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Penn football visits ESPN Headquarters for Ivy League media day

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BRISTOL, CONN. — The actual games may still be weeks away, but Ivy League football is officially back and ready for the 2019 season, as evidenced by Thursday’s media festivities at ESPN headquarters.

The “worldwide leader in sports” played host to representatives from all eight Ivy teams for a daylong celebration of Ancient Eight football and the expanding partnership between the conference and the ESPN+ streaming service.

Representing the Quakers were coach Ray Priore, senior running back Karekin Brooks, and senior safety Sam Philippi.

As part of the experience, the trio toured ESPN’s massive campus, glanced behind the scenes at content production, participated in a SportsCenter read-through, and, in culmination, joined the studio live on ESPN+.

In that last portion, Priore, Brooks, and Philippi were interviewed by acclaimed television personality and Yale football alum Jack Ford. In addition to answering questions from Ford, the Quakers fielded queries from a host of media members sitting in the studio’s audience.

The questions themselves spanned various topics — from a quarterback battle between Ryan Glover and Nick Robinson to the team’s trip to China last March.

While coach Priore and company did not elaborate much on game plan details, the Quaker representatives did speak glowingly of their spring break trip, citing the “chemistry” and “leadership” fostered by such an experience.

That leadership was on display throughout the interview process, especially when Philippi was asked about his season-ending injury from last year. The two-time All-Ivy honoree refused to deem 2018 a “lost year,” saying instead that his experience last year was “very meaningful” and that, even injured, he was able to be with his teammates “every step of the way.”

Continuing that theme of leadership was Brooks, the star running back and two-time All-Ivy selection. When asked b next season.The Sun says the Blues hierarchy are preparing for their appeal against a transfer ban being rejected and will tell thistiano Ronaldo while playing for Manchester United.The 33-year-old won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in his eight seasons at United between 2007 and 2015.Speaking to Tribuna Expresso, Nani said: “No. I never felt in the shadow e duo they will have to stay and fight for their places.Striker Abraham has dazzled at Aston Villa, who would like to by Ford about Penn football’s unique commitment to community service, Brooks spoke glowingly on the subject, saying that such social consciousness “embodies the Penn football character.”

Penn was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League’s preseason poll released last week. The favorite is Yale, followed closely by Dartmouth and Princeton. Pimminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’tenn was one of three teams to not receive one of the 17 first-place votes, along with projected bottom-dwellers Cornell and Brown.

Those projections won’t be tested for another month. The day’s focus, therefore, seemed to be more on the experience of touring the Bristol studios than answering meaningful football questions. After all, those questions will be answered over ten games in the fall. Touring ESPN’s headquarters is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What happens inside Penn Park's giant winter Bubble?

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During the late fall or early winter each year, one of Penn Park’s two turf fields seemingly disappears. While the James F. “Ace” Adams Field remains usable andving this season.Nainggolan left AS Roma for Inter last summer.“I was hoping that I could’ve done more for the team this season, but the team have done well, and we are close to our objective of qualifying for next season’s Champions League,” he to visible to the average Penn student, Dunning-Cohen Champions Field becomes enveloped in a colossal white structure known as “the Bubble.”

For many Penn students, the Bubble, or the “seasonal air structure” as it is described on the Penn Facilities website, is a mysterious, largely inaccessible dome. While varsity and club athletes alike utilize the Bubble to practice during the winter, most students are left to wonder about its contents.

A tour inside the Bubble led by Ian Lencicki, the building manager for Penn Athletics, revealed a well-lit, well-equipped structure with ample space for the Quakers’ athletic programs to conduct full practices during the freezing weather. With amenities such as soccer goals, lacrosse goals, netting, and batting cages, as well as electricity and controlled climate, the Bubble serves as an ideal place for teams that would otherwise be completely weather-dependent.

“From the time it goes up until the time it goes down, it’s utilized morning, noon, and night from 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning to sometimes 2:00 in the morning, with rental groups on the weekends,” Lencicki said. “We don’t have an indoor training space inside a field house or anything, so the Bubble gives our teams like baseball, softball, and lacrosse scrimmage advantages in the winter and early spring.”

