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Air Force football finds plenty of motivation as it begins preparations for Army – Colorado Springs Gazette

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Its Army week for Air Force, which means the inevitable flashback to a certain White House visit in May.

President Donald Trump honored the Black Knights and coach Jeff Monken for winning the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy for a second straight time by beating Air Force and Navy.

Air Force is tough, Trump said to Monken. Theyve always been tough, coach.

Not that tough, Monken replied.

Falcons players were reminded of Monkens comments Saturday after lambasting Utah State.

I guess well see next week, defensive end Jordan Jackson said.

Of course, Air Force doesnt need extra motivation for this game.

After dominating Army with 24 victories in 27 contests from 1989 through 2016, the Falcons have seen the Black Knights win back-to-back meetings starting with a 21-0 victory at Falcon Stadium in 2017.

The Falcons cant win the Commander-in-Chiefs trophy this season after losing at Navy on Oct. 5, but they can exact some revenge on Army and continue their own climb with relation to national prominence. Air Force has received votes in the Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week and is up to No. 35 in the Sagarin computer rankings. Army is No. 101 according to that metric.

The final four matchups for Air Force (6-2) include just one opponent in the Top 100, and thats a home game vs. No. 65 Wyoming.

With four regular-season games left before a bowl game, this team thats riding a three-game streak of blowout victories could make a run at just the programs third season with more than 10 victories and could make a case for its first appearance in The Associated Press Top 25 since 2010.

The Falcons put their most complete effort together Saturday, possessing the ball for more than 45 minutes in a 31-7 victory over Utah State.

Going into Army, regardless of the week before, is always a big one for us; a little extra momentum, a little bit of extra fire going into practice, Jackson said. But coming off a win like this is even better. We know how we can work; we know what we can do when were at our best, and thats what were trying to do next week.

Army (3-5), by contrast, is struggling after going 21-5 the past two seasons.

The Black Knights lost only at No. 7 Michigan (in a 24-21 thriller) during a 3-1 start, but have since lost four straight games.

They fell at home 34-29 to San Jose State on Saturday, the same Spartans squad the Falcons led by 31 points at the academy Sept. 27 before a few mop-up time touchdowns in the final 4 minutes made the final score 41-24.

Air Force is an early 14.5-point favorite in the game, which has its full attention for so many reasons.

Were focused on Army, quarterback Donald Hammond III said about 20 minutes after the Utah State game ended. Thats all we care about.

This performance made Air Force bowl eligible. It ought to make it dream about bigger things, too.

Revisiting three areas we identified as being keys or storylines worth tracking as Air Force hosted Utah State.

Air Force linebacker Demonte Meeks is the Falcons' player of the game for getting the job done and helping keep Utah State's offense off the field.

Facts and figures that tell more of the story of Air Force's 31-7 victory over Utah State on Saturday night.

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Scientists Find What Lack Of Motivation Looks Like In The Brain –

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Did you know that your brain circuits can actually change when you're feeling unmotivated?

Although it might take some time for this change to occur (thankfully, we're not talking a couple of slow Monday mornings), research has found what chronic lack of motivation could look like on a brain scan. This new study, published in the journal Neuron, has discovered how the brain changes in mice who experience lack of motivation, a common symptom of depression.

Past research on depression has used similar animal studies to categorize mice as either stressed (meaning depressed) or non-stressed (not depressed).

However, authors of the study Ignas Cerniauskas and Stephan Lammel, Ph.D., believed that this past research disregards the variability of the disease, as two people diagnosed with depression can experience completely different symptoms and respond to entirely different treatments.

That being said, they sought to find changes in the brain that were associated with each specific symptom rather than depression as a whole.

Mouse models have been used in depression research for the past 60 years, and scientists have been able to find that putting mice under constant stress produces at least three common symptoms of human depression: anxiety, lack of motivation, and loss of pleasure.

What's new about this study, in particular, is that researchers were able to discover the specific genes within a brain region that are associated with lack of motivation.

During the experiment, genes within a brain region called the lateral habenula were strongly turned on in mice that showcased reduced motivation as a result of chronic stress. Anxiety and loss of pleasure weren't associated with this brain region, suggesting that different symptoms of depression affect different areas of the brainand as a result, require unique modes of treatment.

"Our strategy, one we think all basic researchers should adopt, is to move away from considering depression as a single or homogeneous disease," Lammel says. "Many physicians already view depression this way, which shows that it is critical to have collaboration between basic and clinical researchers."

Once these researchers can figure out the brain markers for anxiety and loss of pleasure, maybe we can start to devise specific treatment plans for each symptom. After all, health care professionals are quickly becoming enamored with personalized medicine, and this new wave should go beyond physical health and include psychiatric disorders like depression as well.

