Maria Sharapova and Tennis

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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova /məˈriːə ʃærəˈpoʊvə/ (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [ˈmarija jʉrʲjɪvnə ʂarɐˈpova] ( listen); born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player who as of January 6, 2014 is ranked World No. 5 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and is the top Russian player. A United States resident since 1994,[3] Sharapova has won twenty-nine WTA singles titles, including four Grand Slamsingles titles. She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2004. The WTA has ranked Sharapova World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She became the world no. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, andRead More

Hingis to face clijsters and williams sisters in world team tennis’ 35th season

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 11, 2010) – The 2010 World TeamTennis Pro League season will be highlighted by head-to-head matches between five former and current world No. 1 players – Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport and current world No. 1 Serena Williams – during the 3-week season, which starts July 5.  League officials released the 73-match season schedule for the 10 WTT franchises today. Hingis, who plays for the New York Buzz, is scheduled to take on the Washington Kastles’ Serena Williams and Venus Williams, and Clijsters, whoRead More

Jennifer Lopez Talks to ‘Para Todos’ About Her Proudest Accomplishments

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Jennifer Lopez is absolutely gorgeous on the cover of Para Todos magazine’s April 2014 issue, in which she has been named Entertainer of the Year. Here’s what the 44-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag, which was providedexclusively to On what she is most proud of: “There are so many wonderful things that I’ve experienced in my career, but I think going on my first world tour (Dance Again World Tour) is something I am most proud of accomplishing. Performing live and connecting with the audience night after night was incredible. I felt likeRead More

Finally, Scientists Say They Have the Answer to One of Nature’s Biggest Questions

Though there have been enormous advances in scientific observations about nature over the years and many questions still remain, scientists think they can file one away as “answered.” It being: Why does a zebra have stripes? One might think the animal from the equine family wouldn’t have black and white stripes as a source of camouflage, standing out to predators among the tan grasses of sub-Saharan Africa. But what if the predator it was trying to avoid wasn’t lions or other carnivores. Think much smaller. Researchers at the University of California-Davis sayRead More

Probe into deaths of six birds of prey in Ross-shire

Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of six dead birds of prey. The five red kites and a buzzard were found in the Conon Bridge and Muir of Ord area of Ross-shire. The raptors were found at different, but nearby, locations between 18 and 24 March. Police Scotland said it was unclear at this stage how the birds died, but said it was likely the deaths involved “some form of criminality”. Det Insp Scott McDonald said: “I would ask anyone who has been working on the land orRead More

Rachel Stevens and husband Alex Bourne welcome baby girl

The former S Club 7 singer and her husband Alex Bourne – who already have a three-year-old daughter Amelie together – welcomed a second daughter last night and took to their Twitter accounts to announce the happy news. Alex, 36, wrote: “Delighted to announce the safe arrival of our gorgeous little girl! @MsRachelStevens and baby both really well. Amelie happy and ‘cited’ x.” And although the pair have yet to name the little one, they revealed that they are “totally smitten” with the newborn, who weight 7lbs 7oz. “Needless toRead More

Alanis Morissette’s husband fears stolen dog will be kidnapped

ALANIS MORISSETTE’s rapper husband MARIO TREADWAY fears their stolen pet dog will become a kidnap target if a legal battle with the couple’s former housekeeper continues to play out in the public eye. Treadway filed suit against Maria Garcia last month (Mar14), accusing the former employee of stealing the couple’s pooch, Circus, when she was fired from her role as their house manager in January (14). He claims Garcia wanted to keep the dog as part of her severance deal, but the plaintiff refused and instead asked a Los AngelesRead More

Ocean living: A step closer to reality?

The 1995 film Waterworld was one of Hollywood’s most infamous budget busters – a mega-million-dollar post-apocalyptic thriller that, at the time, cost more than any other film ever made. It did a pretty decent job of sinking Kevin Costner’s career for the rest of the decade. More importantly, it may also have helped do the same to the idea of mankind living on the sea. Though scientists aren’t predicting sea-level rises of the magnitude seen in Waterworld – hundreds of feet thanks to melting polar ice caps – we mayRead More

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams. Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly boasting about their pipe designs or subsurface drainage systems. By its very definition – the underlying structures that support our systems – infrastructure is inherently hidden from us, and therefore often overlooked. But without it our current cities couldn’t possibly exist. Without finding ways to improve it, our future cities will struggle to survive. Historically, our urbanRead More