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The Olympic qualification process is slowly wrapping up over the next few weeks with the continental championship qualifiers, where one WAG and one MAG athlete from each continent will earn an a nominative berth based on their performances in the all-around competition at each meet.

With the Pan Am Games serving as the qualifier for the American continents wrapping up last fall and being officially confirmed following the conclusion of the world cup series last month, next on the list were the European Championships, where Maellyse Brassart of Belgium finished 11th in qualifications and first on the list of eligible WAG athletes while Marios Georgiou of Cyprus won the men’s all-around title outright to seal his spot.

Brassart, who also attempted to qualify through the world cup series, came into Euros as one of the top contenders for a spot, and she did not disappoint with her performance, earning a 51.932 with a steady set of routines in the first subdivision. While there were a few other athletes who seemed capable of getting the upset in later subdivisions – most notably Nathalie Westlund and Jennifer Williams of Sweden and Vanesa Masova of Czechia, all of whom performed exceedingly well – ultimately Brassart was able to hang on until the end, snagging the spot just five tenths ahead of Westlund and six tenths ahead of Masova, while a fall from Williams on her beam dismount held her back by just under a point (though the incredible performances from the Swedish team in general helped them to a first-ever team finals appearance!).

Outside of Olympic qualification, Euros were an exciting and devastating event for the Italian hosts, who took home a total of eight medals, nearly sweeping the golds – including the team title two points ahead of the Brits – though missing out on a vault medal after yet another devastating injury to Asia D’Amato, who landed badly on her final floor pass to re-injure her ACL, taking her out of the conversation for the Olympic Games.

On a happier note, the meet was a star-making performance for Manila Esposito, who won the all-around title with a 55.432 in addition to snagging the gold medals on beam with a 14.4 and on floor with a 13.833 with truly brilliant work at every step of her competition. Meanwhile, Alice D’Amato, who was crushed watching her twin sustain yet another season-ending injury on a major international competition floor, fought through the pain to win the all-around silver medal with a 54.831 and then the bars gold with a 14.6.

Elisa Iorio stepped up to contribute on two events in the team final after also winning the silver medal on bars with a 14.366, and Angela Andreoli, who came onto the team last-minute to replace Giorgia Villa and then stepped into an all-around role last-minute to replace the injured D’Amato, ended up with the bronze on floor with a 13.666 and also finished third all-around with a 53.766, though she was unable to medal there due to the two-per-country limitations.

With Andreoli not eligible for the podium, Alice Kinsella was able to come in for the bronze with a 53.599, and she again proved to be an incredible leader for the British team, contributing well on all four events to help them to the silver medal. Georgia-Mae Fenton also went home with an individual medal with a 13.9 on bars to take the bronze, while Becky Downie went for broke with a big difficulty routine in that final, and though she fell there, she came back with a big hit in the team final to earn a 14.633.

Ruby Evans again proved her worth with big numbers on vault and floor in the team final, while first-year senior Abigail Martin, who stepped onto the team as the alternate replacing the injured Ondine Achampong, really impressed with her performances, making the floor final with a super powerful set that landed her in seventh.

The team bronze medal went to France, led by two-time Olympian Marine Boyer, who showed an especially stunning beam set in the apparatus final to win the bronze with a 14.033. The team was a bit hit-or-miss as a whole, but Coline Devillard was strong and consistent on vault to win another continental title there, while first-year senior Ming van Eijken also brought a rudi to the table to stand alongside her on the podium with the bronze. With the best floor routine from the French team, van Eijken also made that final, and showed why she might be pushing for one of the “regular’s” spots when it comes time to pick the Paris team this summer. Morgane Osyssek has been super valuable with the ability to contribute on every event, but lacks the level of vault and floor scores van Eijken is capable of, while Lorette Charpy didn’t look a hundred percent here and struggled even on her best event. Once Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos returns to the picture, I think Charpy and van Eijken are most at risk of being replaced, but right now I’d go with van Eijken based on potential top team scoring simulations.

The other individual medalists in Rimini included Valentina Georgieva of Bulgaria, who became the first Bulgarian woman to win a continental medal since 1990, and the second Bulgarian woman to win a silver medal on vault, following in the footsteps of Milena Mavrodieva who won in 1989; and Sabrina Voinea of Romania, who won the silver medals on beam with a 14.166 and on floor with a 13.7, showing routines that weren’t always form-perfect, but had a level of difficulty, confidence, and fight that went unmatched.

France and Italy were the standouts of the junior competition, with France taking the team title in addition to seeing Elena Colas win the all-around with a 53.265 and Maiana Prat winning the bronze with a 50.899, while Italy won the silver team medal led by Giulia Perotti, who took silver in the all-around with a 52.498.

