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CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Rupert Grint, 33; John Green, 44; Dave Chappelle, 48; Steve Guttenburg, 63.

Happy Birthday: Take the initiative to make things happen. Dream big and explore whats possible. Question shortcuts, and be prepared to implement last-minute changes that will save you time and money. Focus on building a strong foundation for whats to come. Dont back down when patience and expertise are gateways to success. Believe in your ability to finish what you start. Your numbers are 9, 16, 24, 26, 32, 38, 44.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Self-improvement projects will pay off. Focus on fitness, emotional and physical strength, and what you can do to enjoy life. Consider your relationships with others and the benefits and liabilities you face, then make the necessary adjustments. Romance is encouraged. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Make the changes that suit your needs. Dont sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else to make the first move. Use your intelligence, and turn your ideas into something concrete. Keep life simple, be direct and finish what you start. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Digest whats going on around you and decide who is on your team and who opposes you. Its OK to think big, but you are better off living within your means. Discipline and hard work will bring the best results. 2 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Spend more time finding unique ways to up your game or make your surroundings less stressful. Be creative, and consider changes that wont break your budget. Call on someone with experience, and youll be offered insight into how to cut corners. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Uncertainty is a warning that you arent satisfied with a proposition or situation. Rethink your steps, and consider the pros and cons. Be resourceful and check out other opportunities that may be a steppingstone to something new and exciting. 3 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Interact with experts. Gather information, formulate a strategy and take on something that will help you achieve your dreams. Speak up, share your intentions and move forward with enthusiasm and confidence. Embrace change, and exciting opportunities will follow. 3 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Play to win, figure out what you want and negotiate with finesse. Do whatever it takes to stabilize your personal life. Make your space inviting and convenient. Rethink your spending habits, and be generous with love and affection, not expensive gifts. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do something eccentric, adventuresome or creative. Become the topic of conversation and the go-to person when others need advice. Explore new possibilities, and stretch your mind to accommodate new options. Use your skills distinctively, and youll influence future trends. 5 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Dont lose sight of your objective. Be suspicious of anyone trying to take over. Information will be sketchy and require verification before you pass it along. Spend more time on personal improvements and less on trying to change others. Love yourself. 2 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take advantage of a moneymaking opportunity. A financial gain is apparent. The experience you have will help you instinctively know when to make your move. A positive change at home or with your assets is within reach. Monitor physical indulgence carefully. 2 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be secretive about financial, medical or contractual dealings. Pay more attention to the way you look and present yourself to others. Set trends instead of adopting what others are doing. Romance is on the rise. Make a promise to someone you love. 4 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Youll gain respect if you follow through with your plans. Find a way to manage money efficiently, and it will loosen up cash flow and encourage you to invest more in your future. Update your skills and gather information. 3 stars

Birthday Baby: You are aggressive, intuitive and wise. You are resourceful and practical.

1 star: Avoid conflicts; work behind the scenes.

2 stars: You can accomplish, but dont rely on others.

3 stars: Focus and youll reach your goals.

4 stars: Aim high; start new projects.

5 stars: Nothing can stop you; go for gold.

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The FSU head coach talked briefly about looking back at the scrimmage footage and the areas he believes the team can improve after Tuesday's practice.

Curt Weiler, Tallahassee Democrat

The Florida State football team held its 15th of 25 preseason practices Tuesday morning.

This means the Seminoles are 60% of the way through their preseason preparations ahead of their season opener against No. 7 Notre Dame Sept. 5 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

This week marks the endof preseason camp in a traditional sensebefore game week begins next Monday. But FSU is treating this week as a bit of a head start on the Fighting Irish, getting a jump on preparing for itsfirst opponent.

"Tuesday will start a modified game week," FSU head coach Mike Norvell said after Sunday's scrimmage.

"Well still get some good on good work as we prepare, but start getting an early introduction into Notre Dame as our guys prepare for whats ahead. I like where were heading."

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This duality was on display at Tuesday's practice, the first of five consecutive practices this week. While there was some Notre Dame work -- and more may be happening behind the scenes in the film room -- theSeminoles got plenty of work pitting the first-team offense against the first-team defense at their first practice of the week.

"It's exciting. We're still in fall campthis week so we're still focused on fall camp, getting better as a team, but we're starting to implement Notre Dame as well," FSU wide receiver Joshua Burrell said.

"It's great getting to get close to the season, playing an opponent, but we're still in fall camp, we're still working. We're just coming in day by day, getting ready to work."

