Two of the biggest takeaways from Penn women's basketball's victory over Yale


Penn women’s basketball eked out a win at Yale by a score of 53-51 on Saturday. This was a pivotal win for the Quakers, who now move into second place in the Ivy League with a 5-2 conference record. Here are the two of the biggest takeaways from a thrilling game against one of the League’s best teams.

As usual, the Red and Blue had to rely on their defense to close out the game with a win.

The Elis made a blistering hot start to the game led by senior guard Roxy Barahman, who had 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the first quarter alone. After scoring just 39 points as a team the day before in a loss to Princeton, it seemed like Yale had gotten its mojo back and smelled blood in the water.

However, beyond that first quarter, the Elis were held to just 9-of-34 from the field. They finished the game with 51 points, far below their season average of 71.9.

One key to that was Penn’s relentless pressure on and off the ball, which gave the Elis little room to breathe, let alone shoot. id Luiz.The Brazilian joined Arsenal on deadline day for £8m.”The fact that David Luiz left the club the way he did tells me that Lampard told him he was not going to feature regularly in his team,” Petit told Paddy Power.”Luiz is 32 years old, and As a team, the Elis made just two of their ten three pointers. Barahman, her team’s leading scorer over the season, finished with 17 points but on just 6-of-20 shooting. Sophomore forward Camilla Emsbo, another player whom her team relies on for offensive output, shot 4-for-12 on her way to 11 points.

Penn was also able to create unpredictability with a mix of zone and man coverage, especially through varying the amount of help defense on the Elis’ drives into the paint. The Quakers’ strategy certainly worked, as it threw Yale’s offense off at various moments of the second half. The Elis also committed 17 turnovers, including nine from Barahman herself, which led directly to 19 of the Quakers’ points.

However, it certainly was not a perfect game defensively. Yale outhustled the Quakers on the glass, notching 46 rebounds compared to Penn’s 35. Penn has always been excellent at rebounding the ball, yet against the length of Emsbo and 6-foot-1 senior forward Megan Gorman, the team conceded its first double-digit rebounding margin since its game at Temple back in January. This likely won’t continue in the long run, but the Quakers must figure out a strategy to collectively rebound the ball in games where they do not have a height advantage.

Also worrying was the fact that Penn committed 21 fouls, a season-high, compared to the Elis’ 14. Junior center Eleah Parker and senior center Emily Anderson both fouled out, and junior forward Tori Crawford was one foul away from following suit. Yale had 28 free throw attempts, compared to the Quakers’ 12. Had they converted better from the stripe than 53.6% (15-of-28), the end result might have swung in their favor.

There is a tendency for Ivy League coaches to be highly reliant on the more senior players on their team. That may not always be due to individual skill or flashiness, but instead due to their experience in the League, which translates into consistency and leadership.

In a game where the Quakers faced a deficit for almost 25 minutes, it was senior guards Phoebe Sterba and Kendall Grasela who drove the Red and Blue to victory.

Sterba played a fantastic game on both ends for Penn. Her 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals was what kept the Quakers in the game in the first half, including some important plays when Yale threatened to run away with the game. One of her highlight plays came late in the second quarter, when she swatted a fastbreak layup by Barahman out of bounds. That huge block prevented the Elis from extending their lead, and gave the Quakers some much needed momentum.

In contrast, Grasela had a quiet first half where she struggled to stop the surge of Barahman. However, she stepped up big for the Red and Blue in the decisive fourth quarter. Besides limiting Barahman to just one point and three turnovers in the quarter, Grasela herself scorropa League final. The Blues have been ravaged by injuries in the latter stages of this season, with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger sidelined with long-term ailments.With the Europa League final against Arsenal on Wednesdaed three buckets, each of which stretched the game to a two-possession lead and gave Penn some breathing room. With 1:12 to go and Penn leading 50-48, Grasela held the ball at the top of the perimeter, hesitated, and drove down the left past Barahman for a wide-open layup that pretty much iced the game.

