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Sports Features

04/16/15 2:47am
Yankees legend Yogi Berra once said his sport was "90 percent mental, and the other half is physical." While the statement now draws its notoriety from its mathematical absurdity, its message still rings clear, even if the reasoning is not quite sound.
04/15/15 10:11pm
I sat down to speak with coach Steve Donahue and asked him some questions that people submitted from Twitter.
04/14/15 9:41am
A lot of things don’t live up to the hype.
04/09/15 3:03am
There's a team from Penn competing for a national championship this weekend. But nobody would be surprised if you didn't know that. While a variety of the University's perennial varsity teams are in the midst of quests for Ivy League titles and bids to their sport's respective end-of-season tournaments, Penn club tennis will take part in the United States Tennis Association's Tennis on Campus National Championship in Cary, N.C., beginning on Thursday. Competing against teams from 63 other schools from across the nation, the Quakers are accustomed to the pressurized environment that accompanies playing at nationals, having qualified for the tournament in each of the past four seasons.
04/08/15 1:17am
The date was April 13, 2014. Those of you with keen memories will remember this day as the Sunday of last year’s Fling weekend.
04/08/15 1:16am
While Penn track and field’s runners and jumpers practice on the track at famous Franklin Field, the Red and Blue’s throwing team is almost always hidden, out of view behind the Hollenback Center down River Fields Drive. As a result of their isolation, the throwers take a different approach to practice and have become members of a close-knit unit.
04/08/15 1:08am
“I didn’t think it was a big deal... In the worst case, I thought that I’d be missing one match.” If only that were the case.
04/07/15 2:39am
Pitching? Check. Offense? Check. Penn baseball notched two Big 5 awards Monday, as senior outfielder Connor Betbeze took home Player of the Week while teammate and fellow senior Ronnie Glenn notched Pitcher of the Week. The awards came on the heels of a perfect seven-game stretch for the Quakers, who, in addition to a midweek victory over Saint Peter’s, notched doubleheader sweeps of conference foes Brown, Yale and Harvard. Glenn was dominant in his two appearances, notching two wins — both complete games — against Harvard and Brown.
04/06/15 12:56pm
Brandon Copeland is heading to the Motor City. Following a standout performance at the NFL Veteran Combine in Arizona, the former star Penn football defensive end signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions late last week.
04/01/15 11:52pm
Penn men’s tennis has its eyes on the prize, and the Quakers certainly have the pieces in place to make it happen this season. What is possibly the most talented squad in Penn history started off the year hot, taking down then-No.
04/01/15 11:48pm
Recently hired Penn women’s soccer coach Nicole Van Dyke started from humble beginnings, but she comes to Penn with the ambitious goal of putting the Quakers on a national stage. Taking the program to new heights will be no small feat, as Van Dyke succeeds Darren Ambrose, one of the most successful and prolific coaches in Ivy League history.
03/31/15 11:52pm
Coming into 2015, Penn softball pitcher and first baseman Alexis Sargent had already recorded the eighth-most home runs in program history, notched the school's fifth-lowest career earned run average, been named second-team All-Ivy and led the Quakers to the Ivy League Championship series. All in her rookie season. Sargent’s tremendous debut in 2014 wasn’t totally unexpected, as the Virginia native joined the Red and Blue after being named to the All-State team three times in high school, among numerous other accolades.
03/31/15 11:40pm
Late in the third set of her match against Princeton last Saturday, Penn women's tennis' top singles player and senior captain Sol Eskanazi was in the middle of an epic battle. Trailing in a tiebreaker, the senior ripped a lefty forehand up the line, leaving the Princeton player dead in her tracks, forced to watch the ball fly by. “Vamos!” Eskanazi, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, roared with a big fist pump. As exemplified by Eskanazi, college tennis has recently become a showcase of the best athletic talents from not only the United States, but nations worldwide.
03/31/15 12:12am
In the midst of 30 degree weather at last Saturday’s Penn men’s lacrosse game at Franklin Field, I found myself asking an important question while I still had sensation in my fingers and toes.
03/30/15 12:11am
How can Penn women’s lacrosse continue to push the envelope and improve as a program when the eight-time reigning Ivy League champions have seen such exorbitant success in the last decade? For Bensen, the answer is one which many comedic film series also turn to: getting more offensive. “For the past four years that I’ve been here, our attack has been our weak point,” she said.
03/30/15 12:09am
Before Penn basketball practice starts, it is every man for himself.  Each player begins warming up, doing what each needs to do in order to feel ‘ready’ for the next two hours.
03/29/15 5:55pm
When senior Austin Powell steps onto the golf course, approaches the first tee box and looks out on the fairway, he believes his potential is limitless.
03/26/15 1:41am
When she strides across home plate to take her lefty stance inside the batter’s box, you might not expect anything out of the ordinary from Sydney Turchin.
03/18/15 2:23am
15 years after leaving the Red and Blue to take over the head coaching position at Cornell, former Penn basketball assistant Steve Donahue was formally introduced as the Quakers' next coach at a press conference at the Palestra on Tuesday.
03/10/15 10:01am
Many of those connected to the program are upset by Allen's firing, especially given his ties to Penn basketball as a standout in the early 1990s.