Gymnastics Issue | Consistency could spell title defense for Penn


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.”

Volleyball opens with Bucknell at Palestra tonight


The Penn volleyball team will finally get a chance to showcase its skills in front of the Palestra crowd when they face off againLiverpool have been shortlisted among the nominees in the Team of the Year and Comeback of the Year categories in the Laureus World Sports Awards.Jurgen Klopp’s side – who won the Champions League in 2019 – are on a shortlist of six for Team of the Year.The Reds are in the Comeback of the Year category for overturning a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg deficit by beating Barcelona 4-0.st Bucknell (4-7) tonight.

Most teams nationwide have played at home by now, but due to the Quakers’ Ivy League-mandated schedule and two early-season tournaments at the University of Pacific and Villanova their home opener was delayed until the season’s seventh match.

That was a long enough wait for the Quakers (3-3).

“We definitely want to come in and show that this is our house,” Penn senior Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan said.

Penn coach Kerry Major Carr noted that her players have an advantage over other teams when they play at the Palestra.

“We definitely enjoy the advantage of the heat,” Carr said. “We’re used to it, since we practice here, but most teams play in air-conditioned facilities. It takes a little getting used to.”

The game will provide Penn a chance to get used to that heat before hosting the Sheraton-Penn Volleyball Invitational this weekend.

However, Penn’s coach won’t allow the Quakers to look beyond tomorrow night.

“Bucknell traditionally has some big, strong people,” Carr said. “We’ll need to play our best game.”

In order to play their best game, the Quakers will have to cut down on last wee interest in the Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga.The teenage midfielder has been one of the big stories of this Ligue 1 season so far.Barcelona have already lodged enquiries with Rennes president Olivier Letang about Camavinga, as have AC Milan.Aekend’s mistakes. The players cited blocking, serving, passing and defense as areas that the team expects to improve.

And they need to be thinking better on the court as well.

“When the mental aspects aren’t working,” Kwak-Hefferan said, “everything else tends to break down.”

Penn was its own worst enemy last weekend, keeping less talented teams like Villanova and Manhattan in games with their own mistready to seek permission for an emergency replacement signing after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.Sport says Barca have made contact with former Espanyol forward Borja’s entourage to find out about his availabilakes. The Quakers had 13 serve errors in the Manhattan match alone.

“There were too many mental errors” last weekend, Carr said. “We really need to improve our serving and passing in that respect.”

Carr also cited a laundry list of other problems that Penn needs to clean up during its first home game.

“Last weekend our blocking was all over the place,” Carr said. “We need to pay attention to where specific opposition players are on the court. On defense in general, we need to focus on being disciplined and being more exact.”

ruce has explained the benching of Allan Saint-Max


Like many Fantasy owners, I’ve been pondering all spring which will be present in 2013? Will it be the hitter from 2009 and 2012 that tore the cover off the ball? Or will it be the player that disappointed so many Fantasy owners in the 2010 and 2011 seasons? With less than a week to go before the regular season, I’m in the belief Hill will be more of the ’09/’12 hitter.

A lot has to do with the fact he has had a pretty good spring. He’s batting .432 (19 for 44) wnoli at AC Milan.Sky Italia says Barca asked after the defender in talks with Milan over the departure of Jean-Clair Todibo.Wh club.Guardiola has confirmed Sane is back in training with City after fully recovering from knee surgery. The Germany attacker, .6m.The 33 year old Frenchman had a year left on his contract at Emirates Stadium and the Gunners wanted him to stay.But he asked for a free transfer and refused to travel on a pre-season tour of the United States.”We decided to sanction his move to however, remains a target for Bayern Munich.Asked about Sane’s situation, Guardiola stated: “Unfortunately, I have no newile there’s no immediate plans to sign the Italy international, Barca have him on their list of potential future additions.Rith a .636 slugging percentage, a homer, six doubles, 13 runs and 13 RBI in 16 spring games. I wish I had more confidence in Hill earlier in the spring because I think I would have reached for him in drafts instead of punting on second base, which was my strategy in most drafts. I’m with my colleague Scott White by behind Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler and Ben Zobrist.

to Spain this summer.Van de Beek is a target for


Thehton.City beat the Seagulls 4-0 in a match that saw Aguero become top scorer for the season so far, with six goals.Speaking to the media after the victory, Guardiola heaped praise on the 31-year-old’s goal-scoring ability.He said: “Sergio scored goal placed pitcher on the 60-day disabled list Monday. Herrmann is setnfirmed he’s spoken to Jesse Lingard about his summer antics.The talented attstriker Andre Gray has set himself a goals target this season.Gray is grateful for what football has given him.He told the Mirror: “I don’t know where I’d be now if I didn’t play football. I probably would have ended up in jail at some point. I’ve alacking midfielder lost his way last season and was recently disciplined by Solskjaer for posting a lewd video while on holiday in Miami with Marcus Rashford and friends.“J to miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.

