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  • As college football attendance drops nationwide, Penn gets creative to keep fans coming

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    It's never exciting to play at home in front of an empty stadium.

    Overall, college football has seen a steady decline in game attendance, and Penn is all too familiar with this issue.

    For the seventh time in eight yummer's departure.After helping the Blues win the Europa League in May, the influential playmaker made a £150million switch to the Bernabeu just a few days later.Hazard said, "When he finished the World Cup in Russia I wanted to go to Madrid, I had ears, national college football attendance has fallen. While 41,856 seems like a large number, this marks an all-time low since 1996 for average college football attendance among all 129 FBS programs last season.

    “Traditionally, we see spikes in student attendance for the first game of the season — a game that coincides with Family Weekend — and Homecoming," said Mike Honeywell, Penn's director of ticket sales & service. "Overall, attendance is traditionally higher in years where Princeton travels to Franklin Field."

    During the 2018 season, the Red and Blue only surpassed the 10,000-fan mark twice. These were games against and , which had 10,126 and 13,224 fans, respectively.

    For the rivalry game, only 7,756 people filed into the stands. This marks a stark decline from 2017's Penn-Princeton game, where 9,073 fans attended.

    While Penn placed second in the Ivy League — behind only Harvard — at an average of 7,768 people per home game, the national champion Clemson Tigers averaged a whopping 80,400 people per home game at Death Valley.

    In 2016 — the last time Penn football won a title — the average home game attendance was 5,560 people per game, which marked the third lowest weekly attendance in the Ancient Eight. Even in a year, when the Quakers were able to win a title, they still struggled to fill the stadium.

    This could be due in part to Ivy League rules, which stipulate that teams can only play 10 games each season. Clemson and Alabama each played 150% of the games Penn did last season. While was initiated to lower the risk of concussions, it also leaves fans fewer opportunities to make it out to games.

    In 2009, the Red and Blue averaged 10,600 people per game, which placed them third among Ivies behind Harvard and Yale. The title-winning Alabama Crimson Tide averaged 92,012 people per game that same year.

    During the rivalry game of Penn-Princeton in 2009, 14,027 fans showed up to Franklin Field —a sharp increase from recent years.

    In the last decade, Penn football has seen a drop of about 3,000 fans per game. While the average for the Red and Blue in 2009 was about 10,000 fans per game, they only surpassed that number twice last season.

    Another issue for the Quakers and the Ivy League is the lack of postseason play. The Ivy League has a rule in place that doesn’t allow for college playoffs, so an Ivy League squad's season finishes with the end of the regular season.

    Without a higher goal than the League title to play for, it may be harder to draw a large crowd, especially for teams who are eliminated early from contention. It's tough for the casual fan with no tie to the University to be interested in the Quakers with no chance of seeing the team compete beyond Thanksgiving.

    One way the football program is testing attendance levels is by experimenting with different start times for the games.

    “Over the past two seasons, we have also taken a deeper look into how kickoff times impact our attendance numbers," Honeywell said. “Our data shows that Penn footbalnter Milan boss Antonio Conte insists he's not panicking over their slow market.Conte is upset over Inter's failure to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko or Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku.But he says, “I didn't have to be reassured.“The President, dl games draw better at two times in particular: Friday nights and Saturdays at 1 p.m. With this in mind, our kickoff times this season are all set for either 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, with the exception of the Dartmouth game on Friday night."

    Additionally, this trend is somewhat due to the rise of sports media. While attendance at games has been down, television ratings are stronger than ever; many fans don’t see the benefit of going to a game when they could watch it from the comfort of their own home.

    Another issue for the Red and Blue is the lack of fans showing up to multiple games in a season. The football program is trying out new programs this season like multi-game ticket packages in order to entice fans to show up to games.

    “Historical data has shown that we have a number of fans that attend multiple football games [but] do not buy season tickets," Honeywell said. “With this in mind, we created the Red [and] Blue package, an option which bundles the Sacred Heart and Cornell games together at a discounted rate. This allows our fans to attend both Homecoming and one additional game at a more affordable rate, which should hopefully boost attendance for bnzema back to the club.Juninho wants Benzema to end his career back with his former club.He explained, "My wish is to propose to Karim to finish his career in Lyon. "He is from here, he feels from here. Why not make an economic effort between both paoth games."

    Even though nationwide college football attendance is dropping, Penn is determined to find innovative ways to draw fans to Franklin Field.

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  • Princeton men's basketball suspends leading scorer after his arrest Friday

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    Princeton men’s basketball senior Devin Cannady was suspended fromx.The Mirror says Liverpool will have to pay £18million if they want to land Max.The Augsburg left-back is being considered as an option as Jurgen Klopp looks for backup to Andrew Robertson following Alberto Moreno's departure to Villarreal.Barcelon the team following his arrest Friday, according to . The arrest came after an alleged confrontation with a member of Princeton's campus police.

