• Men's golf struggles to 11th-place finish at Princeton Invitational

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    While most of the golf world was focused on the Masters this weekend, Penn men’s golf had some work to do elsewhere.

    The Quakers finished 11th out of 14 teams at the Princeton Invitational, which is a 54 hole tournament at the par-71 Springdale Golf Club. Penn finished with a total team score of 897, or +45, placing them behind five Ivy opponents in Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell and Columbia, and two spots ahead of Brown.

    The overall result is a step back for the Red and Blue, who had already bested Cornell and Columbia in their last time out at the Towson Spring Invitational on March 25 and 26.

    “I think in general we’re disappointed in our performance,” interim coach Mike Blodgett said. “I think we went out there and saw some of the teams that we consider equal competitors as us, kind of in the same category as us, and we saw our performance fall short of not just what we expected to do on the golf course but what we saw other teams were able to do out there.”

    On the first day, Penn combined for a total score of 596 for the first 36 holes, putting them in 10th place. But a high 301 in the last round on Sunday allowed St. Joe’s to leapfrog from 12th into 10th, pushing the Quakers back one spot.

    For Blodgett, there were several things that went wrong for his team this weekend. Most of them, however, circle back to the team not getting enough time for course practice. Due to the winter weather extending into March, the team could not get the usual amount of time outside, and was forced to adapt its practice style.

    “I think we’re still trying to get into spring golf shape. We haven’t had much opportunity to be outside, or practice the way that we like to this season. So I think every time we go on the golf course we’re just finding out a little bit more about our games and where we are at for the season.”

    The low scorer of the tournament for Penn was sophomore Josh Goldenberg, who shot a combined 222, tying him for 34th place at th tournament. GoldenbAston Villa are eyeing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Villa are lining up a January move for Morelos after the way he has started this season.The striker already has 17 goals to his name.Villa boss Dean Smith sees Morelos as the ideal foil for Wesley.The Premier League boys are willing to offer £20m to tempt Gers to sell.erg was well situated after the first day, as he was tied for 15th overall with a 145. But a 77 in the final round hurt his final standing.

    Other notable performances from the Quakers included 225s from both junior Carter Thompson and sophomore Zareh Kaloustian, who played in his first match of the year over the weekend.

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    “We are going to use this weekend as a learning experience,” Blodgett said. “We had an opportunity to debrief on the van ride home and just discuss what we can improve on, getting ready for next week, and I expect my guys to come out with City attacker Marlos Moreno.The Colombia international, reports O Jogo, is a target for Portimonense.Moreno, 22, signed for City in 2016, though has never featured for the Premier League champions.While on City's books, he has spent time on-loan withfire in their eyes, ready to go next weekend.”

    While the result may not have been the outcome they wanted, not all is lost for Penn men’s golf, as there is still plenty of time to refine their game.

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  • Six Penn sports events to keep an eye on this weekend

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    Men’s and women’s track and field

    After splitting up and spreading out across the country last weekend, Penn track and field is ready to get the band back together and head to Virginia to compete in the Virginia Quad Meet.

    Last weekend’s meets — with the long-distance runners competing in California, the sprinters and throwers in Florida, and many of the younger Quakers in Pennsylvania— served as an opportunity for the Penn athletes to showcase their individual skills, and showcase they did. Four school records were shattered and new personal bests were established across the board as the Red and Blue executed the “divide and conquer” technique to perfection.

    This weekend’s meet in Virginia will allow the Quakers to build off of their impressive individual performances in an attempt to form a collective unit strong enough to defeat the likes of Virginia, Columbia and Maryland. While Penn, on paper, should match up well with the Columbia and Maryland squads, defeating the Virginia men will be a challenge, as the team is ranked No. 9 nationally according to the USTFCCCA.

    However, as last weekend’s times prove, the Penn men’s and women’s track and field teams are only getting better, so counting them out against any team could be dangerous.

    Men’s golf

    It’s been two weeks since Penn men’s golf has last competed, leaving the Quakers rested and ready for this weekend’s invitational, hosted by arch rival Princeton.

