THE WIENER and still champion . . .
Former three-time Wing Bowl champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining Nathan's Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, downing 70 hot dogs and buns - and more amazingly, keeping them down - to top defending champ Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest.
Chestnut, 32, was on a roll as he easily secured victory by swallowing 17 more hot dogs than Stonie, who last year ended Chestnut's streak of eight straight wins to take the championship title at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island.
The 70 hot dogs and buns gobbled by Chestnut were the most ever eaten at the competition. In 2013, Chestnut set a world record by eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Contest officials said he also set a record last month when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event.
He's the Usain Bolt of processed cylindrical meat product.
As he gripped the championship belt after his win Monday afternoon, Chestnut said Stonie had "woke up the sleeping giant" when he beat him out last year.
"Last year was rough," Chestnut told the crowd. "This year was the best ever."
Stonie said there were "no excuses" for his loss. He said Chestnut did an amazing job. Both are from San Jose, California.
The men's contest came more than an hour after defending champion Miki Sudo captured first place in the women's competition.
The Las Vegas woman scarfed down 38 1/2 dogs and buns in 10 minutes for her three-peat, although it will be interesting to learn if eating all those franks makes them repeat on her.
Both Sudo and Chestnut leave with $10,000 each.
Sudo, 30, downed 4 1/2 more wieners than prior champion Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas, 48, of Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas had held the championship title from 2011 until she lost in an upset to Sudo in 2014.
Their 1987 "Super Fight" was one of the greatest, most argued about of all time.
It's almost three decades since "Sugar" Ray Leonard narrowly decisioned "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler over 12 rounds in Las Vegas and now local Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman, in conjunction with Philadelphia attorney Jason Fine, is looking to the next generation to settle the score.
Thursday at 8 p.m. at Chima (1901 John F Kennedy Blvd.), Feldman will host a press conference to announce a 30th anniversary bout between Marvin Hagler Jr. and Ray Leonard Jr., to be held April 8, 2017 at a venue to be determined, in a four-round bout to be refereed by original Leonard-Hagler ref Richard Steele.
The boxers will be at Chima Thursday, as will former heavyweight champ Larry Holmes.
"They'll be stepping into the ring for their father's legacy," Feldman said.
Both juniors have fought once for Feldman and both are 1-0 with a KO.
Pittsburgh officials gave themselves a pat on the back after getting through Saturday's
When Chesney performed in Pittsburgh in 2013, 73 people were arrested and patrons left behind more than 30 tons of trash.
This year, the city provided 200 portable toilets and distributed free trash bags, and Heinz Field staffers turned away visibly intoxicated ticket-holders at the gates.
"I think that screening helped us out as well," said Wendell Hissrich, the city's public safety director.
This time, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports there were only 7 arrests, 36 underage drinkers cited and 37 folks hospitalized.
Way to go, Pittsburgh.
Alas, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said the better-behaved concertgoers left behind 48 tons of garbage - more than 2 pounds of trash per person.
Way to be slobs, Pittsburgh.
Next year, city officials plan to issue littering citations to tailgaters who don't pick up after themselves.
* People magazine reports that 30-year-old
has finally gotten a driver's license.
After "years of driving with a learner's permit" and "an adult present," Gaga passed her road test in California.
"I'M FREE . . ." she posted to Instagram.
* Talented, goofy, Anna Kendrick wants to get in on this whole Marvel Universe movie thing.
"My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her]," Kendrick told Net-a-Porter. "I don't know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!"
The Hollywood Reporter says Squirrel Girl (a/k/a Doreen Green) is an L.A. nature-lover who moves to NYC to protect Central Park.
* Kendrick's Pitch Perfect costar, Rebel Wilson, is making her West End debut in a London revival of Frank Loesser's Guys & Dolls.
She's better known for raunchy movie roles, but Wilson, who's playing Miss Adelaide, says she has a theater background from her schooling in Australia.
It's too much money to go to England simply to hear Fat Amy sing the brilliant "Adelaide's Lament," but a video online (legally shot and licensed, of course) would be greatly appreciated.
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.