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Three takeaways from the Quakers' trio of contests at the Wooden Legacy

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Penn men’s basketball spent its Thanksgiving break in Anaheim, Calif., competing in the Wooden Legacy tournament. The Red and Blue (5-3) went 2-1 in their three games this weekend and took home a third-place finish. Here are three takeaways from the Quakers’ trip across the country.

Through the Quakers’ first eight games this season, several young players have contributed meaningfully to the team’s success. Freshmen Jordan Dingle, Max Martz, and Lucas Monroe are all averaging over 10 minutes per game, and Dingle has started in all seven games he has played this season.

Throughout the Wooden Legacy, this trio of freshmen continued to contribute in a big way. In Friday night’s 92-82 loss to No. 14 Arizona, Dingle led the Quakers in scoring with 27 points while also shooting 7-for-14 from beyond the arc. Dingle also led the team in scoring with 21 during Sunday’s battle with Long Beach State. Martz followed Dingle’s lead on Sunday by scoring 17 points on the back of 5-of-6 shooting from three.

Penn will need this trio of young freshmen to keep contributing in a big way if it hopes to take home the Ivy League title.

Many of Penn’s games in the early part of the season have been hard-fought, close contests decided in the waning moments of games. In these close games, turnovershis players have seen a different side of chairman Daniel Levy during their run to the Champions League final.Pochettino believes this season has also changed Levy’s approach to the club.”Of course, he’s more of a businessman than a football person,” and the opponents’ ability to capitalize on those turnovers can be a deciding factor in who wins and who loses.

This weekend, the Quakers continued to struggle somewhat with turnovers. In Thursday night’s 68-67 victory over Central Florida, the Quakers turned the ball over 22 times, which led to 21 UCF points. This was also the case in the Red and Blue’s victory over Long Beach State, when they turned the ball over 13 times. The game was close at thastle United boss Rafa Benitez is in London today to discuss contract terms.Sky Sports says the Spaniard’s current deal ends on June 30, and there is willingness on both sides to reach an agreement. It’s likely that talks between both parties will coe half, with both teams knotted at 43. It was only after eliminating turnovers in the second half that the Quakers were able to pull away with a 95-79 victory.

When the Quakers begin Ivy play, it will be important for them to limit turnovers if they hope to emerge on the winning side of their close contests.

Entering this season, Penn fans knew that the play of seniors AJ Brodeur, Ryan Betley, and Devon Goodman would be integral to the team’s success. The three showed promise of what they could do together in the games leading upans can turn Anfield into a fortress as Atletico Madrid come into town.The Reds are defending their Champions League title and could go out in the last 16 if they do not overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.Milner knows it will be a battle against Diego to the Wooden Legacy. However, during this weekend’s tournament, the three stars showed Penn fans how they can take over a game against difficult competition.

During the Quakers’ Thanksgiving Day victory, all three players scored at least 14 points. Brodeur led the way with 23 and Betley and Goodman scored 19 and 14, respectively. The trio of seniors continued their success in the game against Arizona, with all three recording double figures in scoring and with Brodeur producing a double-double. This trend continued in Sunday’s victory over Long Beach State, where all three scored at least eight points.

This season’s Quakers have a high level of depth and young talent. However, the play of Penn’s “Big Three” of seniors in this weekend’s tournament showed that the team will rely on its experienced stars this season during its quest for an Ivy League title.

The Quakers will return home from Anaheim to prepare for a Wednesday showdown with Big 5 rival Villanova.

Penn women's basketball rings in 2020 with a pair of wins in the Aloha State

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In the Quakers’ first trip to Hawaii since the 2015-16 season, they celebrated the new year with two wins in paradise.

Penn women’s basketball picked up a 70-55 win against Hawaii on Tuesday, and the Red and Blue kept the good times rolling into 2020 with a dominant 90-39 victory over Chaminade on Thursday. The Quakers’ two wins extend their unbeaten streak to six games as they build on the best start in program history.

In its first game of the week, Penn (10-1) got off to a slow start, falling to a quick 9-3 deficit and missing 13 of their first 14 shots from the floor. However, the fortunes would change and the visitors ended the quarter on a 14-4 run.

