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Penn fencing's Chloe Daniel finishes atop the Ivy League in her debut season

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Finishing at the top of the Ivy League as a freshman tends to surprise people.

Chloe Daniel even surprised herself.

The freshman fencer walked away from the Ivy League Tournament with the individual women’s epee title, defeating 12 opponents over the weekend and earning her a first team All-Ivy designation.

“I definitely surprised myself. I went into Ivies thinking I was just going to fence and see what happens. I focused on fencing for the women’s team. It didn’t even come to mind until after the first day when I saw that I was first on the results,” Daniel said.

Clocking the best record among all of the women’s epee fencers in the Ivy League is no small feat, especially considering the level of competition across the board. Princeton’s program is ranked No. 1 in the country, andaised Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov for standing up to his own supporters during England’s 6-0 win on Monday.Popov called for fans in Sofia to stop directing racist chants towards the visitors, which caused the game to be stopped twice.”Not an easy s Columbia is not far behind at No. 2. It was Daniel’s contributions on epee, alongside fellow All-Ivy named teammate freshman Jessica Liang, that helped the Red and Blue topple the Tigers. Similarly, the Quakers were just one point shy of beating the Lions.

The contributions of the , led by Daniel and Liang, were fundamental in securing the overall team finish, tying with Princeton for second place, just behind Columbia.

“Columbia, Princeton, and Harvard have a ton of women’s epee fencers who have been on the women’s junior and national teams,” coach Andy Ma said. “If you’re smart, change quickly, and try to know your opponent well so that you play to your strengths and avoid your weaknesses, you can defeat junior and senior members. If you’re not careful you can lose to people behind you.”

Daniel, a Sierra Madre, Calif. native, has been fencing since she was nine years old. Her home club, Fortune Fencing, has sent numerous athletes to compete at top Division I fencing programs across the country. It was there where she was mentored under her longtime coach, Elsayed Emara. An Egyptian fencing national team athlete himself, Emara coached Daniel for the majority of her youth career, through extensive international competitions.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I’ve seen a lot. We see some kids that show they have incredible potential in the sport of fencing the first day. Chloe was one of those. When I started working with her, you could tell she was quiet, but she listened and applied everything that coaches told her,” Emara said.

Over her time at Fortune, Chloe’s talents as a junior fencer brought her countless opportunities to compete nationally and internationally.

“I have seen a lot of the U.S — really random places. Through international tournaments I’ve also seen random European countries as well. It’s been really cool to travel and see other parts of the world that I wouldn’t otherwise see or think about. That’s something I really appreciate from fencing,” Daniel said.

The freshman has had no shortage of competitions around the world. At the top of her list of accomplishments as a junior fencer was her Junior National Cadet team qualification, a feat accredited to only the top-3 ranked juniors in the counentre-half has yet to feature for Arsenal since joining on loan from Flamengo last month.And Arteta will only play Mari once he is ready.Speaking at the club’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai, Arteta said: “With Pablo a little bit more than Cedritry. To reach such a ranking, Daniel had to place well at a variety of international competiHyypia won 10 trophies in his decade at Anfield, including the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and two FA Cups and was captain until Gerard Houllier made Steven Gerrard skipper, at just 23, in 2003.The Finn told the Mirror: “You don’t need the armbations.

In 2016, Daniel competed at the USA Fencing Junior Olympics and recorded an impressive seventh-place finish. She’s traveled to compete across Europe from Finland to Bulgaria, where the Cadet World Fencing Championships were held in April of 2017.

After achieving great successes on the international circuit, the freshman has clearly adapted well to the collegiate fencing circuit. While junior programs typically focus on individual performance, shifting to a team setting places greater responsibility on individual performances for squad outcomes.

“Fencing collegiately is more fun because it turns it into a team sport. You’re fencing for your team instead of fencing for yourself. When you win, the team wins,” Daniel said.

Daniel has done a lot of just that.

The freshman has a 51-17 record on the season for a winning percentage of .750—the highest of the epee squad. With the end of her debut season in sight, she’s looking to continue improving.

“I want to develop some of my actions more so I have more options, so I’m relying less on the same thing when I fence. It also makes it more interesting. It gets kind of boring when there’s only a few actions that have been working that day but you want to do more,” Daniel said.

Women’s fencing still has the Temple Invitational ahead of them this weekend, where they will face off with high caliber teams including No. 5 Temple and No. 6 Penn State. It will also offer a rematch with Princeton. At their current eighth-place ranking, the Red and Blue will look to perform as a team in their last official tournament before NCAA Regionals in early March.

Going forward, the Ivy Tournament finish has also inspired great confidence for the potential of the program in future years. The Ivy League is incredibly competitive, and the Red and Blue were extremely close to coming away with a win.

“We lost to Columbia and Yale and for both of those it came down to a 5-4 bout to determine who would win. Deep down, we knew we won based off of calls that were made. We know that next year we can do better, and learn from what happened and try to get first,” Daniel said.

With the potential to end the season on a very high note, Daniel has an entire club rooting for her back home.

“I knew she would do really well at Ivies, but to be honest with you, she surprised me when she won last week. The competition was very high and very strong… We were jumping at the club, like, ‘Wow Chloe did it.’ It was a really happy moment for us,” Emara said.

If there are more surprises like that in store for Daniel and the rest of Penn women’s fencing, the Red and Blue are sure to round out the season on a high note.

Throwers often go under the radar, but Rachel Lee Wilson is firmly in the spotlight

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Over the past few years, senior thrower Rachel Lee Will, according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real son has become one of the most dominant athletes in Penn track. The numbers don’t lie: Wilson currentlyetiah is playing his way into Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s new season plans.The Sun says Nketiah, 20, was due to join Bristol City on-loan.But Emery may keep him around after an impressive pre-season goals against Bayern and Fiorentina.Freddie Ljungb holds the program record in the outdoor hammer throw (63.89 meters) and the indoor weight throw (20.53m). These numbers secured her a second consecutive title in the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships earlier this season.

