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Thomas and his challenge: “I hope I can be more than Gabi or Tiago”

first_img-Many see in you the new Gabi, Tiago, players of that hierarchy …-When I arrived, they were already here, playing at a high level. I learned a lot from them, but they have different things from me. They won many titles here. I’m starting, but I hope I can be more than them.-Has a renewal offer on the table …-My agent is trying to fix things with them. You never know each other’s future. I want to enjoy football and you never know where each person can end up.-It doesn’t seem very determined to stay …-I want to take advantage of all the minutes I have and you never know where a person or a player can end up. You can’t say you can be here or there. You always have to enjoy and, wherever you are, you have to do your best.-They say that the Premier has a very good sign …-It is always something positive, because when you listen to that it makes you feel that you are doing things well and motivates you to do better. I give one hundred percent where I am, I will continue doing it because I am like that.-Within not much comes an exciting tie against Liverpool …-As I said before, Atlético always has difficult teams. Everyone thinks we are below them, but it will be decided in the field. You have to do a good job before this tie and surprise people who don’t trust us.-In LaLiga they are five points from the big two …First you have to be focused on us. You don’t have to look at the table, there’s a lot of work, you have to get the most points and then let’s see where we are.-Atletico does not score goals and the club is looking for a scorer. Do they need reinforcement?It depends on the coach, it depends on the team, they know what is best for the team. I trust those we have. In addition, in the last matches we are scoring goals. More goals will arrive. And luck will change. Sometimes we have had many occasions and we have not marked by bad luck.-That is, it’s all about the streaks ….We will continue working. When you mark one, you have to try to make two. All players must make goals, defenses, means and strikers. You have to work as a group. – What balance does of the first part of the season?-I think it was not easy, since there are many new players. Starting over with players who have just arrived is always difficult. But I think we have done a good first part, although sometimes we have found ourselves wrong. But as I said, it is not easy to start with players arriving from other teams.-The team has gone from less to more …-Yes, we are getting better every time. We are working hard, we have to forget what happened behind and we have to move on. It is the mentality that the team has.-Simeone said it’s a year of transition and criticism rained …-People know that what the coach said is true. Although the fans want to win and I am a fan more. We are professionals and we try to win every game.-Atletico is alive in all competitions and has a very nice year ahead …-It is an exciting year and we must seize the opportunities we have. But you have to go game by game and we will try to make everything go as expected.-They start with the Spanish Super Cup, a maybe smaller title, although I don’t know if you share that. In addition, it is played abroad …-I always have fun playing. I don’t care where and how to play. It will be a beautiful game, you have to play it and win it, which in the end is the main thing. We want to do a good job and for sure this will help us much later. -But I don’t know if for the Atletico costumes this Super Cup is an important title …-For me, as a player, all titles are important. And I think it will be the same for the rest of the teammates. All titles are very important for the president of this club and for all the fans of Atlético.-The Barcelona is a rival that always resists them …-At Atlético always have difficult teams. And it is not the first time we have to play against them in a tie. Our intention is to try not to make the mistakes of LaLiga and we will try to win to play the final.– Will they play especially motivated against Barcelona?-We always face the matches with maximum intensity. We have a game that will be complicated, but against Barcelona we have always come out to win, whether in the preseason, in LaLiga or in the Cup. Our intention is to always win.-Front you will have an old acquaintance, a Griezmann who started lazy in Barcelona, ​​but who seems to have gone to more …-We know that Griezmann is an excellent player, who has a lot of goal. At first it is normal for a world to cost you when you reach a team that is made, but I think you are doing things well, with peace of mind and I see you much stronger now.-Griezmann left, but many new ones arrived. I don’t know if you have been surprised by any of the signings …-Yes, Felipe has surprised me a lot. And not only me, but also the club and the Atletico fans. I thought it was going to be one more, but it has proven to have a lot of level and can be here quietly with us. -The one who seems to have not yielded all that was expected of him is João Félix. How do you see him?-João Félix has an important role in the team. He has to assume many responsibilities. We are here to try to help you, just like the coach. He knows it’s not easy, he’s a big team, but he has to go from less to more.-But do you see him as a different player, with a special gift?-Of course, he is a player who has quality, he is a boy who is learning a lot. I see him with good eyes and he will be one of the best.-You are already a permanent holder in Atlético …-Everything depends on the job. Sometimes I assume more responsibilities than I owe, but it is time to grow as a player and as a person. I think I have to try to work like this, taking advantage of everything I have and trying to be a big player here.-Do you notice when you are already an important player in Atlético?-Yes, when a player feels important, it shows in games, in everything and that helps me and people see it from the outside. It looks like I feel more comfortable and loved here.DANI SANCHEZ & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Thomas, during the interview with As.DANI SANCHEZ (DAILY AS) -It seems that some of the newcomers, like Felipe or Trippier himself, have been playing at Atlético for a long time …-All are playing very well, they have the help of the master, the teammates and so they feel more comfortable. It is true that it seems that they have been playing here for a long time and this makes the team grow faster.last_img read more

