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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.

West Indies superstar Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20s when he belted a typically bellicose half-century to fire Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 21-run win over Dwayne Smith’s Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.

 

The veteran left-hander, who has not played for West Indies in 12 months, hit a sparkling 38-ball 77 — his first half-century in 17 T20 innings — as RCB, sent in at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, raced to 213 for two off their 20 overs.

 

In reply, Lions made a good fist of it, but were restricted to 192 for seven off their 20 overs, with Smith failing at the top of the order with one.

 

New Zealander Brendon McCullum pummelled 72 from 44 deliveries, but lacked support in the top order.

 

he headlines, however, were all about the sensational Gayle who with 32, six and 22 in his three previous innings in the tournament, entered the game just three shy of the 10,000-run mark.

 

And he achieved the mark in the fourth over of the innings and in his 290th T20 game when he edged seamer Basil Thampi to third man.

 

The 37-year-old then unleashed his full powers, blasting five fours and seven sixes as he raced to his 61st T20 half-century off just 23 balls, launching left-arm spinner Shivil Kaushik for his fifth six to raise the landmark.

 

Gayle featured in an up- tempo 122-run stand for the first wicket with captain Virat Kohli who punched 64 from 50 deliveries.

 

The Jamaican eventually perished in the 13th over when he was lbw to a leg-stump yorker from Thampi.

 

Gayle now has 10,074 runs, well ahead of McCullum who is second on the run-getters list with 7,596, with Australian Brad Hodge third on 7,338, and West Indies power-hitting Kieron Pollard fourth with 7,087.

Bill O'Reilly is no longer a factor at Fox News.

21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."

 

It was the first response from O'Reilly's bosses Wednesday to escalating reports that Fox News Channel's biggest star had lost his job after two decades at the network, following accusations he had harassed women and reports that the company paid millions to keep several of them quiet.

New York magazine had reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O'Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, wrote that the company was preparing to cut ties with O'Reilly. 

 

 

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