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Penn cross country impresses in meets at Penn State and Princeton

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Two days, two impressive meets for Penn cross country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pollack | Penn football passed their first big test

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy competition, national champion on the slate in Penn field hockey's weekend trip to New York

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Upstate New York has served as a notable battleground in American history. That legacy will continue this weekend as Penn field hockey arms itself for two of the hardest encounters it will face this season.

This Saturday, the Red and Blue (4-1) travel to Ithaca, N.Y., where they will open up Ivy League competition against Cornell. A day later, the team will travel an hour north to No. 1 Syracuse as they ready to face the defending NCAA champions.

Being caught between a rock and a hard place might be an apt description for the Quakers’ upcoming matchups, but the team stresses it’s taking the challenges one game at a time.

Against the Big Red (4-2) on Saturday, it’s hard to believe that anyone will have forgotten the epic contest when the two teams met in Philadelphia last fall.

Three goals in the last six minutes of regulation sent the game to overtime tied at 2-2. The deadlock held for a mere 17 seconds, when then-sophomore Alexa Hoover tucked away a penalty stroke after nearly dribbling the entire Cornell defense single-handedly.

“Ivy play is just a fight, a fight till the end,” senior defender Claire Kneizys said.

This year, Penn tar Tanguy Ndombele.The French central midfielder is a wanted man this summer.He has been linked to a host of top clubs, including Manchester United and City.However, theDaily Star indicates that it will be a straight fight between Spurs and Juve forhas already become well-accustomed to gritty, extended matches, having grabbed overtime winners over Saint Joseph’s and Fairfield in its last two games.

“It’s good for the team to know that that resilience is still there but also to be prepared mentally for that battlegrounladolid owner insists he never wished to leave Barca at the time.”I had signed a contract to renew at the end of the season and I went on a trip with Brazil and after five days they called me to tell me that I could not continue with the renewal,” Rod atmosphere,” coach Colleen Fink said.

It’s easy to see why these battle metaphors keep showing up. For the Quakers, this weekend seems to evoke a sense of warrior spirit.

All eight teams in Ivy play hope to draw first blood in this seven game campaign, and the Penn-Cornell contest this Saturday brings together the two second-place finishers from last year’s Ancient Eight standings, meaning there will be a lot on the line when the two face off in Ithaca.

“I’m ready to beat them in regulation this year,” Kneizys said.

When Penn plays the Orange (7-0) on Sunday, it will be a test of a whole different magnitude. While the Red and Blue actually topped Syracuse in an offseason tournament last spring, the regular season is another story, and Fink says that Syracuse has added a formidable physicality to its play this year.

“They’re very aggressive, they aren’t super concerned with fouling [and] they don’t play at all tentative,” Fink said.

“We can’t be looking for calls that we might not get up in New York.”

“Something that we’ve really been focusing on this week and really the whole season is intensity,” Kneizys added. “Just doing everything at 100 percent, playing faster, playing stronger and also [having] a lot more motion on the field, switching and playing less positionally.”

The Quakers have faced Syracuse in the regular season three times before, most recently in 2006. None of those matchups resulted in a Red and Blue win, and it would take an incredible effort for Penn to emerge from this upcoming matchup on the winning side.

But it is a fantastic opportunity for Penn to see how it matches up against the top teams in the country, a club that the Quakers are well on their way to joining soon.

According to Kneizys, the team has two defined gocTominay insists Wolves are not Manchester United’s bogey team.The Red Devils were beaten twice by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side last season.They will meet again at Molineux on Monday night, and McTominay says that history won’t impact the result.McTomials this season: to stop Princeton’s 16 year Ivy League champion dynasty and to be one of the nation’s best and most recognized programs.

“To be a top 20 team you have to beat other top 20 teams,” she said.

The Quakers will have the opportunity to advance both goals this weekend, but they’ll have to fight for it.

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.

EIWA race to heat up on campus for Penn wrestling

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The big day has finally arrived for Penn wrestling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Kent, the key to success is simple.

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

Penn 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.

Cal Silcox | Quakers’ veterans know best

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It was Senior Night at Lavietes Pavilion, where the Crimson were expected to bring home one last win and extend their home winning streak to 29 games. It would have all but punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament, Harvard’s first trip to the Big Dance since 1946.

So why was Ivy Player of the Year, senior forward Keith Wright — the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer — sitting on the bench? Did Iheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad w mention he is the reigning Ivy Player of the Year?

