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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.

What happens inside Penn Park's giant winter Bubble?

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During the late fall or early winter each year, one of Penn Park’s two turf fields seemingly disappears. While the James F. “Ace” Adams Field remains usable andving this season.Nainggolan left AS Roma for Inter last summer.“I was hoping that I could’ve done more for the team this season, but the team have done well, and we are close to our objective of qualifying for next season’s Champions League,” he to visible to the average Penn student, Dunning-Cohen Champions Field becomes enveloped in a colossal white structure known as “the Bubble.”

For many Penn students, the Bubble, or the “seasonal air structure” as it is described on the Penn Facilities website, is a mysterious, largely inaccessible dome. While varsity and club athletes alike utilize the Bubble to practice during the winter, most students are left to wonder about its contents.

A tour inside the Bubble led by Ian Lencicki, the building manager for Penn Athletics, revealed a well-lit, well-equipped structure with ample space for the Quakers’ athletic programs to conduct full practices during the freezing weather. With amenities such as soccer goals, lacrosse goals, netting, and batting cages, as well as electricity and controlled climate, the Bubble serves as an ideal place for teams that would otherwise be completely weather-dependent.

“From the time it goes up until the time it goes down, it’s utilized morning, noon, and night from 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning to sometimes 2:00 in the morning, with rental groups on the weekends,” Lencicki said. “We don’t have an indoor training space inside a field house or anything, so the Bubble gives our teams like baseball, softball, and lacrosse scrimmage advantages in the winter and early spring.”

A group of 40 to 50 electricians, groundsmen, and Penn Facilities managers orchestrate and conduct the installation and takedown of this massive structure. The process, as one might imagine, is complex and demanding.

The Bubble is usually erected around a week or two before Thanksgiving, and that process, according to Lencicki, can take up to three weeks.

“Typically around [late November], the soccer seasons are coming to an end, so there’s more field availability,” Lencicki said. “You’re not overlapping between soccer practices, lacrosse practices, and other field rentals.”

When first installed, the Bubble is totally bare and dark, with the lighting, electricity, security cameras, and then eventually the sporting equipment added in the following days.

The takedown process, although a much quicker process at only three or four days, can often be more complicated than installation, especially in terms of timing.

“We do takedown in late March, hopefully before or after any bad weather has rolled in,” Lencicki said. “We take it down allowing for rainy days because you can’t roll it up wet, or else it could get moldy, or dingy, or smelly. We need a really solid weather window, but we have to be careful not to run into Penn Relays, Spring Fling, and the other events that need these fields in the spring. It’s a really tight window.”

Still, despite the potential complications, the Bubble has proven itself to be a useful resource not only for Penn’s varsity and club programs but also for some other well-known teams.

According to Lencicki, the Bubble has housed the Philadelphia Union of the MLS, the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, among others, demonstrating a value that not only aids but also transcends Penn Athletics, a value that more than justifies the work that so many people do to make it possible.

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Food, football, and fun: Penn Athletics to host Fan Fest this Friday

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Do you like free food? Do you like football? Do you want to do something other than prepare for that interview you have next week?

Well, you’re in luck!

Penn Athletics will bhas been revealed.Sport says Neymar is convinced he will be back at Barcelona next season. That’s what he’s told his would-be teammates. Barcelona’s players, at least some of them, have news because they’re in touch with him. There’s interest inside e hosting their first Fan Fest of the season this Friday before the Red and Blue’s Ivy League opener again Dartmouth. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Shoemaker Green, which is the green field right in front of the Palestra, and right next to DRL (David Rittenhouse Laboratory).

The Fan Fest, which is free to enter, will include many different attractions, including free food, beer, and a live DJ. Penn Athletics will also be hosting a similar Fan Fest prior to Penn football’s season finale against Cornell on November, 18. Thez hopes for a chance with parent club Watford.Suarez is currently impressing on-loan with Segunda Division Zaragoza this season.”Every year has been better than the year before, that is a fact,” he said of his development since arriving in Europe.”Se event mirrors similar popular events that are held at many Power-5 conference schools like USC, Florida State, and Texas.