The Rainbow Wahine (6-7) came close to closing the gap several times throughout the game, even cutting the lead down to six in the second quarter. However, the Quakers would keep their composure each time and go on a run of their own to widen the lead.

Nursing a 14-point lead going into the locker room at halftime, Penn would not look back. Familiar faces starred for the Red and Blue, as freshman guard led the team with 23 points and junior center Eleah Parker dominated the paint with 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. The Quakers scored 36 points in the paint — over half of their total output on the day — while grabbing 27 rebounds on the defensive side of the ball.

After celebrating New Years’ Day thousands of miles from home, the team went back to business on Thursday against Chaminade (2-9). Unlike the Hawaii game, Penn’s encounter with the Silverswords was never close, with the struggling home side reduced to six players due to injury and illness. By the end of the first quarter, the Quakers had already jumped out to a 24-10 lead. Penn shot 55.6% from the field, and its 90 points were split among 14 players.

The 51-point win is the team’s largest margin of victory since by 64 points in January 2018. Once again, Padilla and Parker led the team with a combined 24 points and 9 rebounds. With an largeer Onel Hernandez says they must work harder and battle for points in the Premier League.The Canaries lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United on Sunday evening, stretching their winless run to six in the league.Hernandez told the club’s website: “I’m lead from early on, the team was able to give large minutes to players who don’t usually get the opportunity. Sophomore guard Mia Lakstigala put up 15 points and a career-high four rebounds off the bench. In total, the bench had its best performance of the season with 53 points.

“Today was a chance to be able to play players that are really developing, so they’re not getting as many minutes now this year,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “They were invaluable minutes.”

While the two road wins helped the team’s record, the trip also allowed them to grow closer as a team. After a break for the Christmas holiday, the team reunited in the Golden State and practiced at the Cal State Los Angeles gym. Padilla is from the area and her family hosted the team for a dinner.

“My teammates here have become my family, so for them to meet my actual family in California and to have everyone meet each other was an awesome feeling,” Padilla said.

The team also did not miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of everything that Hawaii had to offer. Given that the Philadelphia weather doesn’t allow for much time at the beach during the season, the will be played this weekend, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukMatches in the Vanarama National League, National League North and National League South will go ahead this weekend despite all league football in England and Scotland being postponed until 3 Ateam spent most of their time enjoying the beach.

“It’s only my freshman year and we’re taking these great trips and [it’s great to] just to be here and make memories with my teammates,” Padilla said. “It helps to be 2-0 on the road in such a great place and it’s a really great way to end the year and start off 2020.”

The Quakers will take their six-game winning streak back to the Palestra as they face off against Princeton to open Ivy League play next week. Last season, Penn shared the regular season title with the Tigers, and were bested by their rival once more in the Ivy League Tournament Championshion player of the year.The Dutchman beat Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling to the award, making him the fourth Liverpool player to win in seven years.”I want to say that, obviously, I’m sorry that I can’t be there tonight,” he said in a video ip.

The Ivy League Tournament will stay at Penn this year. But then what?

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Last year, the Ivy League tried something new.

For the first time ever, the conference held a four-team postseason men’s and women’s tournament to determine which teams would receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. And by all measures, .

The event, which was hosted at Penn’s Palestra, looks like it will become a staple, thanks in part to the riveulas insists Moussa Dembele will not leave this month.In France, it’s been claimed Manchester United have made an offer for the striker in the last 24 hours.But Aulas told RMC: “Moussa himself is not to my knowledge trying (for a departure). “Whateveting games that were played. The tournament featured , one game decided by a single basket, and several of the Ancient Eight’s . But what exactly is the future of the Ivy League Tournament?

For 2018, it’s quite clear. at the end of this season, and even some of its former critics have become strong advocates for having the tournament in general.

“I was never a strong proponent of the tournament,” Penn men’s coach Steve Donahue said. “But after going through what we did last year personally, and then seeing what the tournament looked like at the end, I thought it was an incredible experience for three more teams that would not have experienced any postseason.”

But what about the long-term prospects of the tournament? There is no commitment to a venue beyond this season, and the Ivy League has several options to choose from.

