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Anthony and Delia Russo are dynamic sibling duo for Penn cross country

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Is it possible for two siblings to be equally good at the same sport and play for the same team? The Russo siblings on Penn’s cross country team have an answer to that.

Junior Anthony Russo has excelled representing the Quakers at every recent meet, coming in at 11th overall at last week. His younger sister, freshman Delia Russo, has also impressed recently, finishing 21st overall in the women’s open race at the same invitational.

But how did this shared success begin? The siblings began their careers at Colts Neck High School in New Jersey, eventually making it all the way to the state’s Meet of Champions.

“My sister started runnierton. The talented 23-year-old defender has committed to a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Toffees, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2025.”This is my fifth year at Everton and my development as a person and a player in that period has been massng cross country her sophomore year of high school, and I was a little bit later, starting my junior year. So we’re both relatively new to cross country,” Anthony said. “We both were [already] doing well in track, a spring sport in high school, so we figured doing [cross counRichard Shaw has left his role as head coach of Crystal Palace’s under-23 side. Shaw was instrumental in bringing through Aaron Wan-Bissaka into the Palace first team.He departs Selhurst Park to pursue other opportunities in the sport.Shaw told the club’s official website: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Palace but now it’s time to explore other exciting coaching opportunities.”try] in the fall and year-round would help our track seasons a lot. Once we actually did the sport, we pretty much fell in love with it.”

Ever since then, the relationship between both sibling athletes has been incredibly supportive. They both continuously hope for the other to succeed, helping out in the process through mutual ideas and strategies.

“We’ll compare our times, so [our relationship] is competitive in that nature, but more so supportive,” Delia said. “If I’m ever having trouble with anything, I could always talk to [Anthony], since I feel like he has more experience.”

“Anytime I see [Delia] have a good workout or race well, it definitely motivates me to race well or vice versa,” Anthony said. “Or anytime she has a question about something with training or with a race, we feed ideas off each other. Competition helps both of us.”

Moreover, Anthony’s presence as a star on the cross country team at Penn has helped Delia’s transition from high school to running on the college level. She didn’t have to worry about joining the Quakers, as her brother would reassure her of the great dynamic of the team.

“I didn’t really have to think about things that other freshmen probably had to think about and stress about coming in, so it was good to have him just to have a smoother transition,” she said. “From what [Anthony] described, I knew it would be a good fit for me.”

What’s even more surprising is how it turned out to be somewhat of a coincidence that both athletes ended up at Penn. But it also turned out to be very convenient for their biggest fans — their parents — and ultimately the best choice for the two.

“Honestly, [Anthony] wasn’t really a factor in [deciding to go to Penn]. I wanted to go to Penn since my freshman year of high school, and once he got in, it pushed me to work even harder,” Delia said. “[Our parents] are definitely happy about it, because it makes everything so much easier for them, such as traveling to different meets. It’s nice because they can see both of us at once instead of having to choose which meet to go to.”

Both siblings strive to get better every day as they prepare for increasingly tougher meets throughout the fall season. In addition to their coaches, teammates, and friends, the siblings have each other as a resource to improve and lead the Red diger during victory at Wolves.Rudiger was withdrawn at half-time of the 5-2 win.Lampard said, “He’s had a groin issue which he bothered when he ran off the pitch near me. He slipped on to the metal which made him slide and adjust himself.”Hopefully and Blue to future success.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 10 Penn women's lacrosse gets torn apart by No. 18 Princeton, 21-8, in rivalry showdown

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No. 10 Penn women’s lacrosse had a chance to clinch at least a share of its third straight Ivy League regular season title heading into a matchup against arch rival No. 18 Princeton.

However, a slow start and numerous penalties doomed the Quakers in a 21-8 road loss at the hands of the Tigers for Penn’s first conference loss of the season.

In the first minute, the Quakers (11-3, 5-1 Ivy) looked true to form. Penn scored the first goal of the game off a free position shot from senior attackman Caroline Cummings, to go along with a nice save from sophomore goalie Mikaila Cheeseman the next possession.

After that, the wheels came off.

Princeton (9-5, 5-1) scored the next seven goals of the game, with five of those coming off free position shots.