Here's what that precision medicine would look like in a mental health setting, according to Lammel: "If we had a biomarker for specific symptoms of depression, we simply could do a blood test or image the brain and then identify the appropriate medication for that patient. We think that our study not only has the potential to transform how basic scientists study depression in animals, but the combination of anatomical, physiological and molecular biomarkers described could lay the foundation for guiding the development of the next generation of antidepressants that are tailored to specific depression symptoms."

While the next generation of antidepressants sounds promising, this new research can only lay the foundation for this future of personalized mental health care. Lammel says we have a long way to go before his vision can become a reality: "That would be the ideal case, but we are far away from that situation right now."

Either way, it sure is a hopeful start.

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Kelvin Gastelum has added motivation to give New York fans a show at UFC 244 – Yahoo Sports

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Though he didnt win the UFC middleweight championship in his last bout,Kelvin Gastelums performance in a narrow decision loss to Israel Adesanyain April in one of the great fights of the year proved that if nothing else, Gastelum is a legitimate BMF.

Now, its Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal who are going to meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, PPV) for the Diaz-inspired BMF, or Baddest Mother[expletive], belt.

Gastelum proved to be one of the scariest BMFs one may ever find during that loss to Adesanya. The proof positive, for those who somehow havent seen the compelling back-and-forth battle, is all the fighters who called Gastelum out in the aftermath of that bout.

The one who got him is Darren Till, who is moving up from welterweight after consecutive losses to Tyron Woodley and Masvidal to face Gastelum at middleweight in the co-main event.

The Till bout doesnt seem to do much for Gastelum, who is ranked fourth at middleweight. Till is ninth at welterweight and coming off back-to-back defeats.

But Gastelum has plenty of motivation to fight, not the least of which was his failure to so much as make it to the weigh-in at UFC 205 in New York when he was supposed to meet Donald Cowboy Cerrone in a welterweight bout.

That failure led to his move to middleweight, where hes carved a big reputation with a win over former champion and UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping as well as over Jacare Souza.

The loss to Adesanya in what will probably be the Fight of the Year did a lot for his reputation, as well. But Gastelum needs no extra motivation.

Ive come to New York with a lot on my mind, Gastelum said. A few years ago, I was supposed to fight Cowboy and I didnt make it. This is a place so many fighters want to come to to compete and I didnt do it. There are a lot of motivations for me. Im looking to go out and make a statement in this fight, both to give the New York fans a show they didnt get but also for my own, personal reasons.

Till is the guy and thats fine; its just too bad hes the guy in my way. When were locked in that cage, its going to be a real fight.

Kelvin Gastelum throws a punch at Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their interim middleweight championship bout during UFC 236 at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta. (Getty Images)

Gastelum is looking to put himself back into position for a rematch with Adesanya. Though his teammate, Henry Cejudo, told TMZ earlier this year that Gastelum had a staph infection and that he wasnt anywhere close to 100 percent when he fought Adesanya, Gastelum didnt want to go down that path with Yahoo Sports.

He said fighters are rarely at 100 percent when they compete and had nothing but compliments for Adesanya.

I was expecting a war, although I was thinking I was going to go in there and overwhelm him with my power, Gastelum said. But he was a lot more durable than Id given him credit for being before. Man, he gained my respect after that fight.

We both leveled up. He did just as I did. I feel like theres a bond that will never be broken and I have a lot of respect for him.

Gastelum said he has a lot of respect for both Diaz and Masvidal as fighters, but has mixed feelings about the belt.

UFC president Dana White created a belt specifically for this match that he and actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson will unveil Friday in New York. Johnson will put the belt around the waist of the winner on Saturday.

Though the BMF is supposed to be a one-off, even if its not, Gastelum isnt all that interested in fighting for it.

Before I was a UFC fighter, I was a UFC fan and I get the promotional side of it, he said. Its really cool from a fans standpoint, I think, and I love the promotion behind it. From a competitors standpoint, I just dont know. I go, So were making up belts now? You want to win a belt because of the history and the prestige it has and who had it before, and this is something that doesnt make sense. These are two guys who have over 20 losses combined and so its not a real thing.

I love it from a fans standpoint but I dont really think that much about it as an athlete. Im focused on winning my fights and getting myself back to a title shot.

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Eddie Pepperell’s primary motivation at the Portugal Masters is finding love for Martin Kaymer – Golf Digest

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Eddie Pepperell isn't a complex man. He's not a starving artist nor an enigma wrapped inside a riddle. He is not an international man of mystery nor a trafficker of life's philosophical highways and bi-ways. Instead he enjoys a hot meal, a good laugh, and, most of all, making his nearest and dearest friends' lives an absolute living nightmare. Just ask Martin Kaymer.

