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USA Triathlon prepares for return to Milwaukee

USA Triathlon’s Age Group National Championships is returning to Milwaukee in August 2014.

3, 2013, 8:12 PM EST By Jethro Nededog TheWrap As part of its efforts surrounding National Bullying Prevention Month, USA Network in association with R&R Partners Foundation’s Flip the Script is holding the “Unite Against Bullying Commercial Challenge,” in which one winning idea will be produced and aired by the cable network. Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen will announce the contest during Thursday’s #UniteLive: The Concert to Rock Out Bullying to an audience of thousands of students in Las Vegas. “We were so thrilled that Carly Rae Jepsen signed on to headline #UniteLIVE: the Concert to Rock Out Bullying,” USA Network’s senior vice president of public affairs, Toby Graff, told TheWrap . “She’s genuinely passionate about the cause of stopping bullying and she has a huge following among the exact audience of young people we’re trying to reach to spread the message and help prevent bullying.” Also read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Raises Nearly $1.8 Million for Anti-Bullying Charity Jepsen will also appear in an original Public Service Announcement (PSA) calling for student entries to the competition that will air on USA Network. Starting Thursday, students between the ages of 13 to 18-years-old can enter the commercial contest by submitting a short written essay or video www.charactersunite.com . The winner will receive an iPad and trip to Los Angeles to see the commercial filmed. Two runner-ups will also receive iPads. The contest ends on Nov. 20. “We’re excited to get creative ideas on how to stop and prevent bullying from kids across the country,” Graff said. “They understand the issue and they know how to speak to their peers in a way that can really resonate. The Unite Against Bullying Commercial Challenge will give them a chance to express themselves, make a real difference and win a cool prize of seeing their idea made into a real TV ad.” Also read: USA Welcomes ‘Modern Family’ Fans With Multi-Platform Offerings USA Network, R&R Partners Foundations Flip the Script and Cox Communications presented Thursday’s #UniteLive: The Concert to Rock Out Bullying. Nolan Gould (Modern Family), Sheamus (WWE), James Roday (Psych), and Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness) made appearances. The concert and contest are part of USA Network’s initiative called “Characters Unite,” which aims to combat discrimination and intolerance.

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aMilwaukee proved to be an excellent host in 2013 and the support from the city, as well as key organizations and individuals, helped make the event memorable for nationas top amateur triathletes,a said Rob Urbach , USA Triathlonas CEO. An Olympic-distance race scheduled for Aug. 9, 2014 consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike race and 10-kilometer run. A sprint race on Aug. 10, 2014 is comprised of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike race and 5-kilometer run. Both races will include the nationas top age-group fields and qualify members for Team USA, a select group of amateur triathletes who will represent the U.S. at the 2015 International Triathlon Union World Championships in Chicago. Athletes who have qualified for Olympic-Distance Nationals between July 10 and Sept. 15 will receive an email during the week of Sept. 30 with registration instructions. Additional qualifying emails will be sent as athletes qualify through Aug. 2, 2014.

The company will continue to operate under the LeoVince USA name, with Calhoun stepping into the role of CEO and President. Sito Gruppo Industriale, the parent company of the LeoVince family of brands, is standardizing its global expansion operations. The Italy-based Sito has continued to expand its worldwide presence through strategic partnerships with nationally-based distributors. Now, Sito is partnering with Geared Up Powersports in an exclusive distribution agreement. Since 2004, Fusetta LLC (formerly operated as Sito USA LLC) was the US marketing and sales organization that sold and managed the LeoVince brand for the US and Canadian markets. On June 28th, 2013, Geared Up Powersports purchased the assets of Fusetta LLC under the direction of Calhoun. Geared Up Powersports will continue to do business as LeoVince USA with no interruptions in its current business operations. For Calhoun, who has run LeoVince USA since its inception over nine years ago, this is the next step toward expanding the operations of LeoVince USA and continuing to expand sales of the LeoVince family of brands throughout the North American market. Its important to Sito to standardize global operations, and it was an exceptional opportunity for myself and the company. Our goal is to continue growing LeoVince USA, which has established itself as a premium source of exceptional motorcycle exhausts and carbon fiber protective pieces in the North American market, Calhoun says. This change will have a positive impact for the riders and dealers who have come to expect the quality and care our staff and brand offer. We now have the ability to react swiftly to changing markets, address emerging opportunities and expand our US operation to include additional premium brands. LeoVince USA expanded its distribution in 2012, adding a second warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, to offer expedited deliveries of products to the eastern United States and improved delivery times throughout Canada. Now, the company has warehouses on both coasts and is poised for increased growth of their distributed brand partnerships.

USA get hot start at Presidents Cup

While behind, the rally means it’s the Internationals – including Australians Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman – who take momentum into day two at Muirfield Village golf Club in Ohio. The Internationals were trailing in all six matches when a timely near-90 minute rain delay came to their aid and they took advantage of the momentum breaker as they came out swinging on the back nine. They were able to pull out two victories, the first coming when Jason Day drained a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole and the second from South African duo Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. Day and Canadian Graham DeLaet surged back from three-down through six holes to come up trumps 1 up over Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker while the South Africans were too good for Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, coming from two down through seven to win 2 and 1. “I think what we showed today is that there’s plenty of heart on this team,” said Scott, who won three of the last four holes with Japanese rookie Hideki Matsuyama to snatch a half point against Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. “I don’t think spirits were low when we sat in the team room in the break, but for everyone to go out and rally, some guys to pull out wins, other guys halves, and even the matches we lost came closer all of a sudden was huge. “I think we should take a lot out of that. “We were in ordinary shape for a while, and 3.5 – 2.5 isn’t a big deal and if we win the session tomorrow we are neck and neck.” However, the visitors are far from out of the woods against Fred Couples’ Americans, a vastly stronger team on paper, as they pursue only the second victory for their team in the 10th staging of the biennial contest and the first on US soil. They still need to find a way to excel in the foursomes (alternate shot) format starting on day two. Since their lone outright win in 1998 the Internationals have been obliterated overall in alternate shot, earning just 18.5 points compared to the USA’s 46.5. International captain Price has stuck with the same teams from day one for the alternate shot. “It has generally been very hard for us in foursomes,” Price admitted. “But I think we have 12 wonderful ball strikers here. I’m not going to lose faith in those teams.