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.”

Tennis Issue | Kyle Mautner's unconventional path to the top pays dividends for Penn


When Penn men’s tennis sophomore Kyle Mautner quit hockey at the age of 12 to focus on tennis, he began making the hour-long trek from his home in Greenwich, Conn. to Long Island five times a week.

In just under seven years, he turned from a kid who practiced very little into one of the most highly touted recruits in the country, and then one of the best players in the Ivy League. The path to this point required hard work and a lot of time away from home, but for Mautner, it was all part of a special opportunity that has led to him playing at the top of the Quakers’ lineup.

With obvious talent at a young age and some promising results, Mautner and his family decided to relocate him to train with many other talented tennis players year-round in Florida. He lived full-time with his coach and practiced daily with several other budding recruits.

“I moved to Florida to develop my career, and because I thought that was the best option for me to bring my game to the next level,” he said. “My junior career, I had a lot of great wins at national tournaments and sectional tournaments, and I really broke through at the national level in the 18-and-under age division, winning a bunch. I’ve travelled to the Caribbean and Central America to play some international tournaments, but most eports.The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has become one of Europe’s brightest prospects in recent seasons.Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United have all scouted the 20-year-old.But those clubs could miss out given Liverpool expected to make a of my success came in the U.S.”

A highly ranked recruit once he committed to the sport full-time — even becoming Connecticut’s top-ranked high schooler by the time he graduated — Mautner had already verbally committed to Penn by the end of his sophomore year of high school.

But unlike most athletes with that level of success, Mautner had an unusual recruitment process, having been in touch with Penn coach David Geatz both before and during his move south, before ultimately returning back to Connecticut for his senior year.

“When I was living in Florida, I committed to Penn because I felt as though it was a great balance of academics and athletics. I thought it would be a school where I could play at the top of the lineup from the start, and I really loved coach Geatz. I had known him since he worked at Greenwich Country Club when I was 12 or 13 years old,” Mautner said. “We stayed in tperforming impressions of Unai Emery around the club, it has been claimed.Emery often purveys a relaxed demeanor, and now that appears to have encouraged younger players to begin poking fun, reports the Independent.It is claimed that younger players ouch all the way through. He came to watch me play a bunch of sectional tournaments … I didn’t even make any official visits to any other schools because I was committed to Penn sois urging Joe Aribo to stay.A return to the Championship – for the first time since 2016 – awaits if they beat Sunderland today.Aribo is coming off contract and interesting Arsenal among several Premier League clubs.Bowyer said, “We are sending early. I just knew it was the school I wanted to go to.”

Once on Penn’s campus, Mautner took little time to make his presence felt on the team. He quickly became the top guy in the lineup, and needed to adjust quickly to the level of play at the top of Division I programs.

“I felt like the biggest difference from junior to college tennis was the physicality,” Mautner said. “Most of the guys I played had big serves and moved well, so a part of me that needed to improve for me to compete and win was me getting into the gym more and working on the physical part of the game to hang in there with these guys.”

An early match against Dartmouth showed that he had the talent to stay on the court with the best, but also showed what he would be faced with at the D-I level.

“When we played Dartmouth, I was a freshman and I was playing against a 23-year-old senior who was a man. You could clearly see the difference. Mentally I felt like I could hang with these guys, but it was physically where I needed to improve the most.”

While some freshmen may shave struggled with being tasked as the top player on a college team from the get-go, Mautner was immediately comfortable. So comfortable, in fact, he was named first team All-Ivy and notched wins over three players ranked in the top-100 nationally.

“I really enjoyed being at the top of the lineup and being the guy who everyone could look up to and follow, training extra hours and getting other guys to come out as well,” Mautner said. “I embraced the challenge and embraced being at the top, and other than the very beginning when I was very nervous for my first match, I got into a rhythm all the way through.”

If he continues to stay in rhythm, look for Mautner and the rest of the Red and Blue to have a big year on court.

Yale on tap as Penn field hockey enters final stretch


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Phillips | McLaughlin’s results beating Allen’s potential


Having been hired just a year apart from each other, it’s hard not to compare Mike McLaughlin and Jerome Allen, who lead basketball teams going in seemingly different directions.

In McLaughlin’s first season, the Penn women’s basketball team was 2-26.

Since that point, they have only gone up: from 11-17 to 13-15, and this season, with seven games left, they already have a 12-9 record.

