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Watford boss Quique Flores eyes Crystal Palace midfielder as striker’s future remains uncertain

first_img1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed he expects to soon sign a midfielder, but is yet to make a decision on Matej Vydra’s future.The Hornets boss, whose team host Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, has been linked with several high-profile players – Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli and free agent Yoann Gourcuff included – but said that for now a more defensive midfielder is his priority.“We have three players, [Ben] Watson, [Etienne] Capoue and [Valon] Behrami, in this position so we are a bit weak,” Sanchez Flores said. “The season is very long and we need to replace injuries and suspensions. Maybe we have news in a few days in that position.“The [end of the] market is close, there will be a lot of players going in the last moment and some going to come in the last moment.“I like [Crystal Palace’s Adlene Guedioura]. I checked him in matches at the end of last season. He was one of the main players in the squad, but I don’t exactly know what is his situation now because this changes every day. He is a good player but I don’t know about the possibility of bringing him back.“Inside the club we didn’t talk about Balotelli. It is more of a possibility in the media than in the club. We didn’t talk about him.“I don’t know if [club owner] Mr Pozzo was offered [Gourcuff]. But I do like players of this kind of quality.”Nottingham Forest have enquired about signing Vydra on loan, but Sanchez Flores is yet to decide whether he is prepared to allow the 23-year-old Czech to leave, raising the possibility of another forward joining the club before then.“We didn’t make an official decision in the case of Vydra,” said Sanchez Flores. “We wait a little bit more to decide, maybe three or four days. It depends on a lot of things, a lot of things can change.“Always the players want to play. Sometimes players who are not playing, their passion is not so big. The league is very long and you need to have the patience to wait for the opportunity. Some players can wait for a long time, some want to leave.“Players are sometimes looking for other options and we respect the ideas of the players. We know the brain sometimes has the idea to change and look for other clubs. I respect that. The final decision is on the club.“If players move, from Watford, more players will come in to use this position. We have to wait as it is only speculation now.“[Vydra] has different qualities and I watch him in training every day, but we take a decision on him soon.” Adlene Guedioura last_img read more

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Brills and Petushkova Lead Women’s Tennis On First Day Of FIU Invite

first_img MIAMI, Fla. – The Drake University women’s tennis team got out to a solid start at the FIU Invitational Friday in Miami, Fla. The Bulldogs had two players in singles advance to the championship match in their respective draws and two doubles teams to move on to the semifinals. FIU Invite Draws In doubles, senior Tess Herder and freshman Liza Petushkova wasted little time as they cruised past North Florida’s Gartner/Karangoz, 6-1, to advance to the semifinals of the #1 doubles draw. Senior Summer Brills and freshman Megan Webb also moved on to the semifinals of the #1 doubles draw, defeating Texas State’s Lewis/Jones, 6-4. The Bulldogs didn’t have as much success in the #2 doubles draw as juniors Joely Lomas and Kenya Williams fell in the opening round and senior Mel Jaglarz, who teamed up with UNF’s Lucia Montano, dropped their first-round match as well. Herder and Lomas both fell in the semifinals of their respective draws. Herder came back from being down a set to beat Texas State’s Navajo 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, but then fell to FIU’s Veksler 6-3, 6-1 in the #1 singles draw semifinals. Lomas also earned an opening round win over Texas State, 6-3, 6-1 and then was setback by FIU’s Grib, 6-0, 6-1 in the #2 singles semifinals. Brills and Petushkova each earned a pair of singles victories, advancing to the championship match of the #2 singles draw and the #3 singles draw, respectively. Brills posted a three-set victory to start and then topped Texas State’s Lewis, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals. Petushkova pu together two outstanding performance as she beat UNF’s Nykos 6-3, 6-2 and FAU’s Ruiz , 6-0, 6-4 to get to the #3 singles draw championship. Story Links The Bulldogs will wrap up action at the FIU Invitational on Saturday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Giants remain 0-for-September, lose sixth straight

first_imgMILWAUKEE–If the season played out as the Giants front office expected, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria would be the leaders of a revitalized offense, Buster Posey would still be catching and Derek Holland would be finishing up a nice year as a long reliever.Expectations called for the Giants to contend in September, but instead the club is 0-6 in its final month and a season-worst six games under .500 after dropping a 4-2 series opener to the Brewers.Little went according to plan for the …last_img read more

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Ohio State Fair attendance up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12-day run on Sunday, Aug. 4 with an estimated 934,925 attendees entering the gates between July 24 and August 4. This marks an increase of approximately 3 percent more visitors than 2018.“This year’s weather was absolutely beautiful, and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans turned out to celebrate our great state and experience all that the Fair has to offer. Some of the most popular aspects each year are the animals, education, food, art and rides,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “We are so thankful for the many people who worked hard all year long to make this a great Fair.”The annual Ohio State Fair, held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, celebrates agriculture — the state’s largest industry — and is well-known across the country for traditions including the famed butter cow and calf, the unique eight-acre Natural Resources Park, and one of the largest youth livestock shows in the nation.last_img read more