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• Kraft Heinz division Devour Food has joined with the American Cornhole League to uncover from among its ranks the "Devour Man of the Year," with the winner earning $10,000 and free Devour Pizza for a year. Details here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. The code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

POLL POSITION

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office May 3-5
1. Avengers: Endgame $145.8M
2. The Intruder $11M
3. Long Shot $10M
4. Uglydolls $8.5M
5. Captain Marvel $4.3M
6. Breakthrough $3.9M
7. Curse of La Llorona $3.5M
8. Shazam! $2.4M
9. Little $1.5M
10. Dumbo $1.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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COLLEGE

BodyArmor Into NCAA
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Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

Wednesday
Feb242016

With Eye On Olympics, Under Armour Begins Next Evolution Of 'Rule Yourself'

By Barry Janoff

February 23, 2016: This past summer, Under Armour launched its "Rule Yourself" global multi-platform campaign with creative that included NFL quarterback Tom Brady, ballet star Misty Copeland, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and top-ranked golfer Jordan Spieth.

The sports gear and footwear company this week continues and expands upon the campaign with Manchester United star Memphis Depay, members of the USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team and Olympic swimming icon Michael Phelps.

Depay, Phelps and the USA Women's Gymnastics Team all are hoping to play roles in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

According to Under Armour, this next evolution of the campaign "underscores the brand's vision of training as the focal point of an athlete's everyday life . . . Driven by the theme of JOMO (the joy of missing out) and the tagline "It's What You Do in the Dark That Puts You in the Light"  (it) highlights the sacrifices these athletes make — and the elation they feel — when wholly dedicated to training for their sport."

Media buy includes spots on ESPN, NBC, ABC, MTV, and Turner. Support includes Internet and social media via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Spots starring Depay (identified in the ads via his Netherlands birthplace rather than ManU as his club has an official alliance with Under Armour rival adidas) and the USA Women's Gymnastics Team broke this week. Phelps is due to hit in March.

Lead agency is Droga5, NY.

People can also download UA Record to join Under Armour's fitness community via iTunes and Google Play.

Under Armour in January reported a 28% growth in net revenue to $3.96 billion and 31% growth of net revenue in Q4 to $1.1 billion, with chairman and CEO Kevin Plank specifically citing the business generated by and marketing support for such endorsers as Curry, Spieth, Copeland and Brady.

The newest chapter of our 'Rule Yourself' campaign is the natural evolution of Under Armour's training ethos," Adrienne Lofton, svp-global brand marketing for Baltimore-based Under Armour. "As a company built by athletes, we truly understand an athlete's never-ending quest to reach greatness and we want to showcase and honor their sacrifices."

According to Steve Penny, president for USA Gymnastics, "When Under Armour brought the 'Rule Yourself' concept forward, it really spoke to who our athletes are and the drive it takes to be the best. Our gymnasts dedicate the majority of every day to training and school, often beginning before everyone wakes up and after everyone has gone to bed, all to be the best they possibly can be.

"This commitment is demonstrated day in and day out for years, with the ultimate goal of achieving perfection, and that attitude and determination are what Under Armour understands better than anyone else," said Penny.

Under Armour's roster of endorsers also includes Cam Newton, Andy Murray, Lindsey Vohn, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, recently signed Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and a line endorsed by Muhammad Ali.

"As a company built by athletes, we truly understand an athlete's never-ending quest to reach greatness and we want to showcase and honor their sacrifices."

This past September, Under Armour signed a multi-year extension with the NFL regarding the NFL Scouting Combine, a deal that dates back to 2009.

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is being held this week in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The agreement means that Under Armour maintains "exclusive rights as the NFL Scouting Combine's official apparel outfitter," and also will unveil an "expanded line of officially licensed Combine apparel for consumers."

"By providing this peek behind the curtain of our athlete's lives, we hope to inspire young athletes all over the world to push beyond their perceived limitations in order to achieve their ultimate goals," said Lofton. "We truly believe it's what athletes do in the dark, when no one is watching, that ultimately puts them in the spotlight they deserve."

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