Veteran actor Sir Sean Connery put speculation about his deteriorating health to rest on Thursday (05Sep13) when he stepped out in New York looking happy and healthy. The legendary Bond star, who retired from the limelight in 2011, was all smiles as he made a rare public appearance to attend the U.S. Open tennis championships in Queens, but his joy was dampened as he watched his fellow Scot Andy Murray lose in straight sets to Stanislas Wawrinka in the men's singles quarterfinals.
Connery's appearance came just days after Sir Michael Caine was forced to dismiss rumours his pal is suffering from Alzheimer's disease following the publication of an article in a German newspaper, in which the Alfie star was said to have raised concerns about the 83 year old's dementia, and was quoted as saying, "One must have serious concerns for him."
Caine subsequently blasted the report as "completely preposterous", explaining, "I did some interviews over in Germany for a new film and I can only assume someone has twisted my words or got the wrong end of the stick... This stuff about Alzheimer's is just nonsense. I have no idea where they are getting it from."
Mumford & Sons helped reopen the former home of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York on Wednesday night (28Aug13) when they took to the stage at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, and to honour the one-time sporting mecca's glory days the band played tennis towards the end of their set and threw balls into the audience. The gig was the venue's first rock concert in more than two decades.
The blonde beauty confirmed split reports at a post-match conference at the U.S. Open Championships on Friday (31Aug12), admitting she broke up with the basketball ace months ago.
She said, "It's been since the end of spring. I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question (about the split)... I have never really been the person to announce things. I never announced when we were together or never announced we were engaged. I never have in any of my previous relationships, as well."
Sharapova blamed the pair's break-up on their hectic careers, adding, "It was a really nice period of time for both of us, but our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the travelling and especially his career move to Turkey. But we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. I still would love to call him as a friend. We spent really great years together."
The couple dated for nearly three years.
The Old School star will join retired tennis champs John McEnroe and Jim Courier on the court in New York for a special doubles exhibition on 8 September (11).
Rapper/actress Queen Latifah will help to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 in a ceremony on the last day of the event, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks (11Sep11).
Meanwhile, singers Taio Cruz and Greyson Chance are also due to perform during the annual championships.
The U.S. Open will kick off on 29 August (11).
The star athlete has been at the centre of an investigation since she lashed out at a lineswoman at the end of her semi final loss in September (09).
Williams, who has already paid a $10,000 (£6,250) penalty, now faces a "probationary period" at tennis' four major championships in 2010 and 2011.
Officials determined that she violated a "major offence" rule for "aggravated behaviour" and announced on Monday (30Nov09) they would be fining her the additional sum.
Williams also faces a fine up to $175,000 (£109,375) and could be barred from the following U.S. Open if she commits another major offence at any Grand Slam.
The fine is the largest in tennis history, breaking the previous record of $48,000 (£30,000), issued to Jeff Tarango following his outburst at the 1995 Wimbledon Championships.