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  • What to take away from Friday's dominant win by Penn women's basketball over Brown

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    There’s a lot of basketball left to be played, but with four Ivy League games in the books, the Quakers are doing exactly what’s expected of them.

    Penn women's basketball put together a dominating performance with a that has now dropped four consecutive contests. Here are some takeaways from Friday night’s matchup as the Quakers look on toward an Ivy League slate that figures to be much more demanding.

    The first thing that jumped out about Penn’s showing against Brown was its defense. After a tightly contested, back-and-forth first quarter, the Red and Blue started the second quarter aggressively; they forced only five turnovers after making the Bears give the ball up eight times in the first ten minutes of play, but the Red and Blue limited Brown to just six points in the sec-old was excellent in Sunday's 4-3 win over Reading, bagging himself his first brace for the club.Reflecting on what he could contribute to the Blues this season, Mount said: "The goals are going to come from different places and I want to contributeond quarter. They went into halftime with a 23-point lead and from there, the margin only grew.

    “When you have a lead, [the other team] is making some changes at halftime,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. If they make a couple of shots coming out of the o Madrid fans.The defender will leave at the end of the season and addressed the home support after their 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday."Thanks everyone for giving me this day that I'll never forget," Godin said as he addressed the crowd with a micgates and you give them life, then you have to chase your way back, but I thought that right out of the gates, we came out strong and opened up the game.”

    The Quakers gave up 43 points to a Brown team that averages more than 70 per game and didn’t allow a double-figure scorer. Their disruptive defense forced 19 turnovers, which led to 23 points on the other end. If there were a recipe for success throughout the grind of a college basketball season, this kind of suffocating defense would be the main ingredient.

    On top of its airtight defensive performance, Penn was able to get things moving on the offensive side of the ball. The Red and Blue’s 83 points were good for their second-best scoring output of the season. Despite missing all nine of their attempts from beyond the arc in the first quarter, the Quakers worked the ball inside the paint, where they outscored their opponents 18-4 in the quarter and 44-18 throughout the game.

    “I liked the shots we were getting” said McLaughlin. “I play this game where the basket gets bigger once the ball goes in and it gets smaller when it doesn’t, so it’s uets tried to be positive after defeat at Valencia on Saturday.Busquets says they still must adapt to coach Quique Setien's system."In the first half we lacked cutting edge and the best thing at half-time was the result," said the midfielder. "In thepart of the sport.”

    Penn added 19 second-chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds. Its presence on the glass kept the Bears on their heels and out of transition. Strong offense makes for easier defense, and vice versa.

    Flexibility on the offensive end and lockdown defense are hallmarks of winning teams. Thus far, the Quakers have left each of their Ivy League matchups, all of which have come against teams that have more losses than wins, victorious. The Red and Blue are spreading the wealth – four players were in double figures against Brown, while sophomore guard Katie Kinum and junior guard Phoebe Sterba each added nine points – and winning the games that they need to win.

    Of course, not all games will be against sub-.500 competition — Saturday night will feature a matchup against a hot Yale team that is in search of its first win against the Red and Blue since the 2016-17 season — but the Quakers have taken advantage of their opportunities against weaker teams to show that their position atop the Ivy League is deserved. It remains to be seen whether Penn can continue its all-around performances throughout rest the Ivy League schedule.

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  • Two weeks out from the Ivy Tournament, here's where Penn basketball stands

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    As the 2018 Ivy League Basketball Tournament approaches for the men’s and women’s teams, there is much left to be determined. The last two weeks of conference play will decide which teams qualify for the tournament, as well as where those teams will be seeded.

    Ahead of the men’s tournament, the race for the number one seed has only two contenders left: Penn and Harvard. The two teams both stand at a record of 9-1 in conference games, following to Harvard just over a week ago. The Crimson got their only Ivy loss of the season in an early February game at Columbia.

    The two powerhouse programs will face off this weekend in a game that will have big tournament implications.

    While Penn and Harvard are both guaranteed a spot in the tournament due to their near-perfect records, the last two spots are open for almost anyone. Yale, at 5-5, leads the rest of the league, while Brown, Cornell, and Columbia all trail with a record of 4-6. A lot will be sorted out this weekend, when Yale and Brown each face off against Cornell and Columbia in New York.

    Princeton, at 3-7, and even Dartmouth, at 2-8, still are contenders for the four-seed, if they can win out and other key games fall into place. It’s not impossible, as Penn demonstrated last year when they made the 2017 tournament with a 6-8 record and out.

    The Tigers, who won the inaugural tournament last year and nearly beat Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64, have fallen off significantly from last season, and are now long shots to make the tournament. After starting conference play 3-1, Princeton is on a six-game slide heading into its Friday matchup against Harvard. The Big Green will also be tested this weekend when they face the Quakers, a team that beat them handily earlier this season.

    As for the women’s tournament, the Quakers fell to 8-2 after suffering a season sweep by Princeton earlier this month. They now trail the Tigers, who lead the conference with a record of 9-1. In order for Penn to reclaim the top spot in the conference, another tManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has penned pre-contract terms with PSG, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, Herrera has baulked at committing to new terms with United.And AS reports Herrera has signed a deal with PSG to 2023.The agreement will be worth €8m-a-year with the 29 year-old to join PSG this summer on a Bosman.As yet, neither club has confirmed the reports.eam must beat Princeton.