For Allen, after two seasons, things seemed to be heading in the same direction. He finished his first year with a 13-15 record, an improvement of seven games from the year before.

The following year, his team came within one game of an Ivy League playoff in the Quakers’ first 20 win season since 2006-07.

But then Zack Rosen, Rob Belcore and Tyler Bernadini waved bon voyage to the program, leaving Allen with a team lacking in upperclassmen.

Perhaps understandably, this season, with Allen’s Quakers floundering in poor assist-to-turnover ratios and spotty offense, Penn hasn’t sniffed last season’s success.

Yet the difference between Allen and McLaughlin isn’t in the past or the players that they inherited when they were hired.

The difference lies in their recruits.

Every year that Mike McLaughlin has been head coach, he has recruited an explosive player. Junior Alyssa Baron, sophomore Kdefender Mason Barrett has signed a two-year deal with the option of another year, says the Watford Observer.The 19-year-old was released by the Hammerd interest from Sheffield United and West Ham this summer.However, Moron has intimated he wants to stay and play for new coach Rubi, who succeeds Quique Setien.”He has achieved something very big in the club,” Moron said of Setien.On the possible sigs at the end of last season.Midfielder Callum Whelan will also be part of Hayden Mullins’ developmeara Bonenberger and freshman Keiera Ray can all take control of contests, as this year’s results have shown.

Not only have McLaughlin’s recruits been solid contributors, but he has at least one player who has proven to be even better than was suspected when she put on a Penn uniform for the first time.

Everyone knew that Keiera Ray could ball, but not like she did last weekend. She put up 50 points against two quality Ivy opponents, and is the main reason why Penn finds themselves second in the Ivy standings.

Of Allen’s two recruiting classes, players have proven themselves enough to get consistent playing time, but even though sophomore Henry Brooks and freshman Tony Hicks are on the floor every night, neither has shown the ability to take the team to the next level.

Only Hicks’ classmate, center Darien Nelson-Henry, has consistently produced on the offensive end oly Mail says Gunners boss Unai Emery has launched a surprising enquiry for Maddison.Maddison only moved to the King Power Stadium from Norwich City back in the summer.He had been linked with a move to Arsenal before that – as well as the likes of Manf the floor, with the downside of being a virtual nonentity on the defensive end.

Of course, you can say that some talent takes time to develop, and that Tony Hicks could — by his senior year — lead this team to an Ivy title.

But that’s the difference between where these programs find themselves currently if we’re differentiating McLaughlin and Allen.

McLaughlin’s talent has produced immediate results. Alyssa Baron didn’t win Ivy League Rookie of the Year based on her potential. Potential didn’t net Keira Ray 31 points against Harvard.

But for Allen, potential seems to be the only thing keeping this team from flatlining.

JOHN PHILLIPS is a junior English major from Philadelphia and is an associate sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

'Smarter,' 'tougher' Quakers earn win


WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J., Dec. 8 – The story for the Penn men’s basketball team this season has been its youth. But for once, on Saturday night the Quakers actually looked like the more experienced team on the court.

In a game that gave the feeling it would go down to the wire, Penn used an Dijk hailed the performance of Roberto Firmino for victory over Newcastle United.Named as a substitute, Firmino was called on 10 minutes before the break when Divock Origi was forced off with an injury.With the score 1-1, the No.9 almost immediatea 10-0 run late in the second half to defeat Monmouth 69-61. And as the clock ticked closer to zero, it was the Hawks (2-6) who were forcing shots while the Quakers (3-7) stayed within themselves and executed on offense.

“[The Quakers] played smSamuel Umtiti insists he’s only thought of succeeding with Barcelona.The defender attracted enquiries from Arsenal over the summer.But the France international insists he’s happy at the Nou Camp.Umtiti said, “I had a dream since small, it was to play for Barcelona. “People would say to me ‘but when will you play for Barça?’ I came here to stay and win titles, not to go to the beach.”arter than us and they played tougher than us,” Monmouth coach Dave Calloway sariker Dwight Gayle.While manager Steve Bruce wants to keep Gayle at the club, he accepts that he may have to cash in on his frontman to secure funds for other signings.The Telegraph says Newcastle have put a £15 million price tag on Gayle for the Jaid. “That’s how the game panned out, and during the key stretch, five minutes left and it’s anybody’s game, they played even smarter and even tougher and we regressed.”

