It’s 5:30 a.m., and a dozen middle-aged runners are circling the University of Virginia track in Charlottesville. Local running guru Mark Lorenzoni is out there with them, coaching the runners through any number of sprints, intervals, and pace work. Lorenzoni, a lifelong runner with a 59:42 PR at the Virginia Ten Miler under his belt, owns Ragged Mountain Running and has coached thousands of amateur runners through their PR quests. These Wednesday morning speed workouts are an integral element of Lorenzoni’s coaching.“Most people come to me with a goal that’s a bit of a stretch. Something that’s going to take hard work,” Lorenzoni says. “If you’re just looking to finish a 5K, don’t worry about speed. But if you’re looking to get your 5K PR, you have to start running faster.” Most recreational runners ignore speed training altogether. Instead of sprints, tempo runs, or intervals, we simply run farther, but we might be missing a key element in our training, particularly if we’re interested in setting a personal best.“If you’re only running for distance, you’re only developing one energy system and ultimately, you’ll limit what your body can do,” says Norman Blair, a professional running coach and owner of Jus Running in Asheville, who coaches regular Tuesday evening track workouts at the University of North Carolina track. “Everyone should be doing speed drills, particularly as you get older. You either use it or you lose it.”That’s not to say speed should be taken lightly. There are a number of different drills you can incorporate that will help increase your overall speed, but true speed work, which involves short sprints, can be dangerous if done haphazardly.“Speed kills,” Lorenzoni says. “Speed work can injure you just as quickly as it can help you.”The key to incorporating speed safely into a running routine, according to both Lorenzoni and Blair, is easing into higher speeds. Never hit the track for “faster” speed work until you’ve spent some time doing “slower” speed work on the roads (see below), and never sprint cold turkey.“Speed work should be done at the end of a workout so you’re properly warmed up. Otherwise, you’re gonna get hurt,” Blair says.Here are three different speed workouts you can tailor to your fitness level to help develop a faster 5K time.1. Beginner Speed Pace Work Lorenzoni uses a weekly three-prong approach to basic speed training. The first run is performed at race distance and race pace. The second run is a shorter distance (two miles if you’re shooting for a 5K PR) at slightly faster than race pace. The third run is longer (seven miles) at slower than race pace. Increasing the pace of your run once a week will help bring down your 5K time while laying the foundation for the faster speed work ahead. 1 2 3
John Hardin notches speed record of Kentucky’s longest trailWell before dawn on April 14th, 2018, near Morehead, Kentucky, a man stands at the northern terminus of the Sheltowee Trace, staring south. Off in the distance awaits his destination: the southern terminus of the trail, 323 miles away.Why do we attempt endurance challenges when we know their undertaking will hurt and will, perhaps, even prove impossible? It’s a complex question with as many answers as there are endurance athletes who ask it of themselves. For John Hardin, the man running the Sheltowee Trace in head-sheets of wind and rain, the answer boils down to a conviction “that we humans have won the cosmic lottery” and that it is incumbent upon us to “go out and make good use of this golden ticket.” For Hardin—a happy husband, a doting dad, and a busy businessman—making good use of his gift means gaining insights into himself from undergoing extreme challenges. “Getting uncomfortable,” he avers, “can build you.”If true, then the Sheltowee Trace is a particularly conducive place for personal development, particularly when one runs for the fastest known time. Named for the moniker the Shawnee gave to Daniel Boone, “Sheltowee” or “Big Turtle,” the trail presents challenges to even the toughest trail runners. Just over thirty miles in on very swampy ground, Hardin sees a lake with dead trees sporting the distinctive “Big Turtle” blazes. On the far side, Hardin can make out yet more blazes. John checks and rechecks his maps and GPS. Yup. The water comes up to his chin.Hardin was initially inspired by Matt Hoyes’ record-setting Sheltowee run in 2014. “I was just amazed there was such a long trail system in our backyard,” recalls John, a native of Nashville and founder of HardWin Adventures, a challenge event company. “I love adventure, and, after reading Matt’s report, I decided right there sitting in my house that I was going to do it.”Back then, the trail was slightly shorter, 308 miles, and ended at Leatherwood Ford. Matt did it in 7 days and 12 hours. John’s goal was to pass the 307-mark even earlier before bagging the full 323. At the time, he was a casual runner, logging about 30 to 50 miles per week. He decided to up his game.By September of 2017, Hardin was getting up at 3:30 a.m. to squeeze in long runs. By the time he took his first stride on the Sheltowee, John averaged about 70 to 80 miles a week.With the Sheltowee, though, it’s not just about the miles. There are other obstacles—like sabotaged signs, angry dogs, swollen creeks, and one creepy guy on a four-wheeler