First, they can keep the tournament as is and continue to have it at the Palestra. Many coaches around the league have showcased their support for having the event at one of the most historic buildings in college basketball despite it being Penn’s home court.

“I’ve been very clear and very adamant in my opinion. If we’re going to have a conference tournament, in my opinion — and no one cares what I think — but I’ve felt that we should have it here at the Palestra,” Harvard men’s coach Tommy Amaker said at the end of the tournament last year. “This is a historic venue. It’s an amazing basketball facility and arena, amazing history and tradition, as we know. So for me, personally, if we’re going to do it, having this venue in our conference to me, we should rally around that and showcase that.”

Being the “Cathedral of College Basketball,” the Palestra was a natural choice for the first tournament. But moving forward, the question of home-court advantage comes in to play for the Red and Blue. Penn’s coaches feel that there was in fact no advantage at all.

“We’re not even in our locker room, everything is shifted, people are in the area that we’re in,” Penn women’s coach Mike McLaughlin said. “We had to adapt. It was a home court for us because we played there, but nothing else was a home court — we weren’t in our locker room.”

Donahue concurred.

“The whole environment was so even… I just felt it was a great atmosphere for a tournament game.”

But others feel strongly that having Penn play on its home court every postseason gives the Quakers an unfair advantage.

“Well yeah [it’s an advantage], when you get to play on your home court after you finish in the top four, that’s going to be an advantage for you,” Yale men’s coach James Jones said.

For those who agree with Jones, there are two options. The Ivy League could adopt a rotating system where each Ivy school gets a chance to host, or they could go to a neutral site altogether. Each method has its own strengths and weaknesses.

If the Ivy League chooses to go with a rotating system, it would give each school the chance to showcase their own arenas. However, the league would then run into the problem of smaller venues. The Palestra is by far the largest basketball arena in the Ancient Eight, and it was filled to capacity during the tournament last year. Moving the tournament around would decrease the number of fans able to see the event live from 8,722 (the Palestra’s capacity) to as low as 2,100 (Dartmouth’s capacity, with most other Ivy arenas not far ahead).

However, hosting the tournament at a neutral site is certainly a viable option, and it would help to elimilva has revisited their Champions League collapse against Manchester United last season.While winning Ligue 1, PSG were knocked out of the Champions League at the round 16 stage and also lost to Rennes in the Coupe de France final.Thiago Silva refleinate any sort of home court bias.

“I think a neutral site somewhere in New York would be the best place. Geographically it’s in the middle; there’s a ton of alumni in that area. I’d be in favor of something like St. Johns where it’ hat-tricks than former Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi overtook the now Juventus striker with his treble in victory over Real Mallorca on Saturday.Across the nine seasons that Ronaldo played for Real Madrid he knocked 34 triples, includs equal for everybody,” Jones said.

Neutral venues for postseason tournaments are extremely popular for larger conferences such as the ACC or the Big Ten, but can be difficult for smaller conferences that cannot afford to pay for larger arenas.

Regardless of the path the Ivy League chooses to take, the tournament should continue to provide thrilling competition. But after this year, it’s anyone’s guess where it will be.

Pollack | Penn football passed their first big test

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Midterm season is almost upon us, but Penn football had its first true exam on Saturday. And it appears they passed with room to spare.

Penn’s offense looked far more potent against Lehigh than it did in last week’s season opener. Right froadmitted to using Wayne Rooney as a resource on Manchester United.The Championship side are facing off against the Red Devils on Thursday in the FA Cup.It is a chance for Rooney to play against his old club, having come back to the English game from m the get-go, the Quakers came out with energy and aggression, taking just five plays to march down the field for a score on their first drive of the day.

Much of that ferocity came in the form of sophomore running back Karekin Brooks. In the wake of Tre Solomon’s injury, the second-year back has gotten ample opportunities to prove himself, and he has not wasted them.

In the first half alone, Brooks had runs of 61, 22, and 17 yards, and punched the ball in twice for the Red and Blue. He was explosive, hitting whatever holes his O-Line gave him quickly and with plenty of speed, and the Mountain Hawks just couldn’t keep up.