    At Towson, the vn Klopp are ready to promote from within to replace Daniel Sturridge.Sturridge, who joined the Reds from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2013, is set to end his nine-year stay at Anfield when his contract expires in the summer.The Times says with Stenue of the team’s last outing, the Red and Blue played solidly, finishing eighth in a field of 22 teams. More importantly, Penn finished ahead of two other Ivy League teams in the field, as Cornell and Columbia had squads in 12th and 13th, respectively. The Quakers were led by junior Carter Thompson, a sports reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian, who individually finished 12th out of 120 golfers.

    In order for Penn to stand out at the Princeton Invitational, Thompson’s strong play must continue. Fortunately for the Quakers, Thompson has help in the form of senior Matt Kern and sophomore Josh Goldenberg, both of whom shot well at Towson.

    Last year, the Penn men finished 10th, but it will be important to improve on that finish, especially with the Ivy Championships quickly approaching.

    Women’s golf

    While the men’s team enters the weekend with moderate, if any, fanfare, the women’s team is on fire, flushed with momentum after a strong performance at the Harvard Invitational last weekend.

    Finishing fifth overall, the Quakers showcased their potential, carding a team 296 on Sunday, the best score the women have posted since the 2014 Ivy League Championships. Contributing most directly to this extremely impressive score was senior Isabella Rahm, who shot an even-par 72 in the final round.

    Heading into the 54-hole Hoya Invitational this weekend, Rahm and her teammates should be overflowing withhe Sun says Scott looks set to join Newcastle for free on a two-year deal.Scott, 21, has been out of contract since being let go by Chelsea last month and joins the Toon on a freebie.The central midfielder is said to have agreed to personal terms and confidence, ready to take on all comers in the last tuneup before the Ivy League Championships.

    Men’s heavyweight rowing

    The weather has not been kind to Penn men’s heavyweight rowing.

    Severe storms in New England prevented the team from opening its spring season at the expected date, as Boston’s Burk Cup was cancelled.

    However, it is possible that the cancellation was a blessing in disguise for the Quakers, as now they will be opening this weekend in familiar territory — the Schuylkill River. Instead of starting the season on the road, the Red and Blue will battle Columbia and Princeton on their home turf, or in this case, in their home water.

    Men’s lightweight rowing

    Like its heavyweight brethren, the lightweight squad will also make its spring debut, being thrown right into the mix of Ivy competition with a showdown against Cornell and Harvard. Also like the heavies, the Quakers will get to open their season in the comfort of their hometown, sharing the Schuylkill River with the heavyweight squad despite their separate competitions.

    Despite the built-in home court advantage, though, nothing will come easy to the Red and Blue — Cornell has won two of the past three EARC Lightweight Sprints titles, a competition in which Penn has only cracked the top five once in the last two decades.

    Women’s rowing

    Though their counterparts on the men’s side are forced to deal with some rust, Penn women’s romier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. "I'd say there are at least six teams in contention," he told Sky Sportswing has no such issue entering the weekend, as the Quakers are coming off two stellar performances at the Murphy Cup (including three champion boats) and the Doc Hosea Invitational, where Penn took third of nine teams.

    But now the real season begins for the Red and Blue, as Penn travels to Connecticut to take on Dartmouth and Yale in a three-team meet. As impressive as the early spring season has been for the Quakers, these Ivy foes may be their biggest test yet, as Penn hasn’t finished in the top half of the Ancient Eight since the league began its own championship system in 2012.

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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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  • Football Supplement | Quakers' secondary highlighted by sophomore talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Enter the Class of 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn women's basketball falls to Binghamton in home opener

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    Excitement was running high in the Palestra on Wednesday night as Penn women’s basketball opened its home slate against Binghamton. The night began with the unveiling of the Quakers’ 2015-16 Ivy League Championship banner, the program’s fourth addition to the Palestra’s rafters.

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    It would be a foreboding anthem for the night, as Penn’s usually precise offense struggled to challenge the upstart Bearcats, falling 61-48 to Binghamton (1-2) in the Quakers’ (0-2) second straight nonconference loss of the week.

    “I thought we were prepared, I thought we were ready to go, the excitement was there it just didn’t translate,” coach Mike McLaughlin said of the home opener.

    “We got out-worked, we got out-willed and we got the result that we should have gotten.”