who followed Hardin for miles. (He lost him by fording a creek with chest-high water).But, by far, the greatest obstacle John faced was himself, his pain and his doubt. “By the end of day four,” he recalls, “my left leg was in so much pain that I was walking down gravel roads backwards.” At night in the camper, he sweat profusely and constantly had to pee.Hardin began to listen to Scott Jurek’s North, the story of a record-breaking AT adventure. “Scott took his time,” John says. “He kept it slow. He was injured, but he walked it out and he carried on. So, what can I do to make it feel better? I decided to take a day off running and put on my hiking boots.”And it worked. On day five, he bagged 34 miles by hiking and began to feel better. He receives words of encouragement from scores of runners following the feat on social media. He cranks and loops Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” on his earphones and can begin to sense the end of it. By day eight, he’s up at 4:43 a.m. after an hour’s sleep and begins running. He passes Matt Hoyes’ mark with several hours to spare and keeps on going, arriving at Burnt Mill Bridge, the end of the line, in 7 days, 11 hours and 50 minutes. Waiting for him there are his family and the president of the Sheltowee Trace Association. Hardin has just completed the fastest known time.So who’s next?
May 15, 2005 News & Notes News and Notes Juliet Murphy Roulhac of Miami recently served as a presenter on a panel which discussed ethical dilemmas during The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Practicing with Professionalism Seminar held in April in Miami. Jack Brandon recently hosted a luncheon for present and prospective Florida Bar Foundation Fellows at the Lakeland Yacht Club, which was underwritten by the Boswell & Dunlap; GrayRobinson; Lily, O’Toole & Brown; Peterson & Myers; and Straughn, Straughn & Turner, P.A. Pete Cardillo of the Cardillo Law Firm in Tampa was recently admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Matthew J. Lampke of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for lawyers 40 and under. Elsa Jaramillo-Velez, Maria Santovenia and Rafael Suarez-Rivas of the City of Miami served as judges at the FIU College of Law Oral Arguments held at the Third District Court of Appeal. Kimberly Kolback moderated the panel “Thinking Outside the Box: New Avenues in Entertainment Law” during the Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium held at the University of Miami School of Law. Kolback also co-chaired a Steinway & Sons/BMI Event. Katherine E. Giddings of the Tallahassee office of Akerman Senterfitt spoke at the fifth annual “How to Succeed as Staff Counsel” CLE program presented by the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Staff Counsel Committee. Matt Firestone of Pohl & Stewart in Winter Park participated in a presentation to the Orange County Homeowners’ Association Alliance concerning recent statutory amendments affecting homeowners’ associations. P. Bruce Culpepper of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee participated in the “Corporate Governance-Sarbanes-Oxley Act and More in Florida” seminar and panel discussion on reporting and enforcement issues. Suzette M. Marteny of Carlton Fields was selected to serve on the board of Tampa Crossroads. J. Richard Caldwell, Jr., and A. Courtney Cox of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Tampa co-wrote the Florida chapter of the Products Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium of the DRI Defense Library Series. John Vento of Trenam Kemker completed 30 years of active and reserve service with the United States Air Force. Vento retired as a full colonel and was awarded the Legion of Merit. Samuel Poole of Berger Singerman in Miami spoke at the Alcoa Leadership Panel, held at Florida International University’s Graham University Center. Poole discussed universal leadership challenges and lessons from the Everglades restoration process. Michael T. Haire of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap was the moderator of the Lorman Educational Services seminar, “Construction Insurance, Bonding and Liens in Florida” in Miami. Additionally, Haire spoke to the Orange County Homeowners Association Alliance on the subject of Chapter 558, Florida’s residential construction claims statute. Gregory L. Mayback of Feldman Gale in Miami was appointed president of the Miami chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms. Louie N. Adcock, Jr., of Fisher & Sauls was honored by the All Children’s Hospital Foundation with the William S. Belcher Award. Karen Walker of Holland & Knight was elected chair of the board of directors of the United Way of the Big Bend, Inc. Jeanne Seewald of Fowler White Boggs Banker was elected to the board of directors for The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term. Lawrence M. Watson, Jr., and Michael S. Orfinger of Upchurch, Watson, White & Max Mediation conducted a CLE seminar for the Sarasota County Bar Association, “Practical Advices for Attorneys, re: Ethics and Use of Mediation.” Laura Holm of Berger Singerman was a featured panelist at a dinner meeting presented by the Association of Public Corporations and National Investor Relations Institute, South Florida Chapter. Eric A. Gordon of Arnstein & Lehr in Boca