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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn Athletics Weekend MVP: Tim Graul

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To assumed they would be hosting a lot of non-football events at the stadium as a way to pay off the building costs.They will be hosting several NFL games from next season, while the Saracens will play a Premiership match there every year from 2020 forpick just one star from Penn baseball’s four-game demolition of bitter rival and defending Ivy League champion Princeton — a series that saw the Quakers take four wins by a combined score of 35-12 — seems like it’d be a crime. But even in a weekend full of standout performances, the consistent offensive dominance from senior outfielder Tim Graul stood out from the pack.

With the Quakers trailing the first-place Tigers by only one game ihe club.Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as an on-field leader and he’s already barking out instructions on the pitch and urging for more from his teammates.And according to McTominay he is like that in training as well and takes tn the Lou Gehrig Division standings entering the weekend, every contest would be crucial as these longtime foes battled for that top spot. Graul wasted no time making a major impact in each and every game.

In the series opener, the senior produced his most clutch effort of the year in a instant classic game, poking a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning of what was initially planned to be a seven-inning game as part of a 2-for-5 effort in a crazy 5-4 win. The second Saturday contest saw an eerily similar stat line — though there were no walk-off heroics, Graul did go 2-for-4 at the plate, scoring two of his team’s three runs in a called recruiting Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo for Sporting CP.Ronaldo celebrates turning 35 today and it was Pontes who set him on his way when signing him for Sporting as an 11 year-old.He told TMW: “I am proud to see him as a footballer and as tight 3-1 victory that gave Penn sole possession of first place.

As for Sunday’s games? With Penn winning the two contests by a combined 20 runs, Graul’s offensive output wasn’t quite as necessary, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. The first game saw the defending Ivy League Player of the Year reach base four times in five plate appearances (two hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch) en route to a three-run, two-RBI effort.

In the series finale going up against Princeton star Ben Gross, who led the Ivy League in ERA entering the afternoon, Graul spearheaded a fantastic team offensive effort that bounced the Tigers’ ace from the game after not even three innings. The senior’s stat line: 4-for-5, three runs, three RBI, a double and a triple, as he saved the best for last in a 10-2 win.

For those too lazy to do the math, here are his numbers for the weekend: 10-for-17 at the plate, a .632 on-base percentage, six RBI, eight runs and, most importantly, four wins. Thanks to Graul’s heroics, the Red and Blue find themselves with a two-game lead over Cornell in prime position to take their first Ivy League title in 22 years — and for that, he’s the Penn Athletics Weekend MVP.

Neumann records first-half hat trick in Penn men's soccer's 5-0 win over Drexel

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It took them seven games, but Penn men’s soccer finally gothe bench for defeat to Real Betis.Bale is expected to leave Madrid this summer after six years with the club and had hoped to say farewell to home fans today.But Zidane prevented such a moment for the Welshman and argued afterwards: “It’s true, I hav it done in regulation Saturday. Emphatically.

After getting their first win of the season against La Salle in double overtime last week, the Quakers were looking to put their recent stretch of overtime battles behind them as they welcomed Drexel to Rhodes Field on a perfect night for soccer.

When the dust settled, the result was picture perfect for the Quakers. Senior Alec Neumann had a hat trick by halftime and the Red and Blue never looked back, adding goals from Sam Wancowicz and Sam Hefter in a commanding 5-0 blowout of the Dragons(1-5-2).

The sheer amount of goals was a departure from the previous six games this year, during which the Quakers (2-1-4) managed only a total of seven goals. As Penn coach Rudy Fuller put it, “I don’t think we were shooting any differently. You just have nights like this where you take your chances. And we were due.”

Penn most certainly was due for some offensive production; they entered the game as the Ivy League leaders in shots, but third worst in goals per game. That changed on Saturday in a big way.

“All five were good team goals. … I think that what we really harped on this week was winning the box: being first, being aggressive … and I think that paid off tonight,” Neumann said.

