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  • How teams around Penn Athletics spectrum fared over Fling weekend

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    It was a busy Fling weekend outdoors for Penn's athletes as men's golf, men's and women's tennis, rowing, and track and field were all in action. Here's all the details from the weekend.

    In its final weekend of play before the Ivy League Championships, Penn men’s golf finished in 5th place among 15 teams at the Yale Spring Invitational. As a team, the Quakers shot a 300 on the first 18 and a 293 on the second, resulting in an overall score of 33 shots over par.The University of Tennessee took home the team championship, shooting a 5-over 565 on the day. The rest of the Ivy League finished relatively close to Penn, with Yale coming in 2nd with a 16-over 576, Cornell coming in 4th with a 31-over 591, and Brown coming in 7th with a 40-over 600.The Red and Blue had to overcome a rough showing in the first 18 holes after finding themselves in 11th at the halfway point. Junior Josh Goldenberg shined the brightest in the first round, shooting a 2-over 72, which was tied for 13th out of 89 golfers. Senior Amay Poria shot well in the second round as well, earning an even par 70, which was the tied for the second best score for that round.In the end, Goldenberg and Poria tied for seventh among 89 golfers, leading the way for the Quakers to finish in a respectable 5th place overall. All eyes will now be looking toward the Ivy Championships, which will be hosted at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa. from Apr. 20–22. After finishing the season with good results in its past three tournaments, Penn men’s golf will be aiming to knock off the favorites and claim the Ivy title.

    Going into the weekend with only one conference loss, Penn men’s tennis (13-10, 2-1 Ivy) was he will find solutions to the team's problems in the next few days.The Toffees face one of thng Xavi Simons to PSG.The 16 year-old quit Barca for PSG this week in a blaze publicity.But a La Masia insider told Le Parisien: "All the coaches were not in agreement about him. Some believed in him, others thought he would have trouble reaching thee most important games of their season - a Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Wednesday.Silva knows that a poor result and performance against their fierlooking to sweep its matches this weekend and take control of the Ivy League. They did just that, beating Brown 4-1 on Friday and Yale 5-2 on Saturday. With the weekend sweep, the Quakers (15-10, 4-1 Ivy) put themselves in a position to win at least a share of the Ivy championship for the first time since 2007.In their matches against Brown on Friday, Penn singles players dominated to give the Red and Blue the victory. After the No. 1 and 3 doubles teams dropped their sets, Penn went into the singles matches down 1-0. No. 1 singles player Kyle Mautner won a close first set 7-5, then easily picked up the win with a 6-2 second set victory. Seniors Josh Pompan and Nicholai Westergaard and Freshman Noah Makarome all won their matches in straight sets as well to give the Red and Blue the win.In their final match at their home court, the Penn seniors rose to the occasion to secure the victory against the Bulldogs. Though the doubles teams were unable to win two of their three matches to earn a point, Pompan and Westergaard led the singles players with straight set victories. Makarome and Mautner notched straight-set victories as well before junior Dmitry Shatalin clinched the overall victory with a straight-set win.The Quakers will travel next weekend for matches against Dartmouth and Harvard. Another weekend sweep would clinch them at least a share of the Ivy title, their first since 2007 and just their 6th overall since 1956.

    Facing Brown and Yale this past weekend, Penn women’s tennis was looking for a weekend sweep to try to put itself in contention for the Ivy title. After falling short to Brown on Friday 5-2, the Quakers dominated Yale by a score of 6-1. Still, the weekend split pushes Penn (9-11, 2-3 Ivy) three matches behind both Harvard and Princeton, and with just two matches left, the highest it can aim for is third place on the season.Despite junior Marta Kowalska’s and freshman Marija Curnic’s ninth victory of the season at No. 3 doubles, Penn dropped the two other doubles matches, giving Brown the coveted doubles point. Kowalska and Curnic continued their impressive form, however this time in the singles matches. These two victories were not enough, though, as no other Quaker was able to earn a victory. Sophomore Ashley Zhu was the closest to winning Penn another point, taking her match all the way to a third set tiebreaker.Sunday's matches brought along a scoreline that the Quakers have not earned since 2009, beating Yale 6-1. The Red and Blue won the doubles point behind victories from the Kowalska/Curnic duo and OJ Singh’s and Jimena Rodriguez-Benito’s win at No. 3 doubles. After a default on court six and Yale’s only win of the day, it was all Penn until the last ball was bounced. Senior Ria Vaidya, Kowalska, Curnic, and Zhu all won in straight sets to give the Red and Blue the win.Penn will host Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend in what will be the seniors’ last matches at home in their collegiate career. Though Harvard is undefeated so far in Ivy play, Penn will be looking to repeat its success against the Crimson from the ECAC Championships in February.

    With three different rowing teams competing in three different competitions this weekend, Penn rowing was expecting success. The women competed at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, NJ. The men’s heavyweight and lightweight teams both rowed in Leonia, NJ, with the heavyweights participating in the Blackwell Cup and the lightweights in the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Cup.The women were the big winners, with Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 boats both taking home championships. After winning first place in their heat by less than two seconds, the Varsity 8 blew its opponents out of the water, finishing seven seconds ahead of second place Boston College. The Varsity 4 crew saw similar success, finishing in first place in both their heat and semifinal. In the Grand Final, Penn took home first, beating Boston College by two seconds.Second Varsity 8 almost made it three championships for the Red and Blue. Though they finished 3rd in their heat, they were fast enough to make it to the Grand Final later in the day. Here, they were narrowly edged by Boston College in a photo finish. Boston College’s time of 6:45.59 barely beat out Penn’s time of 6:45.63. Varsity 4B saw itself in a similar position as the Second Varsity 8. They made their way to the Grand Final after finishing 3rd in their heat. Here, they took home third place, finishing seven seconds behind Temple and Kansas, respectively.In a meet between three schools - Penn, Yale, and Columbia - the Quakers took 3rd place in two races in the Blackwell Cup. In the Varsity 8 race, Yale was the runaway winner, finishing in 5:53.5. Columbia narrowly took home second place, beating Penn by 1.1 seconds with a time of 6:07.4. Penn’s Second Varsity 8 did not find any more luck in their race. Again, Yale finished in first, this time 15 seconds ahead of second place Columbia and 21 seconds faster than the Quakers.Competing in the same river, Penn’s lightweight crew also went up against Yale and Columbia. It was just not the Quakers’ day, as they also finished third among the three teams. Though Columbia took home the Varsity 8 race and Yale won the Third Varsity 8 and Fourth Varsity 8 races, Penn was able to snag second place in the Second Varsity 8 race. They finished seven seconds behind winner Columbia and three seconds ahead of Yale.Both mens’ crew teams will be in action next weekend. The heavyweights will travel to Annapolis to race against Navy and Harvard in the Adams Cup. The lightweights will be hosted by their New Jersey-rivals, taking on Princeton and Georgetown in the Wood-Hammond Cup. The women will take the weekend off to prepare for the Dale England Cup at Indiana University.

