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Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna still shocks at 60

Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Charges into the Hunt As Koepka Grabs Lead at 100th PGA

St. Louis (AFP) – Tiger Woods charged into contention for his first major title in 10 years while two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka seized a three-stroke lead at the turn in Saturday’s third round of the PGA Championship.

Mesut Ozil

In Germany, Ozil Racism Row Sparks #MeTwo Debate

Thousands of people in Germany with migrant backgrounds are sharing stories of everyday discrimination under the hashtag #MeTwo, inspired by football star Mesut Ozil’s resignation from Germany’s national team over racism.

Ryan Lochte

Lochte Banned 14 Months for Anti-Doping Violation

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte has been suspended 14 months for an anti-doping violation after he received an intravenous infusion, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Monday.

Denis Ten

Kazakh Olympic Figure Skater Stabbed to Death at 25

Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten, who won bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, died on Thursday aged 25 after being stabbed, Kazakhstan’s culture and sports ministry told AFP.

World Cup

France Beat Croatia to Win World Cup After Moscow Thriller

Moscow (AFP) – France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.

World Cup

Party Begins As Delirious French Revel in World Cup Victory

Paris (AFP) – France erupted in joy on Sunday as the country clinched the World Cup, with fans streaming into the streets, honking car horns and flying the tricolore flag at the start of an enormous national celebration.

Mike Matheny

Cardinals Abruptly Fire Manager Mike Matheny

Los Angeles (AFP) – The St. Louis Cardinals abruptly fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday, ending his tenure with the Major League Baseball club after six and a half seasons.

Steve Keim

NFL’s Cardinals Confirm Executive Cited for DUI

Los Angeles (AFP) – Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for driving under the influence over the July 4 holiday, the NFL team confirmed on Saturday.

Altuve

Houston’s Altuve Tops Voting for Baseball All-Star Game

Washington (AFP) – Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve received a pace-setting 4.84 million votes in fan balloting totals unveiled on Sunday that decided starters for the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Tony Parker

Four-Time NBA Champion Parker Leaving Spurs for Hornets

Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker is leaving the San Antonio Spurs after 17 seasons, the French guard agreeing to a two-year deal with Charlotte worth $10 million according to multiple reports Friday.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal, Djokovic Through As Cilic Crashes at Wimbledon

London (AFP) – Rafael Nadal overcame two time warnings and Novak Djokovic shrugged off a knee problem to battle into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday but third seed and 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic crashed out.

Neymar

Neymar on Target As Brazil Defeats Mexico 2-0

Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Monday as goals from Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino gave them a 2-0 victory over Mexico to stay on course for a sixth title.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Charges But Fades As Ancer, Molinari Lead National

Potomac (United States) (AFP) – Tiger Woods, chasing his first victory since 2013, charged early but faded late Saturday at the Quicken Loans National, finishing six strokes behind co-leaders Abraham Ancer and Francesco Molinari.

World Cup

Female Voices from World Cup Spark Sexist Backlash

Berlin (AFP) – Female sports journalists have made history with live commentaries on games broadcast from the World Cup — only to be vilified in torrents of sexist insults and ridicule on social media.

Dwight Clark

Former 49ers Receiver Dwight Clark Dies of ALS at 61

Los Angeles (AFP) – Dwight Clark, the former San Francisco 49ers receiver whose soaring touchdown catch in 1982 is one of the iconic plays in NFL history, died Monday at the age of 61 from complications of ALS.