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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn cross country impresses in meets at Penn State and Princeton

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Two days, two impressive meets for Penn cross country.

On Friday morning, both teams traveled to State College, Pa. for the Penn State National Open and went home with top-five finishes. The next day, runners who did not race at Penn State made the shorter trip to compete at the Princeton Invitational, where the men’s team placed sixth out of 24 teams, and the women finished a respectable 14th.

At Penn State, junior led the way for Penn, finishing second overall in the 5.2-mile run. It was a true team effort for the men today, as all runners — Russo, seniors Andrew Hally and Will Daly, and juniors Noah Carey and Daniel Cohen — finished inside the top 25. For the women, fellow junior Melissa Tanaka was the first Quaker to cross the finish line, and coach Steve Dolan was enthusiastic about her performance.

“That was probably Melissa Tanaka’s best cross country race of college, she was the first runner finishing,” Dolan said. “She’s done a great job, she’s more of a middle-distance runner in track, so it’s really fun to watch her excel in cross country.”

Tanaka, who has an accomplished track career at Penn that includes a school record and multiple Ivy League Championships, is proving to be just as valuable for the cross country team as well.

Overall, the men finished runner-up to Philadelphia rival Temple, but beat out several schools including Georgia Tech, William & Mary, and Lehigh. The women finished fifth out of 16 teams, one place behind Ivy League rival Princeton.

Running a familiar trail on Saturday in Princeton, N.J., senior Mitchell Poynter finished first for the Quakers and 14th overall. Senior Christina Rancan had the fastest finish of the Penn women on the day, in what was a bit of a how for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 regular season—the league’s twelfth campaign—which begins with Western Sydney hosting Adelaide on November 14 and three more games on Sunday, November 17. Post the Women’s World Cup, some high-profile W-Leaguemecoming for her, since she attended high school just a couple of miles outside of Princeton.

As a result of the Quakers’ recent success, both teams have burst . The women are No. 23 nationally and first in the Mid-Atlantic region, whileng has confirmed talks with Manchester City before agreeing to move to Spain.While with Ajax last season, De Jong held extensive negotiations with City, only to choose to sign terms with Barca in February.Speaking with Voetbal International, the midf the men have received recognition as the No. 3 in the region and received four votes in the national poll. After another successful weekend, the teams could be poised to make a jump in the polls.

The Red and Blue will aim to fare similarly in their next meet, the Ivy League Heptagonal Champiot season.The winger is interesting Arsenal.But Fraser said: “I’ve got a year left. There’s a very good chance I’ll be here next season.“If that’s that then I’m going to try my best as I always do and I’ll enjoy it.“I love the group here and the fnship on Nov. 1 in the Bronx, N.Y. While the runners will certainly be happy with their performances this weekend, they are already looking forward to their next meet.

“That meet always adds a lot of excitement, with the history of it, so the excitement will be there in addition to the preparation over the next two weeks,” said Dolan.

The Quakers will spend the next two weeks preparing for championship as they look to improve upon their finish from last season, where the men’s and women’s teams finished fourth and eighth, respectively.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It wasn’t supposed to go this way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy League rule change reduced risk of concussions in football, journal article reports

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Penn is used to having its name published in prestigious journals. Generally, though, the University only finds itself in the byline, not in the data itself.

On October 1, reported that a rule change in Ivy League football appeared to have reduced head injuries by making kickoff returns less frequent.

“We are proud to see results from our study published in such an esteemed journal as JAMA, and even more gratified to know that policies we put in place have directly led to a decrease in concussions,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a league press release.

Biostatistics and epidemiology professor Douglas J. Wiebe published the article, which details a recent study of data from the past several years of Ivy League football. F boss Jurgen Klopp has laughed off Alisson’s uncharacteristic howler in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Lyon.The Brazilian allowed a routine cross to drop out of his hands and into the path of Moussa Dembele, with the goalkeeper bringing him down in the boxollowing a rule change prior to the 2016 season, researchers wanted to know if the league had been successful in reducing concussions caused by kickoffs.

