What to take away from Penn men's basketball's tight overtime win over Dartmouth


After a last weekend, Penn men’s basketball is starting to lointerested in Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.The Croatia international’s future at Barca is in doubt amid talk he could be sacrificed to raise cash for their summer market plans.Mundo Deportivo says United are aware of the situation and ready to mok like its old self again.

Friday’s 82-79 overtime win against Dartmouth wasn’t an easy one for the Quakers, but wins don’t need to be pretty as long as they get the job done. Here are three takeaways from the Red and Blue’s latest victory:

After a tight first half, the Big Green started to pull away in the second, stretching the lead to 11 with 18:04 left to play. Looking up at a 50-39 score, coach Steve Donahue called a timeout, collected his team, and pressed them to keep fighting.

“.Kicker says the Irons are in contact with Hertha about bringing the former Chelsea star back to London before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.Now 34, Kalou has found himself sidelined by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and has hit out at his treatment this weekCoach told us to keep grinding, keep doing what we do, keep our heads up, and find our spots,” junior forward AJ Brodeur said. “It shouldn’t change whether we’re up 11, down 11, or down 20, everything we do has got to be the same. 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.”

Aided by the raucous home crowd and the ever-animated Penn Band, the Red and Blue quickly brought it back to a nailbiter. A 16-2 run over the next six minutes completely flipped the game back in the Quakers’ favor and saw the team take a 55-52 lead, one that did not exceed four points in either direction for the rest of the game.

Brodeur put up a season-high 36 points Friday night, and the Red and Blue needed each and every one to stick with the Big Green. It seemed whenever Penn was in a drought offensively, Brodeur would find a lane and sink a hook shot or layup to keep the Quakers in the game. During the lengthy run that brought the team back into the lead, Brodeur scored half of the team’s points off four field goals, always finding a way to get to the basket and make it count.

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

The junior also added 11 rebounds in addition to his mass of points, good for his seventh double-double on the season, and fourth in seven Ivy League contests. The game also marked his 17th consecutive with 10 or more points, the Gunners are desperate to sign a quality winger this window, while Zaha wants to go to the club he has supported for much of his life.But the Evening Standard indicates that if Arsenal cannot come up with the funds to satisfy Palace for Zaha, they we longest such streak of any active member on the team.

His free-throw shooting, which has historically been a struggle — especially down the stretch of close games —was largely on target against Dartmouth, as he made six of eight attempts. Brodeur’s makes from the charity stripe were instrumental in sending the game into overtime and finally growing the lead to three in the closing seconds.

Coming in with a turnover average of 12.9 per game, Penn knew keeping the ball was the key to success. However, that strategy did not pan out Friday night, with the Red and Blue giving the ball away 16 times to Dartmouth’s nine.

The Quakers’ first half was especially rough from a turnover standpoint, with the team racking up nine in the first 20 minutes, compared to just one from the Big Green, and trailing by five heading into the break. But as the game progressed, Penn began to tighten up its offense.

In the final 8:50 of play, the home side turned the ball over twice while Dartmouth did so four times, including one with 18 seconds in regulation where the visitors could have held for the last shot. While early troubles nearly let the game get out of reach, later discipline allowed the Quakers to survive into overtime.

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


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.

Both teams saw their fair share of fouls, with several players on both sides suffering injuries. Collisions and combativArsenal hero Robert Pires believes the sacking of Unai Emery was inevitable.Pires feels the board had no other choice.He told Canal Plus: “I think sadly yes.”Owing to the bad results, the club was unfortunately on a bad run, both in the league and the Europa League.“So a change was needed and when we speak about changes, it is usually the manager who pays.”e play meant players on both sides had to deal with an interrupted match flow.

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.

Penn squash looks for bounce-back performance against familiar Ivy foe


Going up against tough competition only serves to make a team stronger.

That’s why, after losing to perennial powerhouse Trinity, Penn men’s and women’s squash are confident going into Wednesday’s matches against Princeton that they can both bring home crucial Ivy League wins.

On the men’s side, the No. 5 Quakers (8-2, 2-0 Ivy) hope to take down the rival No. 6 Tigers (7-1, 2-0) and continue their run through thReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard is up for the derby against Atletico Madrid.It will mean Hazard facing former Chelsea teammate Diego Costa.He said, “If you play football, you know the feelings and passions that arouse in these duels and more being two teams from the same city. “I want to score, win and make the fans happy.”Diego Costa is my friend and we have played together, I want to face him.”e conference. Coming off of a against No. 1 Trinity, Penn hopes that what it took away from the tough competition will help it against Princeton.

“I think we all learned really how hard it is and how we need to stick in with all of these teams and, going forward, if we can do that and impose the games we all play on other teams, we will be pretty successful,” senior captain James Watson said.

The men will also return to their usual lineup this week, after four members of the team missed the last meet due to illness. Even at full strength, the Quakers are not taking Princeton lightly, however, as the Tigers are also off to their best start in years and are coming in hot off of a big win over Yale.

Preparation will be key in stopping the rolling Tigers, but, luckily, Penn is coming off a 10-day break following the Trinity meet, so it has had a lot of time to prepare for this match. Princeton will be bringing their best to Philadelphia, but the Quakers wouldn’t expect anything less.

“We know that they’re gonna come in ready to battle and they’ve had a great season so far,” coach Gilly Lane said. “Whenever you get into Ivy League play, I think that you know there’s just extra motivation in there to play your hardest, and I think the boys have had a tough schedule, but the tough schedule can help prepare them for a week like this.”

