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Anthony and Delia Russo are dynamic sibling duo for Penn cross country

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Is it possible for two siblings to be equally good at the same sport and play for the same team? The Russo siblings on Penn’s cross country team have an answer to that.

Junior Anthony Russo has excelled representing the Quakers at every recent meet, coming in at 11th overall at last week. His younger sister, freshman Delia Russo, has also impressed recently, finishing 21st overall in the women’s open race at the same invitational.

But how did this shared success begin? The siblings began their careers at Colts Neck High School in New Jersey, eventually making it all the way to the state’s Meet of Champions.

“My sister started runnierton. The talented 23-year-old defender has committed to a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Toffees, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2025.”This is my fifth year at Everton and my development as a person and a player in that period has been massng cross country her sophomore year of high school, and I was a little bit later, starting my junior year. So we’re both relatively new to cross country,” Anthony said. “We both were [already] doing well in track, a spring sport in high school, so we figured doing [cross counRichard Shaw has left his role as head coach of Crystal Palace’s under-23 side. Shaw was instrumental in bringing through Aaron Wan-Bissaka into the Palace first team.He departs Selhurst Park to pursue other opportunities in the sport.Shaw told the club’s official website: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Palace but now it’s time to explore other exciting coaching opportunities.”try] in the fall and year-round would help our track seasons a lot. Once we actually did the sport, we pretty much fell in love with it.”

Ever since then, the relationship between both sibling athletes has been incredibly supportive. They both continuously hope for the other to succeed, helping out in the process through mutual ideas and strategies.

“We’ll compare our times, so [our relationship] is competitive in that nature, but more so supportive,” Delia said. “If I’m ever having trouble with anything, I could always talk to [Anthony], since I feel like he has more experience.”

“Anytime I see [Delia] have a good workout or race well, it definitely motivates me to race well or vice versa,” Anthony said. “Or anytime she has a question about something with training or with a race, we feed ideas off each other. Competition helps both of us.”

Moreover, Anthony’s presence as a star on the cross country team at Penn has helped Delia’s transition from high school to running on the college level. She didn’t have to worry about joining the Quakers, as her brother would reassure her of the great dynamic of the team.

“I didn’t really have to think about things that other freshmen probably had to think about and stress about coming in, so it was good to have him just to have a smoother transition,” she said. “From what [Anthony] described, I knew it would be a good fit for me.”

What’s even more surprising is how it turned out to be somewhat of a coincidence that both athletes ended up at Penn. But it also turned out to be very convenient for their biggest fans — their parents — and ultimately the best choice for the two.

“Honestly, [Anthony] wasn’t really a factor in [deciding to go to Penn]. I wanted to go to Penn since my freshman year of high school, and once he got in, it pushed me to work even harder,” Delia said. “[Our parents] are definitely happy about it, because it makes everything so much easier for them, such as traveling to different meets. It’s nice because they can see both of us at once instead of having to choose which meet to go to.”

Both siblings strive to get better every day as they prepare for increasingly tougher meets throughout the fall season. In addition to their coaches, teammates, and friends, the siblings have each other as a resource to improve and lead the Red diger during victory at Wolves.Rudiger was withdrawn at half-time of the 5-2 win.Lampard said, “He’s had a groin issue which he bothered when he ran off the pitch near me. He slipped on to the metal which made him slide and adjust himself.”Hopefully and Blue to future success.

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 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.

Ivy competition, national champion on the slate in Penn field hockey's weekend trip to New York

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Upstate New York has served as a notable battleground in American history. That legacy will continue this weekend as Penn field hockey arms itself for two of the hardest encounters it will face this season.

This Saturday, the Red and Blue (4-1) travel to Ithaca, N.Y., where they will open up Ivy League competition against Cornell. A day later, the team will travel an hour north to No. 1 Syracuse as they ready to face the defending NCAA champions.