According to Wiebe’s article, the rate of touchbacks on kickoffs increased from an average of 17.9 percent before 2016 to 48 percent in the two years after the rule was changed. Per 1000 plays, the rate of concussions during kickoffs decreased from 10.93 before 2016 to 2.04 after. For non-kickoff plays, the rate of concussions was 2.56 before and 1.18 after the rule change.

A difference-in-differences analysis — a statistical method that determines the impact of a ‘treatment’ in an observational study — found that 7.51 fewer concussions per 1000 kickoff plays occurred following the rule change.

The new rule, which moved the spot of the kickoff from the 35 to the 40-yard line, makes it more likely that teams will kick the ball deep into the opposing team’s end zone. Teams will generally choose not to return these kicks for strategic reasons, which results in more touchbacks. The Ivy League predicted that it could reduce the number of head injuries by decreasing the frequency with which players had to engage in dangerous returns.

Kickoff returns are notoriously dangerous; according to the journal article, in 2015 “kickoffs accounted for 6% of all plays but 21% of concussions” in the Ivy League. A rule change that can make them safer could take a significant stride toward increased player safety without disrupting or changing the game itself.

However, it wasn’t obvious that the researchers were going to see promising results. At the same time as they changed the location of the kickoff, the Ivy League also changed the placement of a touchback from the 25 yard to the 20 yard line. This could potentially have encourage teams to take fewer touchbacks in the hopes of getting to start a drive further from their own end zone.

This isn’t all that Penn and the Ivy League have been doing to reduce head injuries. The Ivy League also instituted strict rules eliminating full-contact hits during practice, which the study’s authorsting Manchester United today.Wilson, who is on loan at Eddie Howe’s side from United’s arch-rivals Liverpool , is expecting a hostile reception from the travelling supporters, but claimed he is ready to use it as a motivator.”It’s part and parcel of acknowledge could bear some of the responsibility for the total decrease in concussions.

Penn is leading the Ancient Eight by doing even er their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.The former midfielder will return to his post in charge of the Under-23s following the appointment of Nigel Pearson as head coach and his two-game stint ended with a point against Palace.He said, “We knew Crystalmore to reduce concussions. This season, the football and sprint football teams will add an innovative, to their helmets which is supposed to reduce the risk of injury during collisions.

Concussions and the associated long-term health risks that afflict former football players represent a consequence of the game that leagues are increasingly hoping to mitigate. Football leagues have begun to take the view that insufficient player safety, especially with regard to head injuries, threatens the existence of the game of football itself. The Ivy League has been among those at the forefront of this trend, continuing to innovate and make the game safer.

Penn sprint football's Mike McCurdy wins second league MVP

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It just keeps getting better.

Just a few weeks removed from Penn sprint football’s first outright Collegiate Sprint Football League title since 2000, senior quarterback Mike McCurdy was named league MVP for the second straight season.

This is the first outright award for McCurdy, who split it following his junior season in 2015. The Bethesda, Md., is just the second Penn player to win the award twice, joining Tim Ortman from the 1998-99 seasons.

Nineteen members of the Red and Blue, including McCurdy, earned a total of 20 All-CSFL honors, with eight being first teamers. This marks the most first team awardees for the Quakers since the 2008 season and is tied for second-most behind the Red and Blue’s 10 selections in 2000.

McCurdy capped off a historic career with his best season. His 1,740 passing yards are a Penn single-season record and put him over the top for the school’s best career yardage mark with 5,892. He led the Quakers to just their second outright CSFL title and second undefeated season ever.

Joining McCurdy on the first team were Jake Klausclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failure.Vidic told TMW: “They are very imporCrewe Alexandra.Ten years before he was forced into hanging up his boots, the forward was being linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool after bursting on to the scene with Crewe.And he admits, even today, he still reflects on that part otant clubs for the competition, they certain, Marcus Jones, Aidan Kelly, Benji Friedman, Pat Boyle, Chris Colavita, and Matt Caltabiano. Of the first team honorees, just Colavita and Boyle will join McCurdy in graduating this fall.

