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


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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.

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.

Penn football's Justin Watson continues schooling of Ivies


For Watson, things are looking pretty elementary.

Justin Watson, that is.

Through the first six games of Penn football’s season, the sophomore wide receiver is putting together one of the best pass-catching seasons in recent memory. The Bridgeville, Pa., native has tallied 39 catches for 561 yards and five touchdowns, all of which lead the team.

“He’s a great kid. He works exceptionally hard,” Rick Ulrich, the Quaker wide receivers coach, said. “And he’s got great open-field running ability. He breakto move to Fenerbahce, it has been revealed.German journalist Thomas Wagner claims Werder Bremen’s Fenerbahce-bound forward Kruse st” when his side scored a late winner to reach the Carabao Cup final.Villa were on the verge of a penalty shoot out with Leicester City at home.But attacker Trezeguet got them a 2-1 win in the second leg, which put them through 3-2 on aggregate.Smithnubbed Liverpool this summer.“I know Liverpool made an offer to him,” he told Aksam.“At first, I thought that a movs a lot of tackles.”

That elusiveness and physicality was perhaps best exemplified during Penn’s shocking upset of Villanova on Sept. 24. Watson hauled in two touchdown passes in that game, one of which came on a dominating 33-yard catch-and-run that featured several broken tackles and one particularly nasty stiff-arm.

“I’ve really tried to work on my running after the catch,” Watson said. “This year, I’ve really made a point to stay on my feet and make sure that just one guy never tackles me.”

During his high school days, Watson was a highly sought recruit out of Pittsburgh-area South Fayette High.

“I was pretty much deciding between going to Buffalo [of the Football Bowl Subdivision Mid-American Conference] or Penn,” Watson said. “What really sold me is that, when I got here, it felt like a big football school. It was the best of both worlds, both academics and football.”

“He had a lot of different options, including some at higher levels,” Ulrich said. “He’s here, and the rest is history.”

The wideout impressed during his rookie season a year ago, notching 42 catches for 497 yards, both program records for a rookie. After getting his feet wet during the first half of the season, Watson emerged as a bona fide offensive threat during Ivy play.

“It was about this time last year, before the Brown game, that I knew I was about to start having a bigger role in the offense, and I’d start taking over that role as the No. 1 receiver.”

“You could see during his freshman year that he was going to be something special,” head coach Ray Priore said.

A year ago, Watson had established senior receivers Spencer Kulcsar and Conner Scott above him on the depth chart. While the team sputtered to a disappointing nited squad for the first-time after recovering from cancer.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and begun chemotherapy at the start of 2019.Taylor started training again in September and will now travel with the first-team 2-8 overall record, Watson believes he gathered valuable experience under their tutelage.

“Conner was the first guy in and the last guy out every day. I learned to lead through my actions from him. And Spencer was always in my ear; he was kind of a gnat,” Watson said, laughing. “I’ve been trying to fill their role and make sure that all the other receivers are working as hard as we can.”

Despite all his early-season success, Ulrich still maintains that Watson has areas of his game that can be improved.

“He’s not a quality blocker just yet,” Ulrich admitted. “I’m on him about it every day. He doesn’t like to hear me talk to him because it’s probably about his blocking.”

However, improvement in that category may have to wait. Watson has been donning a red non-contact jersey in practice over the last few weeks as he nurses a shoulder injury suffered in that win over Villanova. Though he sat out the second half of that game — making his 87 yards and two TDs on the night even more impressive — Watson has managed to avoid missing meaningful game action.

“Like it is with everyone else, the healthiest you’re going to be is the first day of camp, and after that you’re going to be banged up,” Priore said. “And our training staff does a phenomenal job of getting us ready.”

Going forward, Watson has some clear-cut goals for his career in University City.

“One, I want to win as many Ivy League championships as we can,” Watson said. “And I want to be first team All-Ivy each year. … If I could get that this year and the next two, that would be pretty cool.”

Those goals are perfectly attainable, if you ask coach Priore:

“When a real good player is also your hardest worker, that’s a great combination.”

Future of Penn volleyball has winning in her past


Unlike last year, Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr has the veteran firepower needed to keep the team from being reliant on freshmen. But one rookie has forced her way onto the court regardless.

