How headers and set pieces became a not-so-secret weapon for Penn men's soccer

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The set piece is a strong defensively minded team’s best friend.

They provide some of the best opportunities to score in soccer. The incredible amount of precision and detail that goes into these plays is unique on the soccer field; it’s the only time that the ball stops and allows for a reset and change in the play being run. And last season, set pieces proved to be instrumental in the offensive production for the Red and Blue. Coming off of a season where they scored just 12 goals, the Red and Blue have room for improvement this season on the offensive side of the ball.

Shot inaccuracy limited the Quakers, who only managed to shoot 33.5% of their shots on target, compared to their opponents’ 41% shooting accuracy. Penn was outshot in its games 176-205. The greatest bright spot for the Red and Blue, however, was their ability to capitalize on set pieces. Over 30% of the goals scored by the Red and Blue last season were a product of a set piece.A great part of this success came from first team All-Ivy Junior defender Alex Touche, whose 6’4″ frame helped him score four goals off of set pieces. “A big piece of it is everybody knowing their role and being accountable,” Touche said. “You have to switch on, get in your spot, make sure that everybody has their role and executes well.” One issue with set pieces is that they leave the defense vulnerable to counterattacks. As defensemen move up to crowd the box, holes spring up in defensive lines — easily exploited by a counterattacking team. However, Penn’s defensive performance on set pieces has been likewise solid, as they have been successful at reducing the counterattack.ma after victory over Levante.Real were able to defeat Levante 3-2.“All I can say is, I hope he keeps this up,” Zidane said of Benzema. “It’s important for us to have Karim playing like this. We’re pleased, we noticed the fans’ ovation. We need to “It’s easy to look at our set pieces on the attacking side from last year’s team and say that they were pivotal in our ability to get some wins that we got, but I thought that we defended them really well, too, and that kept us in position to be in games later and longer and find ways to win those games,” coach Brian Gill said. “We make sure that we have certain things built in behind the ball to try and hopefully prevent counterattacks.” Although the Quakers did see great production from their set pieces last season, there is still rooiola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualifm for improvement. And when the offraine set-up.Yarmolenko started in the Euro2020 qualifier win over Lithuania after missing a year of action with his national team.Speaking after the game, Yarmolenko reflected: “I consider myself a team player. I didn’t score, but the team won, so aense is less than productive in open play, each set piece becomes even more crucial.

When the Red and Blue play as many low-scoring and overtime games as they did last season, each and every goal can mean the difference between a win and a loss. That makes defending set pieces a centerpiece of the team’s focus as well. “We talk a lot about being on the plus side of a plus/negative relationship with the attacking and defending of set pieces,” Gill said “And that continues to be a really important focal point of this year’s team. … It’s one of the most important determining factors in the course of a lot of games.” As the Red and Blue head into this season, they prepare to face Monmouth on the road this Friday in their opener. This matchup last season resulted in a 3-2 overtime win for the Quakers, with each side earning two goals off set pieces, the last of which decided the game’s outcome.

This season, expect more of the same.

Out for the season, Penn football captain Sam Philippi's outlook has not changed

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It’s your senior year. The first game of the season. You’re a two-time all-conference selection and team captain. Everything that you’ve been working for leads you to this moment.

And then, in an instant, it’s gone.

Sam Philippi, a standout safety and the heart and soul of Penn football’s des of midfielder Sander Berge.Berge is being linked with a January move to Liverpool, having impressed in the Champions League this season.Ahead of tonight’s clash with RB Salzburg, Wolf told VG: “Sander is a good person, very responsive to input, incfense, suffered a dislocated hip and sprained medial collateral ligament in the third quarter of the Quakers’ back in September. Before it had really even started, his senior season was over.

For most people, that kind of tragedy could ruin a year.

But according to those who know him best, Philippi is different from most people.

“He’s been a bright, shining spot,” coach Ray Priore said. “Even though he was the one who got hurt and injured, he made us all feel better. His leadership has been exemplary. That’s the kind of person he is.”

That positivity and focus on leadership comes naturally to Philippi. If you were to ask him about his injury, he’d tell you how lucky he was to only suffer a dislocation and a sprain instead of having to undergo surgery. He understands the importance of looking forward, and the pointlessness of feeling sorry for himself.

“[The injury] wasn’t something that I got sad about necessarily,” Philippi said. “It’s not something that I try to dwell upon. My focus is looking forward. I knew that I could still lead this team and help this team. I just had to figure out a new way to do that.”

According to his teammates and coaches, Philippi’s transition to his new role has been a seamless one.

“He’s always played really hard,” junior defensive back Jacob Martin said. “He’s always brought that intensity on and off the field. He’s always been a vocal leader in the locker room, and sitting out hasn’t changed that at all. He’s still the leader in our locker room. At halftime, before the game, and after the game, he’s always there, leading us.”

While his teammates and coaches might say that he’s been the same leader he’s always been, Philippi says that, as to be expected, he experienced a definite adjustment process.

“The first game after the injury was tough to watch,” Philippi said. “It was the first game in my career that I had to sit out. It wasn’t sad, but it definitely felt different. It showed me that I had to take on a different type of leadership role this year than I was expecting coming into the season.”

From that first game onward, Philippi took it upon himself to communicate with his teammates every day, but especially with his fellow defensive backs. He’d help them watch film, and he’d point out anything thames Pallotta admits they’re in talks over investment from the Friedkin Group.Press reports suggest Pallotta is prepared to sell for €510m.“I only do what’s best for Roma, I don’t care what it is,” he told La Repubblica. “I don’t need any gratiat he could see from his new vantage point on the sidrpart Sean Dyche.Liverpool travel to Turf Moor on Saturday evening.”Thank God it’s not only us. We would be disappointed if they only showed up against us. It’s a difficult place to go,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”I respect a lot what they do there. I [selines.

In other words, Philippi practiced exactly what he preached. He turned a negative into a positive by looking forward and by refusing to feel sorry for himself, just as he would’ve done on the field.

“As a [defensive back], you get beat on plays, but if you get down on yourself, that’s going to affect your play the rest of the game,” Philippi said. “I’m always about the next play and the next step forward. It’s better to not feel bad for yourself. It’s better to stay positive and to help everyone else around me.”

For some players, such a successful transition and positive outlook would be surprising, but coach Priore wasn’t surprised at all. To him, that’s “just Sam being Sam.”