While it has been the play of Parker and freshman guard Padilla that has drawn the most plaudits, the combo of Sterba and Grasela have demonstrated on the court why they are the leaders of the team. Whenever the Quakers need help, the veteran duo will always show up and provide a calming presence oo Icardi for defeat to Juventus.Wanda, who also acts as Icardi’s agent, helped move the striker to PSG.“We watched Inter-Juventus, of course,” Wanda told Tiki Taka.“In the first half, it seemed that Inter needed to do more.“He didn’t miss the gn the floor.

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.

Penn women's hoops tries to tame the Wildcats in Big 5 matchup


It may only be January, but it’s already time for championship basketball.

In the midst of a seven-game winning streak, Penn women’s basketball has an opportunity to clinch a share of its second Big 5 title in as many years, heading to rival Villanova tonight in a battle for local supremacy.

“We’re playing good basketball right now; we’re defending well, rebounding the ball as well as we’ve done all year and getting into a better flow in Nicolas Pepe arrives at the Emirates.The Ivory Coast internatisee former teammate Harry Maguire at his old club.Maguire impressed on his debut for Manchester United in victory over Chelsea.He said, ” On the transfer market, it’s only about supply and demand. The prices can rise or fall any time. “The most imponal will complete a switch to the Gunners this week in a deal reportedly worth £72m.And former West Ham defender Fonte has talked up Pepe as a potential Premier League superstar.He told transition,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “It’s been a good run and we still feel that we’re improving, so hopefully it’ll carry over.”

Although the Big 5 doesn’t have an official championship game, tonight’s showdown will fill the role as well as possible for a regular season affair. Currently, Penn (12-2, 2-1 Big 5), Villanova (12-7, 2-1) and Saint Joseph’s — the same teams that finished the 2014-15 Big 5 City Series in a three-way tie for first place — all boast identical marks atop the group.

Consequently, although neither of tonight’s competitors can clinch an outright Big 5 championship — a La Salle (3-16, 0-3) upset over Saint Joseph’s (9-10, 2-1) on Jan. 30 would be necessary for the Hawks to lose their share of the title — either the Quakers or Wildcats will secure their third city win, and an accompanying share of their second consecutive title, tonight.

“We look at the Big 5 schedule a little differently than the Ivy League, but any time you have chance to be on the top of something, that’s something you strive for,” said McLaughlin, who led Penn’s first-ever women’s Big 5 champions a year ago. “The players understand that the Big 5 is important, and to be in contention two years in a row is pretty special for this school.”

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McLaughlin’s list of career accolades is quite impressive — he owns a 2014 Ivy League Coach of the Year award, a .771 career winning percentage, and, most impressively, the title of fastest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 400 wins. But one thing he doesn’t have to his name is a win over Villanova, as the Wildcats have bested his Quakers in each of their six matchups during his tenure at Penn.

Most recently, Villanova trounced the Quakers, 70-44, in the Palestra last January, spoiling the Red and Blue’s chances at their first-ever perfect Big 5 season and leaving a still-bitter taste in the team’s mouth.

“They came in the Palestra last year and had their way with us, so it’d be great to get them,” McLaughlin said. “The rivalries are here, some of our players know their players — it’s the same way as on the men’s side — these Big 5 games are all very competitive and very important, since it’s about city pride.”

McLaughlin may have a prime opportunity to finally snap his skid, as Villanova enters tonight on a sour note following a 57-51 upset loss at the hands of Georgetown. Still, although the Wildcats have fallen to 61st in the Division I RPI — four spots below the Quakers — a certain level of respect unquestionably remains for a program that has topped the Red and Blue in each of the past 13 seasons.

“It’s a team that gives you a lot of problems,” McLaughlin said. “They control the tempo, they shoot the three really well, and they’re very well coached. We have to utilize our strengths against their strengths, and we’ll have to make shots to beat them.”