    Both men's and women's track and field squads faced a busy weekend, with athletes competing in the Tennessee Relays, the Temple Invitational, and the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University. In Knoxville, TN, the Quakers saw some impressive runs, highlighted by Freshman Uchechi Nwogwugwu’s third-place finish in the women’s 400m, with a school record time of 53.17. In the women’s 800m, Nia Akins and Mikayla Schneider finished in 4th and 5th place, respectively, with Akins earning the second fastest time in program history with a 2:06.74. Sophomore Breanne Bygrave, found herself in the top-10 in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles while Taylor McCorkle finished tenth in the 100m. Penn’s 4x400m relay was good for fourth place with a time of 3:37.77.In the field, Penn earned a second-place finish by Ashley Anumba in the discus throw with a score of 52.41m. The Red and Blue also earned a fifth-place finish in the high jump as Anna Payton Malizia finished at 1.70 m. For the men, Calvary Rogers tied a program record in the 200m with a time of 20.90, which was good for tied for 5th place. Freshman Marvin Morgan earned tenth place in the 100m. The Quakers found even more success in the field. Evan Lee won second place in the decathlon, winning three of the ten events. Lance Yassay tied for third place in the high jump with a height of 2.12m. Also, Cristian Constantin finished in 5th place in the triple jump with a jumo of 15.51m.At the Temple Invitational, Penn track and field performed exceptionally well. The mens’ field members placed first in four events, second in four events, and third in three events. Senior Ian Kirk earned first place in the high jump with a height of 1.99m. Senior Michael Benz won the pole vault with a height of 4.70m, good for first place. Freshman Chr the January transfer window.Spurs are enduring a complicated start to the season.Last season's Champions League finalists lie in seventh position in the Premier League and are already five points off a top four spot."We are not going to get any benudi Ikpeazu won first in the shot put with a toss of 15.89m, and senior Sean Ryan won first in the hammer throw with a distance of 58.83m.The women were equally impressive; their field athletes placed first in four events, second in three events, and third in one event. Sophomore Katherine Schroeder earned first place in the pole vault with a height of 3.80m. Senior Devinne Miller took home first place honors in the long jump with a distance of 5.48m. The lady Quakers swept the shot put category, with sophomore Maura Kimmel edging out her teammates with a toss of 15.55m. Kimmel also won the discus throw, with a distance of 53.82m.Out of seven teams, Penn women's track and field won second place behind Temple University. On the men' side, the Quakers also earned second place out of seven teams. Villanova won first place.Penn’s distance runners took to the track at Bucknell. In the 3000m steeplechase, Colin Daly stood out with a third place finish in a time of 8:57.23. Colin's twin brother Will Daly finished just a second behind his brother.Both men's and women's track and field will be in action next week at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University. A week after that will be the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

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  • Even more school records go down for Penn track and field at Virginia Quad Meet

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    Those numbers just seem to keep falling.

    On Saturday, Penn track and field continued a string of impressive and record-setting performances at the Virginia Quad Meet. The women’s squad finished first overall, while the men came in second, falling only to the host school. The Quakers continued the trend of building up stronger performances as the season progresses, recording 15 top-10 marks in program history, including three new school records.

    For the women, the storyline only begins at their first-place finish in the meet. The Red and Blue’s women’s squad was responsible for all three of the new Penn records recorded from the meet. Even more impressive, of the two individual records broken at the meet, both came from freshman.

    In the discus event, Maura Kimmel reset the bar for herself, improving upon her previous record with a throw of 48.43 meters. Posting two top-10 marks was Kimmel’s fellow freshman, hurdler Breanne Bygrave. In addition to breaking the school record ie.Wolves faced 10 men from the 28th minute after last-man Ruben Semedo was sent off for fouling Diogo Jota.But it was the home side who broke the deadlock after 54 minutes through Youssef El Arabi.13 minutes later, substitute Neto's free-kick deflectn the 100m hurdles, Bygrave added another top-five time in the 400m hurdles for good measure. The third school record came from the 4x100m relay, where the junior duo of Barbara Biney and Taylor McCorkle combined with sophomore Imani Solan and freshman Elena Brown-Soler to surpass their own school record for the third consecutive meet.

    Supplementing Kimmel’s strong discus performance were equally impressive personal bests from other freshman field competitors. Katherine Schroeder’s 3.68m clearance on the pole vault notched another top-10 for the women. Meanwhile, Isis Trotman recorded a top-10 throw in the discuss, to add to her podium finishes in the shot put and hammer throw.

    On the men’s side, the Quakers garnered a first-place finish in one event, a javelin victory garnered by senior thrower Sam Kaplan, en route to a second-placee to Sampdoria.The Japan captain has signed for Samp on-loan from Southampton and in line to make his debut tonight against Napoli.Yoshida posted to social media: "Good morning to all the Blucerchiati!"First of all, I thank the Sampdoria club for giv finish overall. The men’s team managed to record several strong podium finishes at the event, with a majority of the Quakers’ noacter is being tested after defeat at home to Watford.The Cherries now sit 19th on the table after the 3-0 reverse.Ake told afcbTV: “I think this situation now is a test of character for everyone.“But we know we are going to give 100 per cent. Wetable finishes coming from the field events.