Being caught between a rock and a hard place might be an apt description for the Quakers’ upcoming matchups, but the team stresses it’s taking the challenges one game at a time.

Against the Big Red (4-2) on Saturday, it’s hard to believe that anyone will have forgotten the epic contest when the two teams met in Philadelphia last fall.

Three goals in the last six minutes of regulation sent the game to overtime tied at 2-2. The deadlock held for a mere 17 seconds, when then-sophomore Alexa Hoover tucked away a penalty stroke after nearly dribbling the entire Cornell defense single-handedly.

“Ivy play is just a fight, a fight till the end,” senior defender Claire Kneizys said.

This year, Penn tar Tanguy Ndombele.The French central midfielder is a wanted man this summer.He has been linked to a host of top clubs, including Manchester United and City.However, theDaily Star indicates that it will be a straight fight between Spurs and Juve forhas already become well-accustomed to gritty, extended matches, having grabbed overtime winners over Saint Joseph’s and Fairfield in its last two games.

“It’s good for the team to know that that resilience is still there but also to be prepared mentally for that battlegrounladolid owner insists he never wished to leave Barca at the time.”I had signed a contract to renew at the end of the season and I went on a trip with Brazil and after five days they called me to tell me that I could not continue with the renewal,” Rod atmosphere,” coach Colleen Fink said.

It’s easy to see why these battle metaphors keep showing up. For the Quakers, this weekend seems to evoke a sense of warrior spirit.

All eight teams in Ivy play hope to draw first blood in this seven game campaign, and the Penn-Cornell contest this Saturday brings together the two second-place finishers from last year’s Ancient Eight standings, meaning there will be a lot on the line when the two face off in Ithaca.

“I’m ready to beat them in regulation this year,” Kneizys said.

When Penn plays the Orange (7-0) on Sunday, it will be a test of a whole different magnitude. While the Red and Blue actually topped Syracuse in an offseason tournament last spring, the regular season is another story, and Fink says that Syracuse has added a formidable physicality to its play this year.

“They’re very aggressive, they aren’t super concerned with fouling [and] they don’t play at all tentative,” Fink said.

“We can’t be looking for calls that we might not get up in New York.”

“Something that we’ve really been focusing on this week and really the whole season is intensity,” Kneizys added. “Just doing everything at 100 percent, playing faster, playing stronger and also [having] a lot more motion on the field, switching and playing less positionally.”

The Quakers have faced Syracuse in the regular season three times before, most recently in 2006. None of those matchups resulted in a Red and Blue win, and it would take an incredible effort for Penn to emerge from this upcoming matchup on the winning side.

But it is a fantastic opportunity for Penn to see how it matches up against the top teams in the country, a club that the Quakers are well on their way to joining soon.

According to Kneizys, the team has two defined gocTominay insists Wolves are not Manchester United’s bogey team.The Red Devils were beaten twice by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side last season.They will meet again at Molineux on Monday night, and McTominay says that history won’t impact the result.McTomials this season: to stop Princeton’s 16 year Ivy League champion dynasty and to be one of the nation’s best and most recognized programs.

“To be a top 20 team you have to beat other top 20 teams,” she said.

The Quakers will have the opportunity to advance both goals this weekend, but they’ll have to fight for it.

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 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 baseball look to get ball rolling in Lone Star state

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New coach. New schedule. New attitude.

After a disappointing 22-21, 7-13 Ivy season, Penn baseball stripped the old hardware and brought a new vigor to its squad. And this weekend, the Quakers will have a chance to put a positive stamp on the new regime when they travel to play four games against Dallas Baptist.

The Quakers have been hard at work rebuilding their strategy under the tutelage of new coach John Yurkow who has spent the last few seasons as the top assistant coachcott from Yeovil Town.The 19-year-old has penned a one-year contract at St Mary’s.During his time as a scholar at The Glovers, Scott gained valuable experience around the first team squad and appeared on the bench on six separate occasions, most rece under former coach John Cole .

