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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.”

Penn cross country struggles on muddy course at Ivy Heps

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Damp, uninviting conditions played as the backdrop to the crown jewel of the Ancient Eight’s cross country season: the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, an event that saw the youthful Quakers face difficulties.

At the , the men’s squad finished in third place while the women’s came in at seventh place. In this year’s edition, both the men and women took a small step back: fourth place for the men, eighth place for the women.

Defending champions reigned supreme on Saturday. Princeton took home the men’s crown with 30 points, and Columbia’s nationally ranked women’s squad defended their 2017 gold with 52 points. Both champions were more than 30 points clear of the second place finisher — a true show of dominance.

The Penn men and women came in with differing expectations.

Looking to build on last year’s bronze finish, the men set their sights on loftier goals.

“As a team, we were tryinrystal Palace was close in the past.Michelangelo Minieri now expects Kouame to remain with the Viola long-term as he arrives from Genoa.He told Sky Italia: “Fiorentina has invested in a prospective and talented boy, it has been following him for someg to win the race. That was really it — just trying to win the race,” sophomore Anthony Russo said.

On the women’s side, the goal was to string together as many strong individual performances as possible to build momentum for the future.

“I think we just wanted to place as high as we could,” sophomore Danielle Orie said. “We wanted to have individual, good races collectively as a team. We weren’t expecting to win, we just wanted to do the best we could out there.”

While, expectations-wise, the men and women had their differences, in terms of strategy, the two squads took a similar approach to the race — that is, one that focused on maintaining a close distance to the front of the pack at a steady pace and start a move halfway to three-quarters through the race.

“Our aim was to stay in coondon for the foreseeable future with the in-form Frenchman aiming to secure a new contract at Chelsea.”Yes. Yes. Yeah, of course,” he told the Evening Standard. “There are a few months to go, games to win and maybe another trophy, and aftr Jaap Stam is backing their move for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.The young defender is expected to announce his new club this week.Stam said, “I don’t know if it’s a possibility. But I can understand why United would want to sign him because he’er, you knontention for the first [4,000 meters] and then once we got halfway through the race, we had the mindset where it was like ‘okay, let’s be in there and when they make a move, be ready to go with it, grit it out, and see what happens,’” Russo said.

The weather played an important factor in the race. Orie, who lead the women with a 25th place finish, described the conditions as “crummy”; Russo simply said it “was not that great.”

Russo and senior Sam Webb led the way for the Quakers, placing 10th and 11th in the 8K race, respectively. Junior Aaron Groff and sophomore Alex Roth both finished in the top 20, and sophomore Daniel Cohen placed 36th to round out the Red and Blue’s top five.

Orie, a 2017 All-Ivy runner, finished in 25th place in the 6K. Juniors Maddie Villalba and Nia Akins came in at 32nd and 36th, respectively. Freshman Annie Zimmer and sophomore Melissa Tanaka composed the remainder of the top five, with finishes in the mid-to-late 40s.

Overall, while the athletes may not have gotten the results they had hoped for at this year’s Heps, there is still reason to be hopeful for the future. Of the top-five finishers from both the men’s and women’s teams, only one will be graduating next May.

“With the spirit we have, it’s not a matter of how many times we win, it’s a matter of how many times we are defeated and we stand up from it,” Orie said.

With leadership and wisdom like that, there is good reason to believe that the Quakers will be back in a big way at Heps next year.

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.

Comeback effort falls short as Penn men's basketball loses to Temple, 60-51

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It was physical. It was defensive. It was .

Unfortunately, the Quakers will have to wait another year to snap their losing streak to Temple.

In a nearly sold-out Palestra, the Red and Blue were locked into a hard-fought matchup the whole game against the Owls, but ultimately fell 60-51.

The cold shooting was unfortunately the story of Penn’s (12Stuttgart ace Orel Mangala is interesting Arsenal.HLN says the Gunners are weighing up making an offer for the talented 21-year-old.Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are also interested in the central midfielder, who has nine caps for the Belgium Under-21 international squad.It’s claimed Unai Emery’s side will need to cough up £26million to secure his signature.-6, 0-3 Big 5) night; they shot 28 percent on 17 of 60 shooting.

During the first five minutes, coach Steve Donahue did something unexpected: He went deep on his bench and reached for two unlikely faces. Raith Manchester United.The Manchester Evening News says United are taking Polish prospects Radoslaw Sewerys and Mateusz Lipp on trial, their clubs have confirmed.Sewerys, 16, is currently contracted to Korona Kielce who play in the Ekstraklasa – the tther than going to guards Jackson Donahue and Devon Goodman as a second unit, junior Jake Silpe and sophomore Jakub Mijakowski checked into the ball game.

