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Bicycle Accident Kills Motorcycle Racing Champ

A car struck the "Kentucky Kid" while he was training on a bicycle in Italy

(Newser) - The motorcycle racing world is mourning the loss of former world champion Nicky Hayden, who died Monday after sustaining severe injuries during a training collision. Hayden, 35, was struck by a vehicle while bicycling along the Rimini coastline in Italy Wednesday, reports the BBC . Over five days, he was treated... More »

Monster Truck's Trick Has People Flipping Out

It's the first front-end flip in the sport

(Newser) - Monster trucks are already show stoppers in all their car-smashing, mud-drenched glory, but one driver decided it was time to up the game for everyone in motorsports. At the 2017 Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas, driver Lee O’Donnell brought down the house by performing the first-ever monster... More »

Aussies' Racy Stunt at F1 Race Ends Badly

Government adviser among those arrested in Malaysia

(Newser) - Nine Australians, including a government adviser, have been arrested in Malaysia for stripping down to their briefs and drinking beer from shoes after Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix, officials tell the AP . Government officials say Jack Walker, adviser to Defense Industry Minister Chris Pyne,... More »

Run 1 Mile While Chugging 4 Beers—Just Don't Vomit

If you throw up during beer-mile race, you have to run more laps

(Newser) - If you've already conquered mud runs and you're able to guzzle down a Heineken in eight seconds or less, there's an adventure-racing category you might want to look into: the "beer mile." This quirky quaff-and-run doesn't sound terribly demanding at first: Run 1 mile.... More »

PETA Fumes Over Goldfish Racing

Bar patrons squirt fish along canals

(Newser) - A Seattle bar has ended its weekly goldfish races after PETA unleashed its fury—but other hangouts “are saying screw you to the PETA folks,” says the bar owner halting the practice. What, you ask, is a goldfish race? It means plopping fish into plastic tubes of water,... More »

Caster Semenya Will Return to Competition

Coach says she'll run even as gender inquiry continues

(Newser) - The South African runner at the center of a controversy over gender plans to return to racing next month. Caster Semenya, the women's 800-meters world champ, will run in a few local races in advance of a return to international events, her coach tells the BBC . The move comes despite... More »

NASCAR Gets Jolt of Girl Power

Danica Patrick to race for team with Kelley Earnhardt as owner

(Newser) - Female racing phenom Danica Patrick confirmed today that she's going to race in NASCAR events next year. Patrick will make the jump to stock cars while maintaining her presence on the IndyCar circuit, where she is a certified star. But the best part of this new deal is that she's... 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 »

Semenya Is a Girl: S. African Birth Certificate

Track star feels 'humiliated' over gender controversy

(Newser) - The mother of South African track and field star Caster Semenya has produced a birth certificate showing the runner is female, the BBC reports. "I have no doubt about what I see. It's a girl," said Dorcus Semenya despite calls that Caster take a gender test. Caster fell... More »

Obama Honors NASCAR as 'Uniquely American'

President praises stock racing's service ethic

(Newser) - First bowling, now NASCAR. President Obama continued his sports education today by honoring last year's champ, Jimmie Johnson, and the rest of NASCAR's top drivers at the White House. "NASCAR is a uniquely American sport," said the president, praising its rise from the humble roots of moonshiners racing... More »

New Zealanders Wild & Wooly About Sheep Racing

(Newser) - A crowd of thousands is expected in a New Zealand town this weekend to watch teams of trained sheep race through the streets, the Telegraph reports. The organizer has been stunned by the nation's massive interest in the new sport of sheep racing and in his flock, the "Racing... More »

Formula 1 Execs Floored by Chief's Hitler Praise

Calls for boycott after Bernie Ecclestone hails Hitler for 'getting things done'

(Newser) - Executives from the firm that owns Formula One are scrambling to do damage control after their racing boss praised Adolf Hitler as a man who could "get things done." When told the World Jewish Congress was calling for his resignation, billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, 78, also said it was... More »

Armstrong Crashes, Breaks Collarbone in Spanish Race

Cyclists looks set to recover quickly, team manager says

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong broke his collarbone today in a crash during the first leg of a 5-day race in Spain, reports. Armstrong’s bike collided with other contestants in a pileup around 12 miles from the finish. A Twitter from the leader of Armstrong’s team said the cyclist... More »

Johnson Grabs Daytona 500 Pole

Michael Waltrip, looking to rebound from tough '07, starts up front as well

(Newser) - Jimmie Johnson's quest for a third straight Sprint Cup points title will begin from the pole position at next week's Super Bowl of NASCAR, after he finished first in yesterday's qualifier for the Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota team was caught cheating during the qualifying session last year, will... More »

Champ Claims NASCAR is Rigged

Officials throw bogus caution flags to shape races, Stewart says

(Newser) - Two-time champion Tony Stewart charges that NASCAR is rigged like pro wrestling. He said officials control races by throwing bogus caution flags for debris on the track. “They can almost dictate the race instead of the drivers doing it. It’s happened too many times this year," said... More »

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