On Friday at the Portugal Masters, Pepperell revealed that his chief motivation this week isn't, in fact, winning a golf tournament, but instead traumatizing his friend on national television per the conditions of a little round two wager. Friends, can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em.

In case you're watching this without volume in the stall at work, Pepperell and Kaymer agreed to a bet stating that if Pepperell beat Kaymer's score on Friday, he would apply for the two-time major champ to appear on First Dates, a reality dating show in England where participants go on a first date at London's Paternoster Chop House and, at the end of the episode, have to decide if they would like to see each other again. The goal, as Pepperell states, is to find Kaymer his life partner, which he alleges his dear friend so desperately needs. What a guy that Eddie Pepperell.

The bad news for Kaymer? While he shot a respectable one-under on Friday, Pepperell, driven by his romantic designs, fired a five-under 66, and now sits atop the leaderboard alongside Brandon Stone. The good news? At least he'll get a good steak out of it...

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Shakib”s absence will act as a motivation for us: Mahmudullah – Outlook India

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Shakib''s absence will act as a motivation for us: Mahmudullah

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Ravaged by controversies, the most impactful being star player and regular Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan being suspended by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches, stand-in skipper Mahmudullah Riyad said on Wednesday that they will not focus on what has happened and move ahead. He added that Shakib''s absence will act more as motivation.

A 15-member squad arrived in the national capital a day after Shakib was suspended from all cricket for two years, with one year of that suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on Tuesday.

Bangladesh will be playing three T20 Internationals in New Delhi (November 3), Rajkot (November 7) and Nagpur (November 10) and two Tests in Indore (November 14-18) and Kolkata (November 22-26).

"We have to play with our heart for the country," Mahmudullah was quoted as saying by the ESPNCricinfo.

"I think this (Shakib''s absence) will work as motivation for us. I think there''s no greater honour than playing for the country. The responsibility to lead the side lies with me, so I will try to give it my all," said the T20 skipper and a veteran of many battles.

India will start as overwhelming favourites and Mahmudullah admitted that it will be a tough ask.

"The statistics don''t lie. It is a tough ask, but it is not impossible. We have to perform as a team, and ensure we take advantage of every opportunity."

Bangladesh will be without opener Tamim Iqbal also who opted out of the tour in the aftermath of the players'' strike.

Senior player Mushfiqur Rahim said the team will without doubt miss Shakib but at the same time it is an opening for a youngster to stake a claim.

"Definitely, I will miss him (Shakib), since we have played together for so long," Mushfiqur said.

"It is tough to play without him as he is the No. 1 player. If someone was injured for a year, which could have been anyone, then it would have been an opening for the younger players. It is a challenge to beat India in their home turf but a challenge also means an opportunity," he added.

Bangladesh T20I squad: Mahmudullah (c), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mushfiqur Rahim, Atif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Abu Hider Rony.



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Andy Ruiz imagines Anthony Joshua stealing his kids’ cereal as motivation for rematch – Daily Star

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Andy Ruiz Jr says he will envisage Anthony Joshua trying to take his kids cereal to motivate him ahead of their crucial heavyweight rematch on December 7.

The Mexican produced one of the greatest upsets in boxing history back in June, stopping Joshua in seven rounds at Madison Square Garden to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world.

After stepping in as a last-minute replacement for drug-shamed Jarrell Miller, Ruiz made a mockery of the pre-fight odds when he climbed off the canvas to knock the overwhelming favourite down four times and deliver his first professional defeat.

AJ has the chance to reclaim his WBA Super, IBF and WBO titles when he locks horns with Ruiz again in a pivotal Saudi Arabia rematch labelled Clash on the Dunes.

But the new champion isn't planning on handing the belts back to Joshua, revealing his extraordinary motivation technique on the Hotboxin with Mike Tyson podcast.

When asked by Iron Mike what goes through his head before a fight, Ruiz said: Im just like damn man, the guy in front of me, hes trying to rip my head off, hes trying to take my kids Cheerios away from the kitchen, their Cornflakes.

Im mostly just thinking about them, because I dont wanna lose and I dont want them to be disappointed.

At the end of the day, I just fight for my kids and my family.

Tyson then asked what his childrens friends at school say about his monumental success.

Im like a superhero, especially to my kids, Ruiz replied.

At least they can say my Daddy can beat your Daddy up or something.

So yeah, theyre really happy man. Theyre really blessed.

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Tyson was recently critical of Ruiz, who was ridiculed for his chubby physique prior to the win over Joshua.

There have been rumours he has lost weight. I dont like that, he told Parimatch.

