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Meet the freshman big three that's helping Penn men's squash reach new heights

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—The “Big Three” in sports is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that’s becoming more and more popular as teams seem to be deliberately building around a dynamic trio. LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh; Steph, Klay, and Durant; Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft.

Penn men’s squash seems to have adopted this approach with its own freshman big three — Aly Abou Eleinen, James Flynn, and Michael Mehl — all of whom have helped propel the program to the very top of collegiate squash.

The freshmen have combined for a 24-0 record in their individual matches. In terms of games, they are a stunning 72-14.

Eleinen, like his teammate senior Karim Hussein, hails from Egypt. The freshman is recognized as potentially the best squash player to ever come out of his high school alma mater, the Brooks School. There, he was All-New England three times, twice an All-American, and in his senior year, he was recognized as New England co-player of the year.

Mehl, who stands at an imposing 6-foot-4, served as the sed-length contract.The 26 year old Canadian-born striker, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, helped the Blades win promotion to the Championship in 2016/17.”It doesn’t do players any good to keep going out on loan,” said Walsall manager Dacaptain of the Canadian Junior Squash team. He led the groheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gup to a gold medal in the Canada Winter Games in 2015, while also claiming an individual gold medal.

Flynn brought his team to the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Championship from 2015-2018, serving as the captain of the team his senior year.

Their contributions have helped Penn soar to unprecedented heights. For the first time in program history, the Quakers sit atop the College Squash Association’s rankings.

Squash, despite its individual nature, is still very much a team sport at the collegiate level. So beyond their talents, these freshmen attribute much of their success to the welcoming environment around them, which provided a smooth transition from high school to the top of the college squash world — something that could have been incredibly jarring in a less accommodating environment.

“I think the seniors have played a huge role in our success so far,” Eleinen said. “Speaking on behalf of the freshmen, we came in and they helped us in right away. If we needed anything, they were always there for us, and they showed us what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

Mehl echoed these sentiments.

“It feels as though the seniors, on this team at least, lay the foundation for the whole of the team,” he said. “Whenever we’re down, they’re people who bring usover for the German.”I have a really good relationship with Ter Stegen, very professional. He’s helping me quite a lot,” admitted Neto. “Although I’ve only been here a short time, I already feel I’ve adapted well. I enjoy being part of the group and back up.”

There is a palpable sense of excitement around the team, a feeling that perhaps has never been felt to this extent before. The Quaker Meeting House’s “Recognizing a Significant Moment in a Program’s History,” published on the Penn Athletics website, is tangible proof of this energy.

The writers are barely able to contain their excitement, citing quotes from sports film classic “Field of Dreams” and commenting on how nice of a ring “Penn Squash — National Champions” has to it. The pressure and expectations could be too much for a team with less experience.

Eleinen, Mehl, and Flynn are more than up for the task.

“Obviously, it’s a lot of pressure because college squash is pretty competitive,” Eleinen said. “But I think so far, the freshmen have been doing a good job. It’s all about working hard and doing what you can do, and everything works out in the end.”

Landau | Scheduling Penn-Princeton games back-to-back makes no sense

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In the third week of January, when Penn students return to campus for the beginning of the spring semester, they might be looking forward to a lot of different things. For some, that list might include the opportunity to watch Penn men’s basketball compete against archrival Princeton at the Palestra. But by that time, this game will have already been played. And so will the matchup between the two teams at Princeton.

Penn will travel to New Jersey to play the Tigers on Saturday, and next week the Quakers will return to Philadelphia to host their Ivy League foe on Jan. 12. On the surface, this scheduling doesn’t seem to make much sense; looking deeper doesn’t reveal any solid justification either.

For the past six seasons, the Red and Blue have opened their conference slate on a Saturday in early to mid-January against Princeton. Playing one of the two matchups between the teams at this time doesn’t pose much of a problem, especially when the other game is contested mid-week in February, as it has been for two consecutive years. However, playing the games back-to-back over winter break is a poor alternative that opens up a couple of major problems.

First, the scheduling makes it extremely difficult for students of either school to be able to attend. Princeton’s break ends earlier than Penn’s, but its students do not officially return until Jan. 7, two days after the teams compete on their campus. By Jan. 16, when Penn’s spring classes begin, the second game at the Palestra will be over as well.

