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Teenager Sets Record for Longest Shot

Group specializes in crazy trick shots

(Newser) - Most basketball fans have never heard of Evan Sellers, but the 17-year-old has just secured a place in basketball lore after making the longest shot of all time. The amazing video above shows the Birmingham, Alabama, native lobbing a ball from a 134-foot monument toward a hoop in the distance.... More »

Cold Spell Sets Record Lows

From Midwest to Florida, weather unusually frigid

(Newser) - The cold spell sweeping across the nation has been breaking records everywhere from the Midwest to the Great Lakes to New England. “We basically have an anomalous high-pressure system that came out of Canada and brought some really cold air with it,” a National Weather Service meteorologist tells... More »

German Hands Phelps Rare Loss; Breaks Record, Too

Stunning reversal raises questions about role of high-performance bodysuits

(Newser) - Germany's Paul Biedermann handed Michael Phelps his first major individual loss in 4 years—and snatched away his world record, too—with a stunning win in the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships today in Rome. Virtually unknown outside his country before this meet, Biedermann has now erased Ian... More »

Box Office Records Are Bunk

Measuring a film's success in dollars is misleading

(Newser) - Not a year seems to go by without a film breaking a box-office records: Dark Knight a contender for biggest all-time earner! Bourne Ultimatum the top August opener! But that’s not because the films actually draw more viewers than the previous record-holders; it's because the figures are in dollars,... More »

Barcodes Will ID Illegal Suits at Championships

Swimming aims to weed out banned attire

(Newser) - Swimmers at this year’s world championships will be subjected to a barcode test to ensure their suits are legal, the Times of London reports. Suits’ buoyancy will be checked before the event, with each outfit assigned a code. At race time, the suits will be scanned; if they don’... More »

US Woman First to Swim Atlantic

56-year-old American churns from Africa to Trinidad in 24 days

(Newser) - A 56-year-old American became the first woman to swim across the Atlantic, completing a 24-day journey from Africa's Cape Verde Islands to Trinidad, reports the BBC. Jennifer Figge of Colorado swam up to 8 hours at a stretch, protected by a cage to fend off sharks. She swam approximately 2,... More »

Oil Breaks Record, Climbs Above $141

Weak dollar sends investors into crude

(Newser) - Oil prices climbed above $141 a barrel in Asian trading today—another record—as the dollar's protracted slump prompted investors to flock to oil as a hedge against inflation. Prices also were lifted yesterday after OPEC's president said crude prices could go higher than $150 a barrel this year and... More »

Brady Wins MVP in Landslide

Brady stays humble but owner is 'surprised it took so long'

(Newser) - Tom Brady has racked up another eye-popping stat: 49-for-50, the vote count by media members that won him the AP's 2007 NFL MVP award today. Brady earned the crown with a record-breaking year, completing 68.9% of his passes for 4,806 yards, both league bests, and beating the single-season... More »

Kobe Youngest to Score 20,000

Bryant notches 39 in win over Knicks

(Newser) - With a 39-point strike at Madison Square Garden today, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to score 20,000 points, beating Wilt Chamberlain by 12 days, the AP reports. Though the Knicks made a game of it late, their disgusted home crowd chanted “Fire Isiah” and roared for Kobe... More »

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