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Gamers in Queens

Sports | The Fortnite World Cup shows a video game’s remarkable popularity
by Isaiah Johnson
Posted 8/15/19, 04:03 pm

A sold-out crowd in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens roared as Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf lifted the Fortnite World Cup Solo trophy above his head on July 28. Inside the arena, which usually hosts the U.S. Open, purple and blue lights cut through the smoke and confetti filling the air to focus on the 16-year-old as he celebrated winning the first-ever Fortnite World Cup, a tournament for players of the popular Fortnite online game. The $3 million first-place prize was the largest ever awarded at a gaming tournament.

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Talks over U.S. women’s soccer pay break down

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/15/19, 01:18 pm

A jury will likely end up deciding the dispute over pay differences between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams. Mediation talks between the women’s national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation ended this week, with the federation accusing the players’ counsel of “an aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach.”

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Simone Biles wins sixth US championship

by Hannah Harris
Posted 8/12/19, 12:08 pm

Simone Biles became the first gymnast to perform a double-double dismount off the beam and the first woman to land a triple-double (three twists and two flips) during a floor routine this weekend. During Friday’s preliminary round of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Mo., Biles, 22, hit the double-twist, double-flip dismount but had to catch herself on the triple-double floor routine landing. On Sunday, she successfully landed the triple-double, won the all-around title, and qualified for the U.S. national team.

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