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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn women's lacrosse readies for biggest challenge yet in defending champion Maryland

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It’s time for that undefeated record to get put to the test.

On Thursday at 3 p.m., Penn women’s lacrosse is taking on defending NCAA Champion and No. 4 Maryland at Franklin Field.

Coming off of a huge win against No. 19 Duke (6-3, 1-1 ACC), the Quakers are looking to keep their seven-same winning streaCrystal Palace.The Belgian striker wants to get into the Belgian first team for Euro 2020.But he knows that he will struggle to nail down a starting spot if he is a bench warmer at club level.He scored two goals for his national team against Cyprus ik alive against Maryland (6-1, 1-0 Big Ten).

Off to its best seven-game start since 2009, No. 7 Penn (7-0, 1-0 Ivy) has a high-powered offense that the team is looking towards to help it this Thursday against the Terrapins.

Freshman Zoe Belodeau has burst onto the scene with 17 goals so far this season, making her one of the top scorers on the team. Sophomore Gabby Rosenzweig has a whopping team-leading 25 goals to herself, and longtime stars and seniors Alex Condon and Caroline Cummings provide further support.

Defensively, Penn will have its hands full with a stackedSG, Real Madrid, Brugge, GalatasarayGROUP B: Bayern, TOTTENHAM, Olympiakos, Red Star BelgradeGROUP C: MAN CITY, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zagreb, AtalantaGROUP D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, LokomotivGROUP E: LIVERPOOL, Napoli, Salzburg, Gen Maryland offense averaging 17.1 goals per game, good for third in the country. The Quakers will have to ward off Maryland’s main scorers, senior Megan Whittle and junior Caroline Steele, who have combined to provide 49 of the team’s 120 goals.

Last year, the Quakers were up to the task. While , to a Maryland team that would finish the season undefeated, the Red and Blue held the Terps to their lowest goal total of the season.

That effort came with then-senior and in goal, but this season, the Quakers’ defensive personnel looks a bit different.

After recently earning the starting job, sophomore Mikaila Cheeseman will work to protect the goal like her predecessor in this upcoming match. So far this season, Cheeseman is sixth in the nation with an impressive 55.6 save percentage of shots on goal — which compares favorably to Maryland’s goalie, reigning IWLCA Goalie of the Year and junior Megan Taylor, at 42.6 percent.

Maryland crushed Johns Hopkins this past Saturday by a score of 15-5. When the Quakers played the Blue Jays back in February, they barely snagged a 12-1er says Bruno Fernandes is quickly establishing himself as a locker room leader.Solskjaer has also likened the midfielder to his former teammate Paul Scholes.He said: “He reminds me of Scholesy as a player but definitely a different type of persona1 win.

The Red and Blue have come a long way since then, however. As the new-look offense has jelled, Penn’s shooting percentage has risen from the 39.5 percent mark it had when it previously played Johns Hopkins to 45.2 percent after defeating Duke.

The Quakers are eager for a win this week, but they have their work cut out for them — not only in facing another winter storm, but also in the challenge of taking down the reigning champs.

Penn Athletics Weekend MVP: Tim Graul

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn track and field extends East Coast tour

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Students all across Penn’s campus are looking forward to flinging this weekend.

Penn’s track and field athletes don’t have the same aspiration, though, and it’s tough to blame them. After all, they have been flung all over the East Coast since the beginning of the outdoor season.

Following road trips to Floridarom Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.Ronaldo spoke openly about his rivalry with Lionel Messi, revealing a great degree of respect for the Argentine. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice versa,” Ronaldo told TV1.”When he see, North Carolina and New Jersey — all within the past month — the Quakers will continue their tour of the eastern seaboard in Virginia for this weekend’s George Mason Invitational.

Coach Steve Dolan and his athletes are well aware that Spring Fling is taking place on campus, but Dolan insists that track-related activities take precedent.

“We don’t really plan our progression of meets around the calendar on campus,” he said. “Saturday at George Mason will be our main event this weekend.”

