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‘Worst flooding I’ve ever seen’: Torrential rain wreaks havoc in Texas communities

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Dangerous flash flooding is wreaking havoc in Texas with the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dumping massive amounts of rain overnight and into the morning.The torrential rain prompted a full ground stop at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday morning. The airport later reopened but officials warned of flooded roadways and delayed flights.More than 33 inches of rain has fallen in the town of Hamshire, Texas, since Tuesday — and over 25 inches of that rainfall was overnight.In the small town of Winnie, Texas, the conditions are “horrible,” with rapidly rising floodwaters making roads impassable, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told ABC News as the rain pounded down Thursday.“This is the worst flooding I’ve ever seen,” Hawthorne said.Some of the same houses flooded during Hurricane Harvey two years ago are now taking on water again, said Hawthorne.The water has “run out of places to go,” the sheriff said.Some homes have four to five feet of water inside, Hawthorne said, and dump trucks and airboats were being used to get people to safety. The sheriff believed about 45 people still needed to be rescued as of Thursday morning.The local hospital stayed open but about one dozen patients were evacuated, he added.“Until it quits raining, it’s gonna be a nightmare,” the sheriff said.In Beaumont — between Houston and Lake Charles, La. — over 250 high-water rescue requests were called into 911, the local police department said Thursday morning.“Please shelter in place and seek high ground,” the Beaumont police tweeted. “DO NOT drive.”Rainfall rates up to 5 inches per hour were reported overnight near Beaumont, Texas, dumping the worst flooding since Hurricane Harvey.The threat isn’t over. What’s left of Tropical Storm Imelda is still sitting over eastern Texas and western Louisiana, bringing more rain Thursday morning.The remains of Imelda will then slowly track north on Thursday spreading rain into northeastern Texas, northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas and Oklahoma.As much as 10 inches of additional rain is expected in eastern Texas and more flash flooding is expected in the next 24 hours.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISH

first_imgA FOOD processing factory borne out of the hard work and dreams of legendary Glencolmcille priest Father James McDyer continues to flourish.An excellent article on Errigal Seafood is in today’s Irish Times.Finance director Alan Mitchell says the company has stayed one step ahead of the recession. You can read the full article here:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0410/1224314564729.html   FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISH was last modified: April 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISHGlencolmkillelast_img read more

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Brazilian swimmer banned for two years

first_imgBrazilian swimmer Glauber Silva has been banned for two years and stripped of his place at the London Olympics for doping.Silva, who last month qualified for the 100m butterfly event in London, tested positive to excess levels of testosterone during Brazil’s Olympic swimming trials in April, Xinhua reports.He was handed the sentence by Brazil’s swimming confederation (CBDA) Wednesday after being found guilty by a doping panel.The CBDA also announced suspensions to swimmers Flavia Delaroli and Pamela Alencar.Delaroli was handed a three-month ban for using tuaminoheptane while Alencar was suspended for six months for testing positive for the diuretic furosemide.Silva’s claim that increased levels of testosterone were caused by a hormonal imbalance were refuted by the panel, which said the results were consistent with steroid use.The suspensions are the latest in a string of doping scandals to hit Brazilian swimming.Last month, Barbara Benke was banned for four months after testing positive to isometheptene.In 2011, four swimmers tested positive to furosemide, including defending Olympic 50m freestyle champion Cesar Cielo, who was later cleared.last_img read more

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What to omit from your next appeal

first_imgAnswer?1. Abstractions2. Intangibles3. Anything that can’t be clearly visualizedWhat to put in?1. People2. Painterly details3. Sensory descriptionsThis will make your writing far more vivid and your appeals far more effective.It’s easy to say no to a concept. It’s nearly impossible to ignore something so clear we can see it in our mind’s eye.last_img

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri admits he may persist with Hazard as false 9

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri admits he may persist with Hazard as false 9by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he may persist with Eden Hazard as a false number nine.Hazard scored again for victory at Brighton on Sunday.He did not name a traditional striker in his starting XI for the second game in a row, with Hazard deployed as a false nine at the Amex Stadium.”In Napoli I was used to playing with a solution like this (without a traditional number nine),” Sarri said.“This is very important for us, to have continuity or it is impossible to stay in the top four.”It is important to stay very close to the top four. I want to see continuity from the mental point of view and the tactical point of view.“We need to get 80 points to get into the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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AP Investigation Buying local fish It may not be true