This is the second consecutive year that Penn Athletics is hosting these events, which are aimed at encouraging people, especially students, to showcase their school spirit. Last year, there were four separate Fan Fest events, two during the football season and two before men’s basketball games.

The event promises to be entertaining and will serve as a great warmup to the main event s to make his debut for England. It was an assured performance,” Aston Villa boss Dean Smith on defender Tyrone Mings’ debut for England against Bulgaria on Monday.”It was like he was playing for Villa as he was organising players around him, he playon Franklin Field. Come get rowdy and ready to root on your defending Ivy League Champs on Friday.

Penn Athletics Weekend MVP: Tim Graul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Torgersen, Williams take home Ivy weekly awards for Penn football

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It may have taken four years and 30 games, but Alek Torgersen finally has his secondweekly award.

The Penn football senior quarterback, recipient of Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for his first-ever appearance against Cornell in 2013, was named the conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second such award for his career.

Torgersen was joined by a teammate on the other side of the field, as sophomore defensive back Mason Williams was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time of his career.

It is the third time in the last four weeks the Red and Blue have had a player get the award, as junior defensive lineman Louis Vecchio won it last week and sophomore defensive back Sam Philippi brought it home on Oct. 31.

With a second-quarter interception against Cornell, Williams became the first Penn player to record six picks in a season since Ross Armstrong in 1984.

Torgersen concluded his career with a bevy of program records, including total yards, passing touchdowns and completion percentage. He becamrry Winks admits he models his game on Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or Luka Modric.Winks also takes inspiration from Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong.The midfielder told the London Evening Standard: “I compare myself to De Jong and Modric and I take it as ae just the eighth player in Ivy League history to surpass 7,000 career passing yards, which he did during his 284-yard performance on Saturday.

Along with junior wide receiver Justin Watson, Torgersen has been one-half of the most productive duo in Penn history. In 29 games together over the course of the last three years, they combined for 192 receptions, 2,456 yards and 17 touchdowns, all program records for could be ready to play his first game for the club.Welbeck signed on a free transfer after being released by Arsenal at the end of last season.Gracia will be hoping that he can count on the Englishman to add much needed quality and pace to his attaca single partnership.

For his part, Watson has been named one of 15 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player iner their Champions League shock at Liverpool.He is not the only one to be hurting as he admitted that his players had felt the impact of defeat too.”We’re hurting, I won’t deny it, we have a responsibility to ourselves and our fans,” the coach admitt the Football Championship Subdivision each year. Watson led the Ivy League in receptions (89), receiving yards (1,115) and touchdowns (8) this season, setting program records in each of the first two.

Two other finalists for the award, Chase Edmonds of Fordham and Troy Pelletier of Lehigh, played against Penn this season, with the Rams and Mountain Hawks handing the Quakers two of their three losses on the year.

The Quakers clinched a record-tying 18th Ivy league title with Saturday’s 42-20 win over Cornell, sharing the crown with Princeton after both went 6-1 in conference play.

Penn women's basketball bonds over trip to Italy

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One of the beautiful things about sports is their universality — you don’t have to speak the same language as your opponents to recognize a fantastic play or a well-fought game. This past August, Penn women’s basketball got to experience this element of sports firsthand during a ten-day whirlwind tour of Italy.

For the first time in program history, the Quakers embarked overseas for what they called the “2014 Italy Tour,” which included stops in Rome, Florence, Lake Como and Venice. The goal? Soak up a little bit of Italian culture while getting international basketball experience.

“[The team] saw some of the most historic venues in the world — the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, the statue of David by Michelangelo,” coach Mike McLaughlin said of the Quaker’s leisure activities. “Things in history that they’ll never forget.”

Beyond just visiting the ‘touristy’ sites, though, the Quakers learned valuable lessons about chemistry and the universality of sports during their brief stint abroad.

“My favorite memory about Italy, more than the sightseeing and traveling, was probably the three games,” senior guard Kathleen Roche said.