Silpe came into the game having played in only seven games this season and playing a total of 35 minutes in those games. Mijakowski, similarly, had only appeared in three games up until today and had logged a grand total of 28 minutes.

“Anyone who plays well in practice and does what he’s done, deserves a chance,” Donahue said about Silpe. “I think he can make us a better team.”

Both players played meaningful roles in the first half, playing nine and six minutes, respectively.

Once the starters checked back into the game halfway through the first half, the Red and Blue began to chip away at the three-point Temple (10-9, 2-2) lead.

By halftime, a three from sophomore Ryan Betley and contributions from guards Antonio Woods and Caleb Wood helped the Quakers take a 25-24 lead.

The second half did not start they way the Red and Blue would have hoped.

Temple stormed out on a 14-1 run to begin the half to hold a substantial 12-point lead. The run was sparked by tremendous shooting from senior Obi Enechionyia. He drained two shots from downtown and added a jumper in the lane, showcasing the ability that makes him an NBA prospect.

But once again, as they did in the first half, the Quakers began chipping at the Temple lead.

After a pair of free throws from Foreman to cut the lead to three at the 7:50 mark, the Palestra started to get loud. The noise increased on the next possession, when Betley cut the lead to one off an assist from .

At this point, all of the momentum favored the Quakers. It felt like the scales had tipped in their favor and that their losing streak to Temple would finally be snapped.

But as quickly as that momentum came, it was gone the next possession as Owl’s junior Shizz Alston Jr. hit a mer in January – confident their transfer ban will be lifted.The Sun says Frank Lampard has made a back-up striker to Tammy Abraham his top target, with Bournemouth star Callum Wilson and RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner both on the club’s radar.FIFA banassive three to tie the game at 51 with a little less than four minutes to play.

It was the beginning of the end for the Red and Blue as they saw Temple go on a 12-0 run over the final 3:45 to seal the game.

Penn failed to score over 60 points for the first game all season. They ended up shooting 28.3 percent in the game on 17 of 60 from the floor. The had trouble finishing around the rim all game and it ended up costing them in the end.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t play well on offense, we just didn’t get enough to go in the basket,” said Donahue.

In addition to their offensive struggles, Penn has not been accustomed to playing tight, low scoring defensive games this season.

Temple’s length (they come in as the seventh tallest team in the country), and style of play were factors in Penn’s lack of offensive efficiency.

“It is hard to get [Temple] out of position,” Donahue explained, “[we] started rushing our shots and that played a factor.”

A persistent trend throughout the game was Donahue’s willingness to go to his bench as 12 different Quakers saw the court and nine played significant minutes.

The Red and Blue will go for their last chance at a Big 5 victory this season next weekend against Saint Joseph’s.

Meet the Super Seniors: Penn volleyball's veterans make the most of their time running the show

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In college athletics, every new season brings plenty of new faces and, more painfully, a host of goodbyes. But this was not the case last season for one Penn team, a rarity which will make the end of this season all the more bittersweet.

The Penn volleyball class of 2017 was a comples not enough for his teammates.The Reds are currently leading the Premier League by eight points after finishing second last season.And Henderson says only more silverware will satisfy his teammates.”At the moment, people can talk about the moment wete non-factor on and off the court. This is not an attack on their playing ability or leadership qualities, but merely a consequence of the fact that they did not exist. After the star-studded class of 2016 with its five captains departed following the 2015 campaign, last year’s team had zero seniors, relying on an extremely young squad for both production and leadership.

While the Quakers struggled on the court last year, the constant refrain around the program was that it was a “two-year team,” and that the 2017 season would be an opportunity to build the learning experience of 2016. This year, the team is once again top-heavy in terms of age, with six seniors leading the way.

Kendall Covington, Sydney Morton, Aimee Stephenson, Michelle Pereira, Emmy Friedler and Hayley Molnar all enter their final season with a full year’s experience of being the elder stateswomen of the team. For all intents and purposes, they’ve been the old kids on the block since before they were even upperclassmen. Gathering before practice one afternoon, they reflect on their journey:

“Sophomore spring [after the seniors played their final game in the fall of 2015] we all had to step up and be leaders,” says Morton, one of three captains along with Covington and junior Taylor Cooper.

“Having been the oldest on the team for two years now, I feel like we seem, really, REALLY old,” Friedler says. “And we’re kind of used to that role, so it doesn’t seem like a shift for us at all.”