Indeed, the differing strengths between the two foes will be noteworthy, as the contrasting styles of play will make things difficult for both squads. Led by returning starter Caroline Coyer and 5-foot-6 freshman guard Adrianna Hahn, the Wildcats have dominated from beyond the arc, ranking 19th in D-I with 8.2 three-pointers per game.

But while the Wildcats may have the edge from downtown, few teams in the nation can boast a frontcourt as impressive as the Quakers’. 6-foot-3 stars Michelle Nwokedi and Sydney Stipanovich — the Ivy League’s leading rebounders, at 11.1 and 9.6 per game, respectively — anchor a defense ranked 10th in the country by allowing a measly 51.6 points per game.

“For us to be able to play a solid matchup zone against them would probably benefit us the most. They’re going to get their threes — they pass the ball around very well, and they’re a tough matchup for anyone,” McLaughlin said. “We have to start by playing inside out, because Syd and Michelle have been terrific on both ends of the floor, and that’s certainly our strength right now.”

Ultimately, with a Penn team hungry for revenge, local bragging rights for the next year up in the air and the right to back-to-back Big 5 titles yet to be decided, Philadelphia basketball fans should expect a dogfight between these two evenly matched rivals.

“We know whats at stake, but for us to be able to beat a good Villanova team, we’re going to have to be really good ourselves,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll be prepared, and hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to pull out a win.”

Penn softball wins three of four to keep pace in South Division hunt


It wasn’t exactly an easy weekend, but Penn softball found a way to get the job done.

The Red and Blue claimed three of their four weekend games against Cornell, winning in comeback fashion in their final game on Sunday to keep pace with the rest of the Ivy League South Division.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Quakers (16-15, 7-5 Ivy) provided senior starting pitcher Alexis Borden with plenty of run support, as the team jumped out to a three-run lead early in the first inning. Borden allowed only two earned runs in five innings of work, and became just the sixth pitcher in Ivy League history to record their 600th career strikeout, doing so in the second inning.

An extra run in the fourth followed by eight runs in the fifth helped seal the quick 12-2 victory for the Quakers.

Penn once again scored three runs in the opening inning of Saturday’s second game, this time thanks to senior Sydney Turchin’s steal of home and freshman Jurie Joyner’s two-run home run. In the bottom of the frame, Cornell (9-18, 3-9) answered with three runs of its own, in part due to two errors committed by the Red and Blue.

Despite giving up the three early runs, sophomore pitcher Alexis Sargent stranded t in victory over Southampton.Bowen marked his full debut with a goal in the 3-1 win.Moyes said, “I’ve had a few boys from the Championship and I hope I have an idea of what I’m doing with them. We had a couple of tough games and today he’s come in anhree Big Red runners in scoring position throughout the afternoon, while the Quakers took the lead back again in the top of the second off of a run batted in by Turchin. Although Cornell tied the game once again in the bottom of the inning, two runs in the fourth and a two-run single by junior Korinne Raby in the fifth were enough to see the Quakers through to an 8-4 victory.

“Especially on the road, every single game is important and I was pleased to see the team fight back, even when we had some mental lapses,” coach Leslie King said. “Taking at least three of four games is always important, and I was pleased to see how well we were performing early on.”

Errors were the story of the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader and, unfortunately for the Quakers, the team recorded the same number of errors as hits in its 6-2 loss. Cornell scored five runs — three of which were unearned — in the first two innings and never looked back.

A solo home run by junior Lauren Li and an RBI groundout by junior Kanani Datan weren’t enough for the Quakers to overcome their five errors.

“We weren’t communicating nearly as well as we should have in the game, and I think we were definitely back on our heels a little bit, waiting for [each] other to make a play,” King said. “We just weren’t aggressive enough and that’s very uncharacteristic of us.

“[But] I think it’s something that we corrected very quickly in the next game.”