The Notre Dame game will be quite a challenging opener for the Seminoles. Even though the Fighting Irish are replacing their starting quarterback and four starters off their offensive line, they return plenty from a team that made its second College Football Playoff appearance in three years last season.

The betting line has moved into the Seminoles' favor since it opened, dropping from Notre Dame being favored by 10 or 10.5 points to 7.5 points as of Tuesday afternoon according toBetOnline.

Norvell knows some preparation for Notre Dame -- which beat FSU 42-26 last year in South Bend -- will be necessary and is already underway. However, he is also well aware that the path to an FSU upset to kick off the season with a bang also goes through pushing his team and continuing to focus on the Seminoles' self improvement.

"You come into camp and you want to establish an identity. The identity that we need from this football team is one thats willing to work..." Norvell said after Saturday's scrimmage.

"These guys going through 14 practices made it challenging. We want them to be uncomfortable throughout this camp. Its early mornings, long nights. These guys, they just continue to get up and go and push. Were not exactly where we need to be, weve got to do a great job the next two weeks to help get ourselves there, but were taking positive strides.

"Were still a young team, were still an emotional team at times. But being able to control those emotions and go out and play at a high level, at a controlled level with tremendous passion and investment in the work were going to do, and how much it means to you. So Im pleased with where we are two weeks in, but we have a lot of work to do moving forward ahead of Notre Dame."

Watch: FSU WR Joshua Burrell talks preseason camp

The freshman wideout discusses getting acclimated to FSU's offense, his relationship with his twin brother, who is a freshman defensive back at Army.

Curt Weiler, Tallahassee Democrat

Perhaps the biggest bit of work left is determining the starting lineups and how many players the team can get on the field on both sides of the ball against the Fighting Irish.

The most notable of these questions is who emerges from FSU's quarterback battle, but there are still definitely playing time battles happening across the depth chart. This includes but isn't limited to running backs, wide receivers, defensive linemen and in the secondary.

While some of these battles may linger into game week, many should be settled this week. Because once Notre Dame prep ramps into high gear, the depth chart, which is expected to be released at the start of game week, will be more set in stone.

"Those depth charts, they're happening. That was the point (of the second scrimmage) when we break camp going into Tuesday," FSU defensive coordinator Adam Fuller said.

"There's gonna be some good on good where we're gonna mix some people, but when we get going into Notre Dame prep, like when we say (the starters), that'sthe group that comes, and (second-team) go in and then when you get some sub-packages, maybe the depth charts change a little bit specifically to the skills, but it gets set.

"Ithink it needs to be set so guys understand rolesand they can understand what they need to be prepared to do."

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Horoscopes Aug. 24, 2021: Dave Chappelle, take the initiative to make things happen – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

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CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Rupert Grint, 33; John Green, 44; Dave Chappelle, 48; Steve Guttenburg, 63.

Happy Birthday: Take the initiative to make things happen. Dream big and explore whats possible. Question shortcuts, and be prepared to implement last-minute changes that will save you time and money. Focus on building a strong foundation for whats to come. Dont back down when patience and expertise are gateways to success. Believe in your ability to finish what you start. Your numbers are 9, 16, 24, 26, 32, 38, 44.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Self-improvement projects will pay off. Focus on fitness, emotional and physical strength, and what you can do to enjoy life. Consider your relationships with others and the benefits and liabilities you face, then make the necessary adjustments. Romance is encouraged. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Make the changes that suit your needs. Dont sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else to make the first move. Use your intelligence, and turn your ideas into something concrete. Keep life simple, be direct and finish what you start. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Digest whats going on around you and decide who is on your team and who opposes you. Its OK to think big, but you are better off living within your means. Discipline and hard work will bring the best results. 2 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Spend more time finding unique ways to up your game or make your surroundings less stressful. Be creative, and consider changes that wont break your budget. Call on someone with experience, and youll be offered insight into how to cut corners. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Uncertainty is a warning that you arent satisfied with a proposition or situation. Rethink your steps, and consider the pros and cons. Be resourceful and check out other opportunities that may be a steppingstone to something new and exciting. 3 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Interact with experts. Gather information, formulate a strategy and take on something that will help you achieve your dreams. Speak up, share your intentions and move forward with enthusiasm and confidence. Embrace change, and exciting opportunities will follow. 3 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Play to win, figure out what you want and negotiate with finesse. Do whatever it takes to stabilize your personal life. Make your space inviting and convenient. Rethink your spending habits, and be generous with love and affection, not expensive gifts. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do something eccentric, adventuresome or creative. Become the topic of conversation and the go-to person when others need advice. Explore new possibilities, and stretch your mind to accommodate new options. Use your skills distinctively, and youll influence future trends. 5 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Dont lose sight of your objective. Be suspicious of anyone trying to take over. Information will be sketchy and require verification before you pass it along. Spend more time on personal improvements and less on trying to change others. Love yourself. 2 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take advantage of a moneymaking opportunity. A financial gain is apparent. The experience you have will help you instinctively know when to make your move. A positive change at home or with your assets is within reach. Monitor physical indulgence carefully. 2 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be secretive about financial, medical or contractual dealings. Pay more attention to the way you look and present yourself to others. Set trends instead of adopting what others are doing. Romance is on the rise. Make a promise to someone you love. 4 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Youll gain respect if you follow through with your plans. Find a way to manage money efficiently, and it will loosen up cash flow and encourage you to invest more in your future. Update your skills and gather information. 3 stars