With big meets like the Penn Relays looming on the horizon, this weekend’s invitational represents the calm before the storm in the Quakers’ season in many respects.

But the GeReal Madrid are holding up Jesus Vallejo’s move to Wolves.The defender is in line to sign for Wolves on a season-long loan.However, AS says Real want Vallejo to sign a new contract before releasing him to Wolves.The deal is expected to be a formality, with the defender happy to extend his current deal from 2021 to 2023 or 2024.Vallejo’s move to Wolves, meanwhile, remains on track.orge Mason Invitational will also give the Red and Blue another chance to perform against top competition as they have done all year, a chance that Dolan is mindful not to turn down.

“We’ve had a lot of success with George Mason over the years,” he said. “As the weather gets warmer, people get faster … and we’ll see some out-of-region competition.”

This weekend will also provide an opportunity for several of Penn’s top distance runners — who rested at last week’s Sam Howell Invitational — to return to action.

“We raced pretty hard earlier in the season,” Dolan said. “We’re trying to get a few good weeks of training in for some of the longer distance runners.”

Chief among these runners is sophomore Thomas Awad, who appreciated the break after grueling cross country and indoor track seasons.

“The time off is important … because we want to be at our best [at the end of the season],” he said.

This will also be the first race for Awad since his school-record 13:48.9s confident they’ll reach the Champions League knockouts after last night’s draw at Valencia.That result, combined with Ajax’s 2-0 win over Lille, leaves Chelsea’s hopes hanging in the balance but Christensen insisted he is confident they can finish 0 performance in the 5,000-meter race at the Raleigh Relays, and the race is still fresh in his mind.

“I expected to get the record eventually, so it was good to finally get that off my shoulders,” he said. “I was really happy with the time, and how I closed was the best part.”

Moving forward this season, Awad hopes to take the next step as a standout college athlete.

“I’m trying to make that mental jump to knowing that I can run with the best guys in the nation,” he said.

The team’s overall goals for the weekend are a bit ambiguous. However, Dolan does have high expectations for one of his event groups: the throwers.

The group has stood out in Penn’s deep pool of athletes, and some of the group’s elite have been sent on special assignments for the weekend. Sophomore Sam Mattis — fresh off a school-record discus throw — and freshman Noah Kennedy White will compete against a strong discus field at Texas over the weekend.

To the lay observer, it may seem like this weekend’s meet is dwarfed by the significance of Fling, and that may be the case. But with Penn Relays just two weeks away, Penn is looking to fling itself another step toward history.

Penn's gymnasts inconsistent in season debut

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Though the Penn gymnastics team posted its best score at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational ever in its third visit on Sunday, it didn’t matter much in the final results .

After finishing third last year with an overall score of 189.025, Penn finished 4th this year at the George Washington University in Washington D.C., despite a final score of 189.575, their highest to date at the annual competition.

It was an intriguing start for a team with high aspirations and serious NCAA tournament hopes.

The Quakers were challenged from the start, having to begin their day on the beam — typically the most difficult event to start on, but one in which coach John Ceralde expects his team to improve this season.

Penn did not disappoint, finishing with a composite 47.975 despite falls from the usually consistent seniors Kirsten Strausbaugh and Dana Bonicontri, with the former working on a new skill which she hopes will pay dividends in the long run.

After two rotations, the Quakers were in second place, but struggled on the vault and bars despite has opened the door to signing a new midfielder this month.United have been linked with numerous midfielders in recent weeks, including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester’s James Maddison and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, as well as several currenta first place finish from Bonicontri on the latter.

At both events the Red and Blue were able to finish with three strong performances of 9.525 or better but couldn’t come up with the five necessary to reach a solid team score.

As Ceralde put it, the team “just couldn’t put it all together today.” Overall, though, he was impressed with his squad’s performance to kick off the season.

“We had a 189, can’t ask for more than that.”