The women’s team have an even more daunting task ahead of them: Princeton (9-0, 2-0 Ivy) is currently the top-ranked team in the country and has not lost a match all season, with five sweeps among those victories.

A key to pulling off the upset will be getting in the right mindset. While No. 7 Penn has had some ups-and-downs this season, the team is coming off of a big win over conference rival Brown (5-4, 0-3 Ivy), and will look to keep that momentum going.

“Princeton’s currently ranked one in the nation, so all the pressure’s really on them, so were just having a positive mindset and we’re just working as hard as we can on the court t him a free transfer.The Costa Rica goalkeeper has struck personal terms with PSG, where he would arrive to replace Gigi Buffon after the Italian’s contract release this week.ABC says Keylor has requested Real grant him a free transfer for his serviand hanging out off the court as well,” junior Reeham Sedky said. “Now our mentality is as positive as its been at the beginning of the season so I think … we’ll definitely have a chance.”

With a lot at stake, both matches will surely be a fantastic demonstrations of the depth of talent and intensity that the men’s and women’s squash teams have to offer. The Princeton match is the first of a string of Ivcelona have expressed interest in the former Blue ahead of the January market.However, The Sun says Chelsea ensured there could yet be a future at the Bridge for Boga after inserting a clause in his Sassuolo transfer allowing them to re-sign him for y League matches that will come in the next few weeks and will decide who will be crowned this season’s conference champion.

Both teams have been preparing well and will rely upon each other and their training in the tough upcoming matches. Their ability to support each other and to leave everything out on the court will determine whether that preparation comes to fruition.

“I think the chemistry around this team has been fantastic, they’ve gelled at the right times, they’ve been able to pick each other up when others haven’t played their best and vice versa, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow night,” Lane said.

“It’s the Penn-Princeton match, I don’t think anything more needs to be said.”

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will return to Philadelphia, and Penn is hosting


March Madness is returning to Philadelphia — and Penn is hostiner his surprise departure yesterday.Just days after manager Rafa Benitez quit for Dalian Yifang, Perez was sold to Leicester for £30m.“Newcastle made my dreams come true – to be able to play in the Premier League,” he said.“It’s been five yearg it.

In 2022, that is, after the NCAA announced that the University of Pennsylvania would host the East Regional games at the Wells Fargo Center downtown.

It’s been 60 years since Penn last hosted the East Regionals in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, when the Palestra saw March Madness played out under its roof for four straight years in 1954-57. The Palestra also hosted the regional one other time in 1939.

That being said, the East Regional in 2022 will be held at the Wells Fargo Center, as the demand for tickets ws if they win the Europa League final.The Gunners are hoping they can clinch qualification for next season’s Champions League by beating Chelsea in Baku on May.Arsenal-stars-line-10m-bonus-win-Europa-League.html”>The Daily Mail says Unai Emery’s squaill far exceed the 8,700 seats in the Palestra. The Wells Fargo Center can hold 21,600 people for basketball games.

“The University of Pennsylvania is delighted to partner with the NCAA, PHL Sports and the Wells Fargo Center to bring March Madness back to Philadelphia,” Penn’s Director of Athletics, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, said in a press release. “Community matters is a core value of Penn Athletics, and hosting events like this, along with the Penn Relays and the inaugural Ivy League Basketball Tournaments, provides the opportunity to bring sports fans together in Philadelphia. We look forward to hosting a first-class event in 2022.”

Previously, the Wells Fargo Center has hosted a number of NCAA Tournament games, including the 2016 East Regionals, so the administration of the arena will be happy that the wait won’t be long to see March Madness come back.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2022 NCAA Men’s East Regional at the Wells Fargo Center,” Comcastniele de Rossi.De Rossi arrives on an initial one-year contract.”We signed De Rossi for two reasons: firstly because he’s always spoken well about Boca and because Nicolas Burdisso, his former teammate and our sporting director, told me about him,” A Spectacor’s John Page, President of the Wells Fargo Complex said in a press release. “The arena was designed to lure big-time events to Philadelphia and it continues to live up to its reputation. We have an outstanding history with the NCAA and we’re excited that we’ll be able to continue creating memories for the student athletes, their fans and the city of Philadelphia. We look forward to working closely with the University of Pennsylvania, PHL Sports and the NCAA in making the 2022 Men’s East Regional a great event for everyone.”

Having more March Madness in Philadelphia can hardly hurt, with the successful advent of the Ivy League Basketball Tournaments last month proving that the city is ready for more basketball. Penn men’s basketball lost to eventual NCAA Tournament contestants Princeton in an overtime heartbreaker, denying them the chance to make it to the Big Dance for the first time since 2007.

But with a potential home court advantage dangling in front of them in 2022, if they haven’t made it back to the tourney by then, it just might be the carrot they need to make their long-awaited return.

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


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.

In thrilling win at Cornell, Penn men's basketball takes one step closer to March Madness


Win and we’re in.

That has to be the message from coach Steve Donahue to his players after Penn men’s basketballsurvived a latethriller in Ithaca, N.Y., placing the team in a position where a win at Columbia in 24 hours’ timewould virtually guarantee a postseason bid.

Behind a superb all-around performance from freshman Ryan Betley, Penn overcame a series of Cornell runs to win 69-66 in a game that came down to the final seconds.