I believe losing the weight can affect power sometimes.

If its not broken, dont fix it. He did well at that weight, so he should stay at that weight.

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UNI wrestlers motivated by Drew Foster’s national championship – The Gazette

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CEDAR FALLS Taylor Lujan captured a special moment on his phone.

Occasionally, he will glance at the picture of Northern Iowas Drew Foster lifted into the air by Panthers assistant Randy Pugh after winning the 184-pound championship in March. The notable accomplishment ended a 19-year title drought.

Emotions resurface for the three-time national qualifier from Carrollton, Ga., including the excitement he had for his teammate and the disappointment of not achieving his own objective.

The goal is to be a national champion, said Lujan, a senior who is fifth in trackwrestling.coms preseason national rankings. You put months together and the burn hurts a little less.

It reminds me we can do it here. It brings back old feelings.

Fosters run to the top of the podium provided proof of the possible in the UNI wrestling room, transforming an aspiration into a tangible feat. Now, the bar has been raised for this years Panthers team, which opens the season ranked 12th with three All-Americans and six wrestlers with national tournament experience.

For me, its hard not to think about how last season ended, having a national champion and how I feel like weve used that momentum moving forward, said Doug Schwab, who enters his 10th season as UNI head coach. We have a great senior class that I think has raised the level of our program. We had a great senior class last year that raised the level of our program.

Being a national champion isnt just coach speak or a tagline. The Panthers witnessed one of their own do it. Someone they may have taken down or beaten in practice.

I still remember in the tunnel all those guys kind of crowding around him and hugging him and you could see it in their eyes, Schwab said. There was a difference. Not that they think its going to be easy or handed to them, but we can win a national title at UNI. You can do that.


It will not be 19 years again. I know that. I know what I see in the room. I know the work guys are putting in. I know the belief they have in their preparation, in themselves, in their teammates and the program.

Three-time national qualifier and 2017 All-American Max Thomsen said Foster elevated the program to a new level. UNI is more visible, becoming one of just seven NCAA Division I programs with an individual champion in 2019.

Thomsen has pictured his name being added to the list of titlists below Foster and expects more to come.

Its a little bit of extra motivation to see a 2019, Thomsen said. There was kind of a big gap in there, which you dont want for a program. Its time to start making that a tradition and getting a 2020 champ, a 2021 champ, 2022 champ and so on.

UNI tied for 13th at the NCAA meet, posting a 7-5 dual mark and going 7-1 in the Big 12.

Bryce Steiert joins Lujan and Thomsen as a three-time national qualifier. He is the lone returning All-American from last season, placing eighth at 165. Lujan has reached the 174 quarterfinals each of the last two seasons, finishing one victory shy of the podium. Both are bumping up a weight class this season.

Thomsen placed fifth as a freshmen, but didnt place as a sophomore or junior. Fellow Union Community prep Jacob Holschlag is returning from a knee injury that kept him out all of last year. He earned All-America honors in 2018, placing fifth at 197.

Jay Schwarm (125) is a two-time national qualifier and transfer Keegan Moore qualified at 184 for Oklahoma State in 2018.

The level of the program has been raised and it has to continue to raise, said Schwab, adding he is waiting for someone to emerge as the top wrestler at 157 and 165. There will be no drop off.


We have a group of guys in there that are ready to load that chamber back up and fire back out.

The Panthers also have an influx of young talent that could make an impact. Freshmen Drew Bennett (133) and Michael Blockhus (141) are coming off strong redshirt seasons and could contend for spots. Kyle Biscoglia had a strong campaign and could push Schwarm at 125.

We have the deepest team that Ive had, Schwab said. When you start to look at matchups a little bit, you start to look at weight classes, you start to look at battles youre going to have within the room, it gets exciting.

You start to see the level of ability that guys have you get excited. You start to see the things we talk about and preach, being selfless, giving back to one another, leaving the program at a better place, I see that happening with all of our guys.

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Ed Carpenter’s unique vision created an IndyCar veteran. Now, he’s driven by one thing: a 500 win – IndyStar

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Join driver Conor Daly and host Jim Ayello as they wrap up the 2019 IndyCar season. Clark Wade,

INDIANAPOLIS Ed Carpenter has made a living out of seeing what others dont.

Standing in front of dozens of strangers, wearing his blue and white Preferred Freezer Services fire suit, the IndyCar veteran plays a short clip from the camera in his car of the opening lap at Pocono Raceway. Eyes are glued on the cockpit of Carpenters No. 20 machine as the video watches him weave and jockey for position on the backstretch.

And all of asudden, the ringing of Carpenters car dulls to low roar. He weaves down onto the grass and smoke blurs the feed.

