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Penn women's basketball rings in 2020 with a pair of wins in the Aloha State

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In the Quakers’ first trip to Hawaii since the 2015-16 season, they celebrated the new year with two wins in paradise.

Penn women’s basketball picked up a 70-55 win against Hawaii on Tuesday, and the Red and Blue kept the good times rolling into 2020 with a dominant 90-39 victory over Chaminade on Thursday. The Quakers’ two wins extend their unbeaten streak to six games as they build on the best start in program history.

In its first game of the week, Penn (10-1) got off to a slow start, falling to a quick 9-3 deficit and missing 13 of their first 14 shots from the floor. However, the fortunes would change and the visitors ended the quarter on a 14-4 run.

The Rainbow Wahine (6-7) came close to closing the gap several times throughout the game, even cutting the lead down to six in the second quarter. However, the Quakers would keep their composure each time and go on a run of their own to widen the lead.

Nursing a 14-point lead going into the locker room at halftime, Penn would not look back. Familiar faces starred for the Red and Blue, as freshman guard led the team with 23 points and junior center Eleah Parker dominated the paint with 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. The Quakers scored 36 points in the paint — over half of their total output on the day — while grabbing 27 rebounds on the defensive side of the ball.

After celebrating New Years’ Day thousands of miles from home, the team went back to business on Thursday against Chaminade (2-9). Unlike the Hawaii game, Penn’s encounter with the Silverswords was never close, with the struggling home side reduced to six players due to injury and illness. By the end of the first quarter, the Quakers had already jumped out to a 24-10 lead. Penn shot 55.6% from the field, and its 90 points were split among 14 players.

The 51-point win is the team’s largest margin of victory since by 64 points in January 2018. Once again, Padilla and Parker led the team with a combined 24 points and 9 rebounds. With an largeer Onel Hernandez says they must work harder and battle for points in the Premier League.The Canaries lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United on Sunday evening, stretching their winless run to six in the league.Hernandez told the club’s website: “I’m lead from early on, the team was able to give large minutes to players who don’t usually get the opportunity. Sophomore guard Mia Lakstigala put up 15 points and a career-high four rebounds off the bench. In total, the bench had its best performance of the season with 53 points.

“Today was a chance to be able to play players that are really developing, so they’re not getting as many minutes now this year,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “They were invaluable minutes.”

While the two road wins helped the team’s record, the trip also allowed them to grow closer as a team. After a break for the Christmas holiday, the team reunited in the Golden State and practiced at the Cal State Los Angeles gym. Padilla is from the area and her family hosted the team for a dinner.

“My teammates here have become my family, so for them to meet my actual family in California and to have everyone meet each other was an awesome feeling,” Padilla said.

The team also did not miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of everything that Hawaii had to offer. Given that the Philadelphia weather doesn’t allow for much time at the beach during the season, the will be played this weekend, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukMatches in the Vanarama National League, National League North and National League South will go ahead this weekend despite all league football in England and Scotland being postponed until 3 Ateam spent most of their time enjoying the beach.

“It’s only my freshman year and we’re taking these great trips and [it’s great to] just to be here and make memories with my teammates,” Padilla said. “It helps to be 2-0 on the road in such a great place and it’s a really great way to end the year and start off 2020.”

The Quakers will take their six-game winning streak back to the Palestra as they face off against Princeton to open Ivy League play next week. Last season, Penn shared the regular season title with the Tigers, and were bested by their rival once more in the Ivy League Tournament Championshion player of the year.The Dutchman beat Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling to the award, making him the fourth Liverpool player to win in seven years.”I want to say that, obviously, I’m sorry that I can’t be there tonight,” he said in a video ip.

Meet the freshman big three that's helping Penn men's squash reach new heights

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—The “Big Three” in sports is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that’s becoming more and more popular as teams seem to be deliberately building around a dynamic trio. LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh; Steph, Klay, and Durant; Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft.

Penn men’s squash seems to have adopted this approach with its own freshman big three — Aly Abou Eleinen, James Flynn, and Michael Mehl — all of whom have helped propel the program to the very top of collegiate squash.

The freshmen have combined for a 24-0 record in their individual matches. In terms of games, they are a stunning 72-14.