The Quakers (12-12, 5-6 Ivy), as they have been known to do recently, started the game out strong, opening up a 7-2 lead in the opening minutes. Despite struggling on the boards throughout, the team managed to head to halftime up 36-28. Most of this lead can be attributed to the sensational shooting of Betley, who scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the opening half.

The Red and Blue looked as if they were about to put the game away, as AJ Brodeur and Betley came out of the half on fire, but Cornell proved that it was not the type of team to roll over.

In fact, the Big Red (7-19, 3-8) proved much more than that, using a 13-0 run to take a two point lead with just underten minutes remaining. That lead would extend to four just before the seven minute mark. All hope appeared lost for the Quakers, as Cornell seemed to have all the momentum.

However, the Quakers, sensing that their playoff hopes were in jeopardy, dug deep. Betley proved that he was more than just an offensive specialist, coming up with a crucial block with 49 seconds remainingto force the Cornell shot clock violation that effectively altered the momentum of the game. On the ensuing possession, Brodeur hit a tough shot in the post to recapture the lead for Penn, 65-63.

From that point onward, Penn’s free throw shooting prevailed in a way it hadn’t all season, with Betley and junior Darnell Foreman each knocking down both of theirCheikhou Kouyate hailed victory over Bournemouth as among their “best”.Jeffrey Schlupp struck the only goal of the game on Tuesday night.Kouyate said: “We started the game very, very good. Everything was good, we fought for every ball and then we los attempts to seal the game.

Although it wasn’t necessarchanges this summer will prove successful.Villa signed 12 new players during pre-season in a spending spree of £130million, including new £22m record buy Wesley from Club Brugge.Boss Dean Smith has revamped his squad and McGinn knows the jury is ouily the prettiest or most seamless game for a Penn squad that has been running over opponents recently, its merits as an important and gritty road victory are indisputable.

That being said, a much stronger performance will be required from Penn on Saturday when the team battles Columbia on the road in the hopes of securing a spot in the Ivy League Tournament. A win would all-but guarantee Penn atictory over Arsenal.Klopp is happy to be getting full weeks of training with his players.He said, “We enjoyed a lot the opportunity to have a week of training. We will have another week of training and then we go to a very difficult place, to Burnley least the fourth-place spot, with the potential to go even further in pursuit of Yale’s current No. 3 seed.

All of the Ivy League will be watching on Saturday. Win, and Penn is in.

Penn squash starts the season with a capitol roadtrip


George Washington may have beaten the British, but he certainly won’t be beating the Quakers anytime soon. At least, that’s what Penn squash is hoping.

After an intense preseason that featured new supplemental weight training, the Red and Blue’s squash teams are looking to get off to a strong start to their seasons this weekend. Both squads will travel down to Washington, D.C., to face George Washington on Saturday, with the men’s team getting in a match against Navy on Friday in Annapolis, Md., as well.

Both teams will be looking to add to their recent string of dominance against their two upcoming opponents. Both the men and women have won two straight against the Colonials, while the men’s team will also seek to extend its 14-year win streak against Navy.

“This weekend sets the tone for rest of the year, and it’s an opportunity for us to show how hard we worked in the preseason,” coach Jack Wyant said. “We can show how we’re prepared for every team that we’re going to go up against.”

Heading into this weekend, both sides should feel confident after performing well at last week’s Ivy Scrimmage. Penn’s women captured first place with a 7-2 win over Harvard, while the men clinched third with a 5-4 victory against Columbia.

“We had a busy weekend … at the Ivy Scrimmage, but we’re going to work hard this week to make sure we’re as ready as we can be,” Wyant said.

“It will be really important to set the season off on the right note [this weekend],” men’s senior captain Tyler Odell said. “We want to get in there and show teams that we really can play — and to show how far we’ve come even from last year.”

The Red and Blue’s contests against the Midshipmen and Colonials could possibly introduce a few new faces to the collegiate squash circuit, as some of Penn’s freshmen may make their debut depending on lineup decisions. And what a debut it would be for the freshmen againsill tied to Leicester City’s plans.Silva insists he is happy at loan club Monaco but said the decision on his future beyond the summer is in the hands of Leicester.“Regardless of the club, there is always competition,” Silva said ahead of Monaco’s t these foes.

“It’s always tough going to Navy away,” Odell said. “They always bring a big crowd, and it’s always pretty rowdy, so it will be a good experience for a lot of our freshmen to compete in a high stress environment for their first match to gain some experience.

“College squash is a lot different than junior squash,” he added. “We don’t have one weekend where we play two or three matches and then take five days off. Here, it’s an intense schedule with the practices and morning lifts that we have, so the season is tough, it’s full of injuries and adversity. We’ve just been telling our guys to keep their heads up, stay positive and take care of their bodies.”

While this weekend is just one stop on a season-long journey to the Potter Cup for Penn squash, one thing is clear for both teams: It is key to start the year by cominthampton.After a week where they had lost to Leicester before being beaten by League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup, Spurs’ spirits were lifted as £53.8m club record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored with a powerful deflected finish.Serge Aurier, whg away fhe season with defeat at home to KV Oostende.The former Manchester City defender selected himself from the start and saw his team take an early lead before eventually losing 1-2.”Before the match, I felt that this scenario was possible,” said the plarom the capital with wins.

Tony | Penn basketball already full of 'can'ts'


So Penn basketball almost came back. Valiantly even. Doesn’t matter.

That 23-6 run finishing with 1:39 left to go in the game? Very impressive, yes.

But why did Penn even find itself with such a deep hole to dig out of in the first place?