    Also in the running for a top tournament seed are Harvard, Dartmouth, and Yale, all tied at 6-4. Although they could pass Princeton and Penn, it would take a near-perfect end to conference play. The three tied schools do not play each other again this season, which means they could enter the tournament together in a three-way tie.

    To make matters even more complicated, all three teams split their season serieeenwood has earned a new chant!The Red Devils teenager scored his first senior goal for the club against FC Astana to get his team a 1-0 win.And the crowd were sufficiently hyped for the academy product's performance, as evidenced by the new chant.Ths 1-1, which means that if they end the season tied, their records against other teams in the league could decide who makes the tournament.

    No team is guaranteed a spot in the tournamhe LaLiga.After PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi's blast for the club's big name players over the weekend, it's been suggested super agent Pini Zahavi has made contact with Real Madrid and Barcelona on Neymar's behalf.However, broadcasters BeinSport,ent yet, but Princeton can secure a spot with one more win. As far as the rest of the field, only Columbia is mathematically eliminated from contention, although it would take a lot for Cornell or Brown, both 2-8, to find their way into the tournament given the records of the five teams ahead of them.

    With almost all Ivy men’s and women’s basketball teams still eligible for a tournament appearance, nearly every game this weekend will be an exciting showdown with huge tournament implications.

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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 sprint football set for Senior Night against archrivals

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    There might not be much left at stake for Penn sprint football, but there is still plenty to play for.

    After be at Manchester United was a great grounding for his career.United's incredible defensive quality made it difficult for Pique to get competitive action at Old Trafford, but despite only making 13 senior appeareances for the club he says the spell is wing eliminated from Collegiate Sprint Football League championship contention in last week’s double-overtime loss to Army West Point, the Quakers will look to reset and finish the season on a high note against rival Princeton this Friday.

    Aside from going up against their Ivy League rival, this game holds a special significance for the Quakers (4-2), as it is the team’s Senior Night. Accordingly, much of the focus during the night will be on the seniors, who are not only playing their last home game, but also their last game for the Red and Blue.

    “Their parents are going to be here, all of the fans are going to be here, we want to have a celebration,” coach Bill Wagner said.

    The players also want to put their best foot forward in the seniors’ last games and the final game of the season.

    “We want to go out and win, put out a good showing, especially for our fans and for our seniors because this is it for them,” said senior linebacker and defensive back Stu Helgeson.

    The festivities for Senior Night include honoring all 10 seniors on the field before the game, and many oconnected Soccer Link reports Mourinho is in talks with the Federation about succeeding Tite.Should Brazil flop at the Copa America, Tite will be axed and the Special One is the favourite inside the Federation to replace him.For his part, Mourinho haf their families will be in attendance. The night is sure to be an emotional one for the seniors.

    “There will probably be some tears, knowing it’s the last time you’re going to play in a collegiate game, on Franklin Field, and against our archrival Princeton,” Wagner said.

    Wagner also expects a solid performance from his seniors in their last contest.

    “They want to do their best game, they want to do as well asat Chelsea.The Ivory Coast winger is being tipped for a big money move in January or the summer.And Holloway believes that Zaha has all the qualities to make the step up and excel for a Champions League club."I think he would be fantastic over there they possibly can,” Wagner said.

    The Red and Blue is ready to move past last week’s tough loss — a come-from-behind effort against the top team in the nation that just missed victory after a botched field goal attempt. Now, its time to focus on the game at hand.

    “Every game is a new game,” Wagner said. “Princeton is on our schedule, it’s Senior Night, our guys are ready to go.”

    Helgeson agrees with Wagner’s sentiment.

    “You just flush it down the toilet after a day of mourning the loss, then you just have to refocus, have a good week at practice, prepare, and just kind of forget about the loss,” Helgeson said.

    Although Princeton (0-3) has not won a game this year — or for the last 16 years — the Quakers are not taking their opponent lightly or treating them any differently.

    “It’s a football game,” Wagner said. “You can never underestimate your opponent, you’ve got to have respect for them, and you’ve got to play hard and clean and finish up strong.”

    The same holds true for Penn’s approach to the game itself, despite the fact that the Red and Blue are no longer in championship contention. This week’s game provides the team with the opportunity to just enjoy themselves and not worry as much about the outcome of the game.

    “They’re ready to have another battle, and I think you’ll see a lot of guys play and have a lot of fun and win with class,” Wagner said.

    For the Quakers, an area of emphasis this week is closing out games strong, something that they failed to do last week against Army.

    "[We need to] finish the game,” Helgeson said. “We didn’t do that last week, we let Army hang around too long, and we’ve got to put them away.”

    Friday night’s festivities will certainly be exciting, and Penn will look to put up a strong effort for their seniors’ last hurrah.

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  • Penn swimming takes down Cornell, falls to Princeton

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    “Unfortunately you don’t get to play defense in swimming.”

    That was how coach Mike Schnur described Penn’s tri-meet against Cornell and Princeton this weekend. While the Quakers were able to record some impressive times on Saturday and were easily able to handle the Big Red, the Tigers were just too fast, handing both the men’s and women’s squads their first defeats of the season.

