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

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It’s crunch time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Howard turns in marquee effort to guide Quakers to victory against Columbia

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This season has not been kind to Penn men’s basketball. Coming into Friday’s game against Columbia, the Quakers were winless in six Ivy League contests and in desperate need of a better performance to have any shot of making the Ivy League Tournament. The Red and Blue played one of their best halves of the year in the first 20 minutes, and after relinquishing the lead early in the second, were able to gut out the victory on the back of 48 rebounds and 12 three-pointers. Let’s go tothe player ratings.

STARTERS

Ryan Betley, G—6.5 / 10

The freshman guard did not light up the night with his shooting percentage, but his six rebounds were big in the Quakers’ win. He also played well defensively, forcing a huge turnover as Columbia looked to take the lead late in the second half. His only points came from a very timely three-pointer to regain the lead in the game’s final few minutes.

Jackson Donahue, G —5.1 / 10

Donahue also had a rough night on the offensive end, shooting 2-for-8 on his field goal attempts and missing fiveof his sixshots from behind the arc. He pulled down fiverebounds to go along with his fivepoints, but we are accustomed to seeing the sophomore guard shoot better than that.

AJ Brodeur, C — 8.0 / 10

The Red and Blue have relied heavily on the freshman all season, and he came up big again. He led the team in minutes, finished with a quiet 14 points kly turned down by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.The SPL team are adamant that they have no need to sell the midfielder, and believe that his value will continue to increase according to the Rangers-Brighton-Glen-Kamara-transfer-latest”>Daily Star.The Scoand pulled down 10 rebounds. He had tough assignments all night on defense, including guarding Columbia’s 7-foot-1 center Conor Voss, but played physically in the paint. His layup and free throw made up a clutch three-point play, a Atalanta have decided to trigger the permanent option in Pasalic’s deal.The Croatian will join La Dea outright this summer for a knockdown fee of €15m.Atalanta’s board know they’re getting a bargain given Pasalic’s contribution to their success ovnd it became it evident it was going to be Penn’snight in the second half. Another solid performance by the big man.

Darnell Foreman, G — 5.8 / 10

Darnell had a tough night from the floor, missing all 5 of his attempts, including three from deep. He was clutch from the free throw line however, hitting all four attempts in the final minute to ice away the game.

Matt Howard, F —9.0 / 10

Matt Howard was Penn’s best player tonight. He did not lead the Quakers in scoring, finishing with 13, but he was an absolute rock on the defensive end of the floor. He had two high-flying blocks in the game’s final minute to squash Columbia’s comeback hopes. He hit two three-pointers, including a huge shot from behind the arc that killed the Lion’s momentum they had gained after taking the lead early in the second half.

BENCH

Devon Goodman — 7.4 / 10

Goodman went 3-for-5 from three-point range, including hitting one right after Matt Howard’s early in the second half that kept Columbia from running away with the game. His ninepoints in 24 minutes may not have been flashy, but he played well for the Red and Blue all night.

Sam Jones —8.8 / 10

If there is anything Sam Jones can do well on this Earth, it’s shooting the ball from behind the arc. The junior guard led the team with 17points, shooting 6-for-12 from the floor, including fivethree-pointers. He seemed to be knocking shots down from everywhere on the court, and was really responsible for providing the Quakers with much needed offense. They will need more of this from Jones for the rest of the season.

Max Rothschild —6.0 / 10

Rothschild was one of the Quakers who did not shoot the ball very well, finishing with just five points. However, his eight rebounds were massive, including a whopping six offensive boards that were critical in Penn’s ability to finish off the Lions.

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Strong player ratings for several starters in Penn women's basketball's win over Yale

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Penn women’s basketball beat Yale tonight, 66-55, in their second conference matchup, making the Quakers 2-0 in the Ivy League. After a pretty back-and-forth first quarter, the Red and Blue took control and stifled the Bulldogs the rest of the way, keeping Penn unbeaten in conference play and therefore atop the league standings.Here’s a breakdown of each individual’s performance.

Lauren Whitlatch, G –(6/10)

Though she was subbed out early into the first quarter, the junior found her groove — in the form of a sweet corner three — in the second half and was a favorite kickout-pass target from center Sydney Stipanovich. Sharing her position with Anna Ross, the junior played only 16 minutes this game, and she spent her time shooting threes.

