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Katy Perry to perform at World T20 final

Katy Perry will perform before and after the Women's Twenty20 World Cup cricket final on International Women's Day as organizers bid to set a world record for attendance.

Perry will perform March 8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in what is tipped to be the biggest women's cricket match ever.

The tournament starts Feb. 21 in Sydney with defending champion Australia against India and will conclude under lights at the historic MCG

The International Cricket Council says local organizers are aiming to break the world record of 90,185 for a crowd at a women's sports event, set during the 1999 FIFA World Cup final at Pasadena, Calif.

"The final ... presents a ground breaking opportunity to set a world record for attendance at a women's sporting fixture on the day when equality and women's achievements are celebrated globally," the ICC said in a statement Wednesday.

Perry, who is India this week, said in a statement: "I'm all about celebrating equality and the achievements of women, which naturally happens on a global scale on International Women's Day. It's no coincidence that I said yes to performing live at the women's final on this day."

Marie Osmond reinjures knee ahead of big finale

Marie Osmond says she's ready to perform the final week of an 11-year run with her brother, Donny, at the Flamingo Las Vegas, after telling the audience on her television talk show that she chipped her knee late last week.

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Osmond talked about her injury during an appearance Monday on CBS' "The Talk."

Osmond. 60, was forced to back out of a performance last Saturday night, but is promising she will be back for this week's final shows.

She and Donny Osmond, who is 62, each have had hits with songs such as "Puppy Love," and "Paper Roses."

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Front-row seats for the last concert Saturday were going for $4,000 or more, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

They are from a family of performers that enjoyed huge popularity in the 1970s.

Palin: Learned of divorce plans in an email

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a Christian broadcaster she learned her husband was seeking a divorce in an email from his attorney.

The revelation came in an interview released Tuesday with James Dobson, founder of the Family Talk Christian ministry. He said the interview had been conducted previously.

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Palin said she received an email June 19 from the attorney, almost three months before Todd Palin filed for divorce on his birthday in September.

She described the filing that came shortly after their 31st wedding anniversary as devastating. "I thought I got shot," she said.

Palin said they're going through counseling and their marriage isn't "over, over." She said attorneys are "getting rich" off them.

A message seeking comment was left for an attorney believed to be representing Todd Palin.

The Palins have five children, one of whom is a minor.

Palin was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee. She resigned as governor in 2009.

Today's birthdays: Actor Ed Asner is 90. Singer Petula Clark is 87. Actor Sam Waterston ("Law and Order") is 79. Actress Beverly D'Angelo ("National Lampoon's Vacation") is 68. News correspondent John Roberts is 63. Actor Jonny Lee Miller ("Elementary," ''Eli Stone") is 47. Singer Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is 45. Actress Shailene Woodley is 28. Actress Emma Dumont ("Bunheads") is 25.

— The Associated Press


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