Outside hitter Courtney Quinn is one of just three Quakers to have played in all 49 sets this season. Quinn’s 70 kills are good for fifth on the team, as are her six service aces. The Woodlands, Texas, native also has the fourth-most digs with 97.

In the entire Ivy League, only four freshmen have more kills than Quinn, and only six have more aces. But Quinn is even better than her impressive stats suggest.

“The thing Courtney brings to the court that you might not see in the kill column [is that] she’s super smart with where she puts the ball,” Carr said. “She doesn’t make many mistakes. We actually track what happens to a ball when the [players] hit it — even if it doesn’t go in the kill column — and most of Courtney’s balls end up turning into points for us.”

Quinn is no stranger to success. She garnered several individual honors during her four years in high school, including Lonestar Prep Volleyball Texas Player of the Year in 2014, while also receiving recognition for her academic excellence.

However, the rookie might have to temper her expectations for team success at the collegiate level. Even this promising Red and Blue squad will have no chance of matching the dominance of Quinn’s high school team, which went 86-3 over her final two years en route to back-to-back state championships. In 2ic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has come in for criticism from former player Graham Fenton.Fenton worked with O’Neill at Leicester in the late 1990s and while things didn’t work out for the attacker on the pitch, he claimed O’Neill didn’t help h013, her squad was named the top high school unit in the country by MaxPreps.

But while Penn won’t ever be the No. 1 team in the country during Quinn’s tenure, her Ivy career is certainly off to a promising start. The Red and Blue won their league opener on Saturday, topping Princeton in four hard-fought sets on the road.

“It was really exciting because that was one of the more intense games, with a hostile crowd and a really good opponent,” Quinn said. “It wasn’t like you could ease into conference [play]. Right off the bat we had to get down to business.”

And while such an incredible level of high school excellence might require an adjustment when one reaches college, Carr pointed out that there are significant benefits that come with a background of on-court success.

“What you don’t have to do is teach those kids how to win. They know how to win,” Carr said. “How they won at her high school was on her arm. And that’s important for her to know, that she can lead a team in a tight game.

“She can win those last points for her team, and when you take someone who has won a championship game … they’ve already figured out what a team needs to do to win, and they can bring that king his Chelsea duck on Saturday.Scoring a brace in 3-2 win over Norwich City was redemption for the young striker after he missed a penalty in the Super Cup final loss to Liverpool.Speaking after the game, the 21-year-old says he was always optimisculture to this team. I think that’s something that she’s done.”

Quinn is a team-oriented player. Coming from a school program where she played with her two sisters and many of her close childhood friends, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable for her to need some time to adjust to her new teammates and surroundings. But the freshman is already comfortable with her fellow Quakers, something Carr attributes to the environment created by the team’s veterans.

“That’s one thing that this team has that’s so great: A culture of taking in the new kids and treating them like family right away,” Carr said.

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“She’s extremely coachable. You tell her to do something, and she’ll try to do it immediately, even if it’s hard to do right away.”

Through the good and bad, Quinn relishes the intensity and the challenges of NCAA-level play.

“The competition is my favorite part,” she said. “You’re really playing for something — you want to win Ivy championships. In high school, our team had always won district championships every year, so it was just something you knew was gonna happen.

“But here it’s really like any team can win any game. It’s really point-for-point. You really have to bring your best every night, so that’s a really fun atmosphere to be playing in.”

The busiest man in Penn Athletics


Marcus Jones may be the busiest man in Penn Athletics.

The sophomore from Newport, Pa., can lay claim to being part of three of the program’s teams. After playing for the junior varsity basketball team and managing the varsity basketball team throughout his freshman year in 2014-15, Jones has maintained his commitments to both teams and joined sprint football this fall as well.

The underclassman has played both sports since fourth grade, lettering three times in basketball and twice in football in high school. Having heard of his prowess, Penn sprint football coach Bill Wagner got in touch with Jones during his senior year of high school and asked if he wanted to grace the gridiron for the Red and Blue. However, Jones ultimately decided to devote his time to basketball.

But Wagner didn’t give up.

“[Wagner] gave me a call and asked if I wanted to try on the pads again at the end of basketball season last year,” Jones said. “I was kind of reminiscing about high school at the time, so I was really excited when he gave me the call.

“I was more than happy to accept.”

