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A 101-year-old woman has taken out gold in the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland.

Man Kaur from India proved age is no barrier as she crossed the line in one minute and 14 seconds - a mere 64 seconds off Usain Bolt's 100m world record set in 2009.

And there is no end in sight for the 101-year-old who plans to compete in the event next year.

'I enjoyed it and am very, very happy,' she told reporters after the race on Monday.  

'I'm going to run again, I'm not going to give up. I will participate, there's no full stop.'

Although Kaur was the only participant in the 100-years-and-over category, the Masters Games has attracted 25,000 competitors.

Kaur only took up athletics eight years ago, at the tender age of 93.

She had no prior sporting experience before her son suggested she join him in competing on the international masters games circuit.

After a medical check-up she was given the all-clear and since then mother and son have taken part in dozens of masters athletics meets around the globe.  

Her son told said Kaur was on a strict diet that included wheat grass juice and a daily glass of kefir (fermented milk) in preparation for the games. 

World Masters Games 2017 chief executive Jennah Wootten said the Auckland organisers were delighted to host such an inspiration.

'Man Kaur truly personifies the 'sport for all' philosophy which World Masters Games is all about and we are thrilled to have her here,' she said.

'I have no doubt that she and many of the other 24,905 athletes competing in these games are inspiring others to lead more active lifestyles and take up a sport.'

 

Serena set off frenzied excitement and speculation when she suddenly announced on Snapchat that she's 20 weeks pregnant, last week.

And she revealed on Tuesday that she shared her happy news by mistake. 

The star was speaking to Gayle King at a Ted Talks in Vancouver when she revealed that she had intended the photo in a yellow one-piece swimsuit - with the caption '20 weeks' - to be a private photo - but she accidentally posted it to the world.

The tennis number one said: 'I was on vacation, taking time for myself, and I have this thing where I've been checking my status and taking a picture every week.

'I've been just saving it, but you know how social media is — you press the wrong button and…

'My phone doesn't ring that much, and thirty minutes later, I'd missed four calls. So I picked it up and realized, 'Oh no.''

Williams said she had intended to disclose the information publicly 5 or 6 days later.

Serena now appears to have embraced sharing the news on social media, but was certainly trying to put fans off the scent only a week ago. 

She posted a picture of Kelly Rowland's new book for new mums, and captioned: ' So proud of you @kellyrowland. Ok so this book Kelly wrote is a guide for new moms. 

'One of these days I hope to apply this (but for now I'll stick to my dog Chip). The introduction is hilarious and had me hooked from the first word! Congrats my friend! #whoababy,' despite being 19 or 20 weeks down the line.  

Serena returned to the top of the WTA world rankings on Monday and immediately shared the news with her unborn baby.

The American, who is skipping the rest of the year after announcing last week that she was pregnant, took to social media to offer her first public thoughts on impending motherhood.

'My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn't know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace,' the 35-year-old who owns 23 grand slam titles, said on Instagram. 

'I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year,' she continues.

'But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you... once again today. From the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. - Your Mommy.' 

The champ is currently on a romantic holiday with her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in Mexico.

She also SnapChatted a picture of herself Googling her name - and the rankings appearing. 

'I wonder if this is a first?' she wrote. 

 

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will find out on 16 May if she has been given a wildcard for the French Open.

The 30-year-old Russian's 15-month ban for using meldonium ends on Wednesday when she plays in the first round of the Stuttgart Open as a wildcard entry.

French federation president Bernard Giudicelli said he would call Sharapova before the decision is made public on Facebook at 18:00 BST.

Sharapova is a two-time winner at Roland Garros, which starts on 28 May.

Giudicelli, who said he will discuss Sharapova's wildcard with French Open tournament director Guy Forget on 15 May, added: "The tournament is bigger than the players."

The five-time Grand Slam champion practised on Wednesday morning for the first time since her ban, before her match against Italy's Roberta Vinci.

