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Things We Saw Today: Longtime Kermit Puppeteer and Jim Henson Successor, Steve Whitmire, Mysteriously Fired

This week, it was announced that Steve Whitmire, successor to Jim Henson in acting as puppeteer for Kermit the Frog, will no longer be performing the role, and will be replaced by Matt Vogel. The reasons why are still unclear.

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Entitlement Culture Is This Tennis Player Assaulting the Female Reporter Interviewing Him On-Air

Women are not your trophies.

A French tennis player spent an interview trying to kiss and grope a female reporter. He's been banned from the French Open, but that doesn't change the culture of entitlement that lets these things happen.

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Battle of the Sexes Trailer: Emma Stone & Steve Carell Take on the Famous Chauvinistic Tennis Feud

'There's not a single thing I don't hate about Bobby Riggs.'

One of the most spectacular stories in sports history is getting a movie adaptation, and the trailer looks like it might actually do the story justice.

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Lifetime to Shine a Light on Women’s Soccer By Televising Their Games

The self-proclaimed "network for women" is now an official sponsor and broadcast partner with the National Women’s Soccer League and will air a game each Saturday during its 20-game season.

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Pro Golfer Paige Spiranac Speaks Out About Online Harassment For Being Female While Golfing and Social Media-ing

23-year-old pro golfer Paige Spiranac is currently in Dubai to play in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, a women's European Tour played in the Middle East. At a press conference about the event, a reporter asked Spiranac about online harassment she received following a loss at this same tournament last year. Spirinac's poignant response is in the video after the cut.

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Feminism Around the World: Badass Women We’re Thankful For

This week's Feminism Around the World column is dedicated to the amazing women alive right now — activists, artists, athletes, politicians, and more — who are doing great things and working to move the needle toward parity and justice in their respective fields. for whom we're eternally grateful.

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MLB Partners With New Show Pitch About First Female Pro Baseball Player — Getting Ready For Mo’Ne Davis?

Pitch is an intriguing new series starting this month on Fox, which features a black, female protagonist who also happens to be doing something groundbreaking — she is the first female baseball player in the major leagues. Fox and Major League Baseball have entered into a pact giving the show unprecedented access to the MLB for assistance on the show. Could it be that Major League Baseball is dipping a toe in the whole Women Playing Pro Baseball thing? Oh, the magic of TV!

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News Outlets Can’t Seem To Report Female Olympians’ Victories Without Linking Them To Men

And we've still got one more week of this.

There's an undercurrent of sexism in the Olympics media coverage that seems to be mostly propelled by the inability to give many female athletes their own headlines, or tout them for their own victories, without linking them in some way to a man.

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Simone Manuel Makes History As First Black Woman to Win Individual Olympic Swimming Medal As Several News Outlets Snub Her

There are a bunch of women being brilliant at the 2016 Rio Olympics, particularly if their name is Simone. There's been a lot of talk about the incredible Simone Biles, gymnast on Team USA who just secured a Gold Medal in the Women's Individual All-Around and is totally the GOAT. However, another Simone not only won a Gold Medal yesterday, but made history while doing it. Team USA's Simone Manuel became the first black woman to win an individual Olympic swimming medal.

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Feminism Around the World: Olympic Swimmer Fu Yuanhui Becomes Internet Favorite and Symbol of “Post 95s” China

In the past, we've gotten used to seeing Chinese athletes at the Olympics being extremely reserved and focused as they pursue excellence in their sports. That seems to be changing, however, as China is more open now than its ever been before, and as a greater access to the internet and technology has changed the way China's youngest adults (the "Post 95s" - ie: born after 1995) relate to themselves, to each other, and to the world around them. Case in point: the inimitable Fu Yuanhui.

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Things We Saw Today: Can Just Anyone Be Iron Man Now?

Apparently, we can't just have one new Iron Man in Riri Williams. A "reformed" Doctor Doom will also be taking on the Iron Man mantle in a new title called Infamous Iron Man. According to Nerdist, “the greatest villain of the Marvel Universe will try something new. Where Tony Stark failed, Doom will succeed. What is Doom’s Master Plan?” I guess Marvel's really determined to have, like, a jillion people being each hero, huh?

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There’s No Crying in Baseball … Because Women Are Playing Pro in the Minor Leagues

Baseball players Kelsie Whitemore and Stacy Piagno recently made sports history. For the first time since basically just after when A League of Their Own was set, women are playing professional minor league baseball.

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Men Read Horrifying Comments Written About Female Sportswriters Right to Their Face

"I hope your boyfriend beats you."

Just Not Sports, a podcast dedicated to talking with athletes about anything besides sports, has recorded a particularly sobering PSA regarding the disgusting comments directed at female sportswriters.

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WWE Pioneer Joan Laurer, a.k.a. Chyna, Dies at Age 45

I was never a huge fan of the WWE (then the WWF) when I was a kid, but it was so popular that it kind of permeated everything. Like, everyone knew who Hulk Hogan was, who Rowdy Roddy Piper was. And when Chyna burst onto the scene in the late 1990s, everyone knew who she was. Especially girls. Sadly, Joan Laurer, the woman behind Chyna, a.k.a. "The 9th Wonder of the World," has passed away at the age of 45.

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TMS Talks to Women’s Soccer Phenomenon Abby Wambach at The 2016 MAKERS Conference

The amazing Abby Wambach, former team captain for the US Women's Soccer Team, and one of the best soccer players - male or female - in the world, was one of the dynamos who took to the MAKERS Conference 2016 stage in an insightful and inspiring Q&A with AOL Inc. CEO Tim Armstrong. TMS had the chance to chat with her afterwards. (Interview after the jump!)

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Celebrate Your Favorite Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day!

Today is the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, so lots of athletes and sports fans are spotlighting their favorite girls and women in sports!

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Moronic Radio Host Rants About Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s First Female Football Coach

Apparently some sports talk show radio hosts didn't think much of the Buffalo Bills' hire, because was only a matter of hours before they were ranting and raving into their microphones about how dumb they thought this move was.

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Buffalo Bills Hire Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s First Female Coach

The NFL's Buffalo Bills have hired Kathryn Smith to be their quality control-special teams coach, marking this as the first time a major league NFL team has hired a female coach.

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Massive All-Women Off-Road “Rebelle Rally” Promises Proper Adventuring

If you combined Wacky Races, the Gumball 3000, Mad Max: Fury Road, and a bunch of badass adventurer women, you'd get something like the Rebelle Rally.

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Kids’ Basketball Team Disqualified From Tournament Because Of Girl Player

But it's totally cool if they just sit on the bench.

A few days ago, a local basketball team was disqualified from a tournament because of their female team member. 10-year-old Kymora Johnson has played on a youth basketball team, The Charlottesville Cavaliers, for 5 years. Kymora had played in the National Travel Basketball Association's summer tournament previously, and her team was doing great this year until they were abruptly disqualified.

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