Birthday Baby: You are aggressive, intuitive and wise. You are resourceful and practical.

1 star: Avoid conflicts; work behind the scenes. 2 stars: You can accomplish, but dont rely on others. 3 stars: Focus and youll reach your goals. 4 stars: Aim high; start new projects. 5 stars: Nothing can stop you; go for gold.

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Many people think it is possible to change their thought processes by setting a goal and then commanding themselves to be more focused, patient, present, or self-disciplined.

Theyre wrong. And anyone whos ever broken a New Years resolution knows it.

As I learned while researching my forthcoming book,Getting Out of Control: Emergent Leadership in a Complex World, people usually fail to change because they seek to control what they cannot. Most people realize that they cannot fully control the economy, culture, or what other people do. But not everyone realizes that we cannot even fully control ourselves.

Why cant we control ourselves? Its because each of us is a complex adaptive system that demonstrates emergent properties. That jargon is how complexity scientists explain that you are more than the sum of your parts.

Your bodys biological systems, your minds psychological feedback loops, and the social and economic systems in which you participate all shape and influence you. Attempts to directly control these systems to achieve a specific goal often produces unpredictable and complicated results. And the bigger the attempted change, the more feedback from your existing systems as they resist change.

Fortunately, youcancontrol what you pay attention to, even if what you do is driven by habit. This ability to focus your conscious mind on what you are doing, it turns out, is a powerful lever for changing yourself.

No one will make you pay attention. You might choose to drift, like a leaf on the river of influences around you. If the systems that surround you are supportive and positive, this might turn out "fine" in the sense that you might have a comfortable, prosperous, and outwardly successful life. Yet many people dont have healthy systems around them.

And no matter how supportive and nurturing an environment, we are most fulfilled as humans when we consciously improve both ourselves and the systems we participate in.

Improvement starts with paying attention. Rather than drifting through life, we should start by observing and evaluating how our influences shape our actions.

One practical way to test and change your influences is to consciously shape your environment.

As a young teen, I delivered the local newspaper to approximately fifty of my neighbors on our suburban block in upstate New York. Every day I would cut through one neighbors yard by stepping on a bare space in the ground cover that bordered her sidewalk. One particularly philosophical day, I wondered if I stepped there every day because it was bare or was it bare of ground cover because I stepped there every day?

And I suddenly realized that both are true. I shape the world and it shapes me back. Pretty heady stuff for an afternoon of slinging papers.

Likewise, we can change ourselves in sustainable, reinforcing ways if we make the conscious effort to create bare spots in our environment that will encourage us to return. If we can lay down steppingstones one at a time, heading in the direction we want to go, then well naturally find ourselves taking that path.

The idea of shaping our environment to shape ourselves becomes more approachable if we think of habits as part of our environment a special part of the environment that is more pliable and directly subject to our influence.

When we form habits, we move something from our conscious decision-making process into our environment. This unconscious formation, the emergent nature of habits, is what makes them so powerful and dangerous. They're powerful because our brains can assemble a massive amount of data into a useful routine that saves time and energy.

But habits are also dangerous because they remove conscious control over certain decisions and actions. This can lead us to feel like we are out of control of our own actions.

Because habits are the result of an emergent process, they take time to build one step on the paper route, repeated each day, eventually forms the bare spot. But once established, habits are very resilient to changed conditions. We keep stepping in that spot.

When we recognize ourselves as complex systems with emergent properties, it becomes easier to see that self-improvement isnt achieving a series of goals but the outcome of improving our own conscious and unconscious processes and systems our habits.

Ultimately, improving ourselves starts with understanding what we can and cannot control. Sheer willpower isnt enough for significant change. Instead, we must work persistently and incrementally to turn the behaviors we desire into habits, relieving our conscious mind and setting a path for our future selves to follow.