During its 2014 Italy Tour, the Quakers played three games against Italian and German semi-professional teams. Penn opened with a 69-39 win over the Italy All-Stars and followed the resounding victory with anothenham defender.The 32 year-old Belgium international comes off contract in June and is yet to seriously discuss new terms with Spurs.Agent Tim de Mul revealed: “We don’t have an agreement at the moment, but I don’t exclude anything. “We consider ever win over AS Vertis La Spezia, 78-49.

Junior guard Brooklyn Juday described playing against these teams as a bonding experience for the Quakers .

“When you’re playing teams that don’t speak your language that’s something that is a little bit difficult to overcome,” she said.

Following their win over La Spezia, the Red and Blue were treated to a five course meal with the members of the Italian team.

“Only two of the girls spoke English, but we were seated every other person with their team members,” Juday recalls. “We had some funny moments with them — and some awkward moments.”

Despite some things lost in translation, McLaughlin regarded the dinner as “the pinnacle” of the trip.

“Their English is limited, our Italian is limited, but you can tell they can communicate over one common bond, which was the game,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better environment.”

The language barrier, however, was not the only obstacle the Quakers would face while abroad. With foreign opponents comes an entirely foreign style of play, at times. Penn got a dose of this first hand during its third and final game of the trip, a 62-56 loss to Chemcats Chemnitz of Germany.

“The German team was very brute force, really rough and going right at us,” Roche said.

The Germans’ style of physical play took the Quakers — especially the younger, untested members of the squad — by surprise. Although Penn was not able to pull out a win, it gained valuable experience playing aggressively from buzzer to buzzer.

“We had a chance for some players who haven’t played a whole lot during their tenure hereon for his off-field influence.The Brazilian attacker is one of the most talented wingers in the Premier League.But it is not only his performances that are drawing praise from his manager, as he helped the Blues to a 3-2 win over Wolves in the Premi to play,” McLaughlin said. “I felt that experience in terms of on the court was what really helped move things forward.”

Roche agrees.

“A huge reason for going to Italy was being able to play together, to know how each other plays and to get that groove going before we start our season,” she said.

The Quakers are just days away from their season opener on November 14 against Tennessee in Knoxville, and McLaughlin will be looking to those nine players on his roster with international experience to set the tone for the game.

The Lady Volunteers are perennially one of the most competitive women’s programs in Division I basketball, thus keeping up with Tennessee’s physicir 3-3 draw with Manchester United.The Blades were up 2-0 and all over United before a stunning comeback from the visitors put them ahead, only for Oli McBurnie to equalise at the deathSpeaking after the game, Souness compared Chris Wilder’s side to al style on the court will be an ample challenge for Penn.

But Roche is confident in what her team learned from its loss to Chemcats Chemnitz.

“We’re going to play teams that are really aggressive, so we had to make sure that we don’t let [the Lady Volunteers] beat us up. Especially going into Tennessee,” she said.

“I think that experience in Italy is going to be really beneficial to that.”

Penn women's lacrosse clinches share of Ivy title for eighth straight year

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Not one. Not two. Not three. But eight championships.

With a win on Saturday, No. 15 Penn women’s lacrosse clinched a share of its eighth consecutive Ivy League title in its final regular season contest against Cornell.

“After our loss to Princeton, we turned it on the next couple games and there was a lot of pressure and in the end we pulled through and fought,” coach Karin Brower Corbett said. “This team really battled a lot of things both on and off the field.

“I’m really proud of them. They really did something tremendous this year.”

The Quakers (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) rebounded from a slow start and held off a late surge from Cornell (7-8, 4-3) on their way to a 10-8 victory. The win also ensured Penn of the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted by co-Ivy League champion Princeton next weekend.

The Red and Blue opened up the game with a sluggish performance, allowing a few quick goals from the Big Red, who grabbed a 3-1 lead through the first six minutes. However, as they have all season, the Quakers responded.

