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Penn track makes history throughout three days of competition in the 125th Penn Relays

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Even after 125 years, the Quakers proved they still had something to add to the storied legacy of the Penn Relays.

After a thrilling weekend of competition with over 15,000 participants from almost every level of track competition and countries all over the world, Penn track came away with one of its most successful performances in Relays history.

The Quakers did not waste any time making their presence known. In the College Women’s Championship of America Distance Medley Relay, the first of many Championship of America events, the Red and Blue came out on top.

The Quakers got a fast start from junior and 2019 NCAA Indoor runner-up Nia Akins in the the 1200-meter leg of the relay, separating herself from the pack on her third and final lap and giving Penn an early five second advantage.

Akins passed the baton to sophomore Uchechi Nwogwugwu, who proceeded to break her own Penn record in the 400 with a time of 52.22 seconds.

“I think every year I come to Penn Relays and something special happens to me,” Nwogwugwu said. “I run my season best every time I run here.”

While the other teams were able to close the gap a little on sophomore Melissa Tanaka and junior Maddie Villalba, the Quakers’ early advantage was simply too much for the other 14 teams in the field to overcome, as Villalba came down the final stretch well ahead of the rest of the teams.

“I was yelling ‘stay in the moment’ because it is hard when you are by yourself and the crowd is going crazy with the announcer yelling, ‘no Ivy team has ever done this before!'” coach Steve Dolan said.

“I needed [the stay in the moment call]. It was very grounding to come around every lap and know that I was going to get what I needed from coach,” Villalba said.

The Quakers would finish over three seconds ahead of second place Notre Dame in a performance that made them the first Ivy League women’s team to win a Championship of America relay.

The relay win was just the beginning for the Quakers on Thursday. Sophomore Camille Dickson won move to Wycombe Wanderers in League One.When Aarons found out that he was not a part of the 25-man Magpies squad for the Premier League, he knew that a loan move was his only option.It is when he decided that he would take on any opportunity that gavthe long jump college event, senior Rachel Lee Wilson placed sixth in the championship section of the hammer throw, and junior Maura Kimmel placed ninth in the shot put championship.

The excitement was not dampened by the rain on Friday, as sophomore Ashley Anumba placed second in the discus Championship of America and sophomore Cristian Constantin became the second Quaker of the weekend to win the long jump college event.

The Red and Blue came back on Saturday with plenty of chances to add wins to their already historic performance. After clearing 1.82 meters, senior Anna Peyton Malizia took home Penn’s second Championship of America win of the tournament.

The Quakers also took to the track for three different Championship of America relays. Despite Akins’ record-setting split of 2:02.33, the women placed fifth in the 4×800, while the men’s team finished sixth in the same event.

Facing a difficult battle in the women’s 4×400, the team of freshman Skyla Wilson, junior Cecil Ene, junior Elena Brown-Soler and Nwogwugwu broke the school record with a time of 3:35.43, finishing second to South Carolina.

“We were running against the national champs, so we knew we would have to chase,” Brown-Soler said. “Our goal was to go 3:35 to break our school record and beat our regional mark, and that’s what we did.”

In the field events, Penn also found success, getting a second-place championship finish from freshman Marc Minichello in the javelin throw and an says the 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long d fifth-place discus championship performance from sophomore Chudi Ikpeazu.

Even for the athletes who didn’t claim victories, the Penn Relays were still an incredibly special event for all involved.

“We get to p Didier Drogba.The Nigerian has been sensational in his first season with LOSC.He told France Football: “Didier Drogba, that’s my idol. In every sense of the term. For everything. The man, of course, and also the player he was. “I grew up watching hiractice in [Franklin Field] every day, but when you come for the Relays, it’s completely different. It’s a little bit intimidating, but we just tell ourselves this is our home, this is our track,” Brown-Soler said.

In an event with so much history and hype, it is safe to say that the 125th running of the Penn Relays will be remembered for years to come.

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.”

Princeton uses strong second half to pull away from Penn women's basketball

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It wasn’t supposed to go this way.

Coming off of two Ivy League victories, Penn women’s basketball hoped to secure another victory at the Palestra, this time against a Princeton team that the Red and Blue defeated . The Orange and Black, however, had other plans. Junior Bella Alarie, who put up 21 points in the last meeting between the schools, exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the visiting Tigers roll to a 68-53 win.

Despite a disappointing first quarter performance on the offensive end of the floor, Penn (18-5, 8-2 Ivy) was able to rely on characteristically solid defense to go into the first break trailing Princeton by just three points, 15-12.

When they were able to get shots off — the Quakers turned the ball over three times in the first period and struggled with shot clock awareness — they managed to hit at a 43 percent clip while holding their opponents to just 33 percent on 5-for-15 shooting.