“We didn’t get off the bus,” coach Karin Corbett said of the team’s offense. “We just didn’t come to attack them, we wasted our possessions, [and] we didn’t move the ball well.”

Corbett credited Princeton’s ability to get a lot of free position shots — eight-yard shots which occur after a foul from the defense, similar to free kicks in soccer — to its tenacious offense.

Coming into the game, Penn paced the conference and was second nationally with 9.23 assists per game. However, the Red and Blue’s offense, one of the best in the Ivy League, was unable to find its rhythm. The team as a whole did not have any assists on the game. Additionally, freshman Tewaaraton Award contender Zoe Belodeau failed to record a point for the first time in her young career.

On the other end, Princeton overwhelmed Penn with a balanced scoring attack that saw seven players record points and five record at least four.

Still, throughout most the game, Penn was able to get within striking distance, even coming within three points of Princeton early in the second half off a goal from sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig. That made the score 10-7, and the Quakers’ offense finally seemed to come alive.

Unfortunately for Penn, the Tigers responded like they did in the first half.

Shortly after Rosenzweig’s tally, with the score now 12-8 with roughly 12 minutes to go in the second half, Cummings placed a free position shot right stick side-high, an easy save for Princeton’s Sam Fish, who leads the Ivy League in save percentage. On the ensuing possession, the Tigers rocketed a goal past Cheeseman to bring the score to 13-8.

From there, Princeton scored the last eight goals of the game. Cheeseman was replaced by Smith in the second half for the second straight game.

21 goals conceded is by far the Red and Blue’s worst statistical defensive performance of the season. In fact, since at least 2.Libertad Digital says there is an interest from Atletico in Pérez. For now, it is a tentative interest for the striker, 25, and at the moment there is no negotiation. Valencia, Real Betis and Napoli have also been linked with Perez since the Palace confirmed their relegation.Bamba has missed the latter part of the season through injury.He said after the 3-2 loss: “Yeah it’s obviously a big disappointment. He feels like we missed a trick but it’s a long season of 38 games. It isn’t just tend of004, as far back as the Pennathletics.com website goes, the Quakers have never given up more than 20 goals in a game.

“The first half gave them the confidence to keep attacking,” Corbett said reflecting on the second half onslaught.

Even with the disappointing loss, Penn still has a shot to earn a share of the regular season conference title as long as it takes care of business against a .500 Yale team on Saturday. Currently, Penn, Princeton, and Dartmouth are knotted atop league standings at 5-1.

Yale (7-7, 2-4) ranks dead last in the Ivy League in goals per game with 10.64. Still, Corbett knows Penn cannot afford to repeat its defensive performance from Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs’ Sydney Marks leads the Ivy League in saves per game. With help from her offense, the Quakers could definitely fall victim to an upset-minded Yale team.

“We’ve got to play to win. Our attack has to actually attack, and we have to play like we want to win a championship,” Corbett said of the keys to defeating Yale.

Though it did not play like a championship team tonight, Penn still has a lot of lacrosse left to play this season. With a rewill always love Newcastle United.Mitrovic spent three seasons at St. James’ Park between 2015 and 2018 before joining Fulham last summer.And the Serb thinks Toon are as big of a club as Arsenal and Everton.”I will always love Newcastle,” he told Talnewed focus, the Quakers will look to take out the frustration from an embarrassing loss on Yale in New Haven.

Wrestling Issue | Red and Blue have a Cobb mentality

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At the start of last season, most sentences involving C.J. Cobb ended in a question mark. But after finishing one win shy of All-American status in 2015, Cobb provided the answers to those questions and planted the seeds for what is set to be a limitless swan song for the Red and Blue.

Cobb enters his final year of collegiate wrestling following a stellar junior campaign that saw him achieve a superb 23-7 record, scoring a staggering 39 points for the Quakers at the expense of only three points allowed.

Cobb’s 2014-15 season earned him a trip to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, where he wrestled in the 149-pound weight class against other top wrestlers.