    Joseph Jordan received the only track second place finish with a runner-up performance in the 400m hurdles. Tim Schanastra finished second to Kaplan to record a notable one-two finish for the Quakers, while Sean Ryan and Sean Clarke scored second in the hammer throw and pole vault, respectively.

    The Quakers will now head home to host the notorious Transatlantic meet, where Oxford and Cambridge will play visitors in an exciting international competition. And while all eyes will be on the track, watch out for the record books, because those numbers just seem to keep on falling.

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  • Penn volleyball drops pair of five-set contests to Cornell, Columbia

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    Within 24 hours, Penn volleyball played 10 grueling sets in New York. But it was to no avail, as the Quakers fell in two tight matches against rivals Cornell and Columbia.

    “We played both matches really tough,” coach Kerry Carr said. “When it gets to the overtime set, and you’re on the road, it just gets a lot tougher.”

    The Quakers’ campaign began at Newman Arena against the Big Red (6-8, 1-4 Ivy). The start seemed promising for Penn (7-10, 2-3); after holding a 12-point lead, a strong kill from junior Kendall Covington helped close out the first set, 25-17.

    In the second set, Cornell upped their game and the two teams exchanged the lead eight times. But Cornell was stronger in the closing moments, recording three successive kills to close out the set, 25-23. They continued their good play into the fourth set, overcoming a seven-point deficit to win, 25-21.

    Entering the fourth set, the Red and Blue faced a must-win situation. And, in a test of resiliency, Penn responded.

    “It never felt like we were losing even though we were behind,” sophomore outside hitter Courtney Quinn said. “We were like don’t even look at the score, let’s just play volleyball.”

    Jumping out to another seven-point lead, the Quakers controlled the fourth set. Sophomore Taylor Cooper slid the fourteenth kill of the set past the defensive line to close out a 25-17 set. The teams would play five.

    But Penn’s comeback fell short. Trudy Vande Berg’s squad quickly opened up a 6-1 lead in front of the home crowd. A 0.500 hitting percentage in the final set helped Cornell cement a 15-9 finish.

    Still, some of Carr’s players had a banner day. Quinn recorded a career high 22 kills and 19 digs, while junior Sydney Morton posted her own double-double, with 45 assists and 12 digs.

    “When you lose a five-set match, it’s all about staying positive,” Carr said. “That match can go either way.”

    Penn’s chance at redemption came the next day against a strong Columbia squad. From the outset it was another tight contest, as the two teams split the first two sets.

    In the third set, both teams had their opportunities. After trailing by six points early, Sydney Morton used creative dumps to help the Quakers draw even. As the closing moments arrived, Caroline Furrer recorded an ace to give her team a set point. And Penn converted, capping off a three-point run to win the third set, 25-23.

    Quinn commented on how common tight sets have become in the Ivy League.

    “It’s just what has become typical Ivy League play,” the Texas nepresent La Roja.Fati, 16, has risen to stardom after a superb start to the season in Barcelona's first team and there are rumours that he will be called up to the senior Spain squad in October."Right now, we don't have any plans for Ansu Fati becausative said. “All the teams are so even Neco Williams for his performance against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.Critchley says the right-back was one of the most "dangerous" players on the pitch during the 1-0 victory. "It was a brilliant bit of play [for the goal] but that's Neco," Critchthat it could really go either way each time.”

    Middle blockers Cooper and Covington did well to keep Columbia (9-6, 4-1) out of system, posting 11 and nine kills respectively.

    Unfortunately, this match wouldn’t go Penn’s way. The freshman pairing of Chichi Ikwuazom and Grace Campbell led a stronger middle attack for the Lions. After a comprehensive fourth set, Columbia pulled away in the decisive set, 15-11, committing only two errors.

    When asked, Carr praised her team’s versatility.

    “We can change our hitters around, we can change our passers around,” the 19th-year coach said. “That’s something that a young team has to get used to and I think we’re inches away from being able to do it consistently.”

    The Quakers will take two intense matches under their belt as they prepare fInter Milan whiz Sebastiano Esposito is happy with his progress this season.The 17-year-old has already made his Serie A debut and is happy where he is."I live for football and I have already achieved a lot of my dreams," Esposito told Gazzetta dello Sport. “(Antonio) Conte is impressive, he's an extraordinary coach.“Inter is a school for me, but also a family. You grow as a player, but also as a human being.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in.“If I have arrived here, it's because I took it step by step along the way. The Azzurri shirt is one, the badge is another and the pride is unique. Someone who doesn't give 100 per cent every day, won't be in the national team. I would like to be a leader for every team I play in."or a home series against Yale and Brown. Friday and Saturday’s matches at the Palestra highlight Penn volleyball’s Dig Pink Weekend. Fan donations will help raise proceeds to benefit breast cancer research.

    In Ivy League volleyball, the margins have become so small. Carr and her team will look for those extra inches to help things fall their way.

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

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    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 basketball assistant Mihalich Jr. blazes his own trail

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    The mystique of Philadelphia college basketball has been well-documented — with the Palestra earning the designation of the nation’s most “Hallowed Hall” in a Dec. 2014 NCAA.com feature — and that allure makes it quite difficult for local figures to stay away.

    For Penn men’s basketball, consider Joe Mihalich Jr. the latest victim.

    Hired in April to serve under first-year head coach Steve Donahue, the Philadelphia native is back in town, immediately jumping into the school’s efforts to rebuild what was once Penn Athletics’ premier program into a perennial powerhouse again.

    “It’s a day-by-day process, and we just try to compete every single day,” said Mihalich, who was an assistant at Division III Scranton (Pa.) from 2011-15. “Our culture is definitely growing, heading in the direction that we want it go.”