But unlike most student-athletes, Wilson did not compete in these sports during high school, since the hammer throw is not offered as a high school sport in any state except Rhode Island. Instead, her main events were the discus and the shot put, while she would only practice the hammer throw during the summer with her father, who was also a thrower in high school.

“I applied to Penn, and I contacted the coach at the time and I asked if he had any spots on the team, because my numbers were decent, but they weren’t good enough to get recruited,” Wilson said. “He didn’t have any girls recruited that year, so it ended up working out. Once I got here, I started to get more serious with the hammer and now that’s my main event.”

After joining the team in 2015, Wilson quickly started to impress. During her first season as a Quaker, Wilson recorded 21 top-10 performances between the two events and set the school record in the weight throw at Indoor Heps, placing third. She was also named the team’s most valuable player of the freshman class. From then on, the now-senior has held the weight throw program record and keeps extending it each year.

In her junior year, Wilson really stood out, winning six meets in the weight throw, including an individual indoor Ivy Heps title. She successfully defended her title this year when she became the first Penn athlete ever to crack the 20m mark in the weight throw.

In the hammer throw, Wilson has been just as unstoppable. After being named to the second team All-Ivy list in 2017, the thrower came back even stronger and collected an outdoor Ivy Heps title. Furthermore, she also received an honorable mention after a in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

But the secret for Wilson’s success during her time at Penn does not come from any pre-meet rituals or superstitions. In fact, Wilson credits her accomplishments to her time management skills and hard-work.

“She had already achieved so many things, but after having a phenomenal junior year, she further dedicated herself, trying to get to the next level,” throwing coach Jeff Pflaumbaum said. “It’s amazing to see how she can excel in both academics and athletics, especially in an Ivy League school. This dedication makes her a leader; she’s always trying to push the group forward.”

Despite being ranked No. 111 in the world, Wilson does not plan to continue her career in track. After graduation, she has plans to move to Michigan and work as an engineer, but for now, the senior still has higic says the players know their Champions League hopes are on a knife-edge after their 4-4 thriller with Ajax.The result, coupled with Valencia’s 4-1 victory over Lille, leaves Group H incredibly tight, with three teams at the top on seven points. Cheh hopes for the end of the season.

“After NCAAs last year, I wasn’t really happy with my performance, and I really didn’t want it to happen again,” Wilson said. “My main goals are to make it to the NCAAs again, to set the new Ivy League record for hammer, and to win the Ivy Heps again.”

Penn Relays isn’t famous for its throwing events — they don’t take place at Franklin Field and are in some ways overshadowed by the track events. Fans don’t always know where to go to watch the throwers. If fans were to go to the Mondschein Throwing Complex on Thursday, they’d get a chance to watch a three-time Ivy champion.

DP Sports Player of the Week: Rory Starkey

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At halftime, Penn football was down 13-10 to Harvard and needed somebody to step up in the second half. That somebody turned out to be sophomore wide receiver Rory Starkey.

Starkey caught two touchdowns for the Red and Blue — the team’s only second-half scores — in Saturday’s tight , good for DP Player of the Week honors.

After not playing a single snap last season, the sophomore came out of nowhere to star as one of Penn’s leading receivers, serving as a target for senior quarterback Nick Robinson all season long.

Coming into this weekend’s game, Starkey had already made a name for himself as an offensive weapon for the Quakers. His four receiving touchdowns werhelsea legend John Terry believes they are in the best position to finish fourth in the Premier League.The Blues have seen their lead cut down after losing to Manchester United at home on Monday night.And they have the small matter of Tottenham comine already the most of any player on the team, and his pair against Harvard means he now has double the next-best receivers, sophomore Ryan Cragun and senior Kolton Huber at three each.

Just over a minute into Stefano Pioli admits he wants more from Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paqueta.Both youngsters joined Milan a year ago, but have struggled to live up to their initial hype.“I have no doubts about Paqueta, he’s a mezz’ala,” said Pioli.“He works hard the third quarter, Robinson and Starkey combined for a 70-yard touchdown to put the Quakers up 17-13. The pass was both Robinson and Starkey’s longest scoring play of the season and took away any positive momentum Harvard had from the break.

The Crimson would answer back later in the third to retake the lead, but Starkey again would electrify the visiting crowd with seven minutes to play in the final quarter.

On fourth and 1 inside Harvard’s red zone, Robinson found Starkey once again with a 16-yard pass that the sophomore grabbed with one hand before securing the score in the end zone. Even more than putting Penninuing with Willian.Lampard has made it clear he wants the midfielder to stay.He told chelseafc.com: “I know the club are talking to him. Willian and Callum (Hudson-Odoi) are both players I want in my squad. “We’ve made some good moves this pre-seaso back on top, Starkey’s second touchdown of the day put the Quakers’ defense in the spotlight after stopping the Crimson twice late to seal the game.

Starkey has shown time after time that he is capable of not only playing with the Ivy League’s best, but thriving in high-pressure scenarios. He still has one more game to add to his 2019 statistics, but 2020 and 2021 might hold even more success.

Gymnastics Issue | Freshmen may vault Red and Blue upward

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Out with the old and in with the new.

With seven rookies o’s new head coach Nigel Pearson admits they need to change their style of play.Pearson said that it is not beyond the club to achieve survival this season, but that he needed everyone to start pulling in the same direction both on and off the field.”n the roster this season, Penn gymnastics’ fdefender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re thereshman class will play a greater role in can Velzen on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has arrived from Dutch football.Van Velzen was in the United reserves side when Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were coming through.Crawley’s Director of Footballompetitions this year than previous classes have in the past. And the largest gap they fill for the Quakers is on vault.

