Out for the season, Penn football captain Sam Philippi's outlook has not changed


It’s your senior year. The first game of the season. You’re a two-time all-conference selection and team captain. Everything that you’ve been working for leads you to this moment.

And then, in an instant, it’s gone.

Sam Philippi, a standout safety and the heart and soul of Penn football’s des of midfielder Sander Berge.Berge is being linked with a January move to Liverpool, having impressed in the Champions League this season.Ahead of tonight’s clash with RB Salzburg, Wolf told VG: “Sander is a good person, very responsive to input, incfense, suffered a dislocated hip and sprained medial collateral ligament in the third quarter of the Quakers’ back in September. Before it had really even started, his senior season was over.

For most people, that kind of tragedy could ruin a year.

But according to those who know him best, Philippi is different from most people.

“He’s been a bright, shining spot,” coach Ray Priore said. “Even though he was the one who got hurt and injured, he made us all feel better. His leadership has been exemplary. That’s the kind of person he is.”

That positivity and focus on leadership comes naturally to Philippi. If you were to ask him about his injury, he’d tell you how lucky he was to only suffer a dislocation and a sprain instead of having to undergo surgery. He understands the importance of looking forward, and the pointlessness of feeling sorry for himself.

“[The injury] wasn’t something that I got sad about necessarily,” Philippi said. “It’s not something that I try to dwell upon. My focus is looking forward. I knew that I could still lead this team and help this team. I just had to figure out a new way to do that.”

According to his teammates and coaches, Philippi’s transition to his new role has been a seamless one.

“He’s always played really hard,” junior defensive back Jacob Martin said. “He’s always brought that intensity on and off the field. He’s always been a vocal leader in the locker room, and sitting out hasn’t changed that at all. He’s still the leader in our locker room. At halftime, before the game, and after the game, he’s always there, leading us.”

While his teammates and coaches might say that he’s been the same leader he’s always been, Philippi says that, as to be expected, he experienced a definite adjustment process.

“The first game after the injury was tough to watch,” Philippi said. “It was the first game in my career that I had to sit out. It wasn’t sad, but it definitely felt different. It showed me that I had to take on a different type of leadership role this year than I was expecting coming into the season.”

From that first game onward, Philippi took it upon himself to communicate with his teammates every day, but especially with his fellow defensive backs. He’d help them watch film, and he’d point out anything thames Pallotta admits they’re in talks over investment from the Friedkin Group.Press reports suggest Pallotta is prepared to sell for €510m.“I only do what’s best for Roma, I don’t care what it is,” he told La Repubblica. “I don’t need any gratiat he could see from his new vantage point on the sidrpart Sean Dyche.Liverpool travel to Turf Moor on Saturday evening.”Thank God it’s not only us. We would be disappointed if they only showed up against us. It’s a difficult place to go,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”I respect a lot what they do there. I [selines.

In other words, Philippi practiced exactly what he preached. He turned a negative into a positive by looking forward and by refusing to feel sorry for himself, just as he would’ve done on the field.

“As a [defensive back], you get beat on plays, but if you get down on yourself, that’s going to affect your play the rest of the game,” Philippi said. “I’m always about the next play and the next step forward. It’s better to not feel bad for yourself. It’s better to stay positive and to help everyone else around me.”

For some players, such a successful transition and positive outlook would be surprising, but coach Priore wasn’t surprised at all. To him, that’s “just Sam being Sam.”

“He’s handled it like a champion. He’s been a great leader on the sidelines. He’s with his teammates everyday,” Priore said. “He’s a very mature young man who understands what it means to lead. Even though it’s been from the sidelines this year, he understands what it means. He has led us in every way possible.”

Beyond just galvanizing and leading his teammates from the sidelines, Philippi works hard individually as part of his rehabilitation process in the hopes of playing football again. If anything, this most recent injury has increased his love for the sport he lost.

“I took the game really, really seriously when I was playing. Maybe I took it too seriously. Sometimes I forget that it’s a game and that we’re supposed to enjoy it,” Philippi said. “This year, taking a step back from the game because of my injury, I was able to watch my teammates and to see that this is the game I loved. I realized that I want to keep playing as long as I can and that I can never take any snaps for granted.”

