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December 09, 2002
?Andy and Mandy are shedding their inhibitions. Tennis star Andy Roddick, 20, and pop singer-actress Mandy Moore, 18, came out as a couple last week as they mingled with Jimmy Fallon, Fran Drescher and other celebs at the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. At the U.S. Open last August, Roddick played coy when asked about his link to Moore. "We're friends," he said. "We hang out a little. She's come out to the tennis a couple of times, and her mom's a pretty big tennis fan." The couple met last July in Toronto when Roddick and fellow U.S. pro James Blake were invited by Moore's mom, Stacy—who met Roddick at one of his matches—to visit Moore on the set of her upcoming film, How to Deal. As talented as he is, Roddick is still not a household name among adolescents. A piece on Moore in a current overseas edition of Seventeen refers to Roddick as her "tennis-playing honey, Andy Reddish."
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?Andy and Mandy are shedding their inhibitions. Tennis star Andy Roddick, 20, and pop singer-actress Mandy Moore, 18, came out as a couple last week as they mingled with Jimmy Fallon, Fran Drescher and other celebs at the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. At the U.S. Open last August, Roddick played coy when asked about his link to Moore. "We're friends," he said. "We hang out a little. She's come out to the tennis a couple of times, and her mom's a pretty big tennis fan." The couple met last July in Toronto when Roddick and fellow U.S. pro James Blake were invited by Moore's mom, Stacy—who met Roddick at one of his matches—to visit Moore on the set of her upcoming film, How to Deal. As talented as he is, Roddick is still not a household name among adolescents. A piece on Moore in a current overseas edition of Seventeen refers to Roddick as her "tennis-playing honey, Andy Reddish."

?On Dec. 18 Jon Voight will accomplish something as the coach of the Bills that Marv Levy never did: win a Super Bowl. But then, as part of the TNT network movie Second String, Voight's championship will be strictly a creation of Hollywood, with former Ally McBeal star Gil Bellows at quarterback instead of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. According to Voight, 63, the differences go deeper than that: "I'm playing a hardheaded coach who has to learn a lesson. Marv was a guy who had the respect of everybody."

?Looking to put the thrill back in your marriage? Try sliding with your mate headfirst down a mountain at 75 mph, as U.S. skeleton racers Brady and Felicia Can-field of Kaysville, Utah, do. Married for 16 years and the parents of three boys, the Canfields—Brady's 39 and Felicia's 37—became the second husband-and-wife combination to qualify for a U.S. World Cup skeleton team, with third-place finishes at the national trials held last month in Park City, Utah, and Lake Placid, N.Y.

?Is there a Carolina Panthers bobblehead jinx? The Charlotte Observer reports that of the nine players who had bobblehead dolls made of them, eight have had serious problems: kicker John Kasay (hernia) and running back DeShaun Foster (left knee) suffered season-ending injuries; linebacker Dan Morgan has been plagued by numerous ailments; receiver Muhsin Muhammad pulled his hamstring; tight end Wesley Walls broke a finger; receiver Steve Smith was suspended by the team for fighting; defensive end Julius Peppers was, at press time, facing a league hearing for allegedly testing positive for a banned substance; and quarterback Chris Weinke lost his starting job. The one player to escape the bobblehex so far is offensive tackle Todd Steussie.

?Former WNBA forward Andrea Lloyd Curry will serve as the publisher of a new monthly business magazine for women in Minnesota, Women's Business Minnesota. It debuts in March.... As part of a Dec. 15 concert titled A Celebration of American Song at New York City's West Park Presbyterian Church, bass-baritone Peter Heiman will perform seven songs from what he considers the Golden Age of baseball music, 1908 to '13. His set list includes such forgotten classics as Jake! Jake! The Yiddisha Ballplayer, My Dad Is Baseball Mad and that early chick anthem If You Can't Make a Hit in a Ball Game, You Can't Make a Hit with Me.

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