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Daily Bagel: Pete Sampras' $6M home

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• Video: Best shots from the men's side of the BNP Paribas Open.

• Pete Sampras bought a $6 million home in Bel Air, complete with a tennis court, infinity pool and celebrity lineage, as Forbes reports.

Pete and [wife] Bridgette’s new home has a long and storied show business history, having been owned by Merv Griffin before being purchased by [actor Albert] Brooks for $3,650,000 in 1992. Albert Brooks sold the home in 2012 for $6,275,000, after listing it for nearly $7 million. The new owners didn’t hold on to it for very long, and sold it to the Sampras family at a loss.

• Steve Tignor of Tennis.com hands out grades for Indian Wells.

• ESPN.com's Howard Bryant on the Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic final, another Big Four match to savor.

• Bryant also weighed in on Flavia Pennetta's victory over Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's final. Here's his bottom-line observation on Radwanska:

Radwanska, who has 13 career titles, is increasingly becoming exposed in bigger moments, on bigger stages. She is going to have to find ways to incorporate more raw power in order to win. Otherwise, she will find herself where she was today: the higher seed playing as an underdog.

• Djokovic is lucky to have Marian Vajda in his camp, writes Simon Chambers.

• Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, a big tennis fan, attended the Irving Tennis Classic on the Challenger circuit.

• From Challenger Tennis: Bradley Klahn and Jiri Vesely are among the players who achieved career highs in the rankings this week.

• Make your Sony Open picks for the WTA Draw Challenge.

• Non-tennis: An ESPN anchor's private battle with cancer becomes a public one.

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