e of the League Two club.McCall, who has signed a


pitcher said Tuesday that the stiff neck that held him out of Monday’s Cactus League start was feeling better. The right-hander is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday befanji has revealed how he supported United as a child.“In my childhood I had football in my head,” the 24-year-old said.“My role models were related to my respective positions. My first role model was Raul. At the time I was still playing as an atore being re-evaluated. Darvish has allowed one run and struck out 10 over 8 2/3 innings his spring.Manager Ron Washington told ESPN.com he expects Darvish to be ready for the start of the regular season. “It’s not a big issue. If he is fine today, then he’ll do a bullpen,” Washington said. “If that goes well, Mike (Maddux) will pencil him back in the game Thursday or Friday. We’ll let him pitch a coupAthletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria insists tonight’s derby will be played in the right spirit.The winner between Athletic and Real Sociedad on Friday evening at the San Mames will go to the top of the table.And Etxebarria tells us he expects the game to be contested iisited his disappointing departure from Arsenal.He has rebuilt his career in La Liga and moved on from his injury hell – but being denied a proper farewell to Gunners fans remains a “big sore spot”.Speaking to Marca about his departure, Cazorla revean the right spirit.Watch below:le of innings in the minors, shut him down and get him ready for his next start. A lot of it is going to depend on today. The neck wasn’t that big of an issue, it was just precautionary.”

goalkeeper David Seaman is backing Nice coach Pat


There usually isn’t much pressure in spring training for established starters, and that proved especially true for starter  on Thursday against the Yankees. The Blue Jays spotted Johnson an eight-run lead in the first inning, and he was able to work three lk on loan until the end of the season.Lossl, 30, joined the Toffees from Town in the summer but has not played for the Premier League side this season.The Denmark international made 69 league appearances in two seasons with the Terriers.Willock, 22, ow-stress innings in a 17-5 win. Johnson struck out five batters in three innings, while allowing just a first-inning solo home run to Kevin Youkilis and two hits total. After the start, Johnson expressed his excitement at the chance to pitch for a loaded offense that finished 13th in runs scored last season and added more weapons in the offseason.

“It’s somethingnsists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”T, hopefully, I can get used to this year,” Johnson said. “I don’t think I’ve ever really been through something like that. That was crazy, especially the first inning, come out and do that. It was awesome, but not fun at the time. You want to get out there and find that tempo. It was kind of here and there, but it was a good outing overall.”

Johnson is 3-0 in the spring, with a 1.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings, after a rough final season in Miami. He posted an 8-14 record and 3.81 ERA in 191 1/3 innings last seand Borussia Dortmund have been among those linked with City’s academy graduate. “He (Aarons) has got a wonderful future and he’s playing superbly well in the Premier League at the moment,” Edworthy told edp24.co.uk.“Ideally, they’d love to keep ason, his worst full-season ERA ever. 

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda tackles foreign languages in WBC tweets


Legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda recently visitbreakthrough at Everton.With Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all becoming part of the fold in recent seasons, Everton, more than most other Premier League outfits, offer the opportunity for progression that Denny craves.”Everton ared the MLB Fan Cave and decided to read some tweets relating to the World Baseball Classic, including several with some international flavor. The video is worth watching tar Aurelio Buta is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Wolves are set to land Buta on loan when the January transfer window opens.Wolves are working on a loan deal to bring Royal Antwerp’s Buta to Molineux in January.Nuno Espirito Sanif only for his priceless reaction to seeing Chinese language. Enjoy:

Rock on, Tommy.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the anve paid tribute to Eden Hazard after his sale to Real Madrid.The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled on Thursday, June 13 at the Bernabeu, once he has undergone his medical.Chelsea paid a glowing tribute to their departing superstar.The statementd . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

felt accepted at Manchester United.Lukaku believes


As the R United striker Romelu Lukaku has been offered to Napoli and Juventus.The Belgium striker held talks last week with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and told he is no longer first-choice at Old Trafford.But a £75million dream move to Inter Milan with Antonio Coangers’ continue to audition pitchers for the fifth spot in the rotation, has emerged as a candidate, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Tepesch made his first start of the spring Saturday against the A’s, allowing one run on three hits in three innings. He’s had a strong spring, posting a 2.25 ERA in eight iscored a hat-trick as Liverpool’s U18s smashed seven past Napoli.Luis Longstaff scored twice and Jake Cain and Elijah Dixon-Bonner also got on the scoresheet in an emphatic victory for Barry Lewtas’ side.Harvey Elliot and Neco Williams were also excennings. He also has eight strikeouts to two walks. “I just go Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits their initial transfer ban worked to their advantage this season.The suspension has since been overturned, allowing Chelsea to work the winter market.Lampard said, “The transfer ban gave us – myself and the staff – tabout my business and work as hard as I can every day,” Tepesch said. “Whatever happens happens. Just control what I can control. That’s probably the best way to say it.”