“It’s more of a habit now,” Stephenson (or “Steve,” as she is known) says. “I don’t really remember not having been a leader on this team.”

But if you push them hard enough, the senior six can remember their earliest days with the Red and Blue — and even further back than that.

“We remember our official visit,” Morton says, before her teammates reveal that for the setter from Atlanta, the road almost ended there. The seniors recall how Morton was sick (or “deathly ill,” as Molnar puts it) during that first trip to Penn.

“We thought she was really quiet, but she was actually dying the whole time,” Pereira (or “Perry”) says.

The team laughs as they recall Morton wearing sweats in a seemingly 100-degree ice rink. Friedler remembers thinking, “We don’t know her, but she does NOT seem OK,” before the players decided to take their future captain to the hospital.

But things have changed. These six know each other as well as anybody now, and they’ve each grown into their own roles on and off the court. As Pereira explains, “Sydney’s the mom” (“Yeah, you’re very mom-like,” confirms Molnar, who is “the fun one,” but also “very competitive”).

Pereira continues dishing out roles, calling Stephenson the “team therapist.” The senior from San Diego agrees, saying, “people come to me with a lot of personal problems.”

“I feel like K-Cov is the energy provider. She’s the spark. She’s someone we can look to when we need energy or leadership by example, and I feel like Sydney is someone who is really good behind the scenes, good at coordinating things.”

Pereira struggles to give herself a role, ultimately settling on “the chill one.” But her teammates, even the younger ones, have no shortage of things to say about her.

“Perry is very, like, weird in a good way,” star junior Courtney Quinn says with a smile. “If you’re sitting next to Perry at dinner, it’s not going to be a surface-level conversation. Ieturn to PSG.Ginola played 158 games and scored 44 goals for the Parisiens.He told France Bleu, “I see myself returning to PSG? Yes but not today. I’m not telling you today, because things are too complicated and I do not want to go inside it. “I want’s gonna be something weird, and extroverted, and it’s gonna blow your mind.”

Friedler is the smallest in stature, but nobody takes her lightly.

“I would say that I’m probably more of the lay-down-the-hammer type,” the Illinois native says as she makes her fist into her palm.

“Emmy, she’ll tell you how it is. If you want blunt, you really want to know what’s going on, she’ll tell you,” Quinn laughs. “If I want to feel good about how I’m doing, I’ll go to Steve.

“They all have such big personalities that are so unique and fun,” Quinn adds.

But while the seniors (even Friedler) are lighthearted in front of a microphone, they’re dead-serious (even Molnar) on the court, and they provide a massive share of the team’s overall production. With their careers winding down, those around them who are in it for the longer haul know that an era is ending.

“I think from the day I stepped on campus, the ses a massive offer on the table from China.The Mirror says Willian was offered a £17.8m move to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua which could have netter him more than £30m.But the Brazil ace, currently at the Copa America, has now interest in accepting thnior group has had tremendous leadership qualities,” first-year coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley says. “That’s a big group to lose, and I think that each of them is so different, and adds a lot of personality to the team, and it’ll be interesting to see how the team meshes once they’re gone.”

The younger players in particular will need to adjust on and off the court in the absence of the seniors’ production and presence.

“It’s gonna be a big hole to fill. The seniors are the heart of our team. You look up to them,” freshman Parker Jones says.

“We’ve grown up with them,” Quinn says. They’ve been my best friends for three years, I can’t imagine them not being here.”

Even if Quinn and the younger Quakers can’t imagine a Penn volleyball squad without Molnar, Covington, Pereira, Morton, Friedler and Stephenson, they won’t have to for long — it will soon be a harsh reality. But until then, the seniors plan on leaving it all out on the court.

“We only have six to eight weeks left of volleyball, we’re all trying to enjoy it.”

But the seniors know that, even after they take off their uniforms for the final time, Penn volleyball will be a gift that continues to give.

“I learned more life skills being on the team, than I did in the classes I took at Penn,” Stephenson says, to unanimous approval.

Penn sprint football's Mike McCurdy wins second league MVP

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It just keeps getting better.

Just a few weeks removed from Penn sprint football’s first outright Collegiate Sprint Football League title since 2000, senior quarterback Mike McCurdy was named league MVP for the second straight season.

This is the first outright award for McCurdy, who split it following his junior season in 2015. The Bethesda, Md., is just the second Penn player to win the award twice, joining Tim Ortman from the 1998-99 seasons.