    The scoring action started with three-point swish from senior guard Kasey Chambers, but would stop not long after. In the first quarter, the Quakers shot just 2-for-10 before McLaughlin called a timeout to refocus his team.

    While Penn was able to recover a bit of momentum halfway through the first quarter, Binghamton took back control thanks to a late-quarter turnover by junior guard Anna Ross and a subsequent breakaway layup by Imani Watkins that put the visitors up 15-6.

    Binghamton’s lead would only widen in the second quarter. Senior center Sydney Stipanovich and junior forward Michelle Nwokedi temporarily fired up the Quakers’ attack with two back-to-back lay-ups, but shooting troubles continued to beleaguer the home team, as Penn was held scoreless for over six minutes whie eyeing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Currently on-loan with AC Milan, Bakayoko is expected to be sent back to Chelsea after a controversial past month. The midfielder has clashed with coach Rino Gattuso and also invited controversy after his le the Bearcats ran up the score 34-19. Penn finished the half shooting nine of 30, a slight regression from its first-half performance against Duke on Saturday in which the Quakers shot 12 of 31.

    “I just wanted them to play the game in a flow and I think we struggled,” McLaughlin said. “We’re playing each possession very choppy, very unsure of ourselves. We’re not getting anything easy in transition.”

    Indeed, the second half featured more choppy basketball from Penn. Nwokedi, who ended the night with a team-high 17 points, got hot late in the third quarter and scored two layups and just missed a three-pointer. But Binghamton answered with a basket every time and ended the first thirty minutes of play with a commanding 17-point lead.

    Things started to click for the Quakers in the final quarter, but it was too little too late. Stipanovich found glimpses of her peak defensive form, tallying 16 boards and four blocks. Rallying around its captain, the defense hit its groove in fits and spurts and managed to hold the Bearcats scoreless for over four minutes. Through that stretch, Penn was nearly equally unsuccessful on offense and tallied only just four points. The game ended as it started with a trey from Chambers; this one rained down as time expired.

    The eyes of the home team’s players were vacant as the Penn band serenaded the crowd with its usual upbeat rendition of “The Red and the Blue.” It was clear that the result was a shock.

    “I thought we were going to come in here in this environment and really do well and play good basketball and we did not do that,” McLaughlin said. “And that’s on me.”

    Penn has almost emerged on the other side of its initial whirlwind stretch, as the last of its six-day, three-game slate remains against Rhode Island (1-1) on Friday. McLaughlin’s team will have barely 48 hours to find its stride and shake off a disappointing start to Palestra play.

    “We just need to play better basketball for longer stretches and that’s my job to get that going,” he said. “One game doesn’t make a good season or a bad season.”

    As the Quakers look on to Friday, they must hope that neither do three.

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  • Penn sprint football's Tracey Woods anchors defense despite inexperience

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    Penn sprint football wrapped up its fourth consecutive win to start the season this past weekend to head into an bye week still undefeated.

    Of the multitude of players who have raised their game this season, junior defensive back Tracey Woods has stood out as one of the most improved players on the roster. If Woods seems like a new face, it’s because he is only in his first year with the Quakers. In fact, he hadn’t played football at all for the last six years.

    Through four games, Woods has four pass breakups and one interception to go along with 10.5 total tackles. Looking at the how the defense has done this year as a whole also shows Woods’ importance to the team.

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    Though it may seem like a surprise that one of the team’s top players played his last football game before this season six years ago, Woods’ childhood experience with the sport and dedication to re-learning the game this offseason paved the way for the his successful season thus far.

    Woods’ football career began when he was just in elementary school, but by the time he reached high school, he began to develop interests in other sports, joining the cross country and bowling teams for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. Though he was no longer playing organized football, his love for the sport never dwindled. Woods admitted that quitting football was a regrettable decision.

    “In hindsight, it wasn’t the best choice,” he said, “because every every year I didn’t play I just missed being on the field, and it’s not really something you can just recreate in a pickup game.”

    Joining the sprint football team this year allowed Woods to finally get the feeling back that he had lacked since before high school.