    “Due to a violation of team rules, Devin Cannady, (sic) has been suspended from the men's basketball team, pending further review," a Princeton spokesperson told The Trentonian.

    At around 3:30 a.m. at a Wawa adjacent to Princeton's campus, Cannady allegedly swung at a campus police officer, according to a statement from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

    Cannady leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 19.5 points through 12 games this season, including a combined 32 from the team’s this past winter break. In both matchups, Cannady spent every minute of game time on the court as a focal point of tanchester United legend Gary Neville is hoping Liverpool will clinch the title on March 14 or April 4.Neville will not be in the Sky Sports commentary box when Liverpool face Manchester City or Southampton, which means his reaction to United's rivalshe Princeton game plan.

    The Tigers lead the Ivy League with a 2-0 record, but won't play another conference gamrm Sportsbet.io as their new shirt sponsor, reports, /.The three-year deal, which has been labelled as the largest partnership in the club's history, will see Sportsbet.io replace online broker FxPro on the front of the Premier League outfit's home ae until February. It remains unclear how long Cannady's suspension from the team will last, but a prolonged absence would almost certainly hurt Princeton's chances of making it to the Ivy League Tournament.

    Ivy play is only just underway, but the League seems to be as wide open as it's ever been.

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  • Lessons learned from Penn women's basketball's 3-4 start

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    Sometimes, the numbers don't tell everything.

    With a little more than a month gone in the season, Penn women's basketball currently sits at 3-4. The small number of games played by the Red and Blue has led to a small sample size of stats and observations, but there are several overarching trends from the team as it approaches Ivy play.

    As has been since coach Mike McLaughlin took control of the program eight years ago, defense is the hallmark of this team. Despite a middle-of-the-pack 61.4 points against per game, the Quakers have hit their defensive stride in the previous few games. Penn held No. 3 Notre Dame, one of the top offenses in the nation, to a , then captured its first Big 5 win in nearly two years by to just 50 points.

    Much of that recent success has been due to the growing chemistry between senior forward Michelle Nwokedi and freshman center Eleah Parker. The two stand form an imposing force on the inside, and it showed itself against Saint Joseph's: the duo combined for 12 rebounds, six blocks, and six steals.

    Consistency has been an issue for the Red and Blue, not necessarily in between games but even from quarter to quarter. Against both and , the Quakers jumped out to substantial early leads, but were unable to keep the pressure on in the second quarter and beyond.

    For the season, Penn has outscored opponents by 13 points in the first quarter, but has been outscored by 14 in the second quarter. That lack of continuity between quarters has led to losses, even though the Quakers were the better team on the floor for the majority of games.

    "There are things that happen in a basketball game ... how are we going to maintain our composure? How are we goi Sanchez's problems at Old Trafford.Sanchez moved on-loan to Inter Milan in the summer.He told the Telegraph: "Sanchez… I felt him [to be] not a happy man."And I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at eveng to just look to the next play?" McLaughlin said. "I see progress, but I’m still seeing runs that are a little bit large at times, and we just need to find a way to get through them."

    One of the biggest trends early thisoungster Sean Longstaff is on the radar of Swindon and Bradford.The central midfielder has enjoyed a productive season, establishing himself as a Toon first teamer before injury struck.Per the Chronicle, several loan bids will come in for Longstaff, season has been the continued success of senior Anna Ross at point guard. Last year, Ross shared much of the ball handling responsibilities with then-senior Kasey Chambers, but with Chambers' graduation, Ross has been thrust into the role of the primary facilitator.

    Ross has thrived in that role this season, averaging 4.9 assists and 8.1 points per game. But her impact goes beyond the stats. She's become the engine behind the team's offense, and any success the Quakers have will undoubtedly run through her.

    "She’s doing a lot of things that don’t show up on the statistics and that’s pretty much Anna’s career," McLaughlin said. "She’s a winner, she does little things that make the team really good, and we trust her."

    Finally, the growth of Parker and fellow freshman Katie Kinum has provided the Red and Blue several additional scoring options. Parker is third on the team with 8.9 points per game, while Kinum is averaginrton U23 coach David Unsworth is confident Antony Evans will secure a move away.Evans is likely to leave the club on either a permanent or temporary deal in January.Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: "I still think it will materialise, I just think itg 5.4 points per game, leading all bench players. The offensive emergence of the two freshman will certainly be beneficial in Ivy play, as teams will now have to be wary of the offensive potency of even more players.

    So while the Red and Blue might continue to experience some growing pains, make no mistake —the team that's won three of the past four Ivy League titles has major room for improvement, and if it hits that potential, the rest of the Ancient Eight has much to worry about.

