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Meet Chess World's Young New Champ

Magnus Carlsen, 22, seen as a game-changer, literally

(Newser) - The world of chess just got a jolt. In what the Times of India calls "the most one-sided world championship match in modern history," Norway's Magnus Carlsen, 22, beat reigning champ Viswanathan Anand, 43, today to become World Chess Champion. In doing so, he has ushered in... More »

Top 10 Firsts in Olympic Games

Heard of Coroebus? He was quite the nude runner

(Newser) - The Olympics have come a long way since the first games were hosted in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BC. Listverse looks at few inspiring firsts: More »

Our High School Chess Champs Are ... 8th-Graders

Chess team at IS 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos dominates

(Newser) - It's a story that could be shelved next to Rudy and other tales of underdog greatness: Except in the case of the chess players from Brooklyn's IS 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, their age, not their ability, is what makes them unlikely winners. And win they did on... More »

Legend Michael Schumacher Returns to F1 Full-Time

7-time champ, at 41, will drive for Mercedes

(Newser) - Legendary driver Michael Schumacher will return full-time next year to the Formula One circuit, where he won seven championships in the 1990s and this decade. The German, 40, retired after the 2006 season, and attempted a comeback for his former team, Ferrari, after one of its drivers was injured in... More »

S. Africa Team Hid Semenya Gender Tests

Officials knew about testes, testosterone

(Newser) - Officials at Athletics South Africa covered up tests showing that Caster Semenya had internal testes and unusually high testosterone levels, the Mail & Guardian and Times of London report. ASA leaders told Semenya that the tests, conducted early last month, were for drugs and let her compete in Berlin—where... More »

Injured Nadal Won't Defend Wimbledon Title

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal announced today that he will not defend his Wimbledon title, the BBC reports. A nagging knee injury and losses in exhibitions today and yesterday appear to have convinced the world’s No. 1 tennis player to bow out of the tournament, to begin Monday. “He is having... More »

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