first_imgMONTAUK, N.Y. – Caterers in Washington tweeted a photo of maroon sashimi appetizers served to 700 guests attending the governor’s inaugural ball last year. They were told the tuna was from Montauk.But it was an illusion. It was the dead of winter and no yellowfin had been landed in the New York town.An Associated Press investigation traced the supply chain of national distributor Sea To Table to other parts of the world, where fishermen described working under slave-like conditions with little regard for marine life.In a global seafood industry plagued by deceit, conscientious consumers will pay top dollar for what they believe is local, sustainably caught seafood. But even in this fast-growing niche market, companies can hide behind murky dealings, making it difficult to know the story behind any given fish.Sea To Table said by working directly with 60 docks along U.S. coasts it could guarantee the fish was wild, domestic and traceable — sometimes to the fisherman.The New York-based company quickly rose in the sustainable seafood movement. While it told investors it had $13 million in sales last year, it expected growth to $70 million by 2020. The distributor earned endorsement from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and garnered media attention from Bon Appetit, Forbes and many more. Its clientele included celebrity chef Rick Bayless, Roy’s seafood restaurants, universities and home delivery meal kits such as HelloFresh.As part of their investigation, reporters staked out America’s largest fish market, followed trucks and interviewed fishermen who worked on three continents. During a bone-chilling week, they set up a time-lapse camera at Montauk harbour that showed no tuna boats docking. The AP also had a chef order $500 worth of fish sent “directly from the landing dock to your kitchen,” but the boat listed on the receipt hadn’t been there in at least two years.Preliminary DNA tests suggested the fish likely came from the Indian Ocean or the Western Central Pacific. There are limitations with the data because using genetic markers to determine the origins of species is still an emerging science, but experts say the promising new research will eventually be used to help fight illegal activity in the industry.Some of Sea To Table’s partner docks on both coasts, it turned out, were not docks at all. They were wholesalers or markets, flooded with imports.The distributor also offered species that were farmed, out of season or illegal to catch.“It’s sad to me that this is what’s going on,” said chef Bayless, who hosts a PBS cooking series. He had worked with Sea To Table because he liked being tied directly to fishermen — and the “wonderful stories” about their catch. “This throws quite a wrench in all of that.”Other customers who responded to AP said they were frustrated and confused.Sea To Table owner Sean Dimin stressed that his suppliers are prohibited from sending imports to customers and added violators would be terminated.“We take this extremely seriously,” he said.Dimin also said he communicated clearly with chefs that some fish labeled as freshly landed at one port were actually caught and trucked in from other states. But customers denied this, and federal officials described it as mislabeling.The AP focused on tuna because the distributor’s supplier in Montauk, the Bob Gosman Co., was offering chefs yellowfin tuna all year round, even when federal officials said there were no landings in the entire state.Almost nightly, Gosman’s trucks drove three hours to reach the New Fulton Fish Market, where they picked up boxes of fish bearing shipping labels from all over the world.Owner Bryan Gosman said some of the tuna that went to Sea To Table was caught off North Carolina and then driven 700 miles to Montauk. That practice ended in March, he said, because it wasn’t profitable. While 70 per cent of his yellowfin tuna is imported, he said that fish is sold to local restaurants and sushi-bars and kept separate from Sea To Table’s products.“Can things get mixed up? It could get mixed up,” he said. “Is it an intentional thing? No, not at all.”Some of Gosman’s foreign supply came from Land, Ice and Fish, in Trinidad and Tobago.The AP interviewed and reviewed complaints from more than a dozen Indonesian fishermen who said they earned $1.50 a day, working 22 hours at a time, on boats that brought yellowfin to Land, Ice and Fish’s compound. They described finning sharks and occasionally cutting off whale and dolphin heads, extracting their teeth as good luck charms.“We were treated like slaves,” said Sulistyo, an Indonesian who worked on one of those boats and gave only one name, fearing retaliation. “They treat us like robots without any conscience.”Though it’s nearly impossible to tell where a specific fish ends up, or what percentage of a company’s seafood is fraudulent, even one bad piece taints the entire supply chain.Dimin said the labour and environmental abuses are “abhorrent and everything we stand against.”For caterers serving at the ball for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who successfully pushed through a law to combat seafood mislabeling, knowing where his fish came from was crucial.The Montauk tuna came with a Sea To Table leaflet describing the romantic, seaside town and the quality of the fish. A salesperson did send them an email saying the fish was caught off North Carolina. But the boxes came from New York and there was no indication it had landed in another state and was trucked to Montauk. A week later the caterer ordered Montauk tuna again. This time the invoice listed a boat whose owner later told AP he didn’t catch anything for Sea To Table at that time.“I’m kind of in shock right now,” said Brandon LaVielle of Lavish Roots Catering. “We felt like we were supporting smaller fishing villages.”____AP journalists Julie Jacobson in New York and Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia contributed to this report. Mendoza reported from California.last_img read more