He finished the day with a career-high 268 yards — just four yards shy of the program’s single game record — and 4 touchdowns, three rushing and one passing. With Solomon’s return on the horizon, the Quakers have found themselves a deadly two-headed monster in the backfield.

As frary to circulating reports.Russian agent Dmitry Cheltsov revealed he offered Lacazette to Zenit this summer.Cheltsov felt encouraged that the Gunners would accept an offer of less than the £61m release clause in the Frenchman’s contract.But it has or quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie, the senior looked much more poised and confident behind center in his second career start. He stood his ground, stayed composed in the face of pressure, and delivered plenty of strikes throughout the day. He still had a few ugly throws, but he was vastly improved from his first start.

What was perhaps even more encouraging was just how much Fischer-Colbrie spread the ball around. While star wideout Justin Watson was his favorite target, he didn’t rely solely on him. He connected with six different targets, none more than five times (six times if you count Watson’s TD from a backwards pass), on a mix of short passes and long shots downfield. Fischer-Colbrie’s performance showed exactly what Ray Priore saw in him when he named him the starter and provided a lot of hope for the rest of the season.

While the offense might have passed with flying colors, the defense still has plenty of room to improve. They were very inconsistent, going from air-tight to porous on consecutive plays, and they were extremely susceptible to big plays, both on the ground and in the air.

They also didn’t do themselves any favors by committing several unnecessary penalties, and they couldn’t get off the field, as Lehigh had a 58.3% third down conversion rate. But one big area that the defense did not struggle with was winning the turnover battle.

The Quakers forced three turnovers, including a strip sack by junior Nick Miller on the openiin their FA Cup fourth round tie.Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool looked to be heading into the fifth round for the first time since 2015 after a fine first-half finish by 18-year-old Curtis Jones was followed by Donald Love’s own goal in theng possession of the game. And to the offense’s credit, all three ensuing drives resulted in touchdowns.

The defense was also able to get some key stops, highlighted by some crucial sacks. All three sacks derailed what could have been scoring drives for Lehigh, and they also had a goal-line stand that resulted in a turnover on downs. While there were many problems that the Quakers need to sort out, the defense came through when it counted.

Last week, that we still didn’t know much about this team. But after the game against Lehigh, we do know a few things: they can spread the ball around, they can score and they can force key turnovers.

And if they keep that up, they’ll be just fine in Ivy play.

McGinnis | Plenty to learn from Tennessee trip

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Well, what did you really expect? Penn women’s basketball got clobbered by a top-5 program in the nation in the form of No. e staged today at empty stadiums due to coronavirus concerns.“I agree with you 100%,” wrote the Brescia striker on social media. “Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up. Don’t write rubbish to me like: But you are protected! What differ4 Tennessee.

Normally, a 45-point blowout is cause for major concern.

But this isn’t most matchups, and as coach Mike McLaughlin and the rest of the team knew going in, this would have to be a game to build off of. While the box score may not show it, this is certainly a Penn team that had aspects of the game that go its way.

We knew before the start of the season that the biggest challenge for the team would be their guard play, and both freshmen – Anna Ross and Beth Brzozowski – got big minutnt Freddie Ljungberg in the stands.Ljungberg was not sat next to Arteta on the touchline for their clash against Chelsea, which is common protocol.Many fans were confused regarding the Swede’s role during the game, but Arteta clarified the circumstanes from beginning to end.

Ross got the start and showed promise early on, particularly on the glass, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Brzozowski dominated the offensive side of the ball late in the game and ended with a team-high 11 points and four assists.

The freshman guards struggled to keep the pace under control, a momentous challenge against an athletic team, but that too will come with experience.

It’s unsure who will eventually take over the starting job – McLaughlin was uncertain as to his opening day starter as late as Wednesday afternoon – but both appear to be capable of leading the team against Ivy League competition.

While those two freshmen certainly shone, Penn’s biggest freshman recruit – forward Michelle Nwokedi – appeared raw and overmatched against the Lady Vols.

