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  • Top 5 Penn basketball plays of the week: Harvard and Dartmouth edition


    It was an up-and-down weekend across the Penn basketball world. While the men were swept by Dartmouth and Harvard in a disappointing road trip, the women pushed their Ivy League winning streak to seven games by locking down the Palestra in two dominant wins. Here are the plays that made our top five.

    Penn women’s basketball came out of the gate firing in its win over the Crimson on Saturdayn his work goes underappreciated.He told the Brighton website, "I think it is more of an up-and-down position than anywhere else on the pitch, for the reasons I've mentioned."If you look at someone like Mo Salah at Liverpool, he has been unbelievable. The Quakers opened the game on a 12-0 run. Setting the tone for this early momentum was senior guard Kendall Grasela, who took a fast break layup all the way to the hoop using a Euro step to get around the Harvard defender.&mdashJesus to Real Madrid.The 17 year-old attacker, according to Madrid press, is joining Real this month for an initial fee of €30m.However, Jorge Jesus has rubbished the claims given the price mentioned.He declared, “Reinier cannot be sold for €30; Penn WBB (@PennWBB)

    Later on in the Quakers early run against Harvard, with the team leading 17-4, junior center Eleah Parker found herself at the top of the key. Typically known for her skills in the paint, Parker pruca Vialli is delighted to be getting involved with Stevenage Borough.Through Tifosy, where Vialli is a director, the Italian is now working with the League Two outfit."At my age today, my excitement comes from the possibility of investing in a club oved that she could also facilitate. The center fired a nifty bounce pass through traffic to a cutting Phoebe Sterba who finished in the lane.

    While men’s basketball looked out of sorts all game in its loss to Dartmouth, the Red and Blue went on an early 11-4 run to spoil Dartmouth’s early lead. Capping this early comeback effort was the effort of senior point guard Devon Goodman, who took the ball away from Dartmouth to launch a fast break and slam it home.

    After disappointing on Friday, the Quakers were able to hang with Harvard for much of Saturday’s contest, even taking a lead into the locker room at halftime. One of the key plays in building this first half momentum occurred with just over four minutes to go in the half. After an AJ Brodeur screen knocked down the Harvard defender, freshman Jordan Dingle pulled up from the three point range. Despite getting knocked over, the freshman was able to connect on his deep ball setting up a four point play.

    It was an all around stellar weekend for Eleah Parker, who tallied back to back double-doubles en route to winning Big 5 player of the week. Parker’s strong performance was not just a result of her offensive ability, as the center also chipped in on the defensive end, tallying four blocks across the two games. Parker’s best rejection of the weekend came in the second game versus Dartmouth, where the junior's block sent the ball flying into the first few rows of the stands.

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  • Penn Athletics declines to further comment on Jerome Allen investigation


    The scope of the Jerome Allen scandal expanded last week when he testified that Ira Bowman, Allen's former assistant coach, had knowledge of the payments, but on the implications of the revelation.

    Between 2013 and 2015, Allen, a former Penn men’s basketball coach and star player, in exchange for naming a prospective student a recruited athlete. Penn Associate Athletic Director of Administration and Strategic Communications Kevin Bonner declined to provide information on the timeline, scope, or details of the investigation, only providing a general statement.

    “We were extremely disappointed to learn that Jerome Allen, former head men's basketball coach at Penn, accepted payments to recruit a potential student-athlete to Penn and concealed that conduct from the Athletic Department and University administration,” Bonner wrote on March 12.

    “Until Jerome’s testimony last week, we also were unaware that former assistant men’s basketball coach Ira Bowman had any relevant knowledge of the matter. The University has been cooperating fully with the government and the NCAA so that the matter is appropriately redressed."

    Bonner declined to expand on the statement to clarify what was meant by the phrases “cooperating fully” and “appropriately redressed."

    Penn Athletics has not confirmed to The Daily Pennsylvanian if the Chuck Smrt investigation remains open or what its scope covered. On Oct. 8, Penn released a statement to the saying that the “independent review” was in its , but that they could not comment until “that process is finalized.”

    “Penn thoroughly reviewed everything surrounding the situation, and as soon as we're at liberty to proceed forward, after that part of the trial at least, we will,” Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun said .

    “It really comes down to whether the school knew or should have known,” Miami-based collegiate sports lawyer said. “If they didn’t know and couldn’t have known and [Allen] really did a serious job of trying to conceal it, then the school’s culpability obviously goes down dramatically to the point where they might not even have an NCAA violation.

    “It’s [a question of] how did it happen and did the school know about it. Someone in compliance: Should they or could they have done more?”

    It remains unclear when Penn Athletics will release the findings of the investigation, which began three days after the allegations against Allen broke in July.

    “[The investigation] could take a year; it could take less. It just depends on how much information they’re trying to obtain and how cooperative people are being, but these things do tend to take longer than you’d expect,” Setchen said.

    There is a potential statute of limitations issue if the investigation takes that long. According to the , the typical statute of limitations for violations is four years, which for this case would be sometime in 2019. There is, however, an exception to the statute of limitations that may apply if the NCAA finds that the rules violation consisted of “a blatant disregard for certain fundamental rules (recruirs finished with nine men as they suffered a fifth defeat in sixth ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax.Heung-Min Son, back in the team after suspension, and Juan Foyth, just 135 seconds after coming on, both saw red at the Vting, extra benefits, academics, ethical conduct).”

    On Wednesday, Bowman was suspended by his current school, Auburn, where he is currently an assistant coach. Bowman after being hired by Auburn in July, two weeks before allegations that Allen accepted bribes went public.

    Bowman’s involvement came through Allen and involved both knowledge of and participation in the payments, reported. After Allen was fired in March 2015, he created an additional account for Esformes to wire money to and provided Bowman with a debit card to access the account.

    “[The testimony that Bowman was involved] opens a whole new can of worms because there’s a new coaching administration involved. Now you have to go interview them,” Setchen said.ol.Now 22, Gomes left Villarreal for Liverpool at 16.He told Marca: "I did not agree with Villarreal to renew and the truth is that I always wanted to go to England. "And if it was also a club like Liverpool... It was an incredible experience."I talk

    Neither the NCAA nor Ivy League have announced any investigation into the Allen scandal or any of the other bribery admission scandals that implicated Georgetown, Yale, and Stanford among other schools. If they an Smith recognises the pressure he feels being in charge at Villa Park.Smith is a lifelong Villa fan and knows the expectations around the club."Being a head coach or manager of Aston Villa, there is always going to be pressure there," he told Sky Sdo, it is possible that they would recommend sanctions against Penn men’s basketball, Penn Athletics, or both.

    “There are clearly NCAA violations. There’s no doubt that the violation occurred,” Setchen said. “The question now would be what is [Penn's] culpability in that and what would be the penalty for it.”

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  • The competition before the competition: nearly all of Penn wrestling's starting spots are up for grabs


    Sometimes coaches say every spot is up for grabs, even if they don’t mean it.

    Penn wrestling coach Roger Reina is not one of those coaches.