Kasey Chambers, G –(10/10)

What a game for Chambers. Even without mentioning the 3-point prowess she displayed this game (three-for-threefrom beyond the arc), Chambers ran the show tonight. She was communicative, mindful and observant while running the point, and facilitated an offense centered around ball movement and court vision. On defense, she was wired in. Splitting the top of the Penn 2-3 zone with both Anna Ross and Beth Brzozowski, Chambers was an absolute nuisance for the bulldogs this game. In one performance-indicative play, Chambers saw her team’s play break down, and the shot clock running out. As time expired, she drained one of her signature, high-arcing threes. In another, a pass from Anna Ross was tipped away by Yale while Penn was swinging the ball around the horn. Chambers hunted down the culprit, and stole the ball right back.

Anna Ross, G – (6/10)

The junior had a rocky start marked by an early turnover and a few missed jumpers. Ross wasn’t discouraged, however. Her shots began to fall at the end of the first quarter. Overall, Ross was inconsistentthroughout the game, going three-for-nine from the field and leading the team in turnovers. But she found her stride at certain points throughout her 34 minutes of play, and when she did she reminded the crowd crowd after selling more than 50,000 tickets for a game against Germany at Wembley in November, reports BBC Sport.The previous record was 45,619 when Germany were also the opponents and claimed a 3-0 win at Wembley in 2014.”We are really grateful foof how dangerous she canget.

Sydney Stipanovich, C – (8/10)

Stipanovich’s court vision was an asset for Penn this game: She was a distributer as well as a finisher. Though Yale’s unpredictable guards — capable of driving or pulling up at a moment’s notice — outpaced Stipanovich early on and poked leaks in Penn’s defense, she certainly sealed the game with her work in the paint later on, leading the team in both points and rebounds and drawing a round of applause from the crowd when she was eventually subbed out in the game’s final minutes.

Princess Aghayere, F –(7.5/10)

Expectations were high for Princess after the Princeton game, and she certainly delivered. Coming off the bench at the end of the first quarter, Aghayere was quick to make her presence known as she wove nimbly through Yale defense with a finesse up-and his groin strain.Carroll, who has recently recovered from a career-threatening ankle injury, strained his groin after coming on for his fourth appearance of the season – all of which have come as a substitute – against Chelsea on Saturday.”It’s not -under. She spent her court time working hard whether she was on the ball or off it, setting screens or saving balls heading for out-of-bounds. Here’s a play indicative of her attitude: a missed jumper prompted her to grab her own rebound and bury the layup to ensure that she saw the play through.

Beth Brzozowski, G –(6/10)

Brzozowski worked hard on defense, and helped work with Chambersto balance out the solid Quakers’ zone defense, but only had one point on the night and seemed to be lacking the confidence she displayed at Princeton.

Michelle Nwokedi, F – (7/10)

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GuardAshley Russell, guardDeja Jackson, forward Jackie Falconer, guardKendall Grasela and centerEmily Anderson all worked hard for the final few minutes of the game, but not for long enough to garner individual ratings.

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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.

Gymnastics Issue | Consistency could spell title defense for Penn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It really comes down to consistency.”

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.

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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 men's basketball's Red & Blue Scrimmage ends in laps

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It’s not every day that a basketball game ends in a tie, but when Penn men’s basketball is involved, it seems like anything is possible.

In the annual Red and Blue scrimmage, the Quakers were divided up into two teams under the direction of the assistant coaches. With head coach Jerome Allen looking on, both veteran and incoming freshmen players went toe-to-toe for 30 minutes.

After two halves, the Red and Blue teams were deadlocked at 42. Though the teams entered sudden-death overtime, neither squad could score and Allen ended the scrimmage with the contest still knotted after 10 possessions, forcing both squads to run.

“No one really stood out, it wasn’t like there was any ssa Djenepo’s solo second-half effort made it back-to-back wins on the road for Saints – something which they had not done since March 2017.“I think it was a very concentrated performance from every player. We had a different shape today again so tellar play,” Allen said. “Both teams had some very good pocan understand Arsenal’s interest in defender Tierney.“Oncawing Liverpool in the Champions League draw.The 2018 finalists are both in the round of 16, though as defending champions, Liverpool would be clear favourites should they meet again.”If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them,” said Zidane with a e you’re a top quality player like he [Tierney] is, like what Callum [McGregor] is, what James [Forrest] is, you are always going to get bids. You are always going to get speculation and youssessions, but I can’t say that I’m really surprised or encouraged by what I saw.”