says their derby defeat to Inter Milan was self-i


Red Sox outfielder announced his retirement from professional baseball Wednesday, at the age of 22. Westmoreland, a former top prospect, had his career derailed by a serieweek.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants to ramp up preparations for the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.It will be a fortnight on Sunday since Liverpool’s last competitive match against Wolves.Klopp is particularly keen to gives of issues that required surgery to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. Westmoreland suffered a setback last summer that required a second surgery. In a statement, Westmoreland said that he is pursuing a different path, but hopesr the U23s this week.Rudiger featured for Andy Myers’s young Blues at Stamford Bridge on Mondopening period, and were trailing at the break, but it all changed after the interval as Nuno’s side upped their game and produced a comeback victory. Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez bagged the crucial goals.Nuno said afterwards: “The second-half wasay night in a 3-0 Premier League 2 win over Liverpool.”I have to test myself before I play in the Premier League,” said Rudiger as he works his way back from to get back into baseball in another capacity.

Stan Musial reached out to Strasburg following elbow injury in 2010


The were playing the in 2010 when blew out his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery. St. Louis veterans and sought out the right-hander following the injury, but they weren’t the only Cardinals icons to do so, according to :

“As soon as I got home from surgery I had a video message waiting from Stan Musial,” Strasburg said Sunday.

“It was a brief message about how big a fan he was. He said he knew in his heart that I was going to be even better and stronger. I was down in the dumps. I had never met him before and he reached out to me, gave me a lot of confidence.”

Strasburg, 24, sent Musial a signed jersey “for [his] grandkids” and received a personalized jersey in return. Goold says Bryce Harper also has his own Musial moment, as the Hall of Famer requested a signed jersey last summer. Harper agreed and received a personalized jersey in return.

Musial, who  in January, was well known for being pleasant and generous off the field in addition to lian wants out of Paris SaiEuropa League winner after their draw with Brighton.The Gunners goalkeeper will retire at the end of the season, but hopes that he can lift the Europa League before then.”I have mixed emotions because we wanted to win and obviously in this moment it’, had surgery on his hamstring last weekend and there are fears he could not return to the field again this season.But Professor Fares Haddad performed the op at the Princess Grace Hospital in London and expert Michael Davison lavished praise on the nt-Germain and, as things stand, the Catalans are the most likely to sign him, but it’s not a move that Freixa understands.”What we’re closer to doing is jeopardising the sports project and economic stability,” Freixa said being one of the greatest players in baseball history.

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NAC Breda have snapped up Manchester City’s Ilic b


A’s outfielder had another production day at the plate in Monday’s spring game against the Indians. He went 2 for 3 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored is U23 side can win the Premier League 2 this season.The Blues are currently top of the table after four games.”I was one ofning in January.The Liverpool Echo says the Blues have started the season with only three senior defenders in that position after the failure to land a replacement for Phil Jagielka.Jagielka was released at the end of his contract in the summer and w the younger players in the team last season but this year I want to make sure I’m one of the senior figures in the dressi Redknapp believes that it was the players who got manager Mauricio Pochettino sacked.Spurs are struggling in the bottom half of the Premier League, while they pulled the trigger on Pochettino’s sacking today.Speaking about Pochettino’s sacking, Redkng ron the 14-10 loss. He launched a two-run shot off in the seventh inning. Choice has gone 5 for 7 (.714) with four RBI and three runs scored through three Cactus League games. “He’s been swinging the bat awfully well and he’s playing a good center field,”manager Bob Melvin said.

his players have seen a different side of chairman


The Red Sox acquired outfielder from the Mariners for a player to be named later Wednesday. Carp had been designated for assi against Wolves.Toro lost the playoff’s first-leg 2-3 in Turin on Thursday night, a late Andrea Belotti penalty left some hope.“We started a little tense, we took too long to pass the ball around and we didn’t have the fluid passing that we usuallygnment eight days earlier. Battling shoulder injuries much of the year, the 26-year-old hicia is confident his team can bounce back from their first game of the season.The Hornets suffered a disappointing result at home against Brighton last weekend.Including the previous season, Watford have won only two games since March 3.But Gracia bet .213 with fivegn defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz.The Merseyside outfit are flexing their financial muscles this summer.It appears they are chasing after the 23-year-old defensive midfielder and central defender on the back of signing Moise Kean from Juven homers in 164 at-bats last season.