Back to lead the Quakers in the 2017 title defense will be Penn coach Bill Wagner, who has announced his return for a 48th year on the sidelines for the Red and Blue. n Wednesday’s win over Lincoln City.The Toffees scored twice in the last ten minutes to win 4-2 and secure their place in the Carabao Cup third-round.“Our team showed one important thing in my opinion – apart from the attitude, commitment and des

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

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

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

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

And his story is by no means unique.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EIWA race to heat up on campus for Penn wrestling

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The big day has finally arrived for Penn wrestling.

This weekend, the Quakers will compete in the 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships at home in the Palestra. This year’s tournament will b says Charlie Taylor could become an England international.The left-back has struggled for game-time this season as Erik Pieters has made the left-back spot his own.But Dyche sees enough potential in the 26-year-old for him to become a future member e the biggest yet, with 18 teams in the mix and 47 spots at the NCAA Championships up for grabs.

Despite an uneven season so far, Penn has been peaking recently, winning three straight duals over Columbia, Princeton and Drexel. The Quakers will look to take advantage of being under the radar to make a bigme an issue.John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are now fit again, but Rodri has since picked up an injury and Fernandinho will be suspended for the Carabao Cup clash with Southampton on Tuesday.Guardiola said: “For the short term we can handle it. For showing in front of their home crowd.

“I think the guys are in a really good physical and mental state right now, we’ve had some really good workouts and they’re pretty excited,” coach Rob Eiter said. “I expect them to go out and wrestle their butts off. If they give everything they’ve got I think we’ll do pretty well.”

The favorites for the Red and Blue will be sophomores Casey Kent (165 pounds) and Lorenzo Thomas (184) , who are ranked No. 19 and No. 10 at their respective weightclasses. In order to conquer the EIWA crown, both of them might have to avenge losses from earlier this year to the probable No. 1 seeds.

Cornell’s Dylan Palacio, ranked 14th in the nation, defeated Kent twice this season, 4-1 and 4-2. Meanwhile, the last person to defeat Thomas was No. 3 Gabe Dean – also of Cornell – by the score of 7-5.

“Fortunately for both Lorenzo and Casey, they’ve already wrestled the guys that are seeded number one,” Eiter said. “If they go in there and just wrestle as well as we know they can – and they can – there’s nobody that’s heads and above somebody else right now in those two weightclasses.”

“I just need to wrestle smart against [Dean]. The last time it was close score-wise, but he kind of controlled the match for the most part,” Thomas added. “I need to wrestle my match and not let him do what he wants to do.”

Beyond the obvious duo, Eiter thinks most grapplers on the Red and Blue’s talented roster have a reasonable shot at pulling off what he called “an upset just on paper.” Amongst them are junior Jeff Canfora (141) and the freshman pair Frank Mattiace (197) and Caleb Richardson (125).

“I think Jeff and Frank are probably the two worst draws you can have … they definitely have the potential to beat anybody,” Eiter said. “Especially Frank’s weightclass is pretty wide open, everybody’s kind of beaten everybody, so that’s going to be very interesting.

“Caleb’s going to get overlooked and he has a ton of talent. His skill set is super high so he easily could be in the finals for us.”

For Kent, the key to success is simple.

“I [have] jmmer are wide open.Speaking with AD, Van de Beek denied claims of an agreement with Real Madrid and left the door open to joining Manchester United.On Real, he stated: “That is said and written, people take over, and then it starts to lead its own ust got to wrestle like I’ve been wrestling the whole season, not worry about what happens and just go out there.”

Penn field hockey splits weekend of extremes

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For Penn field hockey, it was a weekend of extremes.

The Quakers lost an overtime heartbreaker, 4-3, to Columbia on Saturday but rebounded to pick up an impressive 5-0 victory over Longwood on Sunday.

Coach Colleen Fink was pleased with her team’s resiliency despite the loss.

