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June 25, 2001
Love means never having to say you're sorry—even if it's for burning down your loved one's $1.3 million mansion. NFL free-agent wide receiver Andre Rison announced on an Atlanta radio station last week that he and singer Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes are getting married. The on-again, off-again couple has a stormy history: Following an argument in June 1994, Lopes, part of the Grammy-winning trio TLC, started a fire that destroyed Rison's Alpharetta, Ga., house. (Lopes pleaded guilty to arson and spent time in a halfway house.) Rison said the ceremony would take place on July 5 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. However, the garden's special-events coordinator told SI that the couple is now considering another site, and Rison's agent, Charles Tucker, says of the wedding news, "I'll believe it when they walk down the aisle—whenever that is. I wouldn't put money on it."
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June 25, 2001

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Love means never having to say you're sorry—even if it's for burning down your loved one's $1.3 million mansion. NFL free-agent wide receiver Andre Rison announced on an Atlanta radio station last week that he and singer Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes are getting married. The on-again, off-again couple has a stormy history: Following an argument in June 1994, Lopes, part of the Grammy-winning trio TLC, started a fire that destroyed Rison's Alpharetta, Ga., house. (Lopes pleaded guilty to arson and spent time in a halfway house.) Rison said the ceremony would take place on July 5 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. However, the garden's special-events coordinator told SI that the couple is now considering another site, and Rison's agent, Charles Tucker, says of the wedding news, "I'll believe it when they walk down the aisle—whenever that is. I wouldn't put money on it."

...As any athlete can tell you, beware the wrath of Philly fans. During the halftime show at Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Destiny's Child was roundly booed by the First Union Center crowd. There was grumbling that the pop trio had lip-synced its two-song set. A spokeswoman for the group has no comment on whether the performance was live or not, but does say the booing was in response to the Lakers' jerseys worn by singer Michelle Williams (above) and some of the dancers....

More of TV's reality-show craze: ESPN has ordered 13 episodes of Sidelines, a half-hour series that will follow a college football team through the 2001 season. The school has yet to be determined. Sidelines, which premieres in September, is ESPN's first stab at an episodic series. Not to be outdone, HBO has greenlit Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Baltimore Ravens. The hourlong show will follow the Ravens' lives from the time they leave home until the end of camp. Hard Knocks debuts in August.

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