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Fans will have to wait until Sunday for the best match of the fourth round of the A-League season, when two of the league's three undefeated teams, Adelaide United and Perth Glory, battle it out in the city of churches.


It is hard to remember a better week in the history of Adelaide United football club, with Marco Kurz's side winning the FFA Cup Final last Tuesday and then cruising past the Central Coast Mariners by a scoreline of 3-0 in Gosford on Sunday.


Reds winger Craig Goodwin has hit a real purple patch of form, scoring four goals in his last two outings, which will surely see him come into calculations for Australia's Asian Cup defense in January.


Meanwhile, Perth's Andy Keogh has netted a goal in each of the club's three games so far, and his partnership with Chris Ikonomidis will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this one.


The home side are a $2.10 AUD favorite to make it two wins from four games while the visitors are $3.30 to make it three wins from four matches, according to AustralianGambling.


Another striker who will be hoping to represent the green and gold in two months' time is the Brisbane Roar's Adam Taggart, who has scored both of the club's goals this season, including a well-taken chance in the 65th minute of the season-opening draw against the Mariners.


Taggart and his teammates travel to Sydney this Saturday to take on a Western Sydney Wanderers side who moved into the top four with a 3-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix last weekend.


Markus Babbel's charges are a $2.10 favorite to make it two wins in a row when they host a Roar ($3.20) lineup who've collected just two points from their three outings so far.


Speaking of the Phoenix, they make the trip to the Victorian capital for the opening match of the round against Melbourne City.


Despite their poor showing against Sydney FC last Friday, City are the second-shortest-priced favorite of the round at $1.57 to be too good for a Wellington ($5.50) side who have opened their season with one win, one draw and one loss.


The shortest-priced favorite of the round is City's cross-town rival, Melbourne Victory, who are $1.36 to beat the Mariners ($8.50). The latter finally got their first win of the season last weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets in a match between teams from last season's Grand Final.


The Jets are at home again on Saturday night, this time hosting Sydney FC, who remained in top spot on the ladder after a 3-0 win over City and are a $2 favorite to make it three wins from four starts.


The pressure is beginning to mount on Newcastle manager Ernie Merrick, with last season's Grand Finalists collecting just a single point from their three games to date. They're a big outsider to win their first game here at $3.60.


source: ODDSSHARK.COM

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Six packs constitute the main target of virtually every guy/girl who goes to the gym or undergoes a regular training session at home.
No other part of the body receives so much attention but, at the same time, nothing is more difficult to sculpt than the abs.
Whether you are trying to get rid of the extra fat around your stomach or you are attempting to increase your muscle mass in that area, transforming your abs into a six pack is NOT an easy task.

In addition to the innate intricacy of the process, some of us are also encountering seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

TEN POTENTIAL EXPLANATIONS TO WHY YOUR ABS TRAINING SESSIONS ARE NOT PAYING OFF

1). YOU ARE FORGETTING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER HYDRATION

Nowadays due to the standard diet that consists primarily of intensively processed food, your body is very prone to retain water.

Particularly when your meals include high levels of sodium and you do not drink the recommended quantity of water, your organism will develop a lot more fat and, as a consequence, your abdominal muscles will not show. What you can do is limit the salt intake and start drinking about 8-10 ounce glasses of water per day.

You should be able to notice the effects of proper hydration in less than a week.



2).  YOUR DIET IS TOO LOW ON CARBOHYDRATES

There is a misconception in the world of fitness that suggests cutting down carb-rich foods from your diet can help you lose the abdominal fat quickly, therefore making your abs more visible.

True, the main role of low carb diet plan consists of downgrading your levels of fat but, at the same time, this is not the right way to go if you want ripped abs.
The reason for this is that a very low carb intake will also reduce the effectiveness of your anti-fat hormones, effectively causing the metabolism to decelerate up to a full stop.

As of such, you will end up at the point where your organism is no longer consuming calories or creating muscle tissue.

Bummer!



3). A DECREASED MUSCLE TONE IN YOUR ABDOMINAL AREA

Sub-optimal muscle tone in your abdominals is the classic and most frequently encountered reason why, no matter how much you try, the six pack refuses to show.

In other words, every person has a different level of abs development.
Some have too much, others have too little.
The dimensions of the abdominal muscles will determine whether or not they are actually visible through the belly fat, making your stomach appear “ripped”.

If this is indeed your problem, then intensive weight exercises for the abs including reclined sit-ups represent the perfect solution.

4). PERHAPS YOU AREN’T GETTING YOUR REGULAR “BEAUTY SLEEP”

One will be asking what is the connection between getting enough sleep and boasting an enviable six pack?