There’s really no excusable answer. Crimson coach Tommy Amaker elected to sit his veteran star, while playing two freshmen in the final minutes of an immensely important and close game.

“Coach had a lineup out there that he thought could win the game, and you’ve got to support that,”

Good politics from Wright, but a bad excuse. The lineup that did win the game was the one with seasoned players, who knew how to win a close game.

Enter Tyler Bernardini.

The fifth-year senior, hobbled with a stress fracture in his foot, checked in with 3:46 remaining in the game — exactly when Wright was yanked for freshman shooter Corbin Miller.

It was Bernardini, as we all now know, who took the critical charge in the game’s final seconds, negating Harvard’s go-ahead basket and securing Penn’s win. Would Fran Dougherty have had the h the visit of Serie A team Parma to Turf Moor and two second-half strikes earned them a 2-0 success.With just seven days before the start of the Premier League campaign this would be the last chance for Clarets boss Sean Dyche to see his players in wherewithal to step and plant in front of the driving Kyle Casey? Would Henry Brooks? Perhaps, but that’s a play you can only count on experience to make.

“We’ve played so many cmade a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSG have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market jlose games,” Bernardini . “We’d definitely like to win a few more by a wider margin but we know how to win these games and I think that’s because of how old we are and that we’ve been through as many wars as we’ve been through.”

Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker has established himself as an excellent recruiter. His current Crimson team — from the freshman Saunders to the senior Wright — is clear evidence of this.

He has not, however, established himself as a great in-game coach. In six years at Michigan he never led the Wolverines to an NCAA tournament. He’s still looking to do so at Harvard, and though he and the Crimson had a chance to seal the deal Saturday night, Penn snuck out of Lavietes Paivilion with a one-point win.

On the other end of the scorer’s table was Penn’s Jerome Allen. While Amaker has been a Division I coach for nearly 25 years, Allen is in his third season coaching. His reputation as a player is first rate. His reputation as a coach — both as a recruiter and game manager — is still to be written.

In the final minutes of Penn’s upset, though, Allen was wise to rely on his star seniors Zack Rosen and Bernardini, even a crippled Bernardini. Allen, the rookie, thoroughly outcoached the veteran Amaker.

CALDER SILCOX is a senior science, technology and society major from Washington, D.C., and is a former senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.

W. Swimming | Coenen leads Penn over Cornell; Diving carries its weight, too

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The women’s swimming team defeated Cornell 217-83, but fell to Princeton 113-184 in the home opener and the first meet of the Ivy season.

Sophomore Melissa Gardel gave the Quakers (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) their first victory of the day, finishing on top in three-meter dive with 248.15 points, followed by third-place finisher freshman Madeline Bauer, with 220.64 points.

In the past, Penn diving has not been strong, but with three freshmen and one sophomore on the team, diving is headed in another direction.

“We felt like we constantly had to make up points for diving but now they’re adding points,” captain Megan Carlin said.

Sara Coenen won both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke. Callum Hudson-Odoi to continue improving after his impressive performance against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.The 19-year-old has faced criticism for some lacklustre performances this season after returning from an Achilles injury in September.He re Coenen is undefeated in the 200 back in her college career so far.

Lauren Brandes and Amy Reams finished third and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

Reams, who had shoulder surgery last year, is “doing a great job this year and her presence is felt in the pools,” according to captain Katharine Donohue.

“Going into their first Ivy meet, the freshmen were nervous but we told them not to worry because there are other meets,” captain Sarah Bargmann said.

The encouragement from the captains seemed to work.

According to coach Mike Schnur, the freshmen swam well, but there is an adjustment period so they have to “work on learning t made clear he’d like to keep hold of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.Batshuayi scored five Premiecastle United are hoping to close a deal for Nice wing-back Allan Saint-Maximin.The Sun says Toon have sent a ‘friendly’ agent to France in the hope of getting a price for Saint-Maximin.But he might also prove to be too expensive for the Magpies.Stevr League goals in 11 top-flight games for the south London outfit — including a brace in the club’s final game of the season against Bournemouth.Hodgso swim fast even though they’re tired from practice.”

Princeton is ranked 24th in the nation and its top swimmer, Alicia Aemisegger, stole the show in her events, breaking three Sheerr Pool records in the 200 yard free, 200 yard breaststroke and 200 yard IM.