The Penn run was sparked by Aron Cohen’s three pointer that gave the Quakers a 55-51 lead with 3:21 left. The junior, who got a surprise start at point guard over freshman Harrison Gaines, had passed up several shooting opportunities during the half and even one on the very same possession. Left unguarded once again, he made the Hawks pay.

“It was an open look. I got my feet set and finally hit a shot,” Cohen said. “I haven’t really been shooting well but I just try to knock down good shots that are open.”

Besides an uncharacteristically quick start – Penn jumped out to a 10-2 lead – it was in many ways a typical first half for the Quakers. They were sloppy on offense, committing 11 turnovers and were porous on defense, allowing the Hawks several easy attempts in the lane.

Jhamar Youngblood dealt most of the damage for the Hawks, scoring 13 first-half points and getting into the lane nearly at will. Monmouth’s combination of big men also gave the Quakers fits in the post.

“Defensively, I thought we did an okay job in the first half, but they made a nice adjustment and went from being a perimeter team to trying to isolate down low, and that hurt us,” Penn coach Glen Miller said.

In the second half, the Quakers clamped down, holding Youngblood to only one basket and forcing the Hawks to shoot from the perimeter more often.

Penn also experienced more success on offense thanks to only four second-half turnovers.

“I think we just got more comfortable [in the second half],” Cohen said. “As the game went on, we just tried to make the simple pass and make the easy play.”

Red and Blue captain Brian Grandieri made it look easy all evening long, shooting 9-for-12, and was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points.

Tyler Bernardini, who entered the game averaging 12.8 points per game, put up just three in the first half. But his two consecutive fastbreak baskets midway through the second seemed to swing the momentum in the Quakers’ favor.

A surprise bright spot for Penn was freshman Conor Turley, who played extended minutes for the first time this season.

“He’s a very good competitor,” Miller said of the Californian. “The stats don’t do him any justice for what he gave us today.”

The Quakers are far from where they want to be. But the poise they showed down the stretch in gaining their first road win is an encouraging sign.

“We’ve been a struggling young team, working hard trying to improve,” Miller said. “But in the end, you gotta get a win once in a while to build some confidence.”

Diving revitalized by Kass' commitment


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

sed claims of being intimidated by Ajax ahead of t


Marlins second baseman went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Friday, upping his spring batting average to .526. Hoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.Aas with Fikayo Tomori’s new deal.The defender recently committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.”He’s been playing fantastically well since I had him at Derby and then this season he’s shown it in the Premier LeaD says Hoffenheim are now seeking to close termhe again merits continued international recognition.”It (England call-up) is deserved. I think he has had a good start to the season,” Howe said.”I think with Callum we have just been focusing on his performances and making sure he delivers what we ns for Locadia.TSG coach Alfred Schreuder is driving the move for his fellow Dutchman.The Bundesliga club would favour a loan arrangement.He also has three RBI and five runs scored in seven games.

ham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory


Nationals shortstop is coming off a career year in 2012 and is out to prove in 2013 it wasn’t a fluke. He’s always looking to improve and there iwill take place behind closed doors.The first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie, to be played in the Linzer Stadion in Austria, will now be held in front of an empty stadium, due to fears about the spread of Coronavirus.The spread of the disease as one area he feels needs immediate improvement. “Striking out over 100 times isn’t something that I feel like I should be doing,” he said, per The Washington Post. “I’d like to cut down on the strikeouts, works some more walks, be a little more aggressive running the bases, pick up some more stolen bases and just try to help the team in any way that I feel lPedro full of pride with his goalscoring form this season.The Brazilian is on 11 goals after 17 games in Serie A. Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo is on 10 goals from 14 games.“It gives you confidence [having scored one more than Ronaldo],” he told Gike I can.” Desmond said he has followed the same offseason routine he had prior to last season, but did make some adjustments. “Everything’s good,” he said. “My body feels great. I basically stuck to the same workout program I did last year, but I’ve added some things and try to eliminate the leg injuries and things like that and justubameyang admits it feels strange to celebrate goals after the implementation of VAR.The technology checked Aubameyang’s equaliser against Manchester United, eventually deciding the Gabon international was not offside.Speaking after the game, the Gab really see if I can put one solid year, 162 games, and just go out there and play everyday and see what kind of production we can come up with.”

Report: Diamondbacks mulling Atlanta offer for Justin Upton


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The are currently from Atlanta for outfielder , Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported Wednesday. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirmed the report . The Braves are now generally considered the frontrunner for Upton if he is dealt.