Since the injury came so early in the season, Philippi still has another year of eligibility. He will hope to return to the field next season as a fifth-year senior.

That right there is the essence of “Sam being Sam.”

Penn wrestling to open dual meet season with road-home split against Rider and Maryland


Penn wrestling will compete both on the road and at home in two tough matches to open its dual-meet season this weekend.

The Quakers first travel to New Jersey on Thursday to compete against Rider at 7pm. Then, on Sunday, at 4pm, Penn welcomes Maryland to the Palestra for a second match.

After starting the year with strong results at the Michigan State Open and at home, Penn is looking to continue its momentum in the upcoming slate.

“[The home meet with Maryland] is a really big deal for our program right now. It’s a home opener with a lot of returning guys who are new to the starting lineup. And we’ve got a lot of freshman who are going to be in the starting lineup,” coach Roger Reina said. “I think that it’s going to be a very competitive meet on Sunday in the Palestra.”

In recent history, Penn has struggled against Rider, dropping its past four matches.

Freshman Anthony Artalona (8-1), Penn’s top-ranked wrestler at No. 20 in the nation according to Intermat, is set to compete against Evan Fidelibus (4-3) in the 149 lb class. Artalona grappled with some of the countries best wrestlers at the Keystone Classic, placing third overall on the heel of a first place finish at the Michigan State Open.

“The mental preparation for this week is a little different,” Artalona said, “because you’re not preparing for a five or six match grind… you’re ready for one match, wrestle smart, no mistakes, and know when to score bonus points.”

Another match to watch is the 125-pound weight class between freshman Carmen Ferrante (7-3) and Rider’s Jonathan Tropea (8-1). They faced off most recently at the Keystone Classic in a match Tropea ultimately won. But the two have a history of competing even before college.

“I don’t think there’s more of an edge [having just wrestled Tropea] than any other match. Both guys are preparing for each other and they’re both going to be ready to wrestle. So I just have to have faith in my preparation, and just go out there and have some fun,” Ferrante said.

On Sunday, the team faces an old rival, Maryland, a team the Quakers haven’t competed against in five years.

Another freshman from this year’s , Grant Aronoff (3-2), wrestling in the 141-pound weight class, expects to face off against Maryland’acting major Serie A interest.The Evening Chronicle says Fiorentina are interested in Lazaar.Hellas Verona are also keen, along with Holland’s FC Utrecht, reports TMW’s Gianluigi Longari.Verona will be happy to negotiate either a permanent or a loan s Michael Doetsch (5-1). Aronoff was ranked No. 39 in the class of 2018 by Intermat, and in the Keystone classic, he defeated Rider’s Travis Layton, who he’ll likely compete against again in tho.Sport says the Gunners take on Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp on Sunday, and discussions will take place around the game.Coutinho joined Barcelona for £142million back in 2018 but has fallen down the pecking order in Spain ande two teams’ dual meet.

Aside from the freshmen mentioned above, six freshmen in total could start both of the Quaker’s meets this week. With sophomore 165-pouned goalkeeper Jake Eastwood on a season-long loan from Premier League side Sheffield United.The 22-year-old, who came through the Blades’ academy, has made two starts for his parent club, both in the Carabao Cup in 2017.He also spent part of the 201nd wrestler Evan Deluise set to make his third and fourth career starts, many new faces will carry the Red and Blue forward as they begin dual meet season.

Sprint football looking for consistency with Chestnut Hill on the horizon


Consistency is key. But sometimes inconsistency works.

After dismantling Mansfield (0-2, 0-2 South) in the season opener, 54-21, with an offensive show of force, it was a dominant defense that led Penn to a 16-7 win over Cornell (1-1) in its home opener.

The question facing the Quakers (2-0, 1-0) in the third game of the young season is whether they can find consistency on both sides of the ball for an entire game. Their chance to answer this question comes this Friday at Franklin Field against Chestnut Hill (1-1, 1-0).

Unfortunately for the Red and Blue, that will be answered without junior quarterback Eddie Jenkins, who injured his left knee in the first quarter last week against Cornell. The hole left by his absence is definitely going to be felt.

“He’s the team leader,” coach Bill Wagner said. “He’s the heart and soul of the offensive leadership.”

