New stars shine at 2016 Gatorade Athlete of the Year Awards

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Jayson Tatum and Sydney McLaughlin took home the hardware last night as they were named Gatorade Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2016. We were on hand at the L.A. Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for the festivities hosted by ESPN’s Sage Steele.

This prestigious award for high school athletes has been an annual tradition since 1985 (when it was know as the Player of the Year Awards), and this was our fifth year covering this fun event. The event was attended by sports stars including Cam Newton, Karl-Anthony Towns, Todd Gurley, April Ross, Abby Wambach, Landon Donovan and Matthew Stafford.

Check out the image gallery here.

  

#SmellEm If You Got ‘Em! All-access at the 2016 ESPYS and after-party

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I asked Cam Newton to teach me how to dab and this was his response.

In the first 15 minutes at the official after-party of the 2016 ESPYS, I shook Richard Sherman’s hand, met former Lakers’ player/coach Byron Scott and told him he got a raw deal after his recent firing, and got a selfie with former Detroit Pistons “bad boy” John Salley.

As part of the launch for two new spots for the new “Smell ‘Em Who’s Boss” campaign (and two new Old Spice Guys: Swagger Guy and Desperado Guy), Old Spice set me up with full access to the ESPYS and after party.

Read the full story here.

  

Could you stop Landon Donovan from scoring a goal? These people tried outside a Buffalo Wild Wings

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How surreal would it be to go to your local Buffalo Wild Wings for some food and have Landon Donovan, the greatest male soccer player in U.S. history, stop you at the entrance and challenge you to a game of one-on-one?

Recently, at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Los Angeles, the above scenario played itself out. Would you have the guts to jump in the net and try to stop the all-time leader in goals and assists for both the U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS? The answer may not be so easy after you watch this video:

We had the opportunity to speak to Donovan about his experience making the video, hanging out with fans and life after retirement. Read the interview here.

  

TODAY ONLY: Schick Hydro Launches #HydroRescue Contest for Chance to Win Trip to San Diego During Comic Con

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Today only, @SchickHydro is taking to Twitter with the #HydroRescue contest – with the grand prize being a free trip with a friend to San Diego during Comic-Con! Runners up will also get their ideas designed by professional comic artists.

From 9am-9pm EST TODAY, guys are encouraged to tweet life’s irritations (getting stuck in traffic, having your phone battery die) with #HydroRescue and #Contest for a chance to win:

  • All-expense-paid trip to San Diego with a friend during Comic-Con
  • Meet & greet with actor Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes, American Horror Story)
  • VIP treatment at the Schick Hydro Super Shave Shop and Hydration Station at Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X fan festival at Comic-Con
  • Professional comic artist sketch of their submission, blown up into limited-edition posters given to fans throughout San Diego
  • Famed artists creating the fan-submitted Robot Razor scenarios are Livio Ramondelli (Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Wars) and Ryan Odagawa (Marvel)
  

Lincoln Adds Luxury Segment’s Only Standard Pickup And Delivery Service

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Starting with the all-new Lincoln Continental, Lincoln adds the luxury segment’s only standard Pickup and Delivery Service across all 2017 nameplates.

Lincoln Service Valet will pick up a client’s vehicle at an agreed location and, provide a complimentary Lincoln loaner vehicle, and then take the client’s vehicle to the dealership for service. Once complete, clients can arrange for their washed and serviced vehicle to be returned to them at the location of their choice.

Pickup and Delivery is an important milestone in Lincoln’s commitment to providing personal client services to match its unique luxury products, coming at the perfect time as Lincoln prepares to launch the much-anticipated 2017 Lincoln Continental.

The all-new Lincoln Continental returns as the brand flagship this fall, offering first-class travel for clients in America and China through warm, human touches and a contemporary design. The full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms – craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety.

For more information, visit www.lincoln.com.