You’ll find the answer in the paint,ng of Josip Drmic from Borussia Monchengladbach.The Switzerland attacker will be hoping that he can score the goals that keep the newly promoted side in the Premier League.The 26-year-old spent the past four seasons at Borussia and has 32 caps for hi where Penn allowed Temple a shocking 20 offensive and 49 overall rebounds. To put that into perspective, the Owls’ 20 offensive boards were nearly twice their 11.2 per game average from a year ago.

Possession after possession, Penn would play solid defense and Temple would get bailed out by an offensive boaentus great Alessandro del Piero has spoken of his admiration for Atletico Madrid whizkid Joao Felix.Back after an injury lay-off, Felix is hoping to recapture his early season form for Atletico.For his part, Del Piero has already seen enough, convinrd anyway.

Temple’s starting frontcourt officially consisted of only two forwards and three guards. The two forwards — juniors Anthony Lee and Mark Williams — combined for eight offensive rebounds alone, and somehow 6-foot-5 Owls guard Dalton Pepper managed to snare four boards on that side of the court, one more than Penn’s big men Darien Nelson-Henry and Fran Dougherty combined.


“We offensive rebounded the ball a little bit last year too, but I wasn’t expecting this,” Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. “Our offensive rebr for preseason to get underway.The 26-year-old was back in training last week alongside his teammates who were not on international duty this summer but will be joined by a few more of his colleagues on Monday as the team targets their Europa Leagueounding was great. We thought we’d be able to get a few of them, but not like this.”

No, not like this. Not when you have the experience and size in your frontcourt that the Quakers do.

When asked what he knew about his team that he didn’t know before the game, Penn coach Jerome Allen launched into a can’t rant. “I know we can’t guard the ball. I know we cannot rebound,” Allen said. “If we can’t do those two things, we’re gonna lose more than once.”

In fact, the Owls took a whopping 40 shots on the Quakers in the first half alone because Penn couldn’t come down with the ball. How did such an inexperienced Temple squad notch 42 points on the road in its first game of the season? That’s how.

And that’s the thing — there’s no moral victory in rallying to overtake Temple after trailing by double digits for much of the second half.

Why? Because Temple’s so much more inexperienced than Penn. The Owls lost four of their five leading scorers from last season, including 71 percent of their total scoring.

Dunphy’s squad is the opposite of deep — there are only 10 players on his entire roster. Temple may have a lot of athleticism, but not enough to build a 15-point lead midway through the second half with such a green roster.

Prior to Saturday’s game, sophomore guard Tony Hicks and seniors Dougherty and Miles Cartwright all talked about wanting to get out and run in transition more often this season. Well, you can’t do that when you’re constantly defending your own end because you can’t rebound the ball defensively.

These are the can’ts right now for Allen and his team. They need to become can dos as soon as possible if the Quakers want to play uptempo and for a complete 40 minutes.

No comeback, no matter how rousing, can mask that reality.

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

Penn men's soccer comes up short in Ithaca


As the men’s soccer team continues to experience, one is the loneliest number.

For the second straight year, the Quakers began Ivy League play with a heartbreaking one-goal loss to Cornell, with this iteration coming by a final of 3-2 in Ithaca, N.Y.

After senior Travis Cantrell cut Cornell’s two-goal lead to one in the 63rd minute, the Red and Blue had multiple chances to tie the game, yet none bigger than Bryan Yasukochi’s in the 78th minute. Yasukochi got the ball down the right flank and had a promising shot, but was denied by a quality save from Cornell goaltender Rick Pflasterer, who deflected the ball off the crossbar.

Penn had chances on set pieces with two corner kicks in the final 10 minutes, but Cornell’s defense just held off the Quakers’ rally.

Penn’s loss was its sixth defeat by one goal this season. The Quakers (2-8, 0-1 Ivy) have consistently been on the verge of getting a big win that would jumpstart them out of their woeful beginning to the season.

“There’s still a lot of soccer to be played,” Penn coach Rudy Fuller said. “I think we’re getting sick and tired of the opposition’s coaches telling us how good of a team we are and how surprised they are at our record.”

Unlike the struggling Quakers, Cornell (9-0, 1-0 Ivy) came into the game looking to defend its undefeated record and continue its consistently strong play.

The Red and Blue began the game in encouraging fashion with a goal in the 12th minute from midfielder Louis Schott. However, Cornell responded 20 minutes later with a seven-minute barrage of three goals before halftime, led by the nation’s leading scorer, Daniel Haber.

Haber scored heir Europa League defeat at Astana.Even with the 36-year-old making his first start between the sticks, the line-up against Astana was the youngest the club have ever put out for a European match.”They will take a lot out of it,” goalkeeper Grant sathe second of the three goals and proceeded to assist on the third four minutes later. Haber’s goal was his 14th on a season where he has led the Big Red are reeling with the news that Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba will be absent for the foreseeable future.And a report from ESPN suggests United will look for reinforcements in the market this month.They could sign Can from Juventus on loan, as he hasto a spot in the national rankings.

Cornell provided a tough test for a shorthanded Penn team, which was withouly Mail says Bayer Leverkusen, Fiorentina, Rennes and Strasbourg have all expressed an interest in the Kenya international who has been on the periphery of Tottenham’s first team for the past year.The 28-year-old, who has a British passport, still hat its normal netminder. The Quakers had Tyler Kinn at goaltender in the place of starter Max Kurtzman, who was injured Wednesday against Drexel.