“He’s handled it like a champion. He’s been a great leader on the sidelines. He’s with his teammates everyday,” Priore said. “He’s a very mature young man who understands what it means to lead. Even though it’s been from the sidelines this year, he understands what it means. He has led us in every way possible.”

Beyond just galvanizing and leading his teammates from the sidelines, Philippi works hard individually as part of his rehabilitation process in the hopes of playing football again. If anything, this most recent injury has increased his love for the sport he lost.

“I took the game really, really seriously when I was playing. Maybe I took it too seriously. Sometimes I forget that it’s a game and that we’re supposed to enjoy it,” Philippi said. “This year, taking a step back from the game because of my injury, I was able to watch my teammates and to see that this is the game I loved. I realized that I want to keep playing as long as I can and that I can never take any snaps for granted.”

Since the injury came so early in the season, Philippi still has another year of eligibility. He will hope to return to the field next season as a fifth-year senior.

That right there is the essence of “Sam being Sam.”

Penn men's basketball escapes with narrow 82-79 win over Dartmouth in overtime

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March may not be here yet, but the madness has already begun.

Playing in its first home game in 27 days, Penn men’s basketball beat Dartmouth, 82-79, in a back and forth overtime contest that included 22 lead changes. Junior forward AJ Brodeur led the Quakers on offense, scoring a career-high 36 points and extending his double-digit scoring streak to 17 games.

“From the tip, I was feeling my rhythm down low. It felt really good to find my spots and my teammates were feeding me, and I was able to go to work with little resistance from other guys on Dartmouth,” Brodeur said. “It was mostly a one-on-one matchup [with sophomore forward Chris Knight], and I feel like that’s where I do my best when I have the space to do what I want.”

The Quakers struck first with a hook shot from Brodeur, but Dartmouth clawed its way back to lead, 15-13, with 12:12 left in the first half. A pair of three pointers from junior guard Ray Jerome — who posted a career-high scoring total with six points — allowed the Quakers to take back the advantage.

A free throw by freshman guard Bryce Washington stretched the Red and Blue lead to 33-29 with 3:40 left in the half, but the rest of the half would not be as easy for Penn. Dartmouth closed the opening 20 minutes on an 11-0 run and held Penn scoreless in the last 3:07 of play to go into the locker room with a 42-37 lead. In the first half, Penn shot 65 percent from the field but turned the ball over nine times, while Dartmouthn Cavani accepted last week.Paris-based Soccer Link says PSG chief Leonardo accepted a €20m offer from United for the centre-forward.United also tabled a contract offer to Cavani’s minders which was a match for what he was offered by Atletico Madri turned the ball over only once.

“I thought in the first half we played uncharacteristically,” coach Steve Donahue said. “We got rushed, dropped balls, and turned the ball over too much.”

Coming out of the half, the Big Green raced out to a 50-39 lead, their largest of the game. Nonetheless, the Quakers held their heads high and climbed out of the hole thanks to some hook shots by Brodeur and a corner three from senior guard Jake Silpe.

“Coach told us to keep grinding, keep doing what we do, keep our heads up, and find our spots. It shouldn’t change whether we’re up 11, down 11, or down 20, everything we do has got to be the same,” Brodeur said. “We’ve got to stay sharp, and we were able to make a run we know we’re capable of. It was just a matter of when.”

Throughout the rest of the second half, neither team could pull away. The Big Green snagged a late one-point lead with 59 seconds remaining before Brodeur sunk a free throw to even the score. The Quakers had a chance to win as time expired, but Brodeur couldn’t get his contested shot to fall.

In overtime, Washington opened things up with a three-pointer to put Penn ahead. Knight kept the Big Green in the game with back-to-back contested layups over Brodeur, but senior guard Antonio Woods sunk a contested fadeaway three to increase Penn’s lead to four.

With just 1:05 left in the game, Dartmouth junior guard James Foye sank three free throws after a Penn foul beyond the arc to trim the Penn lead to one, but a few possessions later, Knight missed a potential game-winning layup with 0.6 seconds remaining as Brodeur corralled the rebound.

Donahue was prnew coach Stefano Pioli.Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo.”Pioli isn’t a gamble,” said Maldini.“We want to be leading lights this season, we don’t want to write this season off.“I thank Giampaolo for his professionalism. Three months ago, oud of his players’ grit and determination, citing effort on both ends of the court.

“That was a great college basketball game. I thought Dartmouth was absolutely terrific,” Donahue said. “We showed grit and determination to start guarding closer to make it harder on Dartmouth. We really had to make almost every shot on offense to keep Dartmouth at bay.”

The Big Green shot 47 percent from the field and had 12 steals. They were led by some strong play from Knight, who racked up 25 points, and junior guard Ian Sistare, who added 16 points of his own.

Notably lacking for the Quakers was freshman forward Michael Wang, who failed to see the court at all on Friday night. Donahue insisted that this was purely for matchup purposes.

“I just felt in particular on the defensieir FA Cup final win over Watford.City’s win against Watford means Pep Guardiola’s side have won all four major pieces of domestic silverware this season – a feat that has never been achieved before.”You can’t dream about this at the beginning of theve end given Dartmouth’s spacing and three-point shooting, I had no one that he could match up with, and on the offensive end, he just wasn’t a big enough advantage,” Donahue said.

Penn will be back in action tomorrow night when it hosts Harvard.

“It’s a whole different challenge and a whole different game,” Donahue said. “We’ve just gotta be ready to do whatever we can over the next 22 hours to prepare ourselves.”

Penn men's soccer earns first Ivy League point in 1-1 draw with Yale

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A heated contest against Yale turned into yet another overtime game for Penn men’s soccer.

The Quakers saw a game full of action in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday. In a physical, back-and-forth affair, the the two squads ended the day tied 1-1.

The match was not reminiscent of what Penn (2-4-5, 0-3-1 Ivy) has seen from Yale (6-4-3, 1-1-2) in the past.

“The last two years we had just blown Yale out. They were trying to turn their program around,” junior midfielder Braystal Palace are eyeing Everton striker Cenk Tosun.The Times says Tosun is a transfer target for Crystal Palace.The Turkish striker has failed to make the desired impact at Goodison Park following his £27 million move in 2018.Tosun has had limited gndon Bartel said. “[The Elis have] a very big chance to win the Ivy League. When they’re looking at Penn they’re like we need to get points off them; we need to come out flying.”

The match’s first half was defined by a strong coordination from the Bulldogs, who kept possession out of Penn’s hands with rapid play. Despite playing well defensively, the Quakers came out flat and lacked the coordination needed to sustain any sort of offensive pressure.

