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Game Point: Andre, Pete, Steffi and Martina will 'Hit for Haiti'

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Love -- Billionaire Larry Ellison saved the Indian Wells tennis tournament when he purchased the BNP Paribas Open in December. He'll be rewarded with a star-studded field at the most attended non-Grand Slam event. Sixteen of the world's top 20 players are scheduled to play in the main draw, including every top ten man except Juan Martin Del Potro, who is nursing an injury.

15 -- It's hard to imagine a field with Roger, Rafa, Novak and Andy getting overshadowed, but Friday night's charity event, Hit for Haiti, may just do so. There are two doubles matches scheduled, one of which pits Federer and Pete Sampras vs. Nadal and Andre Agassi. (Think the old rivals will beef about the revelations in Agassi's autobiography?) The other isn't so bad either: Martina Navratilova and Justine Henin vs. Lindsey Davenport and Steffi Graf. The exhibitions will be broadcast live on The Tennis Channel at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Organizers expect to raise more than $1 million for relief efforts.

30 -- Speaking of The Tennis Channel, the network takes over broadcast rights for the Indian Wells tourney and will provide 90 hours of live coverage. If, like me, you think the break between the Australian and French is interminable, TTC's wall-to-wall coverage can help us think of this as a sort of fifth major.

40 -- In more good news-bad news sponsorship news, the WTA will retain Sony Ericsson as a partner. Good. But the deal is for 40 percent less than the last one. Bad. But insiders had expected Sony Ericsson to drop the WTA completely. Good. But the company will no longer be a title sponsor. (Seriously, we could do this all day. Read the article here.)

Game -- Did you hear about that poker tournament in Germany that was robbed over the weekend by armed gunman? Boris Becker had been playing in that competition, but was eliminated hours before.

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