“They’re a great team, very deep,” Schnur said. “Alicia is above everyone else in the league.”

Penn and Princeton swept Cornell and the Big Red had only one first-place finish, in the 100 yard butterfly, out of 16 events.

For Penn, there is always room for improvement. According to Schnur, that includes meet preparation, flips and turns, competitiveness and workout level.

The Quakers showed some of that competitiveness in the last event of the day, the 400 yard freestyle relay where they finished second with a time of 3:37.07, less than a second behind Princeton.

“It was a great race, great competition,” Schnur said.

Ready to make history

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Some things change. Others do not.

When Bob Shoop accepted the head coaching position at Columbia two years ago, many felt the Yale graduate would be able to inject some much-needed life into Columbia’s notoriously underperforming football program.

The Lions showed signs of improvement in Shoop’s inaugural season. With a 4-6 record, Columbia remained in the hunt for second place in the Ivy League up to the final game of the season.

But if the first four games of the 2004 season are any indication, things have returned to normalcy at Baker Field.

At 0gen Klopp paid tribute to RB Salzburg after last night’s Champions League win.The Reds won 2-0 in Austria to reach the round of 16 – while Salzburg now enter the Europa League.Afterwards, Klopp said of their opponents: “I have total respect for what -4, the losing epidemic appearsliam D’Avila has confirmed Valencia, Sevilla and Real Betis have submitted offers.Onyekuru spent last season on loan at Galatasaray and his agent revealed he could return to Turkey next season.Speaking to Radyospor, D’Avila said: “For Henry, we’ve to have infected the Upper West Side of New York once again.

Nonetheless, Columbia’s record may be slightly deceiving.

Two of its home losses — a 17-14 defeat by Fordham and a 27-26 overtime nail-biter against Princeton — were decided in the final minutes of the game. Shoop’s other two losses, a 42-13 drubbing by Bucknell and a 35-14 defeat by Lafayette, have been less auspicious.

After a 32-25 double-overtime victory last week against Bucknell, Penn will look to continue its quest for an Ivy League championship today.

If any Quakers fear a Homecoming letFriday.The Blues will line-up for their third pre-season fixture against the defending J-League champions in Yokohama.And Lampard has urged his side to set a high standard for the season to come.”They are a team that are champions in their league, a down, they have shown no signs of it.

“I think Homecoming is going to be a big game for us,” Penn senior wide receiver Dan Castles said.

“You never want to underestimate Columbia. I think they’re a pretty good team. They played a lot of teams tight this year. Just because they’re struggling a little bit doesn’t mean they’re not a good team. We’re definitely taking them seriously.”

Penn coach Al Bagnoli echoed Castles’ sentiments, also stressing that in order to achieve their goal of an undefeated Ivy League season, the Quakers must improve significantly.

“We made enough mistakes last week,” Bagnoli said. “I don’t think that anybody thinks that we’re near a finished product. I would be very disappointed” to see a letdown.

Penn’s defensive unit will be looking to shut down a balanced Columbia offense that is averaging 16.8 points per game on the season.

At the forefront of Penn’s focus will be Columbia quarterback Jeff Otis.

Otis has completed 69 of 119 passes for 670 yards and three touchdowns, a completion percentage of 58 percent.

At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, the Chesterfield, Mo., native excelled last year in a 31-7 loss to Penn at Baker Field. The current senior was successful on 24 of his 43 passing attempts, ending the day with 224 yards and one touchdown strike.

But Otis also threw two interceptions, a tendency that appears to have followed him into the 2004 season.

In addition to his three touchdown passes this season, Otis has thrown four interceptions.

On the defensive end, Columbia has struggled mightily in its four losses.

The Lions are giving up an average of 31.7 points and have failed to stop the running game.

Shoop’s porous rush defense is conceding an average of 224.3 yards on the ground, a statistic that has surely made Penn running back Sam Mathews salivate during this week’s preparation.

But Mathews will have to be aware of senior defensive tackle Mike Quarshie, who is leading the Lions with an impressive 14 tackles for losses.

The Lions’ pass defense has been better, giving up an average of 145.8 yards through the air, a statistic that suggests Penn may opt for the run rather than give emerging star quarterback Pat McDermott — who threw for an impressive 384 yards last week — the opportunity to air it out.

Shoop offered no victory guarantee in this week’s preparation as he did before last year’s game. But according to Castles, Penn will need no extra incentive.

“We just want to win the Ivy League championship,” Castles said.

