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    Walking everywhere for my errands to loosen up my legs for some running and court time. Been doing my prematch stretching/shadow strokes while watching the AO. Thankfully, I'm on the ground floor to avoid setting off sureshs-like tremors for tenants below.:p Can you feel the shakes in Delhi @Sentinel or in London @Vcore89 ???
     
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    No shakes here, bro.
    But i hear there were two massive eruptions somewhere (acco to @Gut4Tennis ) so we don't know what Resh overate the other day !
     
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    An old guy was working out at the gym when he spotted a young hot girl walking in. He asked the trainer standing next to him, "What machine should I use to impress that girl over there?" The trainer looked him up and down and said; "I would recommend the ATM in the lobby.":D

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    That must be @Sentinel trying to impress one of @sureshs ' Div3 bagel queen beauties!:p
     
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    Sir sentinel would surely try to impress them Div III hotties with his strength, stamina and endurance [whatever that might mean].;) Naturally, sureshs would impress them gurlz with his spraying machine!:D
     
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    At his arraignment for charges of indecent exposure, sureshs argued he was only trying to provide very needed hygienic services for his little schwettie Div3 princesses.:p:D
     
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    I recently passed our beloved and sadly departed @kiki for total posts, bumping his final resting place from page 1 of the contributor's list.

    I could not have done this without the great help and inspiration provided by all my dear friends and sparring partners, a list too long to detail. Thanks so much for this honor!:p:):D:eek:
     
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    The match between the jokester and Kei will be the unraveling of Novak...[don't mark my words unless Novak exits right there and then!:D ¡Adiós!]
     
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    A centrury of UE from Nole means he won't be bagging the AO this time--for sure!:cool: Yey!
     
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    I hit with a racquet once used by Andrei Medvedev today. This reminded me of sitting next to Anke Huber on an outside court at Roland Garros, watching Andrei play a match in the early 1990s. He later broke up with her, got back together, and broke up with her again. I don't know what either is up to today.
     
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    Wozniacki sometimes wears a black hat.
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    When it's a cool night out on the bike taxi, I wear my charcoal Harris tweed hat. I get a lot of positive feedback.
     
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    20 years ago we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs.

    Now, we have no Cash, no Hope and no Jobs.

    Please don't let Kevin ''Bacon'' [ aka @r2473 ] die.:D
     
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    The Master versus the Joker in Melbourne Park's battle royale [with cheese:D]!
     
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    About time to Chokekovic from too much gluten-free [anabolic diet] foods.:oops:
     
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    Chokovic is fine Spanish chocolate!
     
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    I am pretty sure Chocovic is a fine Spanish Chocolate but I am not specifically sure what Chokekovic [pre anabolic diet or whatever mumbo-jumbo gluten-free crap he was peddling] is ''greasing the groove'' with, nowadays.:eek:
     
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    I don't think it would ever come to this, but my body is actually (and finally) starting to relent alcohol. Though it could be because I've been working from 6AM to 5:30PM today, I actually welcome the change.
     
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    I recently really enjoyed a meal at an Ethiopian restaurant, and am currently foaming at the mouth with saliva in anticipation, as I am about to return for lunch.
     
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    Just wanted to post a photo of Bae Su-Ji on a tennis court

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    The after meal coffee ritual at the local Ethiopian restaurant is supposedly the bee's knees!
     
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    There are lots of cities in the world with offset time zones. Like Kathmandu is _hrs and 45 min difference from the rest of the world.
    A town in China is _ hrs and 30 min diff from the rest. Craziness.
     
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    Nice animation

     
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    San Francisco is very crowded and full of traffic this week, so it looks like a good weekend to stay in the East Bay and play tennis.
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    Stefan Edberg accidentally caused the death of linesman Dick Wertheim with an errant serve during the 1983 US Open.
     
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    455 BC: Aeschylus, the great Athenian author of tragedies.

    Valerius Maximus wrote that he was killed by a tortoise dropped by an eagle that had mistaken his bald head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell of the reptile. Pliny, in his Naturalis Historiæ, adds that Aeschylus had been staying outdoors to avert a prophecy that he would be killed by a falling object
     
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    Lucie is back on court and practicing again. I hope she has a healthy and great year.
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    Feeding some of those dark red peppers at the top of your chart to Sureshs could be the key to Nuclear Fusion.

    I gather the hottest peppers in the world come from Nepal and eating them is akin to chewing glass in your mouth. I gather they are used in minimal quantities in processed foods.
     