For France, Colas also won gold on bars and bronze on vault, Prat won gold on beam, Lola Chassat won bronze on bars, and Perla Denechere won bronze on floor, and for Italy, Perotti took home a pair of gold medals on bars and floor, while Benedetta Gava and Emma Puato won the gold and silver on vault, and Emma Fioravanti won the silver on floor. Also medaling here were Sien Ghekiere of Belgium with the bronze on bars, with Belgium also surprising to take the team bronze, and Madita Mayr of Germany with the silver on beam.

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Marios Georgiou

In the men’s competition, Georgiou also came in as a top contender, so it wasn’t a surprise to see him earn the berth, but watching him get it done while also winning the gold medal with an 84.265 was a thrilling finish. Georgiou also helped Cyprus qualify to the team final for the first time in history, and went on to win three more medals in the apparatus finals, including silver on parallel bars and a pair of bronze medals on pommel horse and high bar.

Behind Georgiou on the men’s podium was also a bit of a surprise, with Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine winning the silver with an 84.031 and Yumin Abbadini of Italy winning the bronze with an 83.765.

In the floor final, the gold went to Luke Whitehouse of Great Britain with a 14.866, edging out Artem Dolgopyat of Israel with a 14.833 for silver, while Krisztofer Meszaros of Hungary won the bronze with a 14.6. Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland nailed his set to win gold with a 15.3, ahead of Loran de Munck of the Netherlands with a 14.933 for silver and Georgio with a 14.8 for bronze, while on rings, we saw a super tight battle led by Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece with a 15.0 for gold, followed by Nikita Simonov of Azerbaijan and Adem Asil of Türkiye both with score of 14.9, though Simonov won the tie-break by a tenth on execution to take the silver ahead of Asil with the bronze.

On vault, Jake Jarman of Great Britain stunned with big difficulty to average a 14.883, getting the upset for gold over Artur Davtyan of Armenia, who wound up with a 14.85 for silver, while Nazar Chepurnyi of Ukraine won the bronze with a 14.749. Illia Kovtun of Ukraine wasn’t completely at his best here, though still put on an impressive show on both parallel bars and high bar to take the titles on both with scores of 15.633 and 14.6, respectively, while Georgiou won the parallel bars silver with a 14.866 and the high bar bronze with a 14.366. The bronze medal on parallel bars went to Noe Seifert of Switzerland with a 14.833, while the silver medal on high bar went to Robert Tvorogal of Lithuania, who qualified to the Olympics on this apparatus via the world cup series, and who put up a 14.566 here.

In the team final, Ukraine ended up getting a massive upset over the team from Great Britain, winning the gold just three tenths ahead despite Kovtun being unable to compete floor or vault due to a nagging injury. The British team looked much better than they did in qualifications, thanks especially to some improvements from Joe Fraser on his three events, but a weaker high bar rotation than the Ukrainians held them back in the standings. Coming in for the bronze were the Italians, who came in a bit shy of difficulty compared to the top teams, but showed especially strong work on pommels and high bar.

The junior competition saw Anthony Mansard of France win the all-around final with an 81.499, ahead of Tommaso Brugnami of Italy with an 80.832 for the silver medal, and Gabriel Langton of Great Britain with a 79.564 for bronze. Mansard also won the gold on high bar and a pair of silver medals on floor and parallel bars, while Brugnami won the floor and rings titles along with the silver medal on vault, and Langton won silver on rings.

Also winning apparatus titles were Hamlet Manukyan of Armenia with a 14.5 on pommel horse, Sol Scott of Great Britain with a 14.466 average on vault, and Uzair Chowdhury of Great Britain with a 14.066 on parallel bars. The British team won the team title by just two hundredths ahead of the Italians, while France took the bronze a little over a point back from the top two programs, and we saw a fantastic performance from one of Austria’s strongest teams ever, seeing them finish fourth place ahead of many teams that generally far outscore them.

Complete results for the women’s competitions are available here and for the men’s competitions are available here. You can also see a full list of all who have qualified to the Olympic Games on our WAG tracker and MAG tracker.

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Title: Brassart, Georgiou Earn Olympic Berths at European Championships
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Cassie and Husband Alex Fine’s Relationship Timeline

Cassie and Husband Alex Fine s Relationship Timeline

Cassie and Alex Fine tied the knot less than one year after going public with their romance — and they’ve been going strong ever since.

“I felt really relaxed during the ceremony,” the singer, whose real name is Cassandra Ventura, told Vogue of the nuptials in October 2019. “As soon as I saw Alex, any nerves that I did have went away and I just couldn’t stop smiling.”

Cassie and Fine welcomed their first baby, daughter Frankie, two months after their wedding. Their second daughter, Sunny, was born in March 2021.

