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Posted: August 25, 2017 at 4:12 am
CLEVELAND — Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will have his sprained left thumb in a splint for five to seven days after being injured Tuesday night.
Bradley was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday. He was injured while reaching for home plate during a slide in Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
Bradley was sent back to Boston for an MRI on Wednesday. Manager John Farrell said the tests showed no tears or fractures.
Bradley won’t be ready to come off the disabled list in 10 days, but the Red Sox are hopeful he will return before the postseason.
“It’s hard to tell at this point,” Farrell told reporters when asked if there’s a general timeframe for Bradley’s return. “I wish I had more of a definitive answer, but I just don’t know.”
Farrell said he’s concerned whenever a hitter is dealing with a hand injury.
Bradley slid around catcher Yan Gomes’ tag to score on Eduardo Nunez’s seventh-inning double. Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the call, which was upheld after a review. Farrell said had the call been overturned he would have challenged that Gomes blocked the plate and didn’t give Bradley a clear lane to slide.
“It’s unfortunate that he wound up in an unfortunate position on the slide,” Farrell said.
Andrew Benintendi was starting in center field with Brock Holt in left Wednesday. Chris Young will also see action in left field, and Farrell said Nunez may see time there as well when second baseman Dustin Pedroia (left knee inflammation) returns from the DL.
Pedroia remained in Boston while the team went on road. He’s been running on the treadmill and hitting in the cages, but he hasn’t begun any on-field work.
To take Bradley’s spot on the roster, the Red Sox called up infielder Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Bradley was batting .262 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs this season, hitting .400 in his past seven games.
Marrero has played 58 games in three stints in the majors this season. He has batted .212 with 3 homers and 23 RBIs with the Red Sox.
ESPN’s Scott Lauber contributed to this report.
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It will stay open through end of year to host high school swim teams
The Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center, which was set to close in about five weeks, will remain open through the end of the year now that the College of Central Florida agreed to extend the lease so that area high school swim teams can hold fall competitions.
The lease extension, which was approved by the colleges Board of Trustees on Wednesday, comes three months after CF President Jim Henningsen announced the pool complex would be closed. The pool was built by the college 39 years ago, but has not been needed for academics for about 25 years.
For more than a decade, Ocala Aquatics, a nonprofit group that offers swimming lessons and recreation team sports, has leased the facility from CF for $10 per year. The agreement was that Ocala Aquatics pay for the $180,000 annual upkeep and the college would take care of broken equipment in excess of $2,500.
Henningsen announced in May the college would not renew the lease with Ocala Aquatics. He said the complex would be closed on Sept. 30 because the college could not afford the $1.5 million needed to renovate the aging facility, which has become a liability. Ocala Aquatics did not have the money to pay for the renovation.
After the news of the impending closing, Marion County Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier and her administrative team soon realized there are few pools available for high schools to conduct fall practices and competitions. Maier met with Henningsen and asked for the extension so that high school swimming programs could proceed. Henningsen agreed to bring the request before the Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
The swimming complex has the areas only certified Olympic-size swimming pool. Ocala Aquatics has held swimming lessons there for decades and high school swimming teams have used the facility.
We are thankful they did extend the lease, Maier said on Wednesday.
Maier said the district has been looking at leasing one of the city of Ocalas two public swimming pools. But both city pools are used by many groups and scheduling would be difficult. She said they have considered negotiating with the Frank Deluca YMCA to use its pool. However, it appears the YMCA pool, which is used often, is likely not a viable option.
Brandie Bennett, the chairwoman of the Ocala Aquatics’ board of directors, said Wednesday the group is finalizing its plans to launch a massive capital campaign in October to build its own swimming complex. Bennett said the new facility would be built on property in the Ocala area. Bennett said she could not offer any more details until the board of directors finalized its plans in the coming months.
Henningsen told trustees on Wednesday that reputable Marion County businessmen have talked to him about the possibility of extending the lease beyond December so that funding can be secured to build a new swimming complex.
Henningsen told the board that he expects the group to ask for that extension later in the year. He said he will be willing to work with the group if an adequate fundraising campaign is underway and that immediate repairs of some of the biggest concerns are financed by the group.