It’s simple, the body of an individual who constantly sleeps for less than the recommended period or who has chaotic sleep patterns will tend to secrete more cortisol.
This little hormone is a directly responsible factor in promoting the development of fat in the stomach area.

Therefore, sleep well because the advantages don’t only include a stagnation in the cortisol secretion, but also elevated energy levels throughout the day, allowing you to engage in higher intensity workouts.

5). IT COULD BE GENETICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DEVELOP A SIX PACK


Genetics play a major role in your ability to enlarge your abs and grow the notorious six pack.

To put it simply, certain individuals have a propensity towards a higher level of abdominal fat tissue, which means that in spite of their success in toning the arms, legs and upper back, the abs refuse to show.

Keep in mind that genes influence the overall appearance – and functionality for that matter – of our body a great deal, so in this particular situation trying to sport a six pack is a losing battle.

6). BINGE EATING

Binge eating is almost exclusively related to a very low caloric/carb intake throughout the day, but some of us also tend to snack under stress.

Therefore, in order to eliminate this unhealthy habit from your routine the best thing you can do is to adjust your carb/caloric intake to your body’s dimensions and of course, activity levels.


7). YOUR ABS TRAINING ENDS WHEN YOU EXIT THE GYM DOOR

Since the abdominals are so difficult to shape by default, you have to pay more attention to it, at all times.

What this entails is that you cannot stop training the abs once your workout is complete, not that you should go against rule no. 6.

In other words, throughout the entire day, you should educated yourself to tighten and pull the abs until this becomes a habit. Thus; train the abs outside the Gym too by eating RIGHT

8). DRINKING OF BEER REGULARLY

Nobody says that you can’t enjoy a few beers on Friday with your friends, but you must learn how to refrain from frequently indulging in excessive alcohol consumption if you plan to rip your abs.
Alcohol is a real obstacle in terms of trimming the fat – especially in your stomach area – so in turn that means your abs will not show.

In addition, the associated painful sensations in that region that come the next morning will prevent you from exercising properly.

9). YOUR STRESS LEVEL ARE ENORMOUS

Stress, like the lack of sleep, is one of the factors that boost the cortisol secretion of the body.
However, studies show that stress is also involved in the decrease of lean muscles. In essence, the combination of these two effects deems stress as the absolute abs-killer.

10). YOUR TRAINING EMPHASIZES TOO MUCH ON THE ABDOMINAL MUSCLES

You might believe that a routine focused mainly on your abs is the road to success, but unfortunately that is false.

Instead, if you construct your workout in a manner that exercises all groups of muscle – compound movement – then you will definitely increase the number of calories burned by roughly ten times and sculpt the abdominal muscles in the process.

After all, you want your body to appear uniformly ripped, don’t you?

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A father had had enough when he witnessed a rough tackle on his son during a football game. Just on Monday, an Alabama dentist got arrested for allegedly slapping a youth football player who injured his son during a tackle last month.


The father of the injured football player who has been identified as Marcus Dempsey, of Northport, Alabama, has been charged with harassment, AL.com reported. He was released on a $300 bond.


The 43-year-old was working on the chain crew during the little league football game on Sunday.


Police said the tackle occurred on Oct.4 and Dempsey walked onto the field and slapped a player who injured his son  The paper reported, citing an investigation by the Tuscaloosa police’s Juvenile Division.


Jay Stuck, an attorney representing Dempsey, denied the allegations and told the paper “we are confident that once the facts are heard and examined by neutral parties his innocence will be clear to all involved.”


“We eagerly await his day in court to address these allegations as laid out by the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

“We are confident that once the facts are heard and examined by neutral parties, his innocence will be clear to all involved.

“As his attorney, I would hope the media will report that determination with the same zeal and speed in which they have reported this current matter,” Stuck said.


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Promising young rugby player died on Friday at the age of 28, eight years after eating a slug at a party, which left him quadriplegic.


The young rugby player ate the slug at a party in 2010 when he was 19. With no knowledge of the animal being infected with rat lungworm.


He contracted eosinophilic meningoencephalitis and fell into a coma for 420 days.


Sam spent three years in hospital after falling ill, but was later released in a motorised wheelchair.


One of Sam’s friends, Jimmy Galvin, who was present at the party, described the event as a “red wine appreciation night”.


Speaking to The Project, he said: “We were sitting, having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown-ups and a slug came crawling across.


“The conversation came up, ‘Should I eat it?’. Off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened.”