    For the women, a 200-100 victory over Cornell was offset by a 134-164 loss to Princeton, while the men notched a 217-83 win to go along with a 173.5-124.5 defeat.

    On the women’s side, Penn started the meet off hot by registering its first victory of the day in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay.

    The duo of freshmen Libby Jardeleza and Carter Orth combined with juniors Haley Wickham and Rochelle Dong to post a time of 1:43.23 and set a tone of early success for the Quakers.

    All four members of this relay team also went on to score significant individual points. Orth claimed the top time in 200 individual medley with 2:05.09 — edging out Princeton’s Olivia Chan by two-tenths of a second — and Jardeleza finished third in the 100 backstroke.

    Dong continued her dominance in short-distance events, posting two first-place finishes on the day. Her times of 55.82 in the 100 back and 55.08 in the 100 butterfly were both good enough for a top spot on the podium.

    Wickham touched up first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.21 before claiming the 200 breast with a time of 2:19.51.

    Not to be outdone, freshman Madison Visco also recorded two individual wins on the day, taking both distance freestyle events by winning the 500 in 4:57.3 and finishing the 1,000 in 10:14.22.

    “I think we were just absolutely awesome on the women’s side today, and I think we had several girls who had breakout days,” Schnur said. “Haley Wickham went faster today than shited boss Steve Bruce is targeting Tottenham fullback Danny Rose.The Daily Star says Bruce has already identified the left-back position at St James' Park as one that needs addressing urgently – and would love a player of Rose's calibre The Englande was at the Ivy championship meet last year, and Visco absolutely crushed it in an event she had never swam before. So that was incredible to see.”

    While the men fell short of Princeton just like their female counterparts, they too had some impressive performances.

    Eric Schultz added another victory to his lengthy resume, as the senior took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.40 while also picking up points with a second-place finish in the 100 free.

    “I was worried that we were going to be tired coming into this race, but I was impressed with some of the absolutely great swims we had,” Schnur said. “With some guys under the weather, we had other guys step up and swim incredibly fast times and even win races, so that was awesome.”

    As with the women, the distance freestyle events were kind to the Quakers. Sophomore Alex Peterson finishethe players are discussing qualifying for the Champions League.United are currently sixth in their first season back in the Premier League, just two points off the top four with 12 games remaining in the campaign."There's no getting away from the facd second in the 500 with a time of 4:31.69, before doing one better and winning the 1,000 free.

    The Red and Blue would grab two more first-place individual finishes, as junior Wes Thomas went 2:02.56 to win the 200 breast and the freshman tandem of Mark Andrew and Thomas Dillinger went one-two in the 200 individual medley.

    The men capped the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, as Dillinger and Schultz, combined with juniors Kevin Su and Michael Wen, posted a commanding final victory over Cornell by 3.47 seconds in a time of 3:01.70.

    Despite some of Penn’s potent performances, Princeton remained just too quick for the Quakers to catch. But the coaching staff and the athletes remain positive about the progress the team is making.

    “Princeton today was just incredibly fast, and when another team has a race like that, there’s nothing you can do to catch them,” Schnur said. “That was probably the best Princeton team I’ve ever seen race, but I was incredibly proud of the way our team swam. If we keep having races like that going forward, we will be more than fine.”

    While the team’s next Ivy competition is not for anor says Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Isco in a £44 million deal by Real Madrid.The Spanish giants are trying to offload players to make way for a move for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen next month.Spain midfielder Isco, 27, has struggother seven weeks, the Quakers do have their second-biggest meet of the season coming up at the Kenyon Invitational on Dec. 3. There, Penn will look to post fast enough qualifying times to make the NCAA Championship meet before several swimmers compete to earn a place at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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  • Higgins | Most wonderful time of the year for Penn Athletics

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    The date was April 13, 2014.

    Those of you with keen memories will remember this day as the Sunday of last year’s Fling weekend. For most of Penn’s student body, this particular Sunday is spent in various states of detoxification, paying homage to Gatorade, Advil and greasy bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches after a week’s worth of debauchery.

    But on that Sunday, I found myself sitting at Penn Park, under a clear Philadelphia sky watching the softball team slug its way through a doubleheader with Cornell. The Quakers captured wins in both of the afternoon’s games, scoring nine to the Big Red’s eight in each game.

    The numbers on the scoreboard are beside the point, though. Because it was there, sitting in the plastic stadium chairs at the softball diamond in Penn Park on that Sunday that it struck me: Penn students have no good reason not to attend the University’s spring sporting functions.

    Granted, there are those pesky things called problem sets, midterms and papers. But there is also this little thing called procrastination. And we all know that when the sun comes out from its winter hibernation, our inclination to complete work drops with every increasing degree of Fahrenheit. By the time the thermometer reaches the upper sixties, all bets at productivity are off.

    Plus, Penn’s roster of spring sports teams is good. Like, really good. The 13 teams competing in the spring have the potential to scoop up the most Ivy titles for Penn of any season of athletics.