In the final contest of the weekend, the Big Red jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, before the Quakers retook the lead in the top of the third off of a two-run triple by Li. Penn extended it to 3-1 an inning later off a triple by Datan.

The Quakers lead would be short-lived, however, as Cornell put up five runs in the bottom of the fifth against Borden, leaving Penn trailing for the second time. But it was Li who once again answered for the Red and Blue’s offense, singling with two outs in the top of the sixth to drive in two more runs, cutting the margin to 6-5.

Joyner then erased the deficit completely with her second two-run home run of the weekend, putting the Quakers back on top, 7-6. After coming into pitch with two outs in the fifth inning, Li allowed Cornell just one hit in the final two and one-third innings, securing the Quakers third victory of the weekend.

“I think the whole team responded really well mentally to the early game, and I think we showed how tough we can be as a team,” Li said. “It was so crucial to take three of these four games because of how tough the competition is in the South Division, but I think we showed that we are mentally tough enough to go out anand.Xavi has taken his first steps into management with Al Sadd in Qatar, the club he spent his final four years with as a player.He told Sky Sports: “I don’t hide it, my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barca, it is my challenge ahead, but d compete against any team opions League win over Liverpool.Atletico won the first-leg of their round 16 clash 1-0 in Madrid on Tuesday night.Morata told Sportmediaset: “We fought without ever stopping to run, that is our identity at the end. “The challenge tonight? We are a unn any day.”

The team gets right back to work with a midweek game against Drexel on Wednesday, followed by a crucial divisional four-game set against Princeton at home next weekend.

Penn softball three wins away from postseason


Penn baseball isn’t the only team with a pivotal series with postseason hopes on the line this weekend.

After stumbling in their midweek matchup with Monmouth, Penn softball returnk.Digne captained Everton for the first time on Tuesday during the 2-0 League Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.He said, “If you are on the pitch, you are there to win.“It is part of me. I hate to lose.“I am like this and I don’t want to chas to Ivy League play for its final conference action of the regular season when it takes on Columbia in a home-and-home four-game series this weekend.

Despite dropping its past two contests, including the series finale against Princeton last Sunday, Penn (15-18, 10-5 Ivy) has played fairly well as of late. Before their loss to the Tigers on April 20, the Quakers had won eight of 10, including seven of nine in the Ancient Eight.

And while Penn would certainly have liked to cap off its series against Princeton with a sweep as well as a win against Monmouth on Wednesday, the Quakers know that their ultimate goal of winning the Ivy League’s South Division is still in play.

Due in large part to their strong play throughout the past several weeks, the Red and Blue have positioned themselves nicely in the South Division. Penn has a 2.5 game lead on the Lions (21-19, 8-8), while Princeton and Cornell remain 3.5 and 4.5 games back, respectively.

Though the Quakers have some breathing room at the top of the South Division standings, they are by no means a lock to takernandes.Sky Sports says the two clubs were as much as £10million apart in their valuations of the midfielder last week, with United only willing to pay £42m after initially agreeing on a £55m deal.But United are expected to continue their pursuite part in the Ivy League Championship Series on May 3.

Due in large part to a variety of weather delays and postponed games, the Big Red still have two games to play with Harvard, while Penn also may be forced to make up the remainder of its second game with the Crimson from April 4.

And while two wins against the Lions are likely to give the Quakers enough of a cushion to clinch the South Division, three wins this upcoming weekend will put Penn into the postseason yet again.

With that in mind, the plan is simple for the Quakers: take care of business against Columbia, and nothing else will matter.

This weekend’s series starts off with two games at Penn Park on Friday before shifting to New York for an additional doubleheader on Saturday.

And though Penn’s success this season has been well-documented, the Lions have been also playing well of late.

Columbia, winners of four of its past five entering Friday’s first two games, is one of the Ivy League’s most fearsome offensive teams. The Lions are third in the conference with 177 runs scored this year, only eight behind offensive-leader Dartmouth.