After winning a first-round matchup, Cobb recorded an impressive victory against Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen, who was ranked fourth in the weight class. Unfortunately, his dream of championship glory was cut off in the quarterfinals with a loss to Cornell’s Chris Villalonga, a grappler Cobb had beaten in a dual meet earlier in the season.

Despite the impressive display, the man from Willors are interested in signing Guido Carrillo from Southampton.Argentine media outlet Doble Amarilla is reporting that Boca manager Nicolas Burdisso wants to add to his attacking contingent.He sees Carillo, who is the Saints’ record signing, as the idiamstown, N.J., insists that he still is not completely content.

“I was happy with how well I did, but it wasn’t well enough to be satisfied,” Cobb said. “There’s still a lot more for me to accomplish. I have guys I lost to that I have to avenge.”

Last season’s results are especially impressive for Cobb because they directly followed his voluntary one-year hiatus from the sport — a year that Cobb spent focusing his energy on friends, family and academics, as well as rediscovering his love for the sport.

“Maybe I would be a better wrestler if I hadn’t taken a year off, but I also have a clearer vision now of why I wrestle,” Cobb explained. “It made me realize there are a lot more important things in life than wrestling.”

The n his work goes underappreciated.He told the Brighton website, “I think it is more of an up-and-down position than anywhere else on the pitch, for the reasons I’ve mentioned.”If you look at someone like Mo Salah at Liverpool, he has been unbelievableveteran will take a special role on the team this year, acting not only as the team’s top wrestler but also as one of its biggest leaders.

“I like to lead by example,” Cobb said. “I think when I wrestle, people are watching, and I have to show them how to succeed.”

Coach Alex Tirapelle echoed the importance of Cobb’s leadership to the rest of the Penn team.

“C.J. is a guy who goes out there and doesn’t mind being under the lights,” Tirapelle said. “He probably performs better the more people that are in the venue. The guys feed off of that, it’s a great energy to have in the program.”

Cobb began this season with a spectacular showing at the Bearcat Open two weeks ago in Binghamton, N.Y. In the Red and Blue’s first event of the season, the senior clinchegue interest.The Daily Mail says Newcastle and Aston Villa have made enquiries for Glenn Murray.Striker Murray has struggled for regular game time at Brighton following the summer arrival at the Amex of Neal Maupay and emergence of exciting youngsterd the championship in his 149-pound weight class after six convincing victories, including a tough grapple with fellow 2015 NCAA D-I Wrestling Championship participant Ken Theobold.

According to Cobb, this season is one that features different ambitions than in previous campaigns.

“In past years, it was all about an outcome,” Cobb said. “It was ‘I need to be an All-American’ or ‘I need to be a national champion.’ The goal this year is to overcome things I never overcame. The goal is to be able to wrestle through fatigue, wrestle when I’m not feeling that well and to beat people I don’t think I can beat. I want to overcome adversity.

“In the past, it’s been me against the person across from me. But this year, it’s about being the best I can be. It’s me versus myself.”

Penn gymnastics takes second in first home meet of season

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So close.

In their first home meet of the season, Penn gymnastics came within three-tenths of defeating West Chester, falling by a score of 190.875-190.600. The Quakers finished ahead of Centenary, who totaled a score of 186.350.

The contest, which was originally scheduled to be a dual meet with Centenary, was changed to a tri-meet as one of West Chester’s early competitions this season was cancelled due to snow.

Despite not walking away with a first-place finish, the Red and Blue had a very successful day. In front of a packed crowd in Rockwell Gymnasium, the team broke the 190-point barrier for the second time this season, falling just .025 points shy of its season high.

“We put up a good fight, we definitely finished strong, but we still just need to work on a couple things,” coach John Ceralde said.

While the team approaches every meet the same, the fact that this meet was the first home meet of the season seemed to provide the gymnasts with a little extra energy and enthusiasm.

“It was our third meet of the season, and being at home helps. The girls were pretty excited to be back home and compete,” Ceralde said.