    Other than the 285-pound weight class, which features only one grappler in freshman Ben Goldin, every dual meet starting spot is truly up for grabs.

    “[With] the nature of the team that we have this year, we have a lot of unanswered questions in each of those weights,” Reina said. "Typically we’d have a set of core returning guys like last year when we had returning NCAA qualifiers Frank Mattiace and May [Bethea] and Joe Heyob. This year, we have a lot of new faces with the incoming freshmen, a nationally ranked class."

    As it stands now, the current freshman class has a chance to occupy seven of the 10 starting dual meet spots. Aside from Goldin, Carmen Ferrante at 125 pounds, Doug Zapf at 133 pounds, and Anthony Artalona at 149 pounds, are the current frontrunners to start at their respewster a Champions League medal.Murphy is unhappy hearing Brewster has paraded his Champions League winner's medal on Instagram and Twitter despite not having played a single minute of senior football.Murphy told talkSPORT, “That's ludicrous. What ective weights.

    Ferrante and Zapf are attempting to unseat returning starters from last season.

    Ferrc Fabregas has heaped praise on youngster Billy Gilmour.Monaco ace Fabregas hailed Gilmour after his starring role in Chelsea's 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Fabregas tweeted: "He played amazing tonight. "Personality is the most important at ante, the No. 18 ranked recruit in the country at 132 pounds, according to InterMat, will attempt to replace sophomore Daniel Planta, currently dealing with an injury and unable to compete at the Keystone Classic this weekend. As a starter, he posted a record of 2-3 in dual meets before missing two months of last season to injury. A strong performance from Ferrante this weekend could make it tough for Planta to hold off the talented freshman.

    Zapf, one of the best grapplers in Pennsylvania high school wrestling history, currently holds the top spot in the 133-pound weight class with sophomore Gianni Ghione nursing an injury. Ghione, a 2017-18 second team All-Ivy selection, was the strongest performer in last year’s freshman class, posting an overall record of 16-9 overall and 11-4 in dual meets. Despite last season’s accolades, Ghione is not a lock to start, and like Planta, could fall further behind in the race depending on Zapf’s performance this weekend.

    Artalona does not have a returning starter to compete against, with senior Joe Oliip says last season's title collapse is driving them on this season.Cameroon international Matip was left heartbroken by Liverpool's failure to win the Premier League last season, having missed out by a point to Manchester City .But he insists that hva electing to put on more weight to compete in the 157-pound weight class. The No. 7 ranked wrestler in his class by FloWrestling, Artalona has capitalized on the opening created by Oliva's change.

    According to Reina, Artalona is a near lock to start; barring injury, though, fellow freshman Jeremy Ridge and junior Jake Lizak are still in the competition.

    Oliva’s move to 157 pounds will not guarantee him a starting spot. Junior Jon Errico, who challenged Oliva for the starting spot last year, will once again push the senior captain.

    “The sport of wrestling always requires continued hard work, discipline. You've always got to improve year to year,” Oliva said, on once again battling for his starting spot. “We always have a lot of talent in the room, and everyone contributes in different ways, but at the end of the day, there’s going to be 10 guys that compete in dual meets.”

    The most wide open weight class is at 184 pounds. It features a tight three-way battle between sophomore Ryan Farber, junior Jalen Laughlin, and senior Robert Ng. All three struggled at points last season, posting a combined record of 3-18, though Laughlin only wrestled in three matches.

    With no clear frontrunner, Reina is eager to use the upcoming tournament as another evaluative tool in determining the eventual starter.

    “This weekend at the Keystone we can enter as many guys per weight as we like,” Reina said. "Our selection process for who ends up getting the starting nods is a combination of the Michigan State Open, the wrestle-offs we’ve had this past weekend, and then the Keystone Classic. Then we are going to evaluate based on that body of work who will be starting in dual meets.”

    The only other three-way battle for a starting spot occurs at the 197-pound weight class between seniors Patrik Garren and Tyler Hall, in addition to freshman Greg Bensley. Hall had a far better record than Garren in dual meets last season even before Garren went down with a season-ending injury. Still, neither are entrenched as starters, giving Bensley a chance to overtake both of the upperclassmen come dual meet season.

    With the graduation of a number of all-time greats in addition to the influx of talented freshmen, Reina will have a lot of tough decisions to make when selecting the 10 starters. With the first dual meet only a week and a half after the Keystone Classic, the upcoming slate of matches could go a long way in determining how Reina and his staff fill out the lineup.

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  • Penn women's soccer heads to Yale with momentum ahead of weekend showdown


    Legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant’s old adage, “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships,” is an oft-repeated phrase in the modern sports world. The thinking is that, while offense may be flashy and exciting, solid defensive play – less noticeable, but more steady and predictable – forms thechettino has had a dig at his players.After two transfer windows without signing a single player, Spurs returned to business this summer and secured the services of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndomele and Jack Clarke.And although only a foundation of successful teams.

    For Penn women’s soccer, this season has been all about steady defensive play. It currently leads the Ivy League in two scoring categories, with 20 goals for and just 3 goals allowed.

    This Saturday, the Quakers (10-1-1, 3-0-1 Ivy), currently on a four-game win streak and nine matches without a loss, will travel to New Haven, Conn. to battle a familiar foe in Yale (6-5-1, 1-3 Ivy).

    Sitting atop the Ivy Leriker Luis Suarez is set for another loan spell next season.The Watford Observer says Suarez will go out on loan again next season, with a move to Real Zaragoza set to be announced next week, according to reports from Spain.Suarez joined Watford backague standings, Penn has been dominant defensively this season, having allowed just three goals in 12 games. Its only loss this season came against then-No. 13 NC State in a game decided by a single goal in the opening minutes.

    Moreover, the Quakers haven’t allowed a goal since Sept. 9. Junior goalkeeper Kitty Qu ranks fourth in the nation in goals allowed per game, letting in just 0.293 a match. For coach Nicole Van Dyke, defense is a crucial part of her coaching philosophy.

    “I just think that in order to win games and be successful, [you have to] play good defense to get the ball back. We focus on trying to do that [so we can have] more opportunities to attack. [For our defense,] everyone has a role, and I think that everyone does a good title winner Paul Merson is surprised Liverpool haven't moved for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and has publicly stated his admiration for the forward in the past job at their role,” Van Dyke said. “We’re having success defensively, so we continue to believe in it. The other thing is defending isn’t just something that happens overnight — it takes a lot of effort.”

    Offensively, the Quakers have been extremely consistent and productive. Nonetheless, Van Dyke is continuing to look for other ways to improve in attack.

    “[We’re practicing] keeping possession and being better in transition moments. We are winning the ball in good spots, and we want to be able to keep the ball for one or two passes or be able to counter teams,” Van Dyke said.

    Regardless of how the season ends, Penn has already achieved more success this season than last. Van Dyke attributes this to the team’s dedicated, hardworking culture.