    Picking up a sport after a six-year layoff is not an easy task. To further complicate matters, Woods was also making the transition from wide receiver to cornerback. The difference between focusing on the quarterback, as he had learned as a wide receiver, and staying with his man as a cornerback was hard at first, and Woods will be the first to tell you that duringreturn to Chelsea.Obi is happy Frank Lampard is now in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. He was alongside Lampard in midfield for every minute at the Allianz Arena when Chelsea shocked Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final - sharing the dressin the spring, he struggled at practice.

    “I was used to playing receiver and having the ball thrown at me,” he said. “So now I’m here at practice paying attention to the quarterback rather than the guy I’m supposed to be covering and just blowing coverage in every rep.”

    Over the summer he studied defensive footwork and technique, learning how to read a receiver’s hips, how to play both man and zone coverage and bait the quarterback into a risky pass. When it came time for preseason practices in August, Woods was a whole new player, ready to take on the daunting task of a starting cornerback role.

    Woods has been around successful football teams before. As a senior in high school, his school’s team featured current LSU superstar Leonard Fournette, who led the team to an 8-1 regular season. Though Woods was not a member of the team, he still felt the energy such a successful season was able to bring to the school, and for Penn sprint football that same type of energy is currently there.

    “This whole year the coaching staff has been saying this is a special team,” he said, “and now it’s time for us to finish it.”

    With a 4-0 record, big wins over Navy and Army, and only three games left on the schedule, this could be the year they do secure the title, on the back of Woods and the defense’s strong play.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    When asked, Carr praised her team’s versatility.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • After beating La Salle, Penn volleyball drops last two matches of Big 5 Tournament

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    With five former captains having graduated this spring leading to an unprecedented senior-less roster, it’s no secret that turnover has been a constant storyline following Penn volleyball in 2016.

    But, at least for one weekend, it seemed everything was the same for the Red and Blue.

    At the Big 5 Tournament in Philadelphia this weekend, Penn finished with identical results for the third consecutive year, beating La Salle while falling to Villanova and Temple to finish the event with a 1-2 record.

    “Definitely on paper, that’s the way it should’ve happened,” coach Kerry Carr said. “TAllegri.Allegri was pushed out of the club at the end of last season and with Juve now battling to maintain their title defence, Tardelli says Bianconeri fans are realising how important their old coach was."He was never so loved by fans, a winning cemple and Villanova finished much stronger [than us] last year and both had really good returning groups, so we knew we were going to have to play our very best to compete.”

    Penn (4-7) hadn’t lost to the Explorers (8-7) in program history prior to Friday night’s tournament opener at the Palestra, and the Quakers kept their unblemished mark intact with a comfortable victory over La Salle in straight sets – the team’s first sweep of the season.

    After becoming Penn’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since 2012 following last week’s Penn Invitational, freshman outside hitter Caroline Furrer picked up right where she left off in Friday’s home showdown, setting the tone with seven kills in ths three England contenders.Dyche hopes his side can build on that impressive run against an out-of-sorts Tottenham heading north on the back of four straight defeats in all competitions.He said: “I want more clean sheets because that's a sign you're opening set en route to finishing with a match-high 12.

    But beyond Furrer’s continued offensive dominance, a stellar team defensive effort was the story behind Penn’s success on Friday. Middle blocker Hayley Molnar had a career-high four blocks at the net, while three Quakers had double-digit digs, led by junior libero Michelle Pereira’s 13.

    Overall, La Salle was held to a miniscule .107 hitting percentage for the evening (compared to Penn’s .252), allowing the Red and Blue to keep any comeback efforts at bay in the 25-21, 25-21,25-19 victory.

    “La Salle was a lot better than last year, so I thought we did a good job in coming out, and we were able to beat them in three sets which is something that we haven’t done in a while,” Carr said. “I thought it was a really good performance for the weekend.”

    Friday night was also notable for an intriguing off-the-court showdown – first-year Penn assistant Scott Schweihofer faced off against hiswife and La Salle head coach Caitlin Schweihofer (née Rimgaila) for the fied the performance of Ethan Ampadu after victory over Azerbaijan.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard opted to allow Ampadu to join German challengers RB Leipzig on loan for his first season as Blues boss despite their ongoing transfer ban.Giggs said: "He's harst time in the former’s Penn career, enabling him to a bit of bragging rights for the night.