    As is natural in the world of Philadelphia basketball, the relationship between Mihalich and Donahue goes back far further than their 10-month partnership at Penn.

    Donahue, also born in Philadelphia, was an assistant coach for the Red and Blue from 1990 to 2000, contributing to five Ivy League titles in that time. Meanwhile, Mihalich’s father, Joe Sr., was an assistant coach at local rival La Salle from 1981 to 1998. For the younger Joe, childhood was filled with passionate Big 5 rivalry games pitting his father and his future boss against one another.

    “I remember being a waterboy for one of my dad’s teams and meeting Coach Donahue, and he was great to me,” Mihalich said. “Then we crossed paths in the basketball world when I was coming up.”

    Driven by a pair of tempting offers, both coaches would go their separate ways, with Mihalich Sr. taking the head coach position at Niagara in 1998 and Donahue at Cornell in 2000. After moving to New York, Mihalich — who admittedly “wasn’t good enough or smart enough to go to Cornell, Penn, or any other Ivy League school” — played at D-III Nazareth (N.Y.) from 2005-09.

    Still, even with all three parties headed on their own respective paths to the Empire State, the relationship between them continued.

    “I enjoyed watching his Cornell teams [which won three Ivy League titles from 2008-10] and rooting for him, and afterwards I followed him at Boston College too,” Mihalich said. “In the basketball world, especially in the Philadelphia area, it’s a really tight-knit community, so both my dad and I absolutely kept in touch with [Donahue] throughout.”

    Immediately after his playing career concluded, Mihalich became a graduate assistant for Villanova before gaining his first coaching position at Scranton, where the program went 89-25 and won three Landmark Conference titles in his four-year tenure there. Basketball was an integral part of Mihalich’s life from day one, and that passion hasn’t remotely faded as he’s embarked on the journey from fan to player to coach.

    “I was always in my dad’s office — I had to work really hard to be a very mediocre basketball player, so I was always in the gym dribbling and shooting. When your dad’s the coach, you always have the keys,” Mihalich said. “I remember hanging out in the office with him, remember thinking that it never seemed like work. ... So I knew that getting into coaching could be something that I’d really enjoy.”

    The elder Mihalich offers a ready-made mentor for his son, having put together a quite impressive resume since leaving La Salle. In 15 seasons with Niagara, he led the Purple Eagles to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2007 before taking over at Hofstra in 2013.

    “I would be thrilled to work for my dad, and I think that would be really cool,” Mihalich said. “But the best advice I’ve ever gotten about coaching is that you just worry about the job you got right now.

    “We plan, and God laughs,” he added.

    Indeed, focusing on the present job might be the only feasible option for a kid who was literally kicking and screaming for the opportunity to return to the Cathedralan Dijk says they're unharmed from last season's Premions League final against Tottenham.It was Mohamed Salah, such a disconsolate figure when he was injured early in that loss to Real Madrid, who set Liverpool on their way with a penalty after two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punishedier League title heartbreak.Van Dijk believes that ­Liverpool's Champions League ­success healed the scars of losing the Premier League title today's opponents Manchester City on the final day.He of College Basketball.

    “When I first got offered this job, my mom told me this story where she was pregnant and walked into the Palestra for a game, and she said she could feel me kicking as she walked into the gym. Now that might just be a ‘Mom’ story, but I always thought that was pretty cool,” Mihalich said. “The Big 5 is the coolest basketball conference in the country. Being a part of that really is a dream come true, and it’s always been where I wanted to be.”

    The decision to hire Mihalich didn’t seem difficult for Donahue, as his appointment was announced only 17 days after Donahue’s own. Factoring in both the family-friendship and the basketball body of work from Mihalich, he was a no-brainer for Donahue to fill his final assistant coaching position.

    “It starts with the fact that I’m a very good friend of his father’s, and I’ve known Joe [Jr.] since he was a baby,” Donahue said. “He understands how hard you have to work to be a coach.”

    Although Mihalich is in his first coaching role at a D-I school, the adjustment process has been going smoothly for the youngest of the program’s four coaches. Joining a staff of assistants that includes 1996 Ivy League Player of the Year Ira Bowman and Nat Graham — who also played for Donahue at Penn before coaching under him at both Cornell and Boston — there’s a huge sense of familiarity between Donahue and his three proteges, an arrangement that isn’t accidental by any means.

    “It absolutely helps having two guys like Ira and Nat,” Mihalich said. “I just try to fill in the cracks wherever I can, just try to follow their lead and be a part of what they’re doing,” he added. “But having them around is unbelievable for me and the players.”

    While Mihalich is the Quakers’ only coach to not have played or coached at the school prior to this season, it didn’t take long for the first-year assistant to immediately assert himself on a staff stocked with Red and Blue legends.

    “Joe has incredible energy 24 hours a day, and I think that’s the thing the guys love about him,” Donahue said. “He’s always upbeat, 100 percent ready to go, and he’s younger, he’s single, so he probably relates to the players a little better. Whether it’s basketball issues or personal issues, he’s someone they can go to and talk to a little differently than the other assistants and myself.”

    For a Penn program on pace to miss the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season after making 22 of 38 between 1970 and 2007, all hands will be needed on deck to orchestrate a return to relevancy. With the vibrant and passionate Mihalich joining a coaching staff comprised of two proven players and an eight-time Ancient Eight champion running the ship, the Red and Blue mayhree brothers now playing pro football.Chris, formerly of Arsenal's academy, has now joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Benfica, while Matty has moved from Manchester United to League One side Gillingham.Willock told arsenal.com: "My dad deals have found their secret ingredient.

    “His engagement level is off the charts, and he loves what he does every day,” Donahue said. “Whether it’s running camps or getting scouts, everything is done right and 100 percent.

    “And some day, I think he’s going to make a great head coach.”

