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Title IX’s next battle: The rights of transgender athletes

The law known as Title IX has influenced athletics in the United States for 50 years. Many wonder if the law should be reshaped to ensure participation for transgender athletes in sports in much the same way the statute enshrined rights for women. Without federal legislation to set parameters, officials in at least 40 states have adopted their own rules and laws. There are big differences....

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Title IX’s next battle: The rights of transgender athletes

The law known as Title IX has influenced athletics in the United States for 50 years. Many wonder if the law should be reshaped to ensure participation for transgender athletes in sports in much the same way the statute enshrined rights for women. Without federal legislation to set parameters, officials in at least 40 states have adopted their own rules and laws. There are big differences. Some rules bar transgender athletes from girls and women’s sports. Others define someone’s sex as the one they are assigned at birth. It underscores how difficult it will be to reach a national consensus.

US Open updates: Pin placements recall memorable TCC events

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Grayson Murray is getting a lot of TV time at the U.S. Open — for all the wrong reasons. Murray tossed his putter after a quadruple bogey on the seventh hole at The Country Club. Then he snapped an iron over his knee on No. 10. The 28-year-old from North Carolina missed the cut in his only other U.S. Open, in 2013. But playing on the weekend is apparently no reason for him to celebrate. Murray was +9 through 11 holes in the final round and +17 for the tournament. That was tied with Harris English for last place.

World swimming bans transgender athletes from women’s events

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender athletes from competing in women’s events. FINA members at the organization’s extraordinary general congress voted 71.5% in favor of its new “gender inclusion policy” that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. James Pearce, the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, says “This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12.” Pearce added “It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair.”

Lightning may be running out of gas vs fresher Avalanche

DENVER (AP) — It’s no secret Tampa Bay has played more hockey over the past two years than any other team in the NHL. That may finally be taking a toll on the two-time defending champs against the Colorado Avalanche, who took a much shorter route to the Stanley Cup Final. The Avalanche now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 going into Game 3 Monday at Tampa Bay. The Lightning have played 67 postseason games since Aug. 1, 2020. That is the most by one team over the span of three playoffs. Players and coach Jon Cooper refuse to use that as an excuse.

Williams helps Storm beat Liberty in Bird’s New York finale

NEW YORK (AP) — Gabby Williams scored a season-high 23 points in Seattle’s 81-72 win over the New York Liberty in what was Storm guard Sue Bird’s final regular-season game in her hometown. The league’s all-time assists leader announced Thursday that she would retire at the end of the 2022 season. She grew up in Long Island, about an hour from Barclays Center. Bird sealed the game with a 3-pointer as the shot clock ran down with 18.9 seconds left. She received a standing ovation as she came out of the game. The 21-year veteran finished with 11 points.

LEADING OFF: Juneteenth around MLB and Father’s Day

The nation’s newest federal holiday of Juneteenth is being celebrated in many ways this weekend at Major League Baseball parks. The first 10,000 fans attending the Angels-Mariners game at T-Mobile Park will get a replica hat from the 1946 Seattle Steelheads, a team in the Negro Leagues. Fans who buy tickets for the St. Louis-Boston game at Fenway Park through a special offer were to receive a Red Sox jersey in Juneteenth colors featuring the Juneteenth flag. At PNC Park, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, who is Black, threw out the first pitch Saturday before the Pirates hosted the Giants.

Huske, Dressel claim more golds for U.S. at swimming worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Torri Huske and Caeleb Dressel have claimed more gold medals for the United States in butterfly races at the world swimming championships. Huske improved on her own American record in the women’s 100 butterfly. The 19-year-old Huske clocked 55.64 seconds to finish ahead of French swimmer Marie Wattel and China’s Zhang Yufei. Dressel was half a second off the world record as he took gold in the men’s 50 butterfly with 22.57 seconds.

Speedy Colorado Avalanche zoom to 2-0 series lead over Bolts

DENVER (AP) — The fast-flying Colorado Avalanche have zoomed out to a 2-0 series lead over Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado is clicking on all cylinders even with its star player Nathan MacKinnon yet to score in the final. It’s hardly a concern. This is whirring team that comes at you from all directions and angles. They’ve scored at least seven goals four times in this playoff run, with the latest a 7-0 rout of the Lightning in Game 2. The series now moves to Tampa for Game 3. The Avalanche are 7-0 on the road so far in the postseason.

Hurkacz beats top-ranked Medvedev to win Halle Open

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Hubert Hurkacz upset top-ranked Daniil Medvedev on Sunday to win the Halle Open and underline his credentials as a contender for Wimbledon two years running. The big-serving Polish player needed just 63 minutes to beat Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 and win his first grass-court title. Hurkacz was a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year and seems on form again after a Halle tournament run in which he also beat U.S. Open semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime and the in-form Australian Nick Kyrgios. Medvedev has now lost back-to-back finals on grass after being stunned by then-205th-ranked Tim van Rijthoven last week in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

EXPLAINER: Title IX update faces polarized challenges

At least 19 states have passed laws or adopted rules that either bar or limit participation in sports by transgender athletes. It has become a polarizing political issue even though only a fraction of America’s 8.5 million high school and college athletes are believed to be transgender athletes. Title IX was a landmark law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in programs that receive federal funding. As the 50th anniversary of Title IX approaches, The Associated Press provides an overview of the debate.

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