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August 28, 2000
Andre Agassi and Sammy Sosa have come down squarely on the side of the Screen Actors Guild in its strike against the ad industry. Agassi, a member of the U.S. Olympic tennis team, refused a request to film an ad in Australia in late September, and Sosa declined to shoot one for his sponsor Montgomery Ward. Said Sammy, "I respect every union."
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August 28, 2000

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Andre Agassi and Sammy Sosa have come down squarely on the side of the Screen Actors Guild in its strike against the ad industry. Agassi, a member of the U.S. Olympic tennis team, refused a request to film an ad in Australia in late September, and Sosa declined to shoot one for his sponsor Montgomery Ward. Said Sammy, "I respect every union."

... Ty Murray has plenty of rodeo gold belts to go around his waist, but he had a rare Jewel on his arm at his induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. At a reception afterward the Alaskan chanteuse entertained Murray and guests with song, yodeling and joke telling. The two (right) have been together since last year....

U.S. swimmer Amy Van Dyken often calls The Denver Post to complain about negative comments written about her fianc´┐Ż, Broncos punter Tom Rouen. She won't complain though, when she picks up the gift Rouen promised her if she made the Olympic team: the car of her choice. She settled on a Corvette convertible....

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is one of about 90 high rollers who ponied up $15,000 apiece to attend Michael Jordan's basketball fantasy camp in Las Vegas last weekend. "I loved it!" says Cuban. "It was like being 18 and playing b-ball again." Cuban and Wizards exec Jordan even enjoyed a little good-natured trash talk: "He called me out to shoot a foul shot and said that if I made it, we could switch draft picks," says Broadcast.com billionaire Cuban. "I asked him what it felt like to be the poorest guy on the court."

...Fish tale: Dan Marino has been named grand marshall of New York City's Columbus Day parade on Oct. 9....

John Daly has recorded a country tune titled You Can Lean on Me, which will be released this month. Said Daly, "My singing is better than my golf swing's been lately."

...Scared by stories of surgeries gone awry, Reds third baseman Aaron Boone took no chances before recent surgery on his left knee, In bold letters on his right leg he wrote the word WRONG.

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