    “Everyone is truly bought in, comes to practice, and commits themselves to making other people better. So whether you’re playing five minutes or 500, there’s an expectation that you want to get better,” Van Dyke said. “[We want] practice to be harder than the games so that when we get to the games, the games are easier."

    This weekend against Yale, the Red and Blue will need to continue their strong defensive play. Highlighted offensively by junior midfielder Noelle Higginson, the Bulldogs also boast a strong defense that has allowed just 1.15 goals per game so far, and one goal per game in Ivy play.

    Given Yale’s defensive strength, Penn will need to be able to create as many opportunities as it can against a tough Bulldog defense. Van Dyke has stressed in practice some points of emphasis specific to Yale.

    “Yale sometimes plays three at the back, sometimes they play four at the back, so we’re just making sure that we’re ready for that,” Van Dyke said. “We really focus on us during the week and really throw in a couple small tweaks about the opponent, usually more so from an attacking standpoint so we can know how to break them down.”

    At the end of the day, the fourth year coach maintains that the Quakers always have the same mentality each game.

    “Every game brings another set of opportunities and another set of challenges to find a way to score and to defend their top players,” said Van Dyke. “Every game in the Ivy League is like the World Cup. We never take anything for granted.”

    As the Quakers travel to Connecticut to play in Reese Stadium this Saturday, they’ll need more than Bear Bryant prescribed: both the defense and the offense must show up to play.

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  • Football Supplement | Quakers' secondary highlighted by sophomore talent


    Trusting a true freshman to start in the secondary at any level of college football is bold. Sending two out there at the same time is simply reckless.

    In 2015, head coach Ray Priore and defensive coordinator Bob Benson had the guts to start three true freshmen in Penn football’s defensive backfield — and their brashness brought home the school’s 17th Ivy League championship.

    And as the Red and Blue begin their quest to repeat as conference champs, sophomore defensive backs Mason Williams, Sam Philippi and Jyron Walker are set to pick up where they left off and prove one thing to the college football world: the former freshmen phenoms aren’t kids anymore.

    “This year, moving forward and having returners play, it’s going to be our second year with this defensive style and coach Benson, so we’re really going to get after the quarterbacks and offensive coordinators of opposing teams,” Philippi said. “I think we’ll even be a better defense than last year.”

    It wasn’t too hard to diagnose weaknesses when Penn football limped to a 2-8 finish in Al Bagnoli’s final season in 2014, but none was more glaring than the inability to stop the pass. Opposing teams shredded the Quakers to the tune of 272.8 passing yards per game, 8.1 yards per attempt, a 25-to-6 TD-INT ratio and a ridiculous overall passing efficiency of 152.1 — the 14th highest in the entire FCS.

    So when that secondary saw two starters graduate, including leading tackler and two-time All-Ivy safety Evan Jackson, it was only natural for Penn to fear a repeat of the previous season’s results.

    Enter the Class of 2019.

    Being a true freshman isn’t easy at any college football program, but Ivy League regulations made the task for Penn’s trio ev Everton as new manager.The Times says Moyes appears set for a sensational return as Everton manager.It comes after the favourite to replace Marco Silva, Vitor Pereira, pulled outo key players.Solskjaer spoke at his press conference ahead of their UEFA Europa League tie against Partizan Belgrade.He mentioned that Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are close to being available for selection."Both have injuries," the United manager to of the running on Tuesday to concentrate on his current job in China.Men harder. Unlike Power 5 conferences which practice all summer long — that is, if the incoming freshman recruits don’t opt to graduate high school a semester early to get an even further headstart in spring ball — Ivy programs are only allowed 29 practices before the regular season.

    And even with the time constraints, California natives Williams and Philippi earned starting roles right off the bat, initially being joined by returning senior starters Kevin Ijoma at cornerback and Ian Dobbins at safety.

    “The best people play; at the end of the day, you earn everything that is given to you in terms of playing time,” said Benson, who also serves as the defensive backs’ position coach. “They get here as freshmen, and it’s not like other places where they spend the whole summer there, so they came in here — they had to do NSO — and tried to adjust to college and everything that comes with it, tried to learn new terminology and a new defense, new personalities, new coaches, so it’s just a very difficult situation.”

    Like the rest of the 2015 Quakers, the secondary had its share of early struggles – none more notable than Dartmouth’s Dalyn Williams’ record-setting 23-for-25 performance while accounting for six touchdowns in the Big Green’s 41-20 shellacking of Penn in early October.

    But Ijoma went down with an injury the following week when Penn hosted eventual FCS playoff qualifier Fordham, forcing Penn’s coaches to give Walker his own trial by fire in the second half. And although the Red and Blue’s epic comeback effort fell short in a 48-45 loss, Walker made four tackles as the team allowed only one second half touchdown after conceding five in the first half.

    The small sample size was good enough for Benson; when Penn took the field a week later at Columbia, it suddenly found itself with three true freshmen starting in the secondary, and all three would stay there the rest of the way.

    “I definitely came in trying my hardest to play as soon as possible; I’m a competitor and I just wanted to get on the field,” Williams said. “I was able to pick up on the schemes pretty well and I liked the fact that I got to play as soon as possible. I wasn’t coming in thinking that I was going to start every game; I just wanted to try my hardest and work as best as I could to maybe get on the field, but it happened a lot sooner than I thought it would.”

    When all was said and done, Philippi finished with 46 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions — only two fewer than Penn’s entire team recorded in 2014 — Williams had 43 tackles and Walker secured 20 stops.

    With all three freshmen starting from mid-October onwards, the Red and Blue embarked on a historic six-game win streak to stun the nation and secure a share of the conference title.

    “It was obvious that they were young, going to make some mistakes, but they definitely were the best solution for Penn to win football games,” Benson said. “They are students of the game, they care deeply, and they are extremely talented young men, so it was pretty obvious that those three guys needed to be on the field.”

    Certainly, the three rookies on the gridiron all found their own ways to contribute to Penn’s unprecedented turnaround, but a fellow newcomer on the sidelines was arguably more important than any of them. Following a phenomenal 2014 debut season as Albany’s defensive coordinator — when the Great Danes finished first in the nation in turnover margin and went 7-5 after being 90th in turnover margin with a 1-11 record in 2013 — Benson took his talents to Philadelphia to re-unite with Priore and made an immediate impact for the second consecutive year.

    To say Penn’s secondary was perfect last year would be a stretch — its 135.99 defensive passing efficiency was the Ivy League’s second worst, and Penn gave up the most passing yards in the conference. But Benson’s blitz-happy, 3-4 scheme helped Penn leave its turnover troubles behind, as the Quakers secured 14 interceptions to vault to eighth in the nation in turnover margin after being a paltry 106th the year before.

    “The moment we got on campus, Coach Benson preached turnovers; he wanted a turnover ratiohelsea's young players to cement their futures at the club.The Blues' serial loaning of their young players looks set to end this summer as they will be unable to sign any players until 2020.Abraham is returning from a loan spell with Aston Vill and , and we had quotas every practice,” Williams said. “He really pushes a very good pressure defense and he’s after the ball, so I think that we kind of feed off his leadership and his style of play-calling, and it definitely transitions onto the field and causes turnovers.”