Trustees agreed to give the three-month extension, though they insisted the college would not be responsible for any repairs or providing maintenance manpower. Henningsen said the lease extension with Ocala Aquatics is clear that the college would not be paying for any repairs or equipment during the lease extension.
When Henningsen announced in May that the college would not renew the lease, Ocala Aquatics officials balked, stating the complex is still operational. The nonprofit asked if they could conduct needed repairs in stages over years and not at one time. Henningsen declined the request, stating he had warned the group four years ago to start raising money to renovate the complex or he would be forced to close the pool. A study conducted several years ago showed the pool was in dire need of substantial repair.
The college first tried to close the pool in 2003. The pool was only being used by the community and the college was paying all of the bills. College officials agreed then to lease the facility for $10 per year to Ocala Aquatics. The deal was that Ocala Aquatics had to pay the operational costs, which is about $180,000 annually. The college pays about $40,000 annually in other costs.
Henningsen told Ocala Aquatics in 2013 that the group needed to raise at least $1 million to pay for a renovation or he would shut it down. Since then, the group has raised $80,000. Henningsen decided early this year that the complex was too much of a safety risk to keep open.
Ocala Aquatics officials also said in June that Henningsen had promised the colleges help to raise the funds for the renovation. Henningsen said the CF Foundation initially agreed to help, but decided to focus instead on fundraising for the colleges academic programs. In 2011, a fire destroyed the main building at the pool complex and CF paid $2 million. Along with insurance funds, the building was rebuilt.
Joe Callahan can be reached at 867-4113 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeOcalaNews.
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Slumping fertilizer producers gear up to fill truck demand (CF, AGU, DAI, YAR, POT, UPS, FDX) – Markets Insider
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By Rod Nickel
Aug 24 (Reuters) – Fertilizer companies, coping with a stubborn price slump, are banking on tighter emissions standards for diesel trucks in the United States and Europe to buoy their balance sheets.
Nitrogen fertilizer producers including CF Industries Holdings Inc and Agrium Inc are accelerating output of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), a water and urea solution used to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide. The niche market offers premiums of $50 to $100 per short ton over the crop nutrients they sell at prices that are depressed due to excessive supplies.
DEF demand has risen since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set tighter emissions controls in 2010 for diesel trucks made by Volvo, Daimler AG and others. The European Union, in which DEF is known as AdBlue, introduced similar legislation in 2013.
Fertilizer companies have increased DEF output this year to coincide with openings of several new or expanded U.S. nitrogen plants, and as lower-emission trucks replace aging vehicles on the road.
“We love it – it’s a great business for us,” Bert Frost, CF Industries’ senior vice-president of sales, market development and supply chain, said in a recent interview. “It builds our customer base and gives us (options) on production.”
CF Industries started production this year in Louisiana to turn 400,000 tons of urea annually into DEF. Altogether, CF, the largest North American producer by capacity, can convert 800,000 tons of urea into DEF annually.
Total U.S. demand for DEF is about 1 million tons of urea equivalent, a fraction of North America’s annual consumption of 14 million tons of urea, Frost said. But he added that DEF demand is likely to double within five years as 60 percent of U.S. heavy diesel trucks are replaced by models with lower-emission engines.
Engine technology called selective catalytic reduction (SCR) uses DEF to trigger a chemical reaction that converts nitrogen oxides, a pollutant, into natural components of air that are then expelled through the tailpipe.
The market hinges on the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which pulled the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, continuing the country’s move to lower-emission trucks.
The U.S. administration is unlikely to roll back emissions standards because trucking companies benefit from using more fuel-efficient vehicles and manufacturers have made huge investments in technology, said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit group.
Global consumption of DEF may reach 10 million tonnes of urea equivalent annually by 2027 from 2 million currently, said Adam Panayi, research manager at Integer Research.
The market for DEF will peak in the United States and Europe toward the end of the 2020s, while potential growth continues in developing markets such as China and India, he said.
There may already be too much DEF available, said Andy Austin, senior vice-president of specialty products at Mansfield Energy Corp, which buys DEF from CF, Yara International ASA and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, and distributes it to XPO Logistics Inc, United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp for their trucks.