It paid off handsomely for Neumann, whose hat trick came in a span of 17 minutes in the first half. He seemed to be in the right place at the right time all game, finding the ball with space in the box early and often. His positioning was key on his first goal, which was less about him finding the ball and more the ball finding him. Either way, he pounced on the opportunity when the ball squirted out of a asing a deal for West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez.The Mirror says Rodriguez has an escape clause in his West Brom contract, which means he can leave for just £5million this summer because they failed to win promotion last season.This has alerted Wildmad scramble in front of goal in the 23rd minute.

He didn’t have to wait long to get a second — under two minutes — when a scintillating run by freshman Dami Omitaomu ended with an assist for him and a second goal for Neumann. Omitaomu is the one of five players — and the only freshman — to have started all seven games.

“It’s a great feeling,” he said. “Clicking with the team, trying to get goals, trying to help the team win. … It’s really boosted my confidence. It’s a good feeling.”

The third came sts there’s no chance of the Real Madrid attacker returning to Tottenham.Bale’s situation is again the topic of debate after he was snubbed for Real’s defeat of Atletico Madrid on Saturday, with the Welshman not even making the squad.However, his ageon from a great piece of midfield play from the Quakers. After forcing a turnover at midfield, sophomore Gideon Metrikin played a tantalizing through ball to — guess who — Alec Neumann, who stepped around the last defender and applied the finish.

The second half followed much of the same script on the score sheet, but the game took a bit of a nasty turn for a sequence or two. A series of hard tackles and dangerous challenges between Drexel’s Colin McGlynn and Penn junior Sam Wancowicz led to a yellow card for the Drexel midfielder.

Much to the consternation of the Drexel players and fans, the referee saw nothing wrong with Wancowitz’s role in the play. Continuing the theme of “winning the box,” the Quaker right back promptly scored a goal eerily similar to the first one, finishing off another scramble in front of net with a Penn goal.

The Drexel frustrations which had begun to boil over in the McGlynn-Wancowicz tussle continued five minutes later as Jameson Detweiler was booked for another hard foul on Wancowicz.

In the 86th minute, freshman and Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week Sam Hefter finished the scoring by heading home a Brandon Bartel free kick. It was Bartel’s second assist of the night.

“I think we’ve gotten better each game. I think we’re learning that the next step is all effort… just putting in the effort and time [in practice],” Neumann said.

And this time, they got the result.

Gymnastics Issue | Consistency could spell title defense for Penn

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Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

This is essentially how Penn gymnastics approaches each upcoming routine, practice and season, except with one key caveat. The twist? The Quakers expect the exact same result year-in and year-out.

In the past five years, that resuls has been the Ivy Classic title. Since the 2010-11 season, the Red and Blue have taken home three of the last five de facto Ancient Eight crowns. In turn, Penn gymnastics has become synonymous with success.

During his 10 years with the program, coach John Ceralde has built a team with a tradition of winning and a core value of consistency. In practice, that means performing clean routines with sharp technique each day. At meets, that means performing for the judging panel like you do in practice. Broaden the timeframe and that translates to winning three Ivy Classics in the past five years.

If anything about the Quakers’ gymnasts is clear, it’s that they’ve been nothing but consistent. Down at Rockwell Gymnasium, winning championships is a way of life.

“The idea is that we just want to continue our winning traditions,” Ceralde said. “So we just want to be consted for Andy Lonergan over his Reds contract.The pair spent three seasons vying for the goalkeeping jersey at Bolton Wanderers before both leaving the club at the end of their contracts in 2015.“I’m very, very happy for him,” the Hungarian told theistent.”

Even though the Quakers enter the 2015-16 season as the ones to beat in the Ivy League, they are far from complacent. Rather, they’re hungry. For Ceralde and his team, adding just one Ivy Championship ring to their fingers is not enough.

“We definitely want to challenge ourselves and try and be a better team and qualify for NCAA’s,” Ceralde said.

Amongst the gymnasts, the desire to get better is just as strong.

“We just got our rings, which was motivating for everyone,” junior floor specialist Rachel Graham said. “Our freshmen got to see that, and everyone is so excited going into season knowing that we’re strong and training hard.”

Senior captain Emily Paterson concurred. “We’re coming out of the gate ready. We’re excited.”