    Still, as impressive as the Quakers’ epic vault from sixth to first a season ago was, players and coaches understand that 2015 is in the past now. With the three returners all having completed their first offseason with the program, there’s room for even further improvement after an already stellar opening year.

    “I think mentally it definitely helps us out [to have a full offseason] because we know the defense even better this year,” said Philippi, who was named to the 2016 preseason first team All-Ivy defense by both Football Gameplan and College Sports Madness, making him the only underclassman to gain the nod from either publication.

    And as for what might happen even further down the road — they all have three more seasons of eligibility, remember — Ivy League quarterbacks best be on watch for years to come.

    “We had three freshmen starting last year and we also have two or three other sophomores going to get a lot of playing time, so this year and the next two years coming, we definitely have a lot of potential,” Walker said. “We’re all definitely looking forward to what we can do — the sky is the limit.”

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  • Ivy title on the line for Penn women's tennis


    In coach Sanela Kunovac’s first season in 2009, Penn went winless in the Ivies for the first time ever.edly made it clear that there is no future for Sanchez at Old Trafford.The Chile international was sent out on loan to Inter Milan for this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there's no way back for him, says the Daily Express.United are hoping Now, six seasons later, the Red and Blue have the chance to lay claim to their fourth title since competition opened in 1979.

    With two matches left in the season, the time to vie for the Ancient Eight title has come again, and for better or worse, it all comes down to the Quakers’ performances this weekend.

    “It is the first time in maybe nine, ten years, that going into the final weekend, we are completely in the fulm Allardyce can see his old club breaking the top six this season.Allardyce says Everton will finish above Manchester United and Chelsea.“I think Everton should break into the top six and if they're going to break in, this is the season to do it," l control of our destiny,” Kunovac said.

    Sitting in a three-way tie for second, the Red and Blue (10-7, 3-2 Ivy) will go up against the New York contingent of the Ivy League in Cornell and Columbia. The Big Red (14-7, 3-2) join Penn in second place as the Lions (14-5, 4-1) stand alone in first place with a lone loss to Yale.

    If the Quakers can defend their home courts this Friday against Cornell and escape from Columbia with a win as well, they guarantee themselves at least a share of the Ivy title.

    A quick glance at ITA rankings confirms that No. 52 Penn will face stiff competition in No. 63 Cornell and especially No. 34 Columbia, but time and time again, the Ancient Eight has showed that anything is possible.

    “We started off the Ivy season with two really tough losses,” junior Kana Daniel said. ”But we’ve been doing a really good job of just keeping our focus in the right place and working on improving every day of practice.”

    Throughout the season, Kunovac and her team have stressed the importance of their training. Now is the time to see if all that hard work has actually paid off.

    “What we’re going to do is we’re going to train as hard as we did all these weeks coming in and look for our normal tennis,” Kunovac said. “Nothing extraordinary, but our normal should be good enough to put us in the running.”

    “At this point it comes down to trusting our training,” she continued. “I feel like a champion team is one whose average is going to get them there.”

    There is no doubt that there will be at least one championship team on the court when Columbia and Penn confront each other on Sunday, but if the Quakers can pull off the upset, there may very well be two.

    For some of the Red and Blue players, however, a win over the Lions may not seem like an upset but a sign that all is well in the tennis world. Sonya Latycheva, the team’s lone senior, has not forgotten Penn’s 5-2 triumph over the Lions from last season.

    “I still have that in the back of my head,” the Toronto native said.

    Unfazed by Columbia’s top-forty ranking, the Quakers are quick to draw attention to their own strengths, most notably in their new additions of freshmen Marta Kowalska and O.J. Singh.

    “I don’t really want to think about whatever additions Columbia has had, but we’ve got those two [Kowalska and Singh], and I believe in them,” Latycheva added.

    But as important as having strengths are, Kunovac believes that the team’s recenLive to carry exclusive Spurs TV programming in the US, reports SportBusiness.The deal designates B/R Live as Tottenham's US streaming partner for the club's international programming block.Under the agreement, the Spurs TV weekly highlights programmt success can be attributed to one thing — confronting its weaknesses.

    “I think each match in itself throughout the season had a meaning, whether we lost or won,” Kunovac said. “We were willing to look at the bad, put a mirror to our faces and really look at it and, as painful as it was in certain moments, I think that we are reaping the benefits right now.

    “It’s good to be at this level in the Ivies right now.”

    This weekend, they'll find out exactly what that level is.

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  • Penn men's hoops heads to Midwest to take on undefeated Hawkeyes


    The distance between Sudan and Des Moines, Iowa, is over 7,000 miles.

    It’s impossible to know how many basketball courts one can find between those two places.

    But for Dau and Peter Jok and the rest of their family, for one night, only one game matters.

    While Friday’s matchup with Iowa (4-0) marks the Quakers’ (1-2) seconds international was stripped of the captaincy after an incident with the crowd in the 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace last month.But Merson wants the fans to get behind Xhaka, instead of getting on his back.He told Sky Sports: "I haven't been his b consecutive contest with a Big Ten opponent, very few nonconference matchups are this unique.

    With senior guard Dau Jok serving as a veteran leader for Penn and freshman guard Peter Jok already impacting a talented Hawkeyes squad, Friday’s game is a family affair for an incredibly resilient group.

    “I think it’s pretty cool and it’s going to be fun,” Dau said. “Obviously, for me, my focus is to get the guys ready to win and focused on working together as a team, especially after a disappointing game against Penn State.

    “It’s cool because this is a testament to how far our family has come.”

    The story behind the Jok family isn’t an everyday tale. If anything, everything the Joks have been through makes Friday’s matchup even more special.

    Born in Sudan, Dau, Peter and their two siblings dealt with the effects of a brutal civil war for the early part of their lives. At a young age, the children lost their father and were forced to flee the country. They eventually settled in Iowa almost a decade ago.

    Once the Joks arrived in the United States, both Dau and Peter utilized the game of basketball to pave a new life for themselves.

    “Basketball has been invaluable for my family,” Dau said. “It has kept us busy, and it has transformed me quite a bit.

    “I used to be very angry, and I never knew how to handle that, so I had to learn how to channel that anger, and basketball really taught me how to do that effectively.”

    With Dau entering his final season at the college level and Peter ough to handle.Sessegnon arrived at Spurs as a big-money signing last summer but was injured until November and has so far made just six Premier League appearances and 11 in all competitions.He is grateful to his parents for the level-headed approachkicking off his career, the two understand just how special Friday night’s game is.

    “I found out this summer,” Peter said. “[Dau] was the first one to tell me we were playing and at first I didn’t believe him.

    “I never thought I would get to play him, but it is just a great opportunity at the end of the day, so I’m just looking to take advantage of that.”

    Aside from the fraternal matchup, Friday’s game provides an important test for both squads.

    After pulling off a victory over Monmouth, the Quakers took a step back in their loss to Penn State on Saturday.