“I would say there is a glut,” Austin said. “That risk is certainly there for (producers).” (Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals has announced that both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) have accepted its applications for the use of the tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination treatment in a subset of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).
The application acceptance is for people with CF ages 12 and older who have 2 copies of the F508del mutation or an F508del mutation and 1 residual function mutation that is responsive to tezacaftor/ivacaftor.
The news comes just 1 month after Vertex announced positive data from Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies of 3 drugs being used in CF patients with these mutations; 2 of those drugs were tezacaftor and ivacaftor and the third was VX-440. The combinations of tezacaftor/ivacaftor and tezacaftor/ivacaftor/VX-440 are being investigated separately in the same subset of CF patients (who have 2 copies of the F508del mutation or an F508del mutation and 1 residual function mutation).
In March, it was reported that Phase 3 studies testing the combination of tezacaftor and ivacaftor in CF patients met their primary endpoints with statistically significant improvements in lung function in CF patients.
CF is an often-life-threatening hereditary disorder that causes damage in patients lungs and digestive systems. Common symptoms include frequent lung infections, heavy coughing and difficulty breathing. Current treatment options for the condition include management of the symptoms, and, it currently affects an approximate 75,000 people in North America, Europe and Australia.
CF is caused by a faulty or absent cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, and in CF patients with the F508del mutation, the CFTR protein is not processed, or folded, normally within the cell and usually does not reach the cell surface.
If approved, the tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination treatment would become Vertexs third medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, offering an important new treatment option for a large group of patients with this rare and life-shortening disease, said Jeffrey Chodakewitz, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Vertex in a press release. We look forward to working with the agencies to facilitate a rapid review of these applications.
Tezacaftor is intended to address the processing defect of F508del-CFTR and permit the protein to reach the cell surface, while ivacaftor can further enhance the it’s function.
If approved, the combination will be the third of Vertexs drugs approved for CF patients and the second specifically intended to treat patients with F508del mutations; Orkami (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) is also approved for patients with mutations.
The third drug, Kalydeco(ivacaftor), is approved to treat CF in patients age 2 years and older who have one of the following mutations in their CF gene:G551D, G1244E, G1349D, G178R, G551S, S1251N, S1255P, S549N, S549R,orR117H.
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Baltimore Orioles veteran Adam Jones finished Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics 4-for-4 with two home runs, becoming the team’s first center fielder since William “Baby Doll” Jacobson in 1924 to post that stat line, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Jones’s two home runs were both solo shots, but he did score three runs on the night en route to the team’s 7-3 victory. His four hits on the night also increased his batting average from .275 to .281 on the season.
The 32-year-old has been on a tear during August, batting .342/.378/.605 with five home runs and 12 RBI over 76 at-bats. His output assisted in a win that keeps the Orioles within striking distance of the Wild Card.
Despite Jones’ recent surge, the Orioles own just a 10-10 record during August and a 2-4 record in their last six games. The club sits 3.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot following Monday’s results.
Although the five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove-winner began his career with the Seattle Mariners when he debuted in 2006, he joined the Orioles two short years later and has roamed center field for the club ever since.
Since joining the outfield in Baltimore, he hasn’t played fewer than 119 games in a season and has hit at least .265 in every campaign. Jones has also collected at least 25 home runs in each of the last six seasons and needs just one more to reach the mark again in 2017.
Jones has one additional year remaining on his contract with the Orioles in 2018, but his future with the club remains uncertain beyond that. He will be 33 years old entering 2019, so he should have at least a couple years of effectivenessremaining when his current deal expires.
For now, Jones and his teammates will continue to focus on inching up the standings toward a Wild Card berth. The club returns to action for the second of a three-game set against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday evening.
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Inhaled Hypertonic Saline Solution Helps Sputum Production in CF Children, Study Shows – Cystic Fibrosis News Today
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Inhalation of hypertonic saline solution (HSS) by children with cystic fibrosis (CF) increased sputum production and improved pathogen identification. These results suggest that this simple procedure, if implemented routinely in doctors offices and clinics, would help patients who cantsecrete mucus spontaneously.
The study, Hypertonic Saline as a Useful Tool for Sputum Induction and Pathogen Detection in Cystic Fibrosis, was published in the journal Lung.