Eleinen, like his teammate senior Karim Hussein, hails from Egypt. The freshman is recognized as potentially the best squash player to ever come out of his high school alma mater, the Brooks School. There, he was All-New England three times, twice an All-American, and in his senior year, he was recognized as New England co-player of the year.

Mehl, who stands at an imposing 6-foot-4, served as the sed-length contract.The 26 year old Canadian-born striker, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, helped the Blades win promotion to the Championship in 2016/17.”It doesn’t do players any good to keep going out on loan,” said Walsall manager Dacaptain of the Canadian Junior Squash team. He led the groheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gup to a gold medal in the Canada Winter Games in 2015, while also claiming an individual gold medal.

Flynn brought his team to the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Championship from 2015-2018, serving as the captain of the team his senior year.

Their contributions have helped Penn soar to unprecedented heights. For the first time in program history, the Quakers sit atop the College Squash Association’s rankings.

Squash, despite its individual nature, is still very much a team sport at the collegiate level. So beyond their talents, these freshmen attribute much of their success to the welcoming environment around them, which provided a smooth transition from high school to the top of the college squash world — something that could have been incredibly jarring in a less accommodating environment.

“I think the seniors have played a huge role in our success so far,” Eleinen said. “Speaking on behalf of the freshmen, we came in and they helped us in right away. If we needed anything, they were always there for us, and they showed us what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

Mehl echoed these sentiments.

“It feels as though the seniors, on this team at least, lay the foundation for the whole of the team,” he said. “Whenever we’re down, they’re people who bring usover for the German.”I have a really good relationship with Ter Stegen, very professional. He’s helping me quite a lot,” admitted Neto. “Although I’ve only been here a short time, I already feel I’ve adapted well. I enjoy being part of the group and back up.”

There is a palpable sense of excitement around the team, a feeling that perhaps has never been felt to this extent before. The Quaker Meeting House’s “Recognizing a Significant Moment in a Program’s History,” published on the Penn Athletics website, is tangible proof of this energy.

The writers are barely able to contain their excitement, citing quotes from sports film classic “Field of Dreams” and commenting on how nice of a ring “Penn Squash — National Champions” has to it. The pressure and expectations could be too much for a team with less experience.

Eleinen, Mehl, and Flynn are more than up for the task.

“Obviously, it’s a lot of pressure because college squash is pretty competitive,” Eleinen said. “But I think so far, the freshmen have been doing a good job. It’s all about working hard and doing what you can do, and everything works out in the end.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn wrestling resumes dual meet season with 25-18 comeback loss to Duke

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The winter break grind continues for Penn wrestling.

The Quakers traveled south to Duke this weekend, jumping back into the dual meet season for 2019. Despite a promising start to the match with wins in the 125- and 133-pound weight classes, the Red and Blue ultimately fell by a score of 25-18.

Penn (1-2) opened the meet with a shutout by freshman Carmen Ferrante at 125 pounds. Ferrante secured just over three minutes of riding time by the end of the second period and won the match in a technical fall with a score of 15-0, contributing five team points to the Quakers’ tally.

After Duke (1-0) forfeited the 133-pound match, Penn’s lead li coach Carlo Ancelotti and his players blanked the media after last night’s Champions League draw with RB Salzburg.Ancelotti refused to speak to the media and abandoned his contractually-obligated press conference.It’s also emerged the players are was up to 11. Next, freshman Grant Aronoff faced the first of four brothers competing for Duke this weekend, freshman Josh Finesilver, at 141 pounds. This match, which each respective head coach acknowledged as a key matchup before the meet, allowed Duke to puthe Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team part-owned by David Beckham, have unveiled a long-term omnichannel retail partnership with apparel and merchandise giant Fanatics, reports, /.The deal will see Fanatics manage all in-venue retail operationt its first four team points on the board as Finesilver won by major decision, 14-6.

Fellow freshman and No. 17 Anthony Artalona faced the next Finesilver brother, redshirt senior and No. 6 Mitch, at 149 pounds. The pair met earlier this season in the semifinals of the the , where Artalona fell 5-2.