Kayla Noonan’s squad’s .292 batting average also ranks second in the Ivy League, a mere .001 behind the Big Green. Columbia has consistently been led by junior Kayla Shimoda’s .331 batting average — eighth-best in the Ivy League — and 22 RBI this season.

The Quakers have a pretty stellar offensive weapon of their own in freshman outfielder Leah Allen. The Woodbine, Md., native is not only leading the Ivy League with a .411 batting average, but has also smacked 11 homers to go along with 34 RBI, both of which also top the conference.

As Penn prepares for its four-game set with the Lions, the defending Ivy League champion Quakers are likely to rely on their offensive firepower as well as their solid pitching staff, led by junior Alexis Borden and freshman Alexis Sargent.

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Christian Barreiro's beautiful game


As a chilly October evening descendsts there’s no chance of the Real Madrid attacker returning to Tottenham.Bale’s situation is again the topic of debate after he was snubbed for Real’s defeat of Atletico Madrid on Saturday, with the Welshman not even making the squad.However, his ages on Rhodes Field during pregame introductions, Christian Barreiro looks antsy without the ball at his feet. He won’t stop moving.

Once the Saturday game against Dartmouth kicks off, however, the movement in his fluorescent pink Adidas slows.

It would be easy to mistake the slow trot for nonchalance.

But make no mistake, the generously-listed 5-foot-7 Barreiro is not the nonstop motor. He isn’t the box-to-box midfielder winning tackles and making dashing runs. He won’t wow you with his speed or dazzle you with power.

No, Barreiro is the trequartista, the playmaker behind the forwards, always shouting instructions and feeding attack after attack. He is the typical ‘10’ — the red number emblazoned across the heart of his jersey.

The beauty of his skill surely comes from the heart.

“Christian’s an incredibly technically gifted player, which is a testament to how hard he works,” senior defender Jake Levin says later. “Two hours of practice a day just aren’t enough for him.”

As the game progresses, possession becomes vital. Ironically, his ability to quickly release the ball is the reason why Penn can hold it.

As soon as Levin wins a tackle, Barreiro is on the move, his head on a swivel. Finding space in the midfield, he sweeps the ball from his left foot to his right before playing Johnny Dolezal on the run.

“We like to have Christian open, so as soon as we win it defensively, we can turn around and find him to run at guys,” midfielder Nick Unger says.

His thankless task entails running 30 yards into space only to give up the ball and cover another 40 yards to anticipate the next pass.

He hunts his own teammates, desperately searching out Alex Reddy and Nicky Yin. All in one motion, Barreiro cradles the fired ball, turns and deftly flicks it into the onrushing path of forward Duke Lacroix.

His style is a function of his vision, and throughout the match he maintains two speeds: a jaunty walk to survey the area and a spirited jog that is both controlled yet swift.

No more than a few minutes later, Barreiro appears to t-back could potentially be replaced by 19-year-old James by the end of the season after his impressive debut against Grimsby Town last week.But the club captain insists he will help James develop as much as he can.”Reece is a player I have followed be marooned out on the wing, walking almost aimlessly as he keys in on the play. But as soon as Penn manages to thwart the attack, Barreiro bolts down the sideline in perfect cadence with the clearance.

“He reads the game so well and he’s always in the right spot,” says Levin, who has now played with his fellow Baltimore native for six years.

Within the first 15 minutes, Penn goes down a goal. But a broken play finds Barreiro inside the area. As the ball falls to him, he takes the most delicate of touches to put the ball on his favored right and smashes a shot into the lower corner.

Barreiro has made a habit of cashing in for the Red and Blue. Three goals in his last three games — including a beautiful curling free kick against Lehigh ­— have placed him two points shy of breaking into Penn’s top five all-time.

Fifteen minutes left in the half and Penn is down once again. Dartmouth defends furiously and in its attempt to clear, the ball falls right into the path of Barreiro.