“We have a strong freshman class,” head coach John Ceralde said. “They’re looking good on their events right now, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing them on vault particularly.”

First-year assistant coach Kirsten Strausbough agreed.

“Vault is something that in the past we’ve lacked on,” she said. “It’s exciting to see some freshmen coming in with some big skills that will make us more competitive in the NCAA, not just the Ivy League.”

While Penn historically has struggled to attain sufficient difficultly to be competitive with other schools, the talent of this freshman class should help to bridge the divide. And a change in NCAA rules regarding the degree of difficulty of a particular vault may favor this particular freshman class.

The most popular vault in NCAA women’s gymnastics is a Yurchenko layout full (a round-off onto the board, back handspring onto the table and a layout with a full twist). Earlier this year this vault was devalued from its previous 10.0 start value to 9.95.

“Other schools, they had 10.0 start values across the board,” Strausbough said. “Sometimes we would have 10.0 start values, but our other girls would start at 9.8 or 9.9. Now all the other NCAA teams are being brought down to a 9.95.”

Penn’s freshmen will help bring the Red and Blue up to where their competitors have been. Strausbough noted that at least four of the newcomers will be performing Yurchenko fulls.

Ultimately, the rule change was made to force a greater level of difficulty for the 10.0 maximum start value. Now, instead of a Yurchenko full, gymnasts need to perform the same vault with an extra half twist to gain back that extra 0.05.

While to the average human, a half-tenth of anything might not seem like much, in this sport it can make all the difference.

That extra half-twist not only requires greater height and speed, but also a more difficult landing: the blind landing, which draws its name from the fact that the gymnast’s eyes do not see the floor before her feet hit it.

“When you do the one-and-a-half you’re opening yourself up for more of a deduction,” Strausbough said. “For them they are deciding [between throwing] the biggest skills they have or just doing the 9.95 and doing it safe.”

The question then becomes whether or not it’s worth it to go for the one-and-a-half to get the extra half-tenth in start value. Do the risks outweigh the rewards?

“The top schools in the nation have the ability to do the one and a half, so now they have to play their hand to do the one-and-a-half to get the 10.0 start value,” Ceralde said.

While this is a decision each team will be making for itself, the Quakers’ most popular vault will remain the full.

Only time will tell to see how it plays out and whether the rule change helps the Red and Blue.

What’s for certain, though, is that Penn’s freshman talent will be valuable for time to come.

Penn women's basketball bonds over trip to Italy

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One of the beautiful things about sports is their universality — you don’t have to speak the same language as your opponents to recognize a fantastic play or a well-fought game. This past August, Penn women’s basketball got to experience this element of sports firsthand during a ten-day whirlwind tour of Italy.

For the first time in program history, the Quakers embarked overseas for what they called the “2014 Italy Tour,” which included stops in Rome, Florence, Lake Como and Venice. The goal? Soak up a little bit of Italian culture while getting international basketball experience.

“[The team] saw some of the most historic venues in the world — the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, the statue of David by Michelangelo,” coach Mike McLaughlin said of the Quaker’s leisure activities. “Things in history that they’ll never forget.”

Beyond just visiting the ‘touristy’ sites, though, the Quakers learned valuable lessons about chemistry and the universality of sports during their brief stint abroad.

“My favorite memory about Italy, more than the sightseeing and traveling, was probably the three games,” senior guard Kathleen Roche said.

During its 2014 Italy Tour, the Quakers played three games against Italian and German semi-professional teams. Penn opened with a 69-39 win over the Italy All-Stars and followed the resounding victory with anothenham defender.The 32 year-old Belgium international comes off contract in June and is yet to seriously discuss new terms with Spurs.Agent Tim de Mul revealed: “We don’t have an agreement at the moment, but I don’t exclude anything. “We consider ever win over AS Vertis La Spezia, 78-49.

Junior guard Brooklyn Juday described playing against these teams as a bonding experience for the Quakers .

“When you’re playing teams that don’t speak your language that’s something that is a little bit difficult to overcome,” she said.

Following their win over La Spezia, the Red and Blue were treated to a five course meal with the members of the Italian team.

“Only two of the girls spoke English, but we were seated every other person with their team members,” Juday recalls. “We had some funny moments with them — and some awkward moments.”

Despite some things lost in translation, McLaughlin regarded the dinner as “the pinnacle” of the trip.

“Their English is limited, our Italian is limited, but you can tell they can communicate over one common bond, which was the game,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better environment.”

The language barrier, however, was not the only obstacle the Quakers would face while abroad. With foreign opponents comes an entirely foreign style of play, at times. Penn got a dose of this first hand during its third and final game of the trip, a 62-56 loss to Chemcats Chemnitz of Germany.

“The German team was very brute force, really rough and going right at us,” Roche said.

The Germans’ style of physical play took the Quakers — especially the younger, untested members of the squad — by surprise. Although Penn was not able to pull out a win, it gained valuable experience playing aggressively from buzzer to buzzer.

“We had a chance for some players who haven’t played a whole lot during their tenure hereon for his off-field influence.The Brazilian attacker is one of the most talented wingers in the Premier League.But it is not only his performances that are drawing praise from his manager, as he helped the Blues to a 3-2 win over Wolves in the Premi to play,” McLaughlin said. “I felt that experience in terms of on the court was what really helped move things forward.”

Roche agrees.

“A huge reason for going to Italy was being able to play together, to know how each other plays and to get that groove going before we start our season,” she said.

The Quakers are just days away from their season opener on November 14 against Tennessee in Knoxville, and McLaughlin will be looking to those nine players on his roster with international experience to set the tone for the game.