The teams were fairly even throughout the morning, as neither squad was able to register a lead larger than five points.

Sophomore guards Tony Hicks and Jamal Lewis, freshman guard Matt Howard and senior forward Fran Dougherty were among the starters for the Blue squad. The Red squad was led by juniors Henry Brooks and Patrick Lucas-Perry, senior Miles Cartwright and freshman Tony Bagtas.

“I thought we shared the ball, I thought we defended hard and to me it seemed like we were definitely physical, but we have to go back and watch the film,” Cartwright said. “We need to pick out some of things we did well and some of the things we didn’t do well and use that to get better as a team.”

Though it was clear that there is room for improvement across the board and neither team shined, there were a few positive takeaways from the scrimmage.

Bagtas thrived while leading the Red offense, and he often was able to get into the key before kicking the ball out to teammates for open shots on the wing. Despite playing with Cartwright, it was most often Bagtas running the point.

“It was exciting,” Bagtas said. “It felt really exciting to be on the court for the first time in a game situation with all the lights on in a big, historic arena. I loved it.”

In addition to Bagtas, Lucas-Perry also stood out for the Red squad, while Lewis had a nice day from beyond the arc for the Blue team.

Due to injury concerns, Allen held out sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry, senior guards Dau Jok and Steve Rennard, junior forward Greg Louis and freshman center David Winfield.

Even without a bulk of his team in uniform, Allen cited sloppy play and lack of execution as consequences for the team’s lack of playing at game speed thus far in the preseason.

“I think that all the guys played hard and they competed,” Allen said. “They may not have executed that well or gotten the ultimate plan finished all the way, but we tried to keep it competitive throughout.

“It was okay, it was fair, but we’ve gotta keep working.”SEE ALSO

Tony | The clock is ticking for Penn's athletic director search

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How the search to find Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky’s successor will play out over the course of this semester is anyone’s guess. But what’s troubling is that we’re still playing the guessing game in the first place.

Bilsky announced he would retire effective June 30 back on Nov. 21. Then Thanksgiving Break happened. Then nothing happened.

On Dec. 9, Leo Charney, a spokesperson for Penn Provost Vincent Price, told The Daily Pennsylvanian that there would be an announcement soon about the formation of an advisory committee for the athletic director search. Then nothing happened. Then Winter Break happened.

And finally, on Jan. 15, Price announced the formation of a 14-member advisory committee co-chaired by himself and Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.

If you’re keeping score, that’s eight weeks separating Bilsky’s goodbye and the proclamation of a plan to replace him. That’s too long and too problematic for whoever turns out to be Bilsky’s successor, because if the future of Penn Athletics starts now, why is it taking so long to arrive?

The next athletic director needs to be in place sooner rather than later if he or she hopes to have agency over the future of Penn’s winter and spring varsity sports. The future of coach Jerome Allen looms large for all Penn basketba for a move to Barcelona.Lacazette has been linked with a move to Barca in recent weeks.And Puel can see the transfer happening, having worked with Lacazette when Lyon coach.”Lacazette can be a player like Luis Suarez. He can drop down to midfield toll supporters, and the decision on whether to give a vote of confidence to Allen should rest squarely with the next athletic director, who should ter consideration at Spurs as cover for Harry Kane. The England captain won’t be seen again until April after undergoing hamstring surgery.Spurs have already sounded out Silva’s agent Jorge Mendes about his availability.The Portuguese is currently loaherefore be hired soon enough to observe the team in conference play and determine whether or not Allen should stay.

It would also benefit the next athletic director greatly to evaluate the rest of the winter and spring sports firsthand as well — not to be able to enact sweeping changes, but to simply measure what’s best for Penn Athletics going forward before Penn’s varsity schedules for this academic year are all but over.

That’s almost certainly not going to happen now.

Nominations and applications for the position will be accepted by the Office of the Provost until Feb. 28. Tack a thorough vetting period onto the end of that deadline, and you’re looking at the end of spring break, which lasts from March 8-16. Suddenly, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t seem so lucky.

Texas had the right idea with its recent athletic director succession. Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds announced on Oct. 13 that he’d be stepping down effective Aug. 31, 2014. By Oct. 14, a committee was in place to hire his successor. By Nov. 5, his successor, Steve Patterson, was hired and given full authority to decide how to approach struggling signature coaches like football coach Mack Brown.