    For Iowa, the early part of this season has been defined by easy victories. The Hawkeyes are 10th in the nation in scoring and have notched over 100 points in their last two games.

    “Clearly, Penn is the best team we’ve faced thus far for a variety of reasons,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Not only does Penn have great size, but they have a talented, deep and dynamic backcourt.”

    Regardless of the outcome, Friday represents much more than a gamereiro.MLS outfit Cincinnati FC have a deal in place for Pereiro, however he has revealed Villa are now in contact."PSV told me they have reached an agreement with Cincinnati," confirmed Pereiro on Uruguayan radio station Sport890.“My agent (Paco Ce for the Jok family.

    “We wouldn’t be in this position without a lot of people,” Dau said. “And I’m hoping we can go out tomorrow night and show them how thankful we are of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

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  • Freshman forward rounding into form for Penn basketball


    Matt Howard sprinted down the court, poised to finish off a fast break that would push Penn closer to an upset of Columbia and cap off the best weekend of the rookie’s young collegiate career.

    But Columbia’s Luke Petrasek swatted the ball out of Howard’s hands as he went for the lay-in, ruining the moment and briefly killing the energy in the Palesta.

    Rather than get down on himself, Howard kept working. On the Lions next possession, he hustled back down the court, used his fantastic vertical leap to reject a shot and sent the ball flying into the stands.

    It’s that passion and athleticism that made Howard appealing to so many schools coming out of high school.

    But with offers from Stanford and Virginia Tech on the table, Howard ultimately chose to play for Penn, providing coach Jerome Allen with a player boasting an incredible basketball IQ.

    The freshman from Columbia, S.C., has never had any problems with his basketball knowledge. Even as a young player at A.C. Flora High School, Howard knew the game well.

    Instead, the aspect of Howard’s game that needed the most development was his leadership ability.

    “Matt never had a problem working at the game of basketball, but I believe his matriculation as a person is one that cannot be measured,” Howard’s high school coach, Leon Brunson, said. “As each year passed, I began to see him embrace the leadership role. That was the defining moment of his basketball career.

    “He not only took responsibility of his actions but the actions of his team as well.”

    That growth as a leader paid off, as Howard guided his squad to a regional title his senior year, leading the team to a 22-7 record and setting an example for the rest of the team.

    “My biggest Matt Howard moment was seeing his smile after we won the school’s first conference championship in 25 years,” Brunson said.

    Since coming to Penn however, Howard has faced the typical freshman struggles, as the college game was a little too fast for him at first.

    “It’s been tough,” Howard said after Penn’s game against Columbia on Feb. 8. “It’s been a big adjustment. But I just started working harder and harder to be able to play in big games like this and be able to contribute.”

    Howard felt that growth begin to happen about a month ago. He freshman spent long hours working on his ball handling and shooting so he could become a viable option for Allen coming off of the bench as the season progressed.

    Howard’s work ethic was so strong that Allen could do nothing but root for his freshman to continue to grow.

    “[Allen] always told me to keep working hard, to keep pushing myself,” Howard said. “Because my time will come.”

    That hard work finally paid off this past weekend, as Howard’s efforts were instrumental in getting Penn back into the Ivy race.

    Allen told Howard heading into the game against Cornell that he would get minutes, and after his strong play on Friday night, Allen trusted him again on Saturday.

    After posting seven points against the Big Red, Howard was all over the floor against Columbia. The signature moment of the night saw Howard drive to the right, feel contact and finish for an and-one that may have been the most acrobatic play made all year by someone in a Penn uniform.

    His ability to handle contact was one of the reasons Brunson believed Howard would succeed at the next level so long ago — a memo Columic.The 20-year-old was rewarded for breaking into the first-team this season with a brand new four-year contract.And Willock was quick to point out his dad today to sign with PSG.RMC says terms between the two clubs were agreed last night, with both sporting director Leonardo and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi on a call with Inter GM Beppe Marotta.Inter have agreed a straight loan arrangement with no per's role in his career."It's no exaggeration to say that my dad gave me the type of work-rate thbia coach Kyle Smith never received.

    “Good athlete,” Smith said of Howard. “We didn’t have enough scouting. Really good athlete that could make a shot.

    “He’s a real good player with a bright future.”

    Allenf the Champions League final.With fellow centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, Sanchez is part of a defence tasked with snuffing out a Liverpool attack known to be one of the most deadly in Europe.And he has been studying DVD of Mo Salah wasn’t shy to admit Howard’s impact either.

    “Matt was tremendous,” Allen said after Penn’s win over Columbia. “Last night, tonight, we ran plays for him. He had the right reads, defensively, on the glass.

    “Without Matt, I’m not so sure we win today, or yesterday.”

    Howard’s smile following the Columbia win probably wasn’t as big as the one he sported after winning his conference championship last year. But, more than anything, this past weekend was a sign that there are even wider smiles and bigger moments on the horizon for this talented freshman.

    “To help my team to win a game,” Howard said. “That’s what I’m here for.”

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  • Men's soccer falls after Dartmouth's Lucky strike


    Sometimes, in a close match, it pays to be Lucky.

    That’s likely how Dartmouth felt after beating the Penn men’s soccer team, 2-1, at Rhodes Field Saturday. Big Green striker Lucky Mkosana scored on a penalty kick awarded after a dubious call, and the Quakers never saw the light again.

    “I was in front of the guy when it happened,” said Penn captain Thomas Brandt, who was as surprised as the 439 fans in the stands when the foul was called.

    “[The referees] said he was tripped — it rarely gets called but was this time,” he added.

    Coach Rudy Fuller called it “a soft penalty.”

    The loss put the Quakers (6-5-2, 1-2 Ivy) at sixth in the Ivy League, but their coach still believes they can win the championship.

    “This is definitely a year where you can win with two losses,” he said.

    Penn had a slow start that culmineves in the potential of West Ham United.The midfielder is back in action after recovering from a serious Achilles injury last season.He told sport.ua, "It seems to me that West Ham now has everything to get into the top 6 - excellent staff, coach, sated in a Dartmouth goal by forward Maarten van Ess at the 14th minute — his only shot of the night.

    But Fuller’s team regrouped and tied the game, 1-1, five minutes later thanks to star midfielder Christian Barreiro’s sixth goal of the season. The strike came off a Penn corner that resulted in a wild sequence of play inside Big Green’s 18-yard box, including a series of blocked shots and changes of possession.

    It only took one minute, though, before the penalty kick was awarded to Mkosana, who leads the Ivy League with eight goals.

    At the time, with 70 minutes remaining in the game — 70 minutes that Penn dominated possession-wise — nothing seemed lost for the Quakers. Butthree season ticket-holders who listed their Champions League final tickets on a resale website, reports BBC Sport.Since 1994 it has been illegal for an unauthorised person to sell on tickets.Spurs asked fans not to "ruin one of the biggest occasions besides Barreiro’s score, none of Penn’s 14 shots went past stout opposing goalkeeper Noah Cohen, who had four saves.