With these two top-20 competitors battling it out again this weekend, the low-scoring match saw its fepared to punish Manchester City if they’re found guilty of breaking financial football laws.Reports last week suggested City may face a Champions League ban if found guilty with UEFA referring the case to Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chairst takedown in the last 45 seconds of the final period by Finesilver. Mitch Finesilver ultimately defeated Artalona 4-1, earning three team points for Duke and cutting Penn’s lead to 11-7.

Senior Joe Oliva, a three-time team captain for the Quakers, competed at 157 pounds. Oliva, who entered the meet with four losses by just two points or fewer this season, finally got over the hump to deliver his first team points of the year, winning a major decision over Benjamin Anderson by a score of 13-5 and pushing Penn’s lead to 15-7.

At 165 pounds, the third Finesilver brother, sophomore Zach, wrestled Penn sophomore Evan DeLuise. The matchup started out close, as DeLuise led after an early takedown and secured over a minute of riding time. DeLuise’s offensive aggression continued as he led going into the final period, repeatedly shooting first and making offensive advances.

However, the Finesilvers improved to 3-0 on the day when Zach earned four back points at the buzzer to erase DeLuise’s riding time, edging ahead 12-8 and trimming Penn’s lead to 15-10.

A victory followed for the fourth Finesilver brother, Matt, who beat junior Brian Krasowski at 174 pounds by technical fall in a 17-1 win which included five minutes and 29 seconds of riding time. At this point, with the meet tied at 15, the Finesilver brothers had contributed all the team points on the board for Duke.

Duke won the two matches, at 184 and 197 pounds by a major decision and a pin, respectively, to add on 10 team points and make the score 25-15 in favor of the home team.

In the last matchup, between freshman Ben Goldin and Duke’s Araad Fisher, Penn won three more team points as Goldin won by a 5-2 decision. However, the Quakers were unable to dig out of their 10-point deficit, and the meet ended with a 25-18 Duke victory.

The Quakers will hope to bounce back from the loss when they face University City foe Drexel on Jan. 13 at the Palestra.

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

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

Well, you’re in luck!

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

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

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

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

Penn Athletics Weekend MVP: Tim Graul

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gymnastics Issue | Freshmen may vault Red and Blue upward

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Out with the old and in with the new.

With seven rookies o’s new head coach Nigel Pearson admits they need to change their style of play.Pearson said that it is not beyond the club to achieve survival this season, but that he needed everyone to start pulling in the same direction both on and off the field.”n the roster this season, Penn gymnastics’ fdefender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re thereshman class will play a greater role in can Velzen on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has arrived from Dutch football.Van Velzen was in the United reserves side when Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were coming through.Crawley’s Director of Footballompetitions this year than previous classes have in the past. And the largest gap they fill for the Quakers is on vault.

“We have a strong freshman class,” head coach John Ceralde said. “They’re looking good on their events right now, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing them on vault particularly.”

First-year assistant coach Kirsten Strausbough agreed.

“Vault is something that in the past we’ve lacked on,” she said. “It’s exciting to see some freshmen coming in with some big skills that will make us more competitive in the NCAA, not just the Ivy League.”

While Penn historically has struggled to attain sufficient difficultly to be competitive with other schools, the talent of this freshman class should help to bridge the divide. And a change in NCAA rules regarding the degree of difficulty of a particular vault may favor this particular freshman class.

The most popular vault in NCAA women’s gymnastics is a Yurchenko layout full (a round-off onto the board, back handspring onto the table and a layout with a full twist). Earlier this year this vault was devalued from its previous 10.0 start value to 9.95.

“Other schools, they had 10.0 start values across the board,” Strausbough said. “Sometimes we would have 10.0 start values, but our other girls would start at 9.8 or 9.9. Now all the other NCAA teams are being brought down to a 9.95.”

Penn’s freshmen will help bring the Red and Blue up to where their competitors have been. Strausbough noted that at least four of the newcomers will be performing Yurchenko fulls.

Ultimately, the rule change was made to force a greater level of difficulty for the 10.0 maximum start value. Now, instead of a Yurchenko full, gymnasts need to perform the same vault with an extra half twist to gain back that extra 0.05.

While to the average human, a half-tenth of anything might not seem like much, in this sport it can make all the difference.

That extra half-twist not only requires greater height and speed, but also a more difficult landing: the blind landing, which draws its name from the fact that the gymnast’s eyes do not see the floor before her feet hit it.

