Percy Miller, a.k.a. hip-hop impresario Master P, worked out with the Denver Nuggets last week and said there was no limit to his NBA dreams. "Hopefully I'll get a shot once camp starts [on July 9]," says Miller, 33, who played with the CBA's Fort Wayne Fury in 1998-99 and later was in training camps with Charlotte and Toronto. "People put up boundaries, but I think I have a good shot [at making the NBA]." The 6'5" Miller worked with about a dozen Nuggets players at the behest of general manager Kiki Vandeweghe. "He's a good player, absolutely," said Vandeweghe, who insists this is no publicity stunt. Miller played in five preseason games with the Raptors in '99, averaging 2.6 points and 4.6 minutes.
? Bob Hope, who turned 100 last week, is a man for all sporting seasons. Growing up in Cleveland, he toyed with the idea of becoming a boxer—until he got knocked cold in one amateur fight. In June 1963 Hope appeared on the cover of SI after he bought a stake in the Cleveland Indians. He also owned a small piece of the Los Angeles Rams from 1947 until '62, and on his Christmas specials he traditionally introduced the AP All-America college football team. Still, it's the comic's connection to golf that the world knows best. Since 1960, Hope has hosted what is now called the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He golfed with eight presidents, and his 1985 golf book, Confessions of a Hooker, was on The New York Times best-seller list for 53 weeks. "Golf is my profession," Hope once said. "I tell jokes to pay my greens fees."
?In its 44-year history, the Daytona International Speedway has never been the site of a nonracing event. That will change on June 28 when Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney, the Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie & the Blowfish come to the track for the Dale Earnhardt Tribute concert. The daylong show will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, which Earnhardt's widow, Teresa, established in 2001 to support the charities Earnhardt helped in his lifetime, including children's issues and wildlife preservation. The late Earnhardt appeared in the Brooks & Dunn video for Honky Tonk Truth, and he was the inspiration for the duo's Sunday Money. Fox will air the concert on July 10.
?Does this make Hillary Clinton a dark horse candidate in the 2004 presidential election? The State University of New York at Morrisville, where graduates are traditionally escorted to the commencement ceremony by horses from the school's equine program, has named a standardbred foal in honor of U.S. Senator Clinton, this year's graduation speaker. The filly, Hillary's Hope, who was born at the school in February, comes from impressive lineage. Her sire, Space Shuttle, won 21 of 50 starts and earned $728,695 for his career.
?When Anaheim goalie Jean-S�bastien Giguere walked onto the set of The Tonight Show to greet Jay Leno on May 23, Kevin Eubanks's band played Giguere's theme song, Gettin' Jiggy Wit'It. Giguere is only the third hockey player to appear on the show: Detroit forward Brendan Shanahan visited in '97, and Wayne Gretzky dropped by back in '88, when Johnny Carson was host.