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August 21, 2000
Despite heavy speculation that Lakers coach Phil Jackson will soon wed Jeannie Buss (below), Lakers executive vice president and daughter of owner Jerry Buss, don't go asking about a bridal registry at the Staples Center gift shops just yet. Although the team is mum on the couple, who have been quietly dating since last November, a source close to Jackson says that he's in no hurry to finalize his divorce from his estranged wife, June. "Things are moving slowly," says the insider, who adds that Jackson probably won't sign divorce papers until late next year or even early 2002....
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August 21, 2000

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Despite heavy speculation that Lakers coach Phil Jackson will soon wed Jeannie Buss (below), Lakers executive vice president and daughter of owner Jerry Buss, don't go asking about a bridal registry at the Staples Center gift shops just yet. Although the team is mum on the couple, who have been quietly dating since last November, a source close to Jackson says that he's in no hurry to finalize his divorce from his estranged wife, June. "Things are moving slowly," says the insider, who adds that Jackson probably won't sign divorce papers until late next year or even early 2002....

Actor Keanu Reeves nearly got busted at Comiskey Park two weeks ago. He was doing research for his role as a sleazy ticket scalper in the upcoming sports flick Hardball by lurking around the Comiskey parking lot in character. When security guards arrived to bounce him, Reeves didn't identify himself. Says White Sox spokesman Bob Beghtol: "Our guards were going to kick him off the premises. Then they realized who it was and let him go. I think they ended up getting autographs." If they'd seen The Replacements, they might not have been so forgiving....

Wonder if he has a thing about garlic: Stars center Mike Modano recently broke up with actress Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer....

Is famed Yankee diehard Billy Crystal switching allegiances? The comedian, who's directing 61*, an HBO movie about the Roger Maris- Mickey Mantle home run duel, called the Red Sox during a recent visit to Boston and asked to meet Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez. Crystal got his wish and talked shop with the two. Says Bosox spokesman Kevin Shea, "We're pretty sure we're converting him to a Red Sox fan." For Crystal's sake, maybe they should try to convert him from being a Clippers fan while they're at it.

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