Nevertheless, Princeton (16-9, 8-2) forced the Red and Blue into multiple tough, low-percentage shots. Senior forward Princess Aghayere’s early foul trouble made it difficult for Penn to establish an inside presence, and Alarie used all of her 6-foot-4 frame to cause problems in the paint for Penn’s Eleah Parker.

“[Alarie]’s too good,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “You have to try to make her work and play in a crowd a little bit more. We didn’t do that enough and in the second half we gave up way too many breakdown lobs to her.”

After Alarie blocked Parker under the basket, the sophomore center responded minutes later on the other end of the court to start a back-and-forth battle that would continue for the rest of the half.

The second quarter saw the Tigers quickly extend their lead to eight, forcing Penn to take a timeout with 6:18 remaining in the half. Ever-determined, the Quakers clawed back, forcing four turnovers in the process, to cut the lead to 24-23 after junior guard Phoebe Sterba hit her first three-pointer of the game

For the rest of the quarter, both teams found ways to make shots; as the buzzer expired to end the first half, Parker missed a short floater and Penn went into the half trailing 33-31.

The second half did not start according to plan for the Red and Blue. Alarie score says te full-back’s proposed £11million move from Albion to Palace on January deadline day was called off after medical examinations revealed a torn meniscus.Ferguson had an operation to repair the knee this week and will be further assessed at thed the Tigers’ first eight points of the third quarter before Penn could get on the board. Another Princeton run extended the lead to 43-31 and McLaughlin called a timeout to allow his team to reset.

“They came at us in the second half, and I don’t know if we responded as well as we’re going to need to down the road,” McLaughlin said.

The Quakers went cold — they went just 6-for-21 from the field in the third quarter — but eight offensive rebounds in the quarter alone led to 10 second-chance points. Seniors Ashley Russell and Princess Aghayere contributed seven points apiece to trim the deficit 50-46 as the teams went into the last period of play.

For the fourth time on the evening, the Red and Blue started a quarter slowly. They opened with two consecutive shot clock violations while giving up two straight buckets to the visiting Tigers.

The Princeton lead grew to 10 points when Alarie again converted inside, forcing Penn into a timeout with 6:05 remaining on the clock.

The Quakers tried everything to stop Alarie in the second half; they rotated Parker and Aghayere in addition to giving minutes to sophomore forward Tori Crawford and junior center Emily Anderson against Princeton’s star. When other Tigers stepped up — sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield converted a four-point play to take an 11-point lead with 5:32 left to play — the game’s result was all but determined.

“To beat a quality opponent, you have to be reallDembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the ty good in all areas,” McLaughlin said. “I don’t think that was the case tonight.”

Next up for the Red and Blue is a Friday evening home matchup with Harvard (14-9, 7-3), where Penn will look to rebound against a team to whom it on Feb. 16.

Parker had a double-double last time out against the Crimson, but she knows that there’s much to improve before the Red and Blue return to the Palestra.

“We played a tough one against Harvard last time, to get carried with his superb season so far.The Uruguayan midfielder has risen to prominence with Los Blancos of late, but he’s a quiet personality off the pitch.”I’m shy, I always try to respect people’s space, but I try to enjoy myself to the fulso we’re going to focus on our shooting and ways to score on offense,” Parker said. “We struggled from the perimeter, so we should pick that up, and definitely defense. That’s what we’re going to take away from this game for sure.”

The Quakers also play Saturday against Dartmouth (12-11, 5-5). They already hold a over the Big Green this season and will look to revisit that success.

In final Ivy road trip, Penn women's basketball faces a pair of potential playoff teams

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It’s crunch time.

This weekend will be a telling one for Penn women’s basketball, as the team gets ready for its second straight pair of road games. This time, it’s against the Ivy League’s joint-third place teams Harvard and Dartmouth.

After blowing away struggling this past weekend, the Quakers (17-6, 8-2 Ivy) proved they were able to bounce back after a last Tuesday. This weekend, they will be eager to continue their good form.

However, the competition will be much tougher, and the stakes even higher.

“Coming off of those wins was huge for us, but we know it’s gonna be a really tough weekend for us, probably one of the toughest we’ve had,” senior forward Michelle Nwokedi said. “So just getting mentally prepared, being the best we can, and just trying to execute will be key.”

One of the biggest components of the Quakers’ success this season is their consistent offensive output. Penn has scored 65 points or more in 15 of its 23 games so far this season, already a higher total than the three previous seasons with at least four games still to play.

Penn has also shown that it can push the score high, scoring more than 80 points in four of its games. In the team’s last two seasons, they only achieved this feat a total of three times.