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Floyd Mayweather has won world titles in five different weight classes and is 50-0 in an unparalleled boxing career but the American could be set for a stunning detour into the world of mixed martial arts after signing with Japanese promoters RIZIN Fighting Federation.


And the undefeated 41-year-old, who last year said his boxing career was over after beating Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, has told Reuters he could handle himself in whatever format was agreed for the fight on New Year's Eve in Saitama.


His opponent is set to be 20-year-old Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

Mayweather has never fought professionally under MMA rules and did not specify what format the fight would follow. He said negotiations were ongoing with Nasukawa's representatives and that his skill-set did not end at boxing.


"I can wrestle, I can wrestle little bit. I can box a lot a bit," Mayweather told Reuters in an interview Tokyo on Saturday.

"We will just see. I can do it all. I can do anything if I set my mind to it."

Nasukawa is contracted to RIZIN and competes in their championships in both MMA and pure kickboxing. He has won all four of his MMA fights.


While boxing rules restrict bouts to the use of fists, MMA rules can incorporate kicks, knees and elbow strikes, as well as wrestling, joint locks and chokes.


Mayweather was confident they would reach an agreement that would suit both fighters.


"I am pretty sure that when I speak with the guys from my team we are going to get on the same page so we can go out there and do what we have to do," he added.


Mayweather's fight against McGregor pushed his career earnings to $1 billion (769 million pounds), joining American basketball great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the only athletes to have reached 10-figures in earnings, according to Forbes.


Mayweather had said in September that he was coming out of retirement for another fight with Manny Pacquiao after the two of them had been pictured talking at a music festival in Japan.

His decision to sign a deal with RIZIN was all about timing, he said.


"Everything is about timing, everything takes time and everything is about timing," he added.


"Its also all about entertainment. I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained and who doesn't want to be entertained.


"It is good to come over to another part of the world, have fun and enjoy each other."


Mayweather expects a good fight against Nasukawa, who won his last kickboxing bout against compatriot Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN.13 in September.


"He is very fast, very young and I am pretty sure he wants to go out and entertain his people," said Mayweather.


"I am pretty sure the crowd is going to be on his side but I am there for a great cause. It is a special bout.


"Just for me to be in the ring with a young guy that is hungry ... It is going to be good, very, very good and I can’t wait."


(Reporting by Mayuko Ono and Kwiyeon Ha; writing by Jack Tarrant; editing by Peter Rutherford)

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 The NBA announced today that Cleveland has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2022, when the league will be commemorating its 75th anniversary.  The 71st NBA All-Star Game will take place at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.  The Cavaliers previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1997, when the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in 1981.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Quicken Loans Arena, where he was joined by Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert, Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and U.S. Representative, Eleventh Congressional District of Ohio, Marcia Fudge.


“Cleveland is a passionate sports city with a proven track record of hosting large-scale, global events,” said Silver.  “We thank Dan Gilbert, Len Komoroski and the civic leaders for their commitment, and we look forward to a weeklong celebration of our game.”


With the current, large-scale arena renovations underway that will be completed in advance of NBA All-Star 2022, the game and extended activities in the transformed Quicken Loans Arena will offer fans an enhanced experience.


“We are proud to host NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland in 2022,” said Gilbert.  “We have been working with the NBA, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to deliver this iconic event to Northeast Ohio for the last couple of years.  The transformation and new state-of-the-art Quicken Loans Arena was an important factor in the NBA’s decision to choose Cleveland for this exciting classic broadcast across the globe. The world will get to see the modern Cleveland and all of its diversity, innovation and promise for the future.”


“Along with the excitement and appreciation for the NBA selecting Cleveland and Quicken Loans Arena to host NBA All-Star 2022, we want to extend a big ‘thanks’ to our local partners at Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and our City, County and Civic leaders,” said Komoroski.  “Their support and energy to always demonstrate what we as a community do best is at the core of bringing these major events to our city.  We have a great partnership that will deliver an experience fitting for the NBA All-Star global spotlight.  We thank the NBA for their confidence in this collective group, and we will put forth the focus and commitment to ensure that the players, fans, corporate partners, media and all who visit have an extraordinary experience in Cleveland and at the transformed Q in 2022.”


“The City of Cleveland is pleased to host NBA All-Star 2022,” said Mayor Jackson.  “Our city is no stranger to hosting successful, large, global events.  It is a good opportunity, once again, for visitors to come to Cleveland and experience all we have to offer.”


“This is great news for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County,” said Budish.  “When we made the decision to invest in the transformation of the Q, we were aiming for exactly this kind of result.  I am thrilled to see the NBA All-Star Game coming in 2022 with an expected $100 million economic impact to our region. Once again, our city and county will shine on the national and international stage and our businesses and residents will reap the rewards.”