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  • Nowlan | Penn football very good, but not the best in 2016

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    has given a short and sweet response to questions over his future."I'm only thinking about my holidays. ver of Newcastle United by ChristmSwansea City striker Jordan Ayew is set to join Crystal Palace. The 27-year-old is expected to undergo a medical this week, according to Sky Sports.Ayew spent the last season on loan at Selhurst Park.Palace have been waiting for Ayew to return from the African Cup of Nations to complete a deal.Ayew's Ghana were knocked out on Monday night following a 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Tunisia.as.The Mirror says the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is understood to be remaining hopeful of reaching an agreement with Toon owner Mike Ashley.Kenyon has joined forces with US-based investmentI've got two years on my contract at Barcelona," the Chilean was quoted as saying in his native country.Vidal was speaking at an event called 'Re
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  • No place to call home

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    Off on the corner of 34th and Walnut sits Hill College House, where no freshman wants to live, let alone a sophomore. Nobody, that is, except for Max Polkinhorne.

    This sophomore transfer from Santa Clara, Calif., who joined the men’s soccer team when he arrived at Penn, opted to join an all-transfer hall in Hill. This little community is more meaningful than meets the eye.

    Right next door is field hockey sophomore transfer Katelynn Mudgett. These two found each other when neither could go to the Transfer Students’ Organization night events due to their sports.

    “He and I had this conversation one day,” Mudgett said. “And he said, ‘Why did you pick to live in Hill?’ and I was like, ‘I didn’t pick to live here.’ And he said, ‘I did.’ And I was like, ‘And did it say there was air conditioning on the website?’ and he was like, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘And is there air conditioning?’ ‘No.’”

    Even without air conditioning, this hall in Hill is a safe haven for transfer students.

    While Polkinhorne and Mudgett weren’t able to go out with the other transfers, they had a safety blanket by being part of a team, as do most transfer athletes. They had the fortune of jumping into a new family upon arrival at Penn.

    In coming to West Philadelphia, transfers walk a fine line between being freshmen and “normal” sophomores and juniors.

    Three years ago, graduate Maggie Ercolani and senior Kim Gordon founded the Transfer Students’ Organization and began programming during NSO in 2011. Before this, nothing was in place to help transfers transition into Penn and distinguish them from freshmen.

    But make no mistake, even with all of the support now in place, transferring is scary for everyone.

    The risk is big, but the payoff is even greater.

    Max Polkinhorne wanted to come to Penn. He just had to figure out how.

    “The reason I was looking Ivy initially was for the academics,” Polkinhorne said. “I definitely used soccer to get into the Ivies.”

    Originally, the California native was looking to play in the Ancient Eight, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

    “It was a bad recruitment year,” he said. “Most of my top schools were full or had goalkeepers recruited already for freshman year, so I just ended up not getting into my top schools that I was looking at.”

    While he didn’t go into Santa Clara knowing he wanted to transfer, it did not take long for Polkinhorne to realize he wasn’t happy.

    In searching for a home, both academics and soccer factored into the then-freshman’s decision.

    Ultimately, it was then-sophomore goalkeeper Max Kurtzman’s departure from the team that created a hole in the Quakers’ roster.

    “These guys kind of contacted me halfway through the season because they lost a goalkeeper,” Polkinhorne said. “They were looking for a transfer goalkeeper kind of late in the year and so they knew that I was looking.”

    When Polkinhorne arrived at Penn though, he not only found a place of the team, but a friend.

    Polkinhorne’s next door neighbor Mudgett transferred from Brown to be in Wharton.

    Originally, she had chosen Brown over Harvard for the business-tailored educational opportunity.

    But Brown didn’t have a Wharton, and that was what Mudgett was looking for.

    In late May, when Mudgett got into Penn, she faced a dilemma. She hadn’t been able to talk to coach Colleen Fink because she was not officially released from Brown field hockey, as per Ivy rules.

    “Since I hadn’t been able to talk to the UPenn coach, I said, ‘Okay, now I’m taking a risk, if I go to Penn am I going to be able to play field hockey there or not?’” she said.

    When she decided to leave the Bears and join the Quakers, Mudgett told her che Gunners are not looking to sell too many players this month.Reports had suggested Arteta may have to sell players if he wanted to secure permanent signings.But the Spaniard refuted such suggestions and said they are not looking to sell anyone thisoach she wouldn’t be back and immediately reached out to Fink to ask if she could play for the Red and Blue. The answer was yes, and the risk paid off for Mudgett.

    Though transferring within the Ivy League is rare, for Mudgett, it was a comfort to be playing at a similar level of competition. Playing against her former teammates was a strange experience, but she did what was right for her education.

    “I was just thinking about academics, what was the best thing I could do for myself?” Mudgett said. “And it was Wharton.”

    Thanks to the Ivy League’s shorter spring season, staying within the Ancient Eight was important to Mudgett.

    And in time, the decision paid off.

    “I am going to a conference in Qatar,” Mudgett said. “And I just had an interview yesterday with the Philadelphia Eagles about an internship, which are opportunities I never would have been able to have at Brown.”

    Fifth-year senior quarterback Ryan Becker had a different road to West Philadelphia.

    Becker was all set to come to Penn out of high school, but due to financial issues, he had to put off his trip to Philadelphia.