Raton and Sheila Noel of Trilium Partners presented a seminar titled, “You’re Hired! How to Legally and Artfully Find and Qualify Applicants and Grow Your Company in 2005.” David T. Knight of Hill, Ward & Henderson has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Raymond Dix of St. Petersburg has signed a contract for publication of his novel, Death Row Defender. Hard Shell Word Factory will publish the novel in e-book and trade paperback this fall. Roy C. Young of Young van Assenderp of Tallahassee was elected president of The American Seniors Golf Association. William W. Corry of the Law Offices of William W. Corry in Tallahassee received the 2005 “In Defense of Justice” Award from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Suzan Jo of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami was elected to the board of directors and vice president of membership of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida. John W. Weihmuller and W. Douglas Berry of Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig in Tampa were elected to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Mark Heise of Boise, Schiller & Flexner spoke at the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s seminar on Class Actions. Heise spoke on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Howard J. Hollander of Howard J. Hollander, P.A., in Miami lectured on Miller Act claims and dispute resolution at the Construction Law Certification Review Course in Orlando. Stephen H. Reynolds of Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen was recently re-elected by the Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund as trustee for the 13th Judicial Circuit. William S. Boshnick of Greenblum & Bernstein in Reston was the featured speaker at the CEO Forum, hosted by the Korea Electronics Association in Seoul, Korea. Boshnick spoke about corporate patent licensing strategies in the U.S. Randy M. Kammer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida in Jacksonville was elected president of The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida. Jonathan E. Perlman of Genovese Joblove & Battista gave a seminar titled “Securities Arbitration” that explained changes to the arbitration rules of the National Association of Securities Dealers for attorneys litigating in that area. John Arrastia, Jr., of Adorno & Yoss in Miami presented a lecture regarding the use of expert witnesses and consultants in criminal and quasi-criminal actions at the Second Annual Congress Against Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Corruption. Albert J. Dotson, Jr., of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami received the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce’s National Business Leader of the Year award. Julio Jaramillo of Abadin, Jaramillo, Cook & Heffernan in Miami was re-elected as vice president of the Colombian American Service Association. Lawrence H. Kolin of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson in Orlando was selected to serve a two-year term on the WMFE Community Advisory Board. Allison R. Day of Genovese Joblove & Battista gave a presentation on “Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Issues in Florida” at the National Business Institute’s seminar in Miami. Lynn B. Aust of Orlando was appointed to the Disney/SBA National Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Board. Louis Nostro of Shutts & Bowen in Miami was elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Patrick S. Montoya of Colson Hicks Eidson was appointed by Chief United States District Judge William J. Zloch to the Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedure for the U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. Daniel J. Stermer of Lewis B. Freeman & Partners was elected vice chair of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Robert J. Stovash of Stovash, Case & Tingley in Orlando was named to the board of governors of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Vance E. Salter of Hunton & Williams was named president of the board of directors for Catholic Charities Legal Services Archdiocese of Miami. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale presented, “If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: Mediation Lessons Learned the Hard Way” at the Association of South Florida Mediators’ Annual Educational Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale. Sia Baker-Barnes of Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach was elected president of the West Palm Beach chapter of The Links. Mitchell C. Fogel and Saara J. Pekale were each named a Designated SBA 504 Loan Closing Attorney by the United States Small Business Administration. Roy C. Young of Young van Assenderp was recently elected president of the American Seniors Golf Association in Osterville, Mass. W. Campbell McLean of GrayRobinson in Tampa was appointed to serve on the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of Arts Board of Directors for a three-year term. Lyndel Mason of Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe in Orlando was the featured speaker at the Women’s Executive Council meeting at the Citrus Club. Sherri L. Johnson of Dent & Johnson in Sarasota was recognized as the 2005 Young Lawyer of the Year by the Gulf Coast Business Review. Samuel P. King and Kenneth J. McKenna of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier served as faculty presenters for the National Business Institute’s seminar, “Plaintiff’s Personal Injury From Start to Finish in Florida.” Clinton Paris of GrayRobinson in Tampa served as master of ceremonies for the 2005 George Edgecomb Bar Association Law Week banquet held in Tampa. May 15, 2005 News and Notes