Eliminating the student section, which this scheduling decision effectively does, takes away the essence of a college basketball game. Anyone who was at theis new job with Chelsea.Cech was named the club’s technical and performance advisor last week.He told their website, “I will be closely working with everybody at Cobham, every department – performance, recruitment, the team – and I have had 20 year Palestra for the can attest to that, and a rivalry as steeped in history as Penn-Princeton deserves the best possible crowd.

This also means that for the second consecutive year, the vast majority of Penn students won’t have a chance to attend one of the most important home games on the schedule, since at the Palestra was also over break. That isn’t fasistant coach Per-Joar Hansen is well aware of the transfer interest swirling around RB Salzburg striker Ering Haaland.The teenage forward is being celebrated across Europe after his Champions League hat-trick last week against Genk. The treble in thir to anyone, and it won’t exactly do much to increase the sometimes-lacking attendance from students at basketball games (or any Penn sports games).

More significantly, scheduling the games back-to-back places too much importance on how the teams are playing at one moment in time. None of Penn’s games against other Ivy League opponents this season are less than two weeks apart, and some, like those against Yale and Brown, are spread out by as much as a month.

There’s a reason why college basketball teams usually don’t play the same conference rival back-to-back. The health and development of individual players evolve throughout a season, as do the strategy and cohesion of a team as a whole. Spreading games out allows these changes to have an impact and deemphasizes the importance of one random week in the regular season in determining a result that stacker James Rodriguez.Graziani spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss about what he and Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti have chatted about recently.“I had dinner with Ancelotti, he is expecting a couple of top buys from the President. The players said the same, thhould reflect the year overall.

This scheduling move does the opposite. Instead of reflecting how the teams are playing throughout the season, or at least how they are playing in Ancient Eight competition, the Penn-Princeton series will show how good they are in early January, three weeks before the Quakers and Tigers compete in any other Ivy League games.

Penn-Princeton men’s basketball is a historic rivalry. It deserves a pair of great spots on the calendar, regardless of how difficult that might be to achieve. This year, the scheduling has fallen far short of what should be expected.

That isn’t fair to the fans, and more importantly, it isn’t fair to the players.

is a Wharton sophomore from Scarsdale, N.Y. and a Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at .

Matt Howard turns in marquee effort to guide Quakers to victory against Columbia

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This season has not been kind to Penn men’s basketball. Coming into Friday’s game against Columbia, the Quakers were winless in six Ivy League contests and in desperate need of a better performance to have any shot of making the Ivy League Tournament. The Red and Blue played one of their best halves of the year in the first 20 minutes, and after relinquishing the lead early in the second, were able to gut out the victory on the back of 48 rebounds and 12 three-pointers. Let’s go tothe player ratings.

STARTERS

Ryan Betley, G—6.5 / 10

The freshman guard did not light up the night with his shooting percentage, but his six rebounds were big in the Quakers’ win. He also played well defensively, forcing a huge turnover as Columbia looked to take the lead late in the second half. His only points came from a very timely three-pointer to regain the lead in the game’s final few minutes.

Jackson Donahue, G —5.1 / 10

Donahue also had a rough night on the offensive end, shooting 2-for-8 on his field goal attempts and missing fiveof his sixshots from behind the arc. He pulled down fiverebounds to go along with his fivepoints, but we are accustomed to seeing the sophomore guard shoot better than that.

AJ Brodeur, C — 8.0 / 10

The Red and Blue have relied heavily on the freshman all season, and he came up big again. He led the team in minutes, finished with a quiet 14 points kly turned down by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.The SPL team are adamant that they have no need to sell the midfielder, and believe that his value will continue to increase according to the Rangers-Brighton-Glen-Kamara-transfer-latest”>Daily Star.The Scoand pulled down 10 rebounds. He had tough assignments all night on defense, including guarding Columbia’s 7-foot-1 center Conor Voss, but played physically in the paint. His layup and free throw made up a clutch three-point play, a Atalanta have decided to trigger the permanent option in Pasalic’s deal.The Croatian will join La Dea outright this summer for a knockdown fee of €15m.Atalanta’s board know they’re getting a bargain given Pasalic’s contribution to their success ovnd it became it evident it was going to be Penn’snight in the second half. Another solid performance by the big man.

Darnell Foreman, G — 5.8 / 10

Darnell had a tough night from the floor, missing all 5 of his attempts, including three from deep. He was clutch from the free throw line however, hitting all four attempts in the final minute to ice away the game.