Jones has been an integral part of the Quakers’ defense this fall, playing in all four of the team’s games and totaling 22 tackles while serving as a defensive end. Although he went through a bit of an adjustment period earlier this season after a year off from the game, Jones has managed to reacclimate.

“I was kind of anxious and kind of waiting for that first hit,” he admitted. “But once we got back into the swing of things, it meshed and felt normal again.”

In addition, Jones had to adapt to the increased skill level of his opponents compared to those he had faced in high school.

“The game did speed up from high school,” Jones said. “I could definitely tell. I was a little caught off guard during the first game with the way the speed was.

“But I’m picking it up really well.”

With the start of basketball season just a month away, Jones is beginning to think about hoops. He anticipates there will be times a friend after sacking him on Monday.Valverde was axed on Monday and replaced by former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.Bartomeu said he would have preferred for Valverde’s sacking to have been handled smoother.”I’d have liked things to have gone ano when sprint football games or practices and JV basketball practices overlap, but it is understood that sprint football takes priority while he is still on the roster for that team during the season.

Still, it’s a delicate balancing act.

“It’s going to be a little bit of a jumble,” he noted.

Once the sprint football season comes to a close, Jones will also resume his duties as a manager forcoach Steve Donahue’s basketball program. His responsibilities with the Quakers include helping with equipment, filling water bottles, filming practices and making sure everything runs smoothly on game day.

Although playing for the JV team while managing the varsity group can be quite time-consuming, Jones views the opportunity to do both as invaluable experience.

“I think of myself as a student of the game, even though I’m not on the varsity team,” Jones said. “I like to watch, like to learn and like to pick up new things and play better in JV games.

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Heartbreak city: Penn football falls in season opener to Jacksonville, 34-31


JACKSONVILLE, FLA—As the rain poured down on Saturday, it was Jacksonville who madePenn football seem like fish—er, mammals—out of water.

Despite a 12-point fourth quarter deficit, Dolphins’ junior quarterback Kade Bell led an eight-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in under two minutes—culminated with a 27-yard pass to D’Andre Randle with 39 secondsremaining —to stun the Red and Blue, 34-31.

“There were an awful lot of weather elements that we had to overcome today, with the heat, the humidity and the rain, so there’s certainly some positives we can take out, but it’s disappointing that we couldn’t finish the deal,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said. “We had chances on both sides to put it away, but we just came up short.

“It was an equal-opportunity loss, it isn’t on either side, it’s on everything and everyone.”

The Quakers’ season opener was a wild back-and-forth affair, one that saw sophomore quarterback Alek Torgersen look a lot like his predecessor, recent graduate Billy Ragone. On Penn’s opening possession, hefaked a handoff and scampered six yards for a touchdown, notching his first career rushing scoreand putting Penn (0-1) up, 7-0.

Although the Huntington Beach, Calif., native finished with 200 yards through the air on 14-of-33 passing, he also was the Quakers’ leading rusher, carrying the ball 12 times for 65 yards.

After a fake punt led to a Jacksonville (2-1) field goal, the Quakers benefited from a special teams gift of their own. A muffed Dolphins’ punt gave Penn the ball in prime field position, and 30 yards from Lyle Marsh set the Red and Blue up for one-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback-turned-wide receiver Adam Strouss.

That drive ended up being the final action of the day for Marsh. The senior running back, playing in his first game since 2012 after missing last season due to academic reasons, appeared to hurt his forearm on the drive. Marsh went into the locker room, and eventually returned to the sideline without his pads.

“We were a little shorthanded in the backfield and [Torgersen] is an effective runner, so he and Adam were able to carry a little bit of the workload after Marsh got hurt,” Bagnoli said.

Although Penn’s defense looked stout early, the Dolphins finally started to click. Sophomore running back Ulysses Bryant—who finished with 127 yards after going for 168 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego last weekend—finallygotgoing on the ground, and Bell began finding his receivers downfield.

Bell threw the first of his four touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Andrew Robustelli with 5:43 left in the first half. The Dolphins also tacked on a field goal tohead into the locker room onlydown four.

After Penn stalled on its opening drive to begin the second half, Bell took over again. The Fleming Island, Fla., native found junior wide receiver Andy Jones for a 28-yard score to give JacksonEddie Nketiah ahead of his club debut.The young striker is set to play in the Carabao Cup game against Salford City tonight.The former Arsenal player arrived on deadline day, but was not involved against Nottingham Forest over the weekend.Fans are exville its first lead of the day.