Likewise, Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year on Sept. 4. It tookaurizio Sarri.The Italian has guided the Blues to a third-placed finish and the Europa League final, which will be played against Arsenal on Wednesday in Baku.But Johnson, who played alongside Lampard, believes Sarri’s future has already been decided Princeton just 12 days to announce a 12-member committee to conduct the search for Walters’ successor.

So it shouldn’t have taken nearly as long as it did for Penn to identify folks within its community who deserve to be guaranteed a voice in this crucial vetting process and reach out to them. It’s true that the advisory committee that Price ultimately came up with is a fair and balanced one, a commendable mix of administrators, coaches, alumni, students and faculty. But that doesn’t excuse the wait.

And while Princeton may not have chosen Walters’ replacement yet, at least transparency is on the Tigers’ side. Princeton held three on-campus open forums inviting comments and suggestions about its athletic director search in October and November, and that kind of transparency is crucial. Princeton even has a website designed solely for the purpose of distributing information about its search process.

Price didn’t rule out open forums when I spoke with him earlier this month, but I don’t expect committee members to push hard enough for them specifically. That’s a shame.

And yet this search is in good hands with Price. He said last month that Penn will be reaching out proactively to candidates, and you can bet that Price is going to be diligent in this process. If you’re rooting for a successful search, thoughtfulness and thoroughness are on your side with Price at the helm.

Time isn’t, though. Advisory committee, you’re on the clock.

MIKE TONY is a senior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa, and is a senior staff writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

Penn Relays | The Golden Girls of Franklin Field

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Women’s track and field coach Gwen Harris knew her group of 13 recruits was going to be special when they entered Penn as freshmen four years ago.

She just didn’t know how special.

“In the past 10 years, we’ve had seniors that have been great — but not 13,” Harris said. “Normally you have four or three or two that are great, and the other people complement them. These guys complement each other pretty well.”

The numbers the current senior class has put up speak for themselves:

Paige Madison shattered the school record in 400-meter hurdles as a sophomore — the first Penn woman to break the one-minute mark, posting a 58.89.

Madison, Renee McDougall and Leah Brown were part of the 4×100-meter relay team that set the program record two years ago, running a 46.03.

Kristen Judge tied Nicole Maloy’s 18-year high jump record with a 1.75-meter leap on April 14.

And the list goes on.

Harris gushed with pride when talking about her senior athletes.

“What can I say about Renee is that she’s just amazing — she’ll run through a brick wall for Penn.”

“Kristen Judge, as a freshman, she scored at Heps. And every year since then, she has scored at every Heps that she has been in. That’s an amazing feat.”

“They’re not all record-breaking things, but they’re things that help this team become the team that it is.”

Without hesitation, Harris responded that she knew this class was going to be good, but they still surpassed many of her originaled by injuries having sealed a £13million move to join Cherries from Bristol City back in May. Howe told the Daily Echo: “Lloyd is a huge player for us.“I’m really, really disappointed that the Bournemouth supporters haven’t seen more of him, be expectations.

“If you asked me if I knew that Paige was going to just go by 59 [seconds] and go to 58? No I didn’t know that. I thought there would be a little bit more of a progression. But who cares? I love it.”

At this weekend’s Penn Relays and next weekend’s Heptagonal Championships, both hosted at Franklin Field, is there a ceiling as to what these Quakers can accomplish?

“I hope there’s none,” Harris said. “Because I want it to be the best they’ve ever done.”

Though Heps represents the team’s most important meet of the season, for Renee McDougall, Penn Relays is the most fun time of the year.

“We excel as relay teams,” McDougall said. “We’ve been working together for four years. We completely trust one another. We know exactly what we want to do as a relay team.”

The next two weeks represent the team’s “time to shine,” according to senior Victoria Strickland.

“We’re an outdoor team — we see a lot of people peak around this time of year,” said Strickland, who ran the program’s second-fastest 800 meters, in 2:06.88, last year. “This is our home track … Heps might be the last time we’re all competing as one unit, so I think that’s a huge thing we’re looking forward to.”

Moreover, the team is brimming with confidence. They’re cocky, but in a good way.

“We know we’re gonna kick butt,” McDougall said.

For Leah Brown, she wants to leave a mark with her teammates at this year’s Relays. And there’s one simple way to do that:

“Rewrite the record books,” she said. “At Penn Relays, we have to break some recool are planning a raid on Arsenal to add to their backroom.The Liverpool-target-Arsenals-head-medical-services-Gary-ODriscoll-replace-Andrew-Massey.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Liverpool are hopeful of luring a key member of Arsenal’s backrords.”

