DiGrande | With eyes on the future, Ryan Glover should keep leading Penn football


At this point last season, it seemed like “Penn football” and “quarterback controversy” were synonymous.

While we’re not quite at that point this year given senior Nick Robinson’s numbers through eight games as a starter — 1774 yards with 13 touchdowns — one can only wonder if now is the time to begin shifting to the future. Robinson won’t be around next season, but junior Ryan Glover will, and he should have been given his moment to shine earlier than this Saturday’s over Cornell.

Glover wasn’t the starter. He didn’t even play one full half of football. He was brought in with 4:56 to go in the third quarter as an ailing Robinson battled injuries, just after the Quakers had conceded a second touchdown and found themselves trailing for the first time all day.

“[Robinson] was limping on the field, trying his best to get out there,” coach Ray Priore said. “But we’re so lucky to have an unselfish young man like [Glover]. He and Robinson have had sort of a role reversal, but they’ve handled it so well.”

But soon after Glover entered, Penn’s offense came to life. The junior threw for 60 yards on his first drive, including a 40-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Kolton Huber to tie the score at 14 apiece. Within his first two minutes on the field, Glover commanded the offense and cut short any momentum the Big Red had after their score.

On his next drive, at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Glover again helped put together a quick touchdown series. His screen pass to sophomore wide receiver Owen Goldsberry kicked off the flea flicker that put Penn ahead, after senior wide receiver Eric Markes caught Goldsberry’s pass for the 80-yard score.

The pair of touchdowns were enough for the Red and Blue to come away with the win, their second consecutive Ivy victory.

Though Glover got the starting nod for all 10 games of the 2018 season, he lost the job to Robinson in the offseason to replace Simon Mignolet, who has joined Club Bruges.Adrian, 32, is available on a free transfer having been released by the Hammers during the summer.He played 150 times in six years for West Ham after joining them from Real Betis in 2013.The Spanand has since largely been on the sidelines. Before Saturday, he had only played in three of Penn’s contests this season, mostly as a gadget player.

Although Saturday’s game might have been a flash in the pan for Glover, who had only one completed pass in seven attempts all season before Saturday’s game, it’s worth giving the former starter the chance to perform for the remainder of this season, especially wits announced his retirement.The Al-Sadd midfielder has confirmed his retirement will come at the end of the current season.At 39 years old, the former Barcelona star will bring to an end a playing career that has been a cornerstone of the modern era oh Robinson’s apparent injury.

Even beyond giving Glover an opportunity to prove himself, Priore and his staff should start looking towards 2020 and getting Glover as many snaps under center as possible against Ivy League opponents. Unless a newcomer arrives and takes over the starting role, we’ll likely see Glover leading the offense come next September, so it would only be beneficial for him to gain more experience as this season winds down.

At 2-3 in Ancient Eight play, the Red and Blue’s chances of an Ivy League title this year are dashed. But with two games left on the schedule — at Harvard next Saturday and home to Princeton on Nov. 23 — Penn’s coaching staff has a pair of perfect venues to experiment with new formations and combinations of players, including Glover in particular.

Robinson may be the latest player for Penn football to go down hurt this season, but that doesn’t mean the team is out of options. As fans saw this weekend, big plays can come from anybody, and Glover should have his chance t spoken of his decision to quit Manchester City.And Sancho has named Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic as the inspiration behind his exit back in 2017.”The Manchester move was okay. I was still in England and I knew I could go back home. It was a bit o make them happen.

is a College junior from Warren, N.J. and a Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at digrande@thedp.com.

Penn men's basketball heads to the Virgin Islands for Paradise Jam tournament


Paradise doesn’t necessarily imply a vacation.

This weekend, Penn men’s basketball will travel to the US Virgin Islands to play in the Paradise Jam, an eight-team tournament featuring Northern Iowa, Eastern Kentucky, Kennesaw State, Missouri, Old Dominion, Oregon State, and No. 12 Kansas State.

The Quakers (3-0) will take on Northern Iowa (1-1) this Friday, and then either Eastern Kentucky (2-1) or Kansas State (2-0), depending on the result of their game. Their third match, should they win their first two games, will be for the title of Paradise Jam champion.

“It will be a fun time, obviously going down to the Virgin Islands, and it will be a good test for us,” sophomore guard Devon Goodman said.

Starting the season undefeated, the team seems poised to make a splash in the Caribbean, with two of their wins being complete blowouts. Not everything feel burdened with the title of reigning Champions League winners.The Reds start off their defence of last season’s win by facing Napoli in Italy.”We don’t feel the burden because I don’t know exactly how that should feel to be honest,” said the Germhas gone smoothly so far, though.

Senior guard Ryan Betley, a key part of the team’s success the last two years, went down victory over Segunda Liga rivals Tenerife on the weekend.De Gea is a member of Elche, along with his father, and took in the game with United goalkeeper coach Emiliano Alvarez. Alvarez is a former Elche coach.The Spaniard was delighted to see Elche with a season-ending knee injury only five minutes into Penn’s first game against George Mason. The Red and Blue managed to pull out a win, but the significant loss certainly put the trajectory of this year in doubt.

Three wins later, the success of the team thus far can be attributed to a multitude of players, ranging from freshmen to seniors, starters and bench players, stepping up in the place of Betley and for the sake of the team.

Bryce Washington, a freshman guard, has started in place of Betley, and fellow freshman forward Michael Wang has also gotten significant minutes off the bench. The two have provided scoring options for a team that needs to replace the 14.3 points per game Betley provided last season.

“We’re trying to see if we can get them more consistent every day, on offense and defense,” coach Steve Donahue said. “The older guys have done a good job of reaching out to Bryce and Michael.”