    “I felt like we deserved more than one goal,” said Fuller, who was satisfied with his team’s performance despite the loss.

    “We moved [the ball] around and got some good spots,” he added, “[but] we couldn’t find a goal.”

    The Quakers had numerous opportunities to tie the game, including a .The Serie A club could be looking to add to their attacking options in the January transfer window.Maupay, who has found his scoring boots in the Premier League, is rated at £40 million.He took some time to get going after his move from Championshicorner at the 89th minute where sophomore back Jonny Dolezal’s headshot was too high. Prior to that, freshman Duke Lacroix almost found the back of the net at the 54th on a wide pass play and on a missed header at the 68th.

    Despite giving up seven free kicks on 16 fouls, the Big Green (5-4-2, 2-1) preserved their lead until the final whistle.

    Looking forward to next week’s game against Yale (6-5-1, 2-1), Brandt suggested “we need to have a stronger start, dictate the pace.”

    For a Penn soccer team known for being offensive and scoring early, this means getting back to their old habits.

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  • W. Hoops Notebook | Highs and lows


    Going into Saturday's matchup at Cory.The Swede, on-loan from Atalanta, has been linked with winter market moves to Wolves and Arsenal this week.But Lucarelli, while also discussing former Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, insists Kulusevski will stay for the entire season.He nell, the Penn women's basketball team had scored more than 63 points in a game just once all season.

    That "high" came at a "low": in an 81-70 loss to Temple that marked the beginning of a month-long, eight-game losing streak.

    In the first half against Cornell, Penn came out flat again, managing just 24 points and trailing by 11 at the break.

    But in the second half, the Quakers caught fire, torching the Big Red for a season-high 55 points on 73 percent shootingl return to Liverpool this week to assess his latest injury.The Wales international, on loan at the Cherries this season, was not able to face Chelsea on Saturday due to "strange" leg injury.Asked for an update on the Wrexham-born star's injury, Howe (16-for-22) from the field and 6-for-10 from three-point range.

    Coach Pat Knapp gave his team a pep talk at halftime, but ironically, senior Carrie Biemer said it was his emphasis on defending Cornell's three-point shooters that helped spark Penn's offense.

    "We had said that this was a winnable game, and we wanted to turn things around for ourselves," Biemer said. "Once we came out and hit a few shots . we just kept getting really confident and everything fell on top of each other."

    Fouling out. Because the Quakers do not have a strong, dependable presence in the frontcourt and only sparingly use dribble penetration, they have not always consistently gotten to the free-throw line.

    Last weekend, Harvard and Dartmouth combined to commit only 27 fouls, and against Harvard the free-throw disparity was 25-to-11 in favor of the Crimson.

    Foul trouble once again plagued at least one Penn player, as Biemer fouled out in only 13 minutes while trying to contain Columbia star forward Judie Lomax.

    "It was a pretty crazy game," Knapp said. "We got poor position, and we know offensively that we need to do different things."

    Against the Big Red, the Quakers' offensive surge was aided mightily by 17-for-21 shooting from the line in the second half, while Cornell attempted only 17 free throws in the entire game.

    Cornell and Penn tallied 19 fouls apiece, although 10 of Penn's fouls came from only two players, as Caitlin Slover and Katarina Lackner both fouled out.

    "You can question how the games have been called if you'd like, they've been very physical," Knapp said. "You could also question our defense. Are we in position so that we don't foul? And the third thing is, get the ball inside, take the ball to the basket, be aggressive."

    Powerful rebounding. The Quakers gave up an eye-popping 15 offensive rebounds to Columbia, which is even more staggering et was delighted to score for Sheffield United in Monday's 1-0 victory over Arsenal.The summer signing from Bournemouth endeared himself to the Blades faithful after his 30th minute strike sealed a memorable victory at Bramall Lane.He told Sky Sportswhen considering that Penn only corralled 15 defensive rebounds of its own.

    The battle for the boards has been a struggle for the team all season, but 6-foot-1 sophomore Erin Power was a bright spot this weekend.

    "Good rebounders really are made and developed; they're not born, and they don't always have size or tremendous jumping ability," Knapp said. "What Erin has done that has developed over her career is she goes and gets the ball. . That's just effort and desire, so I really like Erin's defensive rebounding."

    Power led the team in rebounding in both games (albeit with only five boards against Columbia) and recorded her first career double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and six assists against Cornell.

    "She goes after the ball so hard," Biemer said. "And she is a lot taller and has a lot more length than a lot of the people that she's guarding. So she has the ability, she has the size advantage and with the intensity on top of that, it can be a huge advantage over a lot of opponents."

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  • It takes two: Doubles spurs Penn to win


    The Penn women's tennis team can now leave the Levy Pavilion courts without having lost there.

    The Quakers won't return home until April 11, when it will be warm enough to play outdoors. And in their indoor finale, they slipped by an all-international Old Dominion 4-3 to remain undefeated in their spring season.

    Unlike their first match, a 6-1 romp over cross-town Temple, this victory required a bit more sweat.

    The Quakers showed a natural inished business" in the Premier League.The striker is spending time on loan at QPR in the Championship this season.He has nine goals so far this season, and is hoping that another Premier League team look at him for next term.The 29-year-old wants tgrace only in their doubles sweep, taking most sets by at least a four-point margin. Senior captain Yulia Rivelis and sophomore Maria Anisimova, who played in the No. 1 doubles, made quick work of the Monarchs in an 8-2 win.

    The doubles sweep "gave us that little extra 'oomph,'" Rivelis said.

    They needed that momentum for singles play, which would prove to be a bit rockier.

    Senior Julia Koulbitskaya's easy win over the Monarch's Barbara Costa (6-1, 6-1) was soon offset by Anisimova and senior Charlotte Tansill's successive losses.

    "Julia's quick second win was vital for us," said assistant coach Sara Schiffman, who was leading the women in head coach Michael Dowd's place.

    "Old Dominion was very tough. They didn't back down."

    Breakout freshman and North Carolina native Alexa Ely responded with a solid win of her own (6-4, 6-0) in only the second dual match of her college career, pulling Penn even in singles with two wins and two losses.

    With the ontwo difficult fixtures in quick succession.Wolves are set to take on Liverpool and Manchester City during the festive Premier League fixtures.It means they must battle with the table toppers and last year's champions with less than two days in betweee point from doubles, the Quakers held a 3-2 lead.

    They turned to the experienced Rivelis to se Neres to join him at Goodison Park.Richarlison has apparently discussed a move to Everton with his Brazil team-mate Neres. "I've spoken to him about it already. I told him the doors are open for him there, and that he could help us a lot," he said. cure the final point needed to defeat the Lady Monarchs.

    The Moldova native took on South Africa's Charleen Haarhoff in a fiery three-set showdown filled with heated verbal exchanges and smoldering glares. In the end, the more experienced player took the win, and Rivelis came through for her teammates (6-1, 6-7, 6-3).

    "[Haarhoff] was a tough opponent," Rivelis said.

    "I lost my intensity a bit in the second set but picked it up in the third," she added. "There could have been moments where I focused a little better."

