks.

The will start the season using Jedd Gyorko, Cody Ransom and Amarista to coveper Thibaut Courtois’ plaque at the Wanda Metropolitano was again vandalised before their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Courtois played 154 games for Atlético Madrid between 2011 and 2014, and his plaque was vandalised ahead of the derby on 9 Februer second and third base as a result. Amanchester United legend Roy Keg Bobby Duncan’s situation.Duncan’s agent Salif Rubie hit out at Liverpool in a lengthy statement on Twitter after an offer from Fiorentina was turned down.Duncan initially endorsed the statement with a quote tweet before deleting it shortly afterwarane has enjoyed a swipe at Liverpool.Keane aimed a cheeky dig at Manchester United’s fiercest rivals during his appearance at the Off The Ball Roadshow in Dublin on Wednesday night.Discussing United’s dominance in the laarista, the only left-handed batter of the bunch, could get a decent chunk of playing time against right-handed pitching.

Amarista hit .240/.282/.385 in 105 games as a Padre last year. He lacks punch and Petco Park won’t help anything there, but he stole eight bases on 12 attempts in about half a season’s worth of plate appearance’s last year, and as such he may be worth a flyer in deep or NL-only leagues for speed.

Reds have made their decision, and Chapman is headed to the bullpen


Aroldis Chapman is pitching out of the bullpen for the Reds in a spring training game on Friday. More importantly, Chapman will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Reds this season.The team had yet to announce anything asf their shock defeat at Watford.Jurgen Klopp’s men went down 3-0 to Watford at Vicarage Road as they saw their 44-match unbeaten run come to a shuddering halt in what was a first league loss since January 3 last year. “We had a nice meeting after the of Friday morning, but sources say the decision has already been made. Chapman will be the Reds’ closer, and Mike Leake will be the fifth starter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer that the Reds were likely to put Cnderland captain Lee Cattermole has signed with VVV Venlo for 12 months.The midfielder has won the deal after successful preseason trials.Cattermole said: “I am very happy that after so many seasons in England I can now work in the Netherlands at a bhapman back in the bullpen, “barring a significant change of minds.” As it turned out, there was no significant change.

Chapman was a dominant closer for the Reds last season, but the team decideld has no problem embracing the responsibility of being a role model.He admit he finds it hard to believe that kids look up to him now but he accepts that that is a responsibility he has to face.”I want to be the person who, when a young player goes d to try him in the rotation this spring. The thinking was that Chapman might be able to be a front-end starter, and that the Reds could get 200 innings out of him, rather than the 71 2/3 he pitched last year out of the bullpen.

But manager Dusty Baker always favored keeping Chapman as closer. And when I asked Chapman after his start last Saturday what role he would prefer, he made it clear that his desire was to close.

All along, the Reds knew that keeping Chapman in the bullpen because while he has already proven that he can be dominant in that role, no one can say for sure that he would be as effective as a starter.

Leake has started 78 games for the Reds over the last three seasons. He was 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 179 innings in 2012.

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There’s no denying first baseman  has had his struggles against left-handed pitchers the last two seasons. He hit .163 against lefties in 2011 and .174 off lefties last season, but it hasn’t always been that way for the 25-year-old slugger. Davis hit .295 against lefties as a rookie in 2010 and manager Terry Collins feels Davis is getting back to that level of success. 

“Ike has spread out his stance a little bit,” Collins tcontract offer from Southampton, according to reports.The Dane is out of contract in 2021 and has recently paired up witotti wants to land an experienced target-man and has recommended Torino captain Andrea Belotti to Everton football chief Marcel Brands.Goal says Toro could be prepared to sell the 26 year-old striker after the Euros.Everton are watching developments,h super-agent Pini Zahavi.This move fuelled speculation that the midfielder could join Spurs this summer.But the Daily Echo says told ESPN. “He’s taking much better swings against left-handed pitching — much better, which I think is going to really help him on the production side, because he sees a lot of them.

“Every time there’s a lefty coming in, I’m going to try to make sure he’s in that game to see some of them. I just think he’s made some good adjustments at the plate.” 

Davis is having a strong spring, batting .364 (12 for 33) with one homer, ter Milan boss Antonio Conte has jumped to the defence of Alexis Sanchez.The on-loan Manchester United striker made his full debut in victory over Sampdoria with a goal and red card, with second yellow for diving.Conte said, “Some things were said three doubles, four RBI and seven runs in 13 spring games.

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with vict


told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he has received offers to play this season but has yet to find the right fit. Theriot has been on each of therpool Echo says Moshiri has increased in stake in Everton to 77.2%.The Blues have today confirmed the majority shareholder has purchased more of the club.Moshiri initially boe contenders.Asked if United, currently 27 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool , can challenge for the title next season Solskjaer did not sound convinced it is a genuine prospect.“That’s the aim, onfidence of his players.Groves has said the club’s players have lost confidence in their manager given their summer arrivals have failed to impress and after their poor start to the season.“The thing with the Arsenal situation with Unai Emery is, of course,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not saying iught 49.9% of shares in February 2016 before upping that to 68.6% in Septeme previous two World Series winning clubs, the 2011 Cardinals and 2012 Giants, and batted .270 with 28 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 104 games last season.“I’ve had some stuff come up, no doubt. It’s not really exactly what I’m looking for playing-time-wise,” Theriot said. “That’s where we’re at right now. We’ll see what happens.”