So far this season, the Quakers have struggled out of the gates at each of their competien revealed.The Sun says United are confident of getting him to sign a new five-year deal.An offer of around £300,000 a week has been on the table since the turn of the year.But United are ready to increase that to £350,000 a week to tempt the Spantions, posting their lowest event scores on the first event. However, this was not the case on Sunday, as the Quakers began the day on the vault with a solid team score of 47.500. Sophomore Ally Podsednik led the way for the the Red and Blue, earning third place in the event with a score of 9.650.

“It’s always good to start off on the right foot, it was a strong showing and we did well,” Ceralde said.

Penn also saw a sizable improvement in their scores on the beam. The team total on the beam was 47.750, and several gymnasts improved upon their scores from previous meets. Juniors Kelly Tan and Rachel Graham both tallied scores of 9.775, which was good enough for two second-place finishes and a new personal record for Tan in the event.

“I think all of it was definitely an improvement, everyone is just trying to keep that great attitude, stay in the moment, and focus on each skill one at a time, and they did that,” Graham said.

The team also set a new season high on the uneven bars with a team score of 47.325. Sophomore Kyra Levi and senior Morgan Venuti finished second and third in the event with scores of 9.725 and 9.650, respectively.

The last event for the Quakers was the floor, where they continued to post their best event scores. The team received a e progress his fellow Chelsea youth teammates have made in recent times.Abraham is joined in the squad by the likes of Mason Mount and Kasey Palmer.While each player has obstacles in their way to a regular first team position, Abraham is happy that htotal event score of 48.025, and Levi took home second place in the event with a 9.750.

Furthermore, several freshmen stepped into the lineup and performed well, a strong indicator of success to come. In addition to Morgan Hunker, who has been in the lineup for all three meets, Alberta Massey and Nicole Swiribalus were in the lineup made their debuts at the meet. Massey earned a 9.350 on the vault while Swiribalus received a 9.55 on the bars.

“The idea was just to get them some experience, and they stepped up, and we’re pretty excited about their future,” Ceralde said.

Graham agreed with Ceralde’s sentiment.

“It’s great to see the nn has not featured at international level since he was allegedly involved in a plot to blackmail his then-France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.Zidane claims Benzema still wants to represent France, though, and believes his player to be “the best” and woew blood coming in and stepping up for sure, and we just want to see that keep going,” she added.

With several important weeks on the schedule in the next few weeks, the Quakers strong effort on Sunday is a promising sign for positive things to come. As long as the team remains consistent, they should be in good position to defend their Ivy League title and contend for the conference championship.

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.”

Different cultures, same game for Eskenazi and Ion

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Though Sol Eskenazi and Alex Ion were both international recruits, their journeys to Penn were quite different.

As freshmen, both Eskenazi and Ion not only start, but lead the Penn women’s tennis team with eight wins each this spring.

Eskenazi, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was given the tall task of replacing now-pro Connie Hsu at No. 1 singles. Eskenazi has been almost perfect, losing just one match this spring.

Ion has been equally dominant for the Quakers this season. The Bucharest, Romania, native has only gotten better at No. 3 singles as the season’s gone on, winning five of her last six matches.

However, the two freshmen are even more impressive when considering how they got to Penn in the first place.

Eskenazi’s path to Penn began when she left her family in Argentina to train at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France when she was 11.

She lived in France for three years before moving back to Buenos Aires. However, once she returned, she was constantly traveling to play in junior tournaments. “I didn’t see my family for like six months [at a time] and it was really hard,”

Eskenazi said.

But for her sacrifice, Eskenazi gained a reputation as one of the top young players in Argentina. She represented her country in the 2010 Junior Olympics and the 2009 Junior Fed Cup and competed in the 2010 Junior French Open and Junior Wimbledon.

At the time, Eskenazi was competing on the pro tour to build up her international ranking. However, she injured her left wrist in July 2010 and was unable to play on the tour for several months. To Eskenazi, the injury was somewhat of a relief. “I was quite tired of traveling a lot and competing,” she said.

Eskenazi had already been contacted by several college coaches and initially made Columbia her top choice. “I didn’t even know Penn at first,” she admitted.

However, after coming for a visit, she “fell in love with [Penn] and there was no other university that [she] wanted to go to.”

Compared to Eskenazi, Ion was a rather unheralded recruit.