The present-day Carpenter pauses the video and turns back to the crowd of buttoned-up business types who have spent their day at Thursdays TEDxIndianapolis speaker series event listening to a climate scientist, an investigative journalist, a criminal detective, a disability rights attorney and others detailing the world from their point of view.

As drivers, were trained to look as far ahead down-track as we can, he explains. So Im guessing when you all were watching that, you didnt realize there was an accident happening until you heard the car slowing down.

But for me, I see a little puff of smoke (in frontof me on the track), and my eyes are trained to know that shouldnt be happening on a straight-away during the first lap. That tells you something is wrong, and that puts me into survival mode. I have to find a way to get myself and my car through the incident.

Ed Carpenter (20) of Ed Carpenter Racing during the Indy 500 Drivers Meeting at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 25, 2019.(Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar)

He rewinds the video, and the crowd, almost in unison, sighs as they notice this time a blue car nearly climbing the fence, seconds from the initial spark of the crash. On race day, of course, Carpenter cant be allowed any such hindsight.

His talk, the final one of the series on Sight was designed to be instructive to diehard race fans and fringe observers alike an exclusive look into how one of the states most famous homegrown racing veterans, a stepson in the sports most famous family, reached his level of acclaim, while so many other drivers come and go.

But his 13-minute monologue and Carpenters details provide a deeper look into the inner-workings of one of IndyCars unique personalities.

Its not typically something Id agree to do, he explained afterward. They just caught me on the right day, I guess. Its something different, and I knew it would be outside my comfort zone.

Its Carpenters way of saying that the prospect of speaking in front of a small auditorium of people is what gets the steely racing veterans blood pumping. His hair was perfectly coifed as he strutted onto the stage and broke into tales of growing up in Illinois, moving to Indiana and first racing on tracks that could fit inside his teams headquarters in Indianapolis, but Carpenter was nervous.

In a car, youre in there alone with your helmet on. In a way, were performing, but were in our own element, he said. The people in attendance, though, arent right in front of you. Thats a different type of performing.

I was sitting in the green room beforehand, and I dont know if its because I had the racing suit on or not, but my wife said, Youre acting like you do before the start of a race.

Carpenter was always wired a little differently. He explains how, growing up at school, he had to weather the constant bullying of kids who participated in more traditional sports and would make the whirring noises of a racecar at the lunch table whenever hewalked by.

And that disdain for what he felt for so long would be his future followed him to college, a slight he holds onto still to this day.

Early in my time at Butler in the business school in an intro class for all majors, this professor gave us an assignment called our five-year success plan. There werent many guidelines, he tells the crowd. It was simple: Where do you see yourself in five years, and how are you going to get there?

Boom, easy. Ive got this. Naturally, I wrote about racing. I know what I want to do, and I know what my goals are, and I ended up getting a D on the paper, and the professor puts a note on the paper: Its nice to have dreams, but you need to be more realistic.

Maybe he was a bit off. He reached the IndyCar series in four years instead of five.

Ed Carpenter (20) of Ed Carpenter Racing during Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 24, 2019.(Photo: Kristin Enzor/For IndyStar)

From here, Carpenters presentation takes off. He starts to rattle off the numbers that illustrate the strength of his career as a driver and team owner, one built on longevity. There have been 777 different drivers in the 500, he explains. 65 have won a pole, 18 of them twice and just 10 three or more.

He's one of those 10 but he's also one of two in that group who've never come away a champion. Carpenter calls going the rest of his career without a victory in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing one of his two biggest fears.

Not winning the 500 and not making my family proud, he lists. I dont fear what could happen in a racecar. What we do is dangerous and risky. People can lose their lives, but I love what I do, and that makes it all worthwhile.

Before he finishes, Carpenter asks audience membersto close their eyes and take a slow, deep breath in and out.

In the time it took for that little exercise, I lost the Indy 500. That three seconds or so is the difference between me standing here today as an Indy 500 champion and being a second-place finisher, he says. But Im not done fighting.

And its that unique vision, the ability to dissect the flashing lights inches from his face and the action taking place a quarter-mile down the road from him, that propels Carpenter nowadays. As a driver and owner, his schedules are finely tuned with a half-dozen managers who have been with him since the beginning of his team to work as a buffer when necessary. He balances his kids hockey practices and a speaking project like TEDx with meetings about signing prospective drivers for his namesake team, which can have a lasting impact on the next decade of Ed Carpenter Racing.

The ability to keep a finger on those things in the present and whats far, far down the road is a juggling act hes mastered, and it all comes from his thousands of hours spent in a racecar.