2013 Team Preview: Houston Astros


For the poor, miserable , it’s all about the future. Fortunately for the Astros, the future is shaping up to be as bright as the present is dismal. That’s thanks in large part to a general manager who knows a thing or three about rebuilding a young talent base.

Let’s break down the AL West’s newest combatant …

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1. , 2B2. Ronny Cedeno/Marwin Gonzalez, SS3. , DH4. , LF5. , 1B6. , CF7. , C8. , RF9. , 3B

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Alex White or Brad Peacock

Closer: Setup: ,

C , IF

— Jed Lowrie, in this instance — who’s stretched defensively at short and who has never managed more than 97 games played in a season, and you get in  return a haul that includes the useful likes of Chris Carter, and , you’ve made a nifty little move. This is kind of the seemingly back-page transaction that new GM Jeff Luhnow has made a habit of since taking over. From the Astros’ standpoint, that’s a very good thing.

“It appears Veras will get a chance to close for the Astros, and to look at his double-digit strikeout rates per nine innings from the last three seasons, one might think he could succeed in the role. Veras is able to get Ks as a result of recording a high rate of called strikes, but far too often his pitches fall outside the strike zone. Of this season’s prospective closers, only Carlos Marmol threw strikes at a lower rate last season. Marmol has had his problems in the ninth inning, and Veras doesn’t miss as many bats as the Cubs’ closer. Even in deeper leagues, owners can find safer options than Veras, and he could very well lose his job to Wesley Wright, or by midseason.” — Al Melchior []

Full, unqualified embrace of the rebuilding process.

Most teams in rebuilding mode tend to hedge — they’ll sign a superfluous mid-line vet or two so as to pacify the fan base. Or they’ll lose patience and strive for contention before they’re truly ready. The Astros under Luhnow and owner Jim Crane, however, are indulging in no such half-measures. As noted in , just two players remain from the team’s 2011 opening-day roster. It’s a necessary demo job, as Luhnow’s precessor, Ed Wade, put off the process for too long. In a related matter, Luhnow has drastically improved the farm system in a relatively short amount of time. It’s not just the high-ceiling likes of 2012 top overall pick ; it’s also about the incredible system-wide depth that Luhnow has built by pawning off veterans who couldn’t possibly be a part of the next good Astros team.

In terms of wins and losses at the major-league level, things might indeed get worse before they get better. But the utter commitment to the rebuilding process is as rare as it is praiseworthy. Slowly but surely, Luhnow and the Astros will get this done. In large part, that’s because the Astros have so wholeheartedly devoted themselves to creating a foundation of young talent. Given Luhnow’s prior success in turning the Cardinals’ farm system from one of the worst into the very best, it’s obvious he has the acumen for a project of even this scope. All that’s needed is patience and the single-mindedness that’s already in place.

Also, .

Pretty much the entire major-league roster.

All you need to do is survey the above lineup and rotPaul on his shopping list.Marotta remains unconvinced by Inter’s midfield options, despite the additions of Stefano Sensi and Christian Eriksen, says Tuttosport.As such, he has put De Paul back on his list of transfer targets.Before Serie A’s coronavation and bullpen and bench, and you’ll quickly realize that the Astros are going to lose an indecent number of games in 2013. Also consider that this team lost 107 games last season (and 106 the year before that) while playing in the NL Central. Now, they’re base-jumping into the AL West, which boasts three winning clubs and two playoff teams from a season ago. Now add in the improved Mariners, and the Astros could lose, well, an even more indecent number of games. Is the modern-day record of 120 losses endured by the 1962 Mets within reach? Probably not, but it will be a “chase” that bears monitoring. Insofar as the roster is concerned, it’s also worth noting that, outside of possibly Jose Altuve, not many current Astro regulars figure to have any bearing on the team’s long-term future. This franchise truly is “all-in” on the replenished farm system. The consoling news is that the Astros will al a new deal.The Telegraph says the Magpies will make one final attempt to convince Benitez to sign a new contract this week as it appears increasingly likely he will quit the club.Benitez’s contract will expire on June 30 and he is expected to announmost certainly lock up the top overall pick in the draft for the third straight year.

Last place by respectable margin but not good enough to needlessly squander their draft position, fewer than 100 losses.

Also, with any luck, nothing like this will happen in 2013 …

Or this …

Last place by a disrespectable margin and enough losses to dislodgeeille striker has been in talks with Flamengo about a move to Brazil and a contract offer has been received.However, Sky Italia says Balotelli is set to sign for Brescia – with an announcement potentially today.Brescia have tabled the striker a €1m the ’62 Mets from the bottom rung of infamy.

Last place by a margin that skews more disrespectable than respectable. A loss total that’s comfortably in the triple digits but not historically so. Top overall draft pick!

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