Freshman Elyse Shenberger impressed in her collegiate debut, posting a 6th place 9.725 on the beam and a sol ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said theieonardo was left unimpressed by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s claims regarding Neymar this week.At Frenkie de Jong’s signing ceremony, Bartomeu suggested Neymar wants to leave PSG and return to the Calatans.”We know that Neymar wants to r time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly solid 9.5 on the floor. Senior Megan Milavec also chipped in with a 9.75 on the on the beam and finished 8th overall with a 36.650.

Despite having off days by their standards, Bonicontri and Strausbaugh ended up fourth (by a score of 38.55) and fifth (38), respectively, flashing the skills that made them NCAA regional qualifiers last year.

The Quakers will head to Rutgers’ campus in New Brunswick, N.J. next Saturday to face the host Scarlet Knights, Bridgeport and Ursinus.SEE ALSO

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.

Penn softball slams its way into first

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In the past four seasons, Penn softball has claimed one victory against Cornell. This weekend, the Quakers beat the Big Red three times in just over 24 hours.

Entering the series two games behind Cornell, the Red and Blue defied history by winning three of four against the Big Red to tie up the race for first in the Ivy League South Division.

The Quakers (27-15, 11-5 Ivy) swept their opponent in a doubleheaancini admits he had to change the team’s “philosophy” when first taking charge.Mancini has just led Italy to Euro 2020 with a 100 per cent record.He said, “Johan Cruyff once said: ‘Italy can’t win, but you can still lose to them’. This is what we der on Friday before splitting with the Big Red (21-19, 11-5) on Saturday.

“Taking three for four from [Cornell] is a very good weekend for us,” coach Leslie King said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve done that.”

To be exact, this is the first four-game series Penn has won against Cornell since 2007, which was also the last time the program captured the division title.

Freshman Alexis Borden reinforced her bid for Ivy League Pitcher of the Year with complete game wins in the first and third matches of the weekend, as she conceded just three earned runs in 14 innings in those performances.

However, the rookie pitcher narrowly avoided a loss in the second game of the series thanks to an offensive outburst by the Quakers.

In the second half of Friday’s doubleheader, Borden yielded three runs in 3.2 innings before being relieved by sophomore Mikenzie Voves. With the Penn offense looking stagnant, Cornell was nursing a comfortable 5-0 lead by the fifth inning.

But in the bottom of the fifth, the bats came alive. Georgia Guttadauro, Samantha Erosa and Elysse Gorney singled, Kayla Dahlerbruch launched a three-run homer and the Quakers scored five runs in the inning to tie the game.

After a scoreless sixth for Cornell, Guttadauro opened the inning with a solo shot, and Gorney soon followed with a three-run bomb of her own, as the Quakers claimed victory, 9-6.

Saturday, Penn picked up where it left off, scoring eight runs in the first two innings.Cornell avoided the mercy-rule loss, but Penn cruised to a 9-2 victory.

In the first three games of the series, the Quakers racked up 23 runs on 25 hits. But in the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader, Cornell held Penn scoreless behind a five-hit, complete game performance by Alyson Onyon.

The Big Red pitcher stayed ahead in the count throughout the game and stifled the Penn offense on the way to a 5-0 win.

“We pressed a little in the batter’s box and just didn’t have good at-bats,” King said. “Whenever [Onyon] got ahead of us, we started chasing stuff out of the strike zone.”

Despite offensive struggles in the last game, Penn’s bench and field remained energetic.

“Even juimovic has arrived on a free transfer, Milan management are now in talks to sell goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Aston Villa.Defender Mattia Caldara is in the final stages of a deal with Atalanta and fullback Ricardo Rodriguez is in talks with Fenerbahce.Cast their general talk … throughout the game out on the field, I thought was really good, and that’s something that’s developed,” King said. “I think they’re playing with a lot more confidence.”