Matt Howard, F —9.0 / 10

Matt Howard was Penn’s best player tonight. He did not lead the Quakers in scoring, finishing with 13, but he was an absolute rock on the defensive end of the floor. He had two high-flying blocks in the game’s final minute to squash Columbia’s comeback hopes. He hit two three-pointers, including a huge shot from behind the arc that killed the Lion’s momentum they had gained after taking the lead early in the second half.

BENCH

Devon Goodman — 7.4 / 10

Goodman went 3-for-5 from three-point range, including hitting one right after Matt Howard’s early in the second half that kept Columbia from running away with the game. His ninepoints in 24 minutes may not have been flashy, but he played well for the Red and Blue all night.

Sam Jones —8.8 / 10

If there is anything Sam Jones can do well on this Earth, it’s shooting the ball from behind the arc. The junior guard led the team with 17points, shooting 6-for-12 from the floor, including fivethree-pointers. He seemed to be knocking shots down from everywhere on the court, and was really responsible for providing the Quakers with much needed offense. They will need more of this from Jones for the rest of the season.

Max Rothschild —6.0 / 10

Rothschild was one of the Quakers who did not shoot the ball very well, finishing with just five points. However, his eight rebounds were massive, including a whopping six offensive boards that were critical in Penn’s ability to finish off the Lions.

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Penn Relays 2017 recap: Quakers come close, but fail to replicate success of 2016

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Another year of Penn Relays is now history. And while Penn track and field may not have repeated the same success of 2016, which saw the team win its first Relay since 1974, the Quakers still made a number of finals appearances, and broke some records, too.

It was always going to be a memorable weekend for Penn, who got to play the hosts of the biggest track and field meet in the nation. And with NCAA powg up a January move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko.Jose Mourinho is looking to bolster his squad in the winter window and is specifically eyeing reinforcement up top to take the workload off Harry Kane.The Mirror says the Tottenham boss sent one of his erhouses like Oregon and Stanford in attendance, as well as some of the best from around the world, it wasn’t hard to foresee the best being brought out of the Red and Blue.

The men’s and women’s squads have been improving in recent weeks, but there was still something lacking to take their performances to the next level. The Penn Relays, as coach Steve Dolan pointed out, was the perfect remedy to that.

“That final piece was atmosphere and competition. And that’s what Penn Relays brought out,” Dolan said. “”Certainly good weather [also]lsea to sign Dinamo Zagreb starlet Antonio Marin.The 18-year-old has been heralded as one of Croatia’s most exciting prospects, with the winger already featuring in four league games for the senior side this season.His performances have caught the ey made a difference.”

The best performances over the weekend came from the team’s distance squad. The women, in particular, rose to a new level against the nation’s best.

The Quakers’ 4×1500-meter relay, run by the Whiting twins, seniorsCleo and Clarissa, classmate Ashley Montgomery and junior Kylene Cochrane, started things off right by smashing a school record to finish sixth in the Championship of America Invitational.

Seeing the three seniors lead the way for Penn was pleasing to Dolan.

“This is my fifth year at Penn, and it’s been really fun to watch this class mature,” he said.”The women’s team wasn’t as strong when they were freshmen, and it’s been great to see this group lead the charge.”

Not to be outdone, the women’s 4x800m — made up of a senior and three rookies —followed things up with a school record time a full seven seconds better than the previous best. Their 8:33.3ijk is happy when his manager is critical of his performances.Van Dijk is one of the top performers for the Reds, with his arrival from Southampton shoring up their back line and turning them into one of the top teams in Europe.But that does not mean9 relay mark was the third best in Ivy League history.

On the men’s side of the distance squad, the distance medley relay (DMR) was the highlight of the weekend. In a race featuring top distance powerhouse Oregon, the Quakers hung tight through the 1200m, 800m and 400m legs before handing the baton off to senior Chris Hatler for the mile. With less than a lap to go, Hatler was still in the lead pack, too.

While he couldn’t finish stride for stride with the Ducks, he still came across the finish line with a remarkable 3:58.96 mile split, securing the DMR school record by over four seconds in the process.

The other bright spots for the men came mostly from the field. Freshman Sean Clarke came second in the pole vault, and senior Billy Bishop launched Penn’s fifth-best ever shot put throw, tossing it 17.15m. Rachel Wilson also set the school record in thewomen’s hammer throw to round out the Quakers’ highlights on the field.