    “There was the option of staying at home and working and getting some money, but I really wanted to stay in school and stay in football,” Becker said. “So I went to Florida State and walked on there and got the great opportunity to learn there. Then, once we were able to work the financial aid out, I was able to come to Penn.”

    Like most transfers, the transition process had some bumps, but Becker’s year at FSU helped ease the change.

    “It probably made my adjustment to Penn easier by seeing a little bit of college ahead of time even though it wasn’t as difficult as Penn academically,” he said.

    But academics were where the biggest struggle took place. Even with the year at FSU, Becker wasn’t prepared for the jump.

    Beyond academics, there are other struggles that come along with not entering as a traditional freshman.

    “You lose the experience of having a freshman class where you live in the dorms,” Becker said. “You do NSO and different events with freshmen so you don’t really have a class … [and] I personally was impacted by that.”

    Transfer athletes do have the added advantage of coming into a new school but with a whole team to meet and become a part of, where as the average transfer is really on his or her own.

    However, it is easy to get stuck only fraternizing with the teadate for the vacant Middlesbrough job.Terry has spent this season as assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa.The pair have helped guide Villa to the Championship play-off final.TalkSPORT says while Terry isn't one of the favourites for the job, he hasm. Becker chose to broaden his horizons by joining a fraternity.

    Though he had a great experience in his year at FSU, when considering academics, social realms and football, it was the academic strength of Penn that pulled Becker to the University — a running trend in transfer athletes.

    “The opportunity to come to Penn — the degree,” Becker said. “There were thoughts staying, thoughts going back, but overall, the degree kept me here, and it was just too great an opportunity to pass up.”

    Financial struggles are not unique to Becker’s transfer experience. Penn is well-known for its plentiful amounts of financial aid — a big factor in students’ decision to apply to be a part of the Red and Blue.

    Veronica Jones transferred as a junior this fall from Virginia. Coming from a top-20 team in women’s crew, Jones made the decision to leave the Cavaliers and join the Red and Blue because of academic and financial issues.

    Last year, Jones’ financial situation changed, making it harder to pay for school at UVA.

    “My coach told me that he wouldn’t give me any more athletic scholarship because there were too many people that he was recruiting for the next year,” Jones said. “So I started contacting other schools — Columbia and Penn and UNC.”

    Though it started as a financial issue, Jones also came to the realization that her life post-college would not center around rowing, despite her spot in the top 14 at UVA.

    “Maybe rowing is important to me, but it isn’t going to be my life,” Jones said. “I think that is really hard to face, because you can love something so much, but you have to realize that after college, it’s not doing anything for you except for being a fun pastime.”

    With Penn’s strong financial aid, large group of sophomore transfers and great academics, it seemed like the perfect choice.

    “I want to be a leader somewhere,” Jones said. “I want to do more things with my life than just major in rowing.”

    Despite the weaker and less intense team, Jones has never looked back or questioned her decision.

    “I always wanted to try to go to a really high-level institution. UVA is a good school, but it doesn’t compare to here,” she said.

    “I feel like I am in a real place, I’m not just rowing, rowing, rowing. I’m like, ‘Oh, employment. Oh, friendship. Oh, you’re from here.’ Here, you have pressure to expand and to meet other people.”

    For Jones, the transition was anything but easy, and TSO made the process easier.

    “[TSO made clear that] we know you’re not freshmen, we’ve been there, and we know you guys can do this,” Jones said.

    For Jones, the decision to transfer was more than just switching schools. It was about changing her life trajectory and reorganizing priorities.

    Every transfer, athlete or not, has their own story to share. Whether a desire for stronger academics, a financial struggle or something else brought the student to Penn, arriving at 34th and Walnut does not solve all the problems.

    “I think part of it is a struggle, you know?” Jones said. “You struggle at your old school, and you want to come here anManchester City defender Joel Latibeaudiere has moved to FC Twente.Latibeaudiere joins Twente on-loan for the season."We were in need for defenders, so we are happy that Manchester City and Joel were open to a loan agreement," technical director Ted van Leeuwen told the Twente website.The 19 year-old is yet to make his league debut for City.d do well.

    “Maybe you do have to struggle a little bit [here].”

    Perhaps it is that struggle that makes transfer students appreciate Penn in a way that those who enter as freshmen never can.

    When Becker came to Penn four years ago, there was nothing in place to help him transition into the Red and Blue as a transfer.

    “I don’t think they did anything special really to integrate transfers,” he said. “Coming in as a transfer is a little bit tough, because they treat you as a freshman for certain things, but not others. Overall, I’d say it could be improved.”

    And improved it has been. TSO is made up of a group of students who have transferred into Penn and are devoted to helping those going through the same process now.

    It is all too easy to overlook transfers because they do not fit neatly into a mold. Whether the motivation is financial, academic or anything in between, the 150 or so new non-freshman students that walk onto this campus every year are ready to start over, even while their peers are already acclimated to Penn.