The home opener against Cornell started off slow for the offense as the Quakers didn’t get their first score until 10:10 in the second quarter on a three-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Jake Klaus.

Jenkins is confident in the ability of his teammates to step up in his absence.

“We got all kinds of playmakers on offense,” Jenkins said. “[Backup quarterback] Reed [Connor] played great against Cornell. [He] came in a tough situation and played a great game. Whoever is at the helm will have the opportunity to do some great things for our offense.”

Defensively, the Quakers played well in both games, but against Cornell they were unbreakable. After allowing 227 total yards and two touchdowns to Mansfield, Penn’s defense bounced back in a huge way. Against Cornell, Penn’s defense allowed only 108 total yards and one touchdown all game.

Cornell’s lone touchdown came at 12:22 in the second quarter as senior quarterback Connor Ostrander took it 38 yards to the house.ernandes.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 pursuit After his touchdown, however, Cornell had 37 total yards for the rest of the game, which allowed the Quakers to escape a defensive battle.

The Quakers will look to dominate on both sides of the ball and find some consistency when Chestnut Hill visits on Friday.

Penn will have to look out for the duo of junior quarterback Michael Marino and senior wide receiver Reggie Robinson Jr. Marino threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns while Robinson Jr. had six receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a high-scoring victory over Mansfield last week.

“Chestnut Hill is a great team,” Jenkins said. “And being a division game, it’s one of the biggest games we got all season.”

“They have some skilled kids who are fast and quick,” Wagner added. “The quarterback Marino can throw the ball. The defense is also very good. They got nine starters back. The game is gonna be won up front.”

Aeir Europa League qualifying campaign.Nuno’s team are back in action on Thursday when they face Armenia side Pyunik in the second leg ays Porto have offered €8m for the midfielder, though Rennes rate him at €15m.With Watford also in contact, Rennes are now urging them to make a counter bid.The Hornets have Lea-Siliki on their radar, though he is one of several midfield transferof their Europa League qualifier.Then next Monday they host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United at Molineux, ths their matchup with Chestnut Hill looms, the Quakers will try to prove the next man up mentality can be a success.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will return to Philadelphia, and Penn is hosting


March Madness is returning to Philadelphia — and Penn is hostiner his surprise departure yesterday.Just days after manager Rafa Benitez quit for Dalian Yifang, Perez was sold to Leicester for £30m.“Newcastle made my dreams come true – to be able to play in the Premier League,” he said.“It’s been five yearg it.

In 2022, that is, after the NCAA announced that the University of Pennsylvania would host the East Regional games at the Wells Fargo Center downtown.

It’s been 60 years since Penn last hosted the East Regionals in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, when the Palestra saw March Madness played out under its roof for four straight years in 1954-57. The Palestra also hosted the regional one other time in 1939.

That being said, the East Regional in 2022 will be held at the Wells Fargo Center, as the demand for tickets ws if they win the Europa League final.The Gunners are hoping they can clinch qualification for next season’s Champions League by beating Chelsea in Baku on May.Arsenal-stars-line-10m-bonus-win-Europa-League.html”>The Daily Mail says Unai Emery’s squaill far exceed the 8,700 seats in the Palestra. The Wells Fargo Center can hold 21,600 people for basketball games.

“The University of Pennsylvania is delighted to partner with the NCAA, PHL Sports and the Wells Fargo Center to bring March Madness back to Philadelphia,” Penn’s Director of Athletics, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, said in a press release. “Community matters is a core value of Penn Athletics, and hosting events like this, along with the Penn Relays and the inaugural Ivy League Basketball Tournaments, provides the opportunity to bring sports fans together in Philadelphia. We look forward to hosting a first-class event in 2022.”