With 20 minutes left in have given five potential bidders until 16:00 BST on Wednesday to make their final offers for the League One club.Joint administrator Paul Appleton said they hope a heads of terms agreement could be signed by Friday.”We have made it clear from the o the half, however, Yale broke through with a goal by Kyle Kenagy with an assist from Logan Sullivan. The score remained 1-0 until halftime.

The Quakers’ inability to score in the first half was not due to a lack of effort. Bartel attempted three free kicks in the last 12 minutes of the half, but the Quakers came up empty. The first was met with a header just shy of the goal, the second was saved by Yale sophomore goalkeeper Tom Wallenstein, and the final was sent back by Yale’s defense.

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In the second half, the Quakers began to apply more offensive pressure. Several shot attempts were made in the beginning of the half, with the majority going long. The physical play continued, with sophomore midfielder Amado Lozano going down five minutes into the half with a hamstring injury that pulled him from the game. A few minutes later, senior defender Erumuse Momoh received the first yellow card of the game after a collision.

The Red and Blue still continued their offensive push, focusing on controlling the ball in the Bulldogs’ half.

“After [the goal] we took a breath and relied on getting the ball into dangerous spaces,” Bartel said. “We really pressed them as a full 11 rather than a couple of individuals.”

The stop-and-start play continued throughout the second half. The Bulldogs were able to stunt Penn’s momentum by kicking the ball out of bounds, even three times in one minute, as Penn slowly progressed up the field.

With less than 10 minutes left in the regulation, the Red and Blue were able to take advantage of these chances. Bartel was afforded another free kick attempt after a foul from Yale midfielder Miguel Yuste. After Bartel sent the ball into a crowd of Penn players, sophomore forward Jake Kohlbrenner was able to find the back of the net and tie the game.

Toward the end of the half, the Bulldogs began to match Penn’s offensive push. Despite several dangerous runs from both teams, no goals were scored in the final minutes and the match proceeded into overtime.

Yale carried this momentum into the first overtime period, maintaining most of the possession. Both teams went the full 10 minutes without scoring, and the game entered its final period.

The Quakers matched this pressure in the second overtime, and kept possession in Yale territory. Again, however, neither team scored and the match ended a 1-1 draw.

Given the pace of play this game, a tie might be good news for Penn.

“For us right now, a tie is a great result for being away on the road,” Bartel said.

Penn will look to carry this momentum into their match against cross-city rival Temple on Tuesday.

Here are the moments that made 2017 a crazy year for Penn Athletics

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When you give 31 varsity teams a full 12 months of competition, some pretty exciting games are bound to pop up. But 2017 has been a walking hyperbole for Penn Athletics.

With various teams engaging in some instant classic battles, the Quakers have given fans a wild range of emotions throughout the calendar year, with the lone constant being thorough entertainment across the board.

Where to even start? First, one can look at men’s and women’s basketball. The entire men’s basketball 2016-17 regular season was in its own right, but the way it clinched its Ivy tournament spot was especially crazy — that is, Jackson Donahue’s three-pointer to clinch a .

And yet what happened once the Quakers got to that tournament was even crazier. Entering as a huge underdog to undefeated Princeton, Penn led by 10 points in the second half before falling victim to the Tigers’ late comeback in a to end its season.

As for the women? Their regular season might not have been as dramatic, but their postseason made history on a national scale. When the Quakers en route to falling to Texas A&M in the first round of March Madness, marking the biggest comeback in the 36-year history of the women’s tournament, one had to acknowledge it was unbelievable, no matter what his or her rooting interests were.

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As for the men, they battled La Salle to a in the first double-overtime game in the Big 5 since 1983 —and they were just getting started. Not even two weeks later, Penn travelled to Monmouth and played the school’s in 97 (!) years, topping the Hawks in a game that featured Penn blowing a 15-point second half lead, two buzzer-beating shots from Monmouth, and the entire Monmouth Internet collapsing during the third overtime.

Speaking of four overtimes, Penn men’s lacrosse had a similar battle with far higher stakes. Facing conference leader Yale in the Ivy League semifinals, the Quakers played their first four-overtime game in school history, but the team came up agonizingly short in a . That said, the Quakers still pulled off one big upset in an almost-as-wild over No. 6 Virginia in March.

On the women’s side, after yet another Ivy title, Penn earned a first-round NCAA Tournament contest at home. Despite the result — the No. 7 Quakers’ which featured a furious late comeback buoyed by freshmen Gabby Rosenzweig and Erin Barry — it undoubtedly stood as one of the most exciting games the program has seen in recent years.

How about ? Penn’s first two Ivy League games were both decided on the final play, with Dartmouth punching in a one-yard touchdown at the buzzer in a before Columbia overcame a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit to stun Penn with a 24-yard touchdown pass in overtime for a — the Lions’ first win over Pren this summer.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool are planning for the new season with Lovren on board.The Croatia centre-back has been linked with a summer move away from Anfield with AC Milan understood to be keen on securing his services.It’s beenenn since 1996.

But the latter part of the season saw some epic games finally go in Penn’s favor. On Homecoming, against rival Princeton, Penn got Will Fischer-Colbrie’s best performance of the season, and the Tigers missed a 31-yard field goal with six seconds left to clinch a for Penn. Two weeks later, backup quarterback Nick Robinson led a late touchdown drive before Penn’s defense stopped Cornell at the one-yard line on the final play of the game, allowing the Red and Blue to end 2017 with a .

For Penn’s other teams, the list goes on and on. No. 2 Penn women’s squash memorably came back from a 3-0 deficit to win its against No. 3 Trinity. Penn wrestling stunned , 19-17, for its first win against a ranked foe in five years. Penn volleyball had a pair of thrilling five-set wins and —the latter of which broke a seven-year losing streak against the Bulldogs. Penn field hockey got arguably its best win in school history when the Quakers , using what was likely the out of Alexa Hoover’s school record 68 goals to break a tie in the final minutes.

Penn Athletics gave its followers some moments to remember for a lifetime in 2017. And as the calendar soon turns to January, fans and athletes alike can reflect on a year that was consistently, both for better and worse, one for the ages. Grimandi has questioned Arsenal’s interest in PSG fullback Layvin Kurzawa.Grimandi is now sporting director at Nice and admits he scouted Kurzawa while the defender was with AS Monaco.”Would I have signed Kurzawa?” Grimandi said on Late Football Clu

HALFTIME: Penn women's basketball locked in another tight game against rival Princeton

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Penn-Princeton isn’t any closer than the last time out.