Vinci has questioned the decision to give the Russian wildcards, but it has been defended by WTA chief Steve Simon, who said it is in keeping with how former dopers are treated in other sports.

In addition to Stuttgart, Sharapova has been granted wildcards by the organisers of the events in Madrid and Rome.

She does not have a world ranking after her points expired during her suspension and would need to reach the final in Stuttgart to be eligible for French Open qualifying.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Sharapova is likely to be given a wildcard into qualifying at Roland Garros rather than the tournament's main draw.

Meanwhile, the prize money for the French Open has been increased by 12% to 36 millions euros (£30.5m).

The winners will win 2.1 million euros each, a 100,000-euro increase from 2016, with first-round losers earning 35,000 euros.

 

Elton John has canceled multiple shows due to an illness that has dogged him for several months.

Elton has canceled shows between now and May 5 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas, where he's performed for years. He's also canceled a gig in Bakersfield, CA.

A rep for the singer says Elton recently contracted a "harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a flight home from Santiago, Chile. He underwent treatment immediately and has been told by doctors to rest.

Elton is expected to make a full recovery and will hit the stage again June 3.

 

Eighties girl band Bananarama are going to head out on a comeback tour as a trio.

Siobhan Fahey, 58 - who left the girl group in 1988 - will reunite with bandmates Sarah Dallin, 55, and Keren Woodward, 56, for the gigs 30 years after she quit.

The pop princesses broke the news on Twitter, revealing they were excited to be returning to perform live across the country.

Their official page tweeted: 'Miss Fahey is BACK! We're so excited to be going on tour this Nov/Dec.' (sic)

The Ain't What You Do hitmakers first talked about getting the girls back together over Christmas.

While Siobhan revealed she didn't say yes straight away, the songstress said she knew it was the right time to return to her roots.

Describing the moment, she told The Sun: 'It's pretty nerve wracking for me, it was 29 years ago that I left so I'm rusty to say the least.

'My heart felt a sense of absolute joy and I just felt it was the right time in my life. 

'We're going to go back and celebrate that extraordinary life we led together in our twenties.' 

Siobhan quit when she became frustrated with the direction the band was taking and went onto form Shakespears Sister.

The new UK tour will run through November and December of this year. 

Fans were sent into a frenzy and have flooded social media posts gushing with posts about the band.

One follower said: 'Siobhan Fahey returning is literally all I can think about.' 

Others followed suit, adding: 'Holy s***! Siobhan Fahey has rejoined Bananarama and they've announced a UK tour. You can't beat the original line up. Love her.'

'My life is made. @bananarama's original line up is reforming.' (sic)

'So excited about the original line up of bananarama getting back together...I feel like 14 again.' (sic)

'The queens are back.'

 

 

 

 

Erin Moran, best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days has died. She was 56.

 

Officers in Harrison County in Indiana responded to reports of an unresponsive female in Corydon, Indiana, on Saturday afternoon. First responders determined that the woman, identified as Moran, had deceased, PEOPLE has confirmed (the news was first reported by TMZ). An autopsy is pending.

 

Moran most famously played Cunningham, the younger sister to Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard) on Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984. She also starred in the spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi from 1982 to 1983, which followed her character’s romance with Chachi, played by Scott Baio.

 

Moran also appeared on The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote and The Bold and the Beautiful.

 

In 2011, Moran and three of her Happy Days costars — Don Most, Anson Williams and Marion Ross, plus the estate of Tom Bosley who died in 2010 — sued CBS for breach of contract, claiming that they had not been paid for merchandising relating to the show. In 2012, CBS and the actors settled their lawsuit, with the group receiving and undisclosed amount of money.

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. passed away in Los Angeles due to possible overdose. He was just one week away from his 73 birthday. According to TMZ, the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead on Thursday, April 20 in his car, which was parked on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, California. 