In the car, youre constantly looking at stuff on the steering wheel while also keeping an eye on everything around us. Theyre fluttering around all the time, but you know whats supposed to be happening, if something ever does thats abnormal, youre going to see it instinctively, he said. I never look at the flag stand over the course of a race, but I always see the white flag waiving. Any time something is different than 90% of the time you go by something, you notice that change.

Perhaps one Memorial Day weekend, hell catch a checkered-flag waving out of the corner of his eye.

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Eddie Pepperell must have mixed memories of Portugal Masters after missing the cut and losing his card in 2016. However, this year he appears to have found an innovativeway to motivate himself, wagering Martin Kaymer about appearingon the Television Show First Dates.

I wonder what Kaymer will wear for his date?

Pepperells record at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course is actually more up than down. Admittedly, losing your card after missing the cut by double bogeying the 36th hole must hurt but he regained his playing privileges at the first time of asking, has claimed two European victories and finished third here in 2017 before coming second last season.

After a bogey free 66 on Friday, he is right in the mix again. "I felt a little more comfortable with my swing so it's a solid round, to be honest, and I'm continuing a nice run of form at this place," he said.

Why, oh why, did I get Pepperell?

Pepperell who is tied for 5th on 9 under and ever the joker in the pack, came up with an innovative way to keep himself motivated. Playing alongside Martin Kaymer the Englishman offered his Major winning playing partner a wager, if Pepperell went lower than Kaymer, he would apply for the German to go on the television show First Dates. Pepperell went four shots better than Kaymer, who is tied in 19th on 5 under. And Eddie took no time holding the former World Number One to the bet.

For those who are not familiar, First Dates and its sister show First Dates Hotel pair up a couple on a blind date, over dinner, and then viewers voyeuristically watch the impending cringefest, particularly when it comes to choosing who pays the bill!

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Water One board candidates on the issues: Qualifications and motivation for running – Shawnee Mission Post

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Last month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for local office address ahead of this falls local elections primary. Based on the input we received, we developed a three-item questionnaire for candidates running for WaterOne board address.

Today we publish the candidates responses to item one:

What relevant experience would you bring to the position, and what is your primary motivation for seeking a seat on the water district board?

Every candidate running for the WaterOne Board wants to provide clean water to our customers. Having served on the Board for many years, I know what it takes to provide safe clean reliable high-quality water to our customers. My experience on the Board and participation in the American Water Works Association including their Public Officials sessions over the years have allowed me to stay updated on advances in water treatment processes and technology to provide safe drinking water to our customers. As a Certified Public Accountant, I have used my business background to work with our qualified and dedicated staff at WaterOne to produce high-quality water, maintain and replace the older water infrastructure, manage growth, provide the customer service you expect and operate in a sustainable manner while also having the lowest water cost in the metro area.

My past and current leadership and service experiences include the Prairie Village City Council, unit and district leader in Boy Scouts, providing service to those in need though the Lions Club and my church, and serving the community on the Theatre in the Park Advisory Board and the Kansas City Chapter Board of the KU Alumni Association. I also participated in the Leadership Kansas and Leadership Northeast programs to learn more about statewide and local issues. I have held leadership positions in several national business organizations in the tax field.

After moving to Johnson County in 5th grade with my family, I have lived here continuously other than my time in college at the University of Kansas. Johnson County is an incredible place to live and raise a family. It continues to win national rankings as a great place to live. One of the reasons people want to live here are the services available to our residents. One of these services is water. A safe clean reliable high-quality water supply is very important to our community. You drink it and cook with it. You shower or bathe in it. You use it for cleaning and laundry. You use it outside at the pool or in the yard. Water is a small, but important part of what makes our community a great place to live.

I would appreciate your vote on November 5th so I can continue to serve our community and ensure that WaterOne will meet your water needs now and in the future. Thank you for your support and vote! Terry

After completing my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, I worked for two years in a Biochemistry laboratory using the same equipment that WaterOne uses to test for contaminants. No other board member has this training and experience in biochemistry or biochemical testing. I completed my Medical School training at University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX at the Texas Medical Center , the largest medical complete in the world, where MD Anderson is located. I completed my family medicine residency program in Kansas City, MO at Trinity Lutheran Family Medicine Residency Program.

After 27 years of practicing medicine as a family physician, I know that there is nothing more important than clean air and clean water to your healthcare. As a family physician, I have spent my entire career teaching and educating patients about their health and healthcare. I have experience and training in diseases, bacteria, algae, fungal and viral infections, and biochemistry that no one else on the board has. I want to use that training and experience to enhance your knowledge about ensuring your water supply system because clean, safe water is a building block to good health. On the WaterOne corporate board, I can help educate large numbers of our population, instead of serving patients one by one as I have for 27 years as a family physician.

