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Jeopardy! sensation James Holzhauer finally lost this week after a 32-episode winning streak—coming just $58,484 short of Ken Jennings’ all-time prize record, set in 2004. Holzhauer, 34, has won $2.46 million since first appearing on the show in April. Whereas Jennings needed 74 wins to reach that mark, Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, electrified fans with his ultra-aggressive betting strategy, topping $100,000 on six episodes. Yet entering “Final Jeopardy” trailing for the first time, Holzhauer placed an uncharacteristically modest bet of $1,399 for a question about Shakespeare. He and Emma Boettcher, 27, a University of Chicago librarian, answered correctly, but she wagered $20,201. “She played a perfect game,” Holzhauer said, “and that was what it took to beat me.”
Ellen DeGeneres last week urged girls to speak out after explaining her own silence when she was sexually abused by her stepfather in her teenage years. In an interview with David Letterman released on Netflix, DeGeneres, 61, described how her mother, Betty, had a second marriage to a “very bad man.” Betty had been diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after remarrying, and her second husband told DeGeneres that “he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts,” a line he used several more times. She waited several years to tell her mother, “because I was protecting her and I knew that would ruin her happiness”—a mistake she advised other girls not to repeat.
Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II told a judge this week he planned not to testify in his ongoing trial on charges of raping three women, including a hitchhiker and a homeless woman, and exposing himself to two women, ages 59 and 78. Winslow, 35, the son of a Hall of Fame player by the same name, played in the NFL from 2004 to 2013. He pleaded not guilty to 12 counts. “I’m not going to testify, your honor,” Winslow said during a hearing. Defense attorney Brian Watkins told jurors Winslow had been unfaithful to his wife, but claimed all the encounters were consensual. “It’s wrong, it’s immoral,” Watkins said, “but it’s not illegal.” ■