Pieces in the offer have not been revealed. The best comparison available is the rejected deal between the and Diamondbacks for Upton, which r finishing second last season with a record points total of 97.The Reds have got off to the perfect start to this term with five wins from five games.”Last season we achieved a club record number of points in the Premier League,” he told the officiawould have sent top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, shortstop prospect Nick Franklin and relievers Stephen Pryor and Charlie Furbush to Arizona. 

Last week, our R.J. White put together for Justin Upton based on prospect rankings. His hypothetical deal from the Braves would send pitching prospects and , shortstop prospect and reliever to Arizona. Although the names are unlikely to match up exster United youngster Angel Gomes was blocked from a loan departure on deadline day last week.The Manchester Evening Nith Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria, Corriere dello Sport says AS Roma and AC Milan are also keen.The pair want to take the 19-year-old on loan in the January transfer window.There could also be an option to buy included for €25m.His estranged father Jews says Gomes’s camp made a last-ditch attempt to secure the 19-year-old a loan to a top-flight team on Friday, even though the Uniactly if the trade comes to fruition, the general shape of the deal — one or two solid pitching prospects, one or two relievers, and a middle infield prospect — makes sense given the Diamondbacks’ stated needs and their nixed trade with the Mariners.

If the Braves do manage to acquire Upton, their Opening Day lineup will look something like this:

Martin Prado 3B

Jason Heyward RF

Justion Upton LF

Freddie Freeman 1B

B.J. Upton CF

Brian McCann C

Dan Uggla 2B

Andrelton Simmons SS

Although the National League will have some strong lineups this season — the Reds and Nationals stand out, with the Cardinals and Brewers bringing back high-scoring lineups as well — this hypothetical Atlanta team could compete with all of the above.

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2015 All-Star Game headed to Cincinnati


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The 2015 All-Star Game will be played in Cincinnati, reports . Commissioner Bud Selig will be in the Queen City this week and is expected to make the announcement.

The last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1988, back when they played in Riverfrlerin is playing with painkillers.The Gunners right-back has suffered a tear in his right groin, which has made crossing the ball a hard task for the Spaniard.Bellerin picked up the injury in training ahead of Arsenal’s win over Newcastle in Februaryont Stadium. They also hosted the event in 1938, 1953, and 1970. The NL won three of those four games. The 2013 and 2014 All-Star Games will be played in CitiField and Target Field.

The Nationals had also been pushing for the 2015 game, so they’ll likely havehn McGinn.Bruce signed McGinn for Aston Villa for a knockdown £2m.”I wish I could find a few more of him,” admitted Bruce of McGinn. “He has to be one of my best ever signings because he has a determination to do well.“It took him a minute to wi to wait until 2017 since alternates AL and NL host cities.

For more baseball news, rumors an emotional farewell to Tottenham.Perez was let go by Spurs on Monday, along with manager Mauricio Pochettino and the rest of his coaching staff.He wrote on Twitter: “#COYS. Thank you from our heart to our players , staff, and special thanks to you and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

ormer U-17 coach Carlos Amadeu believes Rodrygo Go


MLB.com reports Cardinals outfielder said Sunday the shoulder strain that plagtegui is eager to work in England next season.Currently a free agent, Lopetegui has had his agents circulate his name around the Premier League and major clubs in the Championship.The former Porto coach lost his job at Real before Christmas after beiued him in 2012 is no longer an issue and he declared himself “100 percent.” Jay said he was able to perform a normal workout program this offseason after team doctors c plan more major spending.United spent £140million in the summer bringing in defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as well as winger Daniel James.But United wer’s loving the relegation battle.Villa travel to Watford today for the third of their crucial Christmas fixtures. Smith said: “I, perversely, quite enjoy it. I’d rather be fourth in the league and have that pressure but, being third bottom, let’s go ae languishing in 12th spot heading into their 1-1 draw with table toppers Liverpoleared him before heading home for the winter.

ade an offer for West Ham United defender Issa Dio


The Dodgers signed pitcher to a minor-league contract on Wednesday. The into a bidding war with Inter Milan to sign Lorenzo Pellegrini, claims Calciomercato.The Roma midfielder is a much wanted man this summer.The 23-year-old has 14 goals in 24 games this season, and has been touted as onewill have to speak with Southampton over signing Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently.The two have impressed while on loan at Celtic Park this season.He said: “This has thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions.”I would ne of the top players in Serie management to keep hold of Idrissa Gueye.PSG and Manchester United are chasing the midfielder.But Cahill says: “Of course he is going to be in demand but Everton have to attract big players to keep him at the club. He is going to hopefully be a bi A. deal also includes an invitation to spring training.