A group of 40 to 50 electricians, groundsmen, and Penn Facilities managers orchestrate and conduct the installation and takedown of this massive structure. The process, as one might imagine, is complex and demanding.

The Bubble is usually erected around a week or two before Thanksgiving, and that process, according to Lencicki, can take up to three weeks.

“Typically around [late November], the soccer seasons are coming to an end, so there’s more field availability,” Lencicki said. “You’re not overlapping between soccer practices, lacrosse practices, and other field rentals.”

When first installed, the Bubble is totally bare and dark, with the lighting, electricity, security cameras, and then eventually the sporting equipment added in the following days.

The takedown process, although a much quicker process at only three or four days, can often be more complicated than installation, especially in terms of timing.

“We do takedown in late March, hopefully before or after any bad weather has rolled in,” Lencicki said. “We take it down allowing for rainy days because you can’t roll it up wet, or else it could get moldy, or dingy, or smelly. We need a really solid weather window, but we have to be careful not to run into Penn Relays, Spring Fling, and the other events that need these fields in the spring. It’s a really tight window.”

Still, despite the potential complications, the Bubble has proven itself to be a useful resource not only for Penn’s varsity and club programs but also for some other well-known teams.

According to Lencicki, the Bubble has housed the Philadelphia Union of the MLS, the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, among others, demonstrating a value that not only aids but also transcends Penn Athletics, a value that more than justifies the work that so many people do to make it possible.

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Buchta | Penn Athletics does well by its own with internal promotions

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Last week, Penn Athletics announced the elevation of assistant squash coach Gilly Lane to head men’s coach. It was just the most recent in a string of internal promotions and Penn Athletics alums rehired by the athletic department.

While performance on the field is one thing, the treatment of those invested in Penn Athletics is of equal importance. And time and again, Penn athletic directors — Grace Calhoun and her predecessor, Steve Bilsky — have shown willingness to reward their own.

Lane’s promotion is everything we should expect out of Penn. He played for the Red and Blue, succeeded professionally outside the University, then found his way back to campus as an assistant.

And his story is by no means unique.

Take swimming coach Mike Schnur, for example. The reigning Ivy Legaue coach of the year has been a fixture in University City for over 30 years, fmarket for potential additions.Abidal is the major driving force behind Barca’s push for Rennes teenage midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. The Ligue 1 outfit have quoted Barca over €100m to sell Camavinga this summer.Also on Abidal’s radar is AS Monaco irst as a student-athlete, then an assistant coachand now at the helm of his alma mater’s program.

Or the decision to make now-football coach Ray Priore the head coach-in-waiting under Al Bagnoli, rewarding the longtime defensive coordinator of over two decades on the sidelines at Franklin Field.

It speaks volumes that Calhoun — and Bilsky beforng back Neymar this summer from PSG – but will only kickoff negotiations after assurances.PSG have accepted it will be time to sell the Brazil captain at the end of this season and have slashed their asking price to an ‘affordable’ €150m.Barca prese her — have worked to reinforce a culture that keeps around those who bleed Red and Blue.

More than what it tells Penn Athletics staff, these moves are important for athletes as well. Not only do they build stability within programs — such as when baseball coach John Yurkow was elevated from assistant after the firing of John Cole in 2013 — but it belies a commitment to the people that make up Penn Athletics.

Perhaps most important is the way this has manifested itself even at the administrative level. As Calhoun has worked to reinvigorate student interest in sports, she made the decision last summer to make former wrestling coach Roger Reina the senior associate athletic director for external affairs.

Reina attested to the intrinsic value of bringing in staff with a Penn Athletics background in January.

“I came from when we didn’t charge for wrestling and we had a couple parents and the janitors might watch the match to where we had thousands of people coming in regularly,” he noted. “So absolutely, I know we can build fanbases, we’ve done it in the past and we’re in the process of doing it again.

“But we know it’s a different landscape to market effectively in.”