Previously, the Wells Fargo Center has hosted a number of NCAA Tournament games, including the 2016 East Regionals, so the administration of the arena will be happy that the wait won’t be long to see March Madness come back.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2022 NCAA Men’s East Regional at the Wells Fargo Center,” Comcastniele de Rossi.De Rossi arrives on an initial one-year contract.”We signed De Rossi for two reasons: firstly because he’s always spoken well about Boca and because Nicolas Burdisso, his former teammate and our sporting director, told me about him,” A Spectacor’s John Page, President of the Wells Fargo Complex said in a press release. “The arena was designed to lure big-time events to Philadelphia and it continues to live up to its reputation. We have an outstanding history with the NCAA and we’re excited that we’ll be able to continue creating memories for the student athletes, their fans and the city of Philadelphia. We look forward to working closely with the University of Pennsylvania, PHL Sports and the NCAA in making the 2022 Men’s East Regional a great event for everyone.”

Having more March Madness in Philadelphia can hardly hurt, with the successful advent of the Ivy League Basketball Tournaments last month proving that the city is ready for more basketball. Penn men’s basketball lost to eventual NCAA Tournament contestants Princeton in an overtime heartbreaker, denying them the chance to make it to the Big Dance for the first time since 2007.

But with a potential home court advantage dangling in front of them in 2022, if they haven’t made it back to the tourney by then, it just might be the carrot they need to make their long-awaited return.

Future of Penn volleyball has winning in her past


Unlike last year, Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr has the veteran firepower needed to keep the team from being reliant on freshmen. But one rookie has forced her way onto the court regardless.

Outside hitter Courtney Quinn is one of just three Quakers to have played in all 49 sets this season. Quinn’s 70 kills are good for fifth on the team, as are her six service aces. The Woodlands, Texas, native also has the fourth-most digs with 97.

In the entire Ivy League, only four freshmen have more kills than Quinn, and only six have more aces. But Quinn is even better than her impressive stats suggest.

“The thing Courtney brings to the court that you might not see in the kill column [is that] she’s super smart with where she puts the ball,” Carr said. “She doesn’t make many mistakes. We actually track what happens to a ball when the [players] hit it — even if it doesn’t go in the kill column — and most of Courtney’s balls end up turning into points for us.”

Quinn is no stranger to success. She garnered several individual honors during her four years in high school, including Lonestar Prep Volleyball Texas Player of the Year in 2014, while also receiving recognition for her academic excellence.

However, the rookie might have to temper her expectations for team success at the collegiate level. Even this promising Red and Blue squad will have no chance of matching the dominance of Quinn’s high school team, which went 86-3 over her final two years en route to back-to-back state championships. In 2ic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has come in for criticism from former player Graham Fenton.Fenton worked with O’Neill at Leicester in the late 1990s and while things didn’t work out for the attacker on the pitch, he claimed O’Neill didn’t help h013, her squad was named the top high school unit in the country by MaxPreps.

But while Penn won’t ever be the No. 1 team in the country during Quinn’s tenure, her Ivy career is certainly off to a promising start. The Red and Blue won their league opener on Saturday, topping Princeton in four hard-fought sets on the road.

“It was really exciting because that was one of the more intense games, with a hostile crowd and a really good opponent,” Quinn said. “It wasn’t like you could ease into conference [play]. Right off the bat we had to get down to business.”

And while such an incredible level of high school excellence might require an adjustment when one reaches college, Carr pointed out that there are significant benefits that come with a background of on-court success.

“What you don’t have to do is teach those kids how to win. They know how to win,” Carr said. “How they won at her high school was on her arm. And that’s important for her to know, that she can lead a team in a tight game.

“She can win those last points for her team, and when you take someone who has won a championship game … they’ve already figured out what a team needs to do to win, and they can bring that king his Chelsea duck on Saturday.Scoring a brace in 3-2 win over Norwich City was redemption for the young striker after he missed a penalty in the Super Cup final loss to Liverpool.Speaking after the game, the 21-year-old says he was always optimisculture to this team. I think that’s something that she’s done.”

Quinn is a team-oriented player. Coming from a school program where she played with her two sisters and many of her close childhood friends, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable for her to need some time to adjust to her new teammates and surroundings. But the freshman is already comfortable with her fellow Quakers, something Carr attributes to the environment created by the team’s veterans.

“That’s one thing that this team has that’s so great: A culture of taking in the new kids and treating them like family right away,” Carr said.

She also noted that Quinn has certainly held up her own end of the bargain when it comes to the transition to collegiate cter City midfielder James Maddison is happy to be with England’s squad for the U21 Euros.Some were surprised Maddison was not called up to the senior squad by Gareth Southgate for the Nations League, but the player himself believes the U21 tournamentompetition.