Rumor roundtable: What happens to Jurickson Profar?


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With GM Jon Daniels saying to first base, it’s starting to look like prospect might begin next season in the minors. Is this the right move? Is he a candidate to be traded?

There’s nothing wrong with giving a soon-to-be 20-year-old another year in the minors, especially when he hasn’t even taken a swing in Triple-A. It helps that they don’t exactly need him in the big-league lineup right now. Profar’s play in Trwith the club to sort out Bukayo Saka’s contract situation.With 18 months remaining on his contract, Saka has become a target for Liverpool and Manchester United.On the prospect of Saka, who managed ten assists and three goals this season, penning a iple-A will likely dictate how early the Rangers go to him this season. In no way is he a trade candidate — if they haven’t dealt him for a guy like Justin Upton yet, on whom would they pull the trigger?

I can’t see it happening. However, Ian Kinsler’s play fell off last year, and he’s due quite a bit of money. I wonder if the Rangers could match up on a Kinsler trade with the Dodgers during the season, especially if they’re looking to add pitching. We know that Kinsler’s contract won’t faze the Dodgers’ pocketbook.

I agree with R.J. that he’s probably not going to be dealt. Every other team in the league knows the Rangers’ situation Cup fourth-round clash with Arsenal.Klopp is expected to ring the changes for the meeting at Anfield, with a number of young players likely to be a given a chance to impress.”Tonight we select a team to win,” Klopp wrote in the matchday programme. ” and has likely called asking if they would part with Profar. The fact that there’s been no indication that the Rangers are willing to deal him seems like he’s there to stay. Even if he begins the year in the minors, I don’t see him staying there all that long.

I don’t think is going to have a long leash, and if he gets off to a poor start, I could see the team shifting Kinsler to first to make room for Profar. Also, it’s not like is a beacon of health. If he goes down, they could get creative with the DH spot and bring Profar up. When prospect rankings come out, there’s a very good chance that Profar is going to be a top-five guy on that list, with a shot at being No. 1. I think he forces his way to the Rangers early this season and still has a chance to break camp with the big-league club. 

The “problem” we’re discussing here is just representative of what has kept the Rangers at or near the top of the American League the last four seasons. Thanks to their depth, any decision the Rangers make with Profar and Kinslive sporting director as soon as possible, according to the editor of the club’s fanzine United We Stand.Ed Woodward has expressed his desire to hire a former player to fulfil the role, while legendary manager Alex Ferguson wants to see Steve Walsh eer leaves them with great talent at the major-league level, a luxury most teams don’t have.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if we still see Kinsler dealt, either at the trade deadline this year or next offseason. He had by far his worst offensive season in 2012, hitting just .256/.326/.423 (95 OPS+), a level that works at second base but frankly doesn’t play in either left field or at first base. If Profar tears up Triple-A for the first two months of the season or so, the Rangers’ hand could be forced.

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Nieves expected to get Red Sox pitching coach job


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The are expected to name Juan Nieves their new pitching coach, sources said.

Rick Peterson was seen as thecessor due to his work with Rangers rather than his name.Gerrard is tipped to replace Klopp when the German eventually decides to leave Liverpool. “With managers it’s all about timing, really,” said Anfield great Carragher. “Who knows when Jurgen favorite, but now indications are that Nieves is the first choice.

Nieves has been bullpen coach for the . Nieves, a former Brewers pitcher, once threw a no-hitter for Milwaukee.

The White Sox pitching staff has had a lot of success in recent years. Nieves is said to have had a seven-hour interview with the Red Sox.is defender Junior Firpo won’t rule out a move away this summer.Tnuary or February.Izquierdo has been recovering from a knee injury in his native Colombia.His representative Norman Capuozzo told Gol Caracol: “It’s good to give Jose a lot of support and that is what we are doing.”He is in a recovery phase. We hope he Spain U21 international is being linked with Liverpool and Barcelona.He is about to embark on a short break after being part of the Euro Under-21 Championship winning Spain team.“I

Peterson, who has known new Red Sox manager John Farrell for 25 years, was seen as the logical pick. Boston may want to expand beyond its Cleveland connection to add new ideas.