If we increase our awareness of what we do and think of improvement as a process rather than an outcome, we can build better habits, shape our environment, and change ourselves.

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SU Boxing Club members return to ring with more determination since pre-pandemic – The Daily Orange

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Sareta Gladson was ready to compete in her first official United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association fight the national championships in March 2020. She had mastered novice skills and had never missed a practice, but the organization had no one in her weight class to compete against her.

Before the fight, Gladson, the most recent president of Syracuse University Boxing Club, received an email from SU Recreational Services which said that she and the rest of SUs boxing club would be unable to attend the USIBA national championships due to COVID-19 concerns. But after Gladson informed USIBA that their SU team would not be able to fight in the championships, she got a reply letting her know that they had finally found someone in her weight class.

They basically said, Oh wow. Thats such a shame, we finally had someone for you to fight, Gladson recalled. That was just so devastating because I finally had my shot to prove myself, that all of my training was going to be for something.

Eventually the entire tournament was canceled, but despite this, Gladson was able to find a new responsibility going into the 2020-21 academic year.

After COVID-19 hit, a lot of my mentality was focused on keeping the club alive, Gladson said. Itd be really easy for the club to just die if no one pushed for it.

Gladson kept the club active even though training sessions were extremely limited. During fall 2020, the club was only allowed to train outdoors, so Gladson made it a point to reserve the basketball courts outside of the Womens Building.

During fall 2020, the club was only allowed to train outdoors. Now, theyre back in the Barnes Center. Courtesy of Ellie Huth

Her determination to keep the club active and compete was not just shared by her and her teammates, but also through those who came before her.

In 2011, newly enrolled Syracuse student Joseph Stray wanted to continue to pursue boxing his favorite sport and one of his passions. As a child, Stray was always around boxing, and he became dedicated to the sport as a teenager.

Stray found a boxing club listed on SUs recreational website, but the club had been inactive since the 1950s. He contacted Angie Petrie, the assistant director of sports programs, and inquired about the club.

While several students had had an interest in restarting the boxing club, many had no prior experience with boxing. Stray was different. With plenty of experience under his belt, his proposal was approved, and in 2012, SU Boxing Club was back.

Initially there were around 25 members, but over Strays time as a SU student, he said membership grew to nearly 80. The club attracted undergraduate students (most notably future NFL safety Shamarko Thomas), faculty, staff and even DPS officers. People joined SU Boxing Club for various reasons, but their motivation usually centered around learning and self-improvement, Stray said.

I dug deeper into understanding why people joined, Stray said. Some people joined to learn about American culture. Some people were going to work to increase their self-esteem and feel good about themselves.

Stray graduated from SU in 2014 and began teaching boxing in the local Syracuse area, and by that time, he had laid the foundation for SU Boxing Club.

After Stray graduated, Philip Benedict took over as coach, and he has occupied that position ever since. Benedict currently works for SU military services and is an adjunct instructor in the exercise program.

Benedict, who also leads a self-defense workshop in Syracuse, learned self-defense sports at 12 years old to defend himself against bullies, he said. As he matured as a fighter, he didnt want to be a feared fighter but a teacher, a mentor and a respected fighter.

Gladson, who assists Benedict when he leads self-defense workshops, found the coach to be an incredible influence in her life.

He wants people to know how to defend themselves, Gladson said. He wants them to know how to assert themselves in situations in the world.

Ivan Palacio, a junior and the most recent vice president of the club, says Benedict preaches the importance of having respect while in the ring.

Theres a lot of respect because at the end of the day, you are going to risk your health and youre also going to try to harm the other person, Palacio said.

Benedict stresses that club members should be respectful not just in the ring, but in the classroom and the community. Although he appreciates the dedication of his boxers, he reminds them every practice to remember they are at SU to learn and attend school.

During workshops, the boxers first warm up with some basic drills. Then, the club moves into shadowboxing where fighters shadow box for 3-4 rounds before ending the training session with high-intensity drills. Despite rigorous training sessions, Benedict always found the practices to empower the boxers to challenge themselves and improve.

When the pandemic forced the club outside and prevented them from sparring, all of the members still showed up to training, committed to the ideas of respect, improvement and empowerment. The members determination kept the club alive during a period where they trained for a contact sport without actually making any contact. And despite not competing at USIBA in 2020, the club remains active and continues to train.

Palacio, who, like Gladson, was preparing to fight at the national championships, is eager not only to train like he did in the pre-pandemic days, but also to prepare for fights.