Wang, specifically, assisted the team in topping George Mason when he hit 4 of 5 threes in the first half. When the Patriots’ defense stepped up to the arc, Penn simply banged it down low to last year’s first team All-Ivy selection AJ Brodeur.

Washington, on the other hand, has eased the workload at the guard position, proving himself to be a reliable catch-and-shoot piece in an offense that’s still finding its identity. Penn dropped 91 points against Lafayette, its biggest scoring mark this season, and Washington contributed 8 of those points with an efficient 3 for 4 performance.

Though still searching for an identity after losing a big part of its process, the team hasn’t lost hope, resorting not only to freshmen to pick up the slack, but role players as well.

Senior Jake Silpe, for example, who had a limited role off the bench last season, has shown himself to be a gritty defender as well as a capable scorer. In Penn’s big win over Rice, Silpe demonstrated his versatility, dropping 16 points and snatching five steals.

Other players such as Jackson Donahue, Tyler Hamilton, Eddie Scott, and Jarrod Simmons have also demonstrated their ability to contribute to the team’s sy from Sheffield Wednesday.The Mirror says Bruce will cost Newcastle a £1million transfer fee – and they want him in the hot seat before the weekend.The Geordies are poised to make an official approach to Sheffield Wednesday for Bruce, 58, who only uccess in their own unique ways.

The blowouts have certainly provided them with the opportunity to show their worth. For example, Simmons played 14 minutes against Lafayette, a season high, and made them count, efficiently posting 11 points and a couple boards.

“We were able to go with different combinations,” Donahue said. “It helps us as coaches to figure out going forward who can help us.”

With the injury to Betley as well as a brief scare with starting senior guard Antonio Woods, these role players – some of them, such as Washington, now starters – are not only ready for their names to be called but are expecting it to be. Donahue emphasized that individual performance drives upticks in minutes more than the injuries the team has faced.

“If guys play well in practice, they’re going to get opportunities,” Donahue said.

This team was defined by its cohesiveness in its tournament appearance just a year ago, and it has been relying on that attribute once again to scrape out and dominate.

“We might not be the most talented team, but we’re gritty,” Goodman said.

The Paradise Jam will put that grittiness to the test, as the team faces its first back-to-backs before Ivy League play and possibly a top-15 opponent in Kansas State.

First, though, is Northern Iowa, who relies heavily on its guards to carry its offense. With perimeter defenders like Silpe ready to contribute, the Quakers will hope to shut down the Panthers’ offense while thriving on the other end with Brodeur down low, Goodman attacking, and reliable shooters such as Washington and Woods on the outside.

“It’s just our job to go out and execute,” Goodman said.

Should Penn stick to its defensive game plan and continue to figure out its offensive identity throughout this slate, then the possibilities this season are endless.

And paradise might be one of them.

After comeback win, Penn women's lacrosse gears up for Dartmouth



That’s the margin of error for Penn women’s lacrosse as it now heads into the Ivy League home stretch.

This grueling test begins Saturday at Franklin Field, where the No. 9 Quakers (8-2, 1-1 Ivy) will host a Dartmouth team looking to spoil the party. For Penn, this contest, and the four to follow it, are must-wins for the side seeking a share of the Ancient Eight title as well as home-field advantage come the NCAA Tournament.

The Red and Blue will have plenty of momentum, coming in on the heels of some last-minute heroics to take down No. 16 Northwestern, a perennial powerhouse, in Evanston. With 17 minutes remaining, Penn managed to overcome a 7-5 deficit by netting five times, all while not yielding once to the Wildcats’ offense. Interestingly, each of the final five goals was contributed by a different player, with one even coming from the defensive unit.

Supporting the unrelenting Penn defense, sophomore Katy Junior is ready for this weekend’s battle.

“I think we go into every game with the same mentality, to allow as few shots as possible. These games matter more because they are for the Ivy League title and where the tournament will be hosted,” she said. “It’s really important that we come focused to practice. It’s easy at this point in the season, after playing 10 games, to be tired and let that get in the way of tale with Liverpool. Former Reds midfielder Paul Ince suggested the club should attempt to sign the Real Madrid star if they could afford.But Klopp has laughed off those claims as ludicrous.”These fantastic football players have some strange ideas,” Khings, so we have to stay mentally sharp.”

The offroy Sane.BILD says in the wake of Sane’s ACL injury, Bayern Munich opted sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan, but could revive their move in January.The Bavarians are still keen to land the Germany international to replace Franck Ribery and Arjen Robbense for the Big Green (5-4, 0-3) will be looking to test Junior and company, as it aims to secure a first Ivy League win. Despite a couple of subpar outcomes, the visitors cannot be overlooked, as they are still averaging 13 goals on 34 shots per game. Moreover, there will be some bitter memories for the Penn veterans, who will remember a disappointing 10-9 loss at Hannover last season.

Despite coming in with a head of steam, a major question mark for the Quakers this weekend surrounds the offensive production. The past two victories can mostly be attributed to unfaltering performances by the back line, holding the opponents to seven and two goals. On the season, the team is merely averaging 10.5 goals a game, with nearly that many saves per contest as well.

For coach Karin Corbett, this trend needs to be bucked immediately.

“I think we’ve had some games where we’ve been able to put more points on the board, but you need to score more than ten goals,” Corbett said. “It’s hard for a defense to continually keep a team under 10, and we’ve been able to do that, but we do need score more goals and generate more from our possessions. I want to see more of that this weekend.”

This week’s practice certainly was tailored to this objective, with an emphasis on shooting, free-position shots and individual skills. With a more consistent and polished offense, there’s no telling how far this squad can go.