As the Quakers are now tied with Cornell in Ivy standings, this weekend’s four-game set against Colthe season.Anthony has joined Weymouth.Anthony joins a series of Cherries talents at the Terras as they continue their fight for promotion from the National League South under the tutelage of Under-21s Assistant Manager, Mark Molesley. Meanwhile, strumbia will very likely determine whether the Red and Blue walk away with a division title. Cornell will head to Princeton for a four-game series.

“Right now, we’re confident,” Erosa said. “But … we’re going to keep our heads level.”

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.

Brown Opponent Spotlight | Jack-of-all-trades Sewall has eyes set on making NFL

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Please, for your own sake, don’t pigeonhole Bobby Sewall.

The Brown wide receiver is certainly good at his job – his eight receptions and 116.2 receiving yards per game make him the most prolific wideout in the Ivy League. But if you ignore his other abilities, you’re liable to get burned.

Want to see him run it? Sewall averaged 5.5 yards per carry and found the end zone eight times on the ground in 2007 and has two rushing scores this year.

Dare him to throw it? The former Portsmouth High School (R.I.) quarterback has taken reps under center in practice and bombed a 41-yard touchdown to Buddy Farnham against Dartmouth a year ago.

Sewall is a good old fashioned playmaker – no matter what that may entail.

“Most coaches didn’t really know where they wanted to put me. [Some] thought receiver, Holy Cross thought running back, a little bit on defense with some scUK, the global automotive partner of Chelsea FC, has teamed up with the club to launch Hyundai FC; a nationwide grassroots football programme for junior teams, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukEleven girls’ and boys’ teams from Under-8s to Under-16s in pahools,” Sewall said. “I’m more than happy to do whatever the coach asks. If they want to put the ball in my hands then I’m gonna make those plays.”

Now, in his junior season, Sewall has focused on catching the football, and it’s paying serious dividends for the Bears, who sit at 3-0 in the Ivy League.

Sewall is just the latest feature wideout in Brown’s trademark spread offense. Following in the footsteps of receivers who have gotten looks from the NFL (see: Hill, Lonnie and Raymond, Paul), Sewall received second-team All-Ivy honors last year, but should be a lock for the first team this year.

“He’s still a young guy, unfortunately,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said. “He kind of burst on the scene as a freshman, and . he’s a very talented athlete.”

And as a part of the Wide Receiver Factory that is Brown, he knows that his ceiling may be higher than best of the Ancient Eight.

Sewall looks to Raymond, his former teammate and current Detroit Lions’ practice squad member, and to East Providence, R.I., native and Boston College grad Jamie Silva, now on the Indianapolis Colts, as indication that he could be on pro scouts’ radar.

“The fact that local Rhode Island h to take.Tielemans has been a substitute for four of the club’s last eight Premier League matches, including their most recent two outings, against Norwich and Aston Villa.“It is true that, personally, I have played less,” Tielemans told Sport/Fookids are getting looks [from the NFL] and Brown kids are getting looks is a big deal,” Sewall said. “I know they’re gonna be watching.”

Ironically for the Quakers, Sewall’s football career had its earliest beginnings right around the corner.

When his father was president of Ron Jaworski Management, Sewall lived near Cherry Hill, N.J., and was first exposed to football by going to watch the Philadelphia Eagles, Temple Owls and – you guessed it – the Penn Quakers.

His first trip to Franklin Field may have been when he was younger than 5 years old, but the Sewall household remembers it well.

“I do remember being there and it being a great stadium,” said Sewall, who will bring several family members from the area to Saturday’s game. “My dad tells me he used to bring me there and I’d be scared of the mascots.”

But a decade and a half later, Sewall’s going to be the scary one. being linked with the Rossonero.“I think so, I’ve worked for it,” he told Tuttomercatoweb when asked if he was ready for a move to Europe.“I’d like to test myself in Europe with international players so I can learn and grow, both as a man and as

Penn Relays | 4 years later, he still runs scared

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women break Ivy record

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

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

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

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

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

Big Red presents big challenge to Quakers

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When College junior Matt Valenti steps onto the mat in the Palestra tomorrow afternoon, he will be the only Quaker competing against his opponent for the second time this season.

