Actress Jordana Brewster, Derek Jeter's latest flame, is both beautiful and well-bred. The 22-year-old is the daughter of former Brazilian model Maria Jo�o, who appeared on the Jan. 16, 1978, cover of SI's swimsuit issue, and the granddaughter of Kingman Brewster, who was the president of Yale (at which Brewster is a student) from 1963 to 1977. Last week Brewster, who spent three years on As the World Turns and starred in The Fast and the Furious, helped Jeter celebrate his 28th birthday at Flow, a club in SoHo; the bash landed her in the New York tabloids. "It definitely looks like the game is on," an unidentified source breathlessly told the Daily News after Jeter and Brewster danced the night away.
?Is Heather Mitts, a defender for the WUSA's Philadelphia Charge, "the Anna Kournikova of soccer"? Well, Mitts has never won a tennis tournament, but that's probably not what Philadelphia Magazine had in mind when it christened her that and put her on the cover of its Philly's sexiest singles issue dressed in a $3,000 low-cut, see-through black Versace dress. Mitts, a 24-year-old Cincinnati native, has also climbed to the top of Playboy.com's "WUSA's Sexiest Soccer Player" poll, taking 46% of the 42,521 votes. "It was a shocker," says Mitts, who insists that she would rather be a model soccer player than a model, period. "My main goal right now is to make the World Cup and Olympic teams," she says. "All the other stuff is just extra."
? Hicham El Guerrouj may hold the world record in the mile (3:43.13), but can the speedy Moroccan keep up with the Joneses? Or, more to the point, can he keep up with Marion Jones for one lap of the track? On June 27, while both superstars were in Oslo for the Bislett Games, El G challenged MJ at a press conference to a 400-meter match race. Jones, the reigning Olympic 100- and 200-meter champion, has a best 400-meter time of 49.59 seconds. El Guerrouj says his best 400 is 49.0. The challenge, which Jones has yet to accept, has track's Internet chatrooms buzzing.
?Has the humbling defeat he suffered at the hands of Lennox Lewis produced a softer, gentler Mike Tyson? Maybe. When Miami Heat guard Jimmy Jackson married entertainment manager Shawnee Simms last week before 500 guests at the Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Buckhead, Ga., it was Iron Mike who gave the bride away. While Boyz II Men performed at the ceremony, we can only hope that they didn't sing their hit End of the Road within earshot of Tyson.
?If you think Oscar gift bags spoil the Academy Award presenters rotten (more than $20,000 worth of items), check out some of the booty that ESPN showered on its presenters and nominees at the July 10 ESPY Awards in Hollywood: A certificate to Amadeus Spa, a suite for a weekend at an Ian Schrager hotel of their choice, a one-year bicoastal gym membership, a Sony PlayStation 2 and exclusive releases of 989 sports games, and a year's supply of Jamba Juice were among the $10,000 worth of gratis goodies.