“Our returning kids got ssive parts of Virgil van Dijk’s game.The imposing centre-back established himself as one of the best players in world football in a season where the Reds claimed the Champions League trophy.”What has impressed me the most with Virgil is that he’s coa little bit better over the summer, and we’re playing at a faster pace,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We’ve made open shots, and I think the addition of [freshman center] Eleah [Parker] in the middle is causing a lot of teams to crowd her, and it’s given our guards some good space.”

Unlike many other teams, the Red and Blue are not led by one star player. Instead, the scoring is fairly well split among the team’s starters.

Parker and Nwokedi lead the team with 11.9 points per game each, but all five starters average at least 7.7 points. With only a few points per game separating the starters, the Quakers have benefitted from one of the most even squads in the Ivy League.

“With this year, you never know who’s gonna be on,” Nwokedi said. “So many people have stepped up in different games, and in previous years it’s been one or two people leading the team, but we’re getting a lot of key contributions this year and it’s been helping us down the stretch.”

Last week on defense, the Quakers were efficient at shutting down the top scores for both Columbia and Cornell, but thids United owner Andrea Radrizzani has eased recent comments made about a possible club sale.The Italian businessman revealed in an interview that he had been approached ‘by more than 20 parties’ and that three of them were of particular interest.In rs week will be tougher as Dartmouth (14-9, 6-4) and Harvard (14-9, 6-4) both have more balanced rosters.

The Big Green have a trio of players averaging over 10 points a game and the Crimson’s starting five is the most productive in the Ivy League, so strong defense throughout the weekend will be essential for the Red and Blue to return to Philadelphia with two more wins.

However, Penn is the only one of these three teams to have seven players score over 100 points at this point in the season, a statistic that proves the Quakers’ depth and explosive bench.

Although the team only ranks fourth in the Ivy League in terms of points per game at 67.6, this year’s number is a dramatic increase from the last two seasons (61.3 and 62.5). Additionally, Penn currently averages more than league-leading Princeton, who fall just below at 67.4 points a game.

The Quakers had some of their lowest offensive efforts of the season against Princeton, where they scored only 95 combined points from the two games. If these contests are removed, Penn’s point average per game would rise to 69.5, good enough for second best in the Ancient Eight.

With the increased firepower of their offense, the Quakers are harder to beat this year than ever. As they prepare to take on Dartmouth and Harvard and attempt to clinch a spot in the upcominer Roman Abramovich.The former Blues manager returns to Stamford Bridge this weekend to face his former club.On Abramovich, Ancelotti said: “I probably spoke three times with Abramovich after leaving Chelsea. “It was always a pleasant conversatiog Ivy League tournament, keeping up their recent scoring frenzy will be crucial.

This weekend more than ever, it’s time for Penn to show what it’s made of.

HALFTIME: Penn men's basketball tied with Alabama at 35 in fast-paced affair

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It’s raining threes early in Tuscaloosa.

After a sloppy and fast-paced first half, Penn men’s basketball is tied, 35-35, with Alabama heading into the locker room.

The Red and Blue got the season started the right way, taking their first lead of the season on a three-pointer from junior guard Eddie Scott just one minute into the contest. The teams traded buckets for most of the first half, with the Quakers going on a late run to even the score.

As usual, Penn was led by the strong play of senior forward AJ Brodeur, who contributed 12 points and seven rebounds to go along with a dominant defensive half that saw him collect four blocks. With has moved to the Foxes from Luton Town.His eagerness to work under Brendan Rodgers is borne from the Northern Irishman’s ability to further the careers of highly-talented youngsters.He said: “Since Brendan [Rodgers] has come in, I could see the sp his 12 points, Brodeur reached double-digit scoring totals for the 25th consecutive game.

Also impressive for the Red and Blue was the play of freshman guard Jordan Dingle, who scored seven points and grabbed two steals to give Penn a much-needed spark.

Both teams struggled early with turnovers, as the two combined for 20 in the first half. Also clear was the emphasis on the three ball, as the teams combined for 32 attempts from deep, with the Red andcoach Mikel Arteta.The Spaniard was disappointed that his countryman left in the middle of the season for the Arsenal managerial position.But Guardiola knows that it was an incredible opportunity for Arteta.And he did not want to dwell on the exit wh Blue only connecting on 26.7%.

Alabama’s goal has been to puWatford have failed with an opening bid for Rennes winger Ismaili Sarr.The attacking midfielder is up for sale at Rennes, though the Hornets must up their first offer to land the youngster.A bid of €30m, reports L’Equipe, has been tabled and rejected by Rennes.The Ligue 1 outfit are seeking €40m to sell Sarr.Along with Watford, Newcastle United are also interested in the midfielder.sh the ball up the court, and so far, the Quakers have had no trouble matching the pace of the Crimson Tide.

Check out the full recap .

Buchta | Penn Athletics does well by its own with internal promotions

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Last week, Penn Athletics announced the elevation of assistant squash coach Gilly Lane to head men’s coach. It was just the most recent in a string of internal promotions and Penn Athletics alums rehired by the athletic department.