The 133-pound bout between No. 10 Valenti and No. 14 Mike Mormile of Cornell is one of the highlights of the weekend between the top two Ivy League wrestling teams. They last met in December, when Valenti beat Mormile at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

Tomorrow, No. 22 Penn will challenge No. 13 Cornell in a match that will likely decide the league title. The Quakers (mbele, valued at £70million by Lyon, has shown his admiration for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.”Yes, it’s true that Tottenham is a great team, it’s a big club,” he told Telefoot.”They finished fourth in their league, they’re finalist in the Champions 9-3, 2-0 Ivy) will follow up with Columbia (4-5, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon.

Penn and Cornell (5-4, 1-0) have combined to win every Ivy League title since the 1986-87 season, as Penn has six outright titles to Cornell’s 11 in that span.

In addition to Valenti’s rematch, Friday will feature two bouts pitting ranked opponents against each other. Senior No. 18 Mike Silengo will wrestle No. 5 Troy Nickerson at 125 pounds, and No. 20 Gene Zannetti will attempt to take down No. 5 Dustin Mannotti at 157. Cornell also features ranked wrestles in the 165-, 184- and 197-pound categories.

The opportunity to win an Ivy title certainly has the team excited. In addition, if it can beat Cornell, it will the first time the Quakers have defeated a ranked opponent since taking down West Virginia in January ofre completely outclassed by PSG.Real slumped to a 3-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.A brace from Angel di Maria and a late third from Thomas Meunier saw Thomas Tuchel’s side take all three points at the Parc des Princes.”They we 2004. In fact, all three Penn losses this year are to ranked opponents.

“We try not to think of numbers and rank,” Valenti said. “We have a team with enough talent that if we wrestle our best, we can beat a team ranked higher than us, like Cornell.”

Some wrestlers, including Valenti are using the excitement and potential of the matchup to get themselves prepared.

“We’re just trying to keep the energy up and positive attitude overall,” he said. “You know we’re all very excited — that kind of comes with the match and the rivalry.”

Other wrestlers, like Silengo, don’t want to get caught up in the rivalry furor.

“I think it kind of helps to think of it as any other match,” he said.

While coach Zeke Jones certainly recognizes and appreciates the intensity of the Cornell match, he’s focused on winning two this weekend and says he must be prepared for both.

“My approach has been, since they’re already focused on it, why bring more attention to it?” Jones said. “We certainly have to realize we are wrestling two teams this weekend.”

While Columbia is definitely not the wrestling powerhouse Cornell is, the Quakers can’t wrestle lackadaisically against the Lions and expect to win.

This will be the 102nd meeting between Penn and Columbia, the third-most matches between any two schools in collegiate wrestling. Columbia features the No. 7 wrestler, Matt Palmer, in the 174-pound weight class and has some solid wrestlers in lighter weight classes as well.

The Quakers are looking forward to finishing out the regular season with four matches at the Palestra. Penn has only had three dual meets at home this season while nine have been on the road.

“I think in any sport home court advantage is always health,” Jones said. “Sleep in your own bed, eat your own food, go through yoract with Chelsea.Loftus-Cheek has signed a new five-year contract.”I’m really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years. It’s the place where I’ve grown up playing and hopefully I’ll be playing here for a lot longer,” he said.ur own same patterns.”

Princeton hires Scott as new coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As a player at Princeton, Scott was quite successful.

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

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

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

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

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

'Crazy Clark' named I-AA All-Star

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It’s no surprise that Penn offensive lineman Chris Clark — known as “Crazy Clark” around the locker room — was selected to play in this year’s Division I-AA All-Star Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“I always look to hit someone,” Clark said.

While Clark and Penn’s other offensive linemen are often absent in the box score, many of the Quakers’ other offensive players rank highly in the Ancient Eight — partly due to the blocking of the O-line.