    Max Polkinhorne, Katelynn Mudgett, Ryan Becker, Veronica Jones and countless others all have stories to tell — stories of struggle and triumph not discussed nearly enough.SEE ALSO

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  • Penn wrestling winning ways, sweeps pair of duels

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    Last weekend, No. 8 Nebraska knocked Penn wrestling to the floor in front of a massive crowd in Lincoln.

    This weekend, the Quakers picked themselves up and walked away victorious in duals with Binghamton and Bucknell.

    “We had to bounce back from a pretty tough loss the weeke African Cup of Nations campaign.Bolasie was farmed out on loan to Aston Villa and then Anderlecht last season, after missing a huge chunk of his Everton career with an ACL injury.Bolasie said: "Logically, if I really wanted to thinkis on his way to Paris Saint Germain.The 19-year-old is out of contract at the Blues at the end of the month, with a new deal not on the table.He will become PGS's first summer recruit, on a three-year deal, says the Le Parisian.Chelsea landed Bulka [about it], I'd nd before, and our team respoed to prise James Maddison away from Leicester City.The Norwegian has asked his scouts to keep tabs on Maddison, according to the London Evening Standard.The Foxes star has started this season just as well as last season, and Solskjaer is keen on addnded well,” Penn coach Rob Eiter said. “We were hoping . . . that this was kind of a weekend to make those adjustments from a tough couple weeks prior. The team responded very well, and overall, I’m very pleased with the results.”

    Penn’s return to form started Friday night at the Palestra, where No. 17 sophomore Casey Kent and No. 12 junior Lorenzo Thomas helped lead the way to a 22-13 victory over Binghamton (3-8).

    The dual remained close during the lighter bouts, with Penn (4-3) leading 10-6 after 157-pound sophomore Ray Bethea’s close 13-9 victory on the strength of five takedowns. Then the Red and Blue pulled away.

    The 165-pound Kent forced a technical fall and picked up several backpoints to cruise to a 17-0 win that extended Penn’s lead from 10-6 to 15-6.

    “Casey is about as rock solid as you’re going to get,” Eiter said. “He’s pretty methodical in his style of wrestling, and he just did an awesome job this weekend and the weekend before.”

    At 184 pounds, Thomas notched two takedowns and added bonus points en route to a 14-4 decision that put Penn ahead, 22-6.

    “[Thomas is] one of the anchors of the team, obviously nationally ranked,” Eiter said. “We’re looking for big points from him, and he delivered in both matches for us. Again, we totally look for him to score those points when we need them.”

    Fast-forward to Sunday afternoon’s dual at Bucknell (5-7). The Bison took an early lead on the back of 125-pound sophomore Paul Petrov, who got a 14-4 decision. But Penn would rally back to a 24-13 victory. Although Sunday’s score was similar to Friday’s dual, Eiter believes his squad improved over the course of the weekend.

    “Actually, I think we wrestled a little bit better today, and that’s what I had stressed, that we get a little bit better from Binghamton,” Eiter said. “There’s a couple of things we did since the Binghamton match so we could correct in a short amount of time. The majority of the team had made some corrections, and it showed in the matches today. They got a little bit better today.”

    Freshman Ken Bade started Penn’s comeback by picking up six huge points at 133 pounds. Junior Jeff Canfora then increased the Quakers’ lead with a 12-4 win at 141 pounds — his sixth win in seven matches — that featured five takedowns.

    As the dual moved on the heavier bouts, Kent, Thomas and Bethea helped Penn seal the win with 9-1, 16-2 and 9-5 wins, respectively. Thomas picked up his 16th win of the season, while Bethea notched his 14th victory of the season for the Red and Blue.

    “[Bethea’s] a phenomenal athlete, and every day he’s learning a little bit more,” Eiter said. “Today he struggled a little bit — the kid wrestled him really good. Ray really had to work for his points, and hopefully he learns a little bit from this match.”

    The Quakers will try to build on this weekend’s success as they return to action for an important dual with Army next Sunday at the Palestra.SEE ALSO

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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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  • 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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  • Carr has surgery for cancer

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    In early September, volleyball coach Kerry Carr was planning her season, making note of tough opponents like Princeton, exhausting terformance for their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.Anthony Martial's first half penalty was the difference between the sides but the hosts were guilty of squandering several good chances to level."I think after the Lrips to Florida and California and the "Dig Pink" breast cancer awareness event for Penn's home match against Dartmouth on Oct. 24.

    That's when the 40-year-old mother of two remembererevealed they tried to complete a deal for Hakim Ziyech in January.The 26-year-old midfielder is set to join the Blues at the end of the season after the club agreed a £37million deal with Ajax.“We tried and it was not possible," the Blues boss tod that she was a couple months overdue for her mammogram and went in for one.

    Her doctor was concerned about spots on the X-rays and proceeded to perform a biopsy, after which he called Carr and her husband into his office to deliver the news. She had ductal carcinoma in situ - non-invasive breast cancer localized in the milk ducts, a non-life-threatening form of cancer but one which increases the risks of an invasive cancer in the future.