“When you do the one-and-a-half you’re opening yourself up for more of a deduction,” Strausbough said. “For them they are deciding [between throwing] the biggest skills they have or just doing the 9.95 and doing it safe.”

The question then becomes whether or not it’s worth it to go for the one-and-a-half to get the extra half-tenth in start value. Do the risks outweigh the rewards?

“The top schools in the nation have the ability to do the one and a half, so now they have to play their hand to do the one-and-a-half to get the 10.0 start value,” Ceralde said.

While this is a decision each team will be making for itself, the Quakers’ most popular vault will remain the full.

Only time will tell to see how it plays out and whether the rule change helps the Red and Blue.

What’s for certain, though, is that Penn’s freshman talent will be valuable for time to come.

Penn sends two to All-American tennis tournament

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For the first time in program history, Penn women’s tennis is sending a doubles team to the main draw of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships.

Sol Eskenazi starts competition Tuesday at UCLA with pre-qualifying singles matches. Then on Thursday, Eskenazi and Jules Rodin begin doubles main draw play.

Eskenazi and Rodin are the first Penn players to be invited to the All-American tournament since Connie Hsu in 2010, and the first Quakers doubles pairing to receive an automatic bid in team history.

“I’m very, very excited and I hope that we represent Penn and show them what we have,” said Rodin, who will meet Eskenazi in California on Wednesday afternoon.

Since the Quakers duo is one of just 24 doubles pairs in the country to be selected to the main draw, Rodin and Eskenazi don’t yet know whom they will face Thursday. Teams are playing qualifying rounds this week to join the existing 24.

“[We’ve] definitely [been] trying to focus on doubles more and doing certain types of drills that will help play to our asschester United.The 18-year-old was on the fringes of the first team this season and managed two appearances from the bench under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Barcelona reportedly have an interest in the midfielder, but Gomes wants to emulate teammate Jesse Lets, plana to commit to Los Angeles FC.The SD Aucas defender, who was on-loan with Willem II last season, had an offer from Barca to sign with the B team.Sport says he’s turned down Barça and will sign with Los Angeles on a four-year deal. One of the reasony to our strong suits,” Rodin said.

She added that they are “both good whenever we’re serving and the other one’s at net,” and said this week’s focus has been on capitalizing in those areas.

Eskenazi and Rodin, currently ranked No. 35, will play their doubles matches at the Rivieger Pep Guardiola.Stones received an earful from his boss on the touchline during their 5-1 win over Atalanta in the Champions League.City maintained their winning start in the group thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.But Stones hra Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which has been the home of the All-American Championships for the past 28 years.

Doubles finalists and consolation champions earn a spot in the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., in November. SEE ALSO:

Penn women's basketball taking it one step at a time

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After opening the season with a victory over St. Francis on Sunday, Penn’s women’s basketball will continue to take it one game at a time.

“We’re still getting used to each other, but we’re getting closer,” sophomore starting point guard Meghan McCullough said. “Coach wants us to feel more comfortable on the court.”

Although coach Mike McLaughlin sensed a lack of chemistry at times in his team’s first game, he was still content with Sunday’s outcome.

“Anytime that we find a way to win at the end, it’s always a good thing,” McLaughlin said. “As a coach, though, there’s obviously things we can improve upon.”

Saturday’s game against Ride has jokingly suggested he may be interested in buying Newcastle United, reports Sky Sports.According to Forbes, boxer Mayweather was the highest paid athlete of the last decade, earning $915m (£686m) in that time.The five-weight former world champir (2-0) at the Palestra will be the team’s next opportunity.

Last year against the Broncs, the Quakers (1-0) went to New Jersey and handled business with relatively little rebuff, winning, 60-45.

In that game chance to make his case for a spot in the Liverpool first-team. The teenage centre-back is Liverpool’s only signing so far this summer.The Dutchman was originally allocated to the academy, but manager Jurgen Klopp says he will “open the door” for te, then-freshman McCullough led all scorers with 17 points. She grabbed five rebounds and was dead-eye from the three-point line, shooting 4-for-4.

And though she had, by all accounts, a successful freshman campaign, she knew that it’d be necessary to put in work and grow as a player over the summer to continue on her upward trajectory.