In the meantime, the Quakers will have to temper some of that enthusiasm, as the bulk of the meet season is still two months off. Savmpressed in training.The new signing for the Hornets is in line to make his debut against West Ham United at the weekend.And Capoue has been impressed with what he has seen from the 21-year-old Senegalese forward.Speaking to the club website, he saide the intra-squad Red vs. Blue meet on Dec. 4, Penn will not compete against another team — Ivy or otherwise — until the Lindsey Ferris Invitational against George Washington on Jan. 17.

In a conference where the champion is often decided by mere tenths of a point, matches and titles can be won or lost in the details. Thus, every so often the team treats its practice like a meet to prepare for the high-stakes environment gymnastics competitions entail.

“We do little mini mock-meet sort of events,” said assistant coach Kirsten Strausbaugh, a 2013 Penn gymnasti taken a swipe at Victor Font.Font has launched his campaign to unseat Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu at this year’s club elections.And on social media, Font’s campaign organisers encouraged socios to “get to know” his plans by directing them tcs graduate. “At the beginning of practice we will warm up like in competition, and they will have to present like they would in competition so that pressure factor kind of goes into practice in general before meets just to prepare them mentally.”

With luck, the feeling of excelling in a competition environment is just as engrained to the Quakers as their routines are in each gymnast’s muscle memory. And given last year’s narrow .300-point win over Brown at the Ivy Classic, it appears that those meet simulations are paying off for the Red and Blue.

“Everyone has the potential to do really well, but it’s who does the best on that day,” senior Amber Hu explained.

“It really comes down to consistency.”

Fourth-place finish in DC reflects strong early start for Penn gymnastics

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While most winter sports begin missing captain Steve Cook over the Christmas period with a fractured wrist.The centre-half fractured his wrist after blocking a cross against Tottenham last Saturday.And having yesterday consulted a specialist, the Hastings-born star will be requirthe season well before the frost hits, one squad began their season with the cold front that just moved in this past weekend.

This weekend, Penn gymnastics made its season debut at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in the nation’s capital. Hosted by George Washington, the competition featured five competitive teams and signaled the start to a new year and a new season.

“I think we did pretty good,” coach John Ceralde said. “We went 190.625, so not a bad outing at all.”

The Quakers’ team score landed them fourth of the five teams — a strong showing for the Red and Blue’s first competition, especially with a few shakes early on.

By crossing the 190-point mark, Penn showed a strong first performance and reason to think that the team will be even better than it has been in the past few years.

Penn began the meet on beam, where the top scores produced a team total of 46.725, the lowest of the four event scores for the Quakers on the day. Despite a strong finish to the event, the first few routines on beam were not without some “first meet jitters.”

“We had a slow start on beam but we picked up at the end,” Ceralde said. “Simple mistakes like falls, but they finished strong on the event.”

The Red and Blue continued strongly not only on the other events, but also by the end of the first rotation on the balance beam.

After beam, the squad traveled to floor where they scored the highest event score of 48.500.

“Our best event was floor, we were pretty strong there,” Ceralde said. “We were consistent on floor, just small things we need to take care of for our next meet, but they did pretty good just being consistent.”

This was reflected in the performance of sophomore Kyra Levi, who tied for seventh on floor with two tenths of deductions, a 9.800 score.

The Quakers kept their momentum moving as they finished out the meet on vault and then beam, scoring 48.125 and 47.275, respectively. Headlining the scores on vault were senior Morgan Venuti and sophomore Ally Podsednik, as they tied for 10th with scores of 9.675.

“Freshman Morgan Hunker stepped up on vault,” Ceralde said. “She scored 9.600 in her first collegiate competition performing a Yurchenko layout.”

Roma are due a windfall from Liverpool after their Champions League final triumph.Liverpool will have to pay a little more to Roma now they have won the Champions League for a sixth time.Mohamed Salah and Alisson starred on Saturday night as the RedIn addition, Levi and senior Elyse Shenberger also tied at ninth place on bars with scores of 9.725.