I obtained my MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City in 2007 because I wanted to know more about the administrative side of healthcare. Furthermore, I have also incorporated Occupational Medicine in my medical practice by obtaining additional training as a Medical Review Officer for DOT (the U.S. Department of Transportation) drug testing,

FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which deals with truck drivers, bus drivers, railroad workers, etc.) DOT Medical Examiner, and FAA Aviation Medical Examiner.

I have been an Overland Park resident for 25 years and my unique training and experience would enhance the WaterOne Board in ways in which I hope will ensure clean and safe water for you, your children and your grandchildren. I will use my skills that I used to succeed in medicine to now focus on water education and conservation of our natural resources.

Educationally, I hold a Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University, a Master degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas Medical Center; and a Master degree of Business Administration/Operations Management from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Professionally, I have spent the last 25 years working in health care serving several different capacities within finance and operations. I bring a wealth of experience managing CAPEX (Capital Expenditures) and OPEX (Operational Expenditures) within some of the most highly complex healthcare organizations in our region. I have developed and analyzed business plans and I know the pitfalls of forecasting and projections.

The most important thing I bring to the table is a combination of business acumen, understanding of scientific concepts and a lack of historical bias. There is something to be said for tenure, but the board has too many members who have served twenty plus years. And while I find that level of service and years of dedication laudable, I also understand that there is an inherent bias which lead people to vest too much in the status quo.

My motivation for seeking a seat on the water board is that I am interested in serving and I am interested in good governance. Additionally, I do not believe that a seat on the water board should be a life-long appointment. The incumbent (for position 2) has served the board for 24 years with little or no competition. I think it is time to add a fresh perspective to the board. Additionally, I am concerned about the phenomena in Johnson county whereby individuals hold municipal and legislative seats simultaneously. My opponent for WaterOne board is also my current State Senator. There is no reason for service to be consolidated into the hands of a few people. I know that Johnson County has many individuals who are qualified to serve; I am one of those people.

I have lived in Kansas City for nearly 25 years but I grew up and spent the early part of my life in Denver. When you come from a place that averages 17 of rain per year, you appreciate that water is scarce and precious. To me, water has a similar level of awareness as public schools. For someone with my background who is interested in serving, running for the water board is as natural as running for the school board.

Based on my skills I have developed being a part of many boards and elected positions, I am confident that I can continue to provide value to the WaterOne board and the customers we serve. In the past 8900 days, I have been a part of serving on the WaterOne board. I have served as a two time Chairman, Vice chairman of the board, and chairman of many other committees. I have been a part of the AWWA board and taken many seminars on learning the finances, treatment process, water loss, and much more.

I also served in the Kansas State House for 6 years and was a two time Majority Whip. I have served 9 years in the Kansas State Senate where I served as Utilities Committee Chair, Legislative Post Audit Chair, Financial Institutions and Insurance, and various other committees that have helped with my experience.

In my person life I have been a board member at Bank of the Prairie for the past 11 years. I also own a real estate company that develops multi-family housing. I have been a lifelong resident of Kansas and raised my family in Johnson County.

I choose to continue to run for the WaterOne board because I enjoy serving the people of my community and working with them on the issues. My top priorities are to supply the people with the safest water that meets and exceeds all federal and state regulations. I want our water to be available at the lowest cost with the best customer service now and in the future. It is my mission everyday that we continue to provide these services, our employees do a good job for the community, and that we provide a safe work environment for each employee working at WaterOne.

I have spent over thirty years working as a commercial banking executive. Prior to entering banking I spent over ten years on active duty as a member of the United States Air Force. I earned a B.S. in Business/Finance from Utica College of Syracuse University. I believe success is measured by what an individual has actually accomplished in the past and presently, not simply by a degree one possess or from a certification received after attending a twelve hour seminar. I have been attending monthly WaterOne board meetings, finance committee meetings and administrative meetings since February and have gotten to know the WaterOne management team so that when elected I can hit the ground running.

During my time in the Air Force I served in an operational role with the Tactical Air Command. I was responsible for managing individuals and assets in a high stress air defense environment both nationally and internationally. Achieving success meant that I had to effectively interact with both my peers serving in other U.S. military branches and those from other countries, in order to accomplish the mission.

My current role is President, Chief Commercial Officer, and Board Member, of Freedom Bank in Overland Park, KS. Freedom Bank opened its doors on June 19, 2006 and is locally owned and managed. The bank has supported locally owned, privately held businesses by providing over $250 million in commercial loans since opening the doors. My role requires that I possess the skills to actively engage in the following: business development/portfolio management; asset/liability management; annual business planning, which includes developing the budget and then achieving it; business continuity planning; personnel management; enterprise risk management; project planning, launch and success; vendor management; and conflict resolution.