Nineteen members of the Red and Blue, including McCurdy, earned a total of 20 All-CSFL honors, with eight being first teamers. This marks the most first team awardees for the Quakers since the 2008 season and is tied for second-most behind the Red and Blue’s 10 selections in 2000.

McCurdy capped off a historic career with his best season. His 1,740 passing yards are a Penn single-season record and put him over the top for the school’s best career yardage mark with 5,892. He led the Quakers to just their second outright CSFL title and second undefeated season ever.

Joining McCurdy on the first team were Jake Klausclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failure.Vidic told TMW: “They are very imporCrewe Alexandra.Ten years before he was forced into hanging up his boots, the forward was being linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool after bursting on to the scene with Crewe.And he admits, even today, he still reflects on that part otant clubs for the competition, they certain, Marcus Jones, Aidan Kelly, Benji Friedman, Pat Boyle, Chris Colavita, and Matt Caltabiano. Of the first team honorees, just Colavita and Boyle will join McCurdy in graduating this fall.

Back to lead the Quakers in the 2017 title defense will be Penn coach Bill Wagner, who has announced his return for a 48th year on the sidelines for the Red and Blue. n Wednesday’s win over Lincoln City.The Toffees scored twice in the last ten minutes to win 4-2 and secure their place in the Carabao Cup third-round.“Our team showed one important thing in my opinion – apart from the attitude, commitment and des

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

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

STARTERS

Ryan Betley, G—6.5 / 10

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

Jackson Donahue, G —5.1 / 10

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

AJ Brodeur, C — 8.0 / 10

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

Darnell Foreman, G — 5.8 / 10

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

Matt Howard, F —9.0 / 10

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

BENCH

Devon Goodman — 7.4 / 10

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

Sam Jones —8.8 / 10

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

Max Rothschild —6.0 / 10

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

in talks over a fee for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The Daily Mail says the two clubs remain locked in discussions as United try to find common ground with Palace and agree a fee for right back Wan-Bissaka.United have had one bid for the England Under-21 defen

Penn Relays 2017 recap: Quakers come close, but fail to replicate success of 2016

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Another year of Penn Relays is now history. And while Penn track and field may not have repeated the same success of 2016, which saw the team win its first Relay since 1974, the Quakers still made a number of finals appearances, and broke some records, too.

It was always going to be a memorable weekend for Penn, who got to play the hosts of the biggest track and field meet in the nation. And with NCAA powg up a January move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko.Jose Mourinho is looking to bolster his squad in the winter window and is specifically eyeing reinforcement up top to take the workload off Harry Kane.The Mirror says the Tottenham boss sent one of his erhouses like Oregon and Stanford in attendance, as well as some of the best from around the world, it wasn’t hard to foresee the best being brought out of the Red and Blue.

The men’s and women’s squads have been improving in recent weeks, but there was still something lacking to take their performances to the next level. The Penn Relays, as coach Steve Dolan pointed out, was the perfect remedy to that.

“That final piece was atmosphere and competition. And that’s what Penn Relays brought out,” Dolan said. “”Certainly good weather [also]lsea to sign Dinamo Zagreb starlet Antonio Marin.The 18-year-old has been heralded as one of Croatia’s most exciting prospects, with the winger already featuring in four league games for the senior side this season.His performances have caught the ey made a difference.”

The best performances over the weekend came from the team’s distance squad. The women, in particular, rose to a new level against the nation’s best.

The Quakers’ 4×1500-meter relay, run by the Whiting twins, seniorsCleo and Clarissa, classmate Ashley Montgomery and junior Kylene Cochrane, started things off right by smashing a school record to finish sixth in the Championship of America Invitational.

Seeing the three seniors lead the way for Penn was pleasing to Dolan.

“This is my fifth year at Penn, and it’s been really fun to watch this class mature,” he said.”The women’s team wasn’t as strong when they were freshmen, and it’s been great to see this group lead the charge.”

Not to be outdone, the women’s 4x800m — made up of a senior and three rookies —followed things up with a school record time a full seven seconds better than the previous best. Their 8:33.3ijk is happy when his manager is critical of his performances.Van Dijk is one of the top performers for the Reds, with his arrival from Southampton shoring up their back line and turning them into one of the top teams in Europe.But that does not mean9 relay mark was the third best in Ivy League history.

On the men’s side of the distance squad, the distance medley relay (DMR) was the highlight of the weekend. In a race featuring top distance powerhouse Oregon, the Quakers hung tight through the 1200m, 800m and 400m legs before handing the baton off to senior Chris Hatler for the mile. With less than a lap to go, Hatler was still in the lead pack, too.