With only conference matches remaining, Penn will essentially have to pick up a “W” every time it takes the field. Having already dropped a contest to Cornell, the Quakers cannot cede any more ground should they have a chance at a title andlong younger brother Yassin, for a deal worth just less than €20m.Satin wrote for Le Parisian: “We could legitimately expect a bigger club for Fekir.”Napoli wanted to talk with him. It seemed like a bigger stage. “In Spain, he can have fun. In LaLi preferred tournament seed. It’s worth noting is that none of that the current Ivy League leaders, Cornell, Harvard and Princeton, have yet played each other, so the standings are sure to be shaken up.

For junior Caroline Cummings, the team is ready for the road ahead.

“We are going to take this momentum and run with it throughout the rest of the season because we have so many Ivy League games coming up,” Cummings said. “We’re just taking one game at a time, and taking nothing for granted. We need to put everything in for that one game, and just take it from there.”

With so much riding on every game from here on out, the Quakers will have to assert themselves at home this weekend to keep their dreams alive.

Penn squash starts the season with a capitol roadtrip


George Washington may have beaten the British, but he certainly won’t be beating the Quakers anytime soon. At least, that’s what Penn squash is hoping.

After an intense preseason that featured new supplemental weight training, the Red and Blue’s squash teams are looking to get off to a strong start to their seasons this weekend. Both squads will travel down to Washington, D.C., to face George Washington on Saturday, with the men’s team getting in a match against Navy on Friday in Annapolis, Md., as well.

Both teams will be looking to add to their recent string of dominance against their two upcoming opponents. Both the men and women have won two straight against the Colonials, while the men’s team will also seek to extend its 14-year win streak against Navy.

“This weekend sets the tone for rest of the year, and it’s an opportunity for us to show how hard we worked in the preseason,” coach Jack Wyant said. “We can show how we’re prepared for every team that we’re going to go up against.”

Heading into this weekend, both sides should feel confident after performing well at last week’s Ivy Scrimmage. Penn’s women captured first place with a 7-2 win over Harvard, while the men clinched third with a 5-4 victory against Columbia.

“We had a busy weekend … at the Ivy Scrimmage, but we’re going to work hard this week to make sure we’re as ready as we can be,” Wyant said.

“It will be really important to set the season off on the right note [this weekend],” men’s senior captain Tyler Odell said. “We want to get in there and show teams that we really can play — and to show how far we’ve come even from last year.”

The Red and Blue’s contests against the Midshipmen and Colonials could possibly introduce a few new faces to the collegiate squash circuit, as some of Penn’s freshmen may make their debut depending on lineup decisions. And what a debut it would be for the freshmen againsill tied to Leicester City’s plans.Silva insists he is happy at loan club Monaco but said the decision on his future beyond the summer is in the hands of Leicester.“Regardless of the club, there is always competition,” Silva said ahead of Monaco’s t these foes.

“It’s always tough going to Navy away,” Odell said. “They always bring a big crowd, and it’s always pretty rowdy, so it will be a good experience for a lot of our freshmen to compete in a high stress environment for their first match to gain some experience.

“College squash is a lot different than junior squash,” he added. “We don’t have one weekend where we play two or three matches and then take five days off. Here, it’s an intense schedule with the practices and morning lifts that we have, so the season is tough, it’s full of injuries and adversity. We’ve just been telling our guys to keep their heads up, stay positive and take care of their bodies.”

While this weekend is just one stop on a season-long journey to the Potter Cup for Penn squash, one thing is clear for both teams: It is key to start the year by cominthampton.After a week where they had lost to Leicester before being beaten by League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup, Spurs’ spirits were lifted as £53.8m club record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored with a powerful deflected finish.Serge Aurier, whg away fhe season with defeat at home to KV Oostende.The former Manchester City defender selected himself from the start and saw his team take an early lead before eventually losing 1-2.”Before the match, I felt that this scenario was possible,” said the plarom the capital with wins.

Former Penn football star signs with Detroit Lions


Brandon Copeland is heading to the Motor City.

Following a standout performance at the NFL Veteran Combinein Arizona, the former starPenn footbadiola has thrown down the gauntlet to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.Guardiola believes Aymeric Laporte, just called into the France squad for the first time, is “the best left-sided centre back at the moment”.Speaking in his press conference ahell defensive end signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions late last week. The Sykesville, Md., native will have the opportunity to compete for playing time on special teamswith a squad coming off a 10-6 season and playoff exit during Wild Card weekend.

A three-time first teamAll-Ivy selection during his career with the Quakers between 2009 and 2012, Copeland has spent time on practice squads for the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans since graduating from Penn in 2013. In two seasons in the NFL, the three-time Ivy champion has yet to play a down in a regular season contest.

For Copeland, signing with the Lions made sense because of his connections to various members of the team’s coaching staff. Head coach Jim Caldwell is the Ravens’former offensive coordinator, while defensive coordinatorTeryl Austin coached Baltimore’s secondary while Copeland spent time with the 2013 Super Bowl champiold different teams in two separate competitions within 24 hours after the EFL announced the date of their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa will not be changed.The Reds will play at Villa on 17 December at 19:45 GMT and will compete in the Cns.

“I had great visits all over, but with the Lions it really came down to that familiarity with those coaches being from Baltimore,” Copeland told The Baltimore Sun. “I had a great feeling when I left there. I know there are opportunities everywhere, but their Ravens roots gave me a great feeling.

“I’m looking forward to getting started.”

After running the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at the Veteran Combine, as well as posting a 37-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-7 broad jump in training leading up to the event, Copeland visited with five teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. He also drew interest from the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams, among others.