While performance on the field is one thing, the treatment of those invested in Penn Athletics is of equal importance. And time and again, Penn athletic directors — Grace Calhoun and her predecessor, Steve Bilsky — have shown willingness to reward their own.

Lane’s promotion is everything we should expect out of Penn. He played for the Red and Blue, succeeded professionally outside the University, then found his way back to campus as an assistant.

And his story is by no means unique.

Take swimming coach Mike Schnur, for example. The reigning Ivy Legaue coach of the year has been a fixture in University City for over 30 years, fmarket for potential additions.Abidal is the major driving force behind Barca’s push for Rennes teenage midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. The Ligue 1 outfit have quoted Barca over €100m to sell Camavinga this summer.Also on Abidal’s radar is AS Monaco irst as a student-athlete, then an assistant coachand now at the helm of his alma mater’s program.

Or the decision to make now-football coach Ray Priore the head coach-in-waiting under Al Bagnoli, rewarding the longtime defensive coordinator of over two decades on the sidelines at Franklin Field.

It speaks volumes that Calhoun — and Bilsky beforng back Neymar this summer from PSG – but will only kickoff negotiations after assurances.PSG have accepted it will be time to sell the Brazil captain at the end of this season and have slashed their asking price to an ‘affordable’ €150m.Barca prese her — have worked to reinforce a culture that keeps around those who bleed Red and Blue.

More than what it tells Penn Athletics staff, these moves are important for athletes as well. Not only do they build stability within programs — such as when baseball coach John Yurkow was elevated from assistant after the firing of John Cole in 2013 — but it belies a commitment to the people that make up Penn Athletics.

Perhaps most important is the way this has manifested itself even at the administrative level. As Calhoun has worked to reinvigorate student interest in sports, she made the decision last summer to make former wrestling coach Roger Reina the senior associate athletic director for external affairs.

Reina attested to the intrinsic value of bringing in staff with a Penn Athletics background in January.

“I came from when we didn’t charge for wrestling and we had a couple parents and the janitors might watch the match to where we had thousands of people coming in regularly,” he noted. “So absolutely, I know we can build fanbases, we’ve done it in the past and we’re in the process of doing it again.

“But we know it’s a different landscape to market effectively in.”

It makes a difference when you bring in a men’s basketball coach like Steve Donahue — who spent 10 years as an assistant here — or women’s basketball coach like Mike McLaughlin — who grew up, played and coached in Philadelphia prior to coming to Penn.

“Being a part of the Philadelphia area, I know what the Big 5 is… It means a lot because of where I’m from,” McLaughlin noted after taking home the city’s Coach of the Year award in March. He understands the value of the Big 5 and what it means to Penn basketball fans — because he grew up with it.

These coaches have an understanding of what Penn Athletics stands for, and they’re able to live up to its ideals because of it.

Grace Calhoun is building Penn Athletics the right way. dfielder Claudio Marchisio has hit out at those whom burgled his home at gunpoint. Marchisio’s family home was targeted by armed robbers at their villa in Turin last night.He posted to social media:“If you enter a person’s home to rob them, you’re

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.

McHugh adds to his legacy

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There are very few ways to better finish a collegiate career than being named an All-American.

And even fewer than earning the honor twice.

Senior Brendan McHugh capped his Quakers career in Seattle this weekend with two 14th place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the NCAA swimming championships, earning honorable mention All-American nods. He also placed 39th in the 200 individual medley with a personal best time of 1:47.57.

McHugh’s times in the breaststroke events, 53.03 and 1:55.82, were personal bests and school records.

“I didn’t go quite as fast as I wanted,” McHugh said, “but I’m still really happy.”

While McHugh’s finish was the best NCAA performance in program history, he could not outswim Princeton’s Jonathan Christensen, who currently holds the Ivy League breaststroke records. Christenson won the consolation final of the 100 breast and finished seventh in the 200.

McHugh said not beating Christensen “bothered me, but it wasn’t the end of the world. “I can only control what I do.”

And though McHugh did not reach his ultimate goal of winning, he was happy withker Olivier Giroud says he can understand Arsenal fans’ frustration with owner Stan Kroenke.On Monday, a group of 16 prominent supporters’ groups and bloggers signed a letter calling on Gunners owner Stan Kroenke to “reinvigorate” the club.Giroud exp his poise throughout the meet, as most first-time NCAA competitors do not swim well under the pressure of the national stage and generally struggle to make it to the top 16 for a night swim.

“To go there and duplicate your times and make it [to finals] is a lot harder than you might think it would be,” assistant coach Dan Schupsky said.

McHugh, however, swam in the finals of two events and said head coaches from Texas and Georgia both approached him to say how rare the accomplishment was.