The CFPB fined Navy Federal Credit Union $5.5 Million as a civil penalty for violations related to collection efforts and $23 million as compensation to members who were subject to collection efforts that were allegedly contrary to applicable regulations. This got me to thinking, what is the purpose of CFPB fines?Some would argue that the fines are a form of punishment. “Make the bastards pay.” The sentiment was widespread among many Americans after the financial meltdown when no one was held accountable. I have to admit that the notion has some emotional appeal to me. There are people who were bad actors and designed business models that preyed upon the public and deserve to face at least a fine for their egregious conduct. However, I do not see Navy Federal Credit Union as a predatory institution that needs a dose of vigilante justice. Navy has the heart and soul of a true credit union that cares deeply about the financial well being of its members. Navy Federal Credit Union did not cause the last financial melt down and will not cause the next financial melt down. They will never be on the “get-even” list. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Dec. 5 at the Gowana Middle School, Shenendehowa residents will have a unique opportunity to affirm the sale of 37 acres of surplus parkland property right in the middle of our community to the town of Clifton Park for a central park.Not only will this sale benefit generations of residents and help preserve the largest (and last) green space anywhere near the school campus, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library and the YMCA, but it will provide funds for the school district to buy property in the town of Halfmoon for future school growth.This is a “win-win” for our community, and I urge fellow residents to show up in great numbers expressing their support of this sale. Your grandchildren will be grateful you did.John ZaluckiBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
“I would pay them (the) money again, of course,” said Wenger, who takes his side to Aston Villa on Saturday. “Of course I feel that responsibility (to get the best out of a player), exactly the same for a player who cost £1. When I see a talent, for any player, I think ‘how can I get the best out of him?’, that is not linked with price. “(But) you expect the team to play well and not to put the responsibility on any one player to be a magician, that does not exist any more in the modern game. “It is just a fashion that everyone has a word to say about him (Ozil), but watch a game and you will see how many balls he lost and how many balls other players lost.” Wenger maintains supporters should not worry about how to utilise the talents of Ozil, who will continue to have a free role within his side. “He is a confident boy. This guy has played for the German national team and won the World Cup playing wide and nobody found a word to say,” the Arsenal boss said. “He has been criticised during the World Cup and still played well and he was always in every single team. “You have all this debate and you have to think: is this debate right or wrong?” The German playmaker – the club record transfer when joining from Real Madrid on deadline day in September 2013 – has come under fire once more following a couple of uninspiring displays after a delayed return to action from the World Cup. Wenger, though, rejected constant criticism of the 25-year-old, who was singled out by some pundits in the wake of Tuesday night’s 2-0 Champions League defeat away to Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he would happily pay out another £42million to sign Mesut Ozil again tomorrow. Press Association Wenger continued: “Zidane went to Real Madrid and he played on the left, there was never a debate and he had to play there, because in the middle they had Raul and Ronaldo, he made room and played on the left. “When you have the ball you play where you want and go where you want. “It is a debate as old as since we played football. “When you look at the Brazil team in 1970 they had Tostao, Rivelino, Pele, Jairzinho, Gerson, Clodoaldo – they played all number 10 in their club. They didn’t know what to do, so they put them all together and they won the World Cup in a convincing way.” There have been suggestions Wenger could be better served deploying Ozil in his supposed preferred central role just off the main striker. The Arsenal manager, though, feels he has plenty of players who would like the same. “What is Wilshere but basically a number 10? He played his whole life at number 10,” Wenger said. “Somebody had to go out there. Is it Wilshere, Ozil, Ramsey and nobody is really natural out wide? So you keep good players out or you try to get them together.” “The main man is the one with the ball. The others have to give him solutions to play. “Subconsciously, every team will go through where its strong points are.”