“We had trouble generating a pass rush out of a four-man front,” Bagnoli said. “To their credit, they took advantage of it.”

But the Quakers did not falter. After blocking the subsequent extra point, Torgersen led the Red and Blue down the field on a 12-play, 75-yard drive. On third and 10 from the Dolphins’ 17, the sophomore quarterback threw off his back foot and found junior tight endRyan Kelly for the touchdown.

Immediately following the score—Kelly’s first career reception—senior defensive back Dan Wilk pickedoffBell’s underthrown pass on the Dolphins’ first play, giving Penn the ball right back. Five plays later, Strouss found the end zone again on a three-yard run.

The Quakers looked to be in control of the game heading into the fourth quarter. But as the monsoon-like rain picked up, Torgersen threw an ill-timed interception with the Quakers driving to put the game out of reach.

After the pick and trailing 31-19, Bell found Bryant in the flat for a seven-yardtouchdown, cutting the Quakers’ lead to five with 6:18 remaining.

Though Penn was able to run plenty of clock on its penultimate drive, junior punter Hunter Kelley came on with just over two minutes remaining. Solid in his first actionuth youngster Alex Dobre has completed a loan move to Wigan Athletic.The winger, who has predominantly featured for Shaun Cooper’s under-21s this season, will link up with the Latics for the remainder of the campaign. Dobre recently became the first as the Quakers’ go-to punter, Kelley managed to pin the Dolphins at their own 13 with 2:32 to go.

That’s when Bell went to work one final time. Eventually faced with a 4th and 4 at midfield, Bell hooked up with Jones for an eight yard gain.

Two plays later, the real damage was done.

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Bryant converted the two-point conversion to give Jacksonville a 34-31 lead with 39 seconds left.

The Quakershad three timeouts to try and set up a game-tying field goal, but Torgersen was picked off.

“We showed what type of team we can be, and in the second half we showed what type of team we don’t want to be,” senior wide receiver Spencer Kulcsar said. “And that’s been the story before, this sort of thing happened to us a few times last year and we definitely don’t want it to be a part of this season.

“We proved to ourselves this summer that that wasn’t going to be a part of it, and I think we’ll go into next week with a good mindset and just go from there.”

The Red and Blue will play their home opener next Saturday against Villanova.

Penn softball three wins away from postseason


Penn baseball isn’t the only team with a pivotal series with postseason hopes on the line this weekend.

After stumbling in their midweek matchup with Monmouth, Penn softball returnk.Digne captained Everton for the first time on Tuesday during the 2-0 League Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.He said, “If you are on the pitch, you are there to win.“It is part of me. I hate to lose.“I am like this and I don’t want to chas to Ivy League play for its final conference action of the regular season when it takes on Columbia in a home-and-home four-game series this weekend.

Despite dropping its past two contests, including the series finale against Princeton last Sunday, Penn (15-18, 10-5 Ivy) has played fairly well as of late. Before their loss to the Tigers on April 20, the Quakers had won eight of 10, including seven of nine in the Ancient Eight.

And while Penn would certainly have liked to cap off its series against Princeton with a sweep as well as a win against Monmouth on Wednesday, the Quakers know that their ultimate goal of winning the Ivy League’s South Division is still in play.

Due in large part to their strong play throughout the past several weeks, the Red and Blue have positioned themselves nicely in the South Division. Penn has a 2.5 game lead on the Lions (21-19, 8-8), while Princeton and Cornell remain 3.5 and 4.5 games back, respectively.

Though the Quakers have some breathing room at the top of the South Division standings, they are by no means a lock to takernandes.Sky Sports says the two clubs were as much as £10million apart in their valuations of the midfielder last week, with United only willing to pay £42m after initially agreeing on a £55m deal.But United are expected to continue their pursuite part in the Ivy League Championship Series on May 3.

Due in large part to a variety of weather delays and postponed games, the Big Red still have two games to play with Harvard, while Penn also may be forced to make up the remainder of its second game with the Crimson from April 4.

And while two wins against the Lions are likely to give the Quakers enough of a cushion to clinch the South Division, three wins this upcoming weekend will put Penn into the postseason yet again.