“That’s enough motivation for us.”

Rittgers at controls of Big Green pass attack

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In the third game of the 2003 season, then Dartmouth sophomore Charlie Rittgers finally got the call.

The Lebanon, Ohio, native earned the starting quarterback spot and would be making his debut against a formidable Penn pass rush and pass defense.

Rittgers responded to the challenge with an impressive, poised start, completing 28-of-48 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in a hard-fought 34-20 Penn victory.

“He played very, very courageously,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said.

The auonavirus pandemic seriously.The first COVID-19 case in the African nation was reported on March 11, with quarantine measures implemented on March 17.”To my Ivorian brothers and sisters,” the Ivory Coast’s record scorer began a video message on Twittespicious debut earned Rittgers the starting role for the remainder of the season.

The 6-foot-1, 195 pound sophomore finished the season with 177 completions on 312 attempts, 15 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 2,138 yards.

And according to Bagnoli, Rittgers has only matured since his first start against Penn.

In two losing efforts this season against ranked opponents, Rittgers’ improvement has been readily apparent.

In a 45-24 loss to then No. 10 New Hampshire last weekend, Rittgers completed 28-of-48 passes, this time for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Against current No. 10 Colgate two weekends ago, Rittgers passed 56 times, completing 26 of his attempts for 279 yards.

But in both games this season, Rittgers has shown a tendency to throw interceptions. The junior was picked off twice in both games.

Still, Bagnoli emphasized thing for Liverpool and Manchester City.As Spurs won the Audi Cup against Bayern Munich in preseason, Kane hit out at their title rivals ahead of the new season.Spurs are hoping they can show the kind of consistency needed to challenge title holders Cie experience Rittgers has devs on-loan at Arsenal this season and was outstanding for Sunday’s victory over Newcastle United.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a fan – which has led to talk of Ceballos being offered the chance to sign permanently at the end of the season.However, AS seloped since the teams met in Hanover, N.H., last season.

“Since [his first start], you see a definite maturity,” he said.

The Penn defensive contingent will be focusing on stopping Rittgers’ aerial attack tomorrow at Franklin Field. In both games this season, the passing game has dominated Dartmouth’s offensive schemes.

Against Colgate, the Big Green ran the ball only 21 times, opting to pass on 56 occasions. And in the loss to New Hampshire, Dartmouth also showed a preference for the passing game, running the ball only 26 times.

And when the Big Green has chosen to relieve Rittgers of some pressure by running, its strategy has been ineffective, as Dartmouth has rushed for an average of only 52.5 yards per contest.

Rittgers, however, has shown a knack for getting out of the pocket while opposing defenses focus on thwarting his passing attack. The junior ran the ball three times for 28 yards against Colgate and twice for 21 yards against New Hampshire.

The Dartmouth quarterback will be challenged by a stingy Penn defense.

Although the Quakers allowed 331 passing yards in a drubbing over San Diego two weekends ago, Penn’s secondary held Villanova quarterback Marvin Burroughs to just 166 passing yards on 26 attempts.

What’s more, Penn’s pass rush has been fairly successful, recording nine sacks on the season, including six on Burroughs in last weekend’s 16-13 loss to the Wildcats.

Squeaking one out by a foot

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As Bucknell freshman Ryan Korn lined up for a 39-yard field goal with just 20 seconds remaining in the contest, the Penn sideline could hardly look on.

With the Quakers leading, 14-13, Korn — who had already made a 40-yarder in the first quarter — seemed poised to hand Penn its first loss of the season and give the Bison their second victory against a top-15 team in two weeks.

The kick appeared to be right on target, but it fell just feet short of the uprights.

Penn narrowly escaped with its fourth victory of the season.

“I really wasn’t watching, to be honest,” Sam Mathews — who rushed 25 times for 105 yards and had the Quakers only two touchdowns — said of the game’s final play.

A controversial officiating call at the two-minute mark gave Bucknell’s swift quarterback, Daris Wilson, a last chance to advance the Bison to field goal range. With the ball inside of the Bucknell one-yard line, Mathews took a handoff and dived for the end zone.

And he was denied on fourth down. Or was he?

“I thought it was obvious that I was in,” he said. “I think what happened, I’m not really sure. I can’t really state exactly what they were thinking. But I think the backline judge might have gotten knocked down. He didn’t really see it.”