“We needed to bounce back quickly,” she said. “We did a good job of playing with a little more intensity.”

Saturday’s loss was perhaps Penn’s most disappointing all year. The Red and Blue (5-7, 1-3 Ivy) were down, 2-1, at halftime before junior Elizabeth Hitti helped put Penn in front with her second assist of the game and a go-ahead goal.

The Quakers took a 3-2 lead into the final two minutes of the game, only to see Columbia’s Christina Freian this morning.The Croatian agent represents Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, among several high profile players, and was at AC Milan HQ today, says TMW.Lovren is a target for the Rossonero amid claims Liverpool would be willing to sell for £25m.Fobott tie the game with 1:41 remaining. Just 16 seconds into the ensuing overtime, freshman Whitney Hartstone scored the sudden-death winner for the Lions.

Fink was puzzled by her team’s defensive breakdown on the game’s final play.

“I don’t know about that last goal,” she said. “I don’t know if people misunderstood their role defensively, but you can’t give up a wide-open goal like that in OT.”

Freibott scored three of her team’s four goals and assisted on the fourth. The defending Ivy League Player of the Week, the junior made a strong case for a repeat nod.

Despite the short period to regroup , the Quakers dominated from start to finish on Sunday. The Red and Blue got five goals from four different players en route to the shutout victory — their first win in their last five games.

Freshman Alexa Hoover scored twice, pushing her season total to a team-high 11 goals. Freshmen Gina Guccione and Rachel Huang also chipped in with goals, as well as senior midfielder Alex Iqbal.

Iqbal scored in both of the weekend’s games, pushing her total to six goals on the season.

“She was out for three games, but now shee results of the medical of Lyon fullback Ferland Mendy.Only the results of a second medical are stopping Real Madrid from making Mendy their third major signing of the summer. The defender has suffered a lot from injuries in the 12 months so Madrid ’s back and feeling good,” Fink said of Iqbal. “She’s a huge p the round of 16 Champions League draw “calmly”.Lampard is proud to be in the draw after victory over Lille at the expense of Ajax, which were beaten by Valencia on Tuesday night.The manager said, “We should be very pleased we’re there. There has beeart of this team and its success. Whether she scores or not, she’s a key contributor.”

While the win over Longwood is a nice confidence booster, it didn’t help the Quakers’ Ivy League record. Penn currently sits at 1-3 in Ancient Eight play, good for sixth place.

The Red and Blue will get a chance to improve that mark when they travel to Yale on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 2-10 overall and winless in Ivy League play.

Coming off of four straight losses capped by an OT stunner, Penn demonstrated its ability to get back on its feet. However, the Quakers still have a lot of work to do to salvage their chances of finishing near the top of the Ivy League.

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:

Penn rowing to perform for the masses

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When the Penn crew teams compete in Cambridge, Mass., this fall break, there will be an unusual sight — 300,000 cheering fans.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is rowing on a grand scale. The men’s lightweight, men’s heavyweight and women’s teams will be joined by 9,000 athletes in what is the ultimate two-day competition with thousands of spectators lined along the banks of the Charles River.

Men’s heavyweight coach Greg Myhr stressed what a rarity that is in crew.

“Typically in rowing there are very few spectators,” he said. “The Head of the Charles is completely unique in that the riverbank is packed with people cheering and watching for three miles, so however long that race may take, you have people cheering and watching the whole way.”

For the guys on the water, it is quite the adrenaline rush.

“There’s noise and there’s screaming the entire race so when they get done they say, ‘That went by just like that,’” Myhr said. “They don’t usually say that after workouts.”

The competition is in head format, meaning that crews race against the clock rather than side-by-side. It is structured so that the boats start 10 seconds apart, sometimes making for fraught situations as boats run each other down and cut each other off while winding along the twisting corners of the river separating Cambridge and Boston.