    “Even during the whole interview process, Caitlin and Scott – Caitlin is a friend of mine as well – were strictly professional and never let any of that into our friendship,” Carr said. “They definitely downplayed it as well; I think it was nice that after it was all done, we could be friendly and chat again.”

    Unfortunately, the emotional high for the Red and Blue would only last a day, as the Quakers proceeded to struggle on Saturday. First up, Penn took on a strong Villanova squad coming off of a 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance, and the team was outmatched from the start.

    Although Pereira provided a bright spot for the Quakers with a match-leading 14 digs, Penn had few other answers to a stacked Wildcats’ offensive attack, as Villanova (9-4) managed to secure 46 kills with a measly seven errors, hitting .394 to cruise to an easy 25-14, 25-11, 25-22 win.

    In the nightcap, Penn had a chance to play spoiler against Temple, who was 2-0 in the tournament entering the finale. But the Owls (7-3) wouldn’t allow any such lapse, making sure to take care of the Quakers early en route to clinching their first Big 5 Tournament title since 2014.

    Outside hitter Irem Asci spearheaded the Owls’ effort with 14 kills and 11 assists, as Temple took a comfortable 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 victory to seal the tournament championship.

    “I think that the Ivy League is getting better and better, so we really need to schedule those kind of teams,” Carr said. “We just take our lumps a little bit and see what we can get out of it, and we knew that we were playing with them; our offense worked against them when we were in our system. ... it’s not like we have to grow new players, so I think that type of confidence gets you ready for the Ivy League.”

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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 women's soccer drops Ivy opener to Harvard

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    If you're going to come at the queens, you best not miss.

    Unfortunately for Penn women's soccer, the squad allowed too many opportunities to its opponent on Saturday, conceding 25 shots en route to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of two-time defending Ivy LeaFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello is convinced by the potential of Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt missed victory over Cagliari amid claims of suffering an illness."They say so, but…," Capello told Sky Sport Italia. “We must give him time to understand the new system and the new mentality.“[Former hero Michel] Platini spent six months at Juventus."gue champion Harvard.

    The Quakers (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) had high hopes for their first Ancient Eight contest of the season. After last year's disappointing Ivy campaign, one that included a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of the Crimson at Rhodes Field, Penn looked at Saturday's contest as an opportunity to continue the momentum from a strong non-conference season.

    But things up in Cambridge, Mass., didn't go quite as planned.

    Without senior goalkeeper Kalijah Terilli for the fourth consecutive game, Penn was forced to rely upon junior Carrie Crook between the pipes. The latter did well in making nine saves, but Harvard's attack was relentless, outshooting the Quakers, 25-5.

    Despite the constant pressure from the Crimson (3-6-1, 1-0-0), Penn's backline held on for the majority of the first half, even though the squad managed only oreleased by Leicester this summer.The forward, handed a contract at City after a chance meeting with the club's late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has seen his deal expire alongside the likes of title-winners Shinji Okazaki and Danny Simpson.Lorne shot to Harvard's 11. But only 27 seconds before intermission, Brooke Dickens scored off a rebound, sending a ball into the upper half of the net to put the Crimson in front.

    "We might have lost focus on two set pieces and couldn't get the ball cleared, but outside of that, we played them pretty evenly," coach Nicogue 2Le Havre.The Ivory Coast international has been trialling with Le Havre after coming off contract at Swansea City.L'Equipe says Bony is training with Le Havre hopeful of impressing coach Paul Le Guen.Le Havre currently sit fifth in Ligue 2.Alongle Van Dyke said after the game. "It might not show up on the shot count, but overall we did a good job.

    "We didn't get the result, but there are plenty of soccer games left to be played."

    Shortly after halftime, Harvard made the Quakers pay once again, as Joan Fleischman scored off a cross from Haley Washburn to double the lead in the 59th minute.

    While Penn couldn't find the back of the net on its end, it did manage to hold Crimson junior Margaret Purce scoreless. The 2013 Ivy League Player of the Year and 2014 first team All-Ivy selection notched seven shots, but could not repeat her two-goal performance from the teams' matchup last year.