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  • Miller’s strike Penn's women's soccer in OT

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    When Penn women’s soccer faced Old Dominion last year, it played a gritty 110 minutes, clawing back from a two goal deficit to end the match in a 2-2 draw.

    But when the Quakers stared down the same opponent for its home opener on Sunday, they had one thing in mind: to win.

    And they did just that. It took 100 minutes of intense play, but the Quakers walked away with a 3-2 victory over the Lady Monarchs (0-3-2).

    Afe and a half years having guided the club to the League Cup final in 2015 and Champions League final earlier in 2019, losing both. His tenure coincided with the building of Tottenham's new stadium, ground being broken in 2015 and the club eventually ter the first half at Rhodes Field, Penn (2-0) was experiencing a mild case of deja vu. Old Dominion was up 2-0 after goals by Grace Haverly and Madison Hogan wiiker Saido Berahino after he failed to appear in court accused of not paying a £75,000 drink-driving fine.The ex-West Brom and Stoke City striker was due to appear at Willesden Magistrates' Court in north west London this morning to answer the chargthin the first 20 minutes.

    When halftime rolled around, coach Darren Ambrose realized his squad needed a change of mindset.

    “At halftime I didn’t mince my words,” he said. “There weren’t a lot of X’s and O’s.”

    Ambrose’s words had a clear impact on his team; when it emerged from the locker room, there was a different energy on the field.

    The Quakers clawed back with an unassisted goal from 25 yards out by sophomore midfielder Lindsay Sawczuk and a well-placed throw from Jill Kennedy that was tapped into the net by freshman forward Anna Estep in the 76th minute.

    Neither team was able to muscle ahead in the remaining 14 minutes of regulation play. The competition came down to which team was willing to go the extra mile, said freshman forward Kristen Miller.

    “It was a matter of wanting it and who would be willing to make the tackle, who was committed to getting in the box on the counterattack,” she said.

    Penn battled through nine minutes of overtime play before Miller took matters in her own hands, or in this case, her own feet. With just 12 seconds left in the period, Miller got control of a rebounding missed shot and volleyed the ball over the hands of Lady Monarch goalkeeper Meredith Lenox, securing a win for the Red and Blue in the process.

    “It was awesome,” the freshman said of her first collegiate goal.

    Ambrose was particularly impressed with Miller’s tenacity on the field.

    “She just never stops,” he said. “She is just such a competitor.”

    Penn’s win against Old Dominion was the team’s second of the weekend, after taking down winless Mount St. Mary 1-0 on Friday. Penn quickly got control of the match after an own goal early in the first half. Though no one on Penn’s roster managed to find the back of the net, the Quakers out-shot the Mount, 18-1.

    Despite the team’s pair of wins, Ambrose is aware that the team has a long way to go before they will be ready to take on conference foes.

    “I just don’t think we’re sharp on the ball yet,” he said. “At any one time [on the field], there are four freshman, there are two or three sophomores who didn’t start a game last year.”

    So far, Ambrose has been pleased with how the younger players have elevated their game.

    “You don’t really recognize [Lindsay Sawczuk] a lot of the time, but she kind of guts it out and does some very subtle things,” he says. “And [freshman forward] Natasha Davenport is a fireplug.”

    Within the Quakers’ 100 minutes against Old Dominion, there were undoubtedly flashes of brilliancee is ready to face Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial today.The pair are former AS Monaco teammates.“There might be a bit of chat and mickey-taking! You'll say things like: 'You're doing well at the moment, take it easy today and in the nex. But it is early in the season, and championship-winning teams are not forged in a mere two games. As Ambrose knows, this team has a lot left to learn.

    “The learning is how to compete,” he says. “And the only way you learn how to compete is getting games like that.”

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  • Mixed results end Penn men's tennis' year

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    It wasn’t the end the Quakers were looking for.

    Over the weekend, Penn men’s tennis closed out its season with three matches over three days, losing to Columbia at home, and then beating Binghamton and losing to Cornell on the road.

    While their 2-5 league record marks a one-game improvement from last season, it’s not what the Red and Blue had expected, nor what they had hoped for after starting off 2-0, a start which included a win over Princeton.

    “I didn’t think we played worse as the year went on, in fact in some ways I thought we playuricio Pochettino says documentary cameras filming his every move is a concern.Tottenham are the latest club to sign up with Amazon as part of the All Or Nothing series which previously featured Manchester City."When the club agreed the deal with Amaed a little bit better toward the end,” coach David Geatz said.

    “The competition was a little better at the end. We played the two best teams in the Ivy League [Columbia and Harvard] at the end of the year,” he added.

    On Friday, Penn ran into one of those teams: No. 19 Columbia, a behemoth which was on a 16-match win streak and which had dropped just one point in league play going into the match. The Lions routed the Red and Blue, 4-0, yielding only one set in total — to freshman Matt Nardella . Columbia went on to win its 11th Ivy League title — and its first since 2010 — over the weekend, as it finished undefeated in league play.

    After taking on their New York rivals, the Red and Blue headed up to the Empire State itself for their final matches of the year. Saturday was a more successful day for the Quakers, as they dropped Binghamton for the second straight year, taking the two through five-spot singles matches to win, 5-2. Penn finished 5-9 in nonconference play.

    No. 52 Cornell represented Penn’s final chance to finish with its best Ivy League record since the 2007-08 season, a feat it missed narrowly, losing 4-3. Penn took three singles matches on the backs of senior Zach Katz, sophomore Vim de Alwis and Nardella, the last of whom picked up his 13th win of the year. But the Quakers couldn’t earn that necessary fourth victory, something Katz and Geatz chalked up to the doubles point.

    For the three seniors on the team — Katz, Nikola Kocovic and Andrew Berman — Sunday marked their last day of Ivy League tennis.

    “[It’s] bittersweet,” Katz said. “I’m definitely going to miss it. It’s not the way you ever want to stop playing the sport you’ve been playing since you were four years old, but I’m happy to turn a new chapter.”

    Geatz praised the outgoing seniors, stopping especially to single out one of his co-captains, Katz.