Penn junior wideout Dan Castles leads the Ivy League in receiving yards per game with 96.1. Quakers sophomore running back Sam Mathews ranks second in rushing yards per game with 134.9. Senior quarterback Mike Mitchell is third in passing average with 261.1 yards per game.

Penn’s dominant offensive line, featuring five seniors — Ben Noll, Chris Kupchik, Matt Dukes, Michael Powers and Clark — has no ranking.

But Mathews has attributed much of his success all season long to the offensive line. After Penn’s 51-10 victory over Duquesne, during which the Navy transfer rushed for 89 yards and a touchdid president Florentino Perez says they’ll go to Barcelona on Wednesday willing to fight for everything.Los Blancos’ president was speaking about all sporting sections of the club, and the need to continue pursuing success.”We are on the eve of El Clown, Mathews said of the offensive line: “They were making huge holes that anybody could run through.”

Mitchell mirrored Mathews’ sentiments.

“Clarky is kind of a quiet kid and, I mean, he’s a big kid,” Mitchell said of the 6’1″, 285-pound lineman. “Some of the blocks that he throws on film are just unbelievable.”

The offensive line is often credited together, as a whole, as Mathews articulated.

What makes Clark stand out?

“I guess just because I can knock people down,” Clark said. “Sometimes it might not help the play that muturn to Italy.Mourinho has not had a job in football since he was sacked as Manchester United’s chief last December.The three-time Premier League winner enjoyed one of the most impressive two seasons of his career at Inter Milan.”My future? I don’t tch, but I guess it helps me get noticed.”

But oftentimes, Clark’s crushing hits help the play.

“I’ve been in situations where I was supposed to roll out, might have pulled up short and Clarky had my back a few times,” Mitchell said. “He just erased the guys.”

Penn coach Al Bagnoli spoke highly of Clark, Penn’s 2002 Chuck Bednarik Award winner, given to the Quakers’ top offensive lineman.

“He’s the only returning lineman that was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League [selection] last year,” Bagnoli said. “Because of that pedigree, because of his play this year, he has certainly enough in terms of the resum‚ that would make him stick out.”

To add to plete a return to the Hammers after leaving in the summer of 2017.Randolph has appeared in 14 Championship games for Middlesbrough this season, winning Man of the Match in one of those outings.”At the moment, he is carrying a bit of an injury he’s hahis resum‚, Clark also received honorable mention for Preseason All-American by the Sports Network this season.

Clark will play in The Football Network’s I-AA Classic on Dec. 30, 2003.

“It’s a great opportunity to show the rest of I-AA that Ivy League football isn’t just computer nerds trying to play football,” he said. “There are some real athletes.

In this week’s Sports Network/College Sports Television I-AA poll, Penn moved up one spot to eighth place, marking the highest ranking the Quakers or any Ivy League team has ever garnered in this poll. Penn also moved up two spots in the USA Today/ESPN poll to ninth.

Bagnoli does not place considerable weight on the I-AA rankings.

“It’s nice to be ranked so high, but it’s really hard to qualify I-AA teams,” he said. “When’s the last time you saw Montana play? Georgia Southern?

“I don’t take much stock in the rankings,” he added. “It’s not an exact science. I don’t look at it as, ‘We’re the eighth best team — we’re screwed, we should be seven!'”

But Mitchell takes the rankings quite seriously.

“We definitely pay attention to the polls,” he said. “It really reflects all of the hard work we’ve put in over the last two years. Only losing one game in two years, that’s pretty tough to do.

“It shows a lot about the team we have this year.”

The Quakers are one of just three undefeated squads in The Sports Network/CSTV Top 25.

Second-ranked Southern Illinois is 10-0. Colgate sits just above Penn with the No. 7 ranking at 8-0, having defeated the Ivy League’s Yale, Princeton, Cornell and Dartmouth.

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.”

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

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