With that in mind, the plan is simple for the Quakers: take care of business against Columbia, and nothing else will matter.

This weekend’s series starts off with two games at Penn Park on Friday before shifting to New York for an additional doubleheader on Saturday.

And though Penn’s success this season has been well-documented, the Lions have been also playing well of late.

Columbia, winners of four of its past five entering Friday’s first two games, is one of the Ivy League’s most fearsome offensive teams. The Lions are third in the conference with 177 runs scored this year, only eight behind offensive-leader Dartmouth.

Kayla Noonan’s squad’s .292 batting average also ranks second in the Ivy League, a mere .001 behind the Big Green. Columbia has consistently been led by junior Kayla Shimoda’s .331 batting average — eighth-best in the Ivy League — and 22 RBI this season.

The Quakers have a pretty stellar offensive weapon of their own in freshman outfielder Leah Allen. The Woodbine, Md., native is not only leading the Ivy League with a .411 batting average, but has also smacked 11 homers to go along with 34 RBI, both of which also top the conference.

As Penn prepares for its four-game set with the Lions, the defending Ivy League champion Quakers are likely to rely on their offensive firepower as well as their solid pitching staff, led by junior Alexis Borden and freshman Alexis Sargent.

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Tony | Princeton showed the jury’s still out for Penn basketball


Now that Penn basketball finished just its second season in the last 22 with single-digit wins, the question becomes, what was missing for the 2012-13 Quakers?

While conventional wisdom holds that the Quakers will make leaps and bounds with more experience in 2013-14, the reality is that nothing is guaranteed.

No one could have predicted that Fran Dougherty would contract mononucleosis and sustain a season-ending elbow injury in the same year. And no one could have predicted that a team which was palpably excited at the start of the season to spread the offensive wealth in Rosen’s absence would have just two players averaging at least nine points per contest heading into the final game of the year.

Coach Jerome Allen knows to take nothing for granted.

“Next season is not promised to anyone,” Allen said. “Fran Dougherty probably thought he was gonna play this entire season. You cannot assume that you’ll have another opportunity.”

And anyone who saw Tuesday night’s Penn-Princeton box score saw what was missing.

While Tony Hicks may have scored 22 points, no other Quakers even got to double digits. Hicks’ offensive one-man show in the first half (scoring 17 of Penn’s 32 first-half points) faltered when he notched just five more points the rest of the game.

The Quakers never developed offensive depth on a consistent basis. Whether it was the Fran Showt-Maximin for a month.The Frenchman left the stadium on crutches after he injured his hamstring towards the end of Sunday’s 2-1 win over Southampton.A scan on Tuesday revealed the extent of the injury, according to Sky Sports.He will miss to up to se or the Miles Show or the Tony Show, some Penn player always seemed to be shouldering too much of the load at once.

Contrast that with Princeton, who had four players in double figures at the Palestra and developed the depth throughout 2012-13 that the Quakers never had.

“I think we started off the season a little one-sided,” Princeton senior forward and Ivy etico Madrid is set to be confirmed on Tuesday.Marca reports Atletico have announced Godin will hold a press conference at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.The Uruguayan is set to announce his departure from the club in which he has spent tPlayer of the Year candidate Ian Hummer said. “I think one or two players were having to carry the load a little more than usual. [But then] a lot of guys stepped up. If you can get consistency out of three players a night, it causes a lot of problems because you can’t just focus on one or two players.”

The Tigers had four players averaging at least nine points per game coming into Tuesday, and that’s the kind of depth Ivy teams need.

But which of the Quakers will display the killer instinct than he is getting.Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy at Arsenal after an incident with fans during their game with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.The 27-year-old could leave the club in January, as his relationship with fans seems beyond rct that Rosen had night after night? Will Miles step it up in his senior season?

He certainly didn’t fill those shoes with enough regularity this year. Scoring eight points in two games versus Princeton is a pretty damning stat. The players who matter most have to dominate the games that matter most and Princeton qualifies for that category.

And who will make sure the Quakers don’t get blown away at the end of games like they did Tuesday, when Penn got outscored 24-10 in the final 8:29?

The loss to Princeton epitomized the Quakers’ season-long lack of offensive depth and finishing power, and the jury is still out for next year’s prospects.

