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US Pulls Huge Upset in Sport No One in US Watches

Men's cricket team defeats Pakistan to move to top of the table in debut at T20 World Cup

(Newser) - The US men's national cricket team has scored a huge upset in defeating one of the world's top teams in its first appearance in the T20 World Cup, a tournament showcasing the shortest and fastest form of the game. The team from Pakistan, a finalist at the last...

Girls Soccer Team Overcomes 'Sniggers,' Dominates the Boys

Bournemouth's under-12 Queens Park Ladies wrap up undefeated season in boys league

(Newser) - An under-12 girls soccer team in England had to convince officials they were capable of playing against boys this season. As one player tells the New York Times , "They definitely underestimated us." The Queens Park Ladies of Bournemouth, the only girls team in a boys league, won their...

West Virginia's Transgender Sports Ban Gets Bad News

4th US Circuit Court of Appeals says it's a Title IX violation

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has overturned a West Virginia transgender sports ban, finding that the law violates Title IX, the federal civil-rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools. The ruling Tuesday from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocks a West Virginia law banning transgender girls from playing...

Ryan Reynolds' Soccer Team Is Hitting His Bank Account

Wrexham may be in debt, but its prospects are looking up

(Newser) - Owning a soccer club is hitting Ryan Reynolds in the wallet. Wrexham, the Welsh team bought by Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney in 2021, released its accounts for the latest financial year on Thursday and reported that the amount owed to the celebrities has risen to nearly $11.4...

Imagine an Opening Day With Fans Owning the Teams

The current arrangement, Daniel Pink writes, is only a good deal for the owners and their monopoly

(Newser) - The baseball season is just starting, but it's clear that in many cities, the owners will have a better year than the fans. The area surrounding the District of Columbia is one such place, Daniel Pink writes in an opinion piece in the Washington Post . Three families have controlled...

The 'Steroid Games' Might Be Gaining Some Steam

Aron D'Souza's Enhanced Games to allow athletes to compete without drug tests

(Newser) - A former Australian Olympian is coming out of retirement in an attempt to swim faster than he ever has—while openly on drugs. James Magnussen, 32, aims to beat the world record in the men's 50-meter freestyle, though his time won't be logged in any record book due...

New Sports Venture May Change the TV Landscape
New Sports Venture May
Change the TV Landscape

New Sports Venture May Change the TV Landscape

ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. deal seen as very bad news to the struggling cable industry

(Newser) - The new sports streaming joint venture from Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Disney's ESPN doesn't have a name, CEO, or firm launch date yet—but it does have a lot of people talking about it. The streaming service will include the ESPN+ service plus 14 channels from the...

3 Media Giants Announce Sports Streaming Service

Joint venture will have games from all major US leagues

(Newser) - Three major media companies are teaming up to create a new sports streaming service that could spell trouble for the cable TV industry. The service from Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Disney-owned ESPN, three of the top sports rights holders, will offer content from all major US sports leagues, the...

Sports Illustrated Just Laid Off Most of Its Staff

Magazine's future is unclear

(Newser) - Since 2019, the Arena Group has paid a licensing fee to have the rights to publish Sports Illustrated, owned by Authentic Brands Group. Earlier this month, red flags started popping up that indicated Arena had missed a $3.75 million quarterly payment on the first of the year, with a...

ESPN Hands Back Dozens of Emmys in Fake-Name Hubbub

Scheme saw network submit aliases for awards so ineligible on-air 'College GameDay' stars could win

(Newser) - "Violating the rules of engagement in the cutthroat world of sports television awards" is how Sports Illustrated is covering the latest commotion at ESPN, after the cable sports network was forced to hand back dozens of Emmys won by its College GameDay program. The story was first reported by...

Sport on the Rise Across US Is 'So Big for Women'
This Is Not Your
Daddy's Football

This Is Not Your Daddy's Football

Women's flag football leagues are springing up everywhere: 'This is so big for women'

(Newser) - There were times when Jo Overstreet felt all alone as a standout flag football player on boys teams growing up in Texas. Sure, she was accepted. Considered just one of the boys. But she longed for something more—a sense of sisterhood. These days, the 40-year-old receiver for Team USA...

Governor Vetoes Trans Ban: It's 'About Protecting Human Life'

GOP's Mike DeWine of Ohio bucks own party, nixes ban on gender-affirming care, sports play

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a measure Friday that would have banned gender-affirming care for minors and transgender athletes' participation in girls and women's sports, in a break from members of his party who championed the legislation. GOP lawmakers hold enough seats to override DeWine's veto, but if...

Washington Capitals, Wizards Are Planning a Move

Owner plans to move NHL, NBA teams to Virginia in 2028 under nonbinding agreement

(Newser) - The owner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards plans to move both teams from the District of Columbia to northern Virginia, about 8 miles south, in as little as five years. Monumental Sports & Entertainment owner Ted Leonsis and Virginia's Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a nonbinding agreement Wednesday...

Punch Cancels All Professional Soccer in Turkey

Faruk Koca, president of Super Lig club MKE Ankaragucu, arrested for assault on referee

(Newser) - The Turkish Football Federation has suspended play across its five professional leagues after the president of a top-tier soccer club punched a referee in the face. Chaos erupted Monday as MKE Ankaragucu drew Caykur Rizespor in a Super Lig match in Ankara, with Rizespor evening the score in the seventh...

New York Times Scraps Its Sports Department

Instead, the newspaper will rely on the Athletic for its daily coverage

(Newser) - The New York Times is disbanding its sports department and will rely on coverage from the Athletic, a website it acquired last year for $550 million. The decision affects more than 35 people in the sports department, according to the Times . Journalists on the sports desk will move to other...

As Far as Ultramarathon Runners Go, He's Remarkable

Dag Aabye first entered the Canadian Death Race at age 62

(Newser) - Renowned ultramarathon runner Dag Aabye, now 82, moved to Canada from Norway when he was young and fell in love with the harsh wilderness. Living in a bus off-the-grid on a mountainside in British Columbia, Aabye has made a name for himself in the ultra-running community as the oldest person...

Pickleball Side Effect: ER Visits by Seniors

New analysis projects tens of thousands such visits this year alone

(Newser) - Pickleball is popular—especially among seniors. However, the sport can also lead to injuries, and a new analysis projects the health-care cost in the US in 2023 at up to $500 million, reports Quartz . The fast-paced sport can involve a lot of jumping, pivoting, and lunging, and those movements...

Top 10 Baby Names Inspired by Sports Stars

Kobe tops the most recent list

(Newser) - Teachers will be calling on a lot more Kobes in about five years. As KTLA reports, the name "Kobe" tops the list of baby names presumably inspired by sports stars between 2000 and 2021. The list, compiled by Betsperts , found that more than 17,000 infants born in the...

Another GOP Governor Targets Transgender Athletes

Iowa's Kim Reynolds bars them from girls sports as a 'fairness issue'; LGBTQ activists push back

(Newser) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds calls new legislation she signed Thursday that bars transgender athletes from taking part in girls and women's sports a "fairness issue"—an assertion that LGBTQ advocates disagree with, and one that legal experts say will likely end up in court. House File 2416...

Concern on Stadiums: 'There Will Be Many Infected People There'

Health experts worry that college and pro football arenas offer prime conditions for further spread

(Newser) - Health experts say this fall's crowded college and professional football stadiums could create ripe conditions for COVID-19 to spread among unvaccinated fans. Many football stadiums—most of which hold from 65,000 to 100,000 fans—aren't requiring fans to wear masks or be vaccinated. The chances of...

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