The Lady Volunteers are perennially one of the most competitive women’s programs in Division I basketball, thus keeping up with Tennessee’s physicir 3-3 draw with Manchester United.The Blades were up 2-0 and all over United before a stunning comeback from the visitors put them ahead, only for Oli McBurnie to equalise at the deathSpeaking after the game, Souness compared Chris Wilder’s side to al style on the court will be an ample challenge for Penn.

But Roche is confident in what her team learned from its loss to Chemcats Chemnitz.

“We’re going to play teams that are really aggressive, so we had to make sure that we don’t let [the Lady Volunteers] beat us up. Especially going into Tennessee,” she said.

“I think that experience in Italy is going to be really beneficial to that.”

Penn baseball look to get ball rolling in Lone Star state

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New coach. New schedule. New attitude.

After a disappointing 22-21, 7-13 Ivy season, Penn baseball stripped the old hardware and brought a new vigor to its squad. And this weekend, the Quakers will have a chance to put a positive stamp on the new regime when they travel to play four games against Dallas Baptist.

The Quakers have been hard at work rebuilding their strategy under the tutelage of new coach John Yurkow who has spent the last few seasons as the top assistant coachcott from Yeovil Town.The 19-year-old has penned a one-year contract at St Mary’s.During his time as a scholar at The Glovers, Scott gained valuable experience around the first team squad and appeared on the bench on six separate occasions, most rece under former coach John Cole .

In Yurkow’s first few months with the team, it is evident that team chemistry and friendship are the crux of this new style. The Red and Blue have been active in philanthropy by donating a few thousand dollars and a lot of hair to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, an event junior pitcher Ronnie Glenn said “brought the team closer than ever.”

“It’s been really great because a lot of players have really bought into it,” Glenn added of the fundraiser. “I think the competition aspect of our fundraiser has been positive for the team.”

Dallas Baptist (6-2) has had an impressive start to its season, looking to improve on a 30-30 campaign from a year ago. In the Patriots’ first few games, they dominated Mississippi Valley State, scoring 52 runs in three games while splitting with Sam Houston State.

They have looked strong, but Penn’s revitalized squad will not back down from the challenge.

While offseason preparation is hard for baseball teams up north due to its lack of hospitable playing conditions, the Red and Blue have been hard at work, improving their conditioning and doing everything possible in the air structure aeing Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno.Having just named former Spain coach Robert Moreno as new trainer, ASM have plans to shop in the LaLiga in January.Le 10 Sport says top of their shopping list is Rodrigo, who has played for Moreno this season in St Penn Park.

As for returning players, Penn will look to staples in its roster like junior pitcher Connor Cuff and sophomore infielder Mike Vilardo to help make a statement in the early goings of this season. They were consistent producers at the end of Cole’s tenure and will not only need to contribute in their roles, but also get the ball rolling early.

Even more so, Yurkow and the team will look to their star recruits to begin their careers at Penn.

It’s hard to say what the new season will bring for the Quakers, but all signs point to a positive change under Yurkow. The players seem excited, and the coaches will look to foster their excitement in the early part of the season before Ivy play.

“I think what coach Yurkow has already done has been really great for the team,” Glenn said in an earlier interview. “We are excited to get out there and start playing ball.”

What the rest of the season will hold, only time will tell. But as of now, this new slate of personnel and fresh start look to be exacZaha netted for the Ivory Coast in a 4-1 win in the African Cup of Nations.Ivory Coast dealt with Namibia in impressive fashion, setting up their place in the knockout rounds of the tournament.Zaha scored and put in an overall impressive display, whitly what the Red and Blue need.

Penn track and field extends East Coast tour

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Students all across Penn’s campus are looking forward to flinging this weekend.

Penn’s track and field athletes don’t have the same aspiration, though, and it’s tough to blame them. After all, they have been flung all over the East Coast since the beginning of the outdoor season.

Following road trips to Floridarom Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.Ronaldo spoke openly about his rivalry with Lionel Messi, revealing a great degree of respect for the Argentine. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice versa,” Ronaldo told TV1.”When he see, North Carolina and New Jersey — all within the past month — the Quakers will continue their tour of the eastern seaboard in Virginia for this weekend’s George Mason Invitational.

Coach Steve Dolan and his athletes are well aware that Spring Fling is taking place on campus, but Dolan insists that track-related activities take precedent.

“We don’t really plan our progression of meets around the calendar on campus,” he said. “Saturday at George Mason will be our main event this weekend.”

With big meets like the Penn Relays looming on the horizon, this weekend’s invitational represents the calm before the storm in the Quakers’ season in many respects.

But the GeReal Madrid are holding up Jesus Vallejo’s move to Wolves.The defender is in line to sign for Wolves on a season-long loan.However, AS says Real want Vallejo to sign a new contract before releasing him to Wolves.The deal is expected to be a formality, with the defender happy to extend his current deal from 2021 to 2023 or 2024.Vallejo’s move to Wolves, meanwhile, remains on track.orge Mason Invitational will also give the Red and Blue another chance to perform against top competition as they have done all year, a chance that Dolan is mindful not to turn down.

“We’ve had a lot of success with George Mason over the years,” he said. “As the weather gets warmer, people get faster … and we’ll see some out-of-region competition.”

This weekend will also provide an opportunity for several of Penn’s top distance runners — who rested at last week’s Sam Howell Invitational — to return to action.

“We raced pretty hard earlier in the season,” Dolan said. “We’re trying to get a few good weeks of training in for some of the longer distance runners.”

Chief among these runners is sophomore Thomas Awad, who appreciated the break after grueling cross country and indoor track seasons.

“The time off is important … because we want to be at our best [at the end of the season],” he said.