Given the results for the Quakers in their last two contests against NCAA opponents, it’s clear that against top opponents Penn’s bigs will end up in foul trouble. As another promising forward, Nwokedi was presumed to be part of the solution – a shot-blocking inside presence off the bench – instead she struggled in her eight minutes of play.

Yet the beauty of Penn’s depth this season is that Nwokedi has plenty of time to develop; she can steadily ease herself into a larger role. She’ll be a player to watch later in the season, particularly if the Quakers go to some bigger lineups against Ivy foes.

In their first collegiate appearances, the freshmen class put together some flashes of brilliance and have a lot of potential for growth as the season progresses.

Turnovers and defensive rebounding were killer for the Quakers and the Lady Vols’ full-court pressure got to them at times. It’s impossible to expect anything different starting inexperienced guards against an SEC powerhouse on the road.

The rebounding in particular might jump out as a concern given the team’s success in that regard last season with the frontcourt duo of Kara Bonenberger and Sydney Stipanovich. Not every team is going to boast the height and athleticism of the Lady Vols; you won’t find athletes like these anywhere in the Ivy League.

While the team struggled on the glass, Stipanovich showed once again that she’s one ofed support from captain Lionel Messi over his insistence that Arturo Vidal not be sold.The Chile midfielder is a top target for Inter Milan, with several Barca directors favouring his sale this month. However, Gazzetta dello Sport says Messi has made the top shot-blockers in the nation with six blocks (all in the first half). As a freshman, the center finished with 3.4 blocks per game, good for eighth in the nation, and Tennessee was made immediately aware of her presence.

While the team gave up 97 points, a large number came off of second chances, turnovers and fast breaks – mostly caused by the disparity in length and athleticism. The half-court defense (rebounding aside) wasn’t the primary problem, which is very encouraging.

It’s a constant theme within Penn Athletics in every sport and every season: a tough nonconference schedule begets future success in the Ivy schedule. Tennessee is this season’s toughest test for the Red and Blue.

While the Quakers certainly didn’t play a perfect game on Friday, McLaughlin and his staff should have plenty of positives to take away from their trip to Tennessee.

Penn track and field extends East Coast tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn's gymnasts inconsistent in season debut

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Though the Penn gymnastics team posted its best score at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational ever in its third visit on Sunday, it didn’t matter much in the final results .

After finishing third last year with an overall score of 189.025, Penn finished 4th this year at the George Washington University in Washington D.C., despite a final score of 189.575, their highest to date at the annual competition.

It was an intriguing start for a team with high aspirations and serious NCAA tournament hopes.

The Quakers were challenged from the start, having to begin their day on the beam — typically the most difficult event to start on, but one in which coach John Ceralde expects his team to improve this season.

Penn did not disappoint, finishing with a composite 47.975 despite falls from the usually consistent seniors Kirsten Strausbaugh and Dana Bonicontri, with the former working on a new skill which she hopes will pay dividends in the long run.

After two rotations, the Quakers were in second place, but struggled on the vault and bars despite has opened the door to signing a new midfielder this month.United have been linked with numerous midfielders in recent weeks, including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester’s James Maddison and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, as well as several currenta first place finish from Bonicontri on the latter.

At both events the Red and Blue were able to finish with three strong performances of 9.525 or better but couldn’t come up with the five necessary to reach a solid team score.

As Ceralde put it, the team “just couldn’t put it all together today.” Overall, though, he was impressed with his squad’s performance to kick off the season.

“We had a 189, can’t ask for more than that.”

Freshman Elyse Shenberger impressed in her collegiate debut, posting a 6th place 9.725 on the beam and a sol ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said theieonardo was left unimpressed by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s claims regarding Neymar this week.At Frenkie de Jong’s signing ceremony, Bartomeu suggested Neymar wants to leave PSG and return to the Calatans.”We know that Neymar wants to r time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly solid 9.5 on the floor. Senior Megan Milavec also chipped in with a 9.75 on the on the beam and finished 8th overall with a 36.650.

Despite having off days by their standards, Bonicontri and Strausbaugh ended up fourth (by a score of 38.55) and fifth (38), respectively, flashing the skills that made them NCAA regional qualifiers last year.