Based on the skill set I have developed, I am confident I will provide value to the team at WaterOne and to the customers. Clearly, everyone wants a sustainable source of clean and safe drinking water. Prior to deciding to run for this seat, I mentioned to friends that I was searching for a way to give back to the community and it was suggested that given my skill set, serving on the WaterOne board would be great way to do this. My wife and I moved our family to the area in 1992 and it is our home.

Relevant Experience: I am the only certified Public Water Official by the American Water Works Association running in the WaterOne race. Certified Public Water Official training provides policy and budget education to professionals on water and sewer operating environments, source water, system components, operations, maintenance, and asset management. Public Water Officials also have an understanding of the regulatory environment and system metrics to reduce risk and improve decision making.

As a Population Health Executive at Cerner, I work with Healthcare Clients who are focused on keeping the communities they interact with healthy. Public health themes and working with Clients through complex budget considerations are integral to my daily work. The majority of healthcare costs stem from personal behaviors, socio-economic conditions, and changes to the environmental. Thus, clean air and clean water are prerequisites for a healthy community.

Also, I have community board experience serving on the board of The Hispanic Chamber of Greater Kansas City and ReDiscover Mental Health Foundation. I received my Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and completed my undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Spanish from Marquette University.

Primary Motivation: I have two motivations for running for the WaterOne board.

First, the rapidly changing climate requires active leadership to protect our water supply and ensure our water is clean for our community to drink. Water is a scarce commodity that will become increasingly so. Additional sustainability measures will need to be applied.

Second, since the 1980s Americans have dealt with a sharp decline in water infrastructure improvements. Decaying infrastructure and poor planning triggered lead poisoning and legionnaires disease in Flint, Michigan. All of this was 100% preventable. At least 500,000 children across the country have elevated levels of lead in their system today. This outcome is unacceptable for our families.

On October 10th, the EPA was ordered to roll back requirements on lead testing and infrastructure resolution that will endanger our populations health. We need to continue testing for traditional contaminants, and we also need to do strategic testing for other factors that have reached water supplies. Heavy metals, farm chemical runoff, endocrine disruptors, HABs, PFAS, micro-plastics, etc. do not belong in any water supply. As your WaterOne board member, I will work to exceed the national standards and abide by the training I received by the AWWA.

I am a graduate of Langston University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture Economics. My past work experiences provided great training, and developed skill sets for serving as Board Member at Water District 1. While employed as an Oklahoma State University County Extension Agent, I served on a committee studying the water table of the Ogallala Aquifer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. Also as a Senior Sales Representative for BASF Corporation in the state of Kansas I promoted conservation practices that reduced chemical runoff into the streams and waterways. As a former US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works employee we received training that included water resource development, flood risk management, recreation, infrastructure and environmental stewardship. More recently as a Supplier Diversity Specialist at Sprint, I worked to ensure Small and Diverse Vendors were certified, and any Sprint spend could then be counted as Diverse Spend.

Having clean safe drinking water, and being a good Steward is all our responsibility. Let us not forget Flint, Michigan, and now Newark, New Jersey. Clean drinking water is important to everyones health, and that is why I am a candidate for Board Member Position #6 at Water District 1 of Johnson County, Kan.

I am an engineer by degree and have spent my entire career in the water industry. I have interacted with Owners (such as WaterOne, BPU, Topeka and Omaha, etc.), Engineers (such as Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, GBA, etc.), contractors and water works distributors. Additionally, I worked in the water treatment chemical industry and have personal knowledge about additives that go into public water systems. My expertise spans the Plains States and my knowledge about municipal water systems in the region is extensive. Simply said, I know water and water systems.

My motivation as a Board Member at WaterOne is to serve the public. My parents were involved in public service as leaders in developing one of the largest YMCAs in the northeast. They set an example of public service that I know I can carry forward in my service to WaterOne as a Board member. I do not pursue this position to seek other office. I am a water expert with opinions and experience in behalf of the ratepayers, for the benefit of WaterOne.

As an adult resident in Johnson County for more than 37 years, I have made my home and career in this area. I know how important a role WaterOne has played in the growth and progress of Johnson County. Safe, plentiful and economical water is accepted as a given. That would not be the case without good guidance, leadership and just plain hard work from the Board and all the employees of WaterOne. I intend to build on that foundation with long range planning that will continue our success and nationally recognized sustainability.

I have a mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University. I have experience evaluating processes or equipment to meet performance requirements and cost effectiveness. I believe my technical training along with an almost compulsive curiosity would be well suited to act on a board charged with overseeing such a critical component of public health and safety.

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