“All of them were great opportunities with great coaching staffs,” Copeland said. “I literally couldn’t have gone wrong. [But] I’m happy I made the decision I made to go to Detroit.”

Adefensive stalwart on Penn’s most recent Ivy League championship squad, Copeland committed himself to losing weight and increasing his agility as he sought a roster spot with a variety of teams over the past few offseasons. He now weighs 246 pounds after playing for the Quakers at 280 pounds, and has slimmed down from 260 pounds from when he first entered the NFL.

“The fire in me is burning even brighter now. I’m more hungry than I’ve ever been. I got the second chance. It’s like life after death. I want to make sure I do everything in my power to makrs blocked him from returning to the club as part of David Moyes’ backroom team.Pearce, a former Hammers player, was previously at the club under Moyes first time around, and he has now revealed the reason he hasn’t joined him this season.Psycho tolde it right this time.”

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.”

W. Soccer: Out of title race, Penn turns to non-league foe


For the second time in two weeks, Penn will be looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to an Ivy foe, this time against a weak non-conference Rider team tonight at Rhodes Field.

The Quakers (7-4-1, 1-3 Ivy) are coming off a 1-0 defeat to league leader Dartmouth. The only goal resulted from a breakdown in communication, as the Red and Blue turned the ball over in its defensive third andlan Rice feels they can push for a top six finish.Rice was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.He said, “If you look at the players we’ve got, without a doubt we should be pushing for top six, like Wolves did so well last season.“Last goalkeeper Cailly Carroll was caught out of position.

That loss was especially deflating because it dropped Penn even further out of the Ivy title race.

Although the Broncs (4-7-1, 2-3-0 MAAC) have had an inconsistent season, their spirits have been buoyed by a 1-0 win over conference rival Siena Saturday.

Recent history favors the Quakers in this matchup: they handily defeated Rider 5-0 two years ago and also won 2-1 last year. Nonetheless, Penn isn’t taking anything for granted this time around.

“We’re going to have to be pretty patient and disciplined as a team,” assistant coach Pete Pososki said. “They have some good players who could cause us some problems on the counter-attacks.”

Two players Penn will be sure to watch are midfielder Kelli Burke and forward Stephanie Madden. Each player has four goals and one assist. The two have accounted for half of Rider’s scoring offense.

Mental mistakes will also have to be avoided. The Quakers have been plagued with them this season, particularly in their two most recent losses versus Dartmouth and Columbia.

“Everyone’s pretty upset about this weekend. Hopefully, that will give everyone enough spark for the game,”ster City’s clash with Norwich City.Stones has been out of action for the last month with a thigh problem and Nicolas Otamendi was Pep Guardiola’s only senior centre half.But Stones has takenogna striker Rodrigo Palacio is urging coach Sinisa Mihajlovic to stay.Mihajlovic took over from Pippo Inzaghi with the team all but going down.Palacio said, “That is his decision. He has done very well here, the fans would love him to remain, the part in full training and is ready to make his comeback at senior defender Tracy Bienenfeld said.

Again, the Red and Blue will be without two key players: forward Michelle Drugan and defender Rachel Fletcher. While there are many other talented starters and experienced backups, there is some concern that the already-small squad cannot sustain many more injuries without seriously affecting its depth.

With the Quakers effectively out of the Ivy race, the focus of the season has changed somewhat, especially considering the youth of the team. According to Pososki, now the focus is “learning how to compete, and getting ourselves in a respectable position at the end of the season.”

Bienenfeld, who is one of only two seniors on the team, said she is disappointed to leave Penn without competing for an Ivy title this year.

Still, as captain, she’s trying to focus on the future of the team.

The said the rest of the season is about giving “the younger girls a springboard for next year,” she said.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire


By Zachary Levine

Senior Staff Writer


Think of it as a warm-up for the Ivy League season.

After blowing out Navy 79-58 in Annapolis last night, the Quakers will have less than 48 hours to prepare for a team that presents vastly different looks and challenges from the ones they faced against the Midshipmen.

It’s not the 24-hour turnaround that the Qua time away from the first team.Klopp says Alisson “will still take time” to recover from the calf injury he picked up against Norwich City earlier this month.”Alisson made steps, but it was a proper injury. It will still take time,” he said.”The calfkers will face six times during the Ivy League season, but it’s close.

After the Navy game, scouting players boils down to “just kinda on your own, just loor’s contract is due to expire in 2020.Mundo Deportivo says the Spanish giants had previously attempted to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea, but saw bids of £40million and £60m rejected, however he is free to negotiate pre-contract deal with foreigking at ESPN,” senior forward Mark Zoller said.

ESPN would tell the Quakers that the Fordham Rams are coming off a 79-59 loss to UMBC.

But nobody on the roster except the freshmen will need ESPN to remember what the Rams are capable of doing.

Last season, the Quakers went up to Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx and limped out with a 78-63 loss. Fordham erased a big first-positive about the upcoming transfer window.The club are in need of some reinforcements, as they are struggling to cope with the demands of playing Europe and domestically.And Shi knows that investment is needed if they are to maintain their level frhalf lead and turned a close game into a rout with a 12-0 run midway through the second.

Now, Fordham sits at 4-3 with two of the losses coming at the hands of ranked teams. The Rams fell to No. 23 Maryland Wednesday night and now-unranked Tennessee in the Preseason NIT (the other loss being an NIT consolation game defeat at the hands of Belmont).

Unlike the Navy team the Quakers took apart last night, the Rams do much of their work underneath the basket.

Leading that charge is Bryant Dunston, a player with whom the Quakers are quite familiar. The junior went off for 20 points and 12 rebounds in Fordham’s win over Penn last year.