In Yurkow’s first few months with the team, it is evident that team chemistry and friendship are the crux of this new style. The Red and Blue have been active in philanthropy by donating a few thousand dollars and a lot of hair to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, an event junior pitcher Ronnie Glenn said “brought the team closer than ever.”

“It’s been really great because a lot of players have really bought into it,” Glenn added of the fundraiser. “I think the competition aspect of our fundraiser has been positive for the team.”

Dallas Baptist (6-2) has had an impressive start to its season, looking to improve on a 30-30 campaign from a year ago. In the Patriots’ first few games, they dominated Mississippi Valley State, scoring 52 runs in three games while splitting with Sam Houston State.

They have looked strong, but Penn’s revitalized squad will not back down from the challenge.

While offseason preparation is hard for baseball teams up north due to its lack of hospitable playing conditions, the Red and Blue have been hard at work, improving their conditioning and doing everything possible in the air structure aeing Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno.Having just named former Spain coach Robert Moreno as new trainer, ASM have plans to shop in the LaLiga in January.Le 10 Sport says top of their shopping list is Rodrigo, who has played for Moreno this season in St Penn Park.

As for returning players, Penn will look to staples in its roster like junior pitcher Connor Cuff and sophomore infielder Mike Vilardo to help make a statement in the early goings of this season. They were consistent producers at the end of Cole’s tenure and will not only need to contribute in their roles, but also get the ball rolling early.

Even more so, Yurkow and the team will look to their star recruits to begin their careers at Penn.

It’s hard to say what the new season will bring for the Quakers, but all signs point to a positive change under Yurkow. The players seem excited, and the coaches will look to foster their excitement in the early part of the season before Ivy play.

“I think what coach Yurkow has already done has been really great for the team,” Glenn said in an earlier interview. “We are excited to get out there and start playing ball.”

What the rest of the season will hold, only time will tell. But as of now, this new slate of personnel and fresh start look to be exacZaha netted for the Ivory Coast in a 4-1 win in the African Cup of Nations.Ivory Coast dealt with Namibia in impressive fashion, setting up their place in the knockout rounds of the tournament.Zaha scored and put in an overall impressive display, whitly what the Red and Blue need.

Penn sprint football bests alumni, 26-12

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On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Penn sprint football fans got their first glimpse of the 2013 Quakers’ explosive offense.

And that explosive offense coupled with a hard-nosed defensive front was enough to notch Penn a 26-12 victory in the annual alumnirds have fallen dramatically since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.He said, “For me, a lot of these issues come down to the attitude of the squad. The players seem to do exactly what they want, when they want. There’s no presence, no control from ab game.

The alumni game is played in two 45-minute halves, each of which opened with a couple of three-and-outs by both squads. Eventually, class of ’13 alum Whit Shaw reminded fans of his talents by making a 19-yard grab over the middle. The drive was capitalized by a 12 yard rush by class of ’11 alum Mike Bagnoli. The alumni missed the extra point, leaving the game at 6-0.

Then Penn’s offense kicked into high gear. Freshman quarterback Mike McCurdy exploded for a 25-yard run up the middle after bobbling the snap, followed by a 22-yard catch by senior Michael Bass. Penn punctuated its drive with a nine-yard sweep to the outside for a touchdown by junior running back Mike Beamish.

Immediately following the kickoff, Shaw took a beautiful pass down the seam for 70 yards, putting the score at 12-7 after a failed two-point conversion by the alumni.

The Red and Blue defense would not allow the alumni to score again, and Penn added an eight-yard Longtin touchdown from McCurdy to close out the first half.

Junior quarterback Keith Braccia showed playmaking ability by shedding two tacklers en route to a 35-yard touchdown jaunt at the outset of the second half. More importantly, the defense stepped up its efforts in the second half, as exemplified by its two picks in the period.