 

Law enforcement told the publication that Gooding Sr. was "slumped over in his silver Jaguar." The fire department responded to the scene at 12:58 P.M. PT and attempted CPR, but the soul singer could not be resuscitated. 

 

After finding empty booze containers in the car, police suspect an overdose is the cause of the singer's death. 

 

Gooding Sr. was the lead singer of the '70s soul group The Main Ingredient. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and their four children, including Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding. 

 

Born April 27, 1944 in New York City, Gooding was a son of Dudley MacDonald Gooding and his wife Addie Alston. His father was a Barbadian who fled to Cuba in 1936, and met and married a woman there. When she was murdered because of their affiliation with Pan Africanist leader Marcus Garvey, Dudley Gooding promised his wife on her deathbed that he would name his first son Cuba.

 

 

 

Julia Roberts has been chosen as PEOPLE's World's Most Beautiful Woman in 2017. It is the fifth time, the "Pretty Woman" actress won the title. She first graced the cover of the magazine as the World's Most Beautiful Woman back in 1991, then in 2000, 2005 and 2010. 

Julia can hardly believe that she won the title for the record fifth time. "I am very flattered," she tells PEOPLE's editor-in-chief Jess Cagle. The "Mother's Day" actress is now way ahead of pal George Clooney, who was named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive twice. She jokes, "I'm going to mention that in my Christmas card to the Clooneys this year." 

Julia says she had no idea how much her life had changed since "Pretty Woman". "People say, 'Oh, when Pretty Woman came out it must have really changed your life,' and it's kind of become this joke, but the truth is I was out of town when Pretty Woman came out," she shares. 

"I was in another movie in this tiny little town that was showing Star Wars in its first run," she continues, "I remember reading ...'Pretty Woman came out this weekend and made this much money' and I thought, 'Is that a lot of money? Is that good? Is that great?' I didn't really know." 

Julia thinks the best is yet to come. "I think I'm currently peaking," she adds. 

It has been almost a year since Prince passed away. To honor the first anniversary of the legend's death, fans can look forward to an EP titled "Deliverance" which consists of Prince's undiscovered studio recordings from 2006 to 2008. The set is going to be released on April 21 via Rogue Music Alliance. 

The EP features six tracks which were written and produced while Prince was an independent artist. The late musician wrote them with his then-recording engineer, Ian Boxill, as a protest of injustice in music industry. "I believe 'Deliverance' is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing," Boxill said in a statement. 

He then continued, "I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many. Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that's what Prince would have wanted." 

The lead single off the upcoming project has already been released. The track which is also titled "Deliverance" has religious and intense vibes. "This is not religion, but common sense/ It's time for you to get down, get down/ Get off the fence," Prince croons. "No son shall die, no mother shall cry/ All in favor, say aye/ Because time's so hard to deal with/ Deliverance is at hand, at hand." 

"Deliverance" is now available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. 

"Deliverance" track list:

"Deliverance"
"I Am"
"Touch Me"
"Sunrise Sunset"
"No One Else"
"I Am (Extended)"

Richard Simmons knows we've heard a lot about him lately, but now we're hearing from him.

The former fitness guru posted a message on his Facebook page Wednesday morning, assuring followers he's doing fine after being hospitalized this week for gastrointestinal issues.

"Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me," Simmons wrote. "Aren't you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well, by now you know that I'm not 'missing,' just a little under the weather. I'm sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.

Simmons' health and well being has sparked speculation since he retreated from the spotlight in 2014.

Last month, Los Angeles police paid a visit to Simmons' home to investigate an allegation he was being held against his will. Authorities found nothing suspicious and said Simmons was fine.

The podcast "Missing Richard Simmons," created by Dan Taberski, a man who claims to be a former friend and client of Simmons, also renewed interest in Simmons' welfare.

"We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it's just bigger than we are," Simmons wrote in his post. "I reached out and I hope you will too. I'm sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face. Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!"

Simmons posted a photo of himself from 2014, along with the message.

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