    “Zach Katz is the best player in the Ivy League,” he said, noting that Katz didn’t drop a match in conference play.

    “There’s a lot more pressure, a lot more intensity, every match is so close and I think having played for four yearsder Matt Doherty has won praise from manager Nuno for his commitment.Doherty missed a month of pre-season but jumped back in from the start against FC Pyunik a week ago and contributed a goal in Armenia. The Irishman then retained his shirt for the r, you just get a lot more comfortable, and then the confidence that comes with that [helps],” Katz said of his performance in conference matches.

    While the five-game skid to end Ivy play left Penn with a bitter taste, with just three outgoing players, a strong incoming recruiting class and some play they're to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says City are still in the hunt for £80million-rated Maguire – but must offload Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala to fund the deal.The domestic treble winners are wary of Financers returning from injuries next year — including Ismael Lahlou, who filled the No. 3 singles spot last year — the Red and Blue have something to look forward to.

    “With good recruiting classes, coach Geatz and coach [Ty] Schaub will definitely have a nationally ranked program soon,” Katz said.

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

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    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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  • Tony | Penn basketball can beat Harvard's small ball with smart ball

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    We’ve known for a while now that Harvard’s basketball team is a very beatable bunch.

    Maybe it was the Crimson’s struggles in two games against Dartmouth that tipped off Ivy hoops fans that the Crimson weren’t all they were cracked up to be. Maybe it was Harvard’s failure to close out Yale at home with authority.

    Or for the few who don’t believe in style points, maybe it was the way Crimson coach Tommy Amaker’s squad wilted in the second half at Columbia Sunday afternoon.

    But what we didn’t know until recently is that, even without Fran Dougherty and with Darien Nelson-Henry coming off of a low-grade MCL sprain, the Quakers should still have an advantage in the paint against the Crimson.

    That’s because Harvard plays small ball. Amaker lacks a true center, so he’s consistently gone with a lineup of four perimeter players throughout the season. Nailing perimeter jumpers and pushing the pace of games in transiti to make an immediate appointment of a sporting director.The club hired Jose Mourinho to take over from the sacked Mauricio Pochettino this week.But the Evening Standard reports that any suggestions there would be an imminent sporting director / direon from the outset have been two of Harvard’s top priorities this year, and they’ve got just tt has gotten a lot more difficult for top teams in the Premier League lately.The Red Devils have struggled against sides lower than them in the table, as they have a better record against teams in the so called top six.And Matic believes a lot of teahe horses to run such an offense.

    Sophomore forward Wesley Saunders, freshman guard Siyani Chambers and junior guard Laurent Rivard all average at least 42 percent shooting from beyond the arc, and the Crimson rank 10th in the country in team field goal percentage. So it’s no surprise that Harvard easily ranks first among Ivies in three-point percentage. Forget Mouse Davis — this is the real run-aue landing the top job in the future.Pique hasn't hidden his desire to become president of Barca in the future.And Laporta says: "If I [become president], it wouldn't be bad if Gerard Pique followed me as president because I see him as an ideal persond-shoot offense.

    And we’ve seen that it can be a double-edged sword. When Harvard’s hot, they’re really hot, but the Crimson’s 63-41 second-half lead against Brown completely evaporated when they started bricking their jumpers. Scoring 49 points in one half and 20 in the other means you must be gambling too much on perimeter shooting somewhere.

    Harvard’s not an efficient team either, ranking third-to-last in the mediocre Ancient Eight in turnovers per contest.

    And that’s why Penn needs to put its money where its momentum is: in the paint.

    The Quakers have a blossoming low-post presence back in Nelson-Henry who could be a gamechanger both in scoring and rebounding. Penn snared a combined 24 offensive boards last weekend against Yale and Brown, the two best rebounding teams in the conference. Harvard, in contrast, ranks dead last among Ivies on the boards.

    So when Harvard plays small ball Friday night, will Penn play smart ball?

    Coach Jerome Allen needs to go big here. Give sophomore forward Henry Brooks extra minutes. Emphasize patience for Miles Cartwright in running the motion offense in order to slow down the game’s tempo and wear down Harvard’s six-man rotation. Let Harvard beat you from deep, because eventually, they’ll start beating themselves.

    If Penn is to win at Lavietes Pavilion for the second straight year, it’ll have to work a little half-court magic. That’s still a big if, though, since the Crimson have done an excellent job of walking the fine line between beatable and beaten up to this point.

    But the Quakers haven’t had an offensive identity other than “give it to Zack” in a long time, so rolling their inside out from start to finish should make Quakers fans breathe a little easier against the Cardiac Crimson.

    MIKE TONY is a junior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa., and is senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at tony@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Jaffe | Lesson learned: Don't doubt the Bagnoli System

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    For much of the first half at Saturday’s Penn-Cornell game while I sat in the press box at Schoellkopf Field, I questioned coach Al Bagnoli’s strategy. I couldn’t fathom why Penn was still trying to barrel its way a move for PSG star Neymar after fresh developments.Neymar has gone AWOL from preseason training just as PSG chief Leonardo has admittedgement aren't short of high profile options should they choose to give manager Unai Emery the push.The Mirror says Arsenal are determined to try and give Emery every chance to turn things around and have denied reports suggesting their Head of Footba he could be sold.Last Friday the Blaugrana president said there was no Neymar situation and was asked what his stthrough Cornell’s problem with Antoine Griezmann being jeered by his old Atletico Madrid fans last night.It was the first time Griezmann was returning to the Wanda Metropolitano since leaving Atletico over the summer.Barca chief Guillermo Amor said: "It was respectabldefensive line on the ground.

    That might sound ridiculous — a mere sophomore second-guessing a coach who, at the time, had won eight outright Ivy titles in 20 seasons.

    But I felt the stat sheet justified my doubt: In the first half the Quakers averaged less than 1.3 yards per carry, and they had still gone to the ground more than the air.