“Tyler did very well in goal,” Fuller said, “He made two big saves, did what was required of him, and we just needed to do a better job defending in front of him.”

Despite having a different goaltender and facing an undefeated team on the road, Penn hung in the game until the very end and reversed its normal trend of disappointing second halves.

“We definitely played a lot better in the second half, which is a good thing to build off of,” Schott said. “We just need to shore up some things on defense.”

The Red and Blue now look to get both their first home and Ivy League victories Saturday against Columbia.

“It’s always nice to get back home,” Kinn said. “We can only go up from here if we get a win on Saturday and start a streak in the Ivies.”SEE ALSO

Rutgers, Radford sink Penn volleyball at Palestra


Going into the weekend, Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr wondered how her team would perform after a subpar week of practice.

The coach’s concerns were affirmed as the Quakers dropped two out of three matches in the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational at the Palestra.

“We did not have a good practice week last week,” Carr said. “We have to have a good practice week to play well. They were not focused last week, and it came back to haunt us.”

Penn (4-5) got out to a sluggish start Friday night against George Mason (2-11), needing four sets to dispatch their lowly opponent.

“We came out slow Friday, but we got out of it Saturday … Just because we lost doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing,” Carr said. “There were growing points from the weekend.”

After a night of rest and some adjustments from the coaching staff, the Quakers played better on Saturday but fell to Radford (8-7) in four sets, 24-26, 25-9, 22-25 and 17-25.

Hoping to bounce back against a highly touted Rutgers (14-1) squad, Penn won the first set of what was perhaps its best match of the tournament, 25-22. But the Quakers were unable to sustain their stellar play and fell the next three sets, 26-28, 19-25 and 16-25.

After the match, Carr reiterated the importance of practice to her team’s play.

“We really cannot waste a week of practice,” Carr said. “We’ll use things we did well this weekend, build on those and take care of what we should have taken care of this weekend.”

Dani Shephard anchored the defensive effort with 36 digs to bring her total to 97 on the weekend, enough to garner All-Tournament honors.

Penn also got valuable contributions from freshman Alex Caldwell, who notched a rare triple-double (13 kills, 11 digs, 10 assists) against Radford and made her presence felt throughout the weekend.

“She played really well Friday night,” Carr said. “The leadership of the junior and senior classes is really bringing the freshmen along. I just have to sneak them in [the game] and keep their confidence high.”

Freshmen have been shuffled in and out of the Quakers’ lineups all season and may see their roles increase with improved play.

“They [the freshmen] e veteran midfielder, 33, was due to see his existing deal run out at the end of this season, and would have been free to discuss terms with a team from England from the beginning of January.But his new contract will now sr-old is closing in on 100 goals in the English top flight – he has 90 in 187 appearances – and is this season’s top scorer with 10.”His best years will be here and if you look at him now there are still a few more to go yet,” said Rodgers. “He’s stiee him stay at Anfield untilare contending foo Werner.The German striker has heavily been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks.But Krosche has said Leipzig aren’t worried about his potential departure.He told Bild: “There aren’t many things that favour him leaving us.“There has br starting roles,” Carr said. “If they keep doing what they are doing in practice, they will either make someone better or take their spot. Starting lineups aren’t set if they keep improving.”

The Quakers have a midweek match against Delaware on Wednesday before beginning Ivy play Saturday against Princeton at the Palestra.SEE ALSO

At stake in Holy War: Pride, and a Big 5 title


The date was February 20, 1965. The Philadelphia Big 5 was celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the young association’s two NCAA Tournament contenders, Villanova and Saint Joseph’s, were set to clash at the Palestra.

The rivalry’s intensity had already earned the title of the “Holy War” – so named for the universities’ Roman-Catholic affiliations. This one proved to be no less intense. Not even a bomb threat – which turned out to be a false alarm – was enough to stop the electric play.

In the end, it was St. Joe’s that came out with the win. It swept the City Series en route to reaching the NCAA Tournament.

The Hawks (13-9, 3-0 Big 5) have been on the losing side of the battle in recent years, but with the Big 5 title on the line at 7 p.m. tonight, it hasn’t lost any of its signature intensity.

“There’s always that tension between us and Villanova,” St. Joe’s forward Ahmad Nivins said. “There’s a lot on the line here so it’s going to be a great game for us.”

Villanova (15-7, 3-0 Big 5) has won nine of the last 13 meetings and is fresh off of a win over Louisville.

The game is set to air on ESPN2 as part of the network’s “Rivalry Week,” but Nivins knows the dangers of getting caught up in the media hype.

“With this young group, we can’t be dazzled by the big lights,” Nivins said. “Villanova’s a good team with a lot of experience. . We can’t let those little things get to us, like the hostile environment and that it’s on TV. I think we just really have to stay focused.”

And there’sBrd over Eden Hazard’s expected sale this summer.The Sun says Chelsea chiefs promised the Belgian last summer that he could leave for La Liga if he stayed for one more year.Senior sources at Chelsea do not deny their agreement with Hazard but the clubuffon is proud to have matched Paolo Maldini’s appearances record.Featuring in victory over Sampdoria last night, Buffon made it 647 Serie A appearances – so drawing level with record holder and AC Milan icon Maldini.Afterwards, Buffon insisted: “ plenty to focus on for St. Joe’s.

