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NFL Man of the Year Nom Cam Newton Wins Charity Challenge

“Every 1 Matters.” That’s the mantra that inspires Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and “The Cam Newton Foundation” as they work to enhance the lives of young people in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and around the country. Because of the support of Panthers Nation and fans across the country, Cam’s foundation will get extra funds to continue their mission of addressing the socioeconomic, educational, physical and emotional needs of kids everywhere, courtesy of Nationwide.

Nationwide announced today that the Carolina Panthers Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominee has won the fifth annual Charity Challenge. Nationwide will contribute $25,000 to The Cam Newton Foundation.

Nationwide is the presenting sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award which is given to the player who demonstrates excellence on the field and in his community. Nationwide launched the Charity Challenge on Dec. 12, 2019 as a way to further elevate and promote the work that each of the 32 nominees are doing to improve the lives of others. The month-long social media promotion gave NFL fans the opportunity to show support for their favorite nominee and offer players a chance to secure a $25,000 contribution from Nationwide to their charity of choice.

Fans were invited to vote for their favorite nominee on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge and their favorite nominee’s last name. The player who received the most votes by Jan. 12, 2020 received the $25,000 contribution.

In all, Newton received over 600,000 votes on Twitter.

“I appreciate the fans for showing support in helping me win Nationwide’s Charity Challenge. I’m using this platform to enhance programs and grants that will greatly impact the community,” said Cam Newton. “To be nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is something that I really appreciate – because it’s bigger than football. God has blessed me and all I’m trying to do is bless others.”

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Alex Cora is latest casualty in sign-stealing scandal, yet players are spared

Another layer to one of baseball’s biggest scandals has been exposed. On Tuesday, January 14th, the Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora.

How are the Red Sox related in the Astros scandal? Cora was Houston’s bench coach in 2017. And Cora was charged in MLB’s nine-page report with working with players to devise the illegal sign-stealing system. This system eventually evolved into banging trash cans to relay catchers’ signs to hitters from a monitor placed behind the dugout.

The MBL held off on disciplining Cora as it continues investigating allegations that the Red Sox also broke rules to steal signs en route to winning the World Series under Cora’s watch in 2018. The Red Sox, anticipating the penalty will be severe, did not wait to dismiss Cora, who first played in the major leagues with the Dodgers from 1998-2004.

The Red Sox had this to say in a statement: “Given the findings and the commissioner’s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways”.

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Houston Astros Manager Fired Over Cheating Scandal

It has been reported that the MLB just laid the hammer down on suspending Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch. The report states Hinch WAS aware of the cheating, and told investigators he believed it was “wrong and distracting”, but didn’t directly tell the players to stop. Astros players participated or received benefits from the scheme in some way … but he said individual players will NOT be punished

It has been announced that Hinch’s punishment includes 1-year suspensions for both Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow as well as a fine of $5 million and the loss of draft picks. Manfred said the Astros will also be forced to give up their first AND second-round picks in both the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

It has also bee reported that MLB’s Rob Manfred made the announcement confirming that the league found the Astros did, in fact, steal signs from opponents beginning in the 2017 season. The league interviewed 68 witnesses, including 23 current and former Astros players, and found the cheating allegations to be credible, also according to Manfred.

“Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical,” Manfred said. “I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability.”

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Daytona International Speedway is Getting a New Look

Axalta has announced that its branded Center Injector at the Daytona International Speedway will have a fresh new look in time for the DAYTONA 500 race on February 16. The Company’s premium Imron industrial brand, which is a durable and high-gloss polyurethane, will be used on the façade to give the Axalta Injector a dynamic, bright and colorful new look that will delight race fans as they enter the speedway.

“We are thrilled to update the Center Injector with Axalta’s Imron industrial coatings,” said Dave Heflin, Vice President, Global Industrial Liquid Coatings. “Using our high performing and highly durable Imron industrial coatings in bright Axalta Red will ensure the entryway captures every car enthusiast’s attention, getting them ready for fast action on the track for many years to come.”

Axalta has had naming rights at the DIS since 2017. The partnership includes the Center Injector as well as specific areas of the “World Center of Racing” neighborhood, overlooking the famed start/finish line. The “World Center of Racing” celebrates the history and legacy of racing at DIS and features products that have been made better and look terrific in Axalta’s bright and long-lasting coatings.

Imron industrial polyurethanes are available in solventborne and waterborne primer, topcoat, direct-to-metal (DTM), and clearcoat formulas, and are offered in multiple gloss levels, ranging from high-gloss to flat. The products are available in thousands of industrial solid colors and can be applied by brush, roller, or a variety of spray application methods, providing maximum flexibility.

“We look forward to revealing the new Imron-painted Center Injector for DAYTONA Speedweeks,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Axalta has been an incredible partner to Daytona International Speedway and this is a wonderful way to enhance our ongoing partnership.”