But despite all the records, all the camaraderie, all the support, the seniors are most proud of the team they are leaving behind and ths radar.Tuttosport says Inter see the Frenchman as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, who is a big money target for Barcelona this summer.Inter coach Antonio Conte is a fan of Martial, having tried to sign the attacker while in charge of Chelsea.At e underclassmen that will be taking the reigns.

“We’re passing the baton off to them,” Brown said.

But first, they’ve got to finish the last leg of their own relay. There are still some races to run and some records to break.

Princeton hires Scott as new coach

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Just over 24 hours after Princeton lost men’s basketball coach John Thompson III to Georgetown, it has hired a new coach.

Yesterday, the Tigers announced that Joe Scott — head coach of Air Force last year — will become the 27th men’s basketball coach in Princeton’s history.

“I am tremendously excited to announce that Joe Scott will become the next men’s basketball coach at Princeton,” Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters said in a statement this afternoon. “Very few schools have the opportunity to appoint an alumnus of their university who was recognized as one of the top five coaches in the country this past season. His coaching job at Air Force was simply extraordinary.”

Scott guided Air Force to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 42 years this past season.

Scott played for Princeton’s legendary coach Pete Carril from 1983-1987. He later returned to New Jersey as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 1992-2000.

Thompson also served as a Princeton assistant from 1992-2000.

Scott will spend today traveling to Princeton and will be formally announced at a press conference tomorrow.

Walters added that Scott’s hiring “ensures that the unique genealogy of Princeton basketball that stretches back over 70 years will continue. Each successive coach was mentored either as a player or as a coach by someone within the Princeton basketball family.”

In his four years as Air Force’s head coach, Scott went 51-63. This past season, he led the Falcons to a 22-7 record, the team’s most wins ever.

“Joe Scott is a great leader and coach, and he’s obviously turned our basketbal Eibar.The pair didn’t train again on Friday and Zidane has admitted they’re not in a state to play.”It’s not that they’re injured, they’re not available to play,” Zidane said.”They’re going to go off with their national teams and then they have fivel program around,” said Brigadier General Johnny A. Weida, commandant of cadets at the Academy, in a press release. “More importantly, however, he’s had a huge impact on his players and the Academy in our number one mission area, developing officers of character to serve America and our Air Force.

“He’s laid a solid foundation for our basketball program that will serve us well for years to come.”

The Falcons have confirmed that they have hired an unnamed new coach who will be announced tomorrow.

ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting that Air Force assistant Chris Mooney will be Scott’s replacement. Katz says that Mooney — an All-Ivy player on Carril’s 1994 Princeton squad — has a clause in his contract which gives him the job if Scott should leave.

There will be a press conference at 11:30 a.m. in Colorado Springs, Colo. to make the announcement.

Scott grew up in New Jersey, attending Toms River East High School, where he scored a school record 1,550 points. He was also a football standout.

As a player at Princeton, Scott was quite successful.

He ranks fourth all-time in steals, eig his second spell at Chelsea Luiz often played long balls to Pedro, and created more ‘big chances’ than any ooring the possibility of signing former star Bakayoko on a season-long loan while also pursuing a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.Although the club are thought to favour a move for Kessie and are willing to match Milan’s £22.7m asking prither Premier League centre-back last season with 11.The Telegraph says Emery has told Luiz to aim for star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hth all-time in assists and 10th all-time in three-point shooting.

In his senior season, Scott was awarded the B.F. Bunn Trophy as the team’s top player.

After graduating in 1987, Scott attended Notre Dame Law School. He then went on to work for the law firm of Ribis, Graham & Curtin in Morristown, N.J.

Scott’s wife, the former Leah Spraragen, graduated Princeton in 1992. She was a four-year starter for the Tigers’ women’s basketball team.

Several reports cite that it was Mrs. Scott who urged her husband to move back to New Jersey.

Harry Maguire.ESPN says United remain undeterred i

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

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

break to re-energise his Manchester United players

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Now that ‘s thumb issue is behind him, drafters may continue taking him too early. 

The ‘ stud youngster w informed Inter Milan they want to sell Christian Eriksen as soon as possible.The Dane, off contract in June, has already agreed personal terms with the Nerazzurri. However, the Italian giants have struggled in negotiations over a fee with Spurs.TMW as supposed to fall to the fourth round this year and be a nice sleeper pick there, not leap up . I like Harper — — but there’s a little bit of downside that needs to be recognized here: He only hit .243 in his short Triple-A stint, with a .690 OPS. Plus, for all Mike Trout did last year, there aren’t a ton of data sets that definitively prove a 20-year-old deserves that “surefire” tag.

