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Sexy Monday : Mitchell

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Mitchell has been traveling recently – Las Vegas, Florida and even Australia for a wrestling tour.

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Serena captured her third Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam crown

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Serena Williams captured her third Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam crown with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 victory over sister Venus, the defending champion, on Saturday.

“I didn’t think about Venus at all today. I just saw her as an opponent,” said Serena, who also beat her sister in the 2002 and 2003 finals at the All England Club. “At one point, after the first set, I looked on the side of the court at the stats, and it was like ‘Williams,’ ‘Williams.’ I couldn’t figure out which was which.”

Saturday’s final was the fourth all-Williams title match-up at Wimbledon and eighth in all Grand Slams with the win giving Serena the edge in head-to-head meetings at 11-10.

Of the eight major finals the sisters have faced each other in, Serena has won six.

“It feels so amazing. I’m so blessed. I feel like I shouldn’t really be holding the trophy, Venus should be holding it, she always wins,” said Serena who currently holds three of the four Grand Slam titles.

“I can’t believe I have won 11 majors. It’s a real honour.”

Venus, 29, admitted Serena had been the better player of the two.

“She was just too good today. She had an answer for everything and played the best tennis,” said Venus after a final fittingly staged on US Independence Day.

“I don’t think the loss has set in yet, that’s why I’m still smiling. But I have had some great times here and I’m looking forward to coming back next year.”

Her 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 win over sister Venus, which gave the Williams family an eighth Wimbledon triumph in 10 years, put her just one behind American compatriot Billie Jean King in the all-time list of majors.

Further ahead on the honours board are Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, both with 18, Helen Wills Moody, who won 19, Steffi Graf, 22, and Australia’s Margaret Court Smith, 24.

“Since the beginning of my career, I never said I wanted to chase down their records, that’s a long way away,” said the 27-year-old.

“You’re asking me about 18 titles. I’m only at 11. They’re such great players. When I think of those people, I don’t really mention myself yet.”

However, Serena will go level with King if she wins the US Open later this year in New York, a mark which would make her particularly proud.

“To win 11 is unbelievable. It’s just now I’m looking at the next goal of someone like Billie Jean King, who is completely my idol. To get to her level and have 12 would be even better,” said the champion.

Much to her irritation, Serena will remain world number two when the latest world rankings are released on Monday, and she couldn’t resist the urge to once again hit out at the system.

Dinara Safina will keep the top ranking spot despite the Russian still not having won a major and who was humiliated in the semi-finals here when she won just one game against Venus.

“I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles maybe you should be No. 1, but not on the WTA Tour obviously,” said Serena.

“My motivation is maybe just to win another Grand Slam and stay No. 2, I guess. It’s shocking. I’d rather definitely be No. 2 and hold three Grand Slams in the past year than be No. 1 and not have any.”

Serena then mocked Safina’s ascent to the top of the world rankings.

“I see myself as No. 2. That’s where I am. I think Dinara did a great job to get to No. 1. She won Rome and Madrid…..,” she said before making a desperate attempt to limit the damage from her remarks.

“If I’d have done better at the French Open, like got to the semifinals, maybe things would have been different. But, honestly I’m not picking on anybody. Everyone works hard.

“I think the girl, Dinara, who is No. 1, you can clearly see by her physique how hard she works. You can’t get anywhere by not doing the best and not working your hardest.

“So, I’m happy for her but I’m really excited that I won Wimbledon. I don’t know what to do to be No. 1. I don’t even care anymore. I’m just happy to be here.”

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Matthew Mitcham can’t get endorsements

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When Australian diver Matthew Mitcham – the only out male athlete at the Beijing Games – executed a near-perfect dive to win Olympic gold in front of a crowd that included his partner, he made history.

We are so proud that an out gay guy carried us thru a most prideful event that can only help more in breaking away from the stereotypical ideas that people have about gay folks.

However, Matthew Mitcham, the out Olympic diving gold medalist, is having trouble getting endorsement deals .

In an interview with Sydney Morning Herald, Mitcham says,

Yeah, I haven’t got anything yet. I’m working on stuff, and looking for stuff but, no, I haven’t got anything yet. It has surprised and disappointed me, I guess, because I have seen how successful some other athletes are after winning Olympic medals. I hope it will all come.”

However, Mitcham seems to have no regrets about coming out.

I’m really glad that I actually did win the gold medal because had I not, then I would have forever only been known as the gay athlete or the gay diver who maybe didn’t even dive very well but was famous because he was gay.

It has brought so much attention because it’s put me out there, and people know who I am, but I’d like to think that it’s not the most interesting thing about me.

Like everything, there are pros and cons about it, but nothing bad has come out of coming out yet, and that’s one of the best things of the whole experience.

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