It smashes into his chest, but with a gentle lean it doesn’t drop nor does it spring away, but floats in the aion midfielder Dale Stephens is happy to have competition for his place.The midfielder has been on the bench for the past two games for the Albion.But Stevens, who played 36 league games two seasons ago, says that having a deep squad is not a problemir for the briefest of seconds. He turns and hits a perfectly weighted volley to Lacroix — an almost inhuman calculation.

Yet such plays are weekly occurrences for the creative genius to the point where they’ve become expected.

It’s a combination of skill, creativity and beauty intrinsic within him.

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.

Austin directing Palestra documentary


Mikaelyn Austin may have moved on from the Penn women’s basketball team, but her heart has not.

The San Diego native and Fine Arts major has been spending the last few months researching and writing a documentary film on the history and traditions of the Palestra, where she spent four years roaming the court in a Quakers jersey.

“This is really like the birthchild of my love for the Palestra and my love for film,” Austin said in an interview yesterday. “It’s a part of my life where I’m looking for something to do, and searching for something that is worthwhile and interesting, and it’s something that ought to be done, in my opinion.”

Austin admits that it is somewhat surprising that she has come to love this Philadelphia landmark.

“I had never heard of the Palestra before I came here,” she said. “But it didn’t take long at all, to be sure.”

Austin told a story which she learned from former Penn coach Kelly Greenberg, now the head coach at Boston University, about former Quakers hoops star Dave Wohl.

According to Austin, at one point during his freshman year, Wohl, who had been a standout football player in high school, “decided to play pick-up [basketball], and they told him to go over to the Palestra. So not knowing what it was, he walked in there, took one look and said, ‘This is what I want to do.'”

Austin, who went on to finish fourth all-time in three-point shooting for the Quakers, later found out that Greenberg told that story to all of her recruits, in order to teach them about the building they would soon call home.

“It was a really cool story nonetheless,” Austin said.

Indeed, after only four years in Philadelphia, Austin has come to clearly grasp just what it is that makes the arena so special.

“It’s like a sixth sense — it’s not so much a familiar smell, or a familiar look, it’s just an emotion,” she said. “It’s like a living time capsule — you walk in, you feel like you’re standing next to people who played there in the inaugural game in 1927. It’s something that I’ve never felt in any other building.”

Austin noted that the Palestra’s small capacity compared to more modern arenas is an asset when it comes to generating atmosphere.

“You walk into a stadium anywhere, a multi-million dollar stadium, and you’re sitting there, and you’re looking at the players, and they look more like ants than basketball players. … You can’t feel basketball unless you’re lucky and privileged enough to have $500 to sit really close,” she said. At the Palestra, “you can feel basketball even if you’re up in the far northeast corner.”

For all of her passion, though, it has not been easy to get the project off the ground. While Austin has been able to talk to many people with deep connections to the Palestra and the Big 5 — including Penn athletic director Steve Bilsky, Palestra Pandemonium author Robert Lyons and current Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles public address announcer Dan Baker — funding to buy the equipment necessary to make the movie has been hard to come by.

“I couldn’t honestly tell you where the money’s going to come from, but I can tell you that it’s got to come from somewhere in order for it to y in the Carabao Cup second-round with a 3-1 victory at Turf Moor.Clarets boss Sean Dyche was ultimately punished for making 10 changes to his side, which included a debut for Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater.Jay Rodriguez gave the Premier League clubreally happen like it should,” Austin said.

“It’s going to happen somehow or other by next May,” she added, saying that hef Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus over a year ago – and Calderon says the club is yet to recover.He told AS: “He should never have left, it’s amazing that he was let go. “It’s impossible to do without such a player. 60 goals per ser goal was to have the movie done by final exams next semester in order to hold a viewing of the film while students are still on campus. “So that I can have a viewing of it in the Palestra and invite people on campus to come and fill the building to watch it.”