“This summer, I had to work on a few things: strength, speed,” McCullough said. “I did, and coming in sophomore year is a lot better because we’re all so much morssandro Florenzi says he deserved his goalscoring performance for victory over Juventus.Florenzi celebrated the goal with fans in the Curva Sud.And he later explained, “I really relished that hug with the fans, as I think I deserved it. For once in me comfortable.”

As a starting sophomore, she will be called upon to be a leader amongst a large group of freshmen. Thus far, she seems content with what they are bringing to the table.

“The freshmen are doing great, they’re all contributing,” McCullough beamed. “Each one comes in and does whatever the team needs to play better.”

McLaughlin agreed.

“The freshmen did well for their first game; it’s never an easy transition. There’s a lot going on, you’re excited, you’re anxious, you’re nervous, all those emotions and then trying to perform.”

Another sophomore who will be consistently called on to lead this team is reigning Ivy and Big 5 Rookie of the Year Alyssa Baron.

And after dropping 27 points in the first game of the season, it’s safe to say she’s picking up right where she left off.

“She did some really special things last game and just willed us to the win with those big shots,” McLaughlin said.

Although Baron had to deal with questions about shot selection from time to time last year, McLaughlin feels comfortable with her progress and the role she’ll play on the team this year.

“Her role will of course be to score the ball, but I hope she can grow as a defender every day as well,” he said. “We want her to be that all-around player.”

For the young Quakers, their success depends on the continued growth of all players. Rider will be a test, as they too are bringing back a veteran team — that’s also undefeated — to oppose the Red and Blue.

“It’s good being young,” McCullough said. “Our team is exciting. The next few years are all uphill for us.”

W. Hoops | Quakers will step out of the zone

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Coach Pat Knapp and his team might want to look for a fallout shelter, because when they face Villanova (4-1) tomorrow, it’ll be bombs away.

Tomorrow, Penn will have to deal with a squad that has already developed a reputation of being a huge three-point threat. This does not bode well for the Quakers (3-3), who are trying to turn around an abysmal 2-32 record against the Wildcats.

“We better get a hand up and contest those shots,” Knapp said, not wanting to give away any information as to the Quakers’ strategy in defending the three-pointer. Forward Maggie Burgess hinted that her team will play man, not zone.

The Wildcats have taken 54.4 percent of their shots from downtown, and made 36.9 percent of those threes. DefensivAlbion want to bring the attacker back to the Premier League for the rest of the season.But they would have to pay Boca to end the loan deal, as there is no clause that allows them to terminate the contract at will.Boca do not want to lose Mac Allistely, the Quakers have been allowing opposing teams to shoot 37.1 percent from outside.

So the 2-3 zone that worked so effectively against Rider the last time the Quakers played may well be a non-option.

Villanova’s playing style presents the Quakers with another unique problem. Knapp may consider changing up his lineup against the Wildcats, because some starters, such as Burgess, who is 6-foot-2 and used to banging around down low, aren’t at their best defending the perimeter.

Burgess did not see any time in last year’s game against Villanova, a 57-50 defeat at the Palestra.

“If I do play, I will just be guarding them . the same as the guards will, up on the shooters,” she said.

Burgess added that in such a scenario, the Quakers would definitely pound the ball inside. Penn’s big players would try to take advantage of the “uniform” Villanova team, as Burgess called it, that has all its starters standing about six feet tall.

Defensively, the Quakers will struggle to match the highly efficient Wildcats. Villanova averages a hair over 10 turnovers a game, while consistently notching around 14 assists.

“We’re . dedicated to stopping you in the half-court, so we betterruno Fernandes.Having rejected a bid from Spurs over the summer for the Portugal international, Sporting are now prepared to sell.Record says the change of manager at Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho replacing Mauricio Pochettino, hasn’t changed the Lon pressure the ball very hard,” Knapp said about possible ways to force more turnovers. “We’re not necessarily a pressing team at this point with our numbers and our capabister United.ESPN reporter Paolo Bandini says finding a club for Icardi will be difficult due to the controversy surrounding the Argentine in the last year.He claims Inter Milan have explored the possibility of a swap with United for Romelu Lukaku.Howlities.”

Penn can find solace in the fact that Loyola-Maryland, a team that Penn beat earlier this season, solved the Villanova puzzle in holding the Wildcats to a season-low 47 points and coming away with a two-point victory.

