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Posted: Wednesday April 4, 2007 2:46PM; Updated: Wednesday April 4, 2007 3:30PM
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• Getting celebrity picks for the Final Four can sometimes be difficult. Especially if you're trying to get them from an Israeli supermodel who happens to be dating Leonardo DiCaprio. But any excuse to talk to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Bar Refaeli is a good one, even if she doesn't watch college basketball. When Bar finally got back to me, the championship game had just tipped off, so like any good bookie, er, pick taker, I couldn't take her pick although she had a good excuse for her late response. She was in Las Vegas with her father, Rafael, and Leo and they all participated in the second annual Jet Nightclub Celebrity Poker tournament in Mirage Poker Room, along with Woody Harrelson, Djimon Hounsou, Kevin Connolly, Lukas Haas and Katie Rees. Leo actually made it to the final round but was eventually knocked out.

• One of the best comedies on television, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will have to go through a third season without a guest appearance from the city's favorite quarterback. Despite the best efforts of the show's creator and Philadelphia native Rob McElhenney, who plays Mac on the FX show, Donovan McNabb won't be making a guest appearance on the show. Philly.com had previously reported that McNabb would appear on an episode called "The Gang Gets Invincible," in which Mac and his friends would try out for the Eagles.

• Too bad David Beckham, who still hasn't found a pad to his liking in L.A., isn't looking for a place in Miami. Dwyane Wade could probably hook him up with his palatial palace, which just hit the market at a cool $8.9 million, and includes furnishings and sports memorabilia. Wade and wife Siohvaughn, want to sell their six-bedroom house, which sits on nearly an acre and has a home theater, a pool with Wade's No. 3 and nickname Flash tiled at the bottom and a playground before their second child arrives in May.

James Blake, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams served as party hosts last week for the official Sony Ericsson Open Kickoff Party at club SET on South Beach's Lincoln Road. The tennis trio welcomed athletes and celebrities such as Wade, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Kelly Rowland, Jamie Foxx, Shannon Elizabeth and Terrell Owens. The evening was capped off by a live performance from Robin Thicke, who performed his hit single, Lost Without U.

• At what point does owning a minor league team cease becoming fun? How about when your name is brought up in a $1.25 million lawsuit? That was the case this week when celebrities including Nick Lachey and former Baltimore Orioles slugger Brady Anderson were named in a lawsuit by a woman who claims she should be the acting president of Hollywood Fame, the newly formed ABA team of which Stacy Keibler, Wilmer Valderrama and John Salley, are part owners.

Quick Hits: Wheaties will issue a special-edition commemorative box honoring the Florida Gators Men's College Basketball Championship team in the next 2-3 weeks. The package features the Gators logo as well as an image of the basketball net being cut down on the front panel and an image of the mascot on the back. It marks the first time in Wheaties' history that the brand has recognized the National Men's College Basketball Champions as well as the University of Florida Gators. ... It was reported that Brigham's Ice Cream was changing the name of its Hall of Fame baseball flavor, Curse Reversed!, to Dice-Kream, after Daisuke Matsuzaka. While that's not the case, Brigham's has confirmed it will be renaming its legendary flavor, Curse Reversed!, and is asking baseball fans to determine what the new name should be. ... Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra welcomed twin baby girls last week. ... Former ABA stars George "The Iceman" Gervin, Artis Gilmore and James Silas will be filming scenes with Andre Benjamin this week for Semi-Pro, the Will Ferrell basketball comedy which will also feature Woody Harrelson. ... Who would have thought that Peyton Manning and Alanis Morissette would be apart of two of the funniest sketches of the year?

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