    Penn’s last drive of the first half gave me hope. Andrew Holland’s aerial attack led the Red and the Blue down the field to retake the lead, as the Quakers handed it off just twice in six plays. The march was more than methodical — it was dominant. Every time Holland dropped back, he picked up a first down, and he culminated the drive with a 41-yard strike to Jason Seifert for a touchdown.

    The drive couldn’t have been more unlike Penn’s previous possessions — the Quakers hadn’t scored in over 27 minutes, and in just 51 seconds they had traversed 89 yards in six plays.

    Surely the drive would convince Bagnoli to stick to the passing game.

    It didn’t. Out of the break, Penn came out running again. On the first three plays, the Quakers surprised me by going back to the turf. Apparently, they surprised Cornell too. On the fourth play, Lyle Marsh broke free down the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown run.

    Bagnoli: 1. Jaffe: 0.

    I’m not the only one who has questioned Bagnoli’s system. Many fans were disgruntled about how insistent he was about giving backup quarterback Andrew Holland playing time in every game.

    That decision paid off too, after Billy Ragone dislocated his ankle against Harvard. Penn might not have sole possession of the Ivy League title had Holland not marched his team down the field for the winning touchdown with just one minute remaining — the Quakers might not have even been in a position to win. Would you want your outright title hopes on the shoulders of a quarterback who hasn’t taken a snap?

    Yes, I had fallen into the same trap many others had: I doubted the Bagnoli System. The Bagnoli System might seem obstinate, but it’s tried and tested.

    Next season, the Ivy League will be as wide open as it was this year. The Quakers will have to face 2013 with a new senior captain, uncertainty at quarterback and turnover at a slew of other positions.

    There will be much frustration and experimentation, and as a result, there will be those who question Bagnoli.

    For those fans, I say this: Wait and watch. And when Penn breaks free for a crucial 55-yard touchdown, you may just be pleasantly surprised.

    STEVEN JAFFE is a sophomore economics major from McLean, Va. He can be reached at Jaffe@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Green Bay Packers sign Greg Van Roten

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    Three-time All-Ivy offensive lineman and recent graduate Greg Van Roten just signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.

    Van Roten will attend the Packers training camp, which runs from Thursday, July 26, to Tuesday, August 28, and includes preseason games against the San Diego Chargers, the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs.

    “I’m so happy for Greg,” said Penn offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jon McLaughlin. “This opportunity is a real testament to him and all the hard work he’s put in. Coming out of high school, he was told by several coaches that he couldn’t play at the Division I level, and he always used that as motivation.”

    Though Van Roten will face unprecedented challenges to his capabilities on the field, Van Roten’s performance as a Quaker, particularly in his junior and senior seasons, certainly helped him impress NFL scouts on Penn’s Pro Day back in March.

    On theielder Sandro Tonali is emerging as a major target for Manchester United.The Sun says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received glowing reports and their Italian spies watched him play the full 90 minutes in last Monday's goalless draw with Fiore Pro Day, at which Van Roten’s teammates Luke Nawrocki, Erik Rask and Matt Hamscher also participated, Van Roten put up numbers that were on par with results reported from the NFL Regional Combine hosted at the New York Jets facility.

    In the 40-yard dash, Van Roten ran a 5.06 seconds, compared to the average combine time of 5.11 seconds. His vertical jump reached 34.5 feet, two inches better than the combine average of 32.5.

    As a result of his Pro Day performance and stellar junior and senior seasons as a Quaker, Van Roten was invited to play at three NFL mini-camps in May. The invites came from the Chargers, the Jets and the Packers, and he chose to attend thlegends match next year, nine years after leaving the club to sign for Cime header helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.Spurs were ahead after 8 minutes thanks to a stunning strike from Lucas Moura.Adama Traore produced an equally as spectacular goal to draw the hosts level with 23 helsea. The Spaniard, who retired from professional football in June, will feature for the Reds against Barcelona legends in a charity game in March. The 35-year-old was a fan fae San Diego and New York camps, as the Packers camp was the same weekend as the New York camp.

    In his senior season, even despite his switch from tackle to guard midway through the season, Van Roten anchored the fifth-best offense in program history (2,284 total yards of offense).

    Van Roten was also an All-Ivy honoree on the 2010 squad that had the highest rushing and scoring offense in the Ivy League. That year, the Red and Blue also finished with the sixth-best rushing attack in the FCS and the second-best rushing season in program history.

    Van Roten finished his Penn career with a 28-12 record overall and a 23-5 Ivy League mark. The Class of 2012 won two Ivy titles and were just the third team ever to string together back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons.

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  • Men's Basketball at the midway point

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    When Penn basketball coach Jerome Allen finalized his team’s 2011 non-conference schedule, he may have had one of two thoughts.

    Possibility one: Under the veteran leadership of seniors Zack Rosen, Tyler Bernardini and Rob Belcore, mave two fullbacks on their shopping list after selling Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.The Daily Star says Spurs have been offered £27m-rated Roma right back Alessandro Florenzi as a replacement for Trippier.But Spurs will only consider a move foy team will grow together as the result of playing multiple high-caliber programs. We will go into the Ivy slate confident that we can play with any team on any given day.

    Possibility two: With a young and shaky frontcourt, my team will struggle to match up with post players from the nation’s best programs. By the time the Ivy season rolls around, we will feel tired and dejected and lack the confidence needed for grueling Ivy weekends.

    In other words, the outcome of Allen’s strategy would be a toss-up ­until the non-conference schedule wrapped up and he sat down to finally study Ivy film.

    Allen has reached this point. And he has spoken.

    “Hopefully it helps us going forward,” Allen told the media during an Ivy teleconference this week. “But to be honest with you, I’m kind of disappointed in our results thus far playing against those teams.”

    Playing the best teams in college basketball is — or so it used to be — a staple of Penn’s program. As Allen put it, “that’s all I really know.”