    "I was in shock," she said. "I sat there thinking to myself: 'I'm healthy, I feel 100 percent. They must be talking about someone else - this isn't me.'"

    At first, she was scheduled for a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous growths, but a subsequent MRI found more spots in her breast.

    "I took that news harder than anything else," she said. "Because I was ready for the lumpectomy, I had my gameplan and for the game to change like that . that was when I just lost it."

    Carr was then faced with a decision: Have the lumpectomy, or get a prophylactic mastectomy, in which surgeons would remove the entire breast in order to prevent the cancer from returning or spreading.

    While not an easy one to make, the decision for Carr was clear: Remove the whole breast.

    "I'm an aggressive coach and that's how I want to treat this cancer - I want to attack it aggressively," she said. "It's just easier to do this. I don't have to take hormonal drugs or get radiation on the other breast for years; my normalcy of life is better."

    The surgery, a 10-hour procedure that included both the mastectomy and the reconstructive work, was performed yesterday afternoon and was expected to have gone smoothly. As a result of the recovery, though, Carr will likely miss six to 12 weeks, meaning she will be out for the rest of the season.

    Assistant coach Ryan Goodwin will take Carr's place, backed up by Shawna Turbyfill, who joined the Quakers as an assistant this year.

    This will mark the longest time Carr has ever been away from the court as a coach, and she said that will but his hand up about returning to Fiorentina.Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso admits he's spoken with Batigol about a role with the club.The former striker said, “There is a lot of enthusiasm and the change of ownership really gave everyone a boost.e the hardest part.

    "You can't go out for an operation like that and be back the next day, and that's where the timing of it really sucks - no coach wants to leave their team for that long in midseason," Carr said. "And the fact that I won't be able to be with the team and have that distraction while I'm recovering and getting post-operative treatment is hard."

    In a show of support and solidarity, the entire team has bought breast cancer awareness wristbands, while some of the volleyball seniors are stepping up on the court to help fill the void left by Carr's absence. Senior Stephanie Gwin said she and her co-captain, Kathryn Turner, have shed their quiet, "lead-by-example" skins to be more vocal leaders.

    And Carr hasn't minded being vocal and open about her cancer. She has spoken to other media outlets and reached out to Penn volleyball alumni for their own cancer survival stories and encouragement.

    "It's like a scouting report of an opponent," she said. "You need to go around thinking and talking about how you're going to beat them. And the more you talk about it, the more convinced you are you'll win."

    Although her prognosis is good, Carr is still scared of the unknown, because she will have to wait until two weeks after the surgery to find out whether all the cancer was removed.

    "I don't show it around my players or coaches," she said. "I don't show it when I pick up my kids from school or when I sit down for dinner, but when I go to sleep at night and don't have those distractions - yeah, I'm scared."

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  • Knapp vents, now must stop Van De Venter

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    There's no place to go but up.

    After an embarrassing 66-26 loss to Villanova on Saturday, the women's basketball team is looking to rebound when it hosts the Lafayette Leopards (5-3) at the Palestra tonight.

    "We're anxious to show that we're not the team that we were against Villanova," junior Anca Popovici said.

    Penn (3-4) will also be looking for bragging rights over its intrastate rivals. The teams' records are dead even in their 16 meetings in Philadelphia and in their 32 contests overall.

    Last year, the Quakers rode then-senior Monica Naltner's 37 points to a 78-74 victory in Easton.

    This season, though, they will be facing a surging Leopards squad that has won four in a row heading into its contest with Penn. Lafayette is searching for its first five-game winning streak in the last 15 years.

    "They do run nice patterns," coach Pat Knapp said. "We have to get out on their shooters."

    The Quakers will also have to contain Lafayette senior forward Vanessa Van De Venter, last weekManchester City are planning an offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in January.City boss Pep Guardiola lost key man Aymeric Laporte to injury against Brighton.The Frenchman is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after surgery.Calciomercato.com says City attempted to sign Skriniar over the summer but failed to do so. Nevertheless, they will return in January with a new offer.'s Patriot League Player of the Week and the team leader with 19.3 points per game.

    Yet junior Carrie Biemer stressed that "we need to concentrate more on ourselves right now" than on Lafayette. The Quaker Wesley, who arrived from Bruges for a club record fee, opened his account in English football with a close-range effort from Jota's incisive pass.El Ghazi sealed victory late on after collecting John McGinn's pass and sliding a shot underneath Jordas did not even begin examining the scouting report until yesterday.

    "We're working on our offensive execution . [and doing] some extra shooting," Knapp said.

    The Quakers spent the lion's share of practice time this week ironing out some of the kinks in their offense, "the main source" of the their problems against Villanova, according to Biemer.

    Penn shot a dreadful 23.9 percent against the Wildcats. That will not get it done against Lafayette, which averages 62.4 points per game.

