The Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee has been crowning champions since 1925 with kids under 16 clinching the title on words such as chlorophyll, esquamulose and xanthosis.

Here's a look at the eight most recent winners and their winning words (along with and the local newspapers that sponsored them). This includes Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego who won the 2012 championship Thursday night in Washington.

Highlights of Nandipati's prize package are $30,000 in cash, a $2,500 savings bond and a $5,000 scholarship.

Runner-up Stuti Mishra of West Melbourne, Fla., got tripped up on the word schwarmerei.

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The NHL technically won't get the dream matchup of New York-Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Final, but New Jersey is still close enough. OK, obviously there are clear differences between the two states -- refer to "The Sopranos" if you need a reminder -- but if the Giants and Jets can make their home in Jersey, it's good enough for us to declare the upcoming Devils-Kings series to be the 10th NY-LA championship clash. Here are the previous nine:

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Memorial Day is all about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and pro athletes have been part of that mix since World War I. Here's a look at some of the more notable athletes who lost their lives in service:

In addition to former Giants infielder Elmer Gedeon (featured in slide No. 8 above), there was one other MLB player killed in World War II. Harry O'Neill appeared in one game as a catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939. O'Neill joined the Marines and was killed on Iwo Jima in 1945.

The Big Ten's football MVP in 1942, Wisconsin receiver Dave Schreiner, was a second-round pick by the Lions but joined the Marines and was killed in the Battle of Okinawa.

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Dressing up for a team road trip is a long-standing tradition for shaking things up during the long road of the Major League Baseball season. The Tampa Bay Rays decided to take the tradition and put a charitable twist on it, to honor Fox MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal's tireless efforts as part of the "Bow Tie Cause," which was started by former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones as a way for people create conversation and support for a cause that was important to them. Rays manager Joe Maddon jumped at the chance to help out and have a little fun.

From Marc Topkin's blog at the Tampa Bay Times:
Rosenthal said manager Joe Maddon called last week to ask for his blessing, and the team will make a donation of $3,000 — $100 for each of 30 bowties — to spread over 18 organizations.

The Rays decided to not only wear bow ties, but to do a full "nerd" ensemble for the trip up. These are just a few examples of the efforts.

You can find even more photos of the team's attire at Topkin's blog. Well done by all who participated, though we think David Price looks a little too cool in his outfit to be considered "nerdy" enough.

For more on the cause and why the effort is being made by Rosenthal and Jones, check out the video below.

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By Yasmin Fahr
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A summer staple for outdoor cooking, grilling is an easy way to gather friends and family and make quick and tasty meals. Whether you fall on the "grilling is so easy" or the "I still end up with burned food" side of skills, it never hurts to learn a few tricks from the pros. Let's face it, they know what they're doing.

Everyone, even the pros, have experienced common slip-ups when grilling (think flare-ups or running out of gas or charcoal), and it's good to have those basic issues covered and understood. Plus, to be a better griller, it's always a good idea to try making new foods, like grilling summer fruit or some of these unlikely grill foods. All are great ways to change up go-to recipes, but there are even more tricks to learn in order to become a grill master.

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For some insider's tips on grilling at home like a pro, we turned to chef Rick Gresh, executive chef of David Burke's Primehouse in Chicago, who shared some of his favorite pieces of advice.

From cleverly using leftover fruit peels to the best cuts of meat for grilling, chef Gresh offers eight of his go-to tips that will make you a better griller.

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The 2012 Maxim Hot 100 came out this week, and it turns out that more than a few of the ladies listed either play sports or have some serious sports connections.

But who's missing? Anyone stand out to you guys?

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By Jason Notte
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Craft beer geeks and mainstream beer drinkers usually don't mix, but summer has a way of getting everybody to the same bar.

By necessity, beer drinkers tend to shift to lighter, more refreshing brews as temperatures rise. They also tend to drink a lot more of it than at any other time of the year. The Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's statistics show that brewers produced roughly 17 million barrels last May and 18 million barrels a month from June through August. That's well up from the 14 million to 15 million a month they generally crank out during the rest of the year.

Considering that uptick in volume, is there any way to buy beer during the summer without breaking the bank or sipping swill? With help from folks at multistate wine and beer sellers Total Wine and reviewers at RateBeer and Beer Advocate, we priced out 10 of the summer's best beer offerings that won't break your budget. Price may vary by location, but these widely available brews won't:

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Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Citi Field will house the 2013 All-Star Game in its fifth season of existence. This will be the first time since 1964 the New York Mets will play host to the midsummer classic.

The 1964 game was played in the inaugural season of Shea Stadium, the Mets' previous home. In fact, the 1964 game, a 7-4 N.L. victory, was one of the most historic All-Star Game of all-time. Here are some of the events and facts that made the 35th MLB All-Star Game in Flushing Meadows so special:

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We know you can't resist a juicy tale of sports scandal and skulduggery, and the Olympics often provide the perfect stage. From modified weapons and horses on drugs to ice attacks and binge eating, Olympians through the years have made plenty of headlines and lost medals with their less-than-classy moves. Of course there are dozens to choose from, but we've compiled a list of eight of the most controversial Olympic athletes.

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By Colleen Kane
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There are two main ways to get a luxury suite, explains Scott Spencer, president of Suite Experience Group. The first is to lease one, which is a considerable commitment of time and money. On the extreme side, the Dallas Cowboys require a 20-year lease agreement for those who want to become suiteholders. The New York Yankees and Madison Square Garden don't require as long a commitment, but they have some of the steepest prices in the industry -- some suites at Yankee Stadium go for over $800,000 per year and the very best suites at Madison Square Garden will set you back over $1 million a year. Suite owners then have access to all events at the stadium, including concerts.

Method two is to use a service such as the aforementioned Suite Experience Group, which provides access to suites on a game-by-game basis. As the following slides will show, prices for those single-event suite experiences can be quite steep indeed. According to Spencer, those prices are set depending on factors such as strength of opponent, day of week (weeknights are in demand for entertaining corporate clients), and location of the suite within the stadium.

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The average football game suite sells for between $15,000-$25,000, depending on the venue, says Spencer, with New York the most expensive market (often much higher than $25,000 per game). For suites at baseball games, the average is $4,000 (but in the New York market: $13,000+ per game). Suites for pro basketball and football also tend to be in the $3,000-$5,000 range for an average game.

So what kind of treatment comes with these prices? "The 'first class' experience starts before you even enter the stadium," says Spencer. "Suites come with premium parking passes that allow you to park right next to the stadium. Most venues have dedicated entrances exclusively for suite ticket holders so they don't have to battle the crowds often found at the general entrance. At Cowboys Stadium, the very best suites grant the owner a parking pass that allows them to park underneath the stadium along with the players; from there, they can ride an elevator directly up to their suite. These suites can sell for as much as $35,000 for a Cowboys game against a top-notch opponent."

The food and beverages on offer can be a step up from the stadium fare, such as sushi at Staples Center, and some newer stadiums have exclusive clubs where suite-dwellers can mingle with each other.

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