    With a 7-1 conference record, baseball is off to its most explosive offensive start in program history with only one loss in the Ancient Eight — to Dartmouth, the Red Rolfe Division’s reigning champion. Last weekend, the team notched 13 home runs and 52 runs in four games. That’s almost madness.

    Softball is a perennial contender for the Ivy League crown, and this year is hardly different. With sluggers like junior Lauren Li and freshman Jurie Joyner — the Ancient Eight’s current Rookie of the Week — batting above .400, the action on the diamond won’t disappoint.

    Men’s lacrosse won the program’s first-ever program Ivy title in 2014, and despite a slow start to 2015 due to troubles in goal, the Quakers are finally translating their spurts of success on different parts of the field into wins.

    Women’s lacrosse, on the other hand, is nothing short of a dynasty. The Quakers have been absolutely destroying their opponents this year, with their only losses coming against No. 1 Maryland and No. 6 Northwestern.

    And did I mention that they have won the Ivy title for the last eight consecutive years?

    Men’s tennis to stick with his front three combination after victory at Tottenham.After the front three of Abraham, Mason Mount and Willian tormented Spurs all afternoon, the towering frontman loves the flexibility he and his team-mates are showing… even if it hit its way to its highest Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking in program history — No. 39 — back in February. Although the team’s 0-3 Ivy record may not seem impressive, the lack of wins does not account for the strength of schedule, as the Ancient Eight features some of the stiffest competition in the nation.

    And if you must pick one spring sports team to support, at the very least root for track. Seriously, if you had to pick one sporting event to attend for the rest of the year between now and graduation, it would be Penn Relays from April 23 to 25.changed to to Not that you should really need a reason to see Franklin Field full for the only time all year, but the meet is the biggest track meet not just in the nation, but in the world. And it’s Penn Relays!

    As an athlete myself, I can attest to justignoring him and his teammates for awards in recent seasons.City have won the Premier League title three times in the last six seasons but none of their players have been crowned PFA Player of the Year. Sterling, who was named PFA Young Player of the how great it feels to see your friends, or really just anyone between the ages r City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his was very happy to leave Everton with a victory.A notoriously tough venue for top teams in recent years, the City boss was happy to tick this game off this season's fixture list.“In the first half, we started wof 18 and 23, in the stands supporting the Red and the Blue. Calling it ‘warm and fuzzy’ might be a little too far, but getting even just the slightest bit of recognition for all of the hours you spend on the field, in the pool, on the courtsoc or in the weight room is nothing short of gratifying.

    So go for for your friends, for your peers, for your resentment that Penn is not a school where sporting events are a campus-wide ordeals. But really, just go.

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  • Penn women's basketball falls to Cornell at home, 60-49

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    Penn women's basketball hadn't lost a league game on its home floor since Jan. 11.

    Jan. 11, 2014, that is.

    But that changed on Friday night. Cornell came into the Palestra and beat the Quakers, 60-49, leading from the game's early moments all the way through to the final buzzer.

    Penn (11-7, 2-2 Ivy) struggled once again on offense, and Cornell (13-6, 4-1 Ivy) took great care of the ball to keep the Quakers from making up for it defensively. Penn turned it over 14 times and was only able to force the visitors into five mllardyce has hit out at Steve Bruce's critics.Bruce has been heavily criticised just seven games into his first season at the club, but Allardyce is having none of it."Steve will be sleeping very restlessly at the moment," he told talkSPORT.“It is iscues.

    "It just goes to show you how much they had control of this game," coach Mike McLaughlin said of Cornell's ball control. "We have to cause a little more havoc on defense. We gave up too many shots at the basket, there were too many breakdowns – mental breakdowns."

    The Big Red got a big game out of sophomore forward Nicholle Aston, who finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks. The Quakers also got a good performance from a young forward, as freshman Michelle Nwokedi had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three rejections off the bench.

    "Michelle has been really growing as a player all year," senior captain Kathleen Roche said. "She's just so long, so athletic. She's a smart player. She's great to have off the bench as a sixth man."

    But Cornell's young guns were just too good for Penn. Of the victor's 60 points, 54 came from sophomores. The Big Red weren't exactly deep, either: 58 of the 60 points came from starters.

    Penn's star sophomore Sydney Stipanovich had only five points and turned it over six times. Freshman Beth Brzozowski couldn't buy a bucket, going 1-7 from beyond the arc. Even Anna Ross, coming off of the strongest game of her rookie campaign against Harvard, couldn't get anything going at the helm of the offense, as the Red and Blue found themselves settling for jumpers more often than not.

    Cornell outplayed Penn for most of the first half and came out even hotter after the intermission, taking a 38-20 lead in the opening minutes of the second period. The Quakers got themselves back in the ballgame with a barrage of ity attacker Raheem Sterling is confident they can upset Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Champions City have claimed victory just ONCE at Anfield since 1981 — and that was 16 years ago.But former Reds winger Sterling, 24, told Sport360: “At first threes, cutting the gap to sinoli at AC Milan.Sky Italia says Barca asked after the defender in talks with Milan over the departure of Jean-Clair Todibo.While there's no immediate plans to sign the Italy international, Barca have him on their list of potential future additions.Rx on the strength of a 12-0 run.