So the takeaway from the Princeton loss is that nothing is guaranteed, except for the fact that next season is the ultimate litmus test for this program. It’s a challenge that Allen, Cartwright and company relish. And it won’t take very long to see whether the pieces missing this year ever get found.

MIKE TONY is a junior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa., and is Senior Sports Editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at tony@theDP.comSEE ALSO

Football Notebook | Who wants the rock?


The Joe Sandberg Era is officially over in the Penn backfield. But the mourning period is long over, and the first touch is less than three weeks away for the former all-Ivy running back’s heir apparent.

Or, perhaps more accurately, his heir apparents.

Prior to preseason practices, sophomore Mike DiMaggio seemed like the sure successor – he performed more than admirably in Sandberg’s place at the end of last season, tastriker Vedat Muriqi is intensifying.Manchester United and Tottenham having been scouting the Kosovo international this season.And Juventus have asked for tickets for the derby against Galatasaray, with the express purpose of checking on Muriqi.For Fking home Ivy Rookie of the Week honors twice.

But the race now seems to be a dead heat between DiMaggio and his classmate Bradford Blackmon.

In the end, a tandem scheme is the most likely option.

“They’re two distinctly different types of backs,” said coach Al Bagnoli, who insisted there was no frontrunner in the competition. “I think we’ve got a really nice one-two that hopefully are gonna cause people some problems.”

The bulkier DiMaggio, who seems to be a Sandberg clone right down to his New Jersey roots, may be the more prototypical Penn back.

But the athletic Blackmon – who has “great vision and cut-back ability,” according to Bagnoli – could be a sleeper pick to carry the Quakers’ running game. And if that’s the case, he’ll certainly be prepared.

“I worked pretty hard over the summer,” Blackmon said. “I think I’d bon.The Brazilian winger has been one of the brightest spots of the Chelsea attack, despite many fans assuming he would be sold in the summer.The veteran has played a key role as the Blues race up the table to fight for a top four position.And Nevin ie ready to step it up.”

Big shoes to fill. Last year’s experienced offensive line was a cornerstone of the squad, but with nearly a half ton’s worth of starting linemen graduated, Bagnoli had to deal with three huge holes.

Tackle Will Milne, guard Jesse Rigler and center Brian Brazinski have all departed, but senior guard Chris Kovalcik and junior tackle Matt Schaefer remain. Beyond that, a grab bag of linemen will be thrown into the mix.

“We lost some experience; you like to think you have some talented kids behind them,” Bagnoli said. “We’ve had a whole different combination of things [on the offensive line].”

According to Bagnoli, Guillermo Ruffolo and Joseph D’Orazio have taken snaps at center; Drew Luongo, Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign Junior Firpo.The Real Betis left-back has a release clause of £45m.Liverpool have shown an interest in bringing the Spain U21 international to Anfield. says United are joining their Premier League rivals in pursuit of the athletic defender.The 22-year-old can also operate as a left-winger or centre-back.Jared Mollenbeck and Hughes Tipton are working at the tackle position, with Tyler Anthony seeing reps as well.

“They’re a little bit young and not as cohesive as they will be, but they’ve done a pretty nice job, and we’re cautiously optimistic,” Bagnoli said.

Injury bugs. Among those who were held out of practice yesterday were DiMaggio (ankle), cornerback Tyson Maugle (heel) and quarterback Robert Irvin (sore arm), who were all nursing minor ailments.

Irvin and DiMaggio are being held out merely as precautions, but Maugle has been out of practice for a few days.

More serious was the neck injury to sophomore offensive lineman Brandon Kim.

“We’re still waiting to figure out what the hell that is,” Bagnoli said.

On a stranger note, there is the condition of defensive lineman Josh Neubert, who has suffered a mysterious food allergy.

The Boston College transfer was expected to be a contributor on the Penn defensive line this year, but he’s been out of commission.

Neubert is “getting a biopsy today to change his diet around,” Bagnoli said. “We’ve had a couple weird scenarios that we’re trying to work through.”

Football | Less practice, more coverage


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.

Softball | Penn putting it all together


It may not be obvious – or it may even seem doubtful thanks to its 1-10-1 record in its last 12 games – but things may be looking up for Penn softball. Although their record doesn’t indicate it, the Quakers have been showing steady improvement – and the time may be right for their slump to end.