Austin set up a Web site,, where she has posted information about the movie as well as a short introductory trailer.

She also put out something of a “help wanted” ad through the Kelly Writers House. Through that, she has gotten in touch with a number of people who have offered to help.

Chief among them are Greg and Gavin O’Connor at Solaris Entertainment. The O’Connors, both of whom graduated from Penn, recently directed the blockbuster movie Miracle about the 1980 gold medal-winning United States Olympic ice hockey team. Solaris is helping with the production elements of the documentary.

“Getting somebody to help the post-production side is easier than pre-production, because [the latter] is actually something that people can look at and stick their name on” when it comes to giving help, Austin said. “I’m working really hard, talking to lots of different people to get something done.”

That work is fueled by still-fresh memories of two Ivy League championships and countless other great moments on the Palestra’s floor. If the film does come to frui NHS staff free accommodation at the Millennium Hotel during the fight against coronavirus.The Blues are making the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available to hospital staff who are tirelessly working around the clock during this coronavirus crtion, it will likely be a fitting tribute to the experiences of many more people than just Austin herself.

“It’s just a place where player, fan, coach, fanatic — all of it is just one,” she said. “It’s not the players play, and the fans watch, and the coaches coach and the refs ref. Everybody is just one entity, and everybody’s a part of the building and a part of each other’s experience.”

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.

ical director’s role is “unnecessary”.Scholes has


manager Joe Girardi said Thursday has a bone bruise in his knee, which takes him out of the running for a roster spot. Mustelier had a solid anager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forcedding the UEFA Champions League final.The goalkeeper, who many deemed responsible for the club’s failure to win last season’s final against Real Madrid, is on loan at Besiktas for two seasons.Per the Daily Mail, he was invited to attend, along with al off during the second half of United’s le former South Korea international had a mixed debut campaign on Tyneside, making 18 Premier League appearances, but also finding himself out of the side for long periods due to injury problems and his involvement in the Asian Cup.“I had an injury,oss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustainedspring, batting .314 (11 for 35) with a double, a triple, two homers and five RBI in 21 games. He also had two stolen bases.

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The are placing third baseman on the disabled list to begin the season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Tuesday. Freese has a back injury. 

St. Louis will return to the major-league roster to take Freese’ed with their 2-1 win over Torino.Defenders Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo struck the goals for the Azzurri.“We are giving a sense of consistency to our results, the team is improving in the overall performance, the attitude, the way it is s place. The third baseman, expected to begin the year as the starter, underwent an MRI Monday which gave the Cardinals encouraging results. 

Unfortunately, after Freese was ger United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League iven an anti-inflammatory injection, it appears the team has decided to shelve him. He’ll have his DL stay retroactive to March 23 and should be able to return shortly into the regular season, if healthy. 

Jackson will be on the other bid from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucoure.The central midfielder is subject to interest from the ambitious Merseyside club.Everton are flexing their financial muscles this summer, as they also hope to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.Howeveroster until Freese is healthy enough to return. The 25-year-old is hitting .136 this spring over 22 at-bats. He played in 13 games for the Red Birds last year and hit .118 over 17 at-bats without an RBI. 

Valencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United


I’m wondering if it’s time to get concerned about DH , who hasn’t homered in 20 spring games. The spring isn’t a time Trumbo usually struggles. In his previous two spring trainings, he’s hit .310 with 12 homers, 13 doubles and 36 RBI in 48 games. This spring, he’s battingiker Lautaro Martinez.The Argentina international is a wanted manMerseyside Police will not take action after investigating an allegation of racist behaviour by a fan at Everton’s Premier League match against Tottenham.The force said it did not believetheir showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City.Many critics have suggested the club have no chance against Pep Guardiola’s side and should focus on the next game. Yet Silva said that is not the mentality of a big club – and Everton ar a crime had been committed in the incident, which occurred during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Everton launched their own investigation and that is ongoing. after his exploits for Antonio Conte’s side.ESPN says Martinez prefers a move to Catalan giants Barcelona over United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can now add the 22-year-old to his list of mi .255 (14 for 55) with no homers and four RBI.