Despite a disconcerted first quarter performance on the offensive end of the floor, Penn women’s basketball was able to rely on characteristically solid defense to go into the first break trailing their foes from Princeton by just three points, 15-12.

When they were able to get shots off – the Quakers turned the ball over three times in the first period and struggled with shot clock awareness – they managed to hit at a 43 percent clip while holding their opponents to just 33 percent on 5-for-15 shooting.

Nevertheless, Princeton forced the Red and Blue into multiple tough, low-percentage shots. Junior guard/forward Bella Alarie used all of her six-foot, four-inch frame to cause problems in the paint for Penn’s Eleah Parker. After Alarie blocked Parker under the basket, the sophomore center, who is curreal Madrid.Just a week after giving an interview about wanting to “try something new”, AS says Eriksen is now leaning towards staying.The Dane has seen contact with Real dry up and fears he’s being passed over for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogntly second in the nation in blocks per game, responded minutes later on the other end of the court to start a back-and-forth battle that would continue for the rest of the half.

The second quarter saw the Tigers quickly extend their lead to eight, forcing Penn to take a timeout with 6:18 remaining in the half. Ever-determined, the Quakers clawed back, forcing four turnovers in the process, to cut the lead to 24-23 after junior Phoebe Sterba hit her first three-pointer of the game

For the rest of the quarter, both teams found ways to make shots; as the buzzer expired to end the first half, Parker missed a short floater and Penn went into halftime trailing 33-31.

Tennis Issue | Kyle Mautner's unconventional path to the top pays dividends for Penn

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When Penn men’s tennis sophomore Kyle Mautner quit hockey at the age of 12 to focus on tennis, he began making the hour-long trek from his home in Greenwich, Conn. to Long Island five times a week.

In just under seven years, he turned from a kid who practiced very little into one of the most highly touted recruits in the country, and then one of the best players in the Ivy League. The path to this point required hard work and a lot of time away from home, but for Mautner, it was all part of a special opportunity that has led to him playing at the top of the Quakers’ lineup.

With obvious talent at a young age and some promising results, Mautner and his family decided to relocate him to train with many other talented tennis players year-round in Florida. He lived full-time with his coach and practiced daily with several other budding recruits.

“I moved to Florida to develop my career, and because I thought that was the best option for me to bring my game to the next level,” he said. “My junior career, I had a lot of great wins at national tournaments and sectional tournaments, and I really broke through at the national level in the 18-and-under age division, winning a bunch. I’ve travelled to the Caribbean and Central America to play some international tournaments, but most eports.The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has become one of Europe’s brightest prospects in recent seasons.Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United have all scouted the 20-year-old.But those clubs could miss out given Liverpool expected to make a of my success came in the U.S.”

A highly ranked recruit once he committed to the sport full-time — even becoming Connecticut’s top-ranked high schooler by the time he graduated — Mautner had already verbally committed to Penn by the end of his sophomore year of high school.

But unlike most athletes with that level of success, Mautner had an unusual recruitment process, having been in touch with Penn coach David Geatz both before and during his move south, before ultimately returning back to Connecticut for his senior year.

“When I was living in Florida, I committed to Penn because I felt as though it was a great balance of academics and athletics. I thought it would be a school where I could play at the top of the lineup from the start, and I really loved coach Geatz. I had known him since he worked at Greenwich Country Club when I was 12 or 13 years old,” Mautner said. “We stayed in tperforming impressions of Unai Emery around the club, it has been claimed.Emery often purveys a relaxed demeanor, and now that appears to have encouraged younger players to begin poking fun, reports the Independent.It is claimed that younger players ouch all the way through. He came to watch me play a bunch of sectional tournaments … I didn’t even make any official visits to any other schools because I was committed to Penn sois urging Joe Aribo to stay.A return to the Championship – for the first time since 2016 – awaits if they beat Sunderland today.Aribo is coming off contract and interesting Arsenal among several Premier League clubs.Bowyer said, “We are sending early. I just knew it was the school I wanted to go to.”

Once on Penn’s campus, Mautner took little time to make his presence felt on the team. He quickly became the top guy in the lineup, and needed to adjust quickly to the level of play at the top of Division I programs.

“I felt like the biggest difference from junior to college tennis was the physicality,” Mautner said. “Most of the guys I played had big serves and moved well, so a part of me that needed to improve for me to compete and win was me getting into the gym more and working on the physical part of the game to hang in there with these guys.”

An early match against Dartmouth showed that he had the talent to stay on the court with the best, but also showed what he would be faced with at the D-I level.

“When we played Dartmouth, I was a freshman and I was playing against a 23-year-old senior who was a man. You could clearly see the difference. Mentally I felt like I could hang with these guys, but it was physically where I needed to improve the most.”

While some freshmen may shave struggled with being tasked as the top player on a college team from the get-go, Mautner was immediately comfortable. So comfortable, in fact, he was named first team All-Ivy and notched wins over three players ranked in the top-100 nationally.

“I really enjoyed being at the top of the lineup and being the guy who everyone could look up to and follow, training extra hours and getting other guys to come out as well,” Mautner said. “I embraced the challenge and embraced being at the top, and other than the very beginning when I was very nervous for my first match, I got into a rhythm all the way through.”

If he continues to stay in rhythm, look for Mautner and the rest of the Red and Blue to have a big year on court.

Swimming aims to capitalize in new year

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After a long break, the Penn men’s and women’s swim teams are hoping to start the new year with a kick.

Saturday, the Quakers will face Dartmouth and Yale in a tri-meet at Sheerr Pool as they enter their first action of the semester.

Though the Quakers had a long layoff from intercollegiate competition, they haven’t strayed far from the pool, using winter break as an opportunity to train in Florida.

The rigorous training program, undertaken while most are the latest team to show an interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Palace Sporting Director Dougie Freedman was at Tynecastle on Sunday to watch the Gers’ 1-1 draw with Hearts, according to the Scottish Sun.Freedman wanted to run the rule ovof their classmates loafed around on the couch, has given the Red and Blue a chance to gel as a team.

“We have an opportunity down there to be able to work out with no schoolwork,” coach Mike Schnur said. “And it gives the kids a chance to bond, to spend all their time together and to share that self-sacrifice of real hard training.”

Sophomore Alex Elias echoed Schnur’s sentiments.