Ion was unsure of what she wanted to do when she graduated high school and took a year off to play on the pro tour. Quickly, she realized that she was unlikely to make a living playing tennis and decided to pursue other options.

“I decided at that point that I really wanted to go to the U.S.,” Ion said. To help attract attention, she uploaded a video of herself playing tennis to YouTube.

She explained that her recruiting process was “mostly [her] reaching out to coaches,” as opposed to the other way around. “I felt like they were worried that I was an international player,” Ion said.

Ion was very excited when she spoke to Penn coach Sanela Kunovac.

“I heard a lot of good things about Penn,” Ion said, and decided to come to Philadelphia without going on an official visit.

Kunovac said deadlines prevented her from bringing in Ion for a visit, but she wasn’t worried about whether the Romanian would be a good addition to the team.

“In Alex’s case, it was so clear she’d fit right in,” Kunovac said. “As long as we got along in [phone] conversations, I knew she was going to like Penn.”

Eskenazi and Ion both cited Kunovac as one of the main reasons they decided to come to Penn.

“Sanela’s a great coach and that’s what convinced me,” Eskenazi said.

Kunovac, who was born in Bosnia, was an international player at Penn herself at and was named both Ivy League Rookie and Player of the Year in 2001.

Ion believes Kunovac’s background makes Penn mder Victor Lindelof admits he paid little attention to the new contract he was signing in September.Sweden international Lindelof agreed a new deal at Old Trafford until at least 2024 four months ago, which saw him more than double his salary from £ore attractive to international recruits.

“I felt like she’s more open to recruiting international players and I felt like she understood me.”

Kunovac agrees that she is better able than some of her peers to recruit internationally.

“I think one of the edges I have is that I played in Europe, which means that I know a lot of coaches and I have contacts,” Kunovac said.

*** While both players acknowledge that the adjustment to America, Penn and college tennis has been hard, the freshman phenoms have thrived in their first year at Penn.

Arriving in Philadelphia in the fall was Ion’s first time in America and she found “a different mentality, a different way of thinking,” than in Romania.

Eskenazi agreed. “I was just all over the place and school was really difficult. I would say I am still trying to adapt to the United States.”

Both credit their teammates and Kunovac for making their transition easier.

“I think it really helped that I made friends through the team,” Ion said.

This year has been Ion’s first time playing on a team, so she’s had to learn to cheer for her teammates and adjust to team meetings.

“It’s a positive change,” Ion said. “Being part of a team definitely brings out the best in us.”

Eskenazi agrees that being on a team has been a great experience. “You’re playing for everyone, not just yourself,” she said. “I think that’s the biggest difference between professional tennis and [college tennis].”

Despite any language or cultural barriers, the two have forged close bonds with their teammates.

“In the end, I feel like tennis is universal,” Ion said. “It is its own language.”

Both Ion and Eskenazi have loved their American experience thus far, but have experienced some culture shock.

“I think [America has] everything,” Eskenazi said. “America is the perfect society in some ways.”

What do the two miss most from home? “Meat,” the freshmen said in unison.

“I guess here twinter market move for Villarreal attacker Samuel Chukwueze.Foot Mercato says the 20-year-old has been attracting interest across Europe following his fine performances in La Liga, and it is thought that Villarreal would accept a bid of around £34m here is no meat,” Eskenazi said. “The first semester I think I had one steak, overall.”

Ion agreed, explaining that America has a “different food culture” than what she’s used to at home.

Beyond food, Ion and Eskenazi agree that the people here are different, but their individual cultural backgrounds lead them to different opinions as to why.

“People are more relaxed here,” said Ion in comparison to formerly Clder leave for £21million.The 22-year-old star proved a big hit during a season-long loan at Championship play-off finalists Derby, but it is believed Jurgen Klopp will allow him to leave the new European champions permanently.Wilson is desperate foommunist Romania. “They’re more optimistic. There’s not that much pressure.”

Eskenazi, who is from the more laid-back Argentina, whole-heartedly disagrees.

“Here, everything is really structured and in Argentina it’s not. I love that [about Argentina],” she said.

Kunovac believes “it might be easier” to be an international athlete at Penn now than when she was a student here 10 years ago.