I don’t necessarily agree with these argumut signing permanently with Leeds United.Brighton see White as a key part of their plans and he appears a decent bet to be playing Premier League football next season, regardless of whether Leeds end their 16-year exile from the top flight.”W United youngster Dylan Levitt has signed a new contract with the club.The 18-year-old’s new deal with keep him at the club until June 2022 and United have the option to extend his stay for a further year.Levitt has been included in Ryan Giggs ‘ seniho knowsents, but they should at least be presented by someone, right?

Again, I like Harper — i think he’ll hit .300 with a possible 40/40 campaign. And I know that translates to a first-round pick. But there should be plenty of people out there tempering expectations a little bit, and they don’t seem to exist. Instead, his price just gets driven up, and he loses that exciting sleeper gambit that would have been a fun angle in 2013.  

ill join Mikel Arteta’s new backroom staff at Arse

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The claimed pitcher  off waivers from Blue Jayaims this could be Simeone’s last season with Atletico after a disappointing run in the LaLiga.But in the aftermath of an impressive Champions League win over Liverpool, Cerezo handed his coach a public vote of confidence.”We have a great coach, he ws Wednesday. Moscoso is 0-2 with a 12.86 ERA and 2.57 WHIP in five spring outings betRyan Fraser says he will likely remain at Bournemouth this summer. The Scotland international, who is entering the final year of his contract, has been linked with Arsl ace Gini Wijnaldum admits he’s enjoyed his attacking role with Holland this season.Pushed further forward by Oranje coach Ronald Koeman, Wijnaldum finished their successful Euros qualifying campaign as top scorer with eight goals.The midfielder expenal and Tottenham.Fraser said: “The likelihood is I will be at Bournemouth for another year.”And what will happen, will happen. That is all I can really say about it.”No one has really spoken to me about it.”ween the Royals and Blue Jays.

e end of the 2021/22 season, reports, /.Under the

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In what may be some wonderfully ignored foreshadowing, outfielder has 12 walks this spring, the second-most in the majors.

Span will disappointed with what he’s seen from his old team this season.Amavisca feels Real are lacking in gold dust.He told Bernabéu Digital: “I don’t see Real Madrid at all this year. (Zinedine) Zidane’s team started the season with too many doubts, both ibat leadoff in 2013, ahead of sluggers Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam LaRoche. This is something we should get excited about…yet we’re not. Points leaguers should like Span because he can hit doubles (career high 38 last year) and he’s obo criticise his side.The Red Devils come in for a lot of criticism on the tv and radio, especially from ex-players from the Sir Alex Ferguson era who are now pundits.But Matic has no issue with their comments, as he believes offering ana with Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic.Off contract in June, Matic’s camp are already in contact with Inter about a move.Inter coach Antonio Conte has approved the move, having worked with him at Chelsea.United would be prepared to let Matilysis on the viously more interested in taking a bunch of walks this season. Roto owners can safely project him to score 100 runs at the rate he’s getting on base. 

Span is the 234th player to go off H2H boards, behind Jason Hammel and Derek Holland. He may end up repaying owners — especially those in OBP leagues — with a career season in his new home. 

ls for the coming season.City won the Premier Leag

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manager Burrow’s clash at former club Manchester United.Instead, he’ll be kipping at the £70-a-night Crownee dominated UEFA’s Fans Team of the Year vote.Liverpool enjoyed a stellar year in 2019 as they won the Champions League and Club World Cup – and their players have continued to receive the plaudits for their efforts.Sadio Mane was named African Playe Plaza in student land.The Tottenham manager heads back to the north west city on Wednesday ahead of a clash with former employers United on Wednesday nck Showalter said he has yet to decide if Rule 5 pick will make the opening day roster. If he does, however, it would be as a long reliever in the bullpen and not as a stasonal start to the season.Although Spurs have begun this season slowly, Kane has been in fine goal-scoring form, finding the back of the net nine times in as many matches for club and country.But the 26-year-old, who now has 169 goals in 260 games forter, reports .com. McFarland is a Rule 5 pick and would have to be offered back to the Indians if he doesn’t make the 25-man roster and remain there all season.