Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Players' Court Dramas

Andre Agassi's second-round exit at the U.S. Open may have been tough for the defending champion, but it's not the battle that's haunting him. Just two days before his straight-set loss, tennis's No. 1--who's been in a slump since January--revealed that his mom and sister are both fighting cancer. "It's been a very difficult year in many respects," he told CBS, "with my sister having breast cancer, and my mom was diagnosed with it just a month ago." He's not the only player with family troubles. Aussie star Jelena Dokic's dad and coach, Damir Dokic, was banned from the rest of the tournament after he got into a food fight with a cafeteria worker. But the biggest uproar at the open has been over a nude statue honoring Arthur Ashe that leaves little--at least anatomically speaking--to the imagination. The artist, Eric Fischl, defended his stylized sculpture, saying the public nude simply contradicts people's preconceived ideas about the modest tennis great. We never conceived of this much.

Do We Hear Wedding Bells for Madonna?

First came baby Rocco. now maybe a rock? The London Sun reports that Madonna will marry her Guy, British director Guy Ritchie, by the end of the year. "Rocco's difficult birth has led to Guy realizing all he wants is to marry Madonna and become a family," Erin Berg, Ritchie's producer and friend, is quoted as saying in the tab. Meanwhile, Madonna, 42, was snapped wearing a big, fat diamond on her ring finger while out with Ritchie, 31, in Los Angeles. …

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