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Why LeVeon Bell Might Make More Money If He Ends His Holdout

The teal curve assumes that Bell reports for Week 2 and begins collecting his $855,529 paychecks,2Players earn salaries during their bye weeks, so Bell would earn about $13.7 million for the rest of the season. and then signs a contract with $38 million in guaranteed money at the end of the season. This would make Bell’s total compensation close to $52 million, representing a probable best-case scenario for Bell. The orange curve assumes that he holds out until Week 11, and thus loses out on $855,529 for the next nine weeks, but then signs the same contract with $38 million guaranteed in free agency. In this scenario, Bell would earn $44 million in total.3Including the $855,529 for Weeks 11 through 17, which comes out to $6 million.Crucially, both models assume that Bell receives no future contract if he is injured. Should he go down after signing with Pittsburgh for this season, Bell would collect only the salary guaranteed him under the franchise tag, a very pessimistic scenario. Yet in our chart, we see that the point at which a holdout is expected to become more profitable is outside the range accounting for our best guess at the true injury rate. So reporting and playing is the best option if Bell is seeking to maximize his earnings.Is this the end of the story? Perhaps not — if Bell is actually worth more in free agency than Fitzgerald estimates. If Bell is able to land a contract worth more than Todd Gurley’s, for a total guaranteed contract value of $55 million, holding out becomes a profitable decision. In this scenario, the point at which a holdout is expected to become more profitable falls within our true injury range estimate. Bell’s decision to hold out here makes sense because it balances future earnings with the risk of injury.In both scenarios, there is a possibility that the injury rate we’ve calculated is underestimating the true danger to Bell’s health and future earnings. After all, Bell’s workload is extreme: He led the NFL with 406 touches last season. There may also be motivations at play in Bell’s holdout that are not related to compensation, and not all costs can be captured in a simple model.That said, the chances of Bell getting a contract north of $38 million seem very low. The last best offer from the Steelers reportedly included just $10 million guaranteed. James Conner, Bell’s replacement, recorded 192 yards from scrimmage along with two touchdowns against the Browns in Week 1. If Bell’s overriding goal is to get paid and maximize his earnings, his best course of action is to report immediately to team headquarters and start cashing his checks.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Sept. 13, 2018, 6 p.m.): A description of the first chart in a previous version of this article transposed the colors of the curves. Last weekend, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell sat out the first game of the regular season rather than play under the NFL franchise tag. Slated to earn $14.5 million in guaranteed money in 2018, Bell loses out on $855,529 each week he fails to report. The franchise tag would make Bell the third highest paid running back in the NFL this season — but only if he actually plays. Around the league, there is a wide range of speculation on how long Bell’s holdout will last. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that his sources believe Bell could be back by the end of September, while others note his holdout could conceivably last through Week 10.1To play any part of this season, Bell must sign by 4 p.m. Eastern on the Tuesday following Week 10, or Nov. 13.Bell’s agent, Adisa Bakari, has hinted that Bell is holding out at least partially because of concerns that the Steelers will overuse him in what is likely his final year with the team. Bakari and Bell appear to have decided to hold out as long as possible to avoid that potential workload and the injury risk it brings. This is a legitimate concern: If Bell suffered a major injury without already obtaining significant guaranteed money, it could end up costing the star running back tens of millions of dollars.So for now, Bell and Bakari’s plan seems to be to maximize his future earnings by forgoing a guaranteed weekly paycheck. But if profit maximization is the aim, is this actually the correct approach? Should Bell hold out through Week 10 if his goal is to earn the most money?To answer those questions, Bell’s camp must balance the amount of guaranteed money he is likely to earn in the open market with the risk of injury if he plays this season. The market for elite running backs in the NFL is difficult to gauge, but we have two recent comps to help us land on an approximate value. I asked NFL salary cap expert Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap for his opinion, and he believes Bell will likely command a contract that will land somewhere between what Todd Gurley and David Johnson were able to negotiate.“Realistically, I can’t see a path to exceed $45 million in guarantees to top Gurley,” Fitzgerald told me. “In light of the Johnson deal, I’d probably say a fair number to use is something between $35 [million] and $38 million in injury guarantees and probably looking at a three-year deal.”Bell and his agent surely have a salary target in mind, and it may well be different from what Fitzgerald estimates Bell is worth. For now, we’ll use the high end of Fitzgerald’s range and assume that Bell lands a contract with $38 million in guarantees. Next we need to calculate the injury risk of playing running back in the NFL. Moreover, we need to adjust the injury rate to account for players who see a large volume of touches. Over his career, since 2013, Bell has averaged 24.9 touches per game, the most in the league. Each of those touches is an opportunity for a serious injury that could rob Bell of his future earnings.According to Football Outsiders, the running back position has the second highest rate of serious injuries in the league at less than 20 percent. Serious injuries are defined as those that cause a player to miss four or more games, which is the outcome Bell surely wants to avoid. This injury rate estimate is probably too low, however. Football Outsiders includes all running backs on each 53-man roster in its rate calculation, regardless of whether they actually take the field. Being tackled in the NFL is a major driver of injury, so we need to account for touches on the field of play.One way to do this is to leverage fantasy drafts as a proxy for running back usage in the upcoming season. Fantasy players use the early part of their drafts to take running backs who they anticipate will see high volume. To estimate the injury rate for these players, I reached out to epidemiologist Zach Binney, a sports performance and injury consultant and a writer for Football Outsiders. Binney took average draft position (ADP) data from 2007 to 2015 and used Football Outsider’s proprietary injury database to calculate the serious injury rate for running backs with a preseason positional ADP of 24 or greater. He estimates that the true likelihood of serious injury is between 20.9 and 32.8 percent for NFL running backs over a season.Armed with these findings, we can create payoff curves based on a range of possible per-game injury probabilities. read more

