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CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Cubs closer Hector Rondon is on board with his team acquiring lefty flamethrower Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees and is willing to pitch in the seventh or eighth inning or whenever manager Joe Maddon wants him. Rayshawn Jenkins Chargers Jersey .I think its good for our team, Rondon said before Mondays Cubs/White Sox?game. Hes one of the best relievers we have right now. Im good with that. I know I did a really good job in my role.You have a chance to get that guy, better take it.Rondon has turned into a pretty good closer, but Chapman is simply more accomplished, making it an easy deal to accept, according to Maddon. This is no lateral move, he said.When the team sees that the acquisition raises the level of their abilities, its a very easy sell, Maddon said. Its like a lineup. When you throw one more guy into the lineup, what it does to the rest of the group. The same thing happens with the bullpen. You put the anchor on the backside it really permits you to do other [things].It means Chicagos relievers will all move down an inning starting with Rondon, who will function mostly as a setup man. That leaves Pedro Strop and young Carl Edwards Jr.?for the sixth and seventh innings. Newcomers Joe Nathan and Mike Montgomery can fit anywhere in the middle-to-late innings as well. With the additions of Nathan and Chapman, the Cubs have added 543 career saves to their bullpen since Sunday.Any time you get a guy that throws 105 mph on your team, thats good news, catcher David Ross said. Were a tight-knit group. When you bring in a guy that will help you win, its fun.I have a new mitt he can break in.It doesnt hurt when the former closer can take his demotion without a complaint. Respect for Rondon increased in the clubhouse after hearing his take.Im really happy, Rondon said. I dont care if I pitch in the eighth or seventh. The only thing that matters is to come into the game and do my job.Cubs players didnt seem to mind the prospect haul the team gave up to get Chapman. They have bigger things on their minds than a Class-A player coming back to haunt them someday.Im not a big prospect guy, Ross said, laughing. This is my last year ... It says they [the front office] are committed to winning.Asked what he knew of Chapman, Rondon responded: Everyone knows his fastball. Hes coming to us to throw cheese.Maddon believes Chapmans presence opens things up for him in the back end of the pen. Rondon is still bound to get some save chances, but the Cubs didnt give up their No.1 prospect and other players to play the matchup game with Chapman.Hes their man for the ninth inning now and for as long as the team plays into October.He has really different things about him that are really unique to him, Maddon said.Chapman was activated before Tuesdays game, with left-hander?Clayton Richard?designated for assignment to make room on the roster.? Rayshawn Jenkins Womens Jersey . Catch all the action on TSN2 at 11pm et/8pm pt. The nine-time Big 12 champion Jayhawks are positioning themselves for another title, as they have run out to a flawless 6-0 mark in conference play thus far. Mike Williams Chargers Jersey .S. Open champion Justin Rose birdied the first hole with a blind shot he hit to a foot of the pin, and he stayed in front Tuesday until he completed a 4-under 67 for a two-shot lead over Jason Dufner in PGA Grand Slam of Golf. http:///...lliams-Elite-Jersey/ . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. RIO DE JANEIRO -- With fireworks forming the word Rio in the sky, performers decked in silver and sweet, sultry music, Rio de Janiero is welcoming the world to the first Olympic Games in South America with a message: Lets take better care of our planet.After one of the roughest-ever rides from vote to games by an Olympic host, the city of beaches, carnival, grinding poverty and sun-kissed wealth lifted the curtain on the games of the 31st Olympiad with a three-hour gala that celebrated Brazils can-do spirit, biodiversity and its indigenous people. It will trace its history from forested land, through colonization by Portugal, and into a nation of astounding diversity and contrasts.Before the show, in a video broadcast inside the 78,000-seat Maracana Stadium, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the games celebrate the best of humanity and appealed for an Olympic truce, calling on all warring pries to lay down their weapons during the two weeks of sporting achievement.Performers decked in silvery suits folded and unfolded glittering silver sheets that transformed into giant cushions they then beat like drums. Fireworks lit up the skies and the peace symbol, tweaked into the shape of a tree, was projected on the floor of the stadium where Germany won the World Cup in 2014.As well as a showcase for Brazils history, culture, diversity and hopes, the gala also represents a triumph, because there were times after the International Olympic Committee selected Rio ahead of Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid in 2009 when it seemed that the city of 6.5 million people might not get its act together for the worlds greatest sporting mega-event.But with more than a dash of gambiarra, the Brazilian art of quick-fixes and making do, Rio de Janeiro is ready.Just.The honor of declaring the games open will fall to Michel Temer, Brazils unpopular interim president, standing in for suspended President Dilma Rousseff. Her ouster less than four months out from the games for alleged budget violations was one of the many complications that roiled Brazils Olympic preparations and impacted the opening ceremony itself. Fewer than 25 foreign heads of state were expected, with others seemingly staying away to avoid giving the impression of taking sides amid Brazils leadership uncertainty.As Brazilian officials took their places, there were shouts of out with Temer from sections of the crowd.Athletes from 205 nations and territories were set to march behind their flags. Theyll be joined by a first-ever Refugee Olympic Team of 10 athletes, displaced from Syria, South Sudan, Congo and Ethiopia. Their flag-bearer, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, fled war in South Sudan and ran her first race in a refugee camp in northern Kenya. Forrest Lamp Youth Jersey. Michael Phelps will lead the U.S. team, the largest with 549 competitors. Historys greatest Olympian will be looking to add to his record haul of 22 medals, in three individual swims plus relays, before the Aug. 21 closing ceremony.On behalf of all 11,288 competitors (6,182 men; 5,106 women), a Brazilian athlete will pledge an oath that they wont take banned drugs -- a promise likely to ring false to many fans after the scandal of government-orchestrated cheating in Russia.While it escaped a blanket ban, Russia is paying the price in the shape of a smaller team, whittled down from a 389 athletes to around 270.Iran picked a woman, archer Zahra Nemati, as flag-bearer for its team made up overwhelmingly of men.After the grandeur of Beijings opening ceremony in 2008 and the high-tech, cheeky inventiveness of Londons in 2012, Rios was expected to be more earthy, with funk, samba and joie de vivre laced with more serious messages from the country with the worlds largest forest, the Amazon, for the need to protect the planet. Grammy award winners Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen were expected to star.The world is very tense and so is Brazil. We are also willing to tell the world to stop attacking our home. The world is threatened because of global warming. We are calling for action, said Fernando Meirelles, one of the directors of the show.After Brazils most famous athlete -- soccer star Pele -- said he will not appear, the Olympic mystery of who might light the cauldron remained intact.The cauldron was designed by American sculptor Anthony Howe, who told The Associated Press he was inspired by life in the tropics. There will be two cauldrons in Rio, one at the Maracana soccer stadium that is hosting the opening ceremony and another open to the public in downtown Rio.The cauldron in central Rio is expected to be lit by a runner after the opening ceremony is finished, Howe said.In all, 4,800 performers and volunteers will be involved in the show designed to showcase Brazil as a garden of the world.Smile is the approach the Brazilians have toward life, said Marco Balich, the executive producer. Brazil is not a grand nation. Theyre saying in this ceremony, we are who we are, with a lot of social problems, a lot of crises in the political system, etc.NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony on a one-hour tape delay because it wants the entertainment spectacle to be shown completely in U.S. prime time. 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