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U.S. Navy flexes its muscles in the Gulf

first_imgABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS – American warplanes screamed off two aircraft carriers Tuesday as the U.S. Navy staged its largest show of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, launching a mammoth exercise meant as a message to the Iranians. The maneuvers with 15 warships and more than 100 aircraft were sure to heighten tensions with Iran, which has frequently condemned the U.S. military presence off its coast and is in a face-off with the West over its nuclear program and its capture of a British naval team. While they would not say when the war games were planned, U.S. commanders insisted the exercises were not a direct response to Friday’s seizure of the 15 British sailors and marines, but they also made clear that the flexing of the Navy’s military might was intended as a warning. “If there is strong presence, then it sends a clear message that you better be careful about trying to intimidate others,” said Capt. Bradley Johanson, commander of the Stennis. “Iran has adopted a very escalatory posture with the things that they have done,” he added. Meanwhile, oil prices shot nearly 8 percent in a matter of minutes in after-hours trading Tuesday, topping $68, as rumors spread that Iranians had fired at a U.S. ship in the Persian Gulf and that Britain had taken action to free the captives. But both the U.S. military and the British government denied the rumors. Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown of the U.S. Navy 5th fleet told The Associated Press that all ships in the Gulf had been checked and the rumors were untrue. Britain’s Foreign Office said its military had not taken any action. The exercises began four days after Iranian forces detained the 15 Britons for allegedly being in Iranian territorial waters near the northern end of the Gulf. U.S. and British officials insist the team was properly searching cargo vessels inside Iraqi waters. F/A-18 fighter jets roared off the Stennis’ flight deck all day, mounting a dozen rapid-fire training sorties against imaginary enemy ships and aircraft. A second task force with the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower also took part in the drills. “These maneuvers demonstrate our flexibility and capability to respond to threats to maritime security,” said Navy Lt. John Perkins, 32, of Louisville, Ky., as the Stennis cruised about 80 miles off the United Arab Emirates after entering the Persian Gulf overnight. “They’re showing we can keep the maritime environment safe and the vital link to the global economy open.” At the headquarters of the Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, Cmdr. Kevin Aandahl said the maneuvers would last several days. He said U.S. warships would stay out of Iran’s territorial waters, which extend 12 miles off the Iranian coast. None of America’s naval coalition partners in the region joined the maneuvers. The Stennis strike group, with more than 6,500 sailors and Marines, entered the Gulf late Monday or early Tuesday along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, the Navy said. The Stennis, which had been supporting military operations in Afghanistan from the Arabian Sea, joined the strike group led by the Eisenhower. It is the first time two U.S. aircraft carriers have operated in the Gulf since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Aandahl said. The Eisenhower was operating off the coast of Somalia in January and February. Each carrier carries an air wing of F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighter-bombers, EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, S-3 Viking refueling and anti-submarine planes, and E-2C Hawkeye airborne command-and-control aircraft. Also taking part were six guided-missile destroyers, the Anzio, Ramage, O’Kane, Mason, Preble and Nitze; the frigate Hawes; amphibious assault ships Boxer and Bataan; and minesweepers Scout, Gladiator and Ardent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rio Hondo president picks debated

