When Germany's women played their first international soccer game 25 years ago, school kids were bussed in to fill the stands and the public was at best bemused by the sight. Nobody is laughing now. Germany are the reigning world champions, the games are broadcast live on national television, the stadiums are full and the women command as much respect as their male colleagues.
Tyson Gay surged ahead in the last half of the race to win the 100m in 9,88 seconds and Sanya Richards broke the 22-year-old American 400m record at the World Cup on Saturday. Taking advantage of the absence of the world record co-holder Asafa Powell, who chose to run only in the relay, Gay ran very close to his personal best of 9,85.
Egypt overcame Mido's early injury and sent 74 000 fans into a frenzy on Saturday when it advanced to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations by beating already-qualified Côte d'Ivoire 3-1. Morocco, the runner-up two years ago, played to a 0-0 draw against Libya and dropped out of the tournament after failing to score in three games.
Didier Drogba scored again and Côte d'Ivoire are through to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations. Egypt and Morocco will have to wait to find out which of them will advance. Drogba scored his second goal in two games and the Elephants edged Libya 2-1 on Tuesday.
The German Grand Prix resembled so many other races this season: a victory for Renault's Fernando Alonso and a breakdown for Kimi Raikkonen. On Sunday, Raikkonen started from the pole and led comfortably until the 36th lap when his McLaren-Mercedes stopped on the track with hydraulic problems.
Michael Schumacher can look forward to noisy support from his loyal home fans at this weekend's German Grand Prix -- and not much else. A victory seems out of reach for the seven-time Formula One champion and his underachieving Ferrari team.
The Israeli athletes were enjoying a rare night out. With a break in the competition at the Munich Olympics, they saw a performance of ''Fiddler on the Roof'' before heading back to their rooms at the Olympic Village.