    Penn would get as close as four on an athletic drive to the hoop from Nwokedi, but the deficit proved to be too large to overcome, and the Big Red was able to put out Penn's fire and seal the victory.

    "Outside of that quick stretch, we didn't get anything going ... Offensively, we were just pretty poor," McLaughlin said.

    Lackluster offensive performances have been a theme for the Quakers, as they are now dead-last in the Ancient Eight in scoring. Penn will look to bounce back on Saturday night when they host Columbia.

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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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  • Ghosh | Penn women's basketball setting stage for future success

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    The potential is there.

    For half of Tuesday night’s game against Princeelder Emmanuel Petit admits Maurizio Sarri's team "bores" him.Sarri's future is up in the air as fans have failed to warm to the Italian despite him guiding Chelsea into the Europa League final.And while Petit thinks victory over Arsenal would mean aton, we saw the team that Penn women’s basketball can become.

    The Quakers led by one with less than 10 minutes remaining nal signing Gabriel Martinelli says he bases his game off Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.The highly-rated 18-year-old completed a £6m switch from Ituano on Tuesday.Most Gooners won't know much about the Brazilian striker, but he says his game is baagainst the first-place Tigers — and then reality set back in.

    The box score will show another double-digit win for Princeton, but Penn outscored the Tigers, 30-17, in the middle 20 minutes of the game.

    Whether or not the Quakers’ resume is ultimately strong enough to earn them a postseason bid, they still have plenty of momentum going into next season. The key for the Red and Blue will be to turn their flashes of brilliance into sustained excellence.

    Continuity should be a huge advantage for the Quakers heading into next season, as they will only graduate two players — and no starters — this year. Princeton, on the other hand, will graduate four of tonight’s five starters.

    Coming back for her swan song next season will be leading scorer junior Alyssa Ba offer from PSG involving Neymar.The Independent says United turned down an offer from Paris Saint-Germain to swap Paul Pogba for Neymar.Pogba looks set to leave Old Trafford this summer after recently claiming "it could be a good time to have a new ron.

    Baron’s scoring average took a dip this season but she is shooting at the highest percentage of her career. Meanwhile, her rebounding and assists numbers have been up in each of the past two years.

    “She’s becoming the full package, and I think at the end of next year you’re going to see that complete player,” coach Mike McLaughlin said.

    Baron will continue to have help in the backcourt from freshman guard Keiera Ray. Ray’s 31-point performance in Penn’s home win against Harvard showed she can take over against top Ivy teams.

    Sophomore Kara Bonenberger is fresh off a double-double against Yale, while junior Meghan McCullough, who was penciled in as the starting point guard before the season began, will return next season from a torn ACL.

    That also doesn’t include the countless role players that will be returning and the possibility of the emergence of another freshman like Ray this year.

    The Palestra has also emerged this season as a tough destination for any Ivy opponent. Penn finished 5-2 at home this season, including a signature win over second-place Harvard.

    The flashes of brilliance have taken a two-win team and turned it into a third-place team after only three years. But to take that final step to be a title contender, the Quakers still have room to grow.

    One place to begin for the Red and Blue is to bring their end-of-game intensity to the opening tip.

    After the Princeton game, Baron talked about the team’s resiliency in the face of adversity, a trait that will serve them well in the future.

    But all three of Penn’s most recent losses followed a similar script: the Quakers dig themselves a big hole, then play brilliantly to close the gap — only to fall short when they run out of steam.

    That being said, the future is bright for the Quakers.

    Before Tuesday night’s game, McLaughlin talked about setting “attainable goals” against a strong Princeton squad.

    Attainable goals next season should now include a win over Princeton — especially at home — and an Ivy title.

    TIM GHOSH is a junior finance and computer science major from Rochester, N.Y. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Belcore’s big night boosts Quakers above Brown

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. —The Penn men’s basketball team wasn’t about to let its quest for an Ivy title come to a halt this weekend.

    The Quakers rallied after their first Ivy loss to Yale and, with some help from senior forward Rob Belcore, emerged victorious over Brown Saturday, 65-48.

    “We know what we’re getting from him every night — his hard work and effort,” freshman Henry Brooks said of Belcore’s performance. “But tonight it prevailed on the stat sheet.”

    Although it took nearly two minutes for either team to put points on the board, in the end, the Red and Blue (12-10, 4-1 Ivy) coasted past the Bears (7-16, 1-5) for their 100th win in the history of the series.

    “Talk about bouncing back — that’s the magic of the Ivy League,” Belcore said. “That’s what you have to do. That’s what good teams are supposed to do. We’re a senior-led team, [myself], Zack [Rosen], Tyler [Bernardini] and Mike [Howlett]. We’ve been through the ringer for a long time and we’re not going to let this team fold.”

    Belcore led the charge for tle with extra investment.Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers made a similar claim last week.Suarez was a driving force in the team under Rodgers in 2013/14 that had previously been nearest to ending a title drought that stretches back to 1990.The Uruhe Quakers in the first half with 10 points — an impressive effort for the defensive stalwart. His stellar play continued after halftime, as he recorded his second double-double of the season. Belcore finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, along with three steals.