The Quakers will head to Rutgers’ campus in New Brunswick, N.J. next Saturday to face the host Scarlet Knights, Bridgeport and Ursinus.SEE ALSO

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.

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.

Blast from the past

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The Bill Russell quote doesn’t hit you in the face when you walk through the doors. You have to do some looking to find it on one of the exhibits.

“Athletes have a unique ability to inspire, motivate and exhilarate,” it reads. “Through their actions, athletes touch the hearts and lives of all Americans. Herein lies the hidden message of sports: sports inspire us individually and as a nation to be better.”

That is the message that the collection “Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers,” now shown at the National Constitution Center, wants to stuff down the throats of its visitors, and it does so at Taison is angry being blocked from joining AC Milan.Shakhtar refused to negotiate with Milan during the summer market, referring them to Taison’s buyout clause.“Congratulations on ending my dream. Another dream broken,” wrote the 31-year-old on Inevery turn. Unlike most outlets of sports history, ones that you would find in a sports hall of fame or a news segment, this experience is meant show the value of athletics in advancing causes.

Those causes range from racial or gender integration to the American side of the Cold War.

And though the individual stories sometimes border on the political (one, ostensibly about the national championship Immaculata women’s basketball team, talks at length about the touchy subject of Title IX), virtually all have something worthwhile to say. They won’t dazzle every visitor with aesthetics, in part because they demand that the casual viewer tak Bergwijn.The former PSV Eindhoven attacker is being played out of position by Mourinho due to injury problems.And after their draw with Burnley, Mourinho conceded he’s risking Bergwijn’s fitness: “The original plan was to let Bergwijn play for 55 toe the time to read every caption and do more than just absorb “The first woman to…”

At the same time, the exhibit wisely keeps most of the material relevant. In the back of the large room sits an employee asking sports trivia questions to a crowd of a half dozen. I found myself testing my own useless knowledge base after a short time.

And it stays practical. Near the “Local Legends” corner sits an homage to the Palestra with a not-so-historical addition, a flat-screen TV airing a promotional bit for an upcoming documentary on the Palestra. The film, entitled “The Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball,” is produced and written by Mikaelyn Austin, who graduated from Penn in 2004 after four years on the women’s basketball team.

The promotional bit, solicited by the museum, is promoting a film set for release in the coming months.

“We’ve been editing for the past two weeks,” Austin said. She plans to have an early version of the film ready for the important events of the college basketball season starting with Midnight Madness, the first day when teams are permitted to practice under NCAA rules.

Right next to that, every Philadelphian can be reminded that Dawn Staley — who coaches ahe prospect of a return for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is being discussed inside Bayern Munich.BILD says Bayern bosses have held a secret meeting with Italian agent Giovanni Branchini as they discuss their next managerial appointment.Niko Kov women’s basketball powerhouse at Temple in her free time — was a bona fide Olympian, bringing home medals in 2000 and 2004. And the rest of the reminders range from Franklin Field’s NFL history to a dominant swimmer at La Salle some 50 years ago.

It’s almost enough to make a fan forget that Philadelphia sports are at a spectacular low this year. Almost.

But the entire culture of the long, rectangular room is as much a testament to sports culture as to sports feats — witness the prominent placement of Philadelphia Daily News references, or the 19-page handout printed by the very same paper and given to every entrant.

In the end, Austin’s documentary and its latest home have a similar and (mostly) noble goal.

“This film is an opportunity to throw the car into reverse, travel back twelve exits and take a ride on the little dirt road where it all began,” Austin’s website says.

Whether or not the upcoming film or the NCC exhibit, which runs until August 20 before continuing its cross-country journey, are successful in that endeavor still may depend on whether those who support the sports industry can see beyond the high-strung product they are constantly fed.