    Senior Michelle Mitchell lost the closest singles match of the evening (7-5, 3-6, 7-6), but by then, the Quakers had already sealed the win.

    Despite the result, the team was not overly pleased with its performance.

    "Maybe it wasn't the best day overall for everybody," Schiffman said, "but I thought the intensity was pretty good."

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  • Columbia took walk down easy street for 2 wins


    Two weeks in, the Columbia bakery has run out of cream puffs.

    For the second straight year, the Lions are 2-0. For the second straight year, they got the two W's against a pair of I-AA weaklings. And for the second straight year, the road gets much tougher in Week 3.

    Princeton at Columbia

    Last year's Lions under Bob Shoop rode the momentum of the 2-0 start into a 43-3 loss at Princeton.

    Now Shoop is gone, the matchup of undefeated teams has shifted to New York and new Lions coach Norries Wilson gets his first test in front of the homecoming crogood impression on the players.The Gunners recorded their first win under the Spaniard thanks to a 2-0 home success against Manchester United on New Year's Day.And it appears the relatively inexperienced boss is winning over the players with his innowd.

    Wilson and Co. put a serious beatdown on Fordham and held on long enough to survive Georgetown at home.

    While the Lions haven't really gotten it going on the ground, quarterback Craig Hormann has hit a variety of targets to the tune of 28-for-47 passing. But their MVP so far has been kicker Jon Rocholl, who has knocked in six straight field goals.

    They may need more than field goals to beat the Tigers, who have good wins at Lehigh and at Princeton Stadium against Lafayette. The Tigers are succeeding on the strength of a defensemo Werner is on his way to Tottenham in the summer.The German striker was linked with a move to Liverpool in the press today.Leipzig seized on the story and made a joke about it through their official Twitter account.The club issued a reply regarding that has allowed 24 points in two games and allowed just 206 yards to the Leopards.

    Don't look for a repeat of last season's blowout, but Columbia would be fortunate to win the matchups on either side of the ball.

    (23) Harvard at Lehigh

    Liam O'Hagan? Suspended

    Chris Pizzotti? Hurt

    Jeff Witt? Hurt

    Richard Irvin? Here, coach.

    Harvard will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to face the Mountain Hawks, bringing with them their fourth-string quarterback, who will start for the Crimson tomorrow. He's the fourth QB in four games, dating back to last season.

    He's also the only one with Division I-A experience.

    The Tulane transfer, who played for Harvard in seven games last season, takes on a Lehigh team that boasts a win at Villanova, but losses to Princeton and Albany.

    Despite the quarterback issues and thanks to the nation's leading runner, Clifton Dawson, the Crimson is second in the country in total offense, ranking just behind No. 1 New Hampshire.

    But it meets its toughest challenge yet against a Lehigh team that ranks 21st in the country in total defense.

    Brown at Rhode Island

    The 91st meeting between the state's two Division I programs will be marked by two teams coming off tough home losses in conference play.

    The Bears got run over by Dawson and the Crimson last week, while Rhode Island fell in Kingston to No. 17 Delaware.

    Brown leads the series 66-22-2, and to capture the Governor's Cup for the third straight season, it will have to improve against the run. Rhode Island boasts a three-man rushing attack, which has the Rams ranked fifth in the nation with 243.3 rush yards per game - one spot better than Harvard.

    (22)Albany at Cornell

    After being shut down by Yale, the task gets no easier against an impressive Albany defense and a Great Danes team that is ranked for the fi land a move to Manchester City.Neville coached Cancelo during his short spell in charge of Valencia.“I absolutely love him to bits. To be fair, when I was at Valencia I wanted United to sign him, at the time they could have got him for £25m and hrst time in its history.

    Albany places 10th in the nation in points allowed and 14th in total defense, while the Cornell offense has scored just 12 points in two games.

    After seeing film of Albany shutting down then-No. 11 Delaware the Big Red knows it will need a much better effort than that.

    Yale at Lafayette

    The wannabe Ivy Leaguers play their third straight Ancient Eight team when they welcome the Elis to Fisher Field.

    The Leopards opened their renovated stadium with a loss to Penn, then went on the road last week and got shut down by the Princeton defense.

    The Elis showed a lot in bouncing back from a bad home loss to San Diego to beat Cornell. But a win at Lafayette would take another big step up.

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  • Volleyball creeping toward goal of third straight Ivy crown


    In the midst of a fight for its third straight Ivy League title, the Penn volleyball team has once again proven that it is quantity, not just quality, that counts.

    The Quakers face league foes Dartmouth (3-9, 9-14 Ivy) and Harvard (8-14, 7-5) this weekend at the Palestra, hoping to take two more steps towards qualifying for the postseason. Given Penn's talent and tactics, winning these games will take great effort from the team -- not just one star player.

    Penn (17-6, 10-1) lacks a dominant offensive performer. but more than makes up for it with a balanced lineup featuring nine players that get significant minutes.

    "The depth of our team has been amazing," Penn coach Kerry Major Carr said. "Last week in practice we had six people out; a normal team wouldn't be able to run a practice. But we were. Every single person on our [junior varsity] team can play any spot on varsity."

    The Quakers could conceivably clinch the Ivy League Championship this weekend if they win both games and Princeton (15-6, 8-2) loses one. If not, Penn will host the Tigers on Wednesday with the league title at stake.

    This time of year, most coaches begin to pare down the number of players in their rotation. The Penn coaching staff has a different philosophy.

    "There are teams that do look to solidify that starting six," Penn assistant coach Orlin Jespersen said. "We take advantage of our depth and flexibility and the fact that we can switch between different players and different systems."

    Carr put in two offenses at the beginning of the season, the "three-middle" and the "five-one." Each offense has its own starting lineup.

    The coaches had expected to pick one of the two offenses at some point this season under the assumption that one scheme would prove more effective. But with both offenses working well all year, there was no need to pick one over the other.

    The Quakers also have more quality depth throughout their lineup than any other team in the league.

    "We can go three deep at each positionch.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers wit and still be comfortable," Jespersen said. "There's not a lot of teams that can do that."

    This bevy of good players also ensures better practices, as the coaches can field two talented teams and increase the level of competition within the team.

    "Because wesays this season will be a "reboot".The Viola enter the campaign under new owner Rocco Commisso.“I still feel at home after having been here on pre-season training so many times," said Montella.“We are starting everything from scratch. I am feeli have such a deep team, during practices we're very competitive," senior Lauren Carter said. "Everybody pushes each other. And we know that at any given point in the game, [coach Carr] can throw in another player and they'll get the job done."

    Tomorrow, Penn will face a Harvard team that stands in sharp contrast to their own. The Crimson's best player, junior middle hitter warned Bournemouth must not get "complacent and lazy" towards their Premier League status. The Cherries have secured top-flight football for a fifth consecutive season.But Howe says they cannot afford to take their Premier League status for granted."Kaego Ogbechie, is out for the season with patella tendonitis. How a thinner team like Harvard responds to the challenge remains to be seen.

