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PISTOL PETE CORNERED BY TMZ WHILE SHARAPOVA STRUGGLES BUT WINS

Maria Sharapova fights the hard fight

Maria Sharapova was made to fight the hard fight having to take the match against Vera Dushevina to three sets at Indian Wells.  She won 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

She must have felt the love from the crowd and especially from boyfriend and LA Lakers star Sasha Vujacic who watched her practice at the impressive BNP Paribas tournament.

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras was fighting an entirely different fight. Well not a real fight but he gave his views on celebrities who jam political views into people’s throats. And he is right. When I watch SNL or listen to U2 then that’s all I do. I don’t need them to form an opinion on politics at all.  Ofcourse he shouldn’t have pumped his fist yelling “Go McCain” whilst saying such things.

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Laker Fan Sampras Headed To The Land Of The Celtics

BOSTON, February 12, 2009 – Pete Sampras, a big fan of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, will venture into the land of his team’s top rival, the Boston Celtics, this weekend as the seven-time Wimbledon champion joins the field of champions at the Champions Cup Boston, the opening event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champion players age 30 in over. Joining Sampras in the field at Boston University’s Agganis Arena are seven-time major singles champions John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, four-time major singles champion Jim Courier, two-time major singles finalist Todd Martin and 1986 French Open runner-up Mikael Pernfors.

Sampras, a Los Angeles resident, is frequently seen sitting courtside at Laker games at the Staples Center, including last spring when the Lakers and the Celtics met in the NBA Finals. While Sampras will be rooting hard for the Lakers to return to the NBA Finals to try and avenge last year’s loss to Boston, he admits having great respect for the Celtics, their players and their franchise.

“I’m a big Laker fan, but I am a (Kevin) Garnett fan. I like Ray Allen. I am a fan of these guys,” said Sampras earlier this week to WEEI Radio in Boston. “If they meet again, it would be great for the sport. Obviously, I will be rooting for the Lakers, but I have a lot of respect for Boston.”

Sampras, the seven-time Wimbledon champion and the winner of more major singles titles (14) than any other man, will open up play on Saturday night in a semifinal match against the winner of Friday night’s match between Martin and Pernfors. Sampras has won three Outback Champions Series events in the last two years, including the 2007 title in Boston. Sampras said that he enjoys the high-level of friendly competition that the Outback Champions Series provides.

“We all take it seriously and want to play well – it is not as cut throat as it used to be – I still think there is some good tennis that is being played,” said Sampras. “We all want to win, there is prize money involved. We take it seriously, but at the same time, we can go into the locker room and be ok about it. It’s fun.”

Tickets for Champions Cup Boston are available now by logging onto www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (617) 931-2000.

Boston will be the first tournament on the 2009 Outback Champions Series, a collection of men’s tennis events in the United States and abroad featuring some of the greatest names in the sport over the age of 30. McEnroe will defend his Champions Cup title where, one year ago, he defeated Aaron Krickstein in the final to earn his first-ever tournament victory at an Outback Champions Series event.

The Champions Cup Boston schedule will kick-off with two quarterfinal singles matches on Friday evening, Feb. 13 – Martin vs. Pernfors and McEnroe vs. Wilander. Both day and night sessions on Saturday, Feb. 14 will feature a singles semifinal match and a mixed doubles match featuring Anna Kournikova and Tracy Austin, while the Sunday, Feb. 15 session will feature the third-place play-off and the championship match.

Founded in 2005, the Outback Champions Series features some of the biggest names in tennis over the last 25 years, including Sampras, McEnroe, Courier and others. To be eligible to compete on the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached at least a major singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team. The Outback Champions Series features eight events on its 2009 schedule with each event featuring $150,000 in prize money as well as Champions Series ranking points that will determine the year-end Stanford Champions Rankings No. 1. The year-end champion will receive a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Stanford Financial Group, the official rankings sponsor of the Outback Champions Series.

Champions Cup Boston is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Stanford Financial Group, Staples, ASG, Providea, Talon Air, Coca-Cola, Taj Hotel, NESN and Greater Media.

InsideOut Sports + Entertainment is a New York City-based independent producer of proprietary events and promotions founded in 2004 by former world No. 1 and Hall of Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. In 2005, InsideOut launched its signature property, the Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events including “Legendary Night” exhibitions, charity events and tennis fantasy camps such as the annual “Ultimate Fantasy Camp”. Through 2008, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment events have raised over $4 million for charity. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com.

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Short Balls: Paris Police Saw Pink, Lleyton Sees Red, And We’ll See a New ESPN.com By Summer

She’s back: After a disappointing French Open, Maria Sharapova is back stateside, taking time to follow the NBA finals. (Go Lakers!)

Stretch reaches out: Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic will not defend their Wimbledon title because Janks has decided to focus on singles. Jamie wants to give it another shot, though, and is seeking out a new partner. (WTB)

Painting Paris Pink: Police stopped four men in pink dresses running near Paris’ Arc de Triomphe on early Sunday morning. All four — fitness trainer Scott Byrnes, tennis coach Sven Groeneveld, Marcin Rozpedski, and Milos Ivanovic — made good on a promise to Ana Ivanovic to run around the French landmark if she won the French Open title. (Independent)

Happy birthday: Rich’s Down the Line! blog turns one year old. Send him some love!

Biting the hand that fed: Through his official website, Lleyton Hewitt (a Gooch-annointed “Mr. Nice Guy“) hits back at Woman’s Day for making up a story about a public meltdown between him and wife Bec Hewitt. Perhaps he’s just getting himself fired up to gun for a record-breaking fifth Queen’s Club title this week; he’ll need all the help he can get with that bum hip of his. As you may remember, WD is the same rag that Bec wrote for until this year. (Daily Telegraph)

Karl, you’re so fly! Since conquering surfing, cycling, and tennis isn’t enough, Karl Lagerfeld has moved on to fly-fishing with this designer rod. (NY)

ESPN makeover: The network’s homepage will relaunch in late summer or early fall with a sleekr design. Also expect web-only versions of Pardon the Interruption and SportsCenter. (B&C)

Trunk show: Refinery29 shows off the latest in men’s swimwear.

Where onion and garlic can peacefully coexist: If you couldn’t tell from the URL to this blog, TSF once had a thing for this American classic. (NYT)

God bless St. Germain: Add the elderflower liqueur for a new twist on another TSF fave, the sidecar.