I look forward to it because (fighting) was a big thing that (may have) discouraged people to not come anymore, Palacio said. I also look forward and feel confident to win my first competition.

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Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this "season," everyone feels the energy of this prevailing astrological sign, no matter what your Sun sign horoscope may be. The Sun moves through orderly Virgo, from August 22 to September 22, helping us streamline and systematize the chaotic areas of our lives.

Virgo is the second of the zodiac's threeearth signsand one of threemutable signs, meaning it's adaptable and always up for a little self-improvement. Virgo is the zodiac's editor, with keen eyes that can spot what needs to be fixed or improved. Maybe it's time to address some health and wellness issues or to clear out the clutter and organize your workspace.

While there couldn't be a better time for practical changes that will bring efficiency, try not to take on Virgo's nitpicky tendencies in the process. Sometimes "done" is better than "perfect."

As the sign of selfless service, Virgo loves to lend an assist. This has its pros and cons. Where's the line between "being supportive" and meddling with unsolicited feedback? Be mindful of your intentionsand other people's boundariesduring Virgo season 2021.

As we say goodbye to bombastic Leo season, here are seven ways to capitalize on the efficient, analytical Virgo season 2021 vibes:

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If not yet Crazy 9 perfect strangersLet me provide you with the only plot points you need to know: Manny Jacinto. NS Handsome Filipino-Canadian Actor Playing the role of Yao, a wellness consultant at Trunki Lamb House Retreat, its very hard to ignore how wonderful his personality is.Jacinto replaces the nicely shaved chin and nicely organized hair he had Good placeBeloved Jason Mendoza, which may be suspicious to others, is a completely unfriendly mans bread and goat combo that absolutely works on him.

of Hulu series, Yao works under the guidance of hypnosis Nicole KidmanMasha supports the self-improvement journey of nine retreat participants. He is calm, level-headed and offers a calm presence to calm the brewing turmoil. Sure, hes wrapped up behind the scenes with the weird things Masha is cooking (no spoilers here, dont worry), but its what he sees on the screen in different shades. Of gray clothes that dont prevent you from wanting to endanger it every time.For both those who are not familiar with 9 perfect strangers And those who invested hard in the show gathered all of Yaos handsome photos in one place for repeat viewing.Check all the previous snaps and catch up All of 9 perfect strangers Book spoilers If so, please.

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd did it her own way, retiring with complicated and dominant legacy – ESPN

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Anyone who's been to a U.S. national team game before has probably seen it: The team has dispersed and the field is empty, except for one player. Carli Lloyd, by her lonesome, is still out there, doing push-ups or running sprints. But pretty soon, that ritual will be gone and the field will stay empty. Carli Lloyd, at age 39, is retiring and will appear in her final U.S. national team matches this fall.

- USWNT legend Lloyd announces retirement

Lloyd walks away as undoubtedly one of the most important players in the history of American soccer. With 312 appearances -- second only to Kristine Lilly -- and 128 goals, the fourth-most in U.S. national team history, chances are that if the U.S played a game in the last decade-and-a-half, Lloyd was a key part of it, leaving behind a legacy that is more complex than it seems at first glance.

It's almost surprising to see Lloyd call it quits -- it's not something she's ever done, so much so that such tenacity has become her personal brand. She loves sharing inspirational quotes about hard work on her social media accounts, and she has seemed to relish in defying people's expectations just so she could say "I told you so." There is perhaps no better example of it than the 2015 World Cup, the tournament that made her a household name and earned her the title as FIFA's Player of the Year.

The U.S. started the tournament poorly, and Lloyd especially struggled with the two-way midfield role she had been given. She openly lamented feeling restricted by the tactics of coach Jill Ellis and being unable to, as she put it, express herself.

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After Ellis gave in and handed Lloyd the keys to the attack, Lloyd scored the goal against Japan that has become the piece de resistance of her career: a shot from half-field to seal a hat-trick (scored in the opening 16 minutes) in a World Cup final. In the post-game press conference of the U.S. team's 5-2 win, she told reporters she expected it. During a "burning" training session, she said, she envisioned scoring four goals in a World Cup final, one greater than her real-life tally.

Lloyd will be remembered as a winner, pure and simple. As record books become the primary point of reference, all that will be left is her sensational career, which saw her win two World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals. Look a bit closer, though, and Lloyd's legacy is that of a complicated and sometimes contradictory hero. A 2011 headline from her hometown newspaper -- "Lloyd an exciting, if inconsistent, U.S. star" -- could have been written at almost any point in her career.