While he couldn’t finish stride for stride with the Ducks, he still came across the finish line with a remarkable 3:58.96 mile split, securing the DMR school record by over four seconds in the process.

The other bright spots for the men came mostly from the field. Freshman Sean Clarke came second in the pole vault, and senior Billy Bishop launched Penn’s fifth-best ever shot put throw, tossing it 17.15m. Rachel Wilson also set the school record in thewomen’s hammer throw to round out the Quakers’ highlights on the field.

With the Relays in the bag, Penn must now look forward to its next competition, one that matters even more — the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend. The men and women will head up to Yale to challenge the league’s best after a season of improvement.

“We’re really excited heading into next weekend, because we feel like our teams are in good form,” Dolan said.

Anchored by their best distance squad in decades, the women could take a real stab at an Ivy League title. And while the men will have trouble knocking off perennial heavyweights Cornell, they can at least seek out a high finish and a number of NCAA qualifications.

One thing is for sure — the Quakers’ season is anything but over after next weekend.

Penn football opens Ivy play with Friday night, nationally televised game at Dartmouth

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Last year, Dartmouth football came to University City and put the Ivy League on notice. They trounced the Quakers, 42-20, on the backs of standout performances from quarterback Dalyn Williams and wide receiver Victor Williams.

Then-junior quarterback Alek Torgersen went down in the first half, forcing Andrew Lisa to step in after the Red and Blue had dug themselves into a 27-6 hole. It was a confluence of events that left the Quakers on the short end of things.

Across the Ancient Eight, the punditocracy — even on Penn’s campus — felt that that the Ivy title was the Big Green’s to lose. They were half right. Or, more accurately, one-third right.

Yes, Dartmouth went on to take the title, sharing it with Penn and Harvard after going 6-1 in conference play. But fast forward to this year.

The Big Green (2-0) lost almost the entirety of their starting lineup, while all of the Quakers’ weapons have returned. In an apparent reversal of expectations, it has been the Hanoverians that have jumped out quick in the beginning of the season, while the Red and Blue are mired in a winless start.

But that ignores the reality of scheduling.

For Penn, opening the year against Lehigh and Fordham is a purposeful test. The Mountain Hawks make a ritual of running through Ivy opponents in their non-conference slate and the Rams boast one of the FCS’ preeminent athletes in star running back Chase Edmonds.

Both represent opportunities to size up the state of the program headed into all-important Ivy play.

“I don’t think we’ve shown our best colors these first two games. We have a lot left in us,” senior captain Nick Demes said. “Going back at the film for the last two games you can see those little instances where if we just did one more thing we were coached, the game could have been totally different. On the swing of it, one thing could have changed the game entirely.”

Dartmouth has elected to begin with New Hampshire and Holy Cross. The Bigri.After seeing the £62.6million buy throughout pre-season training, Guardiottish Premiership clubs made loan attemps for Newcastle United winger Tom Allan last month.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle turned down two loan offers from the Scottish Premiership for flying forward Allan in January.New U23 coach Chris Hogg sayla reckons the club record fee could prove to be a snip.Rodri was bought as competition and eventually as a replacement for Fernandinho. Rodri has already made a huge impres Green needed a late comeback to win their opener, 22-21, before beating out a 1-3 Holy Cross squad. Solid wins, not awe-inspiring.

But as long as the Ivy League maintains its ban on postseason play, the non-conference record is irrelevant. That leaves teams with two options: Schedule some easy wins early to boost confidence, or test yourself from the get-go and take your lumps early for the sake of growth.

“We’re really hungry to get this first woss Tim Sherwood has questioned the reputation of Christian Eriksen.The Dane is being linked with Real Madrid this month.But comparing Eriksen with Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne, Sherwood says: “We talked about Eriksen before the match andin. We’re definitely hungry to get this first win in the Ivy League,” sophomore corner Mason Williams said. “So it really doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we’re going to prepare as hard as we can to get a ‘W.’”

Penn and Dartmouth have chosen differently, and this weekend will provide insight into the success of each method.

In this clash of philosophies, the nation’s eyes will turn to Hanover. For the first of three times this year, Penn will be playing in a Friday night game on NBC Sports Network.

“You get that little extra edge, that little extra 10 percent of excitement for a night game under the lights,” Demes said. “It takes you back to the high school days, makes it that much more fun.”

Though the Quakers take the field on short rest, it’s not a novel situation for them. Last year, they were featured in the same program, beating Yale at home, 34-20.