    Still, the jury is out on how the Quakers’ first half of the season will affect the second half. Before the season began, former Penn player and current Athletic Director Steve Bilsky expressed similar positives and negatives about playing easily the toughest non-conference schedule in the Ivy League.

    “If you [lose] too often,” Bilsky said, “you have to make sure you keep your confidence. Some people would argue that when you get in the Ivies, you’ll be better for it. Sometimes that doesn’t work.”

    Without seeing the Quakers perform against the Ancient Eight yet, it is easy to say that constant over-matchups — and subsequent losses — didn’t “work.”

    “Sometimes when you’re beaten down and you lose your confidence, it doesn’t matter who’s next,” Bilsky continued. “You learn about your players.”

    Penn played five high-caliber teams in the short span of two months. Since Allen, Rosen and the rest of the Red and Blue live and die by believing there are “no moral victories,” this squad — which certainly has no shortage of talent — needed at least one tick in the win column. Against Temple, Pitt, Villanova, UCLA and Duke, the Quakers went 0-for.

    The season started with a bang: an overtime loss to Temple in the earliest Big 5 game in history in front of a raucous Palestra crowd. Aftea boss Maurizio Sarri admits his players are still adapting to his system.Sarri has just led Chelsea to the Europa League final.He told Sky Italia, “It's not easy, because you run into some pretty strong cultural differences, in terms of mentality,r the loss, Rosen asserted that “everybody in that [locker] room wholeheartedly believed that we deserved to win that game, and we were good enough to win the game.”

    Such a statement isn’t uncommon to hear following a loss. But Rosen’s assertion after Temple was believable. The Quakers could have pulled off the victory — they were in a position to do so — but the result didn’t go in their favor. Still, there was an air of ‘this is our year.’

    But against its next top opponent, Pitt, Penn fell by 20. A struggling Villanova squad controlled the game in an eight-point victory and a drama-loving UCLA team kept Rosen in check to win by four. The Quakers had perfect opportunities to upset any (or all) of these historically powerhouse programs, but they didn’t execute.

    While Duke was not likely to succumb to an upset by Penn, the 30-point blowout and the Devils’ 20-4 opening run was troubling.

    Last season, the Quakers made a name for themselves by climbing out of holes in the final minuRoma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi is finalising a loan move to Valencia.Florenzi is set to join Los Che to the end of the season.Asked for a comment by Sky Italia, he replied: “I am not emotionally ready to talk yet."He was asked if he had something to tell the Roma fans and laughed bitterly.“I have so much to say."Florenzi is set to undergo a Valencia medical on Thursday morning.tes of games. This season, the field is stronger than ever. Penn can no longer rely on late surges to win games.

    No, to win games, this squad must prove that its tough first-half schedule was worthwhile.

    The tournament starts now.

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  • Wrestling | Sinfully good field at Vegas invite

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    For senior 149-pounder Cesar Grajales and the Penn wrestling team, what happens in Vegas hopefully won't stay in Vegas.

    Grajales and the Quakers (1-1) expect their experience against top-flight competition at this weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to r Fedor Chalov has confirmed Crystal Palace are keen.Sandor Varga admits he's held talks with Palace manager Roy Hodgson about a deal this week for Chalov. However, Palace's £14m offer fell short of CSKA's valuation.He told Sport-Express: "Yes, he ccarry over later in the season.

    "We might only see these type of guys here [at] this tournament," Grajales said. "It could come into effect later when qualifying [for the NCAA tournament] comes into play."

    The invitational's field includes six ranked teams from the powerhouse Big Ten, including No. 12 Michigan, who beat the Red and Blue, 22-15, in a dual match earlier this season. Other top teams include No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Cornell, No.7 Illinois, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 10 Lehigh, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Boise State and No. 19 Indiana.

    With all that in mind, No. 23 Penn is more worried about double-leg takedowns than doubling down as they spend the next two days in Sin City.

    The Red and Blue are looking to improve on their 14th place finish from last year, which was highlighted by 125-pound junior Rollie Peterkin battling back from a semifinal loss to capture third place in his weightclass.

    "I think we're going to do a lot better," Peterkin said. "We have Matt Dragon back."

    t on Monday at Wolves.United go into the game on the back of victory over Chelsea."They were two tough games last season, we knew that because they are so hard to break down, they lie low, defend deep and are very good at counter-attacking," SolskjaeDragon - currently ranked 17th by the National Wrestling Coaches Association at 157 pounds - missed all of last season after taking a medical redshirt because of shoulder surgery.

    So far this season, Dragon is undefeated and looking quite fresh.

    And the Quakers know that to "do a lot better," they're going to have to keep their minds off of the craps tables and on the task at hand.

    Indeed, coacharson was left delighted with their emphatic 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa on Saturday.The Hornets were leading through Troy Deeney's goal shortly before the interval, but Adrian Mariappa's sending off for two bookable offences could have proved a big tu Rob Eiter and his team have no delusions about why they're flying out to Las Vegas on the University's dollar.

    "They know what they're going out there for," Eiter said. "It's not a vacation."

    Peterkin, currently ranked sixth, concurs.

    "At a wrestling tournament, it's really a single-track mind," he said. "All business."

    Peterkin and the Quakers are in the business of winning, and business is going to be good.

    At least, Peterkin thinks so.

    "I'm definitely looking to win it," he boldly proclaimed. "There's no reason that I shouldn't."

    Whether he should or not, Peterkin has reason to be humble: he lost, 10-4, to Michigan's Michael Watts during the teams' dual meet on Nov. 22. Watts, ranked No. 13 nationally at 125 pounds, will be one of Peterkin's toughest obstacles, along with No. 1 Angel Escobedo of Indiana.

    The Quakers might need some help from Lady Luck if they plan to triumph over the stacked deck of competition.

    But the Quakers welcome the opportunity to face the nation's toughest grapplers.

    Just ask Eiter.

    "In order to be the best, you gotta wrestle the best," he said. "And beat them."

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  • Columbia took walk down easy street for 2 wins

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    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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  • Harvey's basketball career officially over

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    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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