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Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) -- Serena Williams is back in the top ten of the World Tennis Association rankings for the first time since giving birth in September 2017.

Williams dropped as low as 491st when she returned played in March 2018.

She is now ranked tenth in the world after making two Grand Slam finals in the past year, losing at Wimbledon and at the US Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner has not played since her quarterfinal loss to Karolina Pliskova at last months Australian Open.

Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams at the US Open and won the Australian Open, remains number one. Simona Halep and American Sloane Stephens each moved up a spot to second and third. Petra Kvitova dropped to fourth in the rankings.

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FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- South African athlete Caster Semenya was in court on Monday for a landmark hearing that is expected to have major implications for gender in sports.

Semenya, 28, an Olympic gold medalist, went to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, appealing a controversial measure introduced by track and field’s governing body to lower the permissible testosterone levels in female athletes.

Semenya is seeking to overturn the new Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification, introduced in April by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The new regulations mean that athletes of a ‘difference in sexual development’ condition with a high amount of testosterone in their systems will not be able to compete in female races.

The number of races this applies to ranges from 400m to 1 mile -- most of which Semenya competes in as a middle distance runner.

If the new rules survive challenges, Semenya would likely have to take hormone medication to reduce her levels of testosterone in order to compete in the Olympics next year.

“The female category in sport is a protected category,” the IAAF said in a statement on Monday. “This standard is necessary to ensure fair competition for all women.”

Controversy surrounding Semenya’s gender status has followed her since she burst onto the athletics scene in 2009 by winning the 800m gold at the World Championships at the age of 18. The IAAF investigated Semenya with gender verification tests after her win in September of that year. Though the results were never published, Semenya returned to the sport 11 months later, and has enjoyed considerable success since.

Transgender debate in elite sport

The CAS hearing is the latest focal point in a long-running debate around the relationship between science and gender in sports.

The Times of London newspaper reported last week that the IAAF will argue that Semenya is biologically male because of her high testosterone levels.

“If a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone, they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength… that a male gets when they go through puberty, which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women,” the IAAF said in a statement published by the Times of London. “Therefore, to preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level.”

The IAAF published research in 2017 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which suggested that women runners with high testosterone levels performed 3 percent better than their rivals, giving them a "significant competitive advantage."

However, the scientists Roger Pielke, Ross Tucker and Erik Boye published a paper in the The International Sports Law Journal last week challenging these claims. The paper, entitled ‘Scientific integrity and the IAAF testosterone regulations,’ calls the testosterone rule change "discriminatory, irrational, and unjustifiable."

Tennis icon Martina Navratilova weighed in on the debate in an article for the Sunday Times last weekend, arguing that if a man were to take hormones to compete in women’s events it would be “insane” and “cheating.”

However, Dr. Rachel McKinnon, the first transgender woman to win a track world title in the women’s age 35 to 44 spring category at the UCI Master World Championships in 2018, told ABC News that the IAAF’s law was “ill-conceived, discriminatory, and based on a flawed, biased study.”

“Natural testosterone is the only physical characteristic for which we ban anyone from sport, and we only do this to women,” she told ABC News. “That is inherently unjust, particularly as we permit much larger competitive advantages due to characteristics such as height than the IAAF is attributing to testosterone. This completely undercuts the IAAF's justification for their new policy. So I expect Caster to win, but there's no guarantee."

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) --  This year’s Daytona 500 featured two history-making women working behind the scenes.

Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O’Leary became the first women to change tires as part of a pit crew at the legendary race.

Daniels also became the first African-American woman to change tires in a pit crew in a NASCAR national series.

Daniels and O’Leary are both graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program, according to NASCAR.com.

They changed tires for the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing team at Sunday’s race, which was won by Denny Hamlin.

It’s RACE DAY!! Super excited to be pitting my very first #Daytona500 race today @DISupdates! Catch me on the 52 car for @RickWareRacing changing the fronts @ 2:30pm ET on @FS1!🤟🏾🏁 #MakingHistory

— Brehanna Daniels (@Mindless_BMD) February 17, 2019

The two women are both former college athletes who were recruited to the diversity program in 2016. In addition to making history together, Daniels and O’Leary are also roommates.

The pair share an apartment in Concord, N.C., according to NASCAR.

O'Leary told ESPNW that being roommates has led to their success.

"It's an unspoken support," O'Leary said. "We've been through it together; we want the best for each other."

Daniels called her history-making moment with O'Leary a "dream come true."