    Knapp, howeopa America 2019.The 30-year-old has made the final-23 man squad that will take part in the tournament, which begins in Brazil on Friday 14 June.Alexis will be United's only representative at Copa America.Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero were omitted frver, stressed the positives of his team going into this game.

    "We're three and four. We're not zero and seven," he said. "We're executing, getting good spacing. We're getting inside, shooting, playing hard, and we'll get our share of victories."

    Knapp also maintained that playing "with a lot of fire in our belly" would be by far the most important factor in the game against the Leopards.

    "In the end, all this is effort and spirit, and we'll bring that to the table," Knapp said.

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  • Jaaber brothers pull double steal

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    With seven seconds left in the Division II national championship basketball game, Luqman Jaaber deflected a pass and stole the ball. His two free throws a second later secured the win for Virginia Union University over Bryant College.

    Luqman, the older brother of Penn guard Ibby Jaaber, was an integral part of the national champion Virginia Union team.

    "I was probably happier than he was," Ibby said.

    The steal, which Luqman procured to end the championship game, was anything but an aberration for the Jaaber brothers. Penn fans know that Ibby was sixth in Division I this year with 2.9 steals a game. However, Luqman outpaced his brother, getting 3.0 takeaways a game -- good enough for eighth in Division II.

    Both brothers have set their school records for steals in a game. Ibby set the steals record for Penn this year with nine against Dartmouth at home -- the previous record of eight was held by three different Quakers. Luqman earned not only the Virginia Union record but the record for the state of Virginia when he robbed Longwood 10 times in December 2003. Luqman was also the best free-throw shooter in Division II this year, shooting at an 89.9dorf on loan for the 2019/20 season.The 24-year old has been with Chelsea since the age of nine and made his debut in an FA Cup tie at Derby County in January 20ri midfielder Radja Nainggolan has sung the praises of two Inter Milan players.Nainggolan is on-loan at Cagliari from the Nerazzurri.And he said: "(Marcelo) Brozovic, who always does his best at Inter, always plays well and is doing a lot. "(Nicolo) 14. The midfielder spent the first half of last term at Leeds before switching to fellow percent clip.

    The two brothers agree that stealing the ball is not something they have worked on or picked up from each other. Luqman claims that the steals and their defense in general "came from us being so competitive."

    Furthermore, Luqman says their defense was developed when they used to play dribbling games if they did not have a basket. And, while steals are not genetic, it may have something to do with the Jaabers' wingspans.

    Ibby, 21, and Luqman, 24, grew up playing basketball. It has always been an important part of their lives and their relationship with each other.

    And although Ibby's reflexes may be lightning quick now, Luqman recalls a time when that was not necessarily the case.

    When Luqman was nine and Ibby was six, the two were playing recreational basketball in North Carolina when one of Ibby's older brothers tossed him the ball. Instead of Ibby reacting with the speed Quakers fans are familiar with, he ducked out of the way.

    Ibby fondly remembers their teen years, when they would play against one another wherever there was a basket. They would set up a video camera to record their spectacular plays.

    "Afterwards we would watch the dunks going on," Ibby said.

    And nobody is more proud of how Ibby and Luqman have grown up with the game than their mother Aisha.

    "I try to support them as much as I possibly can," she said. "I enjoy watching them.

    "I also take pride in how they conduct themselves, playing the sport, interacting with people, dealing with life."

    Despite the fact that the brothers have played such important roles in developing each other's skills, they have never seen each other play a college game in person. Ibby keeps up with how his brother is doing by watching games on TV and following the Virginia Union web site. Luqman does likewise, noting that the last game he watched was the Penn-Princeton game at Princeton this year.

    Though the distance between Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., prevents them from seeing each other's games, it has not challenged their relationship. While they do not have any particular rituals, they do talk to each other frequently.

    Ibby calls Luqman before every game and makes sure he calls after the game as well if Penn wins.

    "When I talk to him, I look to him for strength and confidence, some advice, and I get that most of the time," Luqman said. "We don't talk about technique -- it is more spiritual, preparing for our games."

    Each brother has incredible respect for his counterpart's basketball talent. BuRoma veteran Aleksandar Kolarov offered no excuses after defeat to Bologna on Friday night.Musa Barrow bagged a brace and assisted the opener for Riccardo Orsolini at the Stadio Olimpico, while Stefano Denswil got an own goal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's late header set up a tense finale.“We lost a game, Bologna deserved to win, that is all," Kolarov told Sky Sport Italia.“Our 2020 has not started well, but these periods can happen during a season. All we can do is keep our heads down and work harder.“We knew Bologna were tough to beat and dangerous on the counter-attack. Our pressing was not good enough and that left us flat-footed on the counter. Bologna absolutely deserved to win and we did not perform up to our standards today. We did better after the break, but it was not enough.“There are many elements to the negative period, but as the oldest of the group, I stay close to my friends, we discussed it, know what we need to do and keep going forward."t Ibby believes that Luqman is the more dedicated of the two.

