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Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at the Nathan’s Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest Thursday in New York. Chestnut was just shy of breaking the record of 74 he set last year. (July 4) AP

Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest defended competitive eating after sportswriter Peter King labeled the events as “disgusting.” 

King, a writer for NBC Sports and longtime Sports Illustrated columnist, criticized ESPN’s recent 30 for 30 documentary focused on Chestnut and the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. 

“A shame that as at least a fifth of children in America go to bed hungry nightly they’re highlighting

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