This will also be the first race for Awad since his school-record 13:48.9s confident they’ll reach the Champions League knockouts after last night’s draw at Valencia.That result, combined with Ajax’s 2-0 win over Lille, leaves Chelsea’s hopes hanging in the balance but Christensen insisted he is confident they can finish 0 performance in the 5,000-meter race at the Raleigh Relays, and the race is still fresh in his mind.

“I expected to get the record eventually, so it was good to finally get that off my shoulders,” he said. “I was really happy with the time, and how I closed was the best part.”

Moving forward this season, Awad hopes to take the next step as a standout college athlete.

“I’m trying to make that mental jump to knowing that I can run with the best guys in the nation,” he said.

The team’s overall goals for the weekend are a bit ambiguous. However, Dolan does have high expectations for one of his event groups: the throwers.

The group has stood out in Penn’s deep pool of athletes, and some of the group’s elite have been sent on special assignments for the weekend. Sophomore Sam Mattis — fresh off a school-record discus throw — and freshman Noah Kennedy White will compete against a strong discus field at Texas over the weekend.

To the lay observer, it may seem like this weekend’s meet is dwarfed by the significance of Fling, and that may be the case. But with Penn Relays just two weeks away, Penn is looking to fling itself another step toward history.

Tony | The clock is ticking for Penn's athletic director search

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How the search to find Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky’s successor will play out over the course of this semester is anyone’s guess. But what’s troubling is that we’re still playing the guessing game in the first place.

Bilsky announced he would retire effective June 30 back on Nov. 21. Then Thanksgiving Break happened. Then nothing happened.

On Dec. 9, Leo Charney, a spokesperson for Penn Provost Vincent Price, told The Daily Pennsylvanian that there would be an announcement soon about the formation of an advisory committee for the athletic director search. Then nothing happened. Then Winter Break happened.

And finally, on Jan. 15, Price announced the formation of a 14-member advisory committee co-chaired by himself and Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.

If you’re keeping score, that’s eight weeks separating Bilsky’s goodbye and the proclamation of a plan to replace him. That’s too long and too problematic for whoever turns out to be Bilsky’s successor, because if the future of Penn Athletics starts now, why is it taking so long to arrive?

The next athletic director needs to be in place sooner rather than later if he or she hopes to have agency over the future of Penn’s winter and spring varsity sports. The future of coach Jerome Allen looms large for all Penn basketba for a move to Barcelona.Lacazette has been linked with a move to Barca in recent weeks.And Puel can see the transfer happening, having worked with Lacazette when Lyon coach.”Lacazette can be a player like Luis Suarez. He can drop down to midfield toll supporters, and the decision on whether to give a vote of confidence to Allen should rest squarely with the next athletic director, who should ter consideration at Spurs as cover for Harry Kane. The England captain won’t be seen again until April after undergoing hamstring surgery.Spurs have already sounded out Silva’s agent Jorge Mendes about his availability.The Portuguese is currently loaherefore be hired soon enough to observe the team in conference play and determine whether or not Allen should stay.

It would also benefit the next athletic director greatly to evaluate the rest of the winter and spring sports firsthand as well — not to be able to enact sweeping changes, but to simply measure what’s best for Penn Athletics going forward before Penn’s varsity schedules for this academic year are all but over.

That’s almost certainly not going to happen now.

Nominations and applications for the position will be accepted by the Office of the Provost until Feb. 28. Tack a thorough vetting period onto the end of that deadline, and you’re looking at the end of spring break, which lasts from March 8-16. Suddenly, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t seem so lucky.

Texas had the right idea with its recent athletic director succession. Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds announced on Oct. 13 that he’d be stepping down effective Aug. 31, 2014. By Oct. 14, a committee was in place to hire his successor. By Nov. 5, his successor, Steve Patterson, was hired and given full authority to decide how to approach struggling signature coaches like football coach Mack Brown.

Likewise, Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year on Sept. 4. It tookaurizio Sarri.The Italian has guided the Blues to a third-placed finish and the Europa League final, which will be played against Arsenal on Wednesday in Baku.But Johnson, who played alongside Lampard, believes Sarri’s future has already been decided Princeton just 12 days to announce a 12-member committee to conduct the search for Walters’ successor.

So it shouldn’t have taken nearly as long as it did for Penn to identify folks within its community who deserve to be guaranteed a voice in this crucial vetting process and reach out to them. It’s true that the advisory committee that Price ultimately came up with is a fair and balanced one, a commendable mix of administrators, coaches, alumni, students and faculty. But that doesn’t excuse the wait.

And while Princeton may not have chosen Walters’ replacement yet, at least transparency is on the Tigers’ side. Princeton held three on-campus open forums inviting comments and suggestions about its athletic director search in October and November, and that kind of transparency is crucial. Princeton even has a website designed solely for the purpose of distributing information about its search process.

Price didn’t rule out open forums when I spoke with him earlier this month, but I don’t expect committee members to push hard enough for them specifically. That’s a shame.

And yet this search is in good hands with Price. He said last month that Penn will be reaching out proactively to candidates, and you can bet that Price is going to be diligent in this process. If you’re rooting for a successful search, thoughtfulness and thoroughness are on your side with Price at the helm.

Time isn’t, though. Advisory committee, you’re on the clock.

MIKE TONY is a senior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa, and is a senior staff writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

Difficult stretch a reality check for youthful Softball roster

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Sometimes, all you need is a dazzling finale to forget the rest of the show.

Despite returning with a surprising 3-7 record, the Penn softball team left the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., witelsea manager Frank Lampard admits his side face a tough test in the Premier Leagulan goalkeeper Marco Pissardo has left for Arezzo.The 21-year-old goalkeeper joinave made an offer for Olympique Marseille winger Lucas Ocampos.L’Equipe says Marseille are trying to sell several first-team players this summer in order to fund more signings.Ocampos is the subject of a £10million offer from Burnley, but Sevilla ars the Tuscan side on a permanent basis.Pissardo was a regular with Inter’s primavera team.Meanwhile, Michele Di Gregorio also leaves for Pordenone Calcio. The goalkeepere opener.The Blues travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Speaking after a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday,h a bang, turning the final game against Florida A&M; over to the young players for the win, 3-2.