The Axalta Center Injector activities for DAYTONA 500 include:

World Center of Racing – This open-air area provides fans with spectacular sights including an eye-level view of the flag stand, allowing for unprecedented views of the start/finish line. This massive entertainment space is roughly the size of two football fields where race fans can celebrate the history and legacy of racing at the iconic motorsports venue.
“We Coat It” Displays – From motorcycles to trucks, cars, wheels and much more, check out the wide variety of high-performance machinery for which Axalta provides innovative, colorful and beautiful coatings.

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Nicole Kidman’s “Gold Meets Golden” Raises Needed Funds And Awareness For Angel City Sports

Hollywood has long been inspired by the sports industry and vice versa, but rarely do these two worlds have the chance to mix and mingle. On Saturday, January 4, 2020, Los Angeles welcomed many of the world’s greatest athletes to celebrate during one of the year’s most Golden weekends. The seventh anniversary event also saw Hollywood wish good luck to the athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, who will begin competing six months later. Gold Meets Golden benefitted Angel City Sports, a Los Angeles organization that fosters young athletes with disabilities with the resources, coaching and equipment they need to train as future adaptive Paralympic hopefuls. Gold Meets Golden 2020 was presented by The Coca-Cola Company, the longest continuous corporate partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A moving rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” was performed by award-nominated Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, The Color Purple). A second special performance introduced by Coldplay’s Chris Martin featured The X-Factor’s Emmanuel Kelly, who honored the Paralympic community with his new song “Never Alone.” (Kelly’s brother is a record-holder Paralympic swimmer for Australia). Wheelchair Dance Troup The Rollettes joined Emmanuel with an inspiring choreographed routine.

Highlights of the 2020 event included a Coca-Cola Summer Tokyo-style Bodega featuring Sports & Hollywood memorabilia, cherry blossom trees, Good Luck Team USA Wall, and the new Dasani Purefill water dispenser which kept guests refreshed on a warmer than usual LA winter day. Premier auto dealership BMW Beverly Hills created a Winter-themed lounge showcasing a golden-dipped M8 series car, and teamed up with award-winning ROCKETMAN actor Taron Egerton and actress Sistine Stallone to present the BMW-sponsored Team USA Sochi 2014 Olympic Bobsled team with upgraded Silver medals, a recent result of the Russian team’s doping disqualification. Olympic fanatic actor Matt Bomer joined event founders Charley Cullen Walters and Scott Orlin on stage to surprise legend diver Greg Louganis with a gold medal cake and round of “Happy Birthday” for his upcoming 60th.

Popular global shopping marketplace FASHWIRE championed a debut Fashion Show at the event, helping Hollywood celebrity, athlete and adaptive athlete attendees alike to look and feel their best throughout the Awards Weekend. Locks were styled by Paul Mitchell, and Skincare enhanced by Ghost Democracy, a leading new provider of clean products with transparent ingredients.

On the athletic front, TONAL Fitness showed off their strength-training system powered by electromagnetism resistance technology and machine learning. USTA and Tennis provider Babolat held a special tennis clinic at the Virginia Robinson courts, where attendees could face off with Paralympic tennis legend David Wagner and Angel City Sports para-athletes, and experience the sport of wheelchair tennis themselves. Attendees participated in a virtual live “Brunch of Champions” box moment provided by Wheaties, and several athlete attendees posed with the original commemorative cereal boxes.

Upon exit, lucky attendees of Gold Meets Golden 2020 left with a jam-packed Gold-Medal Rolling Gift Bag from the Mr. Morris Foundation valued at over $10,000. Items included a Sanchaya Indonesian Resort Plush Robe and 5-night Resort Stay, Coca-Cola Commemorative Toyko 2020 smartphone wallet BMW Beverly Hills mini Golf Kit, Herradura Tequila Ultra Anejo Bottle with Commemorative Gold Meets Golden Medal, Ghost Democracy Full Clean Skincare Kit, TONAL Fitness $500 coupon and Blender bottle, J’Adore Les Fleurs Everlasting Golden Flower Arrangement, UNIQLO Golden ultra-lightweight down jacket, CBDfx Hydrating CBD Mask and Muscle Balm, Rosetta Stone 24-MONTH access card for learning a new language, Paul Mitchell Sugar Cream, Sugar Day Cleanse and Sugar Spray Collection, Wheaties Commemorative USA Women’s Soccer Champions Box, UR+H CBD Fire and Ice roll-on and Peppermint lotion, Golden Door Full luxury body skincare kit + Gift Card to a 5 night stay at their resort spa, Cann Deux Full Spectrum CBD serum Le Grand Courtage Brut Rose Wine bottle, beatsbydre Golden Edition Headphones, The Giving Keys Rose Gold Mini Key Pendant Necklace and Official Limited Merchandise for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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