“I was happy with myself that I didn’t choke,” he said.

Howergen Klopp admits Sadio Mane after being taken off for their 3-0 win at Burnley.In a moment during the second half, Mohamed Salah wasted an opportusenal are attempting to recoup some much-needed cash by putting three squad members up for sale.Arsenal will try and sell Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Carl Jenkinson.Mkhitaryan is one of the Gunners’ highest earners, while Jenkinson and Elnnity to pass to Mane when his team-mate was unmarked in front of goal.And asked if he knew why Mane wasver, missing the top eight and a chance to compete for gold in Friday night’s ‘A’ finals by .08 seconds was disappointing.

Schupsky said McHugh may have been “a little bit tense” before the swim. “That’s a little tiny tiny tiny disappointment in a fantastic list of accomplishments,” Schupsky said.

While the senior finished in the same place in both breaststroke events, he said his best night was Saturday, the final session of the meet.

“Cracking from 1:56 to 1:55 [in the 200 breast], even though it’s only two or three tenths, it still feels a lot faster, McHugh said. “I was definitely happiest about [that event].”

McHugh leaves Penn having rewritten the record books — he has six individual and four relay school records — and is excited to move on to training for Olympic Trials in June.

“This weekend gave me confidence moving forward,” he said. “A lot of confidence.”

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.”

M. Soccer: Back at full health, but is it too late?

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It’s good to be healthy, and for the first time in a couple of weeks, the Penn men’s soccer team is near 100 percent. Last week’s games against Dartmouth and Rutgers saw a few key players either out or stule United winger Christian Atsu says the players are eager to hear that Rafa Benitez has agreed a new deal.Atsu has called on the club to do everything to keep him in the long-term.He told the Mirror: “Rafa is more than a manager to us, the way he ck with limited minutes because of injuries.

Senior defender and captain Keith Vereb played just 53 minutes against Dartmouth and only came on in the second half against Rutgers on Wednesday. Classmate Derek Hobson sas season.His 12 wins, four defeats and one draw gave him an impressive 72.54 percentage of points won during his spell, but the humiliation against Ajax proved too much to handle for those at the Santiago Bernabeu.Then came Zinedine Zidane who accumuw just 34 minutes of action off the bench that game.

Missing from action against the Scarlet Knights were junior midfielder Alex Grendi and freshman forward Tobi Olopade. While not a starter, Olopade can usually be counted on to see his fair share of minutes in games.

Coach Rudy Fuller attributed the injuries to the usual wear and tear of the season. He added that “because Rutgers was our last nonconference game of the season, we saw it as an opportunity to rest some guys who were a little banged-up.”

After the home win against Yale on Saturday, Fuller also decided to skip practice yesterday to help the team re Roberto Pererya has withdrawn from the Argentina squad for the international break.The winger was substituted in the first-half of the game at Carrow Road on Friday evening due to a right hamstring problem.He was due to face Brazil and Uruguay in gast for this Saturday’s tough road matchup at Brown.

Help from the bench. Saturday’s game against Yale had Mike Klein, Andrew Ferry and Jeff Livingston all playing in reduced time. Fuller said he is “lucky to have such depth on the team” that he can afford to rest players.

Freshman Loukas Tasigianis has been a great spark, and he now leads the team with four goals on the year. His stellar play as of late (three goals in his last four games) earned him a starting spot on Saturday.

But Fuller also has solid options up front with Richard Frank, Klein, Ferry, Olopade and Omid Shokoufandeh.

In particular, Shokoufandeh has seen his minutes and contributions steadily increase from the beginning of this season.

And Lee Rubenstein, who barely played at all last year, is making an impact off the bench on defense and also as a spot starter.

With all of these options and possible lineups, Fuller is very optimistic that his team will be able to stay fresh and healthy through its final four contests.

Just win, baby. If the Quakers wants to capture the Ivy title and the playoff berth that eluded it last year, it looks like winning out may be the only good chance.

At this point, it’s a four-horse race – through three Ivy games, Brown is in the driver’s seat with nine points while Dartmouth has seven. Penn and Harvard are tied with six.

But Harvard’s loss came to Brown, and its two toughest remaining games (Penn and Dartmouth) are at home. It seems very likely that both the Bears and the Crimson will win out (sorry, Dartmouth).

So right now, it looks like the Quakers can’t afford not to win and need Brown to drop one for a shot at the title.

Excuse me, may I have another shot please?

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Although it took nearly 20 minutes of basketball for Saint Joseph’s to suck the drama out of its 84-74 win over Penn on Saturday, three momentum-changing plays can really tell the whole story.

The Quakers had closed to within five at 54-49 around the midway point of the half, and Ahmad Nivins threw up one of just three misses of the day. But Rob Ferguson moved in for the tip, which did not fall, and Nivins cleaned up the mess for the bucket.