Keep scrolling for a look at Cassie and Fine’s love story over the years:

December 2018

Cassie and Husband Alex Fine s Relationship Timeline
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Cassie debuted her romance with Fine by sharing an Instagram photo of them kissing. The upload came two months after Cassie split from ex-boyfriend Sean “Diddy” Combs after dating on and off for 11 years. Cassie went on to sue Diddy in November 2023, claiming that the rapper began a pattern of control and abuse after they met in 2005.

“After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready to tell my story, and to speak up on behalf of myself and for the benefit of other women who face violence and abuse in their relationships,” she said in a statement.

Diddy vehemently denied the allegations.

“Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations. For the past six months, Mr. Combs has been subjected to Ms. Ventura’s persistent demand of $30 million, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship, which was unequivocally rejected as blatant blackmail,” his lawyer Ben Brafman said in a statement. “Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs’s reputation and seeking a payday.”

Us Weekly confirmed one day after the lawsuit was filed that Cassie and Diddy reached a settlement.

June 2019

Cassie and Husband Alex Fine s Relationship Timeline
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Cassie announced that she and Fine were expecting their first baby.

“Can’t wait to meet our baby girl 💗 Love You Always & Forever,” she captioned Instagram snaps of herself and Fine in a car.

August 2019

Fine asked the “Me & U singer” to marry him with a cowboy-themed proposal. The professional bull rider wore a cowboy hat and rode a horse over to Cassie before popping the question.

“When he got down on one knee, everything just stopped,” Cassie told Vogue in October 2019 of the romantic moment. “I felt like I lost my sense of hearing. I saw just his mouth moving and he said, ‘I Want to spend the rest of my life with you.’ I will never forget how special Alex made me feel that night.”

September 2019

Two months after getting engaged, Cassie and Fine had a backyard wedding in Malibu.

“We wanted a simple venue with a beautiful view that felt warm and romantic,” Cassie told Vogue of the big day. “We wanted the aesthetic to reflect how comfortable and content we feel with each other.”

December 2019

The pair became parents with the birth of their daughter Frankie.

“I can’t explain the amount of unconditional love and adoration that I have for my family,” Casie captioned a September 2020 carousel of Instagram photos of herself and Fine with their newborn. “I wake up everyday so thankful and happy to have my own. I will never take it for granted and will always feel honored to be able to experience this kind of love. Slowing down and simply enjoying each other has been a motto for us. We don’t need a lot, everything we need is right here.

December 2020

Cassie announced that she and Fine had another baby on the way.

“Coming soon …,” she captioned an Instagram video of then-12-month-old Frankie rubbing her baby bump as Fine held her hand.

March 2021

Cassie and Husband Alex Fine s Relationship Timeline
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The couple expanded their family with the birth of daughter Sunny.

“Welcome to the world baby girl! We love you so much Sunny Cinco Fine!” Cassie captioned a series of Instagram photos of her newborn.

March 2023

Cassie and Husband Alex Fine s Relationship Timeline
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Fine counted his blessings while commemorating his 30th birthday via Instagram, including “a wife I love [who] loves me” and “two babies that make my heart grow bigger every time they smile.”

August 2023

Cassie and Husband Alex Fine s Relationship Timeline
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Cassie penned a sweet tribute to Fine in honor of the twosome’s wedding anniversary.
“A day late, but had to make sure I showed ALL MY LOVE to this man! My husband! Happy 4th Anniversary to my Best Friend. There’s no one like you in this world,” the musician captioned a photo of the duo smiling.

She continued: “You have the biggest heart and the funniest sense of humor, your curiosity about life still surprises me and warms my heart everyday. I grow more and more and more and more in love with you as time goes on and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Most important of all, you’re only person that can actually make me laugh until I pee my pants – that says a lot. Thank you for loving me the way you do. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH!! ♥♥♥♥.”

May 2024

After CNN shared resurfaced footage of Diddy allegedly assaulting Cassie back in 2016, Fine penned an open letter to his wife and family.

“I want my kids and every kid to live in a world that’s safe for women and girls, protects them and treats them as equals,” Fine wrote via Instagram. “To the women and children, you’re not alone, and you are heard. if you need help call the domestic violence hotline at (800) 799-7233.”

He continued, “Men who hit women aren’t men. Men who enable it and protect these people aren’t men. As men, violence against women shouldn’t be inevitable, check your brothers, your friends and your family. Our daughters, sisters, mothers and wives should feel protected and loved. Hold the women in your life with the upmost regard. Men who hurt women hate women.”


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Tiger Woods missed the PGA Championship cut but his legacy played on

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Tiger Woods has always played to win. Since turning professional in 1996, he has won 82 tournaments, including 15 major championships. Perhaps, more astonishing than the victories and majors is the 142-event made cut streak that lasted over a seven-year period from 1998 to 2005, when he was the most dominant golfer that the game has ever seen.

