And the Baggies go to ...
This Year's Dubious Achievement Awards:
But he's keeping the hummer with the vanity plate "WSTED-TLENT":
Mark Philippoussis put his Range Rover for sale on eBay. The vehicle included the license plate, "DCHERO" a modest reference to his Davis Cup success?
Not to be confused with the Stanozolol Classic:
Despite an ugly gambling scandal, both the ATP and WTA have events sponsored by betting websites.
Last Tranago Embarrass?:
Acting on a dare from Pat Cash, Jeff Tarango entered the Wimbledon press room and asked Sania Mirza a question in Hindi. She answered in English.
Meanwhile Mark Woodforde was scrubbing the deep fryer:
Mistaken for a tournament sanitation worker, Todd Woodbridge -- winner of the most doubles titles in tennis history -- was ordered by an Australian Open custodial supervisor to stop lollygagging and pick up a discarded pie wrapper.
Because if any sport can afford to be cavalier about enthusiastic young players:
A nine-year old girl in Australia was banned from her local club for excessive grunting. (Said her mother: "What do they want me to do? Put Band-Aids over her mouth?")
You can get those low bounces on grass:
Prison guards in Queensland, Australia intercepted a shipment of tennis balls that had been stuffed with marijuana.
Lesson one: there's this thing you can do with your mouth muscles whereby you can actually curve them upward. Smiling, they call it:
Murray, the sensationally dour Scot, hired a consultant to improve his image.
Mouth of G-D:
Heckled by soccer legend Diego Maradona during a Davis Cup match, Italian tennis player Potito Starace approached the chair umpire and remarked, "'Either you throw him out or I'll go bash a racket in his teeth." (Maradona later apologized and gifted Starace an autographed shirt.)
Offended that the announcers calling his son's match weren't being sufficiently supportive, Novak Djokovic's father, Srdjan, reportedly drove to a Belgrade radio station and berated the commentators.
Giving new zest to the phrase "Keeping your eyes on the road":
American player Ashley Harkleroad posed for Playboy and announced her pregnancy shortly after the issue hit newsstands. (I believe it was Stephen Tignor who remarked, "If karma exists, she'll have a girl.")
And you thought Nadal knew how to apply spin:
Sesil Karantancheva, returning from a two-year doping suspension: "I was the one that had the longest penalty in the history of women's tennis...I hold the record. You know it's good to hold records. No matter what. There's nothing to be sad about, really."
Have a great holiday and a happy new year everyone!