“I think you end up doing a little less, and less a lot of times is better,” said Penn coach Ray Priore, reflecting on the compressed week. “Focus on the little things there, don’t dream up so many different plays, just find what we do, and do it well.”

This season will not be defined by Friday night, but a statement will certainly be made. While this is not Penn’s first test of the year, it’s the first one that’s graded.

Penn basketball's Antonio Woods ineligible for 2015-16, Tony Hicks to transfer to Louisville

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2016 has already been a noteworthy year for two Penn basketball players no longer with the team.

Mere hours before the Quakers tipped off their Ivy League opener against arch rival Princeton on Saturday, Penn Athletics revealed that Antonio Woods, a sophomore guard who led the team in minutes and assists while scoring 10.7 points per game, is academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.

According to a release from the program, the Cincinnati native is no longer with the Quakers “due to insufficient academic progress under University policy” and cannot re-enroll at Penn until the spring of 2017.

Meanwhile, Tony Hicks, the former Red and Blue star who was slated to serve as a team captain in his final season with the Quakers before leaving the program in October, has elected to transfer to Louisville. He will be eligible to play for Rick Pitino’s squad during the 2016-17 season after his graduation from Penn in May.

The news of Woods’ departure from the team in the middle of the season sent shockwaves through the Palestra on Saturday. Following the nchester United signing Harry Maguire.Maguire is expected to make his debut in the heart of Manchester United’s defence this afternoon against Chelsea after he became the most expensive defender in history when he completed an £80million move from LRed and Blue’s 73-71 overtime loss to the Tigers, coach Steve Donahue revealed that he and the coaching staff had only found out Woods was ineligible late Friday night.

According to Athletic Director Grace Calhoun, once she and Donahue were informed of the situation, they brought the matter to both the media and Woods’ attention.

“We talked to Antonio and we said that, in short, as we released in the statement, he made inadequate progress toward Penn’s academic standards,” Calhoun told The Daily Pennsylvanian on Tuesday. “So we felt it important to state [in the release] that it was not NCAA ineligibility, it was not any sort of misconduct.”

With Woods out of the picture, the Quakers’ backcourt looks decidedly different. Heading into 2015-16, Woods and Hicks’ scoring ability — along with newcomers Jake Silpe and Jackson Donahue, as well as veterans Darnell Foreman and Jamal Lewis — was projected to guide the Red and Blue, while providing the team with immeasurable depth as it adjusted to a new offensive system.

Now, as evidenced by Penn’s heartbreaking defeat to Princeton over the weekend, Donahue will instead have to ormer Millwall and Wales striker Steve Morison has announced his retirement.The 36-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with Shrewsbury in August, has now set his sights on management.Morison enjoyed a 20-year career in the game that also included strely heavily on his younger talent throughout Ivy play. Silpe and Jackson Donahue started against the Tigers, combining for 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Moving forward, it remains unclear what exactly Woods will do from both an academic and athletic perspective. Because he was not declared ineligible by the NCAA, the sophomore could attempt to transfer to a different school.

In the meantime, Woods is unable to re-enroll at Penn for two semesters, andhe will not be able to play for the Red and Blue until what would be the second half of his junior season. He is also unable to use the Quakers’ athletic and training facilities.

“Obviously, time will tell what Antonio chooses to do. The indication is, from what he’s told us, that he’d like to stay around Philadelphia,” Calhoun noted. “We’d love to have him back in our program at some point. Coach Donahue, I think, has found to really view Antonio not only to be a talented player, but more importantly to be a real solid, high character person he wants in his program.

“So we’d love to think that we’d get Antonio back.”

As for Hicks, the two-time All-Ivy honorable mention confirmed early last week that he would play at Louisville as a graduate transfer next year. After taking in the Cardinals’ home win over Wake Forest in personon Jan. 3, the South Holland, Ill., native spoke with Pitino the following day, opting to spend his final season at Louisville over Oregon, Miami and Nevada.

“I wanted to choose a school where I felt I would be a priority,” Hicks told the DP last week. “I didn’t want to go somewhere where a school called last minute and was just trying to fill a roster spot.

“So once I got the call from Louisville, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. They’re an ACC school, they play a phenomenal schedule every year and play some of the best basketball in the country.”

Adding graduate transfers has become something of a trend for Pitino of late. The Cardinals’ two best players this year are concluding their college careers at Louisvilleafter spending a bulk of their tenure at other schools, as guards Damion Lee and Trey Lewis have averaged a combined 31 points per game since leaving Drexel and Cleveland State, respectively.

