Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens biopic in the works by Disney

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The story of Jesse Owens, including his triumph in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazism at the 1936 Olympics, is being made into a Disney film.

The yet-to-be-titled project is based on Jeremy Schaap‘s book “Triumph,” according to reports.

David Seidler, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech,” is set to write the screenplay.

Owens won a then-record four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympics in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump.

One of his gold medals from those Games was recently auctioned for a record sum.

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Katie Ledecky throws first pitch as Bryce Harper holds medals (video)

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Katie Ledecky‘s first pitch at a Washington Nationals game Wednesday was an easy strike. Taking care of her medals, however, was a bit more time-consuming.

Near the mound before the pitch, it took Ledecky 25 seconds to take off each of her five 2016 Olympic medals from around her neck and hand them to reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper.

“We kind of planned that,” Ledecky said in a TV interview. “When I got to the park today, I proposed that idea. I guess Bryce offered. He wanted to be the one that held them.”

Ledecky, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, previously threw first pitches at Nationals Park after her first Olympic title in 2012, when she was 15 years old, and at the start of the 2014 playoffs.

Ledecky is leaving the D.C. area to begin classes at Stanford. She is expected to swim collegiately this season. The first meet is Sept. 25.

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Michael Phelps co-hosts ‘America’s Got Talent’ (video)

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Michael Phelps co-hosted “America’s Got Talent” with Nick Cannon on NBC on Wednesday, taking a seat between judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, three days after the Rio Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Phelps said he and his fianceé, Nicole, watch the show regularly after dinner.

Cannon asked Phelps to reflect on completing his career with 23 Olympic gold medals.

“At that moment was when all the emotions came out, because I was finally happy with everything that I did in my career, and I was able to retire how I wanted to,” Phelps said. “But, most importantly, I had our first child in the stands there watching the race. He wasn’t always awake, but it’s a completely different experience being able to look up and see your baby boy up there after a race.”

The whole episode is here.

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