Villanova freshman guard Scottie Reynolds has exploded onto the Philadelphia hoops scene, dropping 82 points in his last five games. That includes thr stalling stadium upgrade plans by slashing costs by as much as UK£500 million (US$650 million), according to the New Civil Engineer, reports, /.The West London club had originally planned to demolish the existing 41,600 seater Stamford Bridge to be game-high 26 points he netted in the Wildcats’ nail-biter over Texas.

His production, bolstered by Mike Nardi’s outside shooting and Curtis Sumpters’s inside presence, will give the Hawks plenty of trouble – a fact that is certainly not lost on St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli.

“They do such a great job of finding each other with triple penetration; we are not going to be able to guard them unless we can guard the ball and keep the ball in front of us,” he said.

The Wildcats have had the advantage recently, but with both teams coming into the contest undefeated in the Big 5, this game seems in perfect accord with the heated history that dates back to 1921.

At the very least, the expectations, talent and tension promises that the game could be more than just another chapter in Holy War’s history.

Needing to win for title shot, W. Squash forgets Howe


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Recovering from “the most disappointing day of squash I’ve ever had” wasn’t easy for senior and co-captain Paula Pearson or her Penn teammates.

And it was a bittersweet weekend for them at the Howe Cup in New Haven. A No. 2 seed in the championship tournament, the Quakers expected nothing less than at least a berth in the final – and a national title was well within their grasp.

But instead it was No. 1 Princeton who left with the Howe Cup. The Quakers leave Yale disappointed after a 6-3 semifinal loss to No. 3 Harvard, but proud after reversing those numbers over the host Elis to capture third place.

“We’re definitely focusing on the latter aspect of is excited to be facing with Champions League opponents Manchester City.Atalanta lost their opening two games to Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk – and visit City next week.“Manchester City are certainly capable of winning the Champions League, that,” coach Jack Wyant said.

On Friday, seventh-seeded Williams provided a sparring partner, as the Quakers won, 9-0.

But the real tournament would begin Saturday, when it would come down to the top four teams in the country: Princeton taking on Yale, and Penn playing Harvard.

Confidence was high going in: The Quakers defeated the Crimson 6-3 last week at Ringe Courts, and Yale’s courts are similar to Penn’s.

Nobody expected a physical or talent letdown on the part of the Red and Blue against Harvard. If it was going to lose, Penn would lose in the mental game. According to the team, that’s what happened.

Pearson and classmate Radhika Ahluwalia both agreed that the team was too tentative in hitting shots and laid back when it should have attacked.

“We all could have played better,” Pearson said. “We might have been too focused on our next match instead of dealing with the present. I had high expectations and I think everyone else did too.”

“Mentally, they were probably more prepared than we were,” Ahluwalia said. “I think the fact that they were the underdog gave them some more motivation, a killer instinct.”

Devastating losses are not unfamiliar to the team – it lost a critical match and its No. 1 ranking to Princeton last month. But this one ended a championship dream that seemed very real, and the players would have less than 24 hours to collect themselves to face Yale for third place.

As they’ve done before, the senior trio of A win over Granada.Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game in the second half as the hosts dominated possession at the Camp Nou.”I think it was a good,” Setien said when asked how he would grade his team’s performance.”Maybe we lacked a bit of chluwalia, Pearson, and Caitlin Russell took the initiative in leading their team.

“I told them that we could take this two ways,” Pearson said. “That we could look at it and be negative, or that we could turn it to our advantage, since Yale also lost.”

Ahluwalia made sure that the team didn’t lose sight of what they’d done all year. In her rallying cry, she said that “third in the country is great; we haven’t done that in seven years.” She added that they had to push the Harvard loss out of their minds against Yale.

On Sunday, Penn looked more like the team that was ranked first in the country. It jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and Wyant cautioned that the team had done that before against the Elis and only ended up winning 5-4.

Only this time, the wins kept on coming until the final score read an impressive 6-3.

Even the usually optimistic Wyant admitted that he druce has explained the benching of Allan Saint-Maximin for their 0-0 draw against Burnley.The French winger was only involved in a cameo role for the Magpies and didn’t look fully fit.Bruce later told the media he’d been carrying a hamstring injury.Bidn’t think the team could bounce back so quickly.

Chalk that recovery up to the team’s leadership and camaraderie. Ahluwalia said that the trio fed off of their younger teammates, who made “win it for the seniors” a theme for Sunday.

Although her two classmates won, Ahluwalia fell in her last collegiate team match. Wyant refused to feel sorry about that.

“You know, I can’t ever be disappointed with Paula or Radhika,” he said. “They’ve both won tough matches for us and lost big ones as well. But without them and their leadership, we’d never be in this position. I’m incredibly proud.”

Jones to oversee U.S. team this spring


Rarely do Ivy League schools receive national attention for athletics, but this winter Penn is proving to be quite an anomaly.

On the heels of the basketball team’s ESPN-televised game at Duke’s famed Cameron Indoor Stadium, wrestling head coach Zeke Jones has been chosen to lead the United States National Freestyle team at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro this spring.

After the completion of the wrestling season in mid-March, Jones will head to the USA Wrestling training headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. to prepare his team for the Games, which are set to take place from May 31 to June 4.

Along with Kevin Jackson, the head of the U.S.’s freestyle wrestling program, Jones will be in charge of assembling the team.

Jackson was also responsible for naming the Michigan native as coach.