Sophomore pitcher Tory Satagaj gave up only one earned run and freshman Jamie Boccanfuso ended a 2-2 tie with an RBI single to seal the victory – a much-needed win for the Quakers after a week of nail-biters.

Their overall record of 4-9 is a far cry from the success of last year’s team at the tournament, where Penn emerged 10-4, providing a strong spark going into Ivy play.

Coach Leslie King is taking it all in stride.

“It was a bit of a reality check that we do have a very, very young team,” King said. “We are nowhere near as experienced as we’ve been the last couple years. It’s going to take a little bit more time for this group to learn how to play Division I softball.”

After leaving for the Sunshine State last Friday and earning their inaugural farmers’ tans during weekend practice, the Quakers fell on the opening Sunday to Bucknell and Eastern Kentucky, 4-3 and 10-2, respectively.

“[Eastern Kentucky] was really the only game that just got away from us,” King said. “We weren’t alert from the start. They bunted, they slapped, they took extra bases.”

Junior outfielder Keiko Uraguchi lead the team offensively for the day, knocking in one run against Bucknell and notching two hits against Eastern Kentucky.

Penn rebounded Monday, however, for a sweep of Butler and Youngstown State. Against the Bulldogs, who split last year’s series with the Quakers 1-1, the team rallied late in the seventh inning to score all three runs. Penn then scored all of its runs against Youngstown in the first inning, eventually holding the Penguins to three runs to hold on for the win.

Despite the return to .500 for the trip, the Quakers wouldn’t see another win until their last day at the tournament, going on to lose games to Maine, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Valparaiso, South Dakota and Buffalo.

Though King’s pitching staff is deep – her rotation of four pitchers includes last year’s rookie standout Jessie Lupardus, as well as two freshmen – she’s still waiting for the game-time experience to sink in.

“A lot of the problem is that because we do have as many innings, we’re having problems getting in game situations,” King said. “It’s just game-day pressure. You can’t replicate that in practice.”

W. Hoops | Quakers will step out of the zone

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Coach Pat Knapp and his team might want to look for a fallout shelter, because when they face Villanova (4-1) tomorrow, it’ll be bombs away.

Tomorrow, Penn will have to deal with a squad that has already developed a reputation of being a huge three-point threat. This does not bode well for the Quakers (3-3), who are trying to turn around an abysmal 2-32 record against the Wildcats.

“We better get a hand up and contest those shots,” Knapp said, not wanting to give away any information as to the Quakers’ strategy in defending the three-pointer. Forward Maggie Burgess hinted that her team will play man, not zone.

The Wildcats have taken 54.4 percent of their shots from downtown, and made 36.9 percent of those threes. DefensivAlbion want to bring the attacker back to the Premier League for the rest of the season.But they would have to pay Boca to end the loan deal, as there is no clause that allows them to terminate the contract at will.Boca do not want to lose Mac Allistely, the Quakers have been allowing opposing teams to shoot 37.1 percent from outside.

So the 2-3 zone that worked so effectively against Rider the last time the Quakers played may well be a non-option.

Villanova’s playing style presents the Quakers with another unique problem. Knapp may consider changing up his lineup against the Wildcats, because some starters, such as Burgess, who is 6-foot-2 and used to banging around down low, aren’t at their best defending the perimeter.

Burgess did not see any time in last year’s game against Villanova, a 57-50 defeat at the Palestra.

“If I do play, I will just be guarding them . the same as the guards will, up on the shooters,” she said.

Burgess added that in such a scenario, the Quakers would definitely pound the ball inside. Penn’s big players would try to take advantage of the “uniform” Villanova team, as Burgess called it, that has all its starters standing about six feet tall.

Defensively, the Quakers will struggle to match the highly efficient Wildcats. Villanova averages a hair over 10 turnovers a game, while consistently notching around 14 assists.

“We’re . dedicated to stopping you in the half-court, so we betterruno Fernandes.Having rejected a bid from Spurs over the summer for the Portugal international, Sporting are now prepared to sell.Record says the change of manager at Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho replacing Mauricio Pochettino, hasn’t changed the Lon pressure the ball very hard,” Knapp said about possible ways to force more turnovers. “We’re not necessarily a pressing team at this point with our numbers and our capabister United.ESPN reporter Paolo Bandini says finding a club for Icardi will be difficult due to the controversy surrounding the Argentine in the last year.He claims Inter Milan have explored the possibility of a swap with United for Romelu Lukaku.Howlities.”

Penn can find solace in the fact that Loyola-Maryland, a team that Penn beat earlier this season, solved the Villanova puzzle in holding the Wildcats to a season-low 47 points and coming away with a two-point victory.

In that game, Villanova went ice-cold in the second half, shooting at a measly 24 percent.

In order to begin turning the one-sided record around, the Quakers had better hope that the Wildcats’ offensive bombing run comes up short again in this one.

Dunphy announced as next Temple coach

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It’s official.

After 17 years at Penn, Fran Dunphy is leaving to become the new head men’s basketball coach at Temple University, he announced at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

Dunphy succeeds Owls legend John Chaney — who retired a month ago after 24 years at the helm on the North Philadelphia campus — and wiseason.The Sun says West Ham are leading the £20million race for Guirassy.The Hammers have been tracking the 23-year-old and the Ligue 1 strugglers are ready to strike a deal.Tottenham have also checked on Guirassy, who has scored 8 goals in 22 appell now take the reins at what was the city’s preeminent college basketball program for many years.

