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July 24, 2000
A catty remark that Anna Kournikova made about Elizabeth Hurley may come back to haunt the tennis teen queen. During Wimbledon a British tabloid picked up a comment that Kournikova (with Hurley, below) made in an interview with Russian Vogue in which she said she thought the actress was "so ugly." Now London police say they've received a letter threatening Kournikova with violence; the note is reportedly from an angry Hurley fan. The police have urged Kournikova to beef up her security for public outings....
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July 24, 2000

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A catty remark that Anna Kournikova made about Elizabeth Hurley may come back to haunt the tennis teen queen. During Wimbledon a British tabloid picked up a comment that Kournikova (with Hurley, below) made in an interview with Russian Vogue in which she said she thought the actress was "so ugly." Now London police say they've received a letter threatening Kournikova with violence; the note is reportedly from an angry Hurley fan. The police have urged Kournikova to beef up her security for public outings....

Mike Piazza's latest catch is Playboy playmate Darlene Bernaola. The two, who met last January at a New York shindig, are so infatuated with each other that they recently had their initials tattooed on each other's ankles....

Venus and Serena Williams partied until two in the morning before winning the women's doubles title at Wimbledon. "It's the latest we have ever been up before a final," said Venus....

Forget Jerry Stack-house's playoff-inspired taunting of Miami: The Pistons' guard actually loves the city and is building a home there. Speaking of South Florida real estate, Dan Marino is selling his Fort Lauderdale house so that he can move closer to the water. The 13,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion includes nine bedrooms, II baths, two half-baths, a temperature-controlled wine storage room and a marble-decked pool. Asking price: $8 million....

Derek Jeter celebrated his 26th birthday with a celeb-stuffed bash at a New York City nightclub on July 8. Among those who turned out to watch the Yankees shortstop blow out the candles were actress Sarah Jessica Parker, rapper Jay-Z, Nets guard Stephon Marbury and Miss Universe Lara Dutta of India. Jeter and Dutta were later spotted sharing a more private celebration in a back booth.

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