“The thing that’s been working for us, why we’ve had some good halves or parts of games, is when our attack is really moving at a fast pace and creating a lot of havoc,” Corbett said. “It was a complete team effort.

“There were a number of people who finished well this weekend, but I think it has a lot to do with … the speed at which wekeeper Joel Periera has explained his reasons for going out on loan to Hearts.The Portuguese under-21 international will spend the coming season at Tynecastle.The youngster is hoping that he can gain first team experience and prove his value to the U play.”

After a seven-goal run, Penn found itself ahead 8-3 and maneuvered into halftime with a four-goal lead following a late Cornell score. The Quakers continued their hot play during the first few minutes of the second half and claimed a 10-4 lead.

And though Cornell scored four goals late in the second half, the Big Red were unable to overcome the insurmountable lead despite their best efforts.

“I feel like we startemidfielder James Maddison.The Guardian says Manchester United will face competition from Arsenal to sign Maddison.United have made the 24-year-old their priority target although the Foxes are unwilling to sell.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to lure d off a little bit slow, made some mistakes off the bat, got into a groove on attack,” Corbett said. “And then after the goals in the second half, we talked about looking for good opportunities, and unfortunately we didn’t do that. The second half wasn’t a great defensive game for us either.”

The win clinched a share of the eighth consecutive Ivy League championship for the program, breakLampard was speaking about the disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool.He believes the team are making progress on all fronts and thinks that fans can see that progression with their eyes.”Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football,” Lampard said to theing Harvard’s previous record for consecutive Ivy League women’s lacrosse titles, which included seven titles from 1987-93. The title also matches Penn’s school record for consecutive Ivy League championships with the men’s fencing squad that captured eight championships from 1975-76 to 1982-83.

“This team really set out from the beginning to make history,” Corbett said. “It was our goal to win an eighth consecutive championship that no other team had ever done in lacrosse.”

Senior midfield Tory Bensen continued her recent hot streak, notching four goals and an assist in the game. Meanwhile, freshman attack Sarah Barcia scored her second hat trick of the season, all three of which came during the Quakers’ late first-half streak.

Moving into the Ivy League tournament, the team has its sights set on the more distant future, securing an NCAA tournament berth.

“There isn’t really a pressure to repeat, that’s how we’ve played all season,” Corbett said. “This is just ‘We want to play in the NCAAs’, we’ve got to play well to win on Friday to have a chance at an at-large.”

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

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

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

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

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

Coach Leslie King is taking it all in stride.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hall of Fame honors

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

W. Tennis opens home schedule triumphantly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round one to Penn

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

ruce has explained the benching of Allan Saint-Max

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Like many Fantasy owners, I’ve been pondering all spring which will be present in 2013? Will it be the hitter from 2009 and 2012 that tore the cover off the ball? Or will it be the player that disappointed so many Fantasy owners in the 2010 and 2011 seasons? With less than a week to go before the regular season, I’m in the belief Hill will be more of the ’09/’12 hitter.

A lot has to do with the fact he has had a pretty good spring. He’s batting .432 (19 for 44) wnoli at AC Milan.Sky Italia says Barca asked after the defender in talks with Milan over the departure of Jean-Clair Todibo.Wh club.Guardiola has confirmed Sane is back in training with City after fully recovering from knee surgery. The Germany attacker, .6m.The 33 year old Frenchman had a year left on his contract at Emirates Stadium and the Gunners wanted him to stay.But he asked for a free transfer and refused to travel on a pre-season tour of the United States.”We decided to sanction his move to however, remains a target for Bayern Munich.Asked about Sane’s situation, Guardiola stated: “Unfortunately, I have no newile there’s no immediate plans to sign the Italy international, Barca have him on their list of potential future additions.Rith a .636 slugging percentage, a homer, six doubles, 13 runs and 13 RBI in 16 spring games. I wish I had more confidence in Hill earlier in the spring because I think I would have reached for him in drafts instead of punting on second base, which was my strategy in most drafts. I’m with my colleague Scott White by behind Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler and Ben Zobrist.