“It’s a race that’s rife with struggle,” Myhr said. “One of my colleagues said to me, ‘Many things can happen at the Head of the CFulham are interested in Levante defender Chema.According to El Desmarque in Spain, the Cottagers have made contact with the player’s representatives.The 27-year-old can play at centre-back and right-back.New Fulham boss Scott Parker is on the lookout for solid signings that will help the club get back into the Premier League after being relegated this season.harles and none of them are good,’ meaning you’re on a curving, twisting course and you would be very fortunate to find the right line.”

The image is one of danger and potential disaster as teams deal with the stresses and strains of this atypical race in what at times amounts to rowing’s version of a demolition derby. To do well, a team often has to be lucky.

“You plan, you train, but sometimes there are just no answers for a coxswain. There just aren’t,” Myhr said. “You have to do what you can do and sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don’t.”

In spite of the madness, there seems to be some method to taking part in the Head of the Charles. The rowing season is a long one, stretching from the beginning of the fall sort stint.That is the view of his former teammate Troy Deeney.The latter, who is still at Watford, played with Ighalo with the Hornets a couplBournemouth goalkeeping coach Neil Moss has been fined £1,150 after admitting a Football Association improper conduct charge.The 44 year old used foul language and broke FA rule E3 during the Cherries’ 3-0 defeat at Burnley in February.The incident led to Moss being sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean in the 61st minute.e of seasons ago.Ighalo is on loan for United from Shanghai Shenhua for the rest of the season.”He’s a good emester to the end of the spring, and the monotony of training can get overwhelming.

“It’s huge for keeping the guys motivated,” Myhr said. “It’s a trip they desperately want to go on, and if you do well, you come back fired up … So it’s motivational and a lot more fun than training by yourself on the river.”

In this mindset, the regatta is seen as a useful indication of the teams’ form as they prepare for the spring season. It also allows them to go up against their Ivy rivals.

“If we’re running well with the Ivy League, then we are running well nationally,” Myhr said. “But first things first.”

In spite of this competitive edge, the regatta transcends normal sporting boundaries and creates a spectacle like no other.

“The spectators are cheering for people they know and people they don’t know,” Myhr said. “But they’re also cheering for crashes because there are all sorts of craziness that happen on the river every year.”

The challenge for the Red and Blue will be avoiding the “craziness” and navigating their way to victory.SEE ALSO

Sushaan Modi | Time for W. Hoops to prove itself

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Ranked teams don’t normally schedule Penn women’s basketball. But this year’s team is different and needs to be challenged.

If the Quakers are to be successful this year, tonight’s matchup against No. 3 Notre Dame will be their most important game of the season.

The Red and Blue haven’t faced a player who can create her own shot as well as ND senior Natalie Novosel. They have never seen as quick, strong and agile a player as preseason All-American Skylar Diggins. They have never faced a rebounder as strong as Devereaux Peters.

But when Penn takes on the Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., the Quakers can prove to the rest of the Ivy League and Big 5 that they are a team to be reckoned with.

“I hope it’s a game where we can look the opponent squarely in the eye and not back down,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “It presents a lot of challenges but we can’t be afraid. I’m anxious. It’s great trip for our program.”

Coming off a win against No. 7 Duke, the Fighting Irish are easily the most talented team that Penn has faced under coach Mike McLaughlin.

A 2011 Final Four team, Notre Dame has only lost once this year — to No. 1 Baylor. In fact, the Irish have beaten all four unranked opponents they have faced by an average of 40.5 points.

But for the Quakers, this game represents an important measuring stick and could not have come at a more perfect is Smalling.Smalling is currently on-loan at Roma, though no permanent option was included.Roma have now opened talks with United about a fee for the defender.A first offer of €10m has been tabled – only half of the Red Devils’ asking price at a retime in the season. At 4-1, the Red and Blue are off to their best start in program history, but their play has been anything but solid.

Penn has struggled at points during games, most notably in the second half against Rider and La Salle, but has shown a growing maturity by expertly closing out games. Against Notre Dame, however, the Quakers won’t be able to afford mistakes or mental lapses.