For all her magic in major tournaments, pundits often derided her non-peak performances, where she was labeled "a turnover machine" and "below average." Fans wondered, based on her non-tournament appearances, why she was even in the U.S. team at all. She didn't look like the same player in friendlies, and she never led any of her club teams to tangible success -- her 2013 season with the Western New York Flash the lone exception.

Coach Pia Sundhage famously benched Lloyd because of her propensity to lose possession, telling reporters before the 2012 Olympics: "It's too big of a difference between when she's really good and when she's bad." When starting midfielder Shannon Boxx was injured in the opening game of the 2012 Olympics, Sundhage's only choice was to put Lloyd in. Suddenly, after being told she wasn't good enough, Lloyd had a chance to defy expectations on the biggest stage and she did that, scoring in that first game against France and again to win the gold medal over Japan.

At the time, Lloyd was as defiant as always, telling reporters of Sundhage's lack of faith: "When someone tells me I can't do something, I'm going to always prove them wrong. That's what champions do."

Lloyd has earned a reputation as a big-game player, someone who will win trophies for the U.S. on her own. She did it in 2008, when she scored the game-winner in the Olympic gold medal match against Brazil. She also did it in the gold medal match of the 2012 Olympics against Japan, darting in front of Abby Wambach's foot at one point to score, and then finding the game-winner with a rocket strike. But she also choked in the shootout of the 2011 World Cup final, skying her shot over the bar and allowing Japan to win; it's a moment often forgotten when discussing her clutch credentials.

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She has claimed the critics fuel her, but the criticism clearly never sat well with her, prompting her to see criticism where there was none. In a press conference earlier this year, she called out the journalist from her local newspaper who has covered her longest, labeling him "the hometown dude that can never support me" because he dared to see it as an open question as to whether Vlatko Andonovski would bring Lloyd to the Tokyo Olympics. When other journalists wrote something she didn't like, they found themselves blocked by her on Twitter even if they'd never tagged her.

She named her memoir "When Nobody Was Watching," yet she has always made sure everyone was watching, sharing curated clips of her workouts on social media. After the U.S. lost to Canada in the Olympic semifinal earlier this month, she ran sprints after the game to make sure she was conditioned for the bronze medal game. But just in case anyone missed it, she took a photo from a journalist in Japan and shared it on her own Twitter account.

Such contradictions and inconsistencies in how Lloyd wants to be remembered vs. who Lloyd was as a player may have been necessary for her to reach the heights of her greatness, though.

Soccer has been a relentless act of self-improvement for Lloyd, a pursuit that requires constant effort and evolution. If success always came easy to Lloyd, how would she ever find that next level? It's the failures and setbacks that have made Lloyd better the next time around. Sometimes, she seemingly needed to remind herself of her own greatness, too, just so she knew it was ready to be deployed. Indeed, Lloyd has not been the same player over the course of her career, and not just because of the ups and downs of her performances. She has had to adapt and find new ways to elevate her game -- an approach that is responsible for Lloyd's rare and remarkable longevity.

In her late 30s, Lloyd transformed into a striker, which she said forced her to improve her off-the-ball movement and finishing. Earlier in her career, she played pretty much every role in the central midfield, where she was tasked with different duties from defending and controlling possession to playmaking. It wasn't always a perfect match, but she almost always found a way to make it work.

Lloyd's ability to redefine herself as a player is undeniable, which may be why some fans have been left wanting more from her off the field. As other U.S. national team players have grown into their own voices, Lloyd has refused to engage in any of the causes some of her teammates have taken up. During the Olympics when most teams (not just the U.S.) took a knee before games (not during the national anthems) in an anti-racism gesture, Lloyd stood. It seemed that Lloyd felt anything not related to winning was merely a distraction, but some fans have labeled her selfish or an unfeeling robot.

Such stubbornness is all part of the Carli Lloyd mystique, though. While she may chalk up her success to hard work and determination, her most powerful tools have always been a large chip on her shoulder and a single-minded defiance. Her drive to win was so strong that ultimately she broke ties with her immediate family over it, not patching that rift until before the Tokyo Olympics.

Back in 2013, Lloyd told me she wanted to be named FIFA's Player of the Year -- at the time, a seemingly ludicrous notion that she knew would earn her ridicule. "The end goal is I want to become FIFA Women's Player of the Year," she said back in April 2013. "Some may laugh and think, 'Wow, she's crazy,' but there's no sense in dreaming to get to the top if you don't think you can get there. There's no point in putting a limit on yourself."

Indeed, Lloyd has believed she could achieve the impossible, and she has. At 39 years old, she became the oldest goalscorer in Olympic history and netted the game-winner in the bronze medal match against Australia, sealing a remarkable career since 2005 in which, as long as a trophy was on the line, she was never merely a participant for the U.S. national team, but a key figure.