CF patients experience anaccumulation of mucus in their airways, an environment that promotes the flourishing of pathogens. Their presence is linked to lung damage, which can ultimately cause respiratory failure, so the early and accurate identification of pathogens is required for a tailored treatment and to improve patients life expectancy.
Several tools have been developed to obtain airway secretions used to identify pathogens that cause chronic CF infection, including bronchoalveolar lavage (the gold standard method), sputum expectoration, swabbing (with or without cough), and the use of HSS to induce sputum.
HSS offers a particular advantage since its administration increases mucus clearance, allowing microbiologists to analyze sputum samples from CF patients who are unable to spontaneously expectorate sputum. Despite its benefits, the use of HSS as a tool to diagnose pathogens in children with cystic fibrosis is limited.
In the study, researchers compared the amount of pathogens identified in sputum samples from CF childrenbefore and after inhalation of 7% HSS. The analysis included 64 patients who first provided secretion samples by spontaneous expectoration in a dry and sterile bottle. Afterwards, patients received 7% HSS administered through a facemask, and a new secretion collection was performed.
Results showed that inhalation of 7% HSS increased sputum production in CF children from 36% to 52%, with the effects being stronger in those younger than 11 years old. Pathogen recovery and identification was also increased after inhalation of HSS, specifically of mucoid and non-mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the main pathogen colonizing CF airways.
Additionally, four new pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus, Achromobacter xylosoxidans, Ochrobactrum anthropi, and Elizabethkingia meningoseptica were identified in the sputum samples collected from the airways of patients with CF following 7% HSS, the teamwrote.
Overall, these results suggest that inhalation of 7% HSS increases sputum production and pathogen identification in children with cystic fibrosis.
According to the team, the inhalation of 7% HSS was feasible and should be implemented for routine pathogen detection in the airways of patients with CF, particularly in those patients who do not produce sputum.
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Posted: August 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm
JaCoby Jones is back in Detroit, and eager to prove he belongs.(Photo: Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit This wasnt the script he envisioned. Especially not after he stole the starting center-field job out of spring training and then hit a home run in Chicago in his first at-bat of the season.
But, this is exactly the script the Tigers envisioned for JaCoby Jones.
This was the whole discussion in spring training, manager Brad Ausmus said. We thought he was our best center fielder and obviously you want to win at the Major League level. But whats best for JJ? Is it better for him to go down and get at-bats?
I guess it was a blend of those two trying to do whats best for the team and whats best for him. Not exactly how you plan it out, but we will see how it works in the long run.
Ausmus rips umps for protesting Kinsler’s ‘leniency’
Jones is back. After spending the better part of the last three months at Triple-A Toledo, he was in the starting lineup, in center field, Saturday. At the time he was recalled, it was just to fill the roster spot of pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who is on the disabled list.
Right now he is up in lieu of a starting pitcher, Ausmus said. We dont need one until Saturday. But we will see what the move is when we get there.
Which means Jones has a chance to earn an extended stay before rosters are expanded in September.
When I was up here earlier, I was struggling, scuffling a little bit, said Jones, who was 1-for-2 with a strikeout in Saturday’s 3-0 loss. Strikeouts were coming in bunches. I wasnt helping the team offensively. My defense was there, but my offense it was a struggle.
They wanted me to go down there and work on my game, and thats what Ive been doing.
Jones struck out 19 times in 45 plate appearances in April, before getting hit in the jaw with a fastball against the Twins on April 22. When he came back nearly a month later, the strikeouts persisted seven in 12 plate appearances.
Ive just tried to be more disciplined at the plate, he said. The discipline is the biggest thing for me. Im always antsy, always trying to do everything, always wanting to hit every pitch, he said. Im still learning to be disciplined, to swing at pitches I can hit.
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It took him a while to get going at Toledo, as well. He struck out 103 times in 388 plate appearances. But he also had nine home runs, 43 RBIs and stole 12 bases in 16 attempts.
I know my numbers down there arent those of a superstar player or anything like that, Jones said. But Ive felt good in the box.
In the last week, four games, he hit .375 (6-for-16) with 1.007 OPS, striking out four times in 19 plate appearances.
