Laker Sasha Vujacic, tennis star Maria Sharapova engaged

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, 26, and tennis star Maria Sharapova, 23, are engaged to be married, the basketball player announced before Thursday night’s 120-99 preseason win over the Golden State Warriors.

The proposal -- which he characterized as ‘probably old-school’ -- came on the one-year anniversary of when they first met at a friend’s barbecue. ‘I had to do it like a gentleman,’ Vujacic said.


‘She was happy. The answer was yes, so I think she liked it,’ said Vujacic, who the Riverside Press-Enterprise said was returning to the court after three games off due to a concussion.

The point guard made his announcement on a night when Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant were both absent -- more spotlight for him and his bride.

-- Christie D’Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.