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John McEnroe Refuses to Apologize for Saying Serena Williams Would Rank ‘Like 700’ if She Played with Men

John McEnroe Refuses to Apologize for Saying Serena Williams Would Rank ‘Like 700’ if She Played with Men
John McEnroe isn’t saying sorry for his comment that Serena Williams would be “like 700 in the world” in the men’s tennis rankings — but he does have a new ranking for the decorated athlete.

In an interview with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, McEnroe addressed his controversial earlier remark to NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in which he called Williams the “best female player ever,” refusing to drop the gender identifier.

Host Norah O’Donnell asked the former tennis player whether he’d like to apologize.

McEnroe’s reply? “No.”

The 58-year-old explained, “She’s the greatest female player that ever lived,
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Put Rivalry Aside to Team Up for Laver Cup

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The greatest rivals in tennis today will put their personal competition aside to play together in the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague next year. Five tennis legends - Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe - came together for a press conference to announce details about the Laver Cup on Wednesday. Named after tennis legend Ron Laver, the tournament was first announced during the Australian Open in January as a men's team event that will take place annually in September, but not during an Olympic year. The cup will feature a European team against a group
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Novak Djokovic Clinches French Open, Makes History as the Titleholder of Four Majors

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Novak Djokovic Clinches French Open, Makes History as the Titleholder of Four Majors
Novak Djokovic served his way to victory on Sunday, defeating Andy Murray to win the 2016 French Open - and to make history. Djokovic, who is currently ranked first in the world, defeat Murray (No. 2) in four sets in Paris, becoming the first man in tennis to hold all four major titles since 1969, according to USA Today. The 29-year-old Serbian player has never won at the French Open, despite being a finalist three times in recent years, and competing 12 times, reported Espn. Only one of eight men to complete the career Grand Slam, Djokovic joins an impressive group of tennis elites,
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Novak Djokovic Clinches French Open, Makes History as the Titleholder of Four Majors

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Novak Djokovic Clinches French Open, Makes History as the Titleholder of Four Majors
Novak Djokovic served his way to victory on Sunday, defeating Andy Murray to win the 2016 French Open - and to make history. Djokovic, who is currently ranked first in the world, defeat Murray (No. 2) in four sets in Paris, becoming the first man in tennis to hold all four major titles since 1969, according to USA Today. The 29-year-old Serbian player has never won at the French Open, despite being a finalist three times in recent years, and competing 12 times, reported Espn. Only one of eight men to complete the career Grand Slam, Djokovic joins an impressive group of tennis elites,
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10 Greatest Wimbledon Champions Of All Time

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The Wimbledon Championships are the Mecca for all tennis professionals, proving why it is the most coveted Grand Slam in the tennis calendar. Since its inauguration in 1877, Wimbledon has consistently attracted the world’s greatest players to SW19 all hoping to be crowned champion. The history of the prestigious event cannot be underestimated, making it the highlight of the tennis calendar each and every year.

For the majority of its 128 championships, Wimbledon played host to tennis’ greatest amateur players, including former British three-time champion Fred Perry and all-round tennis legend Rod Laver. Due to its immense popularity, commercial pressures and rumours of amateurs taking money under the table, the Wimbledon Championships entered the open era in 1968. This is heralded as the birth of modern, professional tennis and was the first time that players could legitimately earn a living from their sport.

Since then the grass courts of Wimbledon have
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Venus Vs. | 2013 Laff Review

Men Are From Mars: DuVernay’s Fascinating Sports Doc Focuses on Elusive Williams Sister

Director Ava DuVernay further displays the fascinating reaches of her talents with her latest project, Venus Vs. a sports documentary for Espn centered exclusively on the inspirational Venus Williams. DuVernay, who began her directorial career in documentary, but is now perhaps more widely recognized for her expertly hewn pair of dramas, I Will Follow in 2011 and Middle of Nowhere in 2012 (for which you can add the parenthetical moniker “trailblazer,” as she’s the first black woman to take home the Best Director prize at Sundance), astoundingly revealed that she’s not well versed in the sports or tennis realm. Perhaps this is why the film, which follows on the heels of another doc focusing on the Williams sisters that opened earlier this year, feels so readily accessible to all. The film will air on Espn (July
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Way To Blue, G-Day USA, Keshet & ‘Girlfri3nds’, Sky Hire

Way To Blue Becomes Full-Service Agency Brit-founded international digital marketing agency Way to Blue will go full-service with the hiring of teams dedicated to social and offline publicity. The web specialists run offices in London, La, Paris, Madrid and Sydney, and have hired Daniel Heale, former Vue Entertainment head of marketing, and Laura Pettit, former head of film at Diffusion PR. Heale will become associate director of social, while Pettit takes up a post as UK entertainment director. “We believe that being able to offer clients an integrated service is the future for the film and entertainment industry,” said Adam Rubins, the company’s entertainment CEO. Way to Blue’s clients have included 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment. – Joe Utichi Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close And Olivia Newton-John Set As Presenters At G-Day USA Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close and Olivia Newton-John will present
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend Wimbledon

