|The Social Climber|
|Jul 1, 2013, 7:49 AM|
Add Serena Williams to the list of champions laid low by fresh-faced upstarts at this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament.
Third-seeded German Sabine Lisicki unseated the defending champion in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 rout, ending Williams' 34-match winning streak.
"I'm still shaking," Lisicki said in an interview after the match. "I'm just so happy."
Men's greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were also both upset in the early rounds.
Avril Lavigne is hoping for a "happy ending" with Nickelback (really, Avril?) frontman Chad Kroeger.
The two Canadians tied the knot in Southern France this weekend, according to Lavigne's spokesman. "I want all the guests who come to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience and I want everyone to say, 'Wow!' and for it to be special for everyone, not just us," Lavigne, 28, recently told US Weekly about her plans for the lavish reception. They were engaged in August.
A high-wire performer with Cirque du Soleil died after falling 50 feet during a performance of "KA" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Acrobat Sarah Guyard, 31, who was an original member of the "KA" cast, fell after a wire suspending her reportedly snapped Saturday night. She died on the way to the hospital.
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte issued a statement saying he was heartbroken by the death, and performances of the $165 million show have been canceled indefinitely.
Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral for rapper Lil Snupe, whose accused killer turned himself in to authorities last week.
Lil Snupe, 18, born Addarren Ross, was a promising rapper who had recently signed with a major record label. He was laid to rest at the high school he attended in Shreveport, La.
Oh, Canada, that's so polite of you to plan your birthday party early enough that it doesn't conflict with ours.
Canada turns a spry 146 today. Our neighbors to the north will celebrate with the usual appropriated rituals of outdoor concerts, cookouts and fireworks.
But there are some Canadians who aren't too keen on celebrating this year. Some 1,350 diplomats, including embassy staff in the United States, are on strike, which means there might not be any Canadians at the annual pancake breakfast at the embassy in Washington.
An elite team of 19 firefighters died Sunday while trying to protect themselves under fire-resistant shields from a fast-moving wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., according to officials.
Authorities believe the wildfire began in Yarnell, about 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, Friday with a lightning strike and spread to at least 2,000 acres Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. As of 3 a.m. this morning, the Yarnell fire had tripled in size and is now 6,000 acres, according to Arizona incident commander Mike Reichling.
Eighteen of the victims were from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots, fire officials said. It's unclear where the other victim was based.
Brooke Hogan, who is best known as Hulk Hogan's daughter, despite efforts to make it as a reality-TV star and a singer, is engaged.
The 25-year-old blonde posted photos of beau Phil Costa of the Dallas Cowboys, proposing in Las Vegas.
"Happiest moment of my LIFE," Hogan posted online. "I am marrying my best friend. I wouldn't choose anyone else. I am so lucky and so grateful."