    The Quakers' emphasis on depth makes them think that no matter who comes out of the game, they won't miss a beat.

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  • Two wins and two records for M. Hoops


    BOSTON -- Penn did all they needed to do on what had been, in recent years, a dangerous roadtrip to New England.Survive -- and make a little history along the way.The Quakers held off both Harvard and Dartmouth by deceptively lopsided final scores of 82-66 and 67-52, respectively. Penn remained undefeated in the Ivy League, one game ahead of Brown. The Bears host Penn on Friday night.Penn (17-5, 9-0 Ivy League) won each game in polar opposite fashions, burying the Crimson (11-12, 3-7) with a historic barrage of three-pointers, while pounding the ball inside to forward Ugonna Onyekwe against Dartmouth (6-17, 2-8). Against the Big Green, Onyekwe scored 25 points -- a season-high -- which gave him 1,650 career points. That put him ias lifted the Reds in the four year since his appointment, turning them into one of the best teams in the Premier League while also steering them to Champions League glory.ESPN says the Liverpool board liked the German's personality and that his lackn front of Kevin McDonald and in second place on Penn's all-time scoring list. He needs 177 points in his final five games to catch Ernie Beck for the top spot.In sharp contrast, Penn's inside play was virtually absent at Harvard -- a road game the Quakers had lost the past two seasons -- as Penn tied a school record with 16 three pointers on only 31 attempts. Leading that effort was guard Jeff Schiffner, who shot 7-for-10 from three point range. Schiffner scored 21 points on the game."That's part of our offense," Schiffner said of the three-point shooting. "It's my responsibility to step up and hit those."Despite Penn's shooting and Harvard missing its best player in Patrick Harvey -- who was ruled academically ineligible for the rest of the season -- the Crimson's timely shooting kept the game close throughout.

    Harvard point guard Elliot Prasse-Freeman's 13 points and 10 assists on the game made up for the absence of his heralded backcourt mate.Penn jumped out to an 18-7 lead unich superkid Joshua Zirkzee could be running around in an Everton shirt today, it hr against Watford.De Gea fumbled Ismaila Sarr's effort into the net on 50 minutes in the 2-0 reverse. The ball bounced off the turf and slipped through de Gea's fingers, rebounding off the post, back onto his head, and into the net. "Of course, it waas been revealed.Holland coach Ronald Koeman, then in charge of Everton, had offered trials to the then 16 year-old Dutch prospect."Everton was a serious option for behind two threes apiece from guard Tim Begley and Schiffner. However, helped along by Penn's sloppy play, Harvard crept to within 23-22 after a long jumper by Prasse-Freeman.Penn responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a Schiffner three and Harvard never again got within six points. Despite keeping the Crimson at arms-length, the game was not truly decided until Penn went on a 10-2 run to push a tenuous seven point lead to 71-56 with seven minutes, 42 seconds remaining. Koko Archibong put the final nail in Harvard's coffin with a three that pushed Penn's lead to 74-61 with less than five minutes to play. Archibong finished with 14 points.Penn beat Harvard without the benefit of a great performance by Onyekwe."Ugonna did not have one of his better games," Penn coach Fran Dunphy said of his star's nine-point performance. "I think getting in the early foul trouble threw him off." The lack of an inside force was not a handicap Penn needed to overcome against Dartmouth.The Big Green held their own against the Quakers despite Onyekwe's 11-for-15 shooting and 25 points. Dartmouth -- which was never in the game in its loss to Penn at the Palestra earlier this season -- found itself tied with the heavily favored Quakers at 32 going into halftime in front of only 1,332 fans who braved the New Hampshire snow.Onyekwe opened the second stanza with a personal 6-0 run, but Dartmouth responded and took a 40-38 lead with 15:50 remaining. However, Begley hit a three and Penn never relinquished that lead. Dartmouth went seven minutes between baskets at one point in the second half. Penn took advantage to go on a 16-1 run, with guard David Klatsky hitting a three to give Penn a 54-41 lead. The three came with seven and a half minutes to play and ensured that the Quakers' Friday night showdown with Brown would come with Penn in the driver's seat in the Ivy League.

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  • Harvey's basketball career officially over


    The college basketball career of Harvard star Patrick Harvey -- the second leading scorer in the Ivy League this season -- is over."Pat is not going to be eligible to play with us for the remainder of the season," John Veneziano, assistant director of athletics at Harvard, confirmed yesterday.The Harvard Administrative Board made the ruling Tuesday but it did not become public knowledge until yesterday. This meeting followed Harvey's poor academic showing last semester.The senior has been one of the finest players in the Ivy League the last two years. He was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selectiot.The Daily Record says Rangers are facing a fight to retain the services of Kent after Leeds made a move for the Liverpool winger.The 22-year-old impressed on loan at Ibrox and the Reds reportedly favour sending him out on another loan deal.However,n a year ago when he averaged 18.1 points per game -- good for second in the Ivy League. He had averaged 16.7 points per game so far this season. The Harvard star was placed on academic probation at the end of last season. He met with the Administrative Board after receiving at least one unsatisfactory grade last semester. Harvard's academic rules state that a student can be dismissed from school after two semesters in which a "satisfactory record" is not attained.Harvard's final exams are held in mid-January. Following their completion Harvey expressed concern over their outcome to his teammates."He was in good academic standing until [the fall] semester," Venenziano said.Harvey will not be able to attend the University this semester but that does not necessarily mean his acadend agent Dejan cannot guarantee he will be with Barca next season.“Today the situation is easy to explain: Rakitic is very happy at Barcelona, Barca are one of the biggest clubs in the world and Ivan is happy to be a part of them," explained Dejan mic career at Harvard is over."He can petition the [Administrative] Board next year to return and get his degree," Venenziano sas happy seeing Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban now in charge.The pair are now at the head of the football management side of the club.“Milan struggled and were unable to qualify for the Champions League, but I hope they can do better next year andid.However, he would not be able to play for the Crimson again.This was not the first time the basketball star met with troubles in the classroom.After his freshman year -- 1998-99 -- Harvey was forced to leave school the following year due to academic problems.In what will go down as Harvey's last collegiate game -- against archrival Yale -- he played all 40 minutes and recorded 16 points in the 73-68 loss to Yale.After the game Harvard coach Frank Sullivan informed the team that their star player would not remain due to his substandard academic performance. Despite Sullivan bracing the Crimson for Harvey's dismissal, there was no final ruling until the hearing Tuesday. Harvard (10-9, 2-4 Ivy League) has lost four of its last six after a fast start. The Crimson have lost to each of the four teams -- Yale, Princeton, Brown and Penn -- who are expected to contend for the Ancient Eight title. However a year ago -- despite, as usual, lingering in the middle of the pack in the league -- the Crimson had a significant impact on the title race. Harvard upset Penn, 78-75, and helped force a three-way tie for first.After the Quakers' win over Harvard this year, Penn coach Fran Dunphy commented that it would be very hard to win at Harvard later this season.It might not be as hard as he once thought.

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