    Although the Quakers dropped their conference opener for the third straight season, Van Dyke doesn't think there will be much of a hangover for the squad as it prepares for the remainder of its season.

    "I think, all in all, it's a good trip for us. Going into it, we knew we were playing against a tough opponent. They have experience playing at the NCAA Tournament level, and we tried to focus on having a good performance.

    "I think one thing we've tried to do this season is not put an emphasis on a particular school or game. And what we told the team after the game [on Saturday] is that this cannot define who we are. The journey is not a straight line, there are going to be hiccups, but hopefully we learn from it and can get back to our winning ways."

    The Red and Blue are next in action against Cornell on Friday at Rhodes Field.

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  • Penn basketball assistant Mihalich Jr. blazes his own trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn volleyball utilizes both spikes and stats

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    Statistics have always been an integral part of sports. From the rise of Moneyball and the modern statistical revolution all the way back to the first box score ever recorded, the two topics have been inseparable.

    For Penn volleyball, data analytics have become part of the coaching staff’s routine both in between and during matches, leveraging insights from outside the box score to produce tangible results.

    “It’s a little bit of a tightrope walk because as a coach you have some instincts, very subjective ideas about what’s going on in the game," head coach Kerry Carr said."Then you get stats that prove otherwise, you’re looking at objectivity."

    “I think it makes me a better coach getting to be objective about [the game], getting that distance from how I feel about it.”

    Analytics tend to be a polarizing subject in the sports world, coming down to competing ideas of the old-school ‘eye test' versus new-school analytics. Carr, currently in her 18th season as the head coach of the Quakers, fits somewhere for granted in the Champions League.The Reds begin their defence of the title with a tricky game against the talented Italian outfit.And Klopp knows that if his side are not at their best, Napoli will be happy to pounce on any weaknesses.The last timin the middle of that spectrum, acknowledging the need for analytics while still relying on her instincts on game day.

    These insights come from many different places. During games, the team has an assistant on the end of the bench furiously typing into a laptop, recording the outcomes of each rally as it happens in real time. In between games, the coaching staff spends time analyzing video of practices and matches to offer insights into how they should prepare the team for the next weekend.

    In the highly competitive Ivy League, every advantage matters, and the ability to go beyond simply counting stats on the publicly available box score is the focus for Penn.

    “The stat program that we’re using enables us to see statistics that are more in depth than what we see on the box sheet,” assistant coach Seth Rochlin said. “It’s really about helping quantify what has historically been unquantifiable. We use all sort of programs to keep ourselves at the cutting edge.”

    Rochlin, now in his sixth season on Penn’s coaching staff, has been heavily involved in the continued growth of analytics within the program.

    For example, when looking at offensive stats in volleyball, it’s easy to pick up on the importance of kills, point-scoring plays produced by a given player. But from a deeper analytical perspective, a lot of factors go into a player notching a kill.

    Rochlin and the rest of Penn’s staff are able to look into a hitter’s position on the court, where and who the set cng for his blog, Mata stated: "Now it is time to get back in Manchester and focus once again on the Premier League. "We are all looking forward to training together on Thursday to prepare for Saturday's game against Leicester. Over the last few days ame from and where the hitter drove the ball intle United owner Mike Ashley has reportedly cancelled a promised players' trip to Las Vegas.The Toon were supposedly promised the holiday if they avoided the drop during a meeting over pizza in November.The Evening Chronicle reports players were pack order to find ways for more effective attacks.

    For the players, it’s an adjustment from the way that they’ve been coached in the past — most high school programs don’t take analytics as seriously as the Quakers. According to Carr, the coaching staff has been working to make sure that players don’t necessarily take apositive or negative out of any given number, but rather view it as something they can learn from and improve upon.

    Every player learns differently and responds to statistics differently, and the coaching staff is able to provide these insights through different media, whether it’s graphical representations or just cold, hard numbers to help their players grow.

    “It’s all getting us to having a better student athlete and a better experience for them,” Rochlin added.

    “We’re trying to give them the tools to be a better volleyball player and to be a better student athlete, whether it’s in the weight room, in the classroom or specifically on the volleyball court in set three.”