“We trained significantly better than last year,” he said. “I thought everyone really stepped up their game a lot. We got a lot of good training in, and overall, I think we’re all really where we need to be right now.”

The men’s and women’s teams will try to pick up where they left off prior to break. Both squads posted first place finishes at Kenyon College’s Total Performance Inlback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was left frustrated by his U21 Euros campaign with England.The Daily Mail says Wan-Bissaka has been left fuming by his treatment from England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd.The right back was in the process of completing a move fromvitational, their last joint competition of 2012

They’ll now face a formidable challenge in their Ivy League opponents.

Both Yale squads are 2-0 on the season, and Dartmouth has benefited from already launching into early Ivy competition. The Big Green have already taken on Harvard, Cornell, Brown and Princeton, with both men’s and women’s teams splitting at 2-2.

“A lot of times in a tri-meet you’re going to be in a situation where you can beat one team and you can lose to the other team, and you can tailor your strategy to that,” Schnur said. “This is not one of those meets. It’s very competitive for both the men and women.”

Coming off their difficult training Mourinho says Nuno is capable of leading Wolves to victory in the Europa League.Mourinho was relieved after Spurs managed to see off Wolves on Sunday.And afterwards, he said of fellow Portuguese Nuno: “It’s a matter for Nuno, but I think they are witregiment, the Quakers are eager to prove themselves.

“We’re definitely looking to swim real fast against them because we really feel that these are two teams that we should be competitive with,” Elias said.

In addition to conference implications, Saturday’s meet will also hold a deeper meaning for the Penn swimmers.

The meet will be the Red and Blue’s Senior Day, the final chance for many of the Quakers to compete in front of a home crowd at Sheerr Pool.

“It’s going to be weird,” senior Melissa Parratto said. “It’s our last home meet, and it will mean something, and hopefully we can win.”SEE ALSO

Jeff Cragg challenges father's records

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Before Jeff Cragg begins his approach to the diving board, he faces the expansive pool beneath him. With his back toward the Sheerr record board, he takes a deep breath and begins with a short step, arms down by his side.

He bounces slowly before all of a sudden, his arms pull down and with a powerful step he launches himself into the air.* *

Diving has always come naturally for senior Jeff Cragg. In fact, back when he first started, it could hardly be called diving.

“I’ve been diving longer than I can remember, actually just falling off diving boards in diapers before anyone would allow us in a pool,” he said. “[I had] memories of, as a child, going off a diving board until you couldn’t see anymore because the sun went down. It was just happiness.”

The Lafayette Hill, Pa., native would spend his summers at the Ply Mar Swim & Tennis Club where he first learned how to dive from his father, who has since served as his coach and mentor.

“I think we’ve done a very good job at it,” Jeff said. “I consider him one of my best friends. We both do a good job of keeping the coach relationship on the pool deck separate from the father-son relationship in the car ride home.”

His father, Rob Cragg Jr., first started diving at Penn as an undergraduate in 1971 under then-Penn coach Paul Flack, a fundamentalist, according to the elder Cragg. Flack drilled into him the importance of mechanics. g have informed Arsenal what they musts down to draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Christian Eriksen, who wants to leave the club before Monday’s European transfer deadline, finished from close range to er City was a turning point for their season.Saints have won five wins in 11 games since that defeat, lifting them out of the relegation to 12th.”I think everyone knows what happened, everyone saw the result. For us as a team it was about ‘how can weopen the scoring after 10 minutes.Granit Xhaka’s rash challenge on Heung-min Son i cough up to sign Yannick Carrasco.Carrasco, 25, is keen on playing in the Premier League and was close to joining the Gunners on loan in January.But the deal failed to materialise, but now the forward looks likeAt 6-foot-1, Rob was forced to perfect his technique, but the hard work paid off as he was named a two-time All-American.

A year after graduating, he had one his best performances at the U.S. Diving National Championships, finishing third and securing a spot at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. In the Games, he would go on to finish fifth.

“Diving in the games was like Christmas every day,” Rob said. “I didn’t expect to go … but I happened to have a really great Olympic Trials.”

After competing in Europe on the international diving circuit, the elder Cragg returned to coach at Penn. From 1987 to 1991 he attended Penn practices with baby Jeff in tow. However after four years, he decided to take time off to concentrate on his full-time job and raising his son.* *

Once Jeff enrolled at Penn, his father returned too.

“When we recruited Jeff, [Rob and I] sort of conspired against Jeff,” joked Penn head swimming coach Mike Schnur, who swam for Penn during Rob’s first coaching stint. “When other schools sent any recruiting stuff, I don’t think Jeff would see any of them. I think Rob would throw them out.”

Since his freshman year, Jeff — with the coaching of his father — has proved to be one of the best divers ever to walk through Penn, perhaps only challenged by his dad.

“The big advantage of having Jeff is that we know we’re going to win,” Schnur said. “For the last four years, we know, going into meets, we’re going to win diving.”

As a freshman, Jeff finished third in the one-meter dive and second in the three-meter event in the Ivy League Championships. Last year, he finished third in the one-meter at the postseason competition.

Jeff even topped his father’s two school records. As a sophomore, he scored 349.13 on a nearly flawless one-meter routine.

For two years now, Jeff’s and Rob’s names have stood side-by-side on the Sheerr Pool record board, but that will change this offseason. On Feb. 4, Jeff broke Rob’s 1974 three-meter diving record on Senior Day, with his coach and father looking on.

“Sure we’ve had some frustrations … but every year has been a little bit better,” Rob said of his son. “This has been a breakthrough season with everything starting to click … it’s just gotten better and better every year.”* *

High above the water he sails. He flips once. Twice. Arching his back, he tears open the pool, and a ripping noise echoes through the room. He slowly swims out of the water, his coach letting him know that he didn’t finish his last revolution.

Father and son, the two discuss it for a brief moment before Jeff heads back up the ladder to the top of the diving board.

Ready to go, ready to jump.

Football | Backup generates power in win

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NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 25 – For the first 16 minutes of Saturday’s 9-7 win over Yale, the Quakers’ offense was stagnant. Senior quarterback Robert Irvin showed an ability to roll right and hit tight end Josh Koontz on the run, but not much else, so coach Al Bagnoli decided to call on backup Kyle Olson early in the second quarter.

At the time, the move seemed unremarkable. All season, Olson has been parture this summer.Benitez walked out on Newcastle to take charge of Dalian Yifang in China.He told the Evening Chronicle: “We understand and expected the disappointment that Rafa’s departure caused.“We strongly believe we went beyond what couldgiven a designated series or two per game to prove himself, and then – after Irvin had gone 4-for-9 for 27 yards with an awful interception that set up Yale’s touchdown – seemed like as good a time as any.

