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Mixed doubles were added to the London 2012 programme last year and will include 16 teams in an elimination format.
"Hopefully I'll be chosen on the Olympic team," Williams said at the Australian Open. "I'm gonna have to play a little mixed so I can get my body ready.  Williams said last year's Wimbledon finalist Roddick would be her ideal partner.
"Obviously Andy. We have so much fun on and off the court. We've talked about it a little bit," she said.
"There are some other Americans coming up if Andy is not playing and doesn't want to play, I have a couple other guys in mind.

Marathon route to  college education
»More than 30 competitors at the Xiamen International marathon in China earlier this month have had their results cancelled because of cheating, some having hired imposters to run for them.
All the runners were ranked in top 100 of the men's race at the January 2 event. Video footage revealed that some runners had carried the time-recording microchips of others so that one runner would register two or more results on passing the finish line.
Others made their way around at least some of the course in vehicles, while some hired imposters, it added. The motivation for the cheating was not necessarily just for prestige, for most of the cheats had times under two hours 34 minutes.
That is the minumum standard required for high school students to get extra credits for China's college entrance examinations.

Nagging wife spurs Plushenko’s comeback
»Yevgeny Plushenko has it all -- a full complement of titles, pots of cash and, most importantly, a nagging wife.
If it had not been for wife Jana telling him to get his skates on, the Russian may never have returned to the ice to defend his Olympic crown in Vancouver next month.
"My wife kept going on about it," the 27-year-old told said when asked what had made him consider a comeback. "It is a great feeling the competition, I hadn't had enough of it."
The European champion said during his three-and-a-half years away from competition he had kept an eye on the pretenders to his throne, adding that it was unbelievable that skaters had become world champions in his absence without performing a quadruple jump.

Accolades pour in for Golden Bear
»Jack Nicklaus was the recipient of glowing tributes and sentimental greetings on Thursday while he celebrated his 70th birthday on a fishing trip to Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean.
Long known as the 'Golden Bear', American Nicklaus is widely viewed as the game's greatest player and he piled up a record 18 majors in a glittering career that set the benchmark for others to follow.
Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, members of the so-called Big Three with Nicklaus, were among those to shower their long-time rival with accolades.

A Rossi drive on     Formula One track
»MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi showed impressive pace in a Formula One car at the end of two days of testing with Ferrari in Barcelona last week.
The Italian, who had a few spins on Wednesday when the track was wet, completed more than 600km behind the wheel on Thursday at the Circuit de Catalunya and finished with a best time of one minute 21.900 seconds.
That compared with this year's fastest race lap of 1:22.762 set by Brazilian Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button's pole position time of 1:20.527.
The 30-year-old had the advantage of a 2008 car on slick tyres and light on fuel but Ferrari insiders were impressed by the Italian's ability to learn and improve his times consistently.
"It shows he has the talent to progress," commented one.

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