“[They are] a special team that was a play away from a national championship,” McLaughlin said.

With four wins already, Penn is surging with confidence. McLaughlin has been able to balance the youth of three freshmen earning major minutes and experience of forwards Jess Knapp and Jourdan Banks.

The team can only benefit from playing agaielsea manager Frank Lampard admits his side face a tough test in the Premier League 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,nst one of the country’s best teams, but that means showing up for a full 40 minutes.

“They have one of the best back courts in the country,” McLaughlin said. “f praise for Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe after their promotion back to the Premier League.United loanee Tuanzebe started alongside Tyrone Mings again at the centre of the Villa defence as they secured a deserved 2-1 win to return to the [We worked on] handling traps and trying to be secure with the ball, little things like that to handle pressure.”

A win, to be frank, would be a long shot. A loss by anything less than 20 points would be a resounding moral victory. But the greatest success the women’s basketball team can take away is a strong, mistake-free performance.

SUSHAAN MODI is a sophomore international studies and business major from Demarist, N.J. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com

Penn Relays | 4 years later, he still runs scared

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Penn senior Tim-Jackson.The 22 year-old will kickoff tests on Monday with the Eredivisie outfit.Borthwick-Jackson still has a year to run on his contract, but Heerenveen are banking on United releasing him should he do enough to win an offer.He spent last season on Kaijala remembers track coach Charlie Powell sending him out on the last day of the Penn Relays four years ago. Kaijala was to be the anchor of the Quakers’ 4×800-meter team.

“It was the most nervous I’ve been in my whole life,” he recalled after this year’s Relays.

Despite those nerves, he didn’t disappoint, as Penn finished fourth in the event – the best he would ever finish in four years wearing Red and Blue.

Four years later, Kaijala is still running the anchor leg of the 4x800m, and the nerves are still there.

“Just being in that stadium, hearing the roar of the crowd, being around some of the best runners in the world . it’s always overwhelming,” he said.

The team finished sixth (of 13) this year, but Kaijala still felt the weekend was a successful one for the Quakers, calling it a “step up” from last year’s Relays. He was also pleased with his own performance – his anchor leg of 1:50.2, which brought Penn from eighth to sixth.

Columbia finished third, and was the only Ivy ahead of Penn.

More than just results, though, Kaijala felt the 4×800 was a harbinger for the future: the team has one runner from each class.

“After I gradun.The former FC Tours striker joined CD Manchego over the summer and has become a hit with the local media.So much so that Mathias Pogba has just signed with El Chiringuito de Jugones to become a regular pundit.”We could not let him escape,” the showate, I’d like to stay involved and help out, so I was really excited to see the future of the team and see them step up like that,” Kaijala said.

Women break Ivy record

The Penn women’s Distance Medley Relay team of Jesse Carlin, Shaunee Morgan, Claire Kim and Stacy Kim finished with a time of 11:08.83, breaking the previous Ivy record of 11:13.01 set by Cornell last year.

The Quakers finished sixth. Michigan won with a time of 10:49.58. Tennessee, Stanford, Georgetown and North Carolina the last laugh over Aston Villa fans after victory yesterday.The Dutchman was the target of chants from the Holte End, principally a rendition of “You’re just a s*** Tyrone Mings.”And the £75m man was keen to remind the home supporters after Sadiorounded out the top five.

Penn’s 4x800m team also had an excellent finish, coming fifth in the Championship of America.

Carlin and the Kims were joined by Anna Aagenes for that event. Stacy Kim started off with a 2:10.4, Aagenes ran a 2:11.5, Claire Kim a 2:14.2. The anchor leg belonged to Carlin, who finished with a 2:07.6.

On a more disappointing note for the Quakers, their Sprint Medley team was in position to finish second in the Championship of America but was later disqualified due to an illegal handoff between Halloran Cope and Laura McDaniel after the first leg.

Five Questions: On defense and special teams

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The Quakers’ 2006 defense couldn’t be any more different from the 2005 defense – not in terms of the 11 men on the field, but in terms of the expectations at each position.