With the Relays in the bag, Penn must now look forward to its next competition, one that matters even more — the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend. The men and women will head up to Yale to challenge the league’s best after a season of improvement.

“We’re really excited heading into next weekend, because we feel like our teams are in good form,” Dolan said.

Anchored by their best distance squad in decades, the women could take a real stab at an Ivy League title. And while the men will have trouble knocking off perennial heavyweights Cornell, they can at least seek out a high finish and a number of NCAA qualifications.

One thing is for sure — the Quakers’ season is anything but over after next weekend.

Cal Silcox | Quakers’ veterans know best

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It was Senior Night at Lavietes Pavilion, where the Crimson were expected to bring home one last win and extend their home winning streak to 29 games. It would have all but punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament, Harvard’s first trip to the Big Dance since 1946.

So why was Ivy Player of the Year, senior forward Keith Wright — the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer — sitting on the bench? Did Iheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad w mention he is the reigning Ivy Player of the Year?

There’s really no excusable answer. Crimson coach Tommy Amaker elected to sit his veteran star, while playing two freshmen in the final minutes of an immensely important and close game.

“Coach had a lineup out there that he thought could win the game, and you’ve got to support that,”

Good politics from Wright, but a bad excuse. The lineup that did win the game was the one with seasoned players, who knew how to win a close game.

Enter Tyler Bernardini.

The fifth-year senior, hobbled with a stress fracture in his foot, checked in with 3:46 remaining in the game — exactly when Wright was yanked for freshman shooter Corbin Miller.

It was Bernardini, as we all now know, who took the critical charge in the game’s final seconds, negating Harvard’s go-ahead basket and securing Penn’s win. Would Fran Dougherty have had the h the visit of Serie A team Parma to Turf Moor and two second-half strikes earned them a 2-0 success.With just seven days before the start of the Premier League campaign this would be the last chance for Clarets boss Sean Dyche to see his players in wherewithal to step and plant in front of the driving Kyle Casey? Would Henry Brooks? Perhaps, but that’s a play you can only count on experience to make.

“We’ve played so many cmade a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSG have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market jlose games,” Bernardini . “We’d definitely like to win a few more by a wider margin but we know how to win these games and I think that’s because of how old we are and that we’ve been through as many wars as we’ve been through.”

Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker has established himself as an excellent recruiter. His current Crimson team — from the freshman Saunders to the senior Wright — is clear evidence of this.

He has not, however, established himself as a great in-game coach. In six years at Michigan he never led the Wolverines to an NCAA tournament. He’s still looking to do so at Harvard, and though he and the Crimson had a chance to seal the deal Saturday night, Penn snuck out of Lavietes Paivilion with a one-point win.

On the other end of the scorer’s table was Penn’s Jerome Allen. While Amaker has been a Division I coach for nearly 25 years, Allen is in his third season coaching. His reputation as a player is first rate. His reputation as a coach — both as a recruiter and game manager — is still to be written.

In the final minutes of Penn’s upset, though, Allen was wise to rely on his star seniors Zack Rosen and Bernardini, even a crippled Bernardini. Allen, the rookie, thoroughly outcoached the veteran Amaker.

CALDER SILCOX is a senior science, technology and society major from Washington, D.C., and is a former senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.

W. Tennis breezes by intracity rival Owls

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The only thing the Temple women’s tennis team didn’t lose this Saturday was travel time. The Owls didn’t have to journey far to get swept by Penn at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.

The Quakers went into the match feeling confident after easily defeating their cross-town rival last season. Expecting to win, the Red and Blue used this sense of assurance to get the job done witrd says they’ll only sign players who can make the difference.Speaking on Friday, Lampard insio remain in England as he considers leaving the Champions League runners up.Trippier has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A side Napoli, while Atletico Madrid are also reported to be keen on him.The 28-year-old, who was in tears following thested he was thinking of the team’s best interests, and won’t bring in any new players just for the sake of it.“I think I should be because that’s where wehout ever looking back.

The Quakers swept the doubles point to open the match on the right foot. At the No. 3 position, senior tri-captain Kate Williams and junior Caroline Stanislawski, started off their match slowly, losing three of the first four games.

