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September 18, 2000
Are they or aren't they? The buzz of the week was about the possible Serena Williams and LaVar Arrington love match. On Thursday the New York Post ran a story, headlined SERENA NETS NFL HUNK, that quoted sources saying the tennis star and the Redskins' linebacker had begun dating over the summer. Williams had reportedly even visited State College, Pa., to party with Arrington (below) and some of his former Penn State teammates. Redskins p.r. director Doug Green says the story is untrue: "They know each other. They may have been at some party together, but they're not dating. [Arrington is] quite upset about the report." Serena's lawyer, Keven Davis, says, "It never happened, and it's not going on. I'm not saying she'll never have a boyfriend one day or never get married, but LaVar's not the one." Whatever the case, Serena was spied watching the Panthers-Redskins game on Sept. 3 in the players' lounge at the U.S. Open....
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September 18, 2000

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Are they or aren't they? The buzz of the week was about the possible Serena Williams and LaVar Arrington love match. On Thursday the New York Post ran a story, headlined SERENA NETS NFL HUNK, that quoted sources saying the tennis star and the Redskins' linebacker had begun dating over the summer. Williams had reportedly even visited State College, Pa., to party with Arrington (below) and some of his former Penn State teammates. Redskins p.r. director Doug Green says the story is untrue: "They know each other. They may have been at some party together, but they're not dating. [ Arrington is] quite upset about the report." Serena's lawyer, Keven Davis, says, "It never happened, and it's not going on. I'm not saying she'll never have a boyfriend one day or never get married, but LaVar's not the one." Whatever the case, Serena was spied watching the Panthers-Redskins game on Sept. 3 in the players' lounge at the U.S. Open....

In publishing, timing is everything, which is why celebrated New Yorker baseball writer Roger Angell is tearing out what little hair he has left. Last January, Warner Books signed Angell to a high six-figure contract to write a book about Yankees pitcher David Cone. Since then, Cone has had what can charitably be described as a miserable season—at one point he failed to win in 15 straight starts—capped by last week's shoulder dislocation. Says Angell, "On the last day of spring training, we thought he might have the best season of his career. That would have been a great story. Now, it's either Greek tragedy or Groucho Marx. I'm 80 years old. This is too much for me."...

Golfer Hank Kuehne, the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion, and '80s pop star Paula Abdul have split. They were together for about three months....

Move over, Master P: The latest musician to get into the sports agent business is Kenneth (Rabyface) Edmonds, who has teamed with Charlotte entertainment lawyer Ken Harris to form Edmonds Sports Group. Harris is director of legal affairs for BDA Sports Management, whose clients include Terrell Brandon, Antonio Davis and Michael Olowokandi.

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