    “I have no explanation,” Belcore said of the multitude of open shots he was given. “I don’t know Brown’s game plan,er says John Egan is set for a big 2020.Egan, the son of a Gaelic football legend, captained the Republic of Ireland during last month's friendly against Bulgaria despite winning only his fifth senior cap."I think if you know John, he's so proud of h I don’t know what they were doing out there. I was just open. I had looks and I took them.”

    Penn jumped out to an early lead, entering the locker room up, 36-21. But Brown went on an offensive run at the beginning of the second half, in which junior forward Andrew McCarthy racked up nine of his 20 total points. The Bears narrowed the Quakers’ lead to eight points with 12 minutes remaining on the clock.

    “To [McCarthy’s] credit, he made some shots,” Allen said. “But to be quite honest with you, we took the foot off the gas a little bit at the start of the second half and we gave up two quick buckets and our interior defense wasn’t ready to play at the start of the second half.”

    Belcore held himself personally responsible for McCarthy’s play at the beginning of the second.

    “My guy got two easy buckets in the paint,” he said. “That’s something I shouldn’t have done. As someone who prides [himself] on [his] defense, that was completely unacceptable.”

    Rosen propelled the Quakers’ offensive productivity, albeit in an atypical way. He put up his first points with 0:19 remaining in the first, scoring a trey to ice Penn’s first half lead. He netted 11 points on the night and led the team with five assists.

    “That meant that [Rosen] was making the right decisions and trusting his teammates and letting the game come to him,” Allen said. “And that says a lot, when you [have] a guy who’s been scoring the ball at will to just have a selfless approach just about the game and playing it the right way.”

    The Quakers face Harvard in a game of paramount importance Friday. The matchup, which pits two of the Ancient Eight’s top teams against each other, has strong implications on the title race.

    “I don’t have to say [much] about how big of a game this is for league standings and just how well Harvard’s playing,” Belcore said. “We know what we have to do.”More coverage

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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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  • Need a tip? Miller's been there

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    When he left Providence, R.I. and the Brown basketball program for the head coaching job at Penn, Glen Miller was faced with the difficult task of replacing Philadelphia icon Fran Dunphy.

    But in 1993, 13 years before he took over for Dunphy, Miller was replacing some of the lower-profile denizens of the athletic world.

    "I had a stint where I was going in for a gym teacher on kind of a long-term basis so we played a lot of games - capture the flag and a lot of fun games like that," Miller said. "Quite different from coaching."

    While Miller's pay as an assistant coach at Connecticut had been decent, a restricted-earnings rule would have dropped his total income tctory over Southampton, Klopp says the desire of his team is summed up by the leadership of his captain,.“Hendo is one example. There are plenty of others. But did he look like the captain of a team that is 19 points ahead?" Klopp said as Liverpoolo about $20,000 annually. If he was going to subsist on a low salary, he was going to be a head coach while he did it.

    So he left his post at UConn in 1993 to take the interim coaching job at Division-III Connecticut College and with it a meager new salary of $12,000.

    To supplement his income, he spent the year moonlighting. He worked for his wife's parents as a delivery driver and as a substitute gym teacher around New London, Conn.

    Miller had driven a taxi during his summers in college, so he was no stranger to that line of work. But balancing a coaching job and other employment required serious juggling on his part.

    "Sometimes," Miller said, "I would leave work and take a delivery trip, come back and go back to work former club Juventus.The pair played together in Turin.Evra told the Daily Mail, "I don't know what Paul's future holds. I do know that he felt really loved in Juventus. He doesn't feel that love in Manchester. We always forget what a player is abou and stay in the office until midnight if I needed to."

    The interim tag would eventually be dropped, and Miller transformed Connecticut College into a D-III power - the Camels made the NCAA Tournament in two consecutive years at the end of Miller's tenure, including a Final Four appearance in 1999.

    Today, having emerged from life in the sererto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.The trio have lead Liverpool's resurgence over the past three seasons, culminating in last season's Champions League triumph.Mane told TV 2: "It's easy to work with them. Personally, I feel lucky to get to play with thevice industry, Miller and his family have taken on a unique viewpoint fostered in part by the coach's odd jobs.

    "My wife tips when she goes through the drive-thru at Dunkin' Donuts," he said, adding that "tip everybody" has become a sort of Miller mantra.

    With an Ivy title and an appearance in the real March Madness under his belt, Miller can look back fondly on his time as a sub.

    "It was a lot of fun interacting with the kids on a daily basis," he said.

    But he knows he learned a valuable life lesson back in 1993.

    "Recruit well and build a program," Miller said, "because you don't want to drive delivery and [be a] substitute teacher for your career."

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  • M. Hoops Tournament Recap: Out of reach

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    LEXINGTON, Ky., March 15 - The clock at Rupp Arena showed 11 minutes and 42 seconds remaining in the game. Penn had gone on a 19-3 run to take its first lead of the afternoon at 39-37.

    On Texas A&M;'s next trip down the floor, senior guard Acie Law missed a runner, but Joseph Jones slammed home the rebound to tie the game. And A&M;'s next same play saw the same result: Law missed a runner and Jones dunked the follow.

    The third-seeded Aggies never looked back from there, going on a 10-0 run and cruising the rest of the way to a 68-52 win.