It makes a difference when you bring in a men’s basketball coach like Steve Donahue — who spent 10 years as an assistant here — or women’s basketball coach like Mike McLaughlin — who grew up, played and coached in Philadelphia prior to coming to Penn.

“Being a part of the Philadelphia area, I know what the Big 5 is… It means a lot because of where I’m from,” McLaughlin noted after taking home the city’s Coach of the Year award in March. He understands the value of the Big 5 and what it means to Penn basketball fans — because he grew up with it.

These coaches have an understanding of what Penn Athletics stands for, and they’re able to live up to its ideals because of it.

Grace Calhoun is building Penn Athletics the right way. dfielder Claudio Marchisio has hit out at those whom burgled his home at gunpoint. Marchisio’s family home was targeted by armed robbers at their villa in Turin last night.He posted to social media:“If you enter a person’s home to rob them, you’re

Gymnastics Issue | Consistency could spell title defense for Penn

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Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

This is essentially how Penn gymnastics approaches each upcoming routine, practice and season, except with one key caveat. The twist? The Quakers expect the exact same result year-in and year-out.

In the past five years, that resuls has been the Ivy Classic title. Since the 2010-11 season, the Red and Blue have taken home three of the last five de facto Ancient Eight crowns. In turn, Penn gymnastics has become synonymous with success.

During his 10 years with the program, coach John Ceralde has built a team with a tradition of winning and a core value of consistency. In practice, that means performing clean routines with sharp technique each day. At meets, that means performing for the judging panel like you do in practice. Broaden the timeframe and that translates to winning three Ivy Classics in the past five years.

If anything about the Quakers’ gymnasts is clear, it’s that they’ve been nothing but consistent. Down at Rockwell Gymnasium, winning championships is a way of life.

“The idea is that we just want to continue our winning traditions,” Ceralde said. “So we just want to be consted for Andy Lonergan over his Reds contract.The pair spent three seasons vying for the goalkeeping jersey at Bolton Wanderers before both leaving the club at the end of their contracts in 2015.“I’m very, very happy for him,” the Hungarian told theistent.”

Even though the Quakers enter the 2015-16 season as the ones to beat in the Ivy League, they are far from complacent. Rather, they’re hungry. For Ceralde and his team, adding just one Ivy Championship ring to their fingers is not enough.

“We definitely want to challenge ourselves and try and be a better team and qualify for NCAA’s,” Ceralde said.

Amongst the gymnasts, the desire to get better is just as strong.

“We just got our rings, which was motivating for everyone,” junior floor specialist Rachel Graham said. “Our freshmen got to see that, and everyone is so excited going into season knowing that we’re strong and training hard.”

Senior captain Emily Paterson concurred. “We’re coming out of the gate ready. We’re excited.”

In the meantime, the Quakers will have to temper some of that enthusiasm, as the bulk of the meet season is still two months off. Savmpressed in training.The new signing for the Hornets is in line to make his debut against West Ham United at the weekend.And Capoue has been impressed with what he has seen from the 21-year-old Senegalese forward.Speaking to the club website, he saide the intra-squad Red vs. Blue meet on Dec. 4, Penn will not compete against another team — Ivy or otherwise — until the Lindsey Ferris Invitational against George Washington on Jan. 17.

In a conference where the champion is often decided by mere tenths of a point, matches and titles can be won or lost in the details. Thus, every so often the team treats its practice like a meet to prepare for the high-stakes environment gymnastics competitions entail.

“We do little mini mock-meet sort of events,” said assistant coach Kirsten Strausbaugh, a 2013 Penn gymnasti taken a swipe at Victor Font.Font has launched his campaign to unseat Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu at this year’s club elections.And on social media, Font’s campaign organisers encouraged socios to “get to know” his plans by directing them tcs graduate. “At the beginning of practice we will warm up like in competition, and they will have to present like they would in competition so that pressure factor kind of goes into practice in general before meets just to prepare them mentally.”

With luck, the feeling of excelling in a competition environment is just as engrained to the Quakers as their routines are in each gymnast’s muscle memory. And given last year’s narrow .300-point win over Brown at the Ivy Classic, it appears that those meet simulations are paying off for the Red and Blue.