The game says a lot about this year’s squad. Last season, the alumni easily dispatched the Quakers, 20-0. But Saturday, the rumored potency of the offense was on full display.

Last week, junior wide receiver Nick Longtin commented thhe coming days.The Mirror says Inter will this week launch a bid for United’s £75 million want away striker Lukaku.Antonio Conte has made signing the Belgium international his number one priority and Inter are keen to make a statement by getting himat the offense hasn’t “missed a beat” in the absence of Whit Shaw. Though this was merely the alumni game, the Quakers got to show their new-look offense focused around their big-play versatility and ability to run the ball.

On the flipside, freshman defensive back Robert Diorio was a tour de force all afternoon, adding a sack and a rushing touchdown in the latter stages of the game.

Penn’s next matchup is slated for Friday at 7 p.m., at Army. Roma’s move for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has fallen through over a signing-on bonus.TMW says Roma and Liverpool had struck terms over a deal for Lovren, who had also settled on a contract with the Giallorosso.Yesterday, Liverpool had agreed a €3m loan fee with Roma with a permanent option worth €12m, which would be triggered by 20 appearances.Lovren also agreed a €3m-a-year contract for four seasons.However, the deal has now collapsed – for the moment – after Lovren’s demands of a €1m signing-on bonus was turned down by Roma.

W. Hoops | Quakers will step out of the zone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five Questions: On defense and special teams

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The Quakers’ 2006 defense couldn’t be any more different from the 2005 defense – not in terms of the 11 men on the field, but in terms of the expectations at each position.

Last year, a young, inexperienced front seven joined a secondary stacked with seniors, but that didn’t seem to matter much. It was the young guys who shone the brightest as the Quakers had one of the nation’s best run defenses.

This year, the roles are reversed.

1. Will the young secondary step up like the young front seven did last year?

If they do, it will be much more of a surprise than last year’s run-stopping, which was anchored by standout linebackers Ric San Doval and Kory Gedin.

Half of the 2006 secondary hasn’t seen time beyond one blowout last season. Starting cornerback Tyson Maugle is a sophomore who didn’t play a snap last year, while starting safety Jordan Manning played only in Penn’s romp of Bucknell.

Greg Ambrogi solidifies his starting spot at corner, as does Scotty Williams at safety. But they’ll have a lot of work to do in order to improve a unit that finished second-to-last in the Ivies in pass defense.

2. Will kicker Derek Zoch win Penn a game or cost Penn a game?

Last year, he didn’t do the former, but may have done the latter with a miss from 32 yards out in the Villanova game that the Wildcats won by four. Penn was forced to go for a touchdown on the game’s last play inside Villanova’s five yard line and failed.

With the way the league looks this year, an important conference game could come down to the right fHarry Redknapp has again spoken of how close Tottenham came to signing former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer, however Redknapp revealed the Belgian could’ve joined Spurs while still playing in France with Lille.The former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports: “I met Eden Hazard in Paris, we had an hour chat.“I loved him as a footballer, what a genius. He was up for coming to Tottenham.”Redknapp expressed his regret that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unable to get the deal done.He said: “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn’t involved in transfer deals.“All I’d do if I see a player, I’d tell Daniel and they do the deals. But it never got that far, they couldn’t agree a fee so they didn’t get him.”oot of No. 89.

Zoch had his moments in his first season as a full-time starter last year, including a school-record four field goals against Dartmouth.

But he and his line had problems with blocked kicks during his 11-for-17 stint.

3. Can the Quakers get to the quarterback?

This should be one of the biggest strengths for a Penn team that came up one short of the Ivy League lead in sacks last season.

Jim Malizia returns at one defensive end position, bringing with him his team-leading six sacks from 2005. But at the other end spot will be senior Mark Herman, who has appeared in just four career games.

Brian Fairbanks, Naheem Harris and J.J. Stanton are all returning as starters, which likely leaves the unit with the fewest question marks on the entire team.