Penn (4-14-1) wilhis players have seen a different side of chairman Daniel Levy during their run to the Champions League final.Pochettino believes this season has also changed Levy’s approach to the club.”Of course, he’s more of a businessman than a football person,”l open the Ivy League season this weekend when Dartmouth (6-10) and Harvard (9-5) travel to Warren field for back-to-back doubleheaders.

“We have been getting better ever since our spring break trip to Florida,” junior Keiko Uraguchi said. “We are definitely entering our games against Dartmouth and Harvard with confidence.”

Against Monmouth last weekend, the Quakers demonstrated their pitching potential. Although they were shut out by the Hawks, they relinquished only one run in each contest.

However, the Red and Blue turned around offensively to score 10 runs over two games in a loss and a tie to Lehigh Wednesday. This time it was their defense that did them in.

Penn will need all aspects of their game to be on point if it hopes to be successful this weekend.

“Lehittack.The 24-year-old was registered ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup third round clash with Merseyside rivals Everton, and played 70 minutes in the 1-0 victory at Anfield. Shearer told the BBC: “He scored [at Anfield against Liverpool], 24 years of age.”gh was good preparation,” senior outfielder Anna Puglisi said. “Our bats finally came around and we scored seven runs in the first game. Last weekend we played extremely well on defense. If we can put both together, we should be in good shape.”

Dartmouth comes to Philadelphia Saturday for Penn’s Ivy League opener. After a West Coast stint in which they won just two of eight games, the Big Green will be looking for a fresh start when they take the field this weekend.

Dartmouth’s offense is anchored by a pair of junior infielders – first baseman Alyssa Parker leads the team with 14 hits and second baseman Kirsten Costello boasts a .314 batting average.

The bigger challenge will come from Harvard. The Crimson, along with Cornell, are the only teams in the Ivy League with winning records.

If Penn’s offense finds itself in a dry spell, it will get no help from Harvard freshman pitcher Rachel Brown, who is the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week. In eight starts this season, Brown has compiled a 7-1 record, boasts a 1.18 earned run average, and she struck out 89 batters over 59.1 innings.

Last season, the Quakers picked up two victories over Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., before dropping both games to Harvard in Boston. Sophomore Alicia Prystowski compiled five hits, six runs and five runs batted in over the course of the four games in New England.

The Quakers are hoping that this year, on their home field, the start of the conference season will be their much-needed turning point.

“The Ivy League portion of our schedule is what really counts,” said freshman shortstop Jamie Boccaano Sensi.The midfielder left Sassuolo for Inter Milan over the summer.“When I was in Barcelona for the Marlon negotiations, one of the Barcelona executives asked me about Sensi,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“They knew about him and kept tabs onnfuso, who will get her first taste of Ancient Eight play this weekend. “We are well prepared, and we know we have what it takes to win.”

W. Soccer: Out of title race, Penn turns to non-league foe


For the second time in two weeks, Penn will be looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to an Ivy foe, this time against a weak non-conference Rider team tonight at Rhodes Field.

The Quakers (7-4-1, 1-3 Ivy) are coming off a 1-0 defeat to league leader Dartmouth. The only goal resulted from a breakdown in communication, as the Red and Blue turned the ball over in its defensive third andlan Rice feels they can push for a top six finish.Rice was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.He said, “If you look at the players we’ve got, without a doubt we should be pushing for top six, like Wolves did so well last season.“Last goalkeeper Cailly Carroll was caught out of position.

That loss was especially deflating because it dropped Penn even further out of the Ivy title race.

Although the Broncs (4-7-1, 2-3-0 MAAC) have had an inconsistent season, their spirits have been buoyed by a 1-0 win over conference rival Siena Saturday.

Recent history favors the Quakers in this matchup: they handily defeated Rider 5-0 two years ago and also won 2-1 last year. Nonetheless, Penn isn’t taking anything for granted this time around.

“We’re going to have to be pretty patient and disciplined as a team,” assistant coach Pete Pososki said. “They have some good players who could cause us some problems on the counter-attacks.”

Two players Penn will be sure to watch are midfielder Kelli Burke and forward Stephanie Madden. Each player has four goals and one assist. The two have accounted for half of Rider’s scoring offense.