Although the injured official’s view may have been obscured, reatly from learning under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.Rodgers left Reading to become head of Chelsea’s academy in 2004 after being recommended to Mourinho by Steve Clarke. Two years later Rodgers was promoted to reserve team manager, where he fostered Penn coach Al Bagnoli was frustrated that Mathews could not score the clinching touchdown decisively.

“I’m disappointed we even made it that close,” tching Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.FC Inter News reports both are keeping tabs on the Argentine striker after his terrific start to the season under new boss Antonio Conte.Martinez, 22, has already bagged six goals this season after linking up he said.

With two minutes remaining, Wilson directed the Bucknell triple-option offense from inside its own one-yard line to the Penn 22 in 1:40 by doing something wishbone offense teams do not typically do — pass.

Seven of Wilson’s 15 pass attempts came on the final Bucknell drive. He finished the day with 12 completions for 130 yards.

Despite Wilson’s passing prowess on the final drive, the undermanned Penn defense primarily struggled with solving the perplexing triple-option.

“The first couple of series, you see people flying all over the place,” said linebacker Ric San Doval, who had a team-high 14 tackles. “As a defensive player, you try to focus on what you need to do. Everybody has their individual blocks to focus on. A couple of times, a couple of us tried to make the big play, and that’s when you saw the big gain. It was like learning a foreign language this week.”

The 5’8″, 175-pound quarterback consistently eluded Penn defenders, rushing for 113 yards on 20 attempts.

Wilson is “definitely one of the best players we’re going to face all year,” San Doval said. “He could run the ball and pass the ball equally well.”

And on the offensive end, the Quakers, without starting quarterback Mike Mitchell, ran the ball 45 times for 220 yards.

Backup quarterback Pat McDermott attempted only 22 passes, completing 11 for 136 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“I think our game plan was to run the ball a lot to take a little bit of the pressure off my shoulders,” McDerend of last season.“I was tempted and as well a little bit afraid to dive back into it straight away,” he said.“I was realising that I lived like somebody in a coma for 35 years who woke up and saw something different in life than just my club, mmott said. “As far as throwing the ball, I’ve got a lot to learn. I have to get more confidence doing that and have the coaches have more confidence in me doing that.”

Phanatic, Iverson Penn's first choices for speaker

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(This article appeared in the 4/5/04 joke issue)The fact that Penn settled for a dirty hippie instead of a sports figrevealed they tried to complete a deal for Hakim Ziyech in January.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join the Blues at the end of the season after the club agreed a £37million deal with Ajax.“We tried and it was not possible,” the Blues boss toure as its graduation speaker has left some students wondering how the University screwed this one up.

“We screwed this one up,” University President Judith Rodin sa attacker Nicolas Pepe admits he’s not met expectations.Pepe struck two late free-kicks, including one in stoppage time, to complete a 3-2 comeback against Portuguese side VitoriaGuimaraes.Yet despite his match-winning contribution, the 24-year-old aid on her failure to bring in a Philadelphia sports icon on two separate occasions. “Our first two choices didn’t exactly work out.”

Obviously, the first choice was the Phillie Phanatic — the large, green mascot who has been Drexel’s speaker for 14 years running.

“We really wanted the Phanatic,” Rodin said. “He exemplifies everything we would like in a graduation speaker: dedication to a cause and pride in the city. Plus, he transcends race and gender … you know, because he’s a Phanatic.”

While Rodin and her posse were hellbent on choosing the Phanatic, Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky disagreed.

“He doesn’t talk,” Bilsky said. “How can you have a speaker that doesn’t talk? That would be like fencing without a fence.”

Bilsky’s side gained the upper hand as talks with the Phanatic’s agent stalled.

“He’s too busy recovering from the trauma of the head-stealing scandal,” said Tony Attanasio, the Phanatic’s agent. “That’s a lot to handle when your nose and mouth are the same thing.”

With the deal dying a slow death, Attanasio agreed to send his client back north of Chestnut Street for a 15th straight year.

The Phanatic said nothing as usual, only shaking his oversized rear end in disgust at the prospect of entertaining Drexel “graduates” again.

After the Phanatic fiasco ended poorly, the University was quick to approach another candidate from the Philly sports scene.

Rodin was looking for a speaker with a positive attitude and a favorable view on race relations. Instead, she found basketball star Allen Iverson.

The administration quickly notified Iverson that no member of the Philadelphia Police Department would be present at the ceremony, nor would there be any mandatory practice for his speech.