Last year, a young, inexperienced front seven joined a secondary stacked with seniors, but that didn’t seem to matter much. It was the young guys who shone the brightest as the Quakers had one of the nation’s best run defenses.

This year, the roles are reversed.

1. Will the young secondary step up like the young front seven did last year?

If they do, it will be much more of a surprise than last year’s run-stopping, which was anchored by standout linebackers Ric San Doval and Kory Gedin.

Half of the 2006 secondary hasn’t seen time beyond one blowout last season. Starting cornerback Tyson Maugle is a sophomore who didn’t play a snap last year, while starting safety Jordan Manning played only in Penn’s romp of Bucknell.

Greg Ambrogi solidifies his starting spot at corner, as does Scotty Williams at safety. But they’ll have a lot of work to do in order to improve a unit that finished second-to-last in the Ivies in pass defense.

2. Will kicker Derek Zoch win Penn a game or cost Penn a game?

Last year, he didn’t do the former, but may have done the latter with a miss from 32 yards out in the Villanova game that the Wildcats won by four. Penn was forced to go for a touchdown on the game’s last play inside Villanova’s five yard line and failed.

With the way the league looks this year, an important conference game could come down to the right fHarry Redknapp has again spoken of how close Tottenham came to signing former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer, however Redknapp revealed the Belgian could’ve joined Spurs while still playing in France with Lille.The former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports: “I met Eden Hazard in Paris, we had an hour chat.“I loved him as a footballer, what a genius. He was up for coming to Tottenham.”Redknapp expressed his regret that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unable to get the deal done.He said: “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn’t involved in transfer deals.“All I’d do if I see a player, I’d tell Daniel and they do the deals. But it never got that far, they couldn’t agree a fee so they didn’t get him.”oot of No. 89.

Zoch had his moments in his first season as a full-time starter last year, including a school-record four field goals against Dartmouth.

But he and his line had problems with blocked kicks during his 11-for-17 stint.

3. Can the Quakers get to the quarterback?

This should be one of the biggest strengths for a Penn team that came up one short of the Ivy League lead in sacks last season.

Jim Malizia returns at one defensive end position, bringing with him his team-leading six sacks from 2005. But at the other end spot will be senior Mark Herman, who has appeared in just four career games.

Brian Fairbanks, Naheem Harris and J.J. Stanton are all returning as starters, which likely leaves the unit with the fewest question marks on the entire team.

4. Can the returners break loose?

Sam Shepherd already had one moment of greatness at Fraer United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Daniel James over diving accusations after their 1-1 draw at Wolves.James was booked for simulation midway through the first-half yet replays showed Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho made contact with thenklin Field, anchoring the 4×400-meter team that won the Heptagonals relay at Penn Relays last year.

Now just a sophomore, Shepherd looks for a second one as he will return kicks for the Quakers this season. The speedster returned the opening kickoff of the scrimmage against Widener for a touchdown.

Joining him deep on kickoffs will be Ambrogi, who got plenty of experience on special teams last season, returning nine kicks for an average of 25.6 yards.

With the loss of top return men Nick Okoro and Adam Francks to graduation, there will be plenty of running to do for the duo.

5. Can the Quakers stop Clifton Dawson?

If the first eight weeks go as planned for Al Bagnoli and Co., the Ivy League title could come down to the Week 9 match-up with Harvard and one of the best players in conference history.

Dawson, a senior running back from Scarborough, Ont., is on pace to break Cornell alum Ed Marinaro’s 35-year-old career rushingimovic has re-signed for AC Milan on a six-month deal, with the option for another season.The 38-year-old was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.The Serie A side said Ibrahimovic “will be in Milan on 2 J record.

That considered, the Quakers held him relatively in check last season, allowing “only” 105 yards, which is short of his career average of 125.1.

Linebackers Joe Anastacio and Gedin could have a lot to do with whether the Quakers can keep him down or if Dawson celebrates his record on the Franklin Field turf.

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