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New Heights

October 24, 2019

Movies about rock climbing feature people reaching the highest peaks in the world. But you don’t need to conquer a mountain to feel the excitement. Rock-climbing gyms are opening across the country, and the sport is growing more popular by…

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On the Ball

September 12, 2019

Major League Baseball (MLB) has a home-run problem. The number of home runs increased sharply in 2015 and has continued to rise. In 2017, batters hit a record-setting 6,105 homers, and this year’s number will be even higher. There have…

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Big Winners

August 30, 2019

The Little League World Series tournament began on August 15. Sixteen teams, including eight from the United States and eight from international locations, traveled to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to take part. Ten days later, the Eastbank team, from Louisiana, shut out…

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Historic Win!

August 12, 2019

At Sunday’s U.S. Gymnastics Championships, in Kansas City, Missouri, gymnast Simone Biles, 22, won her sixth national title. And she did it in her usual boundary-breaking style. She didn’t just win. She made history by becoming the first woman ever…

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Baseball’s Class of 2019

July 22, 2019

Mariano Rivera stepped to the podium and the crowd chanted his name. The retired New York Yankee spoke in both English and Spanish to the 55,000 people who turned out in Cooperstown, New York, on Sunday. It was the second-largest…

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World Cup Win

July 8, 2019

Victory! Team U.S.A. won the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France on Sunday. They beat the Netherlands 2–0. The U.S. also won the last Women’s World Cup, in 2015. This year’s victory is the fourth for the U.S. in the…

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Defeating a Legend

July 2, 2019

Fifteen-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff beat tennis icon Venus Williams yesterday at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, in London, England. Cori won 6–4, 6–4 on the first day of the competition. It was the first time she’d played at Wimbledon, the most…

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U.S. to the Quarterfinals

June 25, 2019

Team U.S.A. is heading to the quarterfinals in the Women’s World Cup. The U.S. beat Spain 2–1 on Tuesday in one of the soccer tournament’s knockout rounds. (In a knockout-round game, the losing team is removed from the tournament.) It…

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Alex Morgan Strikes Back

June 11, 2019

When Alex Morgan was 8, she left a note for her mom at their home in Diamond Bar, California. “Hi Mommy!” Morgan wrote. “My name is Alex and I am going to be a professional athlete for soccer!” She signed…

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World Cup Preview

June 5, 2019

The Women’s World Cup kicks off in France this weekend. Twenty-four teams from around the world will take part in the soccer tournament. The United States is the defending champion, having defeated Japan in the most recent World Cup finals,…