Giants sending 10 players to World Baseball Classic


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The have won two World Sert on th home to Wolves on Saturday.But Hasenhuttl says: “We had a good meeting yesterday because of Saturday’s game. “A very good first half and in the second we showed in a few moments that we are not 100 per cent on our game plan.“When we don’t defende signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The fullback was expected to complete a move to the Gunners from the Scottish treble winners.However, a report in The Sun suggests that a £15 million offer was rejected.Celtic want close to twice as mucies titles in three seasons, and it’s reached the point where you might say they are the world.

At least, no team is expected to contribute more than the whopping 10 players San Francisco is shipping to the World Baseball Classic later this month.

Included on provisional rosters for the WBC are third baseman , second baseman and reliever (Venezuela), outfielders and and reliever (Puerto Rico), starter and reliever (Team USA), reliever (Dominican Republic) and closer (Mexico).

Hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens also is leaving to instruct hitters on Team Netherlands.

“This means a lot to these players, to represent their country,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Imcumbent upon Bochy and the Giants staff will be managing these players both before and after they play in the WBC. Maintaining players’ health and making sure they’re rested enough to make it through a 162-game schedule always is an ieat Ruud Gullit after they reached the Champions League final.Dutch legend Gullit had criticised a number of Tottenham players following Ajax’s 1-0 first-leg win last week.He said: “Dele Alli — technically-wise, so bad. Victor Wanyama, technicallnexact science, but perhaps never more so than in springs in which the WBC is staged.

“What we have to concentrate on more than anything is making sure that they’re ready to play,” Bochy said.

In an effort to do that, and to compensate for the time these players will be away at the WBC in March, the Giants will have a whopping 70 players in camp this spring — including a total of 37 pitchers.

“As far as guys leaving, it makes it easier when you have pretty much the same club back from last year,” Bochy said.

He knows the players, they know him, and they know each other.

The chemistry, mostly, already is there. Now the trick will be getting everyone back in one piece.

ilmour has named former Barcelona ace Andres Inies


Although it’s been nearly two years since has pitched in a major-league game, the former first-round pick has lofty expectations as he heads into spring training as a non-roster invitee with the Indians. “I think I can be one of the best pitchers in the game,” Kazmir told the New York Post. “Hands down. I definitely believe that. I’m gonna keep tuning myself and I’m gonna be one of the best pitchers in the game. If it doesn’t happen [in camp], if it doesn’t happen right then, then it just wasn’t in the cards right there. I ddrid.A tars warned Serge Aurier about his social media use.Mourinho issued a stern warning to Aurier after joining the club, says Foot Mercato. The Portuguese was keen to discipline his full-back upon arrival, something that is being reflected in his impressivget for Manchester United and Manchester City, Record says Felix could undergo an Atletico Madrid medical and sign for the Spanish giants in the coming hours.Atletico are prepared to make the Portugal international their record signing – toon’t know when, but it’s gonna happen. It’s gonna happen. Where everything’s just gonna click and I’m gonna take off.” Kazmir isn’t the only person who still believes the left-hander could be successful in the majors. “If his velocity’s back and his confidence is back,” Kazmir’s former pitching coach with the Angels, Mike Butcher, says, “this guy still could be an impact incomponent be included in any offer for Neymar.Real Madrid and Barcelona are both in contact with PSG for the wantaway Brazil attacker.And L’Equipe says no matter which players are included in their offers, Leonardo is demanding €100m in cash – at t the major leagues.”

season with Frank Lampard’s senior squad.Gallagher


Tigers right-hander , who has been the subject of trade rumors for much of this offseason, is no certainty for the starting rotation if he remains with the Tigershampions League defeat to Valencia.The Blues are at Lille this week.”For some, it will be their first taste of that [a Champions League away game] and they need to learn very quickly,” said Lampard. “Anywhere in Europe, away in the Champions League i. will also have a shot at a rotation spot this spring, general manager Dave Dombrowski told MLive.com Wednesday. “I’d think you’d have to say Porcello has a leg up because he’s got more experience at that point,” Dombrowski said, “but Smyly did such a sonal start to the season.Although Spurs have begun this season slowly, Kane has been in fine goal-scoring form, finding the back of the net nine times in as many matches for club and country.But the 26-year-old, who now has 169 goals in 260 games fogood job for us last established himself as one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer.And United forward James has admitted he’s tried to learn from the Belgium international.“The way Hazard was at Chelyear and you ideally want a left-hander in your rotation.”