Mental mistakes will also have to be avoided. The Quakers have been plagued with them this season, particularly in their two most recent losses versus Dartmouth and Columbia.

“Everyone’s pretty upset about this weekend. Hopefully, that will give everyone enough spark for the game,”ster City’s clash with Norwich City.Stones has been out of action for the last month with a thigh problem and Nicolas Otamendi was Pep Guardiola’s only senior centre half.But Stones has takenogna striker Rodrigo Palacio is urging coach Sinisa Mihajlovic to stay.Mihajlovic took over from Pippo Inzaghi with the team all but going down.Palacio said, “That is his decision. He has done very well here, the fans would love him to remain, the part in full training and is ready to make his comeback at senior defender Tracy Bienenfeld said.

Again, the Red and Blue will be without two key players: forward Michelle Drugan and defender Rachel Fletcher. While there are many other talented starters and experienced backups, there is some concern that the already-small squad cannot sustain many more injuries without seriously affecting its depth.

With the Quakers effectively out of the Ivy race, the focus of the season has changed somewhat, especially considering the youth of the team. According to Pososki, now the focus is “learning how to compete, and getting ourselves in a respectable position at the end of the season.”

Bienenfeld, who is one of only two seniors on the team, said she is disappointed to leave Penn without competing for an Ivy title this year.

Still, as captain, she’s trying to focus on the future of the team.

The said the rest of the season is about giving “the younger girls a springboard for next year,” she said.

Leopards have no answer for Naltner


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.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire


By Zachary Levine

Senior Staff Writer

Think of it as a warm-up for the Ivy League season.

After blowing out Navy 79-58 in Annapolis last night, the Quakers will have less than 48 hours to prepare for a team that presents vastly different looks and challenges from the ones they faced against the Midshipmen.

It’s not the 24-hour turnaround that the Qua time away from the first team.Klopp says Alisson “will still take time” to recover from the calf injury he picked up against Norwich City earlier this month.”Alisson made steps, but it was a proper injury. It will still take time,” he said.”The calfkers will face six times during the Ivy League season, but it’s close.

After the Navy game, scouting players boils down to “just kinda on your own, just loor’s contract is due to expire in 2020.Mundo Deportivo says the Spanish giants had previously attempted to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea, but saw bids of £40million and £60m rejected, however he is free to negotiate pre-contract deal with foreigking at ESPN,” senior forward Mark Zoller said.

ESPN would tell the Quakers that the Fordham Rams are coming off a 79-59 loss to UMBC.

But nobody on the roster except the freshmen will need ESPN to remember what the Rams are capable of doing.

Last season, the Quakers went up to Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx and limped out with a 78-63 loss. Fordham erased a big first-positive about the upcoming transfer window.The club are in need of some reinforcements, as they are struggling to cope with the demands of playing Europe and domestically.And Shi knows that investment is needed if they are to maintain their level frhalf lead and turned a close game into a rout with a 12-0 run midway through the second.

Now, Fordham sits at 4-3 with two of the losses coming at the hands of ranked teams. The Rams fell to No. 23 Maryland Wednesday night and now-unranked Tennessee in the Preseason NIT (the other loss being an NIT consolation game defeat at the hands of Belmont).

Unlike the Navy team the Quakers took apart last night, the Rams do much of their work underneath the basket.

Leading that charge is Bryant Dunston, a player with whom the Quakers are quite familiar. The junior went off for 20 points and 12 rebounds in Fordham’s win over Penn last year.

Dunston, a 6-foot-8, 233-pound bruiser, leads the Rams with 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game and is second with 12.6 points.

“He played really well last game, but I think we’ll be really prepared to play him,” Zoller said.

Dunston is one of four Rams players who are averaging double figures in the scoring column. Junior guard Marcus Stout leads the team with 13.9 points per game, while freshman guard Brenton Butler and junior forward Sebastian Green rank third and fourth, respectively.

Greene could to be coming into his own for the Rams, as the junior from Germany is coming off a career-high 20 points against Iona.

Notes: This is the eighth meeting between Penn and Fordham, an Atlantic 10 team. The Rams have won five of the first seven. Since the beginning of the 2002-03 season, the Quakers have seven losses in 13 games against the Atlantic 10 and the same seven losses in 56 games against the Ivy League.