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Japanese eating icon Takeru Kobayashi, who was initially declared to have bested his longtime rival Joey "Jaws" Chestnut in an Independence Day showdown of competitive hot dog eating, was instead soundly defeated by the California native, contest officials said Thursday.

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Chicken wing festival is a fowl success -- 85,000 flock to Buffaloupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 05:57:00

One hundred, eighty-three chicken wings. In 12 minutes.

Chicken wing festival a successupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 05:57:00

The 10th annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival is bringing droves of wing fans to downtown Buffalo. WIVB reports.

Chestnut still the champupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 17:46:00

Joey Chestnut didn't set a new record but he chowed down 62 hot dogs and buns to win another Nathan's Championship.

Chestnut retains hot dog title despite rival's unofficial recordupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 17:46:00

Competitive eater Joey "Jaws" Chestnut proved himself the official top dog of the hot dog-eating world when he ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday, but his archnemesis Takeru Kobayashi crushed Chestnut's world record at an off-site event where he pounded down 69 hot dogs and buns.

Hot dog eating championship is marketing magic for Nathan'supdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 04:19:00

World hot dog eating record holders Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas engaged in a pre-meet stare down Friday as they weighed in for the annual Nathan's July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

Hot dog marketing magicupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 04:19:00

Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest creates marketing magic. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports. Frank Deford: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest may be crude, but don't blame the dogsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 19:20:00

Ah, our magnificent Independence Day approaches. The Fourth of July! Flags flying -- the old red-white-and-blue. Patriotic parades, family picnics, fireworks and oh, no! Ugh! The Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Hot dog-eating contest to welcome women this summerupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 16:50:00

The Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating contest has always separated the men from the boys, as far as eating competitions go, but this year it will separate the men from the women -- with separate challenges for the sexes.

Virginia woman breaks wing eating recordupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 11:08:00

Sonya Thomas beat champ Joey Chestnut by eating 181 wings at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.

Kobayashi hungry for hot dogs in jailupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 14:38:00

The competitive eater's attorney says he was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing.

Hot dog eating champ put on probationupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 14:38:00

A Japanese former hot dog eating champion walked out of a New York courtroom Thursday essentially a free man, provided he stays out of trouble for six months. Ex-Hot Dog Eating Champ Freed from Jailupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 13:27:00

Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi crashed the annual Nathan's Coney Island contest

Former hot dog-eating champ released after night in jailupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 23:20:00

With only a sandwich and a glass of milk to fill his legendary stomach after a night in jail, one-time hot dog champ Takeru Kobayashi walked out of court Monday declaring, "I'm hungry!"

Former hot dog eating champ arrestedupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 06:46:00

CNN's Don Lemon and Susan Candiotti sit down to discuss the arrest of competitive eater, Takeru Kobayashi.

Former hot dog eating champ arrestedupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 06:46:00

He didn't compete for the hot dog eating title this year, but he did cause a scene at the contest.

Fourth of July celebrations abound across countryupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 17:11:00

From sea to shining sea, as the song goes, Americans are celebrating Independence Day in a variety of ways Sunday, from the traditional barbecue to a decades-old hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island.

Hot dog-devouring legend Kobayashi to miss Independence Day dog festupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 13:03:00

For the first time in almost a decade, the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island will go on without its most recognizable face.

This Week in iReport: Georgia floods, going car-freeupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 10:17:00

This week in iReport, heavy rains saturated the Atlanta,Georgia, area and iReporters show the flooding and damage in their neighborhoods. All across the nation, iReporters tried to conserve energy by ditching their cars for a day. And grown men shoveled down grits for a world championship title. Check out the video here, or get a better idea of the stories below.

Chestnut chows down 68 hot dogs; sets recordupdated: Sat Jul 04 2009 20:43:00

Setting a world record, Joey Chestnut won Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday, solidifying himself to many as the greatest gustatory athlete of all time.

Speed eaters gain weight, clog arteries but have few regretsupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 09:41:00

Don Lerman set a record by eating seven sticks of salted butter in five minutes. During six years of competitive eating, he gained 100 pounds.

Hot dog heavyweights weigh inupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 22:55:00

Reigning hot dog-guzzling champ Joey Chestnut and nemesis Takeru Kobayashi of Japan attempted to psych each other out Thursday at the weigh-in for the 94th annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest.

45 pizza slices in 10 minutesupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 09:35:00

Joey Chestnut is nicknamed a "god among eaters" after winning the Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship.

July 4th fireworks!updated: Sat Jul 05 2008 21:23:00

Take a look around the country as fireworks blanket the sky over several cities.