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    I'll have to make an even more effective TSV-approved gas mask if these get to Poobs. Damn you, YAFF!:eek:
     
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    While they probably can't' we have been very tremorous late,y in NorCal. Unless ehat we are feeling are the Sureshsian calisthenic temblors. :eek:
     
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    Sea lion takes a booth at San Diego restaurant on the beach

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A skinny sea lion pup with a taste for the finer things in life turned up on Thursday inside a fancy San Diego restaurant, where it settled down into a booth.

    The malnourished mammal appears to have arrived at The Marine Room after sauntering down a ramp from the beach and going through a door left open by a cleaning crew, said Chef Bernard Guillas.

    The early morning guest quickly made an impression on the establishment's staff, as the female pup climbed into a booth "almost like she wanted to have dinner," the chef said.

    The menu at the white table-cloth restaurant, which juts out into the Pacific Coast and is buffeted by waves during high tide, includes rarified dishes like "ginger kalbi lacquered tofu" and "ahi tuna and foie rossini."

    But the pup was hardly given a chance to get comfortable. A rescue team from the SeaWorld San Diego theme park was called in to pull the barking mammal from the booth and place it in a net. The mammal was then taken to SeaWorld for care, said David Koontz, a spokesman for the tourist center.

    The lethargic pup is eight months old and weighs only 20 pounds (9 kg), less than half the normal size for its age, Koontz said. But SeaWorld staff is "guardedly optimistic" they can nurse it back to health and return the animal to the wild, he said.
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    I have been to this restaurant several times. They have a very nice Sunday brunch AYCE buffet.
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    Revealed: tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling scam

    Two international tennis umpires have been secretly banned, while four others face being thrown out of the sport for life on charges of serious corruption, the Guardian can reveal.

    Umpires from Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine are among those alleged to have taken bribes from betting syndicates in exchange for manipulating live scores on the International Tennis Federation’s Futures Tour – which allowed crooked gamblers to place bets already knowing the outcome of the next point.

    The Guardian has also learned that Kirill Parfenov, an umpire from Kazakhstan, was decertified for life in February 2015 for contacting another official on Facebook in an attempt to manipulate the scoring of matches. Yet the tennis authorities never publicly released details, alerting only a small number of tournament directors and national tennis federations.

    The International Tennis Federation also kept quiet over the case of another umpire, Denis Pitner of Croatia, who was suspended for 12 months at the start of August 2015 for regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches. The ITF has also never publicly acknowledged that four more officials are facing serious corruption charges, and only did so when prompted by this newspaper.

    The Guardian’s investigation will raise fresh concerns about the extent of corruption in tennis and the lack of transparency at the ITF, the governing body of the sport. There are also questions over whether the ITF inadvertently created the conditions for corruption to thrive.

    In 2012 it signed a lucrative five-year deal worth $70m with the data company Sportradar to distribute live scores from very small tournaments around the globe. That meant the bookmakers could provide odds on those matches, particularly on the lucrative in-play market, where odds shift as the games progress – and unscrupulous gamblers had a prime opportunity which they could ruthlessly exploit.

    Under the terms of the Sportradar deal, umpires are asked to immediately update the scoreboard after each point using their official IBM tablets. This score is then transmitted around the world to live-score sites and bookmakers, allowing the latter to update their prices as the match proceeds.

    However, the umpires are alleged to have deliberately delayed updating the scores for up to 60 seconds – allowing gamblers to place bets knowing what was going to happen next. In some cases, the Guardian has learned, umpires are alleged to have texted the gamblers directly before updating the score on their tablet computer.

    In effect the umpires are accused of “courtsiding” – a practice among gamblers whereby observing events live can provide an edge before betting markets react to changing scores – and it meant that bets could be placed on the outcome of games and sets in the knowledge that the chances of them winning were much higher than the odds implied.

    The ruse was carried out in ITF futures tournaments in eastern Europe, the lowest rung of professional tennis, where there was little or no television coverage or security, and the poorly paid or volunteer umpires were more susceptible to taking bribes.

    The Guardian approached Richard Ings, a former professional umpire for seven years who was also a senior executive responsible for umpires at the Association of Tennis Professionals, who said the revelations were “deeply troubling”.

    “Over a 15-year period I have been involved in professional tennis officiating both as a professional umpire and administrator of officiating for the ATP,” he said. “During that period I have seen tennis umpires breach the code for officials for relatively minor offences. But I have never before seen umpires breach it for tennis-integrity issues related to gambling on tennis and courtsiding.

    “It is deeply troubling, but not at all surprising, that the risk to the integrity of tennis driven by gambling has expanded beyond players and their entourages to now include umpires and other tournament officials.”