“She’s extremely coachable. You tell her to do something, and she’ll try to do it immediately, even if it’s hard to do right away.”

Through the good and bad, Quinn relishes the intensity and the challenges of NCAA-level play.

“The competition is my favorite part,” she said. “You’re really playing for something — you want to win Ivy championships. In high school, our team had always won district championships every year, so it was just something you knew was gonna happen.

“But here it’s really like any team can win any game. It’s really point-for-point. You really have to bring your best every night, so that’s a really fun atmosphere to be playing in.”

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.”

Seven is sweeter for Penn women's lacrosse


The road to the NCAA tournament will travel through Philadelphia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Penn Relays | Track legend running his final lap


A few years ago, Penn men’s track coach Charlie Powell was ushering Arkansas track coach John McDonnell through Weightman Hall to the press room.

A security guard stopped them and said that McDonnell wasn’t allowed past.

“His team just won the distance medley, and I’m taking him to the preChelsea are watching Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi.The Russia international, 26, only moved to Italy this summer from Genk.Sport Arena says his form has caught the eye of Chelsea scouts so far this season.Malinovskyi has thus far been able to play eight competition games for Atalanta.The 26-year-old’s contract with the Serie A club expires in the summer of 2024.ss room,” Powell explained.

But the guard didn’t budge.

“I’m sorry, but I don’t know who he is, so he’s not coming through.”

They turned around, and McDonnell whispered to Powell: “It’s okay. We have people like that at Arkansas, too.”

McDonnell wasn’t too miffed about the incident. After all, he’s recognized enough for his unparalleled success in track and field.

But after 30 years, 42 national titles and 83 conference championships later, McDonnell is calling it a career. He has, by far, the most national titles of any coach in any college sport, ever.

The next closest is Texas A&M; track coach Pat Henry, with 27.

Those 42 national titles comprise 11 cross-country, 19 indoor track and 12 outdoor track crowns. His 12 consecutive indoor championships, from 1984-95, set an NCAA record.

At a press conference, Arkansas vice chancellor for Athletics, Jeff Long, said: “The recognition and pride he has brought to the University of Arkansas and Razorbacks across the nation and around the world is truly legendary.”y over reports of bidding for Juventus defender Merih Demiral.Reports in Italy claim Leicester have had a bid of about £25million rejected for the player, who joined Juventus from Sassuolo only last summer. Demiral may also be allowed to depart the

McDonnell said he was stepping down to spend more time with his wife.

“She has sacrificed a lot for the sake of track and field,” he said. “She’s raised our kids, and done a great job, and now it’s time for us to do some things together.”

Powell, has known McDonnell for over 25 years, wasn’t surprised. He described McDonnell as a man who held traditional values.

“He is very dedicated to his personal family and his extended family, which is his athletes,” Powell said.

“Every one of his athletes said what a great person he is; after they graduate, they say he was a father figure. He’s given a lot to track, a lot to Arkansas, and he deserves his time off.

“It’s great to see coacarri’s move to Juventus would transform Italian football.Chelsea manager Sarri is expected to soon be named Juve coach.Sacchi said, “I’ve always thought that a Coach must be both screenwriter and director, whereas others view the role differently. hes with values like his, that coaching is about developing people, not just winning.”

In fact, every year, between tending to his cattle on his ranch in Oklahoma and winning national titles, McDonnell takes his athletes on a fishing trip.

He admitted that his one regret will be that he’s leaving his current athletes. But he’ll undoubtedly miss winning as well.

Powell remembers McDonnell jumping up and down on the sidelines after yet another national title from one of his team.

Powell asked him, half-joking, if it ever got old winning national titles.

“It never gets old,” McDonnell answered with a beaming smile.

Field Hockey: Quakers triumph without missing a beat


It only took five minutes for the Penn field hockey team to shake off the rust accumulated during a two-week break.

Dartmouth had the ball for the first five minutes of the game, but as soon as Penn got its first possession, the Quakers dominated, winning 5-1. The Red and Blue improve to 3-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Ivy League.