Jones said that individual performances at the U.S. Open Wrestling Championships and the NCAA Championships will weigh heavily on the selection process in order to accomplish his goal of “mixing the veSeattle Sounders are looking for a new streaming partner after their deal with YouTube TV, the cable-free live television service of video-sharing company YouTube, expired at the end of the 2019 season, reports SportBusiness.YouTube TV announced that the entire platform will be shut down, with fans losing access to all previous recordings.The Sounders have linear TV deals with Q13 Fox and JOEtv.terans with the younger guys.”

Though Jones is only in his first year as Penn’s coach, he is by no means new to international competition.

Jones, possibly the University’s most accomplished coach in his respective sport, was a six-time U.S. Open National Freestyle champion and 1992 Olympic silver medalist before beginning his coaching career.

In 2004, he served as the freestyle head coach at the Olympics in Athens, and was on the team’s coaching staff for the 1996 and 2000 games as well.

Jones was also the head coach at the last Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, where he guided the American team to first place and four individual gold medals.

Given his current responsibility as Penn’s coach, it will be difficult for him to focus on the games until the season is over.

“My first priority is to the family [at Penn],” he said.

However, he noted that the grapplers are already in preparation, with many of them set for training tours in Russia and Bulgaria.

A few weeks before traveling to Brazil, the team will gather in Colorado to practice together and evaluate the other countries’ teams.

Cuba is always the U.S.’s toughest competition in the Pan American Games, in which all countries in the western hemisphere can enter. Other perennial contenders include Canada and Mexico.

Despite the differences in competition, Jones said that he will bring a coaching approach Vinicius Junior is confident he’ll soon start hitting the back of the net.With just three goals this season, there has been criticism of his finishing, yet the player isn’t worried.”I’m very calm and I know at some point the goals will come,” Vinici to the national team similar to that of Penn’s.

Though he is looking forward to taking on his familiar rols Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reluctant to buy a new striker this summer.The Telegraph says inside the club there is a willingness to accept United have left themselves short up front following the failure to land a replacement for either Alexis Sancheze at the national level, his experience could also be helpful to the Quakers in the future.

“I love working with our country’s athletes,” he said. “It will be nice to be able spread the knowledge I gain from working with them to our team.”

While Jones was honored by his appointment, he felt that it was also a reflection on Penn and its athletic department.

“This is really a collective honor for the program,” he said.

W. Hoops starts 2-0


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Reflecting on the Penn women’s basketball team’s first Ivy League weekend of the season, coach Patrick Knapp easily found the difference between his team and its foes.

“Our collective will means a lot,” he said. “These kids don’t believe they can lose.”

So they didn’t.

Despite shooting under 39 percent from the field on their trip, the Quakers won both games — 53-40 over Yale (3-13, 0-3 Ivy), and 4club to the Champions League final, Pochettino says they must buy to maintain their progress.He told Partidazo de Cope: “I will not make decisions after the final, it is important to know what the future plan is. If we want to return to the Champions7-43 over the Brown (11-6, 3-1).

With a 2-0 conference record, Penn (9-6) sits atop the Ancient Eight standings this morning, officially tied for first place with Dartmouth (7-8, 3-0).

On Friday night in New Haven, Conn., Penn came to a gym built to look like a great gothic cathedral and left with a very ugly win.

After leading the Elis only 19-15 at halftime, the Quakers pulled away in the second half, prevailing in front of a sparse but vocal crowd at the John J. Lee Amphitheater and a television audience on the YES Network.

The 40 points were the second-lowest total allowed by Penn in an Ivy League game in program history. The record was set on pointive Granit Xhaka the captaincy.Many Gunners fans were disappointed when Emery announced Xhaka as skipper at the start of this season.But Emery believes the Swiss international is one of the leaders within the squad and deserved the captaincy.”The maied Mikel Arteta as Emery’s permanent successor following a brief interim spell for Freddie Ljungberg, and Emery has now opened up to BBC Sport about how those near misses last season ultimately cost him.Emery said, “The truth is that in the firsFeb. 24, 1995, when the Quakers beat Columbia, 66-39, at the Palestra.

Abysmal shooting by both teams led to the low score. Each made only five field goals in the first half and 13 in the game, with Penn attempting 43 shots to Yale’s 41. Penn shot 2-of-8 from three-point range on the night, while Yale shot 5-of-19.

Knapp admitted that the teams “set basketball back a little bit today,” and was more than happy to “throw [the game] in the trash can” as the team got ready to board the bus.

Penn was led on offense by junior center Jennifer Fleischer, whose 15 points included 7-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Monica Naltner was also impressive from the charity stripe, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 and hitting three clutch jumpers for 12 total points.

Overall, Penn shot 25-of-37 from the free throw line, benefiting from the 26 fouls committed by Yale — 11 in the first half and 15 in the second. Six Elis finished the game with three or more personal fouls charged against them.

Yale was certainly complicit in its third loss of the young Ivy League season, and not just because of its shooting. The Elis allowed Penn to steal the ball 12 times and committed 24 turnovers, including 10 by senior guard and team captain Morgan Richards.

“We’re plagued by turnovers, and not giving ourselves an opportunity to score when we have possession of the ball,” Yale coach Amy Backus said. “That’s been our issue the entire year.”

Saturday night in Providence, R.I., Penn met a Brown team which entered the weekend in first place in the Ancient Eight. Each dared the other to blink, and as the clock wound down, the Bears finally did.

The Quakers, who had a sizeable fan contingent in the announced crowd of 724 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, held a tenuous 23-21 lead at halftime. They were able to extend their lead to as many as eight points, but with 5:31 to play, Brown senior center Holly Robertson scored on consecutive possessions to cut the margin to 43-41.