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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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  • In weekend split with Cornell and Columbia, Penn basketball learns a lot about itself

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    Penn basketball learned who they are last weekend at the Palestra. More importantly, they learned what they must do to get to where they want to be.

    The Quakers began the weekend by completing the season sweep of eighth-place Cornell with a 79-67 victory. But Saturday’s result, a 93-65 loss to third-place Columbia, served as a reminder that the Red and Blue are not on par with the league’s elite just yet.

    “I said to the guys, ‘Listen, I kinda know what it takes to win in this league and kinda know what it looks like,’” Penn coach Steve Donahue said in reference to his tenure at Cornell after the loss to the Lions (20-9, 9-3 Ivy). “We’re not there obviously.”

    The victory over the Big Red (9-17, 2-10) was a testament to the growth the program has endured during Donahurenkie de Jong admits he was worried his move to Barcelona would fall through.Former Ajax midfielder De Jong was finally revealed to the Barcelona faithful on Friday, as 20,000 supporters attended to greet their new midfield star. "Barcelona were alwe’s brief run at the helm. Five Quakers (11-14, 5-6) finished in double figures as senior center Darien Nelson-Henry recorded his ninth double-double of the season. But after Saturday’s humbling defeat, Donahue put the rebuilding process into perspective.

    “It’s typically not overnight,” he said of the climb back to the top. “And typically it’s not smooth. There’s gonna be some ups and downs and now you recover and deal with failure.

    “I think we took a huge step forward this year. But tonight was a measuring stick for sure to where we gotta get to.”

    With five conference wins in the bag, the season still has plenty of meaning for the Red and Blue. There is a very real possibility that Penn will enter its March 8 matchup against Princeton with not only with the goal of preventing their rivals from winning the league title but also achieving a winning conference record of their own for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

    Donahue wants to keep his players focused on these goals so that they can end the season on a high note.

    “I wanna see incredible passing and energy over the next 10 days,” he said. “I wanna compete our tails off on the road. I wanna go up there [to Dartmouth and Harvard] and try to win two games and then come back to Princeton and play.”

    As much as this weekend was about the future of Penn basketball, it was also a tribute to the past. Saturday was the season’s final home game, and so Nelson-Henry and senior guard Jamal Lewis said goodnight to the Palestra one final time after their loss.

    Lewis, who has an incredible story of perseverance following a life-threatening infection that sidelined him last season, was placed in the starting lineup for the first time all year on senior night.

    Despite the pregame ceremonies for the seniors and the disappointing game, it wasn’t until they walked off the floor that Penn’s two veterans felt thESPN FC reports Leipzig are understood to be aware of their interest in the 20-year-old whilst an official bid has yet to be lodged as the Bundesliga side aim for a contract extension.But after conceding four goals in a Europa League final hammering e weight of the moment.

    “Me and Jamal kinda broke down a little bit in the locker room,” Nelson-Henry said after the game. “I’m happy that I get to move on but sad that it’s over.”

    It will be tough for the Quakers to move on wiman legend Lothar Matthaus says Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool primed for Champions League glory tonight.Ahead of the Madrid final between Spurs and Liverpool, Matthaus wrote for The Sun: "Liverpool showed their quality last year but boss Klopp realised thout Nelson-Henry and Lewis. But this weekend also showcased the future of Penn basketball.

    Freshman sharpshooter Jackson Donahue scored 29 points over the two games and totaled 75 minutes on the floor. He helped the Red and Blue pull away from Cornell and — along with junior forward Matt Howard — was a big part of the Quakers’ effort to hang close with Columbia for the first 15 minutes. Donahue’s backcourt partner and fellow freshman, Jake Silpe, added a fine game of his own on Friday. He scored 12 points and forced five turnovers while playing the role of facilitator.

    These three will need to continue playing at a high level over the upcoming two weeks for Penn to finish the year moving in the right direction and put the past three years of mediocrity behind them.

    Nelson-Henry, playing on a 10-win team for the first time in his career, had only one regret after he finished his final home game.

    “Looking back on it the only thing I can really say is that I wish I would’ve won more.”

    That should be enough incentive for his squad to rally on the road, where they will close out their first season under Donahue.

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