Prince William and Duchess Catherine cheered on Roger Federer and Andy Murray at Wimbledon yesterday (04.07.12). The royals watched the players in their quarter final matches from the royal box at the tennis event in London, joined by an impressive array of stars, including former tennis players Rod Laver and Andre Agassi and royals Prince Michael of Kent and Lady Frederick Windsor. For the matches Catherine chose a knee-length cream Alexander McQueen dress with a double navy line trim and neckerchief style collar. The duchess - a keen tennis player - was seen explaining a few technicalities to William as they watched the games, and they also shared a few jokes with All England Club chairman Philip Brook
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Rafael Nadal wins French Open, passes Bjorn Borg for most French Open wins

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Rafael Nadal (above, right) defeated the No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic (above, left) in the rain-delayed French Open final to pass tennis great Bjorn Borg for most titles won at the major with seven. It is easily Nadal's best major - he is virtually unbeatable on the clay surface. The next-most titles he has at a major are two wins at Wimbledon.

Djokovic was stopped in his quest to be the first man since Rod Laver to win four consecutive majors. He had topped Nadal in the previous three - defeating Rafa at 2011 Wimbledon, 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 Australian Open. Their rivalry was the first to meet up at four Slam finals in a row.

Nadal is 52-1 all time at the French Open. His only loss came in 2009 to Roger Soderling and Rafa later admitted he was battling injuries and off-the-court family problems at the time.

After the match, Nadal tells NBC's John McEnroe,
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Pauline Betz obituary

Top Us tennis player who won five Grand Slam titles in the 1940s

Pauline Betz, who has died aged 91, was a leading tennis player of the 1940s, winning five Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon in 1946, the first time she competed in the tournament. But she was never able to defend the title. The next year she became the victim of one of the worst examples of ruthless pomposity by amateur officials in the days when "professional" in sport was a dirty word.

Until the arrival of open tennis in 1968, anyone signing a contract with a professional promoter was immediately banned from all the world's great tournaments, such as Wimbledon and Roland Garros. But Betz was banned without even having signed a contract. In fact, it was only on the evidence of a letter written by a third party – Elwood Cooke, who was the husband of another player, Sarah Palfrey
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Katy Perry covers Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

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We prefer Nick Jonas' version, but Katy Perry's isn't half bad.

Perry decided to have a little fun at her concert in Melbourne, Australia, on -- what else? -- Friday, Apr. 29. The "Teenage Dream" singer put her own spin on Rebecca Black's infamous hit song "Friday."

"So I can't play the flute, but it doesn't really matter," Perry tells the crowd. "You know why? 'Cause all magical things happen on a Friday." With that, she launches into her cover of "Friday," which prompts the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena to cheer.

The concert-goers clearly enjoyed the surprise -- cheering and singing along to the chorus. An added bonus is that they finally learned Sunday comes after Saturday, which comes after Friday... or not because Perry only performed half of the song.

Watch Katy Perry perform "Friday" below:
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Miley Cyrus Slams Lip-Sync Artists and Internet Sensations

Miley Cyrus is not a fan of lip-sync artists and internet sensations. In an interview with Australia's The Telegraph to promote her upcoming tour, she blasts those preferring to mime their songs rather than singing live, "I would rather someone say I sang like crap than have people see me lip-sync."

Talking about today's aspiring singers who use YouTube to gain fame, Miley stated, "It should be harder to be an artist." In a further statement, the "Can't Be Tamed" singer added, "You shouldn't just be able to put a song on YouTube and go out on tour."

Although the former "Hannah Montana" star didn't mention any name, many people quickly link her statement as a diss to Britney Spears and Rebecca Black. The former is well known for her lip-sync concerts, while the latter gained overnight fame via her viral hit "Friday".

Commenting on today's social networking trend, Miley gushed,
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Review: Top Spin 4 (Xbox 360)

Tennis games have long been a staple of video gaming ever since the early days of the Grandstand “console” and the likes of Pong with its paddle controls. Since then we’ve had numerous games on many different formats, some successful – Virtua Tennis, some not so much – Jennifer Capriati Tennis. There have also been different takes on video game tennis, from fun games like Wii Sports to true tennis simulations like Top Spin… Of which Top Spin 4 is the latest iteration.

Top Spin 4, developed by 2K Czech, published by 2K Sports and released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, is (as per the title) the fourth game in the Top Spin series and features licensed professional players and venues, including tennis superstars such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

After the third installment, which overly complicated the technical aspects of the game
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Ke$ha Hooks Up With Calvin Harris at Rihanna's Concert

Ke$ha was reportedly spotted at Rihanna's concert in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, March 8 but her ultimate entertainment was apparently not the Barbados-born singer. The "TiK ToK" hitmaker was said hooking up with DJ Calvin Harris during the show at the Rod Laver Arena.