Before that bronze medal match, Lloyd admitted the bus ride to the stadium felt different. Knowing it was the last game of the last major tournament of her career, she reflected on everything she had done to reach that moment. She was proud, she said, of the player she became.

"Never wavering, just being me," she said. "Unapologetically me. It's been hard at times, but I've trusted the process."

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During his time on the NBA hardwood, Kobe Bryant established a reputation as a fierce competitor who was more than capable of taking over a game singlehandedly. While that bred a combination of fear and respect, Gilbert Arenas was always one to play by his own rules. On one occasion, that manifested in an unthinkable move: Agent Zero trash-talked Kobe.

Bryant, as you might expect, couldnt overlook those remarks. Although he needed to wait two months, the Black Mamba eventually managed to exact some painful revenge on Arenas.

During the 2000s, Bryant and Arenas were two guards who were capable of stuffing the stat sheet on any given night. Their reputations, however, couldnt be more different.

Kobe arrived in Hollywood with the intention of following in Michael Jordans footsteps and, on the whole, did a pretty good job of accomplishing that seemingly impossible task. He found plenty of on-court success the guard averaged 25.0 points per game for his career and claimed five championships and, like his role model, honed a relentless work ethic. Bryant became famous for his Mamba Mentality, which manifested itself in intense workouts, an obsessive focus on self-improvement, and an overall desire to be the best.

As for Arenas, the guard possessed an incredible knack for lighting up the scoreboard. During his prime, Agent Zero was one of the purest scorers around; he averaged 29.3 points per game during the 2005-06 regular season and upped his game during the playoffs, averaging 34.0 points per contest. With all of that being said, though, the Arizona product also developed a less-than-ideal reputation. He was known to be a bit of a practical joker and infamously brought guns into the Washington Wizards locker room.

In a way, that gun incident and the subsequent suspension are representative of Arenas career. For all of his on-court ability, most fans will remember the guard for his poor choice over anything else he accomplished.

In December 2006, Arenas stepped up and dropped 60 points in a win over the LA Lakers. After that game, Agent Zero was understandably feeling pretty good about himself.

Once [Arenas] scored 60, Gil got a little mouthy, Brendan Haywood saidon an episode of Wizards Postgame Live (H/T NBC Sports). Were on the team plane, and Caron Butler was talking to Kobe, and Gil starts talking trash to Kobe. He tells Kobe, If you the Black Mamba, then my new nickname is the Black Mongoose.'

Mongooses, of course, are renowned for their ability to fight poisonous snakes. Kobe, however, wasnt going to allow himself to be bested in metaphorical combat, even if he had to wait to exact his revenge.

Kobe said, Keep that same energy when [I] come to D.C.,' Haywood recalled. I thought Kobe forgot. Two months later, Im not eventhinking about it, I put my hand out, [Kobe] walked right past me. He did not shake anybodys hand, he walked up to Gil, slapped him on his butt, and said, Remember you asked for this, and make sure you guard me the way Im gonna guard you. He gave us 45, the meanest points Ive ever seen. He pulled the 360 dunk with the airplane, he did everything.

While Haywood might have slightly exaggerated Bryants performance, the Lakers guard did come to play on that fateful night in February. He scored 39 points, helping Los Angeles claim a 118-102 victory.

In isolation, it would be reasonable to think that Arenas could have held onto somewhat of a grudge against Kobe. No one, especially a professional athlete, wants to be shown up. Agent Zero, however, didnt seem to be too bothered by Bryants actions.

Shortly after the Lakers legends untimely death, Arenas took to Instagram to share a memory of Bryant. Instead of flashing back to their playing careers, though, he posted a picture with Kobe in the bowels of the Staples Center and added a rather personal caption.

I will fulfill the task u requested from me in this picture, the former Wizard wrote. You told me to use my bright basketball mind on some form of coaching on an nba/college bench or coaching kids stop wasting it being an idiot on social media Today Im starting my coaching career with@socalcavs14u the legacy of an assassins mind will live on#mambamentality. He also added the logistical details for those wishing to join the team.

For basketball fans, Kobe Bryant was an unforgettable figure who towered over the sport. Gilbert Arenas experienced that reality firsthand, both on and off the court.

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These are uncertain times, but if you want to find out what your future has in store keep up to date with our daily horoscope forecasts and astrology readings.

TODAYS MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:

Talk doesnt cook rice. Chinese Proverb

TODAYS WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

If you let everyone walk over you, you become a carpet. Bulgarian Proverb

TODAYS CHINESE PROVERB:

There is no one to sweep a common hall.

FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY:

Happy Birthday! The months ahead are likely to start on a great note, as romance starts to smolder. Singles are likely to find themselves the center of attention, while attached people will spend some quality time with their partners! October is the month for promotions, rewards, and new career directions, while November introduces a potential friend! Beware of making an unwise decision regarding cash matters in December, or youll spend much of January trying to do an about face! February is a great month, with travel well aspected, but you might need to tighten your belt beforehand if you are to fund these travels! March should bring a fabulous opportunity to make some definite changes to your life! August might slow down in terms of love, but September will pick up again!

Its a day to take care with how you respond, particularly with new suggestions and/or proposals. It certainly wont help your reputation if you ditch any previously agreed commitments and ongoing deadlines for something on the near horizon. All that said; it may be possible to have the best of both worlds!

Todays Numbers: 2, 11, 15, 21, 33, 46

An easier vibe is likely to contain a half-liberating, half- unreliable quality. It may well feel as though its a good choice to step beyond your comfort-zone for the best results, especially when it comes to ongoing agreements and arrangements, but it may be wise to have a safety net too!

Todays Numbers: 7, 16, 24, 31, 37, 42

Its quite possibly a day to be more receptive to verbal, informal advice, guidance and direction. Something might seem like a good idea right now, but others may well express doubt. If so, listen. In addition; an ongoing development could contain a hidden advantage for romantic matters!

Todays Numbers: 5, 14, 22, 25, 40, 47

Theres a dominant theme of getting ahead and achievement. Everyday and routine matters will be well-aspected, and although you could feel as though youre not really making much progress, its possible that a current obstacle will begin to shift. Just give this a little more time!

Todays Numbers: 8, 13, 24, 26, 33, 44

In the light of fresh and liberating planetary accents you may be tempted to rush certain matters. You may even feel as though you need to take full control, particularly when it comes to a personal matter. However, if offered the choice between perfect but slow or speedy but adequate, try opting for the middle of the road!

Todays Numbers: 1, 15, 26, 31, 36, 42

Fresh planetary accents are likely to point to remedies, solutions and good strategies when it comes to a personal matter. Youre also likely to get that little bit more determined and ambitious when it comes to one specific, possibly ongoing goal. Just be careful that you dont take on too much just to prove a point!

Todays Numbers: 3, 7, 12, 24, 36, 45

Breezy planetary accents have the capacity to revitalize your airy traits and possibly lift a weight from your shoulders. Communications are well-aspected, but you may feel reluctant to act on any incoming information. If you can shake off this reluctance, there may be something to be gained!

Todays Numbers: 5, 11, 22, 26, 32, 48

Fresh planetary shifts have the capacity to help you negotiate an obstacle or mental block, particularly when it comes to material matters. There could be some insightful exchanges. However; dont believe everything that you hear. Do hold off from committing to anything that cant be reversed!

Todays Numbers: 1, 5, 16, 27, 34, 43

Small but significant changes to your lifestyle, your image or your career aims could begin to filter through from today. Theres a distinct emphasis on self-improvement, but you may have to deal with something that right now youd rather shelve. A postponement may be a short-term answer!

Todays Numbers: 2, 18, 23, 34, 37, 49

Something that seems to have been going wrong could finally be corrected, thanks to fresh planetary accents. Theres the potential for catching up or making up for lost time, and although this may involve taking a few steps back, it may well benefit you in the longer term!

Todays Numbers: 7, 13, 19, 26, 31, 45

Communications are strongly aspected, with a definite angle on your friendships in general. That said; it is possible that youll have mixed feelings about one particular development and lingering doubts could play a part. It might be a sensible strategy to avoid looking for hidden meanings!

Todays Numbers: 2, 16, 23, 34, 37, 43

Fresh planetary shifts will usher in a more cooperative vibe. There is also the potential to boost your reputation on the work- front. A single opportunity could develop, but you may need to postpone something else in order to take advantage of it. This could develop into an either/or choice!

Todays Numbers: 5, 14, 21, 26, 31, 48

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY:

Famous people born on your birthday include:Kel Mitchell, Gene Simmons, Regis Philbin, Tim Burton, Elvis Costello, Sean Connery, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom Skerritt, Claudia Schiffer

CELEBRITY GOSSIP:

It may be a surprise to many, but the movement of the planets indicates that Courteney Cox is about to pushed back into the public eye. It isnt clear why, but the planets are definite that a celebrity boost is about to happen for Courteney!

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