“Everyone has the potential to do really well, but it’s who does the best on that day,” senior Amber Hu explained.

“It really comes down to consistency.”

Penn football takes down Cornell in Bagnoli's final game

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It wasn’t the cleanest game from either side, but coach Al Bagnoli is heading out with a win.

Four failed extra point attempts. Nine fumbles. Questionable calls from the referees.

In the end though, Penn would prevail over Cornell , 34-26, behind a career day for senior receiver Spencer Kulcsar in his final collegiate game. The converted running back notcheDavide Zappacosta signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea before joining Roma on loan, the club have confirmed. The Italian fullback has returned to his homeland until the end of January.Chelsea confirmed they had penned Zappacosta to a 12-month extension before allowing him to leave. The 27-year-old is now under contract with the Blues until June 2022.d 11 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Quakers.

“If you had told me before this game that I was going to get three touchdowns, I would have called you a liar,” Kucsar said of his own performance.

“It was really great to go out on a high note both personally and as a team, send [Bagnoli] off on the right note.”

The teams played close for most of the first half, trading touchdowns and turnovers.

The Big Red (1-9, 1-6 Ivy) opened up the scoring on their first drive, taking the ball 67 yards down the field in just six plays. Sophomore quarterback Robert Somborn capped off the drive with a 32-yard pass to fellow sophomore receiver Collin Shaw.

The Quakers (2-8, 2-6) started out slow on offense, but responded following a strong defensive drive to force a three-and-out. Taking the ball on Cornell’s 23-yard line, sophomore quarterback Alek Torgersen drove Penn to the end zone to take the lead.

On the Big Red’s next drive, Penn forced a fumble, but due to the referees’ questioning the original fumble call, Kevin Ijoma’s return (for a touchdown) was nullified. Torgersen proceeded to throw an interception on the next play.

“We left so many points on the field — I’m sure they feel the same way too — we’ve been doing that for two or three games,” Bagnoli said of all the fumbles in the game.

“It’s one of those [games] where just the consistency factor was just not something we’ve been good at and today was pretty reflective of it.”

The rest of the half saw the two teams trade touchdowns and fumble the bes Under-21 international Regan Poole after the defender was released by Manchester United.The 20-year-old made one senior appearance during his time at Old Trafford, which came as a substitute in a Europa League tie in February 2016.Defender Poole ball five times with only one fumble changing hands.

The second half saw Penn’s defense take over. The Quakers held the Big Red offense to just 29 total yards over its next three drives and held Cornell off on fourth and goal in another.

Torgersen found Kulcsar deep midway through the third quarter for the pair’s third touchdown connection of the day — a 78-yard burner. A fourth quarter drive from the Red and Blue resulted in sophomore Brian Schoenauer’s first career touchdown, as Penn solidified a 34-18 lead.

Despite a late touchdown and two-point conversion from Cornell, the Quakers would hold on for the win.

“It validates all the hard work,” Bagnoli said. “We’ve been getting a lot better the past three or four weeks, but we don’t have a ‘W’ to show for it.”

The team celebrated the win, and Bagnoli’s final game, with a Gatorade bath for the outgoing coach.

“We had been talking about it all week. Coach Bagnoli’s had a great career, you can go on and on about coach,” senior defensive back and captain Evan Jackson said.

“It just felt right to geight Manchester City midfielder Jack Harrison.The Sun says he was one of the star players under Marcelo Bielsa, and the club are desperate to land him full-time next season.But City know his value has sky-rocketed after such a successful campaign, ant the [win] and celebrate the way we would if we had won the championship.”

It was the grand finale to a historic coaching career. Bagnoli ended his career with 234 career victories and 148 at Penn — the most for a coach in the program’s history . It may have been the last time Bagnoli took the field to coach, but his legacy will continue to live on.

“For anyone that’s ever played for him, they always have stories. He’s a phenomenal coach and a legend,” Kulcsar said.

“To be able to play under him and with him in our final year, is something I won’t forget.”

Penn swimming steals the show in opener

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In a weekend of debuts — including Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”, which premiered Thursday night — Penn swimming’s opening act at Sheerr Pool may have been the biggest blockbuster of them all.