In fact, it was Lee — Hicks’ close friend from their mutual time in Philadelphia — that put Louisville on the senior’s radar.

“As soon as he heard that I wasn’t playing, he contacted me to see if I was okay and things like that,” Hicks said of Lee. “He also told me not to be surprised if Louisville came calling. So I was just at home during winter break and he gave me a call and asked me to come to a game to see how it is and if I liked it.”

By voluntarily sitting out his final year with the Quakers, Hicks retained the right not only to graduate from Penn, but to transfer to any program immediately without having to sit out another season.

For Hicks, the opportunity to play at Louisville represents both a chance for him to play against some of the nation’s best teams while filling one of the team’s biggest perceived holes npoken of his coaching philosophy in the past.Arsenal are closing in on the appointment of former player Arteta as their next manager.He was asked about his ideas and philosophy during in interview with the Gunners’ magazine back in 2015: “My philosopext year.

“[Lee and Lewis] are their leading scorers, and they don’t have a ton of guards right now,” Hicks said. “They’re very big-heavy and very young right now besides those two seniors, and I just felt I could come and fill that void.

“Hopefully I’ll score some points and play some good defense for them. I am just there to do whatever they want, they just want me to come be myself and I just want to come help them win games and try to be the best teammate I can be.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M. Golf | A new chip off the old Blodgett

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This spring, the men’s golf team has a winning formula that seems to be equal parts new and old.

The new starts at the top. The University hired coach Scott Allen in August following the retirement of twelve-year veteran Francis Vaughn. Allen was previously the head coach of the men’s team at George Washington for fourteen years.

In addition, the Quakers will get a boost from their three freshmen, most notably Scotty Williams, wAston Villa have a deal in place for Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz.Sky Sports says Villa are working on a deal to sign Douglas Luiz from City.The fee is believed to be around £15 million for the midfielder.Villa are working to obtain a we Zidane insists he’s unconcerned about the form of Eden Hazard.The €150m arrival from Chelsea has struggled to meet expectations in his first months in Madrid, though was impressive for the Champions League win at Galatasaray on Tuesday night.Zidaork permit for the 21-year-old Brazilian.Douglas Luiz spent last season on-loan with Girona.ho got the most playing time of any rookie in the fall.

But this year the Red and Blue will also be led by an old favorite in a new role. Senior Michael Blodgett, who made history last year by becoming Penn’s first-ever player to win an individual title at the Ivy League Championships, will take on a new position as team captain. Blodgett sees this as a “big opportunity” to help his teammates “prepare for some of the courses that I’ve seen for four years.”

“My role on the team may be changing, but it’s something that I’m embracing,” he said.

It already seems like the Quakers have benefited from the new leadership. The team performed well at most of its fall tournaments, particularly at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational, which Penn won.

Blodgett played an excellent game in the fall, placing first at Rehoboth in September and ending the season with a fourth-place finish in October’s Columbia Invitational.

Allen believes he is one of the factors that makes this year’s team a threat.

“We’re fortunate to have some great leadership . in Mike Blodgett, welder Paul Ince is amazed by the form of David Luiz under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Ince has praised Arteta for getting the best out of the centre-back.He said: “You look at David Luiz, he was terrible under Unai Emery.”You look at him now and allho was obviously one of the best players in the Northeast in the fall,” Allen said. “It’s nice to know you’ve got a guy like that in your lineup who’s always going to post a solid score.”

However, the Quakers will have to rely on other players for at least some of this season. Blodgett is currently suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, an injury that affects the neck and shoulder. He’ll miss early-season tournaments.

“Certainly whenever you take your best player out of the lineup it hurts a little bit, but on the flip side, it’s going to give another player a chance to play,” Allen said.

Fortunately for the Quakers, the team is more than just its captain. Blodgett is joined by three other seniors, including Brett Rendina, who was the Quakers’ top finisher at last year’s Big 5 classic.

The younger players on the team also show promise. Williams placed sixth at Rehoboth and 22nd at Columbia. Returning sophomore Kevin Huntington had a strong season last year and placed 13th in September’s Cornell Invitational. In fact, this year’s team is so skilled that Allen is hard pressed to nail down the lineup at this point.

“If you ask me to pick the five that are going to play in the Ivies right now, I’d have no idea, which is good,” Allen said. “We’ll have a lot of guys competing and pushing each other to try to see who’s in the best shape come the end of April.”

Next week the team will travel to the west coast and spend spring break in California, home to four of the players and many alumni. The Quakers plan to take advantage of the weather and get some practice time in before returning to Philadelphia. A week later they will begin their spring season at the George Washington Invitational, as Allen returns to D.C.

