Pete Sampras, the 39-year-old former tennis champion, has had a trophy returned to him one month after it was stolen from his West Los Angeles public storage facility, reports the Los Angeles Times. The trophy was found dumped in the city's Griffith Park alongside three of Sampras' scrapbooks.
Lieutenant ROBERT EDGAR, of the LAPD's commercial theft division, said that a citizen had contacted the authorities last Friday (17th December 2010) after discovering the stolen items in the park. Nearly 100 pieces of memorabilia were taken from the tennis player's storage lock-up last month, including his first Australian Open trophy as well as his Olympic ring and other valuable awards. Edgar said, "I can't tell you if it was a random event or if they knew if the property of Pete Sampras was there", and added that the police currently have several leads.
Sampras said that none of his items were insured because he believed there was no way to assess the value. However, LEILA DUNBAR, former vice-president at Sotheby's collectables department said, "Pete Sampras is considered to be one of the top five singles players of all time. There's going to be a lot of interest". She noted that the Australian Open trophy would have an estimated starting price of between $50,000 and $75,000.
Pete Sampras, the former professional tennis champion considered one of the greatest players of all time, has had many of his trophies and an Olympic ring stolen from his Los Angeles storage facility, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Sampras won 14 Grand Slam trophies during his long and distinguished career, but he had only stored one of them in the facility, the 1994 Australian Open trophy, which was stolen. Elsewhere, burglars took his Olympic Games ring and trophies from his 64 tour wins, as well as his two David Cups. Speaking about the discovery, the 39-year-old said it was "like having the history of my tennis life taken away". Because the trophies were first-and-foremost of sentimental value to Sampras, he never had the collection insured, and said, "For me to have it for my kids is priceless. I just hope it hasn't already been destroyed".
Sampras added that he wanted to get the word out early in the hope that the trophies may be recovered, however, he admitted that it was 'a longshot'.
Quick-thinking Sharon Stone turned a wardrobe malfunction into an auction item at a charity gala on Wednesday (05OCT05) when she invited bidding for the opportunity to fasten her dress.
The cool actress just giggled when her backless ELSIE KATZ gown became unclasped while she was serving as celebrity auctioneer at the Macy's Passport '05 Gala AIDS benefit in Santa Monica, California.
She joked, "You know how it is - you take your clothes off for a movie, and they just keep coming off."
Continue reading: Stone Turns Wardrobe Malfunction Into Auction Bonus
Property tycoon Donald Trump proved he's no master on the golf course recently, when he was placed among the bottom in a celebrity tournament.
Trump finished 56th in his debut on Sunday (18JUL04) at the $500,000 (GBP270,700) AMERICAN CENTURY celebrity golf championship at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and he admits he didn't expect the competition to be so strong.
He says, "They are all great athletes, very, very good golfers. I was surprised at the level. The level is very, very high."
Continue reading: Donald Trump Fails To Sizzle At Golf Tournament
Tennis champion Pete Sampras's actress wife is to return to work for the first time since the birth of their baby son last year (02).
The film will mark Bridgette's return to work since she gave birth to CHRISTIAN.16/10/2003 21:14
The four-bedroom Benedict Canyon home, which includes a pool and a media room, also boasts jazz star Kenny G as a former resident.
LOREN JUDD, of the WESTSIDE ESTATE AGENCY notes, "The tennis court is obviously good enough for a pro."
Continue reading: Sampras Puts House On The Market
Sports marketing tycoon MARK McCORMICK has died aged 72.
The chairman of management company IMG - dubbed the most powerful man in sport - died in a New York hospital on Friday (16MAY03) after slipping into a heart attack-induced coma.
From humble beginnings, he went on to represent international sports stars such as Tiger Woods, Pete Sampras and Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher and models including Kate Moss and Elizabeth Hurley.
Continue reading: Legendary Sports Agent Dies
Country singer Brad Paisley is now a taken man.
The 30-year-old crooner, 30, married actress Kimberly Williams, 31, on Saturday (15MAR03) in Los Angeles. A reception was held the next day in Malibu, California, where Brad serenaded Kimberly with a "cute" but funny song that included a mention of putting the toilet seat down.
Kimberly's sister ASHELY WILLIAMS of American sitcom Good Morning, MIAMI, was her maid-of-honour, while Brad's WRAPPED AROUND co-writer KELLEY LOVELACE was the best man.
Continue reading: Brad Pasiley Weds
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