“We’re going to do the very, very best that we possibly can and try to make Temple University proud that they made me their next head basketball coach,” Dunphy said.

His remarks were received by a room packed full of family members, friends from the Big 5 and many of his former players and assistant coaches.

Several former Quakers — notabhas a year to run on his contract and will attract interest from across Europe with them relegated.PSG and RB Leipzig are both eager to tempt Sessegnon away from England, reports the Telegraph.However, the teen will take some persuading after insistily Ira Bowman and Vince Curran — were on hand, all of whom helped Dunphy win a Penn record 310 games and nine Ivy League titles in his time as head coach. Curran now analyzes Penn basketball games for WXPN Radio.

Curran said that “it’s impossible” to replace what Dunphy has done for the Penn program, adding that “whoever comes next is going to replace one of the great coaches in not only Ivy League history but Philadelphia basketball.”

Among the local coaches in attendance were Dan Dougherty of Episcopal High School, who coached Dunphy in his high school days at Malvern Prep, Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli and La Salle coach John Giannini.

Former Quakers assistant and current Cornell head coach Steve Donahue — who has bacia.The Spaniard was out of work after after leaving Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua earlier this summer following a short stint in charge.The 54-year-old was a popular figure at Watford’s Hertfordshire training complex following his one season in chaeen mentioned as one of a number of possible replacements for Dunphy — also looked on, having driven from Ithaca, N.Y., to support his former boss.

Chaney came in quietly while Dunphy was speaking. Although he shunned the limelight while Dunphy was on stage, Chaney offered his blessing to the new hire afterwards.

“When you really think about it, you hope that [the new coach] will be somebody who has a better image, or is in your image — Franny has a better image than me,” Chaney said. “There is not a better coach.”

Dunphy returned the compliment.

Chaney’s “impact on me has been great over the last 17 years that I have had a chance to coach against him,” Dunphy said. “He’s been a great friend and somebody that I have counted on for counsel a number of times in my career.”

The process of finding and hiring Chaney’s replacement took longer than many expected. But Temple Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw, whose ties to Dunphy go back to their days starting in the infield for La Salle’s baseball team, said that he got the right man for the job.

“I think to the public, on the perimeter, he doesn’t get as much credit as he would if you talked to the coaches,” Bradshaw said, mentioning Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Martelli and Villanova’s Jay Wright. “Krzyzewski told me that if Fran Dunphy comes here, Temple could win the national championship.”

That optimism was shared by Owls guard Mark Tyndale, who is expected to be one of his team’s stars next season.

“I think he’s going to do good things here, and Mr. Dunphy is going to bring great enthusiasm to Temple University,” Tyndale said.

Part of that enthusiasm may stem from the possibility of no longer having to report to practice as early as 5 a.m., one of Chaney’s longstanding traditions.

“I don’t know what hours he likes to go, but whatever hours he comes up with, I’m willing to work for him,” Tyndale said.

Of course, Dunphy will have to face his former team next season and every season in his time with the Owls, as the Big 5 round-robin demands.

Dunphy is known as the Big 5’s most ardent supporter among the current coaching fraternity, and it is perhaps appropriate that he has become the first person to be the head coach of two City Series teams. Nonetheless, he is not looking forward to being at the other end of the floor from Penn.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “I wish I could take a sabbatical for that game, to be honest with you. … I don’t know what my emotions will be come that game, and that is just one of those things I will just have to deal with.”

For now, though, Dunphy is relishing a new challenge in his coaching career.

“Now I get a chance to almost be reborn again,” he said.

And as Penn begins the search for Dunphy’s replacement, it will likely find the same opportunity.

The Temple job- In mid-March, following his team’s loss in the National Invitational Tournament, Chaney retired after 24 years as the Temple basketball coach. While he never reached the Final Four, Chaney led the Owls to five Elite 8 appearances and 40 total NCAA Tournament wins- Dunphy was immediately tapped by experts as a top choice to replace Chaney- Yesterday, Dunphy was introduced as Temple’s next head basketball coach

Rittgers at controls of Big Green pass attack

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In the third game of the 2003 season, then Dartmouth sophomore Charlie Rittgers finally got the call.

The Lebanon, Ohio, native earned the starting quarterback spot and would be making his debut against a formidable Penn pass rush and pass defense.

Rittgers responded to the challenge with an impressive, poised start, completing 28-of-48 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in a hard-fought 34-20 Penn victory.

“He played very, very courageously,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said.

The auonavirus pandemic seriously.The first COVID-19 case in the African nation was reported on March 11, with quarantine measures implemented on March 17.”To my Ivorian brothers and sisters,” the Ivory Coast’s record scorer began a video message on Twittespicious debut earned Rittgers the starting role for the remainder of the season.

The 6-foot-1, 195 pound sophomore finished the season with 177 completions on 312 attempts, 15 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 2,138 yards.

And according to Bagnoli, Rittgers has only matured since his first start against Penn.

In two losing efforts this season against ranked opponents, Rittgers’ improvement has been readily apparent.

In a 45-24 loss to then No. 10 New Hampshire last weekend, Rittgers completed 28-of-48 passes, this time for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Against current No. 10 Colgate two weekends ago, Rittgers passed 56 times, completing 26 of his attempts for 279 yards.

But in both games this season, Rittgers has shown a tendency to throw interceptions. The junior was picked off twice in both games.

Still, Bagnoli emphasized thing for Liverpool and Manchester City.As Spurs won the Audi Cup against Bayern Munich in preseason, Kane hit out at their title rivals ahead of the new season.Spurs are hoping they can show the kind of consistency needed to challenge title holders Cie experience Rittgers has devs on-loan at Arsenal this season and was outstanding for Sunday’s victory over Newcastle United.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a fan – which has led to talk of Ceballos being offered the chance to sign permanently at the end of the season.However, AS seloped since the teams met in Hanover, N.H., last season.