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Sabermetrics Helped Put Tim Raines In The Hall Of Fame

After a combative voting season, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the induction of three players Wednesday evening: Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines. Of the three, two came as no surprise: Rodriguez made it on his first try, and Bagwell came incredibly close in 2016, so this year’s less-crowded ballot helped him get over the top. But the real story is the Hall’s embrace, at long last, of Tim Raines. In his tenth and final year on the ballot, the former Montreal Expos speedster showed that a concerted campaign based on advanced metrics can help elect a player who might previously have been overlooked.Raines was never a contender for the Hall if you looked solely at his traditional numbers. His 170 home runs spoke more to longevity than prodigious power, and he fell short of such old-school benchmarks as 3,000 hits or 1,500 RBI. Making matters more difficult, Raines was perpetually overshadowed by fellow Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who played in the same era with a similar set of skills, but racked up much more value. (According to Baseball-Reference.com, Henderson had 110.8 career wins above replacement, compared with 69.1 for Raines). As a result, Raines failed to acquire much “black ink” in his career: He rarely led the league in any particular category; Henderson always seemed just a little bit better.But Raines still found ways to excel: He got on base in about 38.5 percent of his plate appearances, and he racked up more than a hundred runs of value above average in his career as a baserunner. Although 69.1 WAR may not be in Henderson’s league, it still made Raines worthy of serious Hall of Fame consideration.Despite the misfortune of playing alongside Henderson, Raines also developed a passionate fanbase. His underrated statistical merits, combined with his lack of traditional accomplishments, spurred the nascent sabermetrics movement to lobby for him. Noted analytics website Baseball Prospectus consistently advocated for Raines’s election from the moment he retired, with former BP staffer (and, later, FiveThirtyEight contributor) Jonah Keri spearheading the campaign.Partially because of sabermetrics and a changing electorate, Raines’s vote totals climbed almost every year he was on the ballot. After news broke of Raines’s induction, Keri told me that “a handful” of voters had reached out to him over the years to credit his work with changing their mind on Raines. This year, Raines finished with 86 percent of the vote, a long way from the low of 22.6 percent he received in his second year.Raines’s election should give hope to all the underappreciated players whose advanced metrics exceeded their traditional accomplishments. As the electorate gets smarter and more informed, even hitters like Raines — without gaudy home run or RBI totals — can hope to make their way to Cooperstown eventually. read more

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Beside The Points For Monday March 26 2018

