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Laker Sasha Vujacic, tennis star Maria Sharapova engaged

October 22, 2010 | 10:00 am

Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova engaged. 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.

Photo: Sasha Vujacic left, in San Antonio in May 2008, and Maria Sharapova during the U.S Open tennis tournament in New York on Aug. 31. Credits: Jessica Rinaldi / Shannon Stapleton / Reuters