Everything happens for a reason and I think it was a good thing for me to go down there and get more at-bats and play every single day, Jones said. Up here, if I was struggling, I wouldve only played against left-handed pitching, probably only play once every three or four days. Playing every day down there, trying to find that groove was good for me.
If Jones figures it out offensively, Saturday could be a preview of the outfield alignment in 2018 Jones in center and Mikie Mahtook in right field. Or, if Justin Upton elects to opt out of the final three years of his contract with the Tigers, Mahtook could be the starting left fielder next season and perhaps Nick Castellanos would be the right fielder.
Time will tell.
Jones is probably our best defensive center fielder right now, Ausmus said. Mikie is a good center fielder, but I think he has a chance to be a really good corner outfielder.
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Canyons carbon Inflite CF SLX cyclocross bike balances high-speed stability with nimble handling for technical ‘cross courses. Photo: Canyon
ZONHOVEN, Belgium (VN) Canyons carbon Inflite CF SLX cyclocross bike balances high-speed stability with nimble handling for a well-balanced ride on technical race courses. Its light (16.7 pounds size medium) and quick, and cross-specific details are sprinkled throughout, such asmud-shedding tube shapes and geometry that makes shouldering the bike easier and more secure.
About those aesthetics: Canyon departs from its hallmark straight lines and minimalistic design with an unusual dip at the top tube/seat tube junction. Its no doubt a jarring design cue. Canyon says the dipor is it a kink?was introduced to offer more compliance without sacrificing shouldering capabilities. The top tube is horizontal toward the front of the bike to keep the front triangle open and for easy shouldering. According to Canyon, thetop tube dips down at the seat tube junction to increase compliance. The lower junction provides more exposed seat post, which can flex and absorb bumps over choppy terrain. Canyon claims the bikes kinked top tubeadds up to 15% more compliance over a straight top tube design.
The kink also provides a secure nook for shouldering the bike, keeping it from jostling around when charging up steep run-ups or staircases. Its a comfortable position for carrying the bike but unfortunately doesnt do much to prevent that annoying carbon-on-shoulder blade discomfort that is endemic to cyclocross.
Canyon took a cue from mountain bike trends during the design phase of the Inflite CF SLX by pairing a long reach with a short stem. The size medium has a 562-millimeter top tube (393-millimeter reach) and comes with a 100-millimeter stem, which is 10-millimeters shorter than what comes with medium Canyon road bikes. This results in quick steering and makes easy work of tossing the bike in and out of tight cross corners.
The bikes zippy handling and 72.5-degree head tube angle pair nicely with a long 1018-millimeter wheelbase and 425-millimeter chainstays for a stable ride on fast and loose sections. Canyon designed a new cross-specific H31 Ergocockpit handlebar and stem combo that flares three degrees at the drops. This provides even more stability and leverage for technical riding, although it leaves you slightly more exposed to catching your bars on course tape.
Its the small details that make theInflite a success. It has ample mud clearance for sloppy races, and the frame itself was designed to prevent mud build-up: Canyon used fewer shelves and contours in areas of the frame known for collecting mud.
The Inflites water bottle bosses sit low on the front triangle, making it easier to shoulder the bike even with a bottle cage installed. All cables are routed internally and all cable entry and exit ports are sealedto keep out dirt and muck.
Canyon offers a wide range of sizes from XXXS up to XXL. The two smallest sizes run 650B wheels, a carryover from Canyons womens line. The smaller wheels promise a better fit for small riders while also improving handling. Traditionally, small bikes have slack head tube angles and compromised geometries to accommodate the big wheels on a small frame. This leads to sluggish handling and ill-performing bikes, according to Canyon. With the XXXS and XXS Inflite cross bikes, small riders will get the same ride experience as larger riders. The catch, however, is the 650B wheel platform has a limited number of wheel and tire options for racing.
Theres no doubt Canyons made an exceptional bike with the Inflite. The spec sheet leaves us wanting a bit more.Canyon offers three builds including a SRAM Rival 1, SRAM Force CX1, and Shimano Ultegra 2x drivetrain. We would love to see an electronic shifting option.Where mechanical drivetrains gum up and miss shifts with sand and dirt, electronic drivetrains maintain crisp shifting long into sloppy races. Canyon acknowledges this hole in the build options and says an Ultegra Di2 version is coming. There are whispers of a newUltegra Di2 group launching soon, so Canyonsimply decided to wait for the new, rather than launch a model with the old.
