The Andre Agassi-Pete Sampras feud has flared anew, adding heat to the revamped Champions Series tour.
Tennis.com reported this week that Agassi wasn’t happy with Sampras’ all-out play when they played an exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 28. Sampras won, 6-3, 7-5, in what one tennis writer said was “payback” for their dust-up in March 2010 at Indian Wells in California.
Tennis.com, quoting a source, said Agassi phoned Sampras after their Madison Square Garden match “to tell him he should have slowed down a little bit to make it more entertaining and not take the exhibitions that competitively.”
The conversation “didn’t have a friendly ending,” according to the website, and Sampras was so angry he wanted to bail out of some exhibitions in South America.
As it turned out, Agassi and Sampras didn’t play again, didn’t communicate with each other, didn’t do media interviews together and evaded questions about their relationship, according to reports.
Their long rivalry took a nasty turn at Indian Wells 13 months ago when Sampras mimicked Agassi’s pidgeon-toed walk, and Agassi, who was wearing a mic, responded by mocking Sampras for being a bad tipper, which came up in his best-selling book, “Open.”
Sampras’ response: a serve that forced Agassi to duck.
“We’ve straightened it out,” Agassi told reporters at Madison Square Garden. “Like I’ve said 150 times, it was a complete mistake on my part.”
MARIE OSMOND REMARRIES
Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond remarried her first husband, former BYU basketball player Steve Craig, on Wednesday at the Las Vegas LDS Temple.
Their first wedding — on June 26, 1982 — was referred to as Utah’s version of a royal wedding. It came a year after the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
This one came six days after the royal wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine.
She got married in the same wedding gown she wore when they were married in 1982. They have a son, Steven, now 28. They were married for three years.
Osmond, 51, told People magazine they got married on Wednesday to mark the birthdays of her late son Michael Blosil, from a previous marriage, and her late mother, Olive.
Osmond told Mary Hart of “Entertainment Tonight”: “I had a dress all designed (for this wedding), and when it showed up, it was not (right).
“I was so sad, I was actually kind of in tears,” she added. But while cleaning out her garage, “all of a sudden this box showed up in this pile of stuff and it was this dress and it was five days ago.
“I’m not kidding. Isn’t that crazy?”
During an appearance Monday with talk-show host Jay Leno, she danced around a question when he asked her about any relationships.
She took Leno’s hand, as if making an introduction, and said, “ ’Hi, I have eight kids,’ and that usually kills any chance of a relationship.”
Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond, with friends at “Viva Elvis” (Aria) on Tuesday night. … Mayoral candidate Carolyn Goodman, taking photos with Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley during Wednesday’s news conference. She was accompanied by Mayor Oscar Goodman, who had a bandage on the side of his face. When the mayor’s wife was asked what happened to him, she said she “gave him a right cross.”
THE PUNCH LINE
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