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Football picked to finish third in Ivy League media poll

The Ivy League football writers have picked Cornell to win it all in the Ancient Eight this season. After a 1999 season that saw the Quakers finish fourth at 5-5 (4-3 Ivy League), the writers bumped Penn up a notch in their preseason prognosticating, picking the Red and Blue to finish third behind Yale.

Brown, which is ineligible to win the Ivy Championship this year, was picked fourth by the writers.

Poll results:

1. Cornell

2. Yale

3. Penn

4. Brown

5. Harvard

6. Princeton

7. Dartmouth

8. Columbia

-- Sebastian Stockman

Football and Soccer games will be broadcast on CN8 this year

CN8 of the Comcast Network will broadcast six Penn athletic events this fall -- three football games, two men's soccer games and a women's soccer contest.

In football, CN8 will show two Quakers games, at Franklin Field -- the October 28th matchup against Brown and the Homecoming showdown against Harvard on November 11th. The channel will also broadcast the Penn-Princeton game, to be held this year at Princeton Stadium on November 4th.

The two men's soccer matchups are the September 26th home game against Temple, and the October 25th contest at Rutgers, and the women's soccer team's September 13th showdown against Drexel will also be televised.

-- Sebastian Stockman

W. Crew coach leads U.S. team to gold at Nation's Cup

Penn women's rowing coach Barb Kirch led the U.S. women's four without coxswain to a gold medal at the Nation's Cup Regatta under-23 National Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The U.S. crew -- with team members from Radcliffe, Yale, San Diego and Washington -- led from wire-to-wire, finishing with a time of 7:18.54, nearly nine seconds better than second place Germany, which finished in 7:27.26.

Romania grabbed the bronze with a time of 7:32.17.

A 1984 Penn graduate, Kirch last year led the U.S. Women's Junior Eight to a silver medal at the 1999 Junior World Championships in Bulgaria. This past season, Kirch guided the Quakers to a 6-4 record, including an undefeated run on their home course, the Schuylkill River.

-- Sebastian Stockman

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