But on the next series, it was Olson again under center. And on the next. Irvin’s day – save for one nearly-intercepted throw, which came after Olson took a hard hit – was done early. Bagnoli made a conscious choice to yank him, providing the first extended look at Penn’s punter’s passing ability.

“I was looking for a spark,” said Bagnoli, who as of the postgame press conference hadn’t broached the topic with Irvin. “It’s kind of one of those gut feelings.”

The success was mixed. Olson the play caller was competent, if not spectacularnemouth was covered by Chinese television.Chinese online streaming service PPTV had the Gunners back online following their ban.Broadcasters took the extreme measure of scrapping Arsenal games after Ozil’s public support of Uighur Muslims and protesr. He helped break a defensive stalemate, moving the Quakers downfield and into the win column. But tailback Mike DiMaggio took care of most of that legwork after the break, and on any other day, Olson’s final line – 11-for-25 for 67 yards and no touchdowns – would raise more eyebrows than celebratory champagne glasses.

“I could care less what my stats are or anything as long as we come up with the win,” Olson said. “I’m just pretty happy right now.”

His favorite targets may have been Koontz and wideout Kyle Derham, with three receptions apiece, but Olson’s best friends were members of Yale’s defense, who kindly did not take advantage of both Penn passers’ penchant for hitting them between the numbers.

Derham was forced into a defensive role on one of many close calls, swatting away an underthrown Olson deep ball into single coverage; Yale senior captain Bobby Abare bemoaned that “a couple of those could’ve made or break the game,” but “that’s just the way it worked out.”

At other times, though, Olson showed considerable poise. Abare said that the Bulldogs’ scouting reports on Olson revealed that he could make plays on the run outside the pocket, but ironically, Olson was at his best employing a three-step drop, stepping up and firing.

Late in the first half, for example, he got into a rhythm as Bagnoli used a hurry-up offense. The result: the Quakers’ best drive of the day, as they marched 47 yards in two minutes (only for Andrew Samson to hook a 34-yard field goal attempt wide left).

Olson completed five passes for 38 yards in the process; of those, only on a roll out to Koontz – when the tight end was hit after a one-yard gain – did the southpaw leave the pocket.

The rollouts, though, were generally problematic, never more evident than early in the fourth, when Penn literally came within inches of a touchdown. On a third-and-goal play-action from Yale’s one, Olson scrambled to his right. The lefty then had to make a U-turn to get into a throwing position, from which he dumped the ball to DiMaggio for a fateful loss of eight yards. That was a too-frequent occurrence: Olson running to the wrong side only to have to wheel around.

Bagnoli cautioned that Saturday’s quartero Liverpool’s successful season.The Reds won the Champions League and finished second in the Premier League with 97 points.Mane said: “They played a big part in the season.”There were very difficult games at home and they were always here. Keep on goback switcheroo was “not a reflection,” presumably referring to Irvin. Olson didn’t quite jumpstart the offense as the coach envisioned and he still has plenty to learn, but his efforts may have earned him a few more snaps down the stretch.

Football | Less practice, more coverage

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For Penn, it’s a chre unable to flex their muscles throughout the clash and relied on Adam Lallana to score an equaliser with time running out.Asked if a point was a fair outcome, the captain told the club’s website: “Probably. I didn’t think we performed well enough iance to stay relevant in the Ivy League title race. For Princeton, it’s the first step of many to salvage a winning season.

If you listen to Princeton coach Roger Hughes describe it, tonight’s 7:04 p.m. matchup between his Tigers (3-4, 2-2 drid coach Zinedine Zidane admits their market work is not yet over.Zidane hints more signings will be on their way after yesterday’s defeat in Germany against Tottenham.He said, “Anything can happen until August 31, as always and in any club. “For tIvy) and the Quakers (4-3, 3-1) is more like an audition.

It will be the only Ivy League game this year to be broadcast on ESPNU, and the Tigers coach couldn’t resist putting on his recruiting pitch early at his Princeton Athletics press conference this week.

“We are one of the few conferences that truly does recruit nationwide,” he said. “I think it’s an eye-opening experience for some people around the country, especially recruits, to get a sense of how good Ivy League football is.

“And oh, by the way, when your football career is over, you have a much better opportunity going forward.”

Penn coach Al Bagnoli added: “It’s a Friday night where you have a limited market of college games on.”

The teams sacrificed a day of recovery to accommodate the TV deal – no small thing for two teams with seven games already in the books and plenty of onetime starters on the bench. For the moment, they are reminding themselves that next week will bring an extra day of rest.

“My concern is now trying to get that emotional reservoir filled again” so soon, Bagnoli said. He shortened practices this week but will still likely be without several starters: wideout David Wurst (ankle), defensive end Joe Rost (knee) and center Luis Roffolo (knee) – and, of course, quarterback and punter Kyle Olson (torn anterior cruciate ligament), whose stay at No. 1 on the depth chart ended after less than 30 minutes of football.

Bagnoli hinted that he will split the time at quarterback between senior Robert Irvin and sophomore Keiffer Garton relatively evenly. Irvin, with his recalcitrant shoulder, is still on a short leash.

Princeton’s offense, while reasonably effective, is highly dependent on the ground game; it ranks first in the conference in rushing and last in passing. Junior tailback Jordan Culbreath has been a rock in the backfield, grinding out 114.9 yards per game to lead the conference by a 32-yard margin.

The receiving corps has a big-play, 96-yard-per-game threat in senior Will Thanheiser but lacks depth after that. The Quakers’ biggest strength is in pass coverage, although that unit faltered last week against Brown; the rush defense has been solid but unspectacular.

Predicting games against Princethe result was decided Paulo Dybala, who came off the bench to score the only goal of the game.The 1-0 result means Milan have now lost their last nine Serie A trips to Juve and are only four points off the relegation zone.“We put in the performanceon, though, is a tough business. The contests have swung from a shocking 30-13 Princeton win in 2005, to a 31-30 double-overtime shootout two years ago to a 7-0 stalemate last year that fell Penn’s way.

But one side clearly comes in with momentum. Penn is coming off a Homecoming loss in the game everyone had circled on their calendars from Day 1.

Princeton put up a fight against favored Harvard two weeks ago, then gutted out a five-point road win over Cornell last Saturday.

Hughes said his team had “improved each of the last two weeks.”

