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December 02, 2002
Tennis star Pete Sampras has added another tide to his impressive r�sum�: dad. His wife, actress Bridgette Wilson Sampras, gave birth last week in Los Angeles to a seven-pound, two-ounce baby. Christian Charles Sampras. "The delivery was smooth, and everything worked out," says Pete's sister Stella Sampras, the coach of UCLA's women's tennis team. "The baby looks great. He doesn't even have a cone-head, he's so perfect." Father, mother and son are back home in Beverly Hills, resting comfortably. "I've never seen him so happy," says Stella of her brother. "He's glowing."
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December 02, 2002

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Tennis star Pete Sampras has added another tide to his impressive r�sum�: dad. His wife, actress Bridgette Wilson Sampras, gave birth last week in Los Angeles to a seven-pound, two-ounce baby. Christian Charles Sampras. "The delivery was smooth, and everything worked out," says Pete's sister Stella Sampras, the coach of UCLA's women's tennis team. "The baby looks great. He doesn't even have a cone-head, he's so perfect." Father, mother and son are back home in Beverly Hills, resting comfortably. "I've never seen him so happy," says Stella of her brother. "He's glowing."

?The coach and the crooner don't seem like natural best buds, but Jim Fassel and Marc Anthony are so close that Anthony asked the Giants' leader to be his sponsor when he was confirmed in the Catholic faith last week at his home in Brookville, N.Y. Anthony, 33, and Fassel, 53, met last January at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, and Fassel, who became a Catholic as an adult, says he was honored to stand up for Anthony when asked, adding, "He's a good guy, and I love hearing him sing." Anthony, meanwhile, will renew his wedding vows on Dec. 7 in Puerto Rico with former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, 28. The couple, who married in May 2000, were separated for three months earlier this year.

?In his frequent guest-star appearances on TV sitcoms, Shaquille O'Neal usually plays himself. He reprised the role on Monday on UPN's The Parkers. Along with L.A. teammates Brian Shaw and Tracy Murray, O'Neal contended with a pair of autograph hounds, played by series regulars Yvette Wilson and Mo'Nique, who infiltrated the Lakers' locker room. The Big Thespian has had plenty of experience with aggressive fans. "One time a girl came to my room buck naked on my birthday," Shaq tells SCORECARD. "My rookie year, somebody sent a girl to my room with a trench coat, and she opened it up and said, 'Happy Birthday.' I didn't know if it was a setup or not, so I just closed the door."

?From right wing to centerfield? White House press secretary Ari Fleischer used the name Bernie Williams last month when he checked into the Four Seasons Resort on the Caribbean island of Nevis with his bride, Rebecca Davis, a staffer in the office of Budget Director Mitch Daniels. Fleischer, a diehard Yankees fan, told The Washington Post that he took security advice not to use his real name while honeymooning. " Derek Jeter is too obvious, and Alfonso Soriano is not credible, which is why I went for Bernie Williams," he said. When the paper suggested another pseudonym, George Steinbrenner, Fleischer said, 'The whole purpose is not to become a target."

? David Beckham is not taking any chances following last month's foiled plot to kidnap wife Victoria (a.k.a. Posh Spice) and sons Brooklyn and Romeo. The Manchester United star is currently test-driving two armor-plated BMWs. The "his" version is a custom-made 540i that comes with bulletproof body, glass and tires; Victoria's truly posh 750i, meanwhile, has been reinforced enough to withstand a direct hit from a bazooka. Cost of the two vehicles: $547,000.

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