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Transgender teen wrestler who's used winning on mat now has a bigger, though partial, victory

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(EULESS, Texas) — Already accustomed to winning on the mat, transgender teen wrestler Mack Beggs can now enjoy another victory — a change in policy that will allow him to compete in some matches against boys, the gender with which he identifes.

The organization that governs amateur wrestling in the United States recently changed its policy to allow transgender wrestlers to compete against the gender which they declare as their own.

Thanks to the new rule by USA Wrestling, Beggs, a 17-year-old junior at Trinity High School in Euless who is transitioning to male, can compete against boys in offseason, non-school events.

But in school competitions, Beggs will still have to wrestle girls — a fact that has made him a target of criticism.

The student won the Texas state girls’ title in wrestling last month, capping off a season in which he was undefeated — but one that drew controversy.

Beggs has not yet completed his transition to male and he is undergoing doctor-prescribed testosterone treatments. Critics had questioned whether these treatments gave him an unfair advantage over girls, and one parent filed a lawsuit against the state’s school-athletics governing body in an attempt to block Beggs from competing in the girls’ division when he is a senior next year.

After winning his 110-pound weight class in the state tournament, Beggs told ESPN he would prefer to compete against boys but that the University Interscholastic League, which oversees athletics in Texas’s public primary and secondary schools, requires him to wrestle under the gender listed on his birth certificate.

“Because I’m a guy. It just makes more sense [to wrestle boys],” Beggs told ESPN. “Boys’ wrestling is hard. It’s really, really hard. But I’ll do it. If it means wrestling with the guys, I’ll do it.”

Beggs added that he’s been “holding back” on testosterone treatments, taking lower doses, so as to be fair when wrestling girls.

“I don’t want to cheat,” he told ESPN. “That’s not something I do. I don’t cheat.”

The University Interscholastic League allows Beggs to compete against girls even though he is taking testosterone. But the organization has a rule, which it says was approved through a referendum of its member school superintendents, that a student athlete’s gender is based on his or her birth certificate.

The University Interscholastic League also notes on its website that under Texas law, people can go to court to change the gender on their birth certificate.

“The [league] strives to provide fair and equitable competitions for all students” and follows “a transparent process to make the rules that govern” competitions, the organization says on its website.

In contrast to the state organization’s policy, USA Wrestling’s has adopted the new policy that says wrestlers who transition before puberty shall be regarded as the gender with which they identify. The policy was adopted at the organization’s executive meeting March 14.

The athlete need only have “declared that his gender identity is male” or that “her gender identity is female,” the new policy policy states.

Tony Black, USA Wrestling’s director of state services, told ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV that the new policy is in line with International Olympic Committee guidelines adopted last year that remove all surgical requirements for transgender athletes to compete in Olympics and other international events concordant with their gender identity.

Black told WFAA-TV that USA Wrestling’s policy change grew out of “a changing culture and ensuring that we’re in line with the International Olympic Committee recommendations on this exact matter.”

Beggs told ESPN in his interview earlier this month that he has been taunted with slurs and boos during competitions. Some people “just automatically want to call me a cheater,” he said.

The teen said Texas’ school athletic policymakers should “change the laws and then watch me wrestle the boys.”

“I mean, I’ve been winning before, when I didn’t have testosterone,” he told ESPN. “But now that, you know, I’m actually winning winning, people want to go crazy.”

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North Carolina basketball star Luke Maye gets standing ovation in morning class, after winning shot

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By Kelly Terez

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — There’s no snooze button for buzzer-beating North Carolina forward, Luke Maye.

After a long night of dominating the court, sending the Tar Heels to the Final Four in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Maye showed up for his 8 a.m. business class. He was greeted by a standing ovation from his classmates.

Maye helped bring the Tar Heels to victory in the Elite Eight game against Kentucky, scoring a game-winning 3-point shot with only 0.3 seconds remaining. The Tar Heels on the game 75 to 73.

Next up for Maye and The Heels is a semi-final game against the Oregon Ducks in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday.

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Lawmaker commends Houston PD for finding Tom Brady's jersey

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By Jeanette Torres

Mexican Attorney General’s Office(NEW YORK) — A Massachusetts politician honored Houston’s police department Monday morning for its role in recovering Tom Brady’s stolen jersey from the 2017 Super Bowl.