Snitker and his coaching staff have received extensions through the 2021 season.The Braves have won two consecutive NL East titles under Anthopoulos and Snitker.Also around the majors:— Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The 24-year-old right-hander is on the Astros’ 40-man major league roster but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2017. He was suspended last March 12 for 80 games following a positive test for Clomiphene.— Houston backup infielder Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-meed) Díaz has gone to arbitration seeking $2.6 million compared to the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Díaz hit .271 for the AL champions with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 247 plate appearances over 69 games last season. Wright won 82 LPGA tournaments, including 13 majors. She joined the fledgling LPGA in 1955 and her 82 wins place her second on the all-time list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88. She retired from the tour in 1969 because of foot issues.MLB-NEWSBraves extend contracts of Snitker, AnthopoulosUNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and general manager Alex Anthopoulos.Anthopoulos also has been given an additional title of president, baseball operations, while his contract is extended through the 2024 season. ESPN.com first reported the possibility of Beilein leaving the team before the end of the season on Sunday night as the All-Star Game wrapped up in Chicago. The team is 14-40 amid reports that players have not been pleased with Beilein’s coaching style, calling it simplistic with too much emphasis on fundamentals.Beilein went 829-468 as a college coach. He won 428 games at Michigan, leading the Wolverines to nine NCAA tournament appearances and two Final Fours in his 12 seasons.If Beilein does step down, associate head coach JB Bickerstaff would likely replace him.Also around the NBA:— Ratings for the NBA All-Star Game were up 8% over last year, with an average of 7.3 million viewers watching Sunday night’s broadcast on TNT. About 8 million viewers were tuned in for the end of the game, where LeBron James’ team defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team 157-155 in the first target-score format in All-Star history. The fourth quarter was untimed and was broadcast commercial-free. Associated Press COLLEGE SPORTS-TRANSFERS-ACCACC supports one-time transfers without sitting outGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has joined the Big Ten in saying it supports one-time transfers without sitting out for all sports.The ACC issued a statement saying the league had “unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport.” The conference added that it looks forward to continuing the discussion nationally.CBS Sports reported last month that the Big Ten had proposed legislation in October that would allow undergraduates in any sport to transfer without sitting out to satisfy the typical requirement that they spend a year in residence at their new school. Bogosian now risks losing out on what’s left of the $6 million he is owed in the final year of his contract.The developments come a little over a week before the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, and some three months after Bogosian requested to be traded.NFL-BROWNSBrowns cut Carrie, 3 othersCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns new general manager Andrew Berry cleared $13 million in salary-cap space Monday by releasing veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie and three others signed by former GM John Dorsey. The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors implemented a moratorium Nov. 1 on transfer-related proposals for the 2019-20 legislative cycle while additional data was gathered for review, meaning any proposals likely couldn’t be adopted until 2021.NHL-NEWSSabres suspend BogosianUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian for failing to report to the minors.The team announced the suspension two days after the 12-year NHL veteran cleared waivers and was assigned to Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester, New York. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLBaylor, Gonzaga, Kansas still lead the wayUNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas and San Diego remain the top 4 teams in the newest Associated Press men’s basketball poll.The top-ranked Bears claimed 48 of 63 first-place votes, the No. 2 Bulldogs picked up 14 and the third-rated Jayhawks claimed the other No. 1 vote. Kansas and Baylor will square off Saturday in Waco.Dayton, Duke, Maryland, Florida State, Penn State and Kentucky round out the top 10, with Louisville dropping from fifth to 11th with Saturday’s 15-point loss at Clemson. The 29-year-old Carrie played in all 32 games over the past two seasons after being signed as a free agent. He had 125 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks.Along with Carrie, Cleveland terminated the contracts of tight end Demetrius Harris, guard Eric Kush and linebacker Adarius Taylor.LPGA-OBIT-MICKEY WRIGHTFormer LPGA golfer Mickey Wright dead at 85FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright has died. Her attorney says she died Monday of a heart attack at the age of 85. She had been hospitalized in recent weeks because of a fall. Brad Keselowski was the leader of NASCAR’s season-opening race with 36 laps remaining in the 200-lap event. Joey Logano was second, followed by Aric Almirola. The first- and third-place drivers were separated by less than 0.2 seconds.The race began yesterday following a rain delay, but a second rainstorm led the race to be stopped after just 20 laps.NBA-NEWSBeilein pondering future with CavsUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) has discussed with team officials the possibility of him stepping down before the end of the season. February 17, 2020 — Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. Both veterans likely would have played immediately for the Angels, but Moreno called off the talks around the deal while the Dodgers’ blockbuster deal with Boston was delayed for several days. Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season. Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Racing at DaytonaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The rain-delayed Daytona 500 is nearing completion.
As for Zambia, a win is their only realistic chance of reviving their World Cup hopes. If the Southern Africans can get the better of the Super Eagles in Uyo, it would leave the teams level on points heading into the final round of matches in November.It all seems set up for a glorious home win for Nigeria, who would love nothing more than to seal a sixth World Cup appearance in front of their fans, having already outplayed Algeria and Cameroon at the same venue.Yet German coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that Zambia will pose a stern threat and has warned his team not to underestimate Chipolopolo.â€œI can’t predict the score line against Zambia because it would not be an easy match. Zambia can be dangerous because they also have a good team. I don’t think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it’s by one or two goal difference.Â Â I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian team and I must confess they are a very good side, much better than the team we played last October, but we are not afraid. We only have to give them respect but we won’t make the mistake Algeria made by underrating Zambia; they have quick strikers but we shall be ready for them,â€ Rohr told Cafâ€™s official websiteFollowing their impressive back-to-back wins over Algeria, Zambia would be boosted with a quiet confidence that they can upset the West African giants – especially if they are mentally strong.“This game will be highly psychological; therefore we are working on their mental strength before the match. Every player and everyone on our bench know and believe that this time is our time. God can only show you the fish and it up to you to fish it out. Looking at the way we worked against Algeria home and away it tells a lot of stories. The boys now know and believe it can be done. Nigeria is a different team. We are not going to be big-headed because we beat Algeria. Ee are focused on looking at Nigeria only,â€ Coach Wedson Nyirenda told the FAZ website.At a reception held for the Super Eagles by Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel on Wednesday, team Captain, Mikel Obi said the players know what is at stake and ready to give their best. â€œWe know how important the match is; that is enough motivation to go all out and give our very best. There are several players in this team who have not played at the FIFA World Cup, they want to be there in Russia next year. The talking will be done on the pitch. I have no doubt we have the quality to achieve victory, but we will not make the mistake of under rating the Zambians,â€™â€™ he said.Obi said that the teamâ€™s good performance in previous matches was achieved due to the focus, determination and massive support of all Nigerians.â€œWe believe the same indices are in place today against Zambia; we have played four matches in the campaign so far, but this one is the match. We are fully focused and ready. All we want is the usual support and encouragement by everyone involved, including the fans that will turn out at the match venue,â€™â€™ he said.Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has tasked the Super Eagles to be calm but clinical against their opponent. â€œThe tendency is for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. I have spoken to them and the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious. We defeated the African champions, Cameroon, by maintaining focus and with the team imposing its game and taking the chances that came their way. That should be the approach today.