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German Soccer Star Says He Quit National Team Over Racism

In a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account, midfielder Mesut Ozil of the German national soccer team said he is quitting due to racism — this coming after he posed for a photo in May with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ozil said, “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.” His family traces their roots to Turkey and he is proud of his background. He said that after the photo with Erdogan was picked up by German media, it caused a firestorm of criticism and racist language. In his statement, Ozil said the photo taken at a London event “wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said through a spokesperson that she “respects” Ozil’s decision and his accomplishments.”  ...Read more

Lewis Hamilton Wins German Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One championship lead on Sunday, winning the German Grand Prix after race leader Sebastian Vettel crashed. However, Hamilton was summoned to speak to stewards to explain a move late in the race, where he went to the pits and then aborted his move. He escaped with a reprimand and so kept his win, his fourth this season and 66th overall. The incident came while the safety car was deployed following Vettel’s sudden crash. Hamilton decided against pitting at the last second and crossed the grass to rejoin the track — which is prohibited. “I just slowed down and trundled over some grass, and tried to join the track as safely as I could,” said Hamilton, who finished ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.  ...Read more