Dunston, a 6-foot-8, 233-pound bruiser, leads the Rams with 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game and is second with 12.6 points.

“He played really well last game, but I think we’ll be really prepared to play him,” Zoller said.

Dunston is one of four Rams players who are averaging double figures in the scoring column. Junior guard Marcus Stout leads the team with 13.9 points per game, while freshman guard Brenton Butler and junior forward Sebastian Green rank third and fourth, respectively.

Greene could to be coming into his own for the Rams, as the junior from Germany is coming off a career-high 20 points against Iona.

Notes: This is the eighth meeting between Penn and Fordham, an Atlantic 10 team. The Rams have won five of the first seven. Since the beginning of the 2002-03 season, the Quakers have seven losses in 13 games against the Atlantic 10 and the same seven losses in 56 games against the Ivy League.

Bats come alive late against 'Nova


With the score at 8-3 heading into the seventh inning, it appeared the Penn softball team would drop two games to Villanova yesterday.

But the Quakers rallied with six in the seventh to earn a 9-8 comeback victory in Game 2 of the doubleheader. That followed a 6-2 loss in the first game.

The win gave Penn (14-20, 2-4 Ivy) a split on the evening, its third in as many days.

The rally started on a single by junior shortstop Christina Khosravi, who led the Quakers in Game 2 by going 4-for-5.

Penn players hit five consecutive singles to start the inning and scored three runs before the Wildcats (7-26) recorded the first out.

The Quakers lost a gamble when junior Stephanie Reichert tried to score from first on a base hit to left field by junior Teresa Leyden and was gunned down at the plate for the second out.

But Leyden was able to advance to third on the throw, and she scored the eventual winning run on a passed ball.

“Our momentum was awesome,” said junior Kim May, who had a singlen London.Giroud has engaged with spiritual life in London, attaching himself to a church, St Barnabas in Kensington, part of a network connected to Holy Trinity Brompton, the modern and evangelical wing of the Church of England. “I grew up with my mo during the rally. “We just never let up. [Within the last three years,] we’ve never beaten Villanova, so it was a great win for us.”

On an afternoon when the pitching struggled for the Red and Blue, the offense carried the day.

Fifteen hits, including a home run from junior Brandi King, were enough to overcome the eight runs given up to Villanova.

“We come into every game ready to hit the ball, so as long as our pitching and our defense come together we’ll be fine,” Khosravi said.

Penn’s defense was better yesterday, with three errors in the doubleheader versus five Monday against Yale.

But the exhaustion from playing a third doubleheader in as many days caused pitching depth to become a problem.

Coach Leslie King decided to rest freshman starter Emily Denstedt, who had pitched shutouts the previous two days, for upcoming Ivy League gament of Ousmane Dembele says the Barcelona striker hasn’t been short of offers to leave this summer.However, Moussa Sissoko insists the player wants to stay at the Nou Camp.He said, “We received marks of interest from very big clubs, but I told them fes, and instead turned to junior Casey Hare, who normally plays first base.

Hare relieved junior starter Lindsey Permar in Game 1 after the latter gave up five eated midfielder Paul Pogba.Sport says the Bernabeu was believed to be his favoured destination – with Zidane himself gushing over the player.But with just days to go until the European transfer window closes, the Frenchman seems no nearer a move.And trned runs in three innings.

The first baseman, who pitched in 10 games her freshman year, gave a strong performance, allowing only one run over three innings pitched.

“I was prepared to go in if Coach needed me,” Hare said.

“I fell back into my stride like I did freshman year. I’m happy that I was able to contribute to the team and do what Coach asked me to do.”

Penn’s bats didn’t get going until Game 2, however, as Villanova starter Kat Walsh limited Penn to two runs on four hits for a complete game victory.

The Quakers will look to improve upon their performance this weekend in home doubleheaders against Cornell and Columbia.

“We know that we beat Columbia twice last year, so we’re definitely going to be pumped and positive going in,” May said.

Another dramatic win for Women's Lacrosse


The women’s lacrosse team led for a total of 35 seconds yesterday afternoon against the visiting Delaware Fighting Blue Hens.

Luckily for Penn, that half a minute came in the closing seconds of the game, giving the Quakers a 12-11 victory and sending their record to 4-1 on the season.

The Red and Blue moved up several spots in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association rankings this week to No. 14, and their victory over No. 20 Delaware at Franklin Field can only help their cause.

The Blue Hens (3-2) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead just five minutes into the contest. Although Penn clawed back to tie the game several times, the Quakers repeatedly had trouble scoring a go-ahead goal to take the lead.

That is, until the clock showed :35 and the teams were deadlocked at 11. Junior Ali Ryan found freshman Rachael Manson in front of the net and the rookie did the rest, putting the Red and Blue ahead for good and completing her hat trick in the process.

“Ali Ryan gave me an awesome pass and I was wide open,” Manson said. “We were working for the last shot so I was trying to get opellback Dani Carvajal is staying clear of the row between Sergio Ramos and president Florentino Perez.Real captain is pushing to leave this summer.He reportedly met with the club president to discuss an offer he received from China, but Perez refused n, but I didn’t want to force anything either, so it was really just an awesome pass.”

With the victory, Penn climbed to 3-0 in games decided by one goal, having defeated Ohio State in triple overtime and Yale on Saturday by the same margin.

Head coach Karin Brower, however, believes the game was unnecessarily close.

“I’m definitely glad that we pulled it out. I am just frustrve placed Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen top of their 2020 shopping list.The Telegraph says Eriksen is the No1 attacking midfield target earmarked by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and they’re prepared to wait until June to sign him when he cated that we’re in these close games — aside from the first one, Ohio State — because we’re just not playing well,” Brower said. “It was not a good showing on our part, so we’ve got a lot to work on.”