â€The two teams have met 18 times according to Fifaâ€™s statistics database, with Nigeria claiming seven wins compared to five for Chipolopolo. Their last meeting was in October last year in Ndola, where the Super Eagles claimed a 2-1 away victory.In the other Group B game, Cameroon and Algeria will battle for nothing but pride when they lock horns at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in YaoundÃ© today. The Indomitable Lions, along with their North African opponents have already seen their Word Cup hopes go up in smoke with two rounds of fixtures still remaining.Cameroon have conjured a mere three points from four fixtures with three draws and one defeat. Despite their hopes of reaching next year’s showpiece dashed, Hugo Broos believes there is still a lot to play for in the Cameroon capital.“We need to win the game even though this will not change much in the group, we promised not to be at the last position at the end. There are also the Fifa rankings if we go on losing our position would be worse. We are going to win for the pride and honour,” Broos said.As for Algeria, the Fennec Foxes have endured a terrible campaign by their high standards with back-to-back defeats to Zambia highlighting what has been a disappointing qualifying campaign.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Not many Nigerian soccer fans would have wagered that Nigeria will qualify for the 2018 World Cup when it was pitched against Africa’s football power house -Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia in a group tagged, â€˜Group of Deathâ€™.Â However, after four matches the Super Eagles top Group B with 10 points and lead closest rival with three points. A win against boastful Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, today will qualify Nigeria for its sixth mundial, writesÂ Kunle AdewaleÂ NÂ igeria will look to take a decisive step toward qualifying for the 2018 World Cup when they host Zambia in Uyo this evening in the Group B match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom at 6pm.A win for the Super Eagles will mathematically secure their place at the global showpiece in Russia next year, while a draw will leave them three points clear with one match to play and a much better goal difference, but wouldnâ€™t quite button down their World Cup spot just yet.
Buckingham pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit fraud and admitted to paying part of the agreed-upon $50,000 to Newport Beach consultant and scheme ringleader William “Rick” Singer, intending to have her ex-husband pay the remainder. Eleven of 15 parents who pleaded not guilty to their involvement in the scandal in April were hit with a third indictment Tuesday. Actress Lori Loughlin, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and nine other parents were charged with federal program bribery. Buckingham’s son was set to travel to Houston in July 2018, where a proctor hired by Singer would correct the boy’s answers after he completed the test. In a call transcribed in the investigation, Buckingham told Singer that her son could not fly because he had been diagnosed with tonsillitis. Singer and Buckingham worked out a plan for her son to take the test from home so that he would not suspect the scheme, while the proctor took it remotely. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani also imposed a $40,000 fine. Buckingham will be placed on a year of supervised release after she serves her time. A Los Angeles-based parenting book author, who paid $35,000 to rig her son’s ACT score to try to gain him admission to USC, was sentenced to three weeks in prison in Boston federal court Wednesday. Former Hot Pockets executive Michelle Janavs and former Pimco CEO Douglas Hodge, who bribed officials to have their children admitted to USC as false athletic recruits, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering for their participation in Operation Varsity Blues after federal judges threatened the third indictment. Jane Buckingham, who also works as a marketing executive, was one of 33 parents named in an FBI investigation into a college admissions scheme that allowed wealthy parents to pay to falsify their children’s test scores and bribe athletic officials to get their children a spot at elite universities such as USC, Stanford and Yale universities. The exam taken on Buckingham’s son’s behalf received a 35 out of 36. In October 2018, Buckingham also talked with Singer about using the same scheme to fabricate her daughter’s ACT score. “I know this is craziness, I know it is,” Buckingham told Singer. “And then I need you to get him into USC, and then I need you to cure cancer and [make peace] in the Middle East.”