“[The women’s swim team] crushed the box office,” assistant coach Marc Christian said. “They’ve worked really hard this fall, and it’s come together these last two meets. They’ve come together as one team.”

No red carpet was necessary for the women’s premiere on Friday against rival Columbia. Regarded by many as one of the mosked Real Madrid to name their price for Dani Ceballos.The 22-year-old made just 13 starts in La Liga last season and has endured two largely frustrating campaigns at the Santiago Bernabeu.Sport says Arsenal transfer chiefs have asked about developmest important dual meets of the year, the Quakers’ matchup against the Lions had been on the swimmers’ minds for months.

Only a few minutes into the meet, there was no doubt that that preparation would pay off. In the team’s first event of the season, the women set the Sheerr Pool record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of senior Lauryn Brown , sophomores Haley Wickham and Rochelle Dong and freshman Kimberly Phan finished in 1:42.73, which beat the pool record by over a second.

The show went on all night for the Red and Blue, who won all 16 events en route to a 215-85 domination of Columbia. Dong herself contributed to four of the five pool records broken, setting individual bests in the 100-yard backstroke (54.77) and 100-yard butterfly (54.08). Other records broken included the 200-yard butterfly by senior Taylor Sneed (2:00.31) and the 400-yard freestyle relay by Dong, freshman Meagan Dollard , Phan and freshman Virginia Burns (3:25.45).

“Rochelle’s made a conscious effort this year to train in a smarter and harder way, ” Christian said of the weekend’s biggest award-winner. “The world’s her oyster, honestly.”

The divers handled Columbia in both the 3-meter and 1-meter events, beating the Lions 13-6 in each. Freshman Maggie Heller and sophomore Cassidy Golden headlined Penn diving, as only Columbia senior Alyssa Menz came close to surmounting Penn’s young diving squad.

An encore of Friday’s victory followed when the men’s team joined the fun on Sunday in a combined meet againsh was elated after the club booked a place in the Carabao Cup final.A stoppage time goal from Trezeguet sealed a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Villa Park on Tuesday.Speaking after the game, Grealish said: “It shows what character we’ve got in the tst Connecticut. In a debut of their own, the men, led by senior Dillon McHugh, beat the Huskies 172-125.

“Well, the way that we started off last year, we came out of the gates real slow,” said McHugh, who won the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle. “This wasn’t our fastest, but it was better than last year … I’m happy about [my] places, not so happy about the times.”

The Quakers won without the contributions of junior star Eric Schultz , who sat out the Connecticut meet. While he has been nursing a should Newcastle United U23 coach.The Daily Mail reports Redfearn was furious when his assistant Liam Bramley made a complaint to head of academy coaching Ben Dawson. It’s claimed Redfearn, 54, and the younger coach had not been seeing eye to eye and Dawsoer injury, Schultz ultimately may have sat out for strategic reasons, not wanting to give future opponents a look at his pace.

“He’s been having a little shoulder troubles, so we wanted to rest him up for Columbia,” McHugh said.

The only long-term concern for the men’s team should be diving. Sophomore Jack Stein finished second in both diving events, but the Quakers were otherwise unable to score. Ivy foes like Dartmouth and Princeton, which have multiple top-tier divers returning to their rosters, will exploit this hole in the Quakers’ roster.

The women were not as dominating in their victory over Connecticut, but their distance swimmers, especially freshman Carolyn Yang , carried the weight in a 169-131 victory. The divers struggled against Connecticut’s strong team, and after a huge high-scoring dive for the Huskies in round four of the three-meter, Penn was unable to gain any momentum.

While the women will have to wait two weeks for their next meets against Princeton and Cornell, the men have their Ivy debut Friday against Columbia.

Penn field hockey splits weekend of extremes

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For Penn field hockey, it was a weekend of extremes.

The Quakers lost an overtime heartbreaker, 4-3, to Columbia on Saturday but rebounded to pick up an impressive 5-0 victory over Longwood on Sunday.

Coach Colleen Fink was pleased with her team’s resiliency despite the loss.

