Not the closest colleagues
PARIS They're Russian, blonde and photogenic, but Anna Kournikova and Lina Krasnoroutskaya are not friends.
Born in Moscow and now a resident of Miami Beach, Florida, 19-year-old Kournikova doesn't mingle with her compatriots, Krasnoroutskaya said Sunday.
"She doesn't really like to speak with the girls you know, the Russian girls," said the 17-year-old, who lives in Obninsk, a small town south of Moscow.
"We always say hi to each other (but) never speak like friends," she added.
This is not the case with No. 7 seeded Yelena Dementieva, another blonde from Moscow. "We're good friends," said Krasnoroutskaya, who is ranked 62nd and faces Belgian teen Justine Henin, seeded 14th, in the quarterfinals.
Kournikova, one of the biggest celebrities in sports, has yet to win a tournament. She missed the French Open because of an injury.
Is Krasnoroutskaya better equipped than Kournikova to reach No. 1?
"I think so, yes," she said. (AP)
Connery dabbles in politics
INVERNESS, Scotland Actor Sir Sean Connery, a strong supporter of Scottish independence, visited this highland town on Monday to boost the Scottish National Party three days before British general elections.
Walking around the center of town, the 70-year-old Scot attracted a crowd of more than 100 well-wishers for whom he signed autographs before joining senior party officials for lunch.
"I was particularly delighted with the very warm welcome I received from people in the streets of Inverness," Connery said afterward.
In 1999, Scotland got its first Parliament in nearly 300 years. It was established as part of a campaign by Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor government to return some powers to the provinces, with the hope it would head off demands for independence and preserve Scotland's long union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
But the British Parliament still controls defense and international policy, and it still provides the money spent by the Scottish Parliament. (AP)
The lonely road to success
RADNOR, Pennsylvania Tiger Woods is so focused on becoming the best golfer ever that marriage might have to wait, his father says.
"I don't see Tiger marrying before 30, if then. Because he has a lot to accomplish in the game of golf," Earl Woods told TV Guide for its June 9 issue.
"And let's face it, a wife can sometimes be a deterrent to a good game of golf," he adds. "The level he's at, the finite little problems like that would destroy him."
Woods, 25, is single again after a recent break-up with his girlfriend of two years. He goes for his fifth straight major golf championship when the U.S. Open begins June 14. (AP)
Scorsese calls for widescreen
LOS ANGELES Martin Scorsese wants television viewers to go widescreen.
The film director is joining TV manufacturer Philips Consumer Electronics on a campaign to promote widescreen movie images, which preserve films in their original proportions instead of formatting them for television.
The director of "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas" plans demonstrations for reporters by satellite hookup Tuesday, discussing the value of widescreen images and showing film clips in full widescreen and in narrow formatted versions.
Scorsese said many viewers are unaware that big chunks of theatrical films are sliced off from the sides to fit the movies onto box-like TV screens.
"The idea really is to educate the public to the reality that they're losing half the image," Scorsese said in a telephone interview.
The growing popularity of DVD, which generally presents movies in widescreen "letterboxed" format on TV screens, with blank borders above and below the image, should help convert more viewers to seeing films in their original proportions, Scorsese said.
However, prices for new widescreen high-definition projection televisions start at about $2,000, more than most U.S. consumers will want to pay. (AP)
Travolta loves the job
NEW YORK Actor John Travolta says the key to surviving his rollercoaster 26-year career has been not caring exclusively about success.
"I love my career," Travolta said in an interview in Sunday's Daily News. "I love the bravado of it. Sometimes it works great, sometimes it works good and sometimes it doesn't work."
Travolta's star dimmed dramatically after his 1970s idol-making role in "Saturday Night Fever." The New Jersey-born actor went into free-fall with a series of flops including "Staying Alive," "Two of a Kind" and "Moment by Moment."
But Travolta, 47, says he has no regrets over those roles, or turning down the leads in "American Gigolo," "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Splash."
When Travolta was hailed as the comeback kid after starring in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," he was tempted to point out he'd been working steadily for the last two decades.
"I kept saying, 'Well, you know, I've actually been around.' But Quentin told me, 'Leave it alone. Don't you get it? They're doing you a favor.'" (AP)