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Lindsey Vonn memoir coming next year

Lindsey Vonn, the retired Alpine skiing champion, is ready to look back.

Vonn's memoir, "Rise: My Story," will come next year, Dey Street Books announced Monday. Vonn will describe her "epic journey" from childhood in Minnesota to international fame; her achievements, including 82 World Cup wins and three Olympic medals; and the injuries ranging from fractures near her left knee joint to a broken arm, that made her decide to quit.

"I think I have plenty to talk about with my injuries, obviously, my entire career and my personal life, my family," Vonn told The Associated Press during a red carpet appearance Monday. "There's a lot that's happened in my life, and I feel like I want to share that and empower other women to be independent and strong and believe in themselves."

Vonn, 34, retired in February after the world championships in Are, Sweden. She won a bronze medal in her final race, the downhill competition.

Madonna rebuffs Eurovision boycott calls

Pop star Madonna has rejected calls for her to boycott this year's Eurovision song contest in Israel, saying she will "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda."

Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday, ahead of her expected arrival in Tel Aviv for a performance at the Eurovision event.

Madonna said her "heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict."

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She says she prays for "a new path toward peace."

The Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel has urged artists to skip this week's Eurovision in Tel Aviv. In a statement, it accused Madonna of "artwashing" and urged her to cancel.

'Killing Eve' big winner at British TV awards

Sharp-edged spy thriller "Killing Eve" has won three major trophies at the British Academy Television Awards, including best drama series.

Jodie Comer was named best actress for her performance as ruthless assassin Villanelle. She beat co-star Sandra Oh, who plays Villanelle's secret-agent nemesis Eve.

Fiona Shaw was named best supporting actress on Sunday for playing a spy chief in the BBC series.

The show's creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, thanked her cast "for taking risks. Jodie Comer almost swallowed a wasp in Tuscany. It was a really edgy moment that we did capture on camera."

Benedict Cumberbatch was named best actor in a drama for playing a man confronting a lifetime of demons in "Patrick Melrose."

The supporting actor trophy went to Ben Whishaw for political drama "A Very English Scandal."

Todays birthdays: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 83. Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is 77. Musician Brian Eno is 71. Actor Lee Horsley ("Matt Houston") is 64. Rapper Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five is 58. Actor David Charvet ("Melrose Place") is 47. Actress Alexandra Breckenridge ("The Walking Dead," ''American Horror Story") is 37. Guitarist Nick Perri (Shinedown) is 35.


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