However, they stepped up to win the last seven games to prevail over Laura Verall and Jennifer Goeta, 8-3.

At the No. 2 spot, Penn’s Raluca Ciochina and Michelle Mitchell also started off slow. But they managed to pick it up in order to defeat Temple’s Laura Seiverling and Sharanya Pattabi, 8-5.

“We didn’t waste points or games and we were done with the doubles point early,” said Williams.

Penn dominated the day in singles action as well. At the No. 3 spot, Mitchell only gave up one game as she defeated Verall in an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory.

In similar fashion, at the No. 5 position, Williams gave up only two games as she breezed through Goeta for the second time of the day, 6-1, 6-1.

At the No. 6 spot, junior Sarah Schiffman followed suit, easily defeating Pattabi, 6-2, 6-2. The Quakers secured a win for the day as all six singles matches ended in Penn’s favor, with the Quakers taking 12 of the 13 sets.

“We tried to stay focused and not to underestimate this team,” said Ciochina. “Sticking to this strategy, “there were no surish Independent says Arter will leave the Premier League in favour of a move to relegated Fulham this summer.The 29-year-old has been on loan at fellow relegation sufferers Cardiff this season, but will not be staying with the Bluebirds next term.Theprises.”

The Quakers improved to 6-4 on the season with the victory and are preparing to enter Ivy League play. Their first match in the Ancient Eight will come Saturday when they host Princeton at noon.

Princeton hires Scott as new coach

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Just over 24 hours after Princeton lost men’s basketball coach John Thompson III to Georgetown, it has hired a new coach.

Yesterday, the Tigers announced that Joe Scott — head coach of Air Force last year — will become the 27th men’s basketball coach in Princeton’s history.

“I am tremendously excited to announce that Joe Scott will become the next men’s basketball coach at Princeton,” Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters said in a statement this afternoon. “Very few schools have the opportunity to appoint an alumnus of their university who was recognized as one of the top five coaches in the country this past season. His coaching job at Air Force was simply extraordinary.”

Scott guided Air Force to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 42 years this past season.

Scott played for Princeton’s legendary coach Pete Carril from 1983-1987. He later returned to New Jersey as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 1992-2000.

Thompson also served as a Princeton assistant from 1992-2000.

Scott will spend today traveling to Princeton and will be formally announced at a press conference tomorrow.

Walters added that Scott’s hiring “ensures that the unique genealogy of Princeton basketball that stretches back over 70 years will continue. Each successive coach was mentored either as a player or as a coach by someone within the Princeton basketball family.”

In his four years as Air Force’s head coach, Scott went 51-63. This past season, he led the Falcons to a 22-7 record, the team’s most wins ever.

“Joe Scott is a great leader and coach, and he’s obviously turned our basketbal Eibar.The pair didn’t train again on Friday and Zidane has admitted they’re not in a state to play.”It’s not that they’re injured, they’re not available to play,” Zidane said.”They’re going to go off with their national teams and then they have fivel program around,” said Brigadier General Johnny A. Weida, commandant of cadets at the Academy, in a press release. “More importantly, however, he’s had a huge impact on his players and the Academy in our number one mission area, developing officers of character to serve America and our Air Force.

“He’s laid a solid foundation for our basketball program that will serve us well for years to come.”

The Falcons have confirmed that they have hired an unnamed new coach who will be announced tomorrow.

ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting that Air Force assistant Chris Mooney will be Scott’s replacement. Katz says that Mooney — an All-Ivy player on Carril’s 1994 Princeton squad — has a clause in his contract which gives him the job if Scott should leave.

There will be a press conference at 11:30 a.m. in Colorado Springs, Colo. to make the announcement.

Scott grew up in New Jersey, attending Toms River East High School, where he scored a school record 1,550 points. He was also a football standout.

As a player at Princeton, Scott was quite successful.

He ranks fourth all-time in steals, eig his second spell at Chelsea Luiz often played long balls to Pedro, and created more ‘big chances’ than any ooring the possibility of signing former star Bakayoko on a season-long loan while also pursuing a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.Although the club are thought to favour a move for Kessie and are willing to match Milan’s £22.7m asking prither Premier League centre-back last season with 11.The Telegraph says Emery has told Luiz to aim for star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hth all-time in assists and 10th all-time in three-point shooting.

In his senior season, Scott was awarded the B.F. Bunn Trophy as the team’s top player.

