Posted: Thursday June 9, 2005 10:09AM; Updated: Thursday June 9, 2005 12:26PM
So far, on Dancing with Stars, Evander Holyfield has managed to keep both his ears intact.
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1. The 49ers were again rocked by Tuesday's revelation that PR director Kirk Reynolds made another racy team video in 2003 in addition to the embarrassing 2004 tape that featured ethnic slurs and topless women. Reynolds has been let go by the team, but has already landed an offer to produce Gigli 2. (Thanks to Kevin of St. James, N.Y., for inspiring that item.)
2. Boxer Evander Holyfield and his partner Edyta Sliwinska advanced on Wednesday night's episode of Dancing With the Stars despite Holyfield getting an earful from the judges for not being sufficiently light-footed during his "quickstep" dance. Still, Holyfield felt it was far better to receive an earful than give one.
3. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez became the first player in MLB history to reach 400 homers before his 30th birthday after hitting two home runs against the Brewers on Wednesday. A-Rod celebrated by not taking his kid to school on Thursday morning.
4. Because of the heat, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar took BP on Tuesday in St. Louis dressed only in lycra undershorts, only to find that a tour group of 20-25 women were watching. Fortunately, Millar's Queer Eye back waxing has held up nicely.
5. The coaching staff of the CFL's Ottawa Renegades had hoped that defensive back Daniel Jones would make the squad when he showed up to camp less than two weeks ago. Alas, one fact had been missed by the Renegades' scouting staff: Jones had recently been shot. The 23-year-old from Compton, Calif., appeared with a bullet hole through the bone of his left arm. "The kid wanted to play with it," said coach/GM Joe Paopao, "but I said no." Paopao didn't even bother to ask how Jones had sustained the injury. Perhaps like all good defensive backs, though, Jones has a short memory.
6. In results released Wednesday, the Eagles edged the Patriots in best NFL team merchandising sales. The Eagles had trailed in the late stages before flawlessly executing their patented hurry-up offense.
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7. It's generally not a good sign when your high draft pick makes people think of a clown, but that's not the case with high school pitcher Trevor Bell. The Angels took Bell, out of Crescenta Valley High in Calif., with the 37th pick on Tuesday. Bell's grandfather, Bob Bell, spent 24 years playing Bozo the Clown on TV. The younger Bell has experience as a performer, doing commercials for Hot Wheels cars as a youth. We hope the Angels will have Bell emerge from a bullpen car jammed with other relievers.
8. French Open champ Rafael Nadal had his 24-match win streak halted on Wednesday when he fell in three sets to Germany's Alexander Waske. In other news for U.S. sports fans, someone named Rafael Nadal actually had a 24-match winning streak.
9. The latest feat in German engineering will be unveiled by next year. The German city of Dortmund is hurrying to install drive-in "sex huts" in time for hosting games during the 2006 World Cup. Though Dortmund has a red-light district on the edge of town in which prostitution is legal, city officials are worried about the relative lack of parking. The solution will be wooden huts to be built in an area stocked with condom machines and a snack bar. Our favorite part of the story is this quote from an unnamed Dortmund official: "Men have to get used to them of course, but a high percentage accept them because they can protect their anonymity. That said there will always be those who want to go behind a bush, under a bridge or into the woods." Ahh yes, sometimes hooligans will be hooligans.
10. Reader submission by Joe of Des Moines, Iowa: "The Rams released offensive tackle Kyle Turley this week after he failed a physical. He apparently came up two rows short of the target when tossing coach Mike Martz into the stands."