Of course the cornerstone to Canyons global success has been in its competitive pricing, and the Inflites threespec options aredefinitely priced to be competitive within an ever-crowded marketplace. The Rival model is $2,999, with the Ultegra and Force models coming in at $3,299 and $3,999 respectively.Thats a whole lot of bike for a reasonable price. Canyon saystop professionals will racethe Inflite CF SLX later this fall and early in 2018.
My first taste ofthe Inflite CF SLX came atthe iconic Zonhoven Superprestige cyclocross course in Belgium. The notoriously tricky course features a steep and sandy plunge down De Kuil (The Ditch) along with bumpy terrain, more sand, and steep run-ups.
De Kuil is a legitimately scary obstacle. The descent is a25-percent gradient wall of deep sand that swallows your front wheel if youre not completely off the back of your saddle. My first run at the sandy hill went surprisingly smoothly. The Inflitefelt stable, and it didnt dart around in the choppy sand. Ilet the brakes go, sat back, and the bike surfed its way down the descent without much guidance from the cockpit.
The bikes stability was noticeable on another downhill section on the other side of the course as well. The Inflite deftly maneuvered through a smooth left-hand corner at the bottom of a steep descent, holding its line for an easy transition into the next section of trail. The Inflite maintained a snappiness up small kickers and ripped through corners without excessive rider input.
Zonhovens Superprestige cyclocross course lies within a large park that is crisscrossed bysingle-track mountain bike trails and gravel roads. Taking the Inflite on some of these twisty trails showcased the bikes nimble steering. It was especially adept at quick line changes at high speeds.
Despite Belgiums rainy weather, we didnt get the chance to test the Inflites mud clearance capabilities. From its looks, there seems to be plenty of room between the frame and tire for shedding mud unless you hit some peanut butter mud, and in that case, no extra room, frame design, or special paint matters. Only a spare bike and mechanic with a power washer will make a difference.
After a few days on the course, I came away impressed with the quick handling and sturdy platform, and it was a smooth ride over aggressive chatter. The aesthetic of that kinked top tube still looks odd to me,though. The brain says yes the superb ride and engineering behind it makes sense but my eyes still bulge at the sight of that unorthodox design. But hey, any bike looks good underneath the first rider to cross the finish line. With the Inflite, the proof will be in the results.
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Ath. Bilbao vs Getafe CF live streaming free Prediction of the match Athletic Getafe
August 20 at 19:15 in Bilbao at the stadium San Mames Athletic will take Getafe in the opening match Examples of the season 2017/18. Ath. Bilbao vs Getafe CF preview Athletic with 63 points and goal difference 53-43 took 7th place in La Liga last season. In the transfer policy of the Basques themselves do not change in their composition are only Spanish players, so there is no need to talk about transfers, the names of the players will not tell a little about the connoisseurs of Spanish football. The season of Athletic started before everyone in Spain, playing in the qualification of the League of Europe. Basques have already passed Dinamo Bucharest 1: 1, 3: 0, and on Thursday won at the exit of Panathinaikos 3-2, and losing in the course of the match 0-2. The unbeaten series of Athletics in its field with the account of last season is 5 matches.
Ath. Bilbao vs Getafe CF prediction Getafe last season played in Segunda, and finished third in the championship with 68 points and goal difference 55-43. After that, in the round of the playoffs, Huescu defeated 2: 2, 3: 0 and Tenerife 0: 1, 3: 1 and rose in the class. Under the outlet to the elite Getafe made several signings spending more than 10 million euros, that for a modest club more money. The most costly were Jedhu and Dakoman 3 and 2.5 million, plus a few sensible players came to rent.
Athletic won from Getafe 6 last full-time matches with a total score of 12-2. Basques play at home, where they are always dangerous, plus they have long started the season, their composition is stronger and more playful than the guests, and hence the victory from the hosts in the upcoming match will not go anywhere. Bet: victory of Athletic P1.