Woods never said he was the greatest. He didn’t need to. “There is no sense in going to a tournament if you don’t believe that you can win it,” he once said.

Yet, coming into the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, Woods was circumspect about his chances of hoisting his fifth Wanamaker Trophy. Asked about the state of his game, he admitted that he was rusty and that the barrage of injuries had taken a toll on his body. “I can still hit shots,” he said on Tuesday. “It’s getting around is more of the difficulty that I face day-to-day and the recovery of pushing myself either in practice or in competition days.”

When the tournament began on Thursday, Woods, who was making his 23rd appearance in the PGA Championship, performed like the part-time player that he has become over the last several years. On his way to a 1-over par 72, the 48-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer hit a smattering of good shots but hardly kept pace in a first round that saw a record 64 players shoot under par scores.

“It’s just the competitive flow,” he said after the round. “It took me probably three holes to get back into competitive flow again and get a feel for hitting the ball out there in competition, adrenaline, temperatures, green speeds. These are all things that normally I adjust to very quickly, and it just took me a few holes to get into it.”

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Tiger Woods holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 82nd PGA Championship on Aug. 20, 2000, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

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By Friday afternoon, the tournament had been temporarily upstaged by the early morning arrest of Scottie Scheffler, the game’s No. 1 ranked player, for allegedly disobeying a police officer’s order at the entrance to the Valhalla Golf Club. Looking invincible like the Woods of old, Scheffler settled down after the shock of being handcuffed and hauled off to jail to shoot a 5-under par 66 to go into the weekend with a chance to win his second major of the year after taking the Masters last month. As Scheffler went off to answer questions about spending time in a Louisville holding cell, Woods was starting his round and would need a good one to avoid missing just his 15th cut in 93 major appearances.

Starting his second round two shots off the projected cut of 1 under par, Woods went seven over par in his first four holes to guarantee that he would miss the cut. It’s hard to imagine a worst scenario for a player already battling competitive rust and old age in a game dominated by much younger players. Here he was looking ahead to the next tournament, the next opportunity to show that he could still play at next month’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but stuck for five hours on a golf course where he had solidified his legend 24 years earlier in an epic duel with Bob May at the 2000 PGA Championship.

Back then when Woods was in the morning of his career, he turned the Jack Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club into a theater with a two-act play and May as his benevolent antagonist. In the final round in 2000, they matched each other shot for shot, creating a drama unprecedented in televised golf history. Then in the three-hole aggregate playoff, Woods survived to win by one stroke. That victory at Valhalla was the third leg of the Tiger Slam, which climaxed when Woods won the 2001 Masters.

But these are different times in the game of golf. In 2000, the PGA Tour was in the beginning of a period of monumental growth as an outsized talent with a mixed racial heritage was transforming what had long been identified as a country club sport played mostly by white people. To many, Woods was the game and the PGA Tour was his home. Now, no longer the masterful player capable of holding your attention for hours on Sunday with his feats of excellence, Woods has become a senior statesman in the game and a defender of what he has helped to build in the sport over the last 30 years.

As the biggest name on both the PGA Tour Policy Board and the PGA Tour Enterprises Board, Woods has become one of the most powerful figures in negotiations between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which funds LIV Golf. During what is turning out to be a slow and painful exit from competitive golf, Woods is helping to set the direction of the future of the game.

At Valhalla, he took on his new role.

“We’re trying to make the PGA TOUR the best it can be day-in and day-out,” he said Tuesday. “That’s one of the reasons why we have arguments and we have disagreements, but we want to do what’s best for everyone in golf and the TOUR.”

About the PGA Tour’s negotiations with LIV Golf, he said, “we’re making steps and it may not be giant steps, but we’re making steps.”

Easily missing the cut at the PGA Championship after a six-over par 77 on Friday, Woods didn’t take any steps toward reclaiming a place at the top of the pecking order of the best players. At Valhalla, he still commanded the biggest galleries like he did when he won there 24 years ago. Back then, he was looked upon by many as the savior of the game, who gave an inspiring and life-changing sermon on Sunday afternoons with his golf clubs.

That seemingly ubiquitous presence on Sundays is waning, but his star still shines brightly over these players still playing on the weekend on a stage he set for them.


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Revisit Amy Winehouse’s Celebration For “Rehab” Winning Record Of The Year In 2008 | GRAMMY Rewind

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When the world first heard Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ in 2006, the album changed pop music forever with its nostalgic, trauma-stricken grief, becoming her most enduring legacy. In honor of the beloved beehive-wearing chanteuse and the release of a new Winehouse biopic, also titled Back to Black, celebrates her life and timeless music. Look back at the 50th GRAMMY Awards in 2008, when she won her first five GRAMMYs, including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Rehab” as well as Best New Artist.

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