first_imgBoard members ended up selecting two of the committee’s recommended finalists. They then went back to the committee’s original pool of candidates and selected four more names, although one candidate later declined the job. “If we had been told to come back with three \, we would not have come back with any,” Newman said. “We had no indication that they would pull down into the candidates who had clearly already failed in the process.Only one of the two candidates recommended by the committee made it onto the board’s list of top three finalists. “Our intention is not to beat up the board, but to just ask them to stop the process and start again. Clearly, they don’t get it,” Newman said. Trustees, however, say the open forum – scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. May 2 in the Wray Theatre on campus – will provide the opportunity for the community to participate in the hiring process. As for the votes of no confidence, Martinez acknowledged there are differences in opinion. “But the process we started and followed is exactly the same,” Martinez said. “Now we’re in the final stages. We’ll have the forum, we’ll meet in closed session to deliberate, and then we’ll come out with our decision.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Rio Hondo’s two employee unions – the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter 477 – and the Associated Student Body have unanimously passed “no confidence” votes against the board’s selection. It is the first time all three groups have simultaneously approved no-confidence actions against the board. “The process has been corrupted,” said Jim Newman, president of the faculty association. “A vote of no confidence says we do not believe this board has the ability to pick a president out of this process.”Anyone who comes on board through this flawed process will already be in the hole and is doomed to failure.” The controversy sprung up two weeks ago, after a screening committee of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members submitted the names of two finalists for the board to interview. Board members then said they wanted the committee to submit as many as five finalists. Committee members said they were never told of that before their selections. WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College trustees have selected three finalists for the job of president. Now, officials plan to hold a public forum at which students, faculty and the community can meet the finalists. The three finalists are Daniel Castro, who most recently served as Riverside City College president; Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont Community College in El Cajon; and Monte Perez, vice president of student services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. “We are very eager to move this process forward and make a selection,” Rio Hondo College board President Maria Elena Martinez said Friday. last_img read more

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Pochettino: I’d love to see Gareth Bale back at Tottenham!

first_img1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he would love to see Gareth Bale back at the club, amid reports Spurs have the option to a buy back the Welsh wizard from Real Madrid.The north London outfit sold Bale to Spain in a record-breaking £85million in 2013 and despite his success at Real he has repeatedly been the subject of big-money interest from Manchester United in recent transfer windows.But now it has emerged Tottenham inserted a buy-back clause into the Wales superstar’s switch to the La Liga giants, meaning they can make a move to re-sign the 26-year-old should Real accept any Premier League bid before June 2019.Spurs would have the option to match that offer and Pochettino would support club chairman Daniel Levy if he wanted to splash the cash to bring the Welsh wizard back to White Hart Lane.“If we have the option to sign him why not?” Pochettino said when asked about Bale.“He is a great player and he is the kind of player that can improve our squad. This is the type of profile that we sign.”Pochettino was less forthcoming when pressed on reported transfer targets Sandro Ramirez of Barcelona and West Brom’s Saido Berahino.He added: “There are a lot of rumours and names, but my position is always to respect the clubs, their names and the players. I never speak in public because respect is very important to show for clubs and the players.”With a possible 30 games remaining as Tottenham challenge in the FA Cup, Europa and Premier League, it has been suggested his squad needs strengthening, with former goalscoring hero Clive Allen telling talkSPORT they MUST sign a striker to provide back-up to Harry Kane.But the manager retorted: “Why? Will it make us more likely to win the league if we sign?“I think we have quality enough and at the start of the season squad, so why now do we need to add players?“It is true if we find the right profile and are sure they help us to improve the squad then we will sign some player, but if not we are very happy with the squad we have.”READ MORE: Tottenham latest – Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid contract terms leaked Gareth Bale last_img read more