See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyeAnd then there were FourThe Final Four is finally set, and it should be a good one. Two of the teams have won the championship pretty recently — Villanova in 2016 and Kansas in 2008 — while it’s been a little bit of a wait for the others. Okay, fine: Michigan’s drought (since 1989) pales in comparison with Loyola-Chicago’s. The Ramblers last won the title in 1963, the same year Michael Jordan was born. [ESPN]Ramblin’ onThere are a lot of incredible stats attached to Loyola’s Final Four run, from tying the lowest seed ever to make the national semifinal (11th) to the scant 1.9 percent Final Four probability Ken Pomeroy’s model gave them going into the tourney. (Which makes them the sixth-most unlikely Final Four entrant since 2006.) But the best might be just how emphatically they punched their ticket to San Antonio, beating Kansas State by 16 in the South regional final. According to ESPN’s Stats & Info, it was the second-best margin of victory for a double-digit seed in the Sweet 16 or later, trailing only Stephen Curry and Davidson’s 17-point win over Wisconsin in 2008. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?They’ll make due with their many other All-StarsSpeaking of Curry, he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee on Friday night — bad news for fans of the Warriors, or of revolutionary basketball in general. Originally slated to miss the rest of the regular season, Curry’s unavailability for at least some of the playoffs was confirmed by Golden State coach Steve Kerr on Sunday. “There’s no way he’s playing in the first round,” Kerr said. The Warriors’ injuries are really piling up, though they do have enough talent that they’ll probably weather Curry’s absence without an issue — provided it is just for one round. [ESPN]Pacers are the anti-RocketsBy now, everyone knows the Houston Rockets’ formula for ruthlessly efficient basketball: Shoot a ton of 3-pointers, draw a ton of fouls and avoid mid-range jump shots at just about any cost. But with every NBA team rushing to copy the Rockets’ blueprint, the Indiana Pacers are thriving by basically doing the exact opposite of it. They’ve already clinched the playoffs, and have a 3 percent chance of winning the East according to our model. [FiveThirtyEight]Did bad math cost Hamilton a race?Reigning Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton was a pretty strong favorite to win the opening race of the 2018 season in Melbourne on Sunday, especially after he led the first 25 laps. But disaster struck for Hamilton and Team Mercedes when a caution forced Hamilton and the field to slow down while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was pitting. Mercedes’ software had previously calculated the interval necessary for Hamilton to maintain the lead in the event of a safety period, but it was wrong — Vettel emerged from the pits in first place, and never looked back. “Lewis did nothing wrong,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. “It was down to a software bug or an algorithm that was simply wrong.” [ESPN]Shohei it ain’t soFreshly signed out of Japan, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way phenom Shoehi Ohtani went into the spring as one of the most hyped prospects in recent memory. But his spring numbers have left a lot to be desired — in fact, they’ve been flat-out horrific. As a batter, he’s hitting .107; as a pitcher, he has an ERA of 27.00. A proper counterpoint would be that it’s a microscopic sample size, and that spring training stats don’t really matter anyway. Fair enough; still, Ohtani has been so unimpressive in the spring that he’s not a lock to make the Angels’ opening-day roster anymore. [ESPN]Big Number(s)0.5 and 58.4 percentAccording to data from ESPN’s Tournament Challenge bracket-picking contest, only 83,292 of 17.3 million entries (0.5 percent) picked Loyola-Chicago to reach the Final Four. By contrast, 58.4 percent of entries had Villanova going to the Final Four, making them the most-picked team in the field. Two weeks later, both teams have managed to find their way to San Antonio. [ESPN Stats & Information]Leaks from Slacklarue [7:17 PM, Thursday]Was reminded of this today:NFL players: height & weight over timeAn animated look at just how much bigger NFL players have gotten over time.Kinda love itwalt [7:37 PM, Thursday]its like mitosis Oh, and don’t forgetNeither opponents nor rule changes can stop James Harden’s foul-drawing antics. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters Predictions NCAA Men’s Tournament See all games ` NBA
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Diego Simeone pleased with Atletico Madrids win over Arsenal

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was left satisfied with the performance of his players following their penalty shoot-out win against Arsenal in SingaporeWith the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin and Diego Costa still absent from the squad following their participation at the World Cup, Simeone was forced to field a make-shift side for their first pre-season friendly against Arsenal.Due to this, Atletico struggled for large parts of the game against Arsenal but were able to take the lead through Luciano Vietto before teenager Emile Smith-Rowe cancelled it out with a stunning equalising goal for the Gunners.After the game ended in a draw between the two side, Atletico went on to defeat Arsenal 3-1 on penalties with Rodri, Victor Mollejo and goalkeeper Antonio Adan scoring the spot-kicks.“To face Arsenal, with the quality players they have, isn’t easy,” Simeone told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We competed really well.”As for the young players out on the field, Simeone said: “I’m happy because lots of lads played. We’ve been working to integrate them into what this team has been doing for the past seven years, a strong defensive structure,” he said. “It makes me so happy because it shows them the jump to First Division isn’t as far as they think.”New signings Rodrigo and Adan made their unofficial debuts with the latter saving three penalties before going to score one of his own in the shoot-out win.“Rodrigo played well and was in the team’s dynamic,” said Simeone.“Adán started his career with Atlético in the right way because he was there when the team needed him.”last_img read more

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