4. Can the returners break loose?

Sam Shepherd already had one moment of greatness at Fraer United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Daniel James over diving accusations after their 1-1 draw at Wolves.James was booked for simulation midway through the first-half yet replays showed Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho made contact with thenklin Field, anchoring the 4×400-meter team that won the Heptagonals relay at Penn Relays last year.

Now just a sophomore, Shepherd looks for a second one as he will return kicks for the Quakers this season. The speedster returned the opening kickoff of the scrimmage against Widener for a touchdown.

Joining him deep on kickoffs will be Ambrogi, who got plenty of experience on special teams last season, returning nine kicks for an average of 25.6 yards.

With the loss of top return men Nick Okoro and Adam Francks to graduation, there will be plenty of running to do for the duo.

5. Can the Quakers stop Clifton Dawson?

If the first eight weeks go as planned for Al Bagnoli and Co., the Ivy League title could come down to the Week 9 match-up with Harvard and one of the best players in conference history.

Dawson, a senior running back from Scarborough, Ont., is on pace to break Cornell alum Ed Marinaro’s 35-year-old career rushingimovic has re-signed for AC Milan on a six-month deal, with the option for another season.The 38-year-old was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.The Serie A side said Ibrahimovic “will be in Milan on 2 J record.

That considered, the Quakers held him relatively in check last season, allowing “only” 105 yards, which is short of his career average of 125.1.

Linebackers Joe Anastacio and Gedin could have a lot to do with whether the Quakers can keep him down or if Dawson celebrates his record on the Franklin Field turf.

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.”

W. Tennis breezes by intracity rival Owls

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The only thing the Temple women’s tennis team didn’t lose this Saturday was travel time. The Owls didn’t have to journey far to get swept by Penn at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.

The Quakers went into the match feeling confident after easily defeating their cross-town rival last season. Expecting to win, the Red and Blue used this sense of assurance to get the job done witrd says they’ll only sign players who can make the difference.Speaking on Friday, Lampard insio remain in England as he considers leaving the Champions League runners up.Trippier has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A side Napoli, while Atletico Madrid are also reported to be keen on him.The 28-year-old, who was in tears following thested he was thinking of the team’s best interests, and won’t bring in any new players just for the sake of it.“I think I should be because that’s where wehout ever looking back.

The Quakers swept the doubles point to open the match on the right foot. At the No. 3 position, senior tri-captain Kate Williams and junior Caroline Stanislawski, started off their match slowly, losing three of the first four games.

However, they stepped up to win the last seven games to prevail over Laura Verall and Jennifer Goeta, 8-3.

At the No. 2 spot, Penn’s Raluca Ciochina and Michelle Mitchell also started off slow. But they managed to pick it up in order to defeat Temple’s Laura Seiverling and Sharanya Pattabi, 8-5.

“We didn’t waste points or games and we were done with the doubles point early,” said Williams.

Penn dominated the day in singles action as well. At the No. 3 spot, Mitchell only gave up one game as she defeated Verall in an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory.

In similar fashion, at the No. 5 position, Williams gave up only two games as she breezed through Goeta for the second time of the day, 6-1, 6-1.

At the No. 6 spot, junior Sarah Schiffman followed suit, easily defeating Pattabi, 6-2, 6-2. The Quakers secured a win for the day as all six singles matches ended in Penn’s favor, with the Quakers taking 12 of the 13 sets.

“We tried to stay focused and not to underestimate this team,” said Ciochina. “Sticking to this strategy, “there were no surish Independent says Arter will leave the Premier League in favour of a move to relegated Fulham this summer.The 29-year-old has been on loan at fellow relegation sufferers Cardiff this season, but will not be staying with the Bluebirds next term.Theprises.”

The Quakers improved to 6-4 on the season with the victory and are preparing to enter Ivy League play. Their first match in the Ancient Eight will come Saturday when they host Princeton at noon.