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144th-Ranked Aussie Stuns Rafael Nadal

Nick Kyrgios, who? Dumps No. 1 in first Wimbledon

(Newser) - Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 today. The 144th-ranked Kyrgios, a wild-card entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a between-the-legs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to the... More »

Duke Loses in Stunning Day of Upsets

Lehigh upsets Blue Devils, and Norfolk St. beats Missouri

(Newser) - Oh, those fabulous 15s. Did they leave your bracket in shambles? Join the club. And sit back and enjoy this one. Because years from now, they still might be talking about Friday the 16th as the day the 15s rose up and produced one of the greatest episodes in NCAA... More »

Unseeded Lu Stuns Roddick

2009 runner-up exits after 5-set upset

(Newser) - No. 5 seed Andy Roddick, last year's runner-up, lost in five sets to unseeded Yen-hsun Lu in the fourth round today at Wimbledon. Lu, 26, of Taiwan won 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 9-7 to reach the quarterfinals. He converted his only break point in the final set... More »

Switzerland Shocks Spain 1-0

It's only their second loss in 50 games

(Newser) - Switzerland stunned the world today in South Africa, toppling Spain, one of the top two teams in the world and the current European champion, 1-0. Gelson Fernandes bundled the ball into the net in the 52nd minute in one of Switzerland's few attacks, ending Spain's 12-match winning streak and handing... More »

Venus Out in 4th-Round Upset

Nadia Petrova ousts lacy No. 2 seed on brisk day

(Newser) - Venus Williams' celebrated corset went under wraps today, reports the AP, and now it's out of the French Open. Playing with a long-sleeve top over her black lace outfit on a chilly afternoon, Williams lost in the fourth round to Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-3. Williams came into the tournament seeded... More »

Autistic Teen's NCAA Bracket Perfect Thus Far

Alex Hermann's 48 game streak carries 1 in 13,460,000 odds

(Newser) - Alex Hermann is 17 years old, autistic, and has picked the correct winner of every one of the 48 games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament played so far—including three far-fetched upsets. An online odds-maker puts the likelihood of Hermann’s feat at 1 in 13,460,000,... More »

Ohio Stuns No. 3 Seed Georgetown

No. 14 Bobcats are second teen seed to win on opening day

(Newser) - Armon Bassett scored 32 points to help 14th-seeded Ohio beat No. 3 Georgetown, 97-83, to become the second team seeded in the teens to win in the NCAA men's basketball tournament today. The Mid-American Conference's Bobcats (22-14) took the lead early on their 3-point shooting and were never seriously threatened... More »

Brown Wins Mass. Senate Seat

Republican upset puts Dems' national agenda at risk

(Newser) - Scott Brown scored an enormous Republican upset today, winning the Massachusetts US Senate seat long held by the late Ted Kennedy by a 52%-47% margin over Democrat Martha Coakley. The loss sunders the Democrats’ filibuster-proof, 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, and throws into doubt the future of health-care reform—along... More »

Domestic Violence Linked to Football Upsets

Local-team upsets match to an 8% upswing in abuse

(Newser) - Losses by local NFL teams may trigger episodes of domestic violence among their fans, a new study suggests. Researchers examined domestic violence reports in 1995-2006 and found that upsets of home teams matched up with an 8% bump in incidents of domestic violence. The surge in violence almost doubled when... More »

South Carolina Sacks No. 4 Mississippi

Gamecocks hound Rebs' star Snead in 16-10 victory

(Newser) - Mississippi wasn't ready for the top five—or South Carolina's defense. Star passer Jevan Snead was hounded all game and the fourth-ranked Rebels never got in gear, losing at South Carolina 16-10 tonight. The Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) had been 1-31 all-time against top-5 foes, but gave its home... More »

Oudin's Upset Run Ends in Quarters

American teen sensation loses to No. 9 seed Wozniacki

(Newser) - Melanie Oudin's magical US Open is over. Showing signs of shakiness in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, the 17-year-old American got off to a slow start tonight against No. 9-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and never really recovered, losing 6-2, 6-2. More »

No. 2 Murray Sent Packing

16th-seeded Cilic ousts British star in straight sets

(Newser) - Second-ranked Andy Murray was surprisingly ousted from the US Open today by 16th-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic, a lopsided 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 match in the fourth round. Cilic overcame two set points in the first set, then pounded Murray over the last two to make his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal.... More »

Upset Bug Bites No. 5 Jankovic

(Newser) - One night after her beloved grandmother died back in her native Serbia, fifth seed Jelena Jankovic fell victim to the upset bug at the US Open today, losing in the second round to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. "I was very sad and emotionally I was really not on... More »

American Oudin Upsets No. 4 Dementieva

No. 70 Melanie Oudin wins 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

(Newser) - Tiny but determined American teen Melanie Oudin delivered the biggest upset of the US Open so far with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over no. 4 Elena Dementieva today at Flushing Meadows, the New York Times reports. “When I play with no fear, that’s when I play my... More »

US Teen Oudin Upsets Jankovic

(Newser) - American teenager Melanie Oudin pulled off the biggest upset of the first week at Wimbledon today, beating former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2. The No. 6-seeded Jankovic struggled with the heat on a sunny, 82-degree afternoon and took a 12-minute break after the first set. Meanwhile, five-time... More »

Stunning US Soccer Upset Matches 'Miracle on Ice'

Underdog US team's surprise win over Spain is a victory to be savored

(Newser) - Last night's stunning soccer victory over Spain by the US team ranks up there with 1980's "Miracle on Ice" Olympic defeat of the Russians as one of the greatest upsets ever pulled off by Americans, George Vecsey writes in the New York Times. The Confederations Cup victory over the... More »

Soccer Stunner: US Tops No. 1 Spain

(Newser) - In an upset of enormous proportions in the soccer world, the US knocked off mighty Spain today to reach the finals of the Confederations Cup, reports the BBC. Top-ranked Spain hadn’t lost a game since November 2006, the AP adds. The 2-0 victory moves the US men’s team... More »

Dutchmen Flying High After Dominican Upset

(Newser) - The Netherlands’ upset of a squad full of big-league Dominican talent still seems pretty far-fetched, Jeff Passan writes for Yahoo Sports the day after the stunning Dutch victory in the World Baseball Classic. “They beat a team paid more than $80 million this year by melding kids trying to... More »

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