North Dakota has signed a pair of bills into law which would ban transgender female athletes from competing with biological female athletes in both high schools and college. The bills signed on Tuesday evening are essentially a rehashing, and expansion, of previous bills vetoed by North Dakota’s governor, Doug Burgum, roughly two years prior.
The highest-paid neurosurgeon in the United States makes around $500,000 a year. Their education takes between 14 to 16 years, which means they are well into their 20s when they start working, and they probably won’t be making anywhere near $500,000 until they reach their forties. The average salary of a professional soccer player is 3 million a year, and they’ll be making that sum before their mid-twenties. Is this gap unfair? After all, professional athletes don’t save lives as surgeons do. They don’t have to study for decades, get into school debt, or spend any sleepless nights during residency. The reason behind this difference is a combination of factors, and as with most things in the modern economic system, we have to take supply and demand into consideration.
Shaquille O’Neal has lost 40 pounds and wants to lose another 20. The former NBA star talked to Entertainment Tonight on Monday about his diet and training routine, claiming that after making certain changes to his way of life, the weight “simply dropped off.”
“A friend of mine called me and said, ‘You’re fat,’ and she gave me this guy’s name, and he did some blood work,” the retired athlete recalled. “He was saying, ‘You can do this, you can’t do that, [eat] more vegetables, [your] iron’s low.’
Dr. Mariam, a long-distance swimmer, completed a 9-kilometer swim across the Strait of Tiran. She said, “Some parts of the swim were really nice, it was flat sea, lovely water while some parts had the tide against me, big waves, and we had to dig into swim for so long, in this kind of condition.”
Dr. Mariam took part in the first leg of British swimmer Louis Pugh’s journey, who is trying to swim 160 kilometers across the Red Sea in two weeks to raise awareness of the vulnerability of coral reefs before the World Climate Conference in Egypt in November.
This afternoon, a judge at the Utah State Capitol made the unexpected decision to overturn the ban against transgender girls competing in female sports, a law that has been in place since July. Over 12 other Republican-dominant states instated transgender athlete bans, which is why this sudden reversal comes as a bit of a surprise. However, this decision makes more sense considering the recent secret investigation conducted by Utah parents, who asked the Utah High School Activities Association to look into the biological sex of a student athlete who got first place, resulting in their own daughters to place second and third.
One of the most iconic tennis legends of all time, Serena Williams, has announced her plan to retire from the tennis world following the US Open happening in late August until early September. Since her career began in 1997, Williams has won 23 singles Grand Slam titles, only one less than retired Australian player Margaret Court, and has also been awarded 14 Grand Slam doubles titles as well as 3 Olympic gold medals when playing alongside her older sister, Venus Williams. However, after welcoming her daughter Alexis Olympia Jr. in 2017, Williams has decided to move on from her career as a professional athlete in order to focus on expanding her family with her husband, Alexis Ohanian.
People within the LGBTQ+ community historically have had, and continue to have, difficulty in being accepted as their true, authentic selves. Within our progressive country, despite some backtracking in recent years, the majority of liberals wholeheartedly support the open expression and embrace of one’s gender identity for those who are not straight or cisgender. However, the issue of sports is where political and personal views tend to get muddled, regarding the perceived unfairness to cis women when competing against trans women, who may biologically have an athletic advantage.
Serena Williams will make her anticipated return to the tennis courts of SW19 later this month, after playing doubles in Eastbourne with Ons Jabeur. Williams, 40, has been out of the game since injuring her leg in the first round of Wimbledon last year, but is now making a return after her recovery. In an Instagram story video, the 23-time grand slam champion told viewers that she will be once again playing at one of the world’s most prestigious competitions.
The 24 year old tennis star Naomi Osaka leaves sports agency powerhouse IMG to start one of her own.Partnering with her long time sports agent, Stuart Duguid, the both are set to start a new sports agency called Evolve. USA Today reports that the pair started discussing the possibility of a new sports agency at the Tokyo Olympics.
It’s been two weeks since the NCAA announced their new guidelines for “Athlete Inclusion, Competitive Equity, and Eligibility Policy,” which cleared the way for the University of Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas to compete at nationals. Since then, many swimmers have taken their state in favor or against them. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, former U.S. Olympian who now fronts the Champion Women organization for promoting equality and accountability in sports, said that such discussion centered around the inclusivity of trans athletes into female sports, but forgets to take into account the negative impact it can have on biologically-born women.
Iman Shumpert made history on Monday night as the first former NBA player to take home the trophy on the popular celebrity dance show, “Dancing With The Stars.” He told the audience that he dedicated the award to his mother, who is a big fan of the show.
The head of Women’s Tennis Association questions the authenticity of an email attributed to Peng Shuai, a Chinese athlete who has been missing since a post on her social media account made sexual assault allegations against a former top official in the Chinese Communist Party.