While the Quakers finished fourth, the home team took the crown scoring 195.425. Cornell and Temple, two foes well known to the Red and Blue, also beat Penn this weekend, scoring 194.025 and 191.375 each.

Rounding out the Invitational wasgoalscorer Todd Cantwell was delighted with victory at Everton.Cantwell, who opened the scoring on Merseyside, knew just how important not conceding was to City in their quest for a first win since mid-September.“It’s a fantastic result. We came in North Carolina, unable to surpass the Quakers with their score of 188.925. Despite the placement of the Red and Blue, it was a strong start.

“The idea is to build upon what we established here,” Ceralde said.

“We just need to work on being consistent, that’s it.”

Penn sends two to All-American tennis tournament

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For the first time in program history, Penn women’s tennis is sending a doubles team to the main draw of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships.

Sol Eskenazi starts competition Tuesday at UCLA with pre-qualifying singles matches. Then on Thursday, Eskenazi and Jules Rodin begin doubles main draw play.

Eskenazi and Rodin are the first Penn players to be invited to the All-American tournament since Connie Hsu in 2010, and the first Quakers doubles pairing to receive an automatic bid in team history.

“I’m very, very excited and I hope that we represent Penn and show them what we have,” said Rodin, who will meet Eskenazi in California on Wednesday afternoon.

Since the Quakers duo is one of just 24 doubles pairs in the country to be selected to the main draw, Rodin and Eskenazi don’t yet know whom they will face Thursday. Teams are playing qualifying rounds this week to join the existing 24.

“[We’ve] definitely [been] trying to focus on doubles more and doing certain types of drills that will help play to our asschester United.The 18-year-old was on the fringes of the first team this season and managed two appearances from the bench under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Barcelona reportedly have an interest in the midfielder, but Gomes wants to emulate teammate Jesse Lets, plana to commit to Los Angeles FC.The SD Aucas defender, who was on-loan with Willem II last season, had an offer from Barca to sign with the B team.Sport says he’s turned down Barça and will sign with Los Angeles on a four-year deal. One of the reasony to our strong suits,” Rodin said.

She added that they are “both good whenever we’re serving and the other one’s at net,” and said this week’s focus has been on capitalizing in those areas.

Eskenazi and Rodin, currently ranked No. 35, will play their doubles matches at the Rivieger Pep Guardiola.Stones received an earful from his boss on the touchline during their 5-1 win over Atalanta in the Champions League.City maintained their winning start in the group thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.But Stones hra Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which has been the home of the All-American Championships for the past 28 years.

Doubles finalists and consolation champions earn a spot in the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., in November. SEE ALSO:

Difficult stretch a reality check for youthful Softball roster

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

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

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

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

Coach Leslie King is taking it all in stride.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M. Golf | A new chip off the old Blodgett

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This spring, the men’s golf team has a winning formula that seems to be equal parts new and old.

The new starts at the top. The University hired coach Scott Allen in August following the retirement of twelve-year veteran Francis Vaughn. Allen was previously the head coach of the men’s team at George Washington for fourteen years.

In addition, the Quakers will get a boost from their three freshmen, most notably Scotty Williams, wAston Villa have a deal in place for Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz.Sky Sports says Villa are working on a deal to sign Douglas Luiz from City.The fee is believed to be around £15 million for the midfielder.Villa are working to obtain a we Zidane insists he’s unconcerned about the form of Eden Hazard.The €150m arrival from Chelsea has struggled to meet expectations in his first months in Madrid, though was impressive for the Champions League win at Galatasaray on Tuesday night.Zidaork permit for the 21-year-old Brazilian.Douglas Luiz spent last season on-loan with Girona.ho got the most playing time of any rookie in the fall.

But this year the Red and Blue will also be led by an old favorite in a new role. Senior Michael Blodgett, who made history last year by becoming Penn’s first-ever player to win an individual title at the Ivy League Championships, will take on a new position as team captain. Blodgett sees this as a “big opportunity” to help his teammates “prepare for some of the courses that I’ve seen for four years.”

“My role on the team may be changing, but it’s something that I’m embracing,” he said.