    Penn hurt itself by falling behind early. The Quakers (22-9) were down 7-0 after 3:30, and did not even score until a three-pointer by sophomore forward Brennan Votel after 5:25 had elapsed - and after Penn missed its first seven shots.

    Many of those looks were open shots, too.

    "When you play against such a good team as Texas A&M;, when you have those open opportunities you have to knock down a reasonable amount of shots," Penn coach Glen Miller said. "We dug ourselves a hole."

    A&M; (26-6) used its advantage for the rest of the half after Penn rallied to make the score 11-9. First it was the All-American Law, who scoer consideration at Spurs as cover for Harry Kane. The England captain won't be seen again until April after undergoing hamstring surgery.Spurs have already sounded out Silva's agent Jorge Mendes about his availability.The Portuguese is currently loared seven straight points to put the lead at nine on a three, a driving layup, and a mid-range jumper.

    But the Aggies were also spurred in large part by an unlikely source.

    Junior Dominique Kirk had 10 points, including eight of the Aggies' first 10, in the first half. Kirk had averaged 6.5 points per game coming into the contest.

    The Quakers were down 31-18 at the half - their worst deficit and lowest first-half point total of the season.

    That first period featured such lows as a 8-for-27 mark from the field (2-for-10 from three-point range). A&M; outscored Penn 7-0 on second-chance shots.

    Seniors Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller were not ready to pack it in yet, though.

    After the Aggies extended the lead to 14 early in the second half, Penn made its run.

    Zoller converted a three-point play to cut it to 11. Freshman Justin Reilly hit a three. That brought the Louisville fans, whose Cardinals had already earned a date with the game's winner, to their feet rooting for an upset.

    Meanwhile, the Aggies were missing easy shots and rushing others. Penn raced out in transition to get closer. Zoller rattled in a three to cut the lead to 37-34 with 14:13 lefz Gabriel Martinelli trialling with Manchester United has emerged.The Brazil ace linked up with Unai Emery's side from Ituano FC over the summer.The video shows the striker getting off a bus for a match against Lincoln City's Under 18s two years ago.t.

    "They did a great job of converting those plays and we did a bad job of finishing them," Law said.

    After Jones missed a jumper, Jaaber slashed through the lane and was fouled. He got a good bounce on his free throw and tied the game.

    Then Law tried to take over again, but rushed his shot. Jaaber pulled up for a jumper in the paint and Rupp exploded as the Quakers took a two-point lead.

    Penn had a chance to extend its lead, but Reilly badly missed a three. The Quakers' next trip was the shot-clock violation.

    During that media timeout, A&M; coach Billy Gillispie made his most important coaching move of the game. He switched the 6-foot-8 Marlon Pompey onto the 6-2 Jaaber, and allowed the 6-3 Kirk to guard the 6-7 Zoller.

    Penn did not immediately respond to the mismatch, and the offense stagnated. Penn went 4:59 without a point, and the Aggies reestablished control.

    Several of those shots, including a backbreaking three by Kirk wle rivals next week.The Mirror says Liverpool will have to register any new signings before midday on Thursday if they are to face Norwich in their Premier League opener.The Reds open the new campaign at Anfield next Friday with a visit of the newly-ith 4:11 to play, came right at the end of the shot clock.

    "Coach always tells me to shoot the ball, don't worry about it," Kirk said. "So I let it rock."

    A&M; scored on three straight possessions, missed on two, and then had at least one point on 14 straight trips to end the game.

    In the end, a senior class that went 79-37 and 48-8 in Ivy League play finished its career with a third straight loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

    When Jaaber and Zoller walked off the floor with a minute to play, joining fellow senior Stephen Danley, who was limited to six minutes with a back injury, they received a rousing ovation from the Penn fans.

    "Getting taken out of the game, just knowing that there's not a tomorrow, it kind of hit me there a little bit," Jaaber said.

    And although the team does leave 11 players behind for next year, Miller will have a lot of work to do if he wants to replicate the feats of this year's team.

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  • Singles play carries Penn to two victories

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    David Lynn ended his singles match against St. Bonaventure with a speeding ace past Mario Arce.

    The Penn men's tennis team finished off its five-game homestand equally strong. The Quakers downed Richmond on Saturday and beat St. Bonaventure on Sunday.

    The Red and Blue have gotten off to a hot start this season. And with the two wins this weekend the Red and Blue moved their record to a flawless 5-0.

    Despite their strong marks, the Quakers are far from perfect. Penn's doubles teams struggled all weekend, losing five of six matches. The 0-3 showing against the Spiders (4-2) on Saturday caused coach Mark Riley to shuffle his lineup before the next day's match against re competition next season after his battle for Burnley's right back spot with Phil Bardsley. "It's always good to have competition, it keeps you working hard ander manager Rafa Benitez for last season's loan.Kenedy now has his sights on being a regular with the Blues this season.He told the club's website: "I learned a lot from my time there."I was very happy with the amount I played. It was a great experien keeps you on your toes," he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph."Phil's a great playethe Bonnies (5-2).

    Riley replaced three of his six doubles players on Sunday. John Stetson was cycled into the lineup in place of Brandon O'Gara. It was the first time Stetson had played in a match for Penn in over a year.

