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Flores ignores daunting festive fixtures to focus on Norwich clash


first_img “What happens in two weeks, and what happens next month, I try to avoid that because I don’t want to go crazy,” said Flores, whose Watford side are an impressive 11th in the Premier League table. “I don’t have an idea about Liverpool, I don’t want to know about Manchester City. I don’t want to know about Chelsea and I don’t want to know about Tottenham. “My main focus for the staff and players is to try to translate what kind of match we want to play at the weekend. “We have to play against all teams in the league, so three points against Norwich is the same value as three points against Liverpool. The most important thing is to be ready and to be competitive again against Norwich.” After back-to-back defeats against Leicester and Manchester United, Watford – in their first season back in the Premier League since 2007 – returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Aston Villa last weekend. Norwich, who are 16th heading into Saturday’s match, stand in Watford’s way of winning two games on the bounce for the first time in the league this season. But Flores is braced for a stern test against the Canaries, who thumped Watford 3-0 in their home and away fixtures in the Championship last term. “We respect Norwich,” Flores added. “We analyse their team and it is very similar to our team. It is compact, they fight a lot and they are very physical. The Hornets entertain Norwich in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday before travelling to Sunderland for their next match. But after their visit to the Stadium of Light, Watford face Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and then Manchester City in successive matches over the Christmas period. Press Association “Norwich is a very good opponent so our target is just to focus on this match. We can underestimate this kind of teams. This is a very tough team and we have to fight a lot. “The big teams are ready to win every weekend – for other teams it is more difficult – but we have the possibility for the fourth time to win this season in two consecutive matches and this is very important for us.” Flores is hopeful goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will be fit to face Norwich on Saturday. Gomes was taken off on a stretcher and a neck brace in his side’s win at Villa before being given the all-clear following a hospital scan. Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores fears he will go “crazy” if he starts to look at his side’s challenging festive fixture list. last_img read more


Marquette, Seton Hall meet in Big East quarters


first_img Associated Press March 11, 2020 PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. Myles Powell, Quincy McKnight and Romaro Gill have combined to account for 53 percent of Seton Hall’s scoring this season. For Marquette, Markus Howard, Sacar Anim, Koby McEwen and Brendan Bailey have combined to account for 72 percent of all Marquette scoring, including 104 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Howard has either made or assisted on 50 percent of all Marquette field goals over the last five games. Howard has 48 field goals and 19 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Marquette is 12-0 when it limits opponents to 68 or fewer points, and 6-12 when opposing teams exceed 68 points. Seton Hall is 13-0 when holding opponents to 66 points or fewer, and 8-9 whenever teams score more than 66 on the Pirates.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Pirates have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Golden Eagles. Seton Hall has an assist on 50 of 85 field goals (58.8 percent) over its past three matchups while Marquette has assists on 38 of 79 field goals (48.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Marquette as a team has made 10 3-pointers per game this season, which is ninth-most among Division I teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNo. 6 seed Marquette (18-12, 8-10) vs. No. 3 seed Seton Hall (21-9, 13-5)Big East Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Madison Square Garden, New York; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Marquette is set to take on Seton Hall in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Seton Hall swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last met on Feb. 29, when the Pirates shot 53.3 percent from the field while holding Marquette to just 43.3 percent en route to a nine-point victory.center_img Marquette, Seton Hall meet in Big East quarters ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


Cowboys’ team plane was grounded in Philadelphia, and Twitter had jokes


first_imgBut that’s just where the trouble for Jerry’s boys started. Dallas’ team plane was deemed “not viable to fly” following the game, so the team was stranded in Philly for hours waiting to get home after the loss. Brutal.MORE: Jason Garrett explains pulling Amari CooperTwitter, ever timely, ever present, decided to rub some salt in Dallas’ wounds by letting the jokes fly in the wake of their big loss and subsequent travel issues.The Cowboys fall to 0-2 vs. jets in 2019. https://t.co/Vhr0l2piXk— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 23, 2019Nah that’s the Cowboys waiting around for an update on their plane. https://t.co/Gw0Ge1Cf14— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) December 23, 2019The functional plane wasn’t sidelined, it just wasn’t in the Cowboys’ rotation https://t.co/cxtvtF6e1v— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 23, 2019I think I’ve figured out this whole Cowboy charter plane chaos…the flight crew got word from the FAA that under no circumstances to allow any player of the offensive side of the ball on that plane…if they do..they’ll never ‘touch down’…— Greggo (@TCUWhiteTrash) December 23, 2019Dak Prescott: Loser.Skip Bayless: Loser.Orlando Scandrick: Loser.Jerry Jones: Loser.Whoever jammed up the Cowboys plane so they had to sit and stew in the belly of the Linc for 2 hours: Winner.— Sundiata Fox Pittman (@BewareTheFoxII) December 23, 2019That’s ok. Jerry Jones has delayed Jason Garrett’s departure for 5 years now🤷🏻‍♂️ One little plane malfunction should be cake— Matt Vallee (@mvall13) December 23, 2019Even their plane couldn’t touchdown— Joseph Mastriano (@JMastrianoJR) December 23, 2019Did they let Garret on?Now to check how many times this joke has already been made…— Gunther Porchman (@GuntherPorchman) December 23, 2019Are we sure there just isn’t a goal line painted in front of the buses?— Nittany Tar Heel (@NittanyTarHeel) December 23, 2019This is actually fitting because Dallas literally couldn’t break the plane today, just sayin— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) December 23, 2019 Uh … how ’bout them Cowboys?It was a rough Sunday night for Dallas. First, the Cowboys lost to the Eagles 17-9 in a game that could have clinched the (hapless) NFC East. Instead, the Cowboys’ hopes at a second consecutive division crown hangs in the balance with Week 17 games the deciding factor. Should the Eagles beat the Giants, the division is wrapped up for Philly. (Good luck with rooting for an upset).last_img read more