We won't be cheering on the captain of Germany's 2014 soccer world champions in Qatar this year: Philipp Lahm is foregoing the trip to the Winter World Cup. He has no use for the games in the sheikdom. "Human rights should play one of the biggest roles in awarding the tournament. When a country gets the nod that is one of the worst performers in this respect, you do wonder what criteria were used to make the decision," the 38-year-old told "Kicker". Well said, captain!
Someone bravely makes the wave against Wellbrock. 20-year-old freestyle swimmer Lukas Märtens has called attack on superstar Florian Wellbrock. "Maybe soon I will be faster than him in the 800 meters or 1500 meters," Märtens told the "Berliner Morgenpost" before the European Championships. In Magdeburg, Märtens and Wellbrock train in the same pool - the challenger seems to have become confident as a result of the training.
That night was the straw that broke the camel's back. Nneka Ogwumike, star player for the Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team, had to spend the night in the airport with teammates. Her club's flight was canceled - the women never made it home. "It's not just about basketball, it's about serious safety and health risks that need to be addressed," Ogwumike criticized in a video. In doing so, she sparked a discussion. Because while the NBA's men's teams fly in charter planes or outright private planes, the women fly line. But it's not just about flying: The airplane issue has become a symbol for women's struggle for equality.
In June, Hertha BSC soccer player Marco Richter received the shock diagnosis of testicular cancer, and already the 24-year-old is back on the pitch. Richter is allowed to play soccer again after a successful operation. He is doing well now, says Richter. However, it will take him some time to come to terms with it. "I don't think I've really come to terms with it yet, because it's a big thing. Tumor, cancer - it's intense." That's why he now advises everyone to get regular checkups.
Britain's Charlotte Fry is the new dressage world champion - but her queen remains Isabell Werth. The German helped Fry with tips before her performance in the Grand Prix Special, because the 26-year-old Fry had problems with the pirouette. She thanked her with warm words - "she is my idol and the nicest person there is."
Roger Federer keeps his word. Five years ago, a young boy named Izyan 'Zizou' Ahmad asked the Swiss tennis superstar to remain a professional for a few more years so that one day he could play against him as a professional himself. Although Zizou is still too young for professional tennis, he is considered one of the biggest talents in the USA. For his 41st birthday, Federer brought the boy to Switzerland and granted him the match.
Your knees are shaking just watching: Canadian high diver Molly Carlson now takes her fans along on her job via video. Using a head-mounted camera, Carlson filmed her jump from the 20-meter board into the diving pool. We're sure there's more to come. Carlson has also been a successful cliff diver of late. Seeing a clip of that would be a touch more spectacular.