The Quakers may have the better weapons, but they enter their 100th game with Princeton – and their national close-up – needing to do the same.

Better luck next season?

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The Ivy League title may be practically out of reach, but when the Penn menvening Standard says Palace have made contact over move for Borini as Roy Hodgson looks to add some bite to his attack.A new strikerNewcastle United career.The winger is currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers in League One.He told the Evening Chronicle: “I could think: ‘Do you know what, I can’t be bothered with this, I’ll stay with the under-23s, just chill and earn money.'”But was one of Palace’s top priorities over the summer and, while Jordan Ayew was added on a permanent basis following hi’s lacrosse team squares off against Brown on Saturday, the prospect of finishing with a winning record in conference play is enough to keep the Quakers (5-4, 3-2 Ivy) motivated.

“It’s important for us to have a winning record in the league,” coach Brian Voelker said. “But the bottom line is it would be great to be 4-2 in the league. It looks a lot better on paper than 3-3.”

The No. 14 Bears (7-2, 2-0) won’t make that easy. Their only two losses this season have been their only two ranked opponents, No. 18 Denver and No. 20 Hofstra.

Their winning formula begins in the net, where they boast one of the best goalkeepers in the nation in junior Jordan Burke. Burke boasts the best goals-against-average, 5.88, and save percentage, .695, in the country and has allowed double-digit goals just once, to Denver.

That game was part of the Pioneer Faceoff Classic in Denver, in which Penn was also a participant. Both teams defeated Air Force but fell to the Pioneers.

Voelker did not, however, use the opportunity to intensely scout his conference rivals.

“I’m one of those guys if I start focusing on other teams, I get too confused,” he said. “So we saw them play in person, but we really started to focus on them in the past couple of days.”

The Bears’ game isn’t entirely defensive, though. Sophomore attacker Thomas Muldoon anchors their attack, and his name is one that Penn players know well. As a freshman last year, he netted four goals and tacked on two assists against the Quakers.

This year, though, the Bears have a new freshman threat. Andrew Feinberg has already been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week and may be the only person who could keep Rookie of the Year honors out of Quakers’ hands.

Penn will need impressive performances from its top goal-scorers to get the ball past Burke. Junior captain Craig Andrzejewski, who was held without a point Monday against Princeton for the first time in 26 contests, must regain the reigns of the offense for Penn to be able to put up a respectable total against the Bears.

Voelker, though, knows that his team has the skills to beat any team in the Ivy League. The issue is not in strategy, but in execution.

“Our formula for winning usually does not change,” he said. “We have to win some faceoffs, to delay their hearing of Manchester City’s appeal against their Champions League ban.City have been banned from UEFA competition for two seasons due to Financial Fair Play breaches.The Manchester Evening News says CAS are considering holding cases play good defense, move the ball and share the ball on offense and bury our opportunities when we get them.”

Leopards have no answer for Naltner

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Monica Naltner keeps on getting better.

For the third time this season, Naltner set a new scoring high. Last night, she scored 37 points – 30 in the second half – to propel the Quakers to a comeback victory over Lafayette, 78-74.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Penn (3-3), while Lafayette (2-6) lost its fifth in a row. With three nonconference wins, the Quakers have already exceeded last year’s total.

Naltner was dominant from all over the court. She shot 73 percent from the field and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. She also made four of six three-point attempts, including one with 1:30 remaining that ended the Leopards’ lead for good.

“Everything was feeling pretty good that was going off my hands, especially in the second half,” Naltner said. “I wanted to help my team and contribute.”

Contribute she did: her 37 points were the most since Diana Caramanico dropped a record 42 in 2001, and the sixth-most in Penn hoops’ history.

“It’s quite an honor to be put with the rest of the people who are on that list,” Naltner said.

Yet, despite her breakout, the outcome of yesterday’s game was undecided until the final minute.

The Quakers led for almost the entire first half. But the Leopards opened the second half with a 4-0 run, and later added a 14-4 run. With two minutes left, Penn found itself down by seven.

But the Quakers made up that deficit within 30 seconds. Two Naltner three-pointers, sandwiching a Joey Rhoads jump shot, tied the game. Lafayette forward Brittany Purr turned the ball over for the third possession in a row, and sophomore Kelly Scott took advantage. She nailed her jumper to give the Quakers a lead that they never relinquished.

As usual, Rhoads joined Naltner at the top of the score sheet, scoring 25 points in addition to six assists.

“Joey and Monica are seasoned veterans, and they are rock,” coach Pat Knapp said. “They take advantage of their opportunities. So, my hat’s off to them.”

Knapp was less complimentary of the rest of his team, however. Even though the 78 points were the most that Penn has scored during his three-year tenure, Knapp was far from satisfied. He is still waiting for another player to step up offensively, and he thought the Quakers missed too many open shots in the second half.

But he was most perturbed by the defense.

Lafayette “shot 52 percent against us – that’s terrible,” he said. “I mean, you can be happy when you win and all that, but we can’t let a team drive to the basket and get open shots like they werilla defeated local rivals Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady saw Aston Villa edge past a youthful Wolves side to reach the quarter-finals.Five-time winners Villa last reached this stage of thee getting.”rpool attacker Sadio Mane.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Indaind his feet in the Premier League.Walcott told Goal: “He’s 19 and coming to a whole new country, new culture, language, way of playing. It’s hard, you know!”It feels like we put a lot of pressure on players who don’t ask for it. They just want to en, speaking on El Chiringuito, revealed Zidane and president Florentino Perez is at odds over the Frenchman’s transfer recommendations.”Zidane has differences with the board about (Thibaut)

The Quakers will deal with that problem tomorrow, when they begin preparation for their next game against American on Sunday. For now, they are happy to finally emerge victorious.

Quakers to host Lions, Big Red

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The Penn softball team will play its final four home games of the season in doubleheaders against Cornell and Columbia this weekend.

The Quader Paul Pogba this summer.Tuttosport says Juventus are determined to land a reunion with the player they sold to United for £89million back in 2016. Pogba has played a bit-part role at United this season due to troubles with injury but remains one kers face the Big Red tomorrow, and the Lions come to town Sunday.

The Quakers are hoping to improve upon their 2-4 record thus far in Ivy League play.

Last weekend, Penn (14-20) earned splits against Brown and Yale after opening the season with a pair of losses to league-leader Princeton.

