Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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"She really knows my game. I think she really studies it. I pretty much know her game. So I don't think much has changed. We know each other."

SERENA WILLIAMS

About Maria Sharapova, who Williams plays in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday.

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I've been hearing a lot of discussion lately on whether cheerleading should be considered a sport.

There's a case going on right now in Connecticut to determine if universities can recognize cheerleading as a sport. According to the Associated Press, five members of the Quinnipiac University volleyball team and the volleyball coach are suing the school for dismantling the volleyball team in favor of a competitive cheerleading squad. The argument they are making is that cheerleading does not qualify as a sport under Title IX guidelines.

The school is arguing that cheerleading is a competitive, athletic activity that should qualify under Title IX.

The ruling could have a huge impact on college athletics, with some worrying that if cheerleading is recognized as a sport, it will come at the expense of "legitimate, competitive" women's sports, according to abcnews.com.

Earlier this month, magicians Penn and Teller opened the eighth season of their Showtime series with a discussion on high school cheerleading. The show addressed concerns that high school cheerleaders weren't being protected from injuries (which are astonishing in numbers), primarily because cheerleading isn't considered a sport, and therefore, not given the same safety considerations.

The show noted the company Varsity makes a lot of money (uniforms, competitions, etc.) on cheerleading not being a sport, to the detriment of those involved. The company even owns the USASF, the governing body of all-star cheerleading, which sets safety standards.

Personally, I'm somewhat torn on the issue. Many cheer programs are very physical and do engage in competitions. At the same time, cheerleading has long been considered a complement to sports teams, and not one themselves. …

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