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January 14, 2002
After years of insisting that their relationship is merely platonic, Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm finally admit they're a couple. Hamm recently told a group of her U.S. soccer teammates that she and the Red Sox shortstop are dating, confirming rumors that have circulated since 1999. The two (below) have been spotted together at numerous public events, but Garciaparra—who over the years has also been linked to actresses Lauren Holly and Janine Turner and, recently, to entertainment reporter Jules Asner—downplayed the speculation. "It's gossip," Garciaparra said last summer. "It cracks me up. If you look at it, I'm dating everybody." Hamm, who in July confirmed that she and her husband of six years, Christiaan Corry, have split up, will reportedly join Garciaparra in Arizona, where he's training during the off-season....
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January 14, 2002

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After years of insisting that their relationship is merely platonic, Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm finally admit they're a couple. Hamm recently told a group of her U.S. soccer teammates that she and the Red Sox shortstop are dating, confirming rumors that have circulated since 1999. The two (below) have been spotted together at numerous public events, but Garciaparra—who over the years has also been linked to actresses Lauren Holly and Janine Turner and, recently, to entertainment reporter Jules Asner—downplayed the speculation. "It's gossip," Garciaparra said last summer. "It cracks me up. If you look at it, I'm dating everybody." Hamm, who in July confirmed that she and her husband of six years, Christiaan Corry, have split up, will reportedly join Garciaparra in Arizona, where he's training during the off-season....

Pop tartlet Britney Spears, who gyrated in last year's Super Bowl halftime show and was the grand marshal at NASCAR's Pepsi 400 last July, is adding the NBA to her sports r�sum�. Spears will perform during The NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration, a one-hour TV special that will air during the NBA's All-Star weekend. The special, to be hosted by Ahmad Rashad and Summer Sanders, will air simultaneously on NBC, TNT, Nickelodeon and BET—which even for Britney and her overexposed navel qualifies as overkill....

Yes, Virginia, there is a Jayson Williams. Before the holidays, the ex-NBAer, now an NBC announcer, stopped by one of his favorite haunts, New York City nightclub Veruka, and tipped the staff $10,000. He gave the money to a manager and told him to split it among the workers. A few weeks before that, Williams doled out $5,000 to homeless people outside the club. Williams also threw a New Year's party at Veruka, but he failed to show up, much to the staff's disappointment.

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