“Dartmouth was on the fritz the whole game,” said Nicole Black, who scored two goals in the game.

Black said the defense and offense pushed each other over the last two weeks of practice, and that translated to better production in the field.

“We are really goal hungry,” she said — and it showed.

During Penn’s current three-game winning streak, it has outscored opponents 9-3.

“You never know who is going to score,” coach Val Cloud said. “It is not just one girl.”

In addition to Black, Margaretha Ehret, Meghan Rose and Jamie Calahan each also netted a goal.

Junior Meredith Moran had two assists and was part of a midfield that moved the ball eff for Nicolas Pepe was close.Pepe eventually left Lille for Arsenal in a club record €80m deal this summer.But Zubizarreta revealed: “Nicolas Pépé was on our list, he came to Marseille and we almost agreed. “It could have been done, but it was finectively in transition.

“We are moving the ball well and scoring goals from the field instead of from set plays,” Moran said. “We are really balanced on both sides of the field.”

Although Penn led 3-0 at halftime, Cloud told her squad at the break to play as if the score were 0-0.

Dartmouth goalie Ashley Heist may have been thinking the same thing, as she relieved Jordan Sedlacek, who as clash with coach Thomas Tuchel.Di Maria has wfrom home village Bambali in Senegal.In January, the goalscorer was crowned African Player of the Year for 2019.This followed a sensational year for Mane which saw the 27-year-old hit the heights by winning the Champions League, Super Cup and Club Woarned teammate Mbappe following the striker’s outburst in their 5-0 Ligue 1 win over Montpellier.Speaking after the game, Di Maria told Canal Plus: “It is very difficult, nobody wanted to go off, everyllowed three goals on four shots, at the beginning of the second.

But Heist didn’t fare any better, and Meghan Rose scored Penn’s fourth goal of the game ten minutes into the half.

After the Big Green scored their only goal of the game soon after halftime, the Quakers responded with a score of their own 31 seconds later.

Cloud was pleased that she got a chance to play every player, with the exception of backup goalkeeper, freshman Sara Heinze, during the contest.

Black and Moran both associate the three-game winning streak – which came after a distressingly slow start – with an increase in the team’s overall intensity.

Cloud and the team will try to bring that again to Wednesday’s home game against Villanova.

DP Ivy Rankings


Lions make gains in poll after big week

After a monumental sweep over Penn and Princeton, Columbia finally got some respect from the DP sportswriters as the Lions jumped over Brown into sixth place in the rankings.

Yale rose in the poll as well, despite a loss to Dartmouth. But the Quakers still hold a wide margin over the second-ranked Elis.

Meanwhile, the Tigers finally managed to break into the top half of the rankings despite having held a second-place record since the early stages of league play.

It’s m playing out a 0-0 draw at Barcelona, top level scouts were attending Rennes’ Coupe de la Ligue victory over Amiens.Lea’s transfer ban was overturned on appeal on Friday.And the Chelsea-transfer-news-Man-Utd-Liverpool-Jadon-Sancho-January-Borussia-Dortmund”>Daily Express says Chelsea have put Sancho at the top of their January shopping list after their transfer ban’Equipe says two representatives from Real were in the stands to check on Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.The 17 year-old has emeore than likely that this is partially because Harvard’s continued freefall shows no signs of letting up — it lost over 20 points in the poll since last weeical.Silva admits the West Ham fixture on October 19 is now a “must win game” following Saturday’s limp defeat to Burnley, their fourth successive loss.They have picked up just seven points from eight games.Silva said: “When I say to you it is a mustk.

The Brown women have taken over first place in the standings, and also picked up a few first-place votes from the DP writers.

However, the Big Green is still standing strong atop the rankings.

After winning their second league game against Columbia, the Quakers held their sixth-place spot. However, they made large gains in every category.

Women's Swimming cruises by competition


The Penn women’s swimming team had high hopes going into this weekend’s eagerly anticipated matchup against Harvard and Columbia.

With the core of last year’s team returning and the additions of two transfers and a great freshman class, they had reason to feel that way.

But this weekend’s performance may have even surpassed their already lofty expectations.

