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David Beckham has skills no doubt, catches ball at Wimbledon with no effort

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David Beckham has impressive skills on the field as one of the best known former soccer players of all time.

Those skills came in handy at Wimbledon this week.

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He snagged a ball that went off of the court and tossed it back like it was no big deal.

The ball deflected off of a line judge's chair during the doubles match between Jamie Murray and John Peers and Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner, Mashable reported.

Dogs serve as ball boys at exhibition tennis match featuring Venus Williams

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Why didn’t someone think of this before?

In an exhibition match between Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova at the ASB Classic, dogs served as ball boys.

Three dogs were chosen for the match: Oscar, a bull mastiff, Ted, a border collie and Super Teddy, a mixed breed. Nicknamed “the best ball boys in the world,” the trio drew laughs and cheers as they chased wayward balls on the court.

The two tennis champions didn’t appear to mind being upstaged by the canine crew.

Russian tennis official fined for calling Serena, Venus 'Williams brothers'

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The Women's Tennis Association has come down hard on the Russian Tennis Federation official who made derogatory comments about the Williams sisters a few weeks ago. 

Appearing on a Russian late-night talk show, Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev called the sisters the "Williams brothers" and said the two were frightening to look at. (Video via Вечерний Ургант)

The WTA fined Tarpischev $25,000 and suspended him for a year after news of the interview trickled through to the United States. (Video via Pravda)

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Tarpischev issued a sort of apology for his "joke" through the Russian Tennis Federation, in which he says, "I understand now that my remarks were wrong and could be construed as discriminatory by the public."

Williams hailed the punishment in a press conference

SERENA WILLIAMS VIA THE GUARDIAN: "Well, I think the WTA did a really great job of taking initiative and immediately taking action to his comments. I thought his comments were very insensitive."

ESPN columnist Melissa Isaacson said Tarpischev's comments echo a common thread when it comes to criticizing female athletes that "the more talented they are, the greater the odds that male hormones are involved."

But the fact that Tarpischev is a high-ranking tennis official might help explain his swift punishment. 

HOWARD BRYANT, ESPN: "This was different, I think, because of Tarpischev's position. He's not a peer; he's not a former player. ... It was just a cheap shot, and I think it showed that the cheap shot wasn't going to be tolerated."

The WTA is also looking to remove Tarpischev from his post as chairman of the Kremlin Cup, which he has held for close to two decades. 

The ban keeps Tarpischev from being involved in any and all WTA events for the next year. 

U.S. Open: Nishikori makes history with win over Djokovic

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Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori made history at the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the first man from Asia to make it to a Grand Slam final. 

But it's not just that he made it to the finals; it's who he beat that's also getting some attention — the No. 1-ranked men's tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic. 

The 10th-seeded Nishikori, 24, won in four sets in just under three hours and was quoted by reporters saying he was a "little tight." That apparently didn't stop him from pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. 

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Just how much of a longshot was Nishikori's win? Well, Djokovic was the obvious favorite, and a Yahoo writer pointed out that Djokovic "won here in 2011, has played in the last five finals, and has six other Grand Slam titles on his resume."

But the two had met twice before, splitting the wins. That makes this Saturday's win the second time Nishikori has taken down Djokovic. 

And Nishikori went through two other highly ranked players to set up his meeting with Djokovic — No. 5 seed Milos Raonic and No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka. 

Nishikori will go on to play Marin Cilic in the finals Monday. Cilic is the winner of another Saturday upset after beating No. 2 seed Roger Federer. 

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Wimbledon champion Andy Murray rescues dog on way to practice

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While Andy Murray is focused on defending his Wimbledon title, he did manage to fit in an impromptu dog rescue on his way to practice in Surrey, England.

Murray saw the dog running loose on the road, so he pulled over and parked his car, then managed to stop traffic on the busy roadway. Murray was able to coax the frantic pooch to him, then grabbed it by the collar and placed it safely into the back seat of his car. Murray said the dog was panting and drooling, obviously exhausted from its ordeal. He called the phone number on the dog’s tag and was able to happily reunite the dog with its owner.

The runway dog’s owner said that her dog is familiar with the tennis star’s own dogs.

Murray is known to be a dog lover. He has a Twitter account for one his beloved pooches, a border terrier named Maggie May.

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