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August 12, 2002
How does a 2020 Wimbledon final between Jaden Gil Agassi and Joshua Patrick Rafter sound? Well, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf had a son last October, and now Patrick Rafter and his girlfriend, Lara Feltham, are the parents of six-pound, 11-ounce Joshua, born Aug. 1. The event was front-page news in Australia, where the couple lives. "We are ecstatic to have our little man with us," Rafter said. "Everything went well with the delivery." Since Australia's Davis Cup finals loss to France last November, Rafter, 29, has been on a sabbatical from tennis; he had been playing with a bum right shoulder and other injuries for several years. Rafter's coy on whether he'll return to the ATP Tour, but last week The Courier Mail of Brisbane reported that "friends and tennis colleagues are expecting him to resume practice later this month." Marriage may top his to-do list. On Monday, when the first photo of the couple with Joshua appeared, Feltham, 33, a former swimwear model, was sporting a sparkling diamond on the ring finger of her left hand.
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August 12, 2002

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How does a 2020 Wimbledon final between Jaden Gil Agassi and Joshua Patrick Rafter sound? Well, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf had a son last October, and now Patrick Rafter and his girlfriend, Lara Feltham, are the parents of six-pound, 11-ounce Joshua, born Aug. 1. The event was front-page news in Australia, where the couple lives. "We are ecstatic to have our little man with us," Rafter said. "Everything went well with the delivery." Since Australia's Davis Cup finals loss to France last November, Rafter, 29, has been on a sabbatical from tennis; he had been playing with a bum right shoulder and other injuries for several years. Rafter's coy on whether he'll return to the ATP Tour, but last week The Courier Mail of Brisbane reported that "friends and tennis colleagues are expecting him to resume practice later this month." Marriage may top his to-do list. On Monday, when the first photo of the couple with Joshua appeared, Feltham, 33, a former swimwear model, was sporting a sparkling diamond on the ring finger of her left hand.

?Anyone can lose at one sport on a given afternoon—and then there's Dan Plesac. Two weeks ago the Phillies pitcher, who has an ownership interest in 12 harness horses, bought a partial stake in ENS I Snapshot, a trotter who went off as the third favorite in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday. After the third inning of a game against the Dodgers, Plesac ducked into the clubhouse at Veterans Stadium to watch the Kentucky Derby of trotting—and saw ENS Snapshot fade badly and finish seventh. Then, a few innings later, Plesac, a lefty reliever, found himself on the mound facing Shawn Green with two outs in the ninth and the Phillies leading 6-4. Green promptly homered to tie a game that the Dodgers would eventually win in 12 innings. Nothing could go right for Plesac that day. At about the time Green was rounding the bases, a trotter named Plesac (the horse's owner is a friend of the pitcher) finished a soundly beaten third in a lesser Meadowlands stakes. "Let's not talk about that," Plesac said when questioned about horses after the game. "Let's just talk baseball."

?Brazilian Formula One driver Enrique Bernoldi has yet to register a point on this year's circuit, but he appears to be winning in love. His budding relationship with 19-year-old tennis pinup Jelena Dokic officially went public last week when he flew in from Germany to watch Dokic at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. The two were spotted leaving the tennis facility arm in arm. "I explain a little bit of F/l to her, and she explains a bit about the tennis to me," Bernoldi, 23, told London's Sun.

? ESPN's Dick Vitale has a fan for life in David Sapp, a 39-year-old radar man for the Coast Guard in Morgan City, La. Sapp and his wife, Jackie, spent three days in Vitale's hometown of Sarasota, Fla., after winning the grand prize in the "Win a Trip to Meet Dick Vitale Contest." (No, second prize wasn't a week in Sarasota.) Vitale sponsors and runs the contest, and the Sapps' payoff included a room at the Ritz-Carlton, meals with Vitale and box seats to a Devil Rays game that Vitale chauffeured them to in a Mercedes.

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