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My Russian Heritage Is Non-Negotiable, Says Sharapova

Maria Sharapova's life-changing move from Siberia to Florida as a seven-year-old propelled her on a path to fame and fortune but she says she would never turn her back on her mother country.

Senh: I didn't realize that she's the highest-paid female athlete in the world. With her skills and looks, I guess it's not surprising.


Leaving North Korea, Rodman Calls Kims ‘Great Leaders’

Kim Jong-Un and Dennis Rodman

Ending his unexpected round of basketball diplomacy in North Korea on Friday, ex-N.B.A. star Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong-un an “awesome guy” and said his father and grandfather were “great leaders.”

Senh: I wonder what Obama thinks of this.


Oscar Pistorius denies charge of premeditated murder

Oscar Pistorius

As his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, cowered behind a locked door in a tiny bathroom, Oscar Pistorius strapped on his prosthetic legs, grabbed his pistol, strode seven yards to the door and fired through it four times, killing her, prosecutors alleged Tuesday as they laid out their case against the double-amputee Olympic runner in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.


Snowmobile Rider Dies From X Games Injuries

Caleb Moore, the innovative rider who crashed his snowmobile in the freestyle finals at the Winter X Games last week, was 25.


Ex-boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies after shooting

Hector Camacho

Hector "Macho" Camacho was a brash fighter with a mean jab and an aggressive style, launching himself furiously against some of the biggest names in boxing. And his bad-boy persona was not entirely an act, with a history of legal scrapes that began in his teens and continued throughout his life. The man who once starred at the pinnacle of boxing, winning several world titles, died Saturday back in the Puerto Rican town of Bayamon where he was born, ambushed in a parking lot in a car where packets of cocaine were found.


Olympic medals 'stolen' as athletes party at nightclub

Two British Olympians said Wednesday that their medals were stolen -- and they've turned to social media in an attempt to get them back.


Sports of The Times: To Excel in Tennis, United States Should Look to High Schools

U.S. Open

The United States is suffering the consequences of leaning on a model that often limits tennis to those who can afford it. The solution would be using the public school system to widen the talent pool.


California MMA fighter Jarrod Wyatt, accused of ripping out friend’s heart and tongue, pleads guilty to murder

MMA Murder

A Northern California mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend’s heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic drugs has pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.


Roddick’s Career Ends With Loss to Del Potro

Andy Roddick

Always a fan favorite at the United States Open, and the 2003 champion, Andy Roddick headed into retirement with a 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 loss to Juan Martin del Potro... More than an hour after hitting one last shot as a professional tennis player, then delivering one last, voice-wavering speech to an adoring U.S. Open audience, Andy Roddick exited the locker room one last time.


Clijsters' career ends after mixed doubles loss

Kim Clijsters hit her last shot as a pro tennis player into the net. Doubtful anyone will remember that, though. Smiling right until the end in front of 2,800 buzzing fans on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, Clijsters officially made her way into retirement Saturday night.


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