NBA All-Star oncourt events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 18 at Quicken Loans Arena with MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, an annual showcase for top rookies and second-year NBA players.  On Feb. 19, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the Three-Point and Slam Dunk contests.  NBA All-Star 2022 will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 20.


The NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including The Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University and Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  These events, including NBA All-Star Practice and the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles, will feature basketball programming and entertainment for fans as well as up-close access to NBA players, legends and celebrities.


The league will also continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events during NBA All-Star 2022. Through partnerships with schools, government and local nonprofit organizations in Cleveland and surrounding areas, the league will reach thousands of children and families and provide critical resources to community-based programs.


In 2022, the NBA All-Star Game will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 20th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 37th year of NBA All-Star coverage. The game will be broadcast worldwide in 215 countries and territories and in 50 languages.


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 (Reuters) - West Ham United have issued an effective lifetime ban on two supporters for invading the pitch at the London Stadium during their 3-1 League Cup defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.


"West Ham can confirm that following two incidents of pitch encroachment during our game against Tottenham, two individuals have been arrested and charged by the police," the Premier League club said in a statement on their website.


"Encroaching the pitch is a criminal offence that will not be tolerated by the club. In keeping with the club's zero tolerance policy, the two individuals will be banned for life from London Stadium with immediate effect."


This will not be the first time the club has issued a ban against individuals. In March, the club banned five people who invaded the London Stadium pitch during a 3-0 league defeat by Burnley.


An unspecified number of fans also suffered the same fate for directing verbal abuse and hurling coins at owners David Sullivan and David Gold during that game.


West Ham supporters have long been dissatisfied over the club's move from Upton Park which was their home from 1904-2016.


The club have endured relegation battles in their last two league campaigns and sit 13th in the table this season after a difficult start under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.


West Ham host 15th-placed Burnley in the league on Saturday

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Real Madrid were thrashed by Barcelona 5-1 at the Camp Nou in the latest edition of El Clasico, the fiercest football rivalry in Spanish football. Philip Coutinho opened the scoring while Luis Suarez helped himself to a hat-trick in a scoreline that belies reason due to the absence of Barca captain, Lionel Messi.


Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui, was brought in this summer to continue from were Zinedine Zidane stopped but the 50-year-old Spaniard looks nail-on to be sacked in the morning.


In June, Lopetegui was with Spain and tipped to win the World Cup in Russia. Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, came calling and the Basque-born coach couldn’t say no, and that was the beginning of his tumultuous reign which looks certain to end and here are two good reasons why Perez should fire him.


Poor managerial record at clubs


Lopetegui got the Real Madrid gig on the back of a strong Spanish spine to the first team of Los Blancos with five of the regular starters for the national team. He has also worked with most of them at youth level where he enjoyed success and has a reputation for improving youngsters. The record President Perez, however, failed to consider when choosing Lopetegui is his poor record as a club manager.


The man who featured for both Real and Barcelona as a player failed to make an impact as coach of Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second division. Lopetegui got sacked after 10 games in 2003, and the team subsequently got relegated to the third tier of Spanish football. After cooling off with Real Madrid team B and the Spanish national youth sides, he got his second club appointment with FC Porto in 2014 but was sacked midway through the second season.

In a league where Porto reign supreme alongside Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, sharing silverware available amongst each other, Lopetegui’s time in Portugal yielded no silverware amidst complaints from fans and management. He also lost most of his matches against the other domestic “big two” Sporting and Benfica (won just two of seven). His time in Porto marked the first time the club would go a season trophyless in 26 years, and equalled their worst defeat in Europe- a 6-1 drubbing at Bayern Munich How these statistics went unnoticed by Perez in choosing a manager for the biggest club in world football is quite alarming.


Monotonous style of play


Lopetegui is from the Spanish school of coaches where possession is a determinant factor in their style of play. Such coaches mostly instill a short passing regime on their teams regardless of what style they had been used to previously, and Lopetegui’s previous club jobs are prime examples. While at Rayo Vallecano, he tried to change the club’s football philosophy but got booted out after 10 games. His time at Porto was also similar although he lasted more than a season.


Labelled “Lottotegui” by Porto fans due to the constant rotation of his starting lineup, and his team was also accused of hugging possession “for possession-sake” despite the knowledge that most teams in the league park the bus.


It should be said that there is no wrong in players playing to the coach’s style, however, they should be eased into it. Conte tried imposing a new style at Chelsea but reverted to a trusted formation which suited players at his disposal and got an EPL title as reward.


