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July 16, 2001
Beleaguered Boris Becker can thank an avid fan for adding to his woes. German finance ministry officials investigating Becker (below) for claiming tax-free Monte Carlo as his main residence have enlisted the aid of Beckermaniac Hans Gerd, 75, who for years pored over as many as 50 newspapers a day seeking articles about the tennis star. Gerd's collection of 210 scrapbooks has provided authorities with a nearly day-to-day account of Becker's whereabouts. Becker could be charged with tax fraud if he is found to have spent more than one quarter of his time in Germany during the four years in question in the early '90s. Gerd isn't especially sorry for contributing to his hero's troubles. "I sent copies of everything I did to Boris," he told the Times of London. "He never once wrote and thanked me."...
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July 16, 2001

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Beleaguered Boris Becker can thank an avid fan for adding to his woes. German finance ministry officials investigating Becker (below) for claiming tax-free Monte Carlo as his main residence have enlisted the aid of Beckermaniac Hans Gerd, 75, who for years pored over as many as 50 newspapers a day seeking articles about the tennis star. Gerd's collection of 210 scrapbooks has provided authorities with a nearly day-to-day account of Becker's whereabouts. Becker could be charged with tax fraud if he is found to have spent more than one quarter of his time in Germany during the four years in question in the early '90s. Gerd isn't especially sorry for contributing to his hero's troubles. "I sent copies of everything I did to Boris," he told the Times of London. "He never once wrote and thanked me."...

ESPN is taking no chances with the possible return of Michael Jordan to the NBA. It will broadcast the NBA Summer League game between the Wizards and the Celtics on July 17, a date observers have been eyeing expectantly since news of MJ's potential comeback surfaced in March. ESPN2 will carry seven other Summer League games....

Because of her bum foot, Anna Kournikova didn't play in England during Wimbledon fortnight. The tennis vixen's new workout video did, however. To coincide with Wimbledon, her management company, Octagon, released Anna Kournikova: Basic Elements across the pond three months before its scheduled debut in the U.S. Plenty of Brits apparently want to sweat along with Anna: The tape is back-ordered on Amazon.com's U.K. site. Sorry, Anna fans—the tape is in PAL format, so even if you can get ahold of it, it won't work on most American video players.

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