“We needed to bounce back quickly,” she said. “We did a good job of playing with a little more intensity.”

Saturday’s loss was perhaps Penn’s most disappointing all year. The Red and Blue (5-7, 1-3 Ivy) were down, 2-1, at halftime before junior Elizabeth Hitti helped put Penn in front with her second assist of the game and a go-ahead goal.

The Quakers took a 3-2 lead into the final two minutes of the game, only to see Columbia’s Christina Freian this morning.The Croatian agent represents Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, among several high profile players, and was at AC Milan HQ today, says TMW.Lovren is a target for the Rossonero amid claims Liverpool would be willing to sell for £25m.Fobott tie the game with 1:41 remaining. Just 16 seconds into the ensuing overtime, freshman Whitney Hartstone scored the sudden-death winner for the Lions.

Fink was puzzled by her team’s defensive breakdown on the game’s final play.

“I don’t know about that last goal,” she said. “I don’t know if people misunderstood their role defensively, but you can’t give up a wide-open goal like that in OT.”

Freibott scored three of her team’s four goals and assisted on the fourth. The defending Ivy League Player of the Week, the junior made a strong case for a repeat nod.

Despite the short period to regroup , the Quakers dominated from start to finish on Sunday. The Red and Blue got five goals from four different players en route to the shutout victory — their first win in their last five games.

Freshman Alexa Hoover scored twice, pushing her season total to a team-high 11 goals. Freshmen Gina Guccione and Rachel Huang also chipped in with goals, as well as senior midfielder Alex Iqbal.

Iqbal scored in both of the weekend’s games, pushing her total to six goals on the season.

“She was out for three games, but now shee results of the medical of Lyon fullback Ferland Mendy.Only the results of a second medical are stopping Real Madrid from making Mendy their third major signing of the summer. The defender has suffered a lot from injuries in the 12 months so Madrid ’s back and feeling good,” Fink said of Iqbal. “She’s a huge p the round of 16 Champions League draw “calmly”.Lampard is proud to be in the draw after victory over Lille at the expense of Ajax, which were beaten by Valencia on Tuesday night.The manager said, “We should be very pleased we’re there. There has beeart of this team and its success. Whether she scores or not, she’s a key contributor.”

While the win over Longwood is a nice confidence booster, it didn’t help the Quakers’ Ivy League record. Penn currently sits at 1-3 in Ancient Eight play, good for sixth place.

The Red and Blue will get a chance to improve that mark when they travel to Yale on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 2-10 overall and winless in Ivy League play.

Coming off of four straight losses capped by an OT stunner, Penn demonstrated its ability to get back on its feet. However, the Quakers still have a lot of work to do to salvage their chances of finishing near the top of the Ivy League.

Penn men's soccer kicks off home stretch vs. Big Green

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Being in a city may limit our exposure to nature, but there will be no shortage of green at Rhodes Field on Saturday night.

With two shutouts in Ivy play so far, the Penn men’s soccer team is looking for another clean sheet against the Big Green in its third Ivy contest.

“We are really focusing on keeping a lot of possession this game, really working the ball around, really stretching their defense out and picking them apart that way,” senior Alex Reddy said. “Making it a little bit less of a foot race, less of an athletic battle and much more of a soccer game.”

While the Quakers (4-6-1, 1-0-1 Ivy) are coming off of a win and a tie in league play, Dartmouth (4-2-4, 0-2) is trying to come back from two close losses after a great out-of-conference display.

“They’ve had a lot of success over the years,” coach Rudy Fuller said. “They have lost two very close, difficult games in the league but they have some quality results in the season so far. They were undefeated coming into the league matches.”

The last time the Red and Blue beat Dartmouth was three years ago when they went 5-2 in league play and beat Cornell and Columbia prior to playing in Hanover. Yet the past two years, the Big Green have gotten out in front early and the Quakers couldn’t recover.

But this year is very different from last year’s 1-6 run through Ivy play — just look at the Quakers’ Ivy record thus far.