"They were getting right into it," sources told Melbourne Herald Sun (via PopEater). "They were practically fornicating. They were all over each other and didn't care who was watching." After some Pda, Ke$ha and Calvin were reported leaving the show early.

Ke$ha and Calvin first met in 2009 when she supported the Scottish record producer on tour. Calvin is currently supporting Rihanna on her Last Girl on Earth tour and the "Blow" singer allegedly decided to fly to Australia when she heard Calvin was there.
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More Coal Miners Trapped; Rescue Underway

• An explosion at a coal mine in Sardinata, Colombia has trapped 30 workers. Eight people have been rescued so far and no deaths have been reported. [MSNBC] • Novelist and poet Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial theory of butterfly migration and evolution was proven correct over 60 years after its initial proposal. A team of Harvard lepidopterists conducted a series of tests in the Andes mountains that corroborated his theory. [The New York Times] • The government reported yesterday that nearly two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders have failed to show proficiency in science. Nabokov would not be pleased. [The Washington Post] • Rafael Nadal lost in straight sets to David Ferrer in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, battling a hamstring injury and ending his run to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles. Rod Laver, the last man to hold all four titles, did so in 1969. [The Guardian] • Michael Jackson's doctor pleads not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter for the singer's death by overdose.
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Tennis coach 'embarrassed by boobs text'

Tennis coach 'embarrassed by boobs text'
Australian Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge was embarrassed on court yesterday when Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters revealed the contents of a text he had sent her friend Rennae Stubbs. During a live TV interview at the Rod Laver Arena following her win over Carla Suarez, Clijsters announced what Woodbrige had said to the former doubles champion. Clijsters said: "By the way, Rennae Stubbs showed me a text message you wrote about me in Sydney... you thought I was pregnant? Let me say what was written in the message... 'She looks really grumpy and her boobs are bigger!'" As the crowd applauded, Woodbridge quipped: "Well that's the end of my TV (more)
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After The Party, It’s The Afterparty: What Happened After The Cameras Stopped Rolling At The 2011 Critics’ Choice Awards

Last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were a star studded affair, full of impeccably dressed A-listers like Natalie Portman and laugh out loud moments. But in Hollywood, the party never really gets going until the cameras stop rolling. Fortunately, we were on the scene and are ready to spill our guts.

As the show closed, we made our way back to the Press Tent in hopes of catching another up close glimpse of Natalie Portman (who utterly transfixed us on the red carpet earlier, to the point where it wasn’t until after she left that we realized we were standing in a shallow pool of drool). As we waited around, we quickly realized that we were actually standing in the exact same place where every celebrity who attended stayed until the end of the show was getting picked up by their limos/Escalades/4-wheelers*. That’s when we saw…
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After The Party, It’s The Afterparty: What Happened After The Cameras Stopped Rolling At The 2011 Critics’ Choice Awards

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Last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were a star studded affair, full of impeccably dressed A-listers like Natalie Portman and laugh out loud moments. But in Hollywood, the party never really gets going until the cameras stop rolling. Fortunately, we were on the scene and are ready to spill our guts. As the show closed, we made our way back to the Press Tent in hopes of catching another up close glimpse of Natalie Portman (who utterly transfixed us on the red carpet earlier, to the point where it wasn’t until after she left that we realized we were standing in a shallow pool of drool). As we waited around, we quickly realized that we were actually standing in the exact same place where every celebrity who attended stayed until the end of the show was getting picked up by their limos/Escalades/4-wheelers*. That’s when we saw…
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Akon Banned From Performing in Australia

R&B star Akon has been banned from performing at a gig in Melbourne, Australia after his 2009 concert in the city was marred by violence. The singer was due to play at the Summerbeatz festival at Rod Laver Arena on November 25, but bosses at the venue have forbidden the star from going ahead with the show following last year's gig brawl.

Akon was performing at Melbourne's HiSense Arena as part of his co-headlining show with T-Pain last October when rival gangs began fighting, prompting Akon to halt the event. At least 18 people received medical treatment, including two security guards, while nine were taken to hospital following the riots.

And Akon has now been forced to miss Melbourne out of his Australian tour, which kicks off next month. The star's music promoter Dwayne Cross says in a statement, "Akon will not be performing in Melbourne on the Summerbeatz 2010 Tour. This is
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Akon banned from performing in Australia

Akon banned from performing in Australia
London, Oct 28 – R&B star Akon has been banned from performing at a gig in Melbourne after his 2009 concert in the city was marred by violence.

The singer was due to play at the Summerbeatz festival in the Rod Laver Arena Nov 25, but bosses at the venue have forbidden the star from going ahead with the show following last year’s gig brawl, reports contactmusic.com.

Akon was performing at Melbourne’s HiSense Arena as part of his co-headlining show with T-Pain last October when rival gangs began fighting, prompting the singer to.
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