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RADIOTHERAPY UNIT GETS GREEN LIGHT AT ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITAL

first_imgThe radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, which will cater for cancer patients from Donegal, will be built by 2016.The news follows the decision by North Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to give the green light to the project.He admitted that the personal stories of many cancer patients had helped him make up his mind that the unit was vital. Plans for the unit had previously been put on ice because of the cost.Donegal cancer campaigner Noelle Duddy of Cancer Care North West said she is simply lost for words on what is a very emotional and important day for the people of Donegal.EndsRADIOTHERAPY UNIT GETS GREEN LIGHT AT ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITAL was last modified: May 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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PADDY POWER PAYS OUT IN ROW OVER DONEGAL PLAYERS

first_imgA Dublin fan is counting the cash – after betting that two Donegal players would be sent off in last Sunday’s crunch All-Ireland semi-final.Paddy Power paid up after two Donegal players were sent off.True Blue Cyril Eccles, 57, put on a bet with Paddy Power that two Donegal players would be shown the line.He got odds of 10-1 and duly put down €20 on the bet. But when the GAA fan from Tallaght went to collect his winnings, he was given the boot.Although both Neil McGee and Paddy McGrath were given black cards and sent off, the bookmaker claimed they were not red-carded.However, after reviewing the bet, the famous bookmaker agreed to cough up the cash.A spokesman for the bookie said that punters will now have to specify what colour card a player will be sent off for. So Paddy – what’s the odds for Jim McGuinness coming on in the final five minutes and netting a goal in the final?Anything is possible at this stage!  PADDY POWER PAYS OUT IN ROW OVER DONEGAL PLAYERS was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:betdonegaldublinGAAPaddy POwersent offlast_img read more

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Teen shot leaving Halloween party

first_imgPALMDALE – Halloween night turned tragic when a 14-year-old boy leaving a church get-together with his girlfriend was accosted by two young men and shot in what may have been a case of mistaken identity. The Highland High School student, whose name was not released, was hospitalized Tuesday in very critical condition, a detective said. “They were looking for an individual. It wasn’t the individual they shot,” sheriff’s Detective Bill Pickett said of the gunmen, believed to be street-gang members. “My guess is he closely resembled the person they were looking for.” The boy and girl had left the Halloween gathering at a home just before 10 p.m. Monday. As they walked along Ocotillo Drive, two young men standing across the street asked if they knew someone named “Peewee.” When the couple said they didn’t, the young men walked across the street and asked the boy if he was a gang member, the girl said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They said, do you bang? We said no. They said, yes, you do. They just shot him and took off,” said the girl, who is not being identified for her safety. The boy was left lying bleeding in the street. Both assailants had guns and opened fire, Pickett said. The boy and girl were the last guests to leave the gathering, attended by members of Praise Chapel of Palmdale. “Not even two minutes after they left, we heard gunshots,” said the man at whose house the gathering was held. He didn’t want his name used. “We’ve been praying for him.” There is no indication the wounded boy had anything to do with gangs, said Pickett, a detective in the anti-gang unit Operation Safe Streets. He said he assumed the person the gunmen were seeking was a gang member. “It is most likely gang-related,” Pickett said of the shooting. Pickett was working Tuesday sorting through the conflicting stories from witnesses and trying to figure out who the gunmen were seeking. The gunmen were described as both African-American and Latino, and some witnesses said they fled on foot while others saw them run to a car, Pickett said. They were described as about 17 to 20 years old, he said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Blanks UIC, 4-0

