“Having penned a permanent deal, the 23-year-old is beginning preparations for the 2015-16 Premier League season with the rest of his Hornets team-mates at UCL London Colney.” Vydra scored 16 goals in 31 Sky Bet Championship starts last season, adding to his reputation in Hertfordshire having managed 22 for the club during the 2012-13 campaign. He had a spell in the English top flight with West Brom – again on loan from Udinese – during the following season, but 16 of his 23 league appearances, in which he scored three times, came from the bench. Press Association Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra has completed a permanent move to promoted Watford, the club has announced. The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal to end his spell with Italian club Udinese after impressing during two loan spells at Vicarage Road. A statement on the club’s official website read: “Watford Football Club is delighted to announce that Matej Vydra has signed a five-year contract with the Hornets.
For arguably the biggest game of the year, when cardinal clashes with powder blue in the classic USC-UCLA football matchup over Thanksgiving Weekend, many students will be watching from the couch instead of the stands.Sopping school spirit · Members of the Trojan Marching Band, Song Girls and Trojan Knights rallied prospective students at Discover USC day on Sunday. – Kristy Pyke | Daily TrojanBecause this is the first year USC will not hold classes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, more students said they are planning to take more time off to travel home. Conquest, generally held at the end of the school week, is being held tonight.According to Heather Larabee, associate director for Campus Activities, the university has spent more money this year than last year to promote Conquest to make up for the fact that it is on a Monday.“We spent more on advertising and giving away Conquest tokens and prizes, but there is not much we can do with the Pac-12 and the new schedule,” Larabee said. “We will have to make the best of it and hope students and alumni will attend.”Elisha Jachetti, a senior majoring in theater, said she has never missed a USC home football game and used the Trojan Ticket Transfer system for the first time to help preserve the home-field advantage.“I would absolutely love to go to the game and see us beat the Bruins,” Jachetti said. “But I’m from New Jersey and as much I hate to miss the game, family comes first.”Many students said they plan on attending Conquest, not just to build school spirit before Saturday’s game but to watch Cobra Starship perform.“Cobra Starship is my incentive to go,” said Hye Young Shim, a senior majoring in communication. “Cobra is a pretty mainstream band now and I’m very excited to seem them in person.”Shim said she will travel to the East Coast for Thanksgiving break and is upset she will miss the game.“It’s so annoying that the game is this Saturday because I really want to go,” Shim said. “But I promised my friend I’ll join her for the holiday, so I’m torn.”USC football has struggled this season in overall attendance. Last week’s rainy game against Washington had the lowest homecoming attendance in a decade. USC is on pace this year to have the lowest average attendance per game since the 2002 season.Despite low attendance numbers, many students believe a drop in attendance does not signify a drop in spirit.“Our spirit right now is overflowing after that huge win against Oregon [during the] weekend,” said Andy Winningham, a senior majoring in business administration. “It doesn’t really matter when we play UCLA or how many people show up. This is our bowl game and we’re going to blow them out.”
Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Team has gone through a rough patch as of late.After a disappointing series against Penn State University and Michigan State University, the Badgers were determined to obtain a decisive win against No. 1 Notre Dame at the United Center Sunday. Notre Dame had come away victorious in the three previous meetings between the two Big Ten opponents this season.In the first period, UW Defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk opened the game with his second goal of the season. From then on, the game was all Wisconsin.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin dominates during East Coast weekendThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team found success out East after winning against both No.13 Boston College and Merrimack. Read…Trent Frederic scored a short-handed goal, followed by a Seamus Malone power-play one-timer goal to extend Wisconsin’s lead to 3-0 at the end of the second period.Finally, Linus Weissbach and Sean Dhooghe contributed two goals late in the third period to cap off a sweet 5-0 win against Notre Dame.Goaltender Jack Berry was solid at net stopping forty shots (a career high).According to head coach Tony Granato, Berry played a key role in the win.“Goalie was great, it starts in the net. I thought right out of the gate, this was solid for us, gave us a lot of confidence. We were able to solve their goalie a bit tonight, which has been a challenge all year for us,” Granato said.Granato looked back at the season series against Notre Dame and noted this win did not differ all that much from the last three games against the Fighting Irish. But it came down to a few key plays the Badgers were able to capitalize on.With only eight games left in the season, the Badgers need to step up their game to have any hope for a berth in the NCAA tournament. Though Wisconsin decisively beat top ranked Notre Dame the Badgers placed 18th in the rankings as of Jan. 23.Wisconsin will try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they play against No. 14 Penn State this Friday at 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center.