After graduating in 1987, Scott attended Notre Dame Law School. He then went on to work for the law firm of Ribis, Graham & Curtin in Morristown, N.J.

Scott’s wife, the former Leah Spraragen, graduated Princeton in 1992. She was a four-year starter for the Tigers’ women’s basketball team.

Several reports cite that it was Mrs. Scott who urged her husband to move back to New Jersey.

Phanatic, Iverson Penn's first choices for speaker

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(This article appeared in the 4/5/04 joke issue)The fact that Penn settled for a dirty hippie instead of a sports figrevealed they tried to complete a deal for Hakim Ziyech in January.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join the Blues at the end of the season after the club agreed a £37million deal with Ajax.“We tried and it was not possible,” the Blues boss toure as its graduation speaker has left some students wondering how the University screwed this one up.

“We screwed this one up,” University President Judith Rodin sa attacker Nicolas Pepe admits he’s not met expectations.Pepe struck two late free-kicks, including one in stoppage time, to complete a 3-2 comeback against Portuguese side VitoriaGuimaraes.Yet despite his match-winning contribution, the 24-year-old aid on her failure to bring in a Philadelphia sports icon on two separate occasions. “Our first two choices didn’t exactly work out.”

Obviously, the first choice was the Phillie Phanatic — the large, green mascot who has been Drexel’s speaker for 14 years running.

“We really wanted the Phanatic,” Rodin said. “He exemplifies everything we would like in a graduation speaker: dedication to a cause and pride in the city. Plus, he transcends race and gender … you know, because he’s a Phanatic.”

While Rodin and her posse were hellbent on choosing the Phanatic, Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky disagreed.

“He doesn’t talk,” Bilsky said. “How can you have a speaker that doesn’t talk? That would be like fencing without a fence.”

Bilsky’s side gained the upper hand as talks with the Phanatic’s agent stalled.

“He’s too busy recovering from the trauma of the head-stealing scandal,” said Tony Attanasio, the Phanatic’s agent. “That’s a lot to handle when your nose and mouth are the same thing.”

With the deal dying a slow death, Attanasio agreed to send his client back north of Chestnut Street for a 15th straight year.

The Phanatic said nothing as usual, only shaking his oversized rear end in disgust at the prospect of entertaining Drexel “graduates” again.

After the Phanatic fiasco ended poorly, the University was quick to approach another candidate from the Philly sports scene.

Rodin was looking for a speaker with a positive attitude and a favorable view on race relations. Instead, she found basketball star Allen Iverson.

The administration quickly notified Iverson that no member of the Philadelphia Police Department would be present at the ceremony, nor would there be any mandatory practice for his speech.

With that being said, Iverson jumped on board, much to the delight of all parties on the University side.

Then, the unthinkable happened, after Iverson read the order of speeches for the graduation.

“They scheduled me to talk second,” Iverson said. “I don’t know any franchise player talk second. I don’t know Rangnick has opened the door to taking the technical director’s job at Manchester United.Rangnick was head coach and sporting director at RB Leipzig last year and is now head of sport and development at Red Bull, with responsibility for teams in Newany Olympian talk second. I don’t know any former MVP talk second. I don’t know any All-Star talk second. Why Allen Iverson talk second?”

Iverson immediately backed out of the gig to start sulking, leading to an outraged Rodin.

“Speak English, son,” Rodin said. “You don’t know any locker room cancer and detriment to his team who talks second.”

After the Phanatic’s dismissal and Iverson’s refusal, the University was left scrambling for a replacement. It found such a replacement in a second-rate washed up singer.

Oh, well. There’s always hope for next year. At least there better be, according to one irked junior.

“We better get somebody real in here next year,” junior Nameir Majette said. “Or else.”