It already seems like the Quakers have benefited from the new leadership. The team performed well at most of its fall tournaments, particularly at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational, which Penn won.

Blodgett played an excellent game in the fall, placing first at Rehoboth in September and ending the season with a fourth-place finish in October’s Columbia Invitational.

Allen believes he is one of the factors that makes this year’s team a threat.

“We’re fortunate to have some great leadership . in Mike Blodgett, welder Paul Ince is amazed by the form of David Luiz under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Ince has praised Arteta for getting the best out of the centre-back.He said: “You look at David Luiz, he was terrible under Unai Emery.”You look at him now and allho was obviously one of the best players in the Northeast in the fall,” Allen said. “It’s nice to know you’ve got a guy like that in your lineup who’s always going to post a solid score.”

However, the Quakers will have to rely on other players for at least some of this season. Blodgett is currently suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, an injury that affects the neck and shoulder. He’ll miss early-season tournaments.

“Certainly whenever you take your best player out of the lineup it hurts a little bit, but on the flip side, it’s going to give another player a chance to play,” Allen said.

Fortunately for the Quakers, the team is more than just its captain. Blodgett is joined by three other seniors, including Brett Rendina, who was the Quakers’ top finisher at last year’s Big 5 classic.

The younger players on the team also show promise. Williams placed sixth at Rehoboth and 22nd at Columbia. Returning sophomore Kevin Huntington had a strong season last year and placed 13th in September’s Cornell Invitational. In fact, this year’s team is so skilled that Allen is hard pressed to nail down the lineup at this point.

“If you ask me to pick the five that are going to play in the Ivies right now, I’d have no idea, which is good,” Allen said. “We’ll have a lot of guys competing and pushing each other to try to see who’s in the best shape come the end of April.”

Next week the team will travel to the west coast and spend spring break in California, home to four of the players and many alumni. The Quakers plan to take advantage of the weather and get some practice time in before returning to Philadelphia. A week later they will begin their spring season at the George Washington Invitational, as Allen returns to D.C.

By all accounts, this could be Penn’s year. Both Allen and Blodgett are optimistic about the season.

“We’re looking forward to a good year,” Blodgett said. “I’m eager to start the season.”

W. Hoops | Quakers will step out of the zone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Quakers offense has some T.O. problems of its own

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It’s rare that a victory is a wake-up call, but that’s exactly what happened to the football team when it narrowly escaped losing to perennial Ivy pushover Dartmouth two weeks ago.

But after closing out its non-conference schedule with a decisive win against Bucknell on Saturday, it was clear that Penn had responded. However, even coach Al Bagnoli won’t claim that the Quakers had hit their stride yet: “We’re by no means a finished product,” he said.

Offensive gaffes

Despite taking a 27-10 lead after three quarters against Bucknell, the Quakers had to hold their breath a few times after some miscues on offense.

Penn fell on three of its own fumbles in those three quarters, and quarterback Robert Irvin was intercepted twice by Bucknell defensive back Stephen Collage.

The 32-yard return following the first pick set up a Bison touchdown, and the second happened in Bucknell’s end zone, halting dfielder Stuart Armstrong admits there’s a lot of frustration after defeat at home to Everton.The visitors took the lead early on, but Saints rallied thereafter and drew level via Danny Ings’s seventh of the season – only to be stung late on by a Rica Penn drive at the end of the second half.

And all of this before the second-stringers entered the game.

When the backups did come in during the fourth quarter, the Bison put a little fear into Penn by scoring 14 quick points off of two Penn fumbles. Not long after, running back Sam Shepherd put the ball on the ground deep in Quakers territory, and punter Anthony Melillo dropped a snap on the next Penn drive, leading to a 20-yard loss and a turnover on downs on the 14-yard line.

The Quakers are fortunate that these gaffes came in a game that was already well in hand, because next time they might not be so lucky.

“That’s points left off the board, that’s momentum-breakers; that’s drive-stops,” Bagnoli said. “We have to do a much better job of protecting the football.