Although the two teams put on an entertaining show for the crowd, Brower was probably right. Penn sunk to Delaware’s level, making several unnecessary miscues — the Quakers committed 17 turnovers to the Blue Hens’ 10.

Several of the giveaways occurred on the defensive end, and more often than not, they ended up in the back of the Quakers’ net.

“It’s about having the confidence to bring the ball up, and we didn’t have it today,” Brower said. “We’ve got to change that. We’re going to be doing a lot of drills with bringing the ball up with pressure.”

On attack, Delaware goalie Patrice Hughes caused all kinds of headaches for the Penn offense. Not only did she save eight shots, but she also brought an aggressive mentality to the game, disrupting passing lanes and making steals.

“It was definitely harder to set up our plays, because a lot of them come from feeds from behind,” Manson said. “We had to adjust, but we did a good job, and instead of just going in one direction, we were okay with swinging the ball a little bit more and just staying composed.”

Brower felt that her defense turned in a lackluster effort. The game on the whole was much too high-scorinr-old believes that the Catalans have lost part of their ability to prevail against opponents.”I think Barcelona have to dominate games again, otherwise it is impossible to win the Champions League,” Xavi told TV3.”That’s what history tells us as Barg for her liking.

“I’m a little disappointed that, especially defensively, we got too many goals scored on us on [poor] one-on-one defense and [poor] team defense. We were just struggling to bring the ball up the field,” Brower said.

Despite the team’s subpar showing, as it was termed by Brower, the Quakers turned it around in the last 10 minutes — when it mattered. Delaware did not score a goal in the final 11:54, as the Red and Blue controlled the ball for much of that time, came up with key defensive stops and got some excellent play from senior Liz Lorelli in goal.

“I don’t know what our problem is. Why can’t we play like that the entire game?” Manson mused afterward. “But when we have to do it, we know how to do it, so it’s better that we come out with the win.”

The Quakers got outstanding contributions from the midfield. Senior co-captain Katie Spofford and junior Emily Cochran contributed four points apiece in the victory.

“This year has been amazing,” Manson said. “The team is awesome, and we’re playing with so much more confidence as each game goes by.”

W. Squash ready to take on Harvard and Dartmouth


The Penn women’s squash team returns to the Ringe Squash Courts this weekend to take on uitting for Bordeaux.The 33-year-old signed for Bordeaux on Tuesday having previously refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour to the USA. On social media, Koscielny explained, “I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during whiHarvard and Dartmouth in what promises to be one of its most challenging weekend matchups of the season.Harvard’s talented squad, currently ranked No. 2 in the country, is led by junior All-American Louisa Hall. Hall is ranked No. 3 individually and has lost only one match this year, to defending national champion Amina Helal of Trinity.Harvard (5-1o jump back into management.Gattuso departed the coaching position this week.He stated, “I do want to get back out there on to the training field. We have that desire, so we then need to analyse what we want to do and where we want to do it.“At t overall, 3-0 Ivy League) boasts another returning first-team All-American in sophomore Lindsey Wilkins, playing in the No. 2 spot behind Hall. Wilkins went undefeated last year at No. 3 for the Crimson.Though the Quakers (9-2, 3-1 Ivy) were handily defeated by Harvard last season, Penn sophomore Linda McNair is confident in her team’s ability to improve on that performance.”Last year, Harvard beat us 9-0, but this season we’re a lot stronger,” McNair said. “This will be one of the toughest matches we have, but we’re confident that we can do very well.”No. 6 Penn is currently riding a five match win streak, coming off of an upset victory over No. 4 Princeton last Wednesday. Princeton was the first of Penn’s three major Ivy League matchups in the second half of the season, and the win over the Tigers gives the Quakers momentum going into the remaining two matches against Harvard and Dartmouth. Playing in the No. 1 spot for Penn this weekend will be senior Runa Reta, ranked No. 4 in the nation.Like Harvard’s Hall, whom she will challenge on Saturday, Reta’s only loss of this season was to No. 1 Amina Helal of Trinity. This defeat came in the finals of the prestigious Constable Invitational held at Princeton. However, Reta defeated Helal in Penn’s match against the Bantoms.Reta will be backed up by a strong squad including junior Dafna Wegner, who placed f wants to win a trophy at Manchester United next season.The second choice goalkeeper, who may be in line for a promotion if David De Gea leaves this summer, was disappointed to end another season with no silverware.United have not won a trophy in theifth in the Constable Invitational and McNair at the No. 3 position.While Harvard is ranked higher than Penn’s other opponent this weekend — Dartmouth — the match against the Big Green on Sunday should prove to be no less challenging for the Quakers. Dartmouth, who last year defeated Penn, 6-3, is led by senior Charlotte Haldeman and freshman Julia Drury, who was No. 6 in last year’s U.S. Junior rankings. This year Dartmouth is 10-3 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League, dropping matches to Harvard and No. 3 Yale. The Big Green, who recently defeated Ivy rival Cornell, 8-1, will travel to Princeton on Saturday before arriving in Philadelphia to challenge the Quakers at the Ringe Squash Courts. The Penn team comes into this weekend’s matches well-prepared and confident, looking to reverse the outcome of last year’s competitions with their Ivy League rivals.As McNair said, “We don’t want to let last season’s results determine how we play this year. We know we can compete with these teams.”Victories over Harvard and Dartmouth would set the Quakers up to take one of the top spots in the Ivy League.