The police department accepted a commendation from Massachusetts state representative Harold Naughton, who chairs the state’s public safety and homeland safety committee, while Naughton was on a trip to Texas.

Matt Slinkard of the Houston police department praised his officers for taking the lead in the investigation and partnering with other groups including the Texas Rangers, the FBI and NFL after the quarterback’s jersey went missing after the New England Patriots’ Feb. 5, 2017, Super Bowl victory.

Naughton said the “tremendous job that was done with the entire handling of the Super Bowl … means a great deal.”

“When that jersey went missing, all of Patriots Nation was concerned,” Naughton said. “But we had tremendous faith in the people here, in the law enforcement.”

Naughton applauded the police department’s “valiant efforts” to recovery Brady’s stolen jersey.

“We take our politics and our sports pretty seriously up in Massachusetts and in New England,” he said. “These things mean a lot to us were very nostalgic about our sports teams.”

Houston police chief Art Acevedo said last week that the jersey was found in Mexico.

A former Mexican newspaper director, Mauricio Ortega, is accused of reaching into the star quarterback’s bag after the Patriots’ win and then sneaking away with the valuable jersey, officials said.

The NFL said the jersey was part of a larger haul that was in the possession of a credentialed member of the press. Brady’s jersey from the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks was also recovered, officials said.

Brady’s 2017 Super Bowl jersey had an estimated value of $500,000, according to a complaint filed with the Houston Police Department in February.

Brady, listed as the complainant in the Feb. 6 police report, told reporters the day after the Super Bowl, “I put it in the bag, and then I came out and it wasn’t there anymore. So it’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/26/27

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By Carmen Cox

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Houston 5, Washington 1
Texas 3, L.-A. Dodgers 2
Oakland 11, Milwaukee 1
Seattle 7, Cincinnati 6
Chi. White Sox 4, San Francisco 3
Cleveland 6, Arizona 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 4, Detroit 3
Boston 7, Minnesota 2
N.-Y. Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 4
Baltimore 2, Toronto 1
Kansas City 8, L.A. Angels 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3
St. Louis 3, Miami 0
N.-Y. Mets 8, Atlanta 2
San Diego 9, Chi Cubs 4
Chi. Cubs 22, Cincinnati 4
Colorado 4, San Diego 1


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Brooklyn 107, Atlanta 92
Charlotte 120, Phoenix 106
Sacramento 98, L.A. Clippers 97
Chicago 109, Milwaukee 94
Houston 137, Oklahoma City 125
Boston 112, Miami 108
Indiana 107, Philadelphia 94
Golden State 106, Memphis 94
New Orleans 115, Denver 90
Portland 97, L.A. Lakers 81


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

OT/Detroit 3, Minnesota 2
OT/Dallas 2, New Jersey 1
Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 2
Winnipeg 2, Vancouver 1
Anaheim 6, N.-Y. Rangers 3


NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

(1) North Carolina 75, (2) Kentucky 73
(7) South Carolina 77, (4) Florida 70

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South Carolina, UNC advance to 'Final Four'

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By Anthony Pucik

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Final Four of the NCAA Tournament is set, with one more impressive victory after another filling out the final two spots.

In Sunday’s first game, seventh seeded South Carolina took on fourth seeded Florida in an SEC mathcup. By the end of the first half, the Gamecocks were down 40-33, but South Carolina’s defense came alive in the second half.

SC held the Gators to no three pointers and outscored them 44-30 in the second, to advance to their first Final Four in program history with a 77-70 victory. The Gamecocks take on first seeded Gonzaga, who also made their first Final Four, next Saturday.

The second game featured first seeded North Carolina take on second seeded Kentucky. The two met in one of the best games of the regular season, with the Wildcats defeating the Tar Heels 103-100.

Much like that contest, this game was tight until the end. Kentucky’s Malik Monk hit a three to tie the game at 73. As Tar Heel fans were flashing back to last year’s final, when they lost on a heartbreaking buzzer beater to Villanova, UNC drove down the court and Luke Maye hit a jumper with under a second to go to seal the victory for North Carolina.

UNC will play third seeded Oregon on Saturday.

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