Mauricio Sarri is doing same presently, studying his players’ strength and weaknesses before deciding on a style of play. Pep Guardiola’s successful time at Barcelona was nurtured over the years, he only tweaked it. Moving closer to home, Zidane did not win three Champions League titles on the bounce by imposing a new style, he merely played to the strength of the players and was an excellent man-manager.


Although Lopetegui’s style initially resulted in five wins from six, including a 3-0 masterclass against Roma, it has quickly spiralled to five defeats in the last seven games.


This is a result of lower teams sitting deep before picking off their abject defence (CSKA Moscow, Alaves and Levante), while the better clubs outrightly attack Los Blancos and get rewards (Atletico, Sevilla and Barcelona). Most of the players at Real can play both possession and counter-attack football, but they are more suited to the latter. Lopetegui, however, prefers everything going through his midfield without the surprise of a shot or cross from unexpected quarters.


The full-backs gallop upfield but still return balls to the midfield and this only allows the opposition to close gaps and reshape for the next onslaught, leaving no space for the pace of Gareth Bale who is all speed and only performs in flashes. The possession-based style won him trophies at national youth team level and a 20-game unbeaten run with the Spanish senior national team, club football is, however, a different playground where managers adapt quickly to opposition formations and inflict pain through the cinch in their armour.


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Sergio Ramos insists Real Madrid’s players have been told nothing about a change of coach after their 5-1 defeat to Barcelona left Julen Lopetegui on the brink of the sack.

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Madrid were ripped apart at Camp Nou and familiar failings in defence were exposed again. Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal scored either side of Suarez’s treble while a Marcelo goal briefly threatened a comeback early in the second half on Sunday. The European champions have now managed only one victory from their last six matches and reports in the Spanish press on Sunday night indicated Lopetegui could be removed as soon as Monday, with Antonio Conte ready to take charge. “We have to wait, they have not told us anything,” Ramos said after the match.


“These are decisions not made by us so we have to keep a cool head, look at ourselves and try to change things to get better results. “We will see what happens in the coming hours and tomorrow but the players are always with the coach to the death.”

Conte is available after he was sacked by Chelsea in July. He had led them to the Premier League title in his first season but they finished fifth in his second, and missed out on Champions League qualification.

The Italian would be taking over a Madrid team that now sits ninth in La Liga and seven points behind Barca, who returned to the top of the table. Ramos insisted, however, the title is not lost yet.


“There are people that would believe, others that wouldn’t,” Ramos said. “I have won La Ligas from 10 points behind. The key to success is to work. Madrid never gives up when it can turn the situation around.”

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Lewis Hamilton said he felt humbled to become a five times Formula One world champion on Sunday, and the enormity of his achievement had yet to sink in.


The Mercedes driver joined the late Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only men to win at least five titles after finishing fourth in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.


More people have walked on the moon than have won five crowns in a championship that started in 1950; Only Schumacher has won more than the man who could one day surpass even the German.


“Let me just try and realise that I’ve won this one,” commented Hamilton when asked about Schumacher’s seven.


“It’s very, very weird. I remember when I won a championship in Formula Three, and even then it didn’t register. I hope this kicks in soon, I definitely feel more excitement coming as I think about it more.”


Hamilton has won 71 races, 20 fewer than Schumacher, and four titles for Mercedes in the past five years. The first was with McLaren in 2008. Despite coming to Mexico with a 70-point advantage and needing only to finish seventh to wrap things up, he expressed amazement at where he now found himself.


“Right now I feel very, very humbled by the whole experience,” he said.


“It’s hard to realise it at the moment. It’s something that of course I dreamed of, but I never in a million years thought that I would be standing here today as a five-time world champion.”


Thanking everyone on his team, his family and father for their faith and sacrifices, Hamilton said it had definitely been his best season yet.


“It was a goal,” he explained.


“When I won the championship last year I was, like, ‘how can I improve, how can I be fitter, more focused, manage my time better, just be a better all-round driver not just in the car but also with my team in the garage, with the engineers, back at the factory?’

“I think this year I’ve been able to lift them all up.

“I don’t know if that’s something that comes with age, maybe experience helps, but I honestly feel I’ve performed my best this year. I’m very happy with how it’s gone.”

Hamilton thanked the team also for their belief and hard work.

“For me, I feel like I can drive anything and I feel like I can take the car to places that nobody else can,” he said.

“But to do that you have to get the car in the right place, and ultimately you’ve got to work with the team to help unleash what’s great within them and unleash the greatness in yourself.”

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