Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/19/13
Maria Sharapova has plans to change her last name, and it is not because the tennis star is getting hitched. In a much less heartwarming tale, Sharapova is reportedly planning to change her last name to “Sugarpova,” the candy company that she has invested half a million dollars into. The change will not be permanent, however, as Sharapova only wants to be Ms. Sugarpova for two weeks — the duration of the U.S. Open. According to reports, Sharapova has already approached the Florida Supreme Court about the temporary name change. Sharapova will also sport the candy line’s logo, a set of lips, on her clothes at the tournament, which she won back in 2006. Recently rated the highest-earning female athlete in the world by Forbes, she probably doesn’t need to take the drastic measures for this shameless promotion, but hearing announcers having to refer to the 26-year-old as Sugarpova for 14 days may make this marketing scheme worth it. Photo via Twitter/@Sugarpova Photo of the Night There may not be any water left in the pool. Photo via Twitter/@IlliniFootball Tweet of the Night Thank goodness for preseason games. Redskins cheerleading coach during pregame warmups just now: "Ok, ladies, remember... when the Steelers come out, you don't cheer!" Got it?!— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) August 19, 2013 Video of the Night This is why bleacher seats aren’t such a bad idea after all.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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