In that game, Villanova went ice-cold in the second half, shooting at a measly 24 percent.

In order to begin turning the one-sided record around, the Quakers had better hope that the Wildcats’ offensive bombing run comes up short again in this one.

The one that got away

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a game that came down to field goals, Penn’s struggles continued when it mattered most.

In overtime, Yale kicker Alan Kimball connected for the game-winning field goal from 35 yards out after Penn kicker Derek Zoch banged his 37-yard attempt off the right goal post during Penn’s overtime drive. This left the Quakers with a 17-14 overtime loss to Yale Saturday.

The loss snapped Penn’s five-game winning streak against Yale (5-1, 3-0 Ivy), and dropped the Quakers (4-2, 2-1) into a tie for third place in the league with Harvard, which fell to undefeated Princeton that day.

Although Penn coach Al Bagnoli was disappointed with the result, he said that his team gave a strong effort and the Ivy race is still wide open.

“We didn’t lose to an 0-5 team,” Bagnoli said. “We’re on the road agr Duncan Ferguson inspired Everton to a win on his coaching debut as they stunned Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.Richarlison scored the hosts’ opening goal with a towering header from Djibril Sidibe’s cross.Dominic Calvert-Lewin doubled theainst a 4-1 team. It’s a pretty good football game, and we’ve got some injuries on top of everything else. We’re certainly not ready to fold the tent at this point.”

Yale took a lead three minutes in when it reached the endzone on a nine-yard pass to Chandler Henley on its opening drive.

And after Penn quarterback Robert Irvin threw an interception on only his second pass attempt, the Elis looked poised to take control of the game early.

But Kimball missed his first field-goal attempt from 42 yards out, and the Penn offense immediately took advantage.

Irvin led the Quakers to touchdowns on their next two drives, with a six-yard pass to senior tight end Chris Mizell followed by a six-yard handoff to running back Joe Sandberg that put them up, 14-7.

When the Quakers recovered their own kickoff after their second touchdown, the team had a chance to add to its lead. But Sandberg got tackled on the 5-yard line, leading to a fourth and goal, and the lead remained at seven when Zoch missed a 25-yard field goal try.

“With two really evenly matched teams, you just can’t leave points there,” Bagnoli said. “When they’re there you have to take them, and if you don’t they ultimately come back and bite you in the tail.”

And the Elis wasted no time tying the game. Yale converted on its ensuing drive, going 80 yards in 10 plays, including a 19-yard rush by running back Mike McLeod and a 20-yard run by quarterback Chris Polhemus.

The teams went to halftime tied at 14, and the score remained static until overtime.

“We had a couple opportunities and so did they, and both defenses stepped up and made some plays in big situations,” Yale coach Jack Siedlecki said.

Penn was forced to use backup quarterback Bryan Walker for most of the second half when Irvin re-injured his ankle on a hit in the third quarter.

Walker embraced the opportunity, saying afterwards, “If you’re going to play, why not play in a situation like that.”

But the junior nens of playing in Turkey, it has been claimed.The Belgium talisman, who moved to Real Madrid from Chelsea in a £150million deal this summer, has told former Fenerbahce chief Hasan Cetinkaya he will play for the Turkish Super Lig side.Cetinkaya said: ver built any momentum, and finished with 89 yards on 8-for-16 passing and only ran for four yards.

Penn won the ground war, with the senior Sandbirst days at Manchester United.The former Southend United goalkeeper joined United on deadline day.Bishop told manutd.com: “Yeah, it’s been crazy. It has gone really fast as well to be fair. It’s been unreal being around the boys and meeting new peoperg outrushing league leading runner McLeod, 125 to 122.

But the end the game came down to a battle of feet, and Yale’s one field goal defeated Penn’s zero.