109th Penn Relays sprints to success


For three days last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania hosted one of the greatest events in American sport, shuffling more athletes through Franklin Field’s hallowed walls than any other American track meet — close to 22,000 this year, according to Penn Relays Director Dave Johnson. Despite inclement weather on Saturday, the Penn Relays again lived up to its billing.

“It’s a circus,” Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers said. “It’s amazing… how they can corral all of these thousands of people through this meet and basically be on time, for the most part.”

Saturday’s festivities saw the return of the world’s fastest man, Tim Montgomery, to the track community after an eight-month hiatus that included the announcement that he and the world’s fastest woman, Marion Jones, will be having a child.

During his first race since breaking the 100-meter record in September, Montgomery admittedly did not run his best race in carrying the USA Red team down the home stretch to win the “USA v. the World” 4x100m race.

“I’m back in it,” said Montgomery, who pulled out of the 4x200m because of the cold weather. “I feel that I have a bull’s eye on the back of my shirt…. [The race] was everything I wanted.”

Unlike last year, all six of the “USA v. the World” races were overwhelming wins for the Americans In tough conditions the U.S. runners took one-two in every race and swept the men’s 4x100m, where it went one-two-three.

A few American flags were scattered throughout the crowd of 39,783 on Saturday, but as usual for the Penn Relays, the large Jamaican contingency was the most vocal in rooting on its teams.

“There was that whoop corner,” said Demetria Washington, the anchor of the winning USA 4x400m team. “I heard a whoop, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, somebody’s coming for me.'”

Though the largest crowd showed up on Saturday for the “USA v. the World” events, the nation’s top college teams put on a show of their own throughout all three days of competition. Led by Outstanding College Female Relay Athlete Muna Lee, the Louisiana State women’s team tied the Relays record for four Championship of America plaques, winning the 4x100m, 4x200m, sprint medley and shuttle hurdles.

In the meet’s final women’s event, the 4x400m, Texas grabbed the coveted fifth relay gold from the Tigers in meet-record time, 3:27.64. The Longhonded their defending as “soft” after their 2-2 draw with Arsenal.Lampard was left shocked when his young team twice surrendered the lead against ten-man Arsenal, who scored with their only two shots of the match at Stamford Bridge.He said: “When yorns win allowed their program to maintain a tie with four Relays golds.

North Carolina’s women were not far behind LSolskjaer admits he wants more signings made.New additions Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are expected to make their United debuts against Perth Glory, but Solskajer, who wants to make three more signings before deadline day on August 8, is searcSU in terms of relay golds, emphatically sweeping the weekend’s distance races — the distance medley relay, 4x1500m and 4x800m.

“Getting it done for the seniors is just, it’s something special,” North Carolina coach Dennis Craddock said about Bobbie Jo Munson, with tears visible in the eyes of each member of the victorious 4x800m team.

“Bobbie’s been there and has done so much for the program and for our three girls to recognize that and want to make sure that she went out on top… it puts a cap on the whole weekend.”

Friday saw the weekend’s biggest surprise, as Michigan’s Nick Wells put on a late burst of speed in the final 30 meters of the distance medley relay to snag a victory over indoor 5000m champion Alistair Cragg of Arkansas.

The Razorbacks got redemption, however, taking both the 4xMile and 4x800m.

Even without Justin Gatlin — who turned pro last and ran for the USA at the Relays — Tennessee recaptured some of last year’s magic, eking by South Carolina in the sprint medley by 0.38 to finish in 3:14.41.

But Saturday’s greatest cheers did not stem from national identity or even awe of the world’s fastest athletes.

At 3:40, started what in many ways was the main event of the Penn Relays weekend. It wasn’t the event that was so intriguing, but one man. Only after seven runners had completed their respective 100 meters did the real eruption begin. Jamaicans and Americans alike rose is unison to cheer on Everett Hosachuge fee to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.A release clause in the Senegal defender’s contract will be active in June.The bad news for United fans is that the clause is worth £127m, per Italian newspapers Corriere dellok, the 101-year old who was anything but “Over the Hill,” as the name of his track club would indicate.

Hosack’s 100 meters of fame was far from a flash and dash, but a series of powerful lunges — leg after leg for 55.69 seconds. And while it was far from his 43.00 performance last year in which he obliterated the previous over-100 masters record by 15 seconds, Hosack managed to sneak into the history books again this time around.

At 101, Hosack broke his own record for the oldest individual to compete at the Penn Relays.

At 109, the Penn Relays was as strong as it ever has been.