"All the women out there, we can really do anything we put our minds to no matter what anybody else has to say," she told ESPNW. "As long as you believe in yourself, you can do anything."

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wellesenterprises/iStock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- The Daytona 500 ended in a wild finish Sunday, and some history was even made in the process.

The so-called "Super Bowl of NASCAR" saw a total of five wrecks in the final 20 laps, including one involving 21 cars, which knocked 10 cars out of the race. All of the drivers involved were able to safely get out of their vehicles and no one was seriously injured.

Ultimately, driver Denny Hamlin crossed the finish line and took home the prize in the 4.5-hour race. It was Hamlin's second Daytona 500 win in the last four years.

Meanwhile, in the pit crew, history was made as women -- Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O'Leary -- were changing tires for the first time ever in a Daytona 500 race. Daniels also became the first African American to do so in a  NASCAR national series.

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Willard/iStock(NEW YORK) -- It appears Mike Moustakas will be staying in Milwaukee for at least another year.

Citing a league source, ESPN reports the third baseman has agreed on a one-year, $10 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. The contract is said to include a mutual option on a second year.

Moustakas, 30, had spent his entire MLB career playing for the Kansas City Royals until he was traded to the Brewers last July. Playing for both teams, he finished last season with a .251 batting average, 28 home runs and 95 RBIs.

At the end of the season, the left-handed hitter opted for free agency.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Team LeBron West 178, Team Giannis East 164

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 6, NY Rangers 5
St. Louis 4, Minnesota 0
New Jersey 4, Buffalo 1
Philadelphia 3, Detroit 1
Florida 6, Montreal 3
Anaheim 5, Washington 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(9) Houston 85, Tulane 50
(11) Michigan St. 62, Ohio St. 44
St. John's 71, (13) Villanova 65

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Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton is facing a battery charge after he got into an argument with a couple in Miami.

The Miami-Herald reports Watson posted bond and was released from a Miami-Dade County Jail.

According to police, Walton's car was blocking the entrance to the parking garage at his condo building and an argument started when a couple in another car asked him to move his car.

Walton became angry when a woman in the car began filming the incident and allegedly grabbed the phone from her.

Both Walton and the woman suffered scratches following the incident, according the police.

The 21-year old played at the University of Miami and was drafted in the fourth round by the Bengals last year.

Walton appeared in just six games in his rookie season and rushed for 34 yards on 14 carries.

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Paul Marotta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Fformer San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid have settled their collusion grievances against the NFL, according to a joint statement released by the players and the league.

"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL," the statement, released separately by the league and the players, said. "As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

Kaepernick and Reid filed separate collusion grievances in 2017 and 2018, respectively, over their employment with the NFL after becoming free agents and remaining unsigned. Both demanded arbitration hearings on the matter under the terms of the collective bargaining agreements they had with the NFL, choosing the law firm Geragos & Geragos to represent them rather than going through the NFL Players Association.

Kaepernick has not been with an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season. He drew national attention for kneeling during the national anthem before playing in games to protest police brutality against black people and people of color.

Reid, who played for the 49ers at the time, was the first player to join Kaepernick in kneeling, setting off a movement that would transcend the NFL and spark condemnation from those who opposed the protest, including President Donald Trump.

The NFL Players Association, which has supported the two players during the grievance process, reiterated its support in a statement on Friday.

"Today we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases," a statement from the NFLPA said. "We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook extended his NBA record of consecutive triple-doubles to 11 games Thursday.

The 30-year-old point guard finished the night with 44 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, but it wasn't enough to help his team fend off the New Orleans Pelicans, who won 131-122.

Earlier this week, Westbrook broke Wilt Chamberlain's record of nine consecutive triple-doubles, set back in 1968.

So far this season, Westbrook leads the NBA with 24 triple-doubles.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Orlando 127, Charlotte 89
N.Y. Knicks 106, Atlanta 91
New Orleans 131, Oklahoma City 122

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
N.Y. Islanders 3, Columbus 0
SO Florida 3, Calgary 2
Detroit 3, Ottawa 2
Tampa Bay 6, Dallas 0
Colorado 4, Winnipeg 1
Nashville 3, Montreal 1
Chicago 5, New Jersey 2
St. Louis 4, Arizona 0
Toronto 6, Vegas 3
SO Vancouver 4, L.A. Kings 3
Washington 5, San Jose 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(3) Gonzaga 73, Loyola Marymount 60
(9) Houston 71, UConn 63

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