Ninety seconds later, Ferguson followed his own shot and converted a layup. Then after Stephen Danley’s bad inbounds pass, D.J. Rivera got an easy layup and an 11-point lead when Danley played the pass on the 2-on-1.

Finally, after the Quakers closed to within five with just over a minute left, Pat Calathes launched a three with just a second to go on the shot clock. But there was no box-out on the shooter, and Calathes got his own rebound and dished to a streaking Nivins for the easy basket and the foul.

So just when it seemeys Barlow is also poised to complete a season-long loan move to Norwegian side Tromso.Salford-born Barlow, 19, was expected in Norway yesterday.The midfielder’s deal could be confirmed some time on Tuesday. Barlow was a regular with United’s U23 teamd that the Quakers were not giving up second-chance points after intermission, they were giving up third-chance points.

Of the 16 missed field goals and live-ball free throws in the half at that endrs believe they will be counting Kylian Mbappe as a teammate next season.The France striker is a top summer target for Real Madrid and has also been linked with Manchester City in the French press this week.La Sexta says PSG players are convinced Mba of the floor, the Hawks collected 11 offensive rebounds, while Penn only had five

defensive boards.

“I think [the disparity was] due to lack of boxing out,” Quakers forward and tri-captain Mark Zoller said. “We weren’t disciplined, and they just came and attacked the offensive glass and got a lot of easy buckets.”

But that was not the case over the course of the entire game. The first half saw the Quakers get the better of the glass, taking a 19-15 rebounding advantage into the locker room.

In the second half, though, the Hawks’ size and power were too much for the Quakers to handle. Power forwards Nivins and Ferguson, at 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-8, as well as 6-foot-10 “power guard” Calathes combined for all nine of the second-half offensive boards not scored as team rebounds.

Overall, the Hawks grabbed 35 rebounds to the size-challenged Quakers’ 29.

“That was the main focus at halftime,” said Calathes, who along with junior guard Brian Grandieri finished with a game-high 23 points. “We were playing really soft in the first half, and with the way we came out in the second half, that was one of the main reasons we won the game.”

“It wears you down a little bit,” Penn coach Glen Miller said. “They’re a physical team offensively as well as defensively. They’re athletic, and they got to the glass.”

Penn has now been outrebounded in 10 of its 17 games wsts he won’t push for a move to Arsenal.Sousa asn’t been seen in English football since he was sacked by Leicester City in 2010 after just three months in charge. “I’m fine here, focused on everything I can control,” said Sousa.”It’s me who makes theith one tie.

On Saturday, the Hawks took advantage and, on two separate stretches, scored on of 11 of 12 possessions and 17 of 20.

And when it seemed the Quakers had a chance to slow the Hawks’ momentum after a missed shot, too often, there was another shot coming. Or sometimes two more.

Big Red presents big challenge to Quakers

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When College junior Matt Valenti steps onto the mat in the Palestra tomorrow afternoon, he will be the only Quaker competing against his opponent for the second time this season.

The 133-pound bout between No. 10 Valenti and No. 14 Mike Mormile of Cornell is one of the highlights of the weekend between the top two Ivy League wrestling teams. They last met in December, when Valenti beat Mormile at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

Tomorrow, No. 22 Penn will challenge No. 13 Cornell in a match that will likely decide the league title. The Quakers (mbele, valued at £70million by Lyon, has shown his admiration for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.”Yes, it’s true that Tottenham is a great team, it’s a big club,” he told Telefoot.”They finished fourth in their league, they’re finalist in the Champions 9-3, 2-0 Ivy) will follow up with Columbia (4-5, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon.

Penn and Cornell (5-4, 1-0) have combined to win every Ivy League title since the 1986-87 season, as Penn has six outright titles to Cornell’s 11 in that span.

In addition to Valenti’s rematch, Friday will feature two bouts pitting ranked opponents against each other. Senior No. 18 Mike Silengo will wrestle No. 5 Troy Nickerson at 125 pounds, and No. 20 Gene Zannetti will attempt to take down No. 5 Dustin Mannotti at 157. Cornell also features ranked wrestles in the 165-, 184- and 197-pound categories.

The opportunity to win an Ivy title certainly has the team excited. In addition, if it can beat Cornell, it will the first time the Quakers have defeated a ranked opponent since taking down West Virginia in January ofre completely outclassed by PSG.Real slumped to a 3-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.A brace from Angel di Maria and a late third from Thomas Meunier saw Thomas Tuchel’s side take all three points at the Parc des Princes.”They we 2004. In fact, all three Penn losses this year are to ranked opponents.

“We try not to think of numbers and rank,” Valenti said. “We have a team with enough talent that if we wrestle our best, we can beat a team ranked higher than us, like Cornell.”