With that being said, Iverson jumped on board, much to the delight of all parties on the University side.

Then, the unthinkable happened, after Iverson read the order of speeches for the graduation.

“They scheduled me to talk second,” Iverson said. “I don’t know any franchise player talk second. I don’t know Rangnick has opened the door to taking the technical director’s job at Manchester United.Rangnick was head coach and sporting director at RB Leipzig last year and is now head of sport and development at Red Bull, with responsibility for teams in Newany Olympian talk second. I don’t know any former MVP talk second. I don’t know any All-Star talk second. Why Allen Iverson talk second?”

Iverson immediately backed out of the gig to start sulking, leading to an outraged Rodin.

“Speak English, son,” Rodin said. “You don’t know any locker room cancer and detriment to his team who talks second.”

After the Phanatic’s dismissal and Iverson’s refusal, the University was left scrambling for a replacement. It found such a replacement in a second-rate washed up singer.

Oh, well. There’s always hope for next year. At least there better be, according to one irked junior.

“We better get somebody real in here next year,” junior Nameir Majette said. “Or else.”

M. Hoops assistant interviews for head job at Columbia

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Though Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the recognizable name on the radar for the recent Columbia men’s basketball head coaching openingMcNeil says Burnley’s players are delighted with the way they turned their season around.The Clarets finished 15th in the table after going down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Arsenal on the final day of the campaign. “We’re pretty happy, especially beca, Penn assistant coach Gil Jackson is also among the candidates for the job.

The 14-year Penn assistant interviewed in New York on Saturday afternoon and feelsdown in the coming weeks.The Sun says City could still face a Champions League ban ‘within weeks’ – despite asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out UEFA’s case against them.UEFA’s investigators want City to be banned from Europe’s prem that he made a positive impression on the Columbia Athletic Department.

Columbia Athletic Director Dr. John Reeves refused to comment last night aboujaer says they’re on track to close the gap on Prem champs Manchester City.It’s been 10 years since ­ Manchester United last did a ­Premier League double over ­their rivals – and Solskjaer ­reckons that’s way to long. “That stat is not nice tt any issues concerning the coaching search.

“With Kareem involved, I hope they won’t just make the celebrity hire,” Jackson said. “I don’t think they will.”

Jackson has been with the Penn program since the beginning of the Fran Dunphy coaching era and he feels this wealth of experience would aid him at another Ivy school.

“I’m familiar with the Ivy League — the Ivy League is a different type of environment,” Jackson said. “The rules, the financial aid part…That’s unique to the Ivy League.”

The most veteran Penn assistant by nine years, Jackson has served an all-purpose role in recent years, with the overall goal “to keep Penn at the forefront of the Ivy League.”

Jackson, a guard during his playing days at Elizabethtown College, has been at the forefront of recruiting for the Quakers.

A staple on the bench often sporting a polka-dot bow-tie, Jackson has had unsuccessful head coaching interviews for positions at the University of Delaware and Cornell University in the past.

The current Penn assistant figures that this could be a different scenario, despite pressure from Columbia alumni to hire Abdul-Jabbar.

“With most jobs [where I have interviewed], I had an idea who would be hired,” Jackson said. “Usually there is some connection in the athletic department and they have a certain card in mind.”

Men's Hoops falls to Delaware in final seconds

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NEWARK, Del. — With 6:48 to go in the game last night at Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center, Penn senior guard David Klatsky fouled Delaware’s Rulon Washington behind the three-point arc on the left baseline.

Washington went to the line and swished all three free throws, tying the game at 50. After eating away at a 32-27 Penn (1-2) halftime lead, it was the first tie since the first minute of the game.

With 4,797 now-rowdy fans behind them, the Fightin’ Blue Hens (2-1) grabbed the momentum and executed in the key momentsel has spoken of his love-hate relationship with Jamie Vardy while in charge of Leicester City.Vardy has scored as many goals under Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers as he did under Puel but in less than half the games.”I did not have a problem with Jamie,” during the final stretch of the game, eventually closing out the Quakers 60-59.

“The game could’ve gone either way,” Delaware coach David Henderson said. “But we made a couple of big plays when we needed them in the last couple of minutes, and I think that was the difference in the ball game.”

After three Delaware offensive rebounds on the same possession — the third coming from senior guard Ryan Iversen — senior forward Dave Hindenlang received Iversen’s pass and sank a jumper in the lane with 45 seconds to play. Though he missed the subsequent “and-one” free throw after a Tim Begley foul, the field goal pushed the Blue Hens ahead for good.