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

Showtime in Dallas

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ised John Terry for taking the assistant coachingh faffing about. It’s now time to WIN… Whether it’s been sounded out, or simply inferred, this will be the message bouncing around the walls of Tottenham’s dressing room today.Jose Mourinho has arrived to win. No more five-year plans. No more coura job at Aston Villa.Chelsea legend Terry will meet his former mentor in the dugout when Mourinho’s Tottenham visit Villa Park in the League on SFormer Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is ready to quit retirement.The Argentine, 33, has been out of the game since 2016.But Ole says he could join Gimnasia, where Diego Maradona is now coach.Indeed, he has even offered himself, via agents, to Maradona and says he has “all the batteries” charged. And now the former Espanyol star could be back in action to help Maradona’s new team.unday.“Some [former] players, unlike in the past when y

Italiano, McCreery make promising debuts

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Penn baseball finished second in the Lou Gehrig Division with a 12-8 record, the second best Ivy League record in 2002-2003.

In addition to solid pitching, the Quakers featured one of the top three offenses in the Ancient Eight.

Penn ranked second in batting average (.301), slugging percentage (.445), walks and on-base percentage, and third in runs scored, runs batted in and home runs.

Two of the Red and Blue’s most potent offensive weapons – Nick Italiano and Andrew McCreery — are now playing baseball professionally in the Minor League.

McCreery was drafted in the 32nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also selected Penn pitcher Ben Krantz in the 15th round. Italiano was not drafted but signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Both Italiano and McCreery played in the Gulf Coast League this summer for the Phillies and Diamondbacks, respectively.

Italiano graduated Penn with an impressive baseball resume, earning aeir 2020 Euros squad.Fati, 16, recently acquired his Spanish passport and was called up to the Under-21 squad, replacing teammate Carles Perez for the match against Montenegro on Tuesday.”I would like Ansu Fati to be with the U21s,” Moreno said. “We wards such as All-East Coast Athletic Conference, All-Ivy for four years, and 2003 South Jersey Athlete of the Year. Offensively, Italiano earned the 2003 Blair Batting Title for the Ivy Leaguer with the highest batting average (.420) and, in 2003, he became Penn’s all-time hits leader.

Italiano appeared in 12 games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, notching 10 hits in 40 at-bats, earning a .250 batting average. The recent Penn graduate scored five runs, got seven RBI, three walks and a stolen base.

McCreery, the 2003 Ivy League Player of the Year, went to Yakima, Washington after being drafted, for five days of instruction camp. McCreery then went to play in the rookie league’s Missoula Osprey in Missoula, Montana where he roomed with his former teammate, Krantz.

McCreery played third base and pitched for the Quakers, but he will concentratreira for their 3-1 victory at Norwich City.Pereira was excellent on the day.Solskjaer said, “I think it’s going to improve and improve – it’s fantastic to have Anthony [Martial] back. He’s been missed for eight weeks and Dan [James] and Marcus have e on third base for the Diamondbacks. He was also heavily scouted by the New York Mets.

And after his dominant performance in the Gulf Coast Lean.The Algeria international was a constant headache for the Everton defenders and scored a pivotal goal when his low driven free-kick beat Jordan Pickford to make the score 2-1.Victory against the Merseysiders ensured the gap between Liverpool at thegue, the Mets likely regret passing up on McCreery in the draft.

In 23 games and 62 at-bats, McCreery scored 12 runs, got 20 hits, including four doubles and a home run, recorded three RBI, seven walks and two stolen bases.

Among the eight players who played in over 20 games for the Gulf Coast League Diamondbacks, McCreery had the highest batting average (.323), and the second highest average overall, behind Cristobal Melendez, who batted .379 in 29 at bats.

Harry Maguire.ESPN says United remain undeterred i

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

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

to Spain this summer.Van de Beek is a target for

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Thehton.City beat the Seagulls 4-0 in a match that saw Aguero become top scorer for the season so far, with six goals.Speaking to the media after the victory, Guardiola heaped praise on the 31-year-old’s goal-scoring ability.He said: “Sergio scored goal placed pitcher on the 60-day disabled list Monday. Herrmann is setnfirmed he’s spoken to Jesse Lingard about his summer antics.The talented attstriker Andre Gray has set himself a goals target this season.Gray is grateful for what football has given him.He told the Mirror: “I don’t know where I’d be now if I didn’t play football. I probably would have ended up in jail at some point. I’ve alacking midfielder lost his way last season and was recently disciplined by Solskjaer for posting a lewd video while on holiday in Miami with Marcus Rashford and friends.“J to miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.