Diving revitalized by Kass' commitment


When people think of the events at a college swimming meet, common races such as the freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and medley relay come to mind.However, there are two events that are quite different from the rest — the one meter and three meter diving.”Diving is very important because it makes up two events at every meet,” Penn swimming coach Mike Schnur said. “Those can add up to a lot of points that play a critical role in the final score.”The Penn diving program is a key component to the overall success of the swim team but has struggled in the last few years due to a lack of stable coaching.All of that changed last year, however, when Anitra Kass was hired as the varsity diving coach and Facilities Coordinator for Penn recreation. “Penn was a perfect fit for me since I had an interest in coaching and an interest in facilities management in a campus recreation setting,” Kass said.Kass, a native of New Jersey, first started diving when she was seven years old. She was a four year varsity letter-winner in diving at James Madison University and coached in summer diving leagues for seven years.”The summer leagues allowed me to coach athletes with broad ranges of abilities, from novices to junior national qualifiers,” Kass said.The transfer from a school in the Colonial Athletic Conference to an Ivy League institution could be overwhelming for some, but after Anitra read up on Penn swimming history, visions of grandeur abounded.”Mike [Schnur] has worked hard to bring this team into the upper sector of the Ivy League,” she said. “And I was thrilled to become a part of it.”Taking over the Quakers’ diving program, Kass knew that there was a lot of work to be done. While the Penn swimming team had been on the rise the last few years, the diving program had not yet been firmly established.”In the past it’s been difficult to convince high caliber, multiple divers to come onto a team where you weren’t sure who the coach will be next year,” Kass said.The lack of stable coaching translated into a lack of stable recruiting, which in turn resulted in a fewer divers on the men’s roster. While this means that Penn sends only two divers instead of the standard three in dual-meets, Kass does not view this as a complete disadvantage.”Coming in, I was expecting to work with a smaller squad,” the new diving coach said. “I view it as an advantage since it gives me an opportunity to work with the kids on a more individual basis and give them more attention.”Kass also asserts that her small team made for a smoother transition to the Penn diving program, than would have occurred with a larger group.Since the last few Penn diving coaches only worked part time, Kass’ full investment in the program is a marked change from previous years.And an increase in time investment means an increase in expectations.”I view this as an opportunity to change the culture that I’m in,” Kass said. “I do a lot of things that previous coaches haven’t done before, and I expect more things in return.”Nevertheless, both Kass and Schnur are working hard to expand the diving program and add more divers to the men’s roster.”When you have more athletes on a team, it encourages competition and gets everyone performing at the highest level,” Schnur said.Currently, the Penn men’s diving team consists of freshman Tyler Markman and sophomore Guillermo Marx.Markman, hailing r Alexis Sanchez.Alexis suffered an ankle injury while on international duty with Chile, forcing him to undergo surgery.It’s been suggested the striker won’t be seen until February.However, management have great confidence in a quick recovery for Alefrom West Newton, Mass., was a three-time Massachusetts state finalist. He has swept both the one-meter and three-meter events on two separate ks Jack Grealish can have a similar impact to Eric Cantona at Manchester United.United have reportedly made the Aston Villa playmaker their top target for the upcoming summer.And Warnock has urged the Red Devils to simply ‘just pay the money’ for theoccasions on the season.”Occasionally I see it as a disadvantage,” Markman said of Penn’s two-diver lineup. “But it just means that each time we go up there we try to have our best individual performance of the year.”Guillermo is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After injuring his foot by slipping off the three meter board during the Notre Dame meet, he came back two days later and recorded his lifetime best score on the one meter against Brown.”Both Tyler and Guillermo have been really self-motivated, most times I’ve had to kick them out of practice when time is up,” Kass said.The recruiting process has already gone well for Schnur and Kass, who have received one commitment from an early decision acceptee to join the team. Several other recruits have applied regular decision to Penn and are now awaiting word.”Mike has helped a lot with the recruiting process, using his experience to locate a number of top student-athletes,” Kass said. “What has already been done with our freshman swimming class can now be done with our divers.”So what does the new leader of the Penn diving program look for in a perfect dive?”A lot of people tend to look at just the entry,” she said. “Obviously you want no splash, but I think what’s really important are the basic board mechanics and a pretty position in the air.”One tangible sign of the improvement of the Penn men’s diving team is the entry of both divers in the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League championships, which will take place from March 6-8 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Uniondale, N.Y.”Both Tyler and Guillermo are really excited,” Kass said. “It will allow them to compete against some of the best divers in the nation as well give them experience fol star Danny Murphy believes Jordan Henderson is the only midfielder guaranteed a spot in England’s Euro2020 starting XI.The Three Lions booked their place in the tournament after beating Montenegro 7-0 at Wembley on Thursday night.”Jordan’s always or the long term.”

evy.Spurs have conceded 10 goals in heavy defeats


Sometimes, I can get behind drafting a player I know I’m going to have to stash on the DL to begin the season, but I’m having a hard time doing it with . Unlike, say, Corey Hart, his injury doesn’t present him with a clear timetable and could impact his performance even after he returns.

He’s not even throwingtalks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakra Ferrer had held the position for the past two years. It’s the third time he’s left Betis – twice as coach.A rift between Serra Ferrer and the other vice president, José Miguel López Catalán, had become insurmountable. Their disagreement sparkeditic.Sport says United have approached Barca about a price for Croatia international and been informed they’re prepared to sell.However, Rakitic himself will need some persuading to leave Spain this summer.The 29 year off a mound yet, so I’m not holding my breath on him returning before May. And seeing as the shut has been delighted playing alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.The pair have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing this season.Speaking from the club’s warm-weather camp in Marbella, Lindelof saihim down midway through last season with an injury he probably could have come back from, I’m thinking they have no interest in rushing him.

supporters after he fired four past Spurs in Tues


The have informed infielder he will not make the club’s major-league squad, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Newly acquired Ronny Cedeno is likely to start at shortstop for the Astros, and with Jose Altuve entrenched at second base, Greene is without a spot. Greene is out of options and cannot be sent down to the minor leagues without passing through waivers. Houston has informed Greene they will attempt to trade him.

Greene, 25, hit .230/.274/.400 (82 OPS+) in 330 plate appearanceto Manchester City next week.The ‘s prepared to play Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic in attack.Benkovic was handed his first start for the Robins and scored as they defeated Derby County at Ashton Gate.”In the Championship you want to make sure every box is ticked,” Johnson tPremier League announced on Tuesday that the fixture, which was cancelled due to City’s League Cup final win over Aston Villa, would be rescheduled to Wednesday. over Chelsea.Aguero limped off 13 minutes from the end.There was better news regarding Rodrigo and David Silva, who also appeared to be carrying knocks when they came off in the second half, but the boss is not expecting the midfield duo to be out fThe Gunners will charge supporters £15 for travel to ans with St. Louis and Houston last season.