You can’t really blame the move to DH as a potential cause of Trumbo’s struggles. He hit .310 with a .571 slugging percentage and .948 OPS in 84 at-bats as a DH last season, so strictly focusing on hitting hasn’t been a problem in the past.

It’s just too premature to say a bad spring is going to translate into a bad season for Trumbo. Our only history with Trumbo is that good springs have translated into good seasons for the 27-year-old slugger.

I’m not about to overlook him on Draft Day because he hasn’t homered this spring. He’s still going to get plenty of lineup protection hitting behind the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, so my concerns are still minimal when it comes to Trumbo.

as set the record straight over claims he wants to


rotatireturn to the Premier League.Bale has been linked with Manchester United and former club Tottenham.”I think it would benefit him to come back and play regular football again and play in a team at the top end of the Premier League,” Allardyce told talon candidate took the mound on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against Toronto. Possibly a longer shot to win a starting job this spring than some of the other options, Arrieta was solid against the Blue Jays. 

Last season’s opening day starter, Arrieta went 4 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday. He allowed three hits and walked three with two strikeouts and his Grapefruit League ERA is now 2.38. 

return to Chelsea.Obi is happy Frank Lampard is now in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. He was alongside Lampard in midfield for every minute at the Allianz Arena when Chelsea shocked Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final – sharing the dressin

Arrieta has allowed three earned runs this spring over 11 1/3 spring innings with five Ks. He is looking to regroup this season after a terrible 2012 that saw him get demoted to the minors and go 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA over to the end of the season.The news has been officially announced via a statement on the club’s official website:”AC Milan announces that Ricardo Rodríguez has joined PSV Eindhoven on a temporary basis.”The Club wishes the player all the best for the24 appearances and 18 starts for the Orioles. 

Must-see video: Division III team imitates ‘Major League’


For those who , it’s no secret that I absolutely love the movie Maj on Wednesday.Rodri opened the scoring after 30 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne capped off a magnificent performance with a 62nd minute goal.City dominated throughout, finishing with 78 per cent possession and seven shots on target.The result leaves Wor League. So when I saw this, I was giddy.

Division III Sul Ross State’s baseball team models this “commercial” directly after the one the Indians made for American Express in the movie. Check it out.

Unbelievable idea and execution. And if you haven’t seen the movie and, thus, are lost as to what is going on in the above clip, it serves you right. Now, go find a way to watch it pronto. There are only like 357 different ways to see a movie in this day and age.


For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to thto partner Marko Arnautovic next season.The Hammers were reportedly interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Rondon, who spent this season on loan at Newcastle, as a replacement for Arnautovic.The Austrian been the subject of long-term intee and . Also, individuit Pierre Menes has passed judgement on Arsenal defender William Saliba.The youngster has shone on-loan with St Etienne this season, despite some injury problems.Menes said on his personal video channel: “He is an interesting player, who has potentally interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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The Royals announced Tuesday they optioned pitchers aned the winner in Nigeria’s 1-0 victory over Guinea in the African Cup of Nice they want to sell.AC Milan and Roma are keen on bringing Seri to Serie A.”We know that there is a lot of talk about Milan for Seri. At this moment, I can only say that we’ll wait and see,” agent Franklin Mala told“We’d take tations on Wednesday.The Chelsea defender’s 73rd minute header made the Super Eagles the first time to qualifingham Forest have signed Wolves striker Rafa Mir on a season-long loan.The 22-year-old helped Spain win the European Under-21 Championship this summer, having spent last term on loan at Spanish second division side Las Palmas – where he scored seveny for the last-16 stage.Omeruo rose like a colossus above the Guinead to Triple-A Omaha. The team also optioned pitcher to Northwest Arkansas.