Hot Dog Eating Contestupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 23:28:00

American Joey Chestnut remains top dog at the July 4th hot dog eating contest. A Brief History Of Competitive Eatingupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 11:40:00

How a fairground staple became a Fourth of July spectacle My Sportsman: Joey Chestnutupdated: Thu Nov 22 2007 02:19:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 3. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. For more essays, click here. It was like wondering about a basketball while interviewing LeBron James or foraging for boxing gloves in front of Cassius Clay. Yet at that rooftop bar on July 3, 2006, here's how I saw it: Joey Chestnut seemed to be a rather normal 22-year-old, there needed to be free hot dogs somewhere at this press event, and I -- at the time, a starving SI intern -- still hadn't eaten lunch.

'Black Widow' is Buffalo's newest wing-eating champupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 03:22:00

When it comes to wolfing wings, Sonya Thomas is a wiz.

Woman wins wing eating contestupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 03:22:00

Woman wins wing eating contest

I-Reporters respond to debateupdated: Sun Jul 29 2007 21:47:00

I-Reporters respond to debate

Politics, flames, doggie doppelgangers: I-Report highlightsupdated: Sun Jul 29 2007 21:47:00

It's the end of the week again, and we get the feeling the days just flew by. We heard your views on important political issues, saw your photos and video from explosions in Dallas, Texas, and received all kinds of reports of fires and waterspouts around the country. You also sent us a sweet tribute to Tammy Faye Messner, who passed away Friday. Requiem for a Samurai of Hot Dogsupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 09:25:00

The unthinkable happens: Kobayashi loses the Nathan's hot dog eating contest. The belt is back in America! Joey Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Eating Contestupdated: Thu Jul 05 2007 14:26:00

Hot dog history was made this Fourth of July, with Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., shattering records - including his own - and winning the Yellow Mustard Belt at the 2007 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

New hot dog king crownedupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 07:25:00

New hot dog king crowned Will Reigning Champ Show for Hot Dog Eating Contest?updated: Wed Jul 04 2007 00:33:00

The Dog Day of July is nearly here, and there's still no official word on whether six-time Yellow Belt winner Takeru Kobayashi of Japan will participate in Wednesday's annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. Greg Beaton: A look at the competitive eating record bookupdated: Tue Jul 03 2007 03:57:00

The NFL has the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the NHL has the Stanley Cup -- and Major League Eating has the Yellow Mustard Belt, which is up for grabs again this July 4 in the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on New York's Coney Island. The event will be as hotly-contested as ever as American fan favorite Joey Chestnut seeks to take down Takeru Kobayashi's hot dog dynasty. Andy Gray: Chestnut aims to bring hot dog crown back to U.S.updated: Tue Jul 03 2007 02:18:00

Joey Chestnut was like any other nervous 23-year-old on a first date as he drove to San Francisco with Nikki, a fellow San Jose State student he'd met at a party earlier that week. The two hit it off instantly. She was immediately attracted to how normal and down to earth he seemed. Though the choice of venue for the couple's first date -- a wing eating contest -- was a little odd, she loved sports and had never witnessed people eat so much so quickly. Little did she know that her date would soon be the king of the competitive-eating jungle. As the night drew to a close, Joey had a confession for his date: "I took you here for a reason. This is what I do." Hot Dog Eating Champ Diagnosed with Arthritic Jawupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 22:32:00

Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, the hot-dog eating champ of New York City's Coney Island, may be out of commission for next week's annual July 4th contest.

Shortcuts: How to be a world championupdated: Thu Nov 09 2006 12:19:00

If you feel you've missed your shot at being a world champion (in anything), think again. There are more opportunities and ways than you might think to being top of the world.

Champ a top dog again with 49 wienersupdated: Mon Jul 04 2005 14:07:00

Takeru Kobayashi won his fifth consecutive hot-dog eating title Monday by downing 49 frankfurters in 12 minutes, leaving 17 competitors in his wake.

CNNMoney: Getting paid to eatupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 10:26:00

Takeru Kobayashi, the 137-pound Japanese man universally proclaimed the world's greatest eater, successfully defended his hot dog-eating title at the "Olympics of Competitve Eating" in Coney Island this Fourth of July.

CNNMoney: Getting paid to eatupdated: Fri May 27 2005 11:03:00

When most of us eat out, we pay for our food. But some people are starting to get paid to eat. The trick is, they must devour mass quantities of food in short amounts of time.

CNNMoney: Overeaters: Have we got meals for youupdated: Thu May 05 2005 13:33:00

In the classic Paul Newman movie, "Cool Hand Luke," the hero bets he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour.

105-pound woman wins lobster-eating contestupdated: Sun Aug 22 2004 09:28:00

America's top speed-eater wolfed down 38 lobsters in 12 minutes Saturday to win the World Lobster Eating Contest.

FSB: Leagues of Their Own Entrepreneurs are behind a new wave of pro sports, closing TV and sponsorship deals, updated: Sat Mar 01 2003 00:01:00

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