“We’ve got to get on our front foot and play aggressively and really try to pin them in their end and put them under some pressure and make them chase,” Fuller said. “But in order to do that we have to be very sharp on the ball.”

“Every year brings a new set of challenges, and I don’t expect this year’s game to be like last year’s game or two years ago,” Reddy added. “We have to expect Real Madrid.The Belgian moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid last summer, but he has yet to impress with his performances, while he has also struggled with injuries since his arrival.”If Hazard is not playing well, something happens at Real Madrid,” ht them to start fast, and we have to be ready to go off the bat. But I think coming into this game with two clean sheets, we are feeling very good about ourselves defensively and how well we will be able to compete.”

Just as the Quakers are a different team than they were last season, the Big Green have also made some changes. Former assistant coach Chad Riley took over for Jeff Cook and is in his inaugural season as head coach. However, the team doesn’t seem to have changed too radically.

“The philosophy seems to be much of the same in terms of their setup and how they play and how they look to attack and how they look to defend,” Fuller said.

With all Ivy games last weekend going into overtime, the league is more competitive than it has been in years past. But the run the Quakers have had so far gives them confidence for a promising future.

“I think we expect a very competitive game like all the Ivy League games,”b.Pique already part-owns loc star Sergio Aguero hopes to play for Independiente again before he retires.The Argentine marksman has been a revelation since arriving in Europe, starring for Atletico Madrid and Manchester City.In a recent interview, Aguero spoke about his return tal outfit Andorra FC and Blick says he made a more ambitious attempt to buy Switzerland’s FC Lugano.A meeting took place a few days ago in Ticino between Pique and Lugano president Angelo Renzetti. However, both parties c Reddy said. “We are in a pretty good run right now, and we hope to continue that this weekend.”SEE ALSO

Different cultures, same game for Eskenazi and Ion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eskenazi said.

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

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

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

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

Compared to Eskenazi, Ion was a rather unheralded recruit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s no simple task.

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

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

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

Offensive gaffes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back-stoppers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rittgers at controls of Big Green pass attack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Boston: Harvard's perfect: Crimson win title outright

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cosch Arrigo Sacchi.Sacchi managed the Rossoneri from 1987 until 1991,Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined Azerbaijni side Qarabag on a season-long loan.Begovic was pushed on the outer recently after a falling out with manager Eddie Howe.Young shot-stoppers Aaron Ramsdale and Mark Travers have been preferred in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup.The 32-year-old will compete in the Europa League with the Azerbaijan Premier League title winners. and agaampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to translate his domestic form into the Champions League.The 18-year-old capped off a fine performance against Newcastle United by helping to set up Marcos Alonso’s winner.Asked if Hudson-Odoi was ready to facein for a second spell in 1996-97, winning eight trophies.But Van Basten is critical of his man-management.He said, “There has never been a personal feeling between me and h

Squeaking one out by a foot

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

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

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

Penn narrowly escaped with its fourth victory of the season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

of Jamaica internationally.Having recently penned

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shortstop was ruled out of this weekend’s three-game exhibition serier market work.Font has been critical of the current regime, especially when discussing their summer transfer business.”There was no need [to sign] Antoine GriezmannVillarreal have been hit by a heavy injury blow suffered by Alberto Moreno.The former Liverpool fullback broke down in training with an ankle injury.AS says Moreno is facing 8-10 weeks out.The defender missed the first game of the season due to a leg injury.Moreno joined the Yellow Submarine this summer on a Bosman from Liverpool.,” he told Radio MARCA.”Neymar’s time at Barcelona has already passed.”Font added thaes against the Giants as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury, reports erest in Genk hitman Mbwana Samatta is heating up.The Liverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers”>Daily ExpressLiverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers”> says Southampton are the latest Premier League side to show .com. He is scheduled to visit team doctors to determine his next course of action.Nakajima may begin the season on the disabled list, but manager Bob Melvin has yet to rule him out for Monday’s opener against the Mariners. “I do know he will not play in this series, and then after that I’m not 100 percent sure, but I’ll probably have a better indication after the game,” Melvin said.

Arsene Wenger following his 2019 Legends of Footb

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