Round one to Penn

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The raucous Palestra was silent for only one second all night.Penn had just regained the lead at 43-40 with six minutes and 20 seconds to go in the second half. Spencer Gloger, Princeton’s leading scorer, took a deep three from straightaway. The crowd thought it was true.It was not.On the ensuing rebound, Penn’s Jeff Schiffner got an open three-pointer from the left elbow in transition and capitalized. The Penn faithful exploded as the three put the Quakers on top, 46-40. The Tigers would never get that close again, as Penn won, 65-55, in the highly anticipated clash of Ivy League unbeatans.Princeton (10-8, 4-1 Ivy) would never recover in large part because of the superlative effort down the stretch of senior forward Ugonna Onyekwe.Following the three by Schiffner, Onyekwe hit a free throw and then put an exclamation point on the win with a two-handed slam dunk with 5:21 remaining — the points put Penn (13-5, 5-0) ahead, 49-40. The face of the normally stoic big man — who finished with 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting — snarled with emotion after the play.Onyekwe scored on another two-handed dunk to give Penn a 53-41 advantage and responded to a Konrad Wysocki three with another short jumper to put Penn up nine.”He just said, ‘I want the ball’ and when he got it, he did something real positive with it each and every time,” Penn coach Fran Dunphy said.”It’s Penn-Princeton,” Onyekwe said. “I definitely got up a little more for this game.”It was an emotional night for both victorious and vanquished.”I really have no explanation for it,” a visibly upset Gloger said of his 3-for-14 night from the field. He finished with 12 points in the game.The Quakers started off the night hot from the field, running the offense through Onyekwe and getting open shots as a result of Princeton having to double down.Sophomore guard Tim Begley and Schiffner each took advantage, hitting early threes to stake Penn to a 14-12 lead.Begley also took a page from the Princeton playbook getting open for a backdoor layup on a bullet pass from Toole.However Princeton hung tight throughout much of the first half. Guard Ed Persia hit a pair of three-pointers — one an unbelievable double clutch with no time on the shot clock to give Princeton the lead at 5-4. Those threes were two of only six field goals Princeton had at halftime, as Penn went into the intermission leading 27-19. Penn was unable to capitalize on Princeton’s offensive woes as, after the opening minutes, Onyekwe was doubled more consistently and the Quakers’ offense slowed. Gloger ans he’s in awe of the atmosphere a full Anfield can generate.Indeed, he says it’s matchday that he enjoys most about being in charge of the Reds.When asked what aspect of Liverpool he liked most, Klopp responded: “The stadium and the atmosphere.“Id Penn forward Koko Archibong were both scoreless in a sloppy offensive first half.Princeton rallied after the break when Archibong left the floor with his third foul just over two minutes into the second half — he would Silva has been answering questions on his future following a string of poor results.In particular he was asked about recent reports in the media over his future at Goodison Park.”I don’t waste my time, I don’t waste my focus thinking about that situ eventually foul out with no points.At that point Penn was leadingna.The job also involves managing MLS sister club Montreal Impact.Sabatini stepped down as Samp’s sporting director in April after a row with president Massimo Ferrero.His official unveiling will take place on Tuesday afternoon, while he should work , 31-21, but the Tigers, aided by Penn turnovers on four straight possessions, went on an 11-2 run.Gloger hit two free throws and a long three, center Konrad Wysocki scored a driving layup and Kyle Wente scored a breakaway layup to narrow Penn’s lead to 33-30. Wysocki then scored a basket and was fouled — letting out a primal scream on the floor — to bring Princeton within one. He would miss the ensuing free throw. The game went back and forth with each team holding no more than a two-point edge before Penn opened a three point lead at 43-40. Gloger then failed to connect and Schiffner — who finished with 18 points — did.Onyekwe did not need much more help after that. Surrounded by four guards after Archibong fouled out, the middle was wide-open for the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year.”He definitely hurt us,” Princeton coach John Thompson III said. “We had scrapped and fought and got back into it. We needed a couple better offensive possessions.”Actually, had Gloger made his three, Princeton might have only needed one better possession.

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.

t to have Cuco Martina to attend preseason.However

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The reassigned relievers and , catc counting on Eden Hazard helping convince Kylian Mbappe about a move to Spain this summer.While Florentino yesterday distanced Real from any immediate move for the PSG star, France Football reports Chelsea ace Hazard is in contact with Mbappe urging her , infielder and outn cross the ball as well as David Beckham.Manchester United legend Beckham made a name for himself as an expert in crossing, and Murphy sees the same ability in Reds fullback Alexander-Arnold.Murphy told talkSPOder.The Brazilian was superb in the number six role in Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.”Fab has been excellent,” Henderson said. “[It was] another good performance from him, he’s so good in that position. “I’ve played in that position for a whileRT: “Gareth Southgate’s got a massive hfielder to minor-league camp Sunday. Cleveland finalized its 25-man roster. 