By all accounts, this could be Penn’s year. Both Allen and Blodgett are optimistic about the season.

“We’re looking forward to a good year,” Blodgett said. “I’m eager to start the season.”

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.

Ready to make history

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Some things change. Others do not.

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

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

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

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Nonetheless, Columbia’s record may be slightly deceiving.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“That’s enough motivation for us.”

Round one to Penn

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The raucous Palestra was silent for only one second all night.Penn had just regained the lead at 43-40 with six minutes and 20 seconds to go in the second half. Spencer Gloger, Princeton’s leading scorer, took a deep three from straightaway. The crowd thought it was true.It was not.On the ensuing rebound, Penn’s Jeff Schiffner got an open three-pointer from the left elbow in transition and capitalized. The Penn faithful exploded as the three put the Quakers on top, 46-40. The Tigers would never get that close again, as Penn won, 65-55, in the highly anticipated clash of Ivy League unbeatans.Princeton (10-8, 4-1 Ivy) would never recover in large part because of the superlative effort down the stretch of senior forward Ugonna Onyekwe.Following the three by Schiffner, Onyekwe hit a free throw and then put an exclamation point on the win with a two-handed slam dunk with 5:21 remaining — the points put Penn (13-5, 5-0) ahead, 49-40. The face of the normally stoic big man — who finished with 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting — snarled with emotion after the play.Onyekwe scored on another two-handed dunk to give Penn a 53-41 advantage and responded to a Konrad Wysocki three with another short jumper to put Penn up nine.”He just said, ‘I want the ball’ and when he got it, he did something real positive with it each and every time,” Penn coach Fran Dunphy said.”It’s Penn-Princeton,” Onyekwe said. “I definitely got up a little more for this game.”It was an emotional night for both victorious and vanquished.”I really have no explanation for it,” a visibly upset Gloger said of his 3-for-14 night from the field. He finished with 12 points in the game.The Quakers started off the night hot from the field, running the offense through Onyekwe and getting open shots as a result of Princeton having to double down.Sophomore guard Tim Begley and Schiffner each took advantage, hitting early threes to stake Penn to a 14-12 lead.Begley also took a page from the Princeton playbook getting open for a backdoor layup on a bullet pass from Toole.However Princeton hung tight throughout much of the first half. Guard Ed Persia hit a pair of three-pointers — one an unbelievable double clutch with no time on the shot clock to give Princeton the lead at 5-4. Those threes were two of only six field goals Princeton had at halftime, as Penn went into the intermission leading 27-19. Penn was unable to capitalize on Princeton’s offensive woes as, after the opening minutes, Onyekwe was doubled more consistently and the Quakers’ offense slowed. Gloger ans he’s in awe of the atmosphere a full Anfield can generate.Indeed, he says it’s matchday that he enjoys most about being in charge of the Reds.When asked what aspect of Liverpool he liked most, Klopp responded: “The stadium and the atmosphere.“Id Penn forward Koko Archibong were both scoreless in a sloppy offensive first half.Princeton rallied after the break when Archibong left the floor with his third foul just over two minutes into the second half — he would Silva has been answering questions on his future following a string of poor results.In particular he was asked about recent reports in the media over his future at Goodison Park.”I don’t waste my time, I don’t waste my focus thinking about that situ eventually foul out with no points.At that point Penn was leadingna.The job also involves managing MLS sister club Montreal Impact.Sabatini stepped down as Samp’s sporting director in April after a row with president Massimo Ferrero.His official unveiling will take place on Tuesday afternoon, while he should work , 31-21, but the Tigers, aided by Penn turnovers on four straight possessions, went on an 11-2 run.Gloger hit two free throws and a long three, center Konrad Wysocki scored a driving layup and Kyle Wente scored a breakaway layup to narrow Penn’s lead to 33-30. Wysocki then scored a basket and was fouled — letting out a primal scream on the floor — to bring Princeton within one. He would miss the ensuing free throw. The game went back and forth with each team holding no more than a two-point edge before Penn opened a three point lead at 43-40. Gloger then failed to connect and Schiffner — who finished with 18 points — did.Onyekwe did not need much more help after that. Surrounded by four guards after Archibong fouled out, the middle was wide-open for the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year.”He definitely hurt us,” Princeton coach John Thompson III said. “We had scrapped and fought and got back into it. We needed a couple better offensive possessions.”Actually, had Gloger made his three, Princeton might have only needed one better possession.