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Libya says women's soccer team can't play tournament due to Ramadan

Yet, national women's soccer team a lightning rod for religious extremists in Libya.
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Libyan women gather during International Women's Day in Tripoli on March 9, 2013. Arabic writing on placard reads "Women Rights is the Red Line." (MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Saying it cannot allow its national women’s soccer team to play during Ramadan, Libya has withdrawn from an important international tournament in Germany this weekend.

Given that the team has attracted unwanted attention from religious extremists, however, that might only be a half-truth.

The Libyan federation isn’t allowing the women to play because during the holy month, Muslims are supposed to fast from early dawn to sunset.


FIFA announces 2014 Brazil World Cup ticket prices

FIFA announced ticket prices for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Friday, with a base price for overseas fans set at $90 for initial group matches.
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Players will face off under the sun in Brazil World Cup. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)
The cheapest tickets for overseas fans for the tournament's final match on July 13 will be $440 and the most expensive $990. June 12 opening match tickets are set to start at $220.

Tour de France: Not the yellow jersey you want

British rider Mark Cavendish is reportedly sprayed with urine during Tour de France cycling race.
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Mark Cavendish of Great Britain signs autographs at the Tour de France on July 6, 2013 in Castres. (Bryn Lennon/AFP/Getty Images)

In France, Mark Cavendish is not No. 1.

It sounds like the ultimate protest against cycling’s drug culture, but apparently that isn’t why a fan doused the British rider with urine on Wednesday during the Tour de France.

Competitor Jerome Pineau broke the news on Twitter, saying he was “ashamed” by supporters lining the race route.


Andy Murray ends Britain's Wimbledon dry spell with an epic win

Andy Murray beat world number-one Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon on Sunday, becoming the first British man to win in 77 years.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
No British man has won Wimbledon in nearly 80 years.

France's Marion Bartoli wins women’s Wimbledon final

Marion Bartoli won her first career Grand Slam at Wimbledon on Saturday, defeating Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 21 minutes.
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Marion Bartoli of France celebrates on day twelve of Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2013 in London, England. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
“Gosh, dreams came true,“ said Bartoli.

Parvez Rasool: First Jammu and Kashmir cricketer on India squad

All-rounder Parvez Rasool, 24, has become the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be selected for India's national team.
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West Indies cricketer Kemar Roach hits a boundary as Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (R) looks on in Port of Spain on July 5, 2013. (Jewel Samad/Getty Images)
"No news can be bigger for a coach than his ward being selected for the Indian team. It is the happiest day of my life. Today I have accomplished my goal. The hard work we put in has paid off," said Rasool's coach, Abdul Qayoom.
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Iranian women wave national flags during a rally to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Azadi Square in Tehran on Feb. 11, 2012. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
A female swimmer takes on Islamic authorities in Iran.

NFL's Aaron Hernandez charged with murder, held without bail

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged on Wednesday with murder and ordered held without bail in the death of fellow NFL player Odin Lloyd.
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Aaron Hernandez, #81 of the New England Patriots, reacts after a catch in the third quarter against the Houston Texans during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Hernandez was charged in the murder of fellow NFL player Odin Lloyd on June 26, 2013. (Elsa/Getty Images)
Hernandez — wearing red shorts and sneakers, and with his arms inside a white V-neck t-shirt and behind his back — was handcuffed, led out of his home and put in the back seat of a police car.

Rafael Nadal loses to Steve Darcis in the first round at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal has suffered a shocking a first-round Wimbledon defeat to Belgian Steve Darcis.
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Steve DarcisSpain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Belgium's Steve Darcis during their men's first round match on day one of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2013. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
In a first, Rafael Nadal has crashed out of the first round of a Grand Slam event, losing to the 135th-ranked Steve Darcis, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 at Wimbledon.

NBA great Scottie Pippen arrested on assault charges (VIDEO)

Former Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen was arrested on charges he attacked a man seeking an autograph outside Nobu restaurant in Malibu, California.
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Former Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen looks on as the Bulls play the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2011, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Former Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen was arrested Monday on assault charges for allegedly attacking a man seeking an autograph.