Brown went ice-cold from the floor after that. The Bears missed their next four shots, but two Penn turnovers in the same span kept the score where it was — allowing Robertson to tie the game by hitting two free throws with 1:39 to play.

The free throws were Brown’s last points of the game, and from there, Fleischer took over. With 22 seconds to go, she took a pass from senior guard Amanda Kammes in the paint, drove hard to the basket and hit a layup to give Penn the lead back.

The Bears played for the last shot, and coach Jean Marie Burr called a timeout with 10.9 seconds remaining. Off the inbounds pass, Sarah Hayes missed a layup, and Fleischer simply overpowered everyone in the post to get the rebound.

Brown had a foul to give, so forward Andrea Conrad did the honors, and guard Colleen Kelly fouled Naltner on the inbounds pass with three seconds to go. Naltner hit both free throws and sealed the victory.

Quakers look lost as Villanova rolls


The Villanova basketball team does this bizarre warmup drill before games. It’s sueat Ruud Gullit after they reached the Champions League final.Dutch legend Gullit had criticised a number of Tottenham players following Ajax’s 1-0 first-leg win last week.He said: “Dele Alli — technically-wise, so bad. Victor Wanyama, technicallpposed to be a defensive slide drill, but the Wildcats end up looking like extras in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.

No matter what it looks like, though, the drill works.

The ‘Cats stifled Penn’s offense in the first half, took the lead with a 12-0 run midway through the first half and led 29-21 at the break en route to a 73-63 thrashing of Penn last night at the Palestra. The closest the Quakers got after halftime was five points.

‘Nova’s first-half run began when the Wildcats were down 12-9. Sophomore guard Allan Ray then scored eight straight points, including two three-pointers, and freshman Mike Nardi hit a jumper and a layup — the latter coming off a fast break after stealing the ball from junior forward Eric Heil.

The Quakers (2-4, 0-2 Big 5) shot only 9-for-28 in the first half, and made only 2-of-12 three-pointers. Penn shot 22-for-57 (39 percent) from the field for the game and 5-for-20 (25 percent) from three-point range.

Penn swingman Jeff Schiffner shot 4-for-15 from the field, and 2-for-7 from beyond the arc. Wildcats guard Randy Foye guarded him most of the game.

“I knew we were doing good on ‘D’ because at halftime coach came in and talked straight about offense,” Foye said.

Nardi led the way for the Wildcats (5-2, 3-0 Big 5) with 20 points — 10 in each half. He punctuated the first half with a fast break three-point play with under a second left. His basket came after Schiffner missed an open three.

“That play at the end of the half was just a crushing play,” Penn coach Fran Dunphy said. “The last two games, the last play of the half has really hurt us.”

Ray had 13, sophomore forward Curtis Sumpter had 18 and Foye had 16 for the Wildcats.

Adam Chubb led the way for the Quakers with 17 points, nine of them free throws. Schiffner had 13. No other Penn player was in double figures.

“We got some open looks, I got some open looks, I just didn’t take advantage of them,” Schiffner said.

After going 11 deep in a 67-59 loss to No. 12 Saint Joseph’s on Saturday, Dunphy didn’t sub for almost the first 10 minutes last night.

Heil came in for Adam Chubb with 10:02 left in the first half and Penn down five, and Dunphy eventually went 10 deep. Dunphy said the short bench in the early going was not intentional.

“You just try to get a feel and try to go t has emerged as a main contender having impressed Juventus during three years at Napoli between 2015-18.The Italian still has one year on his contract at Chelsea, although the club have the option to extend it by another 12 months.While Sarri has inso [the bench] as best you can,” he said. “I’d like to play as many guys as possible.”

The one player who didn’t get in who played against St. Joe’s was junior Eric Osmundson. The 6’5″ transfer guard from Utah is 1-for-15 from the floor so far this season and has only one assist.

“It wasn’t his opportunity tonight,” Dunphy said. “In 11 days we’ll play Bucknell and he’ll get his chance then.”

Penn’s two threes came in the first eight minutes, with Tim Begley hitting his only three with 12:04 left in the first half. Penn didn’t hit another one until Jeff Schiffner scored from beyond the arc with 11:46 left in the second half.

The Quakers did make a late run in the second half, moving to a full-court press and closing it to five on a Copp layup with just over a minute to play. Heil had a steaaway Premier League leaders have only dropped two points all season – and bookies have stopped taking bets on them winning the title.Klopp said, “Where can we improve? Concentration level. Against (Manchester) United, we did a lot of things in the l and an emphatic block of Sumpter in the final minutes. A Chubb offensive foul with 57 seconds to play effectively ended any comeback chance for the Quakers.

The game was Villanova’s second in four days at the Palestra. The Wildcats topped La Salle, 74-61, in the Big 5 Classic on Saturday.

Penn is now 0-2 in the Big 5. Villanova is already 3-0 and has clinched at least second place in the league. The ‘Cats play Saint Joseph’s on Feb. 2 in their final City Series contest.

News and Notes

Villanova’s media relations department lists the series against the Quakers as 33-17 in favor of the Wildcats. Penn lists it as 32-18. The discrepancy is the 1970 East Regional Final: Villanova won, 90-47, but was stripped of all its wins that season for NCAA violations… Although the Wildcats have played seven games overall, two — a 114-103 win at Division III Redlands and a 52-49 loss at Division II Chaminade — do not count in the RPI or for postseason considerations.