“Communication is so different,” she said. “They’re so much more connected.”

Perhaps living in the age of Facebook and Skype as opposed to AOL and instant messenger makes it easier to make the transition to Penn as an international student.

Regardless of their backgrounds, Eskenazi and Ion have quickly broken into the starting lineup and made an impact on the Penn women’s tennis team.

That’s no simple task.

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

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

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

Offensive gaffes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back-stoppers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dunphy announced as next Temple coach

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It’s official.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dunphy returned the compliment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italiano, McCreery make promising debuts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

d up on his ‘complicated’ relationship with Jose M

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CPotter says they must stay grounded after v Liverpool for their handling of Naby Keita.The midfielder has returned injured to Melwood this week after competing with Guinea at the African Cup of Nations.He has undergone treatment with the Reds medical staff, but now that his side has reached tictory over Norwich Cityne Wenger believes Serge Gnabry was manipulated into leaving Arsenal by Bayern Munich.Wenger was manager of Arsenal in 2016 when Gnabry left the club for a return to his native Germany with Werder Bremen.After making only 10 appearances for the Gunne.Second half goals from Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy saw off the Canaries’ challenge on the south coast, and the boss highlighted the importance of staying humble after a third cohicago catcher will open the season as the starting backstop and bat eighth for the , reports ESPN. 

The 27-year-old Flowers hit .261 this spring with a homer and four RBI over 46 at-bats. Flowers hit .213 last year over 52 games with seven home runs and 56 strikeouts. He should be the everyday catcher over Hector Gimenez. 

ach Julen Lopetegui was furious with the decision

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startinack Ashley Young is happy playing for coach Antonio Conte.The former Manchester United captain revealed Conte tried to sign him for Chelsea.He said, “He wanted me when he was at Chelsea. He’s fantastic, ambitious and spurs you on in the quest to acg pitcher turned in another solid performance in his final s has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).Arteta told the club’s website: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”The club has also released a statement, which states: “Oprinresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert is close to being settled.The Gunners are now in advanced talks to sign the German youngster.However, Schubert won’t be joining Arsenal next season – with plans to loan the keeper out on-loan.VfB Stuttgart, SC Freibug training start Thursday against the Twins. Buchholz fired four scoreless innings and allowed just one hit to pick up his third win of the spring. He struck out six and walked one in a 6-1 victory.Buchholz went 3-0 with an 0.79 ERA and an 0.79 WHIP in six Grapefruit League starts.

Gigovic admits he’s been in contact with Wolves.Ho

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With the shocking announcement Thursday of Bruce Rondon being demoted to TriArsenal signing Kieran Tierney will participate in full training sessions this month.The new arrival from Celtic has yet to train with his teammates at full capacity.The left-back has been suffering with t Crystal Palace.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal had given Arsenal the perfect start but after Jordan Ayew had levelled the scores, the captain saw red following a VAR review.Arteta later said: “I was pleased with how we started the game, with the wa double hernia issue that has sidelined him since last season.Tierney was originally expected to be out until October.ple-A Toledo, the will open the season with a closer-by-committe approach. General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland will mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. While no particular names have besimple blog post after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town. Sunday’s result ended United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.31-year-old Mata has been connecting with fans all season through his blog, but theren mentioned, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler suggests , , and are all possibilities to get save opportunities.

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.

to get along with Ruud van Nistelrooy at Mancheste

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manager John Farrell sawarned Bournemouth must not get “complacent and lazy” towards their Premier League status. The Cherries have secured top-flight football for a fifth consecutive season.But Howe says they cannot afford to take their Premier League status for granted.”id Thursday he’s hopeful infielder , who has been sidelined by back spasms, will return to game acina is delighted with the impact of Italy coach Roberto Mancini.Italy set a new record storming through the Euro qualifiers winning 10 out of 10 games.“I understood straight away that he wasmocked the Egyptian Football Federation during last night’s African football awards gala.Salah chose not to attend the ceremony, despite being nominated for Player of the Year – which went to Reds teammate Sadio Mane.Egypt were given CAF’s award for the right person,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “There wastion Saturday.