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Vujacic, Sharapova confirm rumors they are engaged

by Derrick Johnson on October 22, 2010

A recent announcement by Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic may have made many men across the globe very unhappy. Speaking to reporters before a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, Vujacic confirmed that he and girlfriend Maria Sharapova are engaged to be married. Agents for Sharapova also confirmed the news.

Sharapova is widely considered to be one of the most attractive athletes on the planet, and has parlayed her success on the tennis court into numerous modeling gigs and other appearances, including the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The 26-year-old Vujacic said that he didn't do anything too unconventional, proposing on the one year anniversary of the couple's meeting at a mutual friend's barbecue.

"We are engaged and are both really happy. It's good and now we can focus on other things," he told The Associated Press. "It was probably old school, I had to do it like a gentleman."

The Slovenian guard has been with the Lakers for six seasons, and has been an integral player coming of the bench in the team's championship runs the last two seasons. He had an especially important performance in the Lakers Game 6 victory of the 2010 NBA Finals, where he scored nine points off the bench.

While Vujacic has made a name for himself playing with one of the most storied franchises in the NBA, the 23-year-old Sharapova is considered to be among the most recognizable athletes in the world. She rose to fame when she won Wimbeldon in 2004 when she was just 17 years old. She has gone on to win the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. She has also earned a lot of endorsement deals including Nike, Cannon and Prince.

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