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Transgender Teen's Wrestling Win Courts Controversy

Critics say Texas' Mack Beggs shouldn't have competed against girls—a fact he agrees with

(Newser) - The outcry started building after Mack Beggs started winning match after match in Texas' high school wrestling tournament—and once the 17-year-old from Trinity High School in Euless clinched the championship Saturday, the controversy reached its peak. NBC News reports that the junior won to "cheers and jeers,"... More »

Oklahoma, Florida Will Vie for BCS Title

Teams unstoppable in past few months

(Newser) - Oklahoma and Florida will face each other in the BCS championship, ESPN reports. Their impressive records over the past two months made the teams “easy picks,” though each lost once while other teams were undefeated. In final standings released yesterday, Oklahoma was ranked first, Florida second; their success... More »

LeBron Needs Ring to Seal 'Icon' Status

He's got the endorsements, but needs that championship

(Newser) - The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James may rake in more cash than any other NBA endorser, but he’s still not the “global icon” he set out to become 2 years ago. (His jersey is only the third-best seller in the league.) That could change if he wins a... More »

Gamers Vie for World Title

Top players gather in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Video gamers, get ready: Tonight will determine your world champion as Los Angeles hosts the finals in the Championship Gaming Series. The evening will be broadcast globally—complete with a breathless play-by-play announcer, NPR reports. Players, all of whom are paid for their efforts, will compete in a variety of... More »

Strahan Goes Out on Top

Giants' sack-happy defensive end says he's retiring at 36; TV gig may be next

(Newser) - Michael Strahan is retiring after 15 years with the New York Giants, ESPN reports. The defensive end, 36, set the NFL's single-season sacks record with 22.5 sacks during the 2001 season, participated in seven Pro Bowls, and got his first Super Bowl ring earlier this year. Strahan walks away... More »

Finn Sweats it Out at Sauna Championship

Competitors bring the heat, but victor lasts 12 minutes at 266F

(Newser) - Hometown favorite Timo Kaukonen was in it for glory, not relaxation, at the Sauna World Championships in Finland. Kaukonen was crowned prince of perspiration, but not before enduring 12 minutes and 26 seconds in a glass-walled sauna on a theater stage. The heat started at 230F and climbed to 266F... More »

De La Hoya's The Pretty, Pretty Favorite

Photogenic boxer is hot, but can title fight heat up boxing?

(Newser) - In the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. title fight, the defending champion with the winning smile is the overwhelming people's favorite. And the bout is for more than just the WBC light middleweight crown. It's projected to shatter pay-per-view records and perhaps even rejuvenate boxing—a notion De La... More »

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