    Riley's ability to interchange his starters demonstrates the depth of the Quakers roster.

    With their obvious struggles in doubles the Quakers were carried to their two wins on the strength of their singles play. Penn put together a 4-2 advantage over Richmond and needed every win in order to earn the victory. The Quakers singles players also dealt a 5-1 blow to St. Bonaventure.

    With the ineffectiveness of Penn's doubles teams, the Quakers were placed in an early hole both days. Riley was impressed with his team, believing that his players stepped up where a lot of others would have folded.

    Riley lauded the resiliency of his team adding that the Red and Blue put forth an excellent team effort and "came out ecord says United have the Greece international under consideration should they lose David de Gea.As De Gea continues to stall over new contract talks, United could cash in with just a year on his current deal.And as a contingency, United are lookingand played very strong."

    The epitome of this mental toughness was demonstrated Justin Lavner's match against Doug Banker of Richmond.

    With the entire match on the line, Lavner won decisively despite going to three sets -- 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 -- to carry the Quakers to victory.

    Given the recent success of the Red and Blue at the Levy Tennis Pavilion, Riley has reason to be optimistic about the future of his team. While he is always looking for improvement, especially from his struggling doubles combinations, he believes that the Penn squad as a whole will be tough on anyone's schedule.

    "As a group, it will take a lot to beat us," he said. "If we play every match hard, we will be tough toward the end of the season."

    The Quakers will next take the court when they travel to Maryland on Feb. 20 to take on the Terrapins.

    The Terps are 3-0 so far on the season, with victories over Gerogetown, Goucher College and George Washington.

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  • Penn not doomed by winless weekend

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    With the Penn men's basketball team facing its first 0-2 Ivy League start since 1991-92, the Quakers team of two years ago came to mind for coach Fran Dunphy.

    "Two years ago we definitely put ourselves behind the eight ball with a 2-3 start," Dunphy sstoph Freund is happy for Erling Haaland over his move to Borussia Dortmund.Haaland chose to join BVB after Manchester United pulled out of talks over agents and adviser demands.Meanwhile, Freund said: "It is incredible how Erling grew up with us andaid. "We had a group of really good guys who were able to turn things around and put it behind them."

    The 2001-02 team fell behind in the beginning of conference play with losses to Harvard, Columbia and Yale. After the loss to the Elis on Feb. 8, the Quakers had no choice but to win all of their remaining contests to keep alive any hope of an Ancient Eight title.

    Led by then-juniors Ugonna Onyekwe, Koko Archibong and Andrew Toole, the Red and Blue finished out the season with a nine-game winning streak, defeating Yale in the championship game of a three-team Ivy playoff to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

    This year's Quakers could still mathematically tie for first place in the Ivies if they lost another game. But for all intents and purposes, another loss would likely spell the end of the Quakers' run at a third consecutive title.

    "We're in a situation that we need to refocus," Dunphy said. "Only time will tell if this particular group will overcome the adversity that we now face."

    The Quakers actually did start out 0-2 in conference play during the 1989-90 season, Dunphy's first year at the helm. Penn lost at Princeton and at Brown before earning a weekend split against the Elis, eventually finishing third in the Ancient Eight.

    However, Dunphy said that he will not take anything specific from his first year with the Quakers to implement with his current team.

    "We are going to completely focus on what we have to do this season, which is take each game at a time, starting with this weekend," Dunphy said.

    While Dunphy contended that the toughest road weekend of the Ivy campaign is now behind them, he did not underplay the rest of the league schedule.

    "Any time you go on the road in this league they're going to be tostill in the building process, despite an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City.Ederson allowed Anthony Martial to fire United into a first half lead despite getting a hand to thelub winning the double.The Reds marched on in the FA Cup after defeating Everton in the third round at Anfield.The Reds were fielding a weakened line up with several youngsters, but still got the better of their experienced counterparts. Teenager Cur France striker's shot.In the second half his mis-control almost saw ugh games," he said.

    Senior captain Jeff Schiffner believes that whatever happens to the Quakers rests on the character of the team now, not methods of motivation from past years.

    "We have our backs to the wall a little bit, but we'll see how we respond," Schiffner said after the Brown loss. "That's what character teams are made of and we'll see what we got."

    One thing that the Quakers need to focus on is a more consistent output of scoring, especially as the game approaches the final minutes. In the majority of its games, Penn has gone through long periods with little or no offensive production, compensating these scoring droughts with brief runs.

    "It's the nature of the sport to go on runs," Dunphy said. "You just hope that your runs go on longer than theirs."

    But Penn's ability to sustain leads this season is lacking when it matters most. While the Quakers have outscored opponents in the first half by over 40, they have been outscored in the second half by four.

    "We certainly could be a bit more consistent on things generally, especially toward the end of games," Dunphy said. "Against Brown we made a couple of great runs but then could not prevent them from coming back."

    Junior Tim Begley leads the Ivies in three-point accuracy, making 46.2 percent of his shots from behind the arc. Senior center Adam Chubb leads the league in rebounds, averaging 7.4 boards per game.

    These rebounds do not always translate into points, however, as Penn frequently comes up empty on half-court sets in which its guards do not get open. A look at the team's 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio indicates that there is room for improvement on offense.

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