“Since [his first start], you see a definite maturity,” he said.

The Penn defensive contingent will be focusing on stopping Rittgers’ aerial attack tomorrow at Franklin Field. In both games this season, the passing game has dominated Dartmouth’s offensive schemes.

Against Colgate, the Big Green ran the ball only 21 times, opting to pass on 56 occasions. And in the loss to New Hampshire, Dartmouth also showed a preference for the passing game, running the ball only 26 times.

And when the Big Green has chosen to relieve Rittgers of some pressure by running, its strategy has been ineffective, as Dartmouth has rushed for an average of only 52.5 yards per contest.

Rittgers, however, has shown a knack for getting out of the pocket while opposing defenses focus on thwarting his passing attack. The junior ran the ball three times for 28 yards against Colgate and twice for 21 yards against New Hampshire.

The Dartmouth quarterback will be challenged by a stingy Penn defense.

Although the Quakers allowed 331 passing yards in a drubbing over San Diego two weekends ago, Penn’s secondary held Villanova quarterback Marvin Burroughs to just 166 passing yards on 26 attempts.

What’s more, Penn’s pass rush has been fairly successful, recording nine sacks on the season, including six on Burroughs in last weekend’s 16-13 loss to the Wildcats.

In Boston: Harvard's perfect: Crimson win title outright

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cosch Arrigo Sacchi.Sacchi managed the Rossoneri from 1987 until 1991,Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined Azerbaijni side Qarabag on a season-long loan.Begovic was pushed on the outer recently after a falling out with manager Eddie Howe.Young shot-stoppers Aaron Ramsdale and Mark Travers have been preferred in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup.The 32-year-old will compete in the Europa League with the Azerbaijan Premier League title winners. and agaampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to translate his domestic form into the Champions League.The 18-year-old capped off a fine performance against Newcastle United by helping to set up Marcos Alonso’s winner.Asked if Hudson-Odoi was ready to facein for a second spell in 1996-97, winning eight trophies.But Van Basten is critical of his man-management.He said, “There has never been a personal feeling between me and h

Volleyball opens with Bucknell at Palestra tonight

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The Penn volleyball team will finally get a chance to showcase its skills in front of the Palestra crowd when they face off againLiverpool have been shortlisted among the nominees in the Team of the Year and Comeback of the Year categories in the Laureus World Sports Awards.Jurgen Klopp’s side – who won the Champions League in 2019 – are on a shortlist of six for Team of the Year.The Reds are in the Comeback of the Year category for overturning a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg deficit by beating Barcelona 4-0.st Bucknell (4-7) tonight.

Most teams nationwide have played at home by now, but due to the Quakers’ Ivy League-mandated schedule and two early-season tournaments at the University of Pacific and Villanova their home opener was delayed until the season’s seventh match.

That was a long enough wait for the Quakers (3-3).

“We definitely want to come in and show that this is our house,” Penn senior Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan said.

Penn coach Kerry Major Carr noted that her players have an advantage over other teams when they play at the Palestra.

“We definitely enjoy the advantage of the heat,” Carr said. “We’re used to it, since we practice here, but most teams play in air-conditioned facilities. It takes a little getting used to.”

The game will provide Penn a chance to get used to that heat before hosting the Sheraton-Penn Volleyball Invitational this weekend.

However, Penn’s coach won’t allow the Quakers to look beyond tomorrow night.

“Bucknell traditionally has some big, strong people,” Carr said. “We’ll need to play our best game.”

In order to play their best game, the Quakers will have to cut down on last wee interest in the Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga.The teenage midfielder has been one of the big stories of this Ligue 1 season so far.Barcelona have already lodged enquiries with Rennes president Olivier Letang about Camavinga, as have AC Milan.Aekend’s mistakes. The players cited blocking, serving, passing and defense as areas that the team expects to improve.

And they need to be thinking better on the court as well.

“When the mental aspects aren’t working,” Kwak-Hefferan said, “everything else tends to break down.”

Penn was its own worst enemy last weekend, keeping less talented teams like Villanova and Manhattan in games with their own mistready to seek permission for an emergency replacement signing after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.Sport says Barca have made contact with former Espanyol forward Borja’s entourage to find out about his availabilakes. The Quakers had 13 serve errors in the Manhattan match alone.

“There were too many mental errors” last weekend, Carr said. “We really need to improve our serving and passing in that respect.”

Carr also cited a laundry list of other problems that Penn needs to clean up during its first home game.

“Last weekend our blocking was all over the place,” Carr said. “We need to pay attention to where specific opposition players are on the court. On defense in general, we need to focus on being disciplined and being more exact.”

Harry Maguire.ESPN says United remain undeterred i

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The made several moves to finalize their roster for the regular season, reassigning second baseman , catcher and outfielders and to their minor-league camssier says Newcastle United signed Andy Carroll as a PR stunt.Carroll has played just 536 minutes this season after arriving as a free agent in the summer.In quotes reported t has offered teammate Ousmane Dembele some advice.Lenglet believes that his compatriot must be humble in order to play for the club once again.The Blaugrana didn’t miss Dembele’s creativity as Antoine Griezmann struck twice for their 5-2 win over Reby HITC, Le Tissier said: “It’s a PR stunt, very much so.”It had been that lp. Cincinnati also outrighted pitcher to Triple-A Louisville while optioning pitcher to Double-A Pensacola.

Third baseman also rsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk.The report comes from TEAM1 in Ukraine, which indicates that the Gunners are in agreement with Shakhtar for a loan deal.There are differing reports on the fee and the strwas designated for assignment and the Reds purchased the contract of shortstop to take his place on the 40-man roster.