Saturday’s doubleheader against Brown was rained out, and the games were rescheduled for Monday afternoon. As a result, Penn ended up playing twin bills three days in a row, capped off with Tuesday’s games against Villanova, when it should have had Monday off.

That period was a challenge for the Quakers, especially their shorthanded pitching staff. The beleaguered group gave up 14 runs in its two games against the Wildcats.

But according to junior Casey Hare, the team managed to show its mettle.

Those “three days were pretty tough,” she said. “I think that the way we came back shows that this team is really full of heart. Even if we’re tired, we can still push through it.”

With three days of rest going into tomorrow’s contests against the Big Red, Penn’s pitchers will be ready to go again.

Freshman pitcher Emily Denstedt will be available to start after sitting out Tuesday’s games at Villanova.

Denstedt pitched two complete-game shutouts the two days before, one each against Brown and Yale.

Junior Olivia Mauro will likely be the other starter tomorrow.

Against the Wildcats, Penn coach Leslie King turned to Hare, normally an infielder, to supplement the worn out staff.

However, it was the mocked the Egyptian Football Federation during last night’s African football awards gala.Salah chose not to attend the ceremony, despite being nominated for Player of the Year – which went to Reds teammate Sadio Mane.Egypt were given CAF’s award for Quakers’ bats that carried the team to a 9-8 comeback victory in the second game against the Wildcats.

Penn leads the Ivy League in batting average by a huge margin, hitting at a .301 clip as a squad. Princeton is second at .275.

“We’ll definitely come out swinging, and I think we’re goinorting CP midfielder Idrissa Doumbia has caught the eye of Liverpool scouts.Doumbia’s performance midweek against Liverpool caught the eye of Reds chiefs, says Record.Indeed, Liverpool officials asked after the midfielder, 21, following the friendly g to do really well against them,” junior Melissa Haffner said.

Cornell comes in as the only team other than Princeton above .500 in the league early on, at 3-1.

In its conference opening weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard, sophomore Ashley Wolf led the Big Red by going 9-16 at the plate. Wolf earned Ivy Player of the Week for her efforts.

Wolf is now ranks second in average in the Ivies at .411, while Penn sophomore Christina Khosravi is right behind with at .410 on the year.

Columbia, on the other hand, sports a 1-3 league mark and is in the midst of a five-game skid.

“We want to take advantage of playing on our home field,” junior second baseman Stephanie Reichert said. “Columbia and Cornell are both great teams. Both squads have great pitching and great hitting and we’re not underestimating that, but we can do just as well.”

Cornell and Columbia rank third and fourth, respectively, in both team batting average and ERA.

The Quakers will need to get another great performance from Denstedt in order to take care of the teams from New York.

So far, Princeton is running away with the league title. But with a big weekend, Penn could plant itself in second place.

The team understands the importance of the weekend series.

“We need to win these four games,” Reichert said.

One last Ivy battle for Quakers

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Fran Dunphy’s teams have been in this situation before: NCAA Tournament tickets in hand, and facing Princeton in the last game of the season. The Quakers coach has to like his chances tonight. Dunphy is 4-0 against Princeton when playing as the Ivy League champion.Penn (20-7, 12-1 Ivy) secured the outright Ancient Eight title over the weekend with wins at Yale and Brown. Tonight the Quakers travel to Jadwin Gym where they have won four straight to play a game that means nothing in terms of standings, but everything in terms of pride. Princeton (11-15, 9-4) is trying to avoid its 16th loss of the season which would tie the worst record in the history of the midfielder says Jurgen Klopp’s men, along with the rest of the Premier League’s top teams, regularly commit cynical fouls — but escape any action as they are committed away from dangerous areas.Cork said: “If you look at Liverpool, Man City, all program. But the Tigers have virtually forgotten their painful 2-12 start and have won three of the last four after splitting the weekend against Brown and Yale. Second-year coach Joe Scott is still looking for his first win against the Quakers. Penn, meanwhile, is playing to impress the NCAA selection committee in hopes of coaxing a higher seed. Last season, thdfielder Sami Khedira as a boost to plans of bringing teammate Daniele Rugani to London.Gazzetta dello Sport says the Gunners are said to be turning their attentions to the Juve centre-back Rugani to help solve their defensive woes.Rugani has struggle Quakers were in roughly the same spot heading to New Jersey and were rewarded with a 13 seed after defeating Princeton 64-56. But the records and the standings seem less important when Penn and Princeton get together. This is a rivalry as fine as any in the game, and both sides will give it their all ƒ_” that is if there is any energy left from the weekend. Penn’s four mainstays — senior Eric Osmundson and juniors Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller — averaged 38 minutes per game over the weekend as a group. Danley played 81 in total and Osmundson put together his best weekend of the season scoring 30 points in 79 minutes and turning the ball over just twice. “Because we’re off of school we’ll spend plenty of time preparing for Princeton,” Dunphy said Saturday after defeating Brown in overtime. “We’ve played them already so w Mino Raiola insists Paul Pogba’s transfer saga at Manchester United isn’t over.Real Madrid are pushing to prise the midfielder away from United this summer, though the English giants are proving stubborn negotiators.Despite Pogba’s wish to leave Olde’ve got a lot of film. We’ll be OK in terms of preparation, I hope.” What Penn will see on that film of its 60-41 win at the Palestra is a solid performance against a zone defense which has been some trouble this season. Brown threw a 2-3 zone at the Quakers off and on Saturday night. Penn, however, put on a superb display of perimeter passing and registered 20 assists on its 24 field goals and created dribble penetration as the game wore on. Where Brown kept the Quakers off balance was in the backcourt. The Bears repeatedly employed a three-quarter court press which often kept Osmundson and Zoller behind the offense. “We’re not used to playing against that so it took us some time to get used to it,” Osmundson said after the game. “Toward the end of the game we were fine.” Further, guards Damon Huffman and Marcus Becker repeatedly double-teamed Penn’s ball handlers at midcourt preventing the Quakers from getting into an offensive flow. Princeton tinkered with some ball pressure last time out against the Red and Blue, but lacks the quickness to make it effective. Instead, the Tigers will rely on their deliberate offense to control the tempo. As a result, turnovers are a cause for concern for Princeton, which gave the ball up 39 times over the weekend. The Quakers are first in the league in turnover margin (4.78) and steals per game (10.04). Then again, when these two teams face off, the stats really don’t matter. PENN at Princeton – 9 p.m. – Princeton, N.J.Radio: WXPN-FM (88.5) – TV: ESPNUThe Buzz will have in-game updates beginning at 9 p.m.