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January 08, 2001
If you thought there was no sports angle to the biggest news story of the season—Madonna's wedding—well, how wrong you'd be. In fact, a famous British footballer's absence from the nuptials reportedly has created a rift between Madonna and...John Travolta? Seems the groom, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, wanted celebrated soccer tough guy Vinnie Jones, who stars in Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and his upcoming Snatch, as his best man. But Travolta, who's currently directing Jones in Sword-fish, wouldn't allow him to make the trip from Los Angeles to Scotland for the ceremony. "John Travolta ruined my wedding, and I'll never forgive him!" Madonna reportedly told a friend. Jones settled for sending a video in which he toasted the newly-weds....
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January 08, 2001

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If you thought there was no sports angle to the biggest news story of the season—Madonna's wedding—well, how wrong you'd be. In fact, a famous British footballer's absence from the nuptials reportedly has created a rift between Madonna and... John Travolta? Seems the groom, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, wanted celebrated soccer tough guy Vinnie Jones, who stars in Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and his upcoming Snatch, as his best man. But Travolta, who's currently directing Jones in Sword-fish, wouldn't allow him to make the trip from Los Angeles to Scotland for the ceremony. " John Travolta ruined my wedding, and I'll never forgive him!" Madonna reportedly told a friend. Jones settled for sending a video in which he toasted the newly-weds....

Controversy in the voting for the Netherlands' Sportswoman of the Year? Say it ain't so! The victory by cyclist Leontien Zijlaard—van Moorsel, who won three golds and a silver in Sydney, didn't go over well with swimmer Inge de Bruijn, who produced the same medal count. "The people who voted didn't realize I also broke II world records," said de Bruijn (above), whose disappointment was even greater than when she lost out to Zijlaard—van Moorsel for the same award last year. Paradoxically, de Bruijn was named European Sportswoman of the Year....

The Super Bowl music playbill keeps growing. Joining a lineup that already includes Aerosmith, the Backstreet Boys, Ray Charles and 'N Sync are Sting and, emerging from supergroup purgatory, Styx....

Former NFL sack leader Mark Gastineau, released into a Christian-oriented drug rehab center in West Babylon, N.Y., after serving three months of an 18-month jail sentence for domestic violence, says he has turned his life around. "When I was sacking the quarterback, I was serving myself," he told the New York Post. "Now I'm serving God, and I'm sacking Satan."

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