W. Tennis opens home schedule triumphantly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Sports Briefs

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Manchester United are exploring plans to take a defensive signing on-loan this month.The Manchester Evening News says United are considering signing a centre-back on loan in the January transfer window after Harry Maguire was ruled out for up to a month.It has been confirmed that £80million signing Maguire has suffered a muscle tear and is unlikely to be back in action until February, meaning he is set to miAnjorin admits having former youth coaches Joe Edwards and Jody Morris as part of manager Frank Lampard’s staff has been a huge boost.Anjorin made his debut in victory over Everton last week.Edwards has worked with the Poole-born youngster from his pss several key games for United.Maguire missed United’s 3-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to local rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday afSpanish fullback Theo Hernandez feels he has matured a lot since moving to AC Milan.The left-back left Real Madrid last summer.”I was insulted and criticised a lot,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.”I did some silly things, but I’ve matured a lot as a person.”I consider myself a fun guy, but a calm guy who spends a lot of time in the house with his dogs or watching tennis on TV.”ter failing a late fitness test, having sustained the injury in Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Wolves.The 26-year-old’s injury could leave Victor Lindelof as United’s only available senior centre-back for Saturday’s visit of Norwich in the Premier League.And the desperate situation has forced United to scour the market for a centre-back to join them on loan until the end of the season.

W. Lax: Ivy-leading Dartmouth rallies late to push past Quakers

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This was not the way the Penn women’s lacrosse team’s seniors wanted to remember their final home game.

On Saturday, the oldest Quakers athletes were unable to defeat Ivy League-leading Dartmouth, falling 9-7 and having their three-game winning streak snapped.

“It’s disappointing that this was our last game on Franklin Field,” Penn senior Christy Bennett said. “We would have like to go out a different way.”

Penn jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first five minutes, courtesy of senior Kate Murray’s two unassisted goals.

“After I scored a few goals early against Penn State, everyone has been telling me to come out strong,” Murray said. “Those goals gave us a lot of confidence.”

But the Big Green, ranked No. 9 nationally, would battle back — scoring four of the next five goals to enter halftime with a 4-3 lead.

Another Penn forward opened the second half strong, as junior Lindsey Cassidy tallied two quick goals to open the half. This put Quakers back on top, 5-4, in the first three minutes of the second half.

Penn’s defense was determined to make this lead stick, holding Dartmouth scoreless for the next 12 minutes.

But the Big Green proved to be too much for Penn.

Dartmouth began to rally, netting four consecutive goals from four different athletes — Lana Smith, Whitney Jamison, Leah Skypeck and Elizabeth Right — which put the Big Green on top for good, 8-5.

The Quakers began to mount a comeback, scoring two of the next three goalsnchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more additions before next week’s Premier League transfer deadline.United have agreed a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire. Solskjaer told PA: “We’re still hope one or two deals — courtesy of seniors Crissy Book and Alison Polk-Williams — but time expired before they could overtake Dartmouth.

Though the team lost, the Quakers were pleased with their effort.

“I am happy with the way the team played,” Penn head coach Karin Brower said. “lona management are preparing a major clearout after their Champions League flop this week.Defeat at Liverpool has stunned Barca’s board, with both players and coach Ernesto Valverde now under major scrutiny.Spanish media sources report loan pair KevWe played a strong two halves and played good defense.”

Bennett, the defensive captain, was especially pleased with the way her squad defended the Big Green.

“The defense did a great job at holding them out,” she said. “We held them scoreless for long stretches.”

Brower agreed that the defense was much better than usual.

“The defense really played as a unit,” she said. “They played great. They were denying and doubling a lot more.”

Several problems accounted for the narrow Penn defeat.

Poor shooting, which has hurt the Quakers all year, troubled the them again Saturday.

Penn outshot its opponent, 23-21, yet still lost by two.

“If we had shot better, we would have won,” Brower said.

The Quakers also failed to capitalize on several eight-meter penalty shots.

“When we get fouled, we’ve got to put those eight-meter shots in,” Brower said. “That would have made the difference. That’s two goals right there.”

Bennett also credits the Dartmouth team’s perseverance, as it refused to quit on the road despite trailing for long stretches of the game.

“We just never could put it away,” she said. “Every zil and Alexandre Lacazette has endorsed new manager Mikel Arteta. The experienced duo have both seen improvements at the club since Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December.Talking at Arsenal’s Dubai warm-weather training camp, Ozil said: “As a team, time we got a couple, they’d match.”

Brower is quick to note that the Quakers should be proud of the way they played against such a strong team.

“Overall, I’m happy with the overall effort,” she said. “Dartmouth is a top team. I would not be surprised at all if they were ranked in the top 10 [again] this week.”