    In 2014 the French umpire Morgan Lamri, who worked on the Challenger and Futures tours, was banned for life after being found guilty of being in breach of four unspecified articles of the Tennis Integrity Unit’s rulebook. However this is the first time that so many umpires – those charged with protecting the integrity of the game – have either been banned or faced bans.

    Senior figures inside the sport have told the Guardian they fear the allegations are more damaging than the recent more historical claims around match-fixing, for several reasons.

    • It shows that corruption extends beyond players’ fixing matches and into those who are supposed to be the game’s arbiters.

    • It also exposes the fault lines in tennis’s claims that is doing all it can to be transparent. In the past the names of players who have been banned for life have always been publicly released. Yet here the ITF stayed quiet until it was pressed by the Guardian.

    • The revelations raise the question as to whether the ITF decided not to release that fact that Parfenov and Pitner had been suspended because it feared the embarrassment.

    • It calls into question whether the ITF’s $14m-per-annum contract with Sportradar has acted as an inadvertent facilitator of corruption. By providing a live data stream from those events most vulnerable to corruption due to small prize pools, a lesser degree of oversight, and negligible media attention, did it help corruption thrive?

    In a statement, the ITF said that it could not comment further on the four officials are who currently suspended pending the completion of ongoing investigations.

    “In order to ensure no prejudice of any future hearing we cannot publicly disclose the nature or detail of those investigations,” it added. “Should any official be found guilty of an offence, it will be announced publicly. The ITF code of conduct for officials was amended in December 2015 to include public reporting of officiating sanctions from 2016 onwards.

    It also insisted that the Sportradar deal had helped the game expose corruption, not fuel it.

    It added: “Our deal with Sportradar, like those in place with ATP and WTA, by creating official, accurate and immediate data, acts as a deterrent to efforts by anyone trying to conduct illegal sports betting and/or unauthorised use of data for non-legal purposes.”

    The revelations have also renewed the spotlight on a sport stung by claims at the Australian Open that players on the men’s main ATP tour have fixed matches.

    Partly due to the explosion in the number of events that can be gambled on during play, the number of suspicious incidents flagged up by bookmakers has risen sharply in the past three years.

    Figures from the European Sports Security Association, a trade body that represents 18 bookmakers including William Hill and Ladbrokes, show that 49 suspicious gambling alerts were raised about tennis in the first nine months of 2015. In contrast, only 16 alerts were raised about other sports over the same period.

    The world No2 Andy Murray has already urged the game’s authorities to be more “proactive” – warning them that “as a player, you just want to be made aware of everything that’s going on. I think we deserve to know everything that’s out there”.

    Senior sources within the sports integrity community believe that the introduction of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) in 2008 has helped stem the flow of new cases at the very top of the game. But they fear the TIU, which is supposed to be the sport’s watchdog, does not have the resources or power to tackle widespread abuse at the lower rungs of the tennis ladder.

    During the Australian Open a combined statement from the ATP, WTA, ITF and heads of all four grand slam events, announced an independent review into the TIU “aimed at further safeguarding the integrity of the game”.

    That review, headed by Adam Lewis QC, will also address issues of transparency and resourcing at the TIU and how to extend the scope of tennis’s anti-corruption education programmes.

    As the TIU board chairman, Philip Brook, admitted last month: “It is vital we repair the damage and do so quickly. We are determined to do anything we need to remove corruption from our sport.”

    How the scam worked
    • Tennis umpires at low-level professional events often input scores manually on to an IBM tablet. The scores are thereby transmitted to the ITF’s data partner, Sportradar. Bookmakers access this scoring data from Sportradar to service their in-play, or live betting markets, where bets are placed and often cashed out while the game is in progress.

    • The four umpires who have been suspended are alleged to have deliberately delayed the inputting of these scores, thereby giving gamblers, some of whom may have been present at courtside, 30 seconds to a minute of advance warning before the betting odds moved in response to the updated score. In some cases, the umpires were texting the score directly to gamblers before it had been officially updated.

    • Gamblers could therefore manipulate and take advantage of minor shifts in the in-play market through knowing the scores in advance of the odds shifting to reflect them.
    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/09/revealed-tennis-umpires-secretly-banned-gambling-scam
     
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    Lars Ulrich would be better at tennis if he were taller.
     
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    I shall Moon you for that analysis.
    @kiki would have a laugh and a Bon(ham) Bon with his morning vodka when reading that.:eek:
     
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    Benefits of his absence.:cool: I'm pretty sure in @kiki's book LZ's drummer [and guitar, Jimmy over Pete] tops The Who's.;)
     
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    @kiki actually appreciated The Loon, putting him a close second to Bonzo.
     

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