In its first home meet of the season, Penn(5-1, 3-1) decisively thrashed the Crimson, 179-121, avenging last year’s narrow 156-144 loss. The Quakers also repeated last season’s trouncing of Columbia, this time by a score of 192-108.

“We were pretty confident going into the meet, expecting to match up pretty well with Columbia, but we were not expecting to completely blow Harvard out,” junior Kathleen Holthau compared to the Liverpool and England great for his box-to-box game following his goal in the 2-1 win at Southampton last weekend.“He was a quality player,” said Davies, who is with the England Under-21s squad preparing for theon-not-given-signing-Chelsea-defender-Kurt-Zouma.html”>Daily MailEverton-not-given-signing-Chelsea-defender-Kurt-Zouma.html”> says Brands wants a new centre-half signing.Kurt Zouma, 24, remains their main target and hope to persuade Chelsea to let hi Euro U21s qualifiers said.

In addition to taking first or second in all but five of the day’s events, the Red and Blue rewrote the record books in four events.

“This weekend, I think we proved ourselves to all the doubting teams and proved to ourselves why we’re doing all this work,” senior co-captain Jessica Anders said.

With a record-breaking win in the meet’s first race, the 200 medley relay, the Quakers set the tone for what would be a triumphant day at Sheerr Pool.

“Having a meet start out so well created momentum for the team,” sophomore Katie Stores said. “The atmosphere was just so amazing, and everyone was pumped up after that.”

The relay team of Megan Daney, Anne Tudryn, Robyn Harm and Labeing barracked by his own fans.The Welshman admits when it first happened he was shocked, but now is used to it.”I think the first time it happened [being booed], it was a bit of a shock. I didn’t really know how to deal with it,” he told BT Sport.”ura Hotaling erased the competition and the previous Penn record with a time of 1:46.11.

Junior transfers Daney and Tudryn also made their marks in the Penn record books with stellar performances in the back and breaststroke events, respectively.

Daney placed first in the 100 back (57.83) and the 200 back (2:03.72), and Tudryn turned in first-place times in the 100 breast (1:05.44) and 200 breast (2:18.60).

“After half the meet at the diving break, everyone was getting really excited,” Holthaus said. “All the girls went best times or close to it.”

In the distance events, Holthaus broke her own Penn record from last season in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:04.53, making this the third consecutive record-breaking meet for the Quakers.

“[Breaking the record] was really unexpected this early in the season,” Holthaus said. “I didn’t know how fast I was going until I came out on top.”

She also took first in the 500 free, coming in at 4:59.53.

The Red and Blue continued to dominate in the freestyle events, as Stores placed first in the 200 free (1:51.34) and the 100 free (51.38) and Hotaling won the 50 free (23.85).

“I didn’t really know what to expect because I had been sick recently and didn’t swim much over Thanksgiving,” Stores said. “But everyone was swimming so well that I wanted to make them proud.”

The team of Anders, Hotaling, Daney and Stores concluded the successful day with a first-place finish in the 400 free relay, coming in at 3:31.74.

Also turning in a first-place performance for the Red and Blue was sophomore Katie Coxe in the 200 butterfly (2:27.94).

With their Ivy record of 3-1, the Quakers join the Crimson in second place — both remain behind undefeated Princeton in the standings.

“With such a huge win, I think we’re well on our way to reaching our goal of winning 10 meets,” Penn coach Mike Schnur said.

After the winter break training trip to Florida, the Red and Blue will travel to Annapolis, Md. on Jan. 11 to take on Army.

“You can’t imagine the excitement on this team,” Stores said. “It’s shaping up to be a great season.”

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.

Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock has hai


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Through Monday, Morales’ average draft position in leagues was 174 and 186 in  leagues. He’s been translating into a late-round Fantasy pick, and I think he’s going to end up as one of 2013’s biggest Draft Day steals.

You can fault me for putting too much stock into Morales’ spring numbers (.327 average, six HRs, 13 RBI in 15 games), but he’s just building off of what he did last season. Morales hit .278 with a .567 slugging percentage, .896 OPS, 13 homers, 15 doubles and 34 RBI in his final 51 games. 

Morales had to go through an adjustment period last season because he missed so much time with an ankle injury. But it appears Morales is back to his old form and that’s great news for Fantasy owners.