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Lia Thomas Finishes Her College Career: Sports World Reacts

Lia Thomas walks out of the pool.

Lia Thomas walks out of the pool.

Lia Thomas’ time as a collegiate swimmer is over.

The transgender Penn swimmer, who competes for the women’s team after undergoing hormone therapy, finished her career at the NCAA Championships this weekend.

Thomas, who has had a controversial 2021-22 season inside of the pool, finished her career with a championship. She won the 500 meter freestyle, though failed to take home the championship in two other events.

“Lia Thomas’ collegiate swimming career ended with an 8th place finish in the 100 free. Yale’s Iszac Henig tied for 5th. And UVA frosh Gretchen Walsh got her first individual championship after finishing runner-up in her other two events,” ESPN’s Katie Barnes tweeted.

Thomas, who began her career competing for the Penn men’s team, became the first transgender athlete to win a Division 1 national championship.

The Penn swimmer took home the title in the 500

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Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun enjoy career nights as Rockets upset Lakers

Prized rookie Jalen Green built on his recent momentum with a career-high 32 points on Wednesday, leading his Houston Rockets to a thrilling 139-130 (box score) win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Green scored 10 of those points in a decisive and clutch overtime period, and he was very efficient in his home Toyota Center gym by making 13-of-21 shots (61.9%) and 4-of-7 on 3-pointers (57.1%).

Meanwhile, fellow first-round rookie Alperen Sengun added 21 points and 14 rebounds, which were both career-highs. Sengun started for the Rockets in place of veteran Christian Wood, who missed his second straight game with an illness, and played a career-high 40 minutes.

Rookie guard Josh Christopher, who was the fourth of Houston’s four first-round picks in 2021, excelled off the bench with 21 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. As with Green, Christopher was extremely

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Chiney Ogwumike’s WNBA career isn’t slowing her ESPN rise

The word trailblazer gets used in many contexts now, but it definitely applies to Chiney Ogwumike.

An active player and two-time All-Star in the WNBA, Ogwumike joined ESPN in 2015 as a women’s basketball analyst. She became a full-time contributor at ESPN — while maintaining her WNBA career — in 2018. Wednesday night will be her first appearance on “NBA Countdown,” the network’s pregame show, as a regular analyst.

She spoke to The Post about what made her take on the responsibilities of being a talking head while still early in her active playing career.

“It just became an avenue where I felt my voice was needed in the sense where we, especially this rising generation, are trying to make our mark,” the Los Angeles Sparks forward said. “If I’m able to join the conversation as it pertains to the NBA — and make people think ‘oh, she might not

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Tom Brady draws first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of his career

You don’t need us to tell you that officiating has been… HIGHLY uneven in the NFL this season, and that is continuing into the playoffs. Shawn Hochuli, the son of legendarily jacked referee Ed Hochuli, seems to share his dad’s penchant for camera time in crucial situations, and this manifested itself in a rather odd penalty with 10:39 left in the first half of the Buccaneers-Rams divisional round game.

Tom Brady was rather unhappy about a hit from Rams edge-rusher Von Miller that drew blood from Brady’s lip, Brady barked about it, and the younger Hochuli gave Brady the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of his 22-year NFL career.

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