of Jamaica internationally.Having recently penned

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shortstop was ruled out of this weekend’s three-game exhibition serier market work.Font has been critical of the current regime, especially when discussing their summer transfer business.”There was no need [to sign] Antoine GriezmannVillarreal have been hit by a heavy injury blow suffered by Alberto Moreno.The former Liverpool fullback broke down in training with an ankle injury.AS says Moreno is facing 8-10 weeks out.The defender missed the first game of the season due to a leg injury.Moreno joined the Yellow Submarine this summer on a Bosman from Liverpool.,” he told Radio MARCA.”Neymar’s time at Barcelona has already passed.”Font added thaes against the Giants as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury, reports erest in Genk hitman Mbwana Samatta is heating up.The Liverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers”>Daily ExpressLiverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers”> says Southampton are the latest Premier League side to show .com. He is scheduled to visit team doctors to determine his next course of action.Nakajima may begin the season on the disabled list, but manager Bob Melvin has yet to rule him out for Monday’s opener against the Mariners. “I do know he will not play in this series, and then after that I’m not 100 percent sure, but I’ll probably have a better indication after the game,” Melvin said.

Former Real Betis striker Ivan Perez hopes Dani Ce

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The announced Thursday reliever had successful reconstructive elbow (Tommy John) surgery. He will beginout the season ahead.Pereira is currently training hard in Perth, Australia, as part of a 28-man squad for Tour 2019, working closely each day with his good friends David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant. “I feel amazing,” Pereira told manutd.co his rehab Sed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba against claims the World Cup winner has ‘laid down the tools’.Critics believe Pogba, who is currently recovering from injury in Dubai, has not performed well this season on purpose after missing out on a movachester United midfielder Scott McTominay says he’s proud to maintaining the club’s academy traditions.United also fielded the youngest starting line-up in the Premier League this season, with the side that beat Brighton 3-1 last month boasting an avturday, but he will be out for the 2013 season.

Stan Musial uniform patch to feature ‘celebration’ colors

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Over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the most excellent Derrick Goold has the details on to honor the superlative Stan Musial, . Courtesy of the P-D, here’s a glimpse:

You’ll notice the absence of any “funereal black,” which is what typically adorns such patches. As Goold writes, that’s no accident:

There is no black in any of the three patches.

“Not that it wouldn’t have been appropriate,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said this week at the team’s spring training complex, “but we felt it should be colors that were more a celebration of a life.”

Goold goes on to note that Cardinal players will wear the patch on their left sleeves because one exec noted that would place it “closest to the heart.”

Even Musial’s autographs scrawl seems, well, happy and uplifting, Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has urged fans to get behind his stand-in Roberto.Roberto has come in for criticism for his displays in recent matches but Manuel avery in their upcoming games.The Hornets are rock bottom of the Premier League and need to go on a significant run of wins if they are to climb out of the drop zone.But Pearson believes that he has the quality in the squad to go on such a run, if thPellegrini is set to stick with the experienced Spaniard on Saturday.Fabianski is expectwhich is no accident, I’m sure. Consider this ais under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not fitting tribute to a truly great human being.

Zenga has been named new coach of Cagliari.Zenga r

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pitching prospect made his final start in the Grapefruit League Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Gausman went the first two innings without allowing a hit but came undone in the third. 

The top prospect gave up a single then an RBI triple to Aaron Hicks in the third inning and ultimately left after 3 2/3 having allowed three earned runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. His Grapefruit League ERA is 3.94. 

The 22-year-old Gausman had an impressive spring and lasted longer than super prospect Dylan Bundy in camp. That said, he is likely to be reassigned to minor-league camp and most likely will begin the year at Double-A Bowie. He could be in line for a call-up during the season and some believe he’ll make the majors before Bund have signed Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena on-loan to the end of the season.There is no option to buy included in the deal, while Betis will pay 100 percent of the 21-year-old’s salary during eague finale against Burnley.Emery admits some of his stars will need a break this weekend after reaching the Europa League final at Valencia.”We arrived home at 06:00 (on Friday) and we cancelled training because it’s important to rest,” he told.The Telegraph says Rashford is poised to sign a new contract at Manchester United worth an astonishing £250,000 per week.The 21-year-old striker will put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2023, with the optid arsthe loan spell.Barcelona’s idea is for Alena to returny.