“The close ones really hurt, especially when they come down the stretch,” Penn point guard Andrew Toole said. “Especially after Hindenlang comes down the lves wing-back Oskar Buur has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract.The 21-year-old Dane has agreed a deal until the summer of 2023 on the back of being integrated into the first team. Last week, boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed Buur is now alane and gets fouled after everybody’s battling, doing the best they can on defense.

“It seemed like we were playing defense for the last minute and a half out there.”

Delaware is 2-17 in the past three years when failing to score 60 points.

With seven seconds left, Iversen sank two free-throws to make it a two possession game at 60-56.

Penn senior forward Ugonna Onyekwe sank a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, but the effort would not be enough for the Quakers, who have now lost their second-straight game.

Even before the two teams tipped off, Penn was at a disadvantage, as starting point guard Andrew Toole was forced out of the starting lineup because of a strained abdominal muscle.

He came off the bench with 14:17 left in the first half, playing for 12 minutes in the first.

Toole ended up playing 25 minutes in the game, scoring eight points on 3-for-8 shooting.

Penn coach Fran Dunphy had emphasized the importance of going down low against the Blue Hens’ big men early, especially after forward Koko Archibong only shot three field-goals in their previous game against Drexel.

But just 3:42 into the game, Ugonna Onyekwe picked up his second foul after pursuing a rebound and would not return for the rest of the half.

He collected his first foul in a scramble for the ball, even after Delaware already had control.

“The first one was foolish,” Dunphy said. “There was no reason to run over there, the play was over.”

With Penn’s NBA prospect out of the game, Delaware center Maurice Sessoms took over the paint on both ends of the floor.

The senior went 5-for-6 from the field in the first half and 5-for-6 from the line.

The situation almost became disastrous when Koko Archibong hobbled to the bench with 9:47 left in the first half because of an ailing right knee.

The Pasadena, Calif., native returned to the they strive for success this season.The Gunners are competing on several fronts, including the Premier League and Europa League.Squad rotation is essential if they are to maintain form and fitness over a lengthy and gruelling season.It is why Emery game just two minutes later and ended up playing 34 minutes in the game without any noticeable problems.

“Koko’s fine, there is no injury,” Dunphy said. “He’s got a boatload of tape on his leg but he’s able to play.”

In Onyekwe’s absence, Penn senior Adam Chubb played 15 minutes in the first half but had little success defending Sessoms.

Yet while Sessoms dominated the inside at the outset, Onyekwe’s second half return drastically limited Delaware’s main threat.

Sessoms scored only four points in the second half — two of them coming on a 15-foot jumper, after his defender was screened on an out-of-bounds play.

Onyekwe also held his ground on the defensive end, forcing Sessoms to adapt his play and turn the ball over several times.

But after Onyekwe forced Sessoms to travel with 14:37 left to go in the game, the Penn senior missed a pair of free throws at the other end of the floor.

Onyekwe, a 65.2 percent free throw shooter for the season, went 2-for-5 from the line last night. Penn finished the night 6-for-13 from the free throw line.

Despite Penn’s insufficiencies from the line and Delaware’s four 3-pointers in the second half at opportune times — including two by Iversen — Penn had a chance to win the game, down two, with 11.3 seconds left.

After senior guard Jeff Schiffner stole an outlet pass, he found Toole across the court for a clean look at a 3-pointer. The shot hit the back of the rim, and Onyekwe missed the tip-in.

After Iversen’s free throws, the game was all but over.

ich has rejected an offer from an American financi

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outfielder said Thursday he was OK af thrilled to see Bruno Fernandes make the move to Manchester United.Giaretta previously held directorial roles at Udinese and Ascoli and played a key role in bringing Fernandes to Italy e Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United for one final season.That’s according to the Juventus-2020.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail.The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to Spain, while a return to Juventus could also be on the cards. Hoduring his time at Novara.”It all started with a trip to Boavistter leaving Wednesday’s game with a sore right for the Brazil number one goalkeeper spot, according to coach Claudio Taffarel.Liverpool star Alisson was Tite’s first choice throughout the World Cup and is expected to do the same at Copa America.But Taffarel says Ederson has a chance of making th Achilles. Dickerson, who is trying to make the 25-man roster, said he could be used in Thursday’s spring game against the Rays, if needed.