Google Down the Line!: 2010-10-17

Saturday, October 23, 2010

PHOTO OP: "How's this for more leg?"

Let's give a big congrats to Robin Soderling. No, not for giving his best spread eagle or getting bounced from the quarterfinals of Stockholm by Florian Mayer.

The towering Swede received his official acceptance into the ATP Art School after clinching the fifth spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Sadly, Sod's self-portrait moment wasn't captured on video (yet) but here's a shot of his masterpiece:

His portrait along with those created by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will be displayed at the La Galleria Pall Mall in London from November 8-18 and will be auctioned online for charity through

If it was up to me I would've picked that uber-sexy pose from the top pic for his portrait. But I guess that's why it's not. Drats.

[Photo(s): Getty Images, ATP World Tour]
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Friday, October 22, 2010

VIDEO VAULT: She's a giver, not a receiver

It's because I'm four. And because I wish this U.S. midterm election season would just curl up in a corner and die a slow, moldy death.

Happy Friday!

[Via: DListed]

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

(UPDATED) Maria Sharapova engaged to Lakers' Sasha Vujacic

A "Congratulations!" is in order for Maria Sharapova and her now fiance Sasha Vujacic.

The L.A. Laker guard proposed to Shrieka this past Tuesday and apparently gave the 3-time Grand Slammer a hefty engagement ring. The news was first reported by gossip site TMZ and confirmed by CNBC's Darren Rovell. The pair have been dating for about a year.

So the next obvious question (at least for me) is: Who will be designing Shrieka's wedding dress?!

I'm readying my rice. Just in case.

UPDATE: Sasha gave up a few details on how they're feeling about the engagement and how it all went down. Via SI:

"We are engaged and are both really happy," Vujacic said Thursday night before the Lakers' exhibition game against Golden State. "It's good and now we can focus on other things."

The agent for three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova confirmed the news in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Vujacic said he proposed on the one-year anniversary of their first meeting at a friend's barbecue.

"It's was probably old school," Vujacic said. "I had to do it like a gentlemen."

Vujacic said a wedding date hasn't been set.

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VIDEO VAULT: Murray makes four while the ladies look back (with Mystery Baller Bonus!)

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Compared to the entries by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray's official induction into the ATP Art School for clinching the fourth spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is like video Ambien. Where's the slap-stick humor, the physical comedy, the punched-in-your-gut-rolling-on-the-floor lulz?? Oh right. That's not your bag (poor Kim.) Moving on...

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Here are Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur and few others discussing their 2010 seasons. This video was obviously shot before Wozzi, who describes here year at that point as "really good," moved into the WTA Penthouse. I mean, I'd at least expect a "really, really good" for that accomplishment.

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BONUS: This young baller won the junior French Open + Wimbledon titles in 1978 and then went on to rule the pros, reaching World No. 1 and collecting 8 majors. He retired in 1994. Can you guess who he is (before watching the video y'all?)

[Videos via ATP, WTA]
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PHOTO OP: Pick your spots

"Don't worry Serg. This translates to golf, too."

Here's Rafael Nadal with Sergio Garcia doing what he does best (fine, one of the things) during a pro - am at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo in Castellon de la Plana, Spain.

I must say I'm loving these khakis on him, though they're probably not too happy being eaten up by his infamous ass-ets.

More pics after the jump (click the headline.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Working the system Williams-style

The suspense was unbearable! But, in the end, she did the unthinkable: Serena Williams called it a season today ending any hopes of her participation at the WTA Championships in Doha or the Fed Cup final versus Italy taking place in San Diego. The 13-time Grand Slammer "re-tore" the tendon in her right foot during practice and underwent another "procedure" to repair it. See? Only fashion shows, parties and trips to the beach for ReRe from now on!

I mean, like me, you must've been at the sitting at the edge of your couch in anticipation of this news after she announced she re-injured the foot and pulled out of Linz. But seriously, even if she were completely healthy she nor her sister, Venus, are ever a lock to play Fed Cup or at any point during the fall season. This news is hardly a surprise to hardcore tennis fans.

But will ReRe's withdrawal from the FC final, which takes place November 6 - 7, hurt her chances to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London? Well, according to Olympic rules a lady baller need only make herself available to play in two calendar years of the four leading up to the next Olympics to qualify for the team. Talk about being vague. So, was her cry of "I wanna play the final!" before pulling out with injury enough to count as "being available?" Perhaps. She must, according to this article by tennis scribe Paula Vergara, be present on-site for the tie in order to fulfill her commitment for this year. She would then need to be available next year or in 2012 to make the team that same year. For what it's worth, Venus Williams is in the same boat. 

Coach Mary Jo Fernandez knows that even in 2012 the Sisters Sledge will be the team's best chance at climbing the podium. It will be on grass and they have been so dominant on the surface collecting a combined 8 singles titles, 4 doubles titles and 1 mixed at Wimbledon.

I honestly can't think of any scenario where the Sisters Sledge won't make the Olympic team in London unless they completely opt out of all upcoming Fed Cup ties (which is not happening) or either one is severely injured. In the end, all parties involved need to make sure they've been or at least look like they've been "available."

Something tells me me we may be seeing them limping around San Diego. But, screw playing. Leave that to the kids.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Monday, October 18, 2010

VIDEO VAULT: Nadal on hand to open Rafa Nadal Tennis School in India

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Yesterday, Rafael Nadal inaugurated the Rafa Nadal Tennis School at the Anantapur Sports Village in Andhra Pradesh, India, in collaboration with Fundacion Vincente Ferrer. His mother and president of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, Ana Maria Parera, was also on hand for the ceremony.

According to his website, the school will "offer educational, psycho-social, health and nutritional support to more than a hundred children who belong to the poorest communities in the country, such as the ‘dalits’ or untouchables, tribal groups and the so-called disadvantaged castes. Through the implementation of tools such as education and sports (particularly tennis) they plan to integrate all the boys and girls from different castes, ages and places."

After the inauguration, Rafa said "I'm very conscious of the fact that I can use my image to help make a difference in a large scale. It gives me a great deal of happiness knowing I'm helping them have a better childhood and I really hope they make the best out of this opportunity."

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In tennis, size doesn't always matter

Genuine happiness and props go out to Ana Ivanovic, who ended a two year title drought by coming full circle and beating (well, more like annihilating) Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in Linz, the site of her last title.

It may be a small, International-level tourney but she probably wouldn't have made it past her first round a year ago. NaturAna came in as a wild card after Serena Williams' late injury withdrawal, though, and swept the field without losing a set. And based on the scoreline and the 47 minutes it took to seal the deal, the Serb wasn't taking any chances and came into the match focused and ready to win. How badly do you think she wanted it? Poor Patty had to bear the brunt of that pent up frustration. Ah, well.

Andy Murray also came good comprehensively outplaying Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2 in the Shanghai final and picking up his second title of the year. Even though this tourney is larger, more prestigious and holds more weight for the boys than Linz does for the ladies there was something about this win that left me feeling a little bit empty. Sure, it's another Masters 1000 and Muzz's second consecutive win over the Swiss increasing his lead in their H2H to 8-5.

But maybe that's just it: He can keep getting it up for these matches at this level but once he gets to a Grand Slam Lil' Muzz goes limp. Yup, that would make anyone feel empty. Get thee some Cialis.

Oh, and lest I forget, Tammy got win, too.

[Photo(s): Getty Images]
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