first_img Full Schedule Roster Next Game: PDF Box Score Story Links Armstrong recorded the first goal off an assist from junior Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ill.) in the 18th minute (18:58) followed by Brand’s goal off an assist from junior Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) in the 27th minute (27:21). Senior Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) played the entire match in goal for Drake and finished with one save. The Bulldogs’ defense limited the Flames to just two shots, including one on goal. 22 Bulldogs played in the match. CHICAGO – The Drake University women’s soccer team scored four goals in the first half to blank UIC, 4-0, Friday, Aug. 26. Senior Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) led Drake (2-0) with two goals while sophomore Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) and redshirt senior Alex Freeman (Duluth, Minn.) each had one goal. Watch Live HTML Box Score Live Stats Preview Armstrong wasted little time putting Drake up 3-0 as her second goal came just minutes after Brand’s in the 29th minute (29:47). Freeman, who scored the game winning goal in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 season opening win over North Dakota State last Friday, punched in the final score as the rout was on. Brand and senior Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) had the final assists for Drake. “We started the game very well and were sharp in the first half,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “We took care of the ball and made good decisions in the middle third of the field in the first forty minutes. A lot of players were able to play tonight and we demonstrated resolve as UIC (0-1-2) pressed to try to get one back. There are a lot of positives we can take away from this game, but also some details we need to address prior to Sunday. Overall a great outing and a shutout we will build from.” Drake plays at Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs open their home slate at Cownie Soccer Complex on Sept. 2 against South Dakota. Print Friendly Version at Wisconsin 8/28/2016 – 1 PMlast_img read more

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Giants’ women broadcasters signal change in baseball’s old-boys club

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Since the Giants opened a state-of-the-art waterfront ballpark in 2000, the franchise has cycled through three managers, four stadium names and several hundred players.There’s been just one public-address announcer. Renel Brooks-Moon has introduced every one of those players.“First of all, my mind is still blown that I’m here two decades,” Brooks-Moon said.As the first and only female African-American public address announcer in Major League Baseball — and still just one of …last_img

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Heart mended, Weber ready for Midmar Mile

first_img4 February 2014 Michelle Weber will be back to spearhead South Africa’s challenge in the aQuelle Midmar Mile this coming weekend after a third place finish last year. However, just being part of the event will be a blessing for the former youth world champion after a challenging 2013. In finishing third last year, she had followed American star Ashley Twichell and seven-time champion Keri-anne Payne across the finishing line and forced Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu, who went on to win the 200m and 400m individual medley at the World Championships in Barcelona, into fourth place. After that strong showing, Weber was on course for another impressive year and hoping to make a mark in Barcelona a year after winning the first ever World Youth Championships over five kilometres in Canada in 2012. However, what should have been one of the highlights of her life turned out to be a frightening experience.‘I had a heart problem’ Recalling what happened at the official press launch for the Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg late last week, she told SAinfo : “During the open water World Championships in Barcelona, I had a heart problem, where my heart was beating 240- plus beats per minute. “It was scary. At first, I was terrified. I thought I would have to stop swimming, but luckily I got to see a cardiologist just in time; I was really relieved.” Weber’s problem was caused by adrenaline, “so when I became excited or when I had a race my heart rate would go up and then I would stop and I just couldn’t carry on,” she explained.‘It’s all back to normal’ It was just two weeks after the World Championships that she underwent a heart procedure. “Most people have two major pathways to their heart. I had an extra one, so they just burnt that off. Now it’s all back to normal and I am back to training,” Weber said. In fact, she was back in the water after a break of only four weeks. Assessing her current form, she said: “My fitness is getting a lot better. I’m not in peak form, but I’m really happy where I am at the moment. “I think I am in good enough form to compete for a place in the top five. I’m just going to try my best. I always go to Midmar to have fun. That’s the main thing.”‘I was so, so happy’ Looking back on her showing in 2013’s Midmar Mile, Weber said: “Last year, I was so excited, even shocked after the race. I was so, so happy.” Now, the former two-time girls’ 13-and-under champion at the world’s largest open water swimming event, will have another opportunity to challenge some of the world’s best open water swimmers again, and no matter where she finishes, the fact that Michelle Weber will be in the race will be a victory in itself. The aQuelle Midmar Mile takes place on 8 and 9 February. A significant fund-raiser for charities, it is an event for everyone and participants include swimmers with multiple disabilities through to Olympic champions and world record holders.last_img read more

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