    "He is a harder worker than I am," Ibby said.

    Luqman had just as much praise for his brother though.

    "He can shoot and he can handle the ball," Luqman said. "He has definitely developed a keen sense of the game."

    They both agreed that Ibby is the quicker of the two. When Ibby visited Richmond over winter break, the brothers played a game of one-on-one. Ibby noted that "he couldn't guard me as well as I guarded him." However, Ibby gave Luqman credit for inspiring his defensive approach and helping him to work harder on his skills.

    Luqman is a senior at Virginia Union, which certainly influenced how Aisha followed her sons this year.

    "Luqman's last year, I was trying to be a little more supportive on [his] end this year," Aisha said.

    While the Division II championship was Luqman's last at Virginia Union, he hopes he has not played his last basketball game.

    "I definitely want to test the NBA market first," Luqman said.

    If he does not make the NBA, he will test the market overseas. Luqman wishes post-college success for Ibby as well.

    "I would not be surprised if the NBA starts knocking on his door."

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    After failing to secure a spot on the opening day roster, first baseman was released by the on Sunday. Allen, who joined Texas on a miMilan this summer.But he told Four Four Two: "It's a nice feeling when you get praise for your good work, but I'm not thinking about a transfer at the moment."berto Firmino.Reports in the press have indicated that Bayern Munich may be willing to make a big money offer for the attacker.But Austin, who is a Reds fan, does not think the 28-year-old no.9 should be sold under any circumstances.Firmino has eightI've just arrived at Everton. I'mi making an impact with Italy.The Roma midfielder scored in victory over Armenia last week.Totti said, “I am not surprised by Pellegrini's improvement, as I've always known Lorenzo was phenomenal. Now it's up to him to keep going at this level.“A happy here."Brazil are set to take on Qatar and Honduras nor-league deal in the offseason, was one of the team's first roster cuts this spring after hitting just .194 in Cactus League play.

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  • has defended Jose Mourinho over his decision at C

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    pitcher surrendered six earnes Milner has suffered a srested in re-signing Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin.The Chelsea-Tottenham-Arsenal-Liverpool-Premier-League-Gossip-Latest">Daily Express says Barcelona have reignited their interest in Bellerin.Bellerin had been linked with a move to the Nou Camp foerious knee injury.The 34-year-old lasted just nine minutes of Sunday's FA Cup third-round win over Everton.Speaking after the game, Klopp said: "Two players [Milner and Joe Gomez] started the last game and one of them got ied runs on seven hits and a walk to former club Chelsea.Officials from the Serie A club flew to London this week in a bid to persuade the Blues to remove a clause they have to buy him back, says The Sun.Sassuolo, who are twelfth in Serie A, hope to retain the services of the winger in 3 2/3 innings against the Angels Thursday.

    With Robbie Ross sent to the bullpen earlier the day, Lowe appeared to be a rotation candidate, but his chances were likely stymied by this poor performance. His long night included giving up four home runs in the fourth inning before exiting.

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  • aus is convinced Bayer Leverkusen whiz Kai Havertz

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    first baseman was removed from action in the first inning Thursday after suffering a pinched nerve in his trapezius muscle. He recorded a double in his only at-bat before exiting.

    Wallace was deemed day-to-day, but the injury shouldn't affect his availability for the beginning of summer.The 19-year-old has been linked with a huge £100million move to Old Trafford following a stunning season in the Bundesliga.Sancho scoreeeper Erik Thorstvedt has warned Manchester United over their move for RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.Haaland was in Germany this week for talks with RB Leipzig and Borussialkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United for £2.5m.The Northern Ireland international has come in as a replacement for outgoing keeper Tom Heaton, who joined Premier League rivals Aston Villa on Thursday for £8m.The 22-year-old, who has sig Dortmund, while he reportedly met with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnard 12 goals in 41 appearances while he impressively set his team-mates up to score 19 times in all competitthe season.

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  • nold has told his teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    pitcher ran into trouble in Tuesday's Grapefruit League gaat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells his young players before they play for Manchester United.18-year-old Chong has been used sporadically this season, alongside fellow youngsters Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and James Garner.Chong said: "me against the Cardinals. Turner pitche signed forward Joe Mason on a free transfer after his release by Wolverhampton Wanderers.The 28-year-old made the last of his 39 appearances for Wolves in the 2016-17 season, going out on loan with Burton Albion, Colorado Rapids and Portsmouth sinced three scoreless innings before allowing a solonce, this isn't one you can hang on the board. Chelsea have done the right thing here, but the player...?With time ticking away and his current deal inside it's final six months, Willian will have to make a decision sooner rather than later. And by o homer to Allen Craig and a run-scoring single to Shane Robinson in the fourth. He also allowed a two-run double to Matt Carpenter in the fifth. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings to get his second loss of the spring. Turner has allowed 10 runs in 8 1/3 innings of Grapefruit League play.

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