Some wrestlers, including Valenti are using the excitement and potential of the matchup to get themselves prepared.

“We’re just trying to keep the energy up and positive attitude overall,” he said. “You know we’re all very excited — that kind of comes with the match and the rivalry.”

Other wrestlers, like Silengo, don’t want to get caught up in the rivalry furor.

“I think it kind of helps to think of it as any other match,” he said.

While coach Zeke Jones certainly recognizes and appreciates the intensity of the Cornell match, he’s focused on winning two this weekend and says he must be prepared for both.

“My approach has been, since they’re already focused on it, why bring more attention to it?” Jones said. “We certainly have to realize we are wrestling two teams this weekend.”

While Columbia is definitely not the wrestling powerhouse Cornell is, the Quakers can’t wrestle lackadaisically against the Lions and expect to win.

This will be the 102nd meeting between Penn and Columbia, the third-most matches between any two schools in collegiate wrestling. Columbia features the No. 7 wrestler, Matt Palmer, in the 174-pound weight class and has some solid wrestlers in lighter weight classes as well.

The Quakers are looking forward to finishing out the regular season with four matches at the Palestra. Penn has only had three dual meets at home this season while nine have been on the road.

“I think in any sport home court advantage is always health,” Jones said. “Sleep in your own bed, eat your own food, go through yoract with Chelsea.Loftus-Cheek has signed a new five-year contract.”I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years. It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer,” he said.ur own same patterns.”

Hall of Fame honors

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Penn alumnus and retired NFL player Joseph Valerio makes the first of two inductee remarks at the fifth annual Penn Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Homecoming weekend. Tity boss Pep Guardie is on the brink of joining Jiangsu Suning.Sources close to Wales’ record goalscorer confirmed reports in Spain that although not yet finalised, a move is “very close”.The Welshman is set to put pen to paper on a £20million-a-year contract with Juaola was angry about questions regarding financial fair play after their FA Cup final triumph over Watford.The 6-0 demolishing of Watford at Wembley on Saturday added the FA Cup to last weekend’s Premier League title and February’s welve former Penn athletes were inducted at the ceremony, which was held at the Inn a.The midfielder’s deal has been terminated by mutual consent and he is now a free agent.”Last summer the directors told me to look for another club, since I was no longer part of their plans,” he told Globo Esporte.“It was towards the end of the mat Penn.

Ready to make history

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Some things change. Others do not.

When Bob Shoop accepted the head coaching position at Columbia two years ago, many felt the Yale graduate would be able to inject some much-needed life into Columbia’s notoriously underperforming football program.

The Lions showed signs of improvement in Shoop’s inaugural season. With a 4-6 record, Columbia remained in the hunt for second place in the Ivy League up to the final game of the season.

But if the first four games of the 2004 season are any indication, things have returned to normalcy at Baker Field.

At 0gen Klopp paid tribute to RB Salzburg after last night’s Champions League win.The Reds won 2-0 in Austria to reach the round of 16 – while Salzburg now enter the Europa League.Afterwards, Klopp said of their opponents: “I have total respect for what -4, the losing epidemic appearsliam D’Avila has confirmed Valencia, Sevilla and Real Betis have submitted offers.Onyekuru spent last season on loan at Galatasaray and his agent revealed he could return to Turkey next season.Speaking to Radyospor, D’Avila said: “For Henry, we’ve to have infected the Upper West Side of New York once again.

Nonetheless, Columbia’s record may be slightly deceiving.

Two of its home losses — a 17-14 defeat by Fordham and a 27-26 overtime nail-biter against Princeton — were decided in the final minutes of the game. Shoop’s other two losses, a 42-13 drubbing by Bucknell and a 35-14 defeat by Lafayette, have been less auspicious.

After a 32-25 double-overtime victory last week against Bucknell, Penn will look to continue its quest for an Ivy League championship today.

If any Quakers fear a Homecoming letFriday.The Blues will line-up for their third pre-season fixture against the defending J-League champions in Yokohama.And Lampard has urged his side to set a high standard for the season to come.”They are a team that are champions in their league, a down, they have shown no signs of it.

“I think Homecoming is going to be a big game for us,” Penn senior wide receiver Dan Castles said.

“You never want to underestimate Columbia. I think they’re a pretty good team. They played a lot of teams tight this year. Just because they’re struggling a little bit doesn’t mean they’re not a good team. We’re definitely taking them seriously.”

Penn coach Al Bagnoli echoed Castles’ sentiments, also stressing that in order to achieve their goal of an undefeated Ivy League season, the Quakers must improve significantly.

“We made enough mistakes last week,” Bagnoli said. “I don’t think that anybody thinks that we’re near a finished product. I would be very disappointed” to see a letdown.

Penn’s defensive unit will be looking to shut down a balanced Columbia offense that is averaging 16.8 points per game on the season.

At the forefront of Penn’s focus will be Columbia quarterback Jeff Otis.

Otis has completed 69 of 119 passes for 670 yards and three touchdowns, a completion percentage of 58 percent.

At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, the Chesterfield, Mo., native excelled last year in a 31-7 loss to Penn at Baker Field. The current senior was successful on 24 of his 43 passing attempts, ending the day with 224 yards and one touchdown strike.

But Otis also threw two interceptions, a tendency that appears to have followed him into the 2004 season.

In addition to his three touchdown passes this season, Otis has thrown four interceptions.

On the defensive end, Columbia has struggled mightily in its four losses.

The Lions are giving up an average of 31.7 points and have failed to stop the running game.

Shoop’s porous rush defense is conceding an average of 224.3 yards on the ground, a statistic that has surely made Penn running back Sam Mathews salivate during this week’s preparation.

But Mathews will have to be aware of senior defensive tackle Mike Quarshie, who is leading the Lions with an impressive 14 tackles for losses.

The Lions’ pass defense has been better, giving up an average of 145.8 yards through the air, a statistic that suggests Penn may opt for the run rather than give emerging star quarterback Pat McDermott — who threw for an impressive 384 yards last week — the opportunity to air it out.

Shoop offered no victory guarantee in this week’s preparation as he did before last year’s game. But according to Castles, Penn will need no extra incentive.

“We just want to win the Ivy League championship,” Castles said.

“That’s enough motivation for us.”

W. Tennis opens home schedule triumphantly

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Injuries can be disastrous, especially in an individual sport such as tennis. However, true athletes have the ability to overcome such personal struggles and pull off amazing feats in the spirit of teamwork.

Even with a persistent abdominal injury, senior tri-captain Shelah Chao didn’t let anything stand in her way last Saturday during the Quakers’ first home match of the spring, a 5-2 victory over Virginia Commonwealth.

The Red and Blue matched up with a Rams team that has a roster of just seven players. But all seven hail from different countries, not one of which is the United States.

Leaving it all out on the court, Chao fought through tough matches on both the singles and doubles courts.

“My stomach has really been bothering me lately. But it felt good today, so I was really excited,” said Chao.

Chao joined forces with Julia Krenkie de Jong admits he was worried his move to Barcelona would fall through.Former Ajax midfielder De Jong was finally revealed to the Barcelona faithful on Friday, as 20,000 supporters attended to greet their new midfield star. “Barcelona were alwoulbitskaya to form a brand new doubles pair in the No. 1 position. In their first time playing together, the duo beat VCU’s previously undefeated team of Cristina Arribas and Olga Borisova, 8-6.

This victory was especially significant for Penn (3-1) since the Rams’ pair had gone undefeated for the entire 2004 season, granting them a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Raluca Ciochina and Michelle Mitchell had another notable 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles over the team of Marianna Yuferova and Camille Ripert, which secured the Quakers the doubles point.

In singles action, Chao came out on top once again in an exciting match against Arribas. After taking the first set 7-5, Chao won the first game of the second set with a powerful overhead smash, and was well on her way to victory.

She was able to skillfully execute her serves, which she claimed really helped her win both of her matches.

“My serve was able to really bail me out today,” she said.

Koulbitskaya won an impressive match against fellow Russian player, Yuferova, who came into the match ranked No. 46 in the cou Aubameyang should be sold this summer.Either or both of the forwards may be looking for a move anyway if Arsenal again fail to qualify for the Champions League.”Key decisions need to be made [with Aubameyang and Lacazette],” Keown told Goal. “Are thntry. After winning a decisive third game in the second set, Koulbitskaya continued to wear down her opponent and never looked back.

Junior Sara Schiffman prevailed at the No. 6 position over Camille Ripert of Lourmarin, France.

For the second week in a row freshman Michelle Mitchell finished off the day winning a tie-breaker — this time against the six-foot Bulgarian, Viktoria Konstantinova, in the No. 4 position.

“I was feeling dejected in the first set,” Mitchell said. “I just felt like I had no rhythm. But then in the second set, I just started hitting higher balls and tried to take [Konstantinova] off her game. She started to get frustrated and I got more c to Manchester United next weekend.Negotiations between the Toffees and Pereira’s current club, Shanghai SIPG, have been ongoing over the past seven days.Sky Sports says Everton want the talks to be concluded prior to Sunday’s visit to Old Trafford.Ionfidence.”

Penn coach Michael Dowd was very impressed with the way his team played against an experienced and diverse Virgina Commonwealth team.

“We played tough. We looked a little bit more seasoned out there. I am very proud,” Dowd said after the match.

The Red and Blue takes on Maryland Saturday at the Levy Pavilion at 10 a.m.