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Floyd Mayweather should have worn high heels to the ESPYS

Floyd Mayweather Maria Sharapova

The ESPYS gave us one of the better pairings in history when they had Maria Sharapova team with Floyd Mayweather Jr. to present an award on Wednesday. And if there’s anything in the world that could bruise Floyd’s ego, it might be Maria’s height.

Floyd is 5-foot-8 and about 150 pounds. Sharapova is 6-foot-2 and about 130 pounds. Floyd’s a little guy. Maria is a huge woman. Stick Maria in some heels, and all of a sudden she’s looking like an NBA small forward.

The two actually played well off each other; Floyd got an elaborate “The Money Team” introduction skit from Drake. In response, Sharapova intentionally dwarfed him on stage to remind him who’s bigger. Floyd surprisingly was cool with the whole thing. Maybe that’s because he carries around a copy of his bank account balance and looks at it any time he’s feeling down.

At least the two gave us their best “Step Brothers” portrait:

Floyd Mayweather Maria Sharapova

The last time I saw a pairing this funny on the TV screen was when Arnold and Danny DeVito teamed up in “Junior.” If they ever tried to kiss, do you think Floyd would have to stand on a step stool? I mean, that’s what these two had to do when they kissed.

Grigor Dimitrov believes having girlfriend Maria Sharapova at his matches helps him

Maria Sharapova Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov won his third title of the year Sunday when he beat Feliciano Lopez 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 to win the Aegon Championship.

Dimitrov’s girlfriend, Maria Sharapova, was in attendance supporting Dimitrov during the final on Sunday, and he said after the match that having her around definitely helps him.

“She’s just been unbelievable, with me throughout all the year so far and just supporting me,” he said in a press conference after the match. “The feeling is pretty mutual. I hope that’s not going to be the last tournament that she’s at. Having Maria on my side definitely adds up. There is a lot to learn from a tremendous champion like her.”

Dimitrov and Sharapova confirmed their relationship last year after they were photographed by the paparazzi in Madrid. They were rumored to be dating for months before that, so they’ve been together for over a year.

Based on their successes, it seems like the relationship has been mutually beneficial.

Dimitrov has won four tournaments in his career and, at 23, is just starting to emerge. Sharapova, 27, has won 32 WTA titles and all four grand slams. She won the French Open earlier this month for the second time in her career, giving her five total majors.

When Dimitrov says there is a lot to learn from a tremendous champion like Maria, he’s absolutely correct.

Ekaterina Bychkova thinks Maria Sharapova-Grigor Dimitrov relationship is a PR move

Maria Sharapova Grigor Dimitrov

Russian tennis player Ekaterina Bychkova doesn’t make a whole lot of noise for her play, but she’s made some noise for questioning the relationship between Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov.

In an interview with Tribune Russia, Bychkova didn’t necessarily question whether the two tennis players were in love, but she did suggest that the relationship is a PR move.

Here’s how the interview Q&A went based on Google Translate:

- There was talk that she is not acting for any other reason …

– Pregnancy? Nonsense! Do you believe that Sharapova and Dimitrov …

– … Sharapova Dimitrov and love each other, and there are fears that this may adversely affect their professional careers.

– Love is love, and that’s fine, but this love PR still gives a bit … (laughs)

Tennis World had an even harsher translation of the comments.

“Love is love, but the one between her and Dimitrov seems like public relations stuff… It’s difficult to have relationships when you constantly travel around the world.”

If Sharapova and Dimitrov are together to enhance their images PR-wise, it wouldn’t be the first time celebrities got together for that reason. Many have said that’s what’s going on between Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods. But I don’t necessarily think that’s the case with Sharapova and Dimitrov.

If their relationship were just for PR purposes, then why didn’t Sharapova confirm it for several months? And if she were in a relationship to get a PR boost, wouldn’t her handlers have chosen a more marketable/well known male?

Sharapova certainly does some very creative things for PR purposes, but I don’t think this is one of them.

Maria Sharapova hires new coach – Sven Groeneveld

Maria Sharapova Sven Groeneveld

Maria Sharapova announced on Thursday that she has hired a new coach for the upcoming tennis season. The 26-year-old will be working with Sven Groeneveld (pictured far left), who has a reputation for helping to train and coach some of the top female players over the past two decades.

“I’m happy to announce my official partnership with Sven Groeneveld,” Sharapova wrote on Facebook. “We’ve been working together since I got back on the court and after seeing him on the opposing side for so many years, I’m excited to have him become a part of my team.

“It has been a very seamless transition and I have had a lot of fun with the hard work we have put in so far. Looking forward to the year ahead.”

Sharapova expressed similar optimism when Jimmy Connors was hired as her coach, but that partnership didn’t last very long. In fact, Sharapova only stuck with Connors for one match before ditching him. She missed the US Open and end of the season because of a shoulder injury that flared up in Cincinnati.

Groeneveld recently served as a coach and consultant at the Adidas Player Development Program. He most notably has coached Monica Seles, Mary Pierce and Ana Ivanovic. Hopefully for Sharapova’s sake this partnership works out well.

Maria Sharapova: Beef with Serena Williams is behind us

Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova says the issues between her and Serena Williams are behind them.

Sharapova spoke with The Wall Street Journal in August about her candy line, and the subject of her beef with Serena came up. Sharapova was reluctant to speak about the topic and kept her response brief.

“We haven’t spoken too much about it,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “But we did [put it behind us]. We left a lot of what had happened in London.”

In case you forgot, Sharapova and Serena went at it before Wimbledon. Serena started it by taking subtle shots at Sharapova in a Rolling Stone article. Sharapova fired back by telling Serena to stick to her business and by calling out Williams’ relationship with her coach. Both players lost early in the tournament, while Marion Bartoli won it.

Though Maria says the beef is behind them, we think there is still friction between the two. Unfortunately they have not played each other since then. Sharapova has been out with a shoulder injury, though we could take a guess at how the match would go; Williams is 14-2 against Sharapova and has won every match they’ve played since 2005.

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Maria Sharapova not engaged to boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov

Maria Sharapova says she is not engaged to boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, contrary to what a gossip report speculated last week.

The Daily Mail shared a photo last week of Sharapova with a ring on her ring finger and speculated that she might be engaged to Dimitrov, who is the No. 29 ranked male tennis player in the world. The report was a huge stretch because the ring on her finger looked NOTHING like an engagement ring. Still, there was enough substance behind the report that Larry King asked Sharapova whether she was engaged during an interview this week.

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Maria Sharapova reportedly had dad fire Jimmy Connors

Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova’s partnership with Jimmy Connors lasted about as long as a lead when Brandon League’s in a ballgame.

Less than five days after raving about Connors, Sharapova fired her new coach. She lost to Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Western & Southern Open last week after blowing a one set lead. By Friday, reports had said Sharapova fired Connors, who was hired in July. According to Tennis.com’s Matt Cronin, Sharapova had her father make the termination call to Connors.

Cronin says it was Sharapova’s father, Yuri, who initiated the hiring of Connors, which might be why Maria asked him to make the call to chop the head.

Sharapova is without a coach entering the US Open, which begins next week. Cronin says some observers at Cincinnati believe Sharapova’s problematic shoulder was affecting her again. No matter how you look at it, Sharapova’s in a bad spot leading up to the major.

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