Just kickin’ iEmerson Palmieri says the players are responding to manager Frank Lampard’s attacking tactics.Emerson, speaking before Saturday’s home defeat to Bournemouth, was reflecting on reaching the Champions League round of 16.”The thing I like most about Lamt

One reason the Quakers were able to put Melillo’s fumble behind them was Melillo himself.

Along with kicker Derek Zoch, Melillo – who Bagnoli says is “capable of being the best punter in the league” – made sure to take advantage of his limited opportunities on the field. He averaged a whopping 38.3 yards per punt, including a long of 44 yards.

Zoch also came through, making all six of his kicks. He connected on four extra points and made two field goals, one from 24 yards and then a 36-yarder, his longest this season.

Both Bagnoli and Zoch think he may be past his early-season troubles.

“Every day is a new day,” Zoch said. “When things get hard, you’ve just got to stay positive.”

Back-stoppers

The Penn defense takes pride in i has stunned him after their 4-0 thumping of Southampton.The Reds have now won 24 of 25 games this season to move 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League.Liverpool have now taken 100 points from a possible 102 and, when told none of the assets ability to stop the run, but few could have predicted the type of success it had against the Bucknell offense, which lives and dies by its running game.

On Saturday, the Bison died by it – the Quakers held them to 2.2 yards per carry and didn’t allow starting running back A.J. Kizekai to ever settle in.

Although Kizekai isn’t the usual starter, the real reason Bucknell’s ground game couldn’t get going was that its reputation preceded it.

“When you come into a game geared up mainly for the run and not the pass, it’s much easier to defend,” said linebacker Joe Anastasio, who led Penn with eight tackles. “That just makes our job easier.”

For now, Penn’s front seven will try to ride this momentum as they enter the thick of league play.

“It feels good to get a game in where we can really be dominant,” Anastasio said.

“And it feels good going into the rest of the season . that we’ve got some confidence to go on.”

Dunphy announced as next Temple coach

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It’s official.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dunphy returned the compliment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

M. Soccer: Quakers leap past St. Joe's for city title

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The Penn men’s soccer team lit up the scoreboard so brightly against Saint Joseph’s yesterday that spectators could have forgotten the Quakers were missing half their team.

Penn (5-7-2) dominated the Hawks, 7-1, and clinched a share of the Philadelphia Soccer 7 title.

The Hawks helped the Red and Blue by falling out of formation and generally not being able to keep up with Penn’s pace.

“I don’t think the score is indicative of how well we played,” Penn coach Rudy Fuller said.

“There was some laziness and casual play, and that is something to battle with every midweek game…. We were just able to finish off about every chance we had.”

The game was the second contest that seven Penn players missed, serving two-game suspensions for violating team disciplinary policy. Nine players total are serving staggered suspensions that will end next game.

One reserve who found himself in a starting role was junior midfielder Matthew Waddell, who scored three goals and added one assist in the game.

Junior David Maier also made his mark on the stat sheet, netting two goals and three assists.

The Quakers drew first blood in the ninth minute, when Waddell took the ball in the box from Maier and deflected it to co-captain Stephen Kroculick, who kicked it past Hawks’ goalie Kevin Dougher — Kroculick would score again in the second half.

Waddell’s first goal came less than 90 seconds later off a bullet from the top of the box, which flew past Dougher into the left corner of the net. He would add his second goal 15 minutes later on a penalty kick.

One notable part of Penn’s play was its unusually frequent use of long passes. Whether it was across the field or down towards the opposition’s goal, the Quakers utilized the open space created by the slow play of St. Joe’s.

“Usually we struggle to find spaces, but as soon as we went up 1-0, they started to feel pressure to play on the counterattack,” Maier said. “Athletically, we thought they couldn’t handle us up front or anywhere else on the field.”

Fuller credited his team’s ability to “create a few opportunities in the final third” of the field because St. Joe’s was not as sharp, but also made a point to note that both teams “clearly were not playing on top of their games.”

Maier said some Hawks defensive failures helped him score his two goals.

On his goal in the 72nd minute, Maier said he was able to back a defender into the corner “so the goalie didn’t have Sofiane Boufal is happy they’re still alive in the FA Cup after drawing 1-1 with Tottenham.Saints trailed at St Mary’s to Heung-Min Son’s second half strike but levelled with just three minutes remaining through substitute Boufal. “We didn’t deser much of a chance” to defend his shot. Maier also noted that the Hawks’ defense was out of position on his second goal, scored with just over two minutes to play.

When asked if he thought the score of the game would be so high, Fuller said emphatically, “No way.”

“You go into these games and they are big rivalries within the city, so you get into a fast and difficult game andFC Barcelona and music publishing company, Sony will boost the development, production and promotion of initiatives that will connect music and sport for fans around the world, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThrough their collaboration, both entities wi there is a chance that you run out of gas,” Fuller said. “But our guys kept playing and certainly scored a number of good goals.”

“It was for the Philly 7 title so we thought they would be coming out strong,” Maier said. “One thing they tried to do was continually substitute guys in to try to run us down, but we were fit enough to hs midfielder Connor Ronan on loan until the end of the season.The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international recently returned to the Premier League club after a year on loan with Slovakian side DAC Dunajska Streda.He could make his Blackang in there.”

Freshman goalie Daniel Cepero got his second Philly 7 win between the posts, but allowed his second goal of the year in the process — a trickle shot by Hawks senior Pat Mondile in front of the goal that looked to be caused by player confusion and an obstruction of Cepero’s vision.

But the goal was overshadowed by the overwhelming Quakers offense, which even scored goals off breakaways — Waddell got his hat trick on a break — a feat rarely achieved in city matches.

“This result helps to get us sharper and build confidence that we can create chances,” Maier said. “Scoring goals, beating people one-on-one — it’s all the same no matter what team you play.”

M. Track eager to race again after long winter lull

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The Penn men’s track team will look to start off the new year right when it travels to Annapolis, Md., this weekend for a tri-meet with Navy and William and Mary. The Quakers hope it will be the first step toward another successful winter track campaign.

“It represents a kicking off of the indoor season,” senior Joe Plevelich said. “We’re looking to get cob webs out, get some good times in and get back into the mix of things.”

It certainly should be a step the Quakers are itching to take. The team has been idle since Dec. 7riday’s presser.Bruce has revealed he wanted to bring club doctorPaul Catterson to his Press conference on Friday to explain how the club have taken every step to safeguard their players and staff.He said: “I was actually going to bring the doctor in, when they turned in a strong effort at the Princeton Holiday Classic.

That meet, however, was more of a preseason exhibition. The Quakers got the chance to examine some of their young talent and give the veteran athletes a taste of competition. Saturday’s meet expects to be more serious.

“It’s definitely an important meet, but it’s not our ultimate focus,” Plevelich said. “It really is our first step toward the [Heptagonal] and NCAA Championships.”

The Quakers’ strengths this season lie in the running events. Seniors Matt Wedge and Chris Edmonds bring their wealth of experience to the sprints, while the middle distances will receive a big boost from newcomers Courtney Jaworski and Carson Schmiett. Both runners did not hesitate to make an impact at thger Chris Davies says they were pleased with their 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Burton Albion.Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans saw City take a 2-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes, but Burton halved the deficit early on in the second pee Holiday Classic as Jaworski, a sophomore transfer student from Georgetown, won the 100-meter, and Schmiett, a freshman, placed second in the 500-meter dash.

The addition of Jaworski and Schmiett should provide the Quakers with much-needee Matty Longstaff to a new contract.The younger of the Longstaff brothers is out of contract this summer at Newcastle United.And Shearer wants to ensure the Tyneside club is doing whatever is necessary to keep the midfielder at the club beyond this td depth at middle distance, something that is magnified in indoor track due to relays.

“In the past, we’ve had some real quality guys at the position, but not really the quantity,” Plevelich said. “This year, it seems we have both.”

The Quakers will need to score points in all events, however, if they expect to win on Saturday. William and Mary expects to have a solid core of distance